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#BringingYogaBack Challenge + Meal Planning

#bringingyogaback | happyfitmama.com

Who’s ready for more yoga?

Last weekend I talked about #TakeTheLeap with prAna and FitApproach. BTW – I’m loving my practice even more with the help of the challenge. Well, prAna has upped the ante by launching a mini-challenge called #bringingyogaback!

Their 12-Day Yoga Instagram Invitation campaign runs from Sunday, Feb 8th – Feb 20th and can be incorporated into your #taketheleap challenge!

prAna Ambassador, Michael Fukumura, has designed a “Spring Awakening” sequence to continue to bring people together, build a positive community, and inspire others to find their mat. I’m all about awakening Spring right now. Maybe that will stop the relentless snowfall?

#bringingyogabackHere’s the details:

12 Day Yoga Invitation!

We’re #bringingyogaback in a big way this spring and want your help!  To celebrate, we’re hosting a 12-day Instagram yoga-inspire-a-thon.

The prize?

$1000 in prAna gear for one lucky winner AND a friend!

This is not about competition—you will not be docked points for not having the perfect downward dog, don’t worry. Instead, we want to inspire you, your friends, and your family to hit the mat more often and share your progress with the larger Insta family.

As further motivation, one lucky participant will receive $1,000 in new prAna gear from our Spring Collection AND the opportunity to gift another $1000 in gear to a person of their choice (because isn’t giving as fun as receiving?).

All ability levels are welcome, so don’t feel any pressure to replicate a pose exactly… just do your best and always listen to your body.

To enter:

1) Follow @prAna on Instagram

2) Post a pic of yourself doing the pose of the day – you don’t have to post every day to enter

3) Use #bringingyogaback #taketheleap and tag both @prAna and @fitapproach     

4) Get your friends & family in on the fun

That’s it! The posing starts Monday, February 9th!

Be sure to check out prAna and their new Spring Collection. It’s gorgeous! You can get 15% off your order from prAna with code psps15HFM.

Since it’s Sunday, it’s meal planning day. Here’s what I’ve got planned:

Sunday: Fish Tacos

Monday: Broccoli Chickpea Bowl 

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

Wednesday: Ron’s Homemade Pizza

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Healthy Chickpea “Chicken” Salad Sandwiches or over greens

Saturday: Valentine’s Day Date Night In

What is your favorite yoga pose? For me, it’s Wild Thing. It really does make my heart sing.

What’s for dinner this week?

30 Days of Yoga + What’s for Dinner

Last week I said it was time for finding yoga {again}. This week, I’m on it!

I’m ready to #TakeTheLeap and commit to 30 days of yoga with the prAna and FitApproach Take The Leap challenge.

After stepping back into a yoga studio last week, I knew it was where I needed to be. So what does this mean? Will I be going to the studio everyday?

Ummm…I wish but no.

30 days of yoga can mean 5 minutes of sun salutations to start the day or an hour long class. It’s what works for you!

Here’s what you need to do to join in:

  1. Join the Take the Leap with PrAna and Sweat Pink Facebook Page and the event page.
  2. Join the challenge on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or your blog (if you have one) and use the hashtags #TaketheLeap #prAna #SweatPink
  3. Don’t forget to tag @prana, @fitapproach and, if you joined after learning about it here, me: @happyfitmama.

Take the Leap Yoga Challenge

To kick it all off, let’s do a Mad Lib. You don’t have to do one yourself but it is kind of fun! (My answers are in bold.)

When I think about yoga, the first thought that comes to mind is LENGTH. Yoga ENLIGHTENS me and makes me feel JOY.

That’s why I am SO ECSTATIC to participate in prAna’s Take The Leap 30 days of Yoga Challenge with Sweat Pink. I plan to WILD THING my way to a more FLEXIBLE and INJURY FREE 2015!

Wild Thing Pose - happyfitmama.com

For me, the biggest challenge when it comes to yoga is TIME. Taking the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink is a great way for me to find BALANCE (in running and life).

My favorite place to yoga is OUTSIDE because it is so OPEN.

Here’s a photo of me in my very best TREE POSE.

Tree Pose | happyfitmama.com

I tag:

Jill  – Jill Will Run

Tina – Fuel Your Future with Tina Muir

Allie – Vita Train For Life

I want these fabulous bloggers to share their very best yoga pose photos, this fun mad lib and of course, I challenge them to join me on this fun 30 day yoga journey (because they all said they NEED yoga in their lives too!).

Come on y’all, Take the Leap with me!

Join prAna’s & Sweat Pink’s Take the Leap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and be eligible to win $500 worth of prAna gear and / or be the lucky winner who gets to gift $500 worth of prAna gear to one lucky winner. They just launched their new spring collection so you best get on it!

If I win I would gift the $500 to SARAH because she’s BEEN PULLING MY BUTT UP HILLS FOR BOSTON MARATHON TRAINING.

Join the Take the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink Facebook group / event which we’ll use for updates, sharing,and inspiration: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1525412337742204/

and event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/423377431152799

And join the challenge on Instagram, Twitter, and your blog using the hashtags:

#TakeTheLeap

#prana

#sweatpink

And of course, tag @prana @FitApproach

Who’s in???

And since it’s Sunday, here’s what I have planned for dinner this week:

Sunday:Super Bowl (GO PATS!) – Snack foods from HERE

Monday: Salmon w/ roasted winter veggies

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wednesday: Ron’s homemade pizza w/ pick your own toppings bar

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Power Chicken Hummus Bowl

Saturday: Fish tacos w/ crunchy broccoli slaw

Are you ready to #TakeTheLeap?

What’s for dinner this week?

Finding Yoga {Again}

Yoga mat | happyfitmama.com

The snow falls slowly, flake by flake, on the ground. Piling up gently, one on top of the other, just like soft down pillows. As I lay in Savasana, I watch the snow pile up rather than closing my eyes. This scene is as calming as any that I can imagine in my mind.

Over the weekend, my yoga mat came out of hibernation and saw the light of a studio. A place it hasn’t been in quite some time. It felt like I was coming home. I seriously almost shed a tear walking into the studio. It truly was marvelous.

This weekend, was all about finding yoga {again}.

We slowly warmed up through the usual series of cat/cow, side bends, etc. We then moved on to Surya Namaskara A or Sun Salutation A (I was so pumped that I even remembered the Sanskrit names!). As I stood in mountain pose, I felt electric sensations pulsating through my hands, my feet, my legs, my core. My body awakened like it’s been asleep for years. In a way, it kind of feels like it has. While I’ve been a little bit better about incorporating some form of home practice, it’s definitely not the same feeling as a true studio. There’s no distractions. Cooper isn’t parking his butt directly on my mat. My kids aren’t jumping on my back as I’m in down dog. In a studio, it’s just me and my mat. And the other people in the class, of course, but they are too busy doing their own thing to even look at me.

Going back to a yoga studio has been on my mind for months (years?). I just wasn’t able to find a place that jived with my schedule. The last straw was last week after I had a re-eval for PT. It was with a different therapist than whom I had been seeing since November. As she went through the different tests for strength and ROM, the one word I heard a lot was tight. “Your ROM is decreased and you are tight in that area.” Tight is one word that has never been used to described my muscles. If anything, I’ve been TOO flexible. A red flag was raised.

Fix this or you will have more injuries.

Chair pose | happyfitmama.com

Besides feeling tight all over, I’ve also felt like my whole body has shrunk a couple of inches. I feel like my posture has changed. I feel like my core has shortened. I just don’t feel like me. Just like when I can’t run, I don’t feel like me. I want to feel like I did when I was really into my yoga practice. I felt taller. I felt longer. I felt stronger (in mind and body). I felt like I was actually breathing better with fuller breaths.

So that’s where I’m at. I am committing to making this work. How am I going to add one more thing? Good question. Marathon training takes up a ton of time, no doubt about it. Add that to the mommy guilt/family guilt for being gone for hours on the weekend for my long runs. If all I can squeeze in is one session a week, that’s good enough. If it’s two – fantastic. Stressing about it won’t do me any good.

But I know I need to do more than just run to be the runner that I want. Or really, the person that I want to be.

Yoga – fan or not your thing?