215. Yoga What, Yoga Who?

I just took my first yoga class. I basically looked and felt like Nick (food blogger extraordinaire from Bravo’s Bethenny Ever After). In case you missed it, here’s a visual:

Nick Yoga

(For video click on “Nick” above)

This comes a day after I walked along the icy streets of Durham, North Carolina (45 minutes each way) to go to a yoga studio only to find out upon arrival that it was closed “due to weather.” I think it was God ‘s way of telling me that I’m not meant for this extreme stretching workout. Today was no exception. Yes, the teacher was nice and understanding. Yes, she had that whole “what color is your ora” kind of personality going on but I still felt awkward and uncomfortable. Plus, sucking at something really isn’t the best feeling anyway. Once, I giggled and the teacher told the class (very gently) that “there’s no laughing in yoga.” I think I knew at that moment that yoga and I were not going to be friends. During the relaxing/meditation portion of the class (where the teacher put lavender eye masks on us), I couldn’t even get my body to relax. Maybe that’s why she walked over to me and literally forced my shoulders into the ground. Either way, I don’t think I’ll be stepping into another class anytime soon. But I’ll probably buy some yoga gear from Athleta anyway, you know, just in case. Because, nothing says future yogi like a woman wearing a slightly too tight lightweight t-shirt with some random emblem on the front that’s only readable to other yogis.

*Note to self: Try doing yoga in the comfort of my own room. That way I can giggle all I want without being reprimanded. Then I can go from looking like this:

Ice CreamTo looking like this:

Yoga

184. My New Favorite Person: Carole Radziwill

For once I have The Real Housewives franchise to thank for introducing me to a character that I can actually look up to. Carole Radziwill is a journalist and writer who traveled the world with ABC News, married a prince (literally), and most recently has become part of the Real Housewives of New York cast. While reading her blog, I discovered that she also wrote a monthly column for Glamour called “Lunch Dates” back in 2006. She sat down with some of the biggest people in film, television, music, and politics and asked them silly questions over lunch. This sounds like my dream job. Carole, if you’re looking for a RAONY (Real Assistant of New York), I’m your gal. Also, I think your nickname should be C-Radizzle. It has a certain ring to it. Then the Countess could make up a song for you. Just a thought.

“Most importantly, I follow my instinct. I’ve always followed my instinct – the feeling you have when something intangible is nudging you in one direction or another – and it’s as close as I come to a higher power. Here’s what I believe: Say Yes to what the universe puts in front of you, even when there’s no knowing how it will work out. Listen to your intuition with nothing less than awe. Don’t listen to those who judge you, quietly or not. Don’t listen to doubting whispers or negative self-talk, Who do you think you are? You’re a girl (or boy) with a dream, like me.” – Carole Radziwill

54. It’s always important to stretch…

Especially if you’re Amy Sedaris.  The comedian and author  knows a thing or two about this activity.  In her book, Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People, she gives readers a step by step tutorial on how to stretch before crafting (preferably in a dual colored leotard).  I think Danskin should jump at the chance to rebrand themselves using Sedaris (not to be confused with her brother, author David Sedaris) as their spokeswoman.  I’m guessing she’d be happy to promote their line of leggings and other types of dancewear. Someone get a hold of her agent!  Here she is on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live back in 2010. Cheers to her introducing us to the candle salad:

*Upon further investigation, I learned that Top Chef host, Padma Lakshmi, is currently The company’s “Danskin Ambassador.” I don’t know what’s funnier. The fact that Padma Lakshmi is promoting their products or the name of her title. Looks like Amy is really gonna have to fight for it. Literally (Padma talks about boxing on the Danskin website). What an interesting match that would be!