Slow Down, You Move Too Fast...

by Stacy Yoshioka


6:15 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2010.  Long day gone by, early AM session, four hour rehearsal, even my dogs got an hour long workout in the dog run.  Sometimes those of us who have dedicated ourselves to motivating others and changing lives need a break from the role of the motivator and become the client.  My solution?  Give my little sister a call and step outside of my comfort zone and have her tell me what to do all in the name of centering, focus, stretch, relaxation and changing perspective; AKA Yoga!

My sister, Candace Yoshioka, owner of YoshiYoga our “sister company” (pardon the pun) came over and we spent the hour bending, stretching and inverting to look a the world a different way.  After setting up the dogs in the bedroom to keep them from wanting to show me up with their perfect downward facing dog poses, we dimmed the lights, lit some candles, set some focus points, cleared a portion of the wall to use for inversions and set out on a 60 minute journey of balance, stretch and changing perspective.

I am no stranger to yoga and have been in numerous classes but never one on one.  Similarly to one on one training, the personal attention I received in my living room were far more helpful than any corrections I have heard in class.  Many of you read this blog because you are used to one on one training.  You are used to high intensity, fast moving, sweat producing exercise to go along with the rat race we all run over and over again.  This experience proved to be the perfect combination of strength and stretch, work and fun, relaxation and power.  The perfect way to wind down after a long day.

Find the balance of your rat race and your down time.  Take a moment to step out of your comfort zone and look at the world from a new perspective.  Nothing compares to change!

...and Feelin’ Groovy!


by Stacy Yoshioka

To resolve or not to resolve, that is the question...

We’ve all made resolutions and we’ve all resolved not to make resolutions.  We’ve disappointed ourselves and overcome some major obstacles.  This year my resolution came before the new year.  100 days before the end of 2009 I chose to go in search of quality of life, gave notice to my corporate job and launched L.I.V.E. to take control of my life.  I love the fitness industry and I love to help people better their lives and help them find quality of life so why not do the same for myself?  I’ve resolved to create a business that helps people and in return I will take my own advice and work out on a regular basis, get enough sleep, eat well, cook more, spend time with people I love and ultimately remember what makes me happy and go for it!

The moral of this story?  Take control.  Make that resolution that will change your life no matter how big or small.  If you have always wanted to start a workout regime, do it!  If you want to take the time for yourself, do it!  If you want to learn to cook, go out and take a class or buy a cookbook.  There is nothing that compares to being happy and you are the only one that can make it happen!

Here’s to a great 2010!!!