Ritual Hot Yoga | Bay Area Giveaway

I’m am doubly thrilled to be writing this post for all my amazing, yoga-loving readers.

Not only is the fabulous Ritual Hot Yoga opening a new studio in the Financial District, but they’re also doing a KILLER giveaway to celebrate!

Ritual Hot Yoga – The Down Low

Ritual is a unique yoga experience {check out more of my thoughts here}. They play great tunes and you move to the beat of the music. It’s a fun, fast-paced yoga practice that can feel more like dance choreography at some points.

It’s also hot.

And dark.

So, in summary, you’re feeling the music, dancing your body through a flow, releasing toxins through sweat, and celebrating your practice by candlelight.

Needless to say – It’s absolutely amazing.

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New Studio – The Details

The main studio is in SOMA waaay south of Market so this new spot on Kearny near Maiden Lane is super convenient for everyone who works near/around the Financial District. It’s also just a block from the Montgomery Street BART station for those coming in from outside the city.

And the coolest part of the new spot, IMO, is that the studio itself is downstairs. You walk into the space off of Kearny Street and that’s where the showers, lockers, and check-in area are, and then you head down these amazing vintage wrought iron stairs to the practice area.

It’s like a secret getaway!

The Giveaway – What You Need to Know

 

 

To celebrate the opening of their new studio – Ritual is giving away some yoga. You can get the New Student Special – That means 10 Days of Unlimited Yoga for FREE {which includes a private session}.

So sign-up below. And yes, you can enter multiple times. 🙂

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What are you waiting for? If you live in the Bay Area and love yoga or enjoy trying new workouts, join the giveaway!

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MCLV x A by Anubha | Mandarin Collar

Welcome the fourth, and sadly final, post of the Spring/Summer jacket round-up from A by Anubha. In case you missed them, here are the first three posts:

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The ‘Bandha-gala’ – Or Mandarin style collar – Is traditionally found in male clothing, but here we see a beautiful example of translating that masculine sartorial characteristic into a chic womenswear piece.

Combined with the cropped length and bold colorblocking, the ensuing garment is ultra feminine.

Mandarin Collar Jacket Coat Outerwear A by Anubha Indian San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Pearl Aqua with Off-White Yoke and Sleeves – A by Anubha

Cropped Skinny Jeans – Paige Denim

Milano Stitch Pocket Pullover – Banana Republic

Nude Irenee Ankle Strap Heels – Steve Madden

Round White Sunglasses – Jeepers Peepers

Mandarin Collar Jacket Coat Outerwear A by Anubha Indian San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Mandarin Collar Jacket Coat Outerwear A by Anubha Indian San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I’m a huge fan of trying on different collar styles – From Peter Pan to Mandarin, it’s always fun to mix things up.

In my opinion they’re an easy way to give your look punctuation and more than a little polish.

Do YOU have a favorite collar style?

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Vacation Fitness | Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

While it’s always fun to try a new workout regime or set a goal for yourself  in the gym to get ready for a big trip – You may also want to get in some fitness while you’re traveling.

Not only do I enjoy working out, and the ensuing endorphin high, but my body also benefits greatly from regular workouts, which isn’t something I want to let go of while I’m on the road.

Below are a few tips for fun, social ways you can get in some sneaky, or not so sneaky, fitness when you’re on vacation.

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  1. Explore on Foot – When you’re visiting a new city, try exploring on foot to view the city from a different angle. You’ll get to sightsee and stay active.
  2. Bands – I usually travel with a resistance band in my suitcase. It takes up no room and you can do a full range of workouts. Check out these band workouts from Tone It Up here.
  3. Bodyweight Workouts – When I’m out-of-town and don’t have access to a gym, I’ll try to start the day with a short bodyweight workout. Push-ups, squats, mountain climbers, planks etc. You can get a full body workout in just a few minutes.
  4. Start Peddling – Renting a bike is a great way to see a new city and cover some serious mileage over the course of a day. Don’t forget your helmet!
  5. Water Sports – If you’re vacationing near a lake, river, or the ocean, you should check out what water sports are available. From swimming to water skiing to SCUBA diving, there’s a fun way to stay active in the water.
  6. Running – My favorite way to explore a new city is going for a run. London, Paris, Rome – I’ve run through them all. Especially in the morning, it’s such a beautiful way to see a place wake up. I love it when I’m escaping the city as well – Trail runs and hikes are a great way to see the local landscape.

What’s YOUR favorite way to stay fit while you’re on vacation?

This the fifth post in the Virgin Sport #GoFitYourself series. If you’re in the Bay Area, you should check out the Virgin Sport Fitness Festival in San Francisco this October. Haven’t heard about it yet? Check out the first post here – Virgin Sport San Francisco.

If you want to join me to run the SF Bay Half Marathon on October 15th I’m excited to say that I have a discount for anyone who wants to join!

Use “LAVIE” and you’ll get $10 off the cost of registration for the SF Bay Half Marathon.

Sigh up here!

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2017 Fitness Adventures: Lyra

This year’s Fitness Adventures series has been nothing short of eye-opening and I’ve been grateful to have the opportunity to try so many new studios and classes here in San Francisco.

So what was up next on my Must Try list for 2017?

Lyra!

It’s a yoga-dance hybrid workout that you can take at San Francisco Pole & Dance studio that utilizes the lyra aerial hoop. Keep reading to see what I thought!

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The Low Down:

The dance studio is in SOMA, a few blocks south of the Civic Center BART stop, on 8th street. It’s a huge warehouse that’s home to a number of dance studios including the SF Conservatory of Dance. I’m pretty sure that the girl I followed up was a ballerina. Meaning that I started class feeling like I was auditioning for Center Stage.

Once you’re upstairs the space is large, bright, and airy. They use the big loft for all of their fun classes – AcroYoga, pole dancing, silks, adult gymnastics, and lyra.

Thoughts:

Nearly half of the class was spent stretching and doing core work. The teacher made it clear that warming up our bodies was very important before tackling anything new or exciting.

The class was small and intimate – With only four of us we were all able to get one-on-one time with the instructor, spotting when we tried new moves, and a partner when needed.

Everyone had different activity levels and experience. Two of us had never taken lyra before, one was a regular at the studio, and one was returning to the sport after a year-long break. It was a great combo because you didn’t feel rushed or held back, we were all able to go at our own speed, ask questions, and have someone more advanced to watch work on each move.

Recommendations:

This was SUCH a fun class.

Every move was a total rush. I went from nervous to elated and back again for most of the class.

It was also a lot of hard work. I knew I was working some seldom used muscles, but I really wanted to push myself and try everything, so push I did.

Warning – I was pretty immobile the day after this class. I had bruises on my legs from wrapping around the ring and all the tiny little muscles in my legs, abdomen, arms, and upper back were objecting. Loudly. And two days after? My forearms are still so tender that I’m having trouble opening doors.

So, in summary – Do I recommend this class? Absolutely!

Just plan to take it easy the next day… 🙂

Interested in seeing what other Fitness Adventures I’ve been up to this year?

Have YOU tried lyra before? Or any aerial yoga or silks classes?

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MCLV x A by Anubha | Patches & Pockets

I absolutely ADORE contrasting patches and pockets – For me they always bring to mind the mod styles from the 50’s and 60’s. In that period I feel like this coat would be rendered in black and white, and paired with knee-high white patent leather go-go boots a la Twiggy.

Swinging sixties all the way!

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Lavendar Long Jacket with Gray Elbow Patches and Pockets – A by Anubha

Short Sleeved Floral-Print Jersey Dress – Donna Morgan

Ankle Strap Heels – Sam Edelman

Patches Pockets Outerwear Jacket Coat Layering Layers Think Pink A by Anubha San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Retro Classic Timeless Ladylike

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Patches Pockets Outerwear Jacket Coat Layering Layers Think Pink A by Anubha San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Retro Classic Timeless Ladylike

Luckily for us, not only do these adorable gray patches and pockets on this jacket give it an undeniable retro vibe, they also offer a fun color palate to work with when you’re styling the piece.

For styling you can play on the pink or the gray, or even go for a completely different color story.

While you could definitely go for a full-retro look and try some tall boots, you can also make it more modern with a flirty little black dress or a pair of perfectly fitted jeans. Both looks offer a clean palette to work with and let the statement coat take center stage.

Do YOU like contrasting hues and color-blocking as much as I do?

Want more A by Anubha in your life? Check out these other Summer outerwear posts: Outerwear Edit & It’s All About the Sleeve.

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