Hello! Long time no see … or in this case write.

I know it has been a while, but I have been on a bit of an adventure and am still catching up. Last week my parents took my daughter and I on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Jerome. 30 years ago my parents took me on this trip and I still remember some of it, like the overwhelming view of the Grand Canyon, the gigantic beetles and freezing cold water in Old Creek Canyon, and the amazing red rocks of Sedona. All of these things my daughter got to experience for the first time, and I got to relive through her eyes. We learned so much together about the land and history. She kept a travel journal and I took lots of photos, but I hope she remembers this trip!

Old Creek Canyon

It is amazing how life twists and turns, has highs and lows, like the windy road from the Grand Canyon to Sedona. I have learned to enjoy the journey and lessons of life instead of focus on the destination. At 9 years old I never thought I would survive a divorce, be a single mom and transform my corporate career into a full time yoga teaching career. My closet has been purged of casual business attire and filled with yoga clothes and the latest trend of “athleisure.”

There are a few things I look for in my yoga clothes … fit well, lightweight (but not see through), quick drying, stay put when inverting and mindfully designed. All of these qualities can be found in prAna clothing. Like many amazing companies prAna started in a garage. It was founded in 1992 in Carlsbad, CA. Since the beginning the company has been committed to sustainable operations and supply chain practices, working to reduce its impact on the environment while promoting conservation, and has worked to include a growing number of fair trade styles every year.

Currently my favorite prAna top is the Meadow Top. This stretchy, flowy top has a very supportive built in bra. The strap detail on the back is so pretty. The band at the bottom of the top hugs the hip and keeps it in place. The material is light and dries quickly. I love this top so much I want to get it in every color and hope they make the fit in more designs!


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This spring prAna will open a new flagship retail store in Encinitas, the first in Southern California! To stay consistent with prAna’s commitment to lessen its impact on the environment, the Encinitas retail location will incorporate sustainable building practices. The store will be located at 625 Highway 101 in Encinitas.

To celebrate the upcoming opening of the store (and because I LOVE this prAna top) I am giving away a Meadow Top to one of my readers!

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Check out more of prAna’s apparel on their website and learn more about the Encinitas store on www.prana.com. You can also follow prAna on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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