Posts Tagged ‘Yoga and Wellness’

Global Wellness Day with Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

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I hope everyone had a glorious weekend. It was hot here in the DMV and I loved every single minute of it. On Saturday, I spent time at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC to celebrate Global Wellness Day. Global Wellness Day is just what it says – a day to celebrate wellness in various forms. It was also great to meet new local bloggers in real life instead of just on the Internet. For me, wellness is sleep, great food, and working out.

The Four Seasons Washington, DC is a true luxury destination and as a one of the invited media it was great to see the hotel participate in making wellness global. The hotel is situated in Georgetown, a popular area in DC and perfect for runners. The hotel’s spa is one of the best in the area for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The morning started with yoga (my personal favorite) outside with local instructor Christina Popescu. I normally practice in a studio and outside can always present challenges. Bugs, heat, uneven terrain, but the best thing about it is I have to focus on my breath and each posture.

{Yoga outside. I could get used to this.}

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By the time, we sweated it out and finished with savasana I was so relaxed. Savasana takes on a different meaning outside listening to the birds and babbling canal water. After yoga is was a post-yoga green juice (Green Goddess) and superfood muffins (I need the recipe).

{Green Goddess Juice & Superfood Muffins}

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The snack was a great preparation for breakfast. The hotel created the Green Machine omelette in honor of Global Wellness Day. I never have delicious Huevos Rancheros therefore I did my Texas duty and devoured mine. After lunch, it was time to relax in the spa area and because I never met a sauna or steam room I didn’t like I treated my body to a sweaty detox session.

{Green Machine Omelette}

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{Huevos Rancheros}

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{Spa treatment room}

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I finished the day with a makeup session with local makeup artist Gavin Hebert using Jane Iredale products which I loved. I’m usually not a mineral makeup fan, but Gavin changed my mind.

{My before and after. My face felt light all day.}

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If you want to see how other Four Seasons around the world celebrated Global Wellness Day search the hashtag #FSWellness. Thank you to everyone at the Four Seasons for such a lovely day. Ladies, let’s make wellness an everyday event.

Cooking Light & Health’s The Fit Foodie 5K

I love my food. In all its glorious forms and I usually say “I workout so I can eat.” Cooking Light and Health Magazine heard the fit foodie’s cry and created a weekend of fitness and food. Cooking Light & Health’s The Fit Foodie 5K Weekend is June 19-21. The weekend consists of a VIP Cocktail Party, 5K run, yoga and food. What more could you ask for? Grab a girlfriend and see you next weekend. Run.Eat.Drink.

I also have a personal code for you to register for the weekend:  AMBASSADORGUEST. The weekend will also be taking place later this year in Chicago and San Diego.

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Reading Pretty: The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy by Kimberly Snyder

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I’ve been a huge fan of Kimberly Snyder for years. I met her when she lived in NY and she made me raw food and her famous green goddess smoothie. This was before there was a juice bar on every corner and green drinks now replaced soda in many hands. I love it. I believe one of the keys to beauty is food.

Kimberly’s new book focuses on cleaning the body through nourishing and healthy food that actually tastes good and is good for you.The Beauty Detox Power is a great addition to the beauty wellness bookshelf. After traveling the past few weeks, I decided to take a few days to reset. The best way for me is to relax, eat clean, and sleep. It’s amazing, but I seriously have been craving salad of all kinds and Sweetgreen definitely is my weakness. I’m definitely turning into my mother. The woman has eaten a salad every day her entire life. Yep, that’s why she’s so healthy at 75.

Wellness Wednesday: My YogaWorks Online Yoga Classes

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I can’t get enough of online yoga classes. As much as I am on the go and love to take actual classes sometimes it isn’t possible. If I’m on the move, online classes are the next best thing. I have been testing out My YogaWorks for the past few weeks and I’m in deep love. All my favorite yoga teachers, especially my Los Angeles based teachers are on there and I am able to take class and practice with them from afar. Like now since I have been in Louisiana for a week and it has been pretty hectic since I arrived.

I have been a fan of Alexandria Crow for a long time and always wanted to take a workshop with her. Now, I can take her various level classes and work on my handstand in the process. Yes, it is a process. Last year at the Yoga Journal conference in NYC I took classes with Vinnie Marino and let me tell you what an absolute crush I have on him now. I get to practice online with Vinnie and again at this year’s conference. Vinnie has some of the best music for his playlists. Eka Ekong is new on my yoga teacher crush list and when I need to slow my mind (which is quite often actually), I take her classes and feel renewed.

My YogaWorks classes have great teachers I plan on taking classes with and various series. They have a series on splits that I want to start trying next month. If you are curious to try yoga, take their free 14-day trial. You will be hooked.

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Wellness Wednesday: solidcore (the hardest workout in Washington, D.C.)

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A few weeks ago I participated in a class at solidcore. The class has been touted by many people, including my fitness trainer friends as the hardest workout in Washington, D.C.. At first I was skeptical and then I watched the video and became afraid, very afraid. I was still excited to try the workout and glad I put my fear on the back burner.

A few of my blogging friends were at the studio with me so we bonded over fear, sweat, and a kick butt instructor, Alex. I sweated so hard and at times I thought I had been dipped into a pool. I will say it was the hardest workout I have ever done in my life. I’ve taken hardcore exercise classes in New York and L.A. and this one kicked my butt and took everything out of me. There were times I thought I was going to throw up. I pushed through it. And guess what? I loved every single minute, second, and drop of sweat of it.

I was sore for three days after the class and all I can think about is figuring out a way to make solidcore a part of my lifestyle a few days a week.

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{This is after I dried off and was still trying to look cute}

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Wellness Wednesday: ClassPass for Fitness

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{Photo by Jackie Garcia Photography}

Have you heard about ClassPass? It’s a pass to visit various studios and gyms in your area and take all your favorite classes for one set monthly price. Over the past few months I have been able to test out ClassPass and guess what? I am in deep LOVE. Barre, Pilates, yoga oh my!

First off there are a variety of exercises I want to participate in like TRX, Core Power Yoga, spinning and dance. Well, ClassPass allows me to do that. I can take a Monday, 8:00am Pilates, a Wednesday, TRX, my favorite Saturday, 8:30am Heated Core Power Yoga and a chill Sunday yoga class. All you do is reserve the classes online or with their app. Easy breezy.

I will say you have to live in a major metro area to participate in the classes (sorry to my readers in the suburbs). If you commute into the city I still think it’s worth it because there are classes all day. I know most of the fitness classes here in DC cost on average $20 per class so this is a steal. My only drawback? You can only visit the same studio three times in a membership cycle which means I have to make a strategic plan on my classes. It is still worth it in my opinion.

Wellness Wednesday: Yoga Download ~ Online Yoga Classes

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Many of you know I’m a yogi and yoga teacher. I am always trying to find new ways to enhance my practice and like to practice at different studios although I have my main studio in DC. Because the weather has been so crazy I decided to try yoga at home via my computer with Yoga Download. There are many online classes and I have decided to try one out every few months to see which one I like the most. First up, Yoga Download.

Yoga Download offers a variety of teachers and a variety of styles.  I will say I have enjoyed practicing with teachers such as Ana Forrest (super hard), Ashtanga, Baptiste, Vinyasa (the style I mainly practice), and more. Classes start at just $10 a month for streaming, but you can pay more if you want to download particular classes to keep forever and can be played without a Wi-Fi connection.

I will admit it felt weird looking at a screen to practice yoga, but after a few times trying the classes I was able to follow along without looking at times. I’m working on lots of strength training through yoga and contemplating getting rid of my gym membership now that the weather is about to get better. I really rather be outside working out.

As with any exercise programing please take it easy. I know we see these glorious mind-blowing yoga poses, but if you aren’t warmed up and listening to your body you can hurt yourself.

Om Pretty!

Wellness Wednesday: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution DVDs

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I don’t know about you but it’s been hard to go to the gym. It’s not about working out it’s about being in the building. We’ve had a relatively mild summer here and I loved being outdoors. I loved walking around in the heat. Yes, in the heat and not worrying about did I get to the gym. The outside was the gym. I’ve been thinking do I really want to keep my membership this fall. I used it a lot in the winter, but the timing of the classes that I want to take are only on the weekends. Part of me says yes, but the other side wants me to start using DVDs to see if I actually like working out at home.

I can work from home and be productive, but I’ve started and stopped DVDs for years. I remember this past winter trying to get motivated to leave my house when it was 10 degrees outside. I did it because I signed up for a spring race, but now I’m like whatever. That won’t be happening again.

Once I’m back from Hawaii I’m giving Jillian Michaels Body Revolution to the test. I’m a fan of Jillian. In her videos she doesn’t come off yelling. It is very different from her TV persona. She is very motivational and encouraging. I get the yelling and being tough works for some, but at home no one needs to be yelling at all.

Do you work out in a gym, home or outside? Which do you prefer?

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