ACTA Wear Review.

If you’ve been following me for awhile on Instagram (@ashraeeiningyoga) then you’ve known of my partnership with ACTA Wear. I’ve been testing out the items for about a year and half now and am a HUGE fan. I also clearly am a fan of pink, green, white, & black of their items 🙂

I’m sharing my thoughts on each item, what fitness item I would wear them for, & if I’d buy them again. If you’re interested in any of these same items or other products ACTA Wear provides, my code ASHRAEEINING will provide you 15% off at checkout!

First two outfits:

  • ACTA Renew Vest Bra: One of my favorite recent items I’ve ordered, this top is very flattering for smaller chests. I also am a huge fan of the back detailing. I would wear this top for a barre class or non-heated yoga class.
  • Smoke High-waisted Shorts w/ Liner: I’m very picky with shorts and these are not a top pick of mine. I would wear them lifting but wouldn’t for running, hiking, or classes since they would ride up quickly.
  • Sunset Seamless Pro Bra: I was surprised how much I love this bra. The way the straps lay across the shoulders is super flattering. I’d wear this bra for any fitness activity or under a crewneck sweater or hoodie.
  • Sunset Seamless Leggings: The material of the seamless leggings are a bit itchy for me so I find myself not wearing these as much. I would wear these for outdoor fitness like running or hiking in colder temps.

Final two outfits:

  • Sage Legacy Windbreaker: My all time favorite item from ACTA is this windbreaker. It is almost always on backorder by definitely worth the wait because it is super, super cute. I wear this item after cardio workouts or just over thin sweaters when running around town to get errands done.
  • Flame INLUX Base Bra: I get soooooo many compliments on this color and it definitely pops on camera when I’m teaching my virtual classes. Million times would order this whole set again. 10/10 on quality, feel of the fabric, and movement ability.
  • Flame INLUX Leggings: The only negative I have for the leggings since I love them just as much as the bra is this color does show through for darker undies and is very tight fabric (I personally prefer tighter material but I know this bugs some). I would wear this set in non-heated classes.
  • Seamless Ribbed Tank Bra: My second all time favorite item from ACTA is this cropped Tank Bra. I wear this item all the time and I find it super trendy dressing it up with a cardigan and jogger pants.
  • Sage Seamless Marl Leggings: The seamless material still has the itchy factor I shared above for the Sunset set but I am so impressed by the Sage color that I look past this factor when wanting to wear this set. I really like to wear this color for teaching since it is a lot more fun than the common black leggings.
  • Sage Seamless Marl Long Sleeve: The crop long sleeve is nice to wear over tighter tank tops. This item is not available but I would recommend the Moss Flux Long Sleeve in it’s place if you are looking for a similar item.

Overall, I’m very impressed with my experience with my ACTA items and I’ll definitely continue to order more items. In the future, I’ll lean towards the INLUX and Flux products because I’m a huge fan of the feel of the material. If you have any questions or looking for recommendations for certain activities, I’d be more than happy to help!

The Benefits of a Barre Workout.

Well, this is a change of pace!

Besides working full time at as a Digital Strategist and being a yoga teacher, I also love to teach fitness. Barre, specifically.

My journey to the barre started with long-distance running and after an injury from lack of cross-training, I purchased an unlimited membership to a Hot Yoga & Fitness studio (best decision of my life). This was about 8 years ago, and after many years as a student, attending barre, yoga, and fitnesses classes, and ultimately choosing classes over running – a weekend of Barre Instructor training was coming up during a big transitional period in my life (aka getting out of a serious relationship). I wanted something to distract myself from my emotions and throw my energy into. And being an enneagram 7, I immediately signed up for the training, not even giving the slightest thought to what would come out of the weekend. I dove in head first & it has lead me down a very beneficial path.

What is the class like?

The traditional Barre class format will target the arms, thighs, glutes, and core so you get a full body workout. Movements will be mostly in a one inch range or holds so we’re fatiguing out the muscles instead of providing the release you normally get through a full extension in a rep.

What should I expect?

Besides the instructor side for myself, there are a ton of amazing benefits to the Barre workout.

  • Physical Results:
    • Gaining the dancers physique! Barre helps strengthen and tone your muscles without increasing bulk, so you build long, lean results between the process of fatiguing the muscle & then stretching it out.
    • Improves your posture
    • Increases cardiovascular endurance and metabolism
    • A consistent practice can even help increase bone density
  • Mental Results:
    • Boost in mood & energy
    • Clearer mindset
    • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Social Results:
    • New friendships & community
    • Support system

How long does it take to see results?

The list I provided above will vary for each person. If you’re active in your classes and stick around after to chat with the instructor and students, the community aspect will more than likely come first. I highly encourage this because if you’re like me, than you build the connection and support system that will keep you coming back to class even on days where you don’t want to workout!

You may notice mental results after your very first class! And I recommend taking class 3-5 times per week to get the best results for the physical & strength aspect.

If you’re completely new, Barre will take a few classes to get the hang of the movements, stances, & cues but be patient and give yourself time to learn the exercises and technique! I know how intimidating it can be to try something new but just remember we’ve all been there. And whichever studio or gym you decide to attend, the front desk staff and instructors should be more than happy to have you and show you the ropes.

Dijon Mustard Salmon.

Happy Wednesday everyone! Wow, I didn’t realize I’ve been a bit silent lately since I’ve been SO BUSY with everything going on in my life. I plan to share later on all of that but wanted to share a kick easy meal I pulled together the other night for dinner.

I found this quick salmon recipe while scrolling through Facebook a couple days ago and was like, “I have all those ingredients… let’s do it!”. And it was QUICK and so easy!

A few items that I normally have in my freezer for situations just like these are salmon, shrimp, and frozen veggies. These are items for me that I can pull out and throw something together when I can’t think of anything else to eat. What are your items?

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of frozen Salmon
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • Seasoning of choice (I have a fish blend and garlic salt blend I picked up from Whole Foods that I like to use)
  • Frozen Veggie Blend
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tbsp Homemade Ranch

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • In a pan, layer a large piece of foil and place salmon in the center of the pan.
  • Blend mustard, lemon juice, and seasoning in a small cup then layer on top of Salmon.
  • Fold foil together to make a pocket of the salmon and bake for around 30-35 minutes or until fish is slightly still bright pink in the middle and cooked fully on the outside.
  • While the fish is baking, sauté frozen veggie in a pan. Start with the veggies cooking off the frozen layer of ice and then add coconut aminos in the pan. Sauté until aminos are fully cooked down into the veggies.
  • Place veggies in a bowl, top with ranch, and layer a piece of Salmon on top.
  • Enjoy! 💃🏻

This is my new favorite quick meal to throw together. I also used the leftover salmon last night to throw together a quick salad with spinach, quinoa, and salsa. 😋 What are all of your favorite quick meals? They are seriously the best when in a pinch for time 👌🏻 I’ll be sharing next week about quick carb free lunches next week so stay tune!

Homemade Protein Bars.

Hey lovelies! Took a quick mental break for a second from a lot of posting while life was moving quickly. Sometime you need that!

But I wanted to share my homemade protein bar recipe this evening. This is a treat I’ve been messing around with for a few years now to really try to find out what ingredients I really enjoy to eat. Protein bars are fun because you can really make them your own and this is a treat I don’t mind indulging in because everyone can use a little more protein in their lives, am I right?

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups creamy organic peanut butter (make sure the ingredients are truly only just peanuts)
  • 1 tbsp agave oil (can also use honey)
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Additional ingredients by desire: mini dark chocolate chips, m&ms, peanuts

Directions:

  • Mix peanut butter and agave in medium size bowl
  • Slowly mix in dry ingredients until blended
  • Pour into 8×8 pan and chill in the fridge
  • Once set up, slice into 1in square bars
  • Enjoy!

Chorizo Breakfast Bowl.

I was struggling after hot yoga this morning for what I wanted to eat. I’m NEVER like that. I’m an eater.

We all know people who say “I was so busy I forgot to eat lunch!”

No. That’s just not a real thing that happens. I love food. I love all meals. I’m usually lying in bed at night dreaming up my meals and snacks for the next day. But today, I just didn’t know what I was hungry for!

So of course, I stumbled around the store aimlessly. And then I came across chorizo. BINGO.

Now if you’ve never had chorizo you’re seriously missing out. It is an excellent ingredient. I even had a conversation with the check out guy about how underrated it was. And for this morning’s post work out meal I decided I. NEEDED. IT.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Chorizo
  • 2 eggs
  • Diced Peppers
  • Diced onion
  • Corn
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. In one large pan, brown chorizo and sautéed veggies. I put it all in one pan since I don’t want a billion dishes. If you prefer separate pans, you do you.
  2. In a smaller pan, scramble eggs.
  3. Once eggs are almost all the way cooked, sprinkle cheese to melt throughout the eggs.
  4. Add all into a bowl.
  5. Add salsa, Greek yogurt, avo, or any other ingredient or seasoning you desire.
  6. Enjoy!

Happy Saturday loves, Stay beautiful!