I Made It On The View

Confession: I have been a fan of The View since the first season (PS, they are on season 20!). There is just something about Hot Topics that pumps me up, especially now that the political climate is so insane. When I saw that you could submit a video of their new line dance “The View Slide” and they may air it on TV, I thought it could be fun to create one. In January, I held my annual YogaSport Team Summit where the staff (teachers, assistants, desk staff, designers, etc.) gets together to practice yoga, set goals, discuss the year, learn about each other, and have some good old fun.  As one of our team building exercises, we learned and performed the dance.

Just a few days after I submitted the video, one of The View producers emailed me asking if we could re-record it from the front so we could be included in their next segment. Eeeeeeeekkkkkk!  About half of Team YS could make it for the re-recording, which made it onto National TV.  While it’s not a seat at the Hot Topics table, I will take it!

The New Year: Embrace It, Don’t Dread It

And here we are, another year has gone by, and it’s time for another fresh start. We turn the calendar’s page, and we are expected to become a brand new person. In the past, I was really bummed in January. The decorations were all gone, and I often felt an emptiness inside, as I lamented the celebratory feelings of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. But over the past few years, I have really come to embrace the New Year, and here’s why.

  1. Bella_TreeThat So Fresh & So Clean Clean Feel – Although I do love me some Christmas decorations, let’s face it, my house becomes a mess by January 1st. Glitter makes its way into everything I own; my cat finds, swallows (and inevitably throws up) leftover ribbon from gifts; and the house starts to feel smaller due to the ridiculous amount of holiday trinkets and candles I have acquired. Cleaning up and storing all of the Christmas décor has become a cleansing activity for me. I love the look and feel of a freshly clean house with no evidence of wrapping paper bits, cookie crumbs or piles of cards.
  2. Back In Action – While having time off is fantastic, I really enjoy getting back to a regular routine. My body benefits from knowing when I will sleep, eat, work and play. Humans are creatures of habit. We tend to feel healthier when we have a routine to follow.
  3. Mom’s Christmas Cookies Are Gone – Ah, Marie’s famous homemade Christmas cookies. These
    are epic in our family. I am certain that postmen in Melrose Park, IL and Medfield, MA are crushed that the Barreses moved to Dallas, and they no longer receive their annual Barrese cookie platter. My mom now makes gluten free versions of my favs so I can overindulge as well. But after all of the heavy meals, holiday party snacks and bubbly (well ok, this year maybe not, but usually!) simply put, my body, my mood (and my hubby) say a huge thank you for rediscovering fresh, healthy foods.
  4. People Do Yoga – As a yoga teacher, I love January because people come to yoga! In December, we have a crew that I call the December Diehards – and I love them – because they are committed year ‘round. But January brings back many old friends as well as new ones who are excited to try yoga and other forms of fitness. Some people hate the packed classes but even as a participant, I love them. There is more sweat, more connection and more energy for everyone to share. And, it helps me get my lazy butt back on my mat and back into the gym!
  5. Humans Are Committed to Growth Together– I know, I know this may sound hokey and woo-woo, but hear me out. I am a yoga teacher and life coach, so I work with goals and growth all year long, not just for New Year’s resolutions. However, there is only one time a year where almost everyone is somewhat focused on making themselves better. How amazing is that? Think about it: in January, we are working on getting healthier, finding balance, unplugging from our distractions, connecting with what matters, and more. An amazing amount of positive energy and intention is being put into the world, and I am convinced the world is a better place because of it.

So whether or not you love or hate to set a New Year’s resolution, I invite you to think about what you gain this time of year. I am sure you have your own list. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Happy New Year Y’all!

Register For My FREE Webinar - Resolution Solution

If this topic interests you, I invite you to a free webinar that I am presenting in a few short weeks on Thursday, February 11th at 7:30pm called Resolution Solution. In this webinar, I will give you tools to help you understand why we often put aside, or even forget about our goals, sometimes as early as February!

Angela’s Faves – March 2014

Welcome to the first installment of Angela’s faves. Check out a few people, places and things that are inspiring me right now.

Angela's faves



Have a gluten or dairy intolerance? Vegan or wannabe? Check out my favorite Dallas (And NYC!) bakery Tu-Lu’s. All of their items are gluten free and many yummies are dairy free as well. Indulge without the tummy ache AND support a local business owner. I mean, why not, right? (and if your loved one is not intolerant, they will gladly indulge as well. John agrees, the coffee cake is especially yummy.


The weather is finally changing and it’s time for spring cleaning!  I love this article on tips on how to spring clean your closet. The ladies at All in a Row know what’s up when it comes to organizing. 


Need some convincing that this meditation thing IS in fact really doing something good? For those of you (us) who like proof and science to back things up, click for a short video about your brain on meditation.  It’s pretty rad to SEE the results. Now go grab your meditation pillow and let’s get to it!