Sleeping in Savasana

My yoga journey

New Adventure and stepping forwards

I’ve got my new yoga mat from EcoYoga, and planned my Sweaty Betty outfit, blue leggings, grey sweater. I’ve read my course book, Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark, read the handouts, got my cute note book from Portugal and backed my bag. I guess I’m all ready for the first block of Yin Yoga Teacher training starting in the morning.


I know that I’m going to be super busy over the weekend, as I’m also performing on Saturday night, and some work at my flat has overrun so things are a little chaotic and busy. However I’ll try to write at least something short next week about the experience and I’ll probably be posting quite a few photos on instagram.

Wish me luck!

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Get Your Om Back Instagram Challenge

As you may have guessed from my multiple posts about their clothes that I wear and classes that I attend, I’m a big fan of Sweaty Betty. I love there clothes, ethos and find the staff friendly and enthusiastic.

Every year they have two or three ‘Get Fit 4 Free‘ campaigns. The last one was in February and was called Fly Flex Flow. I actually won the campaign top as part of a facebook contest, I wrote about it here. The next campaign is a bit different in that it’s an instagram yoga challenge hosted by four different yoga teachers/bloggers. It’s called #GetYourOmBack

There is a different pose for each day which will be shown on instagram but they also have a cheat sheet and there will be daily prizes. There is a prize draw for a 5 day yoga retreat (and £350 to spend on Sweaty Betty clothes to wear at the retreat) that you can enter via the website.

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I’ve taken part in a few of these type of challenges organised by Yoga for Candace but they were generally weekly check in’s with the aim of improving one particular pose over a month.

I’m going to be away on my yoga retreat for at least part of the challenge so I’m looking forward to trying to post each day or at least the 20 of the poses that I think I can do. They are doing a special class on the 12th July which sounds like it’d be really nice but I’ll be on a plane to the sunshine so can’t make it.

I got a leaflet about the challenge with my sale purchases which is super cute and will be added to my inspiration board. 

 

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Sweaty Betty Sale

Sometimes I am such a consumer and can’t resist buying things. The Sweaty Betty Sale is one of those times. It started this morning and I’ve already placed an order for a few things.

I ordered a sports bra, a pair of plain leggings and a matching vest top, as it’s always good to get basics in the sale at 50% off rather than paying full price for them. I’ve got leggings that I bought at the end of 2013 that I’ve worn at least weekly since then and they’re only just starting to show signs of wear. They last so well that I think it’s worth spending the little extra to buy it in the sale rather than getting other stuff that won’t last so well.

I also ordered the Nidra Yoga Capris pictured below.

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I’m not sure about them as I usually wear fitted things for practice rather than loose trousers but I want to try them and for £24 (with my instructor discount) they are worth ordering and returning if I don’t like them.

I also think they’ll work as trousers on holiday to wear to the beach or around the hotel or over capris to and from yoga classes. I’m all about the layering.

I added a a microfiber towel to my order that’s the same size a yoga mat but doesn’t have the grip dots on like my current yoga mat towel does. I’m planning on taking this on holiday to use as a beach towel but it might also work for hot yoga classes.

Did I mention that I’m going on a yoga holiday in 17 days and am really looking forward to it?

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Finishing Fundamentals

I did the two online assessments last weekend and got 92% and 88% in them. So I’m finished this part of my Anti-Gravity Fundamentals 1 & 2 course. I’m still having a few issues with sorting out the venue to teach classes in so I’m not going to be able to start teaching just yet. The course has been really good and I feel that I have quite good knowledge to be able to teach classes. I think that a lot of friends and people that I know will enjoy the classes and learning the moves. It’s helped me with my core strength and particularly my arm strength.

I’m also feeling a little shallow but happy today. I sent a copy of my certificate to Sweaty Betty and I’m now very happy that I’m registered as part of their fitness professional programme. The main advantage of this is that I get 20% off their clothing including items in the sale. Considering the amount of Sweaty Betty clothing that I buy and wear (and that I recommend it to anyone that asks about yoga or fitness clothing) I think I might as well get rewarded for it. I’m hoping that the summer sale starts really soon as I want to get a couple of new tops for going away on holiday, plus I could do with another pair of leg warmers. Yes in Scotland in June I think of buying leg warmers. In the mean time I’ve ordered the Sea Breeze top, which they didn’t have in store in my size, which I love and I’m planning on wearing to run the Urban Triathlon in two weeks’ time!

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Back to class

I’ve not done much yoga over the past few weeks due to my aerial yoga instructor training and life in general being busy. On Monday I made it to the Sweaty Betty Vinyasa yoga class for the first time in about a month. It was really nice to chat to the girls who go on a regular basis that I’ve kind of got to know. One of the girls ran the London and Edinburgh marathon’s five weeks apart and is now getting ready for a Triathlon in August. I told her about the Meadowlark Triathlon at the beginning on July and she’s going to look into it and hopefully sign up. A couple of others were interested too so it’ll be good to have some failure faces there.

The class was taken by a different teacher, she didn’t introduce herself so I assume that she’s been covering for a few weeks. It was a slightly different style from normal but still vinyasa yoga, just not the ashatanga primary series that we usually practice. It was good to get back into a class rather than self practice or videos that I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. It reminded me that corrections are good even if they are group corrections rather than individual ones and that I like the social aspect of practice even if you don’t chat that much.

I’m booked in for next week and I’m making it a priority to get to a class at least once a week. I’m also going to try to make it to the Lululemon class on Saturday especially as it’s the last class in the current store before they open a bigger store in a couple of weeks.

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Sweaty Betty Fly Flex Flow 

In January and early February Sweaty Betty’s Get fit for free campaign was Fly Flex Flow. A mix of interval training, conditioning and yoga. The videos are still on the website and it’s a good workout. A couple of weeks ago they had a competition on their Facebook page to win the campaign top. Much to my surprise I (along with several others) won! 


The top arrived today along with a card saying congratulations. I love the slogan “Just Here For The Savasana”. The top is really low at the sides so I need to experiment with bras to wear with it. 
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