Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Clean living starts at home

When we think of clean living what's the first thing that comes to mind?  What we eat, right? That's a very important step and need to keep healthy. But there are things at home that we can do to make for a cleaner living. Have you you ever thought of the clean living that happens outside the body? All the chemicals and toxins we are surrounded by on a daily basis. Dangerous fumes and chemicals we bring into our homes everyday. Products that we never think of, and the dangers that lye beneath them. The kind of product we clean our homes with. If you have a minute, go to your cabinet and pull out one of your products you clean your counters with. How many words in the ingredients can you pronounce? These are chemicals that we use to clean our counters and floors. Floors and counters are children play on, and let's face it sometimes eat off of. Why not bring clean living into your homes as well as your bodies? Simple steps like creating your own cleaning products. It's amazing how simple clean living is just by reusing the whole foods we have in our homes now. Probably food we eat everyday. With three simple ingredients you're able to make a cleaner for your counters, floor and have your home smelling fresh. All with the stress-free comfort of knowing that your home is safe for your little ones.

Next time you peel an orange, or slice a lemon, think about recycling and reusing those peels. There are so many uses for them, used that doesn't include throwing them in the garbage. With citrus I love using those simple $2.00 juicer, with lemons it strains the pulp and holds the juice. Make sure you keep that delicious and beneficial juice.  Mix the pure lemon juice in with a pitcher of water. Or seal in a jar for later with your cooking or baking.

With the peels, cut them into slices and put them into a jar. No need to go out and buy a jar. Just save your pickle jars, salsa jars, you name it you can use, and reuse. Reuse and recycle, one step closer to bettering our earth. With the citrus slices put them in the jar, fill the jar with vinegar. The jar needs to marinate for about a week.  After a week pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. You have all natural cleaner. A cleaner that is safe to your children and a very effective cleaner for your home.

Wait we aren't done! Don't throw those peels away! Pour them into your garbage disposal. Not only have you made your own cleaner, you have sanitized and deodorized your kitchen with the smell of citrus and the sanitizing of vinegar. With one food you're done. You have made a safe kitchen cleaner, detoxifying water, and a disinfectant for your garbage disposal. Clean living starts with clean eating. With clean eating you are provided with so many options to have a clean living environment for your family. You have bettered your body and the environment it lives in.  Let's not forget the all to everything, the money you save. Clean living starts at home. What choice will you make?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

5 lbs lost in 5 weeks

Welcome to my “Overnight Oat” project! I’m happy to report that I was able to shed that last five pounds that just seemed to want to hold on. How did I do it, you ask? I stumbled across a Pinterest (who doesn’t love Pinterest) post about the magic of mason jars and steel cut oatmeal. 
So I gave it a shot. I put all of my favorite goodies in the mix and filled up my mason jars for the week. Each night, I’d fill my mason jar with water (and perhaps some frozen organic blueberries or cherries) and leave it in the fridge. Each morning, I had breakfast ready to serve. One minute in the microwave and DING – breakfast is served!
All in all the time commitment was small, and took minimal preparation.  Some weeks I would vary the ingredients, just to keep it fresh. 
Next thing I knew my clothes were a little looser and my belly a little fuller. So give it a try, it’s a great way to get some of your favorite staples in. Some of my favorites include nuts, dried fruits, cinnamon, brown sugar, coconut, flax seed, cayenne pepper, the list goes on and on. Give it a shot! Your body will thank you for it!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Metaphysically Fit Fest is coming!

What is Metaphysically Fit Fest?  The event is being held at Bicentennial Riverfront Park in Yorkville, IL on July 23, 2016 from 12-8 pm. There's a large schedule of events. The day includes music, workshops, local vendors, and of course yoga teachings Click Here for the Schedule

The fun and family spirit is contagious. Thousands of people come out from all around to feel the love yoga, learn workshops and be surrounded by others with the same love of community and enlightenment. Experience educational and eye opening workshops and be surrounded by the best uplifting music. Get the family together and make a a fun day of it. Could you ask for a better day out with the family? There's already almost 2,000 people ready to attend. Don't stand in line be sure to Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Power Edge Yoga is one of the sponsors for this memorable experience. Michelle Rae Sobi will be there teaching Vinyasa Flow on the Grassy Knoll. Be sure to come by and see us and experience our teachings firsthand.  

This is a big event especially for our teachers in training.  With Power Edge Yoga teachers training, our current teachers are fortunate to take their education to a new level with all the Metaphysically Fit Fest has to offer. No classroom alone would ever provide the experience and education that this event is going to give our teachers. We are happy to be more than a classroom. With Power Edge Yoga training, we want future teachers to be emerged in their education. It's important they leave our program with the confidence to hit the road running, without anyone to hold their hand. By offering field trips, workshops and retreats we take that education to another level. A level that has our educational style stand out. We are proud to take that knowledge to the level that we believe our students deserve. This is one of many experiences that our training offers our students. If you have ever thought of taking your passion of yoga to a professional level, we would love you to consider a hands on experience with Power Edge Yoga Click Here for more Information

For those that have the privilege of experiencing the Metaphysically Fit Fest, we would love to see your comments and anything you'd like to share. We can't wait to share the follow-up post. Our post will include pictures as well as all the wonderful happenings of the days. Can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Buffalo Cauliflower Yum!

Buffalo Cauliflower, Yes Please!

Who loves the spice of wings, but can't stand the idea of wings? Or even worse, the idea of all that fat and grease. Well problem solved, let's make some buffalo cauliflower. The beauty of this dish is you can make it to your taste, and texture. Jays Buffalo Wing Sauce takes the guessing out of the need for hot sauce. This is one way, but there are more ways you can bring that spice out. Experimentation is how you will find that perfect blend for you. 

This company is Chicago based. Whatever can be done to support our local city is always a benefit.

  • 1 large head of Cauliflower
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Sauce (enter Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • *optional 1 tbsp butter to mix with your hot sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Add seasonings to taste, Sea Salt & Garlic powder (be creative)
This is the easiest recipe you can do. No cookie cutter directions needed here. Cut the cauliflower up into chunks, make sure you get rid of those hard stems. Then put the flour, seasonings and water in a bowl. Throw the cauliflower in and make sure you coat the cauliflower really well.

Baking Directions
  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Place coated cauliflower on a baking sheet, if you like extra spicy add a drizzle of hot sauce over the cauliflower before roasting. Mix it around a bit
  • Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes. 
  • Remove cauliflower from the oven and put the remaining hot sauce over the baked cauliflower.
  • Roast for an additional 20-25 minutes
Voila! Healthy and so delicious! Of course in traditional style you can add your celery, and some home made dressing. This should be a favorite to your spice lovers everywhere. 

The beauty of cauliflower is it's versatility. If you're not a spice lover. You can drizzle with some olive oil and your spices and bake the same for a different option. Or replace the hot sauce with some delicious BBQ sauce. Bam! you have some BBQ cauliflower bites. The sky is the limit with this wonderful vegetable. So what are you waiting for?  Time to get cooking! 

We'd love to see your creations. Take a pic and add it to the comments. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

So much is Happening! Join Us!

Yoga, Paint, and Wine Night was a Success!  

Let's do it again with Pinot's Palette! 

Did you miss it? No worries, we are having another night of invigorating chair yoga with Painting & Wine. Join us at Pinot's Palette on June 14.

We are painting the adorable elephant pictured here. During breaks Power Edge Yoga will be introducing some incredible chair yoga. If you have done Painting and Wine you know how fun and relaxing it is. Introducing Chair Yoga takes your relaxation and calm to another level. Don't take my word for it.

Summer Class Schedule is up, be sure to  Click Here  for our current schedule. Be sure to check often as we are always adding more.

* 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
Private Fitness Coaching
Michelle Rae

* 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Yin Yoga
Michelle Rae

* 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Restorative Yoga

* 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Vinyasa Yoga

* 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Private Small Group Fitness
Michelle Rae

* 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Vinyasa Yoga
Michelle Rae

* 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Barre Yoga

* 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Private Fitness Coaching
Michelle Rae

* 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Michelle Rae

* 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Meditation Stretch Session

* 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Vinyasa Yoga

* 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Yoga Flow I

* 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hatha Yoga

* 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Yoga Flow I

* 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Hatha Yoga in Lotus Room
Michelle Rae

* 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Barre Express
Michelle Rae

* 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
Private Fitness Coaching 
Michelle Rae

* 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 
Yoga Sculpt 

* 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM 
Barre Yoga 

* 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM 
Restorative Candlelight Yoga Jessica

* 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
Candlelight Yoga 

When is your "Me Time?"

by Cassandra Henzen

The end of the day is here. You leave work and can't wait to get home. Then as you venture off towards home you hit the lovely evil, we know as traffic. Let me ask you a question. When do you get to log off and shut down? No kids, no worries, no pressure, just uninterrupted full focus "you time". Were you able to honestly define that time of day? If not, then you may want to venture outside of the home for your "me" time. With Yoga classes you have that quiet time. That time to unwind, clear your mind. That time where it is all about you. No matter who you are,  everyone needs time that is all about them. Think of it as your getaway. Just think if everyone gave themselves at least one hour of down time. The nerves get settled, the mind is cleared. the muscles become relaxed. That one hour of your time. 

We all need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others. With classes you are able to leave the environment. An environment that would maybe inhibit, or maybe even distract you from taking that much needed me time. Speaking as a student of Yoga, I have to say my life has improved for the better since yoga. I'm one who takes it all on. I'm always making sure work is taken care of. Then I come home make sure the kids are taken care of, dinner is made and everyone is happy. By the time I have taken care of everyone else, there's no time for me. I never realized I needed that valuable me time. With yoga my mind became settled, relaxed and clear. I set aside one hour a day for me. Yoga class started as fitness for me, barre was my love at the time. I couldn't appreciate the meditation because my mind was always swirling. After classes and hearing my teachers speak of the importance of release and focus I have learned better. Now the practice of yoga has become my safe place. Whenever I need a break or a release. I just remember what I learn in class and use it wherever I am.  I never realized how important it was to have "me" time.

It doesn't have to be yoga you choose. Whatever brings you inner peace and quiet. Find your me place, a place where it's all about you. You for one hour and no one else. My family would always come first. An hour sounds so small. One small drop of rain can fill a bucket very quickly. Just imagine missing those small moments. I know that's how we were all taught that is how life supposed to be. Let's really think of it. If we are not happy within ourselves. If our nerves are shot, if we don't let go of the day somehow. Where does that frustration go? Do we internalize it? Do we lash out at those we love for the silliest of reasons? Reasons we later regret and beat ourselves up about later. We all deserve better. We all deserve "me time" Whichever me time you choose,make sure you have that time. Uninterrupted, focused and balanced time for yourself. You deserve that much, love, live and laugh in life. 

With the summer comes great discounts, which includes day classes! Summer passes are on sale now for $99 June-August

New deals pop up sporadically be sure to check back Click Here

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Why do we differ?

Yoga Teacher Training is more than just learning the art of yoga. With Power Edge Yoga teacher training you begin learning hands on how to teach a group of students. You will learn how to understand your students needs and help them to develop within their own practice, as well as your own.

During class you get the opportunity of experiencing what it's truly like to teach an actual class. There are many aspects behind the practice of yoga, and with our training we cover it all. When you leave you are not only certified, but you will be confident in your own knowledge and your teaching abilities.

Power Edge Yoga training prepares you for trials and tribulations that may happen in your classes. If your worry is what kind of yoga to teach or how to find the right match, Power Edge is the match. As a student I'm happily pleased by the collection of personalities you not only learn from, but you create a bond with and become part of a family.

With our teaching we are a family not just students looking towards the end. When I enter class I am not nervous, or fearful but excited and ready to learn. That is the kind of atmosphere you have to look forward to. I'm happy to be part of this experience.

Not only am I more confident and less fearful of teaching to a group of people, but I have come to love the practice of yoga. Plus the many ways of performing yoga. If you have been thinking of taking your passion of yoga to another level I strongly encourage you to stop by and see what our wonderful community is all about.

We do offer payment plans and are happy to work with those that are excited and ready to expand their knowledge into a career. Teaching others isn't as intimidating as I feared it would be. Or maybe I'm lucky enough to be involved with a community of people that want to do more than just teach. They want to educate and bond with their students, and show that yoga is a way of
living, thinking and doing. Have I peaked your curiosity? Click Here to learn more.

Our New Studio Manager, Jessica Jayne!

Power Edge Yoga Fitness, LLC is proud to announce our new Studio Manager, Jessica Jayne. To find out more about her, visit her website below. She is one of my favorite peeps and is so dedicated to making Power Edge the best it can be!
Jessica's magical website of yoga things.

Monday, April 4, 2016


Now is the time to turn your dreams to reality!

Have you ever wondered if you could take your passion for yoga to a different level? A level that brings you the ability to share your love  and passion of yoga with others. With teacher certification you earn the hours needed to take your love of yoga onto a career in teaching. No you don't have to be perfect, yes anyone with the desire to teach can be a teacher. Why not love what you do? Power Edge Yoga is offering teacher certification now.

Come by our lovely studio in Naperville, IL. Or conveniently register at our site below.

Yoga Teacher Certification

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Coffee or Tea?

In an effort to live a healthier lifestyle, I've been trying to drink more tea. This, naturally, has been the biggest challenge during morning coffee time. 

I find I'm a creature of habit, as we most are. It occurs to me that perhaps the ritual of morning coffee is what I seek. That familiar tasty coffee bean twirling around my toungue. Delightful. 

So I set out to start a new morning ritual. After much thought and contemplation, I created a night stand tea station. Last night I set off for dreamland with a child like excitement about rousing in the morning to tea for me. I woke this morning to my morning tea dutifully waiting for me. It was perfect. 

Giving up coffee is one small step to living a healthier life. Hopefully one day I'll come to look forward to my morning tea. 

It came with one unexpexted perk. I moved my phone from my night stand to the desk to avoid catastrophe. As a result, I lounged a bit before hunting and pecking on my iPhone this morning.  Perhaps my next conquest?

Monday, March 7, 2016

73 & Sunny?

73 & Sunny?

Well folks, I'm happy to report Spring is on the way. It seems this Winter has been especially tough for many people, myself included. 

As this cold and snowy season comes to an end, a new chapter begins. Kids are riding their bikes and people are on the move again. I think back to a simpler time. When the weather held a much bigger stake in my game.  A rainy day could mean being stuck inside all day with nothing to do. I remember thinking "I wish this day could just be over."  

Now that I'm all grown up, being an enlightened Yogi and all, surely I've allowed the clutches of the weather to release her grip?  Not exactly. Truth is, I spent most of this winter with the thought "I wish it would just be over."  

So I'm deciding to start my day today remembering that one day it will be over. Sooner or later, that much is true. While I'm intrigued with where the next Where might be, I'm here now and intend to embrace the day.  So come rain, snow, sleet, or shine...I'm so thankful it's not over. 

Michelle Rae Sobi


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Vegan Banana Bread!

Let's talk FOOD!! 
Who loves banana bread? Better yet, who DOESN'T love banana bread? I don't know That I have ever met somebody that said no to a delicious banana bread. This one is sweet, delicious AND cruelty-free! 
I would almost consider this banana bread a cake as it turns out so moist. I added in the chocolate chips for some extra sweetness, and because I love chocolate, but I've made it without and it's still yummy. Well that's enough of my blabbing, onto the recipe!

This recipe came from 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread:

Things You'll Need.
  • 1 Loaf Pan.
  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Small Mixing Bowl
  • 3 or 4 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/3 Cup Almond Milk or Cashew Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Pure Cane Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 "Flax Egg" (1 Tablespoon Flax Seed mixed with 3 Tablespoons Water)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1/3 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
  1. Gather all of your ingredients, bowls and measuring cups, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prep your "flax egg". Mix 1 tablespoon of flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. With your large mixing bowl, begin mashing the ripe bananas with a fork. Mix in the melted coconut oil and sugar, and mix well.
  4. Add in the flax egg, vanilla extract and milk. Mix well.
  5. Take your small mixing bowl and combine the baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, sea salt, and flour.
  6. Combine the dry ingredients into the large mixing bowl, starting to mix in.
  7. Once the dough has started to form, add in your chocolate chips and nuts, and mix until completely combined. Try not to over mix.
  8. Pour into the loaf pan, and bake from 30-35 minutes depending on your oven. I have done as less as 25 and as most as 40 and I have found that 30-35 is the best time frame.
  9. Let sit for 5 minutes or so, and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pizza, bacon, cheese fries, OH MY!

Here are a few tips to start eating a healthy, balanced diet.
  1. Cherish your fruits and veggies!! Seriously. I can't say this one enough. When you take a look at your plate next time you go to eat, what seems to be overpowering it? Is it the protein, or the veggies? More often than not, if you go to a restaurant especially, the protein will take up more than HALF of the meal with a tiny portion of veggies. It really should be the opposite. Half a plate of veggies, and a quarter plate of protein.
  2. TREAT YOSELF! Yep. I said it. Treat yourself. I absolutely love chocolate, and there is no way I am ever going to give that up. I still eat dark chocolate (quite regulatory actually), I still make banana bread every few weeks, I still eat bagels, I still order pizza every now and then and I still make homemade french fries. This is where "everything in moderation" comes in. People who claim to "eat clean" because they are following a strict diet and never eat anything that is anything less than "healthy", are only depriving themselves and will most likely end up binge eating junk food afterwards. The trick is, to find healthy alternatives. I'm not talking about the "reduced fat" stuff (we will talk more about this later), but maybe having dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, having whole wheat bagels instead of regular, or making french fries at home rather than getting them from a fast food place. 
  3. Stay away from processed. Try to eat as whole as possible. I still struggle with this one but I do my best to stay away from it as much as possible. So, back to this "reduced fat" situation. Many people think if they are getting reduced fat wheat thins, or reduced fat yogurt they are doing themselves a favor. Logically yes, I can definitely see why you would think that. But the problem with these foods is that they may take away the fat, but then they just dump in the sugar- which generally causes more problems for the average person than fat does. 
  4. Don't overthink it. Most diets end up failing because people are so concerned about sticking to a specific way of eating that they end up binge eating on whatever the diet isn't. That is why it is SO important to eat balanced, to treat yourself, and to cherish your fruits and veggies :)
Pizza, bacon, cheese fries, donuts, OH MY!... I know. Your mouth is probably watering.

When I was in my teenage years, I pretty much ate whatever I want. I had a relatively skinny frame and it was pretty hard for me to gain weight. During my senior year of high school I was at taco bell 3 or 4 times a week... Seriously, that wasn't a joke.

As I grew older, the eating habits didn't stop, but the way my body reacted did. Around my 21st birthday was when I really started to see some major fluctuations in my weight, some reshaping that I wasn't very fond of.

I went to the doctor for my yearly checkup and realized that I had gained a whopping thirty pounds within the year, and I knew that I had to do something.

I tried my hardest, with all of my might to eat healthy. But to be honest, because I had never really been taught... I didn't even know what "eating healthy" really was.

Honestly, most of our society had become so accustomed to the way Americans eat, many of us really don't know what eating healthy really is. Many people believe if you eat bread you get fat. A lot people believe if you drink diet coke you can lose weight. TOO many people believe that "reduced fat" anything is good for them. Also, on the other end of the spectrum, far too many people believe that "clean eating" is the way to go...

What I mean by people believing in "clean eating" is sticking to a strict diet. The new "fad" lately is meal prepping. Which if that is your thing, then go for it. But eating the same food every single day, not giving your body (or taste buds) any variety, is a concoction for failure. Not giving yourself some much deserved treats every now and then, and cutting out every single little thing that could be the slightest bit unhealthy, is almost depriving. We all want to succeed when it comes to health and wellness, so lets set ourselves up for success with a balanced, dominantly whole food diet. 

Yep. It's really that simple. Balancing out what we eat and reducing processed foods; rather than focusing solely on one problem, one food, one "sugar"- and letting ourselves eat a variety of foods in moderation.

Everything in moderation. This is something that has haunted me my entire life. I totally understand if you feel the same way, because it seems as a society we have a big problem with this. America is all about "Go big or Go home!" and when it comes to food, this isn't the best choice.

What I have learned through my on-going journey to a healthy lifestyle; is that the more vegetables, fruits, starches and whole proteins you eat- the more satisfied you will feel. In a good way, too. Without feeling like you need a wheel barrow to roll you around because of how uncomfortable your tummy feels. The more satisfied you feel, the less you will crave the unhealthy foods that no longer have any purpose for you. The crazy part is, my PALLET has even changed! I enjoy fruits and veggies now more than I ever have. Once your body gets used to the feeling of being healthy, and taking in healthy foods, it starts to crave them- rather than craving the fatty fried foods that surround our streets and stores.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Three things your yoga instructor wants you to know.

By Jessica Jayne
One of my favorite ways to phrase what I do for a living... Is I share yoga with others. I don't particularly like to use to word teach, or instruct. Obviously that IS what I do... But, I don't like to think of myself as higher than my students. I always tell them that this is THEIR practice, I am just there to guide them. I didn't quite understand that when I first starting practicing, I put my teachers on a pedestal that was ridiculous and unfair. Now that I am a teacher myself I try and stress to my students that I am just like them- practicing on my own mat and breathing with my movement. I am just here to make sure it stays safe and serene. There are a lot of things that as yoga teachers, we really want our students to know. But we may not know how to word it, or aren't sure if we should even say it.

1. We stay on our own mat. 
I actually say this in class all of the time. There is nothing worse than feeling the eyes of somebody else on you when you are trying to practice, or feeling like you aren't keeping up with your neighbor and worrying that others are staring as you fail. I know this because I have been there, but as I furthered into my practiced I realized suddenly one day that nobody was paying attention to me. Nobody was seeing how much I could keep up with the person next to me and nobody was seeing how I looked in my wheel. I found that once I was able to let go of that fear of everybody watching me, I was able to fully let go into my own practice.

2. We are all on our own journey.
This is another thing I say in probably every single class. I know it sounds cliche, but I think its important. Not only in yoga, but in LIFE. Every single person you meet has struggled with something that has changed their life. Every single person you meet has gone through something physically or mentally that has scarred them. In the classroom, and in life- we must practice kindness and compassion. This is including ourselves. If you are having a rough day, and feel like you need to be in child's pose the majority of the time, then DO that. We are all on our own journey, I am not here to dictate, I am here to guide.

3. None of us are perfect.
This isn't something I openly speak about in class, but I will throw little hints at. I always set an intention at the beginning of every class and its usually something I feel I need to work on at that time in my life. Whether it be gratitude, compassion, balance, etc. I want my students to know I am not enlightened, I am not perfect and I still struggle. Sometimes as students we see our teachers as these beautifully zen beings, which is wonderful and flattering. But it's also important to realize that we are humans too, and we too are on our own journeys.