lululemon old tank, but popular style that is often rotated through. You can find a similar one here.
I have at least 3 of these tanks purchased over the years, so I know it's a lululemon staple. I think it is stylish, comfortable, and flattering for all. The material is great if you'll be sweating a lot as it gives you lots of room to breath. I wear these tops primarily for yoga, but I also like them for the gym (weightlifting, cardio, etc.) and kickboxing. I also have these in a couple different sizes - the top runs true to size, but I generally like to go 1 size down to offer more support up top so that I don't have to wear a sports bra with it. If you're a little more well-endowed on top, though, it'd probably be a good idea for you to double up with sports bra either way.
Also want this and this (though I'm not sure I can rock this style...)
Glyder Appearal Mantra Crop Legging in Mint
These are SO soft! Like so soft that I thought there was no way they'd stay up throughout a yoga practice, but they do! And they've surprised numerous trips through the wash and haven't lost their stretch, support or softness. I also love the color. It's even better in person. My only issue is the color is just the tiniest bit see-through so I need to wear nude undies with them. I think this is only an issue with the lighter colors as it doesn't seem to be a problem with some of my other pairs of Glyder leggings in darker colors or prints.
Also love these and these (on sale!)
eKO SuperLite Travel Mat 68" in Majesty (Enter code "MORE2LOVE" for up to 20% off)
Read my review here.
Boat Pose (Navasana) is yet another favorite. You can make it as challenging as you want, and it targets the entire body. It's also a GREAT way to work on building your core strength. If you've ever practiced this pose, you know that your entire core is working hard to keep your body in this nice V shape. Just staying in this pose for 30 seconds can feel like an entire workout.
How to Get There
There are quite a few ways to get into this pose ranging from simply lifting your legs off the floor from a seated position to getting fancy and jumping through to it from Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). You can also lower down into it from Chair Pose (Utkatasana), which is a personal favorite.
We'll go with the basics:
The nice thing about this pose is that there are so many stages, modifications and variations so as long as your muscles are engaged, you are most likely doing the pose correctly. I can tell when someone isn't engaging all of their muscles because they look something like this:
The back is drooping, the neck is straining, and the arms and legs are dangling. It's actually quite risky to go this route because you risk seriously pulling/straining a muscle. If you're still working on building up the core strength for full Boat Pose, try one of the modifications above to avoid risking any injuries.
Happy sailing! :)
Well helloooo, March! It seems you're holding on strong to winter, which I don't particularly appreciate, but that's okay because Spring will be here soon enough.
Though it doesn't feel like it, spring really is just around the corner (woohoo!). And that means that summer (aka swimsuit season) is right behind it (could be another "woohoo" or an "ah crap", depending on how you're looking at it). As such, I think it's a perfect time to give a little extra attention to our core. This is one area I always get requests for in class, and I simply LOVE it.
The core muscles include all of the muscles in your trunk and pelvis, with the majority of them being in the belly, mid- and lower-back, and hip areas. Yep, that's right...your core consists of more than just your abs! For all you anatomy buffs out there, here is a great blog post by a pilates instructor on the core muscles.
These ever-so-popular core muscles are most widely known for holding in/protecting your internal organs and stabilizing most actions of the body. A stronger core means a more stable body all around which is why it's so important to strengthen these muscles! It's also absolutely essential for your core to be strong in order to take on more advanced yoga poses (asanas) like handstands and arm balances. So while 6-pack abs do tend to look nice, I think it's equally impressive to be able to stand on your hands, do crazy arm balances, or even just walk in a straight line without falling over. Don't you think?
That is why March will be devoted to the core. I'll breakdown my most favorite poses and exercises to strengthen this area at the beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioner levels.
To start, let's discuss Plank Pose. Seemingly simple, but I bet that anyone who's had to hold plank for 30 seconds or more will tell you it's anything but.
How to Get There
The Belly Sag: If you hear a teacher tell you to lift your thighs or kneecaps up to the ceiling, you may be doing this:
The Humpback Whale: And if you a teacher tells you to lower your hips or walk your feet back so your heels are over your toes, you may be doing this:
Hope you have fun warming up your core! You'll need the prep work - there's much more to come!
I’m Anahita Reilly, a Type-A, native Northern Virginian, happiness lover. This blog evolved out of my longstanding desire to share this beautiful thing called yoga with others. Click here to read more...