A Perfect Excuse for Yoga Pants

toyota women Not that I really think anyone needs an excuse to wear yoga pants….

I didn’t start wearing yoga pants as part of a “mom uniform,” I started wearing them when I started to practice yoga, years ago.

A friend convinced me to give it a try. At first, it seemed sort of odd, since I had a hard time staying quiet and focusing on my breathing. And in some sort of paradox, I thought it was not a good workout(how could holding those poses possibly be doing anything?) and too hard(ouch, I can’t do that pose or that one!) at the same time.

But, I kept going anyway.

And eventually fell in love with it.

As I practiced more and more, I gained flexibility, confidence, and yeah, it sounds cheesy, but it’s true peace.

And wow, was I in amazing shape! Anyone who says yoga isn’t a good workout hasn’t given it a fair shot.

I even started to think about becoming certified to teach yoga.

Of course, after having kids, I wasn’t able to go right back to taking all the poses to the level that I had been able to before. And other times, it was a struggle to even get to class.

So, my yoga pants became more something I wore because they are comfortable than because I needed them to practice.

But still, I have a love of yoga.

So when a member of the Toyota team introduced herself on the first night of TWIN Camp and mentioned that she helped with different events Toyota sponsors, like a festival with yoga and wine, I may have been just a tad over-enthusiastic about hearing more about it. Here is where I should probably apologize for grabbing her hand and yanking her to me. I blame the wine.

The festival she was talking about is Wanderlust. “Wanderlust is a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts and DJs, renowned speakers, top chefs and winemakers, and much, much more — all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty.”

A few of the TWIN bloggers had the opportunity to go to Wanderlust Colorado at the beginning of the month and a few are heading to Wanderlust California this week. I’m thrilled to have been asked to attend this week!

I’m all signed up for four days of yoga, hikes, and meditation. Maybe this will help with those sleep issues I’ve been having lately. I’ll be getting my inner yogi on ontop of a mountain and even on a slackline(where I will probably fall on my ass, but it will be a ton of fun to try).

There’s even a WINEderlust at the end of the day at this festival.

My cutest yoga pants are all packed and ready to go. Such a perfect excuse to wear them!

Have you ever tried yoga?

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.


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  1. I LOVE yoga! One of the things I love about being home in the summer is that I have more time to practice!

    Have fun!

  2. I used to do yoga before I had my son. We still do some of it together. Have a great trip!
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  3. Wow! Totally amazing…you will have a wonderful time! As a Personal Trainer, I can say the benefits of yoga are amazing and you do find a since of inner peace and relaxation when doing it.
    Have fun, I can’t wait to hear about it.
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  4. I haven’t done yoga but Pilates instead. Have fun this week!

  5. Wow! What an amazing event. I hope you  have lots of rest and relaxation (and fun of course!).

  6. I am writing this in my most favorite yoga pants, mainly because they’re generously cut and the tag size in the back of the pants makes me smile every time I put them on. It may be a false sense of happiness, but still…

    Girl, wine and yoga? Whoa, that is my kind of fun exercise. Have a wonderful, wonderful time. And you look totally hawt in your yoga pose up there. 
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    • My AC is still not fixed, so yoga pants are too hot for me right now. Ugh.

      I can’t wait for this event! :) Don’t you want to hop on a plane and meet me there? 

  7. i havent tried it but it sounds fun..ama try it,i always thougt my cousin was crazy as she would buy yoga clots,books and research about it and stuff but few days ago i visited her nd i found the book very interesting..thanx for this post…:)

  8. I used to do yoga a long time ago. Everyone tells me it won’t do me any good for losing weight or anything though…
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    • Oh, that’s not true at all! I was in my best shape ever when I was doing yoga all the time. I think results are probably seen a lot slower because it’s not cardio, but it’s definitely worth adding to a workout routine. 

  9. That sounds like an absolute dream!!! I started taking yoga classes almost 2 years ago and I love how the practice has strengthened my body and my mind. I try to go to class 2x a week. I need a class right now, desperately! Have fun ;~)
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  10. Yay for you!! That sounds like an awesome opportunity. Enjoy yourself. :)

  11. I have tried Yoga after starting Pilates and for me Pilates works better. I just like it more, I guess. Have fun and enjoy…
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  12. AWESOME! I may be a little jealous. Enjoy yourself!
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  13. I have tried Yoga twice. Both times, I needed the paramedics. Unfortunately, I am as flexible as a man. Ugh. And you rock those yoga pants. I need them two sizes smaller so it sucks in about 20 pounds. LOL

    • It took a long time for my flexibility to get to a good point. At first, I had none!

  14. I’ve been meaning to give yoga a try. I’ve always been more of a cardio girl, but I think I could definitely benefit from yoga and work on my flexibility. Have fun a the Wanderlust experience! :)
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  15. I used to do Yoga and loved it! Like you, my yoga pants are for daily wear and not so much exercise but I can’t wait to get back into it. That trip sounds heavenly! I have always wanted to go to something like that. You have to tell us how it was when you get back. Maybe I’ll finally have the guts to go to one after hearing about it.
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  16. It’s been forever since I’ve done yoga — I loved it and wish I could figure out how to squeeze it back into my schedule… Maybe someday…

    I hope you have a fabulous time!
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    • Trying to find time for it is definitely a problem. I’m thinking maybe once the kids are in school this fall…

  17. I have tried yoga and it was great! But now there isn’t anyone doing classes around here anymore…. :(

    Maybe I’ll just get a video.
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    • I’m terrible at doing any exercise at home- I always find a reason to put it off!

  18. Oh, cool Shell! Yoga hasn’t really been my thing, but I am a little envious of people (like you!) who can find that inner peace part of it.
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    • It took a long time for me to get to that point instead of seeing it as something sort of silly. ;) 

  19. I’m not sure what yoga pants are. :-) I have tried yoga and I enjoy it. It’s VERY relaxing. I love the stretching benefits the most. I was a Zumba girl, though. I love it, but my gym stopped offering classes, so I’m just back to the treadmill.
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  20. I am both SO excited for you and SO jealous all at the same time!!  How awesome!

  21. That sounds amazing!!

    I’ve never tried yoga, but I do pilates. It isn’t quite the same, but I think they are kind of similar. maybe? 
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  22. I took some classes last summer and fall and loved it. But despite my new year’s resolution to continue my practice at home…my lack of exercise discipline has gotten the better of me. I keep reminding myself that I can always start again. I hope you enjoy your trip; it sounds WONDERFUL!
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  23. NO WAY!!! I am so excited for you!!! What a treat and I mean that. It is one thing to go to a blog conference and network and get to learn new things for your business but this…this is all about YOU and finding a happy place. I seriously think that yoga is the best exercise for the mind and body. I know it has helped calm me when nothing else can.
    I hope you have an amazing time and I can’t wait to hear about it!!!
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    • I feel almost guilty for going- b/c there really isn’t any purpose to this but just time for me. But I’ve decided to try to squash the guilt and just enjoy!

  24. Yay for you! Sounds like you have some fun times coming your way :)

    I tried Yoga for the first time when I was pregnant with my daughter. I felt so much better with that pregnancy than I did with eithr of my other 2. I really think the Yoga helped! Now, if only I could find the time and money to go back to it. Oh and the Yoga pants were very comfy to wear while pregnant!

    *stopping in from Sits :)*
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    • I loved doing prenatal yoga! I did it with my first and second. 

      I thought maybe it would help make my labor easier but my yoga teacher was pregnant at the same time as me and she had a painful and long labor, so there went that theory!

  25. I am glad you stuck with yoga, because I heard good things about it. As for me, I can only do a few poses that didn’t required standing on one leg.
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  26. Enjoy!! I wish I could get back into yoga (and had the time to do it.) I loved it for a while, and then it’s like my brain started moving too fast. I would get into savassna (spelling?) at the end and all I wanted to do was get up so I could get back to the car and bust out the Iphone and check email, etc. Probably a sign of how bad I need to unplug…if only I could shut my brain off, I’d be back on the mat in a heartbeat!

    Hope you are doing well and having a good summer…haven’t talked to you in forever!! Have a great trip!
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    • I totally understand! The first class that I’m taking on the first day is “how to sit on your ass and do nothing.” Because I definitely don’t know how to do that any more.

      This summer is crazy with work and the kids! This is a much-needed break!

      Hope you are having a good one- I check in with some of your posts- you get the craziest commenters over on the stir. LMAO

  27. I took yoga in high school when it was the thing that everyone did. I liked it, but I never really got into it beyond just wanting to be a part of what everyone was talking about. I’ve been wanting to for some time now to find a way to get back into it. So many people I know love it, a lot. I just need to finally get my butt out the door, my butt that is already in yoga pants anyways =)
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  28. I did Yoga and Pilates before the girls and am now just getting back into it. Thankfully, it is coming back to me, although I am still a little awkward.
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    • I’m finding the same thing- I can’t just go right back to how I was with it before. It’s taking time.

  29. Oh my gosh…that sounds like SO much fun!!
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  30. Of course, my dear! I practice Ashtanga six days a week! Hard core, you know :)
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  31. i Love yoga pants but never have tried yoga….I’m afraid I can’t sit that long. I can’t concentrate. I’m old. I’m not flexible. LOL…..

  32. I’ve tried yoga  a few times but I can’t get past all the “breathe positive in…breathe negative out” bullshit…
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  33. Oh! That sounds so exciting! I’ve never tried yoga. I once bought a pilates dvd… for pregnant people – when I was pregnant. but I never did it. Oh… that sounds terrible.  Anyway – Maybe sometime. But – the opportunity sounds amazing! Have fun!
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  34. I do like yoga, although I’m very much a novice. And now I’m extremely jealous of you! But I do hop you have a great time and tell us all about it!
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  35. MommaKiss says:

    I’ve tried yoga. Tried. I’m not very good at it.

    Have fun woman. You deserve it.

  36. Yoga scares me. I am so not flexible. Or centered. Or good at focusing on one thing. Or good at turning off the “voices” in my head. I hope you have a great time!
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  37. Have a BLAST! Enjoy yourself to the MAX!
    I am going to join a yoga studio.  I need something to help get me centered and focused. I tried yoga before and it really do wonders. 
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  38. I have tried yoga, but just on my own with a DVD at home. I haven’t been part of a group with an instructor to show me what I am doing wrong and right. My problem is I am so not flexible and coordinated. I need to find a class for pre-beginners just to get started. LOL! 
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  39. Oh lucky you!  I hope you have a wonderful time!  Enjoy the California sun :)

     And no, have never tried yoga
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  40. I’ve tried yoga and while I like it, it hurts my joints something awful. All that downward facing dog makes my wrists ache!
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  41. Sounds like a perfect event with the perfect attire. 
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  42. I did try yoga for a while. I loved it. I wish I had time for it, now.
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  43. Enjoy the trip.  It looks like a cute town. 
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  44. Yoga is one of those things I really want to try! It’s on my list, but keeps getting shoved to the bottom:)
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  45. I LOVE yoga! And haven’t been since January. Argh! That getaway sounds wonderful!
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  46. I’m so very excited for you! This sounds like a wonderful opportunity, and so right up your alley!
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  47. I have only recently heard of this festival but would absolutely LOVE to attend next year. And you’ll have the chance to see Ziggy Marley; he is amazing! You are going to have oodles of fun… I can’t wait to hear all about it. And lounging around in yoga pants for a full weekend sounds like perfect bliss for me, too. 

    I started taking Bikram a few years ago but started practicing yoga in high school. I really miss it (hatha, vinyasa, etc). I should really return. As much as I love Bikram, it’s too hot for me to do in the summertime.
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  48. That sounds awesome, I’m officially jealous. ;)

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