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ATTENTION: Our afternoon and evening classes are canceled today to encourage our students and teachers to start their holiday a little early and enjoy time with family and friends! We will see you tomorrow morning for our 7:30 am FusionStream and our 9:15 am PowerStream before you indulge in all the thanksgiving goodies!
ATTENTION: Our afternoon and evening classes are canceled today to encourage our students and teachers to start their holiday a little early and enjoy time with family and friends! We will see you tomorrow morning for our 7:30 am FusionStream and our 9:15 am PowerStream before you indulge in all the thanksgiving goodies!
Strength transcends struggle, and I am brave, broken and strong at all once. My whole life I have been working towards this; every heartache, and obstacle, each time I failed and tried again- these experiences shaped the person that I am today and the business and community that I will build. After a decade of teaching, training and honing my passion and skills, in one wild month Origin has come to fruition. Doors open this winter. Stay tuned...
Strength transcends struggle, and I am brave, broken and strong at all once. My whole life I have been working towards this; every heartache, and obstacle, each time I failed and tried again- these experiences shaped the person that I am today and the business and community that I will build. After a decade of teaching, training and honing my passion and skills, in one wild month Origin has come to fruition. Doors open this winter. Stay tuned...
Sometimes I feel all compressed inside, like in Eagle pose. But then, I practice Gratitude and I open up a little, like in tree pose. And THEN I practice a lot of gratitude and I expand so big that I am just one radiating, shining STAR! ⭐

That's just the nature of Gratitude 🕉🙏 Come to @raintreeathleticclub tomorrow morning for all-levels Hatha at 9:15AM and let's flow, open our hearts and be thankful, together!

#namaste #yoga #gratitude #focoyoga #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday #happiness #colorado #fortcollins #yogis
Sometimes I feel all compressed inside, like in Eagle pose. But then, I practice Gratitude and I open up a little, like in tree pose. And THEN I practice a lot of gratitude and I expand so big that I am just one radiating, shining STAR! ⭐ That's just the nature of Gratitude 🕉🙏 Come to @raintreeathleticclub tomorrow morning for all-levels Hatha at 9:15AM and let's flow, open our hearts and be thankful, together! #namaste  #yoga  #gratitude  #focoyoga  #yogaeverywhere  #yogaeverydamnday  #happiness  #colorado  #fortcollins  #yogis 
Been sitting at your desk all day trying to get everything done before Thanksgiving? Get up and give yourself a little back stretch!
Been sitting at your desk all day trying to get everything done before Thanksgiving? Get up and give yourself a little back stretch!
Did you see our holiday offers went live? Go check them out and take advantage of the best prices of the year!
Did you see our holiday offers went live? Go check them out and take advantage of the best prices of the year!
This is a pin I saw on Pinterest... What is wrong with this photo? 
If this is what we, as a yoga community, are advertising as "yoga for beginners" then we are sending some seriously wrong messages.

I always get this response from people not interested in yoga, "I'm not flexible enough." Well, if THIS is their idea of beginner yoga then of course they think that.

Your yoga practice begins right where you are- not where you were yesterday and not where you hope to be 🕉
Check out my website ☝️☝️☝️ www.lotusfloyoga.com to see how I can help you START YOUR PRACTICE and ditch those fears!

#yoga #instayoga #focoyoga #yogachallenge #coloradolife #lotusfloyoga #fortcollins #yogaathome #namaste🙏
This is a pin I saw on Pinterest... What is wrong with this photo? If this is what we, as a yoga community, are advertising as "yoga for beginners" then we are sending some seriously wrong messages. I always get this response from people not interested in yoga, "I'm not flexible enough." Well, if THIS is their idea of beginner yoga then of course they think that. Your yoga practice begins right where you are- not where you were yesterday and not where you hope to be 🕉 Check out my website ☝️☝️☝️ www.lotusfloyoga.com to see how I can help you START YOUR PRACTICE and ditch those fears! #yoga  #instayoga  #focoyoga  #yogachallenge  #coloradolife  #lotusfloyoga  #fortcollins  #yogaathome  #namaste 🙏
Santosha translates to "contentment." This niyama is about mastering the art of feeling at ease and at peace with yourself. What do you do to incorporate santosha into your life and practice?
Santosha translates to "contentment." This niyama is about mastering the art of feeling at ease and at peace with yourself. What do you do to incorporate santosha into your life and practice?
The best way to start the weekend!!
The best way to start the weekend!!
Our Holiday Offers go live today!! Do your practice a favor and take advantage of the best prices of the year!
Our Holiday Offers go live today!! Do your practice a favor and take advantage of the best prices of the year!
Our holiday offers go live tomorrow!! Stay tuned for the best prices of the year!
Our holiday offers go live tomorrow!! Stay tuned for the best prices of the year!
So happy to see so many of you in class lately! 📷: @jimenapeck
So happy to see so many of you in class lately! 📷: @jimenapeck
Busy week? You are halfway through so do a little yoga and keep checking off that to do list!
Busy week? You are halfway through so do a little yoga and keep checking off that to do list!
Nothing feels better than a good modification during class!
Nothing feels better than a good modification during class!
Tapas translates to "purification through discipline," "commitment," or "internal fire." Through discipline we can burn away impurities and spark the divinity in each of us. This is a good time of year to dedicate towards something. What will you be committed to while we finish out 2017?
Tapas translates to "purification through discipline," "commitment," or "internal fire." Through discipline we can burn away impurities and spark the divinity in each of us. This is a good time of year to dedicate towards something. What will you be committed to while we finish out 2017?
Why is partner yoga awesome? 
It enhances and cultivates communicatuon, trust, self-awareness, balance and  playfulness. Partner poses also open the door to intimacy, vulnerability and the power of touch!

#yoga #yogaeverywhere #partner #pose #yogaeverydamnday #focoyoga #coloradolife
Get into balance with our 8 classes per month membership! Our Balance membership can be used any time of the month! If this doesn't fit your ideal yoga schedule just let us know! We have a membership that fits your goals!
Get into balance with our 8 classes per month membership! Our Balance membership can be used any time of the month! If this doesn't fit your ideal yoga schedule just let us know! We have a membership that fits your goals!
With the holidays coming, this is a good reminder. Aparigraha translates to "non-possessiveness" or "non-grasping" and helps us detach from strong feelings such as jealousy. It helps us to remember not to covet what isn't ours.
With the holidays coming, this is a good reminder. Aparigraha translates to "non-possessiveness" or "non-grasping" and helps us detach from strong feelings such as jealousy. It helps us to remember not to covet what isn't ours.
One week until our holiday offers go live!! Stay tuned!!
One week until our holiday offers go live!! Stay tuned!!
The holidays are coming up quickly!! Stay tuned for our holiday offers!
The holidays are coming up quickly!! Stay tuned for our holiday offers!
Double tap if your Wednesday could use some of this!
Double tap if your Wednesday could use some of this!
Ishvara pranidhana translates to "bowing" or "recognizing the source." This can be the source of life within and around you, or simply recognizing a higher consciousness.
Ishvara pranidhana translates to "bowing" or "recognizing the source." This can be the source of life within and around you, or simply recognizing a higher consciousness.
It’s a snowy day in FoCo today!! Join me this evening to warm up and ground down with a beautiful yoga flow!! See you on the mat! #moveyourasana #snowyyoga #yogaislife #yogaeverydamnday #createyoursunshine #groundingyoga #yogateacher #focoyoga #holisticyoga #getbendy #getonyourmat #eveningyogaflow #unwind #relax #breathe #om #thisisthelife #yoga
Do you love yoga but are only able to make it to class about once a week? Check out our Zen membership that gives you four classes a month to use any time during the month! Four times a month not enough for you? That's okay! We have a membership that fits your goals, just ask at the front desk!
Do you love yoga but are only able to make it to class about once a week? Check out our Zen membership that gives you four classes a month to use any time during the month! Four times a month not enough for you? That's okay! We have a membership that fits your goals, just ask at the front desk!
Ahimsa translates to "non-harming" or "non-violence" and guides us to live in a way that cultivates a sense of peace with ourselves and the world around us.
Ahimsa translates to "non-harming" or "non-violence" and guides us to live in a way that cultivates a sense of peace with ourselves and the world around us.
We have officially gotten through our chakra series so now stay tuned for our series of yamas and niyamas!!
We have officially gotten through our chakra series so now stay tuned for our series of yamas and niyamas!!
Raise your hand if you are happy its Friday! 🙋‍♂️🙋
Raise your hand if you are happy its Friday! 🙋‍♂️🙋
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Hope you all have a beautiful weekend! .
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#behappy #yoga #nocoyoga #soulroots #fortcollins #happyfriday #november #firstfriday #noco #focoyoga #community #love
It's okay. We indulged a little too much last night too, join us today to work off that Halloween candy!
It's okay. We indulged a little too much last night too, join us today to work off that Halloween candy!
Happy Halloween! Join us in class today, costumes encouraged!
Happy Halloween! Join us in class today, costumes encouraged!
Hey I'm teaching this class!! 🎉😝 Join me for a FREE (all levels) power vinyasa class at New Belgium this Thursday 11/2 at 6p!! Space is limited (we'll be up in the brew house) so get there early. And clearly we'll enjoy some beer after. 🍻

Can't wait to shower you all with the yoga love, Fort Collins! 🙏

@newbelgium_foco @corepoweryoga #breweryyoga #yogaandbeer #yogalove #beeryoga #thirstdays #foco #focoyoga #fortcollins
Hey I'm teaching this class!! 🎉😝 Join me for a FREE (all levels) power vinyasa class at New Belgium this Thursday 11/2 at 6p!! Space is limited (we'll be up in the brew house) so get there early. And clearly we'll enjoy some beer after. 🍻 Can't wait to shower you all with the yoga love, Fort Collins! 🙏 @newbelgium_foco @corepoweryoga #breweryyoga  #yogaandbeer  #yogalove  #beeryoga  #thirstdays  #foco  #focoyoga  #fortcollins 
Added a couple classes to my weekly schedule! Come see me at @merakiyogastudio
Monday 430pm Vinyasa
Tuesday 430pm Hot60
Wednesday 915am Vinyasa 📷: @sonjakphotography
Added a couple classes to my weekly schedule! Come see me at @merakiyogastudio Monday 430pm Vinyasa Tuesday 430pm Hot60 Wednesday 915am Vinyasa 📷: @sonjakphotography
A brand new week and another opportunity to get on our mats! Hope to see you at one of my classes tomorrow at @holisticyogaschoolandstudio!! #iloveyoga #yogaismyfavorite #yogaeverydamnday #createyoursunshine #yinyoga #groundingyoga #hathayoga #focoyoga #youryogashala #omshanti #yogateacher #ryt200 #yogaalliance #iheartyoga #getonyourmat #moveyourasana #breathe #ommanipadmehum #yogaislife
Your crown chakra focuses on thought, purpose is understanding, belief systems, union, divinity, universal, and higher
power. The intention is I am one with my best self. I trust in the power of the Universe.
Your crown chakra focuses on thought, purpose is understanding, belief systems, union, divinity, universal, and higher power. The intention is I am one with my best self. I trust in the power of the Universe.
Yoga with weights. Try it.
Yoga with weights. Try it.
Sun + prisms creating spectacular works of art on our wall this morning! So blessed to spend Sunday morning in this space! #youryogashala #hys #rainbows #sunshine #iloveyoga #rainbowburst #sunburst #colourexplosion #focoyoga #fortcollinsyoga #coloradoyoga #tooblessedtobestressed #holisticyoga #holisticyogaschool #trippy #natureart
What is your favorite yoga clothing brand?
What is your favorite yoga clothing brand?
I spent the afternoon looking at spaces to open my own fitness studio. Once upon a time this process would have been so terrifying, that it never would have actually happened. Something extremely painful and heartbreaking happened to me just a week ago, and while I’m still processing the grief and anger, I decided to choose forgiveness and stay focused on my dream. 💗
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In one short week I have received the most heartwarming and amazing messages from people and their love and support was the extra push that I needed to take this leap. 🌟 I am holding strong to my vision and trusting the process. 🌟 I feel the light at the end of the tunnel; I embrace the magnitude and grace of this opportunity. 💗
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I found multiple spaces, a few of which would require so little buildout that I can begin to cultivate my dream almost immediately. Never in my life have I experienced this sort of graceful flow- I am in awe and so grateful that I’ve been given this second chance at life; the healing that I’ve been doing is working and my dreams are starting to become reality. 💗
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While there are still many steps to take, I now have the courage to take them.
I spent the afternoon looking at spaces to open my own fitness studio. Once upon a time this process would have been so terrifying, that it never would have actually happened. Something extremely painful and heartbreaking happened to me just a week ago, and while I’m still processing the grief and anger, I decided to choose forgiveness and stay focused on my dream. 💗 💗 In one short week I have received the most heartwarming and amazing messages from people and their love and support was the extra push that I needed to take this leap. 🌟 I am holding strong to my vision and trusting the process. 🌟 I feel the light at the end of the tunnel; I embrace the magnitude and grace of this opportunity. 💗 💗 I found multiple spaces, a few of which would require so little buildout that I can begin to cultivate my dream almost immediately. Never in my life have I experienced this sort of graceful flow- I am in awe and so grateful that I’ve been given this second chance at life; the healing that I’ve been doing is working and my dreams are starting to become reality. 💗 💗 While there are still many steps to take, I now have the courage to take them.
bind & unwind & rest & digest. repeat 🕉✌ Doing a lot of twisting! Why? Tis the season for digesting life. 
#yoga #yogaeverydamnday #twisted #focoyoga #season #autumn🍁 #namaste🙏
Your third eye center (forhead) chakra focuses on intuition, imagination, visualization, insight, establishment of personal
identity, and your inner knowing. Sixth Chakra Intention: I am following the path towards my purpose.
Your third eye center (forhead) chakra focuses on intuition, imagination, visualization, insight, establishment of personal identity, and your inner knowing. Sixth Chakra Intention: I am following the path towards my purpose.
Finding your soul mate is hard enough, add on an autoimmune disease and you start to question if it's possible to find someone who can handle those genes. I got lucky 😍 but here are some things to consider. •
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Cross Contamination: even the tiniest little crumb can mess you up. For example: if you cut a piece of bread and don't scrub the knife and then I use that contaminated knife it'll make me sick. Or you make an english muffin in the toaster oven- you use a piece of foil as to not contaminate the rack, scrub the dishes BUT accidentally leave little crumbs on the counter...then maybe those crumbs get brushed with the dish towel, that I dry my hands with, and then I eat an apple and have a flare up (WHHHYYY???!!!) because those pesky little crumbs made their way from the counter>dish towel>my hands>my mouth.
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Eating Out and Traveling: due to the high risk for cross-contamination at restaurants, eating out is tough, but not impossible. Traveling can be tricky (unless you've been to where you’re going, you have no idea what to expect) be prepared to find a grocery store and wing it, and definitely bring lots of snacks to avoid the hangries which also puts stress on your relationship.
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Hygiene (Contamination): no one wants to talk about this one, especially in the beginning, but if you're going to date someone who isn’t gluten free, then you're going to have to. Back when I was dating and new to being a glutard, I had a few dates, we did some smooching and the next day I felt like my intestines were being tied in knots- what went wrong?! Welp, my date had been enjoying something glutenous and due to the contamination of their mouth (I know, I know it's kinda gross) I ended up getting sick. 👀
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The Ups and Downs of Your Health: some days you will feel great and have tons of energy, and other days you're going to feel crappy. I look normal- most people have no idea how I feel or what I'm going through because I don't look sick...the reality is you won't have the energy to do a lot of the things that you want to do, and know that this is ok.
Finding your soul mate is hard enough, add on an autoimmune disease and you start to question if it's possible to find someone who can handle those genes. I got lucky 😍 but here are some things to consider. • • Cross Contamination: even the tiniest little crumb can mess you up. For example: if you cut a piece of bread and don't scrub the knife and then I use that contaminated knife it'll make me sick. Or you make an english muffin in the toaster oven- you use a piece of foil as to not contaminate the rack, scrub the dishes BUT accidentally leave little crumbs on the counter...then maybe those crumbs get brushed with the dish towel, that I dry my hands with, and then I eat an apple and have a flare up (WHHHYYY???!!!) because those pesky little crumbs made their way from the counter>dish towel>my hands>my mouth. 🍞 😳 Eating Out and Traveling: due to the high risk for cross-contamination at restaurants, eating out is tough, but not impossible. Traveling can be tricky (unless you've been to where you’re going, you have no idea what to expect) be prepared to find a grocery store and wing it, and definitely bring lots of snacks to avoid the hangries which also puts stress on your relationship. 🍎 🥒 Hygiene (Contamination): no one wants to talk about this one, especially in the beginning, but if you're going to date someone who isn’t gluten free, then you're going to have to. Back when I was dating and new to being a glutard, I had a few dates, we did some smooching and the next day I felt like my intestines were being tied in knots- what went wrong?! Welp, my date had been enjoying something glutenous and due to the contamination of their mouth (I know, I know it's kinda gross) I ended up getting sick. 👀 😬 The Ups and Downs of Your Health: some days you will feel great and have tons of energy, and other days you're going to feel crappy. I look normal- most people have no idea how I feel or what I'm going through because I don't look sick...the reality is you won't have the energy to do a lot of the things that you want to do, and know that this is ok.
We LOVE our students. We just want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every student at Mindstream. You are why we started and continue to run this business, and we couldn't do it without you!
We LOVE our students. We just want to take a moment to say thank you to each and every student at Mindstream. You are why we started and continue to run this business, and we couldn't do it without you!
The holidays are approaching quickly. This is a time of year we often lose sight of our fitness and wellness goals. Take a look at our schedule for the next few weeks and sign yourself up for some classes.
The holidays are approaching quickly. This is a time of year we often lose sight of our fitness and wellness goals. Take a look at our schedule for the next few weeks and sign yourself up for some classes.
We are talking about the throat chakra today! The fifth chakra focuses on creativity, self-expression, truthfulness, intuition, and communication. The fifth chakra intention is, I am clear and truthful. I speak with ease and compassion.
We are talking about the throat chakra today! The fifth chakra focuses on creativity, self-expression, truthfulness, intuition, and communication. The fifth chakra intention is, I am clear and truthful. I speak with ease and compassion.
How is your Monday going? Time for a twist?🙌
How is your Monday going? Time for a twist?🙌
Rainbow Yoga Tuesday night! Two classes offered: one at 4:30 and one at 6:00. LINK IN PROFILE!

Don’t miss out on this awesome vinyasa class taught by the lovely and talented @kris_star_rising of @soul.roots yoga! 
#rainbowyoga #fortcollins #soulroots #rainbowfoco #focoyoga #yogaeverydamnday #yoga #csurams #oldtownfortcollins
Double tap if you love adjustments from your instructor during class!
Double tap if you love adjustments from your instructor during class!
I love having the freedom to choose my lifestyle. Have you stopped to think about how much you control your destiny? 359/365Handstands🙃 #365daysofhandstands #lovefortcollins
I love having the freedom to choose my lifestyle. Have you stopped to think about how much you control your destiny? 359/365Handstands🙃 #365daysofhandstands  #lovefortcollins 
Today we are talking about the heart chakra! It focuses on love, balance, self-acceptance, compassion, giving and receiving, trust, forgiveness. Fourth Chakra Intention: I am giving and receiving love. I am in balance.
Today we are talking about the heart chakra! It focuses on love, balance, self-acceptance, compassion, giving and receiving, trust, forgiveness. Fourth Chakra Intention: I am giving and receiving love. I am in balance.
Have a fun Saturday... doing whatever you do 🕉✌👊 #yoga #yogafun #fun #saturday #focoyoga #chaturanga #instagood #namaste🙏
🌸This is what got me through today 🌺
🌸This is what got me through today 🌺
I fell in love with this tree 3 years ago. The dance of the golden leaves made my heart sing today. 357/365Handstands🙃 #365daysofhandstands #lovefortcollins
Exploring grounding and opening!

And, this is cool... How to stop time: kiss
How to travel in time: read
How to escape time: music
How to feel time: write
How to release time: BREATHE!

#namaste #yoga #yogachallenge
#yogaeverydamnday #instadaily
#instagood #yogi #focoyoga #yogisofinstagram #inspire #friday #yogachallenge
A full class warms our hearts! Will you be joining us in class today?
A full class warms our hearts! Will you be joining us in class today?
Feel the power in your postures.
Feel the power in your postures.
Teaching is why I get up in the morning. The opportunity to inspire others to make positive changes in their lives is what I remain focused on- when I’m tired, hungry, frustrated...I return to a sense of gratitude for this amazing opportunity to stand in the role of teacher. 🙌🕉💗
Teaching is why I get up in the morning. The opportunity to inspire others to make positive changes in their lives is what I remain focused on- when I’m tired, hungry, frustrated...I return to a sense of gratitude for this amazing opportunity to stand in the role of teacher. 🙌🕉💗
The location for your third chakra is your solar plexus (slightly above navel). The third chakra is the center for personal power, self-esteem, action, energy, the ability to manifest, assertiveness, and transformation. Third Chakra Intention: I am powerful, confident, and successful.
The location for your third chakra is your solar plexus (slightly above navel). The third chakra is the center for personal power, self-esteem, action, energy, the ability to manifest, assertiveness, and transformation. Third Chakra Intention: I am powerful, confident, and successful.
I’ve been reflecting on the me too movement today- letting the stories of  so many others sink in, watching emotions run high, witnessing arguments, people on the defensive, feeling the collective sadness and frustration that’s escalated to anger. I’m tired of telling my story. I’m tired of telling my story and not feeling better. I’m tired of not receiving the empathy or apologies I’m embarrassed to admit I want; I’m tired and I have no closure. •
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Because I was traumatized at such a young and vulnerable age, and by parental figures, the first people we love and trust, I didn’t learn to set boundaries...I didn’t learn to say no or to defend myself because I was a defenseless child when my power was taken away. I also never learned what a healthy relationship looked like. Instead, I learned to keep my mouth shut, to take it; being strong meant normalizing abuse, it meant convincing myself that I deserved it. •
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I hate my body because it has betrayed me. Getting dressed sucks- I want to look nice, but it comes with consequences. I want to go for a trail run alone but I’m terrified. I long for more human touch and connection but am scared. Going out used to be fun, but now it’s exhausting. When I go out in public, I sit facing the front door (so I can see an oncoming threat) and I immediately locate all exists in case I need to run away. I check inside my car before I get in and I walk with my keys in my fist. I’m always on high alert, constantly scanning the people around me, tuning into the energy- am I safe?
I’ve been reflecting on the me too movement today- letting the stories of so many others sink in, watching emotions run high, witnessing arguments, people on the defensive, feeling the collective sadness and frustration that’s escalated to anger. I’m tired of telling my story. I’m tired of telling my story and not feeling better. I’m tired of not receiving the empathy or apologies I’m embarrassed to admit I want; I’m tired and I have no closure. • • Because I was traumatized at such a young and vulnerable age, and by parental figures, the first people we love and trust, I didn’t learn to set boundaries...I didn’t learn to say no or to defend myself because I was a defenseless child when my power was taken away. I also never learned what a healthy relationship looked like. Instead, I learned to keep my mouth shut, to take it; being strong meant normalizing abuse, it meant convincing myself that I deserved it. • • I hate my body because it has betrayed me. Getting dressed sucks- I want to look nice, but it comes with consequences. I want to go for a trail run alone but I’m terrified. I long for more human touch and connection but am scared. Going out used to be fun, but now it’s exhausting. When I go out in public, I sit facing the front door (so I can see an oncoming threat) and I immediately locate all exists in case I need to run away. I check inside my car before I get in and I walk with my keys in my fist. I’m always on high alert, constantly scanning the people around me, tuning into the energy- am I safe?
Double tap if you could use a little bit of this today!
Double tap if you could use a little bit of this today!
Whether you are sitting at your desk, watching TV, or just got back from a run... Give your hamstrings some love and do a forward fold.
Whether you are sitting at your desk, watching TV, or just got back from a run... Give your hamstrings some love and do a forward fold.
This is my second attempt at making a living being a full time ‘Fitness Professional.’ My current load is 15-18 classes/week (18 is my max when I sub extra). I physically cannot teach more...but sadly I don’t make enough 💵 to survive and I live simple. 😕
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Because I want to live my mission: to inspire positive change and growth in others through fitness, I make sacrifices- I don’t eat out often, I drive an old car, I purchase things out of necessity, I rarely travel...it’s hard because I want to do frivolous things, like get a massage, but I can’t...I use my body for a living and I deserve to be able to make a living and that should include having the means to take exceptional care of myself- so I can continue to be of service. 😒
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Here’s a typical day in the life of a Fitness Professional- I woke up at 7am, taught a class at 9, worked around the studio before my next class (rarely are instructors able to teach back to back), taught my second class, showered, grabbed lunch, out because then I went to my second job pictured here. I’m on a break from an 8 hr shift of unpacking, organizing and re-ticketing hundreds of units of clothes. My shift ends at 10pm; I haven’t been home, sat down (till now) or stopped moving since 7am. 🤷🏽‍♀️
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I have over 1,000 hours of training/certs, I’ve been teaching for over a decade, yet I’m not considered valuable. The clients who take my classes know my worth, but unfortunately I’m just another at will employee...I have yet to work for a studio that pays based on experience (or if they claim to, they start the rate so ridiculously low that you end up at the same mediocre rate). As a newly hired teacher, you start at the bottom of the ladder regardless of your experience and make a better wage if you’re able to stay with the same company forever and get a yearly raise. 🤔
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As discouraging as this is, it was my best option. I’ve done the math, I make the same amount of money (not enough to live) teaching my crazy full load, as I would working a 40 hr week FT job at the going rate $12-15/hr. Until Fitness Professionals are treated as professionals at their trade, this will be the sad for reality for many of us.
This is my second attempt at making a living being a full time ‘Fitness Professional.’ My current load is 15-18 classes/week (18 is my max when I sub extra). I physically cannot teach more...but sadly I don’t make enough 💵 to survive and I live simple. 😕 😕 Because I want to live my mission: to inspire positive change and growth in others through fitness, I make sacrifices- I don’t eat out often, I drive an old car, I purchase things out of necessity, I rarely travel...it’s hard because I want to do frivolous things, like get a massage, but I can’t...I use my body for a living and I deserve to be able to make a living and that should include having the means to take exceptional care of myself- so I can continue to be of service. 😒 😒 Here’s a typical day in the life of a Fitness Professional- I woke up at 7am, taught a class at 9, worked around the studio before my next class (rarely are instructors able to teach back to back), taught my second class, showered, grabbed lunch, out because then I went to my second job pictured here. I’m on a break from an 8 hr shift of unpacking, organizing and re-ticketing hundreds of units of clothes. My shift ends at 10pm; I haven’t been home, sat down (till now) or stopped moving since 7am. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 🤷🏽‍♀️ I have over 1,000 hours of training/certs, I’ve been teaching for over a decade, yet I’m not considered valuable. The clients who take my classes know my worth, but unfortunately I’m just another at will employee...I have yet to work for a studio that pays based on experience (or if they claim to, they start the rate so ridiculously low that you end up at the same mediocre rate). As a newly hired teacher, you start at the bottom of the ladder regardless of your experience and make a better wage if you’re able to stay with the same company forever and get a yearly raise. 🤔 😔 As discouraging as this is, it was my best option. I’ve done the math, I make the same amount of money (not enough to live) teaching my crazy full load, as I would working a 40 hr week FT job at the going rate $12-15/hr. Until Fitness Professionals are treated as professionals at their trade, this will be the sad for reality for many of us.
Chakra two is located slightly below the navel and focuses on grace, fluidity, and depth of feeling, emotions, learning to let go, honoring relationships, creativity/manifestation, and sexuality. Chakra Two Intention: I am creating a life of authenticity, creativity, and bliss. I am in the flow.
Chakra two is located slightly below the navel and focuses on grace, fluidity, and depth of feeling, emotions, learning to let go, honoring relationships, creativity/manifestation, and sexuality. Chakra Two Intention: I am creating a life of authenticity, creativity, and bliss. I am in the flow.
Our new fall schedule starts tomorrow! Be sure to check our app or online schedule, or pick up a paper copy at the studio. We’ve added a couple new classes!
Our new fall schedule starts tomorrow! Be sure to check our app or online schedule, or pick up a paper copy at the studio. We’ve added a couple new classes!
The perfect addition to a sweaty class.
The perfect addition to a sweaty class.
I have nothing to prove and nothing to hide. 🌟  Initially exercise (yoga and group fitness classes) were a way for me to disconnect from my body and escape my current reality. 🤦‍♀️ I needed my mind to be quiet, but I also wasn’t willing to address or experience what was happening in my own body- it was too painful, scary and unknown. I also felt a lot of shame and embarrassment around the thoughts and sensations that were coming up; so instead of paying attention, I shut down. •
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Everyone has different thresholds for stress and discomfort- when I changed my perspective about exercise to experiencing meditation in motion, I began to realize that many of my (internal) struggles went away, and the ones that persisted I began to experience as gifts, opportunities to learn and grow. Our story, our challenges, successes and failures, quirks and habits make us who we are. •
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I’ve discovered that the things that I’m feeling, in my day to day life and in my practice, are often things that I’m healing. My practice is sacred refuge. I’ve also found that my movement/exercise/meditation “classes” are an opportunity to build the strength, stamina and focus needed for me to break my heart wide open, and turn fully towards my experience of life. So ya, I’m training for life 💪🏼👊🏼 and helping others embrace their inner warrior as well.
I have nothing to prove and nothing to hide. 🌟 Initially exercise (yoga and group fitness classes) were a way for me to disconnect from my body and escape my current reality. 🤦‍♀️ I needed my mind to be quiet, but I also wasn’t willing to address or experience what was happening in my own body- it was too painful, scary and unknown. I also felt a lot of shame and embarrassment around the thoughts and sensations that were coming up; so instead of paying attention, I shut down. • • • Everyone has different thresholds for stress and discomfort- when I changed my perspective about exercise to experiencing meditation in motion, I began to realize that many of my (internal) struggles went away, and the ones that persisted I began to experience as gifts, opportunities to learn and grow. Our story, our challenges, successes and failures, quirks and habits make us who we are. • • • I’ve discovered that the things that I’m feeling, in my day to day life and in my practice, are often things that I’m healing. My practice is sacred refuge. I’ve also found that my movement/exercise/meditation “classes” are an opportunity to build the strength, stamina and focus needed for me to break my heart wide open, and turn fully towards my experience of life. So ya, I’m training for life 💪🏼👊🏼 and helping others embrace their inner warrior as well.
Your first chakra is located at the base of spine. This chakra focuses on physical identity, survival, stability, ambition, self-sufficiency, grounding, trust, focus,
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First Chakra Intention: I am rooted in the present. I am peaceful, protected, and secure.
Your first chakra is located at the base of spine. This chakra focuses on physical identity, survival, stability, ambition, self-sufficiency, grounding, trust, focus, and dignity. First Chakra Intention: I am rooted in the present. I am peaceful, protected, and secure.
This is a hard lesson for me.
I’ve spent so much of my life taking care of others. Maybe it’s some sort of hardwiring as a woman, maybe it’s some deep rooted fear that I’ll never be good enough. As selfless as the work I do is, it sometimes comes at a cost; I forget to save some time and energy for myself.
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As a kid, I was constantly trying to prove myself to my parents-getting good grades, keeping things clean and organized, helping out with chores...I just wanted to be noticed, to be recognized and acknowledged, and most importantly loved. As I got older, I found myself choosing jobs that were caring for others; I worked as a children’s bereavement counselor and for hospice. I spent my days bathing elderly and disabled people, often abandoned in assisted living wings, estranged from their families, alone; most simply wanted companionship, and not to die alone.
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When I started teaching yoga and fitness classes, I again found myself struggling how to have the energy to take care of myself in the evening. It wasn’t until after a failed relationship/engagement in my 20’s that I finally figured it out- I needed to fall in love with myself, unconditionally. This process took over a year- I was lonely and bored at times, but I really got to know myself: what I want, need, desire, dislike, the things that made me uncomfortable and the things that inspired me. I took myself on dates, I went out to moves and restaurants alone, it was a little weird, mostly because of how others reacted to my table for one, but it felt really good. I went on solo hiking and camping trips, bought a single ticket for a music festival and slept in my car, and got my first pedicure. •
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Making the time to do special things for yourself is so important- never leave yourself behind.
This is a hard lesson for me. I’ve spent so much of my life taking care of others. Maybe it’s some sort of hardwiring as a woman, maybe it’s some deep rooted fear that I’ll never be good enough. As selfless as the work I do is, it sometimes comes at a cost; I forget to save some time and energy for myself. • • As a kid, I was constantly trying to prove myself to my parents-getting good grades, keeping things clean and organized, helping out with chores...I just wanted to be noticed, to be recognized and acknowledged, and most importantly loved. As I got older, I found myself choosing jobs that were caring for others; I worked as a children’s bereavement counselor and for hospice. I spent my days bathing elderly and disabled people, often abandoned in assisted living wings, estranged from their families, alone; most simply wanted companionship, and not to die alone. • • When I started teaching yoga and fitness classes, I again found myself struggling how to have the energy to take care of myself in the evening. It wasn’t until after a failed relationship/engagement in my 20’s that I finally figured it out- I needed to fall in love with myself, unconditionally. This process took over a year- I was lonely and bored at times, but I really got to know myself: what I want, need, desire, dislike, the things that made me uncomfortable and the things that inspired me. I took myself on dates, I went out to moves and restaurants alone, it was a little weird, mostly because of how others reacted to my table for one, but it felt really good. I went on solo hiking and camping trips, bought a single ticket for a music festival and slept in my car, and got my first pedicure. • • Making the time to do special things for yourself is so important- never leave yourself behind.
The next few weeks we will be talking chakras! Stay tuned for more information about what they are and how they apply to your life and your practice!
The next few weeks we will be talking chakras! Stay tuned for more information about what they are and how they apply to your life and your practice!
I am not ok. But I am getting better. Mental illness and autoimmune disease are both invisible illnesses- most people look at me and assume I’m fine, but the trauma that happened to me as a child set the stage for a life of struggle, alienation, addiction and mental illness. I’ve spent most of my life trying to understand and heal these wounds; it feels like 2 steps forward and 3 steps back. 😒
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In addition to a psychology degree, and trainings/certs in yoga, fitness and counseling, I’ve also tried a lot of things to heal my PTSD- the root of other behaviors I developed as coping mechanisms. Holotropic breathwork, peyote ceremonies, soul retrievals and past life discovery with a shaman, trauma therapy Peter Levine style, talk therapy, AA and other support groups, somatic and movement therapy, yoga and meditation, and a bunch of unhealthy stuff...most recently I tried EMDR, which has been clinically proven to treat PTSD. EMDR requires the person to re-live the traumatic experience in their body and then reprocess it, creating a new positive self believe. The work is exhausting and painful, I had to be medicated in order to be calm and focused enough to do it; my therapist estimated it would take 2 years. 😳
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Luckily, my physiatrist had a different recommendation 🙌 neuro feedback. If you are currently in treatment drop what you are doing and look it up, seriously! Treatment began with a brain map (swipe left) that identified areas in my brain that aren’t functioning optimally. My map was spot on- I have the markers for PTSD and everything I’ve been diagnosed/struggle with. I won’t go into nerdy details 🤓 but this is my therapy: I sit in a comfy chair and watch a movie- the screen gets bigger and smaller while the audio comes in and out, the two sensory experiences that are retraining my brain. Afterwards I feel calm, sometimes emotional, but not in an overwhelming way. This treatment is 20 sessions/weeks then another map is done to look at the results. I’m in the early stages so stay tuned! I’m doing my therapy at the Neurofeedback Clinic of Northern Colorado ncnoco.net- they have a ton of info on their website.
I am not ok. But I am getting better. Mental illness and autoimmune disease are both invisible illnesses- most people look at me and assume I’m fine, but the trauma that happened to me as a child set the stage for a life of struggle, alienation, addiction and mental illness. I’ve spent most of my life trying to understand and heal these wounds; it feels like 2 steps forward and 3 steps back. 😒 • • • In addition to a psychology degree, and trainings/certs in yoga, fitness and counseling, I’ve also tried a lot of things to heal my PTSD- the root of other behaviors I developed as coping mechanisms. Holotropic breathwork, peyote ceremonies, soul retrievals and past life discovery with a shaman, trauma therapy Peter Levine style, talk therapy, AA and other support groups, somatic and movement therapy, yoga and meditation, and a bunch of unhealthy stuff...most recently I tried EMDR, which has been clinically proven to treat PTSD. EMDR requires the person to re-live the traumatic experience in their body and then reprocess it, creating a new positive self believe. The work is exhausting and painful, I had to be medicated in order to be calm and focused enough to do it; my therapist estimated it would take 2 years. 😳 • • • Luckily, my physiatrist had a different recommendation 🙌 neuro feedback. If you are currently in treatment drop what you are doing and look it up, seriously! Treatment began with a brain map (swipe left) that identified areas in my brain that aren’t functioning optimally. My map was spot on- I have the markers for PTSD and everything I’ve been diagnosed/struggle with. I won’t go into nerdy details 🤓 but this is my therapy: I sit in a comfy chair and watch a movie- the screen gets bigger and smaller while the audio comes in and out, the two sensory experiences that are retraining my brain. Afterwards I feel calm, sometimes emotional, but not in an overwhelming way. This treatment is 20 sessions/weeks then another map is done to look at the results. I’m in the early stages so stay tuned! I’m doing my therapy at the Neurofeedback Clinic of Northern Colorado ncnoco.net- they have a ton of info on their website.
I always take a few minutes to center myself before teaching- even if I can only sit in my car in the parking lot. Being a teacher is a selfless journey. We give verbal cues, sometimes hands on adjustments, and we also give our energy. Our energy, whether we are aware of it or not, has a huge impact on the people around us. Despite the words that we say, it’s mostly our tone and body language that is received. •
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I totally have RBF (resting bitch face) and had no idea the effect it has on others (thanks for the feedback folks!): people find me intimidating, and make up stories that I’m mad or upset because my resting face is a little serious. I have to consciously remind myself to smile (or speak to it and crack a RBF joke 😜). •
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One of the qualities I respect and appreciate in a strong teacher, is their ability to be in tune with themselves and their practice, and also vulnerable and honest about their struggles. 🌟 A teacher who speaks to their funk, who acknowledges their obstacles and is open about their path to wisdom is a powerful one. 🌟
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Teaching is only in part about knowing the alignment of postures, and thoughtful sequencing, for example- it’s also about being human and offering a space where we can all tune into our own unique humanness, as well as the collective through community.
I always take a few minutes to center myself before teaching- even if I can only sit in my car in the parking lot. Being a teacher is a selfless journey. We give verbal cues, sometimes hands on adjustments, and we also give our energy. Our energy, whether we are aware of it or not, has a huge impact on the people around us. Despite the words that we say, it’s mostly our tone and body language that is received. • • • I totally have RBF (resting bitch face) and had no idea the effect it has on others (thanks for the feedback folks!): people find me intimidating, and make up stories that I’m mad or upset because my resting face is a little serious. I have to consciously remind myself to smile (or speak to it and crack a RBF joke 😜). • • • One of the qualities I respect and appreciate in a strong teacher, is their ability to be in tune with themselves and their practice, and also vulnerable and honest about their struggles. 🌟 A teacher who speaks to their funk, who acknowledges their obstacles and is open about their path to wisdom is a powerful one. 🌟 • • • Teaching is only in part about knowing the alignment of postures, and thoughtful sequencing, for example- it’s also about being human and offering a space where we can all tune into our own unique humanness, as well as the collective through community.
Had the opportunity to support one of my YTT classmates at her first Yin  Yang class and practice along side another one! Congratulations on the FABULOUS class @strattoncourtney! Loved seeing you @mandie.laura 💕 #earthandowl #focoyoga #nebraskayoga #costarica #ytt
Had the opportunity to support one of my YTT classmates at her first Yin Yang class and practice along side another one! Congratulations on the FABULOUS class @strattoncourtney! Loved seeing you @mandie.laura 💕 #earthandowl  #focoyoga  #nebraskayoga  #costarica  #ytt 
In the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, we find a path of eight limbs, offering guidance on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. These “threads” are short, simple verses, full of depth and practical wisdom. In BKS Iyengar’s translation of the sutras, he explains that Yamas are ‘unconditioned by time, class and place’, meaning no matter who we are, where we come from, or how much yoga we’ve practiced, we can all aim to instil the Yamas within us. •
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Ahimsa is a restraint (or Yama) declaring no harm to oneself or others, physically or mentally. Violence is manifested in actions, in words and in thoughts. We may consider ourselves non-violent people but violence can work on very subtle levels. Thoughts of guilt, shame, resentment, disappointment all have a seed of violence within them. Words like “should” and “must” are the same. When we are unable to forgive ourselves or someone else, when we carry resentment; when we expect far too much of ourselves and put the responsibility of the whole world on our shoulders; when we expect the whole world to run according to our liking we are being violent towards ourselves and the rest of the world. When we don’t act according to our truth, but out of our fears, we are being violent to ourselves… Truth and nonviolence are inseparable.
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Practicing Ahimsa on the mat can be translated into a kind practice, being gentle with ourselves. Off the mat, in our everyday lives, Ahimsa can be mastered by compassionate and conscious choices. Compassion helps us to see through the eyes of others, to understand their point of view and the reasoning for their actions. •
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Non-violence is unconditional love, it is true compassion. We achieve non-violence by learning to love and be loved; but how is it possible to love and be loved if we choose to escape or ignore some aspects of  ourselves? I think acceptance is the key; radical, unconditional, wild, fierce self-love and acceptance.
In the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, we find a path of eight limbs, offering guidance on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. These “threads” are short, simple verses, full of depth and practical wisdom. In BKS Iyengar’s translation of the sutras, he explains that Yamas are ‘unconditioned by time, class and place’, meaning no matter who we are, where we come from, or how much yoga we’ve practiced, we can all aim to instil the Yamas within us. • • • Ahimsa is a restraint (or Yama) declaring no harm to oneself or others, physically or mentally. Violence is manifested in actions, in words and in thoughts. We may consider ourselves non-violent people but violence can work on very subtle levels. Thoughts of guilt, shame, resentment, disappointment all have a seed of violence within them. Words like “should” and “must” are the same. When we are unable to forgive ourselves or someone else, when we carry resentment; when we expect far too much of ourselves and put the responsibility of the whole world on our shoulders; when we expect the whole world to run according to our liking we are being violent towards ourselves and the rest of the world. When we don’t act according to our truth, but out of our fears, we are being violent to ourselves… Truth and nonviolence are inseparable. • • • Practicing Ahimsa on the mat can be translated into a kind practice, being gentle with ourselves. Off the mat, in our everyday lives, Ahimsa can be mastered by compassionate and conscious choices. Compassion helps us to see through the eyes of others, to understand their point of view and the reasoning for their actions. • • • Non-violence is unconditional love, it is true compassion. We achieve non-violence by learning to love and be loved; but how is it possible to love and be loved if we choose to escape or ignore some aspects of  ourselves? I think acceptance is the key; radical, unconditional, wild, fierce self-love and acceptance.
This skin I’m in- I’ve struggled with body image my whole life. I’ve always been an athlete, but I’ve also been injured, have had multiple surgeries, get stressed out, and exhausted from work and life... all of which have changed the shape and appearance of my body. •
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I also have an autoimmune disease, which leaves me feeling powerless about my health-I get really inflamed, I look fat, bloated, even pregnant. And sometimes my energy is so low that I can’t exercise, (especially since I teach fitness for a living, life can be extra physically exhausting) and then the downward spiral begins...I have a hard time getting dressed in the morning, because every day my body is a different shape and somedays I’m stuck with my stretchy pants because my belly hurts so much that I can’t stand to have anything touch it.
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Why am I so afraid of being fat? Why do I have this idea that it’s not ok- that my body is not ok? Maybe it has something to do with the constant bombardment of images that are in my face every day. The images I see of active women are largely pretty models, with skinny thighs that don’t touch, sculpted abs and toned arms…and of course the yogis are decked out in the latest fit fashion posed in gravity defying asanas most of us will never achieve. •
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My yogic path is of self-inquiry, discovery and love; every moment is a new opportunity to tune in with curiosity and gratitude to this incredible vessel that I get to inhabit that allows me to be in the world and have an impact on others. •
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As a teacher it is essential that we create a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment for our students. We must be confident in our ability to teach all types of physical bodies, mindful of our cues, and able to adjust and modify in a sensitive manner. What do you do if you have a student with a belly and large thighs? How do you cue someone through getting their boobs out of the way? What happens when your class can’t physically do what you planned on teaching? These are all situations I’ve experienced as a teacher. •
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My personal struggles allow me to be more present and companionate to those around me and the skin that we’re in.
This skin I’m in- I’ve struggled with body image my whole life. I’ve always been an athlete, but I’ve also been injured, have had multiple surgeries, get stressed out, and exhausted from work and life... all of which have changed the shape and appearance of my body. • • • I also have an autoimmune disease, which leaves me feeling powerless about my health-I get really inflamed, I look fat, bloated, even pregnant. And sometimes my energy is so low that I can’t exercise, (especially since I teach fitness for a living, life can be extra physically exhausting) and then the downward spiral begins...I have a hard time getting dressed in the morning, because every day my body is a different shape and somedays I’m stuck with my stretchy pants because my belly hurts so much that I can’t stand to have anything touch it. • • • Why am I so afraid of being fat? Why do I have this idea that it’s not ok- that my body is not ok? Maybe it has something to do with the constant bombardment of images that are in my face every day. The images I see of active women are largely pretty models, with skinny thighs that don’t touch, sculpted abs and toned arms…and of course the yogis are decked out in the latest fit fashion posed in gravity defying asanas most of us will never achieve. • • • My yogic path is of self-inquiry, discovery and love; every moment is a new opportunity to tune in with curiosity and gratitude to this incredible vessel that I get to inhabit that allows me to be in the world and have an impact on others. • • • As a teacher it is essential that we create a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment for our students. We must be confident in our ability to teach all types of physical bodies, mindful of our cues, and able to adjust and modify in a sensitive manner. What do you do if you have a student with a belly and large thighs? How do you cue someone through getting their boobs out of the way? What happens when your class can’t physically do what you planned on teaching? These are all situations I’ve experienced as a teacher. • • • My personal struggles allow me to be more present and companionate to those around me and the skin that we’re in.
New Belgium Brewing Company and Yoga... these are two of my favorite things! Why don’t all my friends live near Fort Collins with me? This place is pure bliss. ☺️🙏🏔🍻 #newbelgiumbrewery #mountainyogi #focoyoga #comevisitmefriends #myhappyplace #newbelgiumbrewing
Thanks for the sweet write up @revefitness! "I enjoy sharing the balance of both my high energy and calming nature with my students. I consider yoga to be accessible to everyone and strongly believe in yoga's mental, spiritual, and physical health benefits.'
Come check out my Monday noon Vin1 class. All levels welcome!

#revefitness, #focoyoga, #nottooserious, #itsjustyoga
Thanks for the sweet write up @revefitness! "I enjoy sharing the balance of both my high energy and calming nature with my students. I consider yoga to be accessible to everyone and strongly believe in yoga's mental, spiritual, and physical health benefits.' Come check out my Monday noon Vin1 class. All levels welcome! #revefitness , #focoyoga , #nottooserious , #itsjustyoga 
What keeps you motivated to do yoga? #thisisyoga
We often hear people say they are intimidated to try a yoga class with weights. Well we are here to tell you you don't have to be intimidated, you can use any weight options you want (including no weights) and our teacher give plenty of modifications.
We often hear people say they are intimidated to try a yoga class with weights. Well we are here to tell you you don't have to be intimidated, you can use any weight options you want (including no weights) and our teacher give plenty of modifications.
How do you outfit your practice? Tell us some of your favorite yoga gear brands!
How do you outfit your practice? Tell us some of your favorite yoga gear brands!
It is a good day for some yoga!
It is a good day for some yoga!
I have been missing you all! Excited to announce that next Wednesday I will be teaching at @merakiyogastudio at 9:15am. Come practice! 📷: @sonjakphotography
I have been missing you all! Excited to announce that next Wednesday I will be teaching at @merakiyogastudio at 9:15am. Come practice! 📷: @sonjakphotography
Tag someone who brings you joy #thisisyoga
Deep surrender is something we learn by practice. As we move towards outer darkness in the external world we have the opportunity to observe the experience of our inner darkness as an opportunity to grow. Practice seeing, being and surrendering... over and over and over.
#yoga #yogapants #grow #inspiration #darkness #autumn #video #focoyoga #lotusfloyoga #loveyourself