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A Room With a View

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In my last post I talked about my favorite place in our home being the floor of our master bedroom looking out the window so I'm back to deliver some photos of the view.


I simply adore the view and maybe because of the elevation change on our property (under our room is the walkout basement so it makes our first floor room feel like a second floor room) it feels like we're way up high in there.


I think another reason I love it is because it feels so open and expansive. Like there's no boundaries to what's possible. Literally the sky is the limit. It's like my personal connection to nature watching birds of all sizes, deer with their young, and even the local neighborhood cats (no really I see the same orange cat on our security footage at least once a week - ha ha ha).


I love that I can see the mountains, watch the sunrise, and when it's a day like the 4th of July it's like my own personal fireworks show watching every fireworks display in the Salt Lake val…

Getting Back to Work

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Well it's definitely been a while but if you're one of a handful of folks who has been here before you'll notice some things have changed. I've updated the layout and have refreshed the About Motovated Wellness page. I'm super excited to get back to work on my goals around Yoga Teacher Training in 2018!


My setup at home is simple and I don't even have a real office. I just have a collection of things in the corner of my bedroom that I can grab and access anytime. I am typically the person who wants everything to be just right before I get started but I've come to realize that if you wait for the right conditions it will NEVER be right. That goes for getting married, buying a house, having a baby, having a second baby, changing jobs, losing weight... It goes on and on! This year I'm committing to jumping in and just moving forward. I don't need to know it all and it won't be perfect and that's ok.

As you can see I have quite the collection of…

Vparita Karani - Legs Up the Wall

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I truly believe yoga can be for everyone and every body so I want to start a series of blog posts that can help you activate each yoga asana (poses) in a way that's accessible and meaningful for you. My favorite part of my Yoga Teacher Training was learning modifications for each pose and gaining a deeper understanding of what each pose can bring to your life.

I am hopeful this series will help when you attend a class or practice along with a video at home so you can understand what each pose does for your body and make the proper adjustments that still allow you to get the most out of each pose. I will also share easy ways to modify your poses with what you have at home so you don't have to go out and buy expensive yoga props until you're ready to make that investment (or at all).

The first pose I want to help you understand is a favorite of mine. It's easy and one that most people will be able to safely and easily practice. Even if you think you're too busy to p…

Developing My Personal Practice

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As I work through the requirements for my Yoga Teacher Training I have the opportunity to dive into my own practice. I have tried some free flow practicing where I just do whatever feels right at the time and sometimes that is all I can fit into my day with kids and work. Other days I can squeeze in a Bodhi Yoga online class where I can practice what I have been studying. I have access to free yoga videos on TV so I've been trying a few of those out in the early mornings when only Russell and I are up. The nice thing about those is I can try other styles of yoga and different teachers so I can experience what else is out there.


Through the last few weeks of practicing I have learned that if you've tried yoga and didn't like it it's totally possible you either tried a style, class, studio, or a teacher that wasn't a good fit for you. When I'm in shape I can keep up with pretty much any yoga class but that doesn't mean I want to. I have found I prefer a slowe…