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Restorative poses to relieve illness pains

A nasty virus has been working its way through my family this past week. First, Bear Shark went down for a day with fever, and I basically held him for 12 hours, only getting up from the couch to go to the bathroom and to eat. A couple days later, the big kid had a fever and a throbbing headache. We spent another day on the couch while he rested up. And of course, I got the fun bug, leaving me laid up on the couch with a debilitating headache and chills, while the big kid seemed to rebound with energy. I’m still trying to get rid of my headache, but 5 days cooped up in the house, doing nothing more than comforting kids who are feeling blah… sigh. I can’t decide if most of my body aches are due to illness catching up with me or from sitting on the couch with my little sickies. When the chills got to me, I could do nothing more than curl up in a fetal position to stay warm. In …

FYI: Athleta carries maternity yoga line

I was doing my weekly ritual of window e-shopping yoga clothes (not that I really need to buy anymore) and noticed that Athleta carries maternity pants. Prices range from $69-79, which is about what they charge for their regular pants. There aren’t very many reviews on their site to say whether they’re worth it or not, but they do have a good return policy if they don’t work out. I will say though, of my Athleta pants, I kept wearing my Chaturanga capris throughout my last pregnancy, and the waistband didn’t cut into my belly. Something to keep in mind if you don’t want to buy separate maternity yoga pants.

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Michelle V. of Katy, TX! She won the Performance Grip Mat from Barefoot Yoga. Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle! As I find more companies that align with my blog and the yogic lifestyle, I’ll keep working on fun collaborations. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a very safe 4th of July weekend. Don’t shoot off fireworks where there’s a burn ban! And when I come back to the blog next week, I’ll tell y’all about the barre class I went to this morning. My legs are jell-o, and I may need to lounge in a pool all weekend to recuperate. 🙂

Review: Barefoot Yoga Mat [+Giveaway!]

While I was waiting for Bear Shark to make his grand entrance, I was gifted a Barefoot Yoga Performance Grip mat to try out. It sat in the packaging for weeks until I escaped from the initial fog of newborn-land, but the last couple weeks, I’ve been taking it to classes and using it at home as I get back into my yoga practice. I’ve had my Lululemon The Mat for quite a few years now, so that’s become my point of comparison for other mats. The ones we have at home are mostly Gaiam and economical brands found at Target. I wouldn’t call any of those really good for doing more than gentle stretches. But when I got the Barefoot Yoga mat, I could tell by just visual inspection that this isn’t a thin piece of rubber that will end up as another playmat for the kids. The Performance Grip mat is a nice hefty yoga mat, weighing in at 5 pounds. It’s considerably lighter than my Lulu mat and not nearly as cumbersome …

When is a yoga ball ever used for yoga?

Here’s a silly question. How did those giant rubbery exercise balls that pregos and mamas use to bounce on during labor or to soothe a fussy baby get to be called yoga balls? I have never used a yoga ball in any yoga practice. I’ve never seen a yoga ball in a class or at a yoga studio. And yet, everyone calls them yoga balls. Yup. Lots of deep thoughts happening at Finding Drishti, folks. Can anyone help solve this mystery?

Give that yoga mat a bath

Since I have another 3.5 weeks until potentially getting cleared for exercise, I thought it was the perfect time to give my yoga mat a bath. I can’t even tell you the last time I gave it a good hosing and soak. A wipe down, sure. But a full on bath? Probably when I first bought the mat to get rid of the rubber smell. There’s a 70% chance of rain today, so an indoor bath was in order. I used baby shampoo, figuring it would be gentle enough to not damage the material. Also, it’ll have a nice lavender smell so it’ll be clean AND calming. As for drying the mat, I don’t have a good indoor option. Lululemon’s The Mat is HEAVY and thick and would break our shower curtain rod or towel rack when soaking wet. So I have it draped across our patio furniture – at least until the rain starts. Then, I’ll bring it inside and lay it on some towels. (I’ve been hinting at my husband that I need …

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