Back in Colorado, I loved teaching an après-ski rolling class. We got our sore bodies moving in a gentle flow, groaned our way through rolling around on tennis balls, and then ended with some juicy hip holds.
I’m so excited to be leading a similar class this Sunday at Flex & Flow, minus the skiing, of course. This Sunday at 7am, we’re getting our Flow ‘n Roll on!
So why exactly will we be rolling around on tennis balls? That’s the myofascial release part! All of our muscles are encased by a layer of fascia. As we move and go about our lives, as we use our muscles in any and all capacities, those layers of fascia rub together and get stuck. The only way to release those stuck layers is through friction, like deep tissue massage. Or body rolling!
I do love a foam roller, which has a wide surface area and is perfect for rolling my quads and IT bands out. But the beauty of a tennis ball is that the apex point is smaller. That means you can pinpoint the tension and really get in there for release!
So this Sunday, we’ll be gently flowing to get warm, rolling sporadically throughout the flow to release some deep tension, and end with some of those juicy holds. Sign up here!
The only thing you’ll need is a ready laugh, because we’ll be saying “balls” a lot. Giggles will happen.
I’m not quite sure I’m ready for spring. I love winter! The boots and fleeces, the romantic snow globe-esque ski towns, the powder days, Christmas, the excuse to consume hot cocoa at any time… There’s so much to love about winter!
But between last weekend in Sonoma and this weekend at home in North Carolina, I think it’s safe to say that I’m getting ready for the warmer days ahead.
I got a little sneak peak of spring down in Sonoma last week for our EMPOWER yoga and trail running retreat. I haven’t spent much time in California, other than the fact that I almost moved to San Diego instead of Portland. I was SO excited to spend the weekend in the sunshine, drinking wine, and sweating away with some amazing girls. And I was not disappointed…
We kicked the weekend off a few days early with a little pre-retreat retreat. Jamie, Nicci, and I left Tuesday before the retreat for the drive south, planning to take our time, enjoy ourselves, get in some running, rest, and fun. And what a day for us to leave Portland; packing up the car with all the retreat goodies and supplies and driving south on the 5 in the rain made it easy to head out.
We drove the 5 hours to Ashland, where we stopped for the night. It was so fun having a delicious dinner at pie + vine…
Caffeinated by only the best, we hit the road for Rocklin armed with our arsenal of road trip snacks and a playlist of 90’s and early 2000’s dance hits (to which Jamie and I absolutely rocked out to!)!
Staying at Jamie’s mom’s house, we were met with a houseful of people, dogs, and sushi.
We were blessed with a full day on Thursday in Rocklin. We got to run and lay in the sunshine, have a yoga date with Alyse, have a delicious and productive coffee/work date at Bloom, unpack swag and pack up swag bags, hit up the best Whole Foods ever, binge on Thai food, and bake! Alyse joined us for the baking party! Amazing Grass and Designer Protein were two of our sponsors for the weekend. Armed with wine and delicious ingredients (and IG stories to document every move), we put together some delicious pre- and post-sweat treats for our attendees. [ Recipe 1: Designer Protein; Recipe 2: Amazing Grass ]
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On Friday, we headed out to Folsom Lake for a 5 mile trail run before hitting the road for Sonoma.
Yeah, that’s right, all that and we haven’t even gotten to the actual retreat yet! We immediately kicked off the retreat Friday night with a sunset power flow class with Jamie and a delicious dinner by the pool.
Saturday was the most amazing and most exhausting day. Many of us were up at the crack of dawn (aka 6:15am) for the first trail run. Which turned into part trail, part running up a huge hill on the road next to the ranch. Only a three mile run, but it sure got us up, sweating, and at ’em early!
After breakfast and a mid-morning power flow class, we headed to the Sonoma Overlook Trail for trail run / hike #2. The sun was bright and shining for this one, ensuring we definitely got our sweat on!
The afternoon was full of downtime / playtime. We laid out in the sunshine by the pool talking, sunbathing, daring each other to jump in the freezing pool…
Thanks Goddess Garden for keeping my Portland-pale skin safe from the sun!
Before and after: we immediately realized the water was freezing!
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The relaxing afternoon morphed back into kick-butt mode. Jamie led us through an intense hour of bootcamp and HIIT yoga. The sweat… Oh, the sweat, y’all… We ended with a mountain climber interval: three rounds of jog, sprint, rest. Jamie offered to the OG HIIT yoga’ers the option to continue to mountain climbing during the rest intervals. Of course I was next to Kristina during this class, who is one of the most badass women (and mama of 2!) I know, who of course mountain climbed during the rest intervals. I just held my plank and stared at her with sweat dripping off my nose, happy to witness the moment and loved being close enough to hear all the things she was muttering under her breath.
I ended the sweaty day with a juicy hip-centric class. It wasn’t necessarily restorative, but the entire room positively groaned in appreciation when we got to pigeon! Wine tasting and hanging out after dinner didn’t last long for us as we all collapsed in our beds in sweaty, smelly, greasy piles as soon as we could.
Coordinating this handstand picture took every last bit of strength I had! Bras: Handful; Pants: prAna
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Sunday, which was also Daylight Savings Time, started off with 6am (aka 5am) yoga with Nic. My sore and stubborn body absolutely did not want to move, but she coaxed the flow out of me. As rough as the practice started, I was definitely moving a lot easier by the end of the class. We headed straight from class to the trails. Exploring Sonoma Valley Regional Park was gorgeous! Quite a few of us decided to hike this one, myself included. I so badly wanted to run it, but my body just wasn’t having it at this point. About two thirds of the way through the hike did I feel warmed up enough to even think about running.
After yet another delicious meal (seriously, the food was amazing**), we ended the retreat weekend with a two hour inversion workshop. As I said to the workshop students during our closing circle, this is how I fell in love with yoga, the empowerment and playfulness, and why I love teaching. Getting to see the “clicks” that I experienced in my own practice happen for others, helping students do things they never thought they would be able to do, watching their expressions of delight, amazement, and empowerment. It was the perfect way to end the weekend, two days full of challenging ourselves to go further than we all thought we could and feeling the strength in ourselves upon reaching the other side.
Smiles for days …
The drive back to Portland was a little less energetic…
But after a week of running and yoga, of being in the sunshine and around high energy and amazing people, we came back energized and soul-deep happy! And ready for spring…
And no, this was not taken upon our arrival back in rainy Portland…
Need more proof of how much fun we had?
**Seriously, the food was so good. The food comas were real. Thanks for the french toast on the last day!
I kind of love that this is the 108th year. 108 is a sacred number to many, including in many religions, yoga, and martial arts practices. I also feel the feminist energy is at (nearly)* an all-time high.
*I say nearly because I can only imagine what it was like during the turn of the century and the 70’s. Thanks for setting the stage for us, you badass ladies!
After years upon years upon years of fighting for equality and shouting “girl power!” from the rooftops, the fight still isn’t over.
In psychology, there’s what’s called the Madonna-Whore Complex. It supports the idea that women are viewed as either innocent and virginal or sexual. One is demure and the other debase. One is to be respected and married, the other to be f***ed.
It makes sense that something so complex as personality traits and sexual tendencies is so strictly categorized for a grossly generalized evolutionary psychological theory. But even while studying it in college I couldn’t imagine real-life society would be so divisive.
Apparently that’s not the case.
Emma Watson, a Brown graduate and famous actress, is being ripped to shreds in the media and online for having the gall to demand equality for women AND showing cleavage in an editorial photo shoot. For claiming to be a feminist while baring some underboob. Apparently those are mutually exclusive qualities. Apparently you cannot be strong, independent, intelligent AND sexual at the same time.
I think it’s an unfortunate societal norm stemming from the Madonna-Whore, wherein you kept those archetypes in separate parts of daily life, even in separate parts of town. Hello, red light district! Men married Madonna. She was “a lady,” the the one who would bear children, raise them to be upstanding citizens, always take the advice and orders of her husband, vacuum in high heels and pearls. She understood duty and how to navigate society. She was not a sexual being, but rather viewed sex as a wifely duty, a necessary act to consummate her marriage and have children.
Men f***ed the whore. They left their ladylike wives at home with their children to go visit mistresses and “ladies of the night” in brothels to rut, carouse, and debase themselves. They could be themselves in a way they couldn’t with their made-of-glass wives because they didn’t need to respect these female figures intended solely for sex. It could even manifest present day in the inability to perform sexually within a committed and loving relationship.
This sounds like a lifestyle lived long ago when people married for status rather than love. But unfortunately it’s still a prevailing reality today.
Here it is: we can be intelligent and sexual, at the same time. You know why? BECAUSE IT’S OUR CHOICE TO BE WHAT WE WANT TO BE! We can be mothers and go dance on bars. We can own businesses and still love for a man to open the door for us. We can be able to debate topical political issues while wearing a short skirt. It’s our choice to do what we want with our lives and bodies, so get on board and support that. Or suck it up and deal with it, because it’s happening!
Femininism is about giving women choice. – Emma Watson
It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation. It’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. – Emma Watson
I’m currently en route with two of the most amazing girlbosses I know to go meet some more of the most amazing girlbosses I know in Sonoma for a weekend of yoga, running, and wine drinking.
Not only is it International Women’s Day, not only is it #womancrushwednesday, not only are we on our way to a retreat with some amazing and badass women, but it’s also the year of EMPOWERMENT!
As Emma said in the video above, “feminism isn’t a stick with which to beat other women.”
We had a conversation last night that took a feminist turn. A family member’s gym has requirements of their trainers: they need to “look” a certain way to be trainers at this gym. The female family member said, “Not that I support that, but some of the girls don’t really look, you know, the way trainers do…” We all exploded in feminist rage over this! What does it matter what the trainer looks like?! As long as they know their stuff and are good at their job, it doesn’t matter!
The theme of feminism right now seems to be centered around supporting the fellow female. We need to build each other up, not put them down. Challenge each other to grow, cheer each other on, celebrate our differences.
On our run this morning in Ashland, we did ALL the hills! What better way to celebrate female badassery than to run uphill once, twice, and then throw some extra hill sprints in at the end? Coming down one of our last hills, I saw Jamie had turned around and was running up the short burst another time. Even as I was cursing her under my breath, her actions and big grin pushed me to get an extra hill in myself. And then we had to Insta Stories it, so we had another round too!
It got me pretty excited about running around Sonoma this weekend. And for our upcoming EMPOWERED Race Series in San Francisco, a female running and yoga festival weekend celebrating empowerment. It’s got me motivated to be running all the hills in the meantime…
What else can we do to #BeBoldForChange? Bums out for change!
What are you doing to celebrate International Women’s Day?
What is a a fitcation? It’s a fitness vacation! What is a fitness vacation? I will say this could be confusing as every trip and vacation involves activities in some capacity for me. But a fitcation is a vacation centered around an activity. Surfing in Costa Rica, skiing in Colorado, tango in Buenos Aires, and now yoga in Sonoma!
It’s a great opportunity to play outside of your normal sweat routine, outside of your normal places. It’s a good thing to try new things in new places, to put yourself outside of your comfort zone.
I remember walking to my first surf lesson while spending a month in Costa Rica and nearly talking myself out of going surfing. How ridiculous would that have been to be in Costa Rica for a month without even trying surfing?! And all because it made me uncomfortable being out of my element.
It’s also a great way to explore a new place in an unusual way! Taking tango lessons and spending my evenings in milongas was the absolute highlight of my trip to Buenos Aires.
While living in Spain, I trained for my first half marathon. Not only did it keep me in shape while eating any and all Spanish cuisine, it was a really fun and unique way to explore my temporary home. Plus, as the race took place in Lisbon, it was a great reason to get to Portugal.
I was asked yesterday, “Do you ever stop moving?!” (To which my dad responded when I told him this, “That’s my girl!) I definitely do my fair share of lounging. I’m a big fan of binge watching shows, curling up with a book and a glass of wine, scrolling through Instagram, window shopping online for jewelry and bags. However, what enables me to guilt-free veg is being active beforehand.
My vacations are no different. After skiing all day, I’m absolutely content watching Friends reruns after dinner all evening. My happy place at the beach is in the sand with a book after a morning of running and surfing. [I’m never so lazy or so active as I am at the beach!]
Bonding over a fun activity, especially a new one in a new place, really brings people together. Whether you’re traveling with friends or making new ones, it’s amazing to experience it together. To chat over the day’s events over a post-sweat beer, commiserate over sore muscles, and encourage each other out on the trail. It’s one of my favorite ways to make memories…
A fitcation is a perfect way to decompress! It takes my natural destress technique of sweating and moving, and combines it with the fun and relaxation of a vacation.
Stress melts away, I’m constantly moving and sweating, I’m sleeping and eating well…
In my month in Costa Rica, I’ve never been so healthy or relaxed. My daily schedule would have allowed nothing less:
6:30am: run for 45 minutes on the beach
8am: an hour and a half – 2 hours of surfing
breakfast of yogurt and a fresh, local, organic mango
a few hours at the beach reading and doing yoga
lunch and siesta
4:30pm: pre-sunset meditation and yoga on the beach
5:30pm: sunset at the beach watching surfers and babies playing in the sand
How could a person not be relaxed and stress-free with 30 days like that?
I’m getting ready to set off on what is sure to be an amazing fitcation! Jamie, Nicci, Abbie, and I are piling into the car to set off for Sonoma in the morning. We’re taking a little pre-retreat retreat by stopping in Ashland and Rocklin on the way down to spend time together, run, and do some yoga.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be spent at the Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma with an amazing group of people running, yoga-ing, and sipping on local wines. Sounds like perfection, doesn’t it?
I’m in the middle of the not-so-fun part: packing. So what am I bringing along?
Spring has not quite sprung, yet. And I’m ok with it!
I grew up in a place with four very distinct seasons, and I loved it. But after years in Colorado with bonus months of winter in lieu of a traditional spring season, aka spring skiing, I’m not quite ready for spring. In Breckenridge, March is traditionally the month we would get the most snow! And we would basically be in continued winter through May or even June.
April 11, 2014 on Mt Baldy, CO
In my mind, I’m still in the height of ski season. I’m not ready to pack up my coats, fleeces, and boots.
March 1, 2017 on Mt Hood, OR
However I am starting to think about getting on board with being excited about spring. Sunshine, flowers, sundresses… Some pretty awesome things are coming up, too, which always helps with the excitement level!
We leave NEXT WEEK for Sonoma! I was reminding my mom I would be in California next week, and her response was, “Oh, right, it’s March!” My sentiments exactly. But I’m SO excited to get my yoga, trail running, and wine on in Sonoma!
I also get to go home to North Carolina the weekend after the retreat. Woo hoo for some much-needed family time at the beach!
prAna could not have timed the drop of their spring line at a better time! A lot of long travel days are in my future. I am NOT one of those girls that wears dresses to travel, or even jeans. I do try to look put-together for the most part (I’m not in pj’s or anything), but comfort is key. I always shift around while I’m sitting, stretch it out, #stopdropandyoga whenever I can. So lightweight pants or yoga leggings are the best travel wear for me.
I’m getting to try out prAna’s Annexi Pant, and they totally fit the bill! They are super lightweight, work casually or sportily, and comfortable! They are mostly made out of hemp and recycled polyester, with a touch of spandex. (Do they even make pants without spandex anymore?!) Hemp is ridiculously eco-friendly; it’s safer for farmers growing it and doesn’t require chemicals or pesticides. It also ensures that the product is lightweight, breathable, and wrinkle-free! They make me crave for some warmer weather as it turned into a pretty cold day here in Portland today. I can’t wait to rock them with my Birks!
This is how you’ll find me at the airport…
Both locations for my upcoming trips are going to have variable weather. Sonoma and North Carolina in March most likely will have warm days and chilly nights. Not to mention all the sweating that will be happening… So layers are what it’s all about! I’m loving prAna’s Liana Sweater! Made of organic cotton and hemp, it’s super lightweight but surprisingly warm! And the off-white color goes with everything! Perfect for over sweaty clothes post-class or with jeans for a night out. It makes for a great, versatile layer, key for travel.
As my friend Jamie talks about, there comes a time where fashion has to meet function. Or hopefully it does. Thank goodness for the existence of athleisure and cute and comfy clothes! Clothes that fit my lifestyle and my body type. Clothes that can be worn in so many different ways for so many different occasions.
It’s not that you won’t catch us in heels. I love heels! I was even thinking about wearing heels on my date last night. But you won’t ever see me traveling in heels. Or touring around a city. Or walking to work (though going dancing might equate to the commute).
It’s not that you won’t catch me in jeans, though it’s rare. Number 1, they have to have stretch to them. These are probably the hardest thing for me to find for my body type, so stretch is a must! But a good pair of skinny jeans can be one of the most versatile things in my closet. I can throw on with Birks, cuff with booties, or tuck into knee-high boots. prAna’s London Jean fit the bill perfectly! Luckily, they help me keep my well-planned date outfit in place even if I decided to make the transfer from heels to boots due to the cold evening…
Let’s just skip the cheesy crap, shall we. It’s Valentine’s, cheesy crap is expected.
Have I been delivered red roses by my boyfriend on Valentine’s Day? Yes.
Have I been given diamonds by my boyfriend? Yes.
Have I been proposed to at a romantic restaurant on Valentine’s Day? Well, not exactly. I did witness plenty romantic proposals while working at a fine dining restaurant in a historic Victorian house in a ski town, though.
Got enough romantic cheese factor?
I’m actually a huge romantic. I love rom-coms, I’m constantly reading romance novels, Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice are two of my favorite books…
But there are so many kinds of love other than romantic love! I love Valentine’s Day, but I love love more. Let’s celebrate ALL the love!
Happy Galentine’s Day!
I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing girlfriends! Girls that I can sweat, adventure, talk, laugh, drink coffee and wine, and all around love life with! My mountain girls in Colorado, my yoga chicks, my Flex & Flow tribe, badass women are all around me…
For the first year Caitlin and I were friends, my parents kept inquiring about our relationship. Most people suspected (or maybe still do) that Caitlin and I are together. Last time I was home and I was chatting with my parents about recents dates, my mom expressed gratitude for what I have with Caitlin. I don’t have to settle for a guy with whom I’m anything less than completely infatuated because I have a partner! I have someone I can do anything with. We adventure and veg, we laugh and cry, we talk about everything (literally we don’t even need music on roadtrips). Everything we do is amazing and fun because we do it together!
I’m so lucky to have these two babes by my side pretty much every day! We work together, do all the yogas all the damn time, drink all the coffee and wine, eat all the fries and cheese. I laugh so hard with them, I count it as an ab workout. They challenge me to work harder, think creatively, push my edges, run faster, sweat even more… They’re always up for anything and everything! We really are the Three Musketeers.
I truly have the best family ever! We’re a small family, and so close. I’m so lucky to be close with my dad, my mom, and then the three of us together. Skiing, beach sitting, drinking wine, watching Bones, adventuring through Italy, we have the best time together no matter what we’re doing!
My love of the mountains AND the beach is oh-so-obvious. Those seem so opposite but the mountains and the beach equally hold special places in my heart. From hauling my butt up a mountain in the snow on my skis to busting a handstand in the sand with the salt air filling my lungs, being outside makes me so happy!
Massages are literally one of my favorite things. I’m rarely as relaxed as I am when I’m getting a massage. [It may look more like Caitlin is torturing me, but it’s actually a Thai massage move!]
Running, yoga, handstands, hiking, skiing, spinning… I LOVE to sweat! It’s a rare day to not sweat at some point. Plus I tend to run pretty warm, so I sweat pretty easily anyways. 😉
I absolutely gush over the pups! I don’t have one myself yet, but I’m lucky enough some of my closest friends have dogs that I get to love on regularly!
Coffee, wine, chocolate
Yup, this deserves it’s own category! I pretty much don’t go a day without having my three favorite things! I truly buy into the French mentality of having everything but having it in moderation. I love going out to eat, enjoying a nice glass of wine, splitting dessert with a friend, nursing a foamy latte in a coffeeshop…
There are so many things for which to feel love and gratitude. Friends, family, dogs, travel, nature, wine…
We’re still talking about LOVE all week long over at Sweat Pink, too! Head over to Instagram to see what the daily prompt is!
My life is filled with love, on Valentine’s Day and beyond… What are you in love with today?
However, I have to say, 2017 hasn’t started off all that much better. I was sick most of January. We had two more Snowpocalypse episodes, effectively shutting down the city. There’s some serious stuff going on that is affecting my every move, thought, emotion. Plans for the coming year are all made with a quick escape route considering a last-minute cancellation might have to happen. I am, in effect, a big ole question mark right now. Not to mention all of the scary things that are happening in politics right now…
Plus, Jamie blamed a pistol squat sequence on me in front of her class the other day, which was pure lies…
This is all pretty dramatic. Not that it’s not true, but it’s definitely not optimistic. And doesn’t accurately represent that there are definitely great things happening in right now, too.
Flex & Flow turned one, and classes are bigger and sweatier than ever!
We’ve almost completely sold out our first Sweat Pink / Flex & Flow retreat!
2 spots are left, hurry hurry!
I leave for Breckenridge in less than 48 hours.
HIIT yoga is comin’ at ya! We’re getting ready to launch our FFYHIITYOGA training, first here in Portland and then online. We’re having a blast with filming classes right now!
BlogFest and our Empowered Race Series are both in full-blown active planning modes.
I’m surrounded by simply amazing people all the time.
See? So many exciting things happening and wonderful things for which to be grateful and happy.
What’s my number 1 way to calm the stress and turn off sad, stressful thoughts? SWEAT! Today we’re rocking out our last #BuildYourBestBody Friday Five workout with Hedstrom Fitness! We’ve loved having the Surge and Kamagon Balls in the studio this month. They’re definitely a #harderthanitlooks way to train; those brightly colored pieces of equipment contain an individualized amount of water. Fluid resistance helps you train dynamically as the water shifts as you move. Yup, definitely harder than it looks.
We’re taking National Red Day into today, too, promoting healthy hearts. Join the movement by rocking red today. And get motivated to move and get sweaty with a red Kamagon Ball! They are 25% off today until 11:59pm EST, and you’ll also get free shipping.
I’m not going to get political, I’m going to get empowered!
At this point you’d have to be living under a rock to not notice the tension in the air right now. Since the election, all manner of emotions have been running high. No matter the side of the political spectrum you’re on, the tension is palpable. [Disclaimer: I am not making a political statement here, simply recognizing a tumultuous time in the US. I’m more than happy to make more decisive statements over wine later… ]
I’m very selective about what political statements I make online. I don’t like politics. There, I said it. They’re a very unifying or dividing topic. And often get in the way of the real issues. I strongly dislike conflict and prefer transparent communication that often seems absent from politics. So that’s why you’ll rarely see me sharing the latest political cartoon bashing some Washington muckity-muck that I just know will spark a righteous debate in the comment section.
Don’t get me wrong. I love conversing with people of differing backgrounds and opinions and discussing hot button issues. Religion, economics, abortion, gun control, the environment, travel… I have an opinion about it all. But here’s the thing: I will only talk about those issues face-to-face with people I know will actually listen to my opinion just as I will their’s. I’m pretty good at playing devil’s advocate. Even if I don’t agree with something doesn’t mean I can’t understand how someone could think that.
BUT… One thing I don’t understand is the resistance to unity. The idea that we are all in this together and the only way to succeed is to work together as equals.
Last Saturday I attended the Women’s March in Portland.
I was going skiing. After teaching class that morning, I was planning on some much-needed solo time in the woods. But the energy was impossible to ignore. Everyone I talked to was going downtown to join. Pictures poured in from friends and family all over the country from marches they attended. I realized this isn’t just a D.C. thing that protest-loving Portland was tagging along to. This was a Historical Moment, one that I would look back on and want to have been a part of. This was a B.F.D.
Of course there was some Trump protesting going on, but the root of the movement was to rally for something that truly benefits us all, for women’s rights and equality. This is an issue that spans across ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, political party, and religion. [Check out the reasons this pro-life Republican stay-at-home mom joined in on the march! It wasn’t all hippie feminists.] These issues of gender equality affect us all.
Time for some stats:
1 in 3 women experience some physical or sexual abuse. 
Women that have been sexually abused are more than twice as likely to have an abortion.
92% of women have reported experiencing some form of sexual violence in public places sometime in their lifetime. 
Women spend more than twice as much time on “domestic work” and twice to ten times as much time a day caring for children, the elderly, or the sick as men. 
“Worldwide women are paid less than men, in most countries earning on average 60 – 75% of men’s wages.” 
Of the world’s 500 biggest corporations, less than 4% of the CEOs are women. 
As of 2015, there were only 19 female Heads of State or Government. 
What can we derive from these facts?
Women are not considered equal in the majority of the world, not just in the US.
As Aziz Ansari said in his opening monologue for SNL that Saturday night, an entire gender (and then some! Thanks girlpower-believing, men!) has risen up in protest at some of the decisions that are being made for them.
Isn’t that the root of it? We are women, hear us roar! So let us make the decisions. If we want to work, we deserve the same paycheck as our brothers. If we want to be moms, let us (with our baby daddies) choose when the right time is. If we wear a skirt, put on makeup, simply breathe, that does not mean we want to be grabbed; we will let you know if/when we want that. Yeah, consent is king.
This is not a small group of people demanding these rights. It has been reported that 673 marches were held worldwide! Sydney, Paris, Buenos Aires, Kolkata, Lebanon, Malawi, all over the US, and even Antartica.  I heard that close to 750,000 people turned out in Los Angeles. Amazing attendance, creative signage, and completely peaceful!
It was estimated that 20,000 people would show here in Portland and over 100,000 turned out!  Rain and crazy traffic didn’t stop people from taking over the streets and waterfront park in downtown Portland to make a statement for the cause. My three girlfriends and I walked up to the crowds and immediately became one with movement. Chants, signs, costumes, props, men, women, children. All were present. All were unified.
My gaze constantly shifted, trying to take in as much of the stimuli as possible. The signs, oh the creative signs…
Down in the Waterfront Park, a stage was set up and people congregated. A DJ was playing dance music. After marching through the city streets, people broke it down! Dancing outside in the rain and mud with 100,000 people of every gender, age, race, occupation, and any other “group” you could think of, and all in honor of women’s rights, was an experience I’ll never be able to forget.
Never before have I been a part of something like that. There was anger, fear, and uncertainty present, yes. But the amazing thing is that it left us feeling … hopeful! Inspired. Empowered.
As Aziz said again, it takes big groups of angry people to enact change, and if day 1 is any indicator…
So the rumors are true. There are in fact two waves to the virus that took me down during New Year’s. It hasn’t hit nearly as hard, but for going on five days now, I’ve been low energy, snotty, and super congested. Luckily the sore throat has been minimal this round too. I’ve actually been able to stay amidst society this time, whereas before I couldn’t get off the couch for over a week.
It’s been on the chilly side, so enjoying some rare sunshine with an easy run just isn’t possible yet. Yoga is hard as inverting is a no-go for my congestion. But my body is itching to move and sweat. Enter this week’s #BuildYourBestBody workout with Hedstrom Fitness!
This is a perfect example of why training with the Surge and Kamagon Ball is so awesome. Training with fluid resistance gives you the freedom of adjusting weight (aka fluid level) with one piece of equipment. As I’m not feeling strong or coordinated this week, I took the weight way down. The movements were nearly enough of a challenge on their own, plus the added test of my balance with the shifting water made this workout quite difficult.
One Legged Hamstring Extension with Overhead Press x 10
At least 10 rounds.
This week’s workout is a bit of a doozy. We had to give ourselves quite a few takes to capture this one on video! Redoing take 1 may have been necessary due to cutting our legs out of the frame. But redoing take 2 was due to falling out of those one legged hamstring extensions!
We still have one more week of the #BuildYourBestBody Friday Five workouts to go! Tune in here and on YouTube next week to see what it is!
We’re also finishing up 10 days of HIIT yoga next week. You can still join the challenge TODAY! (Hint, it’s push-ups.) Next Friday we’ll be putting all ten days’ moves together for what is sure to be one of the sweatiest Facebook Live sessions we’ve seen yet! Tune in on the Fit Approach Facebook page at 11am PT / 2pm ET to get sweaty with us!
Let’s be real here for a second. Sometimes you just don’t wanna do anything: to adult, to run, to go to the gym, to cook dinner, to try something new, to get off the couch.
This week has been one of those weeks (well, months if I’m being totally honest). Routine has gone completely out the window. The snow storm that we got in last week kept the city completely debilitated until yesterday. After those first few snowdays, I couldn’t ski in the city anymore. But the roads and sidewalks were still covered in a snowy / icy sludge, making running impossible. Not having routine to turn to has made it difficult to get motivated lately, especially considering moving and sweating is exactly what I need. So what’s a girl to do?
Thank goodness I have friends that love to sweat. I get texts and messages all the time asking for sweat dates! Meeting up with friends to go to yoga class, run, ski, you name it!
Try something new, or not so new
I’ve been really wanting to get into boxing, and finally got the sign that now is the perfect time to start. I’ve dabbled before (even as young as barely-able-to-walk), but I’m wanting to get after it on the regular now. As my wrists and shoulders are integral to my job (hello handstand addict), I wanted to make sure that I learn proper technique. Yesterday I had a private session with a badass boxer chick. She taught me footwork, how to hold my hands, and starting to throw punches. Gotta say, going through combinations on mitts was insanely satisfying.
Roll with the weather
Sometimes you just gotta roll with it. Last Friday I tried to go up to Mt Hood to skin, but the roads prevented me from getting out of the city limits (how was the highway that bad for that long, and roads were completely shut down). I stopped at my local park on the way home and toured around for a couple of laps on the lone hill. A couple of days later I even went for a run before everything turned to straight ice. You guys, yak tracks are seriously amazing! There were some patches of ice that I could just run right over.
Keep rolling with the weather
Yesterday I had an hour private session at the boxing gym and we had Sip ‘n Sweat at Flex & Flow last night. I also taught two yoga classes. That was my sweat game plan. However, the sun came out, the ice finished thawing out, and I had my running shoes with me. That only meant one thing: taking advantage of the 45 minutes I had after boxing before teaching and going for a run down by the river.
Today we’re getting sweaty with Hedstrom Fitness! It’s time for today’s #BuildYourBestBody Friday Five Workout!
Here’s a sneak peek:
Let’s break it down the five moves.
Got the moves down? Go through each move 10 times TWICE!
I'm a Southern girl, born and raised. After graduating from college (go Tar Heels!), I postponed grad school in favor of moving to the highcountry Colorado to live the life as a ski bum for a few years. I skied, taught yoga, worked in a restaurant, made amazing friends, traveled...lived! Spring 2015 I moved to Portland, OR. I'm loving my new hometown: the food, people, activities, hippiness... I love yoga, hiking, running, surfing, skiing, romance novels, chocolate and wine, speaking Spanish, photography, art, the beach AND the mountains, girlfriends, adventures... the list can go on and on. I'm doing my best to love life (at least once) each and every day!