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fitness yoga journey + aurorae yoga mat review + GIVEAWAY

by Heather

Today we are talking yoga!

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When I first stared teaching group fitness classes, I never thought I would teach yoga. Ever. I’m so not the meditative calm kind of instructor. I like energy, energy, energy!  If that’s you or what you like, awesome! Enjoy it! It’s so cool that we can all enjoy the type of yoga or exercise classes that we like. Everybody has their own style which is great.

So I never though I’d be a yoga instructor. I began my group fitness career with strength/bootcamp classes, cycle and body pump. I slowly added more as I learned more (aqua, step, senior fitness and body combat but that last one has been a bit more recent). Yoga was one of those, ‘hey we need someone to teach and cover fitness yoga last minute, can you put something together?’t. So I threw together some flow sequences, probably did lots of stretching and my fitness yoga teaching began at a small club I already taught at. I’ve taken yoga on and off for years, have studies in books and videos, so I had a bit of knowledge to start with. Since I started teaching it 2 years ago I’ve gained a lot more knowledge about yoga and expanded on my classes, but also on my own yoga practice. Someday I would love to go through a formal yoga training, but for now I love my own style of yoga.  It fits what I like, and people seems to really enjoy it too.  It’s definitely become one of very favorites to teach. And now it’s actually the format I teach the most every week (5x).

Since fitness yoga isn’t a normal yoga class term, here’s how I like to explain it to people who ask about it or are coming for their first time. Fitness yoga is a yoga inspired fitness class. We typically do vinyasa flows with many yoga poses and balances poses at the end as well, but I also get the liberty to do lots of push ups, squats, lunges, ab work and yoga burpees (yes burpees in yoga 🙂 ). It’s constantly changing, challenging, evolving and so much fun!

I’d love to hear about your yoga story, so be sure to tell me about it once you get to the end of this post. But first, a yoga mat review + giveaway!

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Aurorae contacted me to review one of their yoga mats. I choose the synergy yoga mat/towel because the combination of a yoga mat + yoga towel sounded really cool and unlike any yoga mats I’ve used. Gosh this mat smelled so fresh and heavenly when I got it! After a while the essential oil smell went away but I loved that the first few weeks.

From Aurorae:

“Aurorae sells the best reviewed yoga mats, yoga apparel,and yoga and meditation accessories online. You can browse their yoga mats, yoga bags, yoga apparel and other yoga accessories here.”

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What I love about the mat:

  • It’s super long (72 inches in length) which is great for a short person like me – I can stretch arms up and legs down and stay pretty much completely on the mat. It would also work well for tall people who normally might not lay completely on the mat.
  • The microfiber towel top is soft and makes me want to cuddle up for a corpse pose nap.
  • It rolls up nicely but is thick enough that when I roll it out it lays flat without any ends curling up.
  • The thickness is great for laying on hard surfaces and still being comfortable.
  • It smelled wonderful!

What I don’t love about the mat:

  • I feel like I do slip a bit more when my mat is on a slick surface. I teach on wood and on carpet usually, and on carpet it’s great, but I have to use my toes to grip a bit more on wood.
  • I’ve taken it outside for some yoga classes and dry grass is hard to get off the microfiber towel top.

GIVEAWAY

When I got my mat months back (I’m quite delayed on this review…. or maybe I was just doing LOTS of testing!) they didn’t have the impressions yoga mat. They are beautifully designed and unique. One of you will be lucky enough to win one for yourself!

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Here are the deets on the giveaway and how to enter.

  • One commenter will win an impressions yoga mat of their choice (pictured above). I would totally pick the wooded pine or eternity, but you can go for whichever you choose.
  • Must be in the US to enter.
  • The giveaway runs for 6 days and the randomly selected comment winner will be announced here on Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014.

How to enter:

Leave a comment for each entry. The more comments, the more chances to win!

  1. Like Fit Mama Real Food and Aurorae on websites/social media pages – leave a comment for each follow/like for entries
    Fit Mama Real Food: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram
    Aurorae: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instragram
  2. Tweet about this giveaway tagging @fitmamarealfood and @auroraeyoga – leave a link in the comments to the tweet for an entry
  3. Leave a comment answering the questions below for another entry

Good luck!

Do you enjoy yoga? What style of yoga do you enjoy? Do you have a yoga story? Please share!

Heather

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36 comments

ErikaMC November 20, 2014 - 10:32 am

I never use to ‘get’ yoga and thought it was ‘just stretching’ but I really did get into it when I was pregnant and 4 years later I’m still loving it. I look forward to my Sunday morning yoga session all week to relax and stretch everything from the week away. I just do yoga on my own but it’s more of a flowing and fitness style.

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 20, 2014 - 1:28 pm

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 20, 2014 - 1:29 pm

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 20, 2014 - 1:29 pm

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 20, 2014 - 1:30 pm

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 20, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Like Aurorae on FB!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 20, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Follow Aurorae on Twitter!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 20, 2014 - 1:33 pm

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 20, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Follow Aurorae on Pinterest!

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Giselle November 20, 2014 - 8:48 pm

I just got into hot yoga and have been loving it! I desperately need an extra long mat to fit my 5’10” frame 🙂

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Giselle November 20, 2014 - 8:49 pm

I like you on Facebook!

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Giselle November 20, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Like you on Pinterest

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Giselle November 20, 2014 - 8:50 pm

I follow you on Twitter

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Carrie November 20, 2014 - 9:09 pm

I do not like yoga. It’s hard for me. It forces me to slow down. It challenges me physically in ways no other fitness activity does. It often makes me sweat more than any other class I take because it’s so stinkin’ hard. But for Heather (& for me), I push to get better. Which is why I do it. And since I’m borrowing a mat for class, it would be good to win my own.

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Fit Mama November 20, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Carrie you are so awesome and everything about this comment made me smile.

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Carrie November 20, 2014 - 9:10 pm

I follow FitMama on Facebook.

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Carrie November 20, 2014 - 9:10 pm

And I follow you on Instagram too.

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Carrie November 20, 2014 - 9:11 pm

I’m pretty sure you’re on my twitter too.

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Joanna @Makingmine November 21, 2014 - 5:36 am

Oh this would be perfect for me right now – I just started prenatal yoga and would LOVE a new mat! I love that prenatal yoga gives me a chance to concentrate on my body and my growing baby – leaving behind all of my other responsibilities including the beautiful toddler I have at home. It’s really helped me connect with this new baby already 🙂

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Joanna @Makingmine November 21, 2014 - 5:37 am

I like Fit Mama Real Food on Facebook

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Joanna @Makingmine November 21, 2014 - 5:39 am

I follow you on twitter

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Joanna @Makingmine November 21, 2014 - 5:44 am

I follow you on instagram 🙂

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Joanna @Makingmine November 21, 2014 - 5:47 am

I follow you on pinterest 🙂

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Lyndsey November 21, 2014 - 2:15 pm

I follow you on pinterest – sitstay

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Lyndsey November 21, 2014 - 2:16 pm

I have been talking a beginner yoga class for the last month, and I really love it!

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Emily November 22, 2014 - 9:39 am

I love bikram and vinyasa yoga! Sometimes I also crave really simple restorative practice.

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Megan November 23, 2014 - 6:10 pm

I’m starting to really get into yoga! My library has a great free class every week and it’s been a good way to ease into a regular practice. Love how pretty those mats are!!

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Sarah November 24, 2014 - 9:06 am

I really like power yoga. I am too likely to fall asleep in the slower classes like hatha.

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Sarah November 24, 2014 - 9:08 am

I follow you on instagram.

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Sarah November 24, 2014 - 9:09 am

I follow you on pintrest.

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Sarah L November 25, 2014 - 2:18 pm

I follow you on Twitter (@runsteelsprings).

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Sarah L November 25, 2014 - 2:22 pm

I haven’t done yoga very often, but I do enjoy it. I’m not even sure what type of yoga I used to do. I keep meaning to get back into it, but the cost of most classes deters me.

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Sarah L November 25, 2014 - 2:26 pm

I’m following Aurorae Yoga on Twitter.

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Sarah L November 25, 2014 - 2:28 pm

I’m now following you on Pinterest (runsteelsprings).

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