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Fashion Friday: Work It Out

Friday, January 10th, 2014

I know it’s so cliche to be all “let’s get in shape!” as a New Years resolution, but there is a reason it’s such a popular thing to do.  After the gluttonous holidays and, if you’re like me, the craziness of the end of the year in which working out falls by the wayside, it’s a line in the sand. A fresh start. I for one have promised myself to get back to yoga and try barre classes.  So far this month I’ve done a bit of that, but moreso I’ve made myself go to the gym at least three days a week.  Even when I don’t want to (i.e. last night) I tell myself I’ll feel so much better if I do. And I do! And for extra motivation I’m picking up some new workout stuff.  After the whole Lululemon scandal I’ve been looking for alternative vendors for cute, well fitting workout gear and have found a super awesome selection at Nordstrom.  So here are my top picks to put a little spring in your step as you kick off your new workout regime (or maintain it, if you’re awesome like that.)

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*This post sponsored by Nordstrom. All selections and opinions my own.

EOS+Rue La La Preview: Om Warrior Yoga

Monday, October 17th, 2011

I am so super psyched to announce my curated boutique launching on October 19th on Rue La La Boston!  I had the task of picking a few of my personal favorite stores and spots in Boston to offer up to you at a ridiculously good deal….and they are (drumroll please)…. OmWarrior Yoga, Lekker Home and Diane Von Furstenberg!  Each day leading up to the launch of the boutique I’ll be doing a dedicated post to each vendor giving an inside peek at each and why I love them so much!

First up, hitting the mat with Marc McDonald’s OmWarrior Yoga! Yoga is such a great way to work out, calm down and expand your life.  Marc’s ability to lead you through a class without making you feel you need to only eat granola and listen to wind chimes is the best (in fact, I’ve done yoga with him to hip hop).

The studio

I asked Marc to whip up a quick sequence to release hip tension and relieve low back stiffness from sitting at a desk all day (reading my blog, I assume). :) Give it a try and see how you feel, then look for the great discounted class package available on Rue later this week!

Before beginning this practice, allow a few minutes to find your breath. By find, I mean bring awareness to and a real sense of control and mindfulness. To practice without mindful breathing is almost useless. You would never expect a kite to fly indoors without wind, nor should you expect your body to move without breath. Take a minute or two, allow deeper, more even inhales and exhales. Let this be the foundation. Try to hold each pose for about 1 minute.

Lying on your back with both legs extended bring your right thigh back to your chest holding the back of the thigh or front of the shin. Keep the opposite leg extended and active. Using a towel or strap around the right foot, extend the leg. Try to keep the hips grounded as you work the right leg back toward the body. If this is comfortable, draw the right leg closer to the body and flex the ankle (pulling the toes back and pressing the heel up). Make sure the intensity level is manageable, you should be able to keep your face soft and breath even.

From the last pose, use the left arm to draw the right leg to the left, crossing the body. With the hips stacked, reach the right arm away from the leg and work to flatten the upper back. For less intensity, rest the leg on a block or pillow and release the strap a bit. For greater intensity, bring the leg to the floor and hold the foot closer to the body with the ankle flexed.

From the last pose, bend the right knee placing the left hand on the thigh for support. Keeping the hips stacked, allow the body to soften as you breathe. If this feels too deep, place a block or pillow under the bent knee to soften the twist. For a deeper twist, bring the knee to the floor while reaching away with the right arm, dropping the shoulder to the floor.

From the last pose, bring the right knee back up as you roll onto your back. Holding the thigh into the chest, bend the left knee, resting the foot flat on the floor. Place the right ankle against the top of the left thigh at the knee. Reach your left arm outside the left thigh and your right inside. Interlace your fingers around the back of the left thigh or shin and draw the right shin and left thigh toward your chest using your arms. Try to keep the hips grounded by tilting the tailbone down as you draw the thigh back.

Release the left foot to the floor keeping the knee bent and release the right leg to the floor fully extended. Practice on the left side.

Finish with the both feet resting flat on the floor with the knees bent. Bring the soles of the feet together as the knees drop apart. If this is too deep, use a block or pillow under each thigh. Find a comfortable place where sensation is noticeable but not overwhelming. Rest your arms by your sides or reach them behind your head to lengthen your sides and breathe into the ribs. Let the body settle here for about a minute or two. Use your arms under your thighs to assist the legs back in. Hold the thighs to the chest and gently rock forward and back.


Roll up to seated and get on with your day!


Boston Event: Yoga & Antiques?!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Yep, you read that right- come do yoga with me and my favorite teacher David Magone (he’s got a BLOG now, go check it out) this Sunday at the amazing Mohr & McPherson store in the South End! After we all down dog and get centered you can shop at one of my favorite local furniture and antiques sources!  I may look like I’m in one seriously stable dancers pose but it’s only because my gaze is affixed to that Beni Ourain 5′ x 8′ in the corner! :)

The bonus- the class will be whatever you feel comfortable paying and all profits will go to the work of Barakat Inc. , so it’s win/win/win (take that, Charlie Sheen.) Space is limited so be sure to RSVP to pranavayu.yoga@gmail.com to reserve a spot!

A Glam Yoga Retreat

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I saw this amazing yoga room/office in Lucky a few months back and have been meaning to post it. I wish I had the luxury of my own in-home yoga retreat/office! Especially one with this chic, cozy color scheme of black, yellow and hints of blue!

Create a spot in your own home like this using the following:

SOURCES:

Rug Yoga Mat Top Pants Hoodie Stool Pouf Desk Lamp Buddha

Stretch It Out(side)

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

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Yoga has become a great and important part of my life in the last couple years, as most of you know.  If you haven’t tried it, I urge you to- and what better way to start then by attending one of the Lululemon Salutation Nation events on August 7th?! Lulu is trying to get people in cities all over the country to  practice outside on that morning with free classes!  It’s a great community builder, and not at all “put on your Reeboks and drink the Kool Aid” cult-ish as it might seem to some.  My yoga practice has lead me to meet some of the coolest, most amazing people in my life- benefits beyond a tighter booty and triceps. So grab some friends and find out where your local August 7th event is (and then go stuff your face at brunch)!  I’ll be at the Boston one on the Esplanade, and am delighted that the class is being taught by my own teacher David Magone! So look for me and come say hi-I’m making my friends come as a pre-game to my birthday soiree that night.  Nothing like some extra down-dogging to limber up for martinis and a night of disco dancing!

Look for a new yoga series on the blog starting in August- I’ll help break it down for you design divas who need some zen in your life. :)