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happy tuesday morning, wonderful people! Here are a few interesting and beautiful things to bring some brightness to your cloudy morning:

this article, which is all about the different stresses we hold, and how to STOP doing this.

read this too, because you definitely need another excuse to go to the beach right now… weekend trip, anyone?

– are you eating all of these? all day every day? probably not… but sneak some in every now and then ūüėČ

read, read, read.

– one of the prettiest necklaces I’ve ever seen.

–¬†some (more) reasons to get outside and love this weather.

this is interesting… drink you kombucha, but also exercise for a healthy gut?

these look like a perfect summer treat.

– females in the triad: need something cool to train for? why not sign up for a sprint triathlon?!

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what could possibly be better than taking a kick-ass Power Vinyasa class with our Ambassador Elliott? Oh, that’s right – taking a kick-ass Power Vinyasa class with our Ambassador Elliott AT WANDERLUST!!! That’s right, Elliott’s off to teach at Wanderlust, aka the dream festival of yoga, music, food, and seriously¬†incredible human beings. We can’t say that we’re at all surprised¬†that Elliott¬†was asked to come teach alongside MC Yogi and hang out with Gabrielle Bernstein, but we sure as hell are super proud of him! ¬†Check out his official Wanderlust bio, and if for some reason you haven’t yet made it to Winston-Salem to take his phenomenal class, come join us there next week to welcome him back!

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sweet tooth adventures: coconut milk ice cream

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Summer means ice cream. I mean, duh.¬†Gelato, custard, sorbet, or just plain, great, creamy ice cream. There’s something this time of year (hm, probably all the warm sunshine?) that makes everyone scream for ice cream. So what does that mean for those of us who are desperately trying to mindfully nourish our bodies, and avoid as much of the sugars and the dairys as we possibly can? Fear not – healthy ice cream is not only a very real thing, but also super easy to make…¬†and, it’s unbelievably delicious!

 

Ingredients:

1 can coconut milk (I like to use light)

1-2 egg yolks

1 tbsp honey

+ whatever flavorings you choose (see bottom of the post)

Directions:

bring the coconut milk to a light boil, and then, stirring very thoroughly, add in the yolk/yolks. I generally tend to stick with one egg, but it’s a little thicker and more creamy with two. Make sure to stir very carefully at this point, so that the egg doesn’t cook into piece-y chunks, and slowly bring the mixture up to a full boil. Once it starts boiling, bring the heat down to a medium temperature, add in the honey and continue stirring for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cool, pour everything into your ice cream maker, and let it churn for ten or so minutes, until you’ve got a bowl full of creamy, delicious goodness.

Flavors:

mint chocolate chip: mix two tsp of peppermint extract into the cooling liquid. Once it’s completely cool, add in chocolate chips.

–¬†vanilla bean:¬†scrape one vanilla bean into the cooling mixture, and add a tsp of vanilla extract. Option to add a little more honey for this one.

–¬†chocolate & cinnamon:¬†stir 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tbsp of cinnamon into the coconut milk before adding the eggs.

–¬†blackberry honey: scrape a little bit of vanilla bean into the mixture as you heat it. Once it’s cooled and ready¬†¬†to pour into the ice cream maker, add in 1 cup of fresh blackberries and 2 tbsp of honey.

 

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behind the scenes: Nathan Keil

when looking at some of the rock star lululemon men in our Triad community, it would be impossible¬†not to highlight Nathan Keil, who is the Head Coach at Crossfit Altius over in Kernersville. Nathan has been Crossfitting for three years, but it’s not the fact that he could probably lift a small house, OR the fact that he just got fourth place in the Mid Atlantic Regionals that makes him such an incredible coach – instead it’s his heart, and his very clear passion for what he does. When you step into Nathan’s box, you almost immediately realize two things very clearly: 1) he really, truly loves and believes in Crossfit, and 2) even deeper than that, he cares about coaching and helping you to do and be the best that you possibly can. In addition to incredible physical strength, Nathan also has the heart of a coach, and this shines through in everything that he does. We couldn’t be more proud to have him as a part of our community. Check out some of these pictures from our Product Notification shoot with Nathan last week!

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gift guide: father’s day, 2014

just in case you were fretting about getting your husband/father/grandfather, etc, another set of whiskey stones or a different pattern of striped ties this year for Dad’s Day, we thought it might be a good idea to have a few unique other options ready for you.¬†We have scoured the internet, poured through the “best of” lists,¬†and come up with a few seriously awesome gifts for your main man this Father’s Day!

1.¬†lululemon Boxers – definitely number one on our list… but seriously. You don’t understand. He’ll thank you for the rest of his days, and possibly start loving lululemon even more than you do…

2. Krankies Coffee – for those token early morning “dad moments” of coffee, orange juice, and a newspaper,¬†some local and delicious Krankies Coffee would work perfectly. Pair it with a unique and funky mug, OR paint one yourself!

3. Mast Brother’s Chocolate – it might not be the most original gift ever, but I know personally that whenever I give my dad Father’s Day gifts, the only things that I see get immediate and significant use is the chocolate.

4. Working Man’s Hygiene Kit – a well-packaged one-and-done for manly personal hygiene, these things smell lovely and are created with natural oils.

5. Plantable Comic Books – okay, I’m a little bit obsessed with these. Comic books that have herb seeds in them. So, you read them and then plant them in the garden – “be a hero, plant¬†herbs.”

6. Age Your Own Whiskey Kit – I mean, come on.

7. Biolite Camp Stove – the coolest little wood-burning stove in the world, and it also charges electronic devices from the heat created by the fire. Absolutely ideal for your camping man.

8. Tudor Watch – a simple, handsome leather and steel watch, for a man who loves simple, beautiful, and well-made things.

9. Fly Fishing Kit¬†– this is ridiculously cool – ¬†Patagonia makes a “Simple Fly Fishing Kit” with their Tenkara rod as well as everything you’ll need to use it, and everything you’ll need to know about it.

10. Personalized Photo Book – it’s not lame, and it never gets old. No matter what, the most important thing in a dad’s life will always, always be his family, and what better gift for Father’s Day than a collection of images of the people who make him a dad.

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meditations from the board – trusting the process

I love the idea of¬†Meditations from the Mat¬†– and how everything, every small little lesson or adjustment that we find on our yoga mats can have the power to transform not only our entire practice, but also our lives. I think, though, that too often we rely on yoga alone as our source of wisdom and inspiration, and while there is an endless fount of wisdom to be found by pursuing the path of yoga, really, the majority of this wisdom is something that is already living inside each of us, and yoga usually just has a more clear and concise way of bringing it out. The importance in realizing this is that, instead of learning and growing leaps and bounds for one hour ever day, or every other day, you can bring this meditative state, this eagerness for and openness to learning with you wherever¬†you go, whenever you want. It’s always there, and as soon as you’re ready to get present in your body and tune into your clear, focused, and brilliant mind, you will be ready and able to be your own answer.¬†A lot of the biggest breakthroughs I’ve had in my life have come on a particularly long run, or really whenever I step foot onto my paddleboard – anytime I allow myself the time and space to get clear, and get grounded in my physical body, my mind often follows.

¬†It’s like that – any time you take away from the madness of daily life and really get off of your autopilot, out of your head, and into your body… that’s when the serious¬†change starts to set in. We need something to bring us back into the now, so that the growth we’re slowly doing can start to solidify within us. This past weekend, I found the same beautiful experience on a surfboard. The second I finally became truly present out there in the waves, all of the abstract challenges I had been working through over the past few weeks were finally presented in a way that I could understand, approach, and overcome. Instead of a vague tangle of things I knew I needed to fix, I realized quickly that the challenges I had been facing in my personal life were also showing up so clearly in my time on my board. I was frustrated and annoyed, because I have been surfing for years and years, and yet, on this morning, still could not manage to really catch that perfect wave. I was riding some in, and getting a few¬†good ones,¬†but when it came to really getting on top of a wave, throwing myself¬†into it, and riding it all the way… I was coming up way short. I was getting a lot of good, and no great. And I was very, very ready to blame it on a bad surf day, waves that weren’t ideal, anything but myself. However, when I took a moment to pause my blame game and really figure out the root of what was going on, it quickly became clear¬†– I was getting into the tops of these waves, and instead of paddling hard to truly “catch” the wave, I would give the water a few quick swipes with my hand, and then immediately try to stand up, before I was even in the wave. For those of you who know nothing about surfing, bear with me for just a moment. I was trying to get to the next step of the process, without fully giving my effort to the step I was currently in. And, as a result, I almost always lost the wave, and ended up in a half-standing board limbo, and subsequently very wet and salty.¬†Where all of the concept and information had been failing to process in my brain, this physical reality landed, and landed hard – all I had to do was really put myself fully into the process of catching the wave, before moving on to what I knew came afterwards. I needed to turn off my overanalyzing brain for just a second, and instead, be in the moment, and trust the process, focusing entirely on what is right here and right now. There’s so much truth and beauty in that realization – because we have a clear goal, a purpose, an idea of what our future should and will look like, we spend so much time and energy focusing on that future, instead of living in the present that will bring us to that future. We’re trying to stand up on boards that aren’t even in a wave, and that leaves us with no force or momentum, and if we keep it up, we’ll keep falling flat on our face. Instead, let’s focus on getting present, getting in our¬†bodies, and learning to paddle before we¬†try to stand.

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behind the scenes: Chris Clodfelter

in my professional opinion, there are few things in this world better than a badass man rocking some lululemon. But, maybe I’m biased. Either way, to celebrate the new @lululemonmen on twitter and instagram, we shot the incredible Chris Clodfelter, the owner of Eight Points Muay Thai, ¬†for our latest Product Notification email! If you didn’t know about his impressive track record (one of the first Muay Thai fighters in North Carolina, trained in Thailand, two-time title belt holder… you know, super casual…), you would never even guess that he was such an intense fighter, because Chris is, first and foremost, one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of hanging out with. He’s unassuming, encouraging, friendly, and humble… but as soon as you step into his gym with the desire to work, he’ll put your balls to the wall. In the best possible way. I loved spending time with him, have loved loved getting to train with him, and loved loved loved getting to photograph him in his wonderful Winston Salem gym. So much #lululemonmenlove.

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the scoop on: overnight oats

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even with all of the research done surrounding the importance of big, full, nutrient-rich breakfasts and all of the findings that highlight this as the “most important meal of the day,” it is still too easy to altogether skip breakfast, or, at the very least, rush out the door with a Larabar in hand, and no immediate plans to eat anything more substantial. We’ve all been there, and when it’s the choice between¬†a well-balanced breakfast and a shower, or, more importantly, an extra twenty minutes of sleep, it’s hard to vote for the breakfast.¬†Here’s where the little miracle called overnight oats enters the scene. Oats are a ridiculously great way to start the day – alone, they are packed with a solid profile of micronutrients, are fiber-rich and filling without being overly calorie dense, and also taste really delicious (when prepared properly… forget that hotel breakfast oat-mush, or the cardboardy microwave oats…). They keep your heart healthy, stabilize your blood sugar, AND are naturally gluten-free (!!). ¬†With the added benefit of chia seeds, coconut milk, and some frozen berries, this little mason jar contains a¬†full serving of everything your body could ever think to want at the beginning of a day. And the best part? It all takes five minutes to prepare, THE NIGHT BEFORE. Boom. It’s the easiest thing ever in the world.

So how?

Take a small to medium sized mason jar, and fill it halfway with dry oats. Cover the dry oats in water, until about 3/4 of the jar is full. Add in a little pour of coconut or almond milk, and a spoonful of chia seeds. At this point, you can add in frozen berries, cinnamon, raisins, even honey… whatever you usually crave on your oatmeal. Once that’s done, throw the lid on and pop it in the fridge. By morning, the oats and chia seeds will have soaked into a filling and delicious breakfast. Voila! Literally, a ¬†stress-free morning in a jar.

 

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faire un pique-nique

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One of my favorite quotes ever comes from Elizabeth Gilbert‚Äôs biography ‚ÄúThe Last American Man,‚ÄĚ in which she tells the life story of Eustace Conway. I could wax some serious poetic on this book, or this man, but instead I‚Äôll give you a wonderful block quote and a heavy encouragement to go read the book.

 

“I live in nature where everything is connected, circular. The seasons are circular. The planet is circular, and so is the planet around the sun. The course of water over the earth is circular coming down from the sky and circulating through the world to spread life and then evaporating up again. I live in a circular teepee and build my fire in a circle. The life cycles of plants and animals are circular. I live outside where I can see this. The ancient people understood that our world is a circle, but we modern people have lost site of that. I don’t live inside buildings because buildings are dead places where nothing grows, where water doesn’t flow, and where life stops. I don’t want to live in a dead place. People say that I don’t live in a real world, but it’s modern Americans who live in a fake world, because they have stepped outside the natural circle of life. 

Do people live in circles today? No. They live in boxes. They wake up every morning in a box of their bedrooms because a box next to them started making beeping noises to tell them it was time to get up. They eat their breakfast out of a box and then they throw that box away into another box. Then they leave the box where they live and get into another box with wheels and drive to work, which is just another big box broken into little cubicle boxes where a bunch of people spend their days sitting and staring at the computer boxes in front of them. When the day is over, everyone gets into the box with wheels again and goes home to the house boxes and spends the evening staring at the television boxes for entertainment. They get their music from a box, they get their food from a box, they keep their clothing in a box, they live their lives in a box. 

Break out of the box! This not the way humanity lived for thousands of years.‚ÄĚ

 

Maybe don‚Äôt go move to a teepee, and yes, we do need some of our boxes‚Ķ but now that the weather is warm and wonderful, think about some fun and creative ways to get out of your box! We love taking our sweat into the sunshine ‚Äď hiking, biking, and running; taking our pilates and yoga mats to the grass ‚Äď so what are some other ways you can take the rest of your life out of the boxes and into the great outdoors? Walk a trail with a friend instead of meeting for coffee. Drink your wine while planting a garden, instead of in your living room. Pack a basket and take a picnic, instead of going out for dinner. It may be slightly less convenient, or just a tiny bit less comfortable, but I promise, the little extra effort will always be worth it.

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what we’re loving: speed shorts

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with so many great colors of these little beauties in the showroom this spring, it seemed a great time to highlight exactly why we freaking love speed shorts so much!

The¬†Speed Shorts are our favorite¬†Swift¬†material, which is crisp,¬†lightweight, soft and smooth, and runs with you instead of sticking to your sweaty legs (because let’s be honest – if you don’t have those running around here in May, you’re probably walking. Indoors.) Tucked into all of this magical fabric are¬†plenty of pockets, for all your running essentials… keys, gels, credit card and ID if, like me, you sometimes find yourself in situations where you’re running to a wine-serving destination… the zipper back pocket’s great for that one, but it’ll also fit an iPod/iPhone for those less inclined to booze after they break a sweat. Finally, a¬†favorite recently-discovered feature on these puppies: they dry crazy quickly. Like, in the time it takes you to eat a bowl of chips and salsa. It’s partially due to the little pockets of ventilation all up the back side of the shorts, and also the awesome CoolMax liner which wicks moisture away to the outer fabric, working to make everything dry a little more quickly and evenly.

Love ’em so much. AND,¬†in case you didn’t get our latest¬†Product Notification Email, we just got a couple new colors of these little guys in the showroom. So come by and grab some, and tell us what makes you love Speed Shorts so much!

 

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