2 Yogis You Need to Follow on Instagram

2 Yogis You NEED to Follow on Instagram

I made a promise to myself at the beginning of this year that I would do yoga, no matter what, every single day. I’m proud to report that 11 months later, I’ve actually stayed true to that promise. I can’t say that it hasn’t been difficult. I had to overcome some stumbling blocks along the way. I had a pretty bad cold earlier in the year, I traveled quite a bit, and other times I was just plain exhausted. Even still, I managed to squeeze in at least 15 minutes to an hour of yoga everyday and I’m so glad that I did!

From time to time I need a little motivation. It just takes a little bit of inspiration to spark a fire in you that burns bright and makes you not ever want to quit. I turn to Instagram in my moments of weakness (don’t judge me) and I swoon over the incredible yogis that decorate my feed. Yeah. Sometimes it’s like that for sure. I don’t know which one I love more, but Christine Hewitt and Soren Buchanan are probably my top 2/number 1 favorites.

These ladies definitely find the right balance (no pun intended) between physical fitness and showcasing the human body as an organic piece of art. I’m way into the colors and movement captured by these photos and their feeds never cease to motivate me. So if you need a little bit of inspo, just check out some of these incredible photos and join the movement. #yogaeverydamnday

Follow Christine Hewitt on Instagram:

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Follow Soren Buchanan on Instagram:

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Yoga Sequence to Beat the Winter Blues

Yoga Sequence to Beat the Winter Blues

I know, I know!  I haven’t posted in over a week, but I’ve been taking some time to reevaluate and plan. Something strange starts to happen to me every fall. I get this compulsion to start hoarding, and eating, and not exercising, and wasting whole weekends on the couch watching TV. Every year, this sends me into a spiral of depression and I curse myself for being so lazy and unproductive. It usually lasts straight through winter. This year though, I’m determined to break that cycle. My goal is to beat these winter blues that I suffer from (seasonal depression is real, y’all!) before they even take hold. Just like my promise to myself at the start of the New Year, I am paying attention to my fitness goals, my mental health goals, my nutrition goals, and my home goals. I’m so inspired by women like Jennifer (standingstrongwellness), Jasmine (the Richmond Avenue), Claudia Marie (Claudiamariefit), and so many others, to keep my life on track!

Anyway, I wanted to share this excellent yoga sequence for beating the winter blues. Yoga has been the cornerstone of my fitness routine and I am more than happy with how my mind and body have responded to it. I mean, look at how proactive I’m being!

Do any of you struggle with seasonal depression? How do you cope?

The 4 Best High Impact Sports Bras for DD+ Women

The 4 Best High Impact Sports Bras for DD+ Women

Ok. Full disclosure here… I try my best to avoid high impact exercise, so the title of this post may be a little misleading. While my kiddo takes pride in workouts that leave him totally exhausted and occasionally puking, I much prefer workouts accompanied by fruit-infused water, scented candles, and the sounds of the ocean playing softly through Bose speakers. #yogaeverydamnday. That said, I haven’t actually tested these sports bras through high intensity workouts (only yoga and the totally infrequent sprint up the stairs). Still, I am pretty sure that even if you’re all about running and jumping, these bras will hold up (no pun intended). Added bonus: they’re super cute!
The 4 Best High Impact Sports Bras for DD+ WomenThe 4 Best High Impact Sports Bras for DD+ Women

  1. Panache Underwire- (pictured above in turquoise) ‘Lightweight microfiber fabric wicks moisture away from the skin and breathable mesh panels keep skin cool. Rather than compressing your breasts against your rib cage like most sports bras, panache sports bra individually encapsulates each one-lifting, shaping and supporting from all sides.’ —product description via amazon.com
  2. Wacoal Sport Underwire-Sport bra offers great control, support and comfort for workouts or as your everyday bra.’—product description via amazon.com
  3. Elomi Energise-Unique non compression design offering bust separation, shaping and the ultimate in support.’—product description via amazon.com
  4. LuLuLemon Ta Ta Tamer II- (pictured above in pink) This hilariously named bra features a ‘sweat-wicking cooling fabric fits like a second skin. Added LYCRA fibre stays in great shape. Removable cups give shape and coverage. Hook-and-eye closure provides added support with a customizable fit.’— product description via amazon.com

 

This Plus-Size Yogi Doesn’t Practice Yoga to Impress You, She Practices Because She Can | The Stir

Just in case you need any inspiration to start your yoga journey, you should probably check this out. Dana Falsetti, the plus-size yogi pictured above, shares her story.

Dana explains that she came to yoga not as much as a way to lose weight, but more as an outlet to change her perspective on her own life, which had been filled with a negative attitude of “I can’t.”

For the full story follow the link below, and to start your own yoga journey, because YOU CAN, check this out.

Source: This Plus-Size Yogi Doesn’t Practice Yoga to Impress You, She Practices Because She Can | The Stir

5 Downloadable Yoga Pose Sequences

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I don’t think that exercise should be torture. Sorta like I don’t think that a nutritious diet should ever feel like a punishment. I think that if you have any diet and exercise goals, the only way to achieve them is if you enjoy the process.

I’m a huge fan of low impact exercise. Yoga has been my workout of choice for a while now. Not only is it low impact, but it can be done in the comfort of your own home without the need for a ton of equipment. If you’re just getting started, this is a great resource for you.

Source: 5 downloadable yoga pose sequences for all levels