Peace, love, and yoga!

In 2012, my New Year’s resolution was to try a new physical activity each month. That February, I redeemed a Groupon for a 4-week beginner’s yoga course. I expected it to be pure bliss- relaxing and stretchy. After the first class and doing probably 100 Chaturangas (moving from high push-up to low push-up, floating into upward facing dog and then into downward facing dog), I had never been so sore in my life. Seriously. I couldn’t lift my arms to wash my hair that first week. It hurt my abs to let out even the softest giggle. But I LOVED it. I went 3-4 times per week that first month, and then joined a yoga studio to continue my practice. Yoga not only helped strengthen my body and increase my flexibility, it also was a huge stress reliever.

After a couple of years of attending classes almost daily, I decided to pursue yoga teacher training, and nine months later I earned my 200 hour yoga teacher certification. I was teaching 5 classes per week at one point, but it became too much with my full-time job, so now I just teach one class per week, and I try to attend class 2-3 times per week.

Side Plank or Vasisthasana
Side Plank with Tree Pose
Poet’s Pose
Baby Grasshopper Pose
Triangle Pose or Trikonasana
Reverse Warrior. All photos above by Simone Boos Photography in Orlando, Florida.

For anyone who has practiced yoga, or any other workout, you know how important the right clothes are. I wore regular gym clothes to my first yoga class, and all I did all class was pull my shirt down. So annoying. Here are some of my favorite yoga clothes:

Athleta Chaturanga tights and capris, various styles and prints. So comfortable and they stay in place. Find them here.
Lululemon Cool Racerback II. I own about 11 of these in multiple prints and colors. I love that they are long and stay down during a flow class. Find them here.
Old Navy sports bras, from light support to maximum support. Find them here.

What are your favorite brands for yoga gear? I’d love to hear what helps you get through all those warriors!

Namaste friends!

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