Category Archives: yoga

New For 2015… Yoga with Carmen!

As you all know, I’ve got fibro and I’ve got it bad. So, I decided that I need Yoga in my life.  And I decided I want all my students to have it too! So… We’ve got a brand new class at Love 2 Dance! Beginner ‪Yoga‬ with Carmen is every Friday at 6:30 PM for only $5!

BUT, in order to make sure we can pay our lovely Carmen, we need at least 3 people pre-registered to come to class each week. So bring a friend and share this with everyone you think needs Yoga in their lives! You can register at It’s quick, easy AND we accept debit and credit!

Whether you have never taken a yoga class before or you enjoy the relaxed pace of a beginner class, our Yoga fundamental class is for you! Focus is on the back, neck, and shoulders, as well as standing and sitting postures. Using breathing and warm ups with simple yoga stretches, you will learn to relax the muscles of your body and improve your overall health and well being.
Carmen will works on a variety of poses depending on our weekly needs. Variations are given based on our needs and ability so don’t worry about being able to keep up. Each class ends with a quiet relaxation.

Bring a mat and see you on Friday!

God Bless and Take Care



Yoga poses to lose weight

I came across the following article at and I really have found it to be helpful.

DISCLAIMER: I don’t co-sign on the parts that say these poses “melt fat”, but they do make you strong.

So try these poses and feel FIERCE!  Let me know how you like them.

“Did you know that yoga not only helps in maintaining the harmony of the mind, body and soul. But also aids in improving the metabolism of the body. Yoga helps you achieve your desired weight loss. The best part about yoga is that it leaves you fresher and more energetic than before after the work outs. Read about the different yoga poses that will aid you in weight loss.

Yoga postures for weight loss: Yoga poses to lose weight 

Surya Namaskar
Surya Namaskar is the best yoga has to offer as far as the poses are concerned. It works on the whole body especially on the big muscle group. A beginner can start with a few rounds of it and gradually increase the number of rounds. It helps to lose weight.

Yoga postures for weight loss: Yoga poses to lose weight 

Warrior PoseThe warrior pose strengthens the hamstrings, thighs, legs and ankles as the body weight is transferred on the thighs with the forward bend. It helps to stimulate abdominal organs which can help increase the stamina. Stamina built up can help you to keep going over a longer period of time. 

Cobra Pose
This is the pose which works on the chest and the back region. The heart opening pose helps to take deep breaths resulting in more oxygenated blood being pumped to different parts of the body. The oxygenated blood helps to burn the fat. Helps in toning the buttocks too.

 Bow Pose

This is more of an advanced yoga pose but not only helps in burning the fat but also helps in toning of arms and legs. One can feel the stretch in the abdominal region taking this pose. The stretch helps to loosen up the fat in the region. Continous practicing of this asana further melts the loosen belly fat.

Side Bends
It’s as important to work on muscles in the stomach region as often as working on other muscles group. After a certain age the body stops to grow and the fat starts accumulating in the stomach region. Side bends helps to melt those love handles. These bends might not help to burn a lot of calories but will be instrumental in inch loss.


Konasana stretches the sides of the body and the spine. It tones the arms, legs, and abdominal organs

Yoga postures for weight loss: Yoga poses to lose weight 

Trikonasana Trikonasana stretches the sides of the body. It tones the arms, legs, and abdominal organs. This aasan also improves flexibility of the spine and hips

Cat stretch Cat Stretch gives flexibility to the spine. It strengthens wrist joints and shoulders. It massages the digestive organs and tones the abdomen. Cat Stretch also improves digestion.

Weight Loss Recipe

You may like to try this tasty, healthy Ayurvedic recipe that will aid in weight lossVietnamese vegetable stockPreparation time: 1 hourIngredients:Water – 2 litersSliced carrots – 1 cupSliced cabbage – 1 cupSliced celery (stem) – ½ cupSliced white radish – 1 cupSalt – 1 ½ teaspoonMethod-Steam all the vegetables.-Boil water separately in a saucepan.-Add two tablespoons of ground vegetables to the boiling water and stir.-Put the remaining steamed vegetables into the saucepan.-Add salt to taste.-Stir and serve hot.(Recipe Source: Art of living)”

God Bless and Take Care
Love, Tonya
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Help Me Get Out of Bed!

So, one of the most aggravating parts of fibromyalgia is how hard it is to get out of bed in the morning. My body is absolutely WRACKED with pain and I’m usually exhausted. I having a really hard time now because I am in school for massage therapy so I have to be up at 7. Class is from 8:30 to 2:40 and then I have to take care of the family, teach Zumba and Salsa and my day usually ends around 10 or 11 PM. I will be doing this until I graduate the program in December. Needless to say, I am struggling a bit right now. BTW, please keep me in your prayers including a GINORMOUS hedge of protection.

But anyway, thank God I have discovered a routine that helps me to get moving. I have committed myself to doing this every morning and I hope that you guys join me!

5 Morning Stretches You Can Do In Bed – Fitness By Patty

God Bless and Take Care
Love, Tonya
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PiYo Beach Body Home Workout is Coming!

I am super excited about this!!! PiYo Beach Body Home Workout is Coming! Lets LEAN OUT!!!

Introducing PiYo, a high-intensity, low-impact workout for a new kind of STRONG. Be the first to find out when it becomes available. You could win a FREE PiYo kit! Watch this sneak peek of Beach Body’s new at home workout program!! Watch it and you’ll see exactly why it is one of my favorites! 😉

Want to try a demo?
Love 2 Dance Fitness
500 N Reilly Rd Ste 110
Fayetteville NC
22 March 2014 1 PM
FREE PiYo demo!
Sign up for your FREE demo at

DO NOT SIGN UP ON THIS LINK! This is just FYI. If you are interested in the program, let me know and I will make sure you get your copy.


Write your name in the comments below if you are seeing this on Facebook or send me a text at 910-338-9675 or click on “Contact Us” if you are seeing this on and I will PERSONALLY make sure you are the 1st to know of the release date!

This is the program that can change your life. I got licensed to teach this because I needed something low impact but high intensity to help keep me moving with fibromyalgia. This is the program that I will be doing for years to come! “This is for you and your husband. For your mom and your child. For the football player and the homemaker! This is WAY overdue and we are so excited to see it come to life!!” Thanks Michele Park for your awesomeness! 🙂

Don’t forget – DO NOT SIGN UP ON THE LINK! Jo and I are Beachbody coaches and we will make sure you get the program.

God Bless and take Care!