Red Carpet Event in NYC with Talia Sutra

Balini NYC Event Ada

Gemini Collection Launch in New York City with Talia Sutra

This week’s newsletter is a special wrap-up edition following our successful Red Carpet event. I am riding a wave of gratitude and happiness this week after visiting New York City to host the BaliniSports red carpet Earth Day launch party for our new Gemini Collection. I am SO grateful to all of the fashion editors who attended our event and yoga workshop at the legendary Mercedes Club. One of the highlights of the evening was having the talented and inspiring Talia Sutra lead our yoga workshop. I want to share with you some of the things I learned from her.

Continue reading

How to Feel Beautiful Every Day

shadow wild thing balinisports blot

How to Feel Beautiful Every Day
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger, Katie Ashley
www.katieashley.org

I recently posted a vintage pinup style photo of myself on my blog. The photo is not risque, I am wearing a vintage one piece swimsuit and my hair and makeup are done old school style. The pose is more playful than provocative.

Continue reading

5 Tips for Choosing A Yoga Retreat

tips for yoga retreat

5 Tips for Choosing A Yoga Retreat

One of the things I really encourage everybody to do is sign up for a yoga retreat at some point in their life. Not only will a retreat help you strengthen your poses under the guidance of a devoted professional, but you’ll also gain a new perspective on life and tackle your ego. I have had the privilege of attending yoga retreats around the world and working with some of the most dedicated, trusted, and innovative experts alive.

Continue reading

Gemini Collection Launches on Earth Day

chaukei31.1

Gemini Collection Launches on Earth Day

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. As the Earth is waking up from its long slumber and plants and flowers are blooming back to life, I am also living through a season filled with newness and excitement. This spring is unlike any other period of my life, and I want to share some of my big news with you.

BaliniSports is about to launch the much-anticipated Gemini Collection on Earth Day, April 22nd. This collection is perhaps the most ambitious project I have ever taken on. As you know, I set out to create a clothing line that doesn’t harm the environment or exploit people when I created BaliniSports. I have always gone the extra mile to make sure we use eco-friendly dyes, materials, and production methods. I work tirelessly to design and make clothes that are good for the Earth, good for people and look amazing. My decision to move production to the United States with the creation of the Gemini Collection has helped me take this commitment one step deeper.

As I write to you now, we’ve completed the sewing and inspection phase and we are ready to move on to the last stages of packaging and organizing warehouse space. This means that we are only a few weeks away from getting extraordinary new designs into the hands of our eagerly waiting customers. I am so thrilled by all of the positive feedback I’ve gotten so far from people who have gotten sneak peeks at the collection. I am especially proud of the brand new bra attachments we’re introducing. What I am most proud of, however, is the fact that the Gemini Collection if full of good energy.

My products are all embossed with a charm that is intended to be a blessing and bring peace and good luck to our customers. The logo is very personal to me because it was my own intimate interpretation of a mantra given to me by a meditation guru. I was honored when he blessed the logo when he visited the United States a few years ago. My designers and I played around until we were able to integrate an ancient lucky charm into the logo that is intended to connect our customers with higher vibrations of energy.

I wanted to take this idea of positive energy and really integrate it into the creation of the Gemini Collection. I had the idea to gather a few of my friends at the facility where my new line was being produced and take some time for mediation. In unity, we chanted a mantra using a vibration that was meant to block unwanted thoughts, lift our energies, and bring us in harmony with the universe. Of course, the fact that the workers were busy wrapping pieces from the new Gemini Collection in biodegradable bags made me feel confident that I had just created a product line that truly is in harmony with the Earth. We all mediated that day with one pure and simple intention: that everyone who wears pieces from the Gemini Collection will feel peaceful, calm, and loved.

I wish to wrap you all in positive energy and vibrations this spring, and I hope you will celebrate the launch of the Gemini Collection with me.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/adahung0523
Instagram: http://instagram.com/balinisports
Twitter: @BaliniSports
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/balinisports

An Omstastic Teacher Will Teach You To Realize That You Are Already Awesome

Rhy1

An Omstastic Teacher Will Teach You To Realize That You Are Already Awesome
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger, Rhyanna Watson
www.rhyannawatson.com

For me personally, teaching is a gift that can’t be earned or certified. Although I feel it is absolutely necessary to go through the proper channels to teach, I believe it is a gift you are born with. For me, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Giving back to others is more meaningful to me than anything I would achieve in my own yoga practice. I have noticed lately this idea that becoming a yoga teacher has to do with how amazing your asana practice is. I have literally overheard people say “you should become a yoga teacher” after the person did an amazing backbend. But there is more to an Amazing or as I like to say Omtastic Yoga Teacher.

Continue reading

Learning Self-Compassion

BaliniSports BLOG

Learning Self-Compassion

How many of you out there are dog lovers? I’m a recent convert to the canine crowd. I always simply tolerated my friends’ dogs – and held my breath whenever the furry little things tried to kiss me with their stinky breath. However, adding an Italian greyhound named Eden totally transformed my life – and my heart. Who could have guessed when I pet his cute little head for the first time that the universe was about to give me a MAJOR lesson in compassion? What is amazing about Eden is that in addition to teaching me how to love him, he is always showing me how to be more tender and compassionate with myself.

Continue reading

If you’re hungry, you eat. If you’re thirsty, you drink. If you’re not flexible, DO YOGA!

Liza Janda1

If you’re hungry, you eat
If you’re thirsty, you drink.
If you’re not flexible, DO YOGA!
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger Liza Janda E-RYT 200, PRYT, AAHCC
www.yogajanda.com

1. Get supple, pliable and flexible only by practicing yoga.

image1

I like that cartoon in which Batman is slapping Robin. I don’t always feel like slapping people when they say they can’t do yoga because they aren’t flexible but how do you think you’re going to get flexible? Some people will never touch their toes in a yoga class. But practicing yoga isn’t a competition with your mat neighbors. It’s a time devoted to yourself. Your life can be complete, even if you never touch your toes in yoga class.

image22. What style of yoga is right for you?There are so many types of yoga classes. The class style you choose should depend on your fitness level. If you’re a runner, swimmer, gym-rat type of person, ashtanga yoga might be for you. Ashtanga is great if you like to practice the same poses and you like to know what to expect. You’ll have a chance to refine the same poses, or go a bit deeper since you’ll be familiar with them. Power Yoga is also great for athletes. Bikram is hot yoga where they repeat the same poses in every class.

3. Variety is the spice of my yoga life.
If you find variety and change challenging and fun, finding a Hatha Vinyasa class may be better for you. A lot of Vinyasa (marriage of breath and movement) classes are taught similar to the flow of a dance. Things may change and you learn new combinations of poses all the time. This would be good for someone who is active and physically fit.

4. You’re brand new to yoga? Beginner or Gentle yoga is for you.
Let’s say that you are brand new to yoga and maybe the most challenging physical exercise you get is walking the dog. Start with a beginner class. Ideally, find a studio through www.yogafinder.com or some online classes from www.yogadownload.com. Find an instructor who is experienced and has a 200 Hour Teacher Training Certificate from Yoga Alliance. But also make sure she/he has many hours of teaching experience.

5. Is Hot Yoga for you?
Hot yoga is great for some. I personally dislike it intensely! I think it’s great for younger people who may not be so affected by the heat. Since I’m in my 50’s I have my own personal summer several times a day. I don’t need any help in that department! If you’re pregnant, stay far away from hot yoga. It can cause neural tube defects in a developing fetus by overheating the mother’s body. It’s great for detoxing but drink water before and after class, not during class for best detox effects.

6. Is proper alignment and injury prevention important?
My main complaint about hot yoga and the “yoga studio chains”(in San Diego county) is that the students are not taught proper alignment. In the long run, this will cause so many injuries. It seems as though their clientele just goes to move and sweat. They are not aware of, nor are they taught, the importance of executing poses correctly and preventing injury. Or maybe they just hire teachers without much experience. If you can find a good studio that emphasizes proper alignment, then go for it.

7. Just get there. The rest is easy.
Making it onto your mat is 50% of the battle. Find a studio or gym that is close to your work or your home. If it’s not easy to get there, you won’t do it. Or don’t bother with a yoga DVD. You’ll get bored pretty fast. There are dozens of yoga classes online and you can do a different one everyday if you prefer. Go to www.yogadownload.com

8. Invest in the right equipment.
Invest in a good yoga mat. Don’t buy one of those cheap $15-$20 mats from Target, Ross, or Wal-Mart. www.yogadirect.com is a good source. Get a mat that is at least ¼” thick and has a non-slip surface, known as a “sticky mat”. If you’re doing hot yoga, make sure you have a yoga towel or you’ll sweat and slip all over your mat. If you’re not very flexible yet, invest in a couple of foam blocks and a strap to make poses more accessible. Set yourself up for success and you’ll feel the physical and emotional well being that yoga gives you.

9. Practice at least two hours after meal-time.
Eat 2 hours before class and drink plenty of water before and after your class to stay hydrated. If you eat too close to your yoga practice, you may not only feel crummy but you may have some issues with your personal wind vapors.

image3

10. What are the right clothes to wear?
Remember it’s not a fashion show, hopefully. You want to wear clothes that you normally exercise in that are stretchy, and have good coverage. You don’t need shoes and most studios will ask you to remove your shoes before you enter the sacred space of the studio. Now go ahead! Give it a try. You’re going to love it.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BaliniSports
Instagram: http://instagram.com/balinisports
Twitter: @BaliniSports
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/balinisports

Liza Janda has been teaching and practicing Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga and Prenatal Yoga for over 14 years. Liza’s passion for prenatal yoga was inspired by her own pregnancies and natural birth experiences. Liza taught fitness for 24 years, and worked at some of the world’s leading spas: The Golden Door, Cal-a-Vie, and Rancho La Puerta. 20 years teaching The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth has helped fuel her passion for helping mothers stay healthy and low risk in pregnancy and prepare for positive birth experiences.

Liza was certified as a childbirth educator and childbirth assistant (doula) through the Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth in 1995; and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and an Experienced Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance in 2002.

Find articles by Liza at her blog: http://www.yogajanda.com/resources/blog/ and on Ezine Articles: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Liza_D_Janda

Liza Janda3

Ada Hung’s Story of Surrender

Ada tweet1

Ada Hung’s Story of Surrender

As I collect my thoughts for this newsletter, I am sitting on a balcony that looks down over fragrant patches of Vietnamese peach flowers that are soothing my soul with their fragrance. The trip I’m on has taken me across the world to Cambodia and Vietnam. The journey my heart has taken since my trip began has covered a much farther distance. At the moment, I am steeped in serenity. My trip began just a few days ago on a note of chaos and confusion.

Continue reading

The Fueling Fire Within

Yoga15

The Fueling Fire Within
By Kimi Marin, BaliniSports Guest Blogger
kimimarinyoga.com

As humans, we have wishes, we create goals, we dream of desired outcomes, and from these dreams we brew the energy needed to transition our dreams into reality. Yet, as humans, in one way or form, we also experience mesmerizing enchantments that tempt us away from our path. In a Hindu myth involving Vasistha and Vishvamitra these two sages fall from their path. Like us, they get seduced by emotion and thoughts.

Continue reading

Spring Detox Program by Karla Tafra

karlatrafra_tweet2

Spring Detox Program by BaliniSports Ambassador Karla Tafra

3-day Juice Cleanse

Day 1

Breakfast: Water with lemon/lime, ginger and a dash of chili

Brunch: Strawberry, lime, celery, cucumber

Lunch: Kale, carrot, apple, lemon, spinach

Dinner (around 7pm the latest): Banana, almond milk, cinnamon, blueberries (or any berries)

Day 2

Breakfast: Water with lemon/lime, ginger and a dash of chili

Brunch: Grapefruit, kiwi, apple

Lunch: Cucumber, strawberry, beet, apple

Dinner (around 7pm the latest): Banana, almond milk, cinnamon, blueberries (or any berries)

Day 3

Breakfast: Water with lemon/lime, ginger and a dash of chili

Brunch: Strawberry, lime, celery, cucumber or Grapefruit, kiwi, apple

Lunch: Pineapple, ginger, mint, cucumber

Dinner (around 7pm the latest): Banana, almond milk, cinnamon, blueberries (or any berries)

karlatafra

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BaliniSports
Instagram: http://instagram.com/balinisports
Twitter: @BaliniSports
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/balinisports

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie Recipe

blueberryblisssmoothie4.5.jpg

BaliniSports Ambassador Kaylan Fischer aka @yoga_ky shares her Blueberry Bliss Smoothie Recipe

Here’s all you need:

1 ½ cup of Blueberries

1 Banana

½ cup of Almond milk

2 tablespoon of almond

Stevia to taste

Combine all the ingredients together and #blendtobliss

 

yoga_ky3

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BaliniSports
Instagram: http://instagram.com/balinisports
Twitter: @BaliniSports
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/balinisports

Who Inspires BaliniSports

Ada and Chaukei3.1

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.

Continue reading

The Truth About Fabrics

IMG_1665

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.

Continue reading

Why I Chose to Wear Leggings…All The Time

Ada and Chaukei1.1

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.

Continue reading

Yoga for Confidence

Lora Hogan2

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!

Continue reading

Tips for Yogi Travelers

IMG_1597.1

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.”

Continue reading

Drop Your Emotional Weight

Michelle Jayne4

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.

Continue reading

Living In The Present

shadow wild thing balinisports blot

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.

Continue reading

Finding Happiness Within Yourself

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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.

Continue reading