Spring Fitness Fashion + Discount Code!

At the beginning of February, I participated in a fun Instagram challenge with Fit Approach and prAna – The #PoseofTheDay challenge for prAna’s spring clothing line.

I’m always up for a challenge and incorporating yoga into my life always provides positive benefits. Who couldn’t use a little extra stretching and zen in their lives?!

Check out a few of my yoga poses (FYI – My form is definitely not perfect… I’m a yoga work in progress ;) ) from the challenge:

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You can find all of my poses on my Instagram account.

As a gift for participating in the challenge, prAna sent me a gorgeous new pair of their Ashley Capri Leggings in Azalea. What a gorgeous pink color, right?

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These leggings are part of their new spring line (I want everyyyyything!) and I couldn’t love them more! I was a bit hesitant to try out a pair of solid colored leggings that were not my typical black. Sometimes the material is NOT flattering and I was worried these leggings would look awful once I put them on. I’m thankful that was not the case – The material hides all of my bumps and lumps – LOL – and the pants look great on. Plus, I mean, they’re pink… That’s never a bad thing ;)

Now that I wear active wear to work day in and day out, I’m always looking for new pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe. These pants are great for yoga (obviously!) but also great for classes I teach like HIIT, BODYPUMP, and Spinning. They don’t move or twist or change position which I definitely appreciate when I’m teaching in front of 30 people! The Ashley Capri Leggings are also great to wear for errand day (they look awesome with a chambray button up shirt) or a day of lounging around the house.

A few other pieces I love from prAna’s new spring line include the Roxanne Capri (super fun designs), the Emma Knicker (perfect for the beach), and the Sutra Shirt (hello casual Saturday).

Another thing I especially love about prAna is their focus on sustainability. Before this challenge, I had no familiarity with bluesign or that prAna was committed to environmentally-friendly apparel production. What is bluesign, you ask?

Per the bluesign website:

The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer  to acquire a sustainable product.

Pretty interesting, right? I’m all about protecting our planet for future generations and am happy to support the process with my clothing purchases.

Thanks for making great clothing AND for supporting sustainability, prAna!

Now, what y’all have been waiting for… A discount code! You can save 15% off of prAna’s new spring line (and any of their gear) by using the code: PSSS16ONW 

Let me know what you’re going to purchase!

Have you ever participated in a yoga challenge? Do you focus on sustainable practices when making purchases? What is your favorite item from prAna’s spring line?

Day 21 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 21 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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At the beginning of my pregnancy – actually until very recently, I always thought twists were not allowed and unsafe for the baby. While “extreme” twists are not safe, modified twisting poses are totally fine and actually can help to alleviate common pregnancy pains such as lower back aches.

Day 21 we are focusing on Modified Seated Spinal Twist Pose, or modification of Ardha Matsyendrasana, a twisting pose. This pose increases flexibility of the spine, decreases low back pain, and helps to stretch the hips and hip flexors.

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To get into Modified Seated Spinal Twist Pose, begin seated with both feet out in front of your body. Bring one foot back to your opposite knee and press the arm from the same side into the inner portion of your thigh. Gently twist in the opposite direction, feeling a nice opening in your chest and lower back. Hold for a few seconds and then relax. Repeat on the opposite side.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 19 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 19 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Day 19 we are focusing on Reverse Tabletop Pose, or Ardha Purvottanasana, a simple backbend pose. This pose opens the chest and shoulders, tones the core muscles, is a safe and effective stretch for your hamstrings, and helps to build and engage the muscles in your pelvic area. Plus, it just feels good :)

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To get into Reverse Tabletop Pose, begin in Staff Pose with legs out in front of you. Bend your knees and place the soles of your feet on your mat, hip distance apart. Place your palms, fingers toward your feet, underneath your shoulders. Press your hips to the sky and bring your knees forward to be inline with your ankles. Continue utilizing your core and pelvic muscles to push your hips to the sky and drop your head backward, gazing upward. Hold for a few breaths and then bring your hips back down to the mat. Repeat.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 17 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 17 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Guess what… I have yet another hip opener today! Thankfully, yoga is full of these awesome stretches and I am taking full advantage. It’s not just preggos that have issues with tight hips, many people hold their stress in their hip joints and yoga is a great relief for the tension.

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Day 17 we are focusing on Butterfly Pose, or Baddha Konasana, a hip stretching pose. This pose stretches the inner thighs, groin and knees as well as opens up the hips. It massages the internal organs and helps to improve digestion as well as improve menstrual cramps. When performed often and consistently in late pregnancy, it is said to ease childbirth. We’ll see how that last one goes ;)

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To get into Butterfly Pose, sit up straight with the soles of your feet touching and your knees open wide. Bring your heels in as close as possible to your pelvis as your knees allow without pain. Keeping your knees near the floor, reach your arms and torso forward, bending from the hip joint. Focus on keeping your spine straight throughout this pose. It can be held for up to 10 minutes.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 15 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 15 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Boy, oh boy do I have a good one coming at ya today. Tight hips and back pain be gone!

Day 15 we are focusing on Squat Pose, or Malasana, an opening and strengthening pose. This pose opens up the groin, lower back, and hips as well as tones the abdomen. It may look funny, but it feels oh so good.

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To get into Squat Pose, begin by standing with your feet wider than your hips, toes pointed outward. Sink your hips back and down slowly until you reach a deep squat, and your hips are a few inches off of the floor. Bring your hands to prayer and press your elbows against your knees to open up your hips. Keep your back straight and hold for 30-60 seconds. To get out of the pose, either sit back onto your mat or rise back up to standing.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 14 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 14 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Ready for another yoga pose on this gorgeous Sunday? I thought so! Let’s jump right in :)

Day 14 we are focusing on Tabletop Pose, or Bharmanasana, a basic pose that is the foundation for many other poses within your yoga practice including Downward Facing Dog and Cat-Cow. This pose also helps to straighten and realign the spine.

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To get into Tabletop, come down to your hands and knees. Place your knees underneath your hips and your hands underneath your shoulders. Gaze down and slightly forward, keeping your neck in line with your spine. Straighten your back while keeping your shoulders away from your ears and your tailbone stretched toward the back of your mat.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 13 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 13 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Per the usual, I’m a day behind in my Saturday yoga post. Forgive me? You’ll just get a double dose of yoga today – I say that’s pretty good for a Sunday!

Day 13 we are focusing on Thread The Needle, also known as Revolved Child’s Pose or Parsva Balasana, a simple posture pose.

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Thread The Needle opens up the outer and upper muscles of your shoulders (feels so good!) and brings blood to your upper body.

To get into Thread The Needle, start in Tabletop position. Move one hand slightly forward on the mat and send the other hand and arm through, between your knee and hand. (Hence, “threading the needle”) Gaze outward toward your hand that is stretched under your body. For a deeper twist, bring your hand that is on the mat for balance up toward the ceiling. Repeat on the opposite side.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 12 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 12 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Friday, Friday! We’re doing a fun pose this afternoon to celebrate the weekend.

Today, Day 12, we are focusing on One Legged Downward Facing Dog, or Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana, a strengthening and balancing pose.

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One Legged Downward Facing Dog strengthens the legs and arms, opens the hips, and increases flexibility.

To get into One Legged Downward Facing Dog, start in Downward Facing Dog. Send one foot up to the ceiling while grounding the other foot into your mat. Keep your hips square to the front of the mat and your shoulders pulled down your back. Gaze toward your legs. Hold for 30 seconds and switch legs.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 11 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 11 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Quick disclaimer before you spot my photo… my form is allllll wrong. Yoga is a practice, right?! ;) Haha! I was having some balance issues when we were shooting the image and could not keep my feet together without wobbling for the life of me (although I can do it now no problem – go figure!). So, when you do Chair Pose, keep your feet and knees touching and you’ll be good to go. My hips are also crazy tight so try to keep your body a bit more upright than mine is. Basically, just look at the stock image I’ve also included and you’ll be perfect ;)

Today, Dayy 11, we are focusing on Chair Pose or Utkatasana, a strengthening and balancing pose. As a fun side note, utkata translates into fierce. Do I look like a fierce chair?! I thought so.

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Chair Pose strengthens the hip flexors, front and inner thighs as well as the side glutes. It also increases the range of motion of your ankles.

To get into Chair Pose, start in Mountain Pose, making sure your big toes and knees are touching. Draw your belly in, place your hands in prayer pose and sink your hips back and down as if you were going to sit into a chair. Move your hands overhead for an advanced pose. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Utilize your glutes and quadriceps to move back to Mountain Pose when complete.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

Day 9 #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge

Welcome to Day 9 of the #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge with prAna and Fit Approach.

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Comin’ at ya a little bit later than normal today. I am awful when it comes to the timing function on my camera and I forgot to have Kyle take a few photos before he left for the office this morning. But don’t think I forgot about ya! I’m back with another pose for Day 9.

Day 9 we are focusing on Mountain Pose or Tadasana, a grounding pose.

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Mountain Pose assists in developing the correct posture, strengthens the abdominals, thighs and feet, and helps to clear your mind. It is great for any desk- or cubicle-sitters; stand up and do a few mountains throughout the day to keep your posture at its best.

To get into Mountain Pose, stand with feet hip distance apart. (As a side note, I have always been taught to stand in Mountain Pose with your toes and heels touching, but this is not what I have found as recommended online. Do what feels best for you!) Ground your feet into your mat with the weight in your heels and activate your thighs. Drop your shoulders as the top of your head reaches for the ceiling and your chin stays level to the floor. You should feel tall and powerful. Relax your facial muscles and hold the pose, with hands at your sides or overhead, for 30 seconds.

Check out my other #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge poses here:

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