Yoga for a Cause- Charlotte Yoga

I taught my last donation class last Saturday evening for September’s Project 12 at Charlotte Yoga.  It was such a fun group of yogis…completely mixed levels, with some brand new students, some who have practiced for decades, and several teachers!

The owner of Charlotte Yoga was kind enough to donate the space for the class, as well as some prizes for a raffle.  Everyone who made a donation earned a raffle ticket.  People ended up scoring t-shirts, bumper stickers, magnets, headbands, and manduka towels!


This big group of yogis helped to raise $215 and a giant bag filled with toothpaste!


I always love hearing the chatter of everyone before class starts, verses what you hear when class is over!  (in most cases people are much more relaxed, and very happy after a class)


Half Moons!  After class, several of us went next door and ate dinner together.

I am excited to announce the total raised this month came to $729,  6 toothbrushes, and 28 tubes of toothpaste!  I will go hand deliver these items tomorrow.  I set my goal pretty high, and didn’t quite get there, and I am okay with that.  The money and supplies donated will help so many in need.

As we close out the month, and wrap up another Project 12, I want to thank Laughing Buddha, Rooftop210, Visions, and Charlotte Yoga for opening up your doors and donating your space.

Yogis, thank you for coming out, donating money, buying the toothpaste, driving to a class out of your way, bringing friends, and just showing up.  Love you.  <3


Basic Yoga Mix: Update 5

Here we are…almost done with this yoga challenge!  I still laugh at the name of this challenge.  Not basic AT ALL.

If you missed the other weeks that I posted the challenge pictures you can see those here:
week 1
week 2
week 3
week 4

IMG_0350Day 21:  Tripod Headstand.  This has always been easier for me than a traditional forearm headstand.  Maybe because of the wider base of support.   And, this does not count as my #37in37 list item of practicing yoga with a sports bra on because I was in my back yard.  But it is a really big step toward that goal!  Here is a VIDEO of tripod.

  • Relaxes and energizes your mind
  • Strengthens your core, back, neck, shoulders and arms
  • Lengthens your spine
  • Eases pressure on your lower back.



Day 22:  Supta Padangusthasana or reclining hand to big toe pose.

  • Alleviates stiffness in lower back and some kinds of backache
  • Stretches hamstrings, calves, and inner thighs
  • Relieves arthritis pain in hips and knees
  • Aligns pelvis



Day 23:  Vashishtasana or side plank.  I teach a class to the teachers at Providence United Methodist Church preschool every week.  One of my favorite groups of women!   (you can always join us!)

  • Strengthens the arms, belly, and legs
  • Stretches and strengthens the wrists
  • Stretches the backs of the legs (in the full version described below)
  • Improves sense of balance



Day 24: Compass or Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana.  We went to church last Wednesday afternoon and I got to strike a pose on our new outdoor worship area.  This is an intense hamstring stretch and shoulder opener.  I have always loved this pose…and I was asked to do this for the Yes Yoga Has Curves photo shoot so I practiced it often!


Day 25:  Twisted Cheetah arm balance or fallen angel.  I love teaching this pose!  It is one of those crazy arm balances that look really hard, but once you figure out where everything goes… it’s easy!

Speaking of arm balances….Ansley and I are co-leading our THIRD Arm Balance and Inversion Workshop on 10/10 from 2-4pm.  It is $30 and I promise to get you into something , or I will give you a refund!  🙂

Register for the workshop HERE or call 704.927.2774




Tiger World


I have passed the sign for Tiger World so many times and always thought it would be really fun to go. #37in37 makes it easy to do the things you want to do…I made my list and I am checking it twice!


A few weeks ago, we made the trip.  Tiger World is a nonprofit animal conservation  and educational center dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation of exotic animals. They are open to the public (except for Wednesday) for educational guided tours and walkabout self-guided tours.  Located in Rockwell, NC it was just a quick trip…well besides the Chick Fil A stop for lunch!


My sweet Brody at the entrance of the park.


The park is set up with cages all around, and you just walk through.  (I would not recommend this park for wheelchairs, strollers, or anyone with any walking issues because of the uneven terrain.)


The lions were beautiful…they even have an extremely rare silver lion and lioness. (both with blue eyes!)



Swans and peacocks just roam around…so bird phobia peeps may be uncomfortable.


This is the famous baboon that you have heard about.  Poor soul.  He was raised by a woman who treated him like a child.  She dressed him, and had him sit at the table to eat.  The cashier warned us about him, and said he might get agitated.  We had no idea what we were in for.  Before we even got to his cage, he was going crazy.  He would not take his eyes off of me and kept waving at me.  We left because we didn’t want to disturb him.  Of course my kids wanted to go back to see him, and I stayed back and looked at some other animals.  He wouldn’t give any other visitors the time of day.  A man and his son were at the cage and he could care less about them.  Same with my kids and my  husband. He was at the complete opposite end of the cage looking at me.  We find out later that the woman who had “Monk” had blonde hair and he gets really excited when he sees blondes.  And he was really excited to see me if you know what I mean.  My daughter even observed him “peeing out of his lipstick.”  I can’t even tell you how flattered I felt.


These two crazies don’t get out much.


We got to witness feeding time!


Family fun!

Enjoy your Sunday!  🙂

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