I am a huge yoga fan.
See, normally this would be a pretty innocuous statement, except if you went to college with me. If you did, you’d be throwing the phone against the wall and shouting, “No. NO.”
[Yoga in happier times: unwinding in Congress Park on my Aurorae Yoga mat, the Slip-Free Rosin bag, and my luxurious mat in a beautiful lavender that perfectly suits my Aquarian sensibilities.]
And with good reason. Yoga almost kept me from graduating college on time. For real. We had mandatory athletic requirements and I was happily meeting mine, second semester senior year, with a golf class and a yoga class, the latter of which featured a heinous, totally disjointed soundtrack which comprised various hits from C+C Music Factory, Janet Jackson, Salt ‘N Pepa, and The Spin Doctors. I’m serious. One day I was feeling particularly wretched [contaminated beer] so signed my name, briefly considered a downward facing dog and peaced out, my departure made inconspicuous by the blaring of this jam, I have no doubt.
To make a long story short, I struck up a conversation with a lonely looking girl in the corner during the next class [the President of the Honor Council. Maybe that's why she was sitting alone] and said, “I totally signed my name last time then left. Oops!” She thought this over, then replied, “You have 24 hours to turn yourself in to the Honor Council for lying.”
I had to represent myself in front of a jury of peers, was found “not responsible,” then went home and popped the tops off of 4 bottles of pink champagne and a case of Chewy Chips Ahoy. While this all sounds relatively painless, I assure you it was not. Yoga was off the docket for the better part of the next decade.
Until I was laid off from my job.
Yoga gave me a purpose during my unemployment. I’d spend close to 2 hours every morning practicing, and it melted away a lot of the stress and negativity I was harboring after losing my job. You could say it turned me around, and I’m really thankful for that. We reconciled, and now—even though I’m doing more Romanian dead lifts than baby cobras—yoga is something I consider to be a little indulgence.
Which is why I was so happy to receive this beautiful mat from Aurorae, and get the chance to give one away to one of you! I’m not one to push new practices on people (except for kittens, everyone should have kittens), but if you’re not into yoga and are considering it, here’s a great reason to start. I find it to be 100% about choosing to spend time with yourself—choosing to take time out of insanely busy days to stop and breathe. At C+C, we are huge proponents of enjoying the little things in life.
So here’s the goods:
The mat is ultra thick and extra long, and features a focal point icon on one end. It’s eco-friendly material, odorless, and SGC-approved.
To enter, just become a fan of Aurorae on their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter, and leave a comment on here with your email address and telling me the worst possible song you can imagine doing yoga to. Because there is no way you are going to top doing a child’s pose to “It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right.” But you can certainly try.
Good luck! I’ll announce the winner this time next week!
Visit Aurorae’s Amazon store here.