Hot Tea, Hot Yoga

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Meghann bought the same 40-day pass for Hot Yoga that I recently purchased, so she joined me tonight for a sweaty sesh!  But first, we stopped at my favorite vegetarian cafe, Dandelion CommuiTea, for some hot tea.


We both got the Detox Tea, which had peppermint and other yummy herbs.


Hot yoga was, as usual, absolutely lovely.  The 80-minute class always makes me feel so good.


We held frog pose for 3.5 minutes today!  This pose kills me.  The instructor always say it’s the most vulnerable pose.  I’ll say!  I think today was the first day I didn’t come out of the pose early.


In other yoga news, after six classes, I can officially put my heels on the floor in downward dog – on my first try!  Three cheers for increased flexibility!


Mid-afternoon snacks included Chobani:


Crackers, PB, and Honey (+ a few more crackers):


And dinner was a yummy mix of whole wheat pasta, alfredo sauce, roasted broccoli, roasted parsnip, and dark red kidney beans.


Time to snuggle and watch TV… Have a wonderful night.


What’s your favorite yoga pose?



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 5, 2010, 9:04 pm

    Isn’t it so exciting seeing your body change and get better with yoga? I just started a week ago and I can already notice improvements.

    My two favorite poses are Downward Dog and Tree Pose.

  • Lorin May 5, 2010, 9:09 pm

    When you eat do you think about getting all the food groups in? Or does it just come naturally to you? Or do you just eat what you feel like?

    I am not part of a gym and I can’t really afford yoga but when I do go the local Y it’s really fun! I did vinyasa on Friday and my legs and arms were shaking! Although on the one move when you do a push up and then drop to the floor (shataranga?) that seems to hurt my wrist but I think it’s because they were too far forward?

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 9:10 pm

      I just try to eat fruit and/or veg in every meal, as well as a source of protein…. beyond that, I think it all evens out eventually.

  • Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries May 5, 2010, 9:16 pm

    LOVE pb & honey together! And I haven’t done yoga in awhile but am going to a class tomorrow morning so I’m excited 🙂

  • Sarah for Real May 5, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Ooooh I don’t have a favorite yoga pose because I’ve never really done it consistently.

    All this blog-talk of yoga makes me think I must try it though! Do you have any suggestions for beginners? I’ve tried it in the past but got frustrated because I am NOT naturally very bendy.

    Btw… I had planned a nice dinner, but after reading this all I can think about is alfredo. Ahhh Alfredo, how I miss thee.

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 9:33 pm

      I would say… go to class, tell the instructor you’re new, and don’t try to look like everyone else. bend to your own personal bendyness. and use the blocks!

      • Meghann May 5, 2010, 9:47 pm

        The photo I took of you forcing a smile was oddly deleted from my memory card when I plugged it in. Know anything about that? hmmmm….

        • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 9:55 pm

          thats what bathroom trips are for!

        • Clare May 6, 2010, 1:05 pm

          Haha! I do this too.

  • Maria (realfitmama) May 5, 2010, 9:22 pm

    PB & Honey…so yummy! 😆 I’m not really sure if this is a pose, but I LOVE shell stretch. It helps work out the tightness I get in my back.

    Yoga is something else that really intimidates me because I am so UN-flexible!!

  • Lisa May 5, 2010, 9:24 pm

    Wow-never heard of frog pose. Looks brutal. I like downward facing dog and child pose the best.

  • Caroline May 5, 2010, 9:24 pm

    Good for you with the yoga! Being a runner and trying to get your calves to stretch out in downward dog can be quite trying! Also I am absolutely drooling over the triscuits, pb and honey…yummmmmmmmm!

  • Meghann May 5, 2010, 9:25 pm

    haha when did you take that photo of me? hello cleavage!

    I noticed you could put your heels down in downward dog! you rock!

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 9:34 pm

      i thought you were posing for that photo when i took it? tittays looks nice!

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices May 5, 2010, 9:25 pm

    Yay for being able to put your heels on the ground on the first try! I’m still working towards being able to do that. My favorite poses as downward dog and crow…I have a feeling my crow is a long work in progress, like everything else in yoga! 🙂

  • Danielle May 5, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Shoulder stand is my favorite. I feel so strong and relaxed. By the way, you are making me crave hot yoga so so much, hopefully I get this job so I can afford to go ;).

    PB & honey sounds like an insanely delicious combo. I must try it!

  • Julie @savvyeats May 5, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I still haven’t gotten there with downward dog… someday, though! 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) May 5, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I love downward dog and child’s pose. And triscuits + pb + honey = my favorite combo. I love the salty cracker with the sweet honey!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner May 5, 2010, 9:28 pm

    I love tree! Or dancer’s pose 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 5, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Every time I see Dandelion Cafe on your blog, I want to go there SO badly. It looks awesome!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 5, 2010, 9:36 pm

    I love the challenge of the balance poses! Adn the hip openers (don’t know what they are called sorry!)

  • VeggieGirl May 5, 2010, 9:37 pm

    Favorite yoga pose = twisting half moon.

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker May 5, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Congrats on being able to get your heels on the ground! Yay! I love yoga so much. And it’s funny you ask for favorite poses. I just posted about mine yesterday! <3

    I didn't realize I liked it SO much until I found all these photos on my Flickr account.

  • emptynutjar May 5, 2010, 9:43 pm

    what are your favorite tv shows? movies? books?
    i love learning about these kinds of things of people. fun.

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 9:47 pm

      LOSTTTTTTTTTTTT is my fav tv show!

      • Lorin May 5, 2010, 10:32 pm

        Lost was amazing last night! I can’t wait to see the rest of the season.

  • Sarah May 5, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Sounds like a fun day 🙂

  • Mary May 5, 2010, 9:46 pm

    I love the tree pose. It is truly about finding your center balance and holding it and pushing past your limit. Also I love standing bow. in fact… I love all of the balance poses! it could be the ballerina in me 🙂

  • Wendy May 5, 2010, 9:54 pm

    I am supremely impressed that you can put your heels on the floor! Mine are coming close, but not quite there yet!

    My favorites are half moon, warrior 2, and pigeon. And corpse, of course. 🙂

  • Jenny May 5, 2010, 9:55 pm

    In order of most favorite: pigeon pose, downward dog, warrior, and child’s pose. The pigeon pose and downward dog help me stretch in ways that are far superior than anything else I’ve tried. The more I run, the more I crave them. The child’s pose is the most calming. The warrior poses just make me feel really bad-azz and strong. Like, “I am woman, hear me roar!” kind of strong 🙂

  • Sarah May 5, 2010, 9:57 pm

    I like plow. That may be because it took me awhile to get brave enough to really attempt it.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises May 5, 2010, 10:02 pm

    I’m not a big yogi but I’ve been enjoying pigeon because it helps stretch out my hips. I always think I should do more yoga – it would probably help me with my running aches and pains…

  • Jenny May 5, 2010, 10:03 pm

    I love warrior poses… and the honey on your crackers looks delish!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 5, 2010, 10:09 pm

    I did pigeon a couple times on each leg today – boy, it felt so good!

  • Bethany (@ NotUnlessI'mBeingChased) May 5, 2010, 10:14 pm

    My favorite used to be downward dog, but after learning pigeon pose, I am all over that birdie. I have IT band issues and I find it really helps loosen them up.
    Long run + day after pigeon pose = heaven. 🙂

  • Michelle @ HeathyEatingRoadmap May 5, 2010, 10:23 pm

    The tiptoed downward dog (haha) is probably my favorite, or child’s pose. Actually no, corpse…yes corpse! – such a great pose!

  • Raewyn May 5, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Hey hey, Caitlin! Hot tea and yoga sounds like a sweet way to spend Wednesday. 🙂

    Eh, sadly our gym has no yoga classes yet -and there’s no studio in town, but I do have a favorite pose though! I adore the Cobra. *blissful sigh* Something about arching my back and breathing deeply always relaxes me.

    Btw, I love Lost too! Who’s your fav. character??? Mine is/was Charlie, but…. *tear* I love Des, Sayid, and Sawyer too…Claire was awesome before she went slightly mental. 😉

    • Caitlin May 5, 2010, 10:34 pm

      i am a HUGE HUGE HUGE Jack fan. Jack all the way! My theory is that he will be the new Jacob, Kate will stay with him on the island, and they will be the adam and eve skeletons the castaways originally found in season 1. mark my words!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 5, 2010, 10:28 pm

    I love downward dog – its a love/hate relationship.

  • Lizz @ leadingthegoodlife May 5, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Pigeon is my favorite! I’m trying to learn to love downward dog, but it’s not working yet…

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write May 5, 2010, 10:39 pm

    The pose where you lay face down and don’t have to twist into a pretzel. I’m seriously not flexible. It’s bad.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 5, 2010, 10:55 pm

    Downward dog is my favorite! LOVE that stretch!

  • McKella May 5, 2010, 10:56 pm

    I love triangle and half-moon, but I’m always up for any sort of spinal twist!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 5, 2010, 10:57 pm

    I have never been a fan of tea, I just can’t stand the taste or drinking something hot.

    I have not been good about doing yoga lately. I have never been able to get my heels fully down in downward dog! My favorite pose was always child’s pose. It is the best stretch!

  • Kat May 5, 2010, 10:59 pm

    Tree Pose is definitely my favorite!

  • John May 5, 2010, 11:10 pm

    MY favourites are the ones I could do fairly properly 🙂
    I remember up and down dog were pretty easy for me. Tree not so much unless tree blowing over in a strong wind is a pose?

  • Raya @ Raya Runs May 5, 2010, 11:13 pm

    Dancer’s pose!!!!!!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad May 5, 2010, 11:18 pm

    I like all of the balance poses (tree, dancer, the crazy one where you put your elbows on your knees). I also have a love/hate relationship with any hip opener. Stretching my hips makes me SORE the next day.

  • Samantha @ Food Edu May 5, 2010, 11:48 pm

    So I have yet to try hot yoga or any yoga for that matter–maybe I am missing out!

  • Jaclyn May 6, 2010, 12:07 am

    I LOVE hot yoga!! Wow three an da half minutes though, that is INTENSE!! Good for you! Yeah I think it’s amazing how much of a difference in flexibility and general strength i feel when i am or am not practicing.

    Your dinner looks heavenly. Was that a husband creation??

    • Caitlin May 6, 2010, 8:13 am

      heheh it was mine, but it definitely looks like something the husband makes (alfredo sauce is his friend)

  • sarah May 6, 2010, 12:10 am

    5 days and increased flexibility already – woah, thats pretty amazing!

  • Camille May 6, 2010, 12:12 am

    The crackers and honey look especially amazing!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 6, 2010, 12:18 am

    Corpse pose. Haha. Well, my old teacher used to play the most soothing music and let us just lie there for several minutes at the end of class, which was kind of amazing. But otherwise, I guess Tree pose. it makes me feel strong!

  • Wei-Wei May 6, 2010, 12:47 am

    Crackers, PB and Honey! Oh, yum yum yum. Delicious combo.

    I don’t know any yoga poses! 🙁 I tried to do the one with elbows on knees in PE today (we’re starting gymnastics!), and fell over. Haha 😛 I guess I have to work on my balance!

    Happy hump day! 🙂


  • Andrea (TastebudApproved) May 6, 2010, 12:55 am

    i like child’s pose. it’s so relaxing

  • Caitlin May 6, 2010, 12:59 am

    I *love* pigeon pose. I could spend all day in it. I need to get back to yoga!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 6, 2010, 1:21 am

    Pigeon pose always feels so good for me, but I have never enjoyed savasana… everyone else loves it but it makes my lower back feel awful.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 6, 2010, 1:59 am

    I love how much yoga helps flexibility – everytime after I’ve done a session, I feel so ‘stretched’! I love chatarunga and dancing sheba – both awesome!

  • Kelly May 6, 2010, 2:00 am

    Another pigeon pose fan here- though I couldn’t spend all day in it, it feels good, but hurts 🙂

  • whitney dargle @ whitney's blogtastic blog May 6, 2010, 6:29 am

    Three cheers for you for doing it! It’s my dream to have my heels on the floor in downward dog! Yes, I dream big. 🙂

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter & Moutaintops May 6, 2010, 7:27 am

    Pigeon, triangle and shoulder-stand.

    My teacher has been working with me on down-dog, to get the pose to be really about lifting out of the arm pits and rotating the upper arms in, and using a lot of strength in the lats, rather than just putting a ton of pressure on the lifts. I find that when I use my upper arms and back more, and then think about spiraling my thighs in and up, it brings my feet much closer to the floor.

    I find that the book “Light On Yoga” by BKS Iyengar, or “Moving Into Stillness” by Eric Schiffman, or even the Yoga Journal pose guides, can give me a lot more insight into a pose. The point of down dog isn’t to get your heels on the floor. It’s about growing out of the arms and shoulders, and spiraling the legs, and lifting the hips to the ceiling and once you’ve got those things in place, the feet naturally go towards the floor.

    Iyengar classes can be very helpful to work on the alignment of the poses.

    So much possibility in our bodies!

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter & Moutaintops May 6, 2010, 7:29 am

    Here’s a great description of downward dog pose:

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 6, 2010, 7:48 am

    Woohoo!! Congrats on being able to touch the heels to the ground with downward dog. I can only do this by the end of the day and a few tries. Still working on my flexibility! 😀

    I’d have to say two of my favorite poses are the sun salutations and tree pose. They make me feel loose and delicious. 😀

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 6, 2010, 8:05 am

    Frog pose hurts me quite a bit too.
    I like crow, pigeon, fish, but my favourite is plow.

  • Caitlin May 6, 2010, 8:11 am

    When I was visiting family in the Orlando area a few years ago, we randomly stumbled upon Dandelion. I’m not a vegetarian, and I still loved that cafe! So funny to see it pop up here years later.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 6, 2010, 8:12 am

    I love, love, love pigeon pose. Tree pose and bow pose are also on the top of my list!


  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health May 6, 2010, 8:19 am

    Isn’t there something so satisfying about becoming more flexible? And it’s shocking how quickly it can happen! I’ve only been doing yoga for a little over a month and I can already see so many changes in my body (both flexibility and strength-wise). I don’t have a specific favorite pose yet, but I definitely enjoy balance poses the most. I love the challenge and mental strength they require.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit May 6, 2010, 8:31 am

    Wow, I can’t put my heels down in down dog and I’ve been practicing for awhile! Good for you though 🙂 Everyone’s different! My favorite pose is Warrior 2. And child’s pose 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 6, 2010, 8:33 am

    That is just the cutest tea place!!! Congrats on the improvement!! Honestly, I really like downward dog- I think it’s because so many classes start with it, and it makes my mind say “Ok, it’s yoga time!”. I also like pigeon & bug 🙂

  • kristina @Mendon Pond Musings May 6, 2010, 8:34 am

    Frog pose is sooo good but I always feel weird doing it during class – i guess it’s the thing that our mom always told us about not spreading our leg 🙂 Frog is the only hip opener that really works for me.

    I had an ah-ha moment in frog once. My little recap is here.

  • katherine May 6, 2010, 8:36 am

    Favorite pose is definitely pigeon. It’s great for my tight hip flexors and it seems to release so much tension. I always get so antsy in pigeon and it’s so rewarding when I can focus and be patient through the entire pose.

  • Ilana May 6, 2010, 8:43 am

    My favorite yoga pose is Tree. I think it’s so powerful. Also, my name means “Tree.” I just connect with it. I actually went to my first yoga class the other day in Bryant Park and during tree it was amazing to look out at all the buildings of the city and feel strong and grounded into the earth. Loved. It.

  • Stacey May 6, 2010, 9:04 am

    HALF PIGEON! It has been a savior to running marathons!

  • Rachel May 6, 2010, 9:50 am

    Pigeon is awesome, like everyone else has said.

    I really love standing bow in the Bikram series. Your ultimate goal is standing splits and I’m quite close.

    Savasana is the most important and probably the hardest pose for many people (especially in the western hemisphere). Savasana is done in between poses in the last 30 minutes of Bikram in order for the blood and oxygen to rush back into areas where it might have been cut off (turnicate effect). Its difficulty lies in that it’s so hard not to fidget e.g. wiping the sweat off your face, scratching an itch, etc.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 6, 2010, 10:45 am

    My doctor recommended I try yoga after my spinal fusion back surgery and my favorite has become either happy baby or pigeon because they both stretch out my inflexible hips. It makes me feel more ready for the day if I do them.

  • Rachel May 6, 2010, 11:18 am

    Way to go on all the yoga progress! I have been practicing on and off for 6 years and I STILL can’t put my feet down flat in Downward Dog!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion May 6, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Frog is actually my favorite pose. My hips are so tight that this pose does wonders for me. It hurts so good 🙂

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner May 6, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Great yoga progress!

    My favorite pose is crow, or upward bow. Both make me feel so strong.

  • kate May 6, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Congrats on your increased flexi-ness. I love tons of poses but I really enjoy tree pose. It makes me feel so zenlike.

  • kate May 6, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Congrats on your increased flexi-ness. I love tons of poses but I really enjoy tree pose. It makes me feel so zenlike.

  • Susan May 6, 2010, 6:03 pm

    When I am not living in pigeon pose, I like happy baby 😉 I’m oddly really good at balance poses, but SUCK at back bends. I’m workin on it!

  • Tammy May 7, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Hands down…child’s pose…feels so good. Fan of Cobra too…

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