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We love nothing more than a comfy pair of leggings, and Canadian cult brand Lululemon has a reputation for combining comfort and style in their range of work out gear. 

From leotards and sports bras to running shorts and bomber jackets, the athleisure brand covers it all.

The brand has previously only been available online, but now the yogis of Ireland can rejoice in the knowledge that the brand is en route to our Emerald Isle.

 

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"Athletic brand Lululemon are coming soon to Brown Thomas," reads a new section on BT's website.

"A Vancouver based brand, they are the leaders in healthy living with an amazing range of athletic wear including running, gym and yoga."

"Discover Lululemon in a new, relaxing and inviting space in our Dublin store this April."

 

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The high-quality work out gear will be available from Brown Thomas' Dublin branch, and will include clothing and accessories.

We can't wait to elevate our gym gear game to the next level. 

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The next time you feel like bailing on your Yoga class, channel your inner Tao and remind yourself that if a 98-year-old can get her stretch on, so can you.

Tao Porcon-Lynch, the new star of Athleta's latest campaign, is taking the internet by storm right now as she draws on her own experience of positive thinking to encourage women to recognise their own strengths and potential.

The leisure and sportswear brand decided to use Tao, who began doing yoga at the tender age of 8 in India, as the face of their The Power of Positivity: Two Yogis, Stronger Together campaign, and it's safe to say we have a new hero.

Speaking to Shape magazine, Tao explains: "Aside from yoga, I love to be as active as possible. I do ballroom dancing when I’m not teaching yoga."

"I credit my active life, enjoying little luxuries I love, as well as my mindset, for my energy and happiness," she said.

Reminding us how important it is to approach the future with a positive attitude, Tao added: "What you put in your mind materialises, and I don’t put age and decay in my mind. I always look for the good and my next adventure."

Take a look at Tao in action.

 

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Let's face it, yoga isn't for everyone, so if you're totally sick of trying to fit in with bonafide yogis then you may want to follow in the footsteps of our Canadian friends.

Rage Yoga, which was created by a woman going through a break-up (of course), lets you get to grips with your downward facing dog while dropping F-bombs and slugging on vino.

Eh, where do we sign?

Explaining that standard yoga just wasn't for her, creator Lindsay-marie told Vice: "When I started going to yoga classes, I felt like I didn't really fit in at a lot of those different studios."

"They have a very deadpan, serious, overly serene approach to things. And that's just not how I roll," she added.

Deciding to introduce swearing, drinking and heavy metal to her sessions, Lindsay tells potential clients: "Want to better your strength, flexibility and become zen as f—? Enjoy the occasional f-bomb or innuendo? You've come to the right place."

And you know what? We believe her.

 

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Yoga can be difficult for any beginner, but Sjana Earp, who is one of Instagram's favourote yogis, tried to teach a couple of lads a few poses.

Sjana can perform the most difficult yoga poses and snaps some in front of the most breath-taking backdrops to delight her 1.1 million followers on social media.

But let's just say these poor guys are no yoga masters, and Sjana nearly got hit in the face while trying one pose for Cosmopolitan.

If you're not a yoga lover, you can probably feel for these guys – but the results are quite hilarious. 

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Could you survive without your phone, iPad and laptop for one day?

The folks at Digital Detox Ireland know it's no easy feat to go device-free, so they've made things a little easier.

As part of their third Digital Detox Retreat, 'Switch Off Saturday,' they'll be offering up yoga sessions, delicious homemade meals, storytelling and more in exchange for handing over your phone for the day.

The retreat takes place on Saturday December 5 in the beautiful surroundings of Dunderry Park in Co. Meath, a restored Georgian estate on 10 hectares of land.

Tickets usually start at €75 per person but we're giving one lucky SHEmazing! reader the chance to win TWO passes to the retreat.

To enter, head to Instagram – and get an extra entry via Facebook.

For more information, check out digitaldetox.info, email hello@spiritoffolk.com or call 0469074455.

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Feeling sluggish after eight hours at your computer? Desk yoga could be the answer.

Plus, any fitness trend that doesn't even require us to stand up is one that we can get behind. 

It won't just help with toned arms and a flat stomach either – studies show that yoga can help people dealing with anxiety and depression. 

So, while you may not be leaping up to sun salutations or downward dog poses while everyone else is gathered at the coffee machine, there are other poses you can do at your desk to help yourself out.

The Neck Roll 

Sit up tall and press your feet into the floor. Tilt you head towards one shoulder and hold for five seconds before repeating on the opposite side.

Back Bends 

Sounds a bit extreme, doesn’t it? No worries, all you have to do is reach behind you and hold the seat of your chair.

Push forward with your chest and tilt your head back. Repeat as necessary. Pro tip: also an excellent way of dramatically avoiding eye contact.

Side Bends 

It helps when your whole body feels stiff from spending hours sitting. Move to the right and sit up tall.

Put your left hand on your chair and press down. Lift your right arm straight up and reach to the left, take a few deep breaths and swap sides. Also a great way of starting an office-wide Mexican wave. 

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Ah yoga. The practice is supposed to allow to relax and refocus. Well, that is what is supposed to happen. A lot of the time though, we find ourselves feeling a little less zen and a touch more flustered.

Most of the die-hard yogis will never admit it, but there are plenty of borderline mortifying things that are bound to happen whenever you take to the mat. Such as…

You try to imagine how flattering those yoga pants are when your being a ‘warrior’:

Which leads to you then having a creep on the other ladies/men in your class:

‘Stretching up to the sky like a proud tree’ can lead to the realisation that you may have forgotten to shave your underarm area:

You feel a bit courageous and hold a tricky pose for an extended period:

Then realise no one is supposed to bend this way and fall out it:

But you quickly brush it off as a ‘recovery stretch’. Smooth:

The underwear situation can be a bit… unpleasant:

Your yoga teacher might go a little too far with the metaphors, for example:

You will discover the joy this is Shavasana, basically adult-napping:

 

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Want a killer body? Yoga's where it's at, according to these celebs. 

Everyone from Beyoncé to Britney has swapped their duck-face pouts for downward dogs and selfie sticks for yoga mats… and they're showing off their skills on Instagram.

Check them out here: 

Britney Spears (@britneyspears)

 

Beyonce (@beyonce)

 

Gisele Bundchen (@giseleofficial)

 

Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner)

 

Miranda Kerr (@mirandakerr)

 

Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)

 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (@rosiehw)

 

Lady Gaga (@ladygaga)

 

Alessandra Ambrosio (@alessandraambrosio)

 

Naomi Campbell (@iamnaomicampbell)

 

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People love telling us how good exercising in the morning is for your health. They go on and on about how amazing they feel after pulling out all the stops and perfecting downward dog at the crack of dawn.

Speaking to Self magazine Jennifer Sherman, fitness instructor extraordinaire of NYC says: “Exercising early in the morning jump-starts your metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours and energizes you for the day.” 

Noted. But it’s still a struggle.  So, we rounded up the best ways to ensure you’re up and moving before your alarm even starts.

Plan your outfit

There’s so many options when it comes to gym gear these days. Planning your outfit the night before makes it less tempting to stay in bed and risk not letting the world see your brand new sporty style according to Jennifer

Sleep

No, we don’t mean actually having a lie in until mid-day. Instead try and head to bed earlier the night before so you’re well rested. Jennifer also says “move your alarm clock out of arm’s reach. This way you will actually have to get out of your warm bed to turn it off.”

Be gentle

Liz Arredondo of Be Shri Yoga reminds us that we can sleep in some very odd positions that make our muscles tight as well as sleepy. She says it’s important to try “deep breathing paired with gentle stretches before you start moving more actively.”

Make breakfast

 

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Make your breakfast the night before. Something like overnight oats are easy and filling so you have one less thing to worry about when you wake up.

Find a workout buddy

Author of The 30 Second Body Adam Rosante says “when you know someone is counting on you, you’ll be far less likely to bail.”

Use it as a shopping tool

Adam also suggests using your workouts as a saving tool. “For each planned day, you’ll put a pre-determined amount of money into a ‘pot.’ Watching that pool grow as your body tones is pretty addictive.” Feeling great, looking great and enough cash for a new wardrobe? Sounds like a plan Adam!

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Involving unmentionables such as breakfast rolls with extra mayo, or two packets of crisps washed down with a sports drink, our breakfasts after a night-out are usually best forgotten.

Not so if you’re a gorgeous presenter, it seems. Laura Whitmore last night hit the decks at the glamorous Magnum Pink & Black launch at The Institute Of Contemporary Art in London – but this morning she was up bright and early for a yoga session. She afterwards shared an image of her post-workout breakfast: a plate of healthy salmon, spinach, poached egg, spirulina flakes, acai honey, cashews, seeds, and avocado.

Laura's healthy breakfast this morning

Laura was joined at the event by Mollie King of The Saturdays, as well as model Jodie Kidd and fellow presenter and fashionista Donna Air, who attended without her long-term boyfriend James Middleton.

Laura took to the decks last night 

Just in time for summer, Mollie has now been announced as the face of the new Magnum range. She wore a full-length dress from Galvan, currently on sale for a cool €960.

Mollie is the new face of Magnum

Laura herself opted for a gold-coloured playsuit which perfectly showed off her toned legs. All the guests were allowed to indulge in delicious Magnums, dipped in an array of sweet toppings including rose kipetti, and raspberry sprinkles. 

 

Jodie Kidd also attended the event in London

It was the second night-out in-a-row for the Co. Wicklow-native; on Tuesday she attended a Dsquared2 store launch, also in London. Mingling with Pixie Lott and and Liz Hurley, she wore a striking €2,215 patterned skirt from the Canadian label’s spring/summer collection, teamed with a white shirt.

On Tuesday Laura mingled with Pixie Lott and Liz Hurley

 

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Yoga is a great way to relax the mind, tone up and loosen your muscles.

With so many kinds to choose from though, trying to decide on the right class can be a little daunting. Before you sign up, check out our guide to picking the form of yoga that’s best for you!

If you want… a gentle, relaxing yoga session that’ll leave you feeling calm and content
Why not try… Hatha or Iyengar yoga

These slower-paced forms of yoga are perfect for beginners. Hatha refers to any type of yoga where poses are straightforward and the pace is gentle and unhurried. Iyengar yoga focuses on alignment, and each pose is taught with lots of attention to detail. An Iyengar class may feel slow-paced and serious, but it’s great way to learn breathing techniques and to get used to certain poses before trying out other types of yoga.

 

If you want… an energetic yoga session that’ll tire you out and clear your head
Why not try… Vinyasa Flow or Power yoga

Vinyasa and power are perfect for heating up and loosening the muscles through constant movement. Your first class may be a little overwhelming but as you get used to the poses you will fall into step with the fast pace. The best part? Your mind will be so focused on working through the poses that you won’t have time to think about anything else. Instant relaxation!

 

If you want… a seriously tough workout that’ll get you sweating
Why not try… Ashtanga or Bikram yoga

These are two of the most physically demanding types of yoga, so a certain level of fitness is expected. If you feel your muscles are stiff, try a few Hatha classes first to loosen you up. Both Ashtanga and Bikram consist of strict sets of poses and the transition between poses can be faced paced. If you’re really looking to detoxify, go for Bikram – it’s performed in a heated room with 40% humidity.

 

If you want… to de-stress, work on mindfulness and soothe your nervous system
Why not try… Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga takes a very slow pace, with each posture supported by blankets, blocks and other tools. Each pose is held for several minutes at a time, giving both mind and body time to settle and be fully present in the moment. A great way to combine meditation and relaxation, and a good complement to other more active yoga practices.

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January is only half over?! We can't believe it either.

Ideally we'd like to curl up in bed for the next two weeks, but Lady Gaga's latest Instagram snap has given us a bit of a kick up the bum to start looking after ourselves again!

The singer was recovering from a hangover earlier this week, but rather than having a duvet day with some drive-thru McDonalds, she instead took to the gym for a spot of bikram yoga.

Gaga posted a picture of one of her poses with the caption, "Starting my day off feeling strong, gotta sweat out the whiskey from last nights jam session." Good woman yourself!

Wearing just a black sports bra and leopard print knickers, the singer showed off her natural curves and toned figure – a great change from the super-skinny singer we once knew. 

Gaga is a big yoga and pilates fan, as is evident from her social media feeds – just last week she posted this photo of herself rocking out while toning up, with the caption, "ACDC and Pilates equals I will knock you out b*tch. TNT, I'm dynamite."

To the gym with us!

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