Off the beaten path – Park City Summer Escape!

Now that it is officially summer,  I feel a buzz in the air. The excitement that comes with the anticipation of long summer days and warm nights. Many of us seek out adventure and set our sights high! Mack and I spend the summers at 7,000ft – in beautiful Park City, Utah. Now what, may you ask, could possibly get us to move away from our laid-back winter beach life? TRAILS. 400 miles (to be exact) of maintained legal single track for mountain biking, trail running, and hiking. After you have climbed out of valleys and through aspen groves; to look around – surrounded by all of nature’s beauty – you cannot help but feel peace in your mind and a special connection to the earth. That is why I designed Sweat Play Live’s Park City retreats. You will experience new heights both physically and mentally.

A big part of my life is about getting off the beaten path. From the time I can remember, I have saught out new and different experiences. By following this call for adventure and getting out of my comfort zone, I have learned my biggest lessons and have become a stronger and more confident version of myself. Getting off the beaten path does not have to be a dramatic leap. Sometimes you take the path that veers just slightly off the main drag. Baby steps become bigger steps, then maybe a full blown jog down a path that once seemed scary or foreign. Sweat Play Live is about FUN-sized adventures. From a fitness foundation, we then add in activities to show you what your body can do. While some guests are taking their first confident baby steps, other are sprinting down the path towards adventure – All are welcome, Sweat Play Live has adventure sized for everyone!

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Heather and I will be heading up our 2nd Annual Move Your Asana® SUMMER ESCAPE, August 5-9th. We had so much fun last year, we added an extra day! If you enjoy awesome fitness classes and breathing in clean mountain air while hiking through beautiful aspen groves, I encourage you to join us in August. This trip is full of new adventures and, as always, fun surprises!!

Check out www.sweatplaylive.com for registration details!

Summertime…JUMP IN!!!!!

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Hey MYA Friends!  My kids are out of school and we are shifting into summer mode, and…the summer solstice is HERE!!! This is a an excellent time of year to put change into motion.  “Midsummer is a supercharged time physically and emotionally, which makes it ideal for making resolutions to: kickstart new habits, strengthen human relationships, and let go of negativity.”  Psychology Today Summer Solstice  Instead, embrace change.  You not have to make a monumental turn of events.  For me, my goal is to stop hitting the snooze button.  May seem silly, but hitting the snooze button is doing me damage.

When you doze off after your alarm wakes you in the morning, you’re actually setting yourself up to feel less alert and productive later in the day.  CNN Article on the Snooze Button

My intention:  Get up when my alarm beeps and play this track to get my booty moving!  DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

What is your Summer Solstice Intention?

MYAWOWFACTOR is CONFIDENCE

 

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“What if no one signs up for our class?”  I uttered these words on Friday morning, June 12, 2015.  I was experiencing self doubt…a feeling I am not accustomed to.  I am a confident woman.  I am confident in what my body can do and I am confident in my fitness knowledge.  So, where the heck was this self doubt coming from?  I coach confidence and strength in body and mind to my clients.  Oh my gosh, had I lost it?  I told Shanti I was nervous.  And I was.  She looked at me and said, “We have this.  We know our stuff and we just go out and do our thing.”  That helped calmed my nerves, but I still had nasty, little, self doubt poking me in my ribs.

The Telluride WOW Festival is an amazing Weekend of Wellness put on by the dynamic duo of Becca Tudor and Albert Roer.  Visualize a setting that makes your jaw drop at every angle, an altitude that quite literally takes your breath away, a group of fitness professionals that is top notch and participants that are eager and excited to soak up knowledge and sweat out smiles.  The WOW has a smaller presenter and participant list than some of the other fit-fests out there, and that is what makes it so incredibly special.  Everyone has the opportunity to connect on a real level, through non-rushed, personal conversations.  This is magic.  This is the Telluride WOW Festival.
Shanti and I officially launched MoveYourAsanaFitness.com on June 1, 2015.  We have been teaching our branded workouts for a long time, but The Telluride WOW Festival was our very first opportunity to teach amongst some of the industry’s best…Todd Durkin, Jonathon Ross, Ed Harrold & Dr. Haley Perlus…just to name drop a little.  It was time to put on our big girl spandex.
Tick Tock.  Almost time to present.  Remember that self doubt that was nudging me?  Well, at 12pm on Friday we found out that we had a full sign up list for our first class!  Ahhhh…and the #confidence came rushing back.  Ya know that huge, open mouth smile that I often sport in all my photos?  Well, she showed up and ate my self-doubt for lunch.  Yum.
Turns out we rocked our BodyShots Boxing Bootcamp™ class on Friday afternoon…to a full house.  Rave reviews all around and we had an absolute BLAST.  On Sunday, at 7:30am we took another full room on a journey through Move Your Asana® Fitness•Yoga, and again we were greeted with big smiles, “That was AMAZING!” and “Thank you so much for such a fabulous class that engaged every part of my body.” and “You two have the most amazing energy!”.
In the end, the #confidence that Shanti and I exuded was a bright light.  I don’t have an ultra-wiseclosure,  I only have this.  Know your stuff.  Whatever your craft is.  Learn, learn, practice, learn, fail, learn, practice and master your craft…and then wrap your arms around your #confidence and take this out into the world.  This is a big part of the Move Your Asana® manifesto, and I just lived it.  I did it.  You can do it.
Do yourself a favor and put this amazing weekend on your calendar for 2016.  We did.  Telluride WOW Festival

Fighting Fear – Building Confidence with Practice and ACTION!

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New Year’s 1996, I moved up to Marin to be a Taebo instructor. I was thrilled that I was to be one of only 3 Taebo instructors outside of Billy Blank’s studio in Hollywood. I was mentored by Will Yun Lee.. yeah that guy from Wolverine. I had only been doing Taebo for 3 months and I immediately knew I didn’t want to be just another aerobics instructor. I wanted to really know the punches and kicks that I would be teaching. I wanted to be like WilI. He was incredibly confident, super skilled, and just looked bad ass… who wouldn’t want to be like him? I trained in a garage-turned-gym for 3 months straight. Hours and hours everyday – kicking, kicking, kicking, and punching. I had a goal and knew I was going to be introducing Taebo to the BayArea. Oh, did I mention, I had never done martial arts, taught anything in my life, and was PAINFULLY shy. Like, barely-look-you-in-the-eye, shy?

I rehearsed that first class probably 30-40 times and was still a nervous wreck. I had to throw up twice before even entering the group exercise room. I stumble up to the front of the class and looked out at the 60+ people and could barely introduce myself. I was shaking so much that when I got in to my fighting stance to begin demonstrating the punches, my back ankle was shaking uncontrollably. I was terrified, and to make matters worse when I began to explain the stance and punching techniques, my voice would crack. Did I want to run and hide and never be seen in that gym again? – For sure I did. But instead, I raised my voice, because I noticed that when I raised my voice it would not crack. I also started demonstrating the movements with much more emphasis – crazy big and powerful, to hide the fact that I was shaking. After that, it was like an out of body experience. I shouted like a drill sergeant, ran around the room getting in people’s faces. Kicked higher than I ever thought possible and punched so hard I probably could have knocked someone out. I am sure I made mistakes, but nobody noticed and after class people just raved about my teaching and how it was the best class they had ever taken! I was on a high – I wish I could say for days, but I had to teach my second class the next morning, 14 hours later. And the throwing up/voice cracking/body shaking-to-drill sergeant routine started all over again. And that routine lasted 12 classes a week for 6 months until I finally wasn’t panic-stricken. So what kept me coming back day after day, class after class? Passion. Passion for exercise and sharing with others.

19 years later, I have taught over 10,000 classes – from cardio kickbox to pilates. I have trained clients in their homes, offices and abroad, and lead fitness retreats through my company SweatPlayLive. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had decided, way back then, that teaching that first class was just too scary. It is one of those “sliding door” moments. I chose to face my fear and it has brought me here, to you, with Move Your Asana®. It is also taking me to present on Wednesday for the Telluride WOW festival.

You have heard it before – “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” YOUR desire HAS to be stronger than your fear. My desire to be a Taebo instructor outweighed my fear of failure, even if just barely. It was enough for me to train and endure that first class. Nobody is born with confidence. Everyone you see exuding mass confidence in every situation practiced it until it became a habit. Until that habit became part of who they are. So fake it until you become it! Even Beyonce says she has to turn into Sasha Fierce to get herself onstage. When you feel fear – TAKE ACTION! It is the first step towards building confidence – “Action kills Fear.” Maybe at first you too will need to “pretend” to be confident, strong, and sure of yourself. By practicing confidence you make it a habit and as we all know, practice makes permanent!