Asheville Community Yoga Teacher of the Month – October 2015 [INTERVIEW]

I am incredibly honored to be featured as this month's Teacher of the Month at Asheville Community Yoga

asheville community yoga logo circleAsheville Community Yoga is a 501(c)3 nonprofit yoga center offering donation-based yoga classes, workshops, and trainings here in Asheville, NC. Their yoga community is supportive and strong and so inspiring! The donation-based structure of the weekly classes makes yoga accessible to anyone who wants it and the welcoming and inclusive atmosphere at ACY has made it one of Asheville's favorite places to practice yoga. I am grateful to be a part of the goodness that is Asheville Community Yoga.

BIG thanks and hugs to ACY staff, students, fellow teachers, and volunteers for everything you do to make the studio so awesome. Thanks for coming to my classes and sharing in this beautiful practice week after week. 

Below is an interview I did for the occasion. Hope you all enjoy reading a little bit about my yoga journey!



Lindsay Fields has been with us from the beginning, teaching one of our most longstanding and loved classes, Tuesdays night’s “hot core” practice. Her classes are definitely challenging, but Lindsay’s demeanor is so authentically kind and her instructions so clear and intelligent, that even the toughest sequences seem accessible. If that wasn’t a reason enough to come to her class, the music might lure you in! Lindsay has great taste in music and her playlists are energizing and inspiring. Not only that, but Lindsay herself is an accomplished musician, and her students receive the soothing gift of her sweet chanting voice and ukelele songs at the start and finish of every class. We asked Lindsay some questions about her practice, and here’s what she had to say:

What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?


When I was 20 years old, I was very unhappy and depressed. I somehow intuitively knew that yoga was something that I needed. I don’t even remember where I first heard about yoga but it obviously intrigued me. So, I sought it out. In 1999 yoga classes were not as abundant as they are now (especially here in Asheville!). I would go to any free meditation lectures I heard about. I bought a yoga book and a DVD and started practicing at home. And then one day, I opened the phone book and found the closest yoga studio to my house and went to a class. It was a hot yoga class and I was hooked from that very first class. It was tough. It was hot. Most of all, it was DIFFERENT. I have always said that the experience of that first class felt like coming home. I think the missing piece, something that yoga offers that was lacking in other areas for me, is bhakti. Through the asana practice alone, I learned to move in prayer and in service, not even knowing to what at first – maybe to myself, to call my spirit back, to remember my wholeness. The practice is so rich and so deep. It’s the way yoga makes me feel about myself and my role in the world. Yoga is more than just physical exercise. For me, simply exercising my body left me feeling incomplete, and even “less-than,” because I always felt like I didn’t fit the mold, you know? Yoga has taught me that the mold is much bigger and I am so much more than my body or my successes/failures.

What inspires you to continue yoga?

I have been practicing for 16 years now and I am still learning. And the yoga tradition is still evolving. I heard someone say once that yoga is a “living practice.” I love that. The practice is always changing and growing as more and more people are coming to their mats. I think that’s exciting to think about and I definitely want to be a part of it.

What is your favorite pose?

Probably plank or crow. I spent a good portion of my early life being sick and feeling like I was at war with my body. Arm balances are something I never imagined I would be able to do. They have helped me feel strong in my body and make friends with it again.

What is your most challenging pose?

Handstand. I broke my toe falling out of handstand when I was first learning it. It is still scary for me.

What is your favorite time/place to practice?

Whenever and wherever I can! I am so busy these days and I am super grateful for any opportunity to sit, slow down, and reconnect. I love practicing outside.

How has yoga changed your life?

I tend to be anxious. Yoga has taught me that I am more than my anxiety and that within me is divinity and unconditional love. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, it was with me all along. And that no matter what is going on in my life, no matter how much my outer world spins, I am ok. I am love. That is so comforting to me. I am less afraid as a result of my yoga practice. I am less anxious. This has had a huge impact on how I live my life and the choices I make.

Do you have a favorite yoga book or video?

Light on Yoga by BK.S. Iyengar and The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar are my 2 all-time favorite yoga books. I also love The Secret Power of Yoga Nischala Joy Devi for a women’s perspective on the yoga sutras.

What is your mantra?

Aham Prema – I am Divine Love

Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?

Music! I began playing music again about 1 1/2 years ago when I picked up a little ukulele at a local music store. I was obsessed at first and now my ukulele and singing and mantra are like food for me – something I do every day because it is so nourishing. I really want to be playing music more. In addition to playing for my weekly yoga classes, I’d love to be playing for other people’s yoga classes, collaborating for a bhakti vinyasa workshop or kirtan, writing songs and playing with a band, and teaching people to play music. I have lots of ideas and big plans for the future for sure.

Yogi Surprise Review – September 2015 [VIDEO]

Here I am opening the September 2015 box from Yogi Suprise. Watch this video to see what was inside!

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(Misfits shirt. Hee hee.)

With a special appearance by Fenix the cat at the end! 

Click here to treat yourself with a monthy lifestyle box from Yogi Surprise.




Yogi Surprise – Comparing 2 Boxes

I have been receiving and reviewing boxes from Yogi Surprise for a while now and I honestly only have positive things to say. I look forward to my box every month. My interactions with their customer service and social media people have been 100% positive. The products are amazing. I use them. I love them. 

Yogi Surprise, in case you're not familiar, is a monthly subscription box geared towards eco and health concious yoga lovers. Each box is packed with full size products (not tiny sample sizes) to support your yoga practice and active lifestyle. It's like a mini retreat in a box! Along with an awesome sampling of fabulous products, Yogi Suprise gives away an actual reatreat to one of their members every month. Pretty cool. They also have a Jewelry Box option (includes 2 handmade pieces and 1 organic treat) which is lovely.

For this review I am posting the contents and my thoughts on 2 seperate Yoga Lifestyle Boxes so that you can compare and get an idea of what the Yogi Surprise subscription experience is like month to month. Here we go! 

July 2015 Box – "Salute to the Sun"

July 2015 Yogi Surprise Lifestyle Box

August 2015 Box – "Honouring the Fire Within" (my favorite box yet!)

August 2015 Yogi Surprise Lifestyle Box

  • Jem Raw & Organic Cinnamon Red Maca – OMG this stuff is incredible. Put it on an apple and every bite is BLISS.
  • Neelu Kaur Yogini Bliss – Beautiful scent. This tridoshic oil is so soothing. I always get asked about it whn I put it on. 
  • Sunbiotics Chocolate Almonds – Yummy! Soaked and sprouted almands with probiotics … and chocolate! Perfection.
  • Aura Cacia Revive Body Cloths – At first I wasn't sure about these but they are super convenient and helpful! I find myself using them to quickly clean my hands and for an aromatherapy boost throughout the day and before bed. 
  • African Turquoise Bracelet – this bracelet is unique and beautiful.
  • My Tat Inspiring Temp Tattoos – I love tattoos (temporary and permanent) and the Yoga Set from My Tat is super fun. What a great way to keep your practice with you when you're not on your mat. 
  • *NEW* Yogi Surprise Yoga Sequence Series Card – This is a limited edition card with an asana sequence a to go with the monthly theme of Honoring the Fire Within. The sequence was designed to "power up your core and increase your stamina." Love it. 

You can also view more past boxes here.

So, as you can see, Yogi Surprise really makes an effort to provide an experience as well as a service (check out this post for more about that). Every month the box is better than the month before! I love addition of the Yoga Sequence card. If I had to pick something that is perhaps a "con" (but not really) I would say that $44.95/month is a little on the expensive side of the subscription box spectrum. But it's not if you consider that you are receiving 6-8 full size, vegetarian, and GMO free products. Plus, they often run promotions and offer discounts and the jewelry box is a less expensive option at $24.99/month. 

Thanks again to Yogi Suprise for 2 more awesome retreats-in-a-box! 




Yogi Surprise Review – June 2015

Supporting Your Practice with the Yogi Surprise Lifestyle Box

This month's box from Yogi Surprise really rocked my practice! It contained 6 thoughtfully curated items for people who love to practice yoga (like me!). Here's what was inside the June 2015 box (links included):

Thanks, Yogi Surprise, for another awesome retreat-in-a-box!  



Check out their website at to learn more.

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Pssst! They have a jewelr box, too!

I Was On The Radio!

asheville yoga show logoI recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Asheville Yoga Show host, Mike Hiers, to talk about some of my favorite topics – yoga and Asheville. He even let me bring my ukulele! It was super fun and even though it was not my best vocal performance by any stretch (only got 1 take and I was nervous), I'm so glad I did it. The show originally aired on Independant Asheville RadioNow, it's available as a podcast here. I have also posted it below. Just hit play. :) 

Listen to the end for a surprise announcement. Many thanks to Mike for having me on the show. Enjoy!

P.S. Please check out some of the other interviews. They are all available for free on the Asheville Yoga Show buzzsprout podcast page. We are really lucky to have so many wonderful yoga teachers here in the Asheville area. 

Hot Yoga Hair Mask – Awesome Beauty Tip for Yogis

Or should I say …

Accidental But Somewhat Intentional (and AWESOME) Hot Yoga Hair Mask

If you are like me and you go to lots of hot yoga classes each week, you might be looking for an easy, low maintenence hair routine that stands up to all of the extra showers, headbands, and pony tails that can be hard on your hair. 

I came up with a great way to go to yoga and pamper your hair at the same time, kinda by accident one morning when I forgot to rinse out my conditioner in the shower. Not sure if it was laziness or lateness that was the motivating factor (maybe both?), but once I realized that I forgot to rinse, I had the brilliant idea to leave the conditioner in during the hot yoga class to super hydrate my hair and that I would use the showers at the yoga studio to rinse the conditioner out after class. So, I did go all morning with a kind of wet-looking messy bun, but my hair LOVED it. The result was super soft, shiny, thick, healthly-looking hair! Totally worth it. Now, I'll do this every other week or so. 


Here is my hot yoga hydrating hair mask routine: 

Step 1: Shampoo as usual

Step 2: Rinse well

Step 3: Put normal amount of conditioner in hair (lately I have been loving this coconut conditioner)

Step 4: Do not rinse well 

Step 5: Do not blow dry

Step 6: Put hair in a loose but secure bun for yoga class

Step 7: Go to hot yoga

Step 8: After hot yoga, rinse hair well

Step 9: Dry and style as you like 

Pretty simple, right? Let me know how it works for you. 



Yogi Surprise – February Box Review

In honor of February, the month of love, and this month's "Compassion Box" from Yogi Surprise, I have compiled a Top 10 list that shares exactly how I feel about this wonderful company and the service they provide. 

My full review of this month's Retreat in a Box detailing all of the yummy, smelly, yogi goodness is below as well! 

Top 10 Things I LOVE About Yogi Surprise

  1. The high quality and full size products that I actually use. I repeat, full size. And nothing wasted. 
  2. The adorable and thoughtful packaging. I've written about it before. I really appreciate the care and thought that obviously goes into each box. It really shows. 
  3. That they give away an actual retreat every month.  
  4. Their Instagram, especially the "Yogi Hands" pictures. I adore hand mudras. 
  5. All of the products are vegetarian, non-GMO, and cruelty free. 'Nough said. 
  6. Their customer service. In my expereince, they respond promptly and courteously to emails. They are super helpful and really nice, too. 
  7. The incentives. If you get 3 of your friends to join, you get your next box free!
  8. Their Yogi's Journal blog. It is full of wonderful articles for yogis.  
  9. The litte card that's included with each box. It describes the monthly theme and intention and the list of items included in the box. I keep all of these cards so that I can re-order my favorite products. Simple but brilliant. That's what I mean when I say they obviously put a lot of thought into their boxes. 
  10. The bonus boxes! Every so often they offer an extra box in limited supply. Check out the "Spring Renewal" bonus box.

February Box Contents: 

Native Touch Rooting Bear Rub $9.99

Rooting Bear Rub

Named after bear for its ability to know what plant to forage for and what root to dig to treat whatever ails him, this healing balm is soothing and balancing for your skin. The lavender, tea tree, and rosemary oils smell wonderful, too. I have used it on a couple of dry patches with great results! 


Emma's Organic's All-Sprouted Granola $9.50


I was only able to sample a few bites of this delicious sprouted granola before my duaghter grabbed the bag and ate the rest! They offer subscibritions for the granola obsessed. 


Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths $15.50

juicy bamboo

The packaging looks like a juice box! Adorable. My sensitive skin loves these vitamin rich bamboo fiber cloths. 


Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Face and Body Bar $6.95

sibu beauty sea buckthorn bar

This soap smells amazing. The lather is luxurious. I have been able to shave with it which says a lot about a bar soap. LOVE it. 


Kishu Charcoal To Go (for water bottles) $9.49

kishu charcoal

Such a cool idea! It works well to make my tap water and water fountain water taste better. 1 stick lasts 4 months! 


Keen-wah Energy Functional & Glow Bars (x2) $3.29


I love Keen-wah bars and was delighted to receive these in my Yogi Suprprise box. They provide a healthy, organic energy boost. The Glow bar is my personal favorite. 


Organic Yoga Headband $12 (no brand or link provided)

Also included in this box was a fabulous hand-made organic headband. Mine is a dark teal color and extra wide. It is great for hot yoga and doesn't slide off of my slippery hair. 

Thanks for the February love, Yogi Surprise



Yogi Surprise – January Box Review

yogi surprise

Yogi Surprise is a monthly subscription box geared towards eco and health concious yoga lovers. Each box is packed with full size products to support your yoga practice and active lifestyle. It's like a mini retreat in a box! Along with an awesome sampling of fabulous products, Yogi Suprise gives away an actual reatreat to one of their members every month. For real. It's pretty awesome.

Restore & Rejuvenate

January's rejuvenating box was just a great as the previous boxes I've received. I have used every item and I love every single item. Here is what was inside: 

Moon Valley Organics Rejuvenating Rub $11.99



The packaging is darling and the scent is divine. I have enjoyed and also shared this Rejuvenating Arnica Rub with my family – on my daughters strained ankle and my husbands aching shoulders after a long day of work. I love the combination of lavender and mint essential oils. It is relaxing and cooling. This is stuff is gold. 

Next Organics Organic Dark Chocolate Cherries



Yum yum yummy! These are so good. Didn't last long enough! 

Lotus Moon Hydro Therapy Eye Massage Treatment



My new favorite eye treatment! The roll-on applicator is cooling and the scent is one of my favorites ever, rose. I enjoy applying right before bed. 

Sacred Wood Essence Palo Santo Incense Sticks


palo santo

I LOVE palo santo. So, I was delighted to see this when I opened my box! This sticks are the perfect size for easy lighting and they burn well. Their fragrance is strong, soothing, and grounding even without burning, too. 

Betsy's Best Bar



I received the Dark Chocolate Chip flavor and while they are not super sweet, like say a cookie, I really like them. As far as natural, whole food protein bars go, Betsy's are great. They taste good and 1 was all I needed for a boost before teaching a hot yoga class (the package contained 2). Give them a try! 

Essence of Vali Sleep Soothing Mist



I do love my smelly stuff. This soothing Sleep mist is just perfect. Lavender, cedarwood, marjoram leaves, and ylang ylang. Perfect throughout the day. Perfect on my pillow at night. LOVE it. 

I just can't say it enough, I am never dissapointed with my boxes from Yogi Surprise and I am always looking forward to the next box. They also have a wonderful online community. Personally, I love their Instagram posts which are sweet and inspirational with tips for yogis. 

Thanks, Yogi Suprise for another wonderful retreat in a box!