Kick your asana workout

Hi friends! How’s your morning going? It’s a cozy one over here and I’m excited to see what adventures we get into today.  


Fall brings the excitement of many things, but I have to say that the return of Wildcat basketball is pretty high on the list. It was the first “real” game of the season last night, and it was just as amazing as I’d hoped. I especially love the intro, so when we can make it on time to see Wilbur wave the flag, I get kind of excited about things.

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So good… and SO. MANY. DUNKS. 

Check out this awesome photo bomb:

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Since I’m not sure what we’re up to this morning -I’m sharing some exciting moving news later today!- thought it would fun to post one of my current favorite yoga-inspired workouts. I like the addition of strength burners within the calm, and it’s kind of a fun fusion workout when I can’t make it to a class. 

I didn’t provide form cues or beginner modifications for a couple of reasons: 1) I’m not a yoga teacher, but I love to practice yoga and 2) I think the best bet if you’re just getting started with yoga or yoga-inspired workouts is to take a live class. There are a lot of fantastic DVD and online resources, but with anything new, I think there’s a huge benefit from receiving live instruction and adjustment when necessary. As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes, too.

Don’t let the looks of this one fool ya– it’s quite the asana-kicker πŸ˜‰

Yoga inspired workout


Yoga workout

Hope you love it!

An easy way to remember the series is that you’re doing 10 of each combo, breathing for 5 long breaths on the fold and plank. Repeat on the other side. Please let me know if you give it a try!

Are you a basketball fan? Who’s your team? (Don’t worry, we can still be friends haha)

What’s your favorite strengthening yoga pose? I love to hate chatarunga pushups. I notice definition in my arms when I practice more often, and am pretty sure it’s from cursing through those bad boys.

Have a wonderful day <3




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  1. Jackie on October 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I love anything yoga!!! Yay!

  2. Whitney @ Pancakes and Tulips on October 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I’m so with ya on the chatarungas! I hate them because they’re oh so very hard. But I love them because nothing makes my arms that toned.

  3. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on October 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I love yoga! I actually just bought the new Jillian Michaels yoga inferno DVD yesterday and am psyched to try it out. Your workout looks awesome too! Need to pin that!

  4. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on October 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I love basketball! We are North Carolina State Wolfpack fans though I have a feeling it may be a really long season for us! I love when football and basketball overlap – it is a great time of year!

  5. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on October 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I love a good yoga/strength class that really gets you moving. I think Warriors can be really challenging if you hold the pose for awhile!

  6. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Looks like a great yoga workout — very similar style to Jillian Michaels’ yoga workout dvd, which I love!

  7. Captain Competition on October 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

    It has been too long since I have been to yoga class. Love college basketball season, the Buckeyes tip off soon, can’t wait. Season tickets arrived last week!

  8. Brittany @ The Fit Phoenician on October 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I’ll give it a try- yoga is like the “dessert of exercise” <3
    My husband is a Phoenix Suns fan- happy NBA day today! I'm going to make myself watch more games and show interest in his interest this season πŸ˜‰

  9. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on October 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Love your coffee mug! Big ones with character are my favorite to drink from :D.

    Thanks for the workout!

  10. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on October 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Bridges/bridge taps are awesome. I incorporate them into a lot of my workouts; I think they feel great!

  11. Courtney @ Star Systemz on October 29, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I have been looking for a nice yoga workout that would kick my assana a bit here thank you I am printing this out for tomorrow xo C

  12. Kim on October 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

    This looks like the kind of yoga workout that I would really enjoy!
    I love college basketball. The Texas Longhorns are my #1 team but I’ve also always been a fan of Duke’s basketball team (cause I like Coach K!).

  13. Amy on October 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I have only tried beginners yoga………but like it—and finding wind-down moves via YouTube in the evening, should become routine for me………’s good!
    I like watching The Timberwolves! Kevin Love is back, Ricky Rubio—-Rick Adelman as veteran coach for the 2nd yr—-it should be exciting! Their mascot Crunch is awesome too! And the MN Lynx just won the WNBA Championship…… that’s great:)

  14. Annalisa on October 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I’ve done yoga in the past but it hasn’t been a part of my routine for awhile. I keep telling myself that I need to incorporate it back into my life. I really really want to go to a class, but I might just give this one a try. That first pose looks killer. You are strong lady! I know I don’t “actually” know you for reals but I love exciting news and I can’t wait to hear the big announcement!!! We are not big into any sports but soccer at my house, so I didn’t even notice that it was basketball season.

  15. Kate on October 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Love this workout! I love yoga but I am probably the least flexible person ever. I’m not a fan of long down dogs…my hamstrings are too tight and my upper body gets tired holding them for more than a few breaths.

    And I LOVE college basketball! Syracuse for life!

  16. Stephanie @ BabeMeetsBalance on October 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This is perfect! I have done zero physical activity since my half marathon a week ago. I always get lazy after long races! This yoga workout looks like a great way to get my “asana” moving again πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  17. Beverly Aragon on October 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    UNM, baby!!! Everyone’s a Lobo…woof! woof! woof!

  18. Kellie @ keeprunninkellie on October 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I love child’s pose πŸ˜‰ (at the very end)

  19. Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind on October 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I love yoga! I just started a Bikram yoga challenge (with myself…haha).

  20. Jay on October 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks, I’ll try it tonight!

  21. Tracy on October 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    This workout was made for me!! Love it!

    Kansas Jayhawk fan here! I <3 college basketball more than any other sport!

    I love to hate chair and warrior 3.

  22. Tracy on October 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    ps Dying to hear your moving news…

    • Kristin on October 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Me too! I raced through reading today’s post to see if it was on here. lol. I think we are all hoping you move by us so we can be BFF’s. πŸ™‚

      • Britt on October 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm

        I did the same thing as you ladies!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to find out!!!!

  23. Anna @ Fitness Γ  la Anna on October 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I think that instead of doing Mo’vember (for obvious reasons), I’m going to do Om’vember – aka a 30 day yoga challenge! With myself πŸ˜‰

  24. Maria on October 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    looks like a great yoga workout! My favorite strengthening pose is boat pose. Such a great move for your core! I’d like to start taking more power yoga classes. I’m a big fan of Vinyasa but I’d like to try a class where you hold the poses a little longer.

  25. Lucie@FitSwissChick on October 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I loove Yoga Workouts. I went back to my old Yoga Studio a few months ago and take 2 classes per week and really stick to it – it’s such a great alternative to my heavy weight lifting and I love the progress that comes from the regular practise, physically and mentally!

  26. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on October 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Those arms are looking good!! πŸ˜‰ I’m totally not a basketball girl…football all the way! GO IRISH!

  27. Shaina Anderson on October 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I’m a Tarheel born I’m a Tarheel bred! UNC all the way! That’s my alma mater. πŸ™‚ We won the championship when I was there, so that was exciting.

    I also love chatarunga pushups, and dancer’s pose (?…its standing bow in Bikram).

    I’m not lurking your blog to see moving news or anything…;-) I’m so excited for you guys! Its such an exciting time. I love change. I see it as a chance for a fresh start and I love new environments. I grew up in the military so please don’t worry about Liv. She has a strong family foundation and lots of love, she’ll be just fine. πŸ™‚

  28. Ali on October 29, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Not to be ADD…but did I miss your moving announcement? You teased us on Sunday and I’ve been checking back daily πŸ™‚ Cant wait to hear about your exciting new adventure!!! Hope you are well!

  29. Julie on October 29, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I had a big cup of coffee too! Used the illy no sugar espresso with some almond milk and stevia.

  30. Jen on October 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Wow…talk about stringing your readers along!

    • Fitnessista on October 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      sorry, i wanted to make sure everyone in the family knew what was going on first

  31. Katie @ Live Half Full on October 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Oooh, this workout looks awesome!

    And for my arms, Downward Dog works wonders!!! I tend to hold a lot of tension in my shoulders, so I focus on letting that go which in turn works my arms like crazy!

  32. Angie on October 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Yep….for sure…a basketball fan!!! My University of Florida Gators have my love!!! And I’m currently watching my favorite NBA team..Miami Heat!!! I love this time of year!!!!

    As for yoga….I have yet to try it. I think I’m intimidated to try….but it’s on the list of things to do!!!!

  33. Kelly on October 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I will definitely try this workout! I have been doing power yoga for just over a month now and loveeee it. I am familiar with all of these exercises so it would be perfect πŸ™‚

  34. Chinda Tilson on October 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Love these combos! Can’t wait to try them out!

  35. Robyn Salk on October 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm
  36. Priya on January 7, 2014 at 10:24 am

    hey gina! i know you weren’t giving form ques because you’re not a yoga teacher, but i do have a few quick questions! (i do practice yoga, btw)
    2- for half moon to warrior 3, do we go back to the middle picture or go straight into it?
    6- for the boats/bridges, do we lay flat, boat, lay flat, bridge, or is it 10 boats 10 bridges?

    • Fitnessista on January 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

      go back through the middle!
      you can do it either way πŸ™‚

      • Priya on January 7, 2014 at 11:48 am


      • Priya on January 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm

        oh my gosh, i am a gymnast, but those half moons to warrior 3’s KILLED! words were said, and not so nice noises were made… good thing I was in my basement haha. My hips and legs may be a bit sore tomorrow πŸ˜€

        • Fitnessista on January 8, 2014 at 12:03 am

          BOOM. great job!!! those kill me, too πŸ™‚

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