Yoga Pose May

Hi guys! Hope your day is going well!

Mine has been pretty bueno- slowly but surely easing back into my routine and out of Island mode 😉

I snacked on some millet bread + Strawberry Meyer-lemon jam while I did computer work


and was scarily excited to bust out the TJs smoked salmon for lonchi.


(a “smoked salmon dance” ensued as I broke that bad Johnny out of the fridge)

I grabbed a TJs multigrain tortilla (why do I have to live without Trader Joe’s?? It’s a sad existence) and added a 2 egg white puff

salmon (2)

and then the most decadent, soft, buttery smoked salmon….


rolled it up, and happily stuffed my face 😀

Afternoon snackage was horseradish hummus (I know, huh?! A tweep recommended this to me) and carrots



+ chocolate for hormones sanity


Since it’s Yoga Pose May, I thought I’d test out my new Thriv gear (a gifty from the Thriv fairy) for my pics and a short power yoga flow that I’m about to do:



I LOVE the fabric. It’s super lightweight, stretchy and offers sun protection. Baller. The clothes fit really well and the shorts are long enough to prevent downward-facing booty flashing 😉

Here’s some info on Yoga Pose May, which is being hosted by Tina and Kate

Everyday in May, a different blogger features a yoga pose on their blog. Each blogger was randomly assigned a date and yoga pose, so, on that specific day of the month, they share the pose with a photo and commentary with their readers. More than 100 bloggers are participating in Yoga Pose May!

My pose: Upward Facing Dog (Urdvah Mukha Svanasana)

upward facing dog

-Palms of the hands and tops of the feet are the only things touching the floor

-Keep shoulders down and back, abs tucked in and booty squeezed

-Gaze straight ahead

-Keep your wrists directly under your shoulders, fingers pointing forward

Benefits of Upward Facing Dog (from this website):

  • Strengthen the spine, arms and wrists
  • Stimulate the organs of the abdomen
  • Improve posture, by stretching anterior spine and strengthening posterior spine
  • Stretch chest and lungs, shoulders and abdomen
  • Help to relieve depression, fatigue and pain of sciatica
  • Increase lung capacity to relieve the symptoms of asthma

Poses like this are critical for a healthy back, especially with so many of our daily postures and chores that induce the forward fold of the torso. When we are forward all day–whether sitting at our desks or driving for hours on end–we over-stretch our back muscles and weaken our abdominals.

So there ya have it! Have you been yoga-ing this month?! I’ve been lacking in the yoga department and am looking forward to some bending, twisting and stretching right about now 😀

Then it’s off to work and for dinner: SHRIMP CURRY time! We’re celebrating Indian Food Wednesday a day late 😉

Enjoy the rest of your day!



Upcoming:Vacay video (it’s in the process but is taking 12 years to upload, so I’ll have it as a nice tropical distraction for your Friday morning)

                 – Reader’s request: Budgeting. I get SO many questions about budgeting (for life and for food) so tomorrow is the day! If you have any specific budgeting questions you’d like me to get to tomorrow, please hit me up in the comments 😀

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  1. Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition on May 21, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Great pose ! I LOVE YOga–about to go to a Vinyasa Class right now : )

    Can’t wait to hear your tips



  2. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday on May 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    You should try making your own lox. It’s super easy. Here are directions:

  3. Naomi on May 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

    TINA! I made your protein pancakes this morning followed the recipe to a T…sun warrior pp and everything adn they are SO SO SO delicious!!! thank you for the recipe! I also added chia seeds to them which was a great touch!

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

      hey naomi!
      i’m so glad you liked them!

  4. Naomi on May 21, 2010 at 9:41 am

    and I meant *GINA! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2010 at 9:44 am

      haha it’s ok! i get called tina and gena pretty often 🙂 (and love those girls, so it’s fine by me! haha)

  5. Thanks for sharing this pose. I think I definitely need to incorporate it because I do sit at my desk all day long. I’m going to try it tonight!

    Oooh and I’m excited to read your post on budgeting.

  6. KellyB on May 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Damn Girl, Insanity is working–you’re body is slammin’!

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      hahah! thank you 🙂

  7. Rebecca on May 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Quick question about the Thriv workout gear – how would you say the fit is in regard to sizes? Making my first foray into actual cute workout gear…time to retire the Old Navy tanktops that have gotten me through! I worry that although I might be a small in “regular” clothes, I might not be a small in fancy workout clothes and would appreciate any input 🙂 Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 24, 2010 at 7:53 am

      hey rebecca,
      they run very true to size- i think if you wear an old navy small, a small in thriv will fit 🙂
      the fabric is like a dream, you’ll love it!

  8. Stace on June 21, 2010 at 5:43 am

    this most certainly caught my attention

  9. Marcus on June 26, 2010 at 2:44 am

    any fresh tips

  10. jaime on October 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

    How are you able to look so cute when you work out? I’m the one with sweat pits and a red face in the gym.

  11. Rhea on December 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Hey Gina, could you please link me up to the Thriv shorts? I can’t figure out which ones they are on the site D: I need them in my life!

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