My Amazing Yoga Experience – CorePower Yoga Walnut Creek Review

So bummed the weekend is behind us. They fly by so fast! I had a lot of studying to do, but at least Kyle and I got to work a little on house projects/yard work.

I promise I helped

I promise I helped and didn’t just stand there and take photos.

Sounds awful, but we’re still in the “I love to work on the house even if it’s basically chores” phase. I hope to have some DIY projects up on the blog soon. And since I’m always busy now and neglect blogging, hopefully “soon” means this month.

Anyways, I’m trying to get into the half marathon training spirit. I’m doing well with strength training this round, but those speed workouts just make me want to give up.

I might be okay with that.

I realized last week that my half marathon is in 2 months. Whoops, that crept up on me like a bad wedgy. I’m going to attempt to do speed work 2 days a week (1 if I can tell my body needs to take it easy), plus a lot of easy long runs, and my new favorite form of strength training- yoga.

A while back, I tried yoga for the first time with my BFF. I always thought I would hate yoga because my only experience (prior to that class) was yoga in P90X and a unit in PE. And to me, they were both snooze-fests and seemed like a way to say you worked out without actually having to physically exert yourself. Boy was I wrong!

Here we are at my first yoga class (we went to a yoga studio in the city). I fell in love with the vinyasa flow class!

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Well fast forward to this year- CorePower Yoga recently opened up a studio in Walnut Creek, CA (not to far from me). They generously offered to host a class for my friends/readers (and myself)! I jumped at the opportunity because I had been dying to try another yoga class!

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Their new studio is gorgeous!!!

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My friends/readers and I did a C2 class (heated) with the amazing Sharon and it was FANTASTIC! They have so many different kinds of classes, but here is the C2 description

CorePower Yoga 2 (C2) is a rigorous yoga class with demanding strength postures that will have you moving, breathing and sweating! True to its name, a C2 class focuses on building and engaging your core strength to support you in more advanced postures. Set to energizing music in a heated, climate-controlled room, CorePower Yoga 2 strengthens, balances, detoxifies and exhilarates the body and mind.

I got in a great strength workout, sweat, and stretched out those tight muscles. One weird thing I was worried about before this class was the smell of a heated room. I’m sorry, but when someone says heated yoga, I think of sweaty, overweight men who reek of onions and garlic. Don’t know why. Luckily the studio smelled (surprisingly) amazing and fresh (and we went to a class in the early afternoon).

Anyways, our instructor Sharon had this amazing energy to keep us motivated, and also made me feel comfortable in a more advanced class (even though it was my 2nd yoga class ever). I loved that she walked around and corrected form IF you wanted the help. I even dragged Kyle to the class (who said he hates yoga) and he “didn’t hate it.” ;) I’ve never felt so good after a workout. Seriously. After the class, I was so energized and relaxed at the same time.

My class was so great that I made my friends from work go to a beginner class later that week. Even though I think the 3 of us could have handled a C2 class, it was great to go to a C1 class and learn the basics. C2 is still my favorite so far, but I loved that C1 was still challenging and helped me learn the basics (but without being boring).

We debated using their amazing showers in the locker room after class, but decided we wanted to avoid traffic and just hit the road. We may or may not have sat on towels in my car to prevent nasty sweat from getting all over my seats. I’m an awesome host.

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If you’re a yoga lover or debating trying yoga for the first time- GO TO COREPOWER YOGA!! I promise it’s an amazing experience! I’m so excited to see how this will affect my running journey.

If you’ve never tried it- here’s a referral coupon you can use for a free 1 week trial!! (Feel free to put Amy T@FitnessMeetsFrosting, fitnessmeetsfrosting@gmail.com- but no worries if you don’t :) )

A huge thanks to CorePower Yoga for hosting a wonderful event for my friends and myself!

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This post was sponsored by CorePower Yoga. All opinions are my own.

What are your thoughts on yoga- I promise, no judging here!

Do you practice yoga regularly?

How do you strength train?

Tangent Tuesday – Cookies, Yoga, and Cowboys, oh my!

Monday WORKOUT:

HIIT class

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Hope everyone had a great weekend (and a Happy Easter if you celebrate!)! My weekend started off with some yoga after work with friends. I’ve fallen in love with CorePower Yoga– more on that later this week :) But here’s a sneak peak:

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Kyle and I have had a deal for the past couple of years now. He does our taxes and I bake him my homemade chocolate chip cookies. Nice and chewy on the inside, of course. I bet you aren’t allowed to pay your tax guy the same way ;)

chocolate chip cookies

My sister had the family dog (Sienna) for the past week. She lives in SoCal while she’s in school, but she finished up a quarter early(!!) so she took our dog for funzies and walked her friends to class.

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Aren’t you jealous? I was. I wish I could have had my dog walk me to class ;)

My sister and Sienna also got some good use out of our Kurgo dog hammock. I wish I looked this comfortable on 6 hour road trips

sienna kurgo dog hammock

Anyways, after my 6:30 AM Saturday class, I went on a nice and easy run. The only benefit to a class that early is getting out on my run before it gets hot.

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Later that day, Kyle and I headed out to his best bud’s engagement party!! We’re finally at that age where our friends are getting married. So weird. It was a rodeo themed party so we had to dress the part.

rodeo engagement party

And of course we had Easter Sunday with family and friends! I brought some brie and blackberry tarts for appetizers and a lighter fruit platter.

brie and blackberry tartfruit platter

Chewy or crunchy cookies? Chewy, duh.

Have you ever had a pet walk you to class? I was always jealous of kids in elementary school whose moms would walk them to class with their dog. My mom worked full-time. Damn needing food on the table and what not.

What has been your favorite themed party?

What did you do for Easter?

Things I’m Loving Friday

Soooo sooo happy it’s Friday! It’s been a long week and now I just wish finals were over! Then I get 1 week of “freedom” and then my next quarter starts *insert shedding of tears*

Anyways, I wanted to put a positive spin on a dark time ( ;) I think I will always consider finals week a “dark time”). Here are a few of my favorite things *sung like Julie Andrews*

(1) Fresh, organic eggs from someone’s (who you know) chickens >>> store bought eggs

These eggs are from Kyle’s family. Aren’t they gorgeous! I swear they taste better AND they make me feel so much better because I know how the chicks are raised.

So last night Kyle and I had brinner. I made my Hash Brown Quiche, but made it spicy/Mexican style and substituted in leftover taco meat for sausage :)

(2) Cordskinz

Cordskinz

What are Cordskinz you ask? They are these really amazing covers for your earphones that prevent tangling! I use my earphones ALL the time for grad school. I’m constantly taking them from home to work and back, and of course they get tangled in my purse. Not with Cordskinz. They easily slide on over the earphone wires and you can barely tell that they are there (unless you go with the brighter colors!).

Cordskinz

That little blue thing helps to EASILY feed the Cordskin over the earphone wire

So nice to just throw my earphones into my bag and not wind them up neatly. I mean, I’m a little OCD so sometimes it makes me happy to see a neatly wound bundle of earphones ;) but most of the time I’m just in a hurry and couldn’t care less. I’ve even fallen asleep (in bed) with them on and I wake up and they are on the floor, untangled. And I promise, I’m a roller- just ask Kyle. See, hard to tell that something is on my earphones right?

Cordskinz

(3) iOttie

I’m in LOVE with this thing. If you couldn’t tell, the iOttie (this is the one I have- and many of my family members have) mounts your phone in your car.

My mom originally bought this for my little sister when she moved down to SoCal for school. She knew she would be driving everywhere and needed to be hands-free. It works soooo well that I ended up purchasing one for Kyle’s brother when he became a realtor. All that driving to random locations and conference calls! Now a few of Kyle’s family members have one (including Kyle), and I think everyone in my family has one.

It’s SUPER easy to use. It never falls off the dashboard, never drops the phone, never moves unless you move it. I’ve heard that other brands make it cumbersome to insert/remove your phone. Not this thing. Also, for some reason my first iOttie started acting up a few months in (my phone would slowly droop). I emailed the company and without question, they shipped a new one. I just love great customer service!

(4) G.H. Bass & Co. Clogs

Okay. These are going to get me some judgy stares and laughs. Rightfully so.

But remember a while ago I told y’all that I don’t stand properly and have horrible feet that will ruin my knees if I don’t get better footwear and work on standing? So, I was on the hunt for house slippers that have great arch support and that DON’T cost an arm and a leg. I mean, if I’m going to buy hideous slippers that will ONLY be seen in my home, I did not want to spend $$$.

And then I found the G.H. Bass & Co. Corrine Clog. on sale for $19.99 (I bought mine in black). Super comfortable. Great arch support for my over-pronating feet. Fugly. They made me miss all of my adorable fuzzy slippers. But hey, they promote my proper stance and I won’t be wearin these in public…

Have you had fresh eggs before?

Do you use earphones and do they get tangled?

Do you have house slippers? Are they cute or comfortable? I’m convinced it’s one or the other.

I am not a brand ambassador for any of these brands/products. I did receive Cordskinz in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.