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Why I Love Yoga

Lucy Activewear #dsgfit4u | happyfitmama.comThis post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’S Sporting Goods. All opinions, as always, are my own.

I usually go to yoga class every Saturday and Sunday morning. Last weekend, as my family was eating breakfast, my son asked me out of the blue if I was going to yoga. I had been debating if I really did want to go that day. And from the way he said it, I took it as a sign that he wanted me to leave the house.

Mama out of the house = Daddy let’s us watch TV.

I laughed and asked why he wanted me to go to yoga so bad. His response? Because you love it.

He’s absolutely right. I do love yoga. I started to think about why I love yoga. I’ve confessed my love of running – the way it makes me feel, the places it takes me, the runner’s high, the confidence. But what does yoga give me?

Remember my Retail Therapy trip last month to Dick’s Sporting Goods to check out their newly redesigned store and to stock up on yoga specific clothes? Well, I’ve been putting the clothes to good use and loving yoga even more.

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Why I Love Yoga

1. It makes me breathe.

2. I feel powerful.

3. It wakes up my mind, body and spirit.

4. I feel at least 5 inches taller after each class.

5. I feel like I have more space in between my ribs.

6. I love the feeling of energy pulsating through my hands and fingertips.

7. It pulls my shoulders back and opens my heart.

8. Energizes me even after a long day of work.

9. I don’t have to think – I just do. My body knows where to go and I can just flow in a moving meditation.

10. It strengthens every muscle and tendon in my body.

11. Yoga clothes are pretty rad. #thatisall

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12. I love that it pushes me mentally and physically.

13. It makes me learn to trust in myself.

14. I love that it’s graceful and makes me feel like a dancer, but at the same time badass.

15. I love doing poses that once looked impossible.

16. I love that it makes me continue to strive to reach the next “impossible” pose.

17. I love the way a roomful of “Oms” radiates through my heart and gives me goosebumps. If you’ve ever participated in a Wall of Oms, you know what I mean.

18. It makes me focus and be present to the here and now.

19. I love that it makes me glow.

20. Savasana. #enoughsaid

With reasons like this, shouldn’t everyone be doing yoga?

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Since it’s meal planning Sunday, here is what I’ve got planned for dinner this week:

Sunday: Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon + veggies

Monday: Pesto, Spinach and Avocado Grilled Cheese

Tuesday: Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad

Wednesday: Ron’s Homemade Pizza to celebrate the first day of school!

Thursday: Fish Tacos

Friday: Pesto Zoodles + Grilled Chicken

Saturday: Out

Be sure to check out Laura and Jill’s meal planning link up for more ideas.

If you do yoga, why do you love it?

What are you having for dinner this week?

Retail Therapy

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This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’S Sporting Goods. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Retail therapy is part of recovery from an injury, right?

The good people at Vocalpoint and Dick’s must have known that I needed a pick me up after learning that running still wasn’t happening anytime soon, when they graciously sent me a gift card to check out the newly redesigned women’s section. I gladly headed to my local Dick’s to drown my sorrows in new workout gear. Spoiler alert – you can get some help with your own retail therapy at the bottom of the post!

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While my running wardrobe is seriously stocked with all the right essentials, I have been lacking in yoga specific gear. It’s one of the activities I CAN do right now so I’m pouring my heart and soul into it. Sure I can wear my running capri’s and tanks, but it can be quite annoying to constantly fix your tank after every single down dog or inversion. I want something that stays in place and I don’t have to adjust it no matter how I twist, bind and get my OM on.

It had been awhile since I actually shopped for myself at Dick’s. And I was pleasantly surprised. The aisles had been widened and there were more outfit pairings throughout the women’s department. It made me want to actually look at the clothes. The CALIA line by Carrie Underwood and Lucy Activewear stood out to me. How come I never noticed their stuff before? Everything was so pretty and could easily go from the studio to running errands. Because let’s face it, I wear my workout gear everywhere even when I’m not working out.

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I brought along my little “helpers” to test out the wide aisles and bigger fitting rooms. We no longer need the big bus stroller (thankfully), but I could definitely see how I’d have no problem managing the aisles with it.

So what did I get?

I fell in love with CALIA. I want every single piece! I wore the Keyhole Back Tank and Essential Capri’s to yoga class that very night I got it and I didn’t have to adjust anything through an hour worth of sun salutations and inversion practice. I’m really not a fan of patterned capri’s but I love the look of these. So cute!

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And the Lucy tank? Same thing – it didn’t budge no matter which way I twisted and turned in class. I love the built in cups – no need for a sports bra underneath. It does have a zippered pocket in the back that would be great for stashing a key or gels if I was running in it, but I don’t think I’d like to go sports bra-less while running.

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GIVEAWAY!

Here’s an easy chance to win a $25 DICK’S Sporting Goods gift card to get some of your own retail therapy!

All you have to do is answer the question below:

What’s your favorite piece of workout gear?

Giveaway ends Sunday, August 2nd @ 12 p.m. est.

GOOD LUCK!

5 Beginner’s Questions About Yoga

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My first love is running. No doubt about it. But yoga. Ah, yoga. You hold a special place in my heart. I kind of lost that loving feeling for a couple of years. My home studio closed and I couldn’t find another one that fit. And then I just wanted to spend all my time running, not taking time to do more than 20-30 minutes of an at home class. I was “doing” yoga but not really practicing.

Since January, when I found a new home studio, we’ve reclaimed our love for each other. I’m in the studio 3-4 days a week. Bending, twisting, stretching, lengthening, being present and letting go. Just like running, when I love something, I talk about it. A lot. So I’ll bring up things that happen in class – a pose we practiced, one that felt oh so good on my back or just how the yoga vibrations were especially good on that night.

To my friends who aren’t into yoga, they just smile, nod and say, “Oh cool.” Or “I’d love to do that, but I’m not flexible.” One thing I’ve learned from yoga is that it’s for everyBODY. If you’ve never done a yoga class before or are new to yoga, you probably have a few questions. The following are all beginner’s questions about yoga that I’ve been asked before.

1. How is yoga different than stretching? Yoga is the connection of mind, body, spirit. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps to direct your attention inward. It’s not a task or a goal to be completed. Yoga will improve your strength, coordination, and cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

2. I can’t do yoga. I’m not flexible. Despite all the pictures you see of yogis being made into a human pretzel, that’s not the main focus. Once you bring your un-flexible body to yoga you’ll find that it will help you become more flexible. But don’t think it’s a requirement to walk through the yoga studio door.

3. I can’t sit still. I need to move. You go to yoga and the silence is so deafening you can’t help but start to fidget. Your mind is racing thinking of everything and anything all at the same time. I didn’t pay good money to sit here. I want to sweat! I felt the exact same way when I started yoga. And I still prefer the quicker paced Vinyasa style yoga. But even a few minutes at the beginning and end of class of disconnect from all the chatter of daily life, will become a welcomed time to just have your world revolve around your inhales and exhales. Trust me, you need it.

4. Is there going to be chanting?  My new studio does more chanting than I’ve ever done before. The first class I took, I just kind of mouthed the words, not really knowing what I was saying. Thankfully the teacher did “call and response” so we listed to a line and then repeated it. There’s no obligation to chant in class. If chanting isn’t your thing, join in for the Om’s. A wall of Om’s is quite powerful!

5. What if I have to fart? This question actually came from Ron. OK and I thought the same thing before I went to my first class. I’ve been in plenty of classes where someone has farted in class. It’s to be expected with all the bending, twisting and inversions, right?! It happens, move on. Hopefully it’s not a room clearing stinkfest, though. If you are truly worried about it, make sure to not eat any foods that you know give you gas on days you have yoga. No one wants to smell broccoli when you are doing Ujjayi breathing.

What are/were some of your questions about yoga?

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