It’s out people! Shipping to the US only, but international shipping will be available soon. (I use Reship.com for Canada usually, but think I’ll wait to see how long it’ll take to ship directly from Amazon).
I’ve been secretly DYING to try a Buti class, but haven’t been able to (there are simply none here). Bizzie Gold has uploaded a few full BUTI classes online and I have to say, they’re INCREDIBLE. Right up my alley!
The class is like a fitness remix: yoga fused with dance, plyometrics, conditioning, booty shaking and set to a pretty hype soundtrack. Imagine yoga poses where you’re shaking your booty ALL THE TIME, jumping and moving fast to the beat.
It’s NOT for everyone, but if you like the class too… we would probably have a lot of fun hanging out. :)
“BUTI is a high-intensity workout that fuses yoga and dance with circuits of plyometrics and conditioning. Classes range from 60-90 minutes and consist of deep stretching, BUTI shaking and heart-pounding cardio. BUTI dance moves are taken from various styles that focus on an intense shaking of the hips (and BUTI) including Miami Booty Dance, Brazilain Baile Funk, Hip Hop, Crunk and African Tribal.”
A friend of mine (HUGE - tall - dude) recently started working out from home and asked me if I knew of any larger mats to accomodate his size & reduce noise. He ordered the extra long, extra wide mat above, and has fallen in LOVE with it.
There are a few ‘fancy’ mats on the market that I like (including the round yoga mat pictured above). I use my mats for more than just yoga/pilates (weights at home - cushions the sound). Having a bigger than average mat really allows me to vary my movement while staying on the cushion surface (if you’ve ever done belly roll overs, you know how annoying they can be on anything but carpet). In the past, I’ve always just put 2 mats together, but when one slips, it can spell trouble.
I WANT my own extra large mat, but I do have the round mat at home. It’s puuurty and I love it loads. I like to roll around on it: loads of fun. :)
Here are some of my recent favs/suggestions. Click on the links for more details! Look for mats that won’t slip, are thick, and as ALWAYS read reviews before buying!
I love yoga now, but I didn’t at first. I felt more confident about it after I got familiar with poses from doing workouts at home. I use quickie yoga videos often for a stretch, warm up/cool down, or as an energizer: good to get the blood flowing. :)
If you’re feeling blah today (like me), but still wanna move, LIVESTRONG.COM & Tara Stiles have a ton of videos online to choose from (most are +/-10 minutes). They’re fab to relieve some stress post-thanksgiving blahs. :)
I’m did a few yesterday: trying to perfect my Crow Pose (held it for ONE minute last week, but haven’t been able to repeat). Also did Tara’s tutorial - Hard Poses Made Easy - highly recommend for intermediates.
Choose your channel below! Try just one. 10 minutes. Feels good. -xo
Half Camel stretches the shoulder, upper arm, chest, low back, neck and hip flexors. All exactly what I needed, lol. Plus it’s a great stretch if you’re working on your yoga backbends. :)
The key here is to keep the hips forward, in line with the knees. No need to lean back far to really feel it. I’m on my toes (ankles up) because it’s easier with my shoes on, but you can also rest the top of your feet flat on the floor.
Arms reach back one at a time (half camel) or both can rest on the floor or your ankles (full camel). Look towards or past your hand, leading with your chin. Relax the neck, and shoulders.
I lean straight back & then add a twist to the side for a deeper stretch: use either or both, whatever works for you. You can also just place hands on the low back/hips if that’s more comfortable, leaning back as you press into the top part of your butt.
I’m by NO means a spiritual yogi (though I totally get that “zen” feeling. I just get it from burpees, lol). I’m the girl giggling in the back while everyone is Oh-mmming, and who can’t stand spending the last 5 minutes in Corpse pose (lying still is just NOT my thing).
BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t love the benefits of practicing yoga regularly. Adding it to my weekly routine has VASTLY improved my technique, form and performance in every area of fitness I can think of. I can squat deeper, my balance improved, my stabilizers are strong, my hips and my back are more flexible and even my pushups/plank improved with regular yoga.
If you’re new to yoga, I recommend taking a few classes to get used to the terminology/form/technique etc. It’s easy to injure yourself without modifications and an instructor can guide you through beginner poses better than a DVD can. BUT, if you are somewhat familiar with the terminology and classes aren’t your thing, there are THOUSANDS of yoga workouts, FULL ones, available for FREE on Youtube.
Tip: before doing a yoga workout or DVD, watch it first and give yourself permission to press pause, rewind etc. It’s tough to keep an eye on the instructor when you’re upside down, and you want to make sure you’re doing the poses correctly. As you get used to it, it becomes easier, but at first give yourself the upper hand by reviewing the flow before you start.
Some of my favorite online Yoga workouts (usually do 2-3 a week)