I was inspired to write this blog this morning because it’s Valentine’s Day and I seriously LOVE this holiday so wanted to share some LOVE by telling you about one of my favorite restorative stretches, “The Heart Bench.”
I remember learning the heart bench during my 500-hour yoga teacher training. I had a really tight upper back from all of the running and swimming I was doing and it was just what I needed.
This past weekend my fiance and I scoured the Western coast of Michigan to find a wedding venue. I have always dreamed of getting married right on Lake Michigan and we wanted the venue to be somewhat close to our hometown in Cincinnati, OH.
I had so much fun making this list!! It is made up of the wisdom of our guide, the silly of the group I took down to Phantom Ranch and the knowledge of the amazing people we met along the way.
I received this email last week...
I love your emails but after reading this last post of yours I have to ask, where do you find the time to exercise EVERY day! As a single mom of two, I try and fail and end up running/working out only twice a week. Do you have any tips?
After reading this I thought this is a great topic to address so here you go!
I love a good hike. It’s such an amazing way to slow down and look around. Plus, it’s a great way to build a solid fitness foundation and to prevent injury. I run a lot, but make sure to get out and hike one to two days per week to give my legs, body and mind a rest.
I have been to Sleeping Bear Dunes dozens of times, but discovered a new way to experience this beautiful place a few years ago. This off the beaten path adventure is for you if you would like to see more, cover more mileage and would rather do a loop vs an out an back excursion. I really enjoy this 7-mile loop that begins on a paved path for 2 miles, traverses the dunes from miles 2 to 5 and runs along the beach for the last 2 miles.
I grew up in Cincinnati. As an outdoorsy person it can be a bit of a struggle living here and I dream of moving to areas with better trail running and hiking. I love getting off the beaten path, especially in the mountains and along big rivers. Some of my favorite places to trail run are Asheville in North Carolina, Estes Park in Colorado, Santa Cruz in California, Red River Gorge in Kentucky and the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan.
I think we can all agree that injuries stink! I have had my fair share. I have had plantar fasciitis, IT Band Syndrome (this is a pain that runs from the hip down the side of the leg), knee pain, hip pain and shoulder pain. These injuries slowed me down, kept me from going on the adventures I craved and made exercising a struggle when I was able to get out and move. I can happily say, though, that I am currently injury free…
Can you imagine waking to the sunrise at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with coffee in hand? As you watch the morning sun splash multitudes of colors agains the sandstone rocks and formations you actually feel restored after your long ten mile hike in the previous day. After a good nights sleep in a comfy bed, the restorative yoga the night before, and a good, hearty meal you feel like a million bucks and ready to explore more...
The "Be Fierce & Flourish Mt Leconte Climb Adventure" was my first trip alone away from my then one-year-old son. I suffered from postpartum depression for many months after his birth, so motherhood became an infinite struggle as I worked to build my identity, partly from what I was before he was born, but mostly into my new role as a mother and who I was apart from him...