Summer is in full swing! The days are longer and there's an abundance of sunshine, which makes the perfect recipe for summer adventures. Whether you're lounging in the sand, hiking some trails or just taking a walk on your lunch break, make sure you're setting yourself up for success in the snack department. After all, we work hard for our summer bodies! These five vegan-friendly snacks have been our go-tos.
I recently had the opportunity to hear spiritual teacher, Marianne Williamson speak at the Marble Collegiate Church in NYC and have to tell you, it was the most powerful lecture I've ever heard. As a follower and fan of hers (her book A Return to Love changed my life) I couldn't wait to see her live. Her teachings inspire many in hopes that those listening will begin to make a shift in order to create a ripple effect in the world. Here's the scoop. It's important.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I partnered with The Bar Method in Hoboken to bring you unique barre-inspired fitness tips each month. First up, let's talk about our core. Back in the day, I used to crunch every chance I got in hopes of toning my abs, but it wasn't until I discovered barre workouts, that I understood the true secret – it's all about your exhale. Game changing. Here's the deal..
Pair this with gluten free bread and it's a dream appetizer for us. Full of vegetables and flavor, this white bean hummus and mushroom bruschetta is easy to make and a healthy appetizer for any summer bar-b-ques.
The beauty industry tends to define beauty as ‘confidence’ and through advertising and the media, explains how by using the right products and learning a few tricks of the trade, confidence can be easily enhanced. Yes, that’s true, having my brows shaped to properly frame my face, having silky smooth skin and rocking a nearly flawless self tan all definitely make me feel more confident and therefore, more beautiful, but I’ve recently come to find that beauty is so much more than just that. This new understanding through self discovery changed not only my career path, but also my entire perspective on life and in this moment, I couldn’t be more fulfilled or grateful. Read about my transformation and new definition of beauty here.
One of my very good friends and colleagues, Emily, experienced an interaction with two homeless people last fall that was incredibly touching. In NYC, we walk past the homeless time and time again and for some, they become invisible. Let's remember that they too, are people who are capable of love and need compassion. Next time you encounter a homeless person, acknowledge them when they speak to you. Even if you don't have a dollar to give them, let them know. Trust me, they appreciate just a simple answer. This story will touch your heart.
I just left yoga class and was super inspired by something my teacher, Julie Pasqual, said so I felt the need to share it. Her theme throughout class came from this saying, "When you complain, you're signing a contract for sadness." Wow. The reminder that we can control our level of happiness hit me hard.
Piná Coladas are a summertime fan favorite and we've found an even better and healthier way to enjoy them. Condensing what would normally be a 425 calorie drink down to just 115 calories by the substitution of coconut water. And we think they taste even better this way! Here's the how-to:
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I'm fitness obsessed. Working out, whether I'm in a yoga or barre class, is a form of meditation to me. When the Bar Method opened in Hoboken two years ago, I found myself immediately addicted and began attending classes four to five times per week. As someone who, loves to focus on technique, the isolated movements work for my mind and body. Bar Method is always my answer when people ask me why my arms are so toned. Fast forward to today, and I'm proud to announce that I'll be partnering with the Bar Method Hoboken to bring you barre inspired, monthly fitness tips.
I don't typically cover brand campaigns on my site, but Philosophy's latest spoke to me in a way that made it seem natural. Their new campaign, 'How are you, REALLY' focuses on the honest state of our mental health. How many times do you answer "How are you?" with "fine" or "great?" I'm guilty of it all the time, because that's the expected answer. No one asks to create an honest conversation. In honor of Mental Health Month and with the help of Philosophy, that's all changing.
I've been volunteering at the Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City as of late and absolutely love the animals. true love and care are given to the animals and tons of the hard work goes into getting each and everyone of them adopted. Adoption success stories make my day and this week, I'm proud to share this story from my friend, Alexis Farah of RandomActsofLipstick.com, who has opened her LA home to fostering dogs. I couldn't be more proud of her!
Since receiving my health coaching certification, friends and family are constantly asking me about healthy breakfast ideas. It seems all anyone eats are eggs! If you follow me on Insta, you already know that I love making bowls and smoothies that are full of nothing but nutrition. Here are five well-balanced breakfast ideas (including my yogurt bowl and chocolate, banana smoothie) to begin incorporating into your mornings.
This week in Miami, Joe and I were able to enjoy the Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau for a few hours. Typically, when we get spa treatments on vacation, we always opt for deep tissue couples massages. This time however, something else caught my eye on the spa menu and I'm glad I tried it. After all, it is part of my job! With an open mind and spiritual interest, I tried an Ayurvedic massage called Abhyanga, which is an ancient Indian massage therapy that uses a combination of oils according to your Dosha type in order to unblock your chakras and relieve stress. Dosha? Chakras? Allow me to explain. Here's everything you should know before trying an Ayurvedic massage.
Last week I was in LA for work and a little play and couldn't have felt more alive. I just love it out there. I was so happy about the gig I was working on, so happy to take a break with Joe and so incredibly happy to be in the sunshine. And now, back to the grind in NYC. Reality sets in. I once read that there's a formula to our happiness by Deepak Chopra, MD. Here's how it works.
One of my favorite parts of teaching yoga is that I can cater the playlists to each class. My favorite type of music to play and choreograph to is by far rock and roll. I get just as high from opening a flow to John Mayer's cover of Free Falling as I do when inviting my students to join me in a closing OM at the end of Dave Matthews' Crash Into Me. Chills. However, Pearl Jam's Release and Just Breathe take the cake. Here are some of my favorite playlists to teach and practice to.
Teaching people how to navigate the grocery store in order to eat their healthiest is one of the most rewarding parts of being a health coach. Once you show someone once, they'll never look at the food store the same again. In honor of National Nutrition Month, here are 5 simple tips for success at the grocery store.
In need of a re-energizing, midday snack or a morning pick me up? You're going to want to try these bite sized protein balls. Delicious, healthy and great for on-the-go!
There's nothing more heart warming than receiving emails from you guys about random acts of kindness. This story proves that even the smallest, selfless acts make a huge difference. If we all act out of kindness always, we can contribute to making the world a better place.
I'm excited to announce that I partnered with natural beauty brands Jason, Alba Botanica and Avalon Organics to teach a free yoga class at a their event in NYC tomorrow night and you're invited. In collaboration with Care.org, the brands are celebrating women's empowerment in order to raise awareness and funds for their work in supporting Qach'Umilal Girls' Education and Leadership Project, which helps to give indigenous Guatemalan girls access to education. Read on for details.
I'm such a creature of habit, especially when it comes to my workouts. When it began to feel like ground hog day, I knew it was time to shake things up and challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone. Not only has it been invigorating, but my body has been responding differently to the exercises (something I def needed) and I feel inspired.
Here in NYC, we don't exactly have "margarita weather" today, but the sun is shining somewhere, so to celebrate National Margarita Day, here's my favorite recipe. And yes, of course it's healthy! Haven't you ever heard of the tequila diet?
Quick, flavorful and super healthy. This chili is our spin on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's delectable recipe and perfect for cold winter nights.
Now, being that I only have about 13K Instagram followers, I'm not one to give advice on how to grow your audience. However, I will tell you that ever since I started strategically using the platform about a month ago (I know, it's about time), I've noticed a spike in my following and engagement so I thought I'd share a few tricks with you.
It's been a year since I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training at YogaWorks and I am still so grateful that I had the opportunity to take it on. It was by far, the best personal growth opportunity I've ever had. I've never been stronger than I am today and have never felt more comfortable in my own skin. Besides teaching, my practice has drastically changed. Here's how:
I'm so excited to be hosting a yoga class for the Liberty Humane Society next weekend! The animal shelter is located in Jersey City, NJ and is where we recently adopted Leo. While this photo shoot wasn't very fun (it was war), I promise my class will be! The playlist will be rock and roll themed and 100% of the proceeds will be donated. Read on for details.
I had the honor to attend Well + Good's wellness trend event at The Redbury in NYC a few weeks ago. There, a panel of very well respected experts dished about what to expect for 2017. Out of all of the 12 trends, a few really stood out to me. One they called, "Nesting at home is the new going out," which actually makes me (and probably a lot of you) a trendsetter.
Looking for a simple, yet deliciously warming recipe? Look no further than Dr. Frank Lipman's butternut squash and root veggie soup.
I'm excited to begin the new year with a story about my grandmother. Of course I'm partial in saying that's she's one of the kindest, most thoughtful women you'd ever meet, but she really is. I'm sure after hearing this Soul Candy story you'd agree.
This year, I'm adding a new series to the blog, a book club! I have a book shelf near my desk where I keep the most inspiring books that I've read to help cultivate creative energy in my office. One of my resolutions for this year is to spend more time reading (I'm truly a book nerd when I allow myself the time to get lost.) and will be sharing my favorites with you.
Since the beginning of December, my inbox has been flooded with pitches titled, "New Year, New You," which I've written a thousand times myself, but these stories tend to point us toward products for makeovers and weight loss tips in order to find fulfillment and happiness. The turn of the year however, isn't about finding happiness through fleeting vices. Instead, it's a reminder to reflect on your lifestyle and set intentions to make necessary changes in order to live more beautifully. So welcome, "New Year, Rejuvenated You," because you're already awesome.