This week on Alisonksaylor I will be talking about my new go to workout and hopefully it will be yours too after reading this post! As most of my close peeps know I have lost some weight by cutting out dairy. (yes, this means no cheese) I started at the beginning of march and I have dropped almost 3 pant sizes. I know, it's wild to me too. I am not a huge gym girl, so I wanted a workout that didn't involve me using a bunch of weird machines that I really didn't feel were doing anything. A few weeks ago I got an email telling me I was one of the Nashville bloggers/influencers that was invited to a blogger brunch and yoga session with CorePower Yoga. I thought to myself, "Well I am DEFINITELY saying yes because how cool is that, but I've done yoga once in my life and I laughed the whole time because the instructor was nuts soooo I will give it a try anyways." This yoga thing is not easy that is for sure, but I really enjoyed it.  Also, I got invited to the grand opening class and I enjoyed that as well! It was a 60 minute C2 hot yoga class and oh myyyyy it was good. I have never sweated so much EVER! I went back for another class the next morning and now I'm hooked. (You will be, too). It's a killer workout and not to mention the staff at CPY Brentwood is just the best! They are the sweetest girls and make you feel so welcome. My girl Chelsea Gartner is my fave yoga instructor though so if any of my Nashville peeps need a killer workout go to CPY Bwood and take one of Chelsea's classes. Since I am a newbie at yoga, I wanted to know what the health benefits were as well as the top 5 yoga poses to get bikini ready. I asked Chelsea and here is what she told me!

  • 5 yoga poses to get you toned for summer and bikini ready
    • Eagle Crunch (good for toning abs): Take a seat on the mat, then lie down on your back. Bend your arms to 90 degrees and raise your left arm over your right in front of your body; bend your knees to 90 degrees and place your right leg over your left, tucking your right foot behind your left calf (a). As you exhale, lift your elbows and knees toward each other over your torso, keeping your lower back on the mat (b). Lower to return to start; that's one rep. Do 20, then switch sides, raising your right arm over your left and your left leg over your right. Complete two sets.
    • Wide Arm Push Ups (good for pecs, triceps and core): Place your thumb and index finger on the edges of your yoga mat. Stack your shoulders over your wrists, tuck your toes and press through your heels. Option to complete from your knees. Lower your chest toward your yoga mat as you bend your elbows toward 90 degrees and press back up. For best results, lower and lift for 2 counts for 8 reps, lower and lift at a single count pace for 12 reps, hold low and pulse for 4 reps, lower and lift at a single count pace for 4 reps.
    • Horse (good for core & obliques): Take a three-foot-wide stance with your toes out and your heels in. Bend your knees, and keep your knees over your ankles, pointing the same direction as your toes. Bring your hands behind your head with your elbows wide. Inhale, twist right, exhale, twist left. Repeat for 20 breaths.
      •   Warrior 3 (good for legs, glutes, and core): From standing, lift your right knee up to a 90 degree bend and flex your toes up. Exhale extend your right foot back behind you and hinge forward from your hips, reaching your arms overhead. Dig your grounded heel into your mat to engage your glutes, and kick out through your back heel to activate your right leg. Firm your belly and inhale return to standing upright with control; that is one rep. Do 10 and then switch sides, standing on your right leg with your left knee lifted. 
      •     Bridge Pose (good for thighs, glutes, and abs): Lie on your back. Bend your knees and step your feet hip-width apart. Reach your fingertips towards your heels, palms down. Inhale, lift your hips up and press your heels and shoulders into your mat. Firm your belly and keep your knees pointing forward in line with your hip bones. Hold for a few breaths. Complete two sets. For better results, kick your right leg up and reach your toes up to the sky, hold for a five breaths and repeat with your left leg lifted. 
  • Top health benefits of yoga
    • A regular yoga practice increases flexibility and strength in your muscles and promotes long, lean looking muscle tone. Rather than bulking up from repetitive motion exercise, yoga has you work your full range of motion in every joint of your body and build strong and long muscles so we can do all the things we love throughout our whole life.
    • Additionally, increased circulation from all yoga postures aids in the best function of the skin and organs. 
    • The meditative benefits of a complete yoga practice result in a calmer state of mind, which reduces stress and promotes happiness.
Alison Saylor