Hot Yoga Hair Mask – Awesome Beauty Tip for Yogis

Or should I say …

Accidental But Somewhat Intentional (and AWESOME) Hot Yoga Hair Mask

If you are like me and you go to lots of hot yoga classes each week, you might be looking for an easy, low maintenence hair routine that stands up to all of the extra showers, headbands, and pony tails that can be hard on your hair. 

I came up with a great way to go to yoga and pamper your hair at the same time, kinda by accident one morning when I forgot to rinse out my conditioner in the shower. Not sure if it was laziness or lateness that was the motivating factor (maybe both?), but once I realized that I forgot to rinse, I had the brilliant idea to leave the conditioner in during the hot yoga class to super hydrate my hair and that I would use the showers at the yoga studio to rinse the conditioner out after class. So, I did go all morning with a kind of wet-looking messy bun, but my hair LOVED it. The result was super soft, shiny, thick, healthly-looking hair! Totally worth it. Now, I'll do this every other week or so. 

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Here is my hot yoga hydrating hair mask routine: 

Step 1: Shampoo as usual

Step 2: Rinse well

Step 3: Put normal amount of conditioner in hair (lately I have been loving this coconut conditioner)

Step 4: Do not rinse well 

Step 5: Do not blow dry

Step 6: Put hair in a loose but secure bun for yoga class

Step 7: Go to hot yoga

Step 8: After hot yoga, rinse hair well

Step 9: Dry and style as you like 

Pretty simple, right? Let me know how it works for you. 

Love,

Lindsay 

Ukulele Fridays

Ukulele Fridays are officially a thing now. Join me Friday mornings at 9am at Anjali Hot Yatra Yoga for a sweet Hot Yatra flow that includes singing and mantras and my awesome new uke! Click on the image below to view an Instagram-sized snippet of my first kirtan song. I'd also like to thank you all for being so supportive. Sharing this part of my practice was a huge leap out of my comfort zone. I was terrified to do it but you all are amazing. THANK YOU. 

 

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About the mantra in the video…

lokah: location (everywhere)
samastah: sameness or equality
sukhino: sweetness or happiness
bhavantu: unto all

This mantra asks for happiness for all without any conditions or qualifiers. May all beings everywhere be happy. Period. It is also important to realize that this won't necessarily happen just because we ask. We must cultivate within ourselves qualities of friendliness (maitri) and compassionate action (karuna) and these qualities in turn give power to the mantra. When we chant we are both asking and affirming our practice. 

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy.  

5 Years Ago

yoga teacher vision board5 years ago this month I taught my first yoga class.

I had just completed a 200 hour Hot Yoga teacher training and I couldn't wait to share the wealth of knowledge I had accumulated (Look out Asheville! Here comes Lindsay Fields, RYT200!). The class was held in a gym and we used space heaters and homemade door draft blockers to heat the room. I had a carefuly curated playlist and flyers I designed myself. Most of the students in that class consisted of my friends and family. And it was pretty great, if I do say so myself. 

5 years ago this month I was ready. I felt fresh, optimistic, and excited.

What I would encounter following that first class, was more challenging than I expected. Starting a new yoga class, in a new location, in a different style than was was already established here in Asheville, and all with a non-existent advertising budget, was not easy. It was lot of hard work and often met with disappointment, questions, and lessons.  

In the last 5 years I have had many classes where no students showed up. I've been "let go" by yoga studios and gyms. I have felt frustrated, misunderstood, criticized, ridiculed, and even wronged at times and I have made plenty of mistakes myself. 

So, why continue? Moreover, how can I continue and maintain the purity and authenticity of yoga without being colored by the negative expereinces? 

Without a doubt, it has been my personal practice that has kept me grounded and honest. Meditation, self reflection, yamas and niyamas, discipline, equanimity, letting go of attachment, friendliness, and compassion are more than words I memorized for a teaching certificate, they are my life. When offering a class or workshop I consider it for a while first. Before I begin a new project or class, I meditate and get clear about my intentions. I remind myself of why I practice yoga and what led me to that first teacher training. I consider my students and I am careful where I choose to teach and what people/businesses I work with.

And I think maybe the negative experiences are part of the yoga. They are the teachers, my practice being reflected back at me. 

Yes, there have been bumps along the way, but those bumps in my path have led me to treasured friendships, more teacher trainings, a deeper personal practice, and a life I truly love. Through it all, I have always enjoyed leading yoga classes. Whether to 1 person or 30, I always leave with a big ol' YES in my heart. 

So, 5 years later, a little older, and perhaps wiser. How do I feel about teaching yoga? 

Grateful. Settled. Inspired. 

With Love, 

Lindsay

Why I Love Vinyasa Yoga

There are so many reasons, actually. Here is one:

I find the individual asanas fascinating and fun. It can be meditative and illuminating to break down a pose (by anatomical focus, actions, alignment, variations, symbolism, etc.) and practice it in a static way.

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But it is also important to learn how to MOVE in a healthy and sustainable way, a skill that really serves us in daily life. Moving in between the poses with attention and care teaches us about our biomechanics. Synching our transitions with the natural actions of our breath and vital life force, helps us set ourselves up to be efficient and open in the asana with a balance of effort and relaxation. This, to me, is the gift of Vinyasa Yoga.
 
And what if we could apply this principle to life? To be able to hold ourselves, understand ourselves, move freely, and flow into and out of transitions gracefully, requires practice. That's what our mats are for.
 
Love,
 
Lindsay
 

NamaSTAY Hot Yoga Towel Review

I am so excited to be writing my first Hot Yoga product review in, ahem, a very long time. But this towel rocks! I just had to share.

The NamaSTAY Non Slip Yoga Towel

 
I love when I find a product that fits seamlessly into my practice without becoming a distraction. I honestly would rather go without the accessories than have something that I have to continually adjust and fix and keep an eye on while I practice. This is why I think it is totally worth it to invest in quality yoga props, to find a few key pieces that work so well you don't even notice them while you're practicing but you can't imagine being without them ( i.e. clothing that doesn't ride or chafe, a mat that is the right size, a block that does it all). I would definitely put the NamaSTAY towel into this category of quality and usefulness. 
 
 
The color options are terrific and varied and the texture of the towel is plush and soft. The microfiber material is absorbent and becomes even softer when wet. Also, like most yoga practice towels, the NamaSTAY towel grips even better when it is wet. This is especially helpful to know if you practice Hot Vinyasa styles, where you are at times moving between yoga poses at a faster pace. It also makes a difference in poses like Downward Facing Dog and arm balances, where you are using your hands on your mat to support some or all your body weight. 
 
 
My lululemon "The Mat," which is slightly bigger than the average yoga mat, fits perfectly into the sleeves at either end of the Medium Size NamaSTAY towel (they have a handy sizing chart on their website to help you find the best fit for your mat). The name NamaSTAY is spot on as this towel truly stays in place and, if you're like me and you like to get your sweat on, you know how important and helpful this feature is. A good, absorbent towel that doesn't slide around is necessary for safety during Hot Yoga practice. 
 

Try it Yourself

The wonderful folks at NamaSTAY Towels have set up a discount code for you, my dear readers. This code is good for 20% off a NamaSTAY Yoga Towel!
 
Simply enter case-sensitive code: LINDSAY when purchasing a towel at www.namastaytowel.com
 
If you are looking for a product that will support your yoga practice and not distract you from the goodness that comes with a sweet, sweaty flow, then I recommend you get a NamaSTAY yoga towel … or two! As you can see in the picture to the right, my NamaSTAY towel inspires me to kick up my feet and smile. 
 
Keep it Sweaty, 
 
Lindsay

This Craigslist Ad Cracked Me Up!

I realize it has been a while since my last blog post but this ad for a used yoga mat and the story of how it came to be was making the rounds on Facebook today and I found it worthy of a quick share. If you have ever taken a hot yoga class, you just might relate.

Does anyone know the author? Are there any updates since it was published on 9/13/11?

 

Yoga mat for sale. Used once. – $1 (Bellevue)

Yoga mat for sale. Used once at lunch hour class in December 2009. Usage timeline as follows:

11:45a
Register for hot yoga class. Infinite wisdom tells me to commit to 5 class package and purchase a yoga mat. I pay $89.74. Money well spent, I smugly confirm to myself.

11:55a
Open door to yoga room. A gush of hot dry air rushes through and past me. It smells of breath, sweat and hot. Take spot on floor in back of room next to cute blonde. We will date.

11:57a
I feel the need to be as near to naked as possible. This is a problem because of the hot blonde to my left and our pending courtship. She will not be pleased to learn that I need to lose 30 pounds before I propose to her.

11:58a
The shirt and sweats have to come off. I throw caution to the wind and decide to rely on my wit and conditioning to overcome any weight issues my fiancée may take issue with. This will take a lot of wit and conditioning.

11:59a
Begin small talk with my bride to be. She pretends to ignore me but I know how she can be. I allow her to concentrate and stare straight ahead and continue to pretend that I don't exist. As we finish sharing our special moment, I am suddenly aware of a sweat moustache that has formed below my nose. This must be from the all the whispering between us.

12:00p
Instructor enters the room and ascends her special podium at the front of the room. She is a slight, agitated Chinese woman. She introduces me to the class and everyone turns around to greet me just as I decide to aggressively adjust my penis and testes packed in my Under Armor. My bride is notably unfazed.

12:02p
Since I do have experience with Hot Yoga (4 sessions just 5 short years ago) I fully consider that I may be so outstanding and skilled that my instructor may call me out and ask me to guide the class. My wife will look on with a sparkle in her eye. We will make love after class.

12:10p
It is now up to 95 degrees in the room. We have been practicing deep breathing exercises for the last 8 minutes. This would not be a problem if we were all breathing actual, you know, oxygen. Instead, we are breathing each other's body odor, expelled carbon dioxide and other unmentionables. (Don't worry, I'll mention them later.)

12:26p
It is now 100 degrees and I take notice of the humidity, which is hovering at about 90%. I feel the familiar adorning stare of my bride and decide to look back at her. She appears to be nauseated. I then realize that I forgot to brush my teeth prior to attending this class. We bond.

12:33p
It is now 110 degrees and 95% humidity. I am now balancing on one leg with the other leg crossed over the other. My arms are intertwined and I am squatting. The last time I was in this position was 44 years ago in the womb, but I'm in this for the long haul. My wife looks slightly weathered dripping sweat and her eyeliner is streaming down her face. Well, "for better or worse" is what we committed to so we press on.

12:40p
The overweight Hispanic man two spots over has sweat running down his legs. At least I think its sweat. He is holding every position and has not had a sip of water since we walked in. He is making me look bad and I hate him.

12:44p
I consider that if anyone in this room farted that we would all certainly perish.

12:52p
It is now 140 degrees and 100% humidity. I am covered from head to toe in sweat. There is not a square millimeter on my body that is not slippery and sweaty. I am so slimy that I feel like a sea lion or a maybe sea eel. Not even a bear trap could hold me. The sweat is stinging my eyeballs and I can no longer see.

12:55p
This room stinks of asparagus, cloves, tuna and tacos. There is no food in the room. I realize that this is an amalgamation of the body odors of 30 people in a 140 degree room for the last 55 minutes. Seriously, enough with the asparagus, ok?

1:01p
140 degrees and 130% humidity. Look, bitch, I need my space here so don't get all pissy with me if I accidentally sprayed you with sweat as I flipped over. Seriously, is that where this relationship is going? Get over yourself. We need counseling and she needs to be medicated. Stat!

1:09p
150 degrees and cloudy. And hot. I can no longer move my limbs on my own. I have given up on attempting any of the commands this Chinese chick is yelling out at us. I will lay sedentary until the aid unit arrives. I will buy this building and then have it destroyed. 
I lose consciousness.

1:15p
I have a headache and my wife is being a selfish bitch. I can't really breathe. All I can think about is holding a cup worth of hot sand in my mouth. I cannot remember what an ice cube is and cannot remember what snow looks like. I consider that my only escape might be a crab walk across 15 bodies and then out of the room. I am paralyzed, and may never walk again so the whole crab walk thing is pretty much out.

1:17p
I cannot move at all and cannot reach my water. Is breathing voluntary or involuntary? If it's voluntary, I am screwed. I stopped participating in the class 20 minutes ago. Hey, lady! I paid for this frickin class, ok?! You work for me! Stop yelling at everyone and just tell us a story or something. It's like juice and cracker time, ok?

1:20p
It is now 165 degrees and moisture is dripping from the ceiling. The towel that I am laying on is no longer providing any wicking or drying properties. It is actually placing additional sweat on me as I touch it. My towel reeks. I cannot identify the smell but no way can it be from me. Did someone spray some stank on my towel or something?

1:30p
Torture session is over. I wish hateful things upon the instructor. She graciously allows us to stay and 'cool down' in the room. It is 175 degrees. Who cools down in 175 degrees? A Komodo Dragon? My wife has left the room. Probably to throw up.

1:34p
My opportunity to escape has arrived. I roll over to my stomach and press up to my knees. It is warmer as I rise up from ground level – probably by 15 degrees. So let's conservatively say it's 190. I muster my final energy and slowly rise. One foot in front of the other. One foot in front of the other. Towards the door. Towards the door.

1:37p
The temperature in the lobby is 72 degrees. Both nipples stiffen to diamond strength and my penis begins to retract into my abdomen from the 100 degree temp swing. I can once again breathe though so I am pleased. I spot my future ex wife in the lobby. We had such a good thing going but I know that no measure of counseling will be able to unravel the day's turmoil and mental scaring.

1:47p
Arrive at Emerald City Smoothie and proceed to order a 32 oz beverage. 402 calories, 0 fat and 14 grams of protein — effectively negating any caloric burn or benefit from the last 90 minutes. I finish it in 3 minutes and spend the next 2 hours writing this memoir.

3:47p
Create Craigslist ad while burning final 2 grams of protein from Smoothie and before the "shakes" consume my body.

4:29p
Note to self – check car for missing wet yoga towel in am.

 

 

The mat costs $1. The chuckles are free. 🙂

You can view the ad here. I would personally like to thank the author of the ad for the much needed chuckles today. So, did you get many emails? Did you have any takers? I would love a follow up ad!

 

Yours in Yoga LOLs,

Lindsay

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You Know You’re a Hot Yogi If …

So, you go to Hot Yoga class regularly. You know all the teachers. You have a group of yoga class friends. You even have your own "spot" in the room. Despite all of this and the fact that you grab every opportunity to rave about hot yoga to your non-yogi friends, and you're pretty sure that yoga can cure anything (really, anything), you are still not convinced that you have earned the title of Hot Yogi/ni.

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Well, here are some more indications, some clues if you will, that might help shed some light:

You Know You're a Hot Yogi If …

You practice standing head-to-knee pose while putting your shoes and socks on.

You turn up the heat to do housework.

You’re laundry routine (which is a daily occurrence) includes baking soda and vinegar.

You freak out when you run out of electrolyte supplements.

You spend an uncommon amount of time thinking, perhaps even discussing, your digestion/elimination habits.

When people complain about the heat outside, you find yourself giving them a dirty look.

You do not use body lotion because if you do your Standing Bow Pose will suffer.

When you drink a glass of wine, you think, “Ooh, I’m gonna pay for THAT in yoga class.”

You 80/20 breathe through childbirth.

You tremble (with excitement and/or dread) when you hear the word Camel.

And …

You are already familiar with the 10 Things They Don't Tell You About Hot Yoga.

Thanks for reading and feel free to add to this list.

Keep it Sweaty,

Lindsay

 

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Hot Yoga Bag Winner!

We have a winner!

Thanks to everyone for participating in this giveaway event. I especially want to thank Jessica of Maine Girl Creations for generously sponsoring this giveaway and for designing such a brilliant and beautiful Hot Yoga Bag.

So, yes, a winner has been selected using a random number generating software. And that winner is … #5 … a.k.a Lynda Del!! Congrats!

If you didn't win this time, definitely keep checking back. I have lots of yoga giveaways and goodies planned for the not too distant future.

Click on the Follow Me tab on the right for ways to stay in touch.

Remember, Maine Girl Creations is the place to go for the ULTIMATE Hot Yoga Bag! Head on over there and do some shopping already, sheesh.

Love,

Lindsay

The ULTIMATE Hot Yoga Bag [GIVEAWAY] – CLOSED

I am So Feeling the Love

Thanks to all who participated in October's Yogavive Giveaway. Two winners have been selected and they are … Pat and Agata. I have notified the winners via email and they will be receiving their Yogavive Apple Chips Sample Pack very soon. Congrats!!

I really appreciate everyone's participation and as I promised I will be bringing a food donation to MANNA this week on your behalf.

November's Giveaway is a GOOD ONE.

Have you ever wished there was a more convenient (and attractive) way to travel to and from Hot Yoga class? Or am I the only one?

Most yoga mat bags don't have room for the extra hot yoga paraphernalia  – the towels, water bottles, change of clothes, etc.  It is for this reason that I usually have several bags with me when I go to class. I have one for my mat, one for my clothes and and an extra plastic bag for my used, sweaty yoga clothes. Then there's my purse and if it is cold out, my coat as well.

Introducing the ULTIMATE Hot Yoga Bag

Jessica over at Maine Girl Creations has designed a beautiful and functional bag for hot yogis everywhere. Check it out!

Product Description

"As my friend Terry calls it- The ULTIMATE Hot Yoga Bag. Do you practice Yoga in a heated room, maybe at a Bikram Studio or one of the many other fabulous heated studios out there? If the answer is YES, you need this bag.

The main fabric is Amy Butler Wall Flower accented with Amy Butler Lotus Full Moon Dot and a water proof/resistant PUL fabric in Pale Yellow. The finished size is 15 1/2"W x 10"L , 6 1/2"W x 10"L, the straps are 20"L perfect to wear on your shoulder, carry in your hand or drape over your arm! The Bottom of the bag is very sturdy lined with Peltex.

On the outside you will find a place to put your mat, how fabulous is that! A side pocket in the contrasting accent fabric for your phone and your keys. The inside of this bag is generously sized and lined with PUL fabric to put your sweat soaked towels and clothing in. The inside pocket is lined with the fabulous accent fabric, it is there to protect your dry goods from the wet, this pocket is generously sized as well."

Isn't it awesome?

Buy it

Head on over to Maine Girl Creations on Etsy and do some shopping.

Win it

Jessica has very generously offered to give one of my readers their very own handmade and gorgeous Hot Yoga Bag! Woohoo!

  • -To enter, simply leave a comment below about why you think you will love this bag for Hot Yoga.

Additional Entries

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You must leave a separate comment for each additional entry in order for it to be counted in the drawing. Contest will end at 11:59PM EST on November 16th, 2010. The winner will be randomly selected and  announced on November 17th, 2010. Open to US residents only.

Want to learn more about Hot Yoga? Read these posts:

Thanks for reading and good luck in the drawing!!

Lots of Love,

Lindsay

Hot Yoga Stuff: Ultima Replenisher Review

Hot Yogis and Electrolyte Replacement Drinks go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

I recently received a sampler of Ultima Replensher's Balanced Electrolyte Drink mix from a giveaway on the My Yoga Life Blog (Woohoo! Thanks Callah!). I have to say, I am impressed.

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I was always suspicious of other electrolyte drinks and their long lists of ingredients I couldn't pronounce (not to mention the inordinate amount of refined sugar!). Still, knowing that my body needed to replace what I sweat out in just one hot yoga class, I would take them anyway figuring I was choosing the lesser of the two downers (you know, the crappy way I feel when I am depleted vs. the sugar and junk I can't pronounce).

I have done some research and I've even found recipes for making my own all natural electrolyte replacement drink. It is really surprising that I hadn't heard of Ultima before now. Thanks Callah and Ultima for hosting such a cool and useful blog giveaway (just another reason I love blogging!).

Ultima is the only 100% Natural, Sugar Free, Dye Free, Gluten Free, Non-GMO electrolyte drink on the market. Pretty cool, huh?

I tried the following flavors (all of which I could pronounce every ingredient):

  • Grape
  • Wild Rasberry
  • Orange
  • Lemonade

The Wild Rasberry is definitely my favorite, with the Orange coming in a close second. The Lemonade is my least favorite. It's not terrible, just a little bland compared to the others. As for the Grape, well, I am just not a grape-flavored-stuff kind of person.

The individual packets are great. I keep one in my yoga bag for after class. I have also been using these drinks after I go for a run (a new adventure for me!). I notice when I do, I don't have a dip in my energy level later that day. In short, I am loving it – such a simple way to take care of my self and continue to live my active yogi life!

 

Not Just for Hot Yogis

Any althete (or anyone really) looking for an all natural, sugar free electrolyte drink will love Ultima Replenisher. Heck, my kids really enjoy it so that speaks to the tastiness, right?

 

Still Have Questions?

You can read Ultima's FAQ. Also, feel free to post questions for me about my experience with Ultima Replenisher in the comments below.

 

Buy It

You can buy directly from Ultima on their website or find out where there's a store near you carrying Ultima products. You can also connect with Ultima Replenisher on Facebook.

By the way, through September 2010 Ultima is offering a coupon for yogis! Get $7 off an order made on their website by using code yogayoga. Thanks Ultima!


Bloggy Love

Please stop by Callah's blog My Yoga Life and say hi! She is super sweet and share lots of useful yoga and running info over there. You might like this related post on The Importance of Hydration.

As always, thanks for reading! Please check back in as I have some pretty cool stuff (hint: giveaways!) planned for the not so distant future.

Lots of Love,

 

Lindsay