crystal inspired leggings

I had this great idea for a post today.  I’m running a race on Sunday, and I just got a new pair of crystal inspired leggings which are awesome.  So I planned on putting together a really fantastic post full post beautiful photos suggesting various yoga poses for runners.  A few days ago I was at my sister’s and demanded politely asked if she would snap a couple shots of me.

My all time favorite / most needed stretch is pigeon pose.  My hips have always been tight, but especially so lately.  I feel like I have no flexibility in them, and at times, they ache when I try to do different movements.  Pigeon pose is a great way to open your hips and stretch them out.

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On Sunday, I’ll be running the Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race.  Any race put on by GO! is sure to be a winner, and I’ve been lucky enough to be chosen as a Chipotle runner again.  There is a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a 1-mile fun run / costume contest.  I’m just going for the 5K on Sunday.  I’d like to have done the half marathon.  I’m not fully trained for it by any means, but I learned that’s ok last April; I could have powered through.  But due to some time restraints I’m faced with on Sunday, the 5K is the only one that will work.  And you know me, I love racing.  I’d rather race something rather than nothing!  I did this same 10K a few years ago, and it’s always fun to see people running in costumes.  I’m not that brave.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve run a 5K race, so I’m eager to see what my time is.  The excitement of race day always pushes me to run faster.  My obvious goal is under ten-minutes, but I’d really love to be under 27-minutes, if I’m being honest.  That’d really be pushing it for me with the kind of shape I’m in right now.  We shall see!

dancers pose

So these new leggings I got are from Confused Girl in the City.  Where did the name “confused girl” come from?  Confused Girl is about accepting yourself just as you are at this moment. This acceptance will lead you to your TRUE NATURE.  I love it!  That’s completely in alignment with everything I believe in!

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

Confused Girl has the most beautiful patterns and aren’t like anything I’ve ever seen before.  They are crystal inspired leggings; how cool is that?!  The pattern on the leggings I’m wearing are images taken from a beautiful Brazilian agate geode crystal. As a stone of harmony, one of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy.  Some of the key features of Confused Girl leggings are:

  • 4 Way Stretch
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Breathable Material
  • Eco-Friendly: Water-based Ink
  • Composition: 90% Polyester/ 10% Lycra
  • Made in: Los Angeles, CA

downward dog

Downward dog – such a classic pose.  It was about this time in the evening that Jacob, Audrey, and William really were wanting to get in the picture.  You know how I feel about that.  Yoga for everyone!  At first I thought there was no way that I could get William, 18-months old, to go into downward dog.  And then this seriously happened:

kids yoga

HOW AMAZING?!?!  Of course Audrey is there striking a pose on her own, trying to be the spotlight instead of doing what we’re all doing.  Silly girl, such a unique character.  She’s always been a yoga lover though and has been doing tree pose with me since she was just two years old.  William and I will definitely be practicing yoga more often!

Then things continued to get silly as William wanted me to hold him, Audrey wanted to get on my back, and Jacob is never one to get left out.

audrey jacob yoga

I love those babies!  Alright, so here’s the deal:

  • St. Louis friends: sign up for the Halloween race with me this weekend!
  • If you’d like to get your hands on (or your legs in!) a pair of the beautiful crystal inspired leggings, you may use the 15% off coupon code “Bye Felicia” and get FREE domestic shipping!

Are you racing this weekend?  Will you wear a costume in a race?

Working Out in Scottsdale

I love working out and I love being on vacation, so it only makes sense that I love working out while on vacation.  To me, vacation is all about checking out new cities and being away from “normal” life.  When I was in Arizona, I was able to get in a few workouts.  Working out in Scottsdale made my spring break trip all the more fun!

Justin took me to his CrossFit box: Camelback CrossFit.

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One word?  AWESOME!  The box was super clean which I didn’t even think was possible for a box.  It’s fairly new, so all of their equipment is in excellent condition.  Justin and I attended a midday class which meant it wasn’t very crowded.  The owners / coaches were clearly incredibly knowledgeable and safety was their top concern.  Since I’m not a CrossFit regular, they helped me make modifications and provided assistance when necessary.  Even being a newbie, I instantly got the community feel from this box.  People were supportive no matter what their fitness level was.  During the workout, the handstand push-ups were obviously my favorite.  And the wall balls sucked.  End of story.

PS: If you’re in Scottsdale, you should definitely check out Camelback CrossFit.  New members can take a class for free!

Dana took me to her gym for a hot yoga class.

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I always think it’s fun to take classes from various instructors, and this one was great. It was a tough workout that included lots of chaturangas and upper body work.  I told Dana to strike a pose for a photo, and she rocked a strong headstand:

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One day while William was napping, I decided to go for a quick jog.  And by quick I mean short. 😉  I busted out one mile. At the beginning, I glanced down at my watch to check my pace.  I made it my goal to beat nine-minutes since I was just running one.

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Missed it by three seconds! Argh!  It still felt good to run though!

So those were all my formal workouts, but I did take William on a few walks and Justin and I went to the park one day to play.  And by play, I mean me and Justin.

I tried out crow…

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But Justin did it way better!

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So strong!

Handstands and cartwheels are more my style…

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Weeeeeeeeeee!

Do you like working out on vacation? What do you like doing?

Kulae Yoga Mat

As you know, I’ve been taking prenatal yoga classes at Urban Breath.  I love this prenatal yoga class – the studio is unique and the instructor is one of a kind.  I’m learning stretches and breathing techniques that are sure to help me throughout my pregnancy, as well as my labor.  I’ve always said that everyone should incorporate yoga in their life.  Yoga is a practice, so it doesn’t matter how old or young or how fit or not you are.  You just need the mentality of taking time for yourself and focusing on your mind, body, and spirit.  And a mat.  You need a mat.

This is where Kulae Yoga Mats come into action.  Their mission: At kulae, we are on a twofold mission to provide the most stylish + eco-friendly yoga gear on the planet while truly living by our mantra “karma’s real.”

kulae yoga mat

When Jeff at Kulae reached out to me asking if I’d like to try their new Elite Hot Hybrid mat / towel, I was definitely intrigued.  I’d never used a towel yoga mat before, and absolutely LOVE the idea that itz machine washable.  Once I start my bikram yoga practice again, this will really come in handy as those mats get so completely disgusting after one time.  For now, my Elite Hot Hybrid has been put to use during my prenatal yoga sessions.

About the Elite Hot Hybrid: This ultimate hot hybrid will keep your practice in position, allowing you to truly be in the moment. This mat combines bamboo carbon fiber in a microfiber, providing a great antibacterial, absorbent, and quick drying towel that is anti-slip.  The bottom of the mat is made of PER, an eco-friendly pvc alternative.

downward dog yoga

The first thing I noticed was how anti-slip this mat really is.  Once itz down on the floor, it doesn’t budge at all.  Jeff warned me that upon my first use, I may feel like the mat is a little slippery, but if I just spray a little water on the mat, it will solve the problem.  I did not notice it slipping whatsoever.  I felt like I had a good, strong grip on the mat with both my hands and feet.

Kulae is an excellent alternative to the Jades, Manduka’s and Prana’s of the world.  Plus, their pricepoints are reasonable and they have very fashionable colors!  The Elite Hot Hybrid comes in four colors: Bamboo, Bubble Gum, Onyx, and Sea.  Obviously, bubble gum was the perfect choice for me!

Unrelated to Kulae, but still relevant to yoga, I just bought a really pretty yoga mat strap for just eight bucks!  A fellow blogger is selling skinny yoga mat straps in order to raise money; I chose the color “California Sunset” which is a pretty mix of pinks, yellows, and oranges.  My Kulae mat didn’t come with a bag or strap or anything, so this is perfect.  Really can’t beat the eight dollar price which includes shipping, too!

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my yoga face 😉

What type of yoga mat do you use? Have you ever used a towel yoga mat?

Urban Breath Yoga | St. Louis Prenatal Yoga

Remember when I said I don’t like prenatal yoga?  Well, I’d like to retract that statement.  Now, I like it, I love it, I want some more of it.  But I’m strongly convinced the studio, teacher, and environment have everything in the world to do with one’s yoga experience.

Let me tell you about Urban Breath Yoga in St. Louis.

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After writing my post about how I didn’t love prenatal yoga, I was encouraged by many of your thoughtful comments to try again and not let my yoga practice fall to the waste side during this pregnancy just because of a few boring classes.  My [also pregnant] blogger friend Dacy suggested I check out Urban Breath as she was taking a Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga class there.  I reached out to Cathleen, the owner, sharing how I wasn’t a fan of my prenatal yoga experience, and inquired if the prenatal vinyasa class would be more of my liking.  She told me how popular that class is, but unfortunately it was full.  However, she strongly suggested I try their prenatal yoga class with instructor Stacy Broussard.  So I did.

Right when I walked in, I had a totally different feeling than before.  First of all, it was a cute little studio with hardwood floors, big windows in the front, soft music playing, and perfect lighting from the natural sunlight, a couple of dim lights, and a few lit candles.  Great ambiance.  I was the first one there so I had a chance to chat with Stacy prior to class, and she helped me get situated with my mat and props.

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Rocking my new Core Power yoga mat and lime green Swiftwick socks.

The prenatal yoga class was scheduled from 9:30 – 11:00.  I was worried this would feel really long, but was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t.  I was actually sad when the class ended.  We started off class by introducing ourselves, and sharing how far along we were along with any aches and pains we were experiencing with our pregnancy.  Again, I loved this class already.  Especially being pregnant for the first time, I feel like I want to meet other preggos, so this was a great, more intimate way to begin class.

Next, we moved into breathing.  In my previous prenatal yoga class, when we were “focusing on breathing,” the instructor would kind of leave us hanging for what felt like a million years.  Stacy was totally different and coached us through the entire thing.  She had us begin by placing our hands on our belly and breathing through our belly.  Next we moved to our rib cages, and finally to our upper chests.

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Yes, I snuck in a picture at the beginning of class because I really wanted to show you the cute studio.  After the picture, I put my phone away for the remainder of class – promise!

While usually I find taking so many breaths in yoga class boring, I really didn’t this time because of Stacy’s coaching.  As she was talking, she was explaining what to focus on and the benefits of what we were doing.  That’s how she was for the entire class.  Every pose we got into, she thoroughly explained, showed us, and continued talking to refocus our attention on particular body parts and breathing.  I really, really like that style in an instructor.  Itz just so easy to lose focus and not maintain proper form otherwise.  Stacy also walked around throughout class and privately corrected poses and helped us get into deeper stretches.  I was a big fan of this, as well.

During certain poses, Stacy would tell us how it would benefit us throughout our pregnancy, during childbirth, and even postpartum.  She explained how to take the poses deeper or modifications to the poses, if needed. If someone had shared at the beginning of class about a pregnancy pain, Stacy told us during the pose how it could help relieve some of the discomfort.  We really did a variety of poses; some worked on balance and others provided a really good stretch.  Never once was a I bored or waiting for the class to end.  We moved at a good pace throughout the poses – long enough to reap the benefits, but not lingering for long periods of unnecessary time.

All in all, I LOVED everything about this class.  I think Stacy is a phenomenal instructor and Urban Breath is a fabulous studio.  Urban Breath offers a variety of yoga classes, not just prenatal.  Stacy is actually instructing a prenatal teacher training in March for anyone in or near the St. Louis area who may be interested.  (More info can be found HERE.)

I hope to continue my yoga practice throughout my pregnancy, preferably with Stacy at Urban Breath.  Yoga has so many benefits for everyone, pregnant or not, and I always feel so much better when yoga is incorporated in my life.

What makes or breaks a yoga class for you?

Prenatal Yoga

I like yoga.  Some days I might even say I love yoga.  I like yoga for many different reasons.  I like yoga because itz considered a “practice.”  There is constantly room for improvement.  Yoga can be done by anyone, beginners to experts.  I like yoga because itz always challenging no matter how often or how seldom I’ve been practicing.  Yoga can be done anywhere for as long or short of a time as you prefer.  In a thirty minute class to a ninety minute class or merely a pose or two in your home.  No matter how old or young you are, you can do yoga.  No matter how fit or not, you can do yoga.

Camel

But I’ve got a confession to make: I didn’t always like yoga.  In fact, for a good amount of time I thought yoga was boring.  I continued to try, class after class, to find a yoga that I liked.  It really wasn’t until I discovered bikram yoga that I began to enjoy yoga.  Bikram was different.  Itz in a 110 degree room, lasts for 90 minutes, the poses are pretty short, and itz the same sequence each and every time.  Not to mention, you always leave a sweaty mess.  I do love bikram yoga, but since I’ve cut working out drastically in order to get pregnant, bikram is no longer in my life.  I know itz just for now, and I know I’ll go back eventually.

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Anyway, to ease back into working out, my doctor suggested I take a prenatal yoga class.  A local hospital offers prenatal yoga classes for extremely inexpensive – four classes for $24.  Really can’t beat that.  I’ve gone three times (one time was cancelled), and honestly… I don’t love it.  I don’t even really like it.  I probably won’t sign up for another session.  I signed up with my pregnant friend, and it weren’t for her or prepaying for all of the classes, I might not have even returned after the first class.

The prenatal yoga classes focused a lot on breathing and relaxation poses and techniques which is supposed to be helpful during labor.  I totally get and respect that, but when I was just three or four months pregnant, labor just wasn’t on my mind.  I was excited for prenatal yoga to get back into working out, to stretch, and maybe work up a sweat.  There was definitely no sweating involved.

We held each pose for many, many breaths.  It was slow-paced which is precisely the type of yoga I don’t typically enjoy.  Also, there was no music.  Honestly, I was bored.  This could definitely just have been this particular class and instructor I attended.  But there aren’t that many options for prenatal yoga, at least that I’ve found, in St. Louis.  Plus, I already pay for a monthly gym membership, so I can’t imagine paying a lot for a different prenatal yoga class.

Audrey yoga

Maybe once my bump grows better and I begin to have more aches and pains or I get closer to labor, I will appreciate the prenatal yoga class more.  Maybe I need to give it another (a fourth) shot because it did take awhile for me to like yoga to begin with.  I want to like it.  I know how important stretching is and working on flexibility and balance, especially while pregnant.  Sure, I stretch and do a couple exercises here and there at home or at the gym, but not as much as an hour long yoga class would provide.  Or maybe I should try a different yoga class that’s not bikram or prenatal.

I definitely don’t want to abandon my yoga practice completely during my pregnancy.  I like the piece of mind it provides and how it makes me feel… as long as it doesn’t bore me.  I need and I want to find that balance again and somehow, some way I will!

Are you a you a yoga fan?  Moms and momma-to-be’s: did you like / participate in prenatal yoga?  Thoughts?  Suggestions?

Generational Tree Pose

Ever since my almost-2-year-old niece Audrey Rose practiced Tree Pose with me at Innsbrook last month, she apparently has been all about it – even when I’m not around.  So when I was over at my sister’s house on Monday for my birthday dinner, you better believe she wanted to show me Tree Pose over and over again.  It got even cuter when we were outside on the deck and my beautiful grandmother Mama joined Audrey in Tree Pose.  Obviously I had to jump right in and have a photograph taken to capture the moment!

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Isn’t it precious?  I’m in love with the picture!  Itz the Generational Tree Pose.
Itz a great representation not only how gorgeous my grandma is, but how willing she is to be involved in our lives in every aspect.  I mean how many other people can say they do yoga with their grandma?  And Mama is Audrey’s great grandma.  Pretty awesome.  I’m definitely blessed that all my grandparents are such an important part of my life.

On a separate note, I can’t believe my first week of school is over!  (Well, at 4:00 pm today it will be.)  I “looped” with my students which means I have my same kiddos I had in third grade now in fourth grade.  I’m lucky because they’re all awesome and I’m not just saying that.  Itz fantastic to already know all of my students and know just where to begin in terms of academics.  I know itz only the first week, but I’m a huge fan of looping!  And because itz school related, here’s my “first day of school” picture from Tuesday:

school pic

Here’s to a fabulous year in fourth grade!

Do you do yoga with anyone in your family?  Who?  Weekend plans?

Double Straddle Throne Yoga Pose

My family is crazy.  Crazy in a totally awesome crazy way.  We do some crazy fun things in our free time.  We’re crazy and I love that about us.

Williams Pyramid

Don’t all families build pyramids together?  By the way, Stephanie, Dana, and Amy in the middle row were supposed to all be doing downward dogs, but I suppose they were a bit restricted with the space.  We wanted to get little Audrey on the way top, but since there were a few stairs leading to the lake directly behind us, we figured it may be a safety concern.  Maybe next time, Aud.  😉

Oh, and yoga or building pyramids aren’t really Jonny’s thing.  But did you know he’s basically a tennis pro?  Seriously, he whoops my butt every time (which isn’t saying all that much), but he’s got a mean backhand… and forehand… and every other tennis shot!

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More yoga on the deck continued as Jacob showed everyone what Floating Padmasana looked like.  He’s a pro, after all.  Dana took a turn…

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Floating Padmasana

Dana had success, as usual!  Next, we wanted to attempt the Double Straddle Throne yoga pose.  Remember when Jacob, Audrey, and I did this one?  (If not, look HERE – itz pretty stinkin’ cute!)  Dana, Jacob, and I did a pretty good job of this at Innsbrook last weekend.  I held Dana up with my feet and Jacob up with my hands.

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Double Straddle Throne

Believe it or not, I do still have several more really fun pictures to share from our latest Innsbrook vacation, but that’s all I’m going to give you for now.  Gotta keep ya wanting more so you come back! Heh heh.  Happy weekend, friends! xoxo

Flying Cosmic Dancer Yoga Pose

This picture needs no introduction.  I’ll just tell you that itz the Flying Cosmic Dancer Yoga Pose.

Flying Cosmic Dancer

I just think this is such a beautiful picture!  I’m on the bottom and my soon-to-be sister-in-law Dana is on top.  My family is still enjoying our summer vacation in Innsbrook, so this is all I’m giving you today.  Rest assured, I have tons more fabulous photos coming.  If you want a sneak peek, visit my Instagram.  Have a wonderful day! xoxo

What have you been up to lately?

Routine Refresh: Indoor Edition

 

I am constantly updating my fitness routine.  Change is good for the body and prevents boredom.  Today’s edition of Routine Refresh is focused on the indoors.  The possibilities of what can be done indoors are endless.  Of course, you can always go to a gym, pump some iron, or sweat it out on a cardio machine.  I’m a huge fan of the gym.  I find the environment and energy around me very motivating.  Itz nice that you can take a class or do your own thing.  Either way, you’re sure to get a good workout in if you put forth the effort.  But today this post isn’t about the gym.

This past weekend I’ve been at Innsbrook with my family and I have not visited the fitness center once.  (Gasp!)  But do you think that means I haven’t been active?  Heck to the no!  Sure, lots of time has been spent outdoors, but we did have a rainy day, and even on the nice days, we can’t spend literally 24 hours outdoors.  I assure you, there’s been very little sitting around when we are inside.  Case in point:  Yesterday morning I woke up, got dressed in my adidas gear that I recently received, and got in Tree Pose.  Before I knew it, I had a little mini Tree Pose beside me.

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That’s my almost-two-year-old niece Audrey Rose next to me.  Doing yoga is a common occurrence in my family (hello, tandem yoga!), but there’s just something extra precious about a tiny figure wanting to take part in any yoga practice.  And the look of pure joy on her face is a good example of the positive feeling yoga yields.

Later in the day, several of our cousins came over.  One of my cousins, Joseph, and I started practicing poses after looking through pictures for inspiration.  It wasn’t long before he remarked, “Hey, I have an idea!  Let’s make up our own yoga poses!”  Ok, buddy, sign me up!  My nephews and other cousins were more than willing to partake.

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I love this picture for so many reasons.  I love that there is no name for this “pose.”  I love the creativity here as it was inspired by an eight and four year old.  I love that my other nephew came over to watch and immediately wanted to partake.  I love that I have no idea what my legs are doing or what they are supposed to be doing (bent? straight? extended?).  I love that all the imperfections really make it quite perfect because we’re engaged, we’re together, and we’re using muscles and working on balance though that was the furthest thing from our minds.

A Routine Refresh is more than merely finding a new workout plan to follow.  Itz finding a healthy balance between your mind, body, and soul.  Because of my current struggle with infertility, I’ve become a lot more in tune with my body.  I’ve also become a lot more relaxed in the fitness sense, yet I don’t feel any less strong physically.  There’s been fewer gym sessions and more yoga sessions.  I’m no pro yogi, and I strongly believe that yoga is a practice, but itz definitely been a positive influence.

Practicing yoga is marvelous.  Itz calming, itz energizing, and itz a lot of fun.  With my constant thoughts and worries of infertility, itz a big deal for me to be able to really relax and clear my mind.  Yoga does that for me.  Whether itz one pose or ten poses, a formal class or silly poses with the family, yoga removes the focus of outside distractions and allows for peace from within.

I’ve literally been living in my adidas clothes while being here.  They sent me the Supernova Bra in Blast Emerald (green), the Ultimate Tee in Red Zest, the Ultimate Tights in Black, and the Adipure Trainers in Red Zest, as well as a couple pairs of socks and a gym bag.  Check out my Instagram for several close up pictures of the gear, but needless to say itz all awesome.  Here’s a peak:

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The sports bra is supportive without being restricting and there are pads for ultimate coverage.  The shirt and shoes are both like a neon orange color which is right up my alley.  The first (of many) time I put on my outfit, my sister was like, “Woah bright!”  And I was all like, “That’s right!”  Perfect for summer!  The pants are a fabulous fit.  I’m short and the length is perfect.  The material is great because itz flattering yet light enough where it doesn’t weigh you down.  The adipure trainers are the only shoes I brought this trip and from the second I put them on, they’ve been nothing but comfortable.  They are lightweight yet provide a good amount of support and there is a lot of cushion in them.  I have to say, my husband Jonny and my brother-in-law Phil are both super jealous of my new goods as they’re both huge adidas fans!

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While it was fun to receive an awesome package from adidas and itz even more fun to sport my new gear, it was interesting for me to reflect on how I am incorporating changes into my indoor fitness routine.  It made me realize that I’ll always be active no matter if I try to be or not.  I don’t like to sit still, but that doesn’t mean I don’t relax.  My fitness routine may be more lax than others right now, but that’s where I am in my life.  That’s where I need to be and that’s ok.  Practicing yoga and spending time with family is what I’ve been needing lately.  Itz certainly a Routine Refresh and itz making me smile all over again.

adidas Women designs innovative performance products to help women commit to their best self and conquer their fitness goals.  We inspire women to look and feel their best – be pretty, be tough, & be confident.

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Thank you, adidas; itz been an inspiration to be part of this project.  I’m working on being the best version of myself right now and that makes me feel my best.  That’s a pretty concept in itzself and I feel tough because of my current battle and I’m confident that I’m doing what my body needs right now.  I’m conquering my fitness goals at this time in my life – itz not forever and eventually it will change, but right now I’m living in the moment.

Tell me about your Routine Refresh.  What changes have you made to your fitness routine specifically indoors?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by adidas via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of adidas.

Yoga is a practice

Yoga is a practice.  I think we can all agree on that, right?  Today I want to talk more about the practice part.  Mind you, I’m no expert yogi.  No, no.  Despite all my yoga pictures, I’m really just a casual yogi.  However, this doesn’t make me any less of a yogi.  Perhaps some may disagree, but my feeling is that anyone can be a yogi no matter how often they practice.  The same principle applies to running.  Anyone can consider themselves a runner as long as they get out there and do it.  It all goes back to your perception of yourself, having confidence, and believing itz true – whatever that may be.

To practice yoga, you don’t have to be at a fancy shmancy studio.  You don’t have to follow a particular sequence.  Shoot, you don’t even have to know the names of the poses.  Make them up, why don’t ya.  Like this Stephanie sandwich:

steph sandwich yoga

Itz a funny thing actually, not just the actual pose, but the story behind it.  A couple of weeks ago we tried this same pose at my parents’ house.  Stephanie couldn’t stop laughing long enough for Jacob to balance as my dad lifted him on top.  We ended up settling for a makeshift picture of Jacob in the middle and little Audrey on top.  (With my dad and Stephanie on both sides to protect the tumble.)  Remember that?  It was a cute one, but not exactly what we were striving for.

The other day I was at my sister’s house after a particularly rough morning beginning a new cycle.  Itz hard not to smile when surrounded by family.  Jacob wanted to try new yoga poses and what better way to get out of a funk than by practicing yoga with your adorable four year old nephew?  So we took out my phone, loaded Instagram, and began searching for our next challenge.  Once again, he stumbled on a picture resembling the one above.  While we had tried just a couple of weeks before, Jacob was insistent that we try again, reminding his mommy not to laugh too much so she was able to balance.

Before, we had my mom or dad lift Jacob on top once Stephanie was balanced.  This time, Jacob’s idea was to get on his mom’s back, piggyback-style, and see if we could balance.  Well, once we were balanced, he stood up all on his own!  This just goes to show what perseverance can get you.  Take it from a four year old!

Floating Padmasana Jacob yogaFloating Padmasana

Isn’t Jacob just the cutest little yogi ever?  Stephanie was about to take the picture when Jacob said, “Wait!  I have to put my hands like this!” as he brought them to prayer position in front of his heart.  It doesn’t matter your age, it doesn’t matter your ability, it doesn’t matter your intentions, it doesn’t matter your frequency, yoga can be for anyone.

Yoga can heal, yoga can build muscles, yoga can be used as rejuvenation or relaxation.  Yoga can be silly and fun… especially if you practice with a four year old!

Bat Pose Jacob YogaBat Pose

In spite of everything that’s going on in my life, yoga always brings peace.  No matter my mood in the beginning, I always feel more at peace by the end.  Whether itz one pose, three poses, or a whole class of poses, yoga has the power to completely and totally change one’s mind, soul, and body – all for the better.

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Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana – Two Legged Inverted Staff Pose

Yoga can be done at any time of the day at any place.  In the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening.  Pre-workout, post-workout, or as your only workout.  One pose, two poses, ten poses.  In a studio, at the gym, in your backyard, in a living room, or a messy home office.  Make your own routine, take a class, imitate a pose from Instagram, or follow some postures from You Tube.  Whatever you choose, I encourage you to bring yoga into your life and reap the many benefits that it possesses.

Are you a yogi?  What’s your favorite type of yoga?  Thoughts on yoga?  Do tell!