YMX by Yellowman – Review and Giveaway

A few weeks ago, Yellowman by YMX contacted me regarding a review of their product line, and specifically of the long sleeved sun tee jersey.  YMX by Yellowman is the more affordable division of Yellowman that  specializes in products designed for athletes with prints based on original tattoo patterns from around the world.  The fabric of this shirt style is designed to be UV protective (SPF 50+), light, quick drying, and breathable.  After agreeing to review the product, I selected a medium long-sleeved shirt in the Henna Spiral print.  Ipicked this print because it is beautiful and seemed like it would be suited to my style.

I received the shirt quickly and found it as beautiful in person as it appeared online.  The fabric is silky and soft – pleasant on the fingers.  Though I debated a while over the size, the medium fits well on my 5′ 7″, 120 lb, wide shouldered frame.  A small may have fit, but I think it would have been a little constrictive, particularly in the arms and shoulders.

Since I don’t bike or run, I wore the shirt for walking and yoga. It does require a foundational garment, because the fabric is thin.  I felt quite stylish in the shirt with a pair of brown yoga pants. Walking, I found it comfortable and fairly warm in chilly weather.  In yoga classes, it stretched easily to allow me into poses and did not ride up in an annoying fashion. Because the cloth is somewhat warm, I found it a little too sweaty for an active yoga class. I prefer to wear a tank for such yoga classes mostly, and this was not an exception.

YMX wear is not inexpensive.  I would characterize it as the opposite.  The price on this shirt is $89.   Given that, and the somewhat overwarmth it produced, I suspect that I would not personally purchase these tees for yoga wear.  However, I can easily imagine why a runner or cyclist would be very happy with this jersey in chilly weather.  Their garments are amazingly gorgeous, and the fabric is quite nice.  While I haven’t worn it long enough to judge the long-term wear, I can say that they wash up nicely without any obvious lose of vibrancy.

YMX has offered to send one lucky TheVeganAsana reader an identical shirt in the Henna Sprial print.  To enter, please visit the YMX site and comment below with your favorite design.  For additional entries, follow YMX on Facebook, follow TheVeganAsana on Facebook, follow YMX (@WearYMX) and/or me (@theveganasana) on Twitter, or subscribe to my RSS feed.  Leave a separate comment below for each additional entry.   A random reader will be selected on December 10th using the “And the Winner Is” plugin.

Good luck to all entrants, and thanks to YMX for offering me the opportunity to review the product and offer this giveaway!

And the winner is Kia!  Watch your email for a message from me.

Yoga – Exercise or Not Enough?

Photo by "Mike" Michael L. Baird, mikebaird.com & flickr.bairdphotos.com

Since I’ve been in yoga teacher training, I have spent a lot more time thinking about my practice.  Mostly, the thinking involves how to get closer to the union that yoga is based upon – how to “reach” (in quotes because we are all already there – we just have to be there) that place where I can more fully experience the divine. Once in a while, however, I start thinking about what brought me to yoga in the first place – exercise.

When I first started yoga, I did it as a way to seek out a form of exercise that felt good to my non-athletic self, rather than feeling like punishment.  I had only ever worked out to lose weight or maintain weight, and I wanted to find something I could do that would make my body healthier and that I would enjoy enough to keep doing.  Yoga fit the bill.  But, there are times when I wonder if it is “enough” exercise (note that the image to the left is NOT me).

In some instances, I know exactly where this comes from.  I get on the scale and see a number that I don’t like (this happened today – really? how can that number be there? did I not do10 days of juice fasting this month?  WTF?).  Sometimes it comes from reading blogs or articles about amazing athletes (like my friend Maria at http://runningalife.com).   Sometimes, I think it’s because I’m angry with my body for being uncooperative and maybe I want to punish it a little more.  And then there are times when I don’t know where it comes from, but there it is.

My response to these musings can be anything from dismissal (Uh huh! Yoga is exercise – how many people can do that many vinyasas in 90 minutes?), to promises that I’ll do something else (Hey, Maria, I think after I finish teacher training I might start running too), to channeling it into self-castigation over what I’ve eaten or how I look.  But, sometimes, I can pull myself back to remembering what yoga brings to me besides/beyond the physical conditioning and how much I love it and how I would have to give some of it up to do something else and I just don’t want to do that.

Of course, the irony of some of this is that, before I started doing yoga, I wasn’t really exercising at all – beyond just being a mom.  I probably weighed about what I weigh now, or a little more, but  had not a muscle on me.  And at that time, I didn’t really fret about how much exercise was enough much at all.  Had I not had a doctor who pestered me about starting something more formal every time I saw him, I don’t know when I would have gotten it going.  Now I’m doing much more (vinyasa yoga 5-6 days a week and yin 2 days) and still fretting.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this rambling. I suppose I should have thought that out before I started the post.  Do you exercise for the love of it or because you feel you should?  What is your chosen form?  Why?  How do you decide how much is enough?