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Super Stretchy Spinal Flow

It’s been a lovely, crazy, fulfilling, and this-life altering summer. This poor little blog has been neglected and I can’t promise that will change drastically with the months to come. I thought that in penance I should offer you a little gift so I hopped on my mac today and started to move. No plans but this came out so I hope you enjoy…

30 minutes of juicy, slow, stretchy spinal flow.
Shout Out to your upper back- the container for the other side of your heart.

(full disclaimer, my big fur-baby Olive decided she needed to be part of the show so there are some “hair ball in the throat” sounds and a few guest appearances of a furry black mug. Just go with it 😉  Also my breathing is much more exaggerated than it usually would be but sound isn’t the greatest in this room so I wanted you to be able to hear the rhythm as much as possible. Typically it’s strong but more subtle and in/out primarily through the nose )

For those of you in the Raleigh-Durham area i’m directing a new and amazing studio in Brier Creek under the name BURN Athletic. We’ll offer Yoga, Circuit Training, Cycling and BURNBlends (fusion/cross-modality classes). We’ll also have a few the Ballet Burn classes on our schedule. I really can’t express how grateful I am for this opportunity to gather an amazing community of instructors and students together in one space. I’ve come to realize even more through this journey that there is more than enough for everyone…and i’ve loved every minute, continuing to support the existing yoga and fitness community while integrating our vision into the mix. Wild Crazy Beautiful ride indeed!


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Advanced Backbending at Blue Point

Bonus segment for the holiday Y.A.T (Yoga Around the Triangle) Series 2011

Check out this amazing bonus segment for the Heart Opening for the Holidays (HOHO) flow seen here. Warm up with the HOHO flow and then dive in to these prana building shapes with pure awareness. Please exercise caution and connectivity when doing this sequence. There is a reason the segment is 16 minutes long….in fact slow it down if you like!  Let the Shakti flow… Continue reading

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Put some *Glitter* on it!

If that title didn’t make you smile then imagine it in pink sparkly letters dancing across the screen and there ya’ go…

So….shoot me….it’s been a long time. LIKE OVER A MONTH since these fingers have done the walkin’ and this blog has done any talkin’.


Any-hoo i’m back and ready to sparkle.

The holidays… ‘Nuff said right? Well not really. Continue reading

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The littlest yogini…AKA. big things from a very small package

Teacher Spotlight: Leilani Walker

Today I had the privilege of taking this lovely yogini’s first class at Blue Lotus in Raleigh. It was a freedom style yoga based on the teachings of her teacher, Erich Schiffman. When I heard that this tiny little woman was a student of the largest, most teddy bear/santa claus-esque guru I know of I couldn’t stop smiling. Just the physical comparison was enough to draw me to her class. I had to see if someone so tiny could project the larger than life teachings of Mr. S.

I was NOT disappointed my friends. Despite the tiny package, Leilani has an overflowing and endearing personality both on and off the mat. She invites you in with a big genuine grin and a twinkle in her eye and you’re hooked from there!

This is what I was greeted by walking in today 🙂 …

Leilani with the Blue's own love bunny- Nicole

I arrived early to set up my mat as the community strolled in, chit-chatting and energizing the space…

The Sanctuary

And promptly at 9:30 the lovely Leilani sat down to begin her first class with us. She giggled and clasped her hands together with joy and I could tell from that point on, something I already guessed, she is just as beautiful as her name, this one, inside and out.

The class was fantastic. An all levels vinyasa with a self guided edge. As she guided us she continually reminded us to move from an intuitive place. After a few breaths this became natural, and then more natural, and then we let loose for a full song moving full freedom style. No guidance. No instruction. Just open up and let it out, or don’t, your choice. The embodiment of listening to your inner guide, your own best teacher in a safe and sacred space. Ahhhh lovely.

Class ended with a sweet deep stretch and a lovely savasana complete with essential oils and a wonderful head massage (yes please!). We all walked out refreshed and glowing and ready for next week 🙂

I see BIG things in this little yogini’s future…

Come roll out your mat next Tuesday for round two of Freedom Style yoga or Wednesday (Yoga and meditation at 11:30). I hope to be there!

Namaste ya’ll

Like this? Check out other teacher spotlights:

Jen Bluestone

Carrington Jackson


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Happiness is the mode of travel NOT the destination

We’ve all had those moments of bliss, of joy. Tingles on the skin, a smile on the heart, a lightness of mind and matter. Yes, we’ve ALL had them, whether we remember them or not. It’s in these beautiful moments that we reach a hand to the divine residing within ourSELVES and let go. It’s BEE-YOU-TEA-FULL yes?

So why are these moments fleeting? Why do they come and go? Why can’t life all be snips and snails and puppy dog tails?


blissAh my friends, the reality is that it CAN be. That source of joy isn’t something we find outside of our own skin. It is a well that resides deep within. Sure our friends, families, a really wonderful yoga class…they can all tap in to that well, but the well is still OURS. Nothing makes us happy, it isn’t something to aspire to. It is a way of moving through life. Joy is the mode of travel, not the destination ’cause honey pie, ain’t nothin’ certain about that destination except that it ends and renews. Circle of life darlin’.

The ancient yogis understood this, at least from a spiritual standpoint. They knew that residing in the world, indulging in worldly goods, feeding our egos with relationships and success, while all JUST FINE and DANDY weren’t the actual “tickets” so to speak to living a full life. Money, possessions, relationships they aren’t what make us happy and fulfilled, they are what fill our journey to uncover our own inner light by giving us perspective. Eventually we all complete this life, we all have the same destination. Why not let the journey be the focus?

(side note: you don’t need to go live in the untamed forest alone to see bliss as the old yogis did in their search of samadhi. Just because joy doesn’t reside outside of yourselves doesn’t mean there isn’t an undeniable connection the world around us, a UNION, that is bound to our dharma…another topic another day.)

So next time, dear ones, that you are on your mat or in the world and that little voice pops up in your mind, your joints, your muscles, your heart that says “oh he/ she/ it/ this, that makes me soooo happy! I have to get/ do/ experience more of this!” SHIFT your perspective and realize that if you open up and LET GO, you will find that state is inside already. Take the adult “sensibility” out of the picture and apply the innocence and vulnerability of true youth to every moment. You’ll start to see the beauty, bliss, and sheer amazement of every second as it connects back to your inner SELF. Aparigraha – Neutralizing the desire to acquire and hoard wealth- applies here. On the flip side in the niyama category is Santosa, modesty and the feeling of being content with what we have. To be at peace within and content with one’s lifestyle finding contentment even while experiencing life’s difficulties for life becomes a process of growth in which life opens up and the floodgates open. If you realize the wealth is inside there is no need to seek it elsewhere, contentment and joy are yours.  No need to seek, just SEE.

Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha


Other topics of interest:

– a Yogi’s Guide to Letting Go.

– “Don’t Make Me Wash Your Mouth Out!”

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Yoga Chick

…of sorts…
Daily dose of cuteness.
Can you guess where these pictures are in your triangle yoga community?

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