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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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My new little light

We’ve all had them. Those ‘drop you off the edge of your world and right into another’ type of moments. Everything goes from black and white with subtle hues to psychadelic colors, unforseen landscapes of fuscias and emeralds, shots of gold, and streaks of lime. You know…one minute your comfortable and content and the next minute you are thrown for a loop and loving every minute. Continue reading

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Heather Tiddens: On the motivation to teach and learn

So if you are a Facebook friend you have seen my enthusiasm about this weekend’s workshop series with Heather Tiddens. Her yin-yang approach to yoga is always a special treat and every session I leave feeling that much more connected to my body, my breath, and my purpose as a teacher and as a student of life. 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’.

¡Aycaramba!

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

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

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All things in “Sync”- Strength and balance flow

It’s here, It’s here, it’s finally here!!!

The much anticipated “Yoga around the Triangle” series is finally taking flight with the first edition hosted at Sync Studio Downtown and yours truly. This flow series is directly inspired by the active yet balanced vibe of the Sync Cycle and Yoga community and will surely help you stand stronger, taller, and more open to life’s little jewels of humility. Open up those hips, strengthen your thighs and core, and let your heart sore. 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
Jennifer

Like this? Check out other teacher spotlights:

Jen Bluestone

Carrington Jackson

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