Happy Monday! To get your week of to a great start, I have a Christmas themed basic yoga flow. It’s suitable for all levels. Check out my crazy socks & look for the #catphotobomb in the video. While yoga is inspiring, after the video I’m sharing a story about fresh starts & new beginnings for some Monday motivation. 🙂
Christmas Themed Basic Yoga Flow
The two basic yoga flows shown in the video are variations of sun salutations which include some strength exercises for the upper body and the core. They are great for a warm up, cool down or just a quick stretch. I will build on these flow sequences in the weeks to come.
We have all have bad days. Last week seemed to be a bad week for me as far as technology goes. It was full of technical problems! I learned a lesson in patience & perseverance. What is worth doing isn’t always easy. I was also reminded how thankful I am for second chances & fresh starts. You know that feeling when you have tried everything to get something to work & you want to pull your hair out? Yah…me too. Last week even the most basic things were not functioning. I tried to save a file to my external hard drive, it ‘couldn’t be found’ according to my computer. Tried to upload a video, the video wouldn’t process. The list goes on. All these problems caused simple tasks to become really complicated and time consuming. Time was ticking & nothing was getting done. It was really discouraging.
While I am very thankful it is a new week, the great thing is you don’t have to wait a week or a month or a year for a ‘fresh start’. Every day is a new day & within the day, every hour is a new hour. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed or have a bad case of the Monday’s? That doesn’t mean the whole day is a waste. Try to find the positive among the negative. As soon as a new hours strikes or a new minute begins, it’s an opportunity for the day to be different. Change your mindset. Even though things may not be perfect, or in my case, things still may not be getting done, changing your outlook on the situation is extremely powerful. Try it this week & see what a difference it makes.
Let’s Chat: What workouts do you have planned this week?
What is your favorite source of motivation?
We have about a month left of summer (sniff…) and I don’t know about you, but I plan on spending as much time outside as possible! I love to take my workouts outside, use the BBQ more, and enjoy as many iced beverages as possible. I am not ready for this season to come to an end!
SUP Yoga is the perfect way to combine an amazing outdoor workout with the beauty of summer. Not only is it a great workout, but you also get to be on the water! Not to mention that if it is a HOT day, you can take a quick dip after class 🙂
I recently attended my first ever SUP Yoga class and it was such an amazing experience. I found Azul SUP & Yoga thru Instagram & it was also recommended by my friend Carleeh who had taken some classes there before. After just one class, I can’t wait to do it again!! I was such a wonderful experience. Not only was it a good workout, it was also rejuvenating, calming and so much fun.
Ever thought about trying SUP Yoga? Here are 5 reasons why you MUST!
Are you new to yoga? That is okay! Both newbies and advanced yoga practitioners can do SUP Yoga. There are lots of different pose variations so you don’t have to be a self proclaimed ‘yogi’ to try a class!
2) It’s a better workout
Because you are paddle board in the water, the element of balance is added making it a better workout! It requires you to engage your core much more because you are on an unstable surface. This causes you to have to work harder and get a more intense workout.
It also helps to improve your technique and poses because if you place more weight on the right side of your body, the board will tell you! Proper technique is important in any workout and the board is a great tool to help make sure you’re form is correct.
3) It’s beautiful
Yoga is a relaxing and reflective workout. Add beautiful scenery to that and it takes it to a whole other level! SUP Yoga is a beautiful workout with the added calming affect of being on water. The beauty of nature added to an amazing workout beats ANY gym, studio or other class out there.
4) Tons of fun
You can’t take this class at a gym, you must be on a board on a body of water somewhere! Because SUP Yoga is so unique, it adds a huge element of fun to your workout, and working out should be FUN! This helps you stay engaged and not get bored and gets you in better shape by working new/different muscles.
5) It’s a little scary! (in a good way)
Don’t fall in! Just kidding. The sooner you conquer you fear of falling in, the easier it will be for you to succeed. Besides, what harm is getting wet gonna do? If you do fall, you just get back up and try again. This class reenforces that important principle which is an added bonus.
Plus, the possibility of falling actually helps you focus on yourself and the poses, so you can execute things you may not be able to in a normal yoga class.
So, are you convinced?! Here’s how you can get in a SUP Yoga class before the end of summer. If you are in the Seattle area, I’ve got you COVERED (read below)!!! If not, you can look up classes in your area by searching “SUP Yoga + your city” on the internet to find who offers it. 😀
Seattle SUP Yoga
Right now there are classes thru Azul Sup & Yoga until the end of September. If you want to get into a class, I recommend reserving ASAP. The classes fill up quick. Georgina, the instructor (pictured below), is amazing. She is one of the best yoga instructors I have had. Check out class schedule HERE I am definitely gonna get to another class before the end of summer! It is north of Seattle, but believe me when I say it is worth the drive. The classes are small, there are plenty of modifications and options available for all levels, and the lake is so calm. The boards are also great quality & come included with the class. This may not seem like a big deal, but the board can make or break your SUP Yoga experience. I definitely recommend you check out Azul Sup & Yoga, they definitely do NOT disappoint!
Have you tried SUP Yoga? What is your favorite summer workout?
Have you ever wanted to try hot yoga? It can be intimidating to those who are new to yoga or worried about the heat and high temperatures (like I was). However, once you get past the heat and the sweat, it is a really great workout!
I tried hot bikram yoga for the first time this last Friday. It was quite the experience. I am not new to yoga, but I am new to hot yoga. I went to this class and had no idea what to expect other than the 105 degree temperature. It was a somewhat last minute decision so I didn’t have time to google tips for newbies, I just went! After my experience, here are my 5 must know tips for your first hot yoga class!
Before I go any further, I should explain that there are different kinds of hot yoga. Bikram yoga is the most intense hot yoga; a traditional class is 90 minutes long and the room is 105 degrees. There are also hot Vinyasa classes where you flow through different postures (think sun salutations). In the hot Vinyasa classes the room is between 80-90 degrees depending on the studio and the class is only 60 minutes. Be sure to pay attention to the kind of class you sign up for so you know what to expect.
This is a MUST HAVE! They make hot yoga towels that are the size of your yoga mat and they usually have little grippers to keep you from slipping and sliding around. These are ideal for a hot yoga class; however, seeing that this is your first class you may not have one, so a normal bath or beach towel works just fine. That is what I used and had no problem. Also bring a small hand towel to wipe your face, hands and other body parts off during the class. The sweat will be pouring so you will want to have something to help towel off with.I had my half Buff (on my wrist), but it got soaked thru half way into class, so next time I will bring a hand towel in addition to my Buff. You can check out some cool yoga towels I like HERE.
Dress the part. Every inch of you is going to sweat, so be prepared! You don’t have to go in shorts and a sports bra, but the less clothes you are wearing, the better. What I mean is do not wear leggings to hot yoga class, you will be very sorry. Try to wear spandex or sweat wicking material because the sweat is inevitable. Try to avoid baggy clothing or anything made from cotton as cotton just holds in sweat and will get uncomfortable and very hot, very fast.
I wore some spandex shorts from Under Armor and a swiftly tech short sleeve top from Lululemon. Every inch was covered in sweat!
Before class, be sure to drink a lot of water. You are going to be pouring out sweat so you want your body to be prepared. In class be sure to bring a HUGE water bottle. You can take sips during and it will help you get through. After class, HYDRATE! After that epic sweat seesh you need to replenish. Drink lots of water and consider using a recovery drink. My favorite is Ultima, there is no artificial ingredients and no added sugar, plus the flavors are amazing! Check it out HERE!
4. Tell them that you are new!
Don’t be shy about this, it is important for the instructor to know. If they haven’t seen you before, it is likely that they may ask you, but some won’t. Be sure to let them know before class. They will give you lots of tips and help guide you thru the class.
When I told my instructor I was new to hot yoga, she told me my goal for my first class should be to stay in the room for the whole class. She said do as much as you can, and if you get tired or feel like the heat is too much, just lay down. I was able to stay in the room the whole time! I also made it thru 20 of the 26 poses which was more than I thought I would be able to do. Which leads me to my next tip…
5. Go with an Open Mind
Don’t go in to the class expecting it to be hard, and don’t expect it to be easy. Go in with no expectations. You may dislike it and never do another hot yoga class again or you could fall in love. You may only make it through the warm up and one pose and spend the rest of class lying down, or you may make it thru all of the poses and never have to take a rest. Neither one is the right way to practice hot yoga. If you are in class on the mat, you are contributing. If you go in with an open mind, you will enjoy the experience no matter how it turns out because you won’t have expectations you are holding yourself to.
Overall, I enjoyed my first hot yoga experience. As I said earlier, I was surprised I was able to make it thru as many of the poses as I did. I had to lay down and rest a few times and despite wanting to try the poses, I knew I needed to listen to my body and sit it out. The heat definitely made the class mentally challenging at times, but it wasn’t unbearable. I was also able to get a better stretch in certain poses because my muscles were so warm. This class was the most I ever sweat at one time in my entire life. You may be wondering why I tried the most intense version of hot yoga first? I suppose part of it was my go big or go home attitude, and the other part was not knowing that there was a less intense kind! I definitely want to try the hot vinyasa at lower temperatures to see which one I like better.
Let’s chat! Have you ever tried hot yoga? Would you be interested in trying it? If you are a hot yogi, which kind of hot yoga do you prefer?
let me know below!