Adyn Pipoly was born and raised in San Antonio and grew up participating in everything from horseback riding and track and field to cheerleading. She began her yoga practice at the age of 17 and developed a strong following before leaving for college in England. Two years later she made the move to Denver where both her college education and yoga practice would flourish. After graduating from the University of Denver, she completed a 200-hour teacher training program and moved back home to San Antonio. Her classes are often sweaty and always inspirational, and she strives to make authentic and genuine connections with each and every one of her students.
Yoga came to Angela as an answer to many questions. It was a book that started it all: Una Fiesta para el Alma, by Zaira Leal. She started reading about yoga and practicing (or trying) its principles for a long time before starting the Asana (physical) practice.
The changes she has experienced since implementing a Yoga Asana practice on a regular basis are priceless. Not only in her body, but especially in her mind. She wants to share this with others. She is 30 and as little as a year ago couldn’t even imagine her body and mind would achieve the improvements she has. It is never late to start!
Clara is from Colorado Springs, Colorado and loves running, cycling, and teaching science. She began doing yoga in high school as a way to stretch after long cross-country practices and intense rock climbing workouts. Through yoga, she has found balance in her life both physically and mentally when she needed it the most. Clara has a CorePower Yoga Level One certification and is also certified in prenatal yoga. With her fun and sweaty style of Vinyasa, Clara strives to foster her love of yoga in all of her students!
Katie Goodman is dedicated to helping others become a better version of themselves. A former college soccer player at Mississippi State University, she majored in International Business and Spanish. Upon graduation she stayed active and worked for various Fortune 500 companies before discovering her true passion: yoga. She teaches power vinyasa, kids, and pre-natal classes as well as baby and me, gentle yoga, and sessions specifically for elderly populations. Her athletic background makes her an ideal instructor and teacher for Power Flow and Yoga for Athletes. Katie genuinely cares about her students and consider them her true friends.
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Kayleigh has been a movement instructor for over 5 years, combining her passions for musician wellness, natural movement, and corrective exercise. As a yoga instructor, she has studied with Jill Miller, Tari Prinster, David Vendetti, Trina Altman, and Sarah Court, as well as completed additional studies in biomechanics, children’s yoga, and anatomy. She is also an integrated Yoga Tune Up® instructor and MovNat® level 1 instructor. Her studies in pilates have been with Karen Sanzo, P.T., and Erin Burnham at Pilates Unlimited in Dallas, TX. She blends traditional yoga and pilates movements with contemporary knowledge of movement and biomechanics, to help clients move better and feel better. Kayleigh also maintains the blog, the Musicians’ Health Collective, which has an annual viewership of 50k readers, and has been a featured author on YogaDork, Elephant Journal, polyphonic.org, Musicovation, and other online and print publications. She is a member of the viola section of the San Antonio Symphony, and has performed and taught music internationally.
Kelli began her yoga journey 10 years ago, but it wasn’t until more recently, during her 200 hr Ashtanga Yoga Intensive Training, that is became much more than just a physical practice. Almost immediately, she felt a connection to Ashtanga that she hadn’t experienced with any other style. It was almost magnetic. She feels so lucky and grateful to be able to share her practice with like minded yogis and yoginis.
Mary Payne, originally from Lafayette, LA moved to San Antonio in 2014 to discover new possibilities in life. She started dancing at the age of two but lost the ballerina inside due to a struggle with a drug and alcohol addiction early in her teen years. She got sober at the age of 18, and to this day it is her greatest accomplishment. Wanting to move and feel her body again, she discovered yoga in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the quietness it brings to the mind. Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Renewable Resources from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has a 200 HR. YT Certification from the Southtown Yoga Loft and is certified with X-pert pole fitness level I and II. She describes yoga as an art that has come to life and the masterpiece you create on your mat is something to take home and share in your everyday life.
Molly is a pastry chef turned yoga teacher who loves bringing, along with peace and healing, fun and light-heartedness to the practice. She is YA 200hr certified, trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa, and entering her third year of teaching. Born in Idaho and most recently moving to San Antonio from the Washington D.C. metro area, she loves the unity that is nurtured in the yoga community. She tries to share the joy and challenge that originally drew her to yoga more than five years ago with her current students at the same time focusing on breath, asana, and the traditional sequence. When she isn’t playing on the mat, Molly writes freelance articles and clean-eating recipes, and spends time outdoors and eating delicious food with her family of fellow yogi husband, daughter and son.
Taylor Alicia is an artist and yoga instructor from the Desert Valley of Arizona. After seeing the positive effect of her artwork, it opened her eyes to a passion based on helping others. Realizing that the yogic philosophy and physical practice was a key component to her happiness, health, and success, she set an intention to share it with others. With a curious mind and a heart set out to help, Taylor completed her 200 hour Yoga teacher training in 2011. Through this she enjoys giving others the opportunity to take a break from commotion, set their intentions, and guide their body and mind in a positive direction.
She is currently studying to become an Occupational Therapist to benefit more people in need. It is her hope to combine western medicine and rehabilitation with the tradition of yoga to teach others of all ages about health and wellness.
Tia Pirkl is an ERYT 500 level instructor who has studied with some of the country’s top teachers, including Todd Norian, Ann Greene, Desiree Rumbaugh, and John Friend. She has been teaching for more than a decade and has a unique style that combines precise bio-mechanical alignment and strong cuing with a sense of fun and community. Her 1,500+ hours of yoga training and a background as a registered nurse are utilized to provide a yoga experience that is entertaining, functional, and safe. Tia believes that yoga can provide us with physical and emotional advantages that will enable our bodies to do more of what we love to do, and can play an important role in making our lives more successful and satisfying.
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Even though having good posture gives us confidence, life doesn't always help us when it comes to our posture. We spend most of our day sitting in desk; when traveling we are either in a car, bus, train or airplane. We slump over in our chairs or sleep with several pillows under are head. We do so much not even realizing we are causing damage to our backs. Doing yoga can help maintain better posture and a healthy spine. The spine is what holds us up, so we need to make sure we keep it in the best condition!
Here are some yoga poses that can help with your posture thanks to breakingmuscle.com:
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Stand tall with your feet feeling the ground; open your chest with arms at your sides; slightly tuck your tailbone; engage your thighs; roll your shoulders back and down to lower your shoulder blades, and bring your chin back so your ears are above your shoulders.
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Fold your body over towards your feet and hang there, grab your elbows with your opposite hands and breathe. After you release your arms, try looking up by opening the chest and flattening your back on an inhale. Then exhale and fold again.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Place your hands on the mat in front of you in a sphinx position and then slowly straighten your arms into your full extension of cobra. Bring your shoulders away from your ears, while keeping your pelvis and toes on the mat.
Hero Pose (Virasana)
Sit on your heels and sit up straight with the crown of your head towards the sky. If you have knee issues, this will not be your pose. If you can’t sit on your heels, get an ergonomic chair that mimics this pose or use a pillow for cushion.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Sit back on your heels and reach your arms out in front of you or bring them alongside the body towards your feet into a tiny little yoga ball.
We're all creatures of habit. Good ones, and bad ones. And it's these daily habits and patterns that create who we are, and can have a profound impact on our health and wellness.
Example? I have a habit of going on a walk each day - and that's pretty good. But I also have the habit of eating an entire bag of almond m&ms - and that's not so good.
If my m&m habit begins to consistently and constantly override my daily walk or other healthy habits, well then I'll pay the price in the form of diminished health and tighter pants. And that will be who I become - the guy with the belly who's always eating chocolate.
But the opposite is also true. If I continue my positive healthy habits, am more consistent with them, and even add a few new ones in, then I tend to feel and look better, and get close to living the life of the superman I want to be.
And that's true for pretty much everyone and everything. You are the result of the things you do the most, and the things you do the least. But if we're looking to make improvements in our lives, then we need to mix things up a bit. We need to be more consistent with positive behaviors (like quality sleep), or take on new ones, while doing our best to reduce the negative ones (the mindless munching while watching Netflix).
So what's the problem?
Discomfort. Unease. Anxiety. Fear. And above all, strangeness.
We often like what we like and do what we do because it's familiar and comfortable - eating lunch at the desk instead of going out or moving around, the glass (or three) of wine at the end of the day, the extra-large spoonfuls of ice cream after dinner...
Those are all just self created patterns. So what the heck would happen if you broke them?
What if you went to a yoga class at lunch, or met a coworker for a walk instead? Focused your attention on a conversation with your partner or kids or a close friend instead of a wine bottle? Planned your meals or workouts for the next day after dinner?
Initially, those changes may seem strange or weird, but once you follow through with them for a week or two, they will become your new normal. They become your new routine. And they will define who you are.
So here's your call to action. Pick one less than ideal habit, and try to replace it with a healthier one. It doesn't have to be big or significant, just a slight improvement over whatever it is that you're doing right now - like standing up and stretching for ten minutes if you're a committed desk jockey, having one drink instead of three, or eating half a bag of m&ms instead of a whole one - you get to decide just how big that change is and how far you want to go with it.
Follow that new habit for a week or two and see what happens. You may just be amazed at how quickly and easily you can adapt to new, healthier habits. And how those small habits can lead to an even better, healthier version of you.
by: Tom Trevino
Tom Trevino is s personal trainer and wellness coach based out of San Antonio. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, multiple certifications from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and is currently pursuing his Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. He can be found at our Alamo Heights location, or aimlessly wandering the aisles of Central Market.
We all know it can be hard to keep your workout routine during the Christmas season. Whether you’re going out of town, Christmas parties or doing Christmas shopping, all of these things can keep us from going to the gym. Here are three Christmas workouts that can be done wherever you are! No equipment is needed.
The 12 Days of Christmas (repeat 2-3 times)
5 Mountain Climbers
7 Jumping Jacks
8 Russian Twists
10 Tuck Jumps
11 Leg Levers
Christmas Tree Workout (repeats 3 times)
50 High Knees
40 Jumping Jacks
30 Bicycle Crunches
2 sets 30 sec. Wall Sits
20 Side Leg Lifts (on each side)
December “25” Workout (repeat 3 times)
25 Jumping Jacks
25 Standing Calf Raises
25 Jumping Jacks
25 High Knees
25 Lunges (each leg)
25 Russian Twists
25 Jumping Jacks
Summer - that time of year where we tend to wear a bit less clothing and even break out swimsuits - officially starts on Monday, June 20th, and if you've been blowing your diet or workout routine lately, there's only one thing you can do right about now:
Only kidding... But that feeling is pretty common. And we usually make it worse by following some extreme program in a futile effort to quickly right a wrong - even if that wrong has been months or years in the making.
Truth is, those extra pounds and that extra pudge didn't come from having an occasional donut. It came from consistently eating donuts (or following some other less than optimal behavior patterns) over a long period of time.
So, how do we break that cycle and improve how we look and feel? Easy. Go back to the basics. Make things simple. Put your time, effort and energy into these four key components of good health - those simple things we often overlook and discard but that give us the most overall benefit.
Hydrate - About 60 percent of our total bodyweight is comprised of water, and if you're dehydrated and not getting enough you will not feel or perform well, and neither will your body. Having your fluid balance off by just half a percent increases strain on the heart (since it decreases overall blood volume). Add in the blazing heat and humidity that comes with just living in south Texas, and you can see how easy it is to be behind the curve before you even get started. Active or not, get your fluid balance in check, and you'll feel and perform better almost immediately.
Sleep - Want to age quickly? Make your hormone levels go crazy? Maintain belly fat, increase cravings for junk food and even perform worse on cognitive tasks? Great! All you have to do is be really bad at sleeping. But don't just take my word for it, click here and here to read all about it. Of course, you could always just make an effort to improve sleep patterns, which will make you look, feel and perform better, along with decreasing your risks of several health maladies, but who the heck wants that?
Eat Food - Actual food, that is. And a good variety of it to shore up any nutrient deficiencies. You're looking for mostly plant based items, lean proteins and healthy fats - namely things that exist in nature as is, as opposed to overly processed or packaged items, or things created in a lab of factory. Actual foods contain a host of nutrients vital to good health, and most are calorically light, meaning you can eat a fair volume of a given item without having to worry so much about the caloric load. If you can't name five fruits or vegetables you've eaten today, then this is an area you can definitely improve on.
Walk - If you've been sedentary, or are looking to add more activity and movement into your routine, you don't have to hit a spin class, Crossfit session, or even step foot in a gym. Keep it simple by going for a daily walk. Doing so will decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. You'll burn a few extra calories in the process, and acquire a new habit that you can actually maintain for a lifetime. Want about one hundred more reasons to add a daily walk to your schedule? Just go here and watch this.
By concentrating on these primary elements, you dramatically improve baseline health markers, incorporate positive behavior patterns, and lay a solid foundation for future body composition or fitness goals. It may not give you the beach body you want right now, but it will certainly provide a solid foundation for one in the future. And that's not a bad way to start the summer!