So many assholes, but only one reigns supreme.
Cater to your pubes!
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Hello yogis! We want to introduce you to an awesome yoga and activewear company doing big things out of New York City. Founded by a Broadway costume designer, the Lineagewear line is an intelligent design for athletes of all types and sizes. Beyond high-performance activewear, this company is dedicated to ethical practices in manufacturing, but also in a communal sense where all body shapes and sizes are welcome. We here at YogiApproved think that's pretty darn important!
Rather than dyeing their leggings, Lineagewear uses water-based inks (with no solvents – they emit harmful VOCs) and sublimation printing, which is a process that is more environmentally friendly.
Lineagewear is body-positive when it comes to sizing. They remind us that back in the day, clothing was custom-tailored to the individual body, and they're working hard to bring that true-to-size element back into the clothing world. Every body is unique, so it makes sense to create clothing that fits every body.
Now that you've met the brand, let's take a closer look at the Watercolor leggings by Lineagewear to see what all the fuss is about:
Whether you're a marathon runner, a hot yoga guru, or just a gal who loves to rock yoga pants, you know that fabric is everything for your activewear. Handmade in New York City's garment district, the Lineagewear watercolor leggings feel soft and silky, but are also durable and strong. The spandex material is high-quality, so you can beat these leggings up, throw them in the washer and wear them again and again without fading, pilling, or losing their shape.
Speaking of the shape, Lineagewear is committed to an engineered fit. What does that mean, you ask? Designed by women, these leggings come with a high waist (no muffin tops here!), a fitted shape that flatters the contours of your body, and no centered seam. This translates to no saggy crotch, no camel toe, and a lot more freedom to move with ease without having to worry about these annoyances. Can we get an amen?!
Bright colors and funky patterns are IN for yoga leggings this season! That means less black, more intricate designs, fun colorways, and unique patterns. The watercolor leggings have a stunning print that looks like a blend of stained glass, with splashes of bright colors and a hint of tie-dye. Needless to say, they look beautiful on, so prepare for the compliments and questions of where did you get those leggings?!
Pair them with a black sports bra or a simple tank top for a chic look on the mat, or rock them with cute boots or wedges for happy hour. (Featured in the video with the Boho Skull Women's Racerback Tank, available on their site for $24).
These particular leggings are offered in sizes XS – 4X, and are offered in capri, ankle, or mid-foot lengths. In addition to activewear, Lineagewear also features a kids line as well, so you can twin it up with your mini!
The durable fabric is designed specifically for exercise, so these leggings are highly functional for whatever your fitness regimen may be. Lineagewear designers keep stitching in mind, so these leggings don't ride up, or crease in unwanted areas while you are moving. The watercolor leggings feature extra flat seams, a cover stitched hem, and a high waist with a contour shape so they won't sag or bunch up.
They've been tested in hot yoga, a contemporary dance class, at the gym, and out for a run. The results are in – they stay in place, flexibly move with your body, and keep up with even the most challenging activities. We love how good they feel on, and how they last through washing and drying, still keeping their color and shape.
Not only are these leggings fantastic – the company itself is also admirable. Lineage is dedicated to empowering women, and never body shaming anyone. Everything is made in America, and never through sweat shops, or outsourcing. Mailers are made from recycled products, and the emphasis on reducing their carbon footprint is inspiring.
Keeping production within the US and dedicated to fair pay and realistic working hours, the cost of manufacturing is inevitably higher. Despite this worthwhile commitment, the watercolor leggings by Lineagewear are still affordable, starting at $60.
What we love about this company is their dedication to an ethical, sustainable, and inclusive philosophy. They state loud and clear that they are committed to honesty, integrity, and love – something we should all live by. All in all, these Watercolor leggings by Lineagewear are affordable, beautifully and consciously designed, and for these reasons, they are 100% YogiApproved™.
Putting the ~baller~ in ballerina.
Frostine graduated from The University of North Texas with a B.F.A. in fashion design - she documents her gigs on her Instagram @frostineshake.
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"I started formal ballet classes at the age of six or seven and continued until I was 16 or 17," Frostine told BuzzFeed.
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"I just could not meet the demands of my instructors, and I didn't really want to either," she said.
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"I started to explore different types of dance that gave me freedom to express myself in a body-positive way," she said. "Burlesque showcased my love of dance, art, music, and fashion."
Mindfulness is a conscious state of calm that evokes an awareness of the present moment. When you are mindful, you are able to objectively gauge your own thoughts and feelings at a glance. When you are mindful, you enable yourself to fully live in the moment, and you are thus awake to all you are experiencing.
Meditation yields the same results, but many people are intimidated to begin the practice. If this is you, start with mindfulness! It's a great way to achieve the same results, using similar techniques and applying them to your daily life. As Thich Nhat Hanh said, “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace, and love.”
Below are 8 mindfulness alternatives to meditation:
Yes – cleaning can be meditative! It can be vacuuming, washing the dishes or doing laundry – presence can be brought into every aspect of our lives. Focus on the suds of the dish soap, or the coarse texture of the sponge. When you immerse yourself fully in the task at hand, you allow yourself to actually experience every aspect of that moment. Hey! You missed a spot!
Nothing special is needed for this method. Just choose a time and place and go! While you stroll, let your thoughts pass you by like clouds floating in the sky. Be mindful of your body and become aware of your movements. Acknowledge your feet as they touch the Earth or the way your arms move. When you focus on your body, you are being mindful.
Within the last 24 hours, odds are you have had headphones in your ears or music playing through your speakers. Yet when was the last time you actually listened to music? When was the last time you gave your full attention to the lyrics, the instruments, the rhythm or the harmonies? Mindfulness gets you out of your head, and when you properly digest a song, it becomes an enjoyable form of meditation.
This is a fantastic form of meditation because you can only go so long before you are forced to move into the present moment as you move to the beat. Once we start dancing, we become one with the music. It is good to let go of your inhibitions and have some fun!
Yoga is meditation in motion. Each movement you make on your mat requires an inhale and an exhale. Breath is the quickest way to bring you back to the present moment. When you are doing yoga, you are focusing on yourself, which makes you aware of everything around you as well as within you, both physically as well as mentally and emotionally.
This is also a form of moving meditation. Tai Chi involves movement, breath, concentration and healing, which helps build awareness and mindfulness. The slow, calculated movements help to improve balance, strength and energy flow but also mental concentration and focus.
We did it as kids, so why can't we have the same fun as adults? Mindful coloring books are becoming all the rage, and for good reason! When we color and create something beautiful, everything fades away and we get lost in the beauty. Coloring helps ease stress and anchor you to the present moment.
If you have a pulse, you're breathing. Your body has known how to do this since birth. When you take a moment to listen to your breath, you become aware of the way it moves through your nose, down your throat, and into your lungs. Pay no mind to intrusive thoughts that might bother you throughout the day – just keep breathing, and let the rest fall into place.
Being mindful helps you gain control of your emotional and mental state. It gives you the power to be an arbiter of change, rather than a pawn to be played. “Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and now.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
It seems scary, but it doesn't have to be.
Telling your manager about your mental health issues is a personal choice, you're under no legal obligation to do so. Having said that, if you feel like you need some support in your work environment, being open with your boss may be the easiest way to get it.
If your mental health problem is considered a disability under the Equality Act your employer has a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments. Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind told BuzzFeed: "Typically you might be offered a change of working hours – start time, finish times, breaks, a change of working environment, more regular catch ups with your manager to discuss workloads, priorities and stress and anxiety levels etc."
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Mamo shared: "We all have mental health and our mood varies hour to hour, day to day – so having a conversation about mental health should be as simple and acceptable as talking about our physical health." Never feel ashamed or embarrassed about your condition. It's important to be open about what you need to improve your working conditions.
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Sarah, 26 spoke to BuzzFeed about her own experience: "You don't have to go into exhaustive personal detail, but being truthful about what you need will help you and your employer find a balance between what they need from your role and what you're able to do. Trying too much too soon will burn you out and cause set backs. If work know what you need they can support you better."