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Another EXCELLENT yoga class at Y2 Yoga.  Today’s class was so, so lovely.  The flow of the class was so thorough and balanced.  I hate it when I leave yoga feeling off – like one leg didn’t get stretched as much as the other. 


The best part of this studio?  At the end, the teacher walks around and puts a lavender-scented cold towel on your forehead during savasana.  I wait for that towel ALL through class.  It is such a nice way to end hot yoga.  And it smells amazing.


Oh, and… pre-yoga, I went to a Girls on the Run meeting with Jen.  She’s the head coach, and I’m the assistant coach.  The season started on Tuesday, and I’m so excited to meet our 16 girls!  I’m a little nervous, too – I want the girls to have fun (and like me, I’ll admit it).




A really lovely salad with broccoli sprouts, 1/2 a pear, navy beans, feta, carrots, and raspberries:


And some organic whole wheat bread with Earth Balance:


Post-yoga snack:


Time for some EXCELLENT TV – namely the season finales of Hung and EntourageGrey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and The Office come back soon, too. 🙂 🙂


Another edition of HTP Swaps and Additions coming at you tomorrow AM. Stay tuned!



  • Kristy @ September 12, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Lavender is one of my favorite scents! I would look forward to that the whole time, too. 🙂

    That salad looks so good. Such an interesting combo. I would never think of adding fruits AND beans! Good call!

  • Rachael September 12, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I love the little special notes at the end of a yoga class – temple massages, etc…makes the class for me!

  • Laurie September 12, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Funny, we are behind you. Our GOTR hasn’t even registered yet. I am the admin. person for my daughter’s school, I had been assistant coach, but had to drop that due to work conflict (and it’s better for my daughter when I’m not there). Girlfriend, the girls are going to LOVE you, I have no doubt. This age is so great because they are enthusiastic and most of them don’t have too much attitude yet, I had some 6th graders last fall that I wanted to punt, but the 3-5 graders are adorable. Have fun, I can’t wait to hear about it, and the curriculum is fantastic.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 12, 2010, 9:39 pm

    I can’t WAIT for Grey’s to come back!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 12, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Your salad looks delicious — I love adding fruit to salads. The different textures make a really wonderful meal!

    I’m sure the GOTR girls will love you — just be yourself!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 12, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Lavender scented towels sounds absolutely lovely! During classes at my yoga studio, the teachers usually spritz a lavender/herbal water into the air while we are all in our final savasana.

  • Whitney September 12, 2010, 9:43 pm

    I’m sure they will love you! The salad looks yummy.

  • Bee Goes Bananas September 12, 2010, 9:46 pm

    I just stocked up on some pears on my morning grocery shopping trip. I can’t wait to eat them!

  • Lisa September 12, 2010, 9:48 pm

    I just started watching Entourage. We are up to Season 3 now. Love it! It’s totally Seinfeld but with Hollywood. 🙂

  • Chelsea at Striking Balance September 12, 2010, 9:49 pm

    That salad looks so great! I love the addition of fruit to salads, I find it adds so much flavour and freshness. I’m sure the feta was a great compliment to the fruit as well.

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 12, 2010, 9:50 pm

    That salad looks GREAT !

    I used to do the same thing at my spa… I’d have a hot towel cabi and would spritz the towels with lavender, sometimes lemon or mint… relaxing or invigorating! Will you have other treatments at your husband’s practice, like massage therapy? You could do the same, even after acupuncture treatments – nice touch 🙂

  • Evan Thomas September 12, 2010, 9:52 pm

    In preperation for the season premier of Grey’s, I watched seasons 1-5 over the Summer. Bring it.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 12, 2010, 9:56 pm

    I love spraying lavender on my pillow. Its absolutely amazing.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal September 12, 2010, 9:59 pm

    I get so jealous reading about everyone’s AWESOME yoga classes on blogs as of late. There’s just no good ones (for me) around here. There are some that are *pretty good* and I’ll take it:) Def no lavender towels though 😉

  • Jen September 12, 2010, 10:00 pm

    Don’t be nervous! They will love you guaranteed.

  • tea&pages September 12, 2010, 10:03 pm

    raspberries in salad?! genius, i never would have thought to put them in there but that salad looks freaking amazing (as do all of the delicious vege meals you prepare)! your food photos inspire me to keep being a vego and convinced my friends being a vego doesnt mean living on steamed tofu and lettuce. love your blog btw 🙂

  • Lee September 12, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I went to a yoga studio that I’d never been to last week and they did the lavender towel thing too. It was great.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged September 12, 2010, 10:25 pm

    I never think to put fruits on my salads when I make them myself, but I always love it when they’re served like that in restaurants…going to have to remember to give it a go next time!!!

  • Wendy September 12, 2010, 10:50 pm

    You have nothing to worry about! Take it from an assistant coach with a season under her belt: the girls are going to LOVE you – and will be in awe of you since since you’ve run a marathon, and many of them will be nervous about running a 5K. And the girls can’t help but have fun when they are encouraged to play games, smile, laugh, and just be themselves. When do you start practices??

  • Heather (heather's dish) September 12, 2010, 10:57 pm

    lavender’s the best smell ever…i have some pillow spray that i use from time to time and it makes me happy 🙂

  • Camille September 12, 2010, 11:02 pm

    What a lovely, fresh dinner!
    This definitely looks like something I would throw together!

  • Charlie September 12, 2010, 11:06 pm

    I love lavender! It has such a nice, relaxing smell.

    And this salad looks absolutely amazing!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 12, 2010, 11:11 pm

    that lavender thing sounds so amazing. Tonight is a huge TV night! I thought entourage was pretty good tonight, very intense.

  • Amber K September 12, 2010, 11:35 pm

    Ahh lavendar. I would totally suffer through hot yoga for that!

  • Sarah for Real September 13, 2010, 12:04 am

    Ahhh season finales always get me!

    Entourage was great! Hung… meh, yet another show that has written itself into a corner. I’m excited to see True Blood, going to watch it now!

    That lavender thing sounds awesome. You think anyone would mind if I snuck in at the end there? Hehe

  • Katie September 13, 2010, 12:32 am

    I just got back from my first yoga session in almost 2 years! It felt great having a little background to pull from so I wasn’t completely floundering. Really looking forward to weaving it in as a common practice like my 4-5x-per-week gym routine. I’m absolutely dying to try Hot Yoga soon but am also super nervous for my first class. Any tips for a Hot Yoga newbie?

    AND I finally tried Trader Joe’s version of Greek yogurt after I saw all of your high reviews for it. You’re right–the honey no fat is amazing!

    • Caitlin September 13, 2010, 10:15 am

      Have you been to any yoga classes?

      I would call the studio and ask what the most basic class is and attend that one. Introduce yourself to the instructor at the beginning and tell them you are new to the practice. Also, maybe look at yoga journal’s poses and learn the basics like down dog, up dog, warrior i and ii, child’s pose. that will help a lot!

  • hippierunner September 13, 2010, 1:51 am

    I’m sure the girls will love you! And I’m excited for The Office to return also, along with Parks and Rec and 30Rock!

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 13, 2010, 3:13 am

    Grey’s Anatomy & The Office = two of my favourite shows 😀

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 13, 2010, 5:26 am

    It sounds like you are really enjoying your yoga class and the lavender towel sounds so refreshing and calming. Your salad looks awesome by the way.

  • Chelsea @ Healthsea September 13, 2010, 7:32 am

    The lavender towel sounds wonderful! I went to a class once where the teacher rubbed a sandalwood oil of sorts on you as you left. The smell was great, but the oil + any sweat from the class (it, at least, wasn’t hot yoga) was a little gross, ha! 🙂 He should have tried a towel instead!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 13, 2010, 7:41 am

    Those girls are going to love you!! You’re exactly the type of person little girls love- fun, energetic, married- seriously, the little girls I babysat over the summer were obsessed with being married haha. You’ll rock it!

    Did you know that Danon-Stonyfield actually makes TJ’s yogurt?

    • Caitlin September 13, 2010, 10:15 am

      so i hear!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 13, 2010, 8:45 am

    Girls on the Run sounds like such an awesome program! I wish we had one like it up here in New England! 😀

  • Megan @ 'Nati Girls Run September 13, 2010, 9:12 am

    Totally off subject here, but I was reading my People magazine and saw an ad for PUMPKIN SPICE Hershey Kisses!! I immediately thought of you and your love for pumpkin. Have you had them yet?

    • Caitlin September 13, 2010, 10:16 am

      i had them last year i think! they were good!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope September 13, 2010, 9:39 am

    mmmm I LOVE LAVENDER!! They have these lavender silk eye pillows that are also great for savasana. Yesterday at work, one of my patient’s family members gave them a bath using this lavender soap. Man, the whole room smelt so delicious. And then I wanted to sleep.

  • Stacey September 13, 2010, 9:40 am

    I love the lavendar towel they bring you at the end too! I think about it the entire class time haha. I like how Y2Yoga is a small setting and room, it feels a little more intimate and like the teacher can actually pay attention to everyone’s form. I’m so glad your doing GOTR!!! And don’t worry, the girls will like you. The kids are awesome, I think your going to have a blast with it!
    We should do a yoga class together one day! 😀

  • Candice September 13, 2010, 9:53 am

    What a great looking salad – I love pear on salads…and wraps!

    I am a yoga instructor, and I pass out lavender scented towels at the end. The students absolutely love it – I think they might leave if I forgot the towels one week! lol.

  • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) September 13, 2010, 11:41 am

    Great swaps! I love making my own pizza rather than ordering out. That way, I can get all the toppings I like.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 13, 2010, 7:07 pm

    I’m sure your girls are going to LOVE you! I’m sure they’ll be totally in awe when you tell them about all the races you’ve done. 😀

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