Sweat Like A Girl

This past weekend we had another yogi come in a do a workshop on assisting with us. He was phenomenal. I learned so much not only about the yoga stuff, but about myself. This was a teacher that is just so in tune with his students. I had learned that when I was in a few of his classes. One of which he totally called me out for not “being present.” Aka…I was being a spaz because I was paying too much attention to the way he was teaching, that I was lacking in my own practice. He made such a great point in saying to our teacher training class that our best teacher is going to be ourselves. And that we need to bring that our in our students as well. That instead of going to classes trying to focus on what other teachers are doing to make yourself a better teacher, you need to reflect on your own mat and just be there.


In the beginning of our workshop on Sunday he asked someone to come up and choose a reading out of a book. Well she picked the most perfect reading for our class. It resonated with each and every one of us—and I think that it would resonate with you as well. It was about making mistakes. How you need to stumble, fall and screw up to become great at something. We all start somewhere. It was amazing for me to hear because while I know that logically, I am completely type A and want to be an expert and something like right now. I am incredibly hard on myself when I screw up and over these past six weeks I have seen how much I’ve grown in that I am more accepting of the fact that I am not going to be perfect. It’s yoga practice, not yoga perfect. We all have things in our lives that are new and that make us nervous or afraid….but you know what…trying makes you better off that any of the people sitting on the couch saying no. When you say no (to quote our teacher) the door closes. You’re done. When you say yes, you open up the opportunity. You may fail, you may say something stupid, but you may also learn, grow, and open yourself up to try again until you are great. We all need to fail in order to grow, learn, change.


The workshop was amazing all around. We did some very interesting exercises and some really cool partner yoga. One exercise in particular was crazy. In the beginning of class we partnered up and he asked us to sit crossed legged with our knees touching facing one another. He then asked us to take our partners hand and place it on our hearts. Then vice versa. We  were asked to look each other in the eyes for a minute or two. I love the girl I partnered with but it was a little awkward—very hard not to break down laughing (some giggling ensued between us both). Then we were asked to close our eyes and sit there for five minutes. Five minutes like that! Half way in I settled in and got a little more comfortable with the exercise, and overall I think it was pretty cool looking back. The point was to become comfortable being in someone’s else’s personal space. It did the trick!

As far as my workouts go I have been practicing power  yoga Monday, Wednesday and Friday (sometimes sneaking in a little cardio before class if I have time). Gym workouts Tuesdays and Thursdays. Workshops on the weekends (and allow me to count the 20 minute walk to and from the train Smile )

Today I did a mix of HIIT, endurance cardio and some strength. TRX.


Last week I posted this HIIT workout on instagram



The first part is the warm-up. For the star sprints I ran up an actual flight of stairs in the gym. I work in the same area because there’s only ten seconds between to get to the next exercise. For handstands (or bunny hops, the intro to handstands) you can find a wall to do them against.

The next part is the workout round. I used six risers for my box jumps. I usually use seven but It’s been a while.  For the Bosu lunges I used the bosu to lift my rear leg and just switched half way through.  Plyo push ups on the Smith bar are one of the only ways I USE the Smith machine.

I need to start testing some more HIIT workouts out for upcoming boot camps. I just got an email today my clients are itching to get back to Saturday morning class!

I’ve been working on some delicious recipes I hope to share soon. Just a little more tweaking to do!

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Talk soon!


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  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    I don’t know why I don’t practice Yoga more. I love it when I do! Maybe if I found a great teacher too. I can imagine how awkward that exercise must have been, but it most have been liberating too!

    Can’t wait to see what delicious recipes you’re making 🙂

    October 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes you definitely should! TO think, 2 years ago I barely ever practiced…now I am in a studio 5 times a week. I can’t believe it! I love it though!

      October 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm
  • Reply allison

    Good for you for getting your yoga training!!! I could easily teach a boot camp or circuit class but I would totally be a fish out of water trying to teach a yoga class:)

    October 24, 2012 at 8:28 am
    • Reply laury

      I still feel like that! But it takes time and practice to master the new trait!

      October 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm
  • Reply Tiff

    Sounds like an interesting workshop. Thanks for posting the workout. I tell ya – box jumps are my enemy! haha I need to get better at those.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:11 am
    • Reply laury

      They are killer!

      October 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    yoga practice not yoga perfect. yep. exactly! that’s why i’ve been really starting to make some changes in my approach to exercise. for me, it’s not really about the toned abs/strength gains anymore. it’s kinda lost the luster and i am more content feeling graceful and poised and most importantly RELAXED at this stage in my life 🙂

    i’m not saying i don’t have the space for a HIIT once a week but i am just preferring yoga or a walk lately.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:35 am
    • Reply laury

      I love your attitude, Melissa! That’s so great!

      October 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    That workshop sounds like something that everyone needs every now and then…a little inspiration to be our best selves and not feel like we need to be perfect at everything! I also like how it mentioned that if you say no immediately, the door just closes. I feel like I’ve been doing that with my dream of owning my own business lately, especially with all that happned in my life this year. I think I just got reinspired though ha

    Anyway, I also had a different question. I had dinner with my neighbors last night and he is a serious runner…training for a 100 miler and has read blogs where ultra runners don’t believe in stretching/yoga and that it does more harm than good. I thought it was bogus bc from personal experience…when I don’t do yoga and stretch I get hurt. Wondered if you had any info you could share on this or if you heard of this before. Thanks! Email me if you have time!


    October 24, 2012 at 11:09 am
    • Reply laury

      hmmm I never heard of that! While I am not even a runner, I call BS on the theory. Every time I ever ran my knees KILLED me because of my tight IT band. Then…yoga came in my life. I ran a 5k with no pain.

      100 miles..I think running that much is asking for a joint replacement (or multiple!) later in life. To each their on though. I am curious about the theory though? Do they believe that jogging is their dynamic warm-up to prepare them for the run? But you need to stretch after? I just don’t know but it doesn’t sound right to me. I won’t 100% knock it until I hear why, but overall it sounds a little crazy!!!! I can’t imagine not stretching after putting that much stress on muscles and joints could be good.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    Hi, Laury! Aren’t those workshops amazing? I went to a 3 day one a couple of weekends ago and it was wonderful. I love reading about your teacher training journey 🙂

    October 24, 2012 at 11:17 am
    • Reply laury

      Yes they are! How are yours going? How many hours do you have left. Are you doing power vinyasa as well?

      October 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm
      • Reply Heidi

        I have 14 elective workshop hours to go, but 7 weekends of training sessions to go as well. Then I have to teach 2 community classes, do a karma yoga class, observe and assist a senior teacher for 15 hours, and do a 20 hour self-study thesis to get certified. Theirs also additional homework and book reviews.

        I’m hoping to be 200 hour certified by summer 🙂

        October 25, 2012 at 9:54 am
        • Reply laury

          Oh wow! Lots of stuff to do! Sounds more intense than mine!

          October 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    I wish I did yoga more often. I always feel so strong after a session!!!! 🙂

    October 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm
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