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3 Ways my Yoga Practice has Changed my Climbing

This past October, I decided to go through a yoga teacher training course to deepen my practice. It was intense-- almost like having a second job-- and it took up a lot of my "adventure time" in the outdoors. At times, I felt like I was losing my "outdoorist" ways, but I kept telling myself that it was temporary. I never thought it was going to make me better at the things I was temporarily sacrificing.In addition to making me a stronger, more peaceful version of myself, deepening my yoga practice has made me a better climber. 1| Tadasana. If every movement is rooted in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), where the body is one constant conscious connection, then there is never room for...

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5 Ways to make Healthy Habits into a Lifestyle

You know you're weird when you find yourself saying, "I barely worked out this week. I only did two days of Crossfit, a two-hour rock-climbing session and a six mile hike." So, yes, I'm weird. But if you knew me when I was younger, I worked out maybe... once a month? Now, it's a part of me. Here are five ways I made healthy habits into a lifestyle. 1| Don't let 3 days go by without a good exercise session. They say that it takes 21 days to break a habit, but let's be honest. After three days, it becomes a lot easier to skip something. Like I said, I used to workout whenever I felt like it. But once I...

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Lessons from Mother Nature: Say Dat

"Polite conversation is rarely either." - Fran Lebowitz   I used to think that I was afraid of confrontation... I went through my twenties thinking, "Don't say what you're really thinking-- you don't want them to think you're confrontational." And so... I filtered. I suffered through a very polite existence. It's become clear to me that "polite" just doesn't matter. It's hard enough for humans to connect with one another... and TRUST, it can be lonely to be a woman who says how she feels and asks for what she deserves. We often become villains when we say what we think & how we feel. We're taught to be good. Compliant. Simple. Polite. But how can we truly connect if we're not...

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Lessons from Mother Nature: Push Yourself

"Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds."-Napoleon Hill One of the first life lessons I learned from rock climbing (there are a lot) was to push myself. I started out as a fearful and cautious climber, sticking strictly to V0's and 5.7's in the climbing gym to feel safe. I wouldn't even boulder outdoors. Despite my fear, I would look at other climbers with envy and ask myself, "When will I be able to do what they're doing?" It wasn't until one day, as I witnessed a group of little kids climbing at the gym, that I finally got it. These kids were fearless, jumping off of structures and climbing up everything they could. The big scary climbing...

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That Time I Climbed Kilimanjaro...

I've been back from Tanzania for a week now. Friends, family, co-workers-- everyone has been asking what it was like to climb the mountain. I'm still not sure how to answer. It was fun. I shared so many new experiences with an amazing group of people, and we laughed throughout the whole experience. It was beautiful. I witnessed views that no photo could possibly capture. It was challenging. We got sick. It rained every day. I come home blistered, coughing, bruised and burned.... When people ask me how it was, I have to be honest. I'm still figuring it out. I did a yoga-teacher training at the beginning of the year when I had absolutely no intention of becoming a yoga teacher. I...

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