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It’s February and you know what that means. Pink and red hues have taken over every store, and all your coworkers are discussing what to do for the big day. Valentine’s Day.
While we all might want someone to be ours this February 14th, don’t forget the most important person on your list—you. Join the ranks of Donna Meagle by treating yo’ self to a few gifts focused on health, wellness and relaxation!
Being in a relationship is great, but have you zenned out to a really relaxing bath recently? Get ready to soak all your stress away! Don’t forget a good read, glass of wine, the calming aroma of a candle, and some luxurious Lush products. Before you know it, your tub will be transformed into the ultimate oasis.
In a world filled with posts to like and stories to watch, it can be a challenge to unplug. Carve out some “me time” with journaling! Not only does writing it down boost your self-esteem, it can relieve stress, reduce anxiety, increase creativity and help you let go of those negative emotions.
You’ve heard of diffusers, but what’s the deal with a Himalayan salt lamp? More than just a radiant rock to light up your space, Himalayan salt lamps can clean the air, reduce allergies, improve blood flow, decrease stress, and even relieve insomnia. The relaxing light boosts serotonin levels, which helps you stay focused, energized and ready to take on any Monday that comes your way.
A solid pair of sneakers guarantees comfort and the ability to get up and moving when anxiety or stress strikes. Say yes to self-care and who knows, they might even motivate you to get outside with a hike or long walk on Valentine’s Day. Let’s be honest, you can only watch Pretty Woman so many times.
Give yourself the gift of relaxation for all your after-bath needs with a comfy robe. Unwind in a fuzzy favorite designed purely for comfort, or splurge on something silky and sexy just for you. No matter the occasion, make a statement and feel good in your own skin.
While some say that disconnecting from your device is essential, technology can also be a great tool for mental health. Take a break from Candy Crush and give your mind a daily vacation with the unlimited amount of meditation apps at your fingertips. From Simple Habit or Headspace, stretch your emotional muscles with tech that’s all about making each day a better one.
Sign up for the self love club and remember that focusing on you isn’t vanity, it’s sanity. Be your own valentine!
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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