Love is Lovely….Let it Flow I have said it once, I have said it a billion or more times, people that workout and take care of themselves are some of the very kindest, most caring people in the universe.  Thank you to all my 8:30 in the morning students who responded so quickly and effortlessly to my suggestion yesterday at the end of class.  I don’t want to say too much until our “project” is completed, but you ladies came thru like nothing I have ever seen!  Within minutes I had people approaching me from all angles.

Your participation is going to mean the world to one person, but also to me, because my heart was truly warmed by your generosity and trust!  Hit me up personally if you are wondering what this is all about.

Love really is like currency.  It flows.  You have to put love out there in order to get love back.  This was the message of Tuesday night’s yoga/Pilates class and 25 hours later, I was able to witness just how true that is!

Later in the day, I had a long conversation with a loved one, about fitness, health, nutrition, school, money and happiness (the kinds that come from external sources, and true happiness which comes from within).  Money can buy a lot of awesome stuff as well as peace of mind and security.  It really CANNOT buy happiness and it CANNOT buy love.

Want to feel more internal happiness and self-love?  Remember to start giving of yourself.  Giving really is a selfish act, because what we give away comes back in abundance.

I am humbled by, and grateful to ALL my students.  A better family, I could not ask for!  Much love to all….


When Stress Rears it’s Ugly Head Friday!  Thanks to everyone who reached out to check in on me after I left the gym early Wednesday morning and did not come back for my next class.

Without going into a great deal of detail, I will simply share that stress can take it’s toll in physical ways that many of us can’t believe can really happen.  Thankfully, the stress was pretty much self-created and after a day of rest I felt much better.  The only reason I am sharing this is because we all need to listen to the triggers in our bodies because ultimately, they help us make decisions.  We also need to realize that stress and anxiety don’t manifest their symptoms in the same ways in each of us and sometimes we run to doctors who find all sorts of things wrong with us, but none of them are really the problem at all. (I am pretty sure most western doctors would NOT agree that a fever can come from stress)  So tune into YOUR body and YOUR symptoms so you can recognize a pattern of symptoms when they occur in YOUR life.  We are each so unique!

For those that asked, yes, I will be at class today with bells on.  Thanks to Ellen for pinch-hitting on Wednesday.

Wishing you all a very happy and above all else stress free weekend.  Much love………….

Good Advice for a Saturday

Many of us pick Saturday (or Sunday) as our “cheat” day.  Unfortunately, if we let ourselves go for the entire day, it may take us half of the following week to shed the extra calories.   The same is true for rule 5, which can be a big issue for those with emotional eating, especially.

This seems like some good advice.  Especially rule 1!  Have an awesome weekend.  Do what you have to do all week, so you can do what you really want to do on (or eat or drink) on “cheat” day.  Then enjoy the hell out of your indulgence.

Russell and Al Dine at Red Bamboo!

Thank you, thank you to the Today Show for a great little segment on this morning’s show called Vegan 101.  It was educational, informative and very positive!  The best part was when Russell Simmons took Al Roker to his favorite NYC restaurant Red Bamboo to sample a table full of amazing looking food.  Since I have eaten there twice (thank you, Derek for introducing me to that place and returning with me again on our last family trip to NY) I can definitely attest to how insanely amazing the food is at this all vegan joint in the village and highly recommend it!

Just a couple of images taken off the page after doing a Google search for images of Red Bamboo.

The pros and cons were shared.  On the pro list were many health benefits such as lower cholesterol, higher fiber intake, healthier for the cardio-vascular system and often a lower weight/BMI than animal eaters.

The list of cons, weren’t really cons, at all.  They included needing to supplement our vitamin B-12 (as that is only found in animal products).  Many animal eaters need to take B vitamins anyway, and it’s easy enough to get amble B-12 by sprinkling cheesy flavored nutritional yeast (not to be confused with brewers yeast which is bitter) on…almost anything/everything–or taking a supplement if necessary.  Of course, making sure ample protein is consumed was on the list, but that’s an easy one –if you are eating healthfully, including nuts and beans in your daily diet, there shouldn’t be a problem–even for an athlete!

It was also good to hear them include how good a vegan lifestyle is for the environment.  Even taking just one day a week, like Meatless Monday, makes a huge POSITIVE impact on our planet, and of course the animals.

Russell Simmons has a book out called the happy vegan.  If you are not familiar with who he is, Simmons is a business magnate who, amongst other things, co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam and started a few clothing lines, including Phat Farm.  He balances his very busy ying business life with yoga and daily meditation.  He also authored a book on meditation called Success Through Sitting.

Thank you to Deepak Chopra for another great meditation this morning.  Earlier in the week he suggested saying “thank you,” in place of “yes.”  This immediately brings more gratitude to you.   Today’s centering thought was:

Every thankful moment makes me healthier.” 

I am grateful to you for coming in and taking a peak at peaceandfitness, this morning.  Thank you!