Plan Your Soulful Valentine’s Day Yoga Date!

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It can be SO hard not to get caught up in the materialism of Valentine’s Day. For those of us who love romance, it can be difficult to create a balance between celebrating romance and shunning the materialistic, commercial element of the holiday. Even if you’re all about being soulful and spiritual, I don’t think you need to shun the holiday. In fact, I think you can create a perfect Valentine’s Day date without spending a lot of money or giving in to the social “pressure” to celebrate like everyone else does. You can even incorporate yoga into your date! Okay, pay attention, because these tips just might help you have the most magical and romantic night of your life!

 

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Can You Get Dehydrated During Winter?

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Sure, we all think of water bottles and big pitchers of refreshing lemonade during the summer – but do we pay as much attention to staying hydrated during the winter? It’s actually just as important to focus on hydration when temperatures dip. Our hydration needs really don’t change much from summer to winter. In fact, it’s actually smart to add a little extra water to your diet if you want to keep your skin supple when the air is so dry outside. We need the life-giving nourishment of water when the Earth sleeps during winter. Here are the reasons to focus on drinking enough water during winter:

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Why You Need to Do a Soup Cleanse in 2016

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I know, I know – you’re practically feeling hunger pangs just THINKING about doing a cleanse this winter. But I want to let you know that a cleanse doesn’t have to equate with suffering. As we discussed in this week’s newsletter, soup fasts are a great way to enjoy hearty, healthy nutrition while still getting the benefits of a cleanse. I think that cleanses are so essential to living a whole, spiritual life because in today’s quick, “get-it-instantly” world, patience is a virtue that is quickly getting lost. A cleanse teaches us how to deny our impulses and focus on giving our bodies true nourishment. Sometimes we literally have to strip our diets down and start from scratch if we want to regain balance and perspective. It is important to note that the motive behind a cleanse should never be to restrict calories for the sake losing weight in an unhealthy, unbalanced way. A cleanse isn’t about deprivation, it’s about creating a clean slate from which to re-draw what our diets should look like. Here are some of the benefits you can expect if you take a chance and go on a cleanse:

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Yoga and the Winter Blues

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January can be a tough month. Many of us feel ourselves slipping into a blue mood as winter’s long, cold nights and brutal days make it hard to feel optimistic. While some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), others simply suffer from a lack of vitamin D or diminished mood. The temptation to slip under the covers after work with some comfort foods and a Nexflix queue full of shows can be SO strong – however, this is the time of year we need to fight harder than ever before to have healthy, positive habits. I want to help you have the best winter ever, regardless of how cold or dark it is outside. I know firsthand that yoga can be an extraordinary defense against winter-time blues.

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Good Habits for a Good Life

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There is one question I get asked all the time:

How do you have the time to run a business, travel, do the things you love and be so deep into yoga? 

I promise that I don’t have some magic way to add more hours to the day – or some secret formula that lets me have boundless energy well into the wee hours of the morning. In fact, it’s quite the opposite since I focus on making getting a good night’s rest one of my top priorities. The simple answer is that there is no simple answer. Being able to be productive and reach for my dreams each day all comes down to one thing: Habits. I want to share with you how creating good habits and having discipline is so important when it comes to leading a full, amazing life. In fact, I would dare say that anyone who wants to really get the full benefits of a yoga lifestyle should definitely try to build their life around some healthy habits that will help you carry what you do on the mat into everyday life. For instance, getting in the habit of going to bed at a reasonable time each night will help you have the energy to have a really amazing yoga session in the morning before you start your day. Even if it is a sacrifice, shutting of the lights and getting some shut eye is your way of telling yourself that your passion and commitment to yourself – and nourishing yourself via yoga – means that you are worth the effort.

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How to REALLY Keep Your New Year’s Resolution This Year!

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January 1st  is a time for new beginnings – and new resolutions. Last week, I told you all about how to choose resolutions that will help you lead a memorable, intentional 2016. This week, I am giving you some tips for keeping your resolutions when the realities of a busy life catch up with you and tempt you to abandon your resolve. I’ll keep these short and sweet since I know many of you are about to be busy with choosing your New Year’s Eve outfits or planning what to serve when your party guests arrive. A British psychologist named Richard Wiseman tracked the success of 3,000 people’s New Year’s resolutions – and his results can teach us a lot. He found that only 12 percent of the people he polled managed to keep theirs. He decided to look into what those who were successful were doing differently! Now I am sharing the top three with you – so here are the three things you need to know to stay strong in your New Year’s resolve!

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I know Christmas isn’t even here yet, but a lot of us are already looking forward to our New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Now is a great time to reflect back on the past year and try to come up with resolutions that will serve us well in the year to come. Picking our New Year’s resolutions can be really hard. I think a lot of us get caught up in big concepts, and we think our resolutions have to be huge and life-changing. The truth is that even small changes can have a huge impact on our lives – and the people around us. Are you stuck on what to pick as your resolutions for 2016? I can help. I am going to give you the three big questions you need to answer in order to pick a truly meaning resolution. The best part is – you don’t have to give up a vice or commit to waking up at the crack of dawn each day to be healthier, you just have to decide the areas of your life that would benefit from a little tweaking. Here are the three questions to ask yourself in order to pick a perfect New Year’s Resolution.

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Two Poses For Happy Knees

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Sometimes you can hear the crack or feel the pop when you walk – and the knee pain can be so exhaustive and painful. The knees need to be carefully guard because muscles and ligaments can easily suffer sprains. The sprains can be generated because the tension on the knees is a consequence of hard work or pressure leaving a debilitating injury, especially when you don’t have the right fit for a good workout. Knowing and caring the knees are the keys of having a good healthy life.

You can do the following poses to release knee pain or to avoid it:

 

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How to Pose on Instagram Like a Celebrity

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Hollywood stars love showing off their yoga moves on Instagram – and we love watching them do it. There is something satisfying about knowing that so many models, actresses, and singers take time out from their busy, whirlwind schedules to focus on finding balance and staying fit. While so many of us love to admire stars like Jessica Alba, Gisele Bundchen, Miley Cyrus, and Kendall Jenner doing yoga, we often forget that we need not sit on the sidelines and do nothing, we can also join in!

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Why You Should Send Out a Yoga-Themed Holiday Card This Year

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This week’s newsletter is full of fun, cheerful tips for creating a yoga-themed holiday card to send out to friends, family, neighbors and coworkers this year. I thought it was important to place the spotlight on great card idea for yoga-lovers because I think sending holiday cards is becoming something of a lost art. No matter what you celebrate, December is a great time to be a light to those around us, and to remind people we know that we are here to be a light in the cold, dark season that lays ahead. If it’s been a while since you sent out holiday cards, I encourage you to take up the practice again this year. You will be amazed by how positively people respond to this thoughtful gesture – especially if you let your personality shine through with a personalized yoga-themed card. A card is the perfect way to reconnect with people you may have lost touch with over the course of the past few years because it lets them know you’re thinking about the,without the awkwardness of picking up the phone or sending out a long catch-up email. A card is also a great way to add a personal dimension to business relationships. People who you work with, or clients that you work for, will really love learning about your creative side, and passion for yoga, when you send them a personalized card this year.

Turn Black Friday into a Retreat Day Without Retreating from the Best Deals!

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The day after Thanksgiving is synonymous with huge crowds, long waits and frenzied check-out lines. While Black Friday is a great time for deals, it can also be a stressful, draining experience for those of us that dare to venture out to the mall or big-box stores. What if you flipped the script this year and decided to turn Black Friday into a personal retreat day instead? All it takes is slipping on your favorite, comfy yoga apparel and turning off your phone for a couple of hours. Go ahead and push your yoga mat under a window so you can soak up the slivers of fall sunlight that the season so generously gives. The turkey has been cooked, the pies cut, and the rest of your family is either relaxing or traveling back home. Take this time to give all your focus to your movements. Let your poses be the only things that exist on this relaxing day. The rest of the holiday season will be making demands of you soon, but for now all you have to worry about is enjoying a day of rest. The great thing about the age we live in is that you can commit to staying home without giving up the thrill of snagging the best deals of the season. Permit yourself to do a couple of hours of online shopping at your favorite stores. Buy for others, and treat yourself too – just don’t exhaust your spirit before the season has even begun. The truth is you’ll probably get cheaper deals online than you would in person – all without the hassle of crowds and fights in the aisle!

3 Things Mindful People Do

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We’ve all known that woman. The one who never loses her cool. The one who always has offers a deep, thoughtful response whenever you ask her how she’s doing. The one who always keeps sight of what really matters in life. She is balanced. She is cool. She is spiritual. Most of all, she is mindful. If the upcoming holiday season already has you feeling like you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off, you’re probably wondering how you can be more like THAT women. There are things that people who are mindful do that are different from most of us. What are those things? Take a look at the 3 things all mindful people do.

 

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How to Meditate Like Hollywood Stars Do

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So, you want to meditate? We could all use a little bit of the peace and serenity we’ve heard huge stars like Giselle Bundchen, Katy Perry, Howard Stern, Eva Mendes, Jerry Seinfeld, and Halle Berry talking about in magazines and TV interviews.  However, when many of us try to meditate for the first time we learn that it’s not the glamorous, enriching, life-altering experience that we were expecting. When you’re a beginner, there is one simple fact: Meditation is hard. Of course, this is the reason why so many people give up and write meditation off before they ever really dig into the good parts at all. You will hear a lot of serious, hardcore advice about meditation out there – but if you’re just beginning, I want to give you some simple tips that will set you up for success. Remember, you have the power to reset your mind!

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Does SuperBrain Yoga Work?

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Since I am a notorious yoga-addict, my friends, family, and clients all love to email me the news stories they come across about yoga. Lately, I keep getting emails and text messages with links to stories about something called SuperBrain Yoga. Have you seen it? If you have, you know that it is based on the idea that just 3 minutes a day of a few key movements can jump-start our brains and turn us into fast, savvy, learning machines. So, is it all that it’s cracked up to be? First, let’s take a look at the science behind it.

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See Which Bloggers Are Buzzing About Balini This Fall

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October is just one of those months when we feel like the belle of the ball here at Balini!  We’ve been spotlighted by some of the most respected yoga bloggers out there. I love that our pieces are getting so much attention because it just goes to show that when you consistently put out your best, it’s only a matter of time before the most respected publications take notice and put you in the spotlight. Our Priya Yoga Tank, Tiffany Yoga Bra and Angel Booty Shorts were featured in the What’s in Our Yoga Bag – October Edition over at Yogini Approved. Our moisture wicking technology and great fit is called out for being perfect in hot yoga and Buti yoga.

In addition, a reviewer at Elephant Journal called our pieces “the comfiest yoga pieces imaginable.”  The review highlights the impeccable quality and irresistible colors that have made Balini so beloved in the yoga world.

 

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Get the Confidence to Do Yoga Anywhere – Like Your Favorite Celebrities!

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There are two big things to know about me:

  1. I travel a lot
  2. A HAVE to do yoga every day

Unfortunately, these two things can sometime pose a real conflict. I sometimes find it hard to reserve time to squeeze in a proper yoga routine while still rushing out in the morning to make a flight or get in the car to spend all day at a trunk show. I have learned that sometimes you just have to seize the moment and do yoga wherever you can! This month, I read an interview in Allure magazine in which Kate Hudson confesses that she often gets up and does yoga in the middle of a flight. Much like Kate Hudson, as well as Alessandra Ambrosio, and Hilaria Baldwin, I sometimes do yoga in strange places. I actually hear from people who follow my blog and read my newsletter that they wish they had the confidence to do yoga in public because it would be so helpful to fit their workout in during their lunch breaks or while waiting for their kids at the bus stop. That’s why I am sharing my tips for being confident about doing yoga anywhere! These little pointers will help you stay focused and complete your workout anywhere, any time!

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Solved! Your Most Embarrassing Yoga Class Blunders

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Have you ever felt self-conscious in yoga class? Sometimes a public setting like a crowded classroom can make it hard for us to let loose and get into the zone because we’re afraid of making an embarrassing blunder. There should never be any shame in expressing your body and spirit through yoga. However, taking steps to keep in control during a yoga class can help you feel empowered. With that in mind, I’ve listened to your most embarrassing confessions and concerns, and I’ve created a list of solutions for the 5 most common yoga blunders. Here they are:

The Problem: A growling tummy

The Solution: Don’t go to yoga class on a completely empty stomach. While it may be tempting to grab a quick breakfast bar or handful of cereal, these choices won’t keep you full for very long and can actually cause a blood-sugar dip during a critical moment of your workout. Instead, opt for high-protein options like a handful of raw cashews or almonds or a small dish of cottage cheese and fruit.

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Yoga Empowers Us ALL

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I always knew that Balini’s customers and followers were amazing – I just didn’t realize HOW amazing until this month. You have all helped me to give thousands of dollars worth of merchandise to people in need by participating in my charities challenge last month. I set out to make September a month of giving because I wanted to celebrate the fact that BaliniSports was featured on the 40th anniversary edition of Yoga Journal. I think it is SO important to celebrate our own successes by doing what we can to lift others up. I chose Uprising Yoga as a beneficiary of our donation because it uplifts people and equips them to help themselves so they can go out there and make a difference in the world. The second charity that I chose, Shade Tree Wome’s Shelther, helps women who are caught in what may seem like a hopeless situation to some. However, I am hoping that in some small way the Balini clothing that they receive will serve as a reminder that they matter, and that they can use their minds, bodies, and hearts to reach their goals and dreams. The best part is that YOU will be a part of that because you used your gifts and passions to help us reach our goals. The women we’ve touched though our September charity extravaganza didn’t just receive pieces of clothing, they received tangible evidence that they do matter and that they are empowered to do anything. This is exactly the philosophy that I founded BaliniSports on – personal empowerment that allows us to not only propel ourselves towards our dreams, but to lift up others in the process.

Why Giving in to Food Cravings Is Okay

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One thing I’ve noticed about all of the weight-loss and fitness commercials I see out there is that they all seem to emphasize that they are here to help you “fight cravings” or “battle temptations.” I can’t help but wonder, who would want to live in a constant state of battle when it comes to their body? We should not be at war with our bodies, we should be in harmony with them. That’s why I think it’s so important that we all stop thinking of food cravings as an enemy that needs to be squashed. Do you feel out of control when it comes to cravings? Don’t let cravings rule you – tame them. Having healthy alternatives at your disposal when weak moments strike can help you stay in control and enjoy a healthy relationship with food.

 

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