Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

A Booty Kickin’ Vinyasa

Holy yoga batman.

That’s all I can say right now because, well I thought I was in pretty good yogi shape but clearly all my limbs are still shaking like raspberry jelly after practicing Dave Farmar’s latest 75 minute yoga podcast (available for FREE on itunes!). Seriously, it was the hardest yoga class I’ve taken since I don’t know when and I’m already sore from it! Even lifting my water bottle to my lips right now requires effort. Normal? Well let’s see—the class involved numerous (and I mean numerous) dolphin poses, forearm stands, warrior threes, headstands, forearm planks, vasistasanas, forearm vasistasanas, side balances, and did I mention dolphin poses? Note that this class is NOT for a beginning student. I’ve been practicing for eight years and cannot move. However, I was pretty proud of myself for doing my first ever tripod headstand and for being able to stay up in forearm stand for a few breathes each time. I didn’t stick around for the final pigeon or savasana…..enough was enough! Can someone please do this podcast and report back to tell me if it really was the hardest class ever or if I’m just a mere wimp?! Please? Its free!

I immediately TORE into a little snackie poo because I deserved it!


Then, after shower + getting ready, it was time for lunch! My lunch was certainly not the most photogenic meal in the entire world but it quite possibly could have been the tastiest one. May I present leftover spinach olive lasagna and sliced pears!



All together, sans placemat because I’m classy like that:


There may or may not have been a nice sized bit of organic dark chocolate for dessert 😉

I have my hands full all afternoon and then have my orthotics casting appointment at 3:50. Tonight Ryan and I are cooking his grandmother dinner! We are grilling the grouper that Ryan shot (he spearfishes) when I was in Charleston this past weekend and we are also having cuban rice and beans…..my favorite!

Have a lovely afternoon!

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  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Hi Jenna! That is impressive! Tri-pod handstand! I really want to get into yoga! I know it will approve my running abilities. I have a few yoga dvds and I tried one a few weekends ago and I am so incredibly NOT flexible! haha How long does it take to limber up?? How often should I be doing it each week to really see improvement??

    Amazing looking lunch- it actually looks very tasty!

    Enjoy cooking tonight!

  • Low
    June 2, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I would try that yoga class, but if I did I’d probably have to dial 911 immediately afterwards. It sounds seriously legit though. Good luck at your appointment!

  • Jocelyn
    June 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

    lol ok so that yoga class sounds really scary to a beginner like me….my body just does not move that way :P:P have fun with that! lol

    cooking for the gparents=cutest thing ever.

  • Still Life in South America
    June 2, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I’ve never tried a yoga podcast, but now you have inspired me. (Or maybe scared me; I haven’t decided yet.) 🙂

    So sweet of you two to make dinner for Ryan’s grandma. Have fun!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 2, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I love the way yoga makes me feel – a very different type of exhaustion than I get from running, but good nonetheless. Your spinach-olive lasagna looks great. I think pasta dishes always taste best the next day 🙂

  • Katherine
    June 2, 2009 at 10:07 am

    The podcast sounds INTENSE Way too intense for a beginner like me. Does he have more introductory podcasts as well? If so, I would love to try those! The lasagna looks so cheesy and delicious and I’m sure it’ll keep you satisfied for a while too. Have a great fitting and enjoy your dinner tonight!

  • K
    June 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

    WOW! That sounds like one intense yoga session!! Have fun cooking for Ryan’s grandma tonight – I’m sure she’ll love it!

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 2, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Okay, I know very few yoga poses. Someday, when you recover from today’s workout, will you make someone take pictures of you doing them and post pics of which pose is which, so I know what you’re talking about? All I can picture when you say “dolphin pose” is you flopping around on the ground with a ball on your nose 🙂

    That lasagna looks so freakin’ good!

  • Stacey
    June 2, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Wow, he has got to be hardcore if he spear fishes, lol. I’ve only seen that in old-timey movies, haha. At least it provides you with yummy food 🙂

  • cali
    June 2, 2009 at 10:37 am


    i did that podcast on thursday (i think it was posted on the 24th), and all i had to say after was holy dolphin. my shoulders were so open after that flow. it was amazing. i was a sweaty mess when i finished. it was great. i love dave farmar. he’s an amazing teacher. i’m trying to get him out to the studio i take classes at so i can have a real life experience. i can only imagine. no skipping out on pigeon then!

  • Keri
    June 2, 2009 at 10:38 am

    So basically leftovers can be the greatest! After all the flavors have somewhat blended and sometimes become even more powerful! Mmmm…

    So I am completely envious of your yoga abilities! I wouldn’t even know where to start with all those poses! You are no wimp! I hope that I can really get myself going on some yoga and improve my body’s flexibility (because right now, I have NONE!).

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 2, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Gotta love a kick booty yoga session!! You will LOVE the feeling later =)

    Great leftover lunch. ENjoy your day!!

  • megan
    June 2, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I definitely do not think I am cut out for that yoga podcast yet! I subscribe to Dave Farmar podcasts on iTunes though 🙂 I love that leftover lasagna lunch, girl. Yummy, for sure! And dinner tonight with Ryan’s grandma sounds special and delicious…I love fresh fish. Hope your orthotics fitting goes well this afternoon!!!

  • Emily
    June 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I definitely would try, but I don’t think I would survive! I still get shaky after 25 minutes of Rodney Yee dvds! 🙂 I love how great a workout yoga is – its undeniable!

    Hope you have a great afternoon and an awesome dinner with Ryan’s grandma!

  • Jenna
    June 2, 2009 at 10:46 am

    wow that class sounds amazingly hard! Lasagna left overs are the BEST.

  • Angela
    June 2, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Agh you are still torturing me wiith your lasagna! lol. Just when I thought it had escaped my mind, lol.

    Great yoga today!!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 2, 2009 at 11:10 am

    impressive, girl! Your lasagna looks amazing — LOVE lasagna leftovers – I always find they are better after a few days of letting all the flavors soak in 😉

  • Jenny
    June 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Hi Jenna!!!
    So i had a quick question for you. Well, Im in the beginning stages of losing 15lbs . . . MY GOAL. So far I’ve lost 2 . . . yay but im looking into really kicking this weight loss into gear and making it a lifestyle change. I’ve always HATED exercise with a passion . . . i know i know . . . but this time i really want to start exercising in order to lose weight and BE HEALTHY!!!
    I’ve actually had 1 or 2 bikram yoga classes and i could actually stand them which is a huge deal since i usually cry at the thought of exercise!!! But im wondering if bikram yoga 3x a week plus maybe two 30 min. treadmill sessions a week are “ENOUGH” to kick start weight loss, but also “ENOUGH” to maintain/improve health?????
    phew that was long . . . thnx so MUCH Jenna!

    • jenna
      June 2, 2009 at 11:17 am


      I think that’s definitely “enough” to kick off your weight loss as well as maintain. No exercise program will do anything though if you don’t supplement it with a proper diet. make you you are drinking a lot of water, no junk food, and as lots of lean protein + complex carbohydrates!

  • meghan
    June 2, 2009 at 11:14 am


  • Anais
    June 2, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I love lasagna! And that one does not look like it would disappoint 😉

    That class is scaring me, I don’t think I even know half of the poses…I’m just going to stick with Bikram for now 😛

  • brandi
    June 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

    good luck with the casting this afternoon!

    Well, just READING About the podcast scares me a little since I haven’t been doing yoga that long, but I’ll take your word for it 🙂 Maybe I’ll try it in a few years.

    I am excited though – I’m going to take a Holy Yoga class tomorrow night!

  • Ellen (Peace in Motion)
    June 2, 2009 at 11:22 am

    your lasagna looks wonderful, even the next day!

    good luck with the casting lady! I hope it makes those shins better!

  • Matt
    June 2, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Lol “cooking his grandmother”. Did I read that right? Haha I am just giving you a hard time. Enjoy!

  • Jess
    June 2, 2009 at 11:27 am

    You have inspired me to make spinach lasagna this week! It’s been on my “to cook” list, but yours looks so good its going right to the top!!

  • Bec
    June 2, 2009 at 11:34 am

    sounds like a great dinner you have planned!

  • Colleen
    June 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

    You make me laugh, you have at least two meals a week that you say are your favorite – you sound like me! Hey, if it tastes yummy and makes me feel good, it’s probably my favorite! 🙂

  • Run Sarah
    June 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Your lunch looks fantastic! So sweet of you to cook for Ryans grandma tonight!

  • The Running Yogini
    June 2, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I wanted to comment about the orthodics: IMO they are VERY worth it! If you’re place is like mind you’ll have to wait 2 weeks to pick them up. In the meantime shop for store that sell shoes that lace up b/c nothing else will fit with your othodics. Obvi, you don’t have to wear them with EVERYTHING but it would be nice to wear them as much as possible. It took me forever to find cute lace up shoes so start now!

    And I’m loving the comments from people wanting to try yoga, and just like starting out running there is no need to immediately run a marathon- starting out doing yoga there is no need to do poses that cause you to call an ambulance- LOL guys! Start out with some simple stretches y’all.

    Jenna, I think you’re anything but a wimp! If you can’t move then I’m not going NEAR that podcast! I believe you!

  • Amanda
    June 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I did about 25 mins of a Dave Farmar podcast a few weeks ago and he is tough! He flows really quickly and I was struggling to keep up! I had to stop bc his microphone gave out or something and I was getting frustrated! Sounds like a great class – I can do a tripod headstand but not a regular headstand yet! Still working on it!

  • Michelle Hisae
    June 2, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Oh I agree – Dave Farmer is killer! I haven’t gotten to a 75minute one yet because I usually don’t get through the 60min ones!!

  • Heather
    June 2, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I’ll definitely check out this yoga session and let you know how it goes for me. I’ll make time for it by the weekend for sure. I know his sessions always test my endurance… he likes to hold the poses for longer than is EVER comfortable!

    Congrats on the tripod headstand! Sounds like you’re definitely increasing your skills! 🙂

  • Kath
    June 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Jenna your photo quality and style had increased 1000%!

  • Rebeca
    June 2, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Mmm that lasagna is killing me… I can’t wait till we get to see the recipe!
    Congrats on the yoga… I downloaded a bunch of his podcasts but haven’t gotten around to trying them yet… You’ve inspired me though! It’s on my list for tonight!

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    June 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    What a fun night you have in store! And that lasagna looks so delicious. 🙂

    Oh, and I don’t think I commented yesterday, but I use that same coconut organix shampoo that you just bought. Love it! If you really like it/ want to stock up, check around because a lot of stores are carrying them with rebate tags on them so you can get it, mail the receipt to the company, and get the $6.99 reimbursed. I think the company is just trying to promote their product/ doing this so people can try it for free.

  • Shelby
    June 2, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Oh wow, that session sounds intense!

    Dolphin pose is one of my favorites…but it sounds scary in mass amounts!

  • Jenni
    June 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I can’t wait for the full recipe of that lasagna!! It looks so amazing!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    June 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    SOUNDS like a wicked hard yoga class, but then again, most yoga kicks my booty!

  • Jess in nyc
    June 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Hands down hardest class ever! I thought I was the only one who couldn’t tough it out till the end. I had to stop right around the 1 hour mark. I described the podcast to a friend by saying that I couldn’t even make it to pigeon and had to go straight to savasana.

  • spicygranola
    June 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I downloaded the podcast, but I don’t know if I will have time to do it soon. If you are tired I know it will kick my bum. Your leftovers look yum, have fun cooking for ryans gran.

  • Johanna B
    June 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Dave Farmar sounds awesome. I aspire to be progressed enough to try some of his podcasts. Right now I consider myself a beginner. When you write of poses I am unfamiliar with I go to Yoga Journal and look them up to see what I am missing. I hope it’s a good tired and enjoy dinner with Ryan’s gradmother.

  • rebecca
    June 2, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Jenna –

    I have a skincare/nutrition question. I have been drinking green monsters religiously, and feel fantastic. I haven’t had caffine in about 3 weeks! However, my normally clear skin has broken out. I’m thinking it might be too much soy? Is that possible? I have been using soy milk in my green monsters because I can’t find almond milk in the grocery store and keep forgetting to make a Whole Foods run. Thoughts?

    Oh, and the Dave podcast is rediculous. I think I made it about 45 minutes.


    • jenna
      June 2, 2009 at 4:01 pm


      Oh no! I really don’t know…I’m not a doctor by any means so I’m not sure what it is. I haven’t heard anything about the correlation of soy milk to acne but you may be allergic? Or it might be something totally different? I think your best bet is going and talking with your dermatologist!

  • Menden (SkinnyMenny)
    June 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Jenna! I have tried a couple of Dave Farmar’s podcasts and they certainly kick booty! I actually got lost halfway through the last one I tried so I hung out in child’s pose for a while, hehe 🙂

    That lasagna looks fab….

  • Mary
    June 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Your lasagna is making me crave a nice Pasta dish…maybe I’ll plan that for tomorrow night!

    Enjoy your fresh fish tonight… you’re very lucky you have a great fisherman as a boyfriend! 🙂

  • HoyaSaxa
    June 2, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    You have all these cool gadgets in your kitchen- VitaMix, Dehydrator, CuisinArt, etc etc. Although it would be ideal to have them all, if someone were to buy just one of these gadgets, which one would you recommend? Which has been the most useful, the most versatile?

    • jenna
      June 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm


      From a chef’s perspective, I recommend the KitchenAid because its so versatile. I begged for one for YEARS before finally getting it last christmas. You can make cookies, cakes, bread dough, meringue….anything in it! A VitaMix is nice but its sooooo expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I adore mine but I don’t think I would ever pay $700 for a blender!

  • Emily L.
    June 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I can almost touch my toes. Should I try the class?
    Just Kidding!
    But seriously, wish we had some pics of you kicking its butt. Or at least surviving it.

  • emily
    June 2, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Eeek, Virgin Yoga kicks my butt, I think that would put me on bedrest! Did you post the recipe (or the reference for the recipe) anywhere? I couldn’t find it and it looks delish.

    • jenna
      June 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm


      Nope—I didn’t post my recipe. I’m working on a little bit of a project but I promise you all will find out sooner or later about it!

  • April
    June 2, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Oh, if you want a REALLY good exfoliater I recommend this http://www.befine.com/productpages/exfcleanser.html
    It’s made with almonds and brown sugar too so it’s still food related LOL!

  • Sarah
    June 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    That lasagna looks heavenly! Have fun with Ryan’s grandma 🙂

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    June 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Wow, just hearing about that yoga is pretty scary. Especially because I’m on my way to yoga class! Btw, that lasagna looks heavenly!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!)
    June 2, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I’m all for abandoning the placement! 🙂
    Sounds like an awesome yoga session… jelly limbs are the best.

  • Hangry Pants
    June 3, 2009 at 6:34 am

    I think i did that one last week (unless there is a newer one). I didn’t do any of the inversions (I did preps or more dolphin) and I was dying. It was really hard! He’s no joke.

  • Chloe
    June 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I have done this podcast twice and it is HARD.Before his podcasts I did not think yoga could be a complete workout. Man was I wrong, His class burns.I don’t have a HRM,but I was wondering if you do and have measured how many calories one of his classes burns.

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