Who Inspires BaliniSports

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Who Inspires BaliniSports

When was the last time you took a minute to celebrate the women who make your life so much richer and fuller? I wonder if our friends, mothers, sisters, and coworkers know how much they inspire us. This week, I want to use this space to talk about some women who inspire me to be stronger and love harder.

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The Truth About Fabrics

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The Truth About Fabrics

I recently had a spirited discussion with a blogger about fabrics. I was telling her how many obstacles I had to conquer in order to offer bluesign fabric. She was only interested in clothes made with natural fibers like cotton, bamboo and recycle plastic. It dawned on me when I walked away from that (polite, yet divided) conversation that most consumers tend to know what advertisers and marketers want us to know and not the “true facts” about fabric.

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Why I Chose to Wear Leggings…All The Time

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Why I Chose to Wear Leggings…All The Time

So many people have asked me for my opinion ever since a popular blogger named Veronica Partridge announced back in January in a viral post called, “Why I Chose To No Longer Wear Leggings,” that she would give up leggings because they clashed with her Christian principles. Maybe you read the article (it was all over my Facebook news feed for days), or maybe you heard people talking about it (it made major news channels and publications!). In short, the author felt that the tight fit of leggings and yoga pants causes women to become objects of desire for men. She felt that she was causing a temptation every time she slid into a comfy pair of clingy pants and left her house. She vowed to respect her husband, and any man who might catch a glimpse of her grocery shopping stretchy black pants, by never wearing leggings in public again. Admittedly, the post was a little tough to swallow for anyone with feminist sensibilities. To her credit, Ms. Partridge did make it very clear that this was her personal decision and not something she believed every women must choose. I’ve hesitated to chime in until now because I wanted to make sure I didn’t rush to judgment and I worried that the fact that I actually design and produce athletic apparel would make me seem biased. But now I am ready to give my two cents.

So here it is. I don’t think Veronica is wrong.

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Yoga for Confidence

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Yoga for Confidence
By Lora Hogan, BaliniSports Guest Blogger
http://www.lorahogan.com/

Confidence.
Self-Assurance.
Feeling comfortable in your own skin.

These things do not come as easy as we may always like. It’s easy to get bogged down by insecurity, by a lack of faith, by that pesky feeling that you just “aren’t good enough.”

You are good enough!

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Tips for Yogi Travelers

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Tips for Yogi Travelers

When I first began traveling with my husband on his many business trips per month, every trip felt like an adventure. I had big, BIG plans for making every single trip amazing and productive. In my mind, I would wake up early every morning and do yoga as the sun streamed into my suite. Then, I would squeeze in a few hours of work, checking in with the factory, networking with other designers, answering customer questions, and sketching designs for upcoming collections. By afternoon, I would be ready to take a relaxing swim in the hotel pool or go out to explore whatever city I was in, maybe even have a posh lunch at a local café. I would then get back to my suite and do some more work before getting dressed to meet my husband for dinner or sync up with any business contacts I had in the area for cocktails. However, by the third or fourth trip into my new life as a jet-setting woman, I found myself wiping the sleep from my eyes as I arrived at the hotel from the airport, ordering some room service or picking up some takeout, and then collapsing in bed. I would wake up WAY later than I planned the next morning and feel too sluggish to even make it through my yoga routine. All the creative energy I had for work seemed to be zapped from my body.

“Oh no, I thought, travel just doesn’t agree with my body.”

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Drop Your Emotional Weight

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Drop Your Emotional Weight
By Michelle Jayne, BaliniSports Guest Blogger
http://www.michellejayne.com.au/

I was out for dinner the other day, and my friend turned to me and said “Michelle, you look like you have lost so much weight. What is your secret?” I smiled, thanked her for the compliment and pondered, what is my secret? Is there a secret or have I finally found a balance between exercise and food? Or has something else lifted making me look lighter? Reflecting on the past two months, there has been more going on then a gentle increase in heading to the gym, the yoga mat and eating more consciously. Of course, these things are important for our health. Losing excess weight, especially if we may be obese, is important for the health of our heart, lessening the risk of Type 2 diabetes and avoiding musculoskeletal conditions.

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Living In The Present

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Living In The Present
By Katie Ashley, BaliniSports Guest Blogger
http://www.katieashleywholehealth.com/

Three years ago I accidentally gave away nearly my entire wardrobe. At the time I was pregnant and moving into a new house. I had boxed up all of the clothes that didn’t fit at the time in boxes destined for storage, a clothing swap and the thrift store. My man moved the boxes into storage, a dear friend came and picked up the swap clothes, and I dropped everything else off in the bins behind the local charity store.

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Finding Happiness Within Yourself

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Finding Happiness Within Yourself

(by: Wendy Du, BaliniSports Ambassador)

Often we hear from yoga teachers or read from yoga blogs that all happiness comes from within you. I didn’t really believe this when I first read it on a yoga blog in high school. Lots of external things make me happy, how could I be happy without external influences? It wasn’t until I started a consistent yoga practice that I realized it would be one of the concepts I live by.

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Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

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Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Long ago, women were concerned that many forms of exercise was a disadvantage for moms-to-be, yet today, prenatal yoga is an all-inclusive benefit for pregnant women. In fact, according to a random study at NYU Langone Medical Center, pregnant women demonstrated that daily yoga practice significantly reduced stress and anxiety.

What makes yoga the ideal routine for pregnant women? Yoga offers versatile elements of exercise that engage the entire body including regulated breathing, mental engagement, and stress management complimented with light physical activity. Everything you need to prepare for labor.

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Common Misconceptions About Yoga

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Common Misconceptions About Yoga

Yoga Shmoga, It Just Isn’t For Me!

I want to take a yoga class, but I’m not the crunchy granola type. The idea of meditation and serenity could never apply to me. My physique is currently unflattering to even consider entertaining the thought of wearing super tight workout gear, let alone in a room full of random people.

Speaking of those random people they’ve probably already mastered every yoga pose known to man; I’d look like a fish out of water standing next to those Chakra connoisseurs! Sound familiar? Welp, guess what?-You’re not alone. People who have never experienced yoga or quite understood the premises behind the practice can easily find themselves in a whirlwind of leading misconceptions.

But have no fear your yoga guide is here. For I must admit those anxiety conjured misconceptions were also once my very own. There seems to be a few misleading ideas about yoga floating around these days, but here are the top five that usually take the cake. (You can still eat cake right?)

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How Yoga Can Benefit Runners

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How Yoga Can Benefit Runners

Have you seen that meme about how you imagine yourself running versus how you actually look running? You see yourself as a graceful gazelle gliding across the pavement, but may actually look like a flailing fool. Finding your way to that graceful ideal is as simple as starting up a yoga regimen.

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How to Prepare Before Yoga Practice

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How To Prepare Before Yoga Practice

It is time to stretch and twist, allowing your body to feel better from the inside – out. While Yoga is a known power tool to transform the body, it is not effective if your stamina or energy is low during class. Without the right preparation, you are not allowing Yoga to have it’s full effect on your body. Before you step into your next Yoga routine, make sure that you take certain steps that will fuel your body and help it to stretch to the next level of the workout.

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Have Fun With Your Kids In Yoga

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Have Fun With Your Kids In Yoga

This generation of baby boomers includes yoga moms that are erasing the stereotypical idea of parents being too busy for health and fitness. In fact, nowadays moms are including their children into their daily yoga fitness regimen. Whether it be taking your little one to participate in a Mommy and Me Yoga class or even engaging in one on one yoga at home, the ending results are always the same which is an incredible bonding experience with your child.

 

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BaliniSports Kickstarter Campaign

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BaliniSports Kickstarter Campaign

BaliniSports launched a Kickstarter campaign on Dec 16th, 2014. The campaign is designed to invite yoga enthusiasts and lovers of fashion to help us meet our goal of bringing our high-quality apparel to more women all over the world. We’ve created a video that showcases our passion for yoga apparel and demonstrates our devotion to sticking to our principles. Our Kickstarter campaign is so important to us because we need increased volume demand in order to continue to have our products created in the world’s top eco-friendly factories. Every tweet and Facebook share that our fans pass on to their friends and family brings us one step closer to our goal.

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Reasons to Splurge on High Performance Wear

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Reasons to Splurge on High Performance Wear

The downward dog position can become less peaceful when you come to the realization that your decision to purchase cheap activewear resulted in you mooning the entire Ashtanga class. Don’t be that Yogi; stay strong!-Stay clear of low end yoga apparel and always invest in premium quality active wear. When it comes to choosing yoga wear it’s best to splurge on top quality apparel to avoid paying for it in the end. Don’t wait for next rip to stitch; you’ve had your last wardrobe malfunction in class, it’s time to go premium ladies and gents. Knowing the difference between top quality and low quality yoga apparel can save lots of money and most importantly ensure comfortability. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for your new yoga duds.

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Yoga Fashion Trend – 5 Ways to Look Chic

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Yoga Fashion Trend – 5 Ways to Look Chic in Yoga Wear

Oh, the wonders of yoga pants. Perfect for gym and yoga classes, for quick grocery shopping sessions, perfect for traveling and for relaxing evenings with the girls or your beloved one. No other piece of clothing is as versatile and comfortable as the flexible and supportive yoga pants, which can look incredibly fashionable if you combine them with the proper top.

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Eco Friendly Yoga Wear

Eco Friendly Yoga Wear

Why We Value Eco Conscious Textile Production

Eco Friendly Yoga Wear- BaliniSports follows BlueSign Eco Conscious Textile Production.  What Eco Friendly Yoga Wear truly  means? At BaliniSports, we care about the environment and are passionate about your health. One of our biggest objectives and commitments is to ensure that you have quality sustainable products. As well, we want to help you and the environment thrive by safeguarding the environment for present and future generations.

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Guide to Avoiding Transparent Yoga Pants

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A Smart Girl’s Guide to Avoiding Transparent Yoga Pants

Tips on avoiding transparent yoga pants.  BaliniSports is in the business of making women look their best. I use everything I’ve learned at fashion shows and personal styling sessions to create beautiful, durable and flattering pieces for the BaliniSports collections. My career has given me the privilege to dress Kim Kardashian, Teri Hatcher, Rachel Mortenson, and many more beautiful and talented women. Hollywood celebrities can’t risk getting caught in the middle of a wardrobe malfunction. Our brand is passionate about creating yoga apparel that won’t rip or appear transparent when flashbulbs are going off. My passion extends to helping women just like you look slim and feel confident without worrying about embarrassing fashion blunders. Part of looking great in yoga apparel is learning how to avoid see-through yoga pants. BaliniSports has put together a definitive guide to picking out yoga pants that won’t reveal more than you want.

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Top 5 Nutritional Superfood for Smoothies

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Secret Smoothie Ingredients to Give Your Mind and Body a Boost

What happens on the yoga mat is only part of the full equation for living a healthy life. What you put into your body plays a big role in what you can get out of your body. Achieving your best state comes as a result of a proper balance of diet and exercise. One of the best things I do for my body every morning is to make a delicious smoothie. Smoothies have the amazing power to do everything from settle your stomach to detoxify your organs. Are you ready to improve your mind, body and soul one delicious sip at a time? My list of essential ingredients to sneak into your smoothies will help you boost your brain, calm your spirit and energize your body.

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