Yoga has always been part of my life.
Don’t get me wrong, you aren’t going to see me do a head stand or firefly. As my personal life coach Taylor Swift says, “Like, Ever.”
My father has always been a believer in Yoga. I grew up with Yoga books around my house and my Dad doing different poses in the evening before bed. I’m not sure if it would be called practice in today’s sense of the word. But, it was his practice and something he shared with us. It is something he still shares this day. Often he is asked to stand on his head by his grandchildren and by kids in town.
I started taking Yoga classes in my mid twenties. In the last 10 years I have been seeing a real change in Yoga. The clothes are trendier. The rooms smell like essential oils. The heat has been adjusted to hot. The music has been turned up. The mats have thickened. The bolsters got better. Those participating in yoga got younger and older.
It’s been interesting to watch.
I have also adapted. My clothes have changed. My mat has thickened.
I’ve been slowly watching a change happen in my yoga classes. First it was the cute yoga tanks, then it was the long yoga pants that go over your heels and then the nice thick comfy mats. In all the years I’ve been doing yoga, I’ve been witnessing big changes the last 5 years. And I’ve changed too. I’m going to HOT Yoga @onelovehotyogacranbrook I’m thinking about joining a yoga journaling class @the.inner.roar , and I even went to a class called “Shake Your Asana”. I’m a huge believer in the health benefits of yoga. I also like to keep up with the changes. So, I’ve bought the cute tanks and now I’m going to try the 5mm Yoga mat from @gaiamcanada @gaiam It feels like Christmas!!! I haven’t been this stoked to get myself to a class EVER! Squeeeee. Do you have a thicker mat? Do you adore it? Will it help cushion my knees? #yoga #yogamat #gaiam #gaiamyogamat #gaiamyoga #happy #health #christmas
I love my new Gaiam 5mm Yoga Mat so much. I just want to kiss it. And hug it. And carry it everywhere for the entire world to see. I love smelling it. It brings me joy.
I can’t explain it any better. If you don’t get it, you never will.
I also feel in love with this beauty..
I do want to give you a warning about your new mat. It will be slippery. I would suggest that you let your kids play on it for a bit before you take it to a class or practice at home. Possibly do a cardio work out on it at home with your runners on.
Be careful on that baby, the first time, wear it in like a new baseball glove.
My yoga clothing has changed a bit too.
Being comfortable is the most important thing for me at Yoga Class. I don’t want my pants to roll down because they are too tight in Child’s Pose.I don’t want my shirt to fall upside down and inside out while I am doing Downward Dog. I also don’t want to be too hot at Hot Yoga and I also don’t want to be too cold in savasana.
I’m overthinking this and scaring you, aren’t I?
I don’t mean too.
I do have some clothing suggestions though. I like wearing something a big snug on top with something warmer overtop so I can take it off and I like my bottoms to be a tad loose.
This one is my latest fave. It is called the Fallon Tank.
I like it because it has a bit of a peekaboo in the back which is cute, but it also provides a bit of extra room to move without getting too baggy and falling over my midsection to reveal my breasts to the entire room. Which pretty much happens anyway. Sigh. They also carry a large selection of bottoms too. I haven’t found a pair that fits my size 18-20 body very well.
I guess, what I want to say is that I think you should try Yoga. You honestly don’t need a thick mat. You don’t need special yoga clothes. You just need to be open to it. I often hear from my friend that “Yoga is not for me.” And maybe it’s not. But there are LOTS of different style of yoga and different teachers who teach in different ways.
Stick with it. You will find something that works for you.
Namaste Mother F*ckers.
My new mat and rad new clothes were provided to me by the amazing people at Gaiam in exchange for me telling you about my practice.