Hiatus + Yoga Lovin’

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday 😀 Hope you’re having a good morning.



Ya’ll know this already if you’re a twitter friend, and it’s a giant bummer, but I’m going to take two full weeks off from cardio and leg work. My knee is still yelling at me and after a pep talk with two trainers I love and respect, we decided that this is what I need to do.

The funny thing is, at Wizzle the other night, I saw another V-town trainer (we only have a handful of trainers here and all know each other) in front of me in line. In his cart, he had frosted mini wheats, Pringles, parm cheese in a container, SODA, and other processed and junky goodies. Unintentionally, in my mind I judged a little… I thought to myself “How can you eat that stuff and then try to teach your clients to eat well and live healthy lives?”

When in reality, I’m kind of doing the same thing.

If one of my clients came up to me and said their knee was bothering them after a half marathon, the first thing I would say is: two weeks of nothing. Take this time off to let your body heal, focus on your eats and come back in full swing.

Well, I haven’t done that that.

I took it “easy” the week after the half marathon, taught Zumba last week, did full cardio on top of weights, now my knee hates me slightly more than it did last week. I turned a one-week injury into a two-week injury, which will now become a month injury as I let myself heal.

The reality check was this morning, when Ron asked me if I wanted to turn this two-week injury into a *life* injury. You don’t mess around with your knees, and once you have knee probs, they can stick with you for the long haul. He said, and I quote, “Dude, your knee is sending a signal to your brain that something isn’t right. You can either keep pushing along and make it worse or rest for two weeks and be able to get back into your routine.”

He’s right. I knew this all along and it’s time for me to actually *do it*. I’m going to miss Zumba, I’m sad that I can’t run the 10k this weekend, and I feel kind of cranky and like a lard already. It’s time for me to stop thinking I’m a superhero and let my body do it’s thang. At least I got in some awesome power yoga classes this weekend 😉


Yoga Lovin

As ya’ll know, I love me some yoga. It helps to quiet my frantic mind, gives me a killer workout and helps me tone muscles that I’ve never seen before. When I’m not injured, you can find me in crow pose…


Or dancer


And my downward facing fun children 😀


One of my favorite ways to get some yoga in my life since we don’t have a yoga studio here, is to do podcasts from YogaDownload.com. They’re perfect for traveling and I’ve done podcasts in Cali, Gatlinburg, Atlanta and Orlando to sneak in quick and effective workouts 🙂

I usually roll with the intense power yoga classes (Power Yoga #3 and #4 are my favorites), but will take this hiatus as a chance to try meditative and restorative classes.

I’ve always purchased the yoga podcasts from YogaDownload.com with my own money, and have written about them quite a few times. There are SO many types of podcasts to choose from, printable pose guides (so you can know in advance what the class will consist of) and they now have video podcasts as well.

Well the lovely (and generous) friends at YogaDownload.com have been so kind to offer:

ALL Fitnessistas a 30% off discount on their purchases at YogaDownload.com for the rest of March– all you have to do is enter the coupon code “Fitnessista” at checkout. This code can be used as many times as you like! SAWEET!!!!

One very lucky Fitnessista will get a year unlimited subscription to YogaDownload.com. As many yoga downloads as you like, for an entire year, for free. How amazing is that?!?

To enter for the year subscription, all you have to do is leave a comment with what your favorite yoga pose is. Winner will be chosen tonight at midnight via pilot random number generator.



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  1. Suzanne on March 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Wheel from standing. It’s my favorite because it’s my least favorite 🙂 Also, awesome for you for taking your own advice. I definitely do not take my own advice. On a related note, I tried that caramel peanut butter pure protein bar….and jesus tap danced on my tongue

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      hahaha! may i use that phrase??
      that sounds glorious

  2. DeAnna on March 23, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I have wanted to do YOGA for so long and just recently tried a few videos. Downward Dog is my favorite right now!!

  3. Jess M on March 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I love pigeon!

  4. Katie on March 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    i love yogadownload.com! their podcasts are wonderful for travel. My favorite is the warrior series…graceful yet powerful.

  5. Nikki on March 23, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I can’t do any fun yoga poses yet, so I’m hoping to win this to learn 🙂

  6. Steph on March 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I love crow, bird of paradise, and headstand. These poses make me feel so strong!!

  7. Holly S. on March 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Ahh warrior III, the current bane of my (completely unbalanced) existence. When I’m hitting it and holding it, I know I’m in my yoga zone!

  8. Heather on March 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I LOVE the warrior series. When I am away from home, I do it when I wake up. It’s a fabulous way to start my day!

  9. Laura on March 23, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    New to yoga, but am looking forward to giving it more of a try. I typically do downward dog to relax me and to stretch

  10. melissa lillie on March 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    that would be awesome…fav pose…hmmm- i love feeling powerful in warrior 2 but doing a headstand feels awesome as well!

  11. Lindsay Wagner on March 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    My favorite is child’s pose. I use it after a long set of push ups or whenever I need to relax and stretch.

  12. Kayla on March 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Awesome giveaway 🙂 My favorite pose is child’s pose. Love the way it feels.

  13. Melissa on March 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Have to admit it but child pose is my fav. Works like a charm everytime!

  14. heidi on March 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    yogadownload is the best! My favorite pose? Standing splits. The stretch on that pose is incredible 🙂

  15. alissa on March 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    i’m all about crow pose … now that i can finally do it 🙂

  16. Tiffany on March 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Favorite pose? Savasana–after a hard class, nothing’s better!

  17. sarah c on March 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    My fave pose is rag doll. I even do it at work in front of the copier it always gives me a boost

  18. Brigit on March 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Child’s pose…:) haha I’m not flexible and the stretch feels amazing

  19. Francesca on March 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Mine is defiantly the crow pose!

  20. Alexis on March 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Tree, and all its variants! There is something incredibly awesome about doing a hardcore flow session, and then slowing it all down in tree. I get the most incredible body buzz and mental rush.

  21. Katie on March 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm


  22. Melissa on March 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I am a fan of pigeon..it feels so good after a long run!

  23. Courtney on March 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I love yoga and my favorite pose is downward dog!

  24. Amy Walker on March 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Warrior 2

  25. Ashley on March 23, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I love the full wheel pose. It stretches all the stress out!!

  26. Krysta on March 23, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Pidgeon! I love pidgeon and downward dog. Probably because their names are related to animals and I’m a huge animal advocate, but still, they feel soooo good!

  27. Jessica Stammen on March 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Tree – I’d hold the pose forever if I could!

  28. Erika on March 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I honestly love downward dog…I love the elongation my hammies feel and love how the shoulders feel so open and stretched….someday I want to get strong enough to do a crow 🙂

  29. Jen M on March 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Wow what an amazing giveaway! I love Yoga Download and due to lack of funds have been sticking to the free ones, but would love to be able to try others.

  30. Evey, "Don't Fight the Apple, Eve" on March 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Maybe its a bit simple for some advanced people, but I love Triangle. It stretches the backs of my legs, back, and chest. You can’t ask for much more than that.

  31. Lisa on March 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Sivasana! Hey- it counts as a pose! No better one to be in after a long practice. 🙂

  32. melissa on March 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I really love camel for the stretch on the quads but pigeon is delicious:) Figuratively of course…cuz I’m a veggie and raw foodie.

  33. Carolyn C. on March 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I like the downward dog too…. but as a yoga newbie…. it’s all hard for me! I would like to get better. Thank you!

  34. Lori on March 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I like pigeon for opening up my hips.

  35. Theorist on March 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    child’s pose…really soothes lots of my aches and pains.

  36. Jenna on March 24, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I have to say it’s a toss up between tree and cow-face!