Get Sweaty: Give Yoga a Try with Mint Clothing Co.’s Jessica Snyder

The adorable (and flexible!) Jessica Synder of Mint Clothing Co. and Mint the Blog. Photos by Jeremy Cannon.

The adorable (and flexible!) Jessica Snyder of Mint Clothing Co. and Mint the Blog. Photos by Jeremy Cannon.

This is a guest post from the lovely Jessica Snyder of Mint Clothing Company. She’s not only a designer, surfer and writer—she’s also a serious yoga lover. In celebration of September being National Yoga Month, she’s walking us through some of her favorite moves with her yoga teacher, Ashley Corlis, and showing off the gear Lululemon sent over to try out.

Hello! Jess here from Mint Clothing Company and Mint the Blog. Stoked to be making an appearance on Dirtbag Darling. So here’s the deal: I suck at working out. Sad but oh so true! I am the kinda girl that needs to get “tricked” into working out. You know the type, and maybe you are in the same boat.

Bright details from Lululemon.

Bright details from Lululemon.

After years of trying to make the standard gym equipment work for me I hopped on board the yoga train about three years ago and I haven’t looked back since. The great thing about yoga is it really helps to ground me after a long frantic day or week of work. I never regret going. And it’s fun! The key for me is the teacher—I need music in class and also a teacher with a good sense of humor is important to me. My favorite yoga teacher, Ashley and I went over some great poses for althetic girls (namely surfers but these are fun for the whole crew) and we documented them just for you. Follow Ashley’s instructions below to feel your best:

Try focusing your eyes on a dot on the floor or the wall to improve your balance.

Try focusing your eyes on a dot on the floor or the wall to improve your balance.

Tree Pose for Balance

Stand tall with your feet together. Take time to feel your feet rooting down into the earth.  Notice how you can press evenly through all edges of your feet: outer and inner edge, front and back.  Keep your legs strongly engaged.  Now find a spot to focus your eyes, keep your “drishti,” or gaze, steady.  Keep your left foot grounded as you lift your right foot up to your calf or thigh.  Feel the right foot press into the leg as the leg presses back into the foot.  Keep rooting through the mound of your left big toe to keep you balanced and strong.  Bring your hands together in front your heart.  Feel your left palm and your right palm press together symbolizing the balance between the right and left side of the body, mind and heart. Hold for three breaths. Slowly release your right foot.  Repeat on the other side.  If you can can find your balance on the ground, you can find your balance on your surfboard, no problem!

The hottest "candle" around!

The hottest “candle” around!

Shine Brightly Abdominal Bliss for a Strong Core

Lay down on your back and relax your head and neck.  Bend your knees and place your feet hip distance apart and make sure your feet are under your knees.  Reach your arms behind your head and interlace your fingers to make the shape of a “candle” and take a deep breath in.  On your exhale, shine your “candle” forward inbetween your legs. Keep your head and neck relaxed and try to move from your abdominal wall instead, drawing navel to spine.

On your inhale, return back down while stretching your candle overhead and relaxing your head and neck. Exhale to lift your candle to the right and try to lift both shoulder blades off of the floor.  Inhale to return back down and stretch your candle overhead, relaxing the head and neck. Exhale to reach your candle to the left and try to lift your shoulder blades off of the floor.  Remember to move from your core, navel to spine. Inhale return back down, stretching your candle overhead, relax your head and neck.  Repeat three times, very slowly! Try to elongate every breath. For the last one, when you go straight up the middle, consider lifting your legs forward to give yourself a challenge.  Keep your inner thighs strong and your tailbone rooted to the earth. Belly strong!

A teacher can help correct your form (but home workouts count, too!).

A teacher can help correct your form (but home workouts count, too!).

Warrior II for Stability

This move helps keep you grounded and centered, strengthens your legs and helps you stay connected to your core, stabilizing you for those days when the ocean waves are rough. Stay for three to four breaths.

Stretching is essential to your workout.

Stretching is essential to your workout.

Uttanasana for Stretched-Out Hamstrings

As you fold forward, put a soft bend in your knees and keep your leg muscles engaged.  Interlace hands behind your back and reach them overhead.  Let your head hang heavy down toward the earth. Stay for three breaths and then switch your interlaced fingers the opposite thumb on top for variation and stay for three more breaths. This pose lengthens your hamstrings, opens your shoulders and decompresses the spine.

Well there you are! Time to get your namaste on!

Thanks Jessica, we love you and your yoga grind. 

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