My Yoga Capsule in Action

I fell on my back in Nov 2019. It has taken a YEAR of very dedicated PT exercises to heal my body. FINALLY, I am back to  practicing an hour of vinyasa and hatha yoga five times a week, which I LOVE SOOO MUCH. I'm not at the level I was before, but I will get there....

Big thanks to Suntiger for suggesting the Down Dog app a few months ago. It's sublime with my air pods! Absolutely perfect. I don't need a yoga studio anymore. This will save time and money. 

I practice before dawn in our loft in Seattle, and shavasana at the end to a very pretty sunrise. It's dark, quiet, and perfect! But light when I finish. 

I roll out of bed before 6am, get into my yoga gear, do a few things around the house to wake up, and then it's onto my citron yoga mat sporting the "au naturel" look. Some mornings I look more alive than others ;)


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  • Minaminu replied 3 years ago

    the beauty of yoga is that you can adjust any asana to meet your body needs and can still build on it! 

    you look great, you have a nice healthy healthy glow :) 

  • kellygirl replied 3 years ago

    Yoga looks good on you! Radiant as always! What a fab view of Seattle too! Omg, you and the view are so beautiful!

  • Jenn replied 3 years ago

    It looks like a beautiful practice! Do you always wear your outfits in the same combos, or do you mix and match?

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, ladies. You are awfully gracious :)

    Jenn, I don’t mix and match. I like all the pink with the pink, the green with the geen, and the navy with the black. 

  • Irina replied 3 years ago

    Beautiful yoga capsules, Angie! And gorgeous morning views!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 years ago

    You are adorable in your yoga outfits. I love how they are coordinated!
    I do a mix and match for my at-home Pilates: black pants, colored tees, and neutral hoodies.

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 3 years ago

    What a great way to start the day! I assume you mean you do asanas until sunrise—until sunset would be a very long practice, lol. Do you plan to continue rising before dawn as the days get longer?

  • replied 3 years ago

    So beautiful ! I cannot conceive of being awake and up at that time of day , but that view might be temptation enough to at least try !

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, Irina, Minaminu, and Kelly :)

    Sharan, nice workout outfit formula.

    FashIntern, I changed it to sunRISE - well spotted! And to answer your question, I hope to continue the sunrise practice (at least for a while). I get up early anyway, but we'll see how it goes. 

    LisaP, I'm a morning person, which helps ;)

  • replied 3 years ago

    Spectacular sunrise! Awesome morning routine :)

  • Stagiaire Fash replied 3 years ago

    Your fresh-faced morning look is beautiful. In this shots, I can see the playful tomboy in you.

  • Bonnie replied 3 years ago

    Lovely yoga capsule. Your yellow mat makes me smile and it goes perfectly with your pinks and blues. Those early morning photos are making me think I should try getting up early. You have a great view. 

  • Helena replied 3 years ago

    Fabulous capsule and amazing skyscape to wake up to. I'm with LisaP - I need a full pot of tea at least before I can even see straight - but a view like that might change my ways!

  • replied 3 years ago

    Glad to be of help :) Great view and you match the sunrise!
    I'm sooo ready for 5am sunrises to happen again!

  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    You are adorable in your yoga outfits. A gorgeous morning view. Good morning routine, bravo Angie.

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    Wait! I have pink leggings like those! :D Looking cute, Angie!

  • Synne replied 3 years ago

    Beautiful all around! The sunrise, your smile, the citron mat, your tie-dye yoga gear, everything!

  • Laura replied 3 years ago

    It's remarkable how the pandemic has changed things, isn't it? Home yoga practice is the best. I've been doing Yoga with Adriene on YouTube but I'll check out the Down Dog app too!

  • Glory replied 3 years ago

    Very inspiring- all of it. Fab outfits, wonderful smile and glorious view. I have to give a shout out to the yellow yoga mat! My DH is a huge yoga fan and has a family membership to downward dog. I am getting close to giving it a try.

  • Sal replied 3 years ago

    Gorgeous photos - you look healthy and radiant and the views are stunning.  And a yellow mat suits you perfectly.

    I have committed to 30 days of yoga in a row (have done the first 9) of at least 15 minutes a day.  I go to a class every Friday morning but want to build on that to supplement my walking, biking etc..  My yoga mat is 19 years old and purple (which is not me but seems to be a common yoga mat colour) but it is sentimental now.

    I might investigate the app as I either use youtube or self practice.

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    Beautiful sunrise, beautiful Angie.  

    I wake up every morning around 5AM, but lay in bed listening to NPR.  I get up after my husband makes coffee.

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Gorgeous, Angie! Both you, and your views! Wow, you are dedicated to get up before dawn. I'm impressed!

  • nemosmom replied 3 years ago

    My gosh, what an inspirational view!  You look amazing.  Kudos for rising early to commit to your yoga practice. 

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Thanks for the kind words and compliments, everyone :)

    Helena, I've had half a mug of hot drink before I start my practice! 

    Laura, you MUST try the app. It's absolutely incredible! Inge likes Yoga with Adrienne too. 

    Sal, YAY to your sentimental mat and to 30 days of yoga. Mine is 7 years old, and I love it.

    JAileen, that sounds blissful. I'm up early too. Morning person!

    Glory, try it! 

  • ChristelJ replied 3 years ago

    You are the picture of positivity and energy! I am not surprised. Very pretty yoga clothes, too. I'm soo glad to hear your back is better now. What patience you have had, and it's paid off.

  • Laurie replied 3 years ago

    My classes are at 6:30 a.m (ET!) also, Angie, and the room where I work out faces the sunrise. We don't get too many spectacular ones like yours, but I appreciate starting in the dark and ending in full light, feeling energized. I also have half a cup of coffee before starting class while I do morning chores like feed the cats, fold the clothes from the dryer, and unload the dishwasher. It's been a great routine. I was never a morning person because I like to stay up late, but I love having so much accomplished before the work day starts.

    You look amazing au naturel.

  • Runcarla replied 3 years ago

    Inspirational view and motivating outfits!

  • Tanya replied 3 years ago

    This is very inspirational and you look great in your yoga outfits.  Love the photos of the city at sunrise, too!

  • Eliza replied 3 years ago

    What a breath of fresh air these photos are, Angie. Your yoga outfits are as inspirational as the story of working your way back. That is a lot of patience and perseverance; glad for the progress your efforts are yielding. YLF! (And the view...)

  • Jaime replied 3 years ago

    Big smile. First off you look glorious with your early morning yoga glow and I think it is sublime to practice in front of a bit window as the sun comes up. Secondly, I am delighted to know I am not the only early morning riser who works out before dawn :) .

  • slim cat replied 3 years ago

    Gorgeous - you, outfits and views of Seattle!
    I need a coffee cup and some bread and cheese before I can function  properly :) ( not a morning person of course ).

  • Sisi replied 3 years ago

    haha, Angie, at first I did not recognize your without glasses! You look radiant for having rolled out of bed so early (I would look like a ghost :) ). Useless to say, your yoga capsule is beautiful. I admire your constance in exercizing at home. And what beautiful skies you have up there. 

  • Brooklyn replied 3 years ago

    Sounds like a wonderful start to the morning. I wish I looked that good in the morning. Great views too.

    Love your space dye tops. Space dye is one of my faves. Ombré, space dye, dark floral. My top 3 :)

  • AndiB replied 3 years ago

    What a great start to your day! I’ve continued to support my yoga instructor; as a small business owner she really counts on her students continuing. I’m so fortunate that she pivoted to on line zoom classes. She said she lost nearly half of her clients in Covid and she is working so hard to add value by bringing in speakers, guided meditation, extra readings. And every class she records and adds to an on line library and provides access to all of those to continuing students. She’s the only instructor in her small studio. Of course it would be cost prohibitive to pay for a daily class! But I only do a full hour of yoga two days, then Pilates, run, cardio kick, weights and walk other days. I’ve also maintained my YMCA membership and while they are open I don’t go in but they now provide free online classes where I do the Pilates and cardio kick. They too have lost tons of members. For me it is so important to continue to support my local institutions

  • RobinF replied 3 years ago

    Wow that view is amazing! I'm up at 6 too but that is so I have time for a cup of coffee before I have to leave for work. I'd love to get into the habit of morning exercise but the thought of getting up earlier holds me back.

  • Janet replied 3 years ago

    Lovely! If I had that view I’d drag myself out of bed for the sunrise too. :-)

  • lyn67 replied 3 years ago

    You look so fab in all of  your yoga outfits! But OMG practising before dawn??? I always admired the "morning persons", I am not even alive at that early hour but that  gorgeous view of your  window as the sun rises up  and a loft yorkie:-) would surely help!  So, may I ask when are "morning people"  going to bed?  Do you use shadows for more privacy and/or achieving  perfect darkness  earlier  for your night sleep? Just I need full darkness for a good sleep and I hate eye masks:-(.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    These photos make me smile. You and the colors and the sun rise, lovely. Does Sam sleep though your yoga or try to join you? Maggie would be wanting to go out and bringing toys.

  • Ledonna N. replied 3 years ago

    I really enjoy these peaks into your life Angie.  What a beautiful view and ummm what is your secret to aging backwards.

    Well this is a beautiful Yoga Angie Capsule.  I'm sorry about your back it is a real serious thing to recover from. 

    I must say that Yoga has profoundly changed and bonded Zi'Joy and I. I have been doing yoga for years and Zi'joy has as well.  It has made such a big difference in her recovery.  She did the downward dog pose when she first started to move again.

    Your capsule has inspired me.  I need to find some brights in my workout gear capsule at least the tops. 

  • replied 3 years ago

    Inspiring!  A perfect way to start the day.  But something is missing.  Could it be...pearls?  :)

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    I appreciate the kind words. Thank you! 

    Xtabay, :) HAH! 

    Joy, Sam is asleep with Greg when I practice yoga. But sometimes he helps out and shows me the BEST down dog.

    Ledonna, I can believe it! Yoga is the best thing for body, mind and spirit. It makes me a better person. How beautiful that you and your daughter practice together. LOVE that. 

    Jaime and Laurie, a BIG EARLY MORNING YOGA HIGH FIVE! :)

    Lyn67, I go to bed late too. 11.00pm or 11.30pm is normal. I also need darkness to sleep. 

  • Vicki replied 3 years ago

    You look yogalicious in those colors and thank you and suntiger for the app recommendation so I can take a closer look at the yoga app. Your surroundings are such a beautiful way to start the day as is your hopeful mindset and I’m pleased to hear you’re doing much better after the troublesome fall. Onward, downward dog. xo

  • Inge replied 3 years ago

    Now that is a work-out wear capsule that would make me happy just looking at it (and the sweater with the horse: amazing!!). The citron mat alone would make me smile (as would that stunning view). I'm so glad you have recovered from your back injury, Angie, I know you missed your yoga sessions so much. xxx

  • Jenava replied 3 years ago

    Angie, are you in Pioneer square?  For some reason I envisioned you further north or east.  IDK why, probably because we always met up with you in those areas.

    Good for you getting on with your workouts.  I struggle to get it in because I do not like to change my clothes in the middle of the day (and child care precludes me from doing it at the beginning or end of my day).  

    I see you do yours in the morning!  I had ideas of doing mine first thing, but my sleep hygiene is quite terrible lately (partly, not completely, due to a toddler who does seem to be a bit of a night owl like her mama).  I get my best sleep after 7am.  )-:

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Vicki and Inge, how gracious and sweet you both are. Thank you :)

    Jenava, not Pioneer Square. I'm in Belltown, and on the Queen Anne and Sculpture Park side. Love it! 

    I hear you on not liking to change into workout wear during the day. I can't do it. I need to be out of gear by 7.30am. Maybe you can workout when the babes are asleep at night? 

  • Kaelyn replied 3 years ago

    This is such a delightful capsule. I especially love how the turquoise top matches your blue eyes! Love the view from your home, too. I'm dreaming of living in an area like that, someday.

  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    I love your collection of colorful yoga gear. Yoga is wonderful and really helps with flexibility- I’m glad you are able to return to it after your injury!

  • lynn replied 3 years ago

    Love all the yoga outfits!  What determination to stick with your PT for a solid year.  I would be very interested in what kind of back injury you had and what exercises you feel helped you the most. Fellow back problem person here.  Great views too.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Thanks so much!

    Lynn, they were VERY specific exercises that changed over the year to help with twisting, pain and strengthening my core. It took me 40 mins a day to do them, which I did religiously 5 times a week. AND saw a very competent physiotherapist for an hour every two weeks. At the start I saw her twice a week. With PT, you get bak what you put in. 

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