Worth writing home about…or blogging about, same dif.
As seen on Insta (@coffeewithkylie), we ventured to Richmond last weekend to see my God-daughter and her parents, and to meet her new twin brother and sister. It was a perfect weekend of love and snuggles, and just happened to be topped off with some really good wine(!) at my favorite Virginia vineyard of course…New Kent Winery. Now, I definitely wouldn’t call myself a wino at all, although my parents are hooked on it…like via IV…but I haven’t had a single sip of their wine that I didn’t enjoy. And believe me, I’ve done the full tasting…multiple times. Don’t judge me.
“Nestled in the historic Virginia countryside” on the outskirts of Richmond, New Kent Winery provides a cozy escape from life’s demands, and a treat for the taste buds in every way. Enjoy live music on most days, and a beautiful view of the vines, all while kicking back and taking in the sweet smell of life’s simple pleasures. Okay, I know I sound like a brochure…but this is seriously the light, airy sensation this place gives you.
Any time I am in the Richmond area, I stop by the winery. Because a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away! Or at least that’s what my mom told me… Don’t judge her either.
As I write, I salivate (TMI?) at the thought of the light, subtle sweetness of their White Merlot (my personal favorite), and the refreshing fruitiness of their Sweet Virginia…the oakiness of the Reserve Chardonnay, the dry but flavorful blend of the Meritage. They all sit so well on the tongue, and are truly compatible with almost any palate.
Bottom line – please visit this place. And tell them Kylie sent you. I can’t wait to hear how right I am about this one!
Dreaming of a white [wine] Christmas!
Photography by Lindsay Dombroski Photography
Coming to you live with my first post from the world of Yoga Teacher Training! Right now, in our 200-hour, we are working on our Sun Sals…so of course I thought to share them with y’all. Sun Sals are considered to be a part of the foundation for an asana (physical) yoga practice. They are most commonly used to build heat in the body at the beginning of your practice, however with modifications can really become a sole focus as well. Let’s just say if you’re not sweating after a couple of Sun Sals, you’re just not doing them right.
Allow me to walk you through (both visually and verbally) what we call the “formal” practice of Sun Salutation A. This means without any modifications…simply by the books. However, keep in mind that we have modifications for a reason. Every body is different, and if you find any pose to be painful or very uncomfortable, an alternative is always available and highly encouraged.
Begin in Tadasana, Mountain Pose: Feet hip distance apart, micro bend in the knees, tailbone released down to the floor, shoulders down and back creating distance between the shoulders and ears, keep length in the back of the neck by tucking chin in slightly, palms open and spiraling forward, option to close eyes
INHALE, Raise arms overhead, Urdva Tadasana: Shoulders still relaxed down back, option for hands to meet, option for slight back bend by turning gaze up towards hands
EXHALE, Bringing hands through heart center, Forward Fold, Uttanasana: Deep bend in knees, relax neck, allow head to hang, option to sway from side to side painting the floor with the fingertips
INHALE, Flat Back, Ardha Uttanasana: Deep bend in the knees, tailbone tilted to the sky, option to place hands on shins or fingertips on floor, keep length in the back of the neck
EXHALE, Forward Fold
INHALE, Step or hop back to Plank, Phalakasana: Hips in line with ankles and shoulders (not sinking too low and not raised too high), hands firmly grounded with fingers spread wide, eyes of elbows facing forcing, micro bend in the elbows, create distance between shoulders and ears, slight tuck of the chin keeping length in the back of the neck, core engaged, heels reaching backward
EXHALE, Caturanga Pandasana: Shift body weight forward so that shoudlers are ahead of wrists, elbows stay tucked into the sides of the body, lower down, keeping hips in line, and stopping once biceps are parallel with floor
INHALE, Roll onto tops of feet, heart reaches forward, Cobra/Upward Dog, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana: Arms stay tucked in at sides, shoulders down and back creating distance from the ears, heart reaches forward, slight tuck to chin keeping length in the back of the neck, option to lift knees slightly off the mat (Upward Dog), hips sink creating a back bend
EXHALE, Roll back over toes onto the balls of the feets, hips lift, Adho Mukha Svanasana: Deep bend in the knees, heels reaching back, tailbone rotated towards the sky, fingers spread wide with middle-finger pointed forward, micro bend in the elbows, shoulders drawn away from ears, ears in line with biceps, core engaged
INHALE, Gently step feet forward to meet the hands
EXHALE, Forward Fold
INHALE, Flat Back
EXHALE, Forward Fold
INHALE, Reverse Swan Dive to Upward Salute
EXHALE, Arms down, Mountain Pose or Anjali Mudra (hands to heart center)
Not too shabby, am I right? That’s all there is to the “formal” Sun Salutation A. Should you be curious about modifications for any of these poses, or find you need clarification on any of the cues, please, I encourage you to comment or reach out! Until next time… Namaste.
Photography by Studio Magnolia