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Review: Manduka unBLOK

I have a juicy product review for you guys today. I tend to be choosy about which products I will accept for review on the blog, because I want to keep it honest. I do review most yoga products, so when Manduka contacted me about reviewing their new yoga block, I was psyched.

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Here are the details about the unBLOK:

  • Made of over 50% recycled material (foam)
  • Rounded shape
  • Slip-resistant

I was skeptical about the shape when I first saw the unBLOK because I’m so used to the normal, rectangular block shape that most other yoga blocks have. But I actually think I preferred using the unBLOK. I tried some supported chest and shoulder openers (supported fish, supported bridge), and this block was great. It’s much nicer to have a slightly rounded curve supporting your back than a straight block.

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Supported Fish Pose Рput a block under your upper back and let your arms fall open. You can also put a rolled up blanket underneath your knees for extra low-back support. (Image source.)

I also tried out some standard poses that might require a block – Virasana (hero’s pose) and Artichandrasana (half moon pose) and the unBLOK worked very well. It really is slip resistant, and it’s sturdy like a cork block is, but still light, because it’s foam. It’s more grippy than most foam blocks I’ve used, which is good for poses like half moon.

The unBLOK Party:

You can nominate a local studio that helped you “unblock” your practice for a chance to win prizes. You can nominate your studio {HERE}. Be sure to do it today, if you want to enter, because the campaign ends today, May 28th.

I just nominated my studio, Pure. And I got a 15% off discount code at the end after I submitted.

Do you use a block for your yoga practice? What is your favorite local studio?

I don’t use a block that often, but I love using blocks for supported, restorative postures. I have a lot of favorite studios in NYC. The two that I have been to the most are Pure¬†and Yoga Vida (where I did my training).

circuit of change – mindbody bootcamp [review]

circuit of change is a workout studio located at 57 west 16th street (16th and 6th, NE corner of the intersection; 4th floor). i bought a groupon (d’oh*) for 10 classes at the studio a few months ago, and of course i let time lapse and now i have to use them all up by april 4th. here is the studio:

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yesterday morning (sunday @ 11am) i went to the “mindbody bootcamp” taught by the founder, brian delmonico. all of their classes are barefoot, which i think is fantastic – our feet are sensitive and should not be confined all the time. this mindbody bootcamp class had the following format:

mindbody bootcamp sequencing

  • centering exercise at the beginning (less than 5 minutes) – sitting, child’s pose, some hands and knees stuff (i don’t remember it all)
  • yoga-ish flow with extra intensity (10 minutes?) – sun salutation variations with extra workout-y stuff like knee to nose, planks, etc… lots of abs thrown in too.
  • cardio circuits (40 minutes?) – kickboxing, abs, jumping jacks, “hit the deck”s, squat thrusts, plyometric jumps, etc… you change movements about every 15 seconds so if you don’t like what you’re doing, it’s fine because you will switch quickly.
  • centering exercise (<5 minutes) – sitting, breathing, i think i remember there being some light stretching.

i estimated the times; i know that the class is 60 minutes total but i didn’t see a clock so i wasn’t able to be more precise in my breakdown.

i had a lot of fun with the class. my favorite part was the yoga-ish flow. if there was a whole class of crazy sun salutation variations i would be there in a second.

i liked the cardio circuits part as well, but i did feel like a lot of the exercises could hurt your lower back if you’re not careful (bending down to touch the ground for example). i am not a fan of squat thrusts because i don’t think they are good for your joints (unlike chaturanga, you don’t land your feet back with your arms already bent). squat thrusts aside though, the exercises brian did pick for the circuits were probably my favorites out of the standard cardio class moves.

midway through the yoga flow i started to break a sweat, and i kept on dripping all the way through class.

Update: I originally said I would go back, however, unfortunately, I hurt my back at a class later on during this week and I think it was because of bad form during far-too-fast squats and other exercises that could be bad for your back. I didn’t end up using up all 10 classes – I only used 5.

have you ever tried a “mind body” type cardio class? do you buy daily deals?

*i have vowed to never buy a groupon again. or any of those other silly deals. to be honest, i haven’t bought many of them – certainly less than 10 since they all started up a few years ago – but each time i do i end up stressing because i need to use it by a certain date, or i don’t even want what i bought anymore. daily deals are impulse purchases, and they make life cluttered. i dislike clutter. if i were to make an exception, the only reason i would buy a deal would be if i was planning to purchase that item/experience anyway.

soft serve fruit [review]

b and i had the pleasure of trying soft serve fruit a few nights ago for dessert. i have actually had it before, but when soft serve fruit contacted me and asked if i’d like some cards for samples… of course i said yes! i already knew i liked it.

what is soft serve fruit?

>> it’s a healthified soft serve ice cream made of fruit, water, and organic cane sugar. it’s vegan and kosher. the small cup has less than 90 calories.

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we were on the upper east side for some reason (new apartment stuff? i don’t remember), so we went to the location at east 78th st and 3rd ave. after tasting the banana, mango, and raspberry, we settled on a banana sundae

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topped with sliced almonds, crushed walnuts, and pomegranate seeds.

a few nights later (i think this must have been this past friday) we stopped by again, this time to the union square location on 17th street. we opted for a banana and pear mix (i am banana; b is pear).

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topped with sliced almonds, crushed walnuts, pom seeds, and carob chips.

again, delicious! i do not like carob chips apparently, nor do i really like pom seeds. my taste buds have been off lately. i mostly ate the banana and the nuts, while b helped with the rest of it.

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have you ever had soft serve fruit?

>> i really want to get this yonanas machine so i can make my own more easily. it’s on my list for when we move into our new place.

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