Summertime = Yoga Time!

#AerieREAL girls brought their sunshine & Chill. Play. Move. style to NYC last week & flowed right into summertime at Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga. See how we spent the longest and sunniest day of the year!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

#AerieREAL girls came out in full force to ring in summertime.

Summertime = Yoga Time!

A little morning rain couldn’t stop Cassey Ho of Blogilates! She kicked off the day with a 100 squat challenge.

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Thousands of yogis came to hang at our tent in Yoga Village to recharge and find their #AerieREAL aura at our photobooth.

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Yoga Vida Co-Founder, Hilaria Baldwin, hosted an #AerieREAL talk focused on her experience with yoga and how it changed her sense of self.

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Aerie and AE Senior Manager of Digital Creative, Catherine Gignac, also happens to be the best booty-kicking yoga teacher we know! She joined us for the second year to lead an #AerieREAL Empowered Flow class.

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Peace, love and side plank with Aerie Senior Manager of Styling, Erin Collins-Rittling!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

#AerieREAL Role Model and gold medal gymnast, Aly Raisman, started the afternoon with an #AerieREAL talk and 3-minute meditation.

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Iskra kept the #AerieREAL love going and challenged the audience to take part in her mirror challenge.

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Get thousands of yogis to meditate in the middle of Times Square? Our stylist does it all!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Kickboxer and celebrity trainer, Kendra Smith, geared up for her kickboxing segment!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Summertime = Yoga Time!

Nama-stay #AerieREAL!

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DIY Yoga Mat Holder

Summertime is ALL about relaxation. You don’t need a vacay to get away—get a reminder to get your flow on with a pretty holder for your yoga mat! Zen up your meditation area with this cute shelf that doubles as a storage spot for your mat.

DIY Yoga Mat Holder

Here’s how:

  1. Start with a simple shelf that goes right onto the wall.
  2. Using a drill, make four holes in the shelf: two on one side and two on the other.
  3. Cut two equal lengths of rope, 20 inches each.DIY Yoga Mat HolderDIY Yoga Mat Holder
  4. Glue the ends of each strand to keep them from fraying.
  5. Thread the ropes through the top of the shelf, knotting at the ends.DIY Yoga Mat HolderDIY Yoga Mat Holder
  6. Hang your shelf in your go-to mediation spot.
  7. Top with plants, books or your an essential oil diffuser.
  8. Place your yoga mat through the hanging loops.
  9. Namaste!DIY Yoga Mat Holder

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Aerie x Darling Retreat

We partnered with Darling Magazine to bring a strong group of #AerieREAL women together for a weekend full of self-discovery and inspiration. For 3 days, 21 women from all over the world shared their stories and bonded through group workshops, family-style dinners and adventures to the beach. We talked, we laughed, we cried… and the love was REAL!

Aerie x Darling Retreat

Aerie x Darling Retreat

We started each day with a little flow and a lot of fuel. At morning yoga, we set an intention for our practice: clearing our heads, finding balance, dedicating the time to someone or something. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you find a little peace of mind, and yoga was a great way to kick off days full of conversation and self-reflection.

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“The power of women brought together to simply love and be… two words: pure magic. Find your girls and love them hard.” – Alexis Jones, founder of two powerful movements: I Am That Girl and Protect Her.

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Fall was right on time for this cozy weekend. We snuggled up for daytime workshops focused on identity, positive self-talk, intuition and belief systems.

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“If you’re currently struggling with something, look back and try to find where that fear originated from. If you can recognize it, you can OWN it, and you can rise above it.” – Cassey Ho, aka @blogilates, creator of POP Pilates and PIIT28.

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So much love for these Darling and #AerieREAL ladies!

Aerie x Darling Retreat Aerie x Darling Retreat

Aerie x Darling Retreat

“So much can change in a year friends. In a CONVERSATION. In a moment. We are all changing and learning and becoming. And the journey is long, and hard… and painful. But above all, it is BEAUTIFUL. It is redeeming. And it (and YOU!) are WORTH IT.” – Blogger Alex Michael May

Aerie x Darling Retreat

Aerie x Darling Retreat

We are filled with gratitude for this amazing group of women, and hope for what we have the power to accomplish together. Want to recreate your own retreat? Get your friends together and get talking. Together we can all make the world a better and brighter place.

Aerie x Darling Retreat

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Celebrate Solstice In Store!

Can’t make it to Aerie x Solstice in Times Square? That doesn’t mean you have to miss out! We are having yoga in select stores on the summer solstice on Saturday, June 24th.

Celebrate Solstice In Store!

Enjoy a FREE 1-hour yoga class at your local store or mall followed by a shopping party and light refreshments (details vary by store). Be sure to contact your local Aerie store to get the deets on their event!

Celebrate Solstice In Store!

Check out our Facebook to see if there’s an event happening near you! Celebrate solstice in your nearest Aerie store. Want to start shopping now? Shop this look here.

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DIY Yoga Mat Spray

Keep your workout gear clean with our DIY yoga mat spray! Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, and lavender oil is a known aromatic used to relieve tension and calm nerves. When combined, the two create a safe and clean spray that will keep your mat clean and your mind clear! Read on to see how to make your own DIY yoga mat spray.

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Small spray bottle
  • Pure tea tree oil
  • Pure lavender essential oil
  • Spring water

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Fill the small spray bottle with spring water.
  2. Add two drops of tea tree oil and one drop of lavender oil.
  3. Shake the bottle to mix ingredients.
  4. Before and after yoga class, spray your mat with the mixture.DIY Yoga Mat Spray
  5. Once sprayed, wipe down with a clean cloth.
  6. Keep the bottle in your gym bag so it’s readily available.
  7. Namaste all day!

What’s your must-have for yoga class? Comment below and tell us!

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#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Relax & De-Stress

Hey Aerie Girls,

I wanted to share in today’s blog post how I relax and de-stress. It’s part of my personal self-care to take time out for myself and just chill! It’s totally human to have ‘down days’ or days when you’re feeling overwhelmed. For me I listen to how I’m feeling mentally and physically and will make sure I make time to focus on looking after myself.

So I hope I can give you some tips that you can try for yourself, and make sure to comment how you relax and de-stress too – I want to know!

#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Relax & De-Stress

My favourite ways to relax at home:

  • Going into my bedroom and lighting my yummy scented candles.
  • I also have a air filter / cleaner and humidifier that I put on which makes the air in my room really clean, fresh and easier to breathe.
  • Then if I’m into a book I’ll kick back in my fave Aerie PJs and read. Quite often I watch a movie or my fave YouTube channels depending on what I fancy watching.
  • Dipping into a heavenly warm bubble bath really relaxes me. And I love creating my own at home pamper sessions with body scrubs, face masks and sleeping with coconut oil in my hair.

#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Relax & De-Stress

On the go:

  • I take my eye mask everywhere so when I’m travelling I put it on and even if I don’t sleep (I do love a nap) it gives me a moment to escape and rest and shut off from the outside world.
  • I have a chilled playlist on my phone that’s my go to when I’m on the move but need to wind down and take some time to myself and play some tunes that are calming and good for the soul – I love Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton, Ashanti and Luther Vandross.
  • I love carrying a Facial spritz with me, it’s a quick easy way to relax my face and my Caudalie mist smells divine it really calms the senses.
  • I make sure my phone screen is on night time mode when the sun has gone down it helps my eyes relax.
  • Literally every time I travel I carry sheet masks with me. For me taking off my makeup and indulging in a sheet mask when I’m flying or in hotels is super relaxing and I will just lay there and do nothing for the whole 20 mins whilst I let the product absorb into my skin.

#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Relax & De-Stress

How I like to de-stress:

  • Me and my housemate both like to make time to meditate. Everyone’s practise is different, she likes to use an app but I would rather lie and try to clear my thoughts and think about breathing and being – it’s a great way to start the day.
  • Something I had forgotten I loved to do was colouring. Now I have a couple of colouring books and a variety of pens and pencils and love sitting down and completely clearing my mind and just enjoying what I’m doing.
  • Yoga is a wonderful way to de-stress for me and get my mind and body reconnected. Quite often I don’t have time to make classes so I either practise alongside a youtube video or I do some of my favourite stretches with deep breathing.
  • I’m very blessed to have a spa in my building where I live in NY. After a long day I love going to the steam room and sauna and laying peacefully letting all my thoughts drift away.
  • And finally I don’t let my phone or social media control me. I control it. So if I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed it’s the first thing I put down and step away from. I can call people back, check emails and texts later – let me just take some time to myself and not let my phone take up my time or attention.

How do you de-stress? Comment and share below!

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