Saturday, September 10, 2011

September is National Yoga Month

Have you ever wanted to try yoga or just see what it's about? Here's your chance as September is National Yoga Month! The best part is that yoga studios across the country are offering free classes to encourage you to give it a try and, in the words of the Yoga Month website, "inspire a healthy lifestyle." Over 1,600 studios across the country are offering a free week of yoga classes through October. Just register on the Yoga Month website to find a local participating studio near you and get your zen on.
To further inspire you to try a class, here are some of my current favorite yoga pieces to wear so you'll look and feel good. 
 
Grab a fun printed top that will liven up your wardrobe. I love the mauve colored sandstone inspired print from prAna in the Leyla Top ($60) and also the green peacock batik print from prAna in the Sonja Top ($48). Even better though is the fact that these two tops are made from a recycled, moisture-wicking, performance blend fabric called Veeda so you can feel good about your purchase. Both have internal shelf bras for support and a fun criss-cross back design.   
If you need a bit more support up top, the Grace Tank ($64) from Zobha is great for larger busted women. It comes in a variety of fun colors/prints which is hard to come by in the more supportive tops. And how cute is the Space Dye Tinker Tank ($49) from Athleta with it's side tie and ruching detail at the top. I love the fact that it has a loose, flowy cut which is something I look for these days as I try to get back into shape after baby #2. It comes in some other great fabric choices and is also available in plus sizes.
The Mackenzie Capri ($68) is another prAna item on my "To Buy" list. The side tie shirred waistband adds a little flair to this cute capri. A capri is a great first investment in yoga wear as they are more versatile when it comes to changing seasons. The Low Rise Crop Capri ($50) from Nike is a very popular capri with runners but can easily be used for yoga as well. The striped waistband is surprisingly flattering and each season Nike has come out with great new colors that coordinate with the rest of its line. It also has a convenient small pocket on the back and ergonomic seaming for a great fit. 
Finally, let's not forget about the men! The Asics ecoline® Short Sleeve top, is made up of a recycled Hydrology® fabric that is not only moisture wicking but also eco-friendly. At $38, the Asics top is a pretty good deal for both a performance and eco-friendly material. It's also versatile enough to use whether running, taking a yoga class or for any other sweat-inducing activity. Another great top is the Nike Pro Combat Fitted Shirt ($25) also made of a moisture wicking material and comes in a variety of different colors. It has a more body hugging fit which is designed to move with you as you master those new yoga poses.
The prAna Sutra Pant, ($65) shown here in the Espresso color, is made of a lightweight blend of hemp, organic cotton and a bit of spandex for a comfortable in your pjs type of feel. The relaxed fit pant also has two front pockets and is available in sizes XS-XXL. The Kung Fu Pant ($98) from Lululemon also has a roomy feel and is made of a 4-way stretch breathable fabric for a comfy feel. It also has two front pockets and while it only runs in S-XL sizes, it is available in 'Tall' sizes unlike the Sutra Pant.

Regardless of what you decide to wear, get out there and try that yoga class you've been talking about this September or October for free!

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