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Modo vs Y7: My Two Absolute Favorite Yoga Studios

reflections outside Y7 Studio

If you don’t know already, I live for yoga. Well, maybe not that dramatic, but it is a HUGE part of my life – so much so that I even went to teacher training for a month earlier this year in Costa Rica! I’m not teaching yoga now (maybe someday); I mainly went to deepen my own practice, and lets be real, to run away from New York winter since I canNOT handle it, haha.

If you’re not into yoga, I really suggest trying it out. For my whole life growing up, my mother, who is a fantastic yoga teacher, tried so hard to get me into it and I just. Would. Not. I found it boring, to be honest. I really love to be active and I just wanted to run around outside or be swimming (…Floridian childhood).

But somehow, about a couple years ago something finally changed – I grew up? – and I fell in love with yoga. I can’t rave about the benefits enough; the stretching/loosening up, the balance work, the strength you build, the peace you find. There’s so many kinds of classes. Finding something that suits you perfectly really is possible. For me, I’m all about the hot yoga.

Modo Yoga’s beautiful white brick building
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One Week to Bikini Bod

Okay, I definitely don’t have a formula/trashy newsstand secret to losing ten pounds in ten days or whatever.

But Memorial Day is just around the river bend (had to, I’ll be spending some much needed river time this weekend;)) and I do have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve to be as ready as possible!

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Vegging Out

(Gorgeous daily vegan food in Costa Rica)

hi, hi.

Ok, so I wrote this post in Costa Rica. Then I had internet problems and couldn’t post it. THEN I went through even more of a thought process with this whole thing when I came home over the last week, and decided I probably needed to go through and add some edited notes. So here we go – written in CR, edits popped in today πŸ˜‰

I’ve been thinking about going vegan for so long – years even. In the last six months, it has been tugging at my heart more than ever. I’ve been busy reading many vegan blogs and cookbooks, and eating less and less meat and dairy while also trying out meatless/dairy free substitutions, like Daiya cheese (not a fan) and veg bacon (totally down with it). But my final turning point with meat came the day that Freddie the cow escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens. I cried, both with joy for his happy future at an animal sanctuary and withΒ despair for all the animals who couldn’t have that same future. Reality sank in – that these animals feel so much fear and pain, surrounded by death their whole life with no escape; except for the very very few who do manage to clever their way out.

I watched Cowspiracy on Netflix the next day and I was done. How could I continue eating meat, knowing what goes on, having finally made that mental connection of live animals waiting to be killed, as well as learning about the drastic effects of factory farming on our environment? Read More Β»

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My Fitness Journey (+ Tips + Goals)

I used to be SO uncomfortable in my skin. I don’t like the term skinny-fat, because I didn’t even really feel like either of those, but unfit? Out of shape? Feeling heavy, dragging my feet, lethargic, unenergized, even depressed? Yes, all of the above, for most of my entire first four years of living in New York. I reached a breaking point and knew I had to make changes; not to get “skinny” or look good, but to literally survive.

May 2013 and May 2015 - featuring bruises and bug bites ;)

May 2013 vs May 2015

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