Tag Archives: yoga

Food for the Soul

29 Nov

We’re inching closer and closer to the weekend, hooray! Today’s challenge for #Elf4Health was to wake up 15 minutes earlier and meditate.  I tried doing that this morning, but I have bouts of insomnia and last night was one of those nights, and it was miracle that I woke up sort-of on time today.

… And then today ended up being one of those days where if anything could go wrong, it did.  I started to really let it bring me down, when I remembered today’s challenge: to meditate. While I probably won’t have down time until I am home tonight (work and school keep me busy until late), I did want to share some stuff that I found online that is motivational/good for the soul to mediate on:

I hope these images help you center yourself as much as they did me.  

Namaste.

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Wello Wednesday (Review & Giveaway)

25 Jul

Happy hump day!

So, as a SweatPink Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to try a super cool fitness service called Wello.  Wello is LIVE personal training over your computer.

But don’t let personal training lead you to believe it’s just for gym activities. Wello has certified fitness professionals with all kinds of different backgrounds (yoga, pilates, martial arts, etc.) to lead you through whatever your heart desires. And I am serious, about the certified professionals – these aren’t like people who one day decided “oh I am going to be a trainer, and that was it.” Safety is important and Wello gets that. So rest assured you’re in good hands.

What I truly like about it aside from the variety of exercises/fitness classes (you can do it with a group or even way cooler, have a one-on-one session with a celebrity trainer), is the CONVENIENCE of it all.  It was also super easy to sign up – I did it via Facebook. One click, and wham, I was signed up. There are other ways to sign up though, if you don’t have a Facebook account.

I scheduled a session at 5:30 A.M. (I normally wake up at 6:00 A.M. anyway) of core circuit training with Kimberly Fleming. She led me through a series of intense, but completely doable circuit that focused on well, my core. I don’t do nearly enough core workouts as I’d like and my core has suffered as a result. By the end of the session, I was dripping – nay, soaked in sweat.  We did plank dips, jumping jacks, sit ups, plank jacks, V-ups, etc.

Kimberly was super awesome and so sweet. She motivated me throughout the session and even participated. She didn’t just sit and watch. She showed me how to do the move and then did a few with me. I definitely felt motivated to push through even though by my 30th V-Up, I wanted to just collapse. Having someone watch you, even if far and away, pushes and encourages you to keep going. It’s not like when you do a DVD at home and you take a break during an exercise you hate. You hold yourself accountable. Believe me, I hate plank dips but knowing Kimberly was there got me pushing my limits.

The one thing I personally recommend is setting up your “area” where you plan to exercise up BEFORE.  I had to have my husband toss me my mat mid-way (sit ups on a wood floor – I do not recommend, OW!). Also, figure out the computer set-up. My computer kept going to sleep mode which was annoying, and took away from exercise time. I also had to keep moving it around so Kimberly could see me move from a standing exercise to an on the floor one. There’s an instructional video that tells you how to do this (I should’ve watched before – fail on my own account).

Anyway, I HIGHLY recommend using Wello, especially if you’re traveling, don’t have time to make it to the gym, want something different/challenging. There is something for everyone.

Cost: Wello is reasonably priced, for a 25 minute session, it was approximately $20.00. $20.00 for a personal training session? That’s unheard of. You can book more time, i.e. 45 mins +, but obviously, the cost increases. BUT here is the fun part: beginning TODAY, July 25th, through August 10th, Wello is giving away a 25% discount to all those who try out Wello.  That’s right, you heard me 25% off. Just enter the special promo code: runli25 (case sensitive).

Again, I don’t usually promote things that I don’t think are awesome – seriously, if it was awful, I would’ve said so.  But it’s not. So try Wello out, and let me know your thoughts! Have a great day!

Fueling my Fitness

22 Jul

Happy Sunday folks! Sorry things have been so quiet. I have been wrapping up my summer classes at NYU and I have no races planned this month, aside from the Queens 10K I did earlier this month. However, that does not mean I have not been doing anything at all. Well, that’s not entirely true. I actually took two weeks off from the gym (eek!) because I was sick as I mentioned.  Now that I am better, I am going to start amping up my race training as August is jam packed with races (gulp)! I even figured out a good running loop by my house that I can easily do.

This past week I started to incorporate more Pilates and Yoga into my schedule. My gym offers both, but I can’t ever make it when they have Yoga. Luckily, there is a Yoga studio by my house and they offered a free class to all new students. I hustled this morning to make it (I am not a morning person at all) and made it just in time.

It was amazing. I knew that my body was kind of tight from all the training and running I do, but I had no idea how bad it was! That was a huge wake up call! The class was small, which provided an intimate feeling. It allowed for one-on-one personal instruction, which I loved. After many back bends and shoulder stands, we said Namaste. I quickly signed up to become a member of the studio and cannot wait for my next class!

After yoga and a quick breakfast with my hubs, I went home and decided to incorporate some more stretching. Fellow blogger Carlyn turned me on to the iPhone app called Nike Training Club.

Nike Training Club Opening Screenshot

As the App Store states

Nike Training Club gives you your own personal trainer, anytime, anywhere. Get lean, toned and strong with more than 85 custom-built workouts. Unlock exclusive extra workouts from celebrities like Lea Michele, professional athletes like Shawn Johnson, and Rihanna’s personal trainer, Ary Nuñez.

Carlyn gave an amazing review and since it was free, I figured I had to try it out for myself. This app by far, is my favorite app ever! It really is like having your own personal trainer at all times. There are a variety of workouts to try at various intensity levels, depending where you are in your fitness life. The workouts are categorized under what goal you have including, “Get Lean,” “Get Toned,” “Get Strong,” and “Get Focused.”  I originally did “Shakedown” under the “Get Lean” category on Friday and boy, did I get a workout. It reminded me of one of my favorite gym instructors/personal trainers at my gym. I also liked that the app encouraged you to keep going and reminded how much time was left in each exercise.

So today, I chose the stretch routine that was demonstrated by Olympic gymnast, Shawn Johnson. Shawn led the fifteen minute stretch sequence which helped me loosen up any other muscles that were still tight after yoga.  I highly encourage you all to download this app. It’s so great. And best of all, it is FREE!!! Woot! This is a great app for those who are time crunched or can’t make it to the gym for other reasons.

In other fitness related news, I bought this awesome FitFluential tank top on ViewSport. I may not be an Ambassador (yet!) but I am an Influencer/Enthusiast. ViewSport makes these awesome shirts/tanks that are sweat activated to reveal a secret message. For the Fitfluential tank, the secret message is #proof, which is one of their hashtags on Twitter.

Fitfluential

 

And in even more exciting news, I am going to be attending a SweatPink bootcamp on August 2nd and August 3rd in Bryant Park. SweatPink founders Jamie and Alyse who will be in town for the BlogHer 2012 Conference. I cannot attend the conference (#sadpanda) unfortunately. But I am very excited to meet the SweatPink founders and other BlogHer conference attendees and other fellow SweatPink Ambassadors!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! This gal’s out!

Hot Summer in the City

23 Jun

Summer solstice is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight. How did you spend your summer solstice? I spent mine practicing yoga in the middle of Time Square.

Athleta and the Times Square Alliance hosted Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga. Attendees were challenged to find tranquility and transcendence in the midst of the world’s most commercial and frenetic place, Times Square. Thousands of yoga enthusiasts came to participate in an all day yoga fest.

Participants received a Solstice gift bag and Athleta provided free Manduka yoga mats to the first 1,500 that arrived to each class. Between classes, there was an Athleta Fashion show and music from Prasanna. Plus, there were lots of free giveaways, raffles and more at the Solstice Yoga Village.

Because of my schedule, I was only able to attend the early morning session, which started at 7:30 A.M. until 8:45 A.M. That meant I was on the train at 5:15 A.M. – I had to make sure that I got there on time because of two things: 1) I was meeting fellow SweatPink ambassador Melissa and 2) I really wanted a yoga mat. My yoga mat was annihilated by my cats who found their ohm by scratching it all up.

Anyway, it turned out that this day marked the beginning of a 3-day heat wave in New York City.  It was already 85 degrees when I got to Times Square (I felt bad for anyone who went later on in the day when the temperatures reached 100 degrees with a real feel of 107 degrees). Melissa and I lucked out and found pretty good spots to get our yoga on. If we came any later, we would not have been so lucky. Melissa is so nice! We instantly clicked and she invited me to come join her on a training run with the running club she is in. She’s also super-bad ass, training for a marathon and is going to become a Yoga instructor.  Rock on Melissa!

Sign in Times Square detailing the days’ events

Another sign spotted on my way to check-in

Times Square at 6:15 AM – normally never this quiet

Solstice Village!

More of Solstice Village!

Mindful awareness relaxation

Melissa and I – Tree Pose for the Win!

After yoga, I had to run off to my internship. I was sad I couldn’t stay and check out the Yoga Village. I did manage to get a free sample of Tribe garlic hummus with some crackers as I ran through to get to the train. One word: YUM!

I really enjoy yoga and wish I had more time in my schedule to fit it in. My life is so hectic and crazy and I would love to be able to practice more mind(ful)-body awareness. I think it would be extremely beneficial to me as a runner and a social worker.  There is a yoga center a few minutes from my home and I think once my summer classes and internship are over, I am going to join.

Tomorrow’s my race at MetLife Stadium (Duane Reade and Walgreen’s: Giants Run of Champions 5K). Wish me luck! In the meantime, Namaste (oh and GO JETS!).