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Although we don’t actually need an excuse to celebrate the wonderful women and moms (or mom-type figures) in our lives, Mother’s Day is a great reminder to do just that.
This year, skip the go-to “flowers and a card” and give her the gift of wellness. Whether she wants to meditate on the mat, step up her weekly workouts, or feel trendier at the gym, these Mother’s Day presents will show her you’re all about supporting her goals for a healthy, positive life. Check out our list of inspired picks for wellness-loving moms of all ages!
At class or at home, this mat from Manduka will definitely elevate her practice, no matter her yoga flow. Lightweight and sweat-resistant (perfect for hot yoga!), this is a great gift for eco-friendly moms looking for a stylish, long-lasting, sustainable option.
For the mom trying to add more zen to her space, this diffuser from Saje creates a soothing atmosphere using the natural power of essential oils. Whether she loves lemon or needs calming vibes with a little lavender, help her cultivate positive energy naturally—wherever she may be.
Help mom curb that coffee intake and tap into the power of superfoods with a Mushroom Matcha mix from Four Sigmatic! From brewing a cup to start her day, sipping it in the afternoon to battle that mid-day slump, or even adding it into her delicious recipe of chocolate chip cookies, this tasty plant-based mix will leave her feeling balanced, calm, and ready to take on anything.
Give the gift of self-care and support her beauty routine with naturally soothing products from LATHER. Energize the senses and help you (and your mom) achieve the ultimate spa vibes with a Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist or a Revive & Thrive Awakening Balm. We guarantee she will feel ahh-mazing.
Whether she’s headed to Pilates or packing for yoga class, this classic tote from lululemon is an easy way to keep mom trendy and functional while storing anything she might need for her next workout. Plus, it’s the perfect great overnight bag for her quick weekend getaway!
Made for moms who are always on the move, these sleek and comfortable headphones from Jaybird are sure to support her active lifestyle. Built to endure all the elements, they deliver an unparalleled custom sound experience and are *super* easy to connect and recharge—especially for the moms who aren’t exactly tech-savvy.
As a fun reminder to hydrate, give your favorite gal the gift of H2O with a water bottle as bright as her personality! Perfect for at work or on-the-go, this bold pick from S’well is not only stylish but eco-friendly as well. Fun fact: the 25oz can hold an entire bottle of wine. Rosé all day, anyone?
Improve her yoga practice and wellness routine with these ridiculously comfy and super cute leggings! Complete with unique details and moisture-wicking properties to handle all the sweat (and errands), your mom will be unstoppable on the mat—and in life.
When she’s steppin’ out at the park or is planning a day at the beach, make sure her skin is protected from the sun with this weightless, mineral-based sunscreen from Kopari. Helping to shield against UVA, UVB, and blue (HEV) light rays, their sunscreen makes it easy for her to put her best face forward and always keep her skin protected.
Whether you want to treat your mom to a relaxing day at your favorite spa, book blowouts together, or spend quality time sweatin’ it out in cycling class, MINDBODY is a great gift for your mom— and you! You can easily book the workouts, wellness services, and beauty appointments she wants through the MINDBODY app or MINDBODY.io. Plus, you can purchase a gift card to her go-to studio or business so she can tap into self-care whenever her schedule allows.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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