Let’s practice what we preach

As we close out April can we ask ourselves, are we living our practice?

Hi there ūüôā

Would you believe¬†me if I told you¬†sometimes I struggle with self care? That often an extra cup of caffeine and a piece of dark chocolate¬†sounds better than 20 minutes on my mat.¬† That my wellness check ups are often the last ones to get scheduled.¬† That I sacrifice sleep to get office work done.¬†Sometimes, even though I talk a good talk, I slack in my own self care. So this week I have taken it up a notch. I attended an online mat class of an instructor I’d admire. I cleaned out a closet and then rewarded myself with some time working on a project I enjoy.¬†I scheduled some needed appointments.¬† I made some *healthy* but still very tasty¬†snacks. I took a bath.¬†

What about you? How are you doing in your self care practice? Are you eating well? Getting enough sleep? (Something I am still working on!) Are you getting outside, stopping to take breaks at your desk, or reaching out to a friend when you need to connect?  Are you moving? Have you moved today?

I hope so. I hope you are doing all those things. Let’s do them together…well, some of them.¬†:-). Like exercise.¬† Let’s do that together.

Whether you join me this Thursday, sign up¬†for the recording or schedule a private I look forward to helping you take good care of your body and mind.¬† Heck, by now we know it is all connected.¬†¬†As we close out this month, let’s practice what we preach. That movement is indeed an essential part of lives.¬† That breath is something we have the luxury of doing all day long without thinking about it, but also a skill we can nurture on our mat.¬† That we need to schedule the time for self care.¬† Because in a world that is constantly shifting and changing, caring for ourselves should be our TOP priority.

Join¬†me* for class, Thursdays at 10am PST or sign up to receive a link to do class at your leisure. “Move¬†with¬†Me” is a combination of Pilates, Yoga and functional exercises inspired by rehabilitation modalities.¬† Feel free to email¬†me¬†with any questions or inquiries.

It’s good to be a student again


Well, I have been commenting for months that I need an assistant. Maybe I found one?
As cute as he is, I am grateful to have help from my family on my work days and extra help from my husband this weekend as I attended a virtual live course from Movement Science Made Simple presented by physical therapist, Jeremy Laverdure and Pilates instructor, Cara Reeser.  It was a great refresher on anatomy and physiology of the neck and shoulder complex plus some wonderful teaching gems that I am eager to bring to both my private sessions and my mat class this week.  Are you excited? I am!  

As much as I love teaching (and you all know I do) it was a pleasure to be a student for the weekend.¬† ¬†Learning always ignites my love of teaching…it’s truly the most positive cycle I can think of. I am eager to take more courses and continue to bring more knowledge, variations, and functional movement applications to you, my wonderful students!¬†

Congratulations are in order!

I am thrilled to announce the birth of Peter Zachary Smith to Lauren and Zach Smith.  Lauren has been a long time YDP client and attended mat class with me throughout both of her pregnancies.  Lauren and Zach welcomed their little bundle into this world on Friday, March 19th after a very quick(!) and successful home birth.  And yes, she did mat class the day before! Lauren, we miss you but encourage you to take all the time you need for rest and recovery!!  Keep sending me baby photos!! 

Thank you…

for your recent referrals of friends, family and patients for private sessions with me.  I very much appreciate your confidence in my teaching.  Please feel free to pass on the information about my weekly mat class by sharing this newsletter.  It really is intended to be user friendly for all levels, baring some exceptions of injury or limitation getting up and down off the floor.   Links are below for class this week. 

All you need is love

15 years

This week marks my 15 year wedding anniversary!! It is hard to believe that a decade and a half ago I said “I do”.¬† I still remember the day vividly.¬† ¬†It was filled with love, laugher and great food.¬† Of course there were “uh oh” moments, too.¬† Plenty of them! “We needed a special knife to cut the cake? Oops.¬† We don’t have a way for the musician to plug in his amp? Shoot.¬† The goldfish we used for part of the centerpiece are dying? Gross.¬† Who thought goldfish on the tables was a good idea, anyway????!!!”¬†¬†

Ha! It’s fun to go back down memory lane.¬† Thanks for joining me.¬† I am grateful to say that my spouse is still the love of my life, a wonderful father to my two sons, a helpful son and son-in-law, and a tremendous support to me in my work.¬† My cup indeed runneth over.

Move with Me

This week we are keeping it simple. All you need for class is a mat and some LOVE…for movement. ūüôā Won’t you join me?

Thank you for listening and connecting. I wish you all a great remainder of the week!