Ride Like The Wind, Bullseye! My Thoughts After My First SoulCyle Class

“Ride like the wind, Bullseye” is all I kept thinking as I was riding at SoulCyle. Did you like my Toy Story reference? That’s what you get when you had toddler! In any case, check out what I thought of my first every SoulCyle class!

Name: SoulCycle (Rittenhouse Square)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 

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This California Grilled Chicken Avocado and Mango Salad Was Everything I Ever Wanted And MORE

Your taste buds are going to explode with these delicious flavors!!! This California Grilled Chicken Avocado and Mango Salad is everything and more! I’m a salad lover, especially in the summer, and I’m always looking for something different to try. I loved this recipe not only because of the flavors, but also for the easiness! If you’re home with the kids you’ll probably imagine being somewhere else tropical while eating this salad. I did! 😎☀️🏝

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A True Sanctuary – Our First Visit To Shanteel Yoga

Name: Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary

Location: Sellersville, PA

Instructor: Jennifer- She greeted us with a beautiful smile, and kept it that way. But don’t let that smile fool you! She asked us on a scale from 1-10 how we were feeling and we said 10, so she gave us spicy yoga. We were sweating!

Exercise Type: Yoga; Rockin’ Vinyasa- this class was fast paced, and had more upbeat music while practicing yoga.

Place: Studio – see more detail in “Welcoming” section below.

Day of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:00-8:15 PM

Price: First class is FREE; $15 drop-in

What to Wear: Leggings/shorts; T-shirt/tank top; bare feet

What to Bring: Mat, water, and a towel

What is Provided: Blocks (we also saw another yogi using a yoga stand for a headstand)

Level of Experience: All levels seen

Gender Majority: 70/30 female to male

Age Group: All

Welcoming: Yes! Before we even entered the studio, we felt welcomed. The facade was beautiful, as it felt like you were entering something special. The studio is in an older building and has character that made it feel like no other studio we visited. We were able to check in and head upstairs to the open yoga studio. It felt like the studio and decor helped us get in the right mindset for our practice. 

Cleanliness: Yes

Unique Features: Shanteel Yoga is a true sacred place that allows for physical practice and healthy minds. When we left, we left at peace. We worked hard and really paid attention to our breath. Jennifer constantly reminded us to listen to our breathing and notice why it was fast or slow. Making the mind-body connection is so important when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. The mind and heart are just as important as the body. 

Thank you, Shanteel Yoga, for having us! We enjoyed our practice and felt wonderful when we left. These mamas could have taken a nap we were so relaxed at the end which was not the case at the beginning of class. Remember we wanted spicy! We can’t wait to come back!

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7 Exercise Tips For Beginners

Recently, we have been approached by a few people who have expressed an interest in getting back into exercising, but are scared to make the plunge.  We feel you, girl. We have all been there, and now we are here to say “We’ve got your back!” While there are countless tips on how to get back into your groove, we narrowed it down to our favorite 7 exercise tips for beginners. 

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Going With My Mommy Instincts

I *knock on wood* have never had a broken bone. My son is 22 months and he just got his first cast. The mommy guilt is in full force, especially when we’re in public. The looks and comments are inevitable. It makes an unforgettable story for later in life. What I do care about is going with my mommy instincts.

Let’s start from the beginning. 

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Tabata On The Dock Of The Bay… We Mean, Lake!

Have you ever heard the saying, “You gotta tabata!”?  Every time we hear “tabata” that phrase comes to mind, and that is exactly what we did with our gear from Tabata Bootcamp.  When we received our package from them, we were so amazed and grateful for all of the cool stuff they sent us. T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, bags, hats, balls, resistance bands, sliders, ropeless jump ropes… you name it! WOW! 

We decided that since we got all of these amazing items, it only made sense that we try them out. We picked a great location and got to it! Who doesn’t love working out with a gorgeous lake in the background?

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Mommy & Me Yoga – The Perfect Afternoon

My daughter thinks that every exercise class I go to is yoga (except when I go to barre and she says, “Mommy, is going to the bar!”  Classic.). She got her very first yoga mat this year, and we are constantly practicing our poses – she has mastered her downward dog

On Saturday morning, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and stumbled upon a post from YogaFit Horsham.  “Family Yoga.”  This caught my attention.  Since my daughter is only 2.5 years old, I normally can’t find anything like this for her to do. This particular class was for 2-5 year olds, so we were golden. When my daughter woke up, I told her she finally gets to go to yoga with mommy. Her eyes lit up, and she got the biggest smile on her face. She grabbed her yoga mat and ran to the door.  I had to explain to her that we still had 4 hours to kill before yoga, but she didn’t care… she was ready! 

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Tomorrow Is A Trap. Don’t Stop When You’re Tired, Stop When You’re Done.

Have you ever been in the middle of exercising and thought to yourself, “I’m so tired, I am going to stop”?  Yup. Been there. Did you stop? We all have, and we are here to tell you that the key to successful exercising is consistency and commitment. You don’t get anywhere by quitting your workout every time you are tired. Hell, would moms ever work out? This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is “Don’t Stop When You’re Tired, Stop When You’re Done.” 

Our success stories stem from setting a goal and sticking to it. If we plan to run 2 miles, we run 2 miles. If we agree to an hour barre class, we work our little butts off for the entire hour. This isn’t to say our way is fool-proof, but it is our way to stay motivated. 

One last piece of advice for you.  Tomorrow’s a trap. There is no way you will catch up tomorrow. Stop procrastinating, set a workout goal, and achieve it. 

Need To Do A Little Toning Of Your Body? Try DanceFit’s Tone Zone Class!

Name: Dancefit

Location: Chestnut Hill, PA

Instructor: Jennifer – She was great and so thorough in her demonstration. She also did the class right along with the class, so we always had someone to look at if we needed. 

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