01-17-2014

My First Hot Yoga Experience

Earlier this week, my local lululemon store posted that they were having a Blacklight Yoga Party on Thursday, at a studio in my area. I quickly RSVPed for my sister and me because we had never done hot yoga before.

I was really nervous…I was afraid of sweating an insane amount and being stinky and having people be disgusted (sometimes I over-think things). My yogi friend assured me that everyone will probably smell and be insanely sweaty.

I went to social media for other tips for a first time hot yoga-er, and some common ones were:

  • Drink a lot of water in the days leading up.
  • Bring a big towel.
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • Bring an open mind.

I absolutely loved it. I have had this instructor before at lululemon’s community classes, and usually it’s pretty mellow, but this class was really upbeat and fun. We got light-up bracelets at the door too!

The class started with upbeat music, and once Timber by Pitbull & Ke$ha came on, everyone was singing and grooving along to the beat. PS – I’m obsessed with that song, I could listen to it on repeat.

This was certainly the most challenging yoga class I’ve taken. Obviously, because it was hot. But also, the sequence of movements and how long certain poses were held made it tough! The good thing was that the room wasn’t TOO hot-about 97-100 degrees. I have read other reviews of hot yoga where people have said it was too hot to even concentrate, and that’s what I was afraid of.

When people say the heat helps you get deeper in your poses, they aren’t lying! I got into my deepest downward dog, usually I have to keep my knees bent, but this time they were straight and I almost got my heels to touch the ground.

Overall, it was a great class, and I love yoga in general. She ended it on a spiritual note, reading us a quote while we lay in corpse pose. I left feeling refreshed and really wanting to commit to adding more yoga into my life.

Blacklight + yoga = awesome

My clothes were definitely soaked through afterwards, but you really feel good! I would like to add in hot yoga to me exercise routine-just need to find the time and budget ;)

Have you ever tried hot yoga? Or yoga in general?

What are your thoughts about it?

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01-14-2014

Gym Outfit Ideas

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t dress in colorful clothing-especially at the gym!

I love wearing bright colors no matter what season. I was doing a little online shopping and found these great, colorful pieces for the next time you hit the gym. They are all different price points too!

Also, can we talk about how Old Navy has some great workout pieces that aren’t going to break the bank at all? I love their capri spandex pants!

gym outfit ideas

Nike Legend 2.0 Tight Fit Capris ($65) – I love working out/running in capri pants, and I love the ombre detailing in these! They also have a minty green color option as well.

UnderArmour Women’s UA Tech Space Dye T-Shirt ($24.99) - Do you prefer t-shirts or tanks when you work out? I like t-shirts because I like to wipe my sweat on my sleeve…hot, I know. I like the pattern on this-I’m all about patterns!

Old Navy Women’s Active Compression Tanks ($10.00) - First of all, 10 bucks for a tank? Great price! Like I said, Old Navy’s active line is pretty legit, and sometimes you can find awesome sales like this one (original price was $19.99).

Nike 4″ Rival Printed Shorts ($55) - There are a few things I like about these shorts. 1) The wide waistband. I love wide waistbands. They’re way more comfortable when you’re moving around. 2) It’s pink and patterned. Two of my favorite things. 3) Pocket inside for your keys, and zipper pocket in the back.

Lululemon Rest Less Tank ($65) - I wish I liked wearing tanks because this one is really cute! I like the built in sports bra and racer back, as well as the pattern on the sports bra and color of the shirt. There are a few different color options as well. Plus, I like flowy shirts and tanks over tight fitting ones.

Which of these is your favorite?

Do you prefer working out in t-shirts or tank tops?

What’s your favorite apparel color?

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05-13-2013

My First Yoga Class!

I randomly decided a few days ago that I wanted to try the community yoga class at my local lululemon this past Sunday. I like trying out new classes (like BodyPump 2 weeks ago) and I’ve been wanting to try yoga for a while, so I decided to go.

Not a picture from the class I took, but this is the store and the set-up

I’ve done yoga videos before, but I really wanted to try an actual class. To my surprise, the class was packed! I was a little nervous but felt more comfortable since I know the basic yoga moves, like downward-dog, chaturanga, etc.

I was not expecting to get much of a sweat. If anything, I figured I’d get a nice stretch session.

I was so wrong.

I was pretty sweat by the time the class was over! So were a lot of people. It was definitely a good workout to start the day. We did a lot of lunge poses and the chair pose which kills me (quads. burning.). Overall, I loved it. The instructor was really kind and helpful to those who were brand new. She also was just very inspirational throughout the class and I really liked the sense/vibe of the “yogi community.” We ended the class with a passage she read to us about finding inspiration and beauty in our surroundings, and taking time out of each day away from the hustle and bustle to do this. It sounded way better when she read it.

I really, really liked this class and it had me feeling good and positive for the rest of the day. The instructor was from a local hot yoga studio, which offers discounts, so I think I may try a hot yoga class! Possibly the week after my half to stretch out? Either way, I definitely plan on going back to the free Sunday classes lululemon provides.

Do you take yoga classes? Have you taken a hot yoga class? What can I expect?

 

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05-13-2013

Motivational Monday!

Officially done with grad school! This is my first week with no class and no more internships. I’m working at school over the summer anyway, while trying to launch my business, but it will be nice to have this week off.

Though, it won’t actually be off. I’m going to NYC today to meet with the CEO and founder of a large social media marketing firm (ahh! what questions should I ask?!), then Tuesday I’m going to the Westchester Digital Summit with my sister, Wednesday I am doing a photo shoot with one of my clients, Thursday I need to go to Brooklyn to pick up my bib for the Brooklyn Half, Friday is a senior reception at Rutgers, Saturday is my half marathon, and Sunday is my graduation! JEEZ. I’ll have to make sure to get plenty of sleep!

Anyways, yesterday I took my first real yoga class! It was a Lululemon community class but it was great. I definitlely want to do that more often. This class is what led to my quote below (and stay tuned for my yoga class review later today!) :

This is such an important thing to remember. We are all busy, and stressed sometimes, but it’s important to remember to take time out to relax, and also to notice the beauty around you.

How often do you take the time to notice “this wonderful world?”

 

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