Poetry In Stone – Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park – I am in love.

A couple weeks ago I took a trip to Bryce for the first time and it was even more spectacular than I imagined. I spent two days wandering around and a night camping in the backcountry. It was like pushing the reset button on my life and thoughts.

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I craved a solo connection with nature and some pure exploration time. Relative to Yosemite National park, Bryce is small and much more low-key. I was really overwhelmed when I visited Yosemite earlier this summer, so I appreciated the pureness I experienced at Bryce.

It is a very special place and I highly recommend it. In fact, I loved it so much I convinced my Dad to fly out for his 60th birthday so I could take him camping there!

As I wandered around the park I took SO MANY photos – 171 to be exact  ;)

I narrowed them down (which was no easy task) and wanted to share some of my favorites with you. Hope you enjoy!

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The drive to Bryce doesn’t look like much. It’s mostly smaller rounded mountains and greenery. Then, all of the sudden there is this huge canyon with stunning red rock. It just appears! You could be just 100 meters away and have no idea there is a spectacular canyon nearby.

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Allow Yourself to be Happy! (Thoughts on Upper Limiting)

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Do you ever have those moments when you’re happy for no reason? You’ll be walking down the street, pumping gas, sipping coffee, or buying groceries and all of the sudden you think to yourself, I’m so happy right now, for no reason!

It’s a great feeling.

Or maybe your happiness is triggered by an experience. You got a raise, love your job, have a loving relationship, are on vacation or you’re sipping the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had.

It’s still a great feeling.

But then, right when you feel happy, you do, say, or think something that diminishes your joy. One second your up and before you know it, you tear yourself back down.

Classic self-sabotage. You think, “How could I be happy when I still haven’t fixed/done/become ___(fill in the black)___.”

How can I be happy when there are still so many problems to solve in my life?

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{PHOTOS} My Brief Adventure in Yosemite National Park!

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I recently took a trip to Yosemite National Park in California for the first time. I was only there for a few days but I wanted to share some of my photos and thoughts on my first visit. (because I will be going back someday!)

Not all my backpacking trips are rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes backpacking trips bring some of my frustrations and mental blockages to the surface. That’s bound to happen if you spend hours upon hours alone in your own thoughts ;)

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New Vinyasa Yoga Class Video – Lake Aloha, CA

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Happy Wednesday Yogis!

A few days ago I uploaded a new empowered vinyasa yoga class to YouTube! This summer is going by so fast and I was hoping to upload new yoga content more frequently, but I’m doing what I can.

Salsa lessons, mountain biking and yoga practice + teaching are (happily) taking over my days!

Speaking of teaching, if you live in Salt Lake City, come to one of my classes!

– Wednesdays 7pm @ The Mine in Park City, UT

– Fridays at 10am @ Yoga Upstairs in Salt Lake City, UT

I’d love to meet you!

If you don’t live in Utah, I’ve got ya covered with this new yoga video below. I consider it more of an intermediate class only because the pace is swift and I assume you’re familiar with Sun Salutations and other basic standing poses like your Warriors :)

This video was filmed at Lake Aloha in California during my recent backpacking trip.

I think it’s one of those videos that the more you practice it, the more you’ll get into the flow and really enjoy the sequence. Give it a try and let me know what you think:

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My California Backpacking Trip Part 1

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June has been a month full of adventures! I just got back from a trip to Lake Tahoe, California – the place I used to call home. It was my first time back since I moved to Utah in the Fall.

The first two days were all about seeing friends and mountain biking. It was SO muddy the first day I rode and I loved it. It felt amazing to be back on my bike, on familiar trails and splashing through mud puddles without a care.

What I was craving most however, was a solo backpacking trip. I needed time to myself away from my computer, phone and all the other ways I distract myself from myself. It was a magical 3-days, 2-nights out in the wilderness.

DAY 1

Below was my campsite for the first night.

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After I set up camp (and subsequently lightened my pack), I hiked a few more miles up to Dicks Peak.

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This spot was along the way! As if this wasn’t beautiful enough to be the peak, right?

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What MUST You Do With Your Life?

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As you’ve probably seen on Instagram, I’ve been doing a lot of hiking lately. Seeing as this will be my first summer in Salt Lake City, I have a lot of new mountain to explore!

On one of my recent hikes I brought my camera along and filmed a video. The video below was filmed about 1/3 of the way up and this photo is a view from the top:
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