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Friday Feelings

Can I have a moment to vent? Between the Full Moon, the time change, the blizzard, and the frigid temperatures, I have felt all sorts of stir crazy and lots of frustration. It has felt like a long freaking week. I have felt all sorts of emotions and I finally feel like I have it together. Now that the rant is over, why don't we dive into some "Friday Feelings", before I welcome the weekend with a BIG hug...

Friday Feelings

GRATEFUL - After my rant of really minuscule things, I am truly grateful for many things: 

  • A strong body that allows me to train it hard on a daily basis;
  • Foods that help me stay nourished, healthy, and fueled;
  • Family that supports me through all the crazy endeavors that I decide to embark on;
  • Friends who are there for me through it ALL. This community both near and far are a solid bunch!

I think it is important to take some time each day and write them down, say it out loud, or tell someone what you are grateful for. It really puts things in perspective!

Cauliflower In a Smoothie is DELISH - I know it sounds weird and it is kind of weird, but it is weirdly really good! I have seen some of my favorite recipe gurus talking about this kookie addition to their smoothies and I finally gave it a try. I eat a lot of cauliflower anyway, so why not step out of my comfort zone and try something new. It is good and I recommend you try it. I will share my recipes next week. 

Friday Feelings

There is so much BAD Television on these days - How is possible that with hundreds of television channels there is hardly anything to watch? And what about ALL the commercials? I have noticed lately that I seem to watch at the most the same 4 channels on a daily basis - Fox Business, HGTV, Bravo, and Showtime. So why am I paying a cable bill that is almost $200.00? With that being said, it is time to switch things up and get rid of the cable package. I am going to try it out and see how it goes and take advantage of my Amazon Fire Stick. Stay tuned...

Towel Workout - Make sure to check out my latest workout with Core Power! While I was snowed in earlier this week, it was the perfect time to create another at-home workout. You know that I am ALL about these types of workouts, so it was fun to put this one together. I love how these moves are truly a full body blast. They help your balance, build your overall strength, and of course ALWAYS your core! 

Potato Party - I have a potato obsession. I eat these beauties at least 4 times a week. They are easy to make. They are versatile. They are nutritious and delicious. I even picked up some regular russet potatoes the other day and they make me just as happy too. I cannot get enough spuds in my life and it is what my body is craving, so I am going to give it just that. 

Friday Feelings
Friday Feelings

It's Time for YOGA - It is definitely time to step back onto my mat for not only the physical benefits but also for the mental ones too. My workouts as of lately have been intense. There has been a lot of running and strength training. I am stiff, sore, but getting stronger. And those frigid temperatures are not helping my already tight muscles! It is time next week, to stretch it out...sweat it out...and find some balance, peace, and clarity on my mat. I am looking forward to reuniting with my favorites at Powerflow Yoga in Chatham, NJ. 

I know I sound like a broken record, but when you listen to your body and you give it what it needs, life is a lot more fun, because you are happier, healthier, energized, and that energy attracts only good things. And YES I am speaking from experience. When I ignore the signs regarding nourishing and training, I can become a not so friendly person. But when I am in tune with what my body needs and actually giving it those things, I am just a big beautiful ball of happiness...Corny much...YES, but it is the truth!

Friday Feelings

And that is it my friends! Thank goodness it is Friday! I need to choose a day to fully disconnect, do some spring cleaning, reconnect with old friends, and just slow down a little bit. I hope y'all have a beautiful weekend and see everyone next week. XOXO

What are you GRATEFUL for today?

Do you still have a cable package?

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

What do you look for in a teacher when it comes to taking care of your health and fitness? What makes you come back to keep taking their classes? Is it knowledge, passion, their personality, or that they can kick your butt and yell at you, while still having a pretty smile plastered on their face? We all have different likes, goals, and reasons for practicing a healthy and active lifestyle, so it is great that nowadays there are a plethora of options to fit YOUR needs. 

When it comes to yoga teachers whose classes I revisit, I like a variety of styles, that fit whatever my body is currently needing...it could be more focused on stretching my hips; building up my core; or honestly just getting my butt kicked and getting in a good sweat session. I want to introduce you to Jessica Haims from Powerflow Yoga. She is ONE of those teachers who in a matter of 75 minutes educated me, stretched, strengthened, and kicked my butt! Her passion and knowledge of the yoga and the human body...The way she effortlessly flowed into the poses...Learn more about this beautiful woman and why I consider her a yoga goddess!  

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

I Am Jessica Haims:

My approach to yoga is to be safe, educational, challenging, and fun. I believe in educating students about their bodies so that they are equipped to make appropriate decisions about their bodies on and off the mat. Classes are based heavily through a lens of biomechanics and anatomy, always explaining to students why we do a pose a certain way. I want to offer as many tools as possible to my students so that they learn how to modify poses when necessary, and know how to play their edge when appropriate. I am both a vinyasa teacher and Yoga Tune Up® teacher and seek to blend these two styles together to link movement and breath in an intelligent manner. I mainly work one on one with students teaching self-care; we come up with a routine at home comprising of myofascial release work, corrective exercise, and yoga. After suffering a serious back injury due to years of competitive ballroom dancing and teaching full time it became my mission to empower students with the relationship to their bodies!

Why did you start teaching yoga? 

I started teaching yoga because it gave me a sense of empowerment and peace that was uncanny. In 2011 I took my first class ever (at Powerflow Yoga in Chatham!) and it was the HARDEST thing I had ever done (seriously I thought I was going to collapse on the mat by the end of it) - but then savasana came and I nearly fell asleep. I left the yoga room called my mom and said “I want to be a yoga teacher after school” - it was one of those weird gut feelings. I did my first training a little over a year later and fell in love with the studies of anatomy. Over the past year, I have dove deep into the study of biomechanics, anatomy, and the science of stretching. The more I learn about anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, etc… it reminds me why I always want to teach - to help people understand their bodies and to feel good in their bodies.

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

What is your favorite pose and why? 

Half moon! There are SO many different ways of approaching this pose with props, the wall, different isometric contractions - I always find something new about my body in this pose. When I’m in it I feel like I’m flying and floating!

What is your least favorite pose and why? 

I have a hate/love relationship with warrior 3 (which means I probably need to do it more ;) ) - it always kicks my butt no matter how many times I do it!

What advice would you give to someone (aka - me) who is scared of handstands? 

Work slowly away from the wall and with a teacher you trust. Going upside down is a HUGE mental game so it’s all about taking those little steps until you feel ready! There is a move called “scissor kick handstand” that Phillip Askew taught me and it helped me get away from the wall and over my fear of hand standing (will have to show you during our coffee date!). Working on shoulder/core stability and hamstring mobility are major players in working into those handstands. One of my favorite moves are working planks and doing scapula push ups! Another great exercise is doing plank with a blanket under your feet and pulling the blanket towards your hands (ending in forward fold) and then sliding back out to plank.

How do you practice a healthy lifestyle? 

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

I practice self-care by setting aside time for myself every day - whether it's 5 min or an hour for a workout. I love to go hiking, cooking, writing, reading, and watch old Hollywood movies! I make sure to fuel my body with clean food, get in exercise 5 times a week, and take 2 complete days of rest when I can to re-charge and do active recovery (or binge watch Netflix for hours ;) ! ) 

Sweet or salty? 

SWEEEEEET!!!!! I have such a strong sweet tooth - chocolate covered anything will have my name written all over it. My one vice is chocolate and coffee - I can never say no to it. My favorite chocolate is german chocolate, but my favorite sweets are my homemade chocolate chip marshmallow cookies - they are out of this world!

Tell us 3 FUN things that we should know about you...And if there is anything else you want to add, go for it.

I LOVE old jazz music - I always say I was born in the wrong era… I love old Hollywood movies and music. Ella Fitzgerald, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Duke Ellington, Sam Cooke, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, this list goes on and on. I would have killed to live in that era and see those people perform. I had the honor and privilege to see Tony Bennett live with one of my best friends (she got me a ticket for Christmas!) I started tearing up during the performance - it was one of the most amazing experiences.  

I won world and nationals in 2011 for ballroom dancing! I miss those dancing days with all my heart and when I hear music my mind will wonder off into choreography!

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

My dream is to have a huge back yard one day for a garden and chickens!

I am a huge nerd and love spending free time reading about human anatomy and the latest research on the science of stretching (Jules Mitchell is an amazing resource for anyone interested). One of my goals with teaching is to eventually develop an anatomy module for 200-hour training that gives newer teachers a concrete understanding of the human body. It is our responsibility as teachers to keep these people safe and I would like to see the bar raised in this department!

What do YOU look for in a teacher?

Tell me your favorite teacher and where they teach!

Yoga BLISS At Powerflow Yoga

I LOVE going home to New Jersey anytime of year, but I especially enjoy it during the holidays! Our family is very traditional when it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas and I look forward to those traditions each year. I cannot believe that I was home for a week and poof it just disappeared. There was lots of time spent with family and friends, working, shopping, and YES there was so much food, but gosh darn it was good...Mom's meatballs and spaghetti; burgers; Italian subs; pizza; and Thanksgiving dinner. My "food baby" was large and in charge, but thankfully I was able to balance it out with lots of yoga and running! 

I knew when I got off the island last week, I needed to spend some time on my mat! I have been doing a lot of running, spin, and weight training, and I wanted to switch things up. My hips were screaming to be stretched and I knew it was time to step back on my mat! I was craving hard sweaty workouts that would help me stretch, lengthen, and work different muscles in my body. I am so grateful for Powerflow Yoga in New Jersey! You can learn more about this studio in my post that I did a few months ago HERE

I was able to practice 5 days in a row at Powerflow Yoga. Each class was 75 minutes long and I was able to take classes from 3 different instructors. It was AWESOME and I was in yoga bliss. There was so much sweating, twisting, and poses that I have not done in months and it just FELT GOOD and was exactly what my mind and body needed! Love that feeling! 

I took classes with Emma, Jeff, and Jessie. I have been taking classes with Emma and Jeff for a few years, but Jessie I had never taken before and it was nice to switch things up and try something new. 

Emma's Class: Don't let this petite gorgeous woman fool you...She's TOUGH! Her classes focus on core, strength, and fun but challenging sequences that leave me sweaty, sore, but always smiling! With all the running I have been doing, her classes definitely helped open my hips, stretch my hamstrings, and build up strength in some of those neglected places...Chaturanga push-ups and lots of them, reminded me where I was weak!   

Jeff's Class: Oh how I love Jeff and so does everyone else! His classes are always packed. He is fun, hilarious, and I love his music selection. I like the flow of his classes because he is always switching things up, to take you out of your comfort zone. He somehow makes it fun and comical even when you have been standing on one leg for what seems like a never-ending sequence. It's a hot sweaty mess of awesome yoga! 

Jessie's Class: This was the first time I practiced with Jessie and I was pleasantly surprised and I definitely will practice with her again. She blew me away with her knowledge of the human body. This was a very challenging class, that I really enjoyed. We really got into deep stretching of the hips and shoulders. The sequences were slow, intense, and well structured. It really helped me focus on my breathing, my balance, and my core. It was such a well-rounded flow that I highly recommend for athletes. 

It felt good to reconnect with this community. To see familiar faces. To switch up my workout routine. To try new things. To challenge myself. To find comfort and peace on the mat again. These are just a few reasons why I practice yoga and why I look forward to reconnecting with these people when I go home. The studio, the people, the teachers are the BEST and I cannot wait to go back in a few weeks for Christmas and spend more time on my mat and working on those inversions. I loved being upside down again!

Make sure to check out the studio, their schedule, and follow them on their social media platforms below to stay up to date and maybe even sign up for some classes this holiday season!

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What type of workout are you currently loving?

Powerflow Yoga Studio In New Jersey

Oh yoga...you make me feel so good! Ever since I left Houston, my yoga practice pretty much disappeared. Life was busy...Work was busy...I was focused on other training...and then before I knew it 5 months had gone by since I stepped on my mat! Like most things in life, everything happens in waves, and I knew my craving to practice again would come back...and it did. I find peace, comfort, inspiration, and strength when I step onto my yoga mat. It is the one place these days I can 100% disconnect and gosh it feels good!

I was recently home in NJ for almost two weeks! I went back to spend time with my family, celebrate Easter, get my hair done at Laboratory Hair Studio, stock up at Costco, and continue to work away on building my brand and the others I work for. Time flew! One of my favorite parts of this trip was I was able to practice at my old studio Powerflow Yoga for a whole week! It was AMAZING! When I lived in NJ a few years ago, Powerflow Yoga was my second home. I was practicing 3-4 times a week. I really got to know the teachers and the other yogis. It was a great community and still is!

Powerflow Yoga was started by Jerry not long after recovering from his first occurrence of hairy cell leukemia, a rare and serious illness, Jerry decided to try hot yoga. This was in 2007. Feeling out of options, he hoped yoga would help him get back into shape. His first class whipped him, but by the end of it, he was convinced that the practice was the perfect healing tool for him. He has been dedicated to yoga ever since—and he’s made it his life’s work.

What Jerry experienced—physical, mental and spiritual healing on the mat—is available to you, too. He was inspired to share what he’d learned and opened the first Powerflow Yoga studio in Chatham in May 2008. Today, Jerry understands that people come to yoga for many different reasons, and he has since opened 9 more stellar studios to address every student need.

I was able to squeeze in 4 yoga practices during the week home...High-Fives to me! Each practice was 75 minutes long and the temperatures were HOT...I absolutely love hot yoga. I love sweating like that. It is intense, detoxifying, challenging, and feels good to be able to deepen certain poses with the help of the heat. Since I have been doing more running, Double Pigeon Pose felt so  good! 

The closest studios to my Mom's house are the Morristown and Chatham locations. The studios are clean, comfortable, and have large bathrooms, showers, changing rooms, and toiletries to freshen up after you are a hot sweaty mess. The staff is very accommodating, friendly, and extremely quick to respond to questions and emails. Plus, it was so nice to see familiar faces and catch up with old friends. 

There are so many new teachers now at Powerflow Yoga that I wish I had time to practice with, but as you know time flies. I am also a creature of habit and had to practice with my favorites. Emma Kealy and Jeff Scios

Emma is tough...Do not let that petite yogi fool you! Her classes challenge you and strengthen and stretch every muscle in your body. I think I have a strong core until she tells us to grab our block...very humbling! I always leave her class sweaty, energized, grounded, and ready to tackle the day. Did I mention she likes to do a lot of core work? My kind of teacher!

Jeff is just AWESOME! I love how he randomly rambles throughout the practice. I love his taste in music. And I also love how there has never been a class where I haven't laughed. He is fun but challenging. I like how his sequences push you to your limit, but then gives you plenty of time to stretch and recover. He always emphasizes to just do it...be fearless...see how far you can go in the pose and of course life. You never know unless you try! 

Obviously, you can tell that I am a big fan of Powerflow Yoga! So if you are ever in NJ, make sure to sign up for one of their classes and give this beautiful studio a try...You will not regret it!

Do you have a favorite yoga studio where you live?

When you travel do you try to find a yoga studio to practice at?