2015 Winter Yoga Tunes

A new season, another new yoga playlist.  I am a bit behind in sharing this winter playlist - but better a little late than never.  You can listen to  2014 Winter Yoga Tunes for free on Spotify.  Check out my past playlists here. Do you have a favorite song or playlist to practice yoga to?


YOGA TEACHER TRAINING WEEK 2 | vanilla & velvet This week we did a lot of “the same but different”, as my teacher likes to say when we are moving through similar postures with slight tweaks. We continued to move our way up the bodies anatomy, broke down several more postures and learned more about the history of yoga. There is so much information to absorb that it is clearer to me now than ever that you really are a yoga student for life.  As I learn new information I keep trying to remind myself to enjoy this moment of new learning’s and to be ok with not knowing everything.  We often reach to place a check mark next to one of our goals that we miss the moments in between This week we were given 2 new challenges Challenge 1: thirty minutes of home yoga practice a day + journaling. My teachers assigned us this new challenge to get us on the matt and experimenting with our own practice. I am excited to do this challenge because I would say my home practice is one of the weaker parts of my yoga practice. I find it difficult to not get distracted in my own home and to just be still. So this extra motivation is exactly what i need to make my home practice a habit. To help myself with this challenge I signed up for an account with YogaGlo. I can’t believe I didn’t have an account sooner and highly recommend it to anyone, beginner or expert. I follow several of the teachers on Instagram, like Karthryn Budig, and am very excited to start practicing with them at home. Challenge 2: Record myself in different postures and sequences. Oh boy, this one is out of my comfort zone. I’ve never spent much time in front of the camera, but I guess this is the perfect time—in my own home... alone. Let’s see how this goes and maybe one day I will share some with you. Or who knows I might love it and share lots!

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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