Monday, July 12, 2010

Favorite Exercise: Yoga

Please welcome the lovely Valerie from Red Vines for Breakfast.
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Marcie's blog always inspires me with its gorgeous pictures, delicious recipes, and inventive fashion concepts (remember her "Trash the Dress" post?). Needless to say, I was thrilled when she asked me to do a "favorites" guest post while she's away.

For the past 8 years, yoga has been one of my favorite workouts and has increasingly become a prominent part of my life. I enjoy so many aspects of it, including the stress relief, strength training, intensity, and playfulness. Practicing inversions such as handstands, forearm balances, and other arm balances have become one of my favorite pass times. I love the challenge a new pose presents and the triumphant feeling when I can put my body into a pose I never thought possible. Two things that I ALWAYS use while practicing yoga are lululemon attire and my Jade yoga mat. During my yoga sessions I live in the Wunder Under Crop and either the Scoop Neck Tank or the Power Y Tank. While lululemon is a bit of a splurge, their moisture wicking luon fabric stretches with your body, is pre-shrunk, and lasts forever. It also feels less like "gym clothes" and transitions well into a day of running errands or grabbing lunch with a girl friend after yoga class!












29 comments:

  1. Valerie,I love yoga too and I really should try to make more of an effort to do it regularly....Those are amazing photos sweetie...You are so great!
    Kisses and thank for that beautiful inspiration!
    Happy Monday

    Ps: Marcie...hope you are having a wonderful time :)

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  2. Valerie, you are so impressive with your yoga!
    It's something I really want to try again (I've only taken 2 classes in my life.)
    It's so sweet to hear you and Marcie know each other from High School. You are two of my favorite daily reads.

    xx
    Nikki

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  3. Wow your so fit!! I really love yoga, but have been lacking the consistency.

    <3 Kelly

    sourtang.com

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  4. Oh you guys went to high school together. That's great you have reconnected. Valerie-simply amazing yoga! Can you help me improve my practice???

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  5. WHAT? Are those you? That's amazing!

    http://daswhatshesaid.blogspot.com/

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  6. Such an inspiration for those just starting to practice yoga!:D

    http://allthingsmarie.blogspot.com/
    Beauty. Fashion. Interior Design.
    & Life According to Marie.

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  7. Check out them guns! Haha. Very impressive poses. You must be extremely dedicated because that stuff isn't easy! Love the yoga clothes too. Isn't working out more fun when you've got a cute outfit to wear? Love it!

    xo,
    Lovely B.

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  8. Holy SCHMOLY! Those poses are AMAZING. I have so little upper body strength that I can only dream of doing some of that.
    oxox
    Denalee

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  9. love her blog! enjoy your break.

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  10. Oh wow I didn't realize that you guys knew each other! How wonderful and I so love this post! You rock honey :)

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  11. Oh I had no idea you 2 had known each other since high school! How fun :)

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  12. wow. that's pretty impressive.

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  13. Wow, those are intense yoga poses! I'm in pain just looking at it! Thanks for sharing your favorite workout clothes. I'm always looking for more comfortable, supportive workout clothes, that don't make me look drabby when I finish!

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  14. pretty amazing. I have been dreaming of a soon to be time that I get to do yoga on a regular basis again ;)

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  15. Great post, Valerie! And very impressive! I've never tried yoga before.

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  16. Oh, now I'm confused... Is this you, Valerie, not Marcie? I guess so. Impressive!

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  17. oh gosh, how cool that you guys know eachother!! i love yoga- but struggle with doing it regularly on top of running. ok, i'm going to class tomorrow night, promise!

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  18. That's so cool that y'all went to school together. I had no idea, and follow both of you. Valerie, no wonder your arms are so ripped, girl! Those poses are crazy?!

    Marcie, I would def recommend her book. It is a quick, easy read. I just thought it was so neat to see a different part of the country, and get to know that region.

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  19. WoWzers! Now that's impressive.

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  20. Just a heads up, Marcie. I've got an award for you tomorrow. :)

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  21. Well hello girls! Aw, you girls went to school together!That is great blogworld keeps you connected!
    I have tried yoga once, it is hard! Hats off to you Valerie!
    Tell Marcie I have an award waiting for her at going glam with gigi

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  22. Holy crap! I ASPIRE to do something like that! I try to do yoga at least once a week for my back and it does wonders.

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  23. What a powerhouse! So, that's the trick to those killer guns! ; )

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  24. My goodness. You are officially the most intense yoga pro I've ever seen. And I love the workout attire -- so cute!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  25. Seriously Val - you're killin me here!!

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  26. That's awesome that you two went to h.s. together and are now on the blogging path at the same time! Seriously, those moves are intense! All requiring major upper body strength, core balance and flexibility! I wish I would have kept in shape after ending my gymnastics career. :/

    xoxo,
    Bren @ Chasing Beauty

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  27. Awesome photos and such great strength! I'm attempting to begin my own practice of yoga, so, just a beginner. Glad you're guest posting for Marcie. Let her know that I have an award for her at my blog, http://curlupwithwineandadvicehere.blogspot.com/
    Also, if you haven't discovered this blog, you'll love it! http://omgal.blogspot.com/ Check it out!

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