My latest purchase and some unexpected yoga perks

by Kim on April 8, 2013

I’m kind of surprised at how much I’m getting into yoga all of a sudden.

IMG_3124Update on my self-photography skills: zero progress.

Maybe I have an obsessive personality. Or maybe yoga’s just that awesome.

Now, I’m convinced that if anyone isn’t interested in yoga or has anything bad to say about it, it’s because they haven’t tried it. But that might just be the New Exercise Discovery High. (At least I’m not delusional enough to say the same thing about running.)

If you need more proof of my devotion, feast your eyes on my latest purchase:

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Doesn’t owning my own mat mean I’m a legit yogi?? I plan to carry it around everywhere so that when I’m caught wearing yoga pants around town (aka everyday), people will just think I’m coming back from a yoga class.

Mason thinks it’s a car runway. (Er…would that be a parkway?)

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I happened to go to a yoga class the same day I got the mat (last Wednesday), and guess what I found still rolled up by the door when I got home? Oops.

So I didn’t get it out for a real test run until Saturday morning, when I stopped by our lululemon store for a complementary vinyasa class. (“Free studio yoga” = music to my ears.)

Here are my official reviews:

The mat: Thinner than I expected, and definitely not non-slip—my sweaty hands were sliding all over the place, which never happens with the mats at our gym (and I can’t imagine those are that high quality). But it’ll work for now.

Of course I researched mats before buying one—I found blogger reviews like this really helpful. The top recommendation in that particular article was the Jade mat:

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But I’m a rebel. And kinda cheap. So I went with none of the recommendations and got this instead.

I didn’t want to invest in something super pricey mat for my first mat (both in case this new yoga crazy fizzles out and because I don’t really know what I like yet), so I thought the basic Gaiam would be a nice compromise between lululemon’s mats (or the also-pretty-pricey Jade) and the ultra cheapies.

But, of course, I already see why people are willing to shell out the big bucks for the fancier ones. Sighh…

The class: Great music and instructor, but kind of slow and repetitive. Not that I expect yoga to be fast, of course, but I like lots of variety, and the barely-keeping-up feeling helps keep me focused.

Unexpected perks:

1. I’m STILL SORE today! (Especially the butt & back region—seriously, more sore than I’ve ever been from squats.) I’m surprised, because I didn’t feel like I was working that hard, but all that balance work just demolishes your muscles (particularly, the teeny tiny random ones that you forget about).

2. Out of nowhere, I got the crow pose! I wasn’t really thinking too much when I went into it, but apparently, that was exactly what I needed. I held it for a long time, easily even, and only stopped because the instructor was moving on. What??

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While I was hanging out at lululemon, I also signed up for something called Sweat this City.

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The challenge: to attend 8 different (FREE!) fitness classes taught by lululemon ambassadors between April 15-28.

All they had to say was free! Haha.

I’m seriously pumped about this, though. It’ll be fun to try out some new-to-me classes in new places around town. If you live in the Madison area, you should definitely swing by lululemon and join in!!

The rest of the weekend was pretty low-key. I got to spend some time writing at a coffee shop again…

20130406_102856That’s an egg, avocado, spinach, and pepperjack wrap. WHAT.

I was SO impressed with the heart-shaped foam in my coffee.

20130406_102904Or was it a butt? Dang, I can never tell.

The weather was beeeaauuutiful, which resulted in some serious outdoor family time.

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(His hair’s not actually thinning on top—it was just that windy.)

I also made these for the first time in WAY too long:

Quinoa CupsHeather is a genius.

Roasted tomatoes are an incredible thing. Add a little (or a lot) of goat cheese on top of these bad boys, and you might find yourself literally on the verge of passing out with joy.

Oh, and I MAY OR MAY NOT have watched Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt II. (Brent was out having a boys’ night, so of course my brain went: “HMMM, what movie shall I watch that I’d never get away with watching if he were involved??”)

We also worked on getting through our DVR recordings of The Bible from the History channel. Has anyone been watching it?? I’ve been really impressed so far! (Er…actually, it might technically be over now. We’re way behind.)

Do you have a favorite yoga mat?

Have you seen Breaking Dawn or The Bible? Thoughts?

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P.S. Have you given your workout playlists a spring makeover yet??

If not, head over to last week’s playlist link-up for inspiration! And if you blog about your own playlist anytime in the month of April, don’t forget to add your link!

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Katie April 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Ha, I totally just got my first yoga mat too. Yet to do yoga on it… but we shall see.
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Miranda April 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

Everyone is right Jade was by far my favorite yoga mat! Especially if you are going to start doing hot yoga… it helps with the sliding. When I first started yoga I hated being in a pose and then starting to slide and you lose focus and get cranky! Then I tried a squishier/bulky mat thinking I wont slide and it will be more comfortable… WRONG! The bulk makes you lose your balance more and slip just as much. (If you do hot I also recommend a yogitoes towel, it is sticky on the bottom so it stays on your mat then after class you can just throw it in the wash)
Hope it helps :)

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Kim April 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Very good to know!!

If I get really serious about yoga, I’ll invest in something nicer someday. It doesn’t look like this cheap one is going to cut it for long.

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome April 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Sounds like a great weekend! I do enjoy yoga but don’t do it enough. I’ve been doing a Piyo class once a week which is a combination of yoga and pilates. It’s great because it’s a little more fast paced. I do need a new yoga mat very badly!
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Kim April 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I hear that–my favorite “yoga” class is still BodyFlow, which combines pilates, tai chi, and yoga. The tai chi part is actually my favorite. :)

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Nanci @ This Crazy Life of Mine April 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

I love yoga, especially hot yoga. I’ve been going since the beginning of the year. I’e had my yoga mat for a few years and think I may need to replace it soon or find a way to clean it? Hot yoga really does a number on it. :)

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Kim April 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

So I’ve heard! :) I know lululemon has some towel mats that you can throw in the wash.

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Allison April 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

I think I will stick to the slippery cheap mats or the gym mats. I am glad to see that I made an appearance in your blog post ;) Izzy pointed it out to me this morning when she saw herself too.

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Kim April 8, 2013 at 9:54 am

Haha! I didn’t notice that! You are both so famous now. :)

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Amanda April 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

Steve and I watched The Bible, and we also thought it was pretty good, but not as good as The Ten Commandments…that one’s pretty much a classic. :-) And you’re right, it is over! The finale was shown on Easter night.

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Kim April 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

Of course, nothing can top the original. :) Parts of this one are pretty cheesy. I think I’ll probably always picture these actors’ faces when I think of the characters from now on, though, haha. (Except for the characters in the Ten Commandments…those actors are in my head for life!)

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