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Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset This is a recent photo of the bridge progress in Louisville. Thanks Terry! Our dear city is getting not one, but two new bridges over the Ohio.

It is an insane project...pretty much a marvel to drive through it each day.

Things are happening. Lots of brainstorming and thinking about future plans around these parts...especially in regards to the studio and its future. I look forward to sharing on this blog once we are more solid on details.

In the meantime, I'm busy with thinking about it all. New ideas for everything...new websites, new places and spaces, maybe a new location of this here blog!?!? Don't worry, I'll keep you posted.

It was a great weekend full of reading, yoga, and book buying. I went a little nuts at Carmichael's new kids store on Bardstown Rd...

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The kids at school will be thrilled with these I'm sure.

As January comes to a close, I'm thrilled to report that resolutions are going strong. Little Free Library is up and I'm on my fifth book of the year. We've also got a definite plan on painting the upstairs. More on that later.

We also have had no snow days yet at school...hoping for just a few here in there in February. Ha...

 

love for louisville yoginis

10872871_853848854635215_7788253830373776530_oIt's Friday? Ok. Let's be real...I'm not getting down to business until Monday when I go back to work.

Sipping coffee this morning and catching up on blogs, resting some sore shoulders. After 108 Sun Salutations yesterday, they are feeling it a bit!

I just have to write this post to honor and thank the team at 502 Power Yoga for putting on such a fantastic event yesterday. It was a real blast.

I want to recognize the team of instructors I was lucky enough to teach with yesterday...so amazing. If you're local...check these gals out!

Christine Saladino @yogatwistonlife
Cat Larimore @gato108
Jamie Calzi @jlcalzz
Laurie LeCompte @LaurieKeet
Jessica Santos @yogaslush
Dana Pelc Skrodzki
Sarah Kellinger Smith @502poweryoga
Beth Harris Phelps
Taylor Mcfarlane Owen @taylormarie2219
Karen Alladin @binkosaurus
Heidi Bartholomew
Mimi Hahn @mimihahn

 

And there you have it. Big thank you to the gang at lululemon oxmoor for this amazing photo! Again, I slacked and only got a few with my phone.

Poses we've got 7 left...

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Ok. I'm going to be honest. I have really dislike this yearly, "pose of the week" challenge I gave myself. Why did I keep it up then? Because I'm super stubborn when it comes to goals that I give myself.

I just haven't enjoyed writing them at all. In fact, I'm not sure I like writing about yoga. For me, teaching and doing yoga is not something that is easily translated into words...especially ones you have to type out and properly punctuate.

So, we've got seven left. Do I follow through? Kind of. This is my last pose post of the year, we're getting all seven done today!

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Wow. Maria Villella makes it looks effortless yeah?! I really love this YouTube channel-- 1 Percent Theory. Great high quality video.

While I did post about Surya Namaskara in general, I realize that I have yet to touch on the basic postures individually that make up Surya Namaskara A + B: UtkatasanaUrdhva Hastasana, Ardha UttanasanaUttanasana, High Plank, Urdhva Mukha SvanasanaVirabhadrasana I

Click each pose name for a detailed description.

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Don't worry, there's a method to my madness as well. I'll be posting on it again, but on January 1st, I'll be teaching at a fun event hosted by 502 Power Yoga at the Kentucky Science Center. Various instructors from around the area will be leading the community in 108 Sun Salutations to kick off 2015, proceeds benefiting the Africa Yoga Project. 

So, we better know our Surya Namaskara right!?

 

 

how is it Thursday already?

How is it already Thursday!?! HOW!?

It's been a coffee filled week. Work at school has been rough...the kids are bonkers because we haven't been in school full days for a full week since before Christmas break! Eek! Have been bopping around doing lots of yoga, taking in two classes at 502 Power Yoga. If you missed my write up on this new studio in Louisville, check it out right here. 

Don't have much else to share today, just thought I'd check in...isn't this cinemagraph great? I found it in a list of 60 different ones on Buzzfeed...having trouble locating its creator other than his deviantArt site, which can be found here. 

a new studio in town: 502 Power Yoga

a9LXuSHdhero_slider3I am so excited about this.

About eight years ago, as a college student in Asheville, North Carolina, I didn't have much money at all, but also was getting really interested in yoga. Enter the Dave Farmar Power yoga podcast. In addition to a couple studio classes and the YMCA (where I worked the front desk for years), this was how I became addicted to yoga. Dave Farmar taught in the power yoga style founded by Baron Baptiste.

Fast forward a few years to Stavanger, Norway...I was still sweating my butt off (in a 250 sq. ft. studio apartment) to Dave Farmar. I love this very active style of vinyasa yoga, but it took a backseat to Ashtanga once I found Bristo Yoga School in Edinburgh, UK.

Fast forward again to now, 2014 where local yoginis Sarah K. Smith and Cat Larimore are opening the first Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga studio in Louisville: 502 Power Yoga.

I've been twitter + yoga pals with Cat for a few years (still cannot believe we haven't met IRL...we will soon definitely!) and when I found out she was opening a studio, I was beyond thrilled.

"Louisville needs this and it will be fabulous."  

They are offering a pre-opening special: $25 for 40 days of unlimited classes. Amazing!

Located at 2210 Dundee Rd, right in the Historic Douglass Loop. Perfect.

Their website is already flawless with info on teacher training, an energy exchange program, and a great schedule. Of course most classes are while I'm teaching my own, but I am going to really try and make an effort to get to classes...I need human interaction when I practice for a change!

Find them on Facebook or Twitter.

Local yogis: use the hashtag #502py and you'll be featured on their community page!

If you want to get a sneak peek, head over to the Louisville lululemon showroom  Saturday morning January 25th + February 1st at 8:45am for free (yes, as in complimentary!) classes from the 502 Power gals. I wish I could go, but alas, I'll be teaching my own classes. 

I can't wait to get out there and power vinyasa again!

a good feeling

2013-10-16_1381958994Yesterday, we made the final payment on our graduate school loans. Ahhhhhhhhh....that's me breathing a sigh of relief. We didn't have an insurmountable amount, but it was something for sure. Both Andrew and I absolutely hate having any debt, so it was tough to borrow the money in the first place. While it has been a great thing professionally for Andrew, I have yet to reap any financial benefits from my master's in modern & contemporary literature...who knew?!?! Haha, just kidding.

However, when we initially took out out loans, I knew it was just as much for the experience of living in Edinburgh, Scotland than for the education. It was a wonderful year for us. I value my education very much, but if we hadn't lived there, who knows if I would have found yoga. It was in Edinburgh that I started practicing seriously and discovered ashtanga. Big, big thank you to Bristo Yoga Studio, now Meadowlark Yoga for giving me a fantastic start in the practice.

Andrew and I made a promise to one another...that we would do everything in our power to have it paid off before we turned thirty. Well, I turn 29 next month--finished a whole year early! Woohoo! We've made many conscious decisions, big and small, that made it possible: no car payments, no cell phone contracts (plug for Virgin Mobile...prepaid smartphones rock my world), renting a small house instead of buying, shopping consignment and IKEA for clothes, furniture, etc, and going vegetarian at home has made a bit of a difference too. Things are good and I'm proud of us.

Also, I want to share this wonderful time-lapse tour of Louisville from Eric Stemen of videobred.  [vimeo http://vimeo.com/76161556]

This video makes me so glad to live back in Kentuckiana during this exciting time for Louisville. Each year we've been back, it gets more and more vibrant.

 

 

Camera Workout: Week 30

20130726_080443_1The weather has been absolutely ridiculous around here. So beautiful. The corn is everywhere around here. 20130727_185941_1

Kitty snuck into the studio... 20130727_175855_1

Running around out in the country. 20130727_150429_1

This weather was made for walking on the Big Four 2013-07-28 10.43.03We spotted some swimmers while walking up there...can only mean one thing: the IRONMAN in Louisville is only a few weeks away

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After walking the bridge we drove down to Versailles to visit Woodford Reserve 2013-07-28 13.44.57 Yes

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Lots of fermentation happening 2013-07-28 13.54.17 My main thought: what if this place caught on fire? 2013-07-28 14.26.10

I found Thunderbird Energetica in Rainbow Blossom! Go Texan.  20130729_121216_2 Back tomorrow with even more photos...July wrap-up and such!

 

 

 

life is better with...Holly Williams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-KSjainNGnw Currently obsessed with this new album from Holly Williams. She's Hank Williams' granddaughter and she's amazing. This album is produced by 1/2 of The Civil Wars (who are coming back with new music August 6th btw !!). She's headed to Uncle Slayton's in Louisville on the 30th...thinking I'm in.

Yoga: Summer 2013

Photo Apr 15, 6 45 11 PMYoga. I'm planning on doing and teaching a whole bunch of it this summer. I plan to study as much as possible, i.e. read a bunch from these books and try to practice (in some form) every day. 

I'm adding a couple new things to my schedule at the studio  and I'm going to be teaching a couple classes in Louisville as well! What I've finally learned this year (especially since discovering YogaGlo) is that this practice is not linear. You have great days, okay days, and down right crappy days. Aches and pains (dang left hip!) can force you to focus on things you don't naturally gravitate towards (backbending) and that is a good thing. I've officially left the Ashtanga vinyasa system for straight up vinyasa classes with Iyengar mixed in. Don't get me wrong, I still love Ashtanga and would practice it regularly if I lived near this teacher, but I don't, so my virtual instructors Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, Christina Sell, and Dice Iida-Klein along with various local teachers have taken over.

I look forward to a summer full of yoga with a little bit of Ashtanga thrown in there (I mean, come on Kino Macgregor is going to be at Yoga East again!) However, I am not going to give myself any specific yoga goals for the summer (I know, crazy right?!). I am just going to take it one day at a time.

If you're a local reader and want to come practice with me, here's my teaching schedule:

2nd & 4th Monday 5:45pm – 7:00pm Restorative Yoga

Tuesday 9:00am – 10:00am Yoga II *starts May 28th

Tuesday 6:00 – 7:00 pm Yoga for Healthy Living

Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00pm Yoga II 

Thursday 6:00 – 7:00 pm Yoga for Healthy Living

Saturday 9:30 – 10:30 am  Flow Yoga

In addition to these ongoing classes, I'll be offering three workshops, which will be $15.00

Strengthen Your Core                Saturday, May 25   11:00am – 12:30pm Upper Body and Arm Strength    Saturday, June 1     11:00am – 12:30pm Developing a Home Practice        Saturday, June 15   11:00am – 12:30pm

Hope to see you soon if you feel like yoga-ing in Kentuckiana!

too much to do

Diptic

I want to ask the question: how is it possible to be bored these days?

There is so much I want to do, read, see, make, eat, drink, watch, that at the end of every day I am left wishing I had a few hours.

I love this show and want to finish it, but also have this show and my favorite show ever starting back and I have still never seen The Wire, which let's face it, I know I'm missing out big time.

I am reading this book, but also have another bookclub selection, and some books for work that I'd like to read...Not to mention the long awaited My Friend series that always just sits around waiting...

Then I get really overwhelmed when I start thinking about all the classes I want to do here...then I would also love to get back into running...then I would also love to cook every recipe on Sprouted Kitchen, Shutterbean, andhere.

Oh and I would also like to this restaurant, go to the Louisville Science Center to see this exhibit

PLUS......I would love to plan/go on a vacation, take more photos, more motorcycle rides, blog posts to write, blogs to read, cocktails to make, yoga workshops to attend, and ETC, ETC, ETC, ETC.

I love how accessible things are these days and how much Louisville has changed since I last lived here. There are too many options and I love it...but it kinda makes my head want to pop off...please tell me I'm not alone?!?!

Oh wait...I guess I also have to work too....

bummer.

some rando photos for a Happy Friday!

Happy Happy Happy Happy Friday y'all! I am so so so so so ready for this weekend. Life has been a little exhausting lately. I have been feeling pretty terrible all week with a nasty head cold...my entire workplace is overrun with it right now. I'm on the mend--felt pretty normal today.

These are some rando photos of daily life lately:

1. is that not the cutest boy you've ever seen!?!? 2. that cutest big boy dragging out ever one of my shoes and threatening to chew while I'm at work...including my Danskos, Jessica Simpson patent leather flats, Chacos, and various mary janes?!? That means shoes are being put up in strange places. 3. sick in bed w/ the Bagel Boys 4. my dishtowels are disgusting. 5. dogs and computers 6. menu planning for the week 7. not letting me make the bed...again 8. THE BAGEL BOYS 9.  the second wireless mouse Reuben has destroyed...he is the cutest boy right?!? At least that's what I told myself as I swiped my card, purchasing another new mouse this afternoon. 10. EarthFare Louisville is now open! It is SOO nice! Great beer section, AMAZING bulk department...ahhh it was amazing. Too bad it's so far from my house, I doubt I'll regularly get over there.

No plans whatsoever for the weekend. THANK. GOD.

a very special...Listen to This!

I am so excited for today's edition of "Listen to This!"

The Louisville area now has its own local podcast! Woohoo! Twitter pals and bloggers Melissa and Linda are podcasting about life in Louisville at Louisville, Not Kentucky. It's so fun to listen when I am familiar with the voices (or one voice, haven't actually met Linda IRL...ha!) and the locales. I love podcasts and have often dreamed of doing one--it takes guts to put yourself out there and they are doing awesome! 

Topics discussed on the first episode? Jungle Jim's, bourbon, drag shows, Breaking Bad, and Romancing the Stone!! This was MADE for me! Ha!

Oh, and how adorable is their logo?!?! Designed by Kyle Ware.

"'Breaking Bad' And a Little Sad" Pop Culture Happy Hour - July 20, 2012

"The Ripple Effect from rising food prices" Talk of the Nation - July 25, 2012

"Christopher Beha, On Faith and Its Discontents" Fresh Air - July 26, 2102

"It Was All A Dream (Or: Turns out spoilers are good for you)" All Things Considered - July 26, 2012

"The xx perform live" Q with Jian Gomeshi - July 27, 2012

Happy listening!

Happy Friday Y'all! Listen to This!

"Dr. Nora Volkow" The Diane Rehm Show -- July 9, 2012 This lady has a crazeballs accent and the show was very interesting.

"Summer Strut 2012" Slate Culture Gabfest - July 11, 2012 Loved this episode last summer. Here is the link to their massive Summer Strut playlist---it's amazing!

"'Margaret:' Inside the 'Fall' Of a Teenager" Fresh Air - July 11, 2012

"Exploited Labor in the USA" On Point with Tom Ashbrook - July 10, 2012 Just listen to this if you think your job is bad.

"Spiders and Kittens and Lots of Gratitude" NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour - July 13, 2012 Only because of the mutual, "OMG I'm finally watching Breaking Bad too!" feeling.

Happy Friday everyone! In a few weeks, I'll be back to having true Happy Fridays (with the start of my new job!) for myself. The past few months it has been just another day for me. I've had a wonderful time being off, but am very much looking forward to getting back to work.

We had a wonderful first week at the studio! Many thanks to all who attended class--can't wait to keep going!

Heading to Forecastle tomorrow. The company Andrew works for has a tent, that's where we'll be most of the day....except when Girl Talk comes on...at that point I imagine we'll look something like this:

Haha, just kidding...Andrew likes to dance, but hates live music...does an engineer with a laptop count though?

Music and theater this weekend in Louisville

Midway through another week. It might make me sound old and boring, but I'll just say it: time is sure flying by lately. I feel like the weeks just keep barreling forward--we're already halfway through July?! Say wha?!?!?

Excited for this coming weekend. Andrew and I are going to spend all day Saturday at the Forecastle Music Festival. I will finally get to dance my tail off to the spastic sounds of Girl Talk. 

I also want to put in a plug for a new play opening tomorrow night at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Eric Welch, a local actor and friend of a dear fellow yogini, co-wrote and produced this new production, Circus Circus. So exciting! The subject matter is a little controversial, but that usually makes for great theater in my opinion.

There are several other fun things theater and music related happening this weekend. Diana Krall? Shakespeare in the Park? Yes please.

source, source

Louisville: 60

Wow...we made the right decision! Now that we've been living back home for over a year now, I can say this with confidence.

After living in Asheville,  Stavanger, Edinburgh, and Austin, I can honestly say that Kentuckiana is exactly where I want to be...and not just because it's where I am from originally.

Louisville and the surrounding areas (yay Corydon!) are blossoming daily--full of new business, art, and culture. The area has all the comforts of city living, but all the charm of rural living.

I love love love this new video from Possibility City

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check out more heart locale prints here. 

Orbis Yoga -- One of the Best in Louisville!

Happy Friday Y'all!! Also, Happy Oaks Day!

A few weeks ago a photographer came to class--great shots of the ladies at Orbis -- many thanks to Julie! 

Also, Orbis just got voted #4 best yoga studio in Louisville!

So wonderful -- I have had the best experience with this course and am already getting sad to leave these ladies next month. We have been studying together since October and it is such a great group.

check out the class schedule at Orbis here. 

photos by Julie Holloway

Derby time and a new "Voice" in Town

Well, it's almost officially Derby season I think...

For the first time in 9 years I will get to see all the festivities--so excited!

My pal Danielle over at Lou What Wear gave me the heads up on the brand new magazine from weekly newspaper, The Voice-Tribune of Louisville.  A guide to all things Derby, which I am sure I'll need. Andrew and I kinda want to get into it since it's our first year back.

I'm loving the hat on this cover girl...does this mean that Kentucky ladies are going to start looking to the Royal Wedding for headwear inspiration for May 5th?!? LET'S HOPE SO!

Where do I even begin?!? Do I need a hat?! A fancy dress?!