Posts tagged bikram yoga
While there are still a few people who raise their eyebrows at the chanting and the poses – remember the first time you heard of downward dog? – yoga has become mainstream. Touted for it’s physical, mental and anti-aging benefits, it’s the perfect exercise. And with the dawning of 2013 and my resolution to incorporate fitness — and anti-aging — into my lifestyle, I’ve decided that, starting now, yoga is for me.
It’s officially spring and that means summer is right around the corner. Translated: I need to get my butt in gear for skirt and short season here on the East Coast and up the ante on my healthy living plan. As I’ve blogged about in the past, I’m all about trying new fitness routines. Last year, I ran my first half-marathon and then in November I ran the NYC marathon in 4h5min! I also incorporated boot camp at 360Fit, intense spinning at Flywheel Sports and some Bikram Yoga moves into my workout schedule last year.
This year I’m taking a different approach and trying the infamous Physique 57 (Kelly Ripa is a fan). I had my first beginner’s class last Sunday and then on Wednesday I took an open class with my friend Jessica—it was tough! Basically, you start the class off with warm-up moves and then you incorporate weights to tone and strengthen your arms. Next up: pushups and lots of them. Then it’s on to the bar where you do every imaginable leg move to tone the thighs, hamstrings, calves, booty—you name it! It incorporates a lot of moves (squeeze/tone/pulse) that require a ball (think: dodgeball). You finish off the class with abs and mat work. What’s great about this interval program is that after you complete a series of exercises—literally, you can’t do anymore—you then stretch the muscle. It was such a difficult workout, but I really loved the intensity of it. I was sweating, but I will say my waterproof makeup was still on. Oh, and believe me, you feel it for the next 2 days, too. This cardiovascular program of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches is sure to kick of my personal spring training!!
What are you doing to keep healthy this spring?! And what makeup do you wear while working out? For me, I can’t go anywhere without mascara!! Share your comments below. We’d love to hear!
With summer slowly approaching, Candace & I decided to engage in our own, little fitness challenge. From boot camp at 360Fit to intense spinning at Flywheel Sports, we’re starting to achieve both inner and outer Zen. That being said we decided to add another exercise regimen to our weekly routines: Bikram Yoga! My only other experience with Yoga was wearing tarte’s vitamin infused lipsticks in bikram, vinyasa and hatha—needless to say, I had my work cut out for me at Bikram Yoga NYC.
For those not familiar with it, Bikram Yoga takes place in a room with a minimum temperature of 105°… be prepared to sweat profusely! Although, this has been a fitness fad for quite a few years, “hot yoga” never really appealed to me—doesn’t the room just stink? With an open mind & minimal clothing, I completed my first class. Yes, the room had an interesting odor, but 5 minutes into it and I didn’t even care (or notice it anymore)! The 90 minute session is a series of 26 Hatha Yoga postures (asanas) and 2 Pranayama breathing exercises. The extremely challenging positions required intense concentration and claim to stimulate and restore health to every muscle, joint and organ of the body. I couldn’t do them all, but hopefully with time and practice I will. The perspiration alone felt like an amazing body detox. Instructors suggest that you refrain from eating 2 hours before class and to continuously drink water throughout the day to avoid any dizziness or nausea. An hour and a half passed faster than I thought & I left my session rejuvenated, energized and almost Gumby-like.
I think exercise is the best way to revive your body & keep yourself healthy. We all fall into slumps, but once you get into a routine the motivation comes naturally (promise). Check out the different exercise classes in your local area; it’s often easier to challenge yourself and feel results when exercising in a group setting. We’ve decided to expand our own personal fitness challenge and invite you to join “tarte’s fitness challenge”! I’m giving away 3 tarte vitamin-infused lipsticks in bikram (sheer pink cream) on the tarte Facebook page (we hope you are a fan)! To enter head to the tarte Facebook page and post your favorite place/class in your area for an ultimate workout. If you can, please include a link so others can check it out or sign up! Contest ends Friday, April 9th.
WINNER UPDATE: Congratulations to Deb Scott, Kellie Wilson & Ciara Peter!! Please e-mail your shipping info to Kristin@tartecosmetics.com