Ahh, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining (hurray!) and we can finally smell the faint musterings of budding flowers, food carts and sweaty joggers again – Spring is in the air! To celebrate this almost-springness and because we’re feeling the need for another fun YD giveaway, we present to you a chance to win some comfy yoga shorts! Shorts? Yes. We often have a tough time finding a good pair of comfortable yoga non-pants, and we know some of you out there may feel the same. Yoga shorts newbs, here’s your chance! Courtesy of Beebliss and their inspired yoga wear, the Sadhya shorts are pretty much as comfy as they get, and dare we say, blissful? 😉 heh.
TO ENTER: It’s (almost) Spring! Time to unload the heavy cloaks of the unnecessary (like pants!) and reawaken the senses. Have a favorite springtime activity? yoga pose? inspirational quote? Speak your piece (and peace) in the comments. That will be your entry to win. Let’s keep the sun shining!
You have until this Friday to enter. Winners to be announced soon after. There will be TWO!
*Note* Giveaway open to all ‘dorks, though, mind you, these are in ladies sizes… see them here
UPDATE: CONGRATS to the WINNERS! Shelley F. (#26) and Alison (#41)!
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Thanks to all for the uplifting comments. Happy Spring!
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‘There is always a light within us that is free from all sorrow and grief, no matter how much we may be experiencing suffering.’ ~Yoga Sutra I.36
Favorite springtime activity-gardening! I have crocus blooming now and they make me so happy to see and know that spring is almost here! And..favorite yoga pose-pigeon, LOVE pigeon, could stay in it forever. 🙂
To err is human, to om is divine.
I don’t know who said this but I like it a lot: “The test of thankfulness is not what you have to be thankful for, but whether anyone else has reason to be thankful that you are here.”
My favorite yoga pose is half moon pose.
April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go. ~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe
and for the more laid back individuals
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” ~Robin Williams
As for me, I take my yoga to my favorite studio: my back deck.
there is nothing like yoga in the sunshine with a light breeze to keep you cool.
oh my favorite springtime quote has always been one of Mark Twain’s
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
Thanks for the give-away! I find springtime is great for heart openers and throat openers after we’ve been holed up and solitary all winter. So I am really digging on Camel at the moment.
Oh, the sun, the sun!! Now that it is peering into the yoga studio earlier and more often, any pose that expresses upwardly…urdvha hastasana, vira I, or just some full-on sun salutations! Yay for the sun!
For me, it’s all about Urdhva Dhanurasana… I liken it to preparing to dive in my lake for the first time in the summer…. My own personal baptismal entry to summertime…. It is sometimes a daunting pose for me, especially just before I lift into it, but once you’re in it, well…. like diving in the cold fresh water of the lake, it feels fantastic!!!!
Just saw the first crocuses of the season this morning on the way to work! They were definitely an inspirational sight! Yay for yoga shorts!
One of my favorite quotes was not said by anyone famous, but as soon as he said it, it resonated deeply with me:
If we are doing yoga, we’ve been on our mats before
Just as the trees are vibrantly waking up from winter, reach to the sky in Vrksasana or get down and smell the grass with Chaturanga Dandasana.
“No matter what the object is, whether business, pleasures, or the fine arts; whoever pursues them to any purpose must do so con amore.”
— Sir Thomas Fitzosborne
“Spring has sprung, the grass is riz… I wonder where the birdies is.”
I *love* those shorts. And up here in Canada, it only needs to be slightly above zero to justify showing a little skin. I’m ready!
Bishop Desmond Tutu on the South African ethical idealolgy Ubuntu: “I only exist because you exist, my existence is dependent on your existence, my well-being is dependent on your well-being.”
My favorite springtime activity has to be doing yoga with friends in Central Park. Doing Tree Pose among the trees and flowers as they begin to bloom is so uplifting. My favorite springtime asanas are Ustrasana (for awakening), Vrksasana (grounding while rising up like the flowers and trees) and Ardha Matsyendrasana (to cleanse the internal organs in preparation for a new awakening!). YAY SPRING!
“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
~Percy Bysshe Shelley
My favorite springtime celebration is going to the park with my hula hoop! Not quite warm enough here, but I can’t wait for some good hooping weather!
Let the bonfire of life burn bright as you throw in the weeds of the past. If you can feel it you can heal it… ~Ravi Singh
Yoga in my beautiful sunroom! Open all the windows and feel the fresh air. Yaaay!
A Haiku on the Use of Beebliss Yoga Shorts
How blissful I’ll be
in Beebliss hot yoga shorts
First, I love the quote Lindsh posted! Gonna have to add that to my collection.
I think one of my favorite Spring things is setting the clocks ahead. There’s just something about having more daylight later that energizes me!
My favorite thing about spring is camping and riding my bike on the trails
Bathing in the spring sunshine.
I love to get out into my garden and till the soil, stir up my compost, throw down some mulch and prepare to grow veggies. I love the warm spring sun and getting all dirty and feeling close to nature!
Some Native American tribes believe that the Great Spirit is easier to hear from the top of a tree. So if your life seems confusing or out of control, it is Spirits way of telling you it is time to climb a tree.
Here is to pre-emptive tree climbing this spring, and speaking to Spirit from the tree tops.
Season of hope, easter, baseball, and yoga on the lawn!
Living in New England, spring time is a new begining to mix up the indoor workout routine and bring it outdoors. Favorite: rowing on the water, a great mental break as well as an awesome workout!
Here is a visual of what I LOVE during springtime thanks to my lovely *little* angel. Blissful 😀
An goodness me HOW CUTE ARE THOSE SHORTS!!!! AGHHHHHHH!
I love to walk and when better to walk then in the spring when everything is in bloom and the grass is green. Everything is full of life and new possibilities. It is also the time my garden becomes alive after its winter rest and I can begin to plan this years bounty
shake it in the sun!
guacamole and a strawberry margarita post yoga, of course! and long savasanas in the sunshine with friends.
Thank you for the world so sweet
Thank you for our yoga feet
Thank you for the birds that sing
Namaste for spring !
Sun Salutations for the spring…
I look forward to spring cleaning every year…is that sad? Out with the old, stale energy of winter, in with the fresh, clean breeze!
Looking forward to yoga in the sunshine in the crisp mountain air.
I have always loved the phrase “Whirled Peas”.
I cannot wait to get home from work to spring into asanas whilst enjoying the fresh spring air outside in the backyard. Hanging out upside down enjoying the plants and trees that are verdant green and flowers blooming vibrantly is going to be sheer bliss!! My asanas will be ever so Spring sweet ! ~ Namaste
I love how the first hints of spring wake up the optimist within me. Seems like anything is possible & I’ve got a blank slate. I love spring cleaning, garden planning, outdoor parties, etc. All of the introspection of winter has me feeling so clear and hopeful. This quote seems appropriate:
“An optimist is the human personification of spring.” -Susan J. Bissonette
Thanks for the contest!
I’m excited to plant a garden for the first time this year. Also, I’m looking forward to hiking and taking my pup for long walks.
My favorite springtime yoga pose has to be triangle. It seems like your opening your whole body up!
“Be kind: for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”
I heard this (and it may have been penned by) my teacher Cherry Foreman!
More sun light and vitamine D means more running and yoga outside!
Happy Spring! 🙂
😉 I guess its time to shave my legs and get extra doses of vitamin D for these pasty white legs! Spring has sprung! Woo-hoo!
Too much of everything is just enough. I’d love to win a pair for my wife. Thank you.
riding my bike to the park, and practicing yoga in the park. oh, i cannot wait to teach my first outdoor class this year!!!
Spring makes me feel like I’m a child again!
“If my heart can become pure and simple like that of a child, I think there can be no happiness greater than this.”
I’m in the midst of spring cleaning (ie, donating/discarding old clothes, magazine, and, let’s face it, junk that should never have been hibernating in my house). I recommend such a purge at least once a year–to remind yourself that LESS IS MORE.
That said, count me in 😉
They used to call us soccer moms. How 1990s. Apparently, the new patronizing term for busy women in their 40s is “Yoga Mom.” Even the venerable New York Times has published condescending articles about middle-aged women, accompanied by graphics of an incompetent ditz, a latte in one hand and a yoga mat in the other as she talks on her Bluetooth and drives her minivan around her suburban town. An acceptable stereotype, apparently offensive only to those of us who are obviously stupid, seeing as we have uteruses and wrinkles all at the same time.
More concerning is the contempt from within the Yoga community. I am always dismayed when I read a blog post or an article (and, sadly, there are many) that sneers out at the world. “Suburban housewives in health clubs and community centers,” they say, “that’s not REAL yoga.” (Because, I suppose, for these people, nothing says “Authentic Yoga” like passing judgment on another person’s practice. Curious.)
Oh, stop, people. We middle-aged suburban women who have kids are just as relevant as the rest of you. And, I can tell you, my classes at the local Y are a true Kula. We make use of the gym’s childcare center, we join together, and for a precious hour or two we center our minds and spirits, grounded in our physical being. (And, if I’m a good girl and don’t whine too much about core-centric asanas, our teacher treats me with the mad euphoria of a long-held pigeon pose!)
It doesn’t matter what you think of us, you New York Times, you “authentic” yogis. We enter our studio, our Activity Room, our Community Center as bits of glass. But, our silly chatter blends and melds into one breath, one voice. We move as one through our practices, lifting each other with a like energy. By the end, Yoga becomes the light that shines though our sad piece of glass, sending rainbows across the room, across our communities. And, together, our “inauthentic” kula of women shines together like a glorious chandelier lit from within by the light of our prana. Laugh at our minivans and playgroups if you must, but, remember that we are the fuel in your community machine. We volunteer in your schools, your shelters. We raise funds for suffering people nearby and around the world. We nurture young ones, and teach them the loving kindness we seek to build in yoga.
Wow. Too serious, too long for me. In short: Suck it, bitches. I’m an old bag who loves her practice. Haters, shut it. But, please….stop calling me a “Yoga Mom.”
I find “Prana Mama” to be a far more appealing phrase.
I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiarra, I could save the world.
Spring has tossed a big bucket of Golden Sun and Warmth on my old Winter self, causing it to cry out: “Look what you’ve done! I’m melting! melting! Oh, what a world! What a world!”
Now everyone burst into song:
Ding-dong! The blues are dead!
Which old blues? The winter blues!
Ding-dong the winter blues are dead!
Looking forward to my first Springtime with Yoga, and the days the outer light will match my inner light.
Congrats to Shelly and Alison!!
Thanks to all who shared their springtime inspirations 🙂
Thank you thank you thank you!!!! xo