What the yoga doc ordered + a NEW Zumba video

Last night’s yoga class was everything I needed. Usually when I take class Wednesday night, my body is toasted from teaching all day. I still go, because it’s the one class I like to take each week, just for me, and I haven’t once regretted it. If anything, I think all of the stretching helps delay the soreness until after teaching Thursday’s classes ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yesterday was an easy teaching day for me -Zumba ended up being my only really active class- so I felt extra energized during my poses. And boy did I need it.

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I haven’t wanted to be a Debbie Downer on the blog, but I think it’s worth mentioning that it’s been a sad week. A high school friend, Anna, passed away on Tuesday, after a long fight with an aggressive form of cancer. She was the girl at school who shared her love and light with everyone who was lucky enough to meet her. She lived a life of charity, running all of the March of Dimes events and volunteering with the American Cancer Society until she became a patient herself.

Life really isn’t fair sometimes.

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She was only 28 years old, but I believe she inspired more people than someone who might live to be 100. Last night’s yoga class was for Anna. I thought of her strength over the past 18 months, her optimism and humor through her countless surgeriesโ€ฆ and during savasana, I thought about how thankful I am to have known her.

I got my classes covered this morning to attend her funeral, where I’m sure to see hundreds of people who were friends with Anna. It’s a sad day, but I’m happy that she’s no longer suffering.

I challenge each of you to do something today that makes you happy. Something just for YOU <3

Maybe a little dance?

Sasha and I filmed this video a couple of weeks ago when we got our photos taken. I LOVE the choreography, but the sound was muted by YouTube for copyright issues. Sad trombone.

To get the music to sync up, bring up the music “Come & Get It” in a separate window and make it smaller. Click start on the music video, and when it gets to :50, press start on the dance. If you’re using the music download only, start the music at :07 in the dance video.

Hope you enjoy and that you have a wonderful day <3



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  1. I’m sorry to hear about your High School friend, life can be really unfair in that way when it takes young lives early, but at least it sounds like she had some beautiful qualities and make a difference in peoples lives with her optimism, humor, and strength.

    Off to check out the video:)

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  3. I’m very sorry for your loss. I have lost a lot of classmates and two cousins in their 20s, and it never gets any easier. Some people bring a beautiful light to the world, and it hurts to see it extinguished so young. I’m glad she got to be part of your life even if only briefly.

  4. Bridget says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend. I work at a Cancer Center at the hospital where I live and I see how tough it is on family and friends. I will keep you in my prayers.

  5. Bridget says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend. I work at a Cancer Center at the hospital where I live and I see how tough it is on family and friends. I will keep you in my prayers.

  6. I’m very sorry to hear about your friend! I had a friend pass away suddenly last year, at the age of 26, so I can definitely identify with the sadness of feelings of unfairness. It’s so tragic when a life is taken too soon.

    Sending you hugs for a hard day!

  7. Beverly Aragon says:

    Thinking uplifting thoughts for you today as you celebrate the amazing life of your dear friend.

  8. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I dedicated my practice last night to my friend’s son who is in the hospital battling a really bad case of pneumonia. I so love yoga during the hard times – it reminds me of my strength and provides the quiet for reflection. Thinking of you today xo

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of hugs xoxo

  10. So sorry for your loss, Gina. Thoughts are with you today <3

  11. I am sending you lots of hugs Gina, I am sorry about your loss. I love that you dedicated the Yoga class to her.
    Need to check your video now!!

  12. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. You and her family are in my prayers!

  13. Cancer sucks, Gina. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. My dad is fighting Mesothelioma and my good friend is fighting thyroid cancer and I know firsthand how bad it is to see a loved one suffer and not be able to hug it away. My heart goes out to you and her family.

  14. Kristin says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers you and to her family.

  15. I’m so sorry for your loss. I really, really hate cancer.

  16. I heard about Anna as I saw a story about her here in Tucson. What a truly remarkable woman. So sorry for your loss.

  17. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your good friend. It’s always helpful to me to think about the suffering being over. She has reached the ultimate goal, happily looking down on all who loved her.

  18. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. That is much too young of an age to pass away at and I’m sure she would have had an even bigger impact on those she touched and the world if she had lived a longer life. You’re right, life just isn’t fair sometimes. Plain and simple.

    On another note, I love that song you choreographed your dance to!

  19. So sorry to hear about your friend. I’m glad you have so many positive memories of her!

  20. Kristen says:

    Anna sounds like she was a lovely person. <3

  21. I’m so sorry to hear about Anna. It sounds like she some amazing qualities and will be dearly missed.

  22. sorry for the loss of your friend, that is so sad <3

  23. What a small world. My boyfriend knew her from the few years he lived in Tuscon. I never knew her but I heard nothing but fantastic things.

  24. So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend! We are praying for you and all that loved her. She left a great legacy!

    I loved the dance! Just finished! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. kirsten says:

    I’m sorry for your loss Gina!

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  27. Caitlin says:

    so sad. thanks for sharing though.

  28. What a beautiful tribute to your friend! Thank you for the new Zumba video.

  29. Heather says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend.

  30. I’m so sorry for your loss – your family and your friend’s family are in my prayers.

  31. Awesome Zumba video – love that song! YouTube sucks with its copyright laws haha, but thanks for the guidelines on how to watch it along with listening to the music.

    So sorry to hear about your friend; such a tragic waste of life. All we can do is try to live on in their spirit!

  32. Gina, I’m sorry to hear about your friend! I’m dedicating my next practice to her and her family.

    Also, we need to get you the rights to the music you use so you can stop muting it on YouTube! ๐Ÿ™‚
    xoxo, BA

  33. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. Today my thoughts, prayers and positive energy will be sent to her family and friends. Tough stuff and so unfair, but she sounds like an amazing lady who is going to have a pretty special pain-free glorious spot somewhere waiting to hug everyone once again.

  34. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of such a special friend. Life truly is not fair sometimes, we’ll never understand it. Try to take comfort in the fact that her suffering is over, and she’s in a much better place. I’ll be thinking of you and her family this morning.

  35. So sorry to hear about your friend ๐Ÿ™ yesterday was a tough day over here too, someone I work with was killed riding his bike home. It’s been kind of a weird few days for a lot of people, I’ve found. Prayers for you and your friend’s family!

  36. Laura Z says:

    I don’t think it’s a downer when people talk about death. I think, when you know someone great, you just want to tell everyone how great they are. Thanks for sharing.

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