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Help the Hurricane Irma Victims by Sweating for a Cause at Inner Balance

Hurricane Irma Relief

“The Calm Before the Storm”. Duck Key by Taylor Walker Sinning


Downtown Miami by Taylor Walker Sinning


Downtown Miami by Taylor Walker Sinning


Here in Miami, the effects of Irma have really forced me to stop and take a moment to analyze what life is all about. We are so lucky to have come out of this storm relatively unscathed, but my heart breaks for many of those much less fortunate. We were in the Florida Keys (photo above) for Labor Day Weekend and just cannot believe the devastation. Every little bit helps so whether you are near or far we would appreciate donations of any kind!

Join is at Inner Balance Studio on Saturday, September 23 for a
Fundraiser for the Victims of Hurricane Irma
ALL classes will be donation only. ALL proceeds will be sent to the Miami Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund.  If you prefer to donate directly, please click here.
Starting tomorrow, we will also be collecting items/supplies.  All items collected will be dropped off at the Miami Beach Fire Department.  These Miami responders are actively involved in Hurricane Irma relief efforts and Inner Balance Studio is honored to be a part of the help being offered.
What can you donate?
  • Pillows/Blankets
  • Underwear/Socks (child-adult)
  • Shoes (child-adult)
  • Facial/ Body Wipes
  • Adult diapers. (They have asked to please not send children’s diapers as they have enough)
  • Comfortable clothing  (baby-adult)
  • Baby Formula and Bottles
  • Books/Activity Books (child-adult)
  • Phone Chargers
  • Pet Food
  • Toiletries
  • Feminine Hygiene Product
  • Towels
  • Toys
  • Non-perishable food
If you have any questions about items to donate, or how you can be involved directly, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Studio Manager, Iana Malcolm at
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Oxygen Jungle Villas in Uvita, Costa Rica: Unplug to Recharge

A few weeks ago Cory and I were in desperate need of a  little getaway. Our first trip together was to Costa Rica and after stumbling upon the Oxygen Jungle Villas from my friend “Beach Pilates Girl” we knew this was the perfect spot to rest and recharge. The OJV is a Balinese style resort built into the beautiful mountainous jungle of Uvita. Located on the southwestern coast of Costa Rica. The resort overlooks the splendor of the Pacific Ocean which means you have the opportunity to breathe in the mountain air while watching the waves dance delicately with the coast line as tucans and howler monkeys converse in the background.


The Oxygen Jungle Villas have been featured in both Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure publications as one of the top resorts in Costa Rica. From the moment you step foot into your glass enclosed room or enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail overlooking the infinity pool you can see why as you immediately feel every cell in your body relax and all your worries wash away with the tide below. Even though our visit fell during rainy season we enjoyed sun filled mornings followed by rain-filled romantic afternoons, which we enjoyed from the comfort of our covered patio complete with an oversized couch.

Costa Rica is about two hours behind eastern standard time so we were really able to soak in every second of each day. We woke up with the sun and sounds of the jungle and were able to get to bed early without the distraction of television. The resort has great wifi, but they do not have in-room telephones or T.V. (Which we did not mind in the least). Since there are only ten villas on site it is a quick 1-2 minute walk to the front desk if you need anything at all. A trek we did not have to make other than to make dinner or spa reservations. Conveniently enough,  the desk is located right next to the pool.


While staying at the resort you can make the vacation exactly what you want. If it is adventure you seek, there are tons of adventure tours you can take part in! On our first trip Guanacaste Costa Rica we did the horseback riding, zip lining and hot springs adventures so on this trip we decided to hike to the on-site water falls, get massages, swim and take in all the benefits that being in nature has to offer. We ate almost every meal at the resort as well! They offered plenty of healthy options and had a fantastic wine, cocktail and local craft beer selection.

Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that being in nature can help boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, improve your mood and ability to focus as well as increase your energy and improve your sleep. Spending time at the Oxygen Jungle Villas did that for us and more! Although, we only had three nights to spend there we felt like me had adequate time to recharge.

The flight from Miami was a quick 2 hours to San Jose Airport. From San Jose we rented a car from Adobe Rent-A-Car. The car was a brand new SUV (a 4x 4 is required to get to the resort), the space was pristine and the men working couldn’t have been nicer. The resort is about a three hour drive with many sights and attractions along the way like the “Croc Bridge” and roadside fruit stands and restaurants.

This trip was the perfect balance of upscale, rustic relaxation. I rarely had to put on makeup or do my hair. The property was pristine and extremely well taken care of and I would love to come back ASAP. Before we left, we were worried about mosquitos (ZIKA) and bugs, but with ample amounts of bug spray Cory and I both left without a single  bite and the energy to battle the next few months until our next adventure.

If you are planning a getaway I can wholeheartedly recommend the Oxygen Jungle Villas of Costa Rica! Although the resort is already super affordable enter the code TWF10 upon checkout for an additional 10% off your stay.  If luxury, adventure and relaxation are on the top of your next vacay list then I suggest you book the Oxygen Jungle Villas ASAP.

3 Days in Charleston & My Thoughts on our Visit to Boone Hall Plantation

I know it is rare to share a post over a holiday but with a recent trip to Charleston South Carolina I feel Independence Day is the perfect time to share a recent experience I had with my best friends in the world. As we age, life often takes many twists and turns. Fortunately for me the one constant in my life has always been my strong connections with my best girlfriends. Most of my friendships have lasted over a decade and over half of them have spanned over two decades. These women have seen me through the best of times and also through the worst of times and as families are expanding and the miles between us get longer we always find a way to carve much needed time together into our hectic schedules.

This year, we chose Charleston SC because my gorgeous friend is six months pregnant and lives within driving distance of the quaint little city. We have a love for all things culinary and the cocktail scene was an added bonus. My maid of honor is essentially the social director of all our trips so we left everything up to her. We went to Poogan’s Porch and Paw Paw for  meals and Prohibition and Republic for cocktails. On Saturday we decided to walk off brunch by strolling through King’s Street to the water and making a detour past Southern Charm star Patricia Altschul’s palatial estate. Charleston is chock full of charming curb appeal that truly takes you back to another time.

Towards the end of the day we decided to get out of dodge and head out to Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant which is about twenty minutes outside of Charleston city center. Boone Hall is the perfectly maintained working plantation where Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got married and also the set of “Ali’s” parents house in “The Notebook“. The rows of oak trees lining the entrance truly takes you back to another time and if you are in Charleston I strongly suggest you taking an afternoon to spend the day learning and enjoying the grounds.

To the left of the house stands “slave street”. The slave and sharecroppers quarters that date back to the 1700’s. What I did not know is that the Boone Hall Plantation essentially set the stage for slavery in the  early 1700’s and although we have learned about our countries dark past, it is an entirely different experience to see it first hand.  As a visitor of Boone Hall you can join a tour or simply walk through slave street as stories of slaves past are described over surround sound. My heart broke almost immediately, but it was not until I saw dog-like collars that slaves were forced to wear and a price list for my ancestors that I completely fell apart.  In today’s society we are still feeling the effects of slavery and discrimination based on skin color, and although there is still much work to be done I feel eternally grateful for all of those who fought for the life my family, friends and I live today.

In the last slave quarter my friends and I were able to read a timeline of black American history that dated all the way back to 1617! Slavery lasted over 200 years before life in America started to shift. By shift I mean a little ripple in the ocean of life. It was not until 1967 that the Loving Decision made interracial marriage legal in the United States. Can you believe that? Because of the brave men and women who came before me I exist, my family, my marriage and my siblings marriages exist. We are free to love whomever, eat wherever and live free of burden. For all of those things, I am forever grateful!

I know the old saying goes: “ignorance is bliss”, but I believe knowledge is power. The Boone Hall Plantation was a life changing experience for me and I know it will be a special place to share with our children one day. It is a living testimony of courage and strength and a fight that many Americans continue to fight every single day. By the time I got home I felt mildly depressed, a little hungover and full of gratitude for the life I get to live and the friendships that make up the fabric of my life.

So I did what any normal girl would do. I watched The Notebook (many scenes shot in Charleston and Boone Hall), took a nap and gave my husband all the kisses in the world.

America the free. Home of the brave.

5 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy and Fit While Traveling

Where in the world is Taylor Walker Fit?! [sung to the ‘Carmen San Diego’ theme song] Every week it is a guessing game as to where in world I will be. Is it exciting? Yes, but it can also be exhausting and leave you sick with a wicked sinus infection like this week.

I left for California last Tuesday only to have my four day trip turn into a seven day trip.  I was left to search for a laundromat and a place to get a fresh blow out in LV, and it was an good ‘ol fashion adventure to say the least. That my friends is the less than glamorous part of the modeling industry. You have to be flexible and OK with throwing your schedule out the window. You also have to be flexible and comfortable with keeping your health and fitness your number one priority. It takes a little bit of work, but once you get the habit of it. Living this life becomes second nature.

In my early years of hustle and bustle I did not give much thought into what I put into my body. Food was portrayed as food, not fuel, and any drive through would suffice. These days, processed food leaves me feeling just as low as an alcohol induced hangover; so I wanted to share a few health tips for all of my road warriors out there.

Remember…Small changes can yield large rewards!

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3 Days in LA LA Land

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About to Touch Down in LA LA Land

Taylor Walker Fit Does LA LA Land

Hotel Views From The Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

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Morning Walks Through Santa Monica

Morning Walks Through Santa Monica.

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One Way to the beach!

Happy Monday Everyone! I know the blog was a little light last week, but if you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was in California shooting a social media campaign for my friends at Old Navy. When the e-mail came through to participate in the shoot I was beyond excited. There are so many incredible bloggers out there with a much bigger following than I have,  but when these opportunities present themselves I always remember the words of my uncle who said to me the week before I won the Wilhelmina Fitness Model Search: Why not you? So, if there is something you want to do, but are afraid to do; look in the mirror today and ask yourself the same question. Why not you?

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Views on Views Over L.A.

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Worked up a sweat, but we made it to the top!

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Zappos Meets Wilhelmina Family

Over my five days on the left coast I completely fell in L-O-V-E with everything about L.A. and the surrounding areas. I was able to spend time wandering around the streets Santa Monica, spent time with family friends including personal trainer and rockstar Blake O’Brian  in Manhattan Beach, went to hike Runyon Canyon and drove through Beverly Hills,  past Grumman’s Chinese Theatre and every lust-worthy, insta-worthy backdrop you could imagine with my childhood friend!

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Santa Monica Community Garden

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There is Beauty Everywhere

Taylor Walker Fit Does LA LA Land

Taylor Walker Fit Does LA LA Land

Taylor Walker Fit Does LA LA Land

I must have walked to the Santa Monica Pier and back ten times during my trip, but every time I left the hotel I found myself taking the “scenic route”! If you fine yourself in Santa Monica make sure to stroll to the pier and the Third Street Promenade.  There are gardens and farmers market restaurants where even your comfort food is locally sourced and nutrient dense!

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Yes to every bite!

Making my way to the pier!

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Santa Monica Pier at Sunset

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Odell Beckham Jr Pier Side Hard at Work

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It is even beautiful at night!

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KALE me crazy, but I cannot wait to come back!

California is really the mecca of healthy living! With nearly perfect weather most of the year and organic farm to table food on every corner; I almost intentionally missed my flight to Vegas. I will be back in August for the final Propel event and I seriously cannot wait! I got a new camera, and I absolutely adore it (clearly), so today’s post is simply a photo diary of my time in beautiful Southern California! [Mom…I hope you are proud of my shots LOL]

Comment below with  your can’t mis spots in L.A. so I can make sure to visit at the end of the summer!

Napa Travel Guide: EAT

Napa/Sonoma Travel Guide: Eat

A couple weeks ago I shared the start of a three part Napa Travel Guide called DRINK. Today, we are all about the food. Napa’s farm to table cuisine will 200% change your life. If you have ever been to Europe then you know that you can taste the freshness of the food across the pond. Most people over there purchase their meat and produce from corner markets, and they eat with the seasons. Even in the winter, fruit and vegetable stands are set up under cover, ready to help you create your next delectable stew or pasta dish. It is the way we are supposed to consume. Foods plucked from the Earth at exactly the right time, ready for consumption, unprocessed and delicious. Everything we are in Napa tasted fresher than fresh and was bursting with earthly flavor. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

So, now for a question. What happens when you start to drink? You get hungry….duh! So today’s post will be all about eating your way through Napa and Sonoma. You will experience some of the freshest farm-to-table cuisine your palate has every encountered. As stated in DRINK, Cory and I stayed at THE LODGE in Sonoma. I loved the quieter, laid back, vibe and it was super convenient to eat healthy, delicious meals every single day.

Napa/Sonoma Travel Guide: Eat

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Napa/Sonoma Travel Guide: Eat


180 Rutherford Hill Road

Rutherford, California 94573


You cannot beat the view at Auberge Du Soliel. Request a table out on the  patio and enjoy the best view of the valley. Their extensive and award winning wine list was fantastic! Since we still had four more winery stops that day we actually opted for their house cabernet, which had a good price point, and satiated our different palettes. Take a break from the vino to enjoy a cocktail before sunset, but please do not miss this gem! Cory and I couldn’t wait to order and started with the burrata, gnocchi and foes gras. Our main entrees were a market salad and braised short rib. We left full, happy and ready to take on the day.

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