I took the leap. {prAna 30 Day Challenge Recap in photos}

There was a bit of confusion over the actual length of the prAna Take the Leap 30 Day Challenge which was advertised to run from February 2 until March 8. If you know anything about calendars that does not equal 30 days. You don’t need to be a math genius to figure it out. I even figured it out.

Day 30 was yesterday and the Challenge has come to an end. I’m a little sad it didn’t run all the way to my birthday like they originally said it would, but just because it’s over doesn’t mean I have to stop doing yoga! I plan on continuing on with #yogaeveryday for as long as my body will let me.

Anyway here’s a little of what I’ve been up to for the past month:

photo 1 (16) photo 2 (16) photo 3 (10)And my most favorite day was the one where Betty took over as challenge leader:

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My heart explodes with pride when I look at this photo. It’s everywhere…my phone, my work computer, on my desk. I could stare at it for hours. She’s so precious that I can barely process it. I can’t believe I’m going to have a 3 year old TOMORROW!!! I have quite a few awesome gifts all ready for her.

If anyone was interested in a little extra yoga-vation, here are some links to the Kick Asana Yoga Instructor Interview Series that I ran weekly while the Challenge was in full swing. So much inspiration from these ladies!

And speaking of awesome gifts  I HAVE A WINNER to announce! This lucky someone is going to be my Lily Trotters compression sock twin:

CONGRATULATIONS, ALANNA MARKLEY!!!!

I will be contacting you shortly to gather your details so I can send out your prize. I hope you love them!

Thank you to everyone who entered and to the ever-awesome Susan at Lily Trotters for providing me with such a fantastic socks. I have been doing a lot of laundry lately because I don’t like running without them!

I hope everyone has a peaceful and happy Wednesday!

xo,

Salt

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So much class. {ClassPass Recap}

On last Thursday came the conclusion of my free month of ClassPass and I’m sure people thousands of miles away could hear the sound of my heart breaking into a million pieces.

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Dramatic no doubt, but I love me some ClassPass.

During that month I was determined to get as much usage out of my ClassPass as possible. This can be quite the tall order when you’re at the office 50 hours a week and have a three year old at home. But I worked it out. Let’s recap…

From January 26  until February 26 I attended  13 CLASSES. Woah. Mind you I was also on vacation for several days.

I never had trouble finding classes that fit in with my busy schedule, such as the ones at Barre that happened at 6am before heading off to work. If I had attended all of these classes on a drop-in rate the grand total would probably have been somewhere around $250. Yikes. Since I started I’ve noticed that more places seem to have signed on which I’m really excited about. More opportunities to try new things!

So yeah. I’d say that $99 is a pretty fair price to pay for unlimited access to an ever-growing list of studios which is why Mr. Salt decided he was going to surprise me with a renewed my ClassPass for my upcoming birthday! I already told the world what a sweetheart he is in my post last Friday, but I think this just further seals the deal. ClassPass makes a great gift.

Maybe one day I’ll actually be able to use my new month of it. My first attempt at booking a class this week was iced out. With more ice today. If it holds off  I’ll be heading over to BeachFit Baltimore for some kind of workout involving a surfboard which has to be easier than a pole, right? If it doesn’t I guess I’ll be getting myself some ice skates.

Have you tried ClassPass? If so what is the favorite class you attended?

Today also marks the final day of the prAna #TaketheLeap Challenge and I want to thank everyone for their support and participation over the last 30 days! I’m still going to continue with yoga every day (I just promise to not clog up all your Instagrams with it).

Obviously the best way to end any practice is in savasana.photo

I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday! My Lily Trotters giveaway ends TONIGHT so if you haven’t entered already and you want to, you can do so here.

xo,

Salt

Kick Asana Yoga Instructor #4: Molly Jean

This week my Kick Asana Yoga Instructor Interview Series is coming to a close, but the last is certainly not least.

Last year I was really stressed out and unhappy at my old job. I had been working there for a long time and felt smothered by my workload and the fact that I had no room for advancement. Also during that time I was looking into ballet classes for Betty and it was during that search that I discovered a hidden gem of a yoga class, located at one of our local dance studios. The class fit right into my lunch break and it became essential to my routine twice a week. Without that class I probably would have cracked. Instead I became more positive and willing to change my situation. I got a new job and while I was sad to leave a couple of coworkers behind, I was even more sad that I wouldn’t be able to visit my lunchtime yoga class anymore.

One of the teachers I had at that studio was Molly Jean. She was actually the teacher on the day where I had a huge emotional breakthrough in class. (The story of that is here.)  Although I only practiced with her for a short time, she had such a big impact on me during a stage in my life where I was feeling pretty beaten up. I’m so thankful for her kindness and I was so thrilled when she agreed to be a part of my blog.

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Welcome, Molly Jean Kirkup!

Salt: How long have you been practicing yoga and how did you get started?

Molly Jean: A consistent practice developed almost 4 years ago. After I graduated college I was searching a way to move, stretch and strengthen. I found a lot more than that!

Salt: What types of yoga do you teach?

Molly Jean: Vinyasa Yoga.

Salt: What do you enjoy most about this style?

Molly Jean: I love the connection of breath and movement and the flow, the transitions – the places in between the postures and how those spaces are just as valuable as the posture itself.

Salt: What do you love most about teaching?

Molly Jean: The amazing, inspirational people you meet. I’m not talking yoga celebs, I mean the people on the mat, the community you find.

Salt: What has yoga done for you as a person?

Molly Jean: What started as a way to keep my body healthy has done even more for my mental health. Yoga, especially the meditative aspects, have helped ease my anxiety. I find myself more mindful in my everyday life which helps create a sense of ease as I go about my day. The asana and flow of poses are the first step of an incredible inward journey. When my body gets to move I find it easier to slow down, quiet my thoughts and truly experience the moment. It’s not perfect, it is absolutely a practice but a really beautiful practice that I hope to enjoy my whole life.

Salt: In your opinion, what are the greatest health benefits of a regular yoga practice?

Molly Jean: There are no doubt many physical benefits including over-all strength and flexibility but the practice moves past that into a mindfulness present your daily life; what goes in your body, how you treat it off the mat etc. From a physical practice it transforms into a practice, where you feel strong and flexible mentally and emotionally as well.

Salt: Do you have any words of advice or encouragement for someone who may have been contemplating trying out a class?

Molly Jean: I would suggest trying a few different styles and even a few different teachers before making up your mind about anything. There are quite a few styles of yoga and one may “click” more than another.

I feel really fortunate to have “clicked” with so many of my instructors and that I can count them as my friends! Thank you so much to everyone who has been reading and leaving sweet comments during the Kick Asana series. It was such an enlightening experience for me to hear these responses and I hope that it opened your mind and inspired you as well. ❤

Has a particular fitness instructor or class ever helped you through a difficult time in your life?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!

xo,

Salt

Also don’t forget to enter the Lily Trotters compression socks giveaway! Details can be found here!