Our bodies are our gardens

“Our bodies are our gardens, our wills are our gardeners” – William Shakespeare.

I always end my yoga classes on an inspirational note. I find quotes online, song lyrics, famous quotes,  or anything that I connect with.  I love the energy in the room as the yogis finish class with an “om”, and then I say something positive and encouraging, in hopes it will stick with them in some form.

10341611_811048088929229_7388435912683348765_n1229822_728343443866361_177454394_nBeing inspired is the key to many of our daily obstacles.  You’re not going to go to a gym if you don’t like being there, you’re not going to stick to a healthier way of eating if you don’t’ like the food.   Our will truly does shape our minds, bodies, and our actions.

I remember a few years ago with only dance as a background exercise, I would “jog” on a daily basis needing my cardio fix, and convinced myself that “running” alone could keep me healthy.  I wanted to get more toned, but didn’t know why the same routine I did day in and day out, wasn’t changing my body! I “thought” I ate well.   The “running” was keeping me in shape, and at a maintained weight, but I wanted to reach for more.   1779912_738185006215538_774455778_nThen it happened.  I was at a ladies night with my childhood friends, and a friend lifted up her shirt (of course I mean ladies nights are always crazy?!), and low and behold she had a six pack!   She was a mother of two and about my size, and I was jealous, very jealous.  I thought that doing the same routine every day still meant I was working out.  Why was she so toned and why did my daily struggle to just run not give me my results?

I realized that I had to change my exercise and eating routine, to see transformations in my body/mind.  My will then grew stronger, I wanted to change my “garden”, my body, my temple.

388457_301784059855637_1963914961_nI took the plunge.  I joined CrossFit.  It scared me half to death, but I worked alone and lived alone at the time, and needed a life!  I was secretly even hoping to meet a man while I was at it!  In fact, the photo above, is my coach and my dear friend who motivated me to change my garden, and in turn, my “routine”.  I was sore for months….This was just the beginning.

378863_308019599232083_392678936_n388093_306465636054146_1376447657_nWe would do a strength workout in the beginning of class, then an intense workout after.  Every day was different then the next.  I remember being scared to attend each class.  I would shake on the way in, but knew this challenge was EXACTLY what I needed in all aspects of my life.  My garden began to change, and so did my mind…..

I made new friends, I felt a sense of community, and my muscles started to show?!  It took three decades for me to have muscles show!?  I had never reached out of my comfort zone before Crossfit, but now I was way out.  I started to feel like Wonder Woman.  I entered my first 5K, jumped over fire, and all with the support of my new community of friends.

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561975_483882128312495_115146280_nI felt like I was aging backwards (Benjamin Button style) !!!  I was getting stronger and able to do things I had never dreamed of doing in my 20s!  Fitness was “cool” and you can even tell from the simple pictures in this post, I started with an “ok” figure, but all these changes in diet/exercise, reshaped my entire body, and more importantly my mind, and then my world.

The key to changing anything in your life as yogis say, is to “be the change” you wish to see, in the world, and in yourself.  If something is not working for you, it’s a HUGE sign that you need to add variety to your diet, workout, overall life routine, to fully rock your entire soul.  I’m not the young spring chicken I was a decade ago.  Nope, I’m older, wiser, and stronger then that 20 something year old who took the safe roads.   It doesn’t matter what age you are at, change is an eternal open door waiting for you to push through.

QCrossFit is now called QKettlebell Strength and Conditioning http://qkettlebellclub.com/.  We train with kettle bells, and execute “crossfit” influenced workouts.  I have made friends for a lifetime there, I have changed my entire diet (for another post), and I even met my husband there!  You could say it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.   My entire garden blossomed and continues to do so.

10245470_766622243371814_6530460472705398022_nThat’s me and the hubs above.   We make the “gym” our date.  We work opposite hours from each other, so we spend an hour of our day together at QKettlebell Club.   In addition, I teach yoga there on the weekends for the members, and the public.  What a journey it has been….I hated the gym.  Our coaches at QKettlebell Club make every day different then the next so we actually have fun!



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10926403_913993188634718_8909809198307147730_n 10153744_774321995949059_1722909530570891716_n 1069175_739251359442236_2004751529_n 10366001_777751625592209_6125187493130263898_n 1743711_718360498197989_1173738807_nOf course there are many other factors in regards to how and why my body has changed, including diet, and HUGELY yoga, which I will elaborate more on in various blogs, while sharing recipes, tips etc.   For now, I’ll leave you with a quote my “yogis” ….

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”.  As I mentioned in my very first blog, http://www.lindsaykleinrocks.com/inhale-in-2015/ it’s all about making the blocks, laying the foundation down, then building upon your dreams…..in fitness and all of your life, move forward.

Figure out what will your “will” needs to thrive, at the end of the day, make sure you are smiling. Your garden will grow…

Namatse, and rock on!




The views expressed on this website are mine alone and are not intended in any way to reflect the views of my employer. In addition, I am a certified Yoga instructor, but not a dietician or a fitness instructor. The views I express are mine alone, and you should consult your doctor or a nutritionist always for more advice on food/health plans. Namaste.

  39 Replies to “Our bodies are our gardens”

  1. Jen
    January 15, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    You motivate me my friend! I’m so over the moon happy for you! I will always be your cheerleader, and you will always be my Buddha. You inspire me to change for the better! You ROCK!

    • January 15, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      xoxoox You got me started at crossfit, and you’re the reason I became a teacher AND you happen to be one of my best friends. I am eternally grateful for you and our bond!!!!! I love you so much! cheerleader (reason for everything) + buddha = namaste bffs:) I figured my life started to change when I joined crossfit, so that’s where the blog begins, with you xo

  2. Crystal Flachek
    January 15, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you for inspiring me on a daily basis. It has been quiet a journey and it’s never to late to start a new. My new garden is a work in progress, but I plan on making it bloom.. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • January 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      AWWWW all of our gardens are a work, but as long as you want to work at it, you will always blossom and shine on! love you! thanks for the beautiful words! xo

  3. Jessie
    January 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Love love love this and you!

    Rock this world!


    • January 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Love you yogi rockstar! I couldn’t be more proud of you, you are an inspiration to me daily xo xo

  4. January 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I will admit I don’t do enough in the way of working out, but love your thoughts here and definitely gave me some great food for thought on how I may need to get a bit more physical if I want to see results. Thank you 😉

    • January 15, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      🙂 I know it’s the semi awful truth?! BUT diet is a huge part too eating lots of protein less carbs/sugar etc…..Thats a large reason why my body changed …with the workouts! Thanks sweetie!

  5. Eddie Staudt
    January 15, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    This is such an inspiring blog, Lindsay! You take us along with you on your wonderful journey to a healthy lifestyle. I read this three times to digest every word you wrote and that includes admiring all of your pictures. You wrote a beautiful story here, and every picture tells its own beautiful story too!

    • January 15, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      You are simply the sweetest most supportive human ever Eddie! xo

      • Eddie Staudt
        January 16, 2015 at 12:47 am

        Thank You, Lindsay!!

  6. January 15, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Absolutely amazing! I really need to make that change in my life, and start yoga…I even have a few videos…I just have not pushed myself into it. I think that I am getting closer to taking that step, because I know that it would benefit me greatly! Keep on rockin it girl! Your video is amazing! It would take me some time to not feel like I would fall on my face, I am not overly coordinated! LOL! Happy almost Friday! 🙂

    • January 15, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      HAHAA well if you need any yoga help/advice ask away (friday:)! It has changed my life in so many ways HUGE fan:) HAHA I fell on my face trying that yoga transition for a long time. We have to start somewhere, and it doesnt have to be on our face haha Happy almost Friday mama!

  7. January 15, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    This is such an inspiring post! I love the idea of changing your own garden and temple. Hearing your story is definitely a motivator.

    • January 15, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      As yogis we are trained to really view our body as our temple:) It really helps change how I treat my body as a whole:) Thank you for calling me inspiring! Means the world! xo

  8. January 15, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    You inspire me! Ever since that day when I hit the driveway, I have started changing what I eat and do. I love it when the mother/ daughters switch roles, back and forth and back again!

    • January 15, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      YAY! Love that you changed your outlook on food/etc…It’s amazing this bond we have from a few lives;) WE will continue to inspire eachother and it’s only just begun mama love you! xo

  9. January 15, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I joined a gym last fall and have been working it into my routine. So far I love going! I actually never thought I’d be the kind of person to belong to a gym, so it’s been fun for me to go work out.

    • January 16, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      That’s exactly what you want! Anything fun makes us want to go back! Proud of you!!! xo

  10. January 16, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    You are so inspiring. I have friends who are part of a Crossfit program and it has been life changing for them. I definitely need to get my butt in gear- I have “start a yoga routine” on my list of to-dos and this post is a major reminder that I need to get on it. Change starts from within, that’s for sure. And I love that you and your husband met at the gym and work out together, still.

    • January 16, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you honey! What’s great is he wasn’t looking to talk to women at all and just work out while I totally wanted to meet a man outside of my music carer:) If you have any yoga questions please ask away! I’ll be your cheerleader and can’t stress enough how much yoga has done for my entire life….That with the crossfit has also been a perfect combination to get myself into better shape! xo

  11. January 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Well you know me – always thin but not always strong! My strength comes from an inconsistent hodge podge of events – hikes in the woods, and about five years of holding babies and kids. Yoga is next on my list!

    • January 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Thats cardio at its finest!!! AHHH yea yoga baby! xo

  12. January 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    OhMG – my yoga instructor has never done that! How long have you been practicing? I wanted to try CrossFit – I’ve seen it comp-lately transform a few of my friends, but I have a bad knee. My Orthopedist all but forbade me to do it:(.

    • January 16, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      I have a dance background but I think I found yoga at the gym about two years ago and change….I then decided to become a teacher and it’s my one year anniversary teaching on monday! I really have only been practicing regularly since september of 2013 so a little over a year? Awww, well I have a ton of injuries actually but I modify my yoga and my crossfit 🙂

  13. January 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I go to the gym regularly, but I know I need to mix up my routine more. And I’ve never taken a yoga class – maybe this is my year! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Lindsay – it’s inspiring.

    • January 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Awesome and I hope you do! It’ll change your mind AND your body xo

  14. Donna ASS Cross
    January 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    You are amazing. LOVE you

    • January 16, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      I love you more and your name is brilliant!!!!!!! xo

      • Anonymous
        January 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm

        I know. It’s who I am.
        LOVE me ….

        I LOVE you

        • Donna ASS Cross
          January 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm

          Duh that comment was from me. Forget to put my COOL name in. Haha

          • Anonymous
            January 18, 2015 at 11:04 am

            Hahahahahah I love you and your name !

          • January 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

            your name makes me happy;)

  15. Kim
    January 16, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I love the comparison of our bodies to gardens – so very true!!
    Now I feel like I need to work a bit harder on my garden!!!
    You look amazing and some of those pictures (one arm handstand with your legs almost in the splits!!) and that video are phenomenal!!!
    I loved seeing the progression of your body because reading I could see how those changes also changed you overall!!!

    • January 16, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      It sounds like you work hard on your garden:) Thank you honey!!! I had a student today in my class say “wow you really did change?” haha I said yea, you know I kind of existed before and now I work hard at existing more;) It’s a constant battle but I love it! xo

  16. Liv
    January 17, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Wow Lindsay! As a mom of three, I’m lucky to have time to pee alone…I’m jealous that you get to spend an hour a day with hubs in the gym! I did yoga once a week before the accident. I did a few classes while I was pregnant with my last, but not since. I have to find the time to fit it in – seeing you is inspiring.

    • January 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      I’m sure it’ll be hard with children one day for me but I’m
      Doing what I can now;) let me know if you get back into yoga! Xo

  17. January 18, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    This post truly is again an inspiration. Not quite enough yet to get me going, there are just too many other things that also wants to have a piece of me, but I’ll be following you and hopefully at one point I will be able to do a ‘little bit more gardening’ 🙂

    • January 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      YAY! If it touched you, it’s in you, yoga will find you at the right time!

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