It's Not Goodbye Forever

online yoga yoga yogasport May 04, 2020

To my beloved YS Community, I am writing to let you know that YogaSport Dallas is closing our physical studio doors. I have been grappling with this decision for some time now and the COVID-19 crisis has left me with no other option. 

As my husband and I began to undo the physical space that is YogaSport, memories upon memories came flooding through my mind. Every picture, every nail, every item in that studio has people and a story and a memory behind it. While I could only keep a few of the physical items from the space, the community and the heart that filled it will stay with me forever. 

I have stayed up endless nights trying to write this letter and it just never seemed quite right. I would never leave a party, certainly not my own, without saying a proper goodbye to everyone there. So I have created a very personal podcast for you. Nicole Esquino, who many of you know as the former manager and teacher at YS, and I have a regular podcast together. We...

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Pod #73 - YogaSport: Raw & Uncut

podcast yoga May 04, 2020

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It's the end of an era. YogaSport, my Power Yoga studio, is closing its physical doors on her 16th birthday, May 15th. Nicole and I sit down the night before I announce the news to my community. She interviews me and we discuss everything from opening the doors in 2004 to biggest challenges, proudest moments, and what is next. This  podcast was a way for me to process the change and share with my community, since the COVID-19 crisis didn't allow us to do it in person. 


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Pod #72 - Season Finale

podcast Jan 08, 2020

We are sad to say that this is the season finale of Spark season #2. But the ladies WILL be back. In this episode, they take a stroll down memory lane and share some of their favorite moments from this season (and even a few throw-backs to season 1). If you haven't listened to all of the episodes, this is a great cheat sheet of episodes to start with. 


  • Episodes 63 & 68 with dietician Taylor Stolt. Nicole especially loved the functional medicine approach to healing. Both ladies were also fascinated that sugar addiction is real and sometimes will power has nothing to do with being able to avoid it. 
  • Episodes 60 & 61 - Detox Your Home - The How & Why. Nicole discusses how these two episodes blew her mind and what changes she has already made. We love the empowerment piece here. Oh, and listen in for a funny story about little people eating toothpaste. 
  • Episode 62 - Stress with Thom Allen - We love all of the discussions around mental health...
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Pod #71 - Hypnotherapy

podcast stress Jan 01, 2020

Most of us have seen a hypnotist on TV or at a comedy club, but are they just for entertainment purposes? Celeste Hackett is a trained hypnotist who helps her clients dive into their self conscious and navigate challenges like pain, emotional components related to illness, bad habits and more. On this episode, she shares with Angela about the power of hypnosis and how it can make real change in our lives. 

From the Episode:

  • Angela met Celeste while finding a solution to her migraines. She shares how she found Celeste and the impact it made.
  • Celeste shares her fascinating journey from a radio DJ to a hypnotherapist. 
  • You’ve most likely seen a hypnotist portrayed in a show or movie, but is that for real? Celeste helps use through the myths and talks about the truths of hypnosis.
  • Hypnotism is a journey into a person’s subconscious where all their beliefs, habits and memories live. Celeste gives a full overview of her work, including the comforting feeling that...
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Pod #70 - Women's Empowerment

podcast women Dec 25, 2019

Shelley Lowther, owner of Dancing Dogs Yoga and This Badass Life, discusses how to step into your power as a woman, and some of the tools might be different than you might expect. Her no-BS approach to life will inspire you to make small changes. She joins Angela on this episode to discuss finding your authentic self and how seeing the magic around you can empower your daily life.  

From the Episode:

  • Shelley starts our episode by sharing her powerful story of rediscovering yoga after a serious injury that threatened to totally change her daily life.
  • Being open to different spiritual traditions can lead to great personal discovery. Shelley speaks towards throwing away labels to find your authentic self while learning from others.
  • The lie. Angela and Shelley dig deep about a powerful practice that can change your way of thinking about yourself and your place in the world.
  • Are you always finding yourself distracted? In a world of technological advancement, there are plenty...
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Reflection - A Cat's Love

On New Year's Eve, three years ago, my cat became gravely ill and I made the gut wrenching decision to put her down. It's sort of amazing to think about it now. As I type this, tears well up in my eyes and I feel the same emotion I did on that day. I miss Bella so dearly, I think of her so often, and I can barely get myself to read this post. I hope you enjoy my writing from 3 years ago where I talk about the lessons and the love I felt from such a sweet, smart, and sassy feline. And I invite you to tell me about your fur babies and how they have helped and inspired you in your life. 

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Nineteen years of cuddles, comfort, and play. It’s only been a day since my sweet kitty has been gone, but I miss her more than I imagined was possible. My heart physically aches. She was my best friend.


We were both babies when we met. She was 6 months old and I was just a 20 year-old college student. Together we lived in San Antonio, Austin, Boston, and Dallas. We had...

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Pod #69 - Is Your Shampoo Making You Fat?

podcast toxins Dec 18, 2019

Lara Adler is an Environmental Toxins Expert, and Angela’s teacher.  The ladies discuss a class of chemicals called obesogens that are in your daily products (and yes, they make you fat). They take a deeper dive into specifics on some of the chemicals in your home as well as government laws and the importance of consumer education and action. 

From the Episode:

  • We highly recommend you check out our two-part Detoxing your Home Series (episodes 60 &61) before listening to this episode. The series gives you a great foundation that is important to have moving into Lara and Angela’s talk. 
  • There are over 20 chemicals that are known obesogens. Learn about how they could be causing weight gain. 
  • Where do I even begin? True to our mantra, we want you to start by pressing the easy button. We give you key areas to start with that involve your sense of smell and taste.
  • Organic. Yes, you need to start focusing on it. Lara gives you the reasons why,...
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Pod #68 - Treat Your Gut Right

nutrition podcast Dec 11, 2019

It’s time to talk about guts. Taylor is back this week to join Angela in an in-depth conversation about gut health and why it should matter to you. This episode will provide you with an understanding of the importance of the gut and walk you through how this one area of your body has a big impact on your immune system as well as your emotions.  

From the Episode:

  • Taylor gives us an overview on what she does as a certified LEAP therapist and how she helps clients with food sensitivities.
  • Leaky Gut?! It sure sounds icky, but Taylor walks us through what it is and why we should care.
  • We always provide solutions. Taylor talks us through the “Five R Protocol” which guides you through ways to remedy a leaky gut.
  • Did you know the majority of your immune system is in your gut? 
  • Hormone imbalances are often an issue of diet or leaky gut. 
  • The brain and your gut have an intimate relationship. 
  • Your sugar addiction is often not a willpower issue. It...
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Pod #67 - A Yoga Flow For You

podcast yoga Dec 04, 2019

 Angela & Nicole are taking the week off to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.  We wanted to show you our thanks with a special gift episode. Angela has included a full hour Power Flow Yoga class so that you can take some time out this week to de-stress and empower yourself.

 From the Episode:

  • Thanksgiving – a holiday synonymous with a slight bit of excess. We know you’ll be eating big meals and perhaps even enjoying a few adult beverages this week.
  • Angela is providing a perfect holiday flow that will help you de-stress and also rinse out some of those toxins from that big meal on Thursday.
  • Listen in for a discount on her online teacher training. Save $400 if you sign up now. Visit and click on yoga.

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  • Check out Angela’s Guide –  5 Simple Ways to Lower Your Stress Today on her website at It will give you 5, simple, easy, and...
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Pod #66 - Stress-Free Holidays

podcast stress Nov 20, 2019

The holidays should be a joyful time, but it is easy to fall into a trap of stress and anxiety. Angela and Nicole will be sharing listener comments and posts on how they are able to make the holidays meaningful and memorable without unneeded stress.

From the Episode:

  • Elf on the Shelf – friend or foe?
  • Creating fun family calendars and cards – are they needed in the digital age?
  • Advanced planning can be a key way to reduce stress. Our listeners share great ideas to take the stress off.
  • Everyone has beautiful holiday traditions and rituals and we love that we can share so many with you. You might adopt a new one thanks to this episode.
  • The great debate. Angela and Nicole discuss how much is too much for Christmas music.

AWC Goodies: 

  • Check out Angela’s Guide –  5 Simple Ways to Lower Your Stress Today on her website at It will give you 5, simple, easy, and actionable steps that will get you feeling more...
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