Move to Love Yoga – Filming


On Saturday morning I had an amazing time being part of a More to Love yoga class that was being filmed for a Bank of America commercial. (The founder/instructor Rachel won a BOA small business contest.)

I love More to Love! It’s such a body accepting experience.

I’ve written before about feeling self conscious being the only plus sized woman in an exercise class. With yoga classes before More to Love, that was nearly always the case. I’d leave class feeling unhappy – which made the class not worth it!

Enter Rachel, the yogi behind More to Love.

Here’s what Rachel said about the filming experience:

3 years ago I had no yoga students.

I had no yoga classes scheduled.

I didn’t even have a space to hold classes.

All I had was an idea and an invite to anyone who was tired of feeling like their body was something to be ashamed of.

All I had was a love for yoga and how it helped me feel more “home” in my bigger body.

So the invites grew…and more people joined me to practice yoga with a special twist.

3 years later….

This weekend, as the lights, camera and director kept calling “action!” — I kept having to pinch myself.

“For real? A major company’s commercial is staring ME and is about More to Love Yoga?”

But truth is it’s not about ME…it’s always been about YOU.

The body who craves freedom.

The bigger body who desires a deep, long exhale.

The fat butt that can rock a pair of leggings without a shred of fear.

The full belly who when laughs, jiggles and shakes with no reservations.

That’s what More to Love is…and this weekend, that’s what I know the big film crew captured.

So thank you to the Lovelies who made time in their day to join the filmed class.

And thanks to those who were joining in spirit.

And a future “welcome” to the soon to be Lovelies…we can’t wait to have you join us.

3 years is not a lot of time…so go do and create that thing your heart is pulling you towards.

You will not be let down


The director put me and my purple shirt in the front row

– even when I told her I’m a yoga novice.

We’ll see if I make the final cut of the commercial.

Thank you More to Love for inviting me to be a part of your film & be one of the “Lovelies”.

I’ll be back for a regular class soon!

Vivacious Life Retreat – 4/29


Ladies in MA, what are you doing on 4/29?

You should join Vivacious Life for their women’s only one day retreat.

My friend Laura founded this company after writing her book F*ck Skinny.

Here’s the schedule for 4/29:

8:00am-9:00am – Wake-up and Flow Yoga

9:00am-10:00am – Light Breakfast and gathering in the Sun Room

10:15am-11:30am – Welcome and Taming Your Inner Critic with Coach Caitlin Green


12:00pm-1:30pm – Cooking Is Not Rocket Science and Lunch with Chef Danielle DeSiato


2:00pm-3:00pm – The Sweet Science You Need to Break Your Sugar Addiction with Coach Laura J. Ingalls

4:00pm – Check-Out

If you’re interested but cost is an issue, let me know.

Boston Public Health – Free Summer Fitness Series


You know I love free fitness and try to make this blog a source of info for you on free fitness opportunities whenever I find them.

The full listing of classes can be found at the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series

I haven’t decided yet which of these classes will be added to my schedule.

Summer in MA has an abundance of free fitness, in addition to year round November Project, so that’s triggered 2 posts in a row for me about free fitness classes.

Fitness at the Nonprofit Technology Conference

I’m back in MA after a week long trip to CA for the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

It was my 1st year attending and I was blown away by how awesome the event was – educational and amazing networking opportunities.

I was a speaker on the panel “How Nonprofit Staff Can Regain Control of Their Work Lives and Get Better Results“.

I was also impressed by the effort to offer active networking opportunities at the conference.

During lunch break on the 1st day of the conference, I went on a walk lead by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman – Authors of “Happy Healthy Nonprofit“.


Group photo from the #16NTCwalk

The following day at lunch there was a cycling tour – but I am not a fan of riding a bike without wearing a helmet, so I skipped that in favor of lunch with my fellow panelists and Nonprofit Marketing Guide All Access Pass members.

On the last day of the conference, there was “Geek Yoga” during the lunch break.


I’m on the right side, facing the camera, ready to yoga – despite wearing a dress

I had a great time at both active sessions and am super glad I joined in.

I hope to be able to attend the Nonprofit Technology Conference in 2017!


I’m Back! Yoga at Beacon Hill Yoga

On Sunday night, I joined a small group of bloggers for a yoga class at Beacon Hill Yoga.

Blogger Yoga

The class was lead by Kyle (Instagram: GuyUpsideDown).

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that the new year was not kind to me health wise, culminating with surgery in early February. I’d been cleared to work out again, but was scared.

I’m so glad that I signed up for the yoga class and attended. It was exactly what I needed to feel back on track, fitness wise.

Kyle was great leading the 5 of us and offering modifications for yoga novices.

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I felt a little bit like there was “no place to hide” with such a small class, but I know that’s all in my own head and something I need to work on.

I’m proud of myself for taking a fitness class before I’m over the fear of not being ready.

Soul Pose


I had a blast at Soul Pose in Waltham, MA on Saturday morning!



My friend Erica joined me and took this photo of me

The yoga session was packed but fun. The weather cooperated with us, sunny and warm – 85 degrees!

The leader for the session came all the way from Utah. I liked her because she encouraged doing what felt right for you; because every move feels different for every person.

In a small world moment, half way through the session the woman on the mat to my left said “Are you Danielle?”. She recognized my voice and is a Boston Women Communicators member. She’s also a yoga instructor, so I suddenly got self conscious about my lack of yoga skills.

Soul Pose had staff from Core Power Yoga walking through the crowd to spritz us with water.

I’m glad Erica got photos of the confetti throw. It was fun!

Thank you to Soul Pose for hosting such a fun event! I’ll be watching for other events you host in MA.



Photo credit for the 2 collages above: Erica, the blogger behind Boston Rookie

Soul Pose – Win a Free Admission!

You may remember me posting about Soul Pose, the awesome yoga party coming to MA on 9/19.

The organizers of Soul Pose were kind enough to offer me a free admission code to give away and I decided to share it with my awesome readers!

Leave a comment below telling me if you’re interested in attending, and I’ll use a random # generator to choose the winner.


I’m going to be there for the sunlight session beginning at 11:30 AM. There’s also an evening black light session that begins at 7 PM.

Will I see you there?

9/2 – Geeks Who Drink Quiz for a Cause to Benefit the Jimmy Fund

September means a few things to me: National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month & Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

The yoga fundraiser for our Jimmy Fund Walk team was on Sunday night & it was well attended! I was delayed by shuttle bussing on the red line, so I ran in just as class started, but it took me way too long to calm down and enjoy the yoga class.

One of my friends that attended got some great photos of the sun setting over Boston Common:

I have one more fundraiser for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk and it’s on Wednesday 9/2! Will I see you there?!

Geeks Who Drink Quiz for a Cause

September 2nd

8 PM

White Horse Tavern 

Allston, MA

Our Mission:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to conquer all forms of cancer in children and adults.

The Money is Going Towards:
You don’t need to be a doctor to cure cancer! Money raised will be going to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund Boston Marathon walk. 50% of all funds for Dana-Farber go to research, the highest of any hospital in the US.

Participant Info:
$5 per person entry (cash only, please). The winning team will receive $5 for each team that donated! You DO NOT have to pay to play, but you won’t be able to win the cash prize.

This is a fundraiser to help me meet my $500 fundraising goal for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in 2015.

It will be the 2nd year I’ve had a Geeks Who Drink Quiz for A Cause night to support the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

Geeks Who Drink trivia is a good time, so come on out and have a fun night. Your donations will help fund future cancer treatments!

If you can’t make the trivia night, but would still like to support my fundraising, you can donate at: Danielle Kempe Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk funraising page

I’m looking forward to another inspiring walk to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute!

Read about my 2014 experience of walking the full 26.2 miles

Yoga Fundraiser for Jimmy Fund Walk

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be back as a party of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in 2015.

This year, I’ll be walking the 5 mile route with the Boston Bloggers team.

One of our fundraisers will be an August 30th yoga class on Boston Common.

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You can register for the class by making a donation at

If you can’t make the class, but would still like to support my fundraising, you can donate at: Danielle Kempe Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk funraising page

I’m looking forward to another inspiring walk to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute!

Read about my 2014 experience of walking the full 26.2 miles