I’ve arrived in Wooster, OH and Adler and I have already settled in and feel at home. While Alder played with toys I got to practicing part of the flow we’ll do in class tonight. I’m teaching workshops at @flexyogawooster all weekend and I hope to see my #ohioyogis on their mats! It’s not that far of a drive from Cleveland or Columbus! 😘 Check out the link in my bio for more information. PS this outfit is from @aloyoga’s Winter 2018 line. Isn’t this color incredible? Head to their site & sign up for their newsletter to be the first to shop their new line! #aloyoga
Once I relieved myself from the pressure of having to do everything on my own my happiness has dramatically increased. I’ve always been incredibly independent and self-reliant (to a default) but adding a child into the mix and everything he needs has at least doubled my to do list. Not to mention everything takes four times as long to do. I have finally stopped guilting myself about “failing” if I ask for help with Adler and I’ve scheduled about 8 hours a week to do me stuff. I’m working on getting really clear about what I want to accomplish professionally in 2019, so far that includes a retreat, a few ebooks and teaching at several yoga festivals. This is where I could use your help. I’m looking for the best yoga festivals around the world but specifically in the US and Canada! Let me know what festivals you love attending in the comments and maybe you’ll see me there next year. 😄 Becoming a mom and maintaining my business has been the craziest juggling act. One thing I know for sure is that it’s okay to let other people help you. If you’re struggling with something right now reach out to someone and ask for help. The reason I am leaving you with this thought is that it’s one of the things I have to repeat to myself most frequently. xoxo 📸: @yogabeyond
If this isn’t a candidate for a @carhartt ad I don’t know what is?! 😍 Not to mention it makes me want to eat all the @steelponyfarm carrots!! 🥕 Did you know that here in Alberta Mike’s carrots are so sweet because our cold temperatures at night put the carrots under stress and when stressed they produce more sugar and make them super sweet and tasty! Just a random veggie fact for you on this gorgeous Saturday. I highly recommend you head over to my stories and soak up some of Adler’s cuteness! It’s almost unbearable.
Today was the first time I’ve done Viparitta Dandasana postpartum! Before I got pregnant I loved backbends and had worked hard to gain the strength to support my hyper mobile spine. During pregnancy backbends felt horrible and postpartum I’ve been super cautious to explore them again due to my diastasis recti. Slowly but surely my strength and flexibility are returning though. With the proper warmup some of my deeper backbends are starting to feel good again. I often hear women say they wish they had their pre-pregnancy practice back and while I understand the sentimental this statement I am excited at the prospect of rebuilding a healthier and more well balanced practice than I had before I got pregnant. These small gains are motivating. Ending the day on a high note. 🖤
The past four days in Palm Springs have been incredible. It reaffirmed something I’ve believed to be true since Adler was born: raising a child takes a village. Thanks to the support of my mother I was able to attend the @aloyoga retreat. While at the retreat I had the opportunity to have some fantastic talks and connection with some pretty incredible moms. Since Adler’s unexpected and less than traditional birth I’ve been dreaming up the creation of a community for mothers. A place for connection, inspiration and rawness. So much of my motherhood journey has been less than perfect and really messy. Whose isn’t though? I’ve tried to share my struggles and hardships alongside the vast beauty of motherhood here on this page but once a post is made it’s hard to find and reference it again. This is why I want to create a blog where myself and other moms would share our experiences and knowledge. Who are some of your favorite mother/ mom resource pages (specifically ones who show all sides of motherhood)? What are topics you’d want to read about? A few of the moms I fell in love with this week were @aminahtaha@hollybentley_yoga and @talia_sutra. I already had so much love for @yogabeyond (Claudine who is in this photo with me and her little unicorn @sofiephoenix and Honza who was behind the lens. Dads deserve lots of love too) and @ashleygalvinyoga. I’m also open to this new website being a resource for fathers too as I know Mike had a hard time finding a good resource for dads... maybe one step at a time. 😄 I’m so excited about the potential of this creation!! Please zoom in on Adler’s face too see what it’s really like to take photos with children! 😂
The past four days have been incredible. I saw friends I haven’t seen in years, I made new friends and I met people for the first time who I’ve followed for years. This dessert getaway was just what this mama needed to reaffirm that I’m on the right path. I feel more excited to buckle down and do that work to make 2019 an incredibly transformative year. Thank you to @aloyoga for supporting me and my dreams. Thank you to my #alofamily for simply being inspirational beings. I have so much love pouring out of my heart right now. 💙 Image by @yogabeyond.
I love spending time on my mat and I’m embarrassed to admit how infrequently it happens these days... So much of my passion for the practice has been sucked dry. I’m not sure why, but I know more time spent on my mat in my body, breath and mind will help reignite my creative juices and ground me. I’ve decided to roll out my mat more when Adler is awake because he’s independent enough and keeps himself preoccupied. You will notice when he’s out of sight I look around for him because he’s pulling himself to stand on everything. 😳 I no longer can film videos with my phone on the floor. Head over to my story to see what it looks like when I do. 🤦🏻♀️ If I’m being honest with myself I’ve been really off my game lately on all fronts. I think that traveling the world professionally for 4 years, living in 3 different cities in the past 4 years and now having finally settled in one place is bringing up a lot for me. This winter is going to be one of big changes for me personally and professionally. I’m scared, but know it will all be worth it in the end. Time to recommit to my well-being practices to keep me focused. 🧘🏻♀️ How is it almost October already?! This year has flown by!! Adler will be one next month!! 😱 Wearing one of my favorite @aloyoga colors Nectar! This crop top and goddess leggings are 👌🏼.
Goodbye snowy Alberta, Hello sunny Colorado!! This picture was taken yesterday at @steelponyfarm. Brrr!! I’m not ready for winter yet. This morning our family hit the road bright and early to head to the airport. It’s a 90 minute drive, which gives us lots of opportunity to listen to some great music or an awesome audiobook. This morning we are listening to our favorite 90’s playlist (I posted it on my stories). I’d love to hear what you listen to while in the car/on the train/walking!! Give me all your favorite music!! Please feel free to send awesome book recommendations too! I’m always looking for new audiobooks to listen to. I just finished Esther Perel’s “Mating in Captivity.” I highly recommend it, but frankly I love all of her work. Extra credit for anyone who can name the crop behind me!
Hi @instagram family! Just thought I’d take a moment and share a little about myself for those of you who haven’t been around my account for long. I’m MacKenzie, nice to virtually meet you. 👋🏼 Almost 11 months ago I became a mom for the first time to my son Adler 👶🏻. He arrived two months early when I was in Germany teaching at a yoga festival. Talk about the surprise of a lifetime?! (Scroll back in my feed to read more about our journey) Our sweet family lives in Red Deer, AB Canada, but I’m originally from Seattle, WA. My husband is a vegetable farmer 👨🏻🌾 so we spend a lot of time outdoors in the dirt and eat the tasty freshest veggies around! Adler loves all foods (even the green ones). We used baby led weaning when we started him on solids and now he eats what we do! When I started this account nearly 6 years ago it mainly documented my yoga practice 🤸🏻♀️ and was a way for me to share my teaching. Now it serves more as an emotional diary to share my experience on this planet. 🧘🏻♀️ Being a mom has been the most profound thing I’ve ever been through hence why I post about it so frequently. I’ve taken most of this year off work to spend time with Adler. As he is becoming more independent I’ll start working again which means yoga workshops worldwide in 2019!! DM or email me regarding bookings. 🎉Thanks for being a part of my family and supporting me and my journey. It truly means more to me than you’ll ever know. If you want to practice yoga with me click the link in my bio. I’ve got tons of classes online. 💙 Now it’s your turn! Share your name, where you live, what you do, if you have any kids (fur/human), or anything else you want to share!! Let’s get to know each other better. 🙌🏼 Thanks to @sophie.jaffe for inspiring this post and @robinmartinyoga for snapping this photo when I was visiting Seattle a few weeks ago.
Today I experimented with getting on my mat while Adler was playing to see if he’d be interested or not. He seemed to enjoy playing around me while I moved. I think I’ll try this more often. It’s not the most productive practice, but it’s time well spent because Alder will grow up seeing his mama on the mat. Watch until the end, it’s too cute, every time I kicked up into handstand he would reach up to catch my foot. Listen with the sound on. His sounds are perfection. He’s just the best. 💙 I’m wearing @aloyoga and Adler is wearing @bellacanvaskids.