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A New Year’s Resolution is a common thing to make at the start of a new year. How many times do we actually accomplish what we say we are going to do? Let this year be the year that your resolution becomes a part of your practice, part of your life.
This year, I made a promise to myself that I would carve out a piece of my day for me. Just for me. Being a new mom has been hard on the soul for me. And even though I’m not super new at it anymore (my son is one), I have days where I struggle…a lot. I decided to try a 14 day yoga/meditation challenge with my people, as we like to call each other. We follow Boho Beautiful on youtube and subscribed to her FREE 14 day challenge. I like the Boho Beautiful brand, created by Juliana & Mark Spicoluk, because the programming is quick and dirty. I know, I know, quick and dirty are not words usually associated with yoga, but the flows are 15-25 minutes and work your entire body. I’m relaxed, sweating and very excited to be done by the time she says the word savasana.
The shorter flows are perfect for me because I can do it in the morning before hubby has to “go to the office” or while baby naps. Afterwards, I still have time to spare for errands, phone calls and anything else I need to accomplish for that day. Win win. Me time, personal time, whatever you want to call it, is extremely important these days. Yes, 2020 is over, but the trauma that comes with that year still lingers. Make taking care of yourself and your mental health a number one priority.
I found most of my yoga accessories on Amazon. Whether you’re doing an in-home practice or heading to an actual studio, Amazon can deliver your gear in a few days (two or less if you’re a Prime member). Check out some of my favorites below.
yoga mat w/ carrier sling
This mat is a fan favorite because it has ample cushioning, while still giving enough support. It’s described as “nice and thick” in most reviews. And it comes with a carrying strap.
printed yoga mat
If you’re looking for something with a little more pizzazz. Gaim makes an awesome selection of printed mats that are sure to suite almost everyone’s taste.
It’s nice to get help when you need it. Yoga blocks are perfect for building your practice and to lift you up on those days when you need a little more support.
Use a bolster pillow for even more additional support.
I’m obsessed with S’well bottles. They keep your beverage hot or cold depending on the temperature of your drink when you filled the bottle. Imagine having a refreshing swig of cold water when you need it most, and then actually drinking cold water because the bottle kept it at the same temperature it was when it went in! I buy at least five when there’s a sale. Hubby swears we don’t need another water bottle. I like giving them as gifts.
Yoga is about letting things go. Hang up this daily reminder. Inspired by Inspired Design Talk.
I think candles really set the mood of calmness. I’m obsessed with this Mrs. Meyers basil scent because a boutique studio I went to introduced me to it. The scent makes me feel safe.
I’m not a sweaty person, but I can get really sweaty when I work out. I was a sweaty mess during my Y7 days. When I do hot yoga I like having a mat towel over my mat to catch the sweat and to make sure I don’t slip and slide out of my poses. Yogitoes makes one with little grippies on the bottom to stay with your mat. I have a bright orange one because it was the color on sale (gee…I wonder why), but they do come in a plethora of solid colors and prints. These are on the pricey side when not on sale, but it’s worth it to not slip and fall and chance breaking something IMO.
I like the Onzie brand for yoga because they use this fabric that’s slinky, comfortable and breathable. Most of their bras give just enough support without squeezing my boobs (or what’s left of them) together.
onzie leopard legging
Who doesn’t love a good matching leopard set? Onzie’s high-rise leggings are extremely flattering and the fabric used is breathable so I don’t overheat.
Spiritual Gangster. Because you are. We are. Let’s kick 2021 off with a bang.