Be a Poser // Wonder Woman + Yoga Loft KY

Be a poser. Yes, be a poser. We're not saying be a fake, but really strike a pose. It's a little vogue, but we are loving this daily activity. The body is a beautiful thing, and it is a source of strength when we use it for good and not evil. We're going to teach you to be Wonder Woman in your mind and body. She's balanced, confident, and feminine, and you can physically see it in her pose.

Get your cape on lovers because we are going to kick those evil destructive postures to the curb. There's no doubt that the balance of your physical self pours into the balance of your mind and heart. Allowing your mind to think negatively about your body results in slumped figures, shrugged shoulders, and dropped heads. Changing our mindset is a lifetime battle. So let's reverse this, let's be a poser. Even if our mind is saying one thing, our bodies are going to say another. Strong centered bodies feed empowerment. Kay Corpus MD explains balance like this…

“Balancing postures involve working the energy lines called vayus. To have balance, there needs to be equal rooting down into the earth (feet), lifting up to the sky (arms/crown of the head), expanding out from the core, drawing into the core and finally expressing upward and outward. If all of these planes are equally exerted, one can balance as well as feel buoyant, radiant, and blissful.”

Our bodies hold so much energy and connection. If we practice the following poses, we can sway the mind. After all, if you are about to fight for your life, you certainly aren't going to shuffle your feet all humped over. You're going to be Wonder Woman.

Be a dancer. Who is more balanced than a dancer? This yoga pose will have you feeling not only like a bad mama jama, but pretty darn flexible too. Dr. Kay Corpus recommends this pose to work on your balance. Watch out Misty Copeland, we got some posing to do.

 

Be a tree. Trees are so indicative of balance. Limbs to the sky, roots in the ground, equally connecting to air and dirt. There is so much strength in a tree. Be a tree, and try this yoga pose recommended by Dr. Kay Corpus.

 

Be a hero. The most noticeably powerful pose you probably can do is the iconic Wonder Woman pose. Legs spread, hands on hips, and straight forward. This pose is strong, confident, and shows no mercy. This pose became even more iconic when Harvard sociologist, Amy Cuddy used it in her discussion of body poses and confidence. This is your “I'm ready to slay” pose. Do this every morning before you leave the house.

 

Photo by Simply Savvy Photographer

Photo by Simply Savvy Photographer

You must try these three poses now, and tell us if you notice a difference in your body and mind. Also, practice makes perfect. Balance isn't gained overnight, but confidence can be felt instantly. Head to Yoga Loft KY to really learn and practice the strength of your body. Now, go use your power for good.

 

What Are Friends For? // National Best Friends Day // Love IT! EVV

It's National Best Friends Day! So we're giving you our reasons why best friends are the shizz.

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Best friends sweat together!

Working out can be a drag sometimes, but certainly not when you got your best bud to laugh with, curse with, and sometimes feel like you're dying with. They got your back when your back is hanging out, and they will totally rock drinks with you straight from the gym.

Sweat together at Yoga Loft KY! Photo captured by Megan Vinson for Yoga Loft KY. 

Sweat together at Yoga Loft KY! Photo captured by Megan Vinson for Yoga Loft KY. 

 

Best friends shop together!

Trying to shop with your significant other or worse, your kids, is like dragging a dead horse uphill...aka, it's a drag. But shopping with your buddy, heaven! Best friend endurance, encouragement to buy more, and constant, “you look hot’s”, is why they are the go to shopping partner.

Shop together at Apricot Lane Evansville. Photo by Megan Vinson and styled by Apricot Lane.  

Shop together at Apricot Lane Evansville. Photo by Megan Vinson and styled by Apricot Lane.  

 

Best friends spa together!

You know there is no one else that deserves to get pampered more than your BFF. That's why if you're going to get all #treatyoself sappy, you're bringing them with you. They will laugh with you if anything slips out during your ultimate relaxation. And they are always up for the selfies to make others jelly of how extra you are. Plus, who else is going to understand that face you make when you're trying to say a thousand words with one look. 

Spa together at Fusion Spa. Photo by Megan Vinson and inspired by Fusion Spa.  

Spa together at Fusion Spa. Photo by Megan Vinson and inspired by Fusion Spa.  

 

Best friends eat together!

It's great to have a friend that shares your mutual love affair of food. No one quite understands your passion for consumption like your BFF. Best friends don't count calories, don't judge your deep fried choices, and they always encourage dessert!

Eat at Gene's! Photo by Megan Vinson for Fresh by Gene's food truck.  

Eat at Gene's! Photo by Megan Vinson for Fresh by Gene's food truck.  

 

What do you love doing with your best friend? Be sure to send allll the cute emojis to let your friend know how much you love them. Also, take your BFF to these places and enjoy some bonding time!

Bring. It. On. // Finding Balance // Issue 13 Launch Party

 

Bring. It. On. Like all good cult classics, we can learn a lot of life lessons from those seemingly silly movie references. We are shamelessly going to use some spirit fingers to rally this idea of balance from Issue 13...maybe because we are hardcore visualizing balancing on top of a human pyramid, or maybe it's just because we are seriously cheering this idea on like it's the A team. Haha. Regardless, we believe that finding YOUR OWN balance is essential. The launch party was the perfect culmination of what we had planned, written about, and envisioned. From the space to the artists to the conversations, it all flowed with our theme, and we were crazy in love with the night 

Seriously, the best dress of the night. 

Seriously, the best dress of the night. 

Performance by Lauri and Ellie

Performance by Lauri and Ellie

How do you find balance in your daily life?

Our launch party really brought this topic full circle. It was the perfect balance of classy and cool. It does not get any better than having Enjole Interiors as the backdrop. The balance of exposed brick walls with an elegant decor, tall ceilings that are airy coupled with warm decor that really centers you. The music of Lauri and Ellie brought an indie chill sound against the excited chatter. There was the perfect balance of space. Space to eat, space to listen, space to talk, and space to sit and look through the fresh printed magazine. But what we really cherish from this whole thing is each person's reflection of finding their own balance. Here are a few quotes of what finding balance means to our launch party goers.  

“Puppies!”

“Naps and queso.”

“I find peace in the present.”

“It's important to work hard and then play hard.”

“I find balance throughout the week with cookies…”

Yes! Go team. Even in the answers, there is the balance of light humor and deep meaning. In all seriousness, creating this issue brought the idea of balance to the forefront. Each person’s idea of balance varies greatly, and many believe that it's not achievable. But the process of seeking it is achievable. We want our readers to really search themselves and evaluate what balance means and how you “Bring it on." 

 

Be sure to comment how you find balance! Download the digital version now to see what our community has to say about BALANCE. Follow us on Instagram and follow our blog to continue this discussion. Our next issue is themed Discovery, and finding balance is the base of creating space to discover something new.  Also...go Toros!

 

The Official A Team 

The Official A Team 

Special Thanks to Moriah Rose for her launch party photography as well as Moments Remembered for the video.