Summer is definitely a time for sweating! It can feel so good to work up a sweat in the sun during a yoga session on the beach or on a walk through a tranquil trail. Of course, staying hydrating is more important than ever when temperatures soar. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, moodiness – or even cause you to pass out! Most people associate staying hydrating with chugging boring water from a water bottle all day long. While it’s important to sip throughout the day, there are also some enjoyable and easy ways to stay hydrating that don’t involve a water bottle. Did you know there are plenty of moisture-rich foods that will hydrate you just as well as water? In fact, many fruits, veggies and other foods actually count towards your daily water intake. Here is a list of 5 yummy ways to stay hydrated beyond the water bottle.
I simply cannot turn down an opportunity to give back to the yoga community – especially when it will benefit a cause in my own backyard. As many of you already know, I am spending this summer in Los Angeles in order to focus on Balini and work intensely with designers. While I am here, I will be participating in a charity event and concert benefiting UpRising Yoga at (HOMA) in Los Altos, CA. Continue reading →
by Susan Dawson
There comes a point in everyone’s life where a daily yoga practice or some sort of stretch regime – becomes a necessity. Not a “gee, it would be fun to do the splits” aspiration but more of an “I need to stretch to function pain-free throughout the day.” Case in point, I pulled my neck a few months ago. How did I do this? No, I wasn’t power lifting or participating in a challenge. I simply turned my head. Just a simple glance at my son, nothing dramatic, and a neck muscle spasm ensued. I had neglected my daily yoga practice and this, compounded by years of carrying my boy and coercing shoes or coats or hats on an unwilling toddler hit me all at once. I’m always close to collapsing.
What could feel more amazing – or more natural – than digging your fingers and toes into sun-warmed sand and doing a little yoga during your next beach outing? There is nothing more amazing than practicing yoga outside and connecting your soul with nature. I think that fitting a yoga session in between catching some rays, swimming or surfing is an excellent way to find balance at the beach and achieve some genuine relaxation. I always LOVE practicing poses near the Pacific whenever I am in California – and I have a few tips to share with you that will enhance your experience the next time you hit the beach.
It seems like every magazine cover you see has a headline about how to get perfect, rock-hard abs that will make you desirable and oh so sexy. We’re constantly bombarded with images of perfectly sculpted tummies and “quick” solutions for getting a set of washboard abs for ourselves. While a sculpted midsection is certainly worth pursuing if you want to look better in or out of your clothes, I want to emphasize that striving for a strong core instead of a “bikini-ready” body is an important part of keeping your mind and body balanced. Of course, a strong core doesn’t happen overnight. Core movements typically revolve around sustaining your position for a long time to build up your muscles instead of using multiple movements to contract your muscles. The benefits of focusing on building a strong, healthy core will extend to virtually every aspect of your life. You might say that building your “outer” core can truly help you build up your “inner” spiritual core. This week, I am sharing the important benefits that come with dedicating a little bit of your time on the yoga mat to moves that will build your core. Did you know that building up your abs through yoga can help you in the following areas?:
Are you looking for an amazing meal option that is a real crowd pleaser? Sarah from TheSeasonalDiet.com is sharing an amazing recipe for raw tacos with us this week. You’re going to love serving this healthy, wholesome, and delicious dish to guests on your patio this summer. The fresh, robust flavor of these tacos is the perfect way to enjoy a satisfying and healthy meal in a pinch.
Something very exciting happened in the world this week. Did you happen to catch it on the news? The first official International Day of Yoga placed the spotlight on yoga in a historic way. Yoga devotees from across the world gathered at landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Times Square, Rajpath and the banks of the Ganges River to participate in record-breaking yoga sessions. The pictures of the day were breathtaking! People of all ages were spread out on parks, soccer fields, public squares, prison yards and city blocks in every corner of the world to unite in yoga poses. A single gathering in India attracted 35, 985 participants – including dignitaries and the Prime Minister of the country. Even the United Nations General Assembly has formally declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.
Are you looking for a fun excuse to go out on the lawn and practice some new yoga moves while the weather is warm and the sun is shining? Elaina Palmer @ElainaPalmer is sharing a step-by-step breakdown of a fun and freeing headstand. Kick off your shoes, head for the grass, and let summer take you over as you practice getting into this fun pose!
All the world is a stage, they say. This is especially true for all the women across the country who use their brains, talents, and bravado to compete for scholarship prizes in pageants. I am so thrilled to announce that BaliniSports has signed on to become an official sponsor of the Miss Nevada Teen pageant. It brings me so much satisfaction to support the community as a local business owner while empowering young women to reach for the stars. Contestants in the pageant will wear clothing from BaliniSports during practice and on stage. I am especially excited because our sponsorship of the event brings together the worlds of high glamour and eco-friendly, socially conscious apparel. After all, we all tend to think of tiaras, rhinestones, and ball gowns when we think of pageants, don’t we? The contestants in the Miss Nevada Teen pageant will be wearing carefully engineered apparel that is designed to help them move freely and confidently. I am so excited to help these ladies enjoy the freedom to move gracefully and feel beautiful in clothing that allows their inner beauty to shine. I know that these bright, intelligent, and socially aware ladies will really love showing off designs that are ethically made in the USA using environmentally friendly methods. The best part is that everyday women can now have the freedom to dress like a pageant contestant. While ball gowns may not be something that fans of the pageant can run out and buy, they can enjoy the fun of getting their hands on the same exact pieces of yoga apparel the ladies will be wearing up on stage. Don’t get me wrong, ball gowns are great some of the time. But, in a world where we are trying to empower girls to be strong and reach their dreams, I think it’s time to perhaps toss aside the idea of showing up in a gown and glass slippers like Cinderella every time and leave room instead for clothing that equips us to move, grow – and change the world.
I hope you will join me in supporting the young ladies who will be competing in the Miss Nevada Teen pageant this year. No matter who you root for to win up on stage, rooting for eco-friendly apparel to take center stage ensures that the Earth – and all of us- wins in the end.
Is Manifesting Bullshit?
Guest Blog by Erica Rodefer Winters
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it” — Roald Dahl
I’ll never forget the first time I heard someone seriously talk about the concept of manifesting. It was many years ago at one of the first yoga trainings I’d ever been to, and several yoga friends were lounging around outside during our lunch break. The teacher, a lovely woman who I admire and respect, shared that when she decided she wanted to be a mother she had meditated to find the man who would father her children. Up until this point, I thought everything this woman said and did was nothing short of brilliant—her teaching techniques, her asana tips, her posture, all of it—but this particular comment made me raise my eyebrows. Really? You just “meditated on it” and it happened? Like magic? She swore it worked for her, but I didn’t buy it.
How I Embraced Change; One Woman’s Guide to Healthy Lifestyle Transformation
Guest post by Manhattan-based fitness and health blogger, Lauren
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
I turn my face to greet the morning sun as flume’s insane fills my ears, and in this moment, I am ready. Ready to share how I arrived at the first step, the one which allowed me to embark on this life-altering weight loss lifestyle journey of becoming the best version of myself and the woman that I am destined to become. How, in ridding my day-to-day of toxicity, unnecessary weight, and exposing my fears for what they truly were, in turn, diminished their power on my life.
Grace Van Berkum, R.H.N., C.P.T., B.A from Gracious Living shares five amazing recipes for homemade salad dressing with us. This is what you’ve been looking for if you’re craving healthy, whole ways to enjoy crunchy and nourishing salad this summer without getting bored of what’s on your plate. Grace teaches yoga, provides nutrition classes, and serves as a personal trainer. She treks the globe teaching people yoga and routinely leads retreats in Central American, particularly Nicaragua. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Certified Yoga For Runners/Athletes Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga of Recovery Counsellor, Kettle Bell Trainer, as well as an ambassador for many brands and movements – and as you’re about to find out, a FABULOUS chef! Her homemade salad dressing recipes are meant to detoxify and invigorate you.
This week we are lucky enough to have our very own BaliniSports brand ambassador Lina Fong @liifong give us a step-by-step breakdown of a pose she loves. Lina’s favorite quote is:
You can lie, but you can’t make up the truth – Steve Harvey
We chose to make this quote our Weekly Kiss of Inspiration for our June 3rd newsletter. We really treasure Lina here at BaliniSports because she balances grace and strength so effortless. In the photo above, Lina demonstrates a pose that she loves when she’s seeking relaxation. She tells us, “As I surrender and let go of my body into the earth, it feels liberating opening up the heart by placing a block underneath my shoulder blades. At the same time my legs in Baddha Konasana help to release and relax the hips and inner thighs and increase blood circulation in the lower abdomen.”
But that’s not the only pose Lina is passionate about! Lina has agreed to treat our readers to exclusive step-by-step pose tutorial of EKA PADA BAKASANA. Follow along and discover how this pose allows you to find strength and open your heart.
It’s the time of year when everybody is thinking about how to get the “perfect” beach body as quickly as possible. Once people find out that I practice and promote yoga, they want to know more about the benefits of yoga. The same inevitable question comes up time after time – people always want to know if yoga is a good method for weight loss. So what’s the truth?
10 Ways to Pamper Yourself in 10 Minutes or Less
By BaliniSports Guest-Blogger, Erica Rodefer Winters
I’m a firm believer in taking time for yourself to unwind, de-stress, and just do something that you love. But as the mama of a 3-year-old daughter, I admit that there have been times I’ve let my self-care slip. What that happens, it’s not pretty. I am quick to anger, exhausted, run down, don’t think clearly, and don’t get much done. On the other hand, when I do even small things for myself throughout the day, I am more patient, more kind, more productive, more energetic… should I go on? Continue reading →
One of the things people ask me about constantly is the health benefits of yoga. People want to know if yoga will help them live longer, lose weight, or even grow a few inches taller. Sure, yoga can help your health in amazing ways (that goes without saying – and the studies don’t lie!), but I also love telling people about all the ways yoga can improve everything from their careers to theirs love lives. Embracing yoga is all about maximizing the mind/body connection and letting your movements transform your life. I’ve put together a list of 10 of the most surprising ways yoga can improve all areas of your life. Keep this list around for the next time you need some encouragement for waking up early or carving out a few extra minutes from your day to treat your body and soul to a yoga session.
Got Your Period…Take a Break from Yoga
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger, Julie Bernier
Every yoga teacher has their own yoga-during-menstruation theory. We’re definitely not all in agreement. Some teachers say no problem! While some say avoid inversions. Taking the wisdom of ayurveda into account, I say take rest. Here’s why.
BaliniSports joins Summerlin Weekend Market
Don’t you just love outdoor markets? There is something about them that really makes me feel in tune with nature and connected to the vendors who are selling their merchandise. In my travels, I’ve had so much fun hunting for treasures at sprawling outdoor marketplaces in Asia and Europe. I smile when I think about filling my arms with fresh papayas and jackfruit in Cambodia or picking out some handmade baskets to bring home at a colorful market in Vietnam. There is something satisfying about exploring stalls to find great food and clothing like our ancestors did for centuries before indoor malls and mega stores were invented. My favorite part of visiting outdoor marketplaces in various countries and cities is interacting with the vendors who are so proudly putting their goods on display. It’s amazing how every seller seems to have a story – and the passion that they have for their merchandise is so refreshing in a world of huge, faceless companies.
Adorn Your World: Finding Gratitude in Your Daily Routine
By BaliniSports Guest Blogger, Kimi Marin
The goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity who bestows abundance. She does not care what you look like, your socioeconomic status, or your age. She appears to those people who cultivate gratitude. Her gift of prosperity is available for anyone willing to acknowledge the beauty around them.
In this world it is easy to forget the beauty surrounding us every day. We can easily get distracted by the bustle of trying to succeed, get depressed by world events, or feel inadequate by the images of unattainable perfection constantly displayed on television, social media, and billboards. Yet, real beauty lives around us constantly. Blooming trees, the smile of a stranger, and the taste of fresh garden vegetables are ways beauty touches our lives daily.
To cultivate gratitude in your daily life is akin to cultivating inner and outer beauty. Here are five ways to notice beauty, abundance, and richness in your own life.
Tips on How to be a Master Traveler
Summertime is just around the corner – and if you’re like me, the season means lots of long weekends and fabulous trips with friends or your special someone. Everybody I travel with is constantly amazed when they see how lightly I travel. Others are lugging their heavy suitcases down flights of stairs while I glide through the airport or hotel lobby with a petite luggage set trailing behind me. My travel companions are also usually blown away by how rested and relaxed I look regardless of how much jet lag we’re all suffering from. I have earned the reputation of being a master traveler among my friends. Trust me – I wasn’t born being good at traveling. But I’ve been around the world and back over the past few years, and when it comes to mastering the art of traveling healthy, I have a suitcase full of ideas to share with you. Age and a commitment to health have both taught me that taking care of myself while traveling is a HUGE part of keeping myself healthy and avoiding getting run down. Do you have a trip on the horizon (or know of a friend who does?) Here are my super smart tips for taking care of yourself while traveling.