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Talk about an “all-in-one” fitness stretch for any sport. Half bound lotus is a hamstring, hip, and shoulder opener all wrapped into one juicy package. After a thorough warm up to open the hamstrings, hips, and shoulders, here are the steps I use to get into this pose. 1) Start from a seated forward fold. […]

Hiking used to scare me. It wasn’t because of the potential of getting lost and surviving off of berries and twigs for days. It also wasn’t the possibility of getting eaten by a bear or a hungry coyote. My anxiety had more to do with the “leave no trace” policy of the woods and having […]

Developing balance along with the ability to maintain or increase hip mobility are two things that any athlete wouldn’t mind having in their repertoire. This pose does both! Below are the steps to get into this pose for you to easily incorporate it into your fitness routine. 1) Start in a standing position with legs […]

It’s not fun to fall. It’s a can be a scary experience where your whole world can feel upside down, and landing is something you have no control of. There’s always a moment where things feel good. And I mean GOOD. You’re in control, things are going your way, and you think, “Man, this is […]

After few weeks of holiday bliss, I may be mistaken, but somewhere in bathrooms around the globe, there was a chorus of women’s voices saying, “Oh my God, if went up a *fill-in-the-blank* size, I’m getting fat!”. Sound familiar? Or how about this one, “I’m at *fill-in-the-blank* weight?! Oh my GAWD! This is the heaviest […]

In my family, it is no secret that I am a plant killer. Even with the best of intentions of cultivating beauty or life, I can expertly kill a plant by way of starvation or letting a house roaming dog consume or urinate on the flora. But mostly it’s my inability to take the time […]

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 […]

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