Five Ways to Get Free Yoga Classes

in , , by FroBunni, Thursday, June 29, 2017
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So you've been doing yoga at home for awhile, and you're finally ready to practice at a studio. You do some research, find one you like, only to get to their pricing page and see $18 per class. Eek! With prices like that, who needs yoga?

This is one of the unfortunate realities of yoga. It's rather expensive. Of course, you can go to a gym and take yoga there, but it's not the same as being in a studio where you can really further your practice. If only you could take classes for free...lucky for you, you can! Here are five ways you can take discounted or free yoga classes.

Community Classes: Many yoga studios offer teacher training, where they train people to become yoga teachers. To give these students teaching experience, they often offer community classes, which are generally free of charge to the public.

Off-Peak Classes: Some studios offer off-peak classes for a discounted price. They're generally in the middle of the day around lunch time when there is less attendance.

Work Study: A lot of yoga studios will offer people positions to manage the front desk or clean the studio in exchange for free classes. If you're able to commit to a couple hours a week, this option may be perfect for you.

Check Out Yoga Apparel Stores: Stores, like Athleta and Lululemon, often offer free fitness classes to the public in the evening and on weekends. Because they rotate teachers, it gives you a chance to find a teacher you like before fully committing to a specific studio.

Just Ask: It sounds so simple, but you would be surprised at what asking can get you. Some yoga studios offer special pricing for those in need, but they don't openly advertise for it. While others have sliding scale pricing for different incomes. And then there are some that just want you to take yoga. You never know what asking can get you.

If you're interested in community or off-peak classes, just check a studio's class schedule. Athleta and Lululemon have their event schedule on their website (it's generally on the local studio website, just go to "find a store"), and inquire about work study and other pricing options in-person, which often works better than emailing. Now, go forth and practice yoga without breaking the bank.

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Getting More Protein in a Vegetarian Diet

in , by FroBunni, Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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I've been doing the IIFYM (if it fits your macros diet) for over a month now, and wow! It's been really hard getting protein in my diet. I'm supposed to be getting 93 grams a day, but I consistently average a little more than 60 grams. It has been frustrating to say the least.

Two weeks ago, I tried to eat meat again, but, no surprise, I ended up wasting it. So, that was a bust. Last week, I bought some protein bars to see if they could help (I'll be writing a review on them), and while they definitely have helped bridge the 30 grams gap, I only eat them on days when I go to Elevate. It's definitely been a struggle, but slowly but surely, I'm getting a little better at it.

Here are some tips that have helped:

Eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese are my friends: Since I'm vegetarian and not vegan, I can still consume animal byproducts like dairy, which has a lot of protein. I just make sure to keep the saturated fat intake low by buying low-fat or no-fat options. I will generally have some dairy twice a day, such as eggs for breakfast and yogurt for a snack.
Whole grains have more protein than refined grains: Whole grain pasta, brown rice, and oatmeal are my go-to when it comes to grain-based carbs. Compared to refined grains, they have more protein, and when you're vegetarian, that can make a big difference.
Stock up on protein bars and powder: You'll see a follow-up post and some reviews sometime in July, but I've been testing protein bars, drinks, and powder. Because of my dietary restrictions and preferences, I find that it's hard to get those last few grams of protein, even if I eat perfectly. And on days when I lift or go to Elevate, these are a necessary post-workout snack.
Nut butters and beans provide protein and healthy fats: Whether it's adding some peanut butter to a smoothie or having hummus with red peppers for a snack, nut butters (I can't have whole or chopped nuts because I have Crohn's disease), add not just 5-6 grams of protein, but also healthy unsaturated fats.
Meatless "meat" can be a lifesaver: Veggies patties, chik'n, and meatless crumbles are great to add to any dinner for an extra few grams of protein at the end of the day. For a super quick dinner that can be made in less than 10 minutes, I will have some chik'n with tomato soup or a veggie pattie with some roasted vegetables.

It's definitely been a wake up call seeing how pathetic my protein intake has been all these years, but I'm hoping this really makes the difference in my diet, and I will feel more awake and stronger (because for real, I may be doing a Spartan Race in July, and if I do, my protein intake needs to really be perfect).

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I Retained Two Inches of Hair This Year!

in , by FroBunni, Thursday, June 22, 2017
FroBunni | Length Check: I'm Grazing Tailbone Length

OMG! Look at this! I'm officially grazing tailbone length, which is awesome! I retained a total of two inches this year, which isn't a lot, but it's something. For one, it has been quite hard retaining length since I got to mid-back length (MBL). This is to be expected, since the longer hair gets, the more fragile the ends. So, it's nice to see the extra TLC has been effective.

There's a couple things I have been doing that I think have made a difference:

  • Tea Rinses: Tea rinses help reduce shedding, as well as strengthen the hair shaft. 
  • Deep conditioning with heat: Heat opens the hair's cuticle, which allows the deep conditioner to better penetrate the hair shaft. 
  • When I moisturize and seal, going over my ends twice with my leave-in or water: This ensure my ends are properly moisturized, which keep them from breaking or getting damaged. I have noticed my single strand knots haven't been as plentiful this year.
  • Alternative parts: This means not parting the same way over and over again. I'll follow up with a post about this, but I think parting the same way (for years) was thinning certain parts of my hair.
  • Keeping scissors in the bathroom: Most times, I do my hair in the bathroom, but the scissors I use to trim my hair are in my bedroom. Because of this, when I would get to a knot, I would rip it out. This is a huge no-no because it cause damage and split ends to the hair, and even contribute to knots and tangles later on. So by keeping my scissors in the bathroom, I can easily cut off the knot, reducing breakage and damage everywhere else. 

Even though these have been effective, it will be interesting to see if I can continue to retain length. I'm hoping to get to full tailbone length next year, but like I said previously, the longer the hair, the harder it is to retain length. But I have hope, nonetheless. Here's to another year!

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Aroma Foundry | Review

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
FroBunni | Aroma Foundry Review

Since January, I've been thinking about adding essential oils back into my hair regimen. When I first began my natural hair journey, I would always add some peppermint and tea tree oil to my homemade hair butters and oil mixes. But once I started buying my products, my need for butters and oils, as well as essential oils, were no longer there. Even though I've done well with store bought products, I knew that essential oils could still be used in various places in my regimen, specifically, my coconut and grapeseed oil mix. Being so busy with work, yoga, and just life,in general, I totally forgot about trying them...until Aroma Foundry contacted me.

When I originally began buying essential oils, I would look on Amazon for the cheapest option available. I assumed these oils were of good quality, but honestly, I wasn't sure. With Aroma Foundry, the quality is guaranteed. All of their essential oils are sourced from the respective oils' countries of origin, as well as a verified supply chain and environmentally conscious packaging.

I was sent tea tree, peppermint, lavender, and ylang ylang essential oils. The packaging has a streamlined and clean design, and everything is easily identifiable (I remember sometimes when I would buy oils from Amazon, there was no packaging at all). I decided to try the peppermint oil first, and added about 10 drops into a 6 ounce applicator bottle of oil...big mistake. While that amount was necessary when I was using oils from Amazon, because of the quality of the Aroma Foundry oils, it was too much. I only needed a drop or two drops (I ended up using the rest of the oil for a hot oil treatment before washing my hair so that I wouldn't walk around smelling like an after dinner mint).

After trying the peppermint oil, I decided to try the ylang ylang. I added it to some coconut oil, and applied it to my hair, and omg! My hair smelled so good, and it felt softer than usual. Since it was my first time using ylang ylang, I did some research and learned that it actually helps to soften hair.

A week later, I decided to mix a drop of lavender and a drop of tea tree oil in some coconut oil, apply it to my scalp, give myself a 10 minute scalp massage, and leave the oil on overnight before washing in the morning. Sometimes my scalp can get sensitive and itchy, but after the scalp massage it felt very soothed. And my hair also felt soft, but still strong. Since I've used those oils before, I knew they would be good for this purpose, but because of the quality, I was able to use a lot less than previously.

All in all, these oils are amazing. If you're used to buying essential oils on Amazon, these are the real deal when it comes to quality, and even though they're more expensive, they're going to last a lot longer. You only need a drop or two in a 6 ounce bottle of oil. They have a variety of oils, and free shipping for orders over $75 in the U.S. I'll be honest and say that I can't see lavender and tea tree oil having a purpose in my current hair care regimen. But I really do miss the nice tingle of peppermint oil on my scalp, and it has become the perfect way to wake myself up for an early morning yoga practice. And the ylang ylang, this is literally one of the most beautiful smells, I will definitely get it again.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Are we surprised? Is anyone surprised by this post? Well, not suprisingly, I picked up Giovanni's Avocado and Olive Oil shampoo and conditioner. I think I tried both at one point, but I never did a review...just checked, nope, never did a review. Well, I'm doing a review now because they may become a part of my regimen. So let's get to it.

First things first, I've been looking for a new shampoo for awhile. I liked the Made Beautiful PUREifying Cleanser, but it really requires two to three washes to effectively remove build up on my scalp and hair, which is frustrating. This means more time in the shower, more product, and most importantly, more manipulation, which can cause breakage. I was kind of over it a month ago, but since I still have three more bottles, I tried to suck it up and use it...I'll just give them to a friend.

I've also been looking for a conditioner because the Made Beautiful INSPIRE Creamy Coconut Conditioner is not in stores meaning I will always have to buy it online. This is rather inconvenient and a big contributor to if I will continue to use a product.

Anyways, last week, I was in a little mom and pop corner store looking for something to eat, since I just finished teaching yoga, didn't want to cook, and was really hungry. I passed their natural beauty section (yes, we have natural beauty sections in small mom and pop stores in D.C.) and noticed they had a sale on the Giovanni Avocado and Olive Oil line. Well, I decided to get it with almost no thought because, like I mentioned above, I was just over washing my hair multiple times to get a good clean, and I really like Giovanni products.

I've used both products twice and I'm in love! The shampoo effectively cleans my hair and scalp with one wash, and even better, it keeps my hair detangled (I usually pre-poo, detangle, then shampoo). The conditioner is super moisturizing and has a lot of slip. Since I've started using the shampoo and conditioner, I also notice my hair stays cleaner longer, which means less dandruff and no stinky hair, which is great because I've been working out more with yoga and HIIT classes.

In comparison to other Giovanni lines I've tried, this is the one I recommend for naturals. This isn't to say the other lines aren't great or that I wouldn't use them, but my hair is a lot more moisturized using the Avocado and Olive Oil shampoo and conditioner. And this is to be expected considering the Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Mask is the most moisturizing deep conditioner I've ever used. It's also easier to find this line in stores, compared to other lines, which is really important to me.

All in all, they're great products. Like I said, I'm sure they'll make a permanent place in my regimen soon. Along with leaving my hair clean and super moisturized, I can find this at most stores in the area.

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