#MovementMonday: TRX Arms with Michelle Vahey

#MovementMonday: TRX Arms with Michelle Vahey

TRX is back — this week, Michelle is tackling arms! We think you’ll want to follow suit…

This post comes to you from TRX instructor and co-founder of VIDA Performance Michelle Vahey, who will be introducing us to new workouts all month long! 

Note: For each exercise, aim to do 10-15 reps of each, 1- 3 rounds.

TRX Y DELTOID FLY; 10-15 reps

Stand with your feet together (harder) or apart (easier), arms pulled back to a Y position, tension on the TRX, palms forward. Lower body, keep arms straight, return to start position by slowly extending arms. Try not to bend the arms and keep your body on a plank position.

TRX ROW; 10-15 reps

Start by pulling your shoulders down and back, bend elbows, palms facing each other, hands besides chest. Walk your feet towards the anchor point until there is a squeeze on the back. Lower your body down by extending your arms but don’t protract your shoulder blades. Maintain plank position. Return, pull body toward anchor point by driving elbows beside body.

 

TRX BICEP CURL; 10-15 reps

Start by bending your elbows higher than your shoulders with pinkies aligned to temples. Walk your feet towards anchor point until you feel a squeeze in the biceps. Lower body down until arms are fully extended, maintain plank. Pull body toward anchor point by bringing pinkies to temples. Elbows remain high, eyes on anchor point.

TRX SWIMMER PULL; 10-15 reps

Start with hands besides hips, palms back, tension on the TRX. Offset your feet. Lower body down, keep arms extended, maintain plank. Pull on handles, drive palms back, maintain plank.

TRX TRICEP PRESS; 10-15 reps

Stand facing away from the anchor point. Extend arms in front of shoulders, palms down. Choose appropriate foot stance, keeping in mind that the closer your feet are to the anchor point, the harder this may be. Keep elbows up and stationary, lower body down until thumbs are next to temples. Drive through palms to extend the arms while maintaining plank.

TRX CHEST PRESS; 10-15 reps

Start facing away from the anchor point. Extend arms in front of shoulders, and choose your foot stance. Maintain plank as you lower body down by bending elbows 90 degrees. Drive through the palms while squeezing the chest, maintain plank position at all times.

+ Check back next Monday for more from Michelle, and check out other #MovementMonday routines here! 

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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

+ Looking for more Well+Good? Check out more of our collaboration with them here

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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

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Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

+ Looking for more Well+Good? Check out more of our collaboration with them here

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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

</div

Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

+ Looking for more Well+Good? Check out more of our collaboration with them here

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The Color to Wear for the Most Mood-Boosting Workouts

The Color to Wear for the Most Mood-Boosting Workouts

You guessed it: It isn’t black….

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

Your black leggings have always been the anchor of your tried-and-true workout look, but a brighter color is having a major moment in the world of athleisure: Pink.

Yup, rosé all day just got taken to a whole new level courtesy of FP Movement, our chic activewear line that combines fashion and function for head-turning looks that will take you from yoga straight to brunch. FP Movement’s take on the flushed-fashion trend is inspired by the philosophy that when you look amazing, you feel amazing. And what inspires good vibes more than happy hues? (Specifically, the color of watermelon and girl power.)

From high-performance leggings to cozy hoodies and matching yoga mats, these are the looks that will give you that post-workout-endorphins feel…before class even starts.

Scroll down for 8 pink activewear looks that will make you stand out at your next workout class (in the best way).

Kyoto Legging + Lua Bra

Finally, leggings with pockets are a thing (insert praise hands emoji here). Pair these extra soft leggings with the high-neck bra you’re going to want to wear with everything, and strike a (yoga) pose—without having to juggle your tangle of headphones, phone, and keys.

Yella Hoodie + Harem Jogger

For ultimate freedom of movement, this roomy hoodie-jogger combo is a fashion-forward take on the tracksuit that’s ideal for layering over your gym-wear (or for lounging if you want to call it a rest day).

 

Pop Color Sports Bra

Underneath your bold outer layer, rock a super supportive sports bra that doesn’t skimp on style. Adjustable straps prioritize comfort, while high-tech fabric proves pink isn’t just for looking pretty.

Breeze Yarn Turtleneck + Shade Flare

ICYMI: Flowy pants are the new leggings. Pair these ultra-soft oversized sweats with a form-fitting long sleeve for an active-layering look that’s made for outdoor runs and covering up after a sweaty indoor class. (Think: post-Peloton once the weather turns.)

Techloom Pro Trainer

Your toes can get in on the all-pink trend, too (beyond your pedicure, of course) courtesy of these blush APLs that are sleek enough to wear with a dress, but sturdy enough to crush a 10K.

Twist and Shout Tee

Great for layering (so you can add more shades of pink to your outfit, obviously), this tank is made from FP Movement’s Wicked Triblend fabric—which wicks away moisture to keep you comfortable even during your sweatiest HIIT seshes.

Barely There Bra + Barely There Leggings

But if you want to lose a layer, show off your rose-tinted sports bra and coordinating leggings. The Signature Seamless fabric is super flexible yet durable enough for a hard-hitting boxing class—so it’s basically like working out in a second skin.

Sun Salutation Yoga Bag + Rose Deodorant

For the full effect, give your accessories the blush treatment, too. A hot-pink yoga mat will keep the good vibes flowing, and with a rose-and-vanilla-scented vegan deodorant, you’ll have the whole matching-scent thing down, too.

 

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Mom’s the Word: A FP Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mom’s the Word: A FP Mother’s Day Gift Guide

A little something for moms everywhere…

Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for your own mother, or looking to make a few suggestions to your own spouse and kids, we’ve got you covered.

On The Move

White Hot Hoodie: Irresistibly soft and stretchy zip-up hoodie with drawstring details at the sides and sleeves, creating a cute ruched design. Ideal for throwing on before, during or after your next workout for a layered performance look.

Jump Rope: Get into shape with this old-school jump rope, handmade in Brooklyn, NY. This braided rope is featured in a hand-dyed ombre and boasts polished wooden handles.

Tonik No.1: Treat yourself to the powerful radiance-inducing benefits of coconut oil with these all natural, no mess capsules. Each bottle provides you with 120 capsules of 100% coconut oil to keep you glowing from the inside out, no matter where your day takes you.

Get It On Body Wash: Create gentle, cleansing suds with this body wash gel. Crafted with a blend of nine simple ingredients to nourish and refresh the skin. A lush sensual fragrance from aphrodisiac organic sandalwood, cedar and ginger essential oils instandly puts you  in the mood.

Deodorant Stick: Crafted in Portland, Oregon, this deodorant provides all-day odor protection and wetness relief.

Let It Block Sunscreen: Protect the skin from the powers of the sun with this mineral-based broad spectrum sunscreen. Crafted from a blend of plant extracts and oils, this water-resistant SPF 30 formula keeps skin young, while protecting against UVA and UVB rays.

Teeny BKR Water Bottle: Stay hydrated while on-the-go with this compact glass water bottle featuring a cute, printed silicone grip and a small opening for mess-free sips.

Mom’s Night In

Allure Slipper: Ultra-glam slippers featuring an easy and elegant slide-on design, with eye-catching sequin embellishments.

Slip Silk Eyemask: Get the most out of your beauty sleep with this irresistibly soft and smooth pure silk eyemask. With comfortable elastic band around the back for the best fit while you snooze.

Daily Wonders Masks: Crafted from aloe and olive oil extracts, this spa-grade formula leaves skin looking radiant while feeling fresh and relaxed.

ROAM Candle: Whether you want to be whisked away to your favorite city or experience the scents of a bucket list destination, burning these soy wax candles will send your senses on a one-way trip to a major city with notes that evoke a specific spot on the map.

Dream Serum: Protects the skin from free radicals while synthesizing collagen for a healthier, smoother and more radiant appearance.

Hemp Chocolates: Treat yourself to feelings of bliss and relaxation with these organic, 100% plant-based chocolates made with raw cacao, coconut sugar and hemp oil. Contains 30 delicious treats.

 

Welcome Wellness 

The Moon Juice Cookbook: Learn the power and benefits of adaptogenic herbs and nutritionally-charged foods. Featuring more than 75 recipes from the brand’s most popular beverages and foods.

Hot Cacao With Reishi: Calm the senses and promote relaxation with this wild-crafted mushroom hot cacao mix.

The Beauty Chef’s Inner Beauty Powder: Packed with an alkalizing blend of certified organic and bio-fermented fruits, vegetables and digestive enzymes, this formula supports healthy and radiant skin.

Beauty Food Bars: Support a healthy glow from within with these delicious protein bars in a variety of flavors. Each bar features a separate set of ingredients intended to maintain beautiful hair, skin and nails and each bar contains a powerful 15 grams of marine collagen, a skin hydrator that contains amino acids and helps create a radiant, youthful appearance.

Pulling Oil: Brighten teeth and aim for healthy gums with this Ayurvedic cold pressed coconut oil-pulling oral treatment. This formula detoxes the body and mouth by killing bacteria and plaque to keep overall oral health.

Sprit Dust: Maintain awareness, creativity and joy with wild-crafted herbs, plants and minerals. This energy-promoting potion uses alchemized elements to holistically feed the physical body and unite the heart and spirit for enhanced mindfulness.

Brain Dust: Enlighten cognitive powers, clarity and memory while aligning to the mighty cosmic flow for heightened achievement with this organic ingestible. Created from wild-crafted herbs, plants and minerals, this adaptogenic elixir uses alchemized elements to holistically maintain and enhance creativity, alertness and the ability to handle stress.

Sun Potion’s Astragalus: Maintain strong skin, balance metabolism and immune response with this wild crafted root powder supplement. Heralded as the most potent Qi tonic in the world, this traditional Taoist herb enhances whole-body function.

 

 

 

+ Stay tuned for more on all things Mother’s Day coming next week! 

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May Catalog: Bali Fitness Guide

May Catalog: Bali Fitness Guide

Who says vacation can’t be about keeping busy AND having fun? If you find yourself in Bali, check out…

This post comes from our Junior Art Director, Stephanie!

WHERE TO STAY

Temple Lodge, Bingin Beach

WHY WE LOVE IT

The View: The stunning Temple Lodge overlooks the ocean from atop Bukit peninsula’s cliffs. You can access the beach from a staircase connected to the lodge (which we HIGHLY recommend). Also, don’t miss the infinity pool — you’ll feel as though you’re swimming right out to the vast ocean.

The Yoga: Offered on the daily, with schedules updated seasonally. Classes vary from Hatha Flow to Vinyasa, Yin Yang Flow and 5 Element Yoga. They welcome all ability levels and the temple is perfect for ultimate meditation.

The Spa: The Temple Lodge provides personalized spa treatments incorporating organic herbs and oils. The spa room is very intimate — and every single person we encountered was beyond welcoming.

WHAT TO DO

Bingin Beach: Bingin Beach is an idyllic spot nestled on the Indian Ocean. Surfers travel from all over the world just to say they were there! We recommend trying out at least one surf lesson (or two). This is definitely the spot to do so.

Morning Run: The village surrounding the Temple Lodge is stunningly colorful and classic Balinese. Take a morning jog and explore your surroundings. And, if you lose your way, there are friendly folks everywhere to sort you right.

Gili Islands: Escape to the Gili Islands and snorkel with the turtles! Hundreds hatch on the Gili Islands annually and the babies are the cutest. Swim in the crystal clear waters alongside these magnificent creatures.

Nusa Dua: If you’re really up for an adventure, we recommend you try a scuba diving class at Nusa Dua Beach! The ocean floor is full of bright coral, submerged statues, and an array of sea life.

+ Check out all three of our Bali guides here and don’t forget to shop the collection

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May Catalog: Bali Relaxation Guide

May Catalog: Bali Relaxation Guide

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how our catalog team found down during their latest shoot, in Bali…

This post comes from our Junior Art Director, Stephanie!

WHERE TO STAY

Sal Secret Spot, Bukit

WHY WE LOVE IT

Design: This eco-resort boutique resort is beautifully designed with clean white walls, a saltwater swimming pool, private balconies and open-air design. We loved the daily communal breakfasts and immersion in nature. Each room is so uniquely different! It was exciting to visit each one its unique theme!

Size: We loved the intimate nature of this resort… incredibly private and tucked away from the world. Sal Secret Spot affords luxury feels in a magical environment.

Beach: One of Sal’s perks? Its access to some of the most famous surf spots in Bali. The resort recommends visiting between May and September for the best surf experience!

WHAT TO DO

Uluwatu Temple: We highly recommend making the trek up to the Uluwatu Temple. Watching the sorbetcolored sunset over the Indian Ocean from 200+ feet above sea level is truly breathtaking. Monkeys may greet you at the front of the temple and, be warned, they love to steal!

El Kabron: In keeping with the theme of sunsets, consider treating yourself to a dinner at El Kabron outdoor restaurant at dusk. They provide awesome Spanish appetizers, great drinks, and take reservations online!

And, don’t forget to explore a few of our favorite beaches:

Padang Padang: This beach, one of Bali’s biggest surf spots, also serves as the perfect place for laying out and/or swimming in the crystal blue water. The rocks poking out of the Indian Ocean paint a stunning backdrop as surfers dance along the waves.

Uluwatu: Exploring the coastline of Uluwatu Beach made for one of my favorite memories. The water was so clear and warm, the rocks so stunning, it just felt perfect. Words dare not even describe how amazing this place is — just go and see for yourself.

Saba: Though this beach is a bit of a trek, this black sand beach is pretty incredible and worth the drive. We arrived at sunrise, just in time to watch the sun peek above the horizon and the fishermen pulling their colorful fishing boats out to sea…so many bright colors juxtaposed against the black sand. If you’re up for it, horseback riding is a huge activity on this beach. The horses even love to walk into the ocean so make sure you’re wearing a swimsuit!

+ Stay tuned for our last Bali guide — geared around fitness! Coming on 5/5!

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May Catalog: Bali Adventure Guide

May Catalog: Bali Adventure Guide

No passports needed here, as we look behind the scenes at what adventure lay at our catalog team’s feet in Bali…

This post comes from Junior Art Director, Stephanie!

WHERE WE STAYED

Bambu Indah, Ubud

WHY WE LOVE IT

The Food: Dapoer, the resort’s restaurant, can hardly be called just a restaurant. Their team of gardeners harvest and hand-pick the on-site organic veggies, herbs and rice used to create each dish. The kitchen cooks warmly welcome guests into their massive space to observe the making of their meals. I can say, from personal experience, it’s pretty incredible.

The Location: The resort is quite off the beaten path (in the best way possible). You have two options when staying here… Option A: you can stay in the Javanese teak wood villas by the restaurant and lava stone natural pool… Option B: travel down the mountain in a hand-made elevator, over a bamboo bridge, and into a carved out safe haven overlooking the lush jungle and personal freshwater pools. These two cave houses are luxurious and tucked away from the rest of the resort. If you’re up for bathing outside and watching the sunset from the comfort of your bed, this is the place for you.

The Yoga: Walk to the centrally located open-air Minang House for morning yoga. If you are a yogi or seeking peaceful meditation, this is a must visit. Fun fact: each curve of the roof mimics the exact symmetry of a rising full moon.

The Adventures: The small village is located on the Sayan Ridge across from the Bongkasa rice paddies. Bambu Indah offers personalized adventure themed activities for those seeking to absorb everything this location has to offer.

WHAT TO DO

Monkey Forest: Take a 20-minute ride to the Ubud Monkey Forest…trust us, you won’t regret it. It’s full of baby monkeys, iguanas, and trees towering hundreds of feet above.

Sari Organic: Hop on a motorbike to Sari Organic for lunch! Crack open a fresh coconut, eat a delicious, clean, organic meal, and overlook the glistening rice paddies. Its novelty comes from the truly unbelievable surroundings and open-air eating environment.

Pura Tirta Empul: Give an offering, put on a sarong, and take a dip into the holy water. This is a truly surreal and spiritual experience…koi fish swim around you as Balinese locals pray for healing and spiritual enlightenment. Tip – don’t wear a white t-shirt, and make sure you bring an offering.

Ubud Art Market: Shop for trinkets, silk scarves, sarongs, hand-woven bags, and local goods at the art market! It is open daily, and centrally located, which makes it a must to visit. We bought some incredible hand-woven bags there that accessorize pretty much anything.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace: Ubud’s tiered rice paddies are quite a hike up and down the stairs, but well worth it if you’re seeking adventure. If you get hungry, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants overlooking the rice terrace! Tip – drink fresh coconut water before and after since you’ll definitely be working up a sweat.

+ Check back later this week for our Bali relaxation guide — and shop the collection today! 

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The Best Jump Rope Exercise

Say hello to your new most favorite traveling workout buddy…

This post comes from our dear friend and Australian fitness instructor, Tanya Poppett.

Skipping is a fun and effective way to get a great workout without breaking the bank. Their light weight means that they can be packed and taken pretty much wherever you go… say hello to your new travel buddy. This workout is the perfect mix of strength and cardio to get your heart rate up and your muscles burning. In each mini set we will be alternating between one cardio-based exercise and one strength-focused exercise.

Set One: Complete 4 rounds

Skipping (60 seconds) This set is all about getting that heart rate up, staying quick and light on your feet. Find a rhythm and gradually increase your speed.

Plank Walks (30 seconds) We’re working the upper body and core with this move. Pull up through the belly button and squeeze your glutes to lock your core on. Stay strong as you move your hands over the rope trying not to let your hips drop. Move fast but with control.

Set Two: Complete 4 rounds

High Knees Skipping (60 seconds) We’re bringing our knees up on this next set, elevating that heart rate and working that coordination. Again, stay light on your feet and work your way into a rhythm.

Russian Twists (30 seconds) This is another great move for the core and upper body. We are creating our own resistance with the skipping rope by keeping it pulled at full tension throughout the move. Pull up through your belly button to engage your abdominals and remember to breathe, exhaling as you twist.

Set Three: Complete 4 Rounds

Single Leg Skips (60 seconds — 30 seconds each side) You are going to feel a good burn in those calves and glutes with this move. Again, we need to stay light on those feet, trying to use quick bursts of power from our lower body. If you are having difficulties working into a rhythm, first try the move without the rope.

Squat Raise (30 seconds) These squats will help develop strength and mobility. We’re using the rope to create our own resistance, keeping our shoulders relaxed as we pull from either end. When performing squats, remember to keep the weight in the back of the heels, push out with your knees to engage your glutes and keep your chest lifted.

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