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The Basic Styles of Yoga

The yoga section of the blog is getting stronger each month as I continue to develop my own practice.  I know yoga can be overwhelming, especially if you are new or have only attended a couple classes.  So I thought I would introduce a few of the basic styles of yoga.  If you are thinking about starting up yoga I recommend…

One Last Relaxing Beach Weekend

One Last Relaxing Beach Weekend | Vanilla & Velvet I have been trying to enjoy every last moment of the few free weekends I have left before Yoga Teacher Training begins in early September.  I couldn't be more excited to start class and completely immerse myself in yoga, but I am going to miss my lazy weekend mornings and free afternoons to spend walking the Beltline, wondering around farmers markets and soaking up rays at the pool.  Last weekend we decided to advantage of a no plans weekend and  crash Greg's parents vacation in Destin, Florida.  We had a lovely time in Destin at Miramar Beach-  actually I can't believe we haven't made a trip in the summer before.  It was just a quick 5 hour drive,  the ocean was unbelievable clear, the sand was flawless and the water temperature was perfect. I  hope we turn this into a yearly trip! Once September starts I will be opening a new leaf, and a rather busy one at that.  I will be adding my first Emory MBA class to my schedule, one evening a week, and yoga teacher training class at Hotlanta Yoga on Friday evenings,  20 hours of class on the weekend, and I will be required to attend 3 yoga classes a week and assist one of the teachers in one class a week.  See what  I mean? A complete Yoga immersion for 3 months!  I can't wait! One Last Relaxing Beach Weekend | Vanilla & Velvet One Last Relaxing Beach Weekend | Vanilla & Velvet One Last Relaxing Beach Weekend | Vanilla & Velvet After completing Yoga teacher training I will be certified under Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers at the 200 hour level. (RYT-200) Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. It sets standards and provides credentials that are the premier form of recognition for yoga teachers and teacher-training programs. 

GIVEAWAY / #ShareGoodness – NOW CLOSED

GIVEAWAY / #ShareGoodness | Vanilla & Velvet

I am so excited about today’s giveaway!  Yoga lovers you won't want to miss this one.

Zoës Kitchen, a fast casual restaurant concept serving a distinct menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes,  is running a Summer of Goodness program. This campaign aims to inspire people to do good and then share their good deeds through #sharegoodness.  Zoës Kitchen hopes to inspire other to live a balanced lifestyle by staying positive, being active, and eating healthy, high quality foods that make you feel good from the inside out.  And now they want to share some of that goodness with Vanilla & Velvet readers by giving away a Yoga Package filled with several goodies including: lululemon 105 F Singlet Yoga Top, The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga, Manduka Recycled Foam Block, lululemon Fly Away Tamer Headband, a Zoës Kitchen gift card and other fun items.

To enter to win, you simply have to participate in Zoës Summer of Goodness program by sharing an act of kindness you performed on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram with the hastag #sharegoodness then come back here and share your act of kindness in the comments section below.  I will randomly choose the lucky winner on Tuesday (8/5).

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for playing!

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2014 Summer Yoga Tunes

Here is round 2 of my yoga tunes for the season.  The playlist is about an hour long with a slow start/end and an upbeat middle.  Hope it serves you well on the mat!  Click here to check out my winter yoga tunes playlist. Do you have any favorite songs you like to practice to?

New to Yoga? What to Look for in a Studio

As an active yogi I often hear about peoples first yoga experiences. It makes me cringe when I discover a first timers class was not true yoga, but instead a class called "Yoga" that incorporated yoga postures without breath and alignment. These conversations usually end with the first timer having a bad experience, a funny story, or an injury. So how do you…

Free Yoga- 30 Day Do You Yoga Challenge

I have been following for a few months now and I am a big fan.  Their blog is filled with great yoga related articles and videos-- a mix between serious and silly content with several yoga demonstrations, tips and philosophy .  Today I am starting the Free 30 day Do You Yoga Challenge.  Join me! It just takes 15-20 minutes…

2013 Winter Yoga Tunes

Yoga and music just go together. A good playlist can make a yoga session stand above the rest- I find the music unites a class in power and breath, giving you that extra push to go beyond the limits you set for yourself in the past. I constantly dabble around with my yoga playlist- but here is one thats consistently…

My Favorite FREE Online Yoga Class Resources

Yoga is a large part of my weekly life and life gets busy so some weeks I can't make it to the studio.  For those weeks, there is an enormous amount of online yoga sources online, some free and some subscription based.  Since I pay for classes at studios I cant justify paying for yoga at home.  Lucky for me…