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Sarah Studebaker, At-home Yoga Instructor & Health Coach - Part 3

Eat cake with me

For my birthday this year, I’ll be eating cake.  That almost made it sound like I don’t eat cake every year for my birthday!  Of course, I enjoy birthdays and their celebrations to the fullest of my abilities (as long as I don’t have 364 friends celebrating every other day of the year).

My lifestyle follows More


My new favorite things to put in smoothies

the only green smoothie I makeYes, I know that I talk about smoothies all the time.  The thing is, I love my energy boosting, hunger satisfying drinks.  I’ve even made them a daily part of my kids’ diets.  I even serve guests my favorite green smoothie to try to get them hooked too.  I’m all about it.  What better way to give yourself fruits, veggies, protein, and healthy fat all at one time?  They’re vegan, dairy free, gluten free, whatever- they fit into any diet.  Just don’t get me started on those people who ‘don’t like vegetables’ and won’t even try my fruit tasting concoctions.  They make me want to cue my 3 year old into singing Daniel Tiger’s “Try new things they might tast gooo-oooooood”. More


How to keep it interesting

useWhen I’ve been at something for a long time, no matter what it is, it eventually gets stale.  Fun things can start to feel like work.  Even with my yoga practice, something that is usually the best part of my day, can sometimes feel like just something on the to-do list.  Usually when my practice starts to get ‘same old, same old’, it’s because I haven’t taken a new class in awhile (whether that’s in person or online).  It’s easy to get into a rut of practicing the same routine over and over again. I get so used to doing what I want that it’s actually nice to, More


Use this 1 tip & never skip your daily practice again

Have you ever been so committed and regular about your yoga practice that it’s just as automatic as brushing your teeth?  Sure, we’ve all been there….. for awhile…… Have you ever wondered where on earth your beloved yoga practice has gone?  We’ve definitely all been there.  Life and all of it’s responsibilities gets in the way easily.  There are so many things that need to get done every day that More


Mindfulness and my challenge to you

IMG_36711I’m sure you’ve heard the latest buzz word in the health world lately- ‘mindfulness’.  You may even have tried to incorporate it more into your life already.  It’s a simple concept that’s hugely important for all of us.  Mindfulness basically means being 100% in the present moment whether you’re on a walk or doing dishes.  Focusing on your breath while More


My favorite chocolatey recipes- ENJOY!

photoAs I’m sure you know, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, aka- my favorite excuse to eat chocolate!  Yes, it’s the holiday of celebrating loved ones, cute arts and crafts projects, overpriced flowers, and especially- all things sweet and chocolatey.  My sweet tooth is celebrating by salivating with joy.  I’ve lately been cutting back on my sugar intake which has felt great.  I find that I don’t have that late afternoon energy slump most days and the less sugar I eat, the less I crave it.  A world with less sugar has proven to More


4 ways to energize your day

IMG_0518My morning routine has changed enormously since having kids.  Uggg, why don’t they appreciate sleep like I do?!  They definitely do not believe that we all need a long night’s sleep for a healthy day.  In fact, we’ve somehow been able to have some pretty awesome days, despite some previous rough nights.  The best part of my mornings is that I actually get to see the sunrise every single day, the worst part being More


Where I’ve been

IMG_1491After a several month hiatus from my old normal routine, I’m back and working at my new routine.  I took a few months off for the birth of my son Tyler, assuming the ole’ 6 week maternity leave would be just fine.  Little did I know, my body (and my toddler) had different plans for me.  Didn’t I learn the first time I became a parent that I don’t have much say in my schedule anymore?!

Turns out not all women have easy births.  Not all women are back at ‘it’ right away.  Not all women’s bodies feel normal after the 6-8 week doctor’s suggestion.  Not all women function normally on torturously little sleep.  Yes, I am one of these women.  I love my boys but I also love my sleep! More


The yoga of parenting

IMG_8893I’m constantly trying to find new ways of including yoga in my everyday family life.  I practice with and without my toddler, I do some deep breathing before bed time, but I’ve been wanting to go a little deeper than the physical.  How do yoga principles and philosophy translate to my non-ashram, ‘normal’ American life?  When my life seems hectic and full of to-do lists, how can I approach my day with the calmness and patience that yoga affords?  And more importantly, how do I translate this to my behaviors as a parent so that I can More


Better sleep now, be your best tomorrow (Yoga for Sleep)

IMG_36761_2We all sleep better some nights than others.  Who knows why?!  It could be an endless variety of factors, some that you may not even have control over (hello, nocturnal children).  I haven’t been sleeping well lately and have decided to be proactive about it and develop a bedtime yoga routine to help my body wind down from the day and prepare for the stillness and rest of sleep.

Sleep is hugely important to our overall health.  When your body is sleep More

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