All Elizabeth Wants is a Yoga Top That Stays Put During Inversions

Every day, we give you a snapshot of one fellow striver in fitness. We ask personal questions, they boldly answer. Today's snapshot: Elizabeth, aka joesgirl. 

  • What's your number one workout spot? Virayoga in Soho. I've been a member of the kula (sanskrit for "community of the heart") at Vira for years. It is the best yoga studio in New York, in my opinion, and not just because it is a wonderful place to practice — some of my closest friends in life are people who I've met there over the years. It just seems to attract the most wonderful souls. Equinox, to which I have an all-access membership through work, is a distant second. I will candidly admit that there are times when I have routinely used Equinox for nothing more than access to the steamroom (LOL). In recent years, however, and as I get older, it's become more obvious to me that a little additional cardio and weight training doesn't hurt a person. So, I'm now also exploring spinning and various other brutal experiences at a variety of the downtown/Brooklyn-based Equinoxes (Equini?) 
  • What's the healthiest thing you eat? I am generally pretty conscious about everything I put in my body, but I am a freak for a good salad, preferably entirely organic and homemade, with some kind of grilled chicken or fish on top. I also make a pretty kick-ass vinagrette. Yum. 
  • What's your secret (fitness-related) sin? Not sure if I would characterize this as a sin, per se, but during the summer, I regularly follow up an intense weekend-morning yoga class with a boozy girls lunch in the West Village. Honestly, it's my favorite thing about summer: a stroll to the studio before the city is really awake, a wonderful practice to start the day, and then wine and delicious food outside with my girlfriends. This is usually followed by a delightful late afternoon nap. If that's a sin, I'm happy to go to hell in a handbasket.
  • What do you wear to the gym? At either the studio or at Equinox, you can usually find me in a pair of Beyond Yoga yoga pants and some kind of camisole bra-top-type thing. I have a constant war with my yoga tops because I can't find one that wants to stay up and/or on tight when I am in handstand or otherwise inverted, and I despise wearing t-shirts to practice. I am always testing out new tops, however, and right now my favorite is designed by Elisabetta Rogiani
  • What's the best thing in your gym bag? I don't really carry a gym bag — I carry an incredibly overstuffed handbag/tote type thing. The best thing in there is my iPod, hands down. 
  • What's your go-to workout? The one workout I try to never miss, though I often fail, is Vanessa Spina's Basic/Open Level class at Virayoga on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. Girlfriend kicks ass. That said, any class taught by Elena Brower, Zhenja LaRosa, Jorja Rivera or Laura Juell (among Vira's many, many talented teachers) is basically a gift from the gods.  
  • What would you do (fitness wise) if you had all the time/ability in the world? I often have this fantasy (smile). Honestly, I would love to be able to fit a 10:00 a.m., 1.5 hour yoga practice into my routine every morning, and I am incredibly envious of people who have working lives that allow them to do this. Practicing during the day is such a luxury. If, however, I was independently wealthy and didn't have to work at all, my husband and I would set out to fulfill the one big dream we have been talking about for several years now: hiking the Himalayan Trail. This would take some major training and some major gear, but I have no question in my mind that it would be a life-altering experience par excellence. 
  • What are you just never going to try? I think in my younger days I would have given skydiving a try, but I am just not quite so fearless as I used to be. Other than that, though, I'm pretty much game for anything. 
  • What superhero (real life or fictional) most inspires you? I am inspired by all of the wonderful women in my life who continue to strive to become more loving and more self-aware human beings, even during periods of great difficulty and through all of life's transitions. They are goddesses in my book. I am also constantly inspired by my husband, who never stops trying to make me laugh and to take life less seriously, and for that alone he deserves superhero status. If pushed, however, I will admit that I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Wonder Woman. Now where's my magic lasso?

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