Gettin’ Muddy!

What a crazy week this past week has been!

The highlights of the week were: I locked down a place to teach yoga, Colin and I were picked to film for a TV show (more details to come but I had to move my hair appointment up!!!!), sushi dinner to celebrate with our fav sushi chef in town Duii and taking the enduros out for a ride.

Beautiful and delicious things were made right after this picture was taken!

Beautiful and delicious things were made right after this picture was taken!

Today Colin and I took off on the bikes for a while. It rained here recently so we had plenty of mud to play and get stuck in! I got mine proper stuck, lots of fun getting her out of this!

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Look mom, no hands!

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There use to be a time when I would get pissed if I got mud on my designer pants, now the dirtier the better! You can’t really tell in this picture due to the lighting but I was covered in mud.

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There was also a family walk. Ava put it in 4-paw drive and booked it through every puddle she could get into! Her and I have some things in common :)

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Hope you all have a wonderful week!!!

Put Out Positive Vibes & Good Things Happen!

In December I was offered a chance to teach two donation classes at a local studio! You have no idea how excited I was for this opportunity, especially since I am graduating with my 200 hour Yoga Certification in March.

For the past month I have been working on a class, working on the playlist and practice teaching the class on a couple of people during lunch at my work gym. They are awesome co-workers!!!

With the first of the year, the studio revamped their scheduled and changed something around, which is totally great!! New year, new changes, new freshness!

Sadly with that, I found out today that I will not be teaching there, cue sad face :(

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Slightly bummed but the truth is, I don’t get too disappointed with things because in the end, things always work out for the better!

Tonight I had a meeting with a local wellness center and it could not have gone better!!! Starting in April I will be starting up their yoga program!!! SO EXCITED!!!

Working on the schedule now! Probably do a 6am class one morning, a couple of classes in the evening after work then a weekend class or two. On top of that we want to do a workshop each month!

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Positive things happen when you put positive vibes out there! Put in the practice, put in the work and you will achieve your goals!!!

 

 

White Water Kayaking in Bryson City, NC

For Spring Break a couple of years back Colin and I hopped on our motorcycles and headed up to Gatlinburg, TN.

Stop on the way up to Gaitlenburg

Stop on the way up to Gatlinburg

The first day we rode up to Atlanta to stay with some friends for the night. Bright and early the next day we drove up 441 through the Smokey Mountains up to Gatlinburg.

My FJR up in the Smokies!

My FJR up in the Smokies!

It was an awesome trip filled with zip-lining:

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Slaying the Dragon:

129 Slayer. Check out his website for more pictures of people slayer The Dragon!

129 Slayer. Check out his website for more pictures of people slayer The Dragon!

Then we popped over to Bryson City, NC for some white water kayaking!!!

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If you want to read about our White Water Kayaking adventure, Check out my article here that was published last week on Bucket List Publications!!!

Yoga Teacher Training – Weekend 10

10 months of Yoga Teacher Training down, 2 more to go!!!

For the first training of the New Year, we took things “Back To Basics”.

We started the weekend with meditation, specifically Candle Gazing. Using a candle during meditation is a great way to have a focus. The teacher led us through a candle gazing meditation then afterwards we broke up into small groups and each led one on our own.

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Last month we got an introduction to Sivananda Yoga. This month, one of the 500 hour students taught us the Sivananda sequence. Later in the training weekend, we broke into groups and lead the sequence ourselves.

  • Sirsasana – Headstand
  • Sarvangasana – Shoulder Stand
  • Halasana – Plough Pose
  • Matsyasana – Fish Pose
  • Paschimottanasana – Forward Bend
  • Bhujangasana – Cobra
  • Salabhasana – Locust
  • Dhanurasana – Bow Pose
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana – Half Lord of the Fish Pose (Spinal twist)
  • Kakasana – Crow
  • Pada Hasthasana – Hands to Feet Pose
  • Trikonasana – Triangle Pose

We also had a 200 hour student graduation. Edie is an awesome teacher and led an amazing class!!!

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Philosophy, yoga therapy, inspiration for yoga classes rounded out the weekend :)
crowStill can’t believe that in 2 months I will be graduating with my 200 hour certification! Then next month I start my Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training!!! Graduation for Prenatal will be this summer!!! Can’t wait to teach prenatal yoga!!

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Off-Roading At Richloam

Happy 2015 Friends!! Hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and are enjoying the first day of 2015 :)

Colin and I spent the last day of 2014 riding our enduros off-road through the woods. I can’t think of a better way to ride out of the year!

We rented an U-haul van to transport the bikes up to Richloam for a day of fun.

It has rained the past couple of days so we knew we were going to have a muddy ride. Which if you aren’t getting dirty then you are doing something wrong!

it's like two peas in a pod only it's two bikes in a van

it’s like two peas in a pod only it’s two bikes in a van

We loaded up our bikes, the riding gear, tools and spare tires/tubes then set off for the drive north.

Florida is flat but as you drive about an hour north of Tampa you start getting into some nice hills. They aren’t mountains but they are higher than flat. With the hills come forests. The best part about the forests is driving through them exploring.

As we made our way into Richloam, we took the scenic road to the grass lot to park.

Driving out to the trails

Driving out to the trails

Even passed a couple of honeybee areas!

Honeybees!

Honeybees!

We reached our destination and it was time to get this show on the trails.

Pre-ride photo shoo

Pre-ride photo shoot

You always have to get the pre-ride clean clothes pic. 30 minutes from when we took this pic we were over knee-deep in water.

Oh the water! Heading down the trails coming up to the endless abyss of water. Most you can go through but there are some that you can’t.

Colin takes the lead going through the water and I follow his line. Usually I hang back a little just in case he finds a deep part that I can’t make it through then I can find another path to take.

Yesterday I was feeling ambitious. We road through small lake after small lake. Some deeper than the others. Some were longer than the others and some were wider than the others.

We were lucky in a few cases as there was a strip of road that was just wide enough for the tires next to the small lake to ride on. With that you would get hit with the trees and tree branches hanging.

Then we came to “The Swamp”, that is what I am calling it. We did ride through another section that looked like this so when we came up to this one, well why not go for it.

Colin took off and was making great way so I followed in. About 10 feet from the end I see him dip down a bit but I was pretty sure I could make it through.

I was wrong. Way wrong. I did make it through to the other side but I had to push my bike out of the water to last 10 feet.

End result. Water logged. Everywhere. Day was done. Some water is just too deep.

Some would have seen it as a dead-end. I saw it as a challenge. My bike saw it as death.

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In our excitement to get out on the trails, we left the tow strap in the van. So while Colin took off back to the van for the tow strap, I hung out with the bike and enjoyed nature. The below pic is what was right after the above pic. I was 10 ft from more riding adventure!!!

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It is hunting season up in Richloam so while I was enjoying my time in nature, I could hear the dogs howling away. I also got to hear the buzzing of mosquitoes. If you head out to Richloam, bring your bug spray!!!!

As soon as you stop, you will be swarmed! I took a small bath in bug spray. You will not be seducing anyone but you will not be eaten alive.

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About 30 minutes later I could hear the KTM roaring through the woods. My Knight In Orange KTM Armor was on his way to get me!!!

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From where the XT died and the van was a good 4 miles or so. We had about 1 miles of off-roading to do then 3 miles on the road to make our way back. If my bike was running it would have been no problem but I had to get towed.

The 3 miles down the road was super easy but the 1 mile off-road through the small lakes and mud, that was something. If you have had to tow a motorcycle with another motorcycle, you know what I am talking about.

We did make it back in a reasonable amount of time. By this time, there was one other car in the parking lot. We got to spend a few minutes talking to that guy. He was from TN and has spent the last 10 days hiking different places around Florida.

We warned him that it is hunting season so be aware as well as bring extra bug spray. I think he appreciated our advice.

After we took our riding gear off, we changed into some dry clothes. Just in time for the drizzle to start. Instead of rushing to get everything loaded up, we sat in the back of the van with the rear doors open so we could enjoy the light rain. It was also the perfect time to fire up the jet boil to make lunch. Freeze dried food never tasted so good!

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Ladies, in case you are wondering about my hair style. I can tell you, hair like that you can’t get in a salon. That look involves sweat with a helmet shoved on your head.

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The badass KTM 525 saves the adorable XT225.

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As soon as we got home and unloaded the van, XT went into the ICU. Everything came off and got drained. Hopefully in a couple of days she will be up and running again.

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Backyard Moves

It’s been a great vacation so far!

Every morning we roll out of bed and do yoga, in our newly finished home yoga “studio”. Even added a little heater for those days when hot yoga sounds like fun!

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and this little gem joins in. She is a huge fan!

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There has also been a lot of riding. I can’t fully express how happy I am back off-road. Don’t get me wrong, I love riding on the road but off-roading is so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Disclaimer for the above video. I always wear safety gear (helmet, gloves, pants, boots). For the sake of this video and the few minutes I was riding during it, I didn’t put my helmet or riding pants on (yes, I am wearing yoga pants).

Along with riding off-road, we have been riding in the backyard. Just practicing riding slow while standing, great for better balance! Not to mention, great for working out your legs!

We even built an obstacle course in our backyard. That is super fun!! Today I played around on them. This video was taken as the camera laid between two ramps we have set up.

There will be more videos to come. Working on my filming and editing skills. Stayed tune on that front :)

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Yeah, our furbabies are kind of awesome!

Happiness Is…An Enduro

Last week my husband and I both bought ourselves an enduro. For that coming home story click HERE!!!

For the past week, we have taken them out for a couple of rides. Due to me being a day walker (my husband’s term for 9 to 5 people), I only got to ride a little bit after work. Basically race home, change into my riding gear and take off on the bike. That translates into about 15 minutes before sun down…LAME! But I will take a ride any where I can.

In other news, it is only 78 days until Day Light Savings Time. If you are like me, you want to know important facts like that!

Post work ride

Post work ride

Today was my first official day on vacation! That means for the next 17 days you will find me either riding my motorcycle or doing yoga! OR maybe even doing both! Yeah, what’s up ;)

Dancer and enduros

Dancer and enduros

Strike a pose!

Strike a pose! So this technically is not a yoga pose but it doesn’t have to be if you are having fun!!

We had a great ride today! My breathing has been acting up the last couple of days but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. Just go for an “easy” ride. Go slow and stay in the saddle, no standing. Ride but don’t push too hard.

Anyone that rides knows that is what you may tell yourself when you know you have to take it easy but that isn’t how it will end up going. It did at first, but then the twisting of the throttle took over, well before I knew it, I was going fast and standing up.

Luckily, my lungs didn’t punish me too bad for that. I forgot to use my inhaler so I thought it was going to be way worse than what it actually was!! Small victories!!

Colin had a blast riding the new KTM around! She got a nice mud bath today!!!

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The muddy place he rode though was the same place that this happened to me years ago when I was first learning to ride on my other XT. Aww, memories!