brahmacharya

8299_10151724145097732_576006781_nThis image is part of lululemons shopper series exploring the yamas and is in stores now!

Over the weekend, I noticed that the mall closest to me opened a lululemon.  Now, I try not to go into lulu if it is not the purpose of my shopping because I just can’t control myself in there. But of course I ended up going in and purchasing pants in less than than 5 minutes. I’m serious, I can’t control it.

Their new bag (always exciting getting a new shopper) is part of a line specifically exploring the yamas. This shopper design is Brahmacharya which  asks us to think twice and listen to what our mind and body needs. It teaches us to pay attention to where we focus our energy. Are we using our time, thoughts and efforts in a useful way or are we wasting precious time?

“In the long run,” says Brad Waites, “brahmacharya is about allocation: using your resources effectively to achieve your aspiration. To hone our practice of this principle, we must learn to conserve and not waste energy on things that do not serve our purpose.”
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Being mindful and practicing Brahmacharya will help remove the clutter from your life, mind and not to mention your refrigerator. So I am challenging myself and you to be mindful. Think about what you are currently doing, thinking, worrying about, eating etc. and whether or not it is good for you and your future. So yes, maybe for dinner eat ground turkey or lean chicken rather than an entire meatloaf. What I will try to focus on most is attempting to detox my life of worry. I waste so much to worrying about what could happen.

Crazy to think I bought a pair of pants that I didn’t need causing me to go against this yama but it also lead me to it and to some life improvements. hmm.

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Bell Rock Warrior – Virabhadra’s Pose

Practicing Warrior on Bell Rock

Practicing Warrior on Bell Rock

Hello hello!

Last weekend we went up to Sedona for some yoga/hiking. It is always interesting doing yoga during a hike, especially when your at a higher altitude than you are used to. It really makes you focus your breath. I love the background in this image, I just love Sedona in general though.

Virabhadra’s is the name of a warrior incarnation of Shiva. Described wearing a tiger’s skin with 1000 heads, eyes & feet. Also wielding a thousand clubs. Warrior improves legs muscles, hips strength & placement, back muscles, and shoulders.

“Learning to do the Warrior pose series safely and correctly is a major stepping-stone in your yoga practice”, says Seane Corn, a YogaLife advisor who teaches at Sacred Movement in Santa Monica, California, “because you’ll notice similar movements showing up in thousands of other yoga poses.”

To start this pose, begin in the traditional Downward Facing Dog.

Image from http://yoga.prevention.com

Now inhale while you bring your right foot forward (next to your right hand) as you come into a lunge. Ensure that your toes are in-line with your fingertips (as Alicia’s are below). Pivot on the ball of your left foot and drop your left heel down to touch the earth. Finally exhale while opening both arms and pulling the left hip back.

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Bring your hands to hearts center, exhale and reach arms up & back, lifting your rib-cage away from pelvic bones. Keep your palms together and head tilted back slightly.

Hold for about 30 seconds and release. Take a breath and flow through the other side.

Practicing Warrior on Bell Rock
Practicing Warrior on Bell Rock

Once you have completed bend forward to stretch your back.

Image from http://yoga.prevention.com

Where do you do yoga? I’d love to see some images of you practicing yoga in interesting/beautiful places!

This Runners Accessory Drawer

Yes. It is true. My custom Nikes came today. My life may just be complete =)

Do not underestimate a good pair of running shoes. I made that mistake. Go to a Road Runner Sports or something similar to have your running style evaluated and pick out a shoe that is right for your stride and what you will be running on (dirt vs. cement).

In honor of these gorgeous baby blues I’m going to fill you in on all of my favorite running accessories that beginning runners (runners in general I guess) shouldn’t head out without. Ok, so maybe they are not exactly traditional “accessories” but you get the idea. And in all fairness, Jason, who kicked my butt into a runner is the one who told me about most of these.

First, never go without water. You need approximately 4 to 6 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes. Personally, I need 17 ounces for every five miles. My recommendation? This awesome Nathan water bottle. It includes a handle, pocket (big enough for my iPhone 4S, keys, chapstick and gate card), reflective strap and an ID card. You know, incase I pass out from running in the AZ summer heat. It holds 22oz, perfect amount if you ask me and it comes in a ton of colors. $21.99

I never step foot out my front door for a run without a tracker. I like to know my distance and pace for each run. I use Map My Run, the phone app. It uses GPS to map, record and share their exercise routes and workouts in an online database. It’s FREE. Yes, sir.

Team Confehr rocking lulu’s

Next, a GOOD pair of running pants. I know, I know, you may   think the ones you have are fine. But unless they are lululemon Run Inspire cropped leggings, no, they are not good enough. Men, I’m sorry I cannot speak to running pants for you but I’ll assume you need lulu in your life too. Yes, they are pricey but they are awesome, last forever and make your bum look great. $98ish. Unfortunately they are not sold year round, but still go into a store, try some pants on and your life will change!

If you are going the distance (anything farther than 8ish miles) you will need a GU pack, or the like. It took me a while to find one that I can eat without wanting to throw up. The constancy is not my favorite… but I do enjoy GU Chomps ($1.99) and Clif Shot Energy Gel ($.89). The consistency of the Clif Shots are more like pudding so the Mocha and chocolate flavors make me feel like I’m just eating a pudding pak rather than sucking down electrolyte goo.

Fage Yogurt. A great breakfast or snack pre run. It’s sold everywhere. Word to the wise, don’t eat it unless you still have fruit to stir in. Plain Greek yogurt by any brand is too tart by itself, in my opinion. What’s awesome about Fage is the recipes they provide on their website.

A good headband to keep your ears warm and then act as a sweat band once you really get going is always appreciated. Again, sorry fellas, I know they have good looking ear warmers for men, just not specifics! Catherine and I are wearing the same grey headband from lululemon in the image for running pants, but any one will do. Another one I love is the one I am wearing in the Image for the Pumpkin Race. The one we are wearing is the Swiftly headband $14.00. It has silicone on the inside of the headband that really does help keep it in place.

Finally a good playlist. I don’t always run with music but when I do, I use the free app 8 Tracks. “Handcrafted internet radio by people who know and love music, now on the iPhone. With the 8tracks app you’ll get access to hundreds of thousands of mixes in any genre or mood, wherever you want them.”