ZYIA Activewear: Becoming A Rep.

I stumbled across ZYIA Activewear through a friend on Instagram about 8 months ago. I had heard about the brand through the grapevine but never gave it much thought until I ordered my first pair of joggers. This is where it all started!

I’m obviously a major fan of fitness, outdoor adventure, and any kind of activity so I’m pretty much living in activewear all the time but I’ve never been brand loyal. Which looking back on this, kind of shocks me. I work full time in the marketing industry and help businesses every day with building a brand audience but I personally was not tied to one activewear brand. Until I found ZYIA activewear. Not only do I absolutely love every product I own but I’m fascinated with the community aspect they have built. Not only for their customers but their brand representatives as well. Which is why I became a ZYIA rep.

I’m so in love with the side hustle I’ve been able to build outside of my day job and teaching that I sharing about the opportunity here for others that might be interested!

  • How do I become a rep?

First of all, to become a rep you just need to purchase a starter kit.

  • Can the starter kit be customized?

While you cannot choose what items come in your kit (but you will love it all!) you do choose the sizes of each piece. You also receive a $100 giftcard to specifically pick a few more items.

  • Do you have to keep inventory?

Nope! The great thing about being a Zyia rep is that you don’t have to keep any inventory. Instead customers place orders through your personalized rep website and they ship from the warehouse in Sandy, UT. No post office stops at all!

  • How much is your website?

Your personalized website is only $15/month in the US or $21 in Canada. However, your first two months are free with the purchase of your kit. And you have the opportunity to have the fee waived by selling $600 USD or $840 CDN each month.

  • What is your discount as a rep?

Zyia reps get 25% off everything! Always and forever.

  • Is there a monthly minimum to stay active?

Nope! What makes Zyia so amazing is that they don’t require monthly minimums to stay active. Instead you have 6 month blocks to hit your minimum requirement. That means if you don’t sell anything for several months you’re still considered an “active rep”. They have also kept the minimum low so it is completely attainable.

They require $300 ($420 CDN) between January-June and $300 ($420 CDN) between July-December. The bonus is your kit and anything you purchase with your discount counts towards this number.

  • How do you make commissions?

Commissions are paid on sales placed through the rep’s personal website. Commission percentages are between 20-32% depending on your rank in the company. If you choose to build a team you will make commissions on their sales as well.

  • Is it fun?

Absolutely! The Zyia community is amazing. There is so much support and training and love & people love leggings.

If this sounds like a journey you’d like to be a part of, you can join my team today! Simply start through this link: https://www.myzyia.com/ASHRAEEININGYOGA/content/join.aspx

If you have questions or are curious to learn more, I can always be reached through the comment section here or by email at ashraeeiningyoga@gmail.com

If you’re wanting to see more ZYIA activewear, follow along with me:

Week 4: May Push UP Challenge!

It’s the final countdown!

The final week of the May Pushup challenge is here and I’m taking you all the way through the 31st of May. We have a fun & challenging last couple days, so let’s finish strong!

Week 4:

  • Day 22: 70 Wide Pushups
  • Day 23: 15 Reverse Tricep Pushups (4 sets)
  • Day 24: 10 Wide + 20 Diamond Pushups (3 sets)
  • Day 25: 15 second forearm plank + 15 second high plank (repeat 3 rounds for a total of 1:30 minute total plank)
  • Day 26: REST!
  • Day 27: 30 Wide (4 sets)
  • Day 28: 10 Tricep pushups + 30 second forearm plank (3 sets)
  • Day 29: REST!
  • Day 30: 80 Wide Pushups
  • Day 31: 2:30 minutes Plank

You’re crushing it!!

Week 3: May Push UP Challenge!

Pulling this image from the archives of 2017 yoga challenges because definition GOALS. After a productively active Saturday, I’m looking for all the motivation for getting in some movement this Sunday.

Sharing the next week’s push-up daily lineup to help inspire you as well!

Week 3:

  • Day 15: 10 Wide Pushups, 10 Tricep Pushups, 10 Diamond Pushups
  • Day 16: 10 Wide Pushups 10 Diamond Pushups (3x)
  • Day 17: 5 Wide Pushups + Walk into Plank between each rep (5x)
  • Day 18: 30 Second Forearm Plank (5x – 2 minutes and 30 seconds total)
  • Day 19: 60 Wide Pushups
  • Day 20: Rest!!
  • Day 21: 2 minute High Plank hold

You guys are totally crushing this challenge and it’s getting me really excited for future challenges and all the ideas I have to share with you all!

I’ve been busy completing my 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, teaching, and working for my Marketing job but am getting so inspired by future goals of my own to expand my teaching knowledge. I’ve also just invested in a new adventure to be a ZYIA activewear rep and I’m so pumped to share all about this in future posts. Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

May Push UP Challenge!

Each May, I desire a little extra push throughout my over-excited body. Like the winter layer has shed and I have all this pent-up energy, craving just a tad bit more than my normal routine. No matter that be a switch in eating habits or activity, I’m out seeking a CHALLENGE! Which bring us to the May Push Up challenge this year – daily pushups, every day of May because why. freaking. not.

We’re almost half way through the month and here is the first two weeks of the schedule. Come back each Saturday for an update for the next up-coming week!

Week 1:

  • May 1st: 25 Pushups, 30 second High Plank, 25 Pushups (athlete choice for the first day)
  • May 2nd: 10 Wide Pushups (5x)
  • May 3rd: 30 second High Plank w/ 10 second break (4x)
  • May 4th: 20 Wide Pushups, 10 Tricep, 10 Diamond (3x)
  • May 5th: 30 Diamond Pushups, 30 Wide Pushups
  • May 6th: 1 minute High Plank, 35 Tricep Pushups, 1 minute High Plank
  • May 7th: REST!

Week 2:

  • May 8th: 1 minute forearm Plank, 40 Wide Pushups
  • May 9th: 30 second High Plank, 10 Diamond Pushups (4x)
  • May 10th: 60 Wide Pushups
  • May 11th: 15 Wide Pushups, 10 Diamond, 10 Tricep (4x)
  • May 12th: 10 second Forearm Plank, 10 second High Plank (3x – 1 whole minute)
  • May 13th: REST!
  • May 14th: 1 minute 30 second High Plank

Stay tuned for the remaining weeks as well as Squat challenge for July!

Arm Fitness Series.

I’m in full Cabo prep mode which means I’m working my arm muscles multiple days a week to get them tone. I’ve been requested numerous times to share my fitness & yoga sequences so you all can do them in the comfort of your own home or on the road in a hotel room. I’m sharing an arm focused series today that can be paired with a cardio session or lower body series as well. I typically use 3-5 lb weights for the whole series but you can easily do all of these moves with a resistance band or no weights at all. Put on some tunes and knock out this set 3-5x depending on how you’re feeling!

Wearing:

  • Headband: Hello Headband
  • Sweater: Target
  • Pants: Fabletics
  • Socks: Cuddl duds (softest socks ever and lol at the different height in these photos – opps

Biceps

15 Reps of each:

  • Bicep full range curls [palms facing up]
  • Hammer full range curls [palms facing in]
  • W pulses [hands out to the sides and pulse out 1 inch]

Shoulders

15 Reps of each:

  • Goal post pulses [90 degree arms // elbows straight out to the side from shoulders // pulse up 1 inch]
  • Box pulses [elbows straight out from shoulders in front // pulse up 1 inch]
  • Straight arm pulses [wrist straight out front from shoulders // pulse up 1 inch]
    • Then Pulse in 1 inch

Back & Triceps

15 Reps of each:

  • Reverse flys full range [hinge from the hips with a flat back // arms straight out to a T and then release down in front of the shoulders]
    • Then Pulse 1 inch at the top [hands straight out from the shoulders]
  • Triceps pulses [Arms straight back behind you with weights higher than glutes // pulse up 1 inch]
    • Then pulse in 1 inch

After wrapping up however many sets you completed, finish off your arm workout with some deep stretching. I’m a huge fan of utilizing a yoga strap or resistance band to stretch out my muscles after this arm sequence.

I hope you all enjoy, have sore arms after, & have a fabulous day ahead of you!

I Didn’t Want to be a Teacher.

I’ve been teaching fitness and yoga for about 5 years now but I didn’t always have a desire to teach. Even after going through my first training, I still didn’t think it was for me. And to be honest on certain days I let Imposter Syndrome take over.

Well, that is a surprise isn’t it, since I absolutely love teaching fitness & yoga. But hear me out, I’m going to fill you in on my thoughts because maybe you feel the same way – and those feelings are totally normal and valid!

The Day to Day

As a current teacher, there are many days where I do not want to teach. And I hear the same from my other teaching friends! Showing up to a class as a student is a totally different energetic experience than teaching a class. Instructing a class is asking you to mentally, physically, and energetically be in a place that some days you’re just not! But that doesn’t mean you hate teaching or that you should stop.

Just this Monday I had a massive stress migraine from a weekend of unexpected stressful situations (aka almost losing my wallet and a broken phone) but had an obligation to teach my Monday night yoga class. I could’ve potentially requested a sub but felt I could still teach if my migraine didn’t get worse. I showed up and was fully transparent with my students that the class would be led a bit slower pace and we’d be diving into a long, juicy savasana at the end.

The students LOVED it. From the combination of my transparency and matching my energy with the style of class I would lead created the correct environment for a great class. Then I went home and went to bed before 8PM.

But this doesn’t always happen – there are many classes where I’m totally off. Where I am just not mentally and energetically ready to teach that day. This is going to happen but most days I still need to show up for my students so I’ve learned a few of my own tricks over the years:

  • Take a moment to step away from everything. Maybe that is in the bathroom, your car, or on your couch but you take a few minutes to yourself and focus just on your breathing.
  • I then choose a mantra like “I love teaching”, “I want to show up for my students”, “I want to lead an awesome class”. It can be as simple as that and then I begin to repeat that to myself as I’m driving to the class.
  • I normally have a coffee or pre-workout with me that I drink during my drive and I’ll choose an upbeat playlist for fitness or a yoga flow soundtrack if heading to yoga so that I begin to get in the right mindset.
  • I always aim to get to the studio with plenty of time to set up my space so I am fully ready for my students. If there is enough time, I’ll run through my class sequence to make sure the moves and cues are really top of mind before we begin class.

The Beginning

I shared a bit about my journey into teaching with my last post on the Benefits of Barre but before that I didn’t think too much about becoming an instructor. I was inspired by community classes and the teachers but thought that could never be me.

I’m enneagram 7 and really just took a leap into the Barre training years ago without actually considering it too much & the same happened a few years later when I was living out in San Francisco and signed up for my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. But even as I was going through the trainings, I was overwhelmed by thought of actually leading my own classes. It’s super intimidating starting out because you’re being trained by instructors that have years of experience and you think to yourself “I want to be just like them!” But you’re simply not because you’re just starting out. You don’t have the years yet. Here is the secret though, you’re in the fun part!

I’m a hardcore perfectionist and I wanted to start out as the perfect teacher as well. I always want to impress people with whatever I do and I would like to believe that is most of us. Who wants to fail and have people see our mistakes? But when you’re starting out as a teacher, you’re going to make A TON of mistakes! And you’re going to continue to make mistakes, say the wrong thing, not give the best adjustment, or verbal cue, or even the right peak pose for every single student in your classes. What I decided to do a long time ago was to embrace it. Embrace all the awkwardness, all the goofiness, and all the funk because these experiences is what will lead you to your true teaching personality.

Maybe you’re the super soulful, insightful teacher or fun, goofy teacher or challenging teacher. And you’ll find your style with each class you teach. You just have to start.

The Now

I might not have wanted to always be a teacher but I can say I’ve always had a passion for fitness and connecting with others. For now, my barre and yoga gigs fill this cup for me. It might not be every day, week, or month that I feel inspired as a teacher but I always feel so grateful to be a part of each students health journey and that is truly what keeps me showing up.

If you’re going through a time in your teaching, maybe you’re a few years in or just starting out, and are feeling overwhelmed or uninspired, I’m always here to chat. And remember that with anything in life there are always ups & downs!

September Running Goal.

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How in the world is it already September? I’m honestly not upset about it though since I’m so ready for scarves, warm coffees, crockpot meals, and all the baking. And with a new month comes new goals!

In August I was able to hit my 100 km (62 miles) running goal and had a moment where I considered bumping September’s goal up to 200 km. After some serious thought, I think that would be too large of an increase for me so we’ll just aim to go over the 100 km mark this month.

I’ve mapped out my daily distances again if any of you would love to run along with me! I’m also tracking a lot of my daily progress on my new Twitter account for the blog @ashraeyoga – come join the party there for random Ashley thoughts and sweaty photos. It’s going to be a good month!

Sept Running

Favorite Restorative Yoga Poses.

Over the years of my practice, I have grown an intense love for restorative yoga. This type of flow has helped me in numerous situations to deeply relax my body, calm my busy mind, and help release muscular tension. Restorative yoga is a variation of yoga practice where certain poses that typically aren’t stressing the muscles are held for an extended period of time and has the power to help heal the body and mind. 

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite restorative poses that you can do on your own time. Find a quiet, comfortable space, and let’s dive in!

The first pose (above) is Seated Staff Pose or Dandasana (Sanskrit name). Sit up straight, cross your legs in front of you at the skins, and place hands gently on top of the thighs and rested together in your lap. 

The second pose is Extended Butterfly which provides a great stretch for the inner thighs and groin, relief from menstrual discomfort, and helps maintain healthy bowel movements. From our Seated Staff pose, bring the soles of your feet together, place hands to the outside of the ankles or feet, and with a long spine, fold over your legs. 

The third pose is Savasana or Corpse pose which helps relax the body, reduce headaches, fatigue, and insomnia as well as potentially help lower blood pressure. Lie down on your back and extend your legs long allowing your ankles to splay out to the side. Arms can rest alongside your body, extend onto the floor over your head, or rest one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly. 

Child’s Pose is our fourth pose and probably my all-time favorite yoga pose. This one flexes the body’s internal organs while lengthening and stretching the spine. It relieves the neck and lower back and gently stretches out the hips, thighs, and ankles. Bring your big toes to touch, knees can be together or knocked out wide, extend your arms long, and lower your chest and forehead to the floor. 

The fifth pose is Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana) which is a relaxing backbend and heart melter that some like to refer to as a cross between downward dog and child’s pose. From your child’s pose, bring your knees in under your hips and extend your hips up to the sky. 

Our last pose is Bow Tie Pose which is a nice, gently release for the back of the shoulders and the neck. Extend out onto your stomach and begin by placing one forearm parallel on the group in front of the other. Then start to walk the hands away from each other, crisscrossing at the elbows. Once you begin to feel the stretch in the back, release your head to hang heavy towards the floor or your forehead resting on a block. 

All of these poses can be held with your eyes closed and between 1-10 minutes for time depending on your comfort level. I hope these poses bring your relaxation and stay tuned for more of my favorite yoga poses! 

Home Work-Out Equipment.

Taking your home workout to the next level can be as simple as investing in some new workout equipment. I know this probably isn’t the best time to share this list since every store is sold out of workout gadgets but I also think it’s a great time to inspire others to pull out the set of weights or the band we have hidden in the closet. (Seriously, when we were in Walmart last weekend the weight section was completely cleaned out!)

My collection has been added to over the years for different items so my home workout routine doesn’t get stale and I can honestly say I use all of these items at least each week. Sometimes I find a really good deal at TJ Maxx or the local sporting store that I just can’t skip out on 😉 but for this list today, I’ve added all reasonably priced items from Amazon that all look to be in stock [when this post was created]. 

  • Yoga Blocks
    • I’ve found both of my at TJ Maxx. They do not match but I’m okay with that. One is heavier than the other so I will eventually invest in a matching pair but for the last couple years they have done the trick. Mine are foam but investigate the style of blocks you prefer. 
  • Roller
    • Another TJ Maxx find. I enjoy using my roller after a long run or an intense strenght training session for the upper body. 
  • Gliders
    • These Brooke Burke gliders came in one of my mom’s Fab Fit Fun boxes and I definitely had to snag them for myself. Here is a good set from Amazon. I prefer to use these for lunches or under hands during plank for an added core challenge. 
  • 5 lb & 3 lb Weights
    • A variety set of weights is the best way to make sure you have options to go heavier or lighter when needed. This set on Amazon is an amazing option. 
  • Bands
    • Great item to have for traveling! A light option you can throw into your suitcase or bag that still pack a punch for a good workout. Just like weights, I like to have a variety of strengths to have options during a workout. Another set from Amazon. 
  • Yoga Strap
    • This is my favorite tool to stretch out my hamstrings! Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of other uses for a yoga strap but I have notoriously tight hamstrings and I try to work with the strap at least 2-3 times a week. I found on Amazon (are you noticing a theme) and this one has plenty of color options to choose from. 
  • Barre Ball 
    • If you are a barre fanatic like myself, than you know exactly what this piece of equipment is used for. It’s a love/hate relationship but definitely a workout necessity. Amazon find. 
  • Small Roller Ball
    • Another great restorative tool for rolling out tight areas in the shoulders, gluteus, throughout the legs, and bottom of the feet. Amazon find.  

I do have my eye on kettle bells and ankle weights but this list is more than enough to get your at-home workout off to a great start! Another great tip for fitness at home is to check out the endless resources available on Youtube. I have a strong theory that if you have a desire to get in-shape, you don’t need to shell out tons of $$. Here are a few videos I have tried out in the past that incorporate my equipment I recommended above. 

I hope you enjoy these suggestions & I would love to hear what equipment you have at home that you can’t live without! 

 

Sugar-Free Shopping List.

The biggest concern for me the first time I started an added-sugar-free detox was “What the heck am I going to buy at the store?” I was intimidated by the lack of knowledge I had and almost embarrassed to be one of those shoppers looking at the ingredient list on the back of items. But why? Nobody actually is noticing me and if I need to take a little bit longer to pick out my items NO. BIG. DEAL.

Once I started shopping I was relieved by how simple it became and how empowered I felt taking control of what I knew I was putting into my body to fuel it. Over time I’ve came back to my staple items that I know I’ll use up between meals and snacks.

So today I’m sharing that staple shopping list with all of you! I will more than likely be updating this list as I’m exploring new meal ideas in the coming weeks. Feel free to share your additional items with me as well or ask what I use specific items for!

Sugar Free Shopping List

Printable .pdf file available on request: ashraeeiningyoga@gmail.com