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Review: Lululemon Astro Pants

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Maya Henderson

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The Lululemon Astro Pants

It's so unlike me to go this long without updating the blog. My schedule's been completely insane the last few weeks and I've been doing some serious thinking on what activities I want to pursue over summer. Change is seriously all around me. To deal with the sudden life rollercoaster, I did something that a lot of women do to find a constant among the chaos: I went shopping.
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5 health & fitness events not to miss this week!

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Maya Henderson

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Between work, family, friends and other miscellaneous responsibilities, I know first hand how hard it can be to schedule in a workout, let alone a workshop, class or something special for yourself. But these five health and fitness events are only offered for a limited time, so you'll want to make time for one -- or all- of them. Your body, energy levels and mood will thank you for it!
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Talking Yogalosophy with Mandy Ingber

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Maya Henderson

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Let's just go ahead and get this out of the way: Mandy Ingber is Jennifer Aniston's yoga instructor and she works with many celebrities and wealthy clients in California who can afford private lessons from a "celebrity yoga instructor."
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Free community yoga classes

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Maya Henderson

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Photo: Indigo Studio

I've been hitting the gym a lot lately, going all out in 45-minute jump rope classes, and today, it hit me like a log- I miss my yoga!

Thankfully, when the craving for yoga comes along, I don't have to do too much to satiate it. I'm within walking distance to four great studios, I have class passes at another two studios, a free week at a place that's about a 10-minute bus ride away and unlimited online classes at my beck and call.

I'm feeling quite happy about my yoga wealth, so I felt it was only appropriate to pay it forward to those who might not be in the same situation.
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Healthy yoga and fitness events for Spring

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Maya Henderson

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Have you noticed? Spring has SPRUNG! All of a sudden, my calendar is full of amazing networking events, parties, special workshops and spa deals! Not everything makes the mind-body fitness and yoga cut, but thankfully, a lot of things do! Here's a roundup of some not-to-be missed things for those craving a fresh, healthy start to the new season.
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Get Fit Event: Crave Chicago's Bloom + Tone Party

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Maya Henderson

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Women's networking and lifestyle company, Crave Chicago, hosts their first annual Bloom + Tone party this Sunday, March 28 from 1-6pm at Architectural Artifacts. This event, five hours of health, wellness and fitness, will be the kick-off to get Chicago ladies excited to get in shape this season. 
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Free Class of the Week: Core Floor & More at Indigo Studio

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Maya Henderson

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The Indigo Studio, Chicago's only Yoga Booty Ballet studio, has expanded their class offerings for spring. Still staying in true YBB spirit, most of the new classes have a fun dance-inspired foundation, like cardio hip hop, core barre ballet, street jazz and candlelight Yoga Booty Ballet, making Indigo a great place for those who like to workout without feeling like they're working out.

If you love the ballet-inspired toning section of Yoga Booty Ballet classes or just want to start shedding that winter weight, here's your chance. Indigo is offering two free Core Floor & More classes this week.
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Yoga fashion trends for spring

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

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For Spring 2010, fitness and yoga apparel is more colorful and functional than ever, with vibrant hues, moisture-wicking technology, slimming silhouettes and comfortable fabrics you'll want to wear around town, not just to the gym or yoga studio. Here's a gallery of some of the best gym, pilates and yoga apparel looks for the season. Use the arrows at the top of the gallery to see all 9 images.

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Valentine's Day Yoga Events

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

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Grab a partner or a friend, invite the hottie you've been scoping in yoga or your significant other. It doesn't matter if you're single or betrothed, it's all about love, fun and positive energy at these Valentine's Day yoga events.
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Yoga Trends for 2010

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Maya Henderson

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Photo: www.localfitness.com.au

I've read countless top 10 lists, 2009 year in review lists and fitness predictions for 2010. I love a good list, but with the exception of Gaiam's "Ten Yoga Trends" article, they lack a focus for the mind-body fitness set. So, based on the Gaiam article, the American Council on Exercise's 2010 predictions, Pilates Pro articles and my own experience running around Chicago to try different classes, I comprised a list of trends for mind body fitness in 2010.
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Set Your Intentions for 2010, Pt. 2

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

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Everyone's setting goals and making resolutions for 2010, but unfortunately, many of us won't stay on the track with what we set out to do in the new year.
This is partially because we set unrealistic, unobtainable or number-based goals, when really it's all about positive thought and baby steps to get us on the right path.
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A Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

Got a fitness fanatic on your holiday shopping list this year? If you're looking for the perfect gift for the person who never misses their weekly yoga classes, freaks out if they can't make it to the gym or is committing to a healthier lifestyle in 2010, check out my picks for functional, unique and fun healthy holiday gifts for 2009.

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Set Your Intentions for 2010!

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

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Ready for success, happiness and empowerment? Join me on Tuesday, December 1 at lululemon Michigan Avenue for Set Your Intentions. Hosted by Ladies Lotto, a women's lifestyle network aimed at inspiring hip young women to achieve their professional and personal goals, the event starts at 7pm with mingling and networking followed by a goal setting workshop with the ladies of lululemon.

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How to Save Money on Yoga Clothes

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

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Photo Credit: M. Connors

When I first started working out, I didn't understand why anyone would pay $40 for a tank top or $100 for a pair of pants that you were just going to get all sweaty and I was completely content with working out in ratty shirts and cheap black pants. I learned the hard way that playing tug of war with ill-fitting clothes can be a major distraction during yoga and now I practically live in workout clothes, so it's important for me to have durable, flattering and functional yoga apparel that easily transitions from day to downward dog. When I'm not on the mat, I write content for an online shopping site, BradsDeals, so I've become an expert at searching out coupons and perusing sales. Here are my top tips on how to save money on yoga clothes and accessories, including a listing of stores with great deals currently going on, because updating your exercise wardrobe shouldn't take away from your budget for classes.
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The Eat Whatever You Want for Thanksgiving Yoga Challenge

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Maya Henderson

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The holidays are right around the corner, which means the seasonal stress, food, travel and cold weather are almost here, too. For most of us, this is a one-way ticket to fatassville, but what if you could actually get fitter this holiday season?
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What to Wear when you Sweat Down There

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

When you workout, do you prefer a thong, boyshorts or to go commando? What do you wear when you sweat down there? I like a cotton barrier of protection between my spandex gym apparel and my lady parts, but apparently I'm in the minority.
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Lululemon Bucktown Fitness Fest

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

I spent a lot of time this summer bussing it from Wicker Park to Lincoln Park for free fitness events, so I'm happy to announce that lululemon Bucktown is bringing five of the hottest workouts for fall (including one for kids) to the neighborhood for Bucktown Fitness Fest.
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The CHEW Chicago Health & Wellness Tour

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Maya Henderson

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Walking shoes? Check. Fall fitness gear? Check. VIP access to Lincoln Park's best health and wellness establishments? Check.
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Fresh Fitness Looks for Fall

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

I've made the decision. This season I'm going to live in my yoga and workout apparel. I practically do anyway, but after seeing all the great styles, colors and fabrics from the lululemon athletica and breath, body & balance function show, I'm convinced I don't really need to wear much else.

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Global Mala 2009: Get on your Mat for a Good Cause

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

September is Yoga Month and a time for Global Mala, a gathering of the global yoga community to practice for charity and peace. This Saturday, September 26, Chicago's yoga community comes together for a day full of classes and events to benefit two amazing organizations.
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Fitness, Function and Fashion at Blogapalooza

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Maya Henderson

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On Thursday, September 24, the ChicagoNow bloggers take over the 900 North Shops for our first ever Blogapalooza. I'm teaming up with lululemon athletica for a Function Show, an informal fashion show featuring their cute, fun and functional apparel for yoga, running and the gym. Argo will be providing delicious tea samples and I'll be answering all your mind body fitness questions and passing out gift bags filled with class passes to some of the hottest new studios in the area.

 

Stop by and see me! I love meeting new people, getting feedback about the blog, finding out what readers want to see covered and as evident in previous posts, talking about lululemon!


Blogapalooza takes place at the 900 Shops at 900 North Michigan Ave. from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 24.

Lululemon + Equinox= Awesome Free Fitness Challenge

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

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Fall is just around the corner and what a better way to kick it off with a little healthy competition? For the first two weeks of September, Lululemon and Equinox, my recent pick for best Chicago gym for yoga, team up to challenge you to Get Winded in the Windy City. Stop in to your local Lululemon store to get a class punch card, take 10 classes from September 1-14 at either Lululemon or Equinox and if you complete or exceed the challenge, you get the (underrated) gift of health and self-satisfaction. All classes, even those at Equinox, are complimentary and while I don't think there's a big shopping spree grand prize, the better mood, slimmer body and boosted esteem that comes from working out sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.

You must register for the challenge, so be sure to RSVP to your local Lululemon store to participate. 

Free Class of the Week: Yoga Booty Ballet

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Maya Henderson

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Instead of the usual morning yoga, Lululemon Michigan Avenue mixes it up with Jaclyn "JJ" Jones of Indigo Studio for a free Yoga Booty Ballet class this Sunday, August 23.

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JJ leading a Yoga Booty Ballet class at Lululemon.

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Free Class of the Week: Beach Booty Beat

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Maya Henderson

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I've got it on good word from Paul Konrad that this Saturday is going to be nice and summery, so this week's free workout is going outside!

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Get Fit, Sexy and Centered for Free on Saturday

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Maya Henderson

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Get fit for free at this year's Women's Health Are you Game? event.

Contact your workout buddies and fitness friends and tell them to cancel their plans on Saturday. With all the free, fun and healthy activities going on, you won't have time for (nor will you want to do) anything else.

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Free Class of the Week: Pilates & Stretch at Lululemon

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Maya Henderson

Your source for all things yoga and wellness in Chicago.

Many of my friends are young artists and professionals who can't afford a gym or yoga studio membership, so I'm always on the look out for free and cheap ways for them to stay active and healthy. Thankfully, Chicago's got plenty of fun fitness freebies for all of us, regardless of age or profession.

My free class pick of the week is Lululemon Bucktown's Pilates & Stretch, a yoga and pilates fusion class with certified pilates instructor Lindsay Stryffeler at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 11.

Lindsay is a Lululemon ambassador, a local fitness profession who "embodies the Lululemon lifestyle and culture."

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A photo from an acroyoga demo at the Bucktown store. This won't be happening in pilates class!

 I mentioned in a previous post that all Chicago-area Lululemon locations host weekly free classes and workshops and I can't recommend these workouts enough. The store provides mats, there's no pressure to buy anything (although I usually find it hard not to) and no one will give you the side-eye if you show up wearing something that isn't from the store.

If Thursdays don't work for you, the Bucktown store also has a weekly Sunday morning yoga class.

The Dailey Method is coming to Bucktown

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Maya Henderson

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Being a bike-less commuter, it's kind of a pain for me to get to the Bar Method studio in Lakeview, so I was literally the first participant through the door for Lululemon Bucktown's free preview class of the Dailey Method last night.

Although I did feel a little nerdy for showing up so early, apparently I'm not the only one who swears by these workouts, because the store quickly got packed.

Like its Lakeview rival, the Dailey Method is a combination of ballet moves, serious core work, toning and stretching, which results in a completely kick ass booty lifting, thigh slimming, tummy tightening workout.

I go to a similar class at Crunch on Wednesday evening (Barre Assets) religiously and it never gets easier, but the results are worth it. I love that my backside is rounding out in all the right ways!

The opening date for the Dailey Method keeps getting pushed back, but the studio is hoping to open in mid-June. You can believe that as soon as they're up and running, I'll be posting a review!

Oh, and in case you're looking for awesome ways to get fit on the cheap, all of the Lululemon locations in Chicago offer free mid-week workouts in addition to a free weekly yoga class. Consider it their way of sayings "thanks" for dropping up to $100 on a pair of (well-worth it) yoga pants.

 

The Dailey Method is located at 1714 N Damen, above the Marc Jacobs store.

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