Saturday, January 1, 2022



 Every year, I make the same grandiose proclamation to start the new year. 


Tikima, does the resolution last the entire year? HELL NAW. It fails and it fails miserably. I start the year with gumption by choosing lengthy business books that are hella boring and all of the gumption and excitement I began the new year with fade quickly. With that method, I would average approximately 3 books a year. 1 business book, 1 self-help book and lastly whichever manga my daughter is reading at the time. Yes, manga count too. It is all about balance homie. 

This year I will NOT learn from my past failures and make the same grandiose proclamation...


(22 to be exact) 

What will make this year different? You guys and a plan of course! MY online accountability homies will always have my back. 


What is my plan you may ask? Well, here it is: 

- Switch the genre often so I do not get bored
- Join a book club
- If the book does not spark joy, On To The Next One (I hope you read that in your best Jay Z voice) 
- Force my daughter to participate in the challenge with me. Hell, I need at-home support too. 
- Comprise a list of books I would like to read this year so I am not scrambling to find a book. 
- Set aside quality time to read.

I don't know if I mention this before but... this is my third straight year attempting this challenge. Therefore, I have a running list of one day I will read books. I added that list to my current #22booksin2022 list and I am currently sitting on 40 books I would like to read in 2022!!! As a person who gets overwhelmed quickly, I feel good knowing I have options.

Below, I am sharing the list I would be choosing the 22 books I would like to read or reread in 2022 from.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021


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Thursday, October 14, 2021


Today I attempted a sumo deadlift and my hips and hip flexors screamed 


My hips are TIGHT ya'll. I may joke around but having extremely tight hips is no joking matter. Tight hips can cause (and be a result of)  muscle imbalances, lower back problems, poor posture, and much more. This is the best time to use my favorite gif.

While hip pain is quite common for older people, it can affect all ages, including children. Some may think a strenuous activity (like the sumo deadlifts I did earlier)  is the culprit tight hips and/or hip pain. We must remember that everyday activities can result in tight hips: sitting at your desk, driving, watching TV, and even reading. If you suffer from tight hips and subsequently hip pain, you should always consult your physician prior to starting any exercise routine. Your physician can steer you in the direction of a physical therapist, chiropractor, or whatever is best for you. 

Over the past year and a half, I have lost 80% of my mobility. Crazy right?? I would like to add my lack of mobility to the list of things I blame on the pandemic. 

I have become accustomed to living day to day with tight hips- and that is not a good thing especially when it comes to pain and mobility. In order to regain some flexibility, mobility, and rid myself of hip pain due to tight hips, I am sharing my 3 favorite yoga poses. These 3 poses should only be done when your body is super pliable meaning during your yoga practice, post-run, or your cool-down.


Tikima Renee Fitness in Happy Baby Pose

Happy baby pose or ananda balasana in Sanskrit is one of my favorite poses that is offered at the end of vinyasa sequences. The pose is used for relaxation and gently stretch your back and hips.
  • Begin by lying on your back and bend your knees towards your chest.
  • Align your heels over your knees while keeping your sacrum on the floor.
  • Grab the outside of your feet and let your knees open to your side. 
  • Gently bring your knees into your armpit while pushing your feet towards your hands.
  • Take a few breathes while holding this pose. 

You may be unable to clasp your feet without lifting your upper back and pelvis off the floor. If this is the case, try to keep your knees bent.  


Half frog pose, ardha bhekasana in Sanskrit or also known as the bane of my existence. This pose is usually used to stretch the quadriceps and deep hip flexors. 
  • Lie onto your belly with your forearms on the floor and parallel. Place your elbows under your shoulders 
  • Ground your pelvic bone into your mat and draw your belly in.
  • Bend your right foot towards your glutes. Hold your foot with the right hand, fingers pointing forward and elbow towards the sky. 
  • To deepen the posture, straighten the left arm. 
  • Breathe while holding this pose. 

You can use a strap looped around your foot if you can not reach it with ease. 


Tikima Renee Fitness in double pigeon pose, fire log pose

Double pigeon pose, fire log pose or agnistambhasana in Sanskrit, is a challenging hip opener. 
  • Begin by sitting in a cross-legged position. 
  • Exhale and place one ankle on top of your opposite knee.
  • Inhale and align the other underneath the opposite knee. 
  • Take a few breathes here and repeat on the opposite side.

I am not perfect and my poses need a little work but that is yoga. Yoga is a practice, a journey, and a lifelong experience. Do not hesitate to start your yoga journey due to perfection.  If you are experiencing tight hips,  try all or some of these yoga poses. I would love to hear about your experience. 



**Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021


T.D.E yoga playlist Thursday Tunes

What's Up Homies!! I am back with another yoga playlist. This time something a little different. I have been struggling to find my voice as a yoga teacher. I have been comparing myself to other instructors because of their "zen" and I slowly began to complain more. 

My voice is not as soothing as theirs, I don't want to always play chanting and waterfalls in my classes, and my energy is too low or too high.

Instead of staying in a discouraged state, this got me thinking. If I do not want to do it, why do it? My practice is what I make of it. I need to stop comparing myself to others, find balance, and loosen up. 

I was in a funk and I knew I needed to do something about it before it festers into something larger. I decided to take time for myself the best way I knew. That involved a dope-ass playlist and hitting the mat.  I felt that if I was going to let loose in this yoga sequencing, music had to reflect. This playlist was inspired by the one the only Kendrick Lamar. Yes, you read properly. Ya' girl loves Kendrick Lamar. 

Accolades such as Grammy's, Pulitzer Prize, and being named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world have made Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar a household name. His wittiness, soul, funk, and realness of his words have put him in the hearts of many, including me, a Los Angeles native. 


Even though Yoga: T.D.E starts with the sound of crashing waves, it takes you on fifty-five minutes of sampled music greatness. Yes, I could toot my own horn and say greatness. While putting this playlist together I knew I wanted to include Kendrick's labelmates from Top Dawg Ent. such as Jay Rock, Reason and others. 

YOGA: T.D.E  does contain TV-Mature words so you have been warned. Who doesn't love curse words coupled with yoga? I'll wait. 

Speaking of curse words and yoga, I believe this flow and playlist relieved some of the pressure I was placing on myself of being the "perfect yoga teacher". It allowed me to unwind and let go for 60 minutes. I wish that this flow and playlist was the answer to my perfectionism and comparisons but it is not. There is more I have to unpack but I had a break and that matters to me. 


Time to levitate, let your hair down, and stop the show with this 60-minute power yoga flow. Inhale, fill up... Exhale, release... NAMASTE HOMIE. 


Tikima Renee is a fitness professional who loves music. After years of making playlists for a variety of fitness formats, she decided to share her playlist with her homies. 

Being in a funk lead me to curate this g-funk, T.D.E-inspired playlist. I hope you enjoy it. Want to hear more? Follow me on Spotify. I would love to know if you are interested in the yoga flow that accompanied this playlist. 


Tikima Renee