Getting back into your routine after a vacation can be hard… Like, really hard. Especially when you were gone for 10 days in Europe eating every single croissant and crepe in sight on the streets of Paris. Yikes!
I’m not one to practice that much self-control when I’m on vacation. One of the reasons I’ve learned to love working out is because I love eating. And especially when I’m on vacation, I’m not going to deprive myself of trying new things because of the calorie count. Sure, I probably didn’t need to have a crepe-a-day while in Paris, but whatever — everything in moderation, including moderation. Right?! Right.
For me, though, getting back on track once I’m back home is a challenge. I spent last week battling my cravings for carbs and it was tough! It’s easy to fall into that “regular eating habits resume tomorrow” mindset, but you just have to do it. Same with workouts! I got back on Sunday night, gave myself Monday to ease back into real life, went to a yoga class on Monday night, and hopped right back into my workout routine on Tuesday morning with a killer spin class.
Yoga is one of the best ways to ease back into your workout groove when you get home from a trip. After shlepping around your luggage, sleeping in new places, sitting on planes for hours on end, and just general travel-related anxiety, a good yoga class to stretch out and relax does wonders! Plus, you’re getting in a workout, too — two birds with one stone.
I’ve talked about my Soul Cycle obsession again and again, but today I’m going to share some light on the yoga studio that finally got me back into practicing yoga again! When I lived in Chicago, I randomly bought a Groupon for a power yoga studio and fell in love with it. I loved the mind and body aspect! Even after my trial period was complete, I kept coming back for more. I was going about 4 times a week before I moved to NYC and totally fell off the wagon. (I went to Power Yoga Chicago at Lincoln and Diversey in Lincoln Park!)
For me, no matter where I find myself working out, it’s not just the physical workout. It’s the community, it’s the instructors, it’s the whole atmosphere. I tried a few yoga studios when I moved here three years ago and none of them really clicked with me for whatever reason. And because there are SO MANY STUDIOS in New York, I kind of gave up searching for a new one to call home.
Through the Soul Cycle community, I found out about Lyons Den Power Yoga. Bethany Lyons is a Soul Cycle instructor (whom I’ve actually never taken a class with) that started Lyons Den with her husband. I had heard a lot about the studio from a few of my “Soul Cycle friends,” but it was a few months before I finally gave it a go to see for myself. Lyons Den has a new student special — 30 days unlimited for $89 — so it was an easy way to get to know the studio, but I knew it was my kind of place after my very first class last spring!
Currently, my favorite class of the week is Sara’s Power Beats class with LIVE music on Friday nights. It’s such a fun way to start the weekend! Sara is one of my favorite instructors and the musician, Charlene, is absolutely incredible. I wasn’t sure if I would like the live music aspect or not, but it’s so, so amazing. A few other classes you can usually find me at — 4pm on Sundays, 8pm on Mondays, and sometimes a random morning throughout the week. If you see me in class, say hi! 🙂
And just in case you were wondering — this post is in no way sponsored by Lyons Den. I just genuinely love the studio and they were gracious enough to let Lydia and me snap a few photos in their space!
A major trend that I’ve been loving in workout gear lately is mesh! Sections of mesh detailing not only add a little bit of flair, but help to keep you cool, too. Win, win!
I have been obsessed with this wrap cardigan from Nordstrom the past few weeks! It’s a must-have to wear to-and-from workouts. (Great for traveling, too!) No matter if you’re headed to yoga, spin, or to lift weights, it’s the perfect piece to toss on as you head out the door this spring. I love that you can wear it three different ways — wear it open over your tank (or sports bra if you have better abs than I do!), wear it with just one side wrapped over for an asymmetrical look, or wear it with both sides wrapped up. Here’s what it looks like each way…
Get the Look…
A special Thank You to Nordstrom for partnering on this post!