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10 Lessons I learned from Lara!

lara and meLara Heimann, my yoga mama, is an incredibly smart, compassionate, and talented woman.  She has taught me so much over the last several years; and without her knowledge and support I would not be the yoga teacher I am today. Taking her 200 hr. yoga teacher training changed my life for the better, and for that I will be forever grateful.  Lara fostered my desire to teach yoga.  Her inspired teacher training and strong belief in me, has allowed me to begin to follow my true path, to live my best life, and to be the best version of myself.

I met Lara about 3 years ago when I moved to NJ from Boston, MA.  I was in the market for a new yoga studio so I popped into lululemon to learn more about what studios were nearby.  That’s when I first heard about Lara and YogaStream.  After one class, I was hooked and knew that this strong practice was what was missing from my life.  After only three short weeks of taking classes with Lara, I signed up for her teacher training and have never regretted a moment since.  Yoga has given me a lot throughout the years and now I feel blessed to have the privilege and opportunity to give back, sharing my knowledge and passion so I can help inspire, support, and teach others.

Being a yoga teacher is an incredible gift. While  I love practicing,  yoga is an amazing form of therapy for the teacher too.  When I’m fully present and in the teaching zone, I find myself losing track of time and my own mental preoccupations. It’s just my students, their mats, and me, as one cohesive unit

“Yoga was my workout, then it became my lifestyle!”

Lessons from Lara:

  1. Movement is medicine- Lara’s fantastic approach to teaching yoga focused on alignment and body mechanics has brought my practice to a new level. It feels so good to build internal heat and move in a systematic and sequential way. I leave class feeling energized and rejuvenated.
  2. Gettinglara and me 2 on your hands- Inversions are fun and playful. After two years of practicing with Lara and never thinking I could actually do a handstand, I have!! It’s a lot of core strength, control,  good body alignment and awareness. With a little practice and patience you can handstand too!
  3. Inspired sequencing- This practice is amazing. In each class we have a theme that helps focus the practice and push our students to the next level, both physically and emotionally, challenging them to be and do their best.
  4. Teaching with Integrity- Integrity is doing the right thing.  As a yoga teacher, if I am not teaching from a place of integrity and authenticity, how am I benefiting others, much less myself?
  5. Finding balance- Yoga is a great addition to any workout routine. It’s fun and functional. What you learn on your mat can be transferred into the world around you.
  6. Loving yourself- You are beautiful! If you believe it and love yourself  you can share that belief with the world and help others love themselves too; watch as amazing things begin to happen.
  7. Believing in yourself- Know that you are stronger than you think and stronger than what you give yourself credit for. Lara sees me in ways that I don’t always see myself and has helped me realize my true potential.
  8. Be stronger, braver, and more badass- You create your own rules. If you don’t like how the story is going, you have the opportunity to change it.
  9. Live with intention and purpose- Be the person you are destined to be! Believe in you and all that you are. You have one life, so live it up!
  10. Living a plant based life- Without preaching or imposing her will, Lara educated me about the negative effects of eating and using animal products; i.e. what it does to the animals, the environment, and how it impacts our health. Plant based life for me!!

reachIf you have ever thought about taking a yoga class, what is stopping you?  You will not regret it. Yoga has helped change my life and I believe it can do the same for you.

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Running is My Therapy!

Chicago Marathon

When I run, there are no phones, no texts, and no emails. On the road, I am in the zone and unreachable. When I run, all I think about is putting one foot in front of the other, tackling the mile ahead and not worrying about the entire distance to be run.   I welcome the joy I feel as I train and the sense of accomplishment from the weekly totals of 30, 40, and 50 miles because it means that I am accomplishing more than I ever thought was possible. I never allow myself to stop, knocking down one workout at a time, crossing them out on my printed excel spreadsheet. It’s become a part of me and who I am. The days I don’t run (i.e. Friday mornings) I feel lost and out of step.  I have begun to get addicted to the endorphin’s and the “runners high,” but more importantly, the love I have discovered for myself and my body as it has shown and taught me that I am stronger than I give myself credit for.  Running keeps me moving forward and allows me to live a healthy and exciting life! Running is my therapy!
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Balance is the Key to Life!

People are often surprised by the various forms of exercise I do. I guess most yogis and runners don’t do CrossFit or vise versa, yet I like to do all three.  For me, each activity helps and supports me in different ways.  My workouts provide me with great physical and emotional balance; all feeding into the various aspects of my life and personality. Why do one when you can do all three?

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Trip of a Lifetime!

bcakesI am back in the States after a fabulous two week cruise in the Mediterranean.  Over the course of my trip I got to visit and explore Rome and Naples-Italy, Istanbul and Kusadasi-Turkey, as well as Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens- Greece.  It was certainly a trip of a lifetime! Cruising is a great way to explore many cities in a short period of time.   We cruised on the ship, the Celebrity Reflection. It was beautiful! The ship had lots of amenities and had excellent, trained, and accommodating staff that were happy to help provide you with anything you needed to make your tip the best it could be.

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Get in a Workout Even When on Vacation!!

IMG_6621This week I am preparing and packing for vacation.  My husband and I are going to be taking a two week cruise in the Mediterranean. We will be visiting Italy, Turkey, and Greece.  In order to prepare for travel, one of the most important things I do is to plan and write down my schedule and workouts ahead of time.  It is important for me, that while I am away, I still find time to workout. Working out is an important part of my everyday life and I want to make sure I can continue to maintain some sort of balance and routine even while I travel. Plus, since I have started my training for the NYC marathon I need to run 6 days a week.  So it’s even more critical for me to have a workout plan in place. I want to be sure I get my workouts in and still have plenty of time to enjoy this once in a lifetime vacation.

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Let’s Plank!

Plank

A strong healthy practice, starts with a strong healthy core.

Those of you who know me or have taken one of my classes know that I LOVE planks!! I am sure to incorporate tons of planks into my flows.  When coming to class, you can expect planks, side planks, plank holds, and plank push-ups 🙂

The plank is one of the best exercises you can do for your core because it works your transverse abdominals or your “six pack” abdominal muscles. It also helps to  engage your back, arms, shoulders, glutes, and hamstrings.  Just a few of the reasons why I love planks so much! Continue reading Let’s Plank!

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