Moving Mindfully

So many times, we take for granted our ability to move. We go through motions which have become mindless. From walking, to sitting in a chair, to getting out of a car, to picking up a child… and that doesn’t even tap into our workout movements. As a yoga instructor, I like to think I…

My first 5k

“Now that you’ve finished a 5k, you can sign up for a triathlon.” My dad glowed after I had finally caught my breath ten minutes after crossing the finish line. My first 5k time was 31:00 minutes. And somewhere, deep down inside, an interest wiggled. Ooooo. A triathlon. I neither swam, nor biked, but heck.…

Freewriting: Running and stretching

My parents have always been my inspiration to move. My mom a ballerina. My dad a soccer and hockey player. It was natural for me to embrace ballet. And I do love it. But I always had a secret attraction to running. As a kid, I would beg my dad to race me around the…

Unbreakable Spirit

“I like your spirit, kid.” Said the doctor at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Medicine Institute. He had just told me that I should quit running. My response was no, I just started running. I had been toying with the idea of running since the spring of 2006. I would walk for an hour and…

Mindful fitness – Being Present

Being present is a challenging task. We are surrounded by so much distraction that being present in the moment is nearly impossible. Artful, Mindful Movement is name I chose to represent what I find to be key in my fitness journey. And I think others could benefit from it as well. I am skipping straight…