How I like my Yoga

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday to ya 🙂 Hope your morning is off to a great start.

Last night, I met up with two lovely ladies for tea and yoga: Ryan and Ashley!

We went to Infusion Tea, which is supah close to the yoga studio.

It’s a very cute little place with an awesome selection of tea and healthy vegan foodie options.

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Since I was a first-timer, I rolled with what the girls had ordered: a soy Rooibos Chai latte

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It was beautiful.

I’m learning a lot on this little spring break jaunt to Orlando, including the facts that I really do like soy lattes and I like my yoga according to what kinda mood I’m in.

Class was pretty good… a little slow motion for me, but I got some awesome stretching in. I really prefer the Baptiste style of yoga (unless I’m having a chill/recovery day)- it’s faster paced and your heart is thumping throughout. During last night’s class, I still got an awesome workout, but my Chihuahua-sized attention span started to kick in a few times. On top of that, I was *dying* to do some balancing poses (crow, balancing half moon, standing splits, dancer) but it wasn’t in the yoga stars for me. Chilling with the girls was wonderful and I have two more classes at the studio, so I’m going to check out a couple more classes while I’m here.

Do you prefer faster, more intense yoga seshes or a slower, restorative style?? Or have you never tried yoga?? The beauty about it is that there are so many different types, you’re *bound* (heh) to find something you love.

After class was over, I couldn’t wait to dive into the food I had ordered to-go from Infusion Tea.


A Concorde wrap on whole wheat: Hummus, tabouleh, organic field greens, sunflower seeds, balsamic glaze and it didn’t have a chance—I scarfed that bad Johnny down within about 5 minutes and it was everything I could ever wish for. Said wrap of justice came with a lovely bean salad on the side with chickpeas, black beans, edamame and carrots. Since I was driving, I didn’t even mess around with a spoon- I just drank bites out of the cup. Cool, right?? Hahah. 

This morning, I’m heading to spin class with my favorite teacher (Israel! He’s incredible) and then going to the pool with my cousin.




Today’s workout jam: “Armada Latina” Cypress Hill feat. Pill Bull (this song is BEGGING to be Zumba-fied)

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  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on April 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I love doing heart pumping yoga over slow restorative yoga unless I am doing it on a rest day. Enjoy your spin class, I love when you know it’s going to be good!

  2. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on April 6, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I love hot hot hot yoga!! I enjoy sweating A LOT. I also like a faster paced yoga sesh that is challenging physically. Like my preferred yoga pace, I am always scarfing down food post workout…I try to take it a little slower sometimes but I caaaaan’t!

  3. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on April 6, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I like HOT yoga 🙂 I’m not much for the slower-paced, meditative yoga. Although I probably SHOULD try to do that more, it’s hard with my short attention span. I start making to-do lists in my head 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

      hahah, i do the same thing!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet on April 6, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I prefer some heart-thumping yoga, too. I like slow and steady yoga for about 10 minutes, but then I need some movement or else I go all ADD.

  5. Lisa on April 6, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I love Anusara Yoga…used to be a heated power vinyasa girl, but no more! I like it long and slow and stretchy—I’ve gained so much strength, flexibility, and correct form since I started Anusara.

    • Kristi on April 6, 2010 at 11:00 am

      Second Anusara. It’s happy, slow enough that I can perfect poses and feel like I’m getting a good stretch in, but also fast enough that I break a little sweat and don’t get too bored. Challenging mix of poses, I think.

  6. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on April 6, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I have a really short attention span too, and I have a really hard time getting into most of the poses since I’m bigger than the instructors and just don’t bend! I think I need to just get over that though…

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

    i’m definitely a restorative style yoga lover…for some reason i just get really flustered with the faster-paced styles, and i tend to do yoga to stretch and just relax more so than for an aerobic workout!

  8. Jenny on April 6, 2010 at 10:37 am

    How great of a song is armada Latina?!? I love it!

  9. Katie on April 6, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I honestly have never done a yoga class. I’ve done Les Mills’ BodyFlow but that’s got some Tai Chi and Pilates too. I really want to try it. I just discovered that there is a studio close to my house (which was a shock to me!) But you have to commit to 8 weeks upfront. I just want to try it first…

    Hope you have a lovely day!!

  10. kalli@fitandfortysomething on April 6, 2010 at 10:38 am

    yes i prefer my yoga according to my mood….sometimes i need to chill and sometimes i want it hard! looks like you are having lots of fun!

  11. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on April 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Usually I like more fast paced yoga classes but last night I actually enjoyed a slower beginners yoga video. I wanted something easy since I’ve got a cold and it was perfection.

  12. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on April 6, 2010 at 10:47 am

    My favorite yoga styles are vinyasa, ashtanga, and Bikram. Sometimes I’m craving Bikram but then others I’m not so much in the mood to be covered head to toe in sweat….So ya, I think it depends on my mood:)

    Have you tried p90x?? I like their yoga a lot. It’s def a sporty approach to traditional yoga but supa good workout 🙂

  13. Jo on April 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I’ve done yoga in the past (about 5 years ago) once or twice but the town I live in doesn’t have a class. I really really want to go though as I can feel my muscles get tighter as I am doing more cardio. Do you think it’s ok to use a DVD or could it be dangerous for people who have no idea how to hold the poses yet?

  14. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on April 6, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I like heart-pumping yoga. If I wanted to mediate or sleep, I’d do it at home. When I go to yoga, I want to be worked hard.

  15. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on April 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I like the fast paced yoga too for the most part…unless it’s after a run, then I just like to be stretched out!

  16. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on April 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I have only tried Namaste yoga. I liked it but I’d love to try Bikram one day!

  17. Katheryn on April 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I enjoy yoga that is a bit faster. I love hot yoga when I get the chance as well.

  18. Katie on April 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Right now all I do is yoga. 🙂 I love starting my day off with a slower paced yoga and ending it with hot yoga class (Bikram yoga). Feels like a workout AND helps calm the nerves.

  19. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on April 6, 2010 at 11:24 am

    The way I like my yoga depends on my mood. If I’m feeling tired, I much prefer the slower yoga. I’ve never tried Hot yoga….I love sweating but don’t like breathing hot air. 🙂

  20. skinnyrunner on April 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    i tried one yoga class before and i was so bored i left. perhaps i should try another one??

  21. Lindsay on April 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I LOVE hot power yoga or vinyasa. I have tried Bikram a few times but its just too darn hot and long. Lack of patience, haha. That tea room look so FUN!

  22. Amylynn on April 6, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I absolutely <3 Yoga. And the style definetely gets chosen based on my mood. What i do is ON DEMAND (comcast?) they have a YOGA section that has a variety of types. the YOGAWORKS slim is awesome b/c it incorporates cardio too.. and on a bad day when i need to relax i do "yoga on sunset".. I also have a dvd called "living room yoga" that is cool b/c it helps you realize you can do yoga right in your living room!

  23. Natalie on April 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    My favorite is CorePower Yoga, but currently there are only studios in Colorado and California. It is a vinyasa style class done in a hot room, which I love, and the classes are never the same!

  24. Gina on April 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I love Baptiste style yoga! It feels more like a workout when I’m a sweaty mess by the end…I tried a new teacher this weekend and I thought I was going to fall out of half moon because my legs were shaking so badly…she was awesome! My studio is going to have some rooftop classes once the weather is nice, can’t wait for that:)

  25. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on April 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I love the difficulty of maintaining my balance when the poses are longer and it gives me more time to think if its going from one pose to the next rather quickly.

  26. Catherine on April 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    The only yoga I’ve ever tried is Warrior Flow, which is somewhat fast when you’re going through the flow, but definitely has it slower moments when you hold poses for a while. I love it though and I always leave nice and sweaty and slightly achy (the good workout kind) 🙂

  27. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind on April 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve tried yoga a few times (podcasts from, and they were…alright. I really think I’d like a fast-paced, heart-pumping, sweaty, challenging yoga sesh (that’s the way I like my workouts), but I’m assuming this type of yoga is for advanced yogis (that are already familiar with yoga poses).

    I guess I just need to familiarize myself with poses, then look for a good yoga download. Now if I could just find the patience to learn said poses… 😉

  28. LisaG on April 6, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I haven’t tried yoga that many times; but, I like it slow for stretching before bed and the fast other times. I’ve been in the “wrap mode” too with all this warm weather. Just got a great falafel whole grain pita from Pita Pit yesterday w/ spinach, mushrooms, sprouts, cucs, tomatoe, olives, and italian dressing.

  29. Paige (Running Around Normal) on April 6, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I love ashtanga and baptiste yogas. I love revving up my body temp and really sweating during a yoga class. Sadly, I have to work during the only one here in town that’s offered :-/

  30. caronae on April 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I like a good advanced vinyasa class when I want a workout, otherwise I like an easier vinyasa or gentle class. I haven’t tried baptiste.

  31. Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow on April 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Isn’t it funny how much our moods can dictate something like yoga or a workout? At least I notice that all the time!

    Either my workout totally vamps up my mood and reenergizes me OR sometimes my mood is only “in the mood” for something slow and thoughtful. I’m learning a lot about yoga this month so I’m not sure what I prefer yet. I hope to have a better sense soon!

  32. Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES on April 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    i’ve only ever really enjoyed bikram bc i cant seem to shut off during the slower classes. i’d love to find a challenging, more relaxing version though.

    ooh and that chai roobios sounds amazing! is it just steamed milk + tea?

    • Fitnessista on April 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      i think so- it was really delicious 🙂

  33. Lindsay H on April 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I like both styles, but I’ve been leaning towards the restorative style recently as a means of lengthening my poor leg muscles while I’m in training for a half marathon. It just feels so damn good after a run! My mileage has been pretty high for the past few weeks, so the idea of heart-thumping Baptiste just hasn’t been as appealing. Talk to me after the half is done though….Baptiste will probably come back into my life with a vengeance!

  34. Becca on April 6, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Oh man. Usually I go for anything but sandwiched or wraps (boring), but that sounds incredible! Wish we had something better than Moe’s in SC!

  35. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on April 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    That soy latte looks fabulous!!


  36. Ange on April 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I also love the Baptiste style flow! I just picked up Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown DVD and it’s awesome! It’s a hybrid style yoga with lots of aerobic activity between the poses – you should check it out.

    Oh – and it’s like $12 so you can’t go wrong!

    • Fitnessista on April 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm

      a client lent it to me.. as much as i’m not a jillian fan, it really was a great video 🙂

  37. Katalina on April 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Gina,

    i just had for the first time in my life baigan burtha, and it was delicious!!!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 6, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      i’m so glad you liked it!!

  38. Abbey on April 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Hey Gina,

    I noticed that you like to stick little Spanish words in your posts sometimes…do you speak Spanish? 🙂


    • Fitnessista on April 6, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      yuppers 🙂

  39. Dee on April 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I’m a lover of the slow, restorative yoga. It ‘s like my form of meditation. I must be the only one though, because more and more I can’t find studios that really do this style of yoga. I have to stick to tapes.

  40. Abbey on April 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    cool!! 🙂 me gustaria hablar mas espanol…mi padre es boricua pero no me ensena espanol :'( i can only barely manage the conversational. lolol i always love when you toss in the spanish words XD you should do a spanish fitness word of the day to educate us all XD

    • Fitnessista on April 6, 2010 at 3:43 pm

      jaja buena idea! 🙂

  41. Amy on April 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Ashtanga yoga is my absolute favorite. Love it!

  42. Tiffany B on April 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I got some of the Food for Life millet bread and I put it in the refrigerator to thaw and it is hard but crumbly. Hard to explain. It didn’t defrost like my Ezekiel bread. Am I suppose to sit it on the counter to thaw?

    • Fitnessista on April 6, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      hey tiffany!
      i leave mine in the freezer because i’ve heard it goes bad fairly quickly in the fridge. when i want a piece, i chisel it off with a knife and pop it in the toaster or microwave 🙂

  43. mmclaughlin on April 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I LOVE Ashtanga yoga!! Balancing and Stretching poses are my favorites. 🙂

  44. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    i havent really gotten into yoga, so i couldn’t say which i prefer. But as soon as i do i will let ya know haha. I really want to get into yoga, but my schedule and energy level never allows me to do so.

  45. Samantha on April 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I do yoga to suit my mood and needs as well so it just depends. I “like” baptiste but it’s not my favorite. Most of the yoga I do at home is restorative and stretching, to combat daily life stress and tight hips/shoulders from running. When I go to the studio it’s usually hot yoga since I can only afford a babysitter and studio fees so often and it’s my favorite class with my favorite instructor there.

  46. Tyler Ramey on April 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Hello my dear!!!

    I am jealous that you are taking a spin class at the YMC-izzle, and it isn’t mine!!! 😉

    That wrap looks HA-mazing. <3

    PS "our" camera is on sale at the Mart of Walls for 169.99…holla!

  47. Sarah on April 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I love baptiste power vinyasa yoga. It feels like a real workout but still stretches me out.

    Do you know how many calories baptiste yoga burns? I’ve always been curious but dont have a HRM.

    • Fitnessista on April 6, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      it definitely depends on the class but i’d guess about 500 or so

  48. Pure2raw twins on April 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Gosh I am finally catching up with ya!

    I prefer fast paced yoga, but I get bored easily so it has to keep me going. I tend to do my own thing at home, so my yoga sessions vary. I need to get into a real studio though.

    Glad you are having a great time in Orlando! The latte looked amazing.

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