Yin Yoga + Meditation

Motivation to get you through hump day!

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Recently I completed a multi-week yin yoga and meditation series at my yoga studio, which largely focuses on Bikram yoga.  Bikram is the type of yoga I practice regularly because, as challenging as it is, it is also beneficial and both my mind and my body feel great after practicing.  Sometimes completing a class gives me such a feeling of accomplishment while also helping me feel calm and centered.  But Bikram is an intense and rigorous practice and sometimes we all need a change of pace, without being sedentary.  

I’ve taken a few yin yoga classes, which my studio offers as a compliment to the yang practice of Bikram.  The classes I’ve taken have always been enjoyable, allowing me to stretch into the fascia, or deepest points of muscle, which feels great especially after a Bikram class.  But I’ve never taken yin consistently so when my studio offered a 6 week program of a yin and meditation combo class, I jumped at the chance to work both into my weekly schedule.  And I’m so grateful I did.  The act of practicing yin, which enabled me to slow down while still keep moving and learn to find stillness in discomfort, and meditation, which helped me learn to clear my mind while simultaneously staying present, both helped me tremendously.  

The last few weeks have been so hectic (in a good way) and I often found myself looking forward to Sunday afternoons to move my body and unwind my mind.  I highly recommend trying either yin or meditation or practicing them together if you have the opportunity.

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Rose, white and blue

Inspiration for the new week!

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With the summer season upon us, there are multiple long weekends that call for patriotic attire.  I’ve never been a fan of donning anything obvious to celebrate the holidays and opt for something more subtle, yet still appropriate.  I bought this top months ago, when it was still a chilly spring, and have been waiting for the right weather and occasion to wear it.  It’s bold red color make it an unexpected but appropriate option for any summer weekend and it pairs just as well with dark jeans and flat sandals as it would with a pair of cut-offs and espadrilles.  It also pairs well with a glass of rose!

Could anything be more summer than that?

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Fashion note: I’m wearing a J.Crew top (similar here), Gap denim (similar here), and Nordstrom B.P. flat sandals (similar here).  

WEEKLY WRAP UP/WEEKEND COUNTDOWN

What got me through the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend!

 

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Best PB cup ever- and it’s vegan!

After a lovely long weekend, I’m bracing myself for a very busy next few weeks, filled with concerts, birthdays and weddings.  While the days are sure to be a bit chaotic, I’m looking forward to doing my best to enjoy some of the special moments and also find ways to stay focused.  Summer is (un)officially underway and there’s so much to look forward to.  What are your weekend plans?

  1. The best rose for summer: Tis the season for being basic aka the endless rose all day hashtags on social media.  Truthfully, I’m guilty of doing this too but I honestly do love rose.  It is one of my favorite adult bevs of choice and I drink it almost exclusively in the summer.  This list serves as a go-to guide for the best rose to sip on all summer long.
  2. Jack Johnson 2017 tour: I’ve always loved Jack Johnson and this weekend I’m kicking off the summer concert season at one of his shows at the beach.  If you’ve never seen one of his shows, I highly recommend checking him out.  His shows are the essence of summer- fun, lively,with good crowds and all around happy people and the occasional very special guest musician.  In my opinion, he’s better live.
  3. Sweet potato muffins: Given the many events happening over the next few weeks, it’s inevitable I’ll be eating slightly more treats and indulging in slightly more glasses of wine than I normally would.  In an effort to not fall completely off track, I’m trying to make some healthier treats for myself to have on hand so I can reach for something less guilty when I need a snack.  These muffins are the perfect mix of sweet and spicy and offer plenty of vitamins thanks to the sweet potatoes and no sugar! They’re the perfect option for breakfast, lunch with a side salad or even for dessert with some yogurt on top.
  4. Wedding gift guide: Summer often means wedding season for many people.  My own wedding is a few months away and as it gets closer, we become more aware of the gifts to register for as well as what we should give our own friends. To help guide us through the endless options, Goop recently released its summer wedding gift guide, complete with ideas on what to give members of your own bridal party.  If you’re getting married or are attending a wedding, you should check it out for some ideas.

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