Yoga Towel Hack

Years ago, when I first started doing power yoga, I purchased a yoga mat towel, used it once and then never again.

Why, you ask? Because it required constant straightening and fussing throughout the practice. I don’t need to add annoyance to my life; I have more than enough.

Ideally, your yoga practice will have as few distractions as possible because you are doing mental as well as physical work. Yoga is for minimalists; technically, you don’t even need a yoga mat. Regardless of what the yoga industry wants your wallet to believe, yoga requires no gear.

Now, with that said, I will admit that 40 minutes into a power yoga practice, when your mat is good and sweaty, a mat towel seems like an excellent idea. Particularly when it is time to lay down for floor work.

So how could I have my yoga mat towel without the fussing and straightening? And then, years of pondering this question and my husband’s obsession with office supplies led me to a Savasana-induced epiphany.

Behold!!!

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These are 1 inch binder clips securing the yoga towel. I have one at the top, middle and bottom of the mat on each side; which may or may not be overkill depending upon how much of a foot-dragger you are. (Note: a yoga foot-dragger is not the same as the foot-dragger in the urban dictionary. So calm down)

 

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You may want to experiment with clip sizes; fortunately, we have all the sizes at our house for some inexplicable reason. If you need some, just drop us an email:-)

This article was originally published on grounding.com.

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Show those padded bra cups who’s boss.

Currently, my two favorite yoga tops are the Lululemon Power Y Tank and the PrAna Quinn Top. However, they both have the same problem; they feature removable bra cup inserts that don’t stay in place.

So when faced with this situation, I have a few options:

  1. Wear that tank top once and then never again because I can’t deal with sorting out the bra inserts.
  2. Remove the bra inserts forever and think about how cute that tank top looked that one time I wore it with the inserts because I really did like that additional coverage and support.
  3. Spend 10 minutes sorting out the bra inserts each time I put the tank top on and swear off anything with a bra insert in the future.
  4. Sew those things in place and move on. This is a tank top we are talking about here and no one should spend this much time thinking about a tank top. And we certainly don’t need one more thing standing between us and yoga or whatever fitness-related thing it is that we are trying to do.
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This is my new Lululemon Power Y tank top fresh out of the washing machine. Notice the mangled bra inserts. Sigh.
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This is what that tank top looks like when I turn it inside out to address the mangled bra insert issue. Sh*t.
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This is me shoving two fingers through a 1 1/2 space as I try to sort out the inserts. I sure do love this tank top.
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So now that we are done fishing the inserts out. I position the inserts where I want them and pin them in place. Pin on the cotton side of the shelf bra rather than the mesh side. You will want to do your sewing with the cotton side facing up.
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This is the other side of the bra lining with the pins in place. All straightened out!
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Sew around the edge of each cup. I’m using white thread for the purposes of this demo because it shows up better, but use what you like. I also sew using a basting stitch (long stitch) and no back stitching in the event I ever want to take the bra inserts out.
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And there you go. Bra inserts secured and ready for action.Remember to take the pins out:-)

Meditation Monday–at Work [Infographic]

I work for an insurance company in California and while my company is fantastic and offers a host of benefits, it hasn’t quite gotten on board with some of the more new-agy business culture trends like onsite nap rooms and meditation spaces.

So when I saw this infographic outlining some easy ways to bring meditation into your regular workday without making it a time-consuming and “awkward-for-coworkers-to-witness” thing, I was eager to share it.

My personal favorites are #2 and #3, because it is amazing what oxygen and not being an a**hole can do for your entire outlook.

Making time for meditation at work will have a positive impact on productivity and happiness. Learn the benefits of meditation and how to find the time.

Source: How to Find Time to Meditate at Work [Infographic]

Moby gave us music for when we panic, and other occasions too

In case you missed it, Moby, you know, the singer songwriter, DJ, electronic and techno musician and all-around good guy, posted more than 4 hours of free music to the Internet for download.

The music is of the ambient genre and as he explains, “it’s really really really quite music for when I do yoga, or sleep, or meditate, or panic.”

Each of the 11 tracks is about 20 minutes long and each one is indeed perfect for yoga, sleeping, meditating, or for when you are losing your shit. Believe me, it will calm you right down.

Download this music here Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep. — Moby or you can stream it in all the places you would expect–Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Music, Deezer, and Tidal.

Per Moby, “it’s really quiet: no drums, no vocals, just very slow calm pretty chords and sounds and things for sleeping and yoga and etc. and feel free to share it or give it away or whatever, it’s not protected or anything, or at least it shouldn’t be.”

Enjoy everyone and Thank You, Moby!

This article was originally published on GroundingUp.com