Hot Yoga Continued…

One of my very first posts was about trying hot yoga. Lets just say since that initial class, I’ve been back sooo many times and learned a few things along the way.

  1. Yoga will improve your other exercise routines. I am a regular gym-goer, but I could tell a definite difference after taking yoga. My balance, stamina, and flexibility have all increased.
  2. Yoga improves your overall mental health and feeling of well-being. Usually, the class begins and ends with a kind, but informative insight from the instructor.  I am continually reminded to live in the moment and focus on what is truly important. I have been able to better handle everyday stress and enjoying a better overall-mood.
  3. Yoga can relieve pain and help you sleep. I love it for relieving my back pain (a result of too many years in retail) and overall getting older pains, *sigh*. My sleep has also improved. I sleep deeper and longer, feeling more refreshed. You really can’t go wrong!

Four good things to improve your practice:

  • Invest in a good yoga mat. In hot yoga, things can get slippery. A good yoga mat will help anchor you and help prevent accidents. My Jade Harmony mat has helped me maintain grip and not slide around. It was pricey, but if you do yoga regularly, it will be worth the investment. I picked mine up from the yoga studio, cause I love shopping local when possible!
  • Buy a yoga specific hand towel. They are super-absorbent, so it’s great for wiping your face or keeping your hands steady. I bought this one from Amazon.
  • Use a water container with a spout/straw. I have found these make it easier to get a quick drink. The Eddy style from CamelBak is my favorite, Amazon.
  • Hair Masks-Why not multi-task and exercise at the same time, right? I like to take advantage of the heat/sweat by applying a hair mask before class.  Here are two I like to use, just apply to dry hair before class and rinse out when you shower.
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Perfector, $28, available at Ulta
  • DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask, (from my recent Play! box) $36, Sephora






Travel Size Beauty

With vacation season upon us, every inch of your luggage has to count. I for one, do not want to pack a ton of toiletries, so I love minis/multiple use products. Here a few of my favorites!

1. Verb Leave-In Mist, $7, Sephora– Great for detangling and adding extra moisture. My hair is very thick and this is my go-to product!  Just a great brand overall, as their products are sulfate and cruelty-free, which I love!

2. Living Proof Dry Shampoo, $12, Sephora– The BEST dry shampoo EVER!!! I have tried many from Bumble+Bumble to the drugstore brands and this one does the trick. It leaves my hair looking clean without that pesky white residue.

3. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes, $2.99, Ulta– I love to double cleanse , but I don’t want to take two full size cleansers on a trip. These wipes are great for removing makeup and quite refreshing. Plus, this company is cruelty free and they use natural ingredients. 

4. Nars Multiple, $39, Ulta– A blush, lipstick and eyeshadow in one! What more could you ask for? A bit pricey, but save your Ulta points and get it discounted. I will warn you though, the names of the colors are a bit risky. 

Smashbox L.A. Lights, $29, Ulta– A lipstick and blush in one, plus a sponge tip for application. A great alternative to the Nars product above.

5. Sunbum Sunscreen Face Stick, SPF 30, $9.99, Ulta– After hitting the beach, my hands get a tad sandy when reapplying sunscreen. This face stick allows me to apply without touching the actual product, so nice! Sunbum uses natural ingredients and is a cruelty-free company. Love their stuff!

Happy Travels!

Susan 😊