Let’s Talk YOGA!!

The Skinny Confidential talks yoga, yoga, yoga.

The Skinny Confidential talks yoga, yoga, yoga.

Ahhhh yoga…I love you but I hate you.

A lot of you have e-mailed me about yoga & I wanted to do one big, huge-ass post on the topic.

First off all, it’s kind of annoying having a sweaty guy with everything hanging out in my space…if ya know what I mean. Let’s just say there needs to be better hot yoga clothes for men…LOL.

Secondly, you guys know I have self-diagonsed anxiety.

So yoga is supposed to help with anxiety, right?

And it does.

But for me, it helps only post-yoga.

The Skinny Confidential talks yoga, yoga, yoga.

The Skinny Confidential talks yoga, yoga, yoga.

When practicing yoga, I’m constantly struggling with shutting off my mind. It runs wild with stupid stuff. Like, did I turn the oven off? Do my highlights need a touch up? What should I get Jackie for her birthday? God this pose is hard, FML. Pixy needs a bath. Do I really need those Forever 21 black heels that are sitting in my online basket? Hmmm, what should I make for dinner? OMG, I love that girl’s shorts. Maybe I should wear my hair in a ponytail more often. I need to blog right after this. I’m tired. Shit! I forgot to send that e-mail.

You get my drift?

So technically I’m having anxiety that yoga is taking up my time. LOL.

BUT.

After yoga, I feel calm, collected, & not too OCD…which is rare!!

So like I said, I like yoga, but it’s annoyingly needed. I probably practice a couple times a month & after every class I’m left with this: I need to get my ass to yoga more often.

The Skinny Confidential talks yoga, yoga, yoga.

TSC Yoga Essentials:

➝➝➝ A comfortable outfit: this Nancy Rose Performance wear I’m rocking is my absolute go-to in yoga. Why? Well, duh because it’s so damn cute. But it’s also comfortable & I can move. Sometimes I feel like workout clothes are like SPANX. They’re pretty much suffocating me making it difficult to breathe. In yoga, I want to move comfortably but let’s face it, I also want to look good. Nancy Rose just does it right. The thumb holes ( can I just say I’m DEAD over thumb holed anything ) are rad, they use the finest fabrics, & it really sucks you in all the right areas without feeling like you’re Rose AKA Kate Winslet in TitanicThis boatneck long sleeve top & these workout leggings by Nancy Rose Performance rock my world ( I literally haven’t taken them off for days..LOL ). Now, if I’m in hot yoga ( <—- rare, it’s just too damn hot ), I’ll rock a built in bra top.

➝➝➝ WATER. I always bring a ton of water to yoga to keep me hydrated. I use this pretty water bottle with iced water with lemon. So a ton of ice, a ton of lemon, & sometimes a couple pomegranate seeds for some extra antioxidants.

➝➝➝ A cute mat, grippy yoga towel, & face towel. Don’t be that girl that forgets her towel. It sucks, trust me.

➝➝➝ Paint your toenails ( my fav color here ). Sorry, I’m going there…pedicures are a necessity. You’re barefooted in yoga so take care of your toezies. Get real, no one wants to see nasty toes. I love to do this at-home pedi.

➝➝➝ Other small essentials: ouch-less hair ties, shaved legs ( ESP if you’re wearing shorts ), a rad yoga studio, a hoodie for afterwards, & of course, a zen mindset.

Ok so, what are your yoga essentials?

x le

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{ ♥♥♥ Photo cred: Chantel Marie }

The Skinny Confidential talks yoga, yoga, yoga.

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  1. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger
    06.07.14 at 11:27 am (3 months ago)

    Oh my gosh I totally submitted a comment without meaning to!

    Anyhoo, do all bloggers have anxiety? I do too, and definitely the yoga thing helps me too. Sometimes I work myself up into anxiety, and I really have to work on emptying my mind. Great post!
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  2. Emily
    06.07.14 at 11:32 am (3 months ago)

    Love this. I definitely have a similar love/hate relationship with yoga. I feel SO great afterwards and am always telling myself that I need to incorporate it more into my life, but I feel like I usually prefer pilates, or a straight up gym workout because its more fast paced, to go with my fast paced brain!

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  3. Genya
    06.07.14 at 11:39 am (3 months ago)

    This post is so funny but actually this love/hate relationship with yoga applies to so many people! I personally didn’t like yoga at first, I just could not get it. You really need to practise it for some time and to train your mind to be free and in tune with your body! But everything comes in time…Though I enjoy doing yoga, I sometimes have days when I cannot concentrate on yoga at all, so much is going inside my head that I even fall out of the simplest asanas.
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  4. Christine
    06.07.14 at 11:40 am (3 months ago)

    I have anxiety too and a yoga teacher suggested Yoga Nidra- yoga for your brain! It’s a totally relaxing guided meditation specifically for stress and anxiety and releases the good brain chemicals and re circuits the brain(so to speak).It has been literally a life saver for me! My anxiety has diminished greatly and sometimes is just gone for days at a time with this specific daily meditation. Hope this helps and love your blog!

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  5. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
    06.07.14 at 11:49 am (3 months ago)

    I agree that turning off my mind is the biggest challenge for me too. And painted toenails are essential. I would skip yoga if my feet weren’t show-ready. :)

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  6. Tris
    06.07.14 at 12:50 pm (3 months ago)

    I thought I was the only one who had a love/hate relationship with yoga! Thanks for posting this and for introducing me to bkr (I’ve been obsessed since your first post on the brand). Will definitely try to make it to yoga this week, there’s a $5 class on Sundays in a park nearby so no excuses!

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  7. Brenda Canas
    06.07.14 at 1:17 pm (3 months ago)

    I LOVE yoga! I go once a week – I used to go like 2-3 times but I realized it would make me burn out if I do. I love to change it up. :) My essentials are a water bottle and a grippy mat, perfect for when it gets sweaty so you don’t slip or worse – fall. I love my lululemon mat, expensive but durable, totes worth it!

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  8. Colleen
    06.07.14 at 1:27 pm (3 months ago)

    Totally agree. I’m actually in the process of trying a whole bunch of different types of yoga to determine if maybe I just need to experiment! I want that yoga high, but gosh…sometimes pouring sweat is something I could do without!

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  9. Jenni
    06.07.14 at 2:29 pm (3 months ago)

    I feel the exact. same. way. I have a lot of anxiety and OCD, and I always feel better after a yoga class, but during it my mind has trouble settling down. And I always tell myself the same thing you do afterwards…must. do. more. yoga. Yet for some reason I rarely do! I’ll get my ass to one class and then won’t take another one for months. I got a new Lulu mat (looove) at Christmastime, and I’ve used it once. That’s how bad I am about getting myself to do yoga. It’s a constant goal of mine to do it more often.
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  10. cknovy
    06.07.14 at 3:26 pm (3 months ago)

    My yoga essentials:

    My body.

    Because yoga is about letting go of your shell and expanding the consciousness. It shouldn’t require you to buy anything or be anything.

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  11. tasxxx
    06.07.14 at 4:35 pm (3 months ago)

    I really want to start yoga but the fear of being the new girl..the girl who is not flexible in the slightest…the girl at the back of the class…etc, etc, totally freaks me out! I think I need to suck it in and just go! Thanks for the tips, one day I’ll make sure I get my ass to yoga

    xxx

    http://tasxxx.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Olivia
    06.07.14 at 5:45 pm (3 months ago)

    I am the exact same way. I cannot ‘let go’ and focus. I love yoga for its benefits but I wish I could master the art of relaxation! haha

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  13. Brooklyn Jolley
    06.07.14 at 9:34 pm (3 months ago)

    I think I’m gonna find a day to start doing yoga each week. I love it but feel it doesn’t give me as much of a work out as things that really get my heart rate up. But I love how it makes me feel!

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  14. Hilary
    06.08.14 at 12:41 am (3 months ago)

    Im not a fan of yoga. I never want to do it, I never want to go… but after every session, I feel AMAZING! But that feeling isn’t enough to overcome the dread I feel right before. Haha. I try so hard to like it!

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  15. lex
    06.08.14 at 5:05 am (3 months ago)

    i love yoga more than anything. at first it was very difficult to turn off my brain, but it just takes practice! now my mind gets so quiet i usually fall asleep at the end… whoops!
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  16. Courtney Bentley
    06.08.14 at 5:41 am (3 months ago)

    Same with myself me and yoga never clicked although it forces me to stretch which I need more of and I need to feel more at peace during my week so maybe I just need to get my ass to the park with the yoga crew in Thailand Lol lots of love C
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  17. Juetta West
    06.08.14 at 7:18 am (3 months ago)

    UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Now I feel better.

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  18. Danielle
    06.08.14 at 8:12 am (3 months ago)

    I have a ton of anxiety, (general anxiety and probably social anxiety) and yoga definitely helps! It reminds me to breathe deeply and focus on my body. I have fallen in love with it over the past year. I’m still not the best at it and have actually had a girl make fun of me in a studio…so I prefer to do it at my house for now haha.
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