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this summer, I have very decidedly gotten in to athletic wear. I mean this is the sense that, in May, I went through my drawer of old high school t shirts, and decided that from now on, I would only exercise in something cute, formfitting, and designed with physical activity in mind.

of course, significant changes in ones wardrobe selection like this are often more easily said than done, but where there is a sartorial will, there is always a way – never mind that it meant occasionally swapping healthy meals out for MSG-laden ramen at home.

Old Navy, Forever 21, and H&M have all been critical in my journey to filling my drawers will affordable, performance-minded athletic wear.  I've also discovered the Kate Hudson-fronted Fabletics, which is at least worth it for the $25 VIP-priced introductory outfit. however, despite the low prices and cute pieces I was finding, I'm a grey, navy, and black wearing lady on a day to day basis, so why would I want to run around town wearing more neon than you'd find in the rest of my closet combined?  

I'm sure these items are designed with visibility in mind – after all, I don't want to get picked off the side of the road during an evening jog – but I knew that I'd be even happier with some dark, neutral, and chic-leaning options.  the answer to my prayers came in an email from J. Crew:

Outdoor Voices

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I'd have a hard time ever taking any of these items off.  the different shades of gray would all go perfectly with denim, or even some faux-leather for nighttime, and then you could just throw on some running shoes and get on with your life, never having to worry about looking like an over-the-top gym rat. pretty perfect, right?

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an adjustment

UncategorizedAnna Keller

tonight at yoga, the instructor came along and corrected my chaturanga.

apparently, I was going waaaay too low in my transition from high to low push up to upward facing dog.

I stopped bending my elbows quite so much, and I was a new person.

I love it when one tiny correction can change your entire practice.

{and I just noticed this sign in the studio stairwell}

trial run: amazing yoga

UncategorizedAnna Keller

I recently signed up for a Groupon for 30 days of unlimited classes at Amazing Yoga. I'd been putting off starting it, but on Friday I finally went for it, and man, am I glad I did.  they teach a pretty intense level of hot power flow yoga.  the room is kept just below 100*, humidity hovers around 65%, and classes can range from an easy 60 - to an intense 90 minutes.

Sunday was my third day in a row of going to class.  my arms were jelly, my hamstrings were so sore, and I found myself in child's pose a little more often than I am used to, but I'm already starting to feel so much stronger and my deltoids are looking a little more toned.

I'll definitely be keeping up my practice over the next 30 days (with a little 7 day break for my trip to the Bahamas) and will probably be complaining about my sore biceps.  but really, I feel so good after 90  minutes of sweating out all of the salty food and bad treats that I've been falling for recently that I will secretly really enjoy going to class almost every day.