Writing our own story

It was such a beautiful, unassumingly mild Oregon day, and my friend of several years was about to be married to the man of her dreams... a man who, for many, many years, seemed to avoid marriage as one might avoid the plague, the swine flu, or ebola.When my girlfriend shared with me that they'd chosen to write their own vows, I was a bit nervous for her-- I anticipated several statements of contractual agreement from her beloved, perhaps even a power-point presentation...  my soul (if capable) cringed in anticipation of another unintended yet serious wound.

Seeking a path

  Someone recently asked a question about the history and practice of traditional yoga, and I suggested reading up on the 1893 world parliament of religion. I thought it might be helpful to explain why this event matters for people who do yoga. 

Don't let a number define you

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the MindBody FitPro Conference in LA; this conference is put on by Mad Dogg Athletics, and it was a great weekend of education, workouts, networking, and fun.  I brought back a lot from the weekend and was "wowed" by the fabulous presenters.  However, there was one man that impacted me the most and I think of him daily.  I met him at the Friday night social hour and we hit it off immediately.  His name is Hank and he had this way of working a room and connnecting with everyone.  Hank is a Spin(R) instructor from A

Bumber sticker

Bumper stickers are on there way! When I decide to do something folks, I do it! Notice that there is no name or phone#. This is not about selling anything but about encouraging older folks to be more active!-  Rick

New studio sign!

2014 Fitness Trends

So the news is out: The top two fitness trends for 2014 are high-intensity interval training, (ie P90X) and body-weight training (push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and planks) according to a recent annual fitness trends survey. So how long do we think these trends will last? Push ups and pull ups have been around forever, so is it like fashion, and if you wait around long enough, it will come back 'in style'? I'm just glad it's back because these workouts can be done anywhere, anytime! For the record, I expect TRX to be BIG in 2014 as well!

My Yoga Practice

I have enjoyed a rich and deep yoga practice for most of my life. My mother practiced yoga when I was young and my sister and I would relish the shoulderstand pose throughout our childhood, if we could keep from giggling at the same time. I trained concurrently in dance and understood the importance of balance in movement--for safety, for beauty. As I have evolved, I have experimented with many different schools within Hatha Yoga and love them all for different reasons. I relish the gym yoga classes where we would collectively power and flow through the most challenging poses.

Men, Sweat, & Workout Class...

Yep, that's right, the word is finally out, and more and more people are showing up to try my functional fitness tone & condition classes in sleepy little Hilo Town.

Should I First Weight Train or Should I First Go for a Run?

I received this question from one of you. The choice is yours and it depends on your personal goals: both long-term and goals for the given day!


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