This post is sponsored by goodnessknows. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. When we talk about health, inevitably the conversation focuses on exercise and eating right. There's nothing wrong with that, both things have a lot to do with our health, but these two topics so often monopolize the chatter that we forget about some of the other aspects that also play a roll, like stress management and relaxation, and our sleep habits, for example. So, since we're about to enter into what's undoubtedly one of the busiest and most hectic seasons of the year, I figured now is a great time to share my favorite relaxation and de-stressing techniques. My favorite ways to unwind, if you will
This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. Ever get stuck in a rut? We've all been there at one point or another; feeling stuck and you're not sure what needs to change. If you're like me and you find comfort in routine, then it's not really that hard to become stagnant; whether with running, your job or just life in general. Why am I even talking about this? Well because when I visited the Reebok FitHub in Union Square for yoga with Tara Stiles last night, she opened up my mind to a pretty great point.
This post is part of the four-part series "Finding the Fun in Fitness with Reebok." I don't remember the first time I tried yoga, but I do remember having some preconceived notions about it. I used to think it was some kind of exercise that only vegans and hippies participated in. I didn't understand that what it really is, is a powerful form of exercise that holds an enormous ability to transform the body and mind. Unfortunately, a lot of people still hold the same preconceived biases that I used to have, and therefore think that yoga is not for them. But they're wrong, because yoga is for everyone. Anyone can do it, and anyone who does will learn how effective and powerful it can be, even after just one session.
Last month, I tried AntiGravity yoga at Studio Anya with The Holding Space for the very first time. To start off easy, I took a "restorative" class, which had a calm and relaxed vibe. Last week, I went back to studio Anya for my second shot at Antigravity Yoga , this time to give the Flying Fitness class a try. My reaction to round 2? How fun! Again, I got to swing around and hang upside own in the hammocks, not being able to help feeling like a little kid on a swing set.
AntiGravity yoga. OK, I know it sounds kind of crazy, but it's a real thing! It's a fairly new form of yoga (created in 1990), and yes, it is every bit as fun and impressive as its name makes it sound. I tried it for the first time ever on Friday with The Holding Space at Studio Anya. It was one of the most playful and relaxing yoga classes I've ever taken and I really can't wait until the next time I can take another class! For my first time around, I signed up for the restorative class (described as "the gentle, deep stretching, healing side of AntiGravity Yoga") so that I could learn the ropes in an easy going, slow-paced environment. It's important to take it slow and be gentle when learning a new kind of exercise.