If you follow me on Twitter than you may have seen my recent obsession… yoga. But not just any yoga..
the kind I have become addicted to is called Dirty Yoga.
But let me back up just a bit.
About 10 yrs ago… (really? Has it been that long. *sigh*). Anyway, about 10 yrs ago, I left a full time job to work out of my home. Aside from not having a commute, the other benefit was it gave me more time to focus on doing things I really wanted to do, but had previously not had the time… like yoga.
I still remember my first class. I remember where I put my yoga mat. I remember what I wore. I remember thinking I had no clue what I was doing in a class filled with experienced yogis. The teacher walked in and asked who was new to class. I hesitantly raised my arm, but thought to myself, this will be good because he’ll be easier on me than the others. The class started and I proceeded to get kicked in the a**.
That teacher was Jess Gronholm. That day started a five year journey with him as my yoga teacher. But more importantly, it started a lifelong journey with him as my friend. (Awwwwww.)
When he moved to New York, I was never able to find a yoga teacher that was a good match for the kind of practice that I had come to enjoy. Sadly, as a result, I stopped doing yoga. And then the day came when I stopped being flexible. Yikes!
However, I am happy to report that Jess is my teacher again.. and that is because of Dirty Yoga Co.!!!!!!!!!
Jess and his partners have created an amazingly fun site… for that reason alone, you should go check it out.
In a nutshell they have created a place for you to have a great yoga class, in the privacy of your own home, at any time and any day, you want. Personally, this is the kind of site I have been dreaming about for a very long time. It solves a lot of the issues I have had in the past with yoga studios… high prices, a schedule that makes it difficult to find a class, over crowding, and teachers with whom I don’t connect.
All the classes run about 35 minutes. Jess has structured the classes in such a way that in one class you may focus on getting flexibility in your back, where another class will be more about twists, and there are also videos specific to stretching… in other words, there is a lot of variety. And.. KA CHING!.. The prices are extremely economical: $20/month for 3 different videos per week plus extras.
Come on! How could you not want to be a part of this!!
(As I bet you can guess by now… I am giving one of you an opportunity to be a part of this trendsetting new way to do yoga!!)
But first… Mac ‘n’ Cheese, please.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese in some ways is similar to yoga. It’s one of those meals that everyone has a preference for there favorite version, you might not make it as often as you like, but you are so happy when you do, and lastly, it’s warm and comforting and is great if you have just had kind of a bad day.
With this mac ‘n’ cheese, I also have a little trick for you to make this easier. Many recipes call for making a béchamel sauce, which is fine if you want to do that. To save time, however, what I have learned is that instead of boiling pasta in water, boil it in milk. The starch released from the pasta becomes the thickening agent; this makes it less time consuming, less pots to clean, all around just easier.
Seriously, doesn’t it look good! (Can you believe it’s vegan??)
But I know why you are all here… the GIVEAWAY!!! YAYAYAYAYYY!!
The wonderful folks at Dirty Yoga Co. have allowed me to give one of you a free MONTH of yoga classes!!
That is 12 classes, (3 classes per week), plus extra classes of stretching and other little down and dirty yoga quickies!
What do you have to do to enter to win… make a comment answering one of the following questions:
1) I love yoga because….
2) I’ve never done yoga, but Dirty Yoga is a great way for me to start, because….
It’s that simple. (It would also be great if you followed them on Twitter and retweeted the heck out of it.. but that is not required)
OK… ENTER…………….. NOW!!!
** will announce the winner one week from today on June 5th
*** The winner was announced on Twitter on June 5th and is the lovely Eilis.