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As a proud Lululemon ambassador I have the privilege of receiving new products to check out from time to time. Last week a care package came in the mail containing a new pair of Wunder Unders made with Full-On Luon, Lululemon’s fantastic new creation.

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For a full run down of why this fabric is new and different from regular Luon, check out their blog post
http://www.lululemon.com/community/blog/introducing-full-on-luon/?cid=FBfullonluonblog
The nitty gritty super basic outline of the differences? They are thicker and tighter but look the same.

What makes them great? In two words, the feel. Like I said, they are thicker and tighter. Why is this awesome you ask? With a little less stretch than current Luon, these Wunder Unders feel like they hold you more securely. I’ve practiced in them once and taught in them twice and must say they hold their shape perfectly. Like a second skin. Then there is the actually feel of them, it’s like cotton. So soft. The colour is a really rich black, making them seem even darker than the current Luon fabric.

There are a few draw backs (if you could call it that) I should mention. They are a little bit shorter than the traditional Wunder Under Pants. To give you reference, traditional WUP can pull over my heel to just about the back of my arch where as the new WUP using Full-On Luon fit nicely underneath my ankle bone (I’m 5’9 with a long inseam). So still long enough, but with no extras.
The only other thing is that the waist is a little bit tighter. This is to be expected as the fabric itself is a little more snug, but I just thought I would let you know. So if you can, pop into a store and try them on to make sure you’re picking up the best size for you.

All in all I’m really excited about the new fabric. It takes me back to the sweet days of thick Luon that made a lot of sense for teachers. High quality, super durable, and an amazing feel.

I love the direction that Lululmon is going. I’m not going to lie, there were a few years there that I didn’t find a whole lot that find my purpose, or my body. But over the past year or so, I’m back on the Lemon Train. Designs are making more sense for the activities that they were made for, but there are still fashion oriented pieces (which I love). They are owning the fact that there are certain clothes that are just made to look beautiful and not necessarily created for sweating in, and this change in perception is what I appreciate most about the Lululemon of late.

As the yoga culture becomes more diverse, so do the options for yoga related clothing. No longer does society automatically think of packed rooms filled with perfectly toned young women flowing through the Bikram series when they hear hot yoga. In the same respect, Lululemon is not the only choice anymore. But I’m a Lemon Head. Even with the ups and downs, I stick by them. Why? It’s actually not for the clothing. It’s because of the company and how truly amazing they are. They are dedicated to helping their employees reach personal goals. They reach out to the community, build a strong following and even help promote local teachers (like me) through their Ambassador program. They hire super positive, over achieving people that would bend over backwards to make your day happier (and if this is not your experience, say something. Go straight to the top by contacting the GEC at gec@lululemon.com because they care about you, how you feel and yes, even your yoga pants…. especially your yoga pants!)

So to close out, these pants rock and if you love Wunder Unders as much as I do, you should probably go get them. Seriously, just do it.

My photo shoot with lululemon was cancelled due to weather conditions (outdoor shoot in -25C? not the best idea), so today I scour the internet to find videos that I love…. here’s a super short promo that Kino MacGregor made for her dvd of the Advanced A Ashtanga Series… and I am just in awe of her control, check it out.

Tomorrow is a big day. My photo shoot with lululemon.

Part of being an ambassador for lululemon means that you take part in a photo shoot, the result of which gets blown up and hung on the wall of the store that you represent. I’m pretty sure that’s the most terrifying thing I have ever done! Eeeep

My nerves are a little on edge. As you could imagine, I’m a bit nervous about being on display for friends and strangers alike. I’m sure there’s nothing to worry about, not really anyway, but your mind does tend to stray to the negative.

I’m nervous about not looking “yoga teacher” enough. Or what if instead of looking a cute six months pregnant I just look like I’ve indulged in a large meal? And of course the dreaded thought….. I sometimes feel like people on the outside of the yoga world think everyone looks like the model on the cover of Yoga Journal… My pose might not look hard enough, or cool enough, or anything enough….. Sigh.

This is how I know I still have room to grow.

At the end of the day I’m just so happy to be a part of this experience. I’m not sure I really care what people think of my photo, not to the extent my jitters are leading my believe anyways. All I would hope is that I can show my personality and love for yoga. When people look at my photo I want them to say “she’s having a great time”.

I hope I can embody passion and enthusiasm.

Even with my jitters and second thoughts, I am truly looking forward to tomorrow. The first tangible step in my new journey. I can’t wait to share how it went.

One of my focuses the past little while has been to create a stronger community for yoga teachers here in Calgary. This is one of those cities where you can’t throw a stone without hitting a yoga teacher. There are far more teachers than there is work, and countless training programs that keep churning out aspiring and wide eyed teachers full of potential, but with no where to go.

I started by creating a simple facebook group devoted to yoga teachers. In the past few months it has grown to over 450 members and counting. That’s a lot of teachers. Now the group has it’s ups and downs. We are constantly battling to keep self promotion off the page, and really keep it to what matters to teachers. Helping each other find subs, asking questions and opinions about everything from postures to insurance.

It’s nice to have a place to connect. Somewhere to reach out and know that the people to whom you’re reaching are in a very similar position to you. There’s different backgrounds and levels of experience in the group, so between us all, most every question can be answered.

I’m happy to take this small step in growing the community and trying to unite it’s many members. But for me, it’s not enough. I have only scratched the surface.

Tonight was a wonderful example of what needs to take place more often in our fair city. There was an event. An actual real life event where people meet and mingle face to face rather than through an online profile. Hosted by lululemon, approximately fifty yoga teachers, store ambassadors and lemons got together to practice yoga and then have a little wine and cheese. 

The energy in the room was fantastic. Everyone was happy to be there and excited to meet people from within the community. I truly think there needs to be more of these, in some capacity. Having a community helps us all grow. We learn from each others strengths and weaknesses, and build on communal experience.

The sum of it’s parts and all that stuff.

So what’s next? How can I make this happen? I’m taking the next step by organizing a get together for people from the Yoga Teacher facebook group. Put some faces to some profile pictures and make real life, living breathing connections. From there, I’d like to start a monthly practice followed by get-together for teachers. Where we can come to take class from each other, and discuss anything that needs discussion. Having a theme each month, be it anatomy or traditions etc, just a jumping off point. Having a place to come together and learn. There have been countless small groups that have done this throughout the years. I have had the privilege to be a part of many of them. But there needs to be a bigger scope so there can be a wider range of perspectives.

I think it’s an exciting undertaking and something that is necessary for growth in our city.

I can not wait to push the boundaries of what I thought was possible to undertake for just one person. The past few months have shown me that goals, while scary, really do work. I have a whole list of long term goals that have been re-energized with the belief that they are closer than I ever thought them to be. Goals are reachable…. you just have to start reaching. 

 

I did not fall off. Well, maybe for a moment, or three days to be exact, but I’m back on. I am wholeheartedly back on the wagon.

For three full days I did not write in this blog. I did not practice yoga at home. I did not meditate. Bad, bad yogi! I allowed myself to fall back into old habits. The only good thing from this? I remembered why I have these new goals, what they’re worth to me, and I came back to the light side.

I just finished an invigorating flow practice that told me all I needed to know about how important staying on the wagon is. My abs were shaking, my arms got tired, and I was at times even short of breath. This is certainly not due to the three days off alone. This is because I have slowly declined in my practice since finding out I was pregnant. At first it was because I felt ill and tired (as all newly human growing women feel)… and then, well then it was too late. The “I’ll do it tomorrow” excuse lasted for far too long. My personal practice got shorter, and shall I say, more…. gentle? And then, before I knew it, it was all over. So much of the strength I had worked for was gone. Just like that!

So today’s practice was not only a gentle reminder of my recent lack of effort but also a soft nudge in the direction of my goals. As I held high plank, my mind says “how are you ever going to grace the cover of an international retreat brochure, or maybe one day even Yoga Journal (opps, I just let out one of my secret desires) if you look shaky and red faced in all of your slightly more difficult than usual postures”? Well to that I say, you’re right. See this is the other little voice. Not the mean spirited one that tries to keep you on the couch, but the one who reminds you every day that you’re working towards something great, so you better get out from under the covers and try a little harder.

So there you have it. I have returned. I will try a little harder. I will read myself my goals every minute of every day if I have to in order to keep myself motivated. Most of all, I will remember to respect myself enough to keep my commitments.

Coming up in the next week or so are some truly fascinating events! Friday morning my seven year old niece has an African dance presentation at school. Friday evening is The Gift Of 2013 event hosted by lululemon. The weekend is filled with dance rehearsals, hockey games and nursery set-up. And Monday…. well…. Monday is my lululemon ambassador photo shoot (eeeeeep!). Stay tuned for juicy details.

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The start of the new year always brings with it an evaluation of the past and the anticipation of what’s to come. This year the life changes that are on my horizon seem so dramatically altering, I thought it would be best to document them. If for no other reason than to be able to look back and confirm the memories I have created.

The biggest change is of course the fact that my husband and I are expecting our first born child. Our little baby girl is due May 9th, so I’m sure it goes without saying that I expect my entire life to turn upside down (in the best possible way) throughout the remainder of 2013.

I’ve also found my dharma (that which my life is meant to do), and for those that know me it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that I  identify yoga as my dharma. It’s nothing new, I’ve always known, but it sure is liberating to make the decision! It doesn’t mean that I am choosing to turn my back on dance (I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to leave it), it just means that my heart is very clear on its long term preference. So what does that change? It simply puts a new focus on my path and the direction that I am trying to go. I would like to teach globally, become an author, publish meditation materials, and one day even teach new teachers to teach. Most of these things are my long Long term goals, but goals none the less. So where to begin? It’s already started! I will be spending 2013 as a lululemon ambassador for my local South Centre store in Calgary Alberta.

Beyond these two giant changes, we are renovating our condo. We’ve decided that just because we are having a baby doesn’t mean we need to move directly into a single family home. We purchased a condo in 2007, it has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and more than enough space for the two of us, our ten pound dog, a rather large cat, and our little bundle of joy (at least for the first year of her life). So instead of moving, we are falling in love with our home all over again, by changing little pieces.

I hope to write each day, in order to ground myself and reconnect with my goals. Why did I choose to start today instead of January 1st? It took me about a week to decide that I am committed enough to my goals and my future to display them in a public forum. So what are the goals for 2013?

  1. Practice yoga everyday, even if I can only manage a few salutations or a long savassana
  2. Meditate every day
  3. Write something here, every day
  4. Become more active in my local yoga community
  5. Record and publish a meditation CD
  6. Read one new book every month (related to something educational)
  7. Indulge in my new found love of design by sewing, building and painting things for our condo to my hearts content
  8. Be an active mom. Take baby to social settings, classes and play dates
  9. Be a better friend. Accept invitations even if it’s not quite my scene, and make more of an effort to create plans.
  10. Change for the better. Watch less tv, go for longer walks, paint, visit museums, see shows and continue to live the life that Greg and I have carved out for ourselves. One of culture, health and continual growth.

Until tomorrow…. thanks for indulging me.