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Turn Up The Heat With Hot Yoga

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The health and wellbeing benefits of yoga are widely known. Yoga increases flexibility, promotes good posture, increases muscle strength, helps manage stress and offers respiratory and cardiovascular benefits. It’s no wonder millions of Americans now practice yoga as part of their regular workout regimen.

If you want to take things up a notch in your yoga practice, try some form of hot yoga. Some of the benefits of heated yoga are: improved flexibility and range of motion, release of toxins, improve weight loss benefits, and building the immune system.

There are lots of other forms of hot yoga such as Bikram, Moskha and Hot Power Yoga. Whichever type of hot yoga you try, it’s important to start off slow. Some teachers advice new students to simply sit in the heated room for the first session in order to acclimate to the intense heat and humidity.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll need a couple of extra essentials for hot yoga sessions:

Hot yoga mat towel: needless to say, you will sweat A LOT when doing hot yoga. So much so that your yoga mat will be drenched and slippery without the help of a super-absorbent yoga mat towel over it. Pick one that’s long and wide enough to cover your entire yoga mat.

Moisture-wicking yoga clothes: choose yoga clothes that fit close to the body but allow a full range of movement. Quick-drying fabrics are always best. Most practitioners of hot yoga opt to wear shorts instead of yoga pants.

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Fresh Picks: Surfer Girl Style

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There's a perpetual youthfulness and effortless cool that comes with the SoCal surfer girl look that we just simply can't get enough of. This laid-back beachy look can be seen on a slew of beach beauties everywhere, from Laguna Beach to Cocoa Beach. The aura around the surfer girl style is relaxed and simple; think wavy wash-and-wear hair, minimal makeup and a sunny year-round tan.

When going for the breezy surfer girl look, there are a few staple pieces that will surely be on heavy rotation in your wardrobe:  

1.      Summer dresses: A lightweight summer dress is definitely a beach essential. Picking a striped dress, like the Roxy Sequoia Halter Dress, is reminiscent of the classic ‘70s surfer girl.

2.      Lightweight tank tops and camis: Look for tank tops and camis with stripes or tropical florals for a summery look. The Volcom Cassie Cami Top is an excellent example of how versatile this look is. Wear it alone or layered under a light hoodie.

3.      Unstructured bags: Hobos and totes in lightweight fabrics are perfect for carrying to the beach. The adorable Roxy Dock Canvas Tote has a hint of nautical style and is just the right size to carry your daytime essentials.

4.      Comfy flip flop sandals: When you’re treading sand most of the day, a pair of comfy sandals like the Sanuk Yoga Rain Dance (complete with a real yoga mat footbed!) is a must.

For more surfer girl style, check out the Zappos Rideshop.