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Conquer Anxiety Ansd Feelings Of Unease - Yoga Studio - Johns Creek

Conquer Anxiety And Feelings Of Unease

January 22, 2017

We all have times in our lives when we need to conquer anxiety and feelings of unease.  For me, it has been a tough couple of months, and I have been out of touch. Hiding. Resting. Renewing. Re-charting. We all need time to come home and to recommit to our mission and ourselves. To get …

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Cancer Survivor - Johns Creek Yoga Studio

How Being A Cancer Survivor Is Still Teaching Me To Embrace Every Day

December 26, 2016

I knew I needed to make an appointment with my gynecologist; that shouldn’t wait when you are a cancer survivor. Nevertheless, it had; and the year was ending. With a high yearly healthcare deductible met, I needed to squeeze my appointment in before the end of the year. That way, (I thought) it would be …

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Flourless Dark Chocolate Espresso Fudge Cake

November 12, 2016

Always in search of the “perfect” flourless chocolate espresso anything I made this for election night.  Sometimes the best remedy for stress is a little bit of chocolate! We thought this turned out well.   Really moist and with just the right amount of sweetness to be topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with strawberries. …

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Sedona Sunset

10 Ways to Cultivate Hope in Your Life

October 18, 2016

We are entering a space between stories. Something hurts in there. Can you feel it?   We are one earth, one tribe, one people, and we are all in this together. We all go through times in life that challenge us and that require a deeper strength to get us through like those times when …

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one dish dinner

One Dish Dinner – Sweet Potato, Broccoli, & Chicken

October 18, 2016

Are you ready for a one dish dinner that is quick and easy but feeds the soul?  This one dish dinner will not leave you wanting.  This is as “fall” as it gets with lots of herbs, healthy ingredients, and only 35 minutes from start to table.  It is definitely a keeper at our house …

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Gratitude

The Benefits Of Yoga: 5 Important Facts You Need To Know

October 11, 2016

According to a recent “Yoga in America” study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance, the number of people experiencing the benefits of yoga has increased by 57 percent to over 36 million If a yoga practice isn’t on your current calendar or to-do-list, you are missing out on one of the most wonderful and …

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Grace Under Fire #miracleformike

September 14, 2016

Sometimes, the fear of saying the wrong thing squelches us into silence. This may never be more true than when it comes to a cancer diagnosis.  Sometimes, it’s easier not to write for the fear of not putting your words correctly to paper. However, in this moment, I choose to overcome these fears and share …

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The Habits That Finally Helped Me Find My Authentic Self

August 31, 2016

My latest is up at mindbodygreen.  Here is a excerpt: “Do you ever find yourself wondering if there’s something more to life? I know that I did years ago as I completed treatment for breast cancer and then scant weeks later bid my mother farewell. I held her hand in mine and placed my other …

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4 Ways To Uncover And Connect With Your Authentic Self

August 2, 2016

For many years I lived outside of my body, denying that there was an inside. Staying busy every second with the inconsequential stuff one can come up with to keep the focus outside. I didn’t realize that my body was a multilayered canvas, as I stayed unconnected to my thoughts, instincts, and desires. Our body …

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Hiking Break - Yoga in Sedona Arizona

A Yoga Sequence To Find Inner Strength, Stat

July 26, 2016

My latest is up at mindbodygreen!  I recently had the opportunity to visit Sedona, Arizona where I was able to practice yoga every day and capture this yoga sequence geared toward grounding and exploring your inner warrior. Sometimes life can get overwhelming and we feel as though we have lost our ability to focus, connect, …

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Hope and Daryl

Holding Hope: Meet Daryl

May 4, 2016

I spent some time recently hanging with my teenage daughter and talking about world happenings. I won’t go into detail as we all have already heard so much. Most of us are saturated with news stories about terrorism, politics, and more. I try not to spend a lot of time around the negative, but found …

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How Yoga Made Me Look 10 Years Younger

March 4, 2016

Yoga was a catalyst for my own transformation. I share the details in my latest piece up at mindbodygreen this morning; “How Yoga Made Me Look 10 Years Younger”. Please take a moment to read and share. It is always my hope that my words and teachings will be the catalyst for someone else’s journey into …

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Vegetable Soup with Bread

Evolving Vegetable Soup Bowl

February 26, 2016

I named this the Evolving Vegetable Soup Bowl because I never make exactly the same soup twice. It all depends on what’s in the house. I make as much as the pot will hold and then I always freeze some stock and soup for when I am in a pinch or when someone needs a …

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How To Handle The Holidays After The Loss Of A Loved One

December 28, 2015

I have been deeply touched by so many that I know that are dealing with loss this holiday season. Most of what I write comes as inspiration and is most always based on my own journey. This piece published at MindBodyGreen is near and dear and it is my hope that it will lift others …

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5 Ways I Overcame An Infertility Diagnosis

November 14, 2015

Infertility is a sensitive topic and my heart goes out to anyone who has struggled with this issue.  I remember the depth of pain in hearing someone tell me that it just wasn’t going to happen.  I remember the heart breaking ups and downs that went along with the journey.   Our stories may all …

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Woman Meditating

3 Breathing Practices That Bring Balance, Calm, and Focus to Body and Mind, Part 3

July 24, 2015

In part one of this series we covered the importance of the breath in providing prana or vital energy to the physical and subtle layers of the body.  Flowing through nadi’s or energy channels throughout the body and through energy centers known as chakra’s the quality of the breath sets the tone for the state …

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Yoga Mats of Different Types

How to Choose a Yoga Mat, Part 2: Five Mat Reviews

July 16, 2015

In  “How To Chose A Yoga Mat, Part 1: Tips To Consider” I covered some tips to consider when you’re ready to buy a yoga mat. In this post, I’ll review the 5 yoga mats provided by YogaOutlet.com for my students to test drive.  Here are our thoughts! Jade Lightweight Travel Mat I practice mostly …

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Hope with Mat Aveva

How To Choose a Yoga Mat; Part 1: Tips To Consider

July 10, 2015

Over the past few months I have engaged my students in trying different yoga mats to get their input and preferences. With the generous assortment of mats provided by YogaOutlet.com, we tested mats from various manufacturers such as Jade, Manduka, Sol (by Gaiam), Gaiam, and La Vie Boheme.  There were 3 travel mats, a heavy-duty practice …

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Intro To The Root Chakra (Muladara)

July 5, 2015

Chakras are energy centers along the spine located at major branches of the human nervous system.  Chakras are thought to be areas of biophysical energy in the human body.  Muladara is the first of the seven chakras and is located at the base of the spine.  It is the foundation on which all other chakras …

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Legs Up the Wall Yoga Pose for Great Sleep

The Only Yoga Pose You Need For Great Sleep

July 2, 2015

It turns out that if you lie in bed at night and stare at the ceiling you have plenty of company. Recent statistics show that more than 30% of the population suffers from insomnia and approximately 10 million people in the U.S. use prescription sleep aids.  Studies show that yoga can help with sleep. A regular …

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