Blair Atkins

Blair Atkins

Blair Atkins is a yoga teacher, Pilates instructor, and writer living in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA. When Blair isn't teaching or sweating herself, she can be found hanging out at the beach. To see what Blair is up to, follow her on Instagram @beachgrownblog.

Yoga Mat

Finding the Right Yoga Mat

“The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough.” – Amy Weintraub When you’re just beginning to cultivate a yoga practice, any yoga mat will work. But once you start to step on your mat daily, it is beneficial to invest in a yoga mat that will make your practice more comfortable and help you to perform better. …

San Diego Yoga Events Fall 2015

Men’s Yoga Clothes for Spring

Must Have Additions to Your Yoga Wardrobe for this Spring “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams I recently shared my spring yoga clothes picks for women, but I didn’t want to forget the guys! I’ve noticed a lot more stylish men’s yoga pieces popping up and wanted to share with all the yoga dudes out there my picks for the …

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Women’s Yoga Clothes for Spring

Must Have Additions to Your Yoga Wardrobe for this Spring “Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” – Rainer Maria Rilke Happy almost Spring! As the season turns, it can be fun to pick out a few new pieces to wear to practice yoga to keep it fresh and so that you stay motivated. Getting to the studio is just …

workout-schedule

Creating a Workout Schedule to Meet your Fitness Goals

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” – Tom Landry Clients and friends alike often ask me questions about their workout schedule and routine. Once they commit to working out, they want to establish a weekly routine that will be sustainable but will still be challenging enough to continue …

Yoga Sculpt

Is Yoga Sculpt Really Yoga?

Have you ever tried a Yoga Sculpt class? This format, offered at studios around San Diego such as Mantra Yoga and Juice Bar in Carlsbad, Hot Yoga Healthy You in Temecula and Sculpt Fusion in Carmel Valley, is growing increasingly popular. Each class tones muscles and torches calories while still giving you a little bit of yoga so that it benefits not just the body but …

Mental Health Benefits of Yoga

Exploring the Mental Health Benefits of Yoga

This time of year, we welcome many new students into our yoga studio who are looking to start a yoga practice to lose weight and build strength and endurance. I find that these are usually the reasons our clients first start coming to their mats: improvement in physical condition and appearance. However, I believe that it is truly the mental health benefits of yoga that keep them coming back for more. …

Eating Clean in San Diego

What is Eating Clean and Why Should I Do It?

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” –Buddha As we approach the New Year, eating healthier is on a lot of our minds as we strive to make 2016 even better than the year before. Lately, more Americans are rejecting the notion that they need to “diet” to lose …

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Group Fitness Versus Personal Training: Which is Right for Me?

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn As San Diegans we are fortunate to have a plethora of fitness options such as personal training at our fingertips. This city features some of the best yoga experiences in the country as well as hundreds of boutique fitness spots ranging from Crossfit gyms to barre studios; something to meet …

Weight Training

Weight Training is Key for Total Fitness

Start Your Weight Training & Strength Program with These Three Simple Exercises “Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you.” – Jack LaLanne As a fitness instructor, I often have friends, family, and clients approach me asking how they can really lose weight for good. When I ask them what they are doing, they often tell me they are eating clean, which …

Yoga for Golf

Consider Doing Yoga for Golf Game Improvement

There are Many Mental and Physical Benefits to Doing Yoga for Golf “If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.” – Lee Trevino Increasingly yoga has become an important part of professional athlete training programs. In 2013, NFL coach Pete Carroll mandated yoga for his Seattle …