Stay Lifted

I remember as a child and especially into my adolescent years my mom being very focused on my posture. She would always say "stand up straight, hold your shoulders back, suck in, and put some lipstick on." Probably goes a long way to explain my obsession with lipgloss.My mom is not a fitness guru. She has had careers in nursing and real estate. But she was definitely on to something back in the 80s, and I've ...

Should We Move

"How am I supposed to live here? Should we move?" I asked Shaun more than once over the weekend. He reminded me that it was only for a couple of days, but that didn't help to cure the sadness I felt so deeply in my heart. I'm known for my dramatic mood swings. I have some pretty high highs followed sometimes by the dreaded low lows. Having never been clinically diagnosed with a psychological illness, I've ...

Happy Hour On St. John

Fact: It is hot on St. John. The heat can be extremely demotivating- whether you're trying to walk your dog, exercise your body, get yourself to work, or do just about anything productive. Here's the catch: The year-round sunshine and 80 to 90-something temperatures means that Swimsuit Season (singular) doesn't exist here. Swimsuit Year is more accurate, and thus, there are no buffer months to hibernate in sweats and eat cornbread dipped in chili and pack ...

A Time to Twerk

After what I've dubbed "the class that didn't happen", it shouldn't come as a surprise that I was pretty terrified about the second class I had planned to teach in New York. I don't know which is worse… Trying to teach a class on a sunny, 60 degree Saturday evening, or trying to draw people in on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon. I was pretty sure Twerk and Tone in the the city was officially a ...

Fifth Avenue Reflections

4:30 PM. As I left my friend's beautiful Madison Avenue apartment to shop my way to my first Twerk and Tone class in NYC, I was filled with bubbling excitement and anticipation. I made a quick stop in Madison Square Park to take a selfie with my Hydro Flask, because, of course, I needed to capture the moment. If it doesn't happen on Instagram, it may as well have not happened, #amiright? 5:30 PM. During my ...

Twerk and Tone Feelosophy

I believe fitness should feel good. I believe having fun is as crucial as getting a great workout. I believe exercise is transformative. An effective class changes your body; an exceptional class changes your mind and body. I believe in the power of a group. The same exercise performed with others feels different. The group dynamic creates an energy that amplifies your effort. I believe laughing during a workout is good for your abs and your soul. I believe ...

Walking Away

In the words of one of my former fitness instructors, "You never know when you're going to need to look good walking away." I've been thinking a lot about those words and how they are analogous to my life, especially lately. I recently chose to walk away from something that my heart was telling me was out of sync with what I was put on the universe to do. As soon as I had full clarity and ...

Regulating Qi

I never really knew much about Chinese medicine. What I do know is I'm all about prevention and trying my best to stay healthy rather than having to seek medical attention when I get sick. I know proper sleep coupled with proper nutrition and exercise is the formula that typically keeps me feeling my best. One thing that I have had difficulty managing in my life is endometriosis. I won't go into a long drawn out ...

Suit Up

Spring has sprung! Time for warmer weather and trips to the beach! Spring break, anyone? For those of us who live on an island, it's summer year-round. And you know what is terrifying about that? Every single day is fair game when it comes to having to suit up. At a moment's notice, you may have to pull out your favorite, or better yet, your most forgiving swimsuit, and bare your beach bod, ready or ...

It Can Wait

Although I am obsessed with sleep and will go to all sorts of extreme measures to get eight hours a night, I am not a napper. My mom says even as a baby I didn't like to nap and she never really forced the issue. I remember being wide-awake during nap time in kindergarten. I couldn't turn off my brain and just fall asleep. I fidgeted around on the mat anxious to get up and ...