Yoga

How To Clean Your Yoga Mat

Okay, let’s start this with a confession.  I don’t clean my yoga mat nearly as much as I should.  There I said it.  And I’m assuming at least 90% of yogis out there would say the same thing!  If you live in the suburbs and drive to yoga, it’s pretty safe to assume that your yoga mat hardly ever sees anything besides your car’s back seat and your yoga studio floor.

The problem is that whenever I roll out my mat I immediately want to pick up the, what seems like hundreds, of fuzzies and hairs.  No mater how many I pick off, there always seems to be more!

I was determined to find a solution so I thought, well I need something sticky.  What is sticky and on a roller?  A lint brush!  It was the perfect way to pick up all of those unwanted hairs and fuzzies off of your mat.  The first time I broke out the lint brush before class, everyone loved the idea.  Apparently this was revolutionary; no one had ever seen it before! Woo hoo go Kelsey!

How To Clean Your Yoga Mat

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What You Need

  • Pants Hanger (the kind with the two clips)
  • Sticky Lint Roller
  • Sponge
  • Swinging Door (closet door works well)
  1. Take your hanger and clip it on to the shorter side of your yoga mat.
  2. Hang your mat on a free swinging door.
  3. Lint roll one side and then the other.
  4. Dampen a sponge and wipe down each side.

That’s it!

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A Yoga Photo Shoot with Yogis of Connecticut

Last weekend marked the end of my Yoga Teacher Training (post coming soon). To commemorate this incredible journey Alley, one of my fellow teacher trainees, offered to do a photo shoot with some of us! Alley has such a talent for capturing beautiful moments on camera, and lucky for us, has pretty much documented our whole training in photos.

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Alley works throughout Connecticut, particularly Fairfield County, and specializes in fitness photography.  Check out her Facebook page, Yogis of Connecticut.

I jumped on the opportunity to have a photo shoot with her. We chose a picturesque park that had a huge, somewhat famous, Willow tree great for photographing under. Continue reading

A Yoga Adventure in Belize

I was going to write about this in my San Pedro, Belize re-cap but I thought that post was long enough!  Plus my yoga adventure in Belize could definitely use it’s own post!

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We arrived in San Pedro on Sunday after already being in Belize for a few days.  The only taste of yoga I had gotten was practicing on my own, teaching Andy, or studying my manual on the beach.  So when we arrived at our hotel in San Pedro I was eager to find out the yoga schedule at their yoga studio they had advertised.  Well guess what?  “No yoga this week.” How rude!

As soon as we got to our room I fired up the wi-fi on my phone, and went searching for where I could get my fix.  I came across Ak’bol Yoga Retreat & Eco Resort.  I had actually stumbled upon this place when I was researching Belize, and also got a recommendation from a friend to go there for breakfast.  Perfect!

The only problem was that it was about 3 miles north of where we were staying.  It would be a $15 taxi ride or $5 water taxi.  I decided to try the water taxi.

Andy and I headed to the water taxi very early in the morning.  He was going to walk me there, I would take class, and then take a land taxi back.  I bought my ticket and waited for the boat.  It was sort of cool because I really felt like I was traveling like a local!  I was probably the only tourist on the small boat, everyone else being workers going to resorts on the north side of the island.
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After a short boat ride the pulled up to a long pier and yelled “Ak’bol!” I stepped on to the pier and took in the stunning view.  I walked down the pier to be greeted by a whole group of yogis sitting at a bar, drinking organic fruit juices and smoothies.  It was sort of funny.  It kind of reminded me of a scene in “Couples Retreat.”
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It turns out this group was at Ak’Bol on a retreat with Beach Body.  They were all fitness coaches there for a yoga and leadership retreat.  Because of this, a lot of them were beginner yogis and therefore the class was a bit beginner.  With that said, I think I can easily say this has been the most beautiful yoga setting I have experienced yet!

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If you find yourself in Belize and looking for Yoga definitely visit Ak’Bol. They have classes for $15 US every weekday morning at 9AM.