Twenty years ago I fell head over heels – literally – in love with yoga. It was a beautiful relationship, until it became abusive.
I have a yogi friend that I follow on Instagram. He posts photos of beautiful, gravity-defying poses that take my breath away. How does the human body do that? I have another friend that I’ve known since high school. We both started practicing about 20 years ago, but she does it #everydamnday and can turn her body into a pretzel. These are not the reasons why I do yoga. I’ll never be able to balance on one hand or flatten my splits to the floor. But I still do it. Week in, and week out—I do it, while my body stays pretty much the same. Because there’s a more important reason…
Whether you’re new to yoga or enhancing your practice, eco-focused yoga gear is great to know about. In my 20s, yoga changed my life–helping me to understand that strong was more important than skinny. A few years ago, I became a certified yoga teacher, with a specialty in prenatal, which I taught for a while. Today, if I do a few yoga classes a week, my back doesn’t hurt and stress kind of rolls over me, rather than rocking my entire world. And I still get excited about the cool stuff involved—especially when it’s sustainably made, like these yoga gear essentials.
“Hollywood Exes” Mayte Garcia shares her bellydancing secrets for flattening my post-third child pooch. Without energy-sucking gym equipment, this is a flat belly exercise you can do anywhere, at any time—even, according to the Ex formerly known as Mrs. Prince, at parties. Will daily undulations give me a flat belly like hers? Doubtful, but it’s super fun trying!