Make your own yoga strap

DIY| Yoga Mat Strap + Class Pass (Review)

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you

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hey guys andre garcia here today i’m

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going to be teaching you how to create a

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yoga mat strap and i started doing yoga

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about three months ago for the very

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first time i’m a little late getting

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into it but I unfortunately was

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suffering from anxiety a lot of friends

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recommended that I start taking yoga and

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since then I have been feeling so much

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better and I’m really excited to share

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with you this really cool program called

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classpass it’s an app it’s a fitness app

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but I’m going to tell you all about that

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at the end of the tutorial and that’s

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how I started doing yoga was through

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that app which is really cool but I’m

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going to be teaching you first how to

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create this strap that you see here for

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your yoga mat it’s super super easy to

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make this one in particular already came

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with my yoga mat when I bought it but I

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saw how easy it was to assemble and I

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have a few friends who are doing yoga as

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well and they don’t have any kind of

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strap for their mats so of course I’m

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going to make them some and I figured I

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would put a tutorial for all of you that

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have a yoga mat or are in or looking

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into getting into yoga and don’t

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necessarily have a strap for that so I

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bought this gorgeous yoga mat at

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t.j.maxx I believe was like $14.99 it

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was really cheap you can also get yoga

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mats at Target as well target has a lot

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of really cool fitness you have stuff

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there too so those are two places where

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you can get a mat from but yes the first

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part of the tutorial I’m going to be

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teaching you how to create the strap and

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second part I’m going to give you some

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really cool awesome information about

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what class pass is all about so let’s go

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ahead and get started so for this

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tutorial you’re going to need of course

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your yoga mat but you are also going to

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be needing some elastic and I purchased

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this at jo-ann fabrics the width that I

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chose for this one is the one-inch this

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is about three yards you also need a

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pair of scissors you need some black

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thread also a measuring tape and of

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course some pins and your sewing needle

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as well so we are going to be creating

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two hoops and then the strap that goes

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around your shoulder that you carry it

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with so what you want to do is go ahead

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and take your elastic unravel it then go

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ahead and place it around your yoga mat

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make sure that you fold it up and it’s

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nice and tight so put it around and I

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would not cut it directly where it meets

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I would leave about an extra inch on

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there as well so as you can see it meets

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here leave an extra inch that way you

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can sew it together so there’s one make

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sure it’s nice and tight

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clip that and here’s that one I’m going

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to be needing two of these so go ahead

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and measure your second one to that

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length as well so now I have the strap

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that goes sorry the portion that goes

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around your shoulder this is where

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you’re going to be carrying so I’m going

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to be measuring this to give you guys an

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idea of what your measurement should be

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so this one measures in length about 22

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inches so go ahead and take some of your

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elastic and I would cut one at 22 inches

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as well okay so now that I have my three

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pieces we’re going to assemble them

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together but first I’m going to get my

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needle and thread ready I recommend

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using the same color so it matches your

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elastic so for this one I’m going to be

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doing black on black so the first thing

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I’m going to be doing is taking one of

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my circle measurements placing it over

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leaving about the inch that we talked

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about and then you are simply going to

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take your needle and you are going to be

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sewing it in place so the way that I

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would do it is I would create an X and

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it’s a little hard to see but up close

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this is what it looks like so it’s the

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little X right there and it’s together

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so I’m going to repeat this on my second

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one okay so now I have both of my

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circles sewn together and I did the X on

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both of them and now my strap is

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coming together so all I’m going to be

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doing is taking the end of one strap

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setting it over with the X’s and then

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I’m going to be strolling the shoulder

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part onto the circle and I’m going to be

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repeating the same thing so doing

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another X and once I’m done with this

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side I’m going to attach it on the other

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side as well do the close-up there so

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it’s just Q X’s and then another X here

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and so then I would just take my yoga

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mat and just like the other strap put it

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through one end put it through the other

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end here and there is your shoulder

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strap and that’s pretty much about it

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and this is a very simple design if you

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want to substitute this black elastic

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for something more stable if you find

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another strap or another fabric or

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something that you would like to use

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just make sure that it’s 22 in length it

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doesn’t have to be elastic on this part

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it could be something a lot firmer this

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one is I don’t know what material this

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is but this is definitely not elastic

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this is something else

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so if you want to get creative with the

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actual shoulder strap portion of it you

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can do so if not you can just leave it

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like this and what’s really cool about

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elastic is that after a few times you

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can just throw this in the wash and wash

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it after yeah a few times

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and that’s pretty much about it for your

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yoga mat strap so I hope you guys enjoy

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that tutorial it was super easy and feel

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free to make a bunch of the yoga mat

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straps for all of your friends and

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whatnot and feel free to customize the

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actual um part here as well to your

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liking but yes now about classpass quick

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so I decided to do clocks pass because

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class pass is this awesome app it’s a

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network of a bunch of fitness studios

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and yoga studios and it’s all based

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around your area so class pass is

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available at a lot of your states now so

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you would have to look up and see if

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it’s available within your state so

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basically class pass is a network of a

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bunch of different studios fitness

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studios and when you register on the app

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have unlimited access to any of the

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studios in your surrounding areas so I’m

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in the Bay Area so I can take a yoga

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class in San Francisco but if I’m going

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to be in San Jose’s and I can go ahead

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and take a class in San Jose as well so

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one of the first reasons why I loved

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class pass was because one it wasn’t

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just one set gym I don’t like working

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out like I’m sure a lot of you don’t as

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well and I like different new

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environments and with class paths I have

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the freedom to go to a bunch of

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different studios check out their

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environments meet new people so it’s

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different every single time that I take

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a class which is awesome and I can also

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take different classes for multiple

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instructors and teachers so if I take a

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class at a specific studio I’m not

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really feeling the teacher then I

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go somewhere else you know like it’s

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that simple so it’s really cool is you

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sign up it’s a monthly deal

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and it’s I believe it’s about a hundred

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dollars a month and you have a limited

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access the price seemed a little high at

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the time for me but once you go to yoga

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classes and stuff like that which was

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all new to me

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each yoga class is about twenty dollars

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so you end up being able to go to a ton

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of classes for a small fraction of what

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you would originally be paying for if

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you would be paying for each individual

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class so I love that I love the

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flexibility through the app you can go

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ahead and scroll through the dates so I

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can go on let’s just say I don’t want to

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work out Monday but I want to check out

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what’s available on Wednesday and you go

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on Wednesday and you check out all the

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classes that are available in your area

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within that specific time and then you

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can click on the class and it gives you

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all the information about what the class

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is all about so me being new to yoga not

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knowing anything it was really awesome

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where the description said you know this

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yoga class is for beginners or this yoga

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class is recommended for people that

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have been doing yoga for a while so that

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was very helpful in me filtering through

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all the classes and finding the classes

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that would be beneficial to me so it has

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the the full description of what the

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class is who your instructors going to

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be at what time and also the location as

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well so if you find a class that you

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like on the app you simply click on the

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button and you register for that class

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and that’s all you have to do so I would

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just show up to a yoga studio in Redwood

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City and they would already know my name

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there so that’s what ended up happening

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once I registered I would just show up

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and say hey I’m here with class pass and

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they’re like oh it’s Andreea you know go

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ahead come on in so that was it

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was really easy it made my experience of

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getting into yoga less intimidating and

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there was a lot information available

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and you can also go ahead and star but

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of your different favors on the app as

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well so if you don’t necessarily if you

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can’t necessarily take a class that you

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are interested in one week you can just

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go ahead and put a little hard on it and

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then get back to it in your favorite

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section it also keeps a database of all

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the classes that you’ve attended as well

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so you can also go back and check out

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instructors that you liked and things

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like that and what was cool is after

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every section that you have through the

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app you can review the studio and just

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kind of keep track of whether it was

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something that you liked and what not so

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that was my experience with class pass I

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recommend it to people who are barely

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getting into yoga or want to try out

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other fitness classes not just going at

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the gym and working out but doing more

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like boot camp or Pilates or weight

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training or Zumba or things that are

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very particular so it’s a very

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particular workout I highly recommend

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class pass for you and also if you love

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yoga and you want to get back into yoga

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this is definitely um something for you

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as well and I’m wearing a really cool

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class pass tank that they sent me so

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much love to you guys for that I love it

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and I’ve just been feeling a lot better

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now that I’ve been working out I am in a

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very good mental and happy emotional

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place in my life and yoga has definitely

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been having a lot of awesome benefits to

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me and helping me these stress which is

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what it’s very important because we all

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live very busy and stressful lives so

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just remember you got to take care of

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yourself and your health is a definite

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priority so make sure that yeah you make

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time for that and I’m really excited to

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be taking my yoga mat and my

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do-it-yourself strap to lightning in a

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bottle

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it’s another music festival that I’m

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going to so I’m really excited it’s at

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the end of May and I’m going to be

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attending for the very very first time

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and what I love about this music

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festival is that it has every single

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musical has the music the environment

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and everything but it also has a lot of

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wellness workshops and also yoga classes

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and fun things like that you can also do

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while you’re at the Music Festival

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so it’s kind of like Coachella meets

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Burning Man so you have the whole Music

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Festival aspect to it but you also have

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like this whole wellness spiritual

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touched to it as well and I will be

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documenting my whole experience and

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sharing it with you guys

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later this summer too so be on the

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lookout for some lightning in a bottle

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inspired DIY tutorials coming out and as

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always yeah leave me any comments

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questions things you guys want to see in

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the future thank you so much for taking

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the time to check out my work I really

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appreciate all the love and feed

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I guess from all of you and hopefully

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you guys are doing awesome in your life

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and if you’re not the happy there’s a

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little definitely a lot to be grateful

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for and I’m grateful for you guys and I

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will definitely be seeing you soon

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thanks so much for watching

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