CLOSED: yoga in my heart + a giveaway

2.19.2014

The winner is Natasha L'nei! Check your email friend :)
I had a year in my life that was pretty much a dark cloud, I've talked about it once or twice before on here, but without going into detail about it today, I just wanted to share with you the soft spot in my heart I have for yoga. It was my solace during 'that year'. I attended no less than 4 classes a week, usually more, and i had the best teacher--i've unfortunately never been able to find an instructor that i've connected with quite like that one. My heart broke a little bit when i moved by to arizona and found out that he had moved and was no longer teaching classes. I don't think that even if he had been there, it would have been the same, because I was passed that year, and while I still thought it was a great practice, it wasn't something I absolutely needed to survive. 

Yoga was what i needed at that time in my life--it let me think about something else, it let me focus on myself and my body and my movements and i needed that control since i couldn't control the other things that were going on in my life. For that, yoga will always have a special place in my heart and it is something I try and practice on occasion still. 

Right now I enjoy combining yoga poses with my new 'need'--hiking. I've been feeling stifled and frustrated with my creative state lately, so as I mentioned before, I made the goal to go on weekly hikes. The hikes are much more an excuse to get out and see beauty around me than it is for intense exerise, and they've been such a highlight to my week. Sometimes marcus or friends come along, sometimes it's just me and poppy, and while I love the company, I truly prefer the alone hikes. It gives me the freedom to take as long as I want, stop as many times as I please, to take it all in and just be.  I hope each of you can find something that makes you feel that way, because I believe it's truly good for the soul that you have. 

God has given us ways to feel enlightened and loved. 
We have to find them.
#7306 Splash Leggings & Pastel Mint Sports Bra (both run small)//c.o. we love colors
We Love Colors is giving away two pair of tights--colors are winner's choice! I've styled their tights on the blog before (polka dot, redgreen) and I'm such a fan! They have so many awesome colors and patterns to choose from and they come in all sizes, including plus size. 
To Enter {Must be a public follower of this blog}:
1. Share something you do or have done that makes you feel whole and alive!
Optional Extra Entries {New Comment for Each}:
2. Like We Love Colors on Facebook here and write on their wall telling them i sent you
3. Follow me on Instagram here
4. Follow i believe in unicorns. on bloglovin here
5. Share this post on a social platform mentioning we love colors and me and leave the link in the comments.


82 comments

Ash said...

I love to run. It's been bitterly cold here in the mornings before work which is my usual run time, but this morning, I finally got to abandon the treadmill and run outside. Glory!

Amy Demke said...

I can't get enough of my cycling class! I love the challenge and I love pushing myself.

Amy Demke said...

I follow you on bloglovin

Emily Thibodeau said...

I love working out in the mornings - it just makes the day go by faster and better.

Emily Thibodeau said...

I follow you on bloglovin also! (emilyjoyce)

Ash said...

Also, I follow you on Instagram

Brandi said...

Running regularly...It is therapy to me! I love fresh air and seeing things that you often overlook when you're in a car.. I would add yoga to that as well. The duo makes me feel unstoppable! I follow you instagram, bloglovin and pinned on pinterest!

Brandi said...

Also liked and commented on their facebook page. thanks ash!

Sarah44 said...

I have been trying to exercise lately too, and it helps. I find writing helps, and reading. Doing something mindless.

Natasha L'nei said...

The things that makes me feel alive aren''t so much what I do, but rather the people that I surround myself with. The times that I feel alive and whole are usually when I'm with my family. When my parents, my three sisters, and my niece/nephew get together, there I am whole. I am safe. I am free to be unashamedly me. :)

Natasha L'nei said...

I follow you on bloglovin'

Natasha L'nei said...

Liked "We love colors" and commented!

Natasha L'nei said...

Following you on Instagram: @natashalnei

Emily Baker said...

i love we love colors :) something that makes me feel at peace is drinking tea and reading a book! emilyhavibaker@gmail.com

Hannah said...

My newest thing that makes me feel alive is running! I've been running 25-30 miles a week and it's the most refreshing aspect of my entire day.

Hannah said...

Commented on We Love Colors wall.

Hannah said...

I follow you on Instagram.

Hannah said...

I followed on Bloglovin'

Nichole Norris said...
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Nichole Norris said...

I follow you on Instagram @nikkiimar

Nichole Norris said...

I love running and biking there is this mountain near me I love to run and bike up to, when I reach the top I feel so alive and at peace, plus the view is breathtaking!
nmn10365@huskies.bloomu.edu

Nichole Norris said...

I follow you on Bloglovin: Nikki Norris

Kaylei said...

I am in a bit of a long distance relationship right now, where we only get to see each other on the weekends. It's tough, but I use baking as my keeping myself sane and whole hobby. It's fun, and everyone at work LOVES it!

Kaylei said...

Followed on Insta!!

Camille Millecam Whiting said...

I ran a marathon last year, I've never felt more alive!

Esther said...

Blogging is the thing that makes me feel whole and alive. My blog is just my own - I don't have a lot of readers, and I like it that way. I don't have to worry about what others want to read or see, I can just post my own words and pictures without care. It's the best thing to be able to go back and look over my life to see where I have come from and where I'm going :)

Amber Hendricks said...

You are a woman after my own heart. Yoga is my activity of choice to help me remember the positives in life and to uplift me on crummy days or keep me going on good days. I always leave refreshed.

Amber Hendricks said...

Liked the Facebook page and told them you sent me!

Amber Hendricks said...

I already follow you on instagram :)

Amber Hendricks said...

and finally I followed you on blog lovin, phew, now you have heard enough of me.

Esther said...

Also, I am now following you on Instagram (and have no idea why I wasn't before - your photos are lovely)! My name on insta is favorite_day, just so you know if that matters...

Kristen @ HI + LO said...

I love yoga as well. I'm new to it, but I always feel so energized and refreshed after I finish a session. :) Favorite pose?

Ashley said...

I work out every morning before I "start" my day. It gives me a little me time and allows me to be more productive for the rest of the day.

rebecca said...

Swimming. Love it! Rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

Taylor Frost said...

I love this. One thing that helps me feel more alive is dance. I grew up dancing and never really realized it was something I loved so much until I was no longer doing it. I remember my first year away from home was one of the hardest and I was so used to having my exercise be dance that I didn't know how to get my exercise in once that wasn't really an option so I joined a dance class and it helped me get out of the depression I guess you could call it that I was in. Now whenever I'm not in the best mood I put my headphones in and dance around my room and I'm good :) It sounds kind of silly, but you got to do what you got to do.

Taylor Frost said...

liked we love colors on Facebook

Camille Fredrickson said...

I like to open my blinds in my apartment and read a book with natural light. I live in freezing cold idaho, so right now that is about as close as I want to get to outside, but the natural light and colors of the day make me feel alive.

Camille Fredrickson said...

Liked we love colors on Facebook and I follow you on instagram [camillianairee]

Eliza said...

I like to simply read a book and shutting out the world just for a little bit to calm my mind and make me feel whole!

Cutie and the Geek said...

I Follow you and bloglovin and instagram :) I have never been into going to a gym and working out, but since I've started my job the stress caused a bit of weight gain. I immediately felt horrible about myself. Last year I discovered Zumba. I have always loved to dance so when I got up the courage to go to a class I felt invigorated! I am planning on getting my Zumba certification so I can teach others to do what I love as well :)

Cutie and the Geek said...

I follow you on bloglovin

Cutie and the Geek said...

I follow you on instagram :)

Sarah said...

I do yoga too! I'm going through lot of life transitions and yoga helps me to feel calm and light after a long day :)

Sarah Toller said...

I love to go hiking or just take a stroll in general and appreciate my surroundings.

Sarah Toller said...

I follow you on Bloglovin.

Kara said...

Hiking makes me feel alive!!! (You look awesome in those leggings BTW)

Nikki Olmstead said...

Yoga definitely is the best exercise. I also love going shopping of any kind even if i don't buy anything just the walk and break from home is refreshing.

Nikki Olmstead said...

i follow you on instagram

Nikki Olmstead said...

liked we love colors on facebook and mentioned you!

Irene said...

crafts make me complete, i love creating, even if it's just coloring a stupid drawing, i can lose myself and find me at the same time :)

Irene said...

i follow on instagram (irenenavsan)

Irene said...

i posted on we loce colors facebook fan page (Irene Nav is my Facebook profile)

Irene said...

i already follow you on bloglovin (irenens)

Irene said...

i posted it on Twitter but it's a private account :/ https://twitter.com/irenenavsan/status/436440240652570624

Jenny said...

Baking is really therapeutic for me. ....but it's not great for my health! I could definitely use more motivation to stay on top of my workouts!

Ashley said...

I am a new follower of your blog, and deepening my yoga practice this past year has been the only thing that helped me pull through a tough year - thankfully the end is in sight :) I don't attend yoga classes but work on my practice on my own, which has been very healing as I can focus on my current needs. Plus it has really helped build body awareness and confidence in myself.

demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

Calli W said...

I'm glad yoga helped you through a tough year! Fr me, juicing has recently been my thing, ging to teh farmers market to get the fresh fruits and veggies, laying out and cleaning and prepping them, then making delicious juices. :)

cait - pretty and fun said...

I love a long run to clear my mind - it's so refreshing to be totally unplugged and focused.

Kinsey T.C. said...

Just being outside makes me feel whole and alive, whether I am walking, hiking, or just standing in the sun! (especially because I work indoors all day and crave sunlight!)

Kinsey T.C. said...

I follow you on instagram!

Van said...

Really amazing post! thanks for sharing. will back again.

Kate
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mackenzie said...

Play soccer. It's part of my soul and is totally wrapped up in my identity. As I get older it's hard to let it go and I just don't have the time or the ability to play as I once did and sometimes I feel as though part of me has shriveled up forever.

mackenzie said...

I follow you on Instagram. (Hoots12)

Carolina said...

I love cleaning and making my house pretty!

Caroline Haws said...

Boxing is what makes me feel whole and alive. Even though it exhausts me to the core, its such an exhilarating feeling to be able to put every ounce of strength I have into every punch. Time no longer becomes relevant in those hour long classes, but my ability to physically and mentally persist through every challenging drill.

Caroline Haws said...

Page liked on facebook!

Caroline Haws said...

Following you on instagram!

Caroline Haws said...

Following you on Bloglovin!

JustineSearle said...

I love yoga. It centers and calms my mind, makes me aware of my body, and it just feels so good to stretch and slow it down a little!

JustineSearle said...

Shared on Twitter! https://twitter.com/justinesearle/status/438108191197384704

JustineSearle said...

Liked We Love Colors on Facebook!

JustineSearle said...

Followed you on Instagram!

JustineSearle said...

Followed i believe in unicorns. on bloglovin!

Julie Stapley Manning said...

Being a mother of two is challenging at times, but it definitely makes me feel "whole and alive".

Bret Mortimer said...

Something that makes me feel whole is being with my little brother. He encourages me, loves me, and gets me. He is leaving for Mozambique in March for his mission, and while I support him entirely (and the church), I feel like it's something I have no control over, because I don't. Perhaps yoga will fill that void of lack of control. Thank you for your idea.

Bret Mortimer said...

Followed you on instagram as well!

Bret Mortimer said...

Also liked and commented the facebook page. Thank you!

Tami said...

I love running!

Kristin said...

Listening to Ted Talks and Podcasts always makes me feel happy and more whole as an individual.

Kristin said...

Liked the We Love Colors facebook page and commented!

Kristin said...

I am now one more follower of you on instagram.

Kristin said...

Following you on Bloglovin

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