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User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Nov 15, 2017 7:20 PM (UTC)

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Adler update. In true Adler style his exit from Germany will be as exciting as his entrance. Tomorrow Mike, Adler and I fly in an air ambulance back to Canada. His first flight is a private jet with a team of three doctors just for him... seriously kid?! Our insurance has shown up for us in a major way. They’ve pulled all strings to get us home as fast as possible (Adler’s health and safety permitting). This child has created some of the most unexpected, challenging and enriching moments of my life and he has only been with us 19 days. Watch out Red Deer we’re coming for you!! Fingers crossed that after a brief stop at the NICU in Red Deer we will be released to go home once and for all. I’ve said it many times but it’s just not enough - thank you to those who helped us out by running errands in Hamburg, thank you to those of you who sent us premie clothes, thank you to those of you who donated to our YouCaring campaign, thank you to those who’ve sent prayers and good thoughts towards our family this past month. Adler will miss all his girlfriends aka the kind nurses who’ve taken care of him and let momma sleep through the 1am feed, but is excited and ready to meet his home and family. 💙💙💙

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User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 20, 2018 11:05 PM (UTC)

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After today’s Mom & Baby yoga class at the @breathingroomrd I was inspired to share a few partner stretches that are good for new moms who spend a lot of time nursing and carrying kids around. These three assisted stretches feel heavenly. Grab your partner, a friend or loved one and give each other some hands on attention. 💙 Interested in inversions and live in Red Deer? I’ll be teaching two workshops April 22nd & 29th covering all things upside down. Come join me if you’re around!! I’ll post the registration link in my story. 💙Wearing @aloyoga. #sponsored
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 20, 2018 2:47 AM (UTC)

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In the wise (adapted) words of Snopp Dogg, “Got my mind on my mommy and my mommy on my mind.” This shirt is perfection to this rap/r&b lover. 😍 Sorry for all the Adler spam but I just can’t help myself!!! Maybe just maybe I’ll post something yoga related tomorrow... I buy almost 100% of Adler’s clothes at a second hand children’s clothing store in town and when I saw this shirt I couldn’t help myself. Fortunately we were also gifted a ton of hand me downs from other mom friends. When they are this small they wear things a few times and outgrow them so fast. Seems silly to spend lots of money on his clothes. I wish I could find a good second hand store for myself. Although to be honest I hate shopping, so I doubt I’d go if there was one. 😂 Anyone else out there hate shopping as much as me?
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 18, 2018 2:36 PM (UTC)

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One of the most unexpected gifts that came with motherhood was the support of a new community on my page: parents (especially mothers). I am so grateful that when I share my triumphs and short comings they are met with love. It’s that connection that make me feel less alone and frankly a little less like I’m losing my mind sometimes. My mom friends in real life and online are a godsend. If you are a mother aren’t surrounded by a community consider this your home and me your friend. I’m new to the mom game but already know that it truly does take a village. What are your best parenting tips? Tag your best mom friend. Let’s make my page a resource for parents. I love reading your comments/thoughts/experiences, so share away. I’ve found so much wisdom in your shares, so THANK YOU. 💙 Photographer: @paintedsparrowphotography. PS: Adler seems to be back to his normal smiley sweet tempered self. Yay!! The third leap has officially ended. 🎉
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 17, 2018 10:04 PM (UTC)

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Have you ever seen a cuter leprechaun?!! I haven’t. 😍😍 Truthfully the past 48 hours have been a bit rough for me. Adler has been uncharacteristically fussy... last night he cried and cried and cried. Mamas heart broke into a million pieces. Nothing I did made him feel better. Eventually he fell asleep and I stayed up all night starring at him making sure he was ok. I woke up exhausted, feeling a bit ill and he was fussy again. We spent the whole morning in bed snuggling and snoozing. Sleep is a miracle worker. He seems to be better this afternoon. Maybe it was the end of his leap, maybe it’s the fact I think he’s cutting his first tooth, but damn was last night hard on me emotionally. Parenting is no joke. I love this little human so much. When he’s in pain or sad, so am I. The phrase that when you have kids your heart lives outside of your chest is so freaking true. Nothing else matters to me more than this little human and the love of my life who created him with me. 💚
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 16, 2018 11:50 PM (UTC)

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Postpartum my body is softer and more supple. I’m slowly getting back into a consistent movement routine. Well, as consistent as you can be with an inconsistent and unpredictable newborn. {Sidenote: I think Adler is cutting his first tooth and has been extra fussy lately.} I’m shocked at how much strength I’ve maintained and regained. Muscle memory is pretty mindblowing. Lately though I’ve felt self conscious of taking pictures and videos because of my extra bits and pieces, but I decided to fuck it! My body created a human and is worth celebrating not hiding or being ashamed of. So instead of wearing high-waisted leggings to hide my stomach I decided to expose it proudly. Thanks for being witness to my journey as a human as I navigate my new body and role as a mother. 💕 My @aloyoga pinks helped make me feel extra feminine. Video sped up 2x.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 14, 2018 11:47 PM (UTC)

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What a blessing it is to be this boy’s mom. This trip has been so much fun exposing Adler to different climates and experiences (like the ocean pictured here). It was a week long trip and yet he’s different than when we left. He’s rolling to both sides, sucking on both hands and making crazy bubbles. We are taking guesses if he’s going to be right or left handed... Mike is right handed and I’m left handed. Both my parents are left handed and Mike’s parents are right handed. I have no siblings, but Mike’s sisters are right handed and his brother is left handed... sooo what do you think? Is our little man right or left handed?
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 10, 2018 9:29 PM (UTC)

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Is it too early to be setting Adler up? 😉 What a lovely night spent with @ashleygalvinyoga, @joshkrameryoga and their sweetheart baby Koa. ❤️ Perfect way to spend the day before we missed our flight to Phoenix. Fingers crossed we make the next flight. Nothing like sitting around in the airport with a newborn. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Leave me some words of encouragement, a quote, a joke, frankly anything to kill time while we sit here.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 9, 2018 8:17 PM (UTC)

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Tippy toe kisses and tush squeezes. 💙 Life is better with you @steel_pony. 📸: @yogawithbriohny. 👖: @aloyoga.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 8, 2018 8:36 PM (UTC)

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When @yogawithbriohny and I met I knew immediately it was going to be a lifelong partnership. From business to friendship to sisterhood. I know she has my back and I have hers. I love her people and she mine. We are family. Today on #internationalwomensday I celebrate you Briohny. There’s no woman I rather spend today with. 😘 Pose inspired by @laurasykora wearing @aloyoga.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 7, 2018 6:37 PM (UTC)

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I can officially die happy. This picture is everything to me. My two boys at the ocean. 🌊 Our first family vacation, Mike’s first trip to Los Angeles and Adler’s first time to the ocean. The ocean has always been my happy place and I think it’s going to be one of Adler’s too. I could cry I’m so happy. 💙
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 2, 2018 3:39 AM (UTC)

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Today we got the best news!! Adler’s passport was approved! It’s been a complicated process because he was born in Germany he’s technically not a citizen to any country still. We are patiently waiting on his documents to be approved. We convinced Canadian authorities to give him a temporary passport, so that we can take a trip to the US before @steel_pony’s farm season begins!! We are headed to Los Angeles and Phoenix next week!! Don’t worry Seattle we’re visiting you at the beginning of April!! Time for Adler’s West Coast US tour. Excited for a little warmth and lots of hugs from my loved ones. I couldn’t be more thrilled!! Next I have to plan his East Coast tour! Specifically Chicago, Ohio, NYC and Missouri! 💙💙💙💙💙 Photographer: @paintedsparrowphotography.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Mar 1, 2018 2:05 AM (UTC)

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I woke up today with a sore left breast and flu-like symptoms. Not ideal. I started all of my usual anti-mastitis remedies immediately. I spent all day snuggled up in bed resting. Even on a crappy day, like today, I’m able to find 3 things that I am grateful for. I’m thankful my mother in-law is an amazing grandmother and professional snuggler who looked after Adler most of the day so I could rest. I’m thankful that Adler is healthy even though he was born two months premature. Today he turned 4 months old!! Pictures to come tomorrow, since today I didn’t get out of bed. Time is passing too quickly. He’s growing up too fast! I’m grateful for my husband who brought me endless bone broth (which we made yesterday in our Instantpot!! Obsessed) and water to bed. Fingers crossed tomorrow I feel better. Wherever you are can you stop and think of three things that you’re grateful for? If you’re open I’d love for you to share your gratitude list in a comment. ❤️
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Feb 27, 2018 3:11 AM (UTC)

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When you love being a mom so much you’re like, “Honey let’s create another.” Then you remember you hardly sleep as it is and instantly change your mind. 😜
Wearing: @aloyoga (as always)
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Feb 25, 2018 3:11 PM (UTC)

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Mornings are my favorite time of day. After Adler’s 7am feed we bring him into bed with us instead of back into his bassinet. He loves laying in our big bed with his arms stretched out wide and “chats” with us. Right now as I type this caption Mike and Adler are beside me snoozing. It’s how every Sunday should start! I love my two men so much. A quick smile from Adler makes me forget about all the sleep I may or more likely may not have gotten last night. My heart could explode looking at their sweet faces. Next up, coffee, friends and a walk. How do you start and spend your Sunday?
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Feb 21, 2018 1:27 AM (UTC)

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Holy crap you guys! I feel kind of shameful admitting this out loud... after Adler I felt an internal pressure to jump back into my practice and working out because I’m an instructor after all and I need to be an example of perfection. **WRONG** How could I make inspirational posts from my couch in my sweats wearing a spit up covered shirt?! When given approval from my midwife and physio at 8 weeks postpartum to move again I was bummed frankly because I wasn’t ready and I was hoping someone would give me the permission not to workout that I couldn’t give myself. “Get your ass to the gym MacKenzie,” said my internal dialogue. Yet nothing happened. Then more weeks passed... Adler turns 4 months on February 28th. I started feeling more and more guilty and therefore way less motivated. I knew something needed to change though. I began tricking myself to move with short 10-15 minute online classes. That turned into 30 minute classes... you see the trend. This past Sunday was the first day I didn’t feel like I “should be” working out and instead I wanted to. Today I went to my first strength training class and a mom & baby yoga class because I wanted to!! After the strength class I was talking to the instructor about handstands. I told her I lost my press, but as I was saying that I tried and floated up. I was SHOCKED. Muscle memory is mind blowing. This video was the fourth press I did today. You can see by my facial expression at the end I’m in complete awe. Know that if you aren’t motivated it’s ok, you aren’t alone and it will pass. I started small. From there I slowly remembered how good moving made me feel both mentally and physically. Now I’m back to craving movement. Sometimes all it takes is tricking yourself into it. If you’re in a bit of a slump, which I know how it feels oh too personally, it will pass. Repeat to yourself, “this will pass.” Shoot me a DM and I’d be happy to recommend some my favorite online classes and maybe that will help start to pull you out of your slump or trick you out of it like it did me. 😄 I’d love to hear your favorite online classes! Leave them in the comments. 💙 Per usual proudly wearing my @aloyoga threads.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Feb 18, 2018 9:39 PM (UTC)

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Question: when you take a class at a yoga studio do you like hands on assists or not? If so, why? If not, why?
I’m interested in hearing your opinions. Now that I’m teaching local classes again it’s something I think about a lot. I feel like writing a blog about this subject soon. Would you read it? Have you checked out the newest blog section on my website? It’s mostly baby/pregnancy content so far, but more yoga content coming soon. ❤️ Outfit: @aloyoga.
These two are my main squeezes, but I have a lot of love in my heart for a shit ton of people. Love can come in the form of family by blood, chosen family, friends, romantic partners, etc... My life would be a lot less rich without the love and support from the people seen in these photos. How can you spread love today? More importantly though, how can you spread love the other 364 days of the year? I try to tell people I love them as much as possible, send sweet random love texts, mail handwritten cards... How do you show and share love in your life? Feel free to tag a loved one in this post as a simple gesture to let them know they’re loved. I love you all. ❤️
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Feb 13, 2018 3:21 PM (UTC)

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AHHHH you guys!!? My little man is growing up so fast. The picture on the left was taken Dec 26th and the picture on the right was taken on Sunday. He’s so big!! 😍 When with Adler I’ve been trying to resist being on my phone. I want to set boundaries now while he’s young. I love technology without it I wouldn’t be connected to most of you guys, but I want Adler growing up knowing he is my priority while we’re together. Mike and I try to schedule dedicated work time so that I can get things done and the rest of the day I can be present with Adler. Do any of you who are parents out there have tips of how you’ve set boundaries and created a healthy relationship with technology and your child? While taking this picture I noticed him focusing in on my phone and it got me really thinking. 🤔
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Feb 12, 2018 8:09 PM (UTC)

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It’s Monday so let’s play a game! Leave me a comment with the emoji(s) that best describe your day. 🧘🏻‍♀️🎼💃🏻 Monday’s are my day to move my body, plan my classes for the week and make new playlists. This video clip is a bit from my practice today. I do lots of lower body work since I spend a lot of time getting up and down from the ground with Adler in my arms. I’m also trying to get my handstand press back. 💪🏼❤️ I’m obsessed with the Spring @aloyoga line. This outfit is buttery soft. By far their best stuff to date. Video sped up to fit into 1 minute.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Feb 10, 2018 2:37 PM (UTC)

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You guys!!! 👖My baby boy wore his first pair of jeans yesterday!?! He’s starting to change so rapidly. As many of you have noticed he’s quite expressive with his face. This expression is his coy smile. It always makes me laugh and smile back. I find him endlessly entertaining. Everyday I wake up excited to be his mom. Especially on days like today when he slept 6 and then 4 hours from feed to feed and is sleeping again right now. Is this the light at the end of the sleep tunnel some of you have told me about?! I could get used to this, but won’t hold my breathe. Now I’m folding laundry. Yep, pretty glamorous over here. I will have three loads of laundry done before 9am. You could say today is off to a productive start. 😂 #parentingwin #mostdaysarentlikethis #maybeillevenshower