The SPOTTED DOG BLOG

Community Feature! Meet Lena Morton!

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Meet Lena Morton (otherwise known as LeeLee, Mommy or Boss)! Lena and her high school sweetheart, Adam, have been together for 15 years and married for 10. They have two wonderful children who are the light of their life, Isabelle (8) and Austin (4). The Morton family also has a beagle named Callie (or Cali-Bunga as the kiddos call her) who is 12 years young, energetic and obsessed with playing fetch. They all love boating, camping, softball/baseball and pretty much anything outdoors…this family is on the go ALL of the time!

Lena is half Lebanese, speaks Arabic, lived in Lebanon for 4 years and loves the culture. She is a registered dental hygienist who LOVES to read and cook. Lena has a bucket list that gets longer every year! She has completed some things on it such as finishing a Tough Mudder Challenge in Tahoe (2016) and running a half marathon (2014).

Lena has been practicing yoga at SDY since July 2016, which has become a newfound LOVE! Her yoga practice has helped feed the balance she was seeking and she also finds herself being PRESENT in each moment, taking each day one at a time and utilizing ujjayi breathing when she is feeling overwhelmed. Lena takes pride in teaching the tools she has been practicing such as patience, presence and PLAY to her children. Both of her children beg her to come to SDY and love exploring what their bodies can do, feeling connected to their inner self, meeting up with old and new friends and being a part of a wonderful community.

Having completed “40 Days to Personal Revolution” several times at SDY, Lena says that the commitment to the program is so minimal in comparison to the awakening you WILL achieve. You will establish a deeper connection to yourself through the tools the program provides and increase your commitment to your weekly practice and taking care of your body (nutrition and mental wellness). Lena is extremely excited to take the next step on her yoga path with “Light Up! Teacher Empowerment Program” starting in October! Her love of yoga began in her FIRST class and she wants to help others achieve this same feeling! Lena believes the program will be life changing and is READY NOW! To anyone who may be on the fence about signing up for either “40 Days to Personal Revolution” or “Light Up! Teacher Empowerment Program,” Lena encourages you to also be READY NOW! Life is too short too wonder about what is possible!

Lena thanks each member of the SDY community for “being you!” Every smile, every hug, every high five and every laugh encourages her to show up with her mat and an open heart! She loves that Baron Baptiste says, “the greatest source of natural power we have available to us is being ourselves,” because this is exactly what she can be at SDY!

We LOVE Lena’s dedication and love for her yoga practice! She brings an element of fun and play to the studio every time she walks in and truly embodies what it means to “LIVE your yoga!”



Freedom Lies In Being Bold

“FREEDOM LIES IN BEING BOLD.”

-Robert Frost

Stepping into leadership is not an easy task and can in fact be downright intimidating. What we know to be true from our experience at every new level of training is that taking the next step is going to be BOTH exciting and scary. In moments of “decision,” the fear or resistance we feel should not make us retreat but causeus to move forward. Consider that often the thing we avoid or find excuses not to do, is the thing that we are MEANT to do.
We are thrilled to begin “BE BOLD: Advanced Leadership Training” at Spotted Dog Yoga this Saturday AUGUST 12th. This program has been created as an access for SDY teachers and “LIGHT UP!” 200 Hour Teacher Empowerment graduates to continue and expand their development as leaders. 
Congratulations to Kristin Obregon, Jennifer Cox, Stephanie Tice, Rick Cheney and Emily Kendall for being accepted into “Be Bold!” In the next year, they will revolutionize and transform themselves as human beings, students, teachers and leaders in our community!
Wherever you are in your yoga journey, Spotted Dog Yoga has a great program for you.  We invite you to enroll for “Learn Yoga” Beginners Series starting August 15th, “40 Days To Personal Revolution” starting September 5th and apply for “Light Up” Teacher Empowerment Program starting October 21st.
The Spotted Dog Yoga family acknowledges YOU for taking the lead in your practice and growing our community from the inside out!
-Nick and Katie


“HiiT + Run: Summer Running & Yoga Series!” Week 3!

Gold Country Run + Sport and Spotted Dog Yoga are excited to announce week 3 of our “HiiT + Run: Summer Running & Yoga Series!”

How “HiiT & Run” Works

• A 2 mile run (at your own pace) to a local park.

• 30 minute Power Yoga HiiT class.

A 2 mile run back to the start.

What is HiiT? High Intensity Interval Training (HiiT)

• Dynamic movements for 30 second intervals

Between Dynamic movements, rest with a traditional yoga stretch

• Increase your metabolism, strengthen your heart, regulate

blood sugar levels, and burn more calories!

What To Bring

• Running shoes

• Comfortable workout clothes

• Water (We will have water for you at the half way point)

Upcoming Event

Meet in the parking lot in front of Folsom Tap House

25005 Blue Ravine Rd Ste 140, Folsom, CA 95630.

We will run along the Humbug Creek trail. 

HiiT will be done at Phillip C. Cohn Park in Folsom

More Information

Spotted Dog Yoga 916-990-1720

Gold Country Run + Sport 916-303-4786