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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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This life is meant to be experienced through the lens of love. Becoming a mom has unlocked a chamber in my heart I didn’t know existed. Where I used to feel anger or dare I say hate it has been replaced by love. The amount of unconditional love that pours out of me daily feels impossible or at the very least improbable. As much as motherhood is beautiful there are struggles too. Between the lack of sleep, being constantly spit up on and/or pooped on, lactation related health issues I’m experiencing, I feel like there’s no way I can continue to feel this all consuming love day after day after day and yet I wake up and miraculously feel even more love than the day prior. As @blissology says, “love is the ultimate renewable resource.” He’s 100% right. There’s always more love to be felt and experienced. Why let your ego or insecurities get in the way? Adler, you’ve changed me in ways I didn’t know possible. I’m proud to say that my somewhat rough and jaded heart has softened thanks to motherhood. ☺️During this tumultuous time in history let’s spread love worldwide. I encourage you to spend five minutes of your day (right now, why wait) to tag a friend in a comment and share some loving words, journal about someone you struggle to feel love or compassion for, try putting yourself in their shoes and reflect about how you can behave in a way that would make them feel better understood and loved. After all most of us just want to be heard, seen and loved. Please know that I see you. Please know that I read all of your comments/DM’s and hear you. Please know that I love you. At the very least share a 💙 in a comment as a simple way to spread some love to someone who needs it. Can we create a massive love fest on this post? Can this little square be used for good? Yes is the answer to both questions. 🤗 This beautiful family moment was captured by @paintedsparrowphotography.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Jan 15, 2018 4:22 PM (UTC)

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I’ve been loving how much you guys have been sharing on my posts lately. Let’s keep it up. 👊🏼 Being Monday and the beginning of the week I want to set the tone of this week right. I want you to share one goal or intention you have for this week. Mine is to slow down and create space. In the New Year I’ve taken on teaching 3 classes a week, have several doctors appointments weekly between Adler and I as well as social get togethers. I enjoy it all minus the doctors appointments but I haven’t had time to focus on moving my body. Wait, let me rephrase that. I haven’t made time to move my body. I know how good I feel when I do yet I’ve been majorly procrastinating. Why?!? I’m in a movement funk. Can any of you relate? I’m posting this @jasperyoga photo with this post because it was a time I felt incredibly empowered in my body unlike I am right now. If I’m able to slow down then I’ll find a few minutes each day to move because something is better than nothing. ❤️ I look forward to hearing how you all are starting your week. I gain so much inspiration from your shares, so thank you in advance. 🙏🏼
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Jan 13, 2018 1:37 PM (UTC)

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I’ve been up bright and early tending to this little man, so let’s play a game to keep me entertained... Tell me your name, where you live, why you follow me and any other random facts you feel like sharing. I want to get to know you guys better! I’ll try to give as many accounts that comment some love in return. 😄 I’m MacKenzie!! I live in Red Deer, AB Canada but am originally from Seattle, WA USA. I’m an only child. I’m left handed. I love spicy food, coffee and avocados. I like to make cookies more than I like to eat them. My right foot is bigger than my left. I once ran a half marathon and then stopped running as a hobby immediately after. I started as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor when I was 18. I’ve lived in LA for a total of ten years throughout my life. I remember doing jazzercise VHS tapes when I was young. I’ve always loved moving my body. In a previous life I think I was a rapper. I’m obsessed with Notorious BIG. Okay, your turn!
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Jan 12, 2018 4:59 PM (UTC)

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Dear Adler,
Becoming your mom has been the most life altering experience in the best and most challenging ways possible. Every day I look at your sweet face and am reminded that I want to do better. You inspire me to try to make this world a place you’ll be proud of. You make your dad and I want to better and strengthen our relationship so that you grow up seeing and feeling what unconditional love and partnership is. Through that process you’ll also see that neither one of us is perfect and relationships take work. I’d be lying if I said it was easy. We are doing our best. Every ounce of struggle is worth it. You are worth it. I love you my baby boy. xoxo, your Mom. Photographer: @paintedsparrowphotography
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Jan 11, 2018 1:24 AM (UTC)

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I’m so overwhelmed by all the comments I received on my last post. Many of you asked about the process Mike and I go through to communicate openly and lovingly with one another while discussing our problems. We want to share this process with you guys. I’m trying to put together an ebook guide of our favorite tools that help keep our relationship healthy. Most of these tools would be appropriate for romantic relationships and friendships. One tool is to discuss “hot topic” issues when you’re not in the middle of them. Once you’ve both cooled down it’s a lot easier to discuss an issue from a level-headed and grounded place. Individual work is crucial. I love that my asana practice shifted deeply into svadhyaya (self study). Personally owning up to the things that trigger me has been pivotal. When I feel someone has wronged me I can be quite cold and harsh. My reaction is to run, dismiss the person, etc... I’ve slowly gotten better at not doing this nearly as much since addressing my own insecurities throughout the years. I can’t recommend professional help enough! Seek out a therapist. They can facilitate a lot of growth.👌🏼What in your relationships would you like to get better at? The more you guys share the more I can hopefully address in our ebook! 👍🏼 We are also putting together couple/family retreats for 2018/19 which would walk you through our process step by step over a weekend in an awesome location. Check out my instastory for the link to be added to my advanced retreat registration mailing list. 😄 I can’t wait to read your shares. Photo: @codyapp. Outfit: @aloyoga.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Jan 8, 2018 1:26 AM (UTC)

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Today is the last day of our family retreat in Canmore. We started the day with a leisurely morning. Honestly how do people leave the house before noon with a newborn? The rest of the day we sat in a coffee shop and talked about our goals as a family, individually, professionally, etc. We “graded” each other as partners to make sure our love tanks are being filled. It’s so easy to get caught up in life and neglect your partner since they’ll always be there, right? Wrong. Mike and I are committed to bettering our relationship every year. This means we have to be willing to receive constructive criticism. This took a lot of practice on my end. Hello ego... haha. 💖 One of my personal goals this year is to up my online presence. This means authentically sharing things I love (pictures of Adler, duh). I’d also love to share more useful/practical stuff... I’ve committed to blogging! What would you want to hear about? Yoga poses? Mom stuff? Recipes? I have a big ask of you as one of my “followers” if you’ve made it this far in the post take 5 seconds to leave me a comment. Leave one word you’re trying to embody in 2018. Mine is driven.
Today I worked out! This may not seem like a feat to most of you but I’m almost 2.5 months post c-section and finally feel like moving is good for my body. Prior to today I’ve mainly been doing myofascial release and super gentle asana. The past week I’ve done more asana and exercise. For the first time today I did a HIIT workout. It felt amazing!! Check out my instastory to witness my endorphins/post exercise high. I followed Day One from @yogawithbriohny and my @codyapp plan FitFlow. I wanted to find a cool workout shot from the plan to post but stumbled across this photo from FitFlow Strong and thought the world could use more hugs instead. The workout I did was short but effective. Four rounds of: jump squats, walking lunges, v-ups and high knees. I modified the last two exercises. For the v-up’s I lowered down onto my forearms for extra support and lowered one leg at a time. For the high knees I did mountain climbers or a static plank hold because these huge breastfeeding boobs were having none of the bouncing in high knees. For the workout you work for 30 seconds and rest for 10 before moving onto the next exercise. If you want to try HIIT out go explore the link in my bio and experience a free week of the @codyapp. 👌🏼 Rocking old school @aloyoga. ❤️
coffee & baby snuggles. Two of my favorite things these days (in no specific order).😍 Adler and mommy (yes, I’m referring to myself in third person and as mommy. I’m turning into that parent. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️) have been enjoying a lot quality time at @meetingwaters.ab. It’s a new coffee shop in town that I’m obsessed with. Being from Seattle since moving to Red Deer I’ve desperately missed a place that I can be cozy, do work, hang out and drink coffee that isn’t Starbucks. I’ve found my new home here. In my opinion it’s so important to support local. Seeing as though I’m married to our local farmer @steel_pony I may be incredibly biased. 😜 Here are some of my favorite local spots: @troubledmonk @breathingroomrd @prairiegoldmeat @thefloatshack @absolutefitnessrd @heritage_ranch @roosterswfs to name a few. How do you support your local community?
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Jan 1, 2018 11:09 PM (UTC)

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Happy New Year! While many of you have likely made productive decisions to start the New Year off right Mike and I decided to finally start watching Game of Thrones. If I stop posting you know why. 😜
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Jan 1, 2018 2:14 AM (UTC)

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My #bestof2017 were mostly pictures of Adler so I figured I’d give you some fresh ones! 😍 He’s clearly a natural in front of the camera just like his mom! 😜😂😂 His facial expressions kill me. ❤️ As the last few hours of 2017 slip by my wishes for you are that you spend time reflecting about what is important, what you value, and what brings you joy. I hope that in 2018 you invest your time and energy into more of those activities, people, and things. If I can help facilitate something for you within my scope I am happy to. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out to me. Happy New Year! Be safe tonight. xoxo, MacKenzie, Mike and Adler 😘 Thanks @erica.jung for this cute onesie!!
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 30, 2017 4:57 PM (UTC)

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What my days look like now... wake up. Feed Adler. Diaper change. Have ☕️. Adler falls back asleep or has some awake time (as seen). Mommy tries to sneak in some movement. Get spit up on. Diaper change. Cuddles. Adler eats. Mommy eats. Repeat until it’s morning again. 🖤 Yesterday I humoured myself and decided to try pressing for the first time in 6 months. I lost my press fairly early in my pregnancy, so it had been awhile. To my surprise I was shocked that on blocks I could do it. I’ve repeated it multiple times since so it’s not a fluke. Pressing from the ground isn’t happening yet, but I’m sure with time it will. It’s incredibly empowering feeling some of my strength again. Moving and flowing slowly has also felt really good. My body is certainly different (still only being two months post c-section), but parts feel quite familiar too. I give thanks every day for this beautiful vessel that carries me through this incredible life and gave my our son. 🖤 Yes, we are those people... We leave our Christmas tree up until after New Years Day. How about you? 🖤 Feeling like a badass ninja in my extreme ripped warrior @aloyoga leggings.
Have you heard?! @codyapp has changed to a subscription based membership! No need to worry if you’ve purchased previous content because you still have access to it. 😄 Now you’ll have the ability to explore and try classes with other instructors all for $20/month. Check out my instastory for a list of just a few of the other great instructors who have content on the platform with me. Follow the link in my bio for more information or the opportunity to try the new service for FREE for a week. ❤️ Wearing my favorite @aloyoga.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 27, 2017 3:58 PM (UTC)

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It’s always such an honor to work with @jasperyoga. His attention to detail and mastery of lighting are supreme. Every year he produces a calendar and I feel fortunate to grace the pages. This year he put a recent photo of me pregnant which was taken 10 weeks ago and then an old photo (swipe left) that was taken around 4-5 years ago with @marysia_do. The older photo was the first time I had ever done a nude photoshoot. I remember being so so so nervous before the shoot. I sat in the bathroom giving myself a mental pep talk trying to talk myself out of climbing out the window and never returning. Once I sat with my fear and did the shoot I never looked back. The process was incredibly empowering. I feel proud to have captured my body and it’s abilities throughout my late 20’s, early 30’s and pregnancy in such a beautiful way. Thank you Jasper I always cherish the images that come from our work together! If you want to buy his calendar which is only being printed in a limited number this year go to his website now. If you’ve followed me for awhile you also know that I never use promo codes or promote frivolous shopping so this is legitimately something I believe in. Use the code MACK335 for 10% off. The best part of this calendar which proudly hangs in our home is that the prints are large enough and high quality enough that after the month has passed you can mat and frame the image and hang it up as a piece of art. At the very least follow Jasper and be wowed by his talent. xoxo
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 27, 2017 2:34 AM (UTC)

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Thank goodness people in our family keep Adler styling because I’m the type of parent who only dresses their kid in sleepers. #onesielife #zippersareessy #lazyparenting
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 25, 2017 10:27 PM (UTC)

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💚 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 💚 Today I thought I’d spice things up from baby spamming you guys with a yoga pose post (after all my handle is @mackenzieyoga 😹). Then when I got outside I was like “wtf am I going to do?!” 😂 I threw my leg up in the air and @steel_pony and I started laughing hysterically and he snapped this joyous shot. That’s basically life with the two of us. Lots of laughter. My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with loved ones, laughter and naps on the floor (post meals). How do you like to spend your holidays? I encourage emoji descriptions. Mine would be: 🎄❄️🤣👪🥧🛌❤️. Sending love to you and yours this holiday season. Even during the holidays I wear stretchy @aloyoga pants. The high-waisted leggings are perfect for large meals. 😜
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 22, 2017 8:58 PM (UTC)

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This holiday season I’m feeling extremely grateful. There was a version of Christmas that looked very different for Mike, Adler and I. One where we were still stuck in Hamburg waiting for Adler’s passport to be issued. Instead we’ve been home for over a month and get to celebrate the holidays with our families. I suppose that coming to that realization this morning makes me feel more gratitude than I already was. We are all healthy. We are all safe. We are all loved. Sending love to you and yours from Red Deer, AB Canada. Count your blessings. Share them in the comments and where you are located this holiday season if you feel so inclined. ❤️❤️
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 22, 2017 2:57 AM (UTC)

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Mike and I were essentially born into the same body. 😜What do they say... couples who yoga together stay together? 😂

Since the beginning of my asana journey my feet have always been able to find my head. The reality is that I have an exceptionally flexible spine. Post pregnancy when it comes to backbends I’ve felt quite stiff (for me). This picture is the closest I’ve come to getting my feet to my head and my hamstrings almost cramped from me trying so hard. My previous attempts were much further away. I have found a lot of peace with my asymmetries, the things I’m good at and the things I struggle with. Fortunately I have a husband who likes to humor me when I’m taking myself a little too seriously. Hope if at the very least this post brought a smile to your face. We certainly laughed a lot taking these pictures on my in-laws living room floor.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 21, 2017 6:01 PM (UTC)

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I love looking back at videos of my pregnant body moving. The experience still feels surreal. I miss my belly. The sexiest I’ve ever felt and most comfortable in my skin I’ve ever been was when I was pregnant. Fortunately those feelings have lingered post-pregnancy too ginormous breastfeeding boobs and all. The journey taught me to embrace, love and cherish my body and it’s superhero powers. Hint: yours is pretty damn powerful and amazing too. Love it. Be grateful for it. Cherish it now. Thank you @codyapp for capturing this so beautifully. Wearing @aloyoga always and forever.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 20, 2017 6:08 PM (UTC)

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Today was the day you were supposed to arrive and make us a family of three. Instead you’ve already been with us for two months! You unexpected flew into our world and have shown us what it looks like to soar through life with strength and grace. Your name Adler, which is German for eagle, is oh so fitting. You came to us weighing 1890g/4 lbs 2 ounces and measuring 43 cm/17 inches and now you’re 3850g/8 lbs 8 ounces and 54.6 cm/21.5 inches. Not only have you taught me how limitless my ability to love is, but also how much love there is around me. Through your birth your daddy @steel_pony and I have been so supported from our family to strangers and everyone else in between. The acts of love and kindness we’ve received are almost unbelievable. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a lifetime of lessons you’re here to teach me. Thank you for choosing us as your parents on this beautiful journey. 💙 Swipe to see pictures from Adler’s real Day 1 on Oct 28th and one of the classic faces he makes. 💙
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 19, 2017 8:35 PM (UTC)

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With Adler’s arrival I’ve lost my “Instagram video location” because it turned into his room and this surprisingly stressed me out. How will I create clean, pretty videos for you guys?! 😱 Then I remembered you guys don’t follow me because of my pretty content you follow me because of my realness. So be prepared for some messy house yoga videos coming your way. Today when I miraculously got Adler to sleep without me holding him I did my PT exercises which consist of relaxing in cobra, childs pose and malasana. Then I decided to do a few squats, lunges, and try some handstands. For the first time in several months I tried handstanding and pleasantly surprised myself. I found balance much easier than I thought I would. The way my body is healing post c-section truly amazes me. I’ll be 8 weeks postpartum on Saturday. I’m still not doing anything vigorous. In fact I’m having a hard time motivating myself to do anything at all and that’s ok. I can tell my body is ready for movement though. Not to mention the mental benefits I know that I receive from moving. Yesterday I did 3 push-ups and was tired. 😂 Yet handstand feels relatively easy. The human body is such a beautiful machine. I have so much to write about my pregnancy, labor and postpartum journey and don’t have enough space in this little captions. If I started a blog on my website would you read it? Loving these super soft @aloyoga leggings. 💙