So Glad I Took the Dive

louisetwistI often lean toward the familiar, staying within my comfort zone.  I’d even nearly convinced myself that staying safe (i.e. boring !!!) was just the best/right choice for me.  But, blessedly, with the death of my dad and the torque it created in my life, my point of view was able to shift.

I booked a plane to France to study yoga for seven days with Francois Raoult (who is anything but boring).

I took the dive.

There had certainly been wise reasons for staying close to home over the past several years.  It was essential that I spent as much time as I could with my mom and dad. Their health and needs came before mine.  And, as much as I loved my dad, his death was a gift that released him from pain and suffering.  And, it released me from very restricted travel options.

As I ambivalently locked in my travel plans to France, I had serious doubts about my ability to navigate on my own, traveling to and around a foreign land.  I hadn’t been to Europe since 2008.  But, in fact, the travel Gods and Goddesses were smiling down on me and everything I did, and everywhere I went met and exceeded my expectations.  Stepping out of the familiar and routine was invigorating in so many ways.

First, I learned so much in the yoga studio and am able to share that inspiration with other yogis/students.  There’s nothing like going back into the classroom, back into the lab, to experiment, learn, excel and to fail for enriching one’s yoga practice and teaching.

Plus, the South of France is a feast for the eyes at every turn.  The light, the landscape, the air, the warmth….just sublime.  We were 13, plus Francois — a lovely group of people, and all so simpatico.

And, then there was the renewed confidence and excitement knowing I dove in and didn’t drown.  I dove in and the water was fine.  And, I’m not sure where wanderlust will take me next but I’m poised to find out.

To new lessons and layers of understanding.



Join Louise for one of her upcoming workshops or classes:

Yoga Retreat: The Yoga We Love & Need: a one-day experience with life long lessons– Saturday, 5/9

Yoga Fundamentals & Flow (drop-in) on Sundays at 11a

Yoga Basics I on Mondays & Saturdays

Yoga Basics 2 on Saturdays

louiseheadshotAbout Louise Applebome: Louise has enjoyed robust careers in marketing, event planning, retail, arts management and journalism. In 2007, she shifted gears to earn her Yoga teaching certification and begin her teaching practice. Louise studied ballet and modern dance for many years and incorporates that grace and precision into her practice and teaching. She also emphasizes play, laughter and lightness.
Louise unabashedly credits Yoga with changing her life and is grateful for the emotional and physical health benefits and balance it fosters. Some of her greatest pleasure, however, comes from sharing those benefits with others as a teacher.


PAUSE – Wise words from Cheryl Esch

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 10.12.58 PMCheryl offers such wonderful advice in her newsletters. Here’s a snippet of her latest…

Springtime brings excitement and renewed energy. Everyone wants to get out and enjoy the weather and do activities and projects they have been putting off. But let us not forget to take some time to pause, “stop and smell the roses” as they say. Our bodies need times of stillness.

If we keep our bodies constantly producing or on the go, we eventually run empty causing fatigue, irritability and lose of joy. We must schedule daily, weekly and even extended periods like a retreat of “just being” or stillness. If we don’t take time to replenish ourselves then how can we be more productive or of any service to others?

On a daily basis find a time and place to pause, reflect, dream, pray and one day a week try to not work but truly relax. Evaluate the busyness in your life and step back, breathe, pause for awhile; you will be amazed at how therapeutic it can be.

You can find the rest of her newsletter here!

Guest Blog from Amanda Miller Marrone: The Lyrics

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On the iPod “Already Home” by A Great Big World

About a month ago I made a decision to get back to MoveStudio and to Nia.

Nia is a fitness class that is a combination of martial arts, modern dance and yoga. MoveStudio is this unbelievable studio that has tons of different class but more importantly has been this amazing community for me. But with two kids and work I was having a difficult time fitting it in. Allowing myself the time felt like a luxury that I really couldn’t afford in so many different ways. I really have been missing it terribly and while I know that it is impossible to be there all of the time, I’m doing my best now to get there when I can!

I’ve been going on Sundays. It’s not my regular class but the time works for me and Mike is able to watch the boys! It has been incredible to be back and surrounded by amazing women who give endless support. Last Sunday, Shannon (the instructor) said to us that, “the silence is the plate and the music is the food”. Man, does she know the way to my heart or what! Her words have stuck with me all week. If you don’t already know this…music is everything to me. I grew up in a house where music was quite literally blasting through the hallways. All genres, all of the time. My dad lived music… It was such a part of him that his funeral service had its own soundtrack.

I’m a word girl I’m not going to lie. I can vividly remember opening my newest cassette purchase as a preteen only to lay the lyrics out on the floor of my bedroom and study every word…I still to this day look up every song. And if you are “lucky” enough to be driving next to me on any given day you will know that I can throw down a wicked performance in my car with choreography… I think that’s what connected me to nia. It isn’t actually the standard nia routines… It is the way instructors can take a song and slip it into the practice and how that one song will change my whole experience. The words just touch me… It’s like I have this ability to twist them into what I need to hear that moment…

I remember awhile ago a close friend told me that she missed my blog posts so much, especially the iPod suggestions. The funny thing is that the songs I post are so much more than what happens to be playing on my phone as I write… If you think I haven’t analyzed the words on repeat at least 20 times before I post it your wrong. It’s not like the post always fits the song…The song actually becomes the post…in my head at least. I would tell you what the song is saying to me but that just seems unfair… You should let it talk to you!

Nia for me is so much than a workout. It’s an experience… made richer by the lyrics. The music is what makes it better than just a boring silent plate… See you on the dance floor!

Chef a


Originally posted here.

SLOW DOWN: Guest Blog from Jan Hoff on her recent travels to India

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After 24 hours in transit via cars, planes and a 3 hour taxi ride in the dead of night I have arrived at the Verite Guesthouse in Auroville, India. I am here to attend a ten day Chakra Nia retreat lead by Niamaste. Niamaste consists of Phillip and Sabine, two Nia Next Generation Trainers, who live in Auroville and travel around the world teaching Nia workshops every year. I met them once, in Houston, and had dreamt of India ever since.

After sleeping for an hour I awake to the sound of drums, chants and singing. It

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is 5:00am in the morning. I lay in bed and listened to the jungle sounds and strange music until dawn. I later learned that I was hearing the village temples calling the faithful to worship. These sounds became my compass and served as my alarm clock during my stay. My roommate and I

got up, headed to breakfast and met the other retreat

participants. We are truly an international group: The United States, India, Germany, Switzerland, France and Ireland are all represented. We all obtain bicycles after lunch (these would serve as our primary mode of transportation during our stay as cars are not allowed) and head over to the Auroville Visitors Center.

During our bike ride we pass the MatriScreen Shot 2015-02-09 at 12.25.12 PMmadir, A giant golden globe and the center of the Auroville community. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this meditation center is open to visitors by appointment. We continue down the red sand road to the Visitors Center where we spend the afternoon sipping coffee, shopping and watching videos about Auroville. We return back to Verite just in time for the “cow rush hour.” Every evening around 4pm the cows amble onto the roadways and bicyclists and scooters simply move around them. It was a little daunting at first but by the end of the week I would simply

ring my bicycle bell and weave in and out of them.

That first evening we danced to the classic Nia routine Chakra Dancer in the Verite Dance Hall. The circular building had windows representing the chakras and the entire structure had been created with earth from the Verite Community. The room was filled with ambient sunlight and beautiful views of the surroundin

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served as our home during the workshops. Chakra Dancer has always been a powerful routine for me, but in that space, the energy was amazing and set the tone for the rest of the retreat. We headed to dinner and I collapsed happily into my bed.

Our days were simple: Breakfast, 2 hour Chakra workshop, Lunch, Free Time or an Excursion, Optional Night Time Classes, Dinner and Bed. The sessions themselves were powerful. Every day was dedicated to a specific chakra. We were invited to wear the color of the day’s chakra to the sessions and we could bring an item to the altar which housed photos of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, the founders of Auroville, if we desired. The first hour of the workshop was devoted to discussion around the chakra and perhaps some exercises. The second hour was a Nia class focused around the chakra. Night time classes were heavily attended by the community and all Nia Belts were encourage

d to teach if they desired. I taught one evening in that magical dance hall and was amazed at the love and support the community extended to the visiting teachers.

We went on bike excursions to visit different communities during our stay. One such excursion took us to a village, right outside of Auroville where we visited the Mohana

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m Community Center. The center was created to provide education, dance and art programs for children. During the summer, the center hosts a week long summer camp which serves children in ten surrounding villages. The entire project is run by volunteers and funded through donations. The center treated us to lunch on banana leafs with traditional curries and the best papadam I have ever eaten. After lunch we were treated to a show by the children. If you wish to donate to this worthy cause you may do so here:

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We took several trips via bus to visit the town of Pondicherry and the cave temples of Mahabalipuram. In Pondicherry we visited the local market and the colors, the smells, the wares were unbelievable. Our group bought silver by the gram, spices for exotic dishes and flowers for our hair.

The cave temples, created in 7th century AD were hand carved out of rock and were dedicated to Shiva. The families in their beautiful colors stood out in stark relief against the grey stone. We decided to do a slow motion ‘flash mob’ which caused quite a commotion as we walked through the park using our Tai Chi energy. Children laughed and pointed and several joined us. It was a lovely afternoon.Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 12.25.24 PM

The last day of the retreat arrived too soon. While meditating that day I received a message. Two words: “slow down”. Over the past ten days I had acclimated to India time. In doing so I had received a gift. This gift enabled me to see things more clearly and approach daily life with ease and joy. Here in the Western World we are always rushing. Hurry up! Times a wasting! Gotta Go! I realized that precious moments were being lost as I rushed from one task to the next. In that moment I made myself a promise. A promise to stop, to breathe, to savor each moment and to “slow down.”

I have been back for two weeks now. Life is rushing all around me, yet I can still close my eyes, breathe and see the jungle, hear the sounds and feel the sunlight on my skin. I may have left India, but it has not left me.

Where does the time go? Guest blog by Lisa Krishnan

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 6.01.52 PMLet’s start with some facts to reframe your perspective on time and empower you to take back control. Stay with me. You have to do the big stuff first. If you get more efficient with your time without laying the groundwork, most likely you will just let other people and circumstances fill your time for you. It’s like a house. It gets filled with more and more stuff. If you don’t commit to cleaning it out once in a while (getting rid of what you don’t want and no longer need while keeping what you love), the stuff is going to take over and you will no longer be in control of your environment.

o Humans invented clock time so that ships could navigate the oceans and
people could travel the railroads and rendezvous more easily. There is no
actual time. As you may have heard, “time” is relative.

o You are the master of your present moment and have choices to make on
how to use each of those moments.

o Time management is “self” management. We really don’t manage time. We
manage what we do with ourselves in the present moment.

o Since you are the master of your moments, you can devote your moments to
certain tasks that you want to accomplish.

Scheduling: Create a list of what you want in your life. Then create your ideal
schedule. Now, match it up to what is in your life currently and to your current
schedule. Do you actually have the time and energy to do everything that you have
committed to? Are you spending your moments the way you want to?

A big key to self management is awareness of your resistance. Are you using
your time to avoid facing something? Are you putting off something because you
think it won’t be good enough? Is there a lesson in it for you? Know that avoidance
has an element of fear.

Or do you not want to do it? If so, how can you make it fun? Or can you let someone
else do it?

Quick Tips: Now that we got the big stuff out of the way, let’s look at some quick tips
on how to become more efficient with your self management.

1. Make sure that what you have on your plate is what you want on your plate.

2. Know your daily bio-rhythms. When are you most alert? Schedule appropriate
tasks accordingly.

3. Commit parts of the day toward your priorities.

4. Create your own deadlines leading up to the big deadline.

5. Increase your focus. Say no to distractions, or at least deal with them
efficiently and get back to where you want your attention to be.

6. Breath.

7. Alternate breaks and work.

8. Use a timer and/or reward system for unpleasant tasks that you are avoiding.
Either that or find a way to get rid of that task. (Unless there is something you
are resisting and need to face).

9. Learn to say no.

10. Delegate – reach out for help.

11. Once you become better at self management, be very selective about how
you use your extra time. Remember, you are the master of what fills the
vacuum. Don’t let others decide for you.

12. Create self management systems that work for you. Different tasks may require different systems (i.e., sorting the mail is different from tackling a big advertising project). I have found Mark Forster’s book Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play very helpful.

I hope this starts you on the path to creating a fabulous 2015. Happy Self Managing!

For more from Lisa Krishnan, visit her here!

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And to get yourself centered this season, check out this AMAZING workshop with Jule Aguirre!

Ground, De-Stress, and THRIVE!

Honor your veterans! Guest post from Barbara Edes!

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When I joined the United States Army in 1985, I wasn’t thinking about serving my country. I wasn’t thinking that if we went to war I could get hurt or killed.   I wanted to pay off my student loans and get some computer experience. Having gotten my Associates Degree, I wanted to work. But I had no experience and therefore no job. My oldest sister recruited me. Our parents didn’t have money to pay for my college education. If I wanted to move forward and get out of the rut I was in working at Burger King, I had to do something.

I would call myself a privileged soldier. I only had to go out in the field (camping, roughing it) once or twice. Thank Goodness! I had a nice barracks room at both bases where I was stationed – Ft. Belvoir, VA and in Yongsan, South Korea (where I was able to attend many events at the 1988 Olympics!). The closest I came to any danger was flying over to Korea and visiting the DMZ. I excelled in the Army, won the Soldier of the Year competition in 1986, and was honored to compete for the entire Army’s Soldier of the Year competition at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. I didn’t win. But I did learn how important it was to know current events.

The other thing I learned is that I loved to workout. I played Racquetball (privileged, remember?) for two hours a day. I began weightlifting with the guys in the gym, and I started running. I knew that if I ever had a career in anything other than computers, it would be in fitness.

As I reflect on Veteran’s Day, I feel awkward that I am recognized along the same lines as my brother, Steven Faul, and my husband, Anthony Edes. My brother served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan and my husband served during Operation Desert Storm. Many soldiers have served and been injured and died.

They are far more deserving of honor than me. While I was in Korea, I learned that it could be me at any time, though. I also learned that until you have served your country in a foreign land, you don’t understand the freedom and rights we have in America.

Many of them are taken for granted. I often thought that even though I only completed my Associate’s degree in college, my military experience taught me a much more valuable lesson than any four year degree could. No one likes or should like war. However you feel about our government, the soldiers who serve our country are serving voluntarily. There is no mandatory draft. Honor your Veterans!

Always been curious to try belly dancing? Now you can! For Free!

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“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” – Martha Graham

Magdelena Fusaro has been a performer & student of dance her entire life. With a background in Ballet, Jazz, Broadway Theater coupled with playing bass guitar in NYC rock bands, she has an extensive background on both the New York stage & in clubs.

Ever the student, Magdelena travels to Egypt to study with the Egyptian dance masters; attends Middle Eastern dance workshops here is the US, and  frequently returns to NYC to continue her studies there.

As a performer, Magdelena’s shows are high energy, full of sass & drama. And as a teacher, Magdelena looks to inspire students to express joy through movement.

Don’t miss the chance to dance with this inspirational instructor!

And on Monday, 11/17 at 7:30pm you can try it for FREE with Magdelena! See you there!

And if you want to learn more, you can join the Bellydance Basics series that starts on Monday, 11/24 at 7:30p. Or, check out the drop in class on Wednesdays from 7:45 – 8:45!

Note: The Basics series is designed for new beginners with little or no prior experience. It will help prepare you for drop-in classes through progressive instruction in basic Bellydance steps and technique. Beginners are also welcome in our drop-in mixed-level bellydance classes (see class schedule); however, the drop-in classes do move faster and assume some knowledge of the basics, so the best place for new beginners to start is in the Basics series.

Watch Magdelena here and here!

Privates and Semi-Privates at MoveStudio: What are you waiting for?

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Want to get better at any movement modality faster and more efficiently?

Most of us do!

Have you ever thought about doing a private or semi-private session at MoveStudio?

If not, maybe now’s the time to start thinking about exactly that.

We all have our routines. It’s good to have routines. They make us feel safe and comfortable. And when it comes to fitness, it’s definitely a good idea to have a routine. It keeps us on track.

But sometimes a routine can turn into a rut, and it can keep us from trying new things.

Stepping outside of our routine can be challenging, scary even. What if you try a new class and you don’t know what to do? What if you try a new routine even within a movement practice you know and it’s awkward and hard?

Well, there’s a great way to take the uncertainly out of the unknown when it comes to movement and fitness practices – private and semi-private sessions.

From Pilates equipment to Nia to Yoga to Belly dancing to Zumba, we have instructors on staff ready to teach you all the ins and outs of your favorite practice or of a brand new one you’ve always wanted to try.

Privates and semi-privates are also a great way to get better faster at whatever practice you want to focus on.

If you don’t want to do one on one but you’d like to do a semi-private, you can gather your family, friends, and colleagues. Or, just let us know you’d like a partner and we’d be happy to match you up!

You can call us (972-732-0206), email us (, or stop by the front desk, and let us know what modality, what days and times work best, and whether you would like to be matched with a partner, and we’ll get you on your way.

Whatever is stopping you from deepening your practice, now is the time to let it go and get started on your path!

Forget the excuses. Get Moving!

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People use excuses to rationalize not doing the things they don’t want to do. But all too often, the things we don’t want to do and are making excuses about are precisely the things we need to be doing – like moving!

MoveStudio is the ultimate excuse buster. Whatever your excuse du jour, it’s no match for what MoveStudio has to offer!

1. It’s too confusing.

Movestudio instructors are there to make sure that you how to do what you need to do when in class. And you can come early, stay late, or schedule a private or semi-private session if you want more than class instruction offers.

2. It’s too time confusing

Most MoveStudio classes are one hour. In that amount of time you can find health and peace and your center. That time investment is sure to pay you back ten-fold in everything else you do.

3. I can’t dance/do yoga/hoop etc.

Maybe you can’t yet. But you’ll be amazed at what you can learn to do in just a few classes at MoveStudio. This isn’t about becoming an expert. It’s about taking a chance on yourself and learning something new.

4. I hate to dance/do yoga/hoop etc.

Are you sure? Too many times we think we hate something because we haven’t tried it lately or at all. Or because we had a bad experience once. It’s time to try things for the first time again with a fresh view and open mind.

5. I don’t want people to look at me/watch me dance/do yoga/hoop etc.

Believe me, no one is watching you. Witnessing you, yes. Just by being present. But no one is watching or judging. We are all at MoveStudio for the same reason – to move and be moved. Don’t miss out because you’re afraid of who might be watching.

6. It’s too boring.

If you think classes at MoveStudio are boring, then you are either taking the wrong class or going in with the wrong attitude. There are so many classes at MoveStudio, there is one that’s right for you. If you haven’t found it yet, keep trying.

7. My body isn’t capable of change or healing.

Yes it is. Period. Maybe not completely. Maybe not instantly. Maybe not how or when you want. But our bodies are always capable of changing and healing even if it’s in the slowest and slightest ways. Any amount of change, any amount of healing is worth it.

Please welcome Kathryn and Shad Anderson to MoveStudio!

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We would like to welcome our newest MoveStudio instructors to the community – Kathryn and Shad Anderson!

Kathryn and Shad founded and owned a Pilates studio, which offered private, semiprivate, and group sessions both on using Pilates Equipment and Mat based classes. Their studio and teaching philosophy, “training to unite the mind, body and spirit” fits right in at MoveStudio. They moved from LA to Dallas to be closer to family as they raise their daughter.

Kathryn’s background consists of gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, Pilates, and dance of all styles. She has danced professionally with many dance companies throughout Southern California and has performed in a range of styles from modern dance to ethnic dance.

She spent several years traveling to Brazil to perform and dance in Brazilian dance and Capoeira. Kathryn was introduced to Pilates while studying with master teacher, Karen Clippinger to improve her dance training. She saw the immediate benefits of Pilates in terms of the muscular development and postural alignment of her body.

Kathryn believes greatly in the expression of movement and continues her own individual work in dance, yoga, and Pilates to constantly improve her technique and her passion to teach.

With over twenty-five years of training in styles from all around the world, Shad has over sixteen national and state titles in Martial Arts. He is a former USA Tae Kwon Do team member for the Junior Olympics and is an Instructor of the Internal Martial Arts.

Shad puts emphasis on developing balance, coordination, and timing, which, in turn, helps in all other sports and activities. He attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he was honored with the Ahmanson Scholarship and Emerging Artist of the Year Award from PBS.

After high school, Shad attended the Juilliard School in New York, double majoring in dance and music. He was a principal dancer in the Ballet Hispanico of New York and has danced with Jose Limon, Ballet Pacifica, and Los Angeles Ballet. He also served as an assistant choreographer for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Kathryn and Shad look forward to getting to know the MoveStudio community. Be sure to introduce yourself to them when you see them around the studio. And don’t miss out on the chance to take their classes!


Shad teaches the drop-in Pilates Mat on Thursdays at 6:10p

Kathryn teaches drop in classes Cardio Barre Fusion on Mondays 7:30p and Pilates Core Fusion on Fridays at 9:30a. She teaches Pilates Equipment (Advanced) classes Tuesdays 6:05 and Saturdays 10:10a. Her Pilates Equipment Basics series starts Saturdays, 10/25, and Intro to Capoeira series starts this Monday, 10/6 at 8:35p.