1. Sadhaka L/Slv Yoga Top, Sweaty Betty // 2. Twilight Skirt Yoga Leggings, Sweaty Betty // 3. Sweet Retreat Yoga Tee in Flint, Athleta // 4. Aqua Yoga Sweatshirt, Adidas by Stella McCartney // 5. Moon Dance Black Hot Pant, Teeki // 6. C9 by Champion Yoga Tee, Target // 7. Icy Chaturanga Yoga Tights, Athleta // 8. Seamless Yoga Tank, Adidas by Stella McCartney
It's been a little over two months since Essley was born, and although I was lucky to drop the majority of the weight I gained quickly (due to the fact that holy crap do you retain a lot of water when you're pregnant!), I still have about 15 pounds lingering. (I gained almost 55 pounds during my pregnancy. Yikes.) I walked at least two miles almost everyday while I was pregnant, but then the evilest winter there ever was decided to strike, shortly before she was born. It's been impossible to get outside, and my daily exercise routine has severely suffered as a result.
Thankfully, there is one form of indoor physical activity (aside from spontaneous dance parties, of course) that I enjoy: yoga. I started practicing yoga in college, and although my regular practice admittedly dwindled as the years passed, I've continued to enjoy it on occasion. Now that my body could use some toning and some help regaining its center of gravity, I'm making the effort to bring yoga (specifically Vinyasa) back into my regular routine. Let's not forget that yoga is amazing for balancing the mind and spirit too - things that can get a little off-kilter with a young baby in the house.
I have lots of yoga-suitable clothing (leggings and tees, aka my maternity uniform), but that hasn't stopped me from keeping my eye out for fun, unboring new yoga wear. (Hey, if you're going to get serious about something, a new outfit always helps with the motivation, right? Plus all those hours of nursing make for a lot of time to peruse the internet, I'm not gonna lie.) Above you'll find some of my favorite picks. I'd love to be able to sport that chic yoga top from Sweaty Betty. And how about that super cute cropped yoga sweatshirt by Stella McCartney for Adidas? Also, those moon-themed pants from Teeki are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, which is beyond cool in my opinion.
What is your favorite brand for yoga wear? Or if you're not a yoga fan, do you have suggestions of other good indoor exercises to help tone up postpartum that don't involve excessive cardio (not my thing)?