Happy International Day of Yoga

How did you celebrate International Day of Yoga?

My community offered free yoga classes all day at the pedestrian bridge overlooking the Wabash River today.

I was so happy to greet the morning, sharing Sun Salutations with others.

To Your Health!

~V

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

– Chinese Proverb 

I’ve been really working on mastering my Eagle Pose; breathing, stretching and rooting to improve balance and focus. 

Eagle Pose, similar to Tree Pose, will Strengthen: quadriceps • gluteal muscles • hip adductors • concentration 

While also Stretching: gluteal muscles • upper back • shoulders • calves 
To Your Health!

~V

bal·ance 

bal·ance 

a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.

I teach health and wellbeing using the concept of ‘Primary Food’ – *the food that feeds our soul as being our true path to health and wellbeing – how the Quality of our relationships, Career satisfaction, Daily movement & fitness, and Sense of spirituality; feeling connected to nature, community, etc.. truly effects our overall wellness.

That’s why I created my 1,2,3, Vitality – Three months to health, wellness, and vitality program.
In 6 sessions we will navigate the contradictory world of health and nutrition, giving you a clear plan for simple and do-able practices to support your wellbeing and healthy lifestyle. 

You can read the program details HERE

And, in the meantime, get daily inspiration on my Instagram page.
To Your Health!

~V

👌🏼🍃30 Minute Beginner’s Yoga🍃👌🏼

Hey! Is this thing on?!?

I converted the side of my wrap around porch into a yoga/meditation spot.
I’ve been having fun filming my personal practice so that I can replay and see where I need improvement with alignment and form.

**Look for complimentary 30 minute Beginner Yoga videos from me HERE coming soon**

To Your Health!

~V

About Something Real

“Maybe it’s not supposed to be easy for you. Maybe you’re one of the rare few who can handle tough times and still choose to be a loving person. Maybe it’s going how it’s going because you’re built for it.”

– Rob Hill Sr.

Read the entire piece ‘About Something Real’ HERE


To Your Health!

~V


I share small tips with big impact that can help you start living a healthier life today in this Q&A with Caitlin Pickett, who  really got me thinking back to my ‘why’ in this fun interview.

Check out her BLOG and read all about how and why I began my work as an Integrative Health & Yoga Fit Instructor.


To Your Health!
~V

🌱💐 Hello Spring! A refreshing tea to welcome the Spring Equinox 💐🌱

The day of Spring Equinox is finally here!

Fitting that today, in the Midwest, it’s raining – we’re getting a cleanse…

The rain always makes me pause to reflect, slow down for a minute, and somehow tea always tastes better – like a special treat.

Being a tea addict, I have LOTS of various ‘flavors’ and I usually concoct my own combination blends.

Spring equinox, the rain..both were the inspiration for today’s settle in and sip some tea time.

I used 1 tea bag each of Yogi Tea’s ‘Soothing Rose Hibiscus’ and ‘Ginger’ brewed in 24oz of water.

All that I can end with is;

To Your Health!

~V

Five Aspects Of Fitness To Avoid Plateaus & Boredom 

To avoid boredom and/or a fitness plateau it’s a good practice to vary your workout routine. I like to include all five elements of fitness;

*aerobic/cardio exercise like power walking or jogging 

*strength training like hand weights or resistance bands

*core exercises like Pilates 

*balance training, and stretching like yoga

so I was thrilled today to get a chance to take Community Yoga’s Pilates class.

My abs and core feel so strong and my spine feels lengthened and relaxed.
To Your Health!

~V

Grow through what you go through.

When something (bad, unexpected, concerning etc) happens, you always have the choice to either let it define and/or destroy you or you can let it strengthen you.

Sometimes things out of our control that we can not change, end up changing us. 


To Your Health!

~V

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Mantras ARE Powerful 

We all have mantras, whether we know it or not. Words and phrases we always tell ourselves.
If we’re not mindful about them, they can quickly become negative. 
I can’t do that.
I’m too fat.
This always happens to me.
Nobody cares about me.
Mantras are powerful. AND you can change the negatives to positives by practicing gratitude every day. 
Gratitude isn’t something that just comes. It’s something you practice, like yoga. I’m still practicing, but it keeps getting easier.
I really like this Metta Mantra;

*May you be happy

*May you be healthy.

*May you be peaceful.

*May you live with ease. 

To Your Health!

~V

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