One of the things I've enjoyed the most from getting my RYT-500 status (Registered Yoga Teacher, 500 hours of training) and becoming a Certified Personal Trainer is learning about anatomy. Exercises and yoga poses make so much more sense when you have a little knowledge about anatomy. I'm certainly still no expert, but that's why we in the fitness industry can't stop learning and going to trainings. There's always more to learn, study, and test out.
In this post, we'll talk about the importance of having strong glutes, the muscle group itself, and 3 excellent ways to train them. Read on for more...
Homemade stock is an incredible way to enrich the flavor of your recipes. It's way better than store bought stock, and so rewarding to make. My aunt taught me how years ago— we both love to cook and she wrote out her chicken stock recipe for me and told me it was the perfect thing to do on a rainy weekend day. She's absolutely right. For all of you who love to cook, this makes a cold, rainy day so much fun. It's a great thing to do in the fall so that you can use the stock (or in my case, flavorbombs), in all kinds of hearty fall and winter dishes.
Because it takes pretty much all day, and a little attention, a rainy day at home really is the perfect chance to do this. When I make stock, I feel like the ultimate domestic goddess (HA!)... making the time-consuming stock, filling the house with the delicious smell of it all day, and preparing it for the freezer for future use in recipes. Though it may take some time, it's not difficult, and if you make these flavorbombs, you'll have little frozen concentrated doses to use for months to enrich your cooking. Read on for more...
Hi Friends! If you're looking for my yoga flows and sequences for your home practice, please view my YouTube Channel: Small Town Yogini. On that Channel, you'll find Gentle Flow videos, Vinyasa Flow videos, and a few workouts. Subscribing is free and makes it easier to find my videos! If you want more workouts, those are mostly listed on my Instagram page: small.town.yogini.
This yoga instructor is really, really missing her in-person teaching. The pandemic has made me pause my group gatherings. The thing I miss the most is my people.
Another thing I miss a lot about in-person teaching is how I sync my classes very tightly to the seasons and the changing of the seasons. There are so many lessons we can learn from nature. There is a lot of symbolism we can take from the transition of season to season. If we were meeting in person right now (around the fall equinox and the beginning of fall), I'd have a whole month of classes planned around the transition from summer to fall. Since I don't have that outlet right now, I decided to write about it. Read on for more...
I recently posted on Instagram about the lotus flower and I got so much feedback from it I decided to blog about it. All of the feedback relayed that the post had been encouraging. Since encouragement is a very good thing, I want to expound on that post just a little bit. Read on for a couple of my favorite lessons we can all learn from the famous little lotus flower and how it relates to your yoga practice.
This is by far my favorite way to prepare salmon. It's easy, healthy, quick, has easy-to-find ingredients, and is DELICIOUS. Read on for more.
Popcorn— the ultimate movie snack. Try one of these "recipes" the next time you pop a bag. Each of the 3 "recipes" are very simple ways to jazz up your popcorn. It doesn't get much easier (or tastier) than this. Read on for the details...
Well it snuck up on me: my 100th blog post. Oh, this isn't it. This is actually #103. (It really did sneak up on me.) My actual 100th post was about salsa. Which, in hindsight, is perfect because I do really love salsa. Oh well. Anyway, I do think that passing the 100th post is quite a milestone. It means that I've given time, effort, and haven't quit something that is challenging.
To celebrate, I wrote about it. This post is for all of you creative souls out there. This post is not merely about blogging. Most of this post is applicable to other adventures as well, and just life in general. It's more about life lessons that I've learned from doing something creative. Read on for more...
I love finding good sangria, because I believe it to be rare. (Unless you're in Spain— then it's all good!) I've been disappointed more times than not when ordering Sangria here in the States. Why? Because (to me) it's way too sweet. Yuck. I've tried to make it before and those recipes always disappointed me, too. Therefore I present to you my dry rosé sangria recipe that I am over the moon about.
Hi, I'm Blake. I love adventure, cooking, costume parties, wine, yoga, and reading...in that order. Follow my blog for yoga stuff, fitness tips, & healthy recipes...
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