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Friday, August 5, 2016

Announcing 3 Week Yoga Retreat!


Want to try yoga but too intimidated by the complicated poses? Or, do you think you’re simply not flexible enough to contort yourself into a pretzel? Then, you’re going to love 3 Week Yoga Retreat, coming in September exclusively to Beachbody On Demand.
3 Week Yoga Retreat is perfect if you’re new to the yoga mat, as this beginner yoga program will guide you through three weeks of basic yoga classes and help you feel less stressed, improve your flexibility, and increase your balance. The program doesn’t require any equipment (though a yoga mat, yoga block, and a strap are all helpful), and we’ve included a modifier for each of the moves to help ease you in.
3 Week Yoga Retreat makes the moves easy to understand  and was designed so you can easily follow along. Beachbody did an extensive search to find four trainers that you’ll not only love, but who are also masters of the practice. This trusted team of four will guide you through each session with cueing so precise you could do the program blindfolded (not that we’d recommend that).
After completing one 30-minute or shorter class a day, you’ll have a deeper understanding of yoga by the end of 21 days. You’ll also have the confidence to hold your own in any yoga class!
Each week builds upon the prior one, and the 21-day program kicks off with Week 1 led by Vytas Baskauskas, a trainer who already has a dedicated following in Los Angeles (and, yes you may have seen him on Survivor!). He’s been studying and practicing yoga for more than 15 years, and approaches the discipline in a functional and technical way that will help you understand not just the poses, but also why they’re important. During that first week Vytas will teach you yoga fundamentals so you can build a solid foundation for the weeks to come.
Here are some moves you’ll see in Week 1: Foundation with Vytas
Warrior II




In Week 2 of the 3 Week Yoga Retreat, Elise picks up where Vytas leaves off, helping you expand on the poses and postures you learned in Week 1. A former dancer turned certified yoga instructor with a background in Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, she’s trained A-list celebrities and motivated countless clients to improve their lives with the practice. Elise says that with this program she “got to draw on my primary passion as a teacher, which is to awaken people to realize their full potential… both on and off the mat.”
Here are some moves you’ll see in Week 2: Expansion with Elise
Downward Dog





Upward Dog



For the final week of the 3 Week Yoga Retreat, you’ll progress with Ted McDonald. He’ll kick your practice up a notch, and you’ll begin to see improvements in both your skills and understanding of yoga. This former Elite Adventure Racer and lifelong athlete is educated in both Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, and uses his classes to help his students improve their flexibility, strength, and focus. He’s been one of Tony Horton’s yoga teachers for years, is one of the designated yoga teachers for the Tour De France, and knows how to guide you through a practice that may also help you see greater results in higher-intensity programs.
Here are some moves you’ll see in Week 3: Progression with Ted
Twisted Triangle




Tree Pose



During the weeks you’re led by Vytas, Elise and Ted, but on the weekends, you’re in the hands of Faith Hunter. On Saturdays, it’s your time to relax and unwind, and on Sunday squeeze in a little yoga by choosing from a variety of 10-mintute yoga sessions. This Washington D.C./NYC-based instructor began studying yoga in the early 1990s and has taught at many high-profile events around the globe. She has studied Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Kundalini Yoga, and blends classic yogic principles, meditation, and real-world personal experiences into a passionate and free-spirited teaching style.
Here are some moves you’ll see in Weekends with Faith
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose


Easy Pose



The Classes in 3 Week Yoga Retreat

Mondays are Core. The foundation of yoga starts in your core. This class focuses on exercises that engage, activate, and build awareness of these very important muscles.
Tuesdays are Stretch. This class is aimed at helping you stretch, extend, and lengthen all the muscles in your body with a variety of poses.
Wednesdays are Balance. Challenge yourself with a series of different postures that engage the core and help you develop better balance inside and out.
Thursdays are Flow. In this class you’ll put together everything you’ve learned so far and connect it with your breathing in a nonstop “flowing” format. This is Vinyasa Flow, Beachbody-style.
Fridays are Flow to Go, a shorter, more advanced version of Thursday’s class that features a little less cueing.
Saturdays are Relax. Faith helps you unwind from your week with this relaxing class.
Sundays are Take 10. These are short, 10-minute classes that will help you wake up, wind down, or work those abs. Pick one or do all three.

Ready to get started? The 3 Week Yoga Retreat is launching soon on Beachbody On Demand with 21 classes, a Quick Start Guide, Beginner’s Basic Video, a Pose Tracker, and a Class Calendar. It’s also free for Beachbody On Demand members!Sign up for Beachbody On Demand today by clicking on your country of residence below.

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The world needs more of YOU!



At one point it was easy to get caught up in the whirlwind and often crazed society "rules", but what once was truly not deemed as "acceptable" is really starting to change. Why? Because of people like you.

Yes, you gorgeous girl (and if you're a dude, <insert dude or fella> where needed) sitting there looking at this thinking, what the frick am I reading?

Yes, YOU!

Because of women like you and me and so many others who are stepping up and out to be who we are. We're like our own little club of "cool kids" which at this moment in time translate into a tribe of strong badass women who are on a mission to spread ass-kickery. Refusing to take crap from anyone and not getting caught up in the hype of being just like everyone else.

Where is the fun in that anyway? There isn't. I can't tell you how many people I've seen literally take on the personality of others because they felt that they needed to fit in  when in reality -by doing so, they took away everything that was appealing about them in the first place. I can't stress this enough... Do Not Do That!

Just be original.

It's sexy.... I promise.

We don't have to be like everyone else. We were born different for a reason. I could list a crap ton of individual qualities (Sassy, quirkiness, etc...), but we'd be here all damn day. You get the point.

From here on out... Your mission is to be you. Every stinkin' day... just work on being you.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

It's okay to be afraid, but don't let it cripple you.



My morning routine consists of a few things... Coffee, personal development book, journal and then planner... 
The coffee I'm drinking now is strong enough to put hair on your chest... I couldn't wait for the pot to fill so I snatched it off the burner when there was enough to fill the mug... Lol 




Right now I'm reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is fantastic, btw. I have both the hard copy and the audio. When I don't have time to really sit down and read, I listen. It's a win win. Personal development is a big deal in the growing process for anyone. Strengthening your mind is key when you're taking steps to changing your life. 

I love how she speaks of having a certain amount of fear is good... (self preservation is key, after all), as in saving yourself from life threatening occurrences. But it's super important to forbid fear to drive, it is forbidden to allow fear to hold the keys to your life. It is a non-negotiable.

If you let fear hold the keys, allow it to take the wheel and navigate your journey -you miss out on the most important things. You miss out on the happiness that you really deserve... The love that you may be craving. The places that you dream about traveling to...and all of those big beautiful adventures (you know what they are).


So, if right now, you're allowing your fears the driver seat? It's time for you to take it back. Right now. This very second! Don't waste another moment.

You are worth it!

Amanda


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

...for the love of Coffee Mugs.


If you know me and/or follow my page, you know how much I love my coffee. And what is a must have with said strong coffee? Really stinkin' cool mugs. I like them different and really unique and Cherrico Pottery always delivers! This, doll faces, is his Lunar Mug and this beautiful bastard arrived today... I am one happy girl.



Now, with that being said. I'm about to prop my feet up, kick back with a good book and relax. 

I hope your day was pretty kick ass!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Greetings!

If you're reading this, then I have finally sat down and followed through! I am so excited to finally get this page up and running! It's been a long time coming, but the truth is, I've lacked patience in getting things set up! Lol...

Anyway, over the next week I will be adding many more things so, check soon and often!

Have a kick ass day!
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