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MacKenzie Kozlowski (Miller)  email: info@mackenzieyoga.com — 📍Red Deer, AB. Sponsored by @aloyoga.

I love spending time on my mat and I’m embarrassed to admit how infrequently it happens these days... So much of my passion for the practice has been sucked dry. I’m not sure why, but I know more time spent on my mat in my body, breath and mind will help reignite my creative juices and ground me. I’ve decided to roll out my mat more when Adler is awake because he’s independent enough and keeps himself preoccupied. You will notice when he’s out of sight I look around for him because he’s pulling himself to stand on everything. 😳 I no longer can film videos with my phone on the floor. Head over to my story to see what it looks like when I do. 🤦🏻‍♀️ If I’m being honest with myself I’ve been really off my game lately on all fronts. I think that traveling the world professionally for 4 years, living in 3 different cities in the past 4 years and now having finally settled in one place is bringing up a lot for me. This winter is going to be one of big changes for me personally and professionally. I’m scared, but know it will all be worth it in the end. Time to recommit to my well-being practices to keep me focused. 🧘🏻‍♀️ How is it almost October already?! This year has flown by!! Adler will be one next month!! 😱 Wearing one of my favorite @aloyoga colors Nectar! This crop top and goddess leggings are 👌🏼.

🍑 grabbing partners for life.

Goodbye snowy Alberta, Hello sunny Colorado!! This picture was taken yesterday at @steelponyfarm. Brrr!! I’m not ready for winter yet. This morning our family hit the road bright and early to head to the airport. It’s a 90 minute drive, which gives us lots of opportunity to listen to some great music or an awesome audiobook. This morning we are listening to our favorite 90’s playlist (I posted it on my stories). I’d love to hear what you listen to while in the car/on the train/walking!! Give me all your favorite music!! Please feel free to send awesome book recommendations too! I’m always looking for new audiobooks to listen to. I just finished Esther Perel’s “Mating in Captivity.” I highly recommend it, but frankly I love all of her work. Extra credit for anyone who can name the crop behind me!

Hi @instagram family! Just thought I’d take a moment and share a little about myself for those of you who haven’t been around my account for long. I’m MacKenzie, nice to virtually meet you. 👋🏼 Almost 11 months ago I became a mom for the first time to my son Adler 👶🏻. He arrived two months early when I was in Germany teaching at a yoga festival. Talk about the surprise of a lifetime?! (Scroll back in my feed to read more about our journey) Our sweet family lives in Red Deer, AB Canada, but I’m originally from Seattle, WA. My husband is a vegetable farmer 👨🏻‍🌾 so we spend a lot of time outdoors in the dirt and eat the tasty freshest veggies around! Adler loves all foods (even the green ones). We used baby led weaning when we started him on solids and now he eats what we do! When I started this account nearly 6 years ago it mainly documented my yoga practice 🤸🏻‍♀️ and was a way for me to share my teaching. Now it serves more as an emotional diary to share my experience on this planet. 🧘🏻‍♀️ Being a mom has been the most profound thing I’ve ever been through hence why I post about it so frequently. I’ve taken most of this year off work to spend time with Adler. As he is becoming more independent I’ll start working again which means yoga workshops worldwide in 2019!! DM or email me regarding bookings. 🎉Thanks for being a part of my family and supporting me and my journey. It truly means more to me than you’ll ever know. If you want to practice yoga with me click the link in my bio. I’ve got tons of classes online. 💙 Now it’s your turn! Share your name, where you live, what you do, if you have any kids (fur/human), or anything else you want to share!! Let’s get to know each other better. 🙌🏼 Thanks to @sophie.jaffe for inspiring this post and @robinmartinyoga for snapping this photo when I was visiting Seattle a few weeks ago.

Today I experimented with getting on my mat while Adler was playing to see if he’d be interested or not. He seemed to enjoy playing around me while I moved. I think I’ll try this more often. It’s not the most productive practice, but it’s time well spent because Alder will grow up seeing his mama on the mat. Watch until the end, it’s too cute, every time I kicked up into handstand he would reach up to catch my foot. Listen with the sound on. His sounds are perfection. He’s just the best. 💙 I’m wearing @aloyoga and Adler is wearing @bellacanvaskids.

No staged Instagram photo today. This was legit was my third serving of soup hence the messy bowl. Fall means all the soups! Although it’s supposed to snow here three days within the next week which sounds more like winter to me, but I’m going to ignore that small fact! 😩😩
This pumpkin soup is easy! Preheat oven to 350F. Cut pumpkin in half, scoop out guts, rub coconut oil on the pumpkin’s flesh. Place flesh side down on baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes. Simultaneously chop 2 onions and 2 carrots. Sauté in pan over medium with coconut oil. After a few minutes add a couple gloves of minced garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent and carrots begin to soften. Add 4 cups of broth (I suggest homemade chicken or veggie). Scoop out the pumpkin flesh and add it to the pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes. Add a heaping spoon of curry powder and a tablespoon or two of chopped cilantro. I skipped the salt so Adler could eat the soup, but feel free to add salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Stir in 1 cup of coconut cream. Use an immersion blender and blend until smooth. I love to add quinoa or even @vitalproteins’s collagen powder for a protein packed soup. For the list of ingredients in this soup head over to my story - I’ll post them there. Do you guys want more easy (and baby friendly recipes)? Adler and I both slurped up every last drop of this soup. Thanks to my hubby @steelponyfarm for all the veggies in this soup. Happy cooking!! #steelponyfarmily

Saturday I lived through one of the scariest moments of my life. Mike, Adler and I were driving over to a friend’s house for brunch. We were on a four lane road in the left hand lane and Mike was driving. To our right was a truck pulling a trailer. On a side street to the right was someone trying to turn left onto the street we were on. This person couldn’t see us because of the truck and trailer and thought it was clear for their left hand turn. All of the sudden I saw a blue car speeding towards me. I screamed at the top of my lungs, “SHIT!!” Mike swerved hard to the left and the car skidded from the dramatic change of direction. In that moment I realized the car had missed me which meant it was heading towards Adler whose car seat is behind the passenger seat. His sweet little life flashed before my eyes. Seconds later it was clear we had narrowly escaped a terrible accident. We pulled over to double check that everything was truly okay. It seems impossible we escaped without a scratch. I felt adrenaline rushing throughout my body. I started shaking and then sobbing. This life of ours is so precious and in an instant can be taken. I share this story as a reminder of the fragility of life and to urge everyone not to use their phones while driving. Fortunately Mike was paying attention and therefore was able to react, but had he been distracted that might not have been the case. I am guilty of being distracted while driving. The good news is that my phone has a driving mode which I’m going to start avidly using. Please, please, please don’t instastory/text/anything while you’re the driver. This life is so precious. Feeling super grateful to be here today. This is the last selfie we took as a family. So much love for my little family. Sending love worldwide.

I WILL NOT PLAY IT SMALL ANYMORE. Repeat after me. I will not play it small anymore. Let’s be honest it’s easy to stay in my comfort zone, to make excuses for why I can’t ______, but the truth is I can. Recently I’ve set goals, written them down, and figured out how to put them into action. One piece at a time. No matter how small. If I’m being honest with myself I’ve been complacent the past two years using pregnancy/motherhood as excuses to let my professional success slide. No longer. I’ve made commitments to myself of what I’d want to accomplish and I will achieve my goals. Why? Because I believe I can. I believe I can. I believe I can. That’s more than half the battle. One of my main priorities is to lead a yoga retreat in 2019. It’s been four years since my last one. Four years too long. Who’s willing to commit to stop playing it small with me? Comment a 🙋🏻‍♀️ if you’re with me and if you’re willing share what you’d like to accomplish. 📸: @lenaigdelisleweddings for @yoga_medicine.

First photo shoot post baby (besides filming for @alo.moves) and while looking through the photos it’d be easy to focus on the fact that my body isn’t what it used to be, my physical practice is so much weaker, insert more negative self talk... but the reality is that I look at this photo and see raw strength and courage. I see a woman who endured the unexpected birth of her son in a foreign country. I see strength that runs deeper than my body. I see someone who lives grounded in love. Not all transformation photos need to be stronger or more flexible versions of yourself. The transformation I’m more interested in these days is mental. I’m proud of myself for showing up every day. I’m proud of myself for knowing how to ask for help when I need it. I’m proud of myself for accepting and giving an abundance of love. What are you proud of yourself for? 💙 photo by @lenaigdelisleweddings for @yoga_medicine. rocking @aloyoga leggings.

Today may you find a reason to smile as big as Adler. 😄 What do you have to smile about? (Emoji answers encouraged!) My reasons are 👶🏻👨🏻‍🌾🥦💚 Photo taken by my amazing husband @steelponyfarm while we were vacationing at @1440multiversity. Wearing my newest obsession @aloyoga‘s colour concrete.

Sometimes all you need is a hug to fix everything. Why not hug yourself? In this @alo.moves Shoulder Mobility and Stability class you’ll get the chance to hug yourself and give your shoulders lots of love. Come practice this brand new class with me by clicking the link in my bio! 😄

😋 yesterday my little man turned ten months. Ten whole months you’ve been in our lives. I’m forever changed in numerous positive ways. Thank you my eagle for choosing me as your Mama. 💙 Thanks @robinmartinyoga for capturing Adler’s essence so well and @aloyoga’s concrete leggings for creating the perfect backdrop to make Adler’s eyes pop.

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