Confession: I quit my yoga studio nearly a year ago.
It wasn’t serving me anymore and life was getting in the way so I decided a home practice would be best. I joined a yoga class at work and took a handful of classes here and there. I’m still building my yoga teacher training savings. I’m still practicing in my own way.
What’s the UPLift Yoga Bash? In the past, it was called a “yoga rave” which is fun and silly but doesn’t really describe the event anymore. This year’s UPLift Yoga Bash couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed a reminder that yoga can be fun. That it can be silly. That laughing is not only okay, but welcome! I needed the reminder that I am strong. I can push a little harder and breathe a little deeper. I’ll be joining a climbing gym with regular yoga classes this month thanks to the this event…it rekindled my love of practicing with others.
Last week I went for one last paddle in Newport (I’m letting my membership expire but fully intend on starting up again once the days get longer next year) before heading to the beautiful Sergerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa where the third annual UPLift Yoga Bash was taking place. My friend and I decided months ago to go big this year and get VIP tickets! After 2 years (2012 event, 2013 event) of seeing the perks of being a VIP we decided to join in on the fun (spoiler alert: the VIP ticket was worth every penny).
After a mega-yet-totally-expected heat wave, Friday was unexpectedly cool and made the event a little more magical than usual. There were over 600 yogis coming together to support the UPLift project. We were all mat-to-mat for the event so we were had to be extra careful during our practice but it also meant that there was a lot of holding hands with strangers, moving in sync, and having a really good time. I mean, there were Shaman leading a water blessing ceremony. Things were weird and silly but being together and being weird and silly together made the difference. Maybe I drank too much SUJA but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I think my favorite part of the event (apart from spending time with my friend!) was shift in the audience…my friend and I would make jokes at previous events at how we certainly didn’t fit in with the folks attending the bash, but this year’s crowd was much more diverse. There were more men attending the event, couples, people who are new to yoga, older students…and more! I think the shift is one of the biggest reasons I’ll continue to attend in the future, to be honest.
I wore a new Fabletics outfit to the bash. This month’s patterns and colors including a few things that are very eye-catching and not what I would normally select, but after grabbing those crazy shorts I figured getting a patterned legging wasn’t as “out there” as I thought. I stayed comfortable the entire evening in the Tabernas outfit (Forward Tee in Mint Julep & Salar Legging in heather grey Taos print) and decided to wear the Koia sports bra (which comes with a bit of removable padding) so I could keep up with the flow and not have to worry about exposing myself. I also tucked my GoPro into my bra while we were dancing so I didn’t have to worry about it. This outfit was so comfortable! If I had to pick a type of legging to wear for the rest of my life, I would choose the Salar legging (I also have the Lima Capri, Salar Capri, and Nadi Legging) because they’re super soft, stay comfortable in Goddess pose, and the price is spot on. If you’re interested in Fabletics, use my link to become a VIP and your first outfit may be as low as $25.
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