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Athleta Gift Card Giveaway {CLOSED} + My first yoga class!

I know I’m super late to the yoga train (like so late that I had to chase the train to hop on board), but I am excited to say- I loved yoga!!!

Now I will no longer feel guilty about wearing yoga pants. Ha. Like I ever felt guilty about the comfiest invention ever.

After my 20 mile run on Sunday, I headed to my first yoga class with my friend Shanna.

yoga shanna me

Earlier that week, we signed up for the class using fitmob.


fitmob offers various workouts (ranging from cardio to strength training, dance, and yoga) with top trainers in many neighborhoods in the Bay Area! What I like about fitmob was that members (free to join!) can workout in various neighborhoods and you can pay weekly. Oh and members never pay for inactivity (um. you know how you say, I’m not going to cancel that gym membership cause I’m definitely going to go tomorrow… hello bag of chips. and then you pay for a year to NOT go to the gym)

Right now you can get a free 7 day trial, and we decided it was the perfect opportunity for me to try yoga! We selected a Vinyasa Flow class at Yoga Tree.

yoga tree

I had tried some yoga videos online. Honestly, I hated them. I didn’t like how slow everything was, with all the pausing (which seemed like forever), so I tended to get bored.

This class was completely different!! Vinyasa Flow moves at a faster pace (relatively speaking) and each movement flows into the next. If you were like me and thought yoga was boring, try a vinyasa flow class! Oh and I’m definitely going to try to find some vinyasa flow yoga videos online 🙂

I did tell the instructor (Nanci- who was awesome!) that I had never taken a yoga class before. She insured me that I would be fine, and it’s perfectly okay to hold a pose if you cannot move on to the next one. Throughout the class she stressed good form, which I loved. She said it was much better to have good form in a “beginner modified” pose, than to have bad form in the advanced pose. She made all levels feel welcome, which was actually one of my biggest concerns (feeling out of place)!

yoga tree studio
Inside the studio

It was a great workout! I thought that I was not going to be able to do anything because of my 20 mile run, but it actually helped me recover. I was able to stretch out those muscles and workout new muscles! Shanna (who does yoga frequently) told me that it was the best yoga class she’s ever been to and that the next day she was sore (so was I)! I know it was a good workout if this girl can get sore doing yoga:

Again, she's in the middle (doin the splits)
She’s in the middle (doin the splits)

Here’s your chance to win a $25 Athleta Gift Card and buy your own yoga gear (or something else)!

This giveaway will close on 10/22/14 at midnight (PST). The winner will be announced 10/23.

Click on the following link to enter! {CLOSED}

a Rafflecopter giveaway

NOTE: Those who enter may be contacted by fitmob via email. The winner’s email and contact information will be sent to fitmob and they will send you your giveaway prize. This post is sponsored by fitmob. All opinions are my own.


38 thoughts on “Athleta Gift Card Giveaway {CLOSED} + My first yoga class!

  1. I love yoga for recovery! I try to fit a few classes (or the P90X yoga dvd) every week to help out with soreness from running.. it really helps 🙂

  2. Your friend is incredible! And um, so are you after doing yoga after a 20 mile run!! I’ve taken a few yoga classes here and there, but I haven’t really been able to get into it yet

  3. I can’t believe you’ve never tried yoga before……..and that you did it after running a 20 miler. You are just a little crazy! I did my first yoga class in forever on Sunday and it was amazing. So much good stretching.

  4. 1. Your friend is amazing
    2.Yoga is literally always #1 on my list of things I plan to incorporate into my workout routine. I have yet to become consistent about it, but it is something I am constantly striving for!

  5. glad you liked yoga! i’ve only gone a few times and i loved one and didn’t like another at all… depends on the style and the teacher. but i looooove yoga pants, with ya there. 🙂

  6. Wow! That picture is awesome! I actually go to a yoga class once a week near an active adult community. It is full of old people. There is a 90 year old woman there that is unbelievable!

  7. I’m a fan of bikram yoga. Even though I’m not very flexible, I still feel loose and accomplished after being in sweaty temps for an hour and a half.

  8. I looove yoga. I like the flow classes too, though slower paced yoga classes you get more a chance to do fun poses like shoulder stand and headstand 🙂 I follow via bloglovin.

  9. Your body will thank you for trying something new. You are awesome-sauce for getting those 20 miles done!! I have yet to venture beyond 13.1 miles 🙂 Great giveaway!!! Keep up the excellent running and blogging!

  10. Great job getting those 20 miles done! I’m sure your body will thank you for trying something new. I have yet to venture beyond 13.1 miles. Maybe some day 🙂 Keep up the excellent running and blogging. And I love the giveaway!

  11. Oh and I want to add that I like vinyasa-style yoga as well. I do it in a hot studio (115 degrees!) and that really helps to increase my flexibility.

  12. I have tried yoga. I do the Gentle yogas . I have fibromyalgia and I wear a compression garment due to a DVT hence the reason for the Gentle. But I love them and keep trying to go when I can

  13. Yoga will change your life! It sucks trying to get into the routine–you’ll be sore–but once you are doing it regularly it will make a world of difference! I am a vinyasa fan myself, but find what type of yoga works for you!

  14. I love Atheleta and I LOVE YOGA! Let’s catch a class together sometime. Since you’re in the East Bay, have you ever been to Yogaworks in Walnut Creek? I am starting a one week free trial today. Come with me!!

  15. I was chuckling while reading your post, we are sooo much in the same boat! i have just had my first yoga class in an authentic studio and it was super awesome. I am returning for sure!~

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