As you can tell via my Instagram and my previous blog post I ❤️ ritual hot yoga. The whole experience from beginning to end is peaceful, relaxing, but also a great workout! If I had it my way I’d go to class almost every day but it is not always possible so I’m collecting some items so my at home practice can feel a little like ritual.
These mats are the thickest and sturdiest I have tried! They also come with a lifetime warranty!
When you walk into class you grab one of these thick grippy towels to throw on your mat because you sweat so much during class it’s like you go swimming!
Ritual offers their own really cool invention to keep your grippy towel in place while you practice. MatSnaps are are a set of four small snaps, designed to keep your towel in place on your yoga mat throughout your session. At ritual each mat comes with snap so you lay your towel exactly how you want it then slide and clip the snaps into places. It’s so useful and pretty cool to use. Best part is that it was invented by ritual owners Lindsey Greene and Brittney Blum.
After your session at ritual if you look carefully there might be a box of tea where you check in. I try to always make a habit of grabbing a tea bag on my way out and the next morning enjoying it at the office. I love that there are quotes on each one. The best one I got was “Let things come to you.”
One of my favorite things about Ritual is the little extras they offer like tea and also love that you can find chapstick in the bathroom waiting areas!
So I lied, and my favorite part of class is the Shavasana where the your yoga teacher gently places a cool eucalyptus infused towel on you forehead. There is nothing like this after you have sweated it all out on the mat! I have found that Aveda had a line of singular note oils and one of the scents is eucalyptus! Add that to a hand towel and home and inhale!
I’m not a yogi and the practice of yoga has never ever been my thing. Flexibility has never been easy for me and I have never touched my toes (without bending my knees) but I know yoga is good for me so I have always tried to find a studio class that gets me and I feel like Ritual Hot Yoga does that.
The studio is located in the Soma district and spitting distance from the 101 freeway. I was immediately greeted and signed in using a touchscreen and then given a quick tour. Ritual has everything you need to clean up after class with showers, towels, and supplies to dry your hair. The studio also supplies you with a yoga mat, fancy yoga towel, clips to secure your mat, and a yoga block. I loved that there was bottled water and tea as well.
The class is centered around moving and breathing to the beat which makes it a very quick flow of yoga poses in a heated candlelit room. I found my first class to be liberating because I didn’t have a enough time to be frustrated by any of the poses because you have to move to the next one.
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In November I completed my very first half marathon at the inaugural avengers run at Disneyland. I trained with my fiancé starting in July using the RunDisney training guide. I felt fully prepared for the race but learned a few things along they way that I am sharing below:
Plan extra time at the expo. At the Disneyland events the expo is at the beautiful Disneyland hotel. I was extremely impressed how quick the lines for packet pick up was. I did make the mistake of not doing a full lap of all the venders and buying extra things because I saw something I liked better after purchasing something else. The expo also has great speakers. I caught Disneybound illustrating the perfect green alien costume. I really wish I caught the entire speech.
2. Dinner the night before
Your dinner the night before is key for a healthy race the next morning. You will need reservations as most places near the park will be booked. In fact any Italian or pizza place will be almost impossible to get in. While most people swear by carbing up I settled for a plain chicken dish at Ralph Brennan’s. They also had special pasta menus for dinner just for runners that night too. On Friday Disney had a pasta in the park party. It was a extra cost so I didn’t partake but looking back all the cute Instagrams of Disney treats I wish I did.
3. Pick a better corral
This was my first half and my fiance’s first half in many years and we knew we were pretty slow so we signed up for the last corral. This was a big mistake and very frustrating because almost everyone in this corral was walking. We spent most of the race dodging the slower folks. We also noticed that when we got to the characters for picture opportunities the lines were already really long. If a runner falls below a certain time they could be pulled off the course so we know better for next time.
4. Plot your Disney character visits
As mentioned above because we were in the slower corral by the time we got into the park during the race the character visits areas were packed. Next time I plan to look at the map ahead of time to plot where the characters might be and plan to run a bit faster before and in between to make up time if there is a long wait. We did capture a few photos but none with the popular Avenger characters we would have loved to capture.
5. Ice bath
We stayed at the best western Stovalls in which is located across the street from Disneyland. I had stayed there previously and knew they had a great location, free breakfast and most importantly for this trip; a bathtub. It sounds painful (and it is) but a ice bath is key for a quick recovery. As soon as we got back to the the hotel from the race we grabbed plastic bags and went to the ice vending machine to fill them up. We dumped all the ice in the tub and filled it with cold water and plunged in for 15 minutes. It was awful but this prevents lactic acid buildup in your legs and ensure you will be able to walk in the parks the rest of the day. I was sore but not as sore as other folks I saw hobbling around in the next couple of days after the race!
Hopefully this won’t be my last RunDisney race as I’m already trying to figure out how to do the Star Wars event next year!
Another magical thing about this location is close proximity to Pressed Juice. Pressed offers some amazing juices from greens to nut milks. They have two seasonal juices for the holidays, one was was a apple pumpkin and the other was a spiced almond which was magical. Even more magical was that Soul offered free juice coupons so you better believe I took advantage of a free seasonal juice.
The class was taught by Jenny Gaither who had a TON of energy in her class. Because the spin studio is much bigger than the other locations she was often found getting off the bike and skipping around. I also really liked how she came by and helped any of the newbies with bike set up. Her class was nicely varied (especially the playlist loved the Taylor Swift and old school tunes) with a fair amount of time climbing on the bike and several rounds of tapbacks.
I also got the opportunity to meet a great Bay Area blogger named Cassie be sure to check out her blog here. She has some great posts about yummy healthy snacks (HELLO Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy bites) and much more.
I’m thankful I got to try out the new SOMA digs and since I have some great Santa’s in my life (Soul Gift cards!!) I’ll be back soon!