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How Cloth Diapering is going

Years before we found out we were pregnant, I envisioned using cloth diapers for my babies.  Once I became pregnant, I decided to begin with disposable diapers until the baby's BMs got more solid and less frequent - easier and less to clean.  So about 4 months into motherhood, we were full fledge cloth diapering. ... Continue Reading →

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Mentone + Desoto State Park

Fall has been here for a few weeks, but with the weather finally cooling down, it FEELS like autumn is officially here!  Some people enjoy pumpkin spice everything, and while I can appreciate that, I'm excited to get outside in the fresh air! Friday afternoon, my husband, baby and puppy took a short drive to... Continue Reading →

6 months of motherhood

I cannot believe my baby is half a year old!  He seems so big, and has grown so much... but he's still a baby.  Thank God! Babies are my favorite; infant age is my favorite phase but it has been much harder with my own child.  I never expected being a mother would be simple,... Continue Reading →

Then and now, same, but different

Hey there! I know I have not been posting regularly (due to that mom life), but if this blog is helping me work through feelings and share my experiences, it has to be a priority. To see where I am, it's interesting to go back through older posts to see where I've been.   I... Continue Reading →

New Moon Monday crazies

Goodness gracious. Sunday night was the new moon, and apparently I thought it was a good time to adjust Lucca's sleeping routines.  We bed share, and even though it is controversial, it works for us.  We do it as safe as possible, and I do not see it as an issue.  What needs to change... Continue Reading →

Honoring your time and yourself

There are days in all our lives when we feel run down, spread too thin, lost, without purpose, or just tired.  I become tired often, so often it is as though I live in a perpetual state of tiredness.  During these times or days or maybe weeks, it is common to question personal decisions.  I... Continue Reading →

Yoga Poses for Every Day

The summer days are busy with vacations, road trips, camps, family time, swimming, and work!  How can we manage to give time to ourselves when the days seem to get away from us?  And now school is beginning and activities are picking up.  Where does the time go and how do we make time for... Continue Reading →

Flashback through Pregnancy

I shared a lot of my pregnancy journey through blog entries and on my Instagram page, but here are a few photos to highlight the time while baby bear was in my belly!  It all goes by so fast; life is fleeting . . .    

Breastfeeding love

Some people are weird about breastfeeding, especially in public.  I believe I was even raised to think the same thing, it should be in private.  Did you know it is much more accepted in Europe and Africa?  Most people don't give it a second thought if they spot you nursing your child on a park... Continue Reading →

Importance of Positive Thoughts

The Importance of Positive Self Talk. How you talk to yourself and about yourself affects how you act and speak around others.  Are you loving towards yourself or do you have a tendency to get down and harsh when you stumble?  Do you give yourself room to breathe and compassion or immediately turn to self-pity? ... Continue Reading →

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Being a mother is never easy.  Even when days, or more likely moments of the day, run smoothly, there is always a chance of that changing.  Here are a few truths I have learned with my three- month old boy:   The Good Lucca naps lying on my chest, and I have just gotten used... Continue Reading →

Postpartum Yoga + Life

Nothing could prepare me for motherhood or a postpartum yoga practice.  People warned me, but motherhood is something no one really understands until it's experienced on a personal level (like many life phases).  I was told numerous times how hard, wonderful, and tiring having a baby would be.  I was prepared as much as possible... Continue Reading →

Lucca’s Birth Story

It has taken me quite a while to write this story.  Nothing went as I planned (even though I was open-minded), and I think I have been feeling slightly guilty and embarrassed since I gave birth.  Lucca arrived perfectly, and all is well now.  But I am still not content in how it all happened,... Continue Reading →

How diverse is your diet?

I just finished up watching Queer Eye, and it really inspired me to get in the kitchen!  Antony (the chef) and I would be best friends if he knew me!  He would probably be annoyed with my veganism and allergies, but love me as a person.  Or that is what I'm telling myself!  Anyway, I... Continue Reading →

Am I the Problem?

We all question ourselves and our abilities.  Am I doing a good job? Am I doing this wrong?  What can I do better?  Am I the problem?   The first night home from the hospital, I was a mess.  Mainly due to the fact I slept 2-3 hours a day for our 3 day stay... Continue Reading →

A heart of gratitude

A few nights ago: Sitting quietly, watching The Office (what else), enjoying a beer, and being so thankful. We have gotten into a routine, and I think it helps baby bear.  Each night at 8:30, Lucca gets a bath or showers with me, pajamas, big bottle of breastmilk from Papa, snuggles, and falls asleep on... Continue Reading →

Acceptance

Ther other day I listened to a webinar that really resonated with me. One of the topics was body positivity versus acceptance and reality.  What one of the women said spoke directly to me.  Here is what I took from the conversation... We don't have to LOVE our flaws, we just have to find PEACE... Continue Reading →

Dearest Lucca

Dearest Lucca,   You coming into our lives has been a gift. You try my patience as you teach me infinite love. You worry me with your crying while you warm my heart with snuggles. You have stolen sleep from my nights, but I get to watch you sleep and make precious breathing sounds. You... Continue Reading →

For my [future] daughter:

I saw this cycling around Facebook a while ago and wanted to save and share it.  Whenever we do have a girl, this will be helpful. *Also, I do not know who originated this, but if you do, please let me know so I can credit them! Rules For My Daughter:  1. Make your bed... Continue Reading →

Help! I need somebody!

Help!  Not just anybody. It is SO hard for me to ask for help. One of my go-to themes in my personal yoga practice and classes is surrender.  To let go.  It is exactly what I need to work on now and is becoming increasingly more difficult.  Having control makes me feel organized, put together. ... Continue Reading →

Rough day

It has been a day. Prepare for some candid, colorful language... Holy shit, motherhood is hard.  My sweet baby and I drove to Springville (about 30 minutes away) and back this morning.  He cried loudly at least 85% of the drives.  Today was one of those days he hated the car.  I have listened to... Continue Reading →

Yogi diaries 6

Postpartum   Finding time to practice yoga with a 2 month old baby is hard enough.  Add in the facts that there are VERY few options in a small town, and I am not willing to leave my baby with anyone other than my husband, yet... There's very little asana these days. Yoga also looks... Continue Reading →

5 reminders for mamas

With a 2 month old, a working husband, a puppy, two kitties, yoga classes to teach, and a house to take care of, life tends to become a little hectic.  Days might run together and I can feel as though nothing has been accomplished.  What is important to remember: if the baby is well fed,... Continue Reading →

Crazy mom alert!

I have been HIGHLY frustrated recently.  Being a new mom is no joke.  I am aware of my insanity, but I cannot seem to let it go... I think the mama bear in me is roaring.   I am tired. Tired of people hovering over MY baby.  Tired of people calling my baby their baby. ... Continue Reading →

From a mother of an infant

On any given day, I will have breastmilk spilled on me.  And a boob out.  Maybe both.  Sometimes I forget... I may also forget I have to pee because I can't set him down.  Or I put him in a wrap, and we go together. There isn't much time to answer texts or have a... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Mamahood!

Our baby is one month old. A lot of people say they cannot remember the time before the baby was born, but I definitely do.  I remember sleeping a lot during my pregnancy, because I thought I was tired then.  Now, I am consumed with everything baby.  And I honestly, truly wouldn't have it any... Continue Reading →

Pregnant is Beautiful

It seems our society cares so much about artificial beauty, and it becomes difficult to see the beauty within ourselves because of the outward influences. But pregnancy has made me feel beautiful. Really beautiful. After years and years of distorted body image and eating disorders, I never really felt worthy of positive attention or comfortable... Continue Reading →

33-40 weeks pregnant

First of all, HAPPY DUE DATE TO BABY BEAR!!!!!!!!! Even though I have been blogging about my pregnancy for 4 weeks at a time, these last many weeks will be clumped into one post. Many pregnant women say the second trimester is the most enjoyable, the first being difficult because of morning sickness and the... Continue Reading →

29-32 weeks pregnant

Welcome to the THIRD and final trimester! We settled on our OB/GYN, a really kind and supportive woman in the city.  Originally I wanted a midwife and doula, but there are not any in are immediate area, the closest being at least 45 minutes away.  And there are no birthing centers either.  We went to... Continue Reading →

Uncertainties of Motherhood

The other night, I let it all come in... The fear, anxiety, uncertainty, nervousness, and lack of control. All I have ever known is that I want to be a mom.  I have a natural adoration for little ones, especially babies, and am honestly really good at caring for them. But not knowing when baby... Continue Reading →

A love note to Baby Bear.

My little baby bear, I promise to let you dream. Big, wild, magical dreams. I vow to protect you, but let you think and grow on your own. I will always hug you and tell you how much I love you. I vow to teach you about compassion, tolerance, ahimsa, and enjoying the simple things... Continue Reading →

Observations and fears while being pregnant

I have recently made the mistake of asking some questions or for advice for my baby on social media.  While most people are kind and helpful, there are a few that have no place in giving their opinions.  Men (no uterus, no opinion about pregnancy or breastfeeding).  Women that have never experienced pregnancy, have no... Continue Reading →

Keeping up with Intentions

At the beginning of each year, we set intentions or expectations of things we want to improve throughout the year.  As the days and months go on, some of those intentions drift away and our focus lessens.  There are a few ways to help you throughout your year!  It is only a few weeks into... Continue Reading →

Birth Plan

Experts now recommend that pregnant mothers and their birthing coach make up a "birth plan" and let their team know.  The purpose is to make the mother and her supporters feel more comfortable about labor and delivery and have a little guide of what to expect. And so.  I will begin to create my birth... Continue Reading →

Stress Levels: Wedding Planning vs Baby Prep

Is planning a wedding or preparing for a baby more stressful?   Both occasions, although celebrating love and life, are very different.  My experiences with both were/are a little of a roller coaster.  First off, wedding planning was MUCH more stressful.  Second off, it was pretty worth it!  I know preparing for a baby will... Continue Reading →

25-28 weeks pregnant

Pregnancy has really humbled me.   I feel like I say and think this all the time.  Every day, and every week, there is something new going on.  As much as I have enjoyed pregnancy and want to be pregnant forever, I know that feeling is fleeting. At 25 weeks, Baby Bear was growing right... Continue Reading →

2018 Intentions

One thing I learned in Yoga Teacher Training was that mid-winter (New Year's) is not the most logical time to set demanding Resolutions.  During this time of year, we are wanting to relax, stay warm inside, and indulge in yummy holiday treats.  While it is important to WANT to improve our lives, it is also... Continue Reading →

21-24 weeks pregnant

Now THIS is pregnancy!  There is no more wondering if a little baby is growing in my belly.  A few weeks ago, I began to feel the baby moving, and it was simply magic.  At 24 weeks, the baby moves all the time, and my husband can finally feel it when he touches baby's home!... Continue Reading →

What a Vegan eats.

People ask me all the time now, "What can you eat being vegan?"  There is SO much more in the world than dairy and meat!  Occasionally I have missed cheese, but that is because I'm an Italian at heart and pregnant.  Other than that, I have felt better, more energetic, and not at all guilty... Continue Reading →

Dreaming of Baby

Literally, dreaming! In the past, I have had dreams about being pregnant, when I was younger and was not ready.  But since I have been pregnant (24 weeks now/6 months), and more so recently, I have had dreams about the baby.  For now, in the majority of my dreams the baby is a girl.  I... Continue Reading →

17-20 weeks pregnant

I'm not even sure if you all read my pregnancy blogs, but I continue to write them for those of you that might be familiar or curious.  Also, I share these to remind myself what a wild ride pregnancy is! For the 17-20th weeks of pregnancy, I felt so much better!  I had more energy... Continue Reading →

Yogi Diaries 5

Coming back to Yoga and Accepting YOUR journey... This week, I had a new woman come to my yoga class.  She was very kind and happy to be there, able to practice.  However, as soon as I walked in, she started talking about her body in a negative way and complaining of her physical capabilities. ... Continue Reading →

Transitioning to Veganism

If you follow my Instagram (@sarieberryfairy) you might have seen me mention my diet.  Mainly I use this social media platform for yoga, inspiration, and sharing my memories, but I also like to share more intimate and meaningful topics.  Currently, this has included my diet transitioning from vegetarian to vegan. For almost 9 full years,... Continue Reading →

Men will never understand

Men and women are significantly different, and that is what makes the world go around.  However, there are some things women will never know about men, and many things men will never understand about women and their bodies. Through my pregnancy, I have experienced more emotions than I have since my eating disorder episodes or... Continue Reading →

13-16 weeks pregnant

Welcome to the second trimester!  Apparently this is the most pleasant trimester, and that makes me very excited. Fatigue My fatigue has lessened, finally!  Some days I am FULL of energy and almost forget about my pregnancy.  If I do not sleep well at night, though, I will without a doubt need a pretty decent... Continue Reading →

Pet Adoption

I am not one of those people who says "Adopt, Don't Shop," because I think that ALL cats and dogs deserve a loving home.  My family dog, Henry, who just passed away was bought at a pet store.  Sarah Belle, my husband's and my black labrador, was also purchased from a breeder.  Both of their... Continue Reading →

9-12 weeks pregnant

The nausea has gotten much, much better!  Thank you, God!  Nausea only creeps up at night, and is not nearly as extreme as it was in the second month.  I still am very fatigued, but that is part of pregnancy.  I'm okay with the tiredness and think I have gotten used to it and being... Continue Reading →

5-8 weeks

After we found out that I am pregnant, I told most of my closest friends and family.  It is SO DIFFICULT for me to keep a secret like this!  My dream in life has always been to be a mommy, and now everything was falling into place.  John, my sweet husband, has been taking care... Continue Reading →

4 weeks (7.25.17)

THERE IS A BABY IN MY BELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought I was pregnant; I didn't feel different or anything, but I kept having these real thoughts.  Monday after I taught class, I went by the store to pick up a pregnancy test.  On the phone with my best friend, we talked about our current ongoings.  I... Continue Reading →

Color Therapy

"Just Enough" inspires to find the FIRE in your heart.  Fire isn't always a bad thing, especially when it's balanced. Inner fire develops strength, productivity, and exciting energy. Purchase this watercolor to help you heal using Color Therapy for only $15! *Basically to cover shipping and supplies.   Color Therapy heals with this watercolor, "Water."... Continue Reading →

FOR SALE!!!

Gently used clothes, accessories, etc. for sale!  Some items have never been worn or used!  Check the caption of the photo for more details.  Clothes and products range from $8.00-$25.00 to cover shipping. PAYMENTS MADE THROUGH PAYPAL TO sariesw@gmail.com.  Must purchase before shipping!  Enjoy and feel free to share!  More coming soon!

Mindful Walk

I lead a "mindful walk" weekly at the YMCA as part of my yoga teachings.  This 30 minute to an hour walk has become one of my favorite times of the week.  I learn so much about the community, how much the mind drifts away, and something new every single week.  It's enlightening! What is... Continue Reading →

“I am worthy”

"I am beautiful.  I am loved.  I am worthy.  I am enough."   It can take a lifetime to realize our self-worth and beauty, but these qualities have been with us since conception.  Each of us has been made in God's image; we are a thoughtful masterpiece meant to be loved and share love.  Society... Continue Reading →

Pushing Too Hard.

Before I dive into this story, I want to defend myself.  As a very spiritual being and proud Christian, I am open to others' beliefs and appreciate that God has given me the chance to "witness" to others.  However, I have never been one to "push" my religion and convictions on others.  While these are... Continue Reading →

When No One Shows for Yoga

In the past few months, I have had more "no-shows" in my classes than I have had in 1.5 years teaching in Nashville.  Moving to a much smaller city where people are unsure of yoga has really opened my eyes.  I was prepared for fewer people in class and even getting paid less.  However, I... Continue Reading →

More Than Asana

Ever since I started practicing yoga, I was very aware of this ancient practice being more than just a physical practice.  I have seen firsthand in many of my students, and in myself, how we hold emotional hardships and Trauma in our body.  Our body and the ability to move is directly affected from our... Continue Reading →

Why are Yoga Pants so expensive?!

The struggle is real. The cost of activewear, specifically yoga pants, is outrageous!  As a yoga instructor and yogi who practices and/or teaches everyday, quality yoga pants are a must.  Some days I teach power vinyasa classes, where we sweat a lot and need a change of clothing after.  Other days I teach yin and... Continue Reading →

Noccalula Falls

One of the best and most beautiful areas of Gadsden is Noccalula Falls!  This 90 foot tall waterfall is surrounded by gardens, majestic trees, a petting zoo, and a full park.  It is quite easy to spend a whole day here! Being near to the Falls was one of the biggest draws of our new... Continue Reading →

introverted and sleepy

We had some family in town last week, and afterwards I was completely zoned out.  My brother-in-law and his wife came in from across the country with their four little ones.  I rarely see them, and each time I do, there is another blonde baby!  Anyway, the week was so full and fun and left... Continue Reading →

The Art of Forgiveness

Isn't the Universe awesome?  Isn't the Power of God amazing?   The Creator of the Universe is speaking to me, and I want to share this with you. Sunday morning at church the message was, "The Power of Forgiveness and the Power of Unforgiveness." AND the theme of my daily devotional for the same day... Continue Reading →

Pre-Pre-Pregancy Reading

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies!  Since we have moved and still have much work left to do on our new home, I have not had much time to devote to diving into a story.  My father-in-law bought a Sea-Doo the other day, and we have been out on the river playing as much... Continue Reading →

Manifesting Dreams!

So many of my mentors and inspirational women in my life have recently stated how writing dreams down helps us to more forward them.  I personally love making lists and love dreaming, big and small, so this action seemed to be exactly what I need. Sometimes we become bored, stressed, or lonely without goals, projects... Continue Reading →

Upcoming Events with Wildflower Yoga!

July is a busy month for Gadsden, Alabama and in the yoga community!!  There are several opportunities to learn the art of yoga and practice in different environments.  All classes taught by Sarie are open to ALL levels of yogis, ages, and genders.  There is no judgement or comparison, only space for breathing and love.... Continue Reading →

Letting Go

The other day on my Instagram story, I shared a situation I felt very strongly about.  During this story, I vented about how I disagree with the use of shock collars for pets. Here is what happened and my argument: I went into the bank to change my official name, and sat down with a... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Luna Mango!

Today is Luna Mango's fourth birthday! I cannot believe how much a tiny, little kitty has changed my life.  She is the sweetest little girl, just like her sister was. It is also very bittersweet; our sweetest puppy will celebrate her sister's and all the rest of her birthdays in Heaven. Looking through the stages... Continue Reading →

Feel your Feelings

Human beings are very complex and confusing creatures.  As I get older, I realize that there are constantly challenges that face me, and I wonder if I will ever have a grasp on my own being.  Finding my identity feels so close, yet not within arms length. I have always been the most emotional person... Continue Reading →

One night..

When I was a freshman in college, I had an experience with sexual assault.  I never thought I would be sharing this, for various reasons.  I think one of the main reasons I couldn't see myself sharing this trauma is because I couldn't admit it happened. I was not raped, beaten, bleeding, or severely injured.... Continue Reading →

Loss never really gets easier

My first grandparent passed away when I was in the sixth grade.  I remember it more clearly than the loss of my other grandparents, not because of his significance but because it was my first traumatic loss.  He had pancreatic cancer and passed away within 8 weeks of his diagnosis.  A few days after Christmas.... Continue Reading →

What is “karma ” really?

"Karma Yoga is the Yoga of Action. It is the path chosen primarily by those of an outgoing nature.  It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward.  By detaching yourself from the fruits of your actions and offering them up to God, you learn to sublimate the... Continue Reading →

WHY ‘HEALING Yoga: Volume 1’

Why did I write and publish the electronic book, "Healing Yoga: Volume 1"? Why is this guide for YOU? How does one stay committed to the healing process? There are so many yoga guides, books, teachers, and resources out there!  With all this information, it is important that we search for the truth.  Why do... Continue Reading →

Yoga Practice 8

This is the last yoga practice pose I will be posting for a while, giving you plenty of time to catch up with your postures and possibly improving!   Chair Pose Begin in Tadasana, Mountain pose, taking several rounds of breath to settle into your body. Keep the belly hugging into the spine.  Imagine pulling... Continue Reading →

Leaving Nashville

My husband and I have recently decided to move from Nashville, TN to Gadsden, AL.  I am originally from Shreveport, LA (a population of about 100,00), and he is from Gadsden.  We have been here for about 5 years, 6 for me, and are ready for a big change.  Even though we are only about... Continue Reading →

Yoga Practice 7

Adho Mukha Svanasana Downward-facing dog is one of the most popular poses you'll see in class and for many great reasons!  It is considered an "inversion" because the head is lower than the heart and therefore raises the heart rate.  You stretch the hamstrings, the back, and even the ankles! To enter Downward Dog: Begin... Continue Reading →

Yoga Practice 6

Paschimottanasana or Seated forward fold. This is one of my favorite GO-TO poses!  This bend stretches the hamstrings, helps calm the mind, and decreases depression. Begin in Dandasana (Practice 3).  Keep the naval pulling into the spine and the legs flexed and engaged.  Toes point to the sky. Inhale and push the tailbone back, away... Continue Reading →

Yogi Diaries 4

Why it is inconsiderate to be chatty in yoga class... Having the opportunities to teach yoga to different groups of people in several environments, I have noticed how talkative some people tend to be.  Now I don't mean asking for a modification or asking any question or laughter is not allowed.  Even mentioning something to... Continue Reading →

Yoga Practice 5

Crescent Lunge (Low Lunge) Begin in Mountain Pose, standing at the top of the mat.  Exhale the hands down to the mat, and step the left foot back 3-4 feet to lower the left knee.  Inhale and lift the chest up, pulling the belly in.  Drop the shoulders and gather the hands at heart center... Continue Reading →

How to get along with children

Ever since my little brother was born, 22 months after me, I was obsessed with all things babies and cute kiddos!  I blame a lot of this on him, because he was the cutest baby with the most kissable cheeks.  I always tried to kiss his cheeks, even on the school bus.  He didn't like... Continue Reading →

Yoga Practice 4

Tadasana -- Mountain Pose Tadasana or Mountain pose is the foundation pose for all of the other yoga postures. Begin by standing, feet under the hip bones, or big toes slightly touching, with the toes pointed straight forward. Send the weight of the body to the balls and the heels of the feet. Think about lengthening... Continue Reading →

In Memory of Sarah Belle

My husband and I lost our sweet black lab, Sarah Belle, several days ago.  Here are some of my favorite recent moments with our angel, puppy face. . .    

Yoga PRACTICE 3

Today's pose: Dandasana (staff pose) Begin in a seated position.  Extend both legs out straight from the hip bones. Flex the feet and keep the legs activated. Sit tall, reaching the vertebrae up from the tailbone, up the spine, all the way to the crown of the head. Relax the shoulders. Align the ears on... Continue Reading →

Yoga PRACTICE 2

This week, we will practice Sukhasana, or easy pose! To enter this pose, come to a seated position. Both legs fold in toward the torso, with one leg in front of the other. The knees fall outward. Press down through the tailbone, and extend the spine upward. Think of lengthening the back. Allow the crown... Continue Reading →

the darker side (part 2)

(CONTINUED) I found friends that had the same issues, and we would discuss and obsess our habits together.  Just like any other "common interests" connect people, so do eating issues.  Only now I see it as what it is... enabling and unhealthy.   The first time I tried to "quit" was my freshman year in... Continue Reading →

Yoga PRACTICE 1

WEEKLY I will be presenting you with a basic yoga pose to help you begin your practice!  You have a whole week to play and find your version of this pose.  Be safe and patient with your body.  Most of all, breathe deeply!   Child's pose, or Balasana in Sanskrit, is a pose you will... Continue Reading →

Yogi Diaries #3

[ alignment ] They said being a yoga teacher would forever change the mind as a yoga student. I cannot take or teach a class without watching alignment (mine or the students) closely.  It is very important to keep the practice safe and have proper alignment to work the muscles effectively.  The anatomy of yoga... Continue Reading →

the darker side (part 1)

People that have not experienced this struggle most likely cannot comprehend how those with eating disorders let it get "so bad."  Addiction.  It's an addiction.  There is so much more to each story and struggle, but addiction is one part of the sickness. This is part of my dark story.  Know that I am very... Continue Reading →

a day in the life

Like most people, healthy choices come and go.  As a strict vegetarian with many allergies and sensitivities, I prepare and eat healthy more times than not.  My chips are USDA organic.  So are my whole wheat pasta, all fresh and frozen produce, and even the oils and seasonings.  Knowing where the food I am putting... Continue Reading →

No Fear…

[ Why you shouldn't be afraid to go to your first yoga class ] Fear is a force that either drives and encourages us or destroys us.  There are SO many fears and misconceptions about yoga, the practice, the philosophies, and all things in between.  When I talk about yoga, which let's face it, is all... Continue Reading →

How to have Faith in difficult times

Living in the chaotic, modern world of today, with all the distracting media, technology, and complicated hardships, is quite challenging.  Several weeks ago, a dear friend brought a good point and conversation to my attention.  These are questions I hear quite often: "WHY is all this pain allowed to happen?  WHY all the hatred?  WHY... Continue Reading →

Hearts of Gold

And this is why I'm still a babysitter at 28 years old. 😍 These specific kids I began babysitting in the fall of 2011.  I moved to Nashville for an art internship not knowing but a handful of people.  I babysat one family part-time and was scared away by their intensity.  So I looked for... Continue Reading →

10,000 Reasons

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends sent me a video.  My immediate reaction was, "Laura, I don't have time for a 5 minute video! Haha."  The next thing I knew, I was looking at my computer screen crying.  Not sad tears, but overflowing with joy tears. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo--H_yx2vg&app=desktop... Continue Reading →

what does is mean ‘to be considerate’

  Merriam Webster defines considerate as: (adjective) 1:  marked by or given to careful consideration 2:  thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others considerately (adverb) : considerateness (noun) *Also sympathetic regard.  This is a concept that has become very present in my life.  I think a lot of times we are focused on accomplishing a... Continue Reading →

HOLIDAY SALES!

With all the "cyber sales" and shopping madness, I am feeling in the GIVING spirit!  For the month of December, I am offering major discounted prices for private and/or group sessions!  The beauty of these "private sessions" is vast, so I will offer a better understanding of what exactly is to be expected. With a private... Continue Reading →

N O W

Is everyone happy in the fall??  I feel like almost everyone I run into is excited for the cool weather and festivities.  It is very refreshing!  The season and the smiling people 😉 My teacher, Leah, reminded me that this season is the time to make changes, to begin cleanses, or set intentions.  In other... Continue Reading →

Look UP

One advantage of being "shorter" is that I am always looking up.  I often get a different perspective because of the viewpoint change.  At 5 feet 4 inches, I might be considered average, but I usually do not feel that way.  I am very comfortable with my height and have learned to deal with any... Continue Reading →

Our [first] European Vacation

Exactly two years ago, John and I were packing up and planning our final decisions for our trip to The Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy.  As I remember this exciting time and recall the surprise proposal, I am delighted to have these precious memories captured.  Here are a few "selfies" of John and me from... Continue Reading →

Upcoming Workshops!

I'm teaching a vinyasa flow workshop AND a hip opener workshop this December here in Nashville!  These two fun, intensive workshops are honestly for ANYONE.  Particularly, the vinyasa workshop will be very beginner friendly!  Only $10-15 a piece, you will leave feeling inspired and encouraged.  Further information is below.   Find  Your  Flow: Explore the Vinyasa... Continue Reading →

In Response to ‘There You Are’

After blogging about the book I have now started reading, Wherever You Go There You Are, I have been making the effort to be more aware.  Often it is difficult to accept this is where I am and embrace this place.  Making a few changes and observations helps me and can help you maneuver intentionally during this... Continue Reading →

My love language has become so obvious to me. Quality time. I feel the most loved when I am spending TIME with my loved ones.  I love, love, love my friends.  It might be an insane amount, kind of like my love for John and our pets, but they light my heart up!  Now since... Continue Reading →

There You Are

I am about to embark on a new training - yin yoga.  It is a short intensive weekend in the mountain town of Asheville.  One of the required readings is, "Wherever you go There you are."  Unknowingly, I purchased this book at a discount book store several weeks ago.  Maybe even months ago.  I have... Continue Reading →

HEALING Teaching yoga outside the comfort of a studio can be intimidating at first, but wow, have I seen some beautiful gifts! One of the handful of classes I taught at the park was one of my most memorable times as a young teacher.  All these classes were during the summer, right around when all... Continue Reading →

I'm going to be journaling some of my most memorable, influential, heart-warming, and interesting moments that have happened during my first year as a yoga instructor.   EMOTION If you have taken a class of mine, you know how much I love heart and hip openings, setting positive intentions, and teaching self love.  I believe... Continue Reading →

a week back to balance (cont.)

As I continue this journey back to a more balanced life, I am beginning to feel better physically and mentally.  When I am eating reasonable portions, I feel satisfied but not overly so.  I am fully aware that it would be better to have a side of spinach instead of a side of corn or... Continue Reading →

a week back to Balance

John and I have been together for 6 years now.  He was 20 when we met, 2-0!!  Just a young lad 😆.  I was 21 and coming off my final round of the self-destructive eating disorder world.  We were both young and thin (him healthily though), in college, and constantly dancing at concerts and festivals.... Continue Reading →

  There is so much heaviness out in the world right now, and I will touch on that soon, but I wanted to give you all a little break.  And maybe some yummy ideas toward a healthier lifestyle in the meantime! I am a Louisiana girl who does not eat meat, seafood, or spicy foods.  I... Continue Reading →

Before this month took off, I was working on ideas for my yoga classes.  I decided to explore the yamas, one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, during the month of June and have classes related to them or mentioning the ideas.  Depending on the style of class, of course.  The yamas are the restraints... Continue Reading →

Rome wasn’t built in a day…

Rome wasn't built in a day, and most likely, neither were our physical ailments. It has taken me quite some time to get where I am right now.  And as a human being, there is still always room to grow, improve, and learn.  There is still much more for me to experience, but I am... Continue Reading →

T r u s t

    So many things are happening and quickly.  In my life and in the world.  Everything has happened, is happening, and will happen for a reason, every little and big thing... John and I got engaged November 14, 2014, (a story I will share another day. It's magical!) and I feel like I was... Continue Reading →

  Growing up, I was always running away from my family. I have felt like the black sheep for a while (even though it is probably only in my head), but everyone still loves me. During high school, I was a brat, a lot. Suffering through eating issues the way I did, I didn't want... Continue Reading →

Ciao and Namaste

Ciao! Welcome to my website and blog! I will joyfully be sharing some yoga tips, stories of love and optimism, healthy food options, and ways to relax using art. I have found so many aids in developing the spiritual and physical practice of yoga and want to spread my love for the ancient tradition! I... Continue Reading →

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