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Journey to Handstand – Week 1 {Yoga Challenge}

Day 1: Lift Your Object
Day 1: Lift Your Object
Day 2: Chaturanga
Day 2: Chaturanga
Day 3: 1 Minute Wall Handstand (x3)
Day 3: 1 Minute Wall Handstand (x3)
Day 4: Handstand Prep
Day 4: Handstand Prep
Day 5: Wall Stretch Shoulder Opener
Day 5: Wall Stretch Shoulder Opener
Day 7: Lolasana, Pendant Pose
Day 7: Lolasana, Pendant Pose

 

Leave me a comment on Instagram if you’re doing the challenge too!

Related Links:

March Yoga Challenge – Journey to Handstand

February Yoga Challenge – Let’s Get Flexy in 2015

January Yoga Challenge – Be Strong in 2015

January Yoga Challenge – Bend Into the New Year

December’s Yoga Challenge – Just Be Present

Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra & Leggings Review

I’ve gotten a few VoxBoxes from Influenster*, and this was the one I was most excited for. I received a Victoria’s Secret Sport Standout bra and the Knockout High Rise Capris. Honestly, ever since trying their new sports bras a couple months ago, these are the only ones I’ll wear now.  I hadn’t yet tried the other sport clothing (Pink yoga pants are one of my favorites).

VS Sport

The bra is great because it’s really supportive, but without making you feel like you can’t breathe. It’s also not a struggle to get on and off. The biggest plus is probably the support, but I also love that it’s lightly lined and gives you a feminine shape.VS Sport

The pants are awesome quality. They’re thick, but breathable and stretchy. I really like the high waist and the drawstring that’s hidden. And even though I haven’t used it yet, I also really like the hidden pocket. I pretty much wear them all day, every day. I was really digging the athletic wear from Target, but now after trying these, my Target pants feel thin and stretched out. These feel like nicer and higher quality material.

VS Sport
VS Sport
VS SportGenerally for yoga I wear a cami top with built in bra, but the Victoria’s Secret Sport bra has been invaluable for handstands and inversions (if you know what I mean…).
VS Sport
VS Sport(*Influenster is a program that sends you products to try and review. You take a survey, and they match up the best products that fit with your lifestyle. Let me know if you’d like an invite. This is a sponsored blog post. Influenster provided me with complimentary Victoria’s Secret products to test and review as part of a contest.)
VS Sport

 What is your favorite brand of athletic wear?

Workout Wednesday: Downward-Facing Dog

Hatha Yoga Class Downward Facing Dog Pose - Adho Mukha Svanasana
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I can’t tell you anything technical about Downward Facing Dog that you can’t read elsewhere on the Internet, however I can testify to how amazing this pose feels. It’s one of my favorites to stretch the hamstrings and open the  hips, and it’s also a fairly easy pose to measure how you’ve been improving. The easier it is to move into Down Dog, and how close your heels come to touching the floor are both signs of improvement.

 

Logistics:

Start in Child’s Pose. Exhale and push your hips to the ceiling, creating an upside down V shape. Keep your arms, back and legs straight. Fingers are spread. Heels come as close to the floor as possible. Shoulders should be relaxed. I like to focus on deep breathing and my hips. Pretend as if someone is standing behind you pulling your hips back and up to the ceiling. To get out of Down Dog, you can relax back into Child’s Pose, slowly walk/jump your feet up to your hands, or dive into a “Hindu Pushup” (more on those next time).

Benefits: 

Great whole body stretch (arms, hamstrings, back) and strengthens the arms. Good for focusing the mind.

Try it:

First thing in the morning, and right before bed.

 

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, yogi, certified trainer, psychiatrist, astronaut, etc. Please do your own research and/or consult your doctor before taking my advice.