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Lake Superior – Healing

There’s this place I used to go when I was heartbroken. Come to think of it, I was doubly heartbroken – doing the longterm healing from a divorce…but also from a later relationship that beat me up a bit.

I was out of touch with myself. I was out of touch with my inner voice. I was in pain and it hurt to wake up every day and get through it. I was sad, depressed and low. So low.

Spontaneously, I looked online and decided to take myself out of town. I knew I wanted to be near Lake Superior, because that big water always made me feel soothed.

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Lake Superior Morning

And of course, as the Universe often does – all the stars aligned and I found my place.

-The website jumped off the computer to me.

-They normally didn’t take reservations at that time, but made an exception for me.

-My boss let me leave early, knowing I needed this.

-Thank you Universe.

So North I drove to a tiny little cabin on the shore of Lake Superior. It’s called Bob’s Cabins and Bob was the yellow laborador retriever that wandered around and welcomed everyone upon arrival. There were tea packets in a little dish, a pile of wood for burning, and stairs right out my door to Miss Superior.

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Bob’s Cabins

I fell in love with that little cabin. There were no electronics, no stove (just a hot plate), no microwave. But what was provided, was exactly what I needed.

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Fire by Lake Superior

I could have a fire next to the water and breathe the fresh air and hear the waves – all of the elements swirling around me…

Deep into the night as the stars came out, I sat by the fire just watching, waiting and listening to the waves. Maybe I was waiting for answers to questions, maybe I hoped the water would heal me, maybe I hoping for some clarity and resolution there by the waves.

Fast forward to now…just last weekend, I went back to cabin 14. Every year I have come back. Sometimes I bring my girls and sometimes I bring my husband. Sometimes I don’t.

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Lake Superior Sunrise

Every time I visit, I remember the hopeless feeling I brought with me that weekend almost 15 years ago and marvel at how far I’ve come. How my journey has taken me in directions I never thought possible. How I would more than heal….I would flourish.

And I am filled with absolute GRATITUDE.

While I was there this last weekend, I was reading “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton and I came across this passage:

Before I open my eyes the next morning, my ears awake to the sound of the waves hitting the sand. It stirs something inside of me. The sound of the water speaks not to my spinning mind or yearning heart, but to my still, strong soul. The water is speaking in a language I knew before the world taught me its language. I lie there and I let the sound of the surf massage my soul for two hours. I let it speak to me and I do not speak back. I just receive.

This exactly. This.

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How has it served you?

How do you honor that place – and how do you honor that place inside yourself?

I realize as I have gone back year after year, that I carry myself with me wherever I go. I just needed to get away from the noise to access myself.

That is what Lake Superior offers me.

A conduit to my true self.

A reminder to quiet the swirling and listen to the small voice within.

A reminder that I am whole, complete and of God. Unbroken. Beautiful. Worth caring for by myself and by others. A gift.

And ultimately, I am reminded that we all are.

Namaste, S

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Stay in the NOW Mommm….

I have this daughter. She’s quite exceptional. From the moment we met, she’s been teaching me life lessons. I knew that she was here for me to learn from.

Around five years ago, before I decided to become a yoga instructor, I had a hard time keeping my worry, overwhelm, fears in check. To put it delicately, I would drop my basket pretty regularly.

Worry was my go to…I’d worry about all of the things. I’d worry myself into a lather about this – that – AND the other. Particularly about things that hadn’t happened yet. “What ifs” really churned me up.

One day as I was foaming at the mouth, my daughter looked at me with her clear, green eyes and said evenly, “Stay in the now Mom.”

Stay in the now.

This has become our family mantra. (She detests that I use it on her now that she is 12 and her amygdala is taking over her brain.)

I have used these words that my seven-year-old spoke to me again and again. It draws me away from senseless worry and back onto my center.

This was one of her many gifts to me.

Stay in the Now.
Namaste,
Sarah


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Core Stability is Sexy – Part Deux

Let’s talk about your Transverse Abdominis. This is the muscle that helps you breathe and stabilizes your pelvis and your lower back.

Many people’s TA’s are weak and not firing – Why? Well – sitting, being sedentary, not consciously turning them on and off, pregnancy and surgical procedures (me – 2 c sections).

This can result in fun things (sarcasm) like low back pain, an unstable pelvis, the little pooch in your lower abdomen.

Here’s the deal – you don’t want to walk around constantly sucking your gut in.

That’s not core stability.

What you are looking for is a STRONG CORE all of the time. One that you also have conscious control of.

We’re switching up our exercises for the month!

5- 6 Second Hollows
ABC Plank
5- Hollows with Alternating Arm/Leg Extended
5 Bear Crawl – Forward/Backward on your Mat OR
5 Hand/Knee Hovers
ABC Plank

Click HERE for a video link of the exercises.

Peace. And remember… #corestabilityissexy
PEACE!


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Making Core Stability Sexy…?

I have to laugh because when I teach core stability, I imagine people nodding off like this…

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So I decided to make Core Stability SEXY…haha! I figured if I put the word sexy in the mix it would generate some interest (or maybe just make you laugh.)

Some reasons why Core Stability is Sexy:

  1. Spine is stabilized from the inside layers of the muscles (my favorite – the multifidi) on out. You can have the strongest ab muscles in the world – and still have an unstable core. Believe me…
  2. More mobile. If your core is stable, your limbs can be more mobile.
  3. You can safely lift some (*&t.
  4. You have better balance.
  5. Less likely to get back injuries.
  6. Better posture.

So here’s a down and drrrty core stability workout:

20 Dead Bugs
ABC Plank (Plank singing the ABC’s)
20 Knee/Hand Hovers
10 Opposite Knee/Hand Hover
ABC Plank

If you want to see a video with me showing these exercises – Click Here. 

Woop!


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Self-Compassion Exercise

When my kids were both finally in school, I knew I needed to do some work around self-love and self-compassion. So I designed a self-study course for myself. High on the list was a book by Kristen Neff called, “Self Compassion.” You can see her TED Talk too by clicking here. 

One of the exercises in the book was to write a letter to myself from the position of a loving friend.

It was a game changer for me.

You try. Click on this link: http://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/

Do Exercise 3.

The…if you want, click and do all of the exercises and meditations.

You’re worth it. xo.


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Athleta…changing?

If you’re a woman and you move your body, you might get the Athleta catalog.

Not so very long ago (three years in March) I got an Athleta catalog in the mail and it make my whole body slump over and ask, WHY?? The catalog was FILLED with unrealistic images of women…and they were all white….and they were all really young. So, I sent them a letter that you can read here. 

I have to admit…I was on the warpath. You see, I have two daughters who are growing up in a different world than what they see in the catalogs. They come to the gym or the yoga studios that I teach in and see incredible women of all ages and colors and sizes. And they look up to them. Two of my favorites are Carol & Rebecca – they kick all kinds of ass. 🙂

So this week – we got the catalog. And I hadn’t looked at it yet, but my 12 year old daughter comes up to me and says, “Mom. Check it out. Real women. Older Women. Normal women. Women of different colors.”

She proceeded to flip through and show me these images:

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She looked up at me and smiled. And all I said was, “Yessss.”

Well done Athleta. More please.

Be unafraid. Health comes in all sizes – Check out beautiful, amazing Mirna Valerio who is a distance runner at 250 pounds.

Health comes in all ages.

Health comes in all colors.

Represent us all. Latin American. Asian. Women in hijabs. Big. Small. Old. Young. Beautiful amazing women from around the world.

We’re all out here waiting.

Inspire us.

In the comments – let me know if you got a catalog and have been noticing the shifts. What do you think? Here’s what some other people had to say via Facebook.

Namaste, Sarah