Saturday, June 15, 2013

Yoga balance on water

Standup paddleboarding is one of the fastest-growing water sports. Yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercise. Some years ago these two disciplines were combined and a new fitness trend emerged, doing yoga poses while balancing on a paddleboard in the water. Many yoga studios offer SUP Yoga classes. Below, professional standup paddleboard racer Gillian Gibree, wearing a Lululemon Athletica tank and Hotdrop shorts, in the June 2013 issue of Yoga Journal:



Gillian Gibree also happens to be a vinyasa yoga teacher in San Diego, here doing the low lunge yoga pose and incorporating the paddle into the pose for an extra workout on her shoulders. For better balance on the water Gillian needs to tuck in her toes and get a workout for the muscles in her feet. Gibree says she started experimenting with yoga poses on her paddleboard in 2009, "You're out in the elements and have a total connection to nature. It's so relaxing and meditative. It feels amazing.....Doing yoga on a surface that is constantly in motion fires up your core muscles and strengthen muscles that aren't even called on in everyday practice."

SUP Yoga has been gaining in popularity since 2011 and is best for people who already have experience in both yoga and paddleboarding. You get a nice warmup paddleboarding out into the water. Balance and alignment of yoga poses is pretty tough, but falling into the water is fun and refreshing! Actress and yoga practitioner Jennifer Aniston has been spotted performing SUP Yoga.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Shay Mitchell skin beauty


The 26-year-old Shay Mitchell from Canada, who plays Emily Fields on the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars, is part Filipino and part Scottish. Shay Mitchell is on the July 2013 cover of Canada Elle and says that as a young girl she grew up rejecting her beautiful olive skin: "All my friends were blond and blue-eyed. My mom is Filipino — but my friends' nannies were Filipino." To deal with her looks she dyed her hair blond and wore watercolor-hued contact lenses.

Shay Mitchell tells Seventeen how she accepted her natural beauty: "When I was 17, I used to stand in front of the mirror wishing I looked more like Gisele Bundchen, with her 'perfect' stomach and 'perfect' boobs. On tops of that, my BFFs back then had fair complexions, and being Filipino, I felt like I didn't belong. I was literally uncomfortable in my own skin! I would cover up so I wouldn't get a tan and stick out more. After a summer of missing out, I started positing sticky notes on my mirror that said, 'You're beautiful,' hoping that it would sink in. A year later, I found photos from that summer and it hit me: What had I been so afraid of?!? I saw a unique girl who had no business being miserable while her friends were having fun. Those photos are now a reminder of how important it is to stop picking yourself apart — and to embrace who you are!"



Shay Mitchell's beautiful body and tanned skin in Self magazine. On a trip to the Philippines Shay Mitchell told the Philstar, "I don't want young girls trying to change skin color because why? Because who said it's more beautiful? Back in North America, everybody wants what we have over here, which is that natural, beautiful glow....I know, having lived in Asia, it’s always been the whitening thing in modeling, but I was never a fan of it. Filipino girls are beautiful because of what they're born with."

Shay Mitchell tells People magazine of her favorite beauty tip for her skin and hair: "One of my favorite beauty tips is from my mom – moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – and then she added the coconut oil. My mom is from the Philippines and they use a lot of that over there for their hair and their skin so if you have some coconut oil, that's my beauty trick!"



Shay Mitchell models for American Eagle. She started out modeling, and living on her own as a teenaged model in Hong Kong and Thailand. Shay Mitchell told Girl 2 Watch what she learned from modeling: "It really allowed me to see a lot of the world that I might not have seen that soon. I learned how to handle that rejection from modeling, so I'm very fortunate for that....The not so good thing was not being able to eat anything that I wanted. And I’m a huge foodie, so saying no to something doesn’t really go well in my book. I’m also an avid health person and I love to work out to balance it....I hate dieting. Let’s just say that.." One bad habit Shay picked up as a model was smoking, which is bad for the skin, and worse for the lungs.

The ugly side of the world was revealed when Shay Mitchell saw children being victimized by western tourists in the skin trade. Shay tells Star Pulse: "I knew how horrible the sex industry was in Thailand because I'd worked there as a model. Male tourists would even ask if I was 'available' - maybe because I'm half Filipino - and I'd think, 'How dare you?'" Shay Mitchell has since become a spokesperson for the Somaly Mam Foundation, which rescues women and young girls from brothels.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Kate Upton curvy body image


Cute model Kate Upton makes the cover of American Vogue, where she was declared the 'Hottest Supermodel on Earth'. In the interview Upton says, "The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change. I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great." Kate was responding to news bits about her body image coming across as 'porky' or 'fat'. Upton's supporters says that her body is simply curvy and beautiful.

Kate Upton will turn 21 in June and has been modelling since she was 15. With her curvy body Kate has mostly done lingerie and swimsuit modelling. She became popular as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, and got their cover twice in a row for 2012 and 2013. Kate Upton told GQ, "I grew up in Florida riding horses, so the majority of my life I was either in boots or a bathing suit. I understand why my male followers like me ..."



Above left, Kate Upton at a fashion show for Beach Bunny, and right Kate Upton wearing Beach Bunny lingerie. She looks curvier in the first photo because her posture is relaxed. In the right photo Kate Upton lifts her bust, arches her back, and sticks out her bum, slimming down her waist visually. People looked at her runway photos and termed her fat. With her curvy body image, and her confidence, Kate got a good female following and she tells British Vogue: "I never imagined that I would be in a position to be a role model. I just focused on being healthy and being the best that I could be. I'm happy to be seen as a good example. If I can help and influence girls who are going through body-image issues then I think that's amazing."

Kate Upton is 5'10" tall, a natural brunette, and has body measurements of 33-25-36....based on her early model profile as a teenager.



Kate Upton as a seventeen year old modelling RYGY Sport Swimwear 2010 Collection. Kate looks surprisingly slim in this photo, and her hair and face look different. Kate's body has bloomed into womanly curves, and her face has filled out, after she turned 18. As of now Kate Upton has body measurements of 34D-25-36, which means she developed a generous cleavage while maintaining her curvy bottom.

Upton told the NY Mag: "I came from a family that was all around sports, so for modeling I went to Sports Illustrated, because that’s what was in my house. We didn’t have fashion magazines lying around. I didn’t grow up in a big city, so I just wasn’t aware of it." And on body image issues Kate Upton tells the mag: "It's really motivating to know that I'm helping people look at their life in a healthy way, just by living my life by example. For girls there’s always pressure. Even if I was in college, or if I was doing a different job. Anywhere in life, for girls there’s pressure to keep your weight and to keep yourself feeling and looking good."

Kate Upton diet and fitness

Kate Upton had told the NY Mag in 2011 that she never tried crash diets because: "My schedule just doesn't allow it. I never know where I'm coming from, or what's happening, or how long the plane ride will be. I always try and work out and eat healthy throughout my life so I don't have to do anything drastic before shoots." Upton is still too young to drink alcohol legally!



But before her second Sports Illustrated cover, Kate Upton decided that she needed to tighten up her body a little and hired celebrity trainer David Kirsch. Kate told Vogue that David changed her diet, cutting out junk food and red meat, increasing the veggies and adding chicken and fish. Growing up on a ranch, Kate Upton rode horses and was into sports, and for her exercise program David Kirsch told the NY Mag: "We did a lot of boxing, kick boxing, and stability ball work. We also did a lot of interval training, like wind sprints on the treadmill and outside....She's got curves. There was no way I was going to 'uncurve' her. At the end of the day, the objective was not to look like a runway model, but tighten up what she's got to look as amazing as she can."

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