Finding Balance + Greatist

I went to a 90 minute yoga class this morning and it felt AMAZING.  I have been slacking on incorporating yoga into my routine (I haven’t been to a class in about a year, eeek).  I decided to go after walking around Lululemon with a girlfriend last week, and we saw their calendar of free community classes.  Just another reason that Lulu is oh so awesome.

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They held the community class at YogaWorks, which is just a few doors down from the lululemon store.  I was actually thankful for this, so I wasn’t tempted to buy anything in the store.

I usually do my longer runs on Saturdays, so I thought Sunday would be a perfect day to go.  I left class thinking “why in the heck I don’t go more regularly?”  It’s such a nice balance to running, boot camp, and barre classes.  I was even sweating during some crazy poses!  I really loved that at the end of class, we sit in silence for at least 3 minutes thinking about what we are thankful for and our intentions for the day.  Most of us live our lives going a mile a minute, so it’s nice to have a little “time-out” once in awhile.

I haven’t always been a pro-yoga person.  I grew up playing soccer, so I am used to intense fast-paced “I feel like I’m going to fall over” workouts.  The old me used to think that going to yoga was a waste of time.  As I’ve gotten older (and a little wiser I hope) I have learned that your body can’t go 100% all the time.  There are days that your body needs a lighter workout, more stretching, or a day off.  For me, running is number 1.  But at the same time, I want to be able to enjoy running in 30 years from now.  Incorporating a variety of exercise is a wonderful way to balance your body.

I challenge you all to try something new or different to balance your body.  If you always go to yoga or pilates classes- try a boot camp.  If you always go to spin class- try a barre class.  Whatever it is, try something new.  There are so many options out there now that I know everyone can find something they enjoy.  And please share me what you try and how it goes….. :)

This is random, but I have to share this pic of my friends little dog, MoMo (short for Moet, lol).  She hasn’t been super friendly around me since I’ve met her, but last night she finally sat close enough for me to pet her AND take her picture.  I guess she is finally realizing I’m okay to be friends with. Ha.

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I had a really good week last week, as I found out I was a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador on Monday, then on Tuesday I received another email saying I was chosen as a Greatist Ambassador. Ahh!

I discovered the Greatist website a few months ago actually through Twitter.  It is a great resource for fitness, health, and just being happy.  I have  already spent hours browsing the site for recipes, life inspiration, how to sleep better, and fitness tips of course! :)

“The Greatist Team has a simple mission: to inspire and inform the world to make at least one healthier decision per week.”

I was super excited when I saw them post on Twitter that they were accepting ambassador applications, I went home that night , wrote up my application, and sent it in.  And I’m pretty happy with outcome!  So what is a Greatist Ambassador you ask?  Per their website:

Greatist Ambassador. super noun. [gray-tist- am-bass-a-door]
a person who makes healthier choices and inspires others to do the same”

Sounds like me! :) Woo hoo! So excited and honored to be included!

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Please share with me if you practice yoga? How often do you go?

Also, how do you find balance in your workouts?

Alright later kids, getting ready to enjoy my favorite shows- Homeland and Dexter tonight! Woop!

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4 thoughts on “Finding Balance + Greatist

  1. Maddison @ Miss Imperfect

    I love my yoga. I always use to laugh and probably roll my eyes when doing it in gym class at school because like you if it wasn’t intense then it wasn’t doing anything for me. How silly of me to think this way.
    I love the relaxation to my mind, important lessons and the stretching and strength I gain for my body. I practice once a week and love it, I do love the relaxation part at the end, I come out with a clear mind it’s lovely. Congrats on becoming a greatist ambassador, I found your name through the list of people and have excitedly been looking at everyone’s websites. Looks like it’s going to be a great bunch of people.
    On your try something new idea I think I am going to try a home workout today. I don’t do that often and want to see what I can gain, thanks.

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  2. dnardi710

    Hi Marielle, I’m Danielle and also a Greatist Ambassador! I’m trying to stop by everyone’s blogs to get to know the rest of the Greatist team. I actually love yoga and am in the process of getting my 200hr yoga teacher certification. I truly believe it’s an amazing compliment to any fitness routine…I can’t believe how much yoga has helped my running recently! Looking forward to working with you to inspire others!

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