Take a Deep Breath

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 2 years. I first considered yoga a true “workout” a few years ago when I attended hot yoga sessions at CorePower Yoga for a full summer. THAT was intense.

Since then, I’ve practiced morning yoga at my old boxing gym, then at a small studio, and with girlfriends for an aerial yoga session in NYC for my Bachelorette party this summer (amazing experience at the Om Factory) and now I have a home practice in my apartment (rent in this city is already through the roof!).

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Now that I practice in my home (and sometimes go to free sessions in nearby parks and studios), I’ve finally decided to learn more about the various types of yoga and find out which styles are best for me.

First, I had to consider my personality, needs and goals. I’m a pretty competitive, “type-A” person who gets bored easily and always needs a challenge. But! I also gain muscle very easily and want to be more flexible and centered. Finally, yoga isn’t my sole source of exercise; I also run, play tennis and racquetball and sometimes try to golf. Accordingly, the yoga styles I choose have to be fun or else I won’t stick with them.

I took a series of “best yoga for you” quizzes and have decided to focus on two types:

1.  Vinyasa yoga: According to Gaiam.com, vinyasa (Sankrit for “flow”) involves smoothly transitioning from one pose to another while testing your physical limits.  This style definitely fits my personality and need to sweat!

2. Iyengar yoga: Gaiam.com describes Iyengar yoga as a meticulous style of yoga where form and alignment matter. I hope that this style of yoga will help me focus and become more patient. Living in the city, I’m always jumping from one place/task to another. Taking the time to pay attention gives me a moment to be calm during an otherwise busy week.

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To maintain my home practice, I’ve found many instructors on Youtube, simply by searching for “vinyasa yoga intermediate” or “Iyengar yoga”. Then, I try to practice vinyasa yoga twice a week, Iyengar yoga twice a week and run once or twice a week. One downside to practicing at home is that I’ve gotten behind on updating my “equipment”. My current mat is falling apart, but I hope to replace it soon!

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Fashion with out Fitness Is…

Not cute. I once read somewhere that when comparing two men dressed in Gucci suits, the more physically fit of the pair is the one who appears to be wealthy and stylish. No, I’m not buying a Gucci suit anytime soon nor do I need to look wealthy, but I do agree that living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of one’s self are essential to having a spectacular sense of style.

Yoga

The biggest thing I’ve learned in yoga is how to control my breathing, focus and be satisfied with my best. I rarely nail every pose and after years of running, have extremely tight hamstrings, but I try and progress for me is success.

Cardio Kick-boxing

This one’s tough and some weeks I don’t feel like going, but my endurance (physical and mental) has definitely improved in the past year, since I started going to kick-boxing classes.

Cooking at Home

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love getting dressed up and checking out trendy new restaurants in my city and in others. But you just can’t beat knowing exactly what you’re eating.

Girl’s Nights Out (and In)

I know that when I’m old, I’ll have very pronounced smile lines. I love laughing and being around amazing people. Spending time with my friends helps me to de-stress and relax which is great for my body.

What do you do to stay healthy?

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