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3 Simple Elements to Add Beauty and Balance to Your Home
Wellness
Published Monday Jan 01, 2018 by Keana Noons

3 Simple Elements to Add Beauty and Balance to Your Home

Motivation
Perspective

Whether you want to boost your hygee (AKA the art of optimal coziness), or you're searching for ways to bring wellness into your dwelling, we're right there with you. We aren't talking about a room-by-room makeover, but finding a few simple elements of decor to add beauty and balance to our homes.

Whether you find inspiration in the ahhh-mazing Zen design of your favorite studio, all those new stylish home brands at Target, or the trendy decor at your hair salon, we’ve got three easy ways to keep those good vibes coming every time you open your door, all year long.

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

Indoor greenery has come a long way since your mom’s spider plants. Pinterest boards, pop-up shops, Instagram pages…all dedicated to the hip botanical trend that’s here to stay. Creating a mini urban jungle is a simple way to refresh your pad this new year. Not only do plants up your decor game, they rid your air of toxins and can increase positivity and make you feel better. 

No matter the size of your space—of the strength of your green thumb—succulents are a good place to start. They are tough (thanks to the desert sun), diverse, texturally appealing, and just look cool. Anything we can’t kill is a win in our book, especially with the heat cranking all winter long. Plus, budget-friendly succulents easily ship fresh from online retailers, like San Diego, California-based Pigment. We suggest using soil that drains quickly and is meant specifically for succulents, which you buy online or find at most garden retailers. Using fun, funky, and modern pots and planters—like animal heads or terrariums—will also spice up your space.   

 

The Power of Purple

The power of purple

Purple is a timeless favorite—you really can't go wrong. And when it comes to crystals, the power of the purple hues in amethyst is always popular. You don’t have to be an energy expert or crystal guru to have amethyst in your home!

Promoting stress-relieving powers and balance, amethyst is visually appealing and can add serenity to your home. You can purchase amethyst in a variety of shapes and sizes, but we suggest going to pick out your crystals in person to ensure you choose the texture and size that you desire for your dwellings. After selecting your crystals, incorporate the amethyst into your decor by placing it around your home—wherever you feel like you need a little extra Zen. 

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

Discovering your daily dose of motivation shouldn’t just come from social media, it should come from where you live. Inspire your decorating endeavors by spreading positivity throughout your house with motivational phrases. From trendy throw pillows to wall art, we suggest surrounding yourself with small touches of beautiful, modern encouragement.

When choosing inspiring imagery and decor, select one item that will be a focal point in the room where it is placed. The motivational item you choose should be something you don’t mind seeing on a daily basis to help boost your mood (and make you smile). Etsy is one of our favorite places to search for motivational and inspirational decor. Be sure to pick a color scheme that will stand out but is complimentary to your current design aesthetic. 

Keana Noons
Written by
Keana Noons
Marketing Manager, Consumer Products
About the author
Born on the Big Island of Hawaii, and raised in Texas, Keana’s creative, driven and fun-loving personality can tackle any challenge. Once a star on “America’s Best Dance Crew," her passion for wellness is evident in every aspect of her work.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

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.

1. Go at your own pace

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!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

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!  

3. Nourish your body

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.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

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.

5. Bring the right equipment

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.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

bree lewis headshot
Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!