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  It’s really interesting how it takes a little butt whooping to put perspective on things. While I was getting ready for my first Jiu Jitsu competition, I had a sparring session with a fellow guy team mate. In the most efficient and gentlemanly way, he proceeded to kick my ass. After the session, I […]

This is going to sound really un-yogic, but I’m naturally a competitive person. After years of playing soccer with boys, a 3 time overall winner of fitness competitions, and most recently having competed and placed 3rd in my first Jiu Jitsu competition, I think it’s a sure bet to say that I like to push […]

If you’ve ever seen a fist throwing, tooth jarring, blood splattered UFC fight, nobody would blame you for thinking that being yogic has nothing to do with grappling. After all, the first principle rule of yoga is Ahimsa, or to do no harm. Which may be hard to see in the flurry of fists and kicks. I’m here to say […]

 There are triathletes, and there are yogis. But they don’t have to be different people, they can be one in the same. In my first Q&A with a YogAthlete, I am honored to talk with IronMan athlete, Yoga practitioner and teacher, and overall badass, the amazing Bine Trujillo (who also happens to be my best friend and […]

My sister and I used to ride horses (she was way better at it, probably because she’s not violently allergic). I remember going to her horse shows and being in awe of the beautiful show horses that were preened and polished to their absolute best while they strutted their stuff around the show grounds. I […]

Lets face it, being faced with a challenge can suck. The other day I had the challenge of trying in one trip to unload 7 full bags of groceries up two flights of stairs during a freak hail storm…in flip flops. I knew that the challenge would suck, and I could have easily waited and […]

I’d definitely say that I’m an intermediate to advanced person when it comes to the fitness fail. I sucked at half marathons, (which I probably could have run backwards and had the same pitiful pace average) cheated on a diet, (that Nutella was spoiling) and most definitely had some yoga fails (splat). But what I’ve […]

Have you ever seen someone in yoga class move effortlessly into an arm balance? Invert into handstand with ease? It is without questions that postures like arm balances and inversions require exceptional technique, but another important factor can also be your strength. There are many benefits to doing strength training including increased bone density, reduced […]

I have a confession, I used to think yoga was for pansies. I have always considered myself an athlete: softball in high school, cheerleading in college, running, powerlifting, and even competing nationally in physique. My first experiences in yoga were badly disguised in the form of DVDs and group exercise in non-yoga focused facilities. They […]