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7 months. 115 classes. 172.5 hours. 10,350 minutes of Bikram yoga.

Here are some things I’ve noticed that perhaps you’re becoming a modern day yogi/ini:

  • A hydroflask is the best gift you’ve gotten all year
  • You fall into the first stage of “standing head to knee” pose when you put on your socks
  • You’ve taken two classes in a 12 hour timeframe
  • Going to the grocery store after class can feel sort of like a pilgrimage to a holy site
  • You know when the local Lululemon adds items to its collection
  • You know where to buy yoga clothes besides Lululemon
  • You bump into fellow yogis from your studio while shopping for spirulina
  • You eagerly anticipate the next issue of Yoga Journal magazine
  • You know what “Namaste” means and use it to sign off on your work emails
  • You don’t know what exactly the soap used in the studio is made up of but you use it anyway
  • You’ve considered becoming a vegan
  • Your mat starts to smell
  • You’ve watched at least one movie about yoga
  • You’ve put the heat and hot shower on to the max in your apartment to try and replicate a Bikram yoga class through the stereo because you couldn’t make it to the studio
  • Your feet/toes start to look like little hands

(Yes, those are my feet. I’m sorry.)

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Ok, being a single mom in New York City means a totally new financial reality for me.  I’m on a shoestring budget. First thing to go, unnecessary overpriced beauty products. I had to break up with them.

Here’s how:

1. Do not make eye contact with Sephora: Do not look at the store front. Do not touch the door handle. Do not browse or go in to put on some quick makeup on before you go out. You will not pass go. You will spend $70 (on things you only use for about a week).

2. Detox your body – Go to hot yoga. Become vegan for a couple of weeks (this may sound extreme). Drink gallons of water and fresh juices. Last night, I completed my 95th Bikram Yoga class (that’s 145 hours of yoga) and my skin has never looked better in my life. Even my mild sun damage is slowly disappearing. I don’t know how the hell it’s happening, but it is.

3. Watch this movieChemerical – Yes, there are some awkward moments where husband and wife talk about pheromones after they give up deodorant that are kind of awkward and nauseating, but overall it will freak you out enough to make you stop using scary chemicals in your house and on your body. (Personal note – I cannot give up deodorant – thank you Dove – I hold my pose with confidence).

4. Stop dying your hair – Really, why do we do this? I was a big fan of the $250 highlights and $100 gloss (what does the gloss do anyway?). I forgot what my hair actually looked like. I single processed to bring back my natural color and now that all the years of dye has grown out, my hair looks the best it ever has. It matches my skin tone. (note- if I start going gray, this step will be re-evaluated).

5. Buy a bar of nice organic soap – Are we really so lazy that we have to squirt soap out of a bottle instead of rub it on our skin? Think about the material waste. We are destroying our planet.  It’s kind of crazy. I started using this awesome organic soap from Zen Medica and I feel really clean. Like there isn’t a layer of chemicals on my skin. With all this detoxing, I actually get a headache if I put on my old perfumed lotion.

6. Only buy something new when your old product is almost gone – Gone are the days of browsing the aisles and just picking something up. Find the necessary products. For me, it’s concealer, mascara, gloss, and some basic eye shadowesque creme stuff. I’m done with experimentation. Do you really need to try out self-tanner?

7. Go to the dermatologist  – Instead of trying to cure your own skin with products offering false promises, head to the doctor, find out what’s really wrong with you and have them prescribe something that will get rid of the problem. Your health insurance might even cover it. (Note – do not fall into dermatologist trap of shooting your face with a laser – more on that in a subsequent post).

8. Feel beautiful on the inside – (Oprah moment) There’s a reason why you’re buying all this needless stuff. Figure out what it’s giving you and how you can get it through action. A face peel is never going to make you feel as good as a french kiss and good snuggle.

Like any break up, this will not be easy. Take it step-by-step and remember what you are doing is going to make you a better person from the inside out. And you’ll have more money to spend on hot yoga membership fees.

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