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Can Kettlebells Improve your Yoga and Vice Versa?

Yes even kettlebells can help your yoga practice and vice versa.  It's so wonderful to actually be able to see and feel the benefits almost immediately.

I've been so excited about this since I have added a Yoga portion to my Saturday kettlebell classes. This class is taught by Robin Duncan, certified YogaWorks teacher.  So far, people have loved the feeling of both combined.  Granted the yoga poses are designed specifically for those who just completed an intense class using kettlebells, cables, and other ballistic and strength training movements. From  the research studies from Dr. Stuart McGill, Robin Duncan and I design a safe practice that compliments the kettlebell class.  I have no doubt in my mind that more and more kettlebell instructors will be partnering up with qualified yoga instructors to do the same thing.  However, I hope that other instructors know that there are many popular yoga poses that should not be implemented directly after a student completes a kettle…

Brooks/Cheatham Workshop was a Success!

I want to start off by thanking all the participants at the workshop for doing an outstanding job, even with the video cameras and lights all over the place.  I especially would like to thank Carolyn Brumfield RKC II, owner of Phyzyks, for allowing us to use her beautiful facility.  Not only did she allow us to use it, she also instructed the dreaded Double Snatch. For those who missed it, don't worry, the DVD will be out this summer.  

I also want to thank Sara Cheatham for being an amazing partner with this workshop.  In spite of this being our first workshop together, our different teaching styles and personalities complimented each other very well.  It was a great atmosphere and vibe throughout! Thank you to everyone, film crew (you know who you are), Della Whelchel (my BuggyBellz partner) and the great people who surrounded us. 



At the end of the workshop we handed out some feedback forms which were completely Anonymous.  Therefore it allowed people to be as honest as possible.…

Wild Arugula and Spinach Salad

This weekend I went to a Vegan potluck dinner.  My friend Melanie, made a Corn and Arugula salad that was a huge hit.  I could not believe how delicious it was.  I felt like I was at a fine dining restaurant. The dressing was made from scratch along with slicing the corn off the cob and putting it in to the salad.  All the tastes just went so well together.

The recipe was derived from the Corn and Arugula Salad recipe at allrecipes.com however Melanie made some changes to it and then I made a subtle change as well.  
Here it is and I will put notes of how I did it in red.



Ingredients1/4  cup  cider vinegar (I used unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar)3  tablespoons  minced shallots2  teaspoons  Dijon mustard1/2  teaspoon  salt (only added a dash, since I'm not a believer of using too much salt)1/4  cup  olive oil4  cups  fresh corn kernels (from 4 or 5 ears; see notes) (only used 1 cup, since I try and stay away from corn when I can, although it tastes delicious and kids love it!)5…

A few Announcements and updates

**WORKSHOP NEWS**
SOLD OUT!!!
Many people have emailed me regarding the upcoming kettlebell workshop on March 21st. Some have expressed to me that they may not feel ready for an Intermediate workshop but still want to attend.  For this reason we have divided the workshop in to 2 portions if you prefer to just attend the morning OR afternoon segment that is now an option. (For the pregnant kettlebell user, you couldn't be in better hands) There will be modifications throughout! Lucky you!!!!

PART 1:   Kettlebell Review gently building to  Intermediate Drills, Z- Health Principles, and the perfect Follow Along Workout
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This portion will be a review of the basic drills that will get you up to speed if you have been struggling with any of them. There will be some intermediate drills introduced and practiced. You will then have the skills to build up some of the advanced drills if you choose to stay for the second portion of the day. Even for the seasoned kettlebel…