Shape Up Sunday: Yoga and #ActiveNationDay with Lorna Jane!

Happy Sunday! Happy weekend! I’m working all weekend, and I had one crazy, stressful week. After my summer of working two to three times a week and being able to go out and about, school has hit me hard.

I got home each day this week exhausted and drained and mentally just not prepared to do anything. Monday I did a killer arms workout, and then Tuesday I got a headache that didn’t go away until Thursday. I had a major, cleansing, cry fest on Thursday night. Both my Mom and my fiance played a huge role in letting me just get it out.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday I did yoga. Oh yoga, saving me from the stress and craziness! I did most of my yoga at home (my myyogaonline membership saves me). Making time, even if its twenty minutes a day, is so important.

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An hour each day of deep breathing and stretching and hatha yoga-ing makes the soul happy. I was actually talking to a lady at my massage therapy clinic about all the different kinds of yoga. I’m taking a hatha power yoga class on Thursday nights starting next week, a few blocks from my house.

She also mentioned Iyengar Yoga. I was really curious about it. So I googled it.

“a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama).”

She described it as almost militant in nature, precise, but so important for her body. I’m going to give it a go I think, and then practice a couple days at home. I will still do strength workouts at the gym on Tuesdays, but I am going to stick to yoga and walking/running at home since its so flexible and really helps with stress relief.

It’s also #ActiveNationDay!

At Blogfest in Anaheim, I had the opportunity to meet the AMAZING Lorna Jane. It was fantastic. She is so wonderful, and her clothing line is also amazing!

I am a big fan of her, her line, and the amazing move, nourish, believe philosophy. I am continually inspired by her clothing, the amazing community she has created, and I CANNOT wait until her clothes come to Canada!

This year is #ActiveNationDay’s global debut! You can join by doing the #LJmove and being active wherever you are. Every day, you should move your body, nourish your body, and believe in yourself by nourishing your soul too! Lorna Jane is making activewear accessible to everyone.

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As a celebration for #ActiveNationDay I’m going to be hosting a Lorna Jane giveaway sometime this week – one of you is going to win something fantastic from the Lorna Jane shop.

Because I truly believe in her, and her philosophy!

What did you do this week? Tell me all about it. Did you get moving today!? 

PS. Once I’m done school, there’s this crazy kickboxing class, and circuit HIIT class that I want to try that I found this weekend. Someone remind me in seven months.

 

 

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If not me, who? If not now, when?

I wanted to share this video of Emma Watson’s speech at the UN general assembly last week, and here’s why. It’s not that I am hardcore feminist, its not because I am trying to advocate the HeForShe project in any way (although I believe it to be a good one). I try to steer clear of political and religious affiliations on the blog, because, well, those can be isolating topics.

I do believe in equality, and I do believe in community and social responsibility. My undergraduate degree is in international relations, and these were highly debated topics. As was feminism. I think i’m an armchair feminist at times. I love how Emma Watson addresses the fact that feminism has become equated with man-hating. When really, we should all be advocating for equality. Freedom from judgement, oppression, and inequality for BOTH men and women.

When Emma Watson says “If not me, who? If not now, when?” it reminds me of all the good I can do in the world, all the opportunities I have to pay it forward, to mentor others, to seek mentorship, to make a difference.

Equality is a huge thing in the health and fitness world. Women are physically not able to compete with men on some level, but does that mean their efforts or women’s sports teams should be less valued? When our female soccer and hockey players have to have full time salaried jobs to pay for the right to train enough so they can compete for their countries — how is that equality? On the flip side, our male athletes are assumed guilty until proven innocent but a woman is allowed to keep playing until her trial. I’m not condoning any of their actions, merely acknowledging the double standard. There is inequality in the sports world, and the rest of the world too.

As an athlete, as a human, you have the power to do something about it.

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