Back On My Mat….Again

the mat

 

A few months ago, I wrote about renewing my love for yoga. After a while of not practicing, I felt great being back on my mat. I felt amazing. However, I spent most of my summer off the mat. I have my reasons, aka, excuses, of course. I gave tons of Reiki sessions. I started kickboxing. I did make it to a handful of classes. Some days I even managed a home practice.

But my heart wasn’t into it as it once was. I tried to be gentle and kind to myself. I knew this was only a phase. I knew it would pass. But it was still challenging for me. I didn’t feel like I was being who I was, if that makes any sense. I continually reminded myself that yoga is not just asana or yoga poses. I knew I would eventually find my way home again.

And I have. These past few weeks I’ve been taking more classes. I actually crave yoga. I think that is what was bothering me:  I was missing the desire for yoga. Without that desire, I felt off kilter. I did love kickboxing. I also love the other workout classes that I have been trying recently. The difference is that now I can’t wait to get back on my mat. I’m looking forward to practicing with my favorite teachers and practicing with new teachers and studios.

Speaking of mats, I also purchased a new mat. It’s called The Mat by lululemon. While I have heard great things about The Mat, I always shied away from it mainly because of the logo. I typically dress head to toe in lulu and I felt silly practicing with a lulu mat. Yet after reading rave review after rave review  (and seeing it released in the color Plum), I decided to purchase it.

I blogged about finding the perfect yoga mat over a year ago. That blog post is one of my most popular blog posts. Clearly there are many yogis in the same boat. Since writing that post, I have only been using my Jade Fusion mat. I find it cushiony and non-slippery. I either haven’t broken my Manduka Pro in or I have a defective one, but it’s so slippery. I just don’t reach for it since I hate slipping.

I’ve used The Mat at least three times. Pros: It’s very grippy and lighter weight than my Jade Fusion and Manduka Pro. Cons: It shows stains and it smells. When I first opened The Mat, I laid it out in my office with the windows open for a few days. My office still smells. The Mat still smells a tiny bit but it has gotten a lot better. The thing that bother me the most are the stains, aka, sweat. When I’m in child’s pose, my forehead leaves a stain on the mat. It does go away eventually, but it’s taking me some time to get used to seeing stains as I practice. That has never, ever happened to me in any of my years of owning a yoga mat.

I bet the black mat doesn’t show stains as much. If you know me, you know I love all things purple but I may get a black one next time. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy my mat as much as possible, stains and all.

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Should I buy Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis Series?

I belong to a couple of lululemon boards on Facebook. One of the boards is especially great because it’s not solely focused on lulu. People talk about health and fitness. I love it.

Yesterday a woman bravely posted photos of herself in a freaking bikini. She said that she did 40 days of Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis Series. The before and after photos were unbelievable. Check them out. The woman, who is also a mom, received tons of compliments. And, no surprise, people wanted to find out more about the dvd. Especially after she posted her stats, which were very impressive.  Continue reading

CooCoo For lulu

Since my interest in lululemon has re-emerged, I’ve been back to checking out various lululemon blogs. There are also a few groups on Facebook, one being an Exchange board. I love this board. The members with lulu obsessed fans who buy, sell and trade their lulu attire. When my husband first learned of it, he was disgusted. He thought it was really gross that women would buy used work out clothes. Yeah, when he put it that way I agreed with him.

However, many times women will sell items new with tags. Plus you can find some great deals and with lulu being so expensive, it’s not surprising to learn that they are over 6,000 members on one of the boards alone! There are even lulu angels who will go to a store for you to buy something on your behalf. I’ve been amazed.

Last week I noticed a flurry of posts. When I began to read what was going on, I felt sick. Apparently there was a woman who traded thousands and thousands of dollars worth of lulu, except that she didn’t live up to her side of the bargain. There are tons of women who sent her their stuff and haven’t received anything back. Apparently she was also selling on ebay and the suspicion is she was taking all the stuff she received and reselling it on ebay.

Sick, huh? I haven’t kept up with the posts. They just go on and on. Last I read the police are now involved. I feel so awful for anyone got swindled by this woman. I hope this is just some weird misunderstanding and that there’s a happily ever after ending.

Back To The Bar Method!

The other day I posted how one of my old obsessions, lululemon, has come back to my consciousness. Yesterday, someone I know emailed me and asked about The Bar Method. She said she’s looking for quick results and was seeking my opinion.

I went on and on about how much I love The Bar Method and how when I took 4 classes a week for one month, I saw significant body changes. And it wasn’t just me. Last summer, quite a few people commented on my physique. I haven’t kept up with it because I have a gym membership and I also practice yoga. There’s only so much I can do and afford.

However, Mother’s Day is coming up. My husband has been asking me what I want. I’ve been rather unhappy with my body recently because I put on some weight over the winter and I haven’t been able to release it. I’ve been feeling very frustrated, fat and ugly.

The timing could not be better. I am most likely going to start an intensive yoga teacher training program at the end of May. In the meantime, I can devote all my energy at The Bar.

I am so freaking excited but I’m also scared. It’s been so, so long since I have taken a class. I’m sure I will rebuild my momentum in no time, but I will have to keep reminding myself that it will take a few classes.

Let the transformation begin!!

Oh, PS, one of the best things is that my studio also sells lululemon. But please don’t tell my husband!

An Old Friend Rears Its Ugly Head

It’s been a while since I’ve written about lululemon. Even though it’s pretty much the only workout clothes I wear, I just haven’t felt the need to buy anything new in a long, long time.

Until just the other day when I decided to check out their site. I also checked out a few of the blogs that I used to read. My Superficial Endeavors blogs about lulu but she also writes about a ton of other topics. I really appreciate her photos of wearing lulu. Then there’s lulumum. She’s based in Canada. Lululemon Addict is based in the States. They both feature lots of photos as well.

My gym, Can Do Fitness, used to offer a 10% discount on lululemon. It may not seem like a lot but it certainly helped since lulu isn’t cheap. However, I overheard that they are not longer offering the discount because the showroom wasn’t pleased. I suppose people would not shop at the showroom in order to get the discount. At least my gym still does have a mark down rack, but the smaller sizes go fast.

Anyway, I’m not even sure what I want. I just want something new.

What Scares You?

There’s a saying on lululemon’s manifesto that always sticks in my mind. Do one thing a day that scares you. It cracks me up because what can I possibly do on a daily basis that scares me?  Does taking care of my children count? Sometimes my behavior with them does scare the crap out of me. Just kidding. Sort of….

Today I was presented with an opportunity to scare myself. I was at the gym deciding what workout to do. I wasn’t in the mood to run on the treadmill because that hasn’t been fun at all. I wasn’t in the mood to spin. The other option was to take a Kickboxing class. Yeah, yeah, I bet you’re wondering why I would be scared of a kickboxing class. Let me tell you why. The teacher is one of those insane teachers. She does fast moves. She has a cult following so her classes tend to be super, super crowded. Lastly, I hadn’t taken one of her Kickboxing classes in years and I was afraid to make a fool out of myself. There. I said it. I like to look good and know what I’m doing when I work out. This class was going to push me out of my comfort zone.

So I took it. I ended up chatting with a lovely woman who complimented me on my body. She said I looked very lean without being bulky and she could tell I did yoga. She wanted to hear more about where I practice so I gave her my card. Anyway, the class was very intense and challenging. Did I perform every move? No. Did I turn right when I should have turned left? Yes. A few times. But I felt so proud of myself that I did it despite my reservations.

I just remembered another recent situation where I was scared. An editor at one of my favorite health and fitness sites, fitbottomedgirls.com, emailed me to see if I would consider writing during their guest blogger week. I was astonished and so honored. I immediately said yes. And then began to panic about my topic. What the hell was I going to write? I wanted to make it amazing.

I ended up writing about what I have been obsessing with lately. Yoga. Please read it.

How Much Is Too Much?

It’s been over a month since I attended my last class at The Bar Method. I’ve been back at the gym taking various different classes such as Body Pump or Sculpting. I run on the treadmill. I’ve been doing some videos using my new Fluidity Bar. I’m definitely keeping active and moving. Sounds great, right? Why don’t I feel great?

There is something about the Bar workout that makes me feel amazing. I feel strong, lean and buff. I am not feeling this way at all. My husband tells me to do the videos more. Frankly, I hate freaking videos. I have a hard time keeping motivated. The classes are so much more fun and challenging. I am a class girl, The Bar Method, Hot Vinyasa Yoga, anything. I prefer working out in a group setting.

The draw for The Bar is the price. It costs $250 for a 30 day unlimited membership. 10 classes is $225. My gym membership is $70 a month. It’s usually $90 a month but there was a deal going on when I signed up. Plus, it includes childcare which has been a lifesaver this month since my children are home with me.

What should I do?  Does anyone have any advice? I would appreciate it. Thanks!