Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lost in Austin (2)

Lone Star cardio broken down into three distinct categories:

Texas Two-Stepping with a fancy footin' fellow New Yorker to a Conjunto band comprised of spirited octogenarians. This makes for a rather David Lynch-laden scenario: feline, leggy women in black skinny jeans and halters swirling around the dance floor with their mis-matched cowboy compadres while the Polka-pumping accordion of the region's Germanic roots urge each couple onward into a chaotic Tejano waltz.

Back-to-back Pilates equipment classes downtown with the venerable Mandie, where the powerhouse becomes the most important place of worship for your sweaty soul to inhabit. Don't let the machines intimidate you: once you've mastered the "wunda chair's" trapeze-like resistance springs, it might be a good time to submit your resume to Cirque du Soleil.

Contending with I-35 at rush-hour is a challenge for all...and only the strong will survive. I scoffed at the notion of traffic "congestion" before moving here. Make no mistake: MoPac, Lamar, and any vague "Loops" should be avoided between the hours of 5 and 7PM by anyone who doesn't identify as heart healthy. To sit for 60 minutes on a 5-mile stretch of road is no longer a syndrome reserved for LA. Employ ujjayi breath while in these vehicular binds. As a fortune cookie copywriter once wrote, "What is in the way is the way."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lost in Austin (1)

The best thing about Trader Joe's in Austin? There's no "End of Line" sign greeting you at the entrance. The beginning of the line *is* the end of the line--and there is a cashier just waiting for your blessed presence at the quiet register up ahead. Oh, Chelsea chaos, 14th Street NYU overload, and Upper West Side line wrapped tight around the block, how I will miss you. No more shall I shop for baby carrots and coconut water while simultaneously holding my place in line by kicking a basket along the floor to the register like it's the Bataan Death March. 

And Trader Joe's, you are not even the most coveted spot to shop at in this town. Grocery stores like Randall's, HEB, and Fiesta (Robert Plant's fave) are nutritional cathedrals of open, empty aisles lending themselves to Big Sky Country if only that country were indoors. Boca Burgers and hummus--the main staples for veg-friendly girly consumers across this great land--cost less than a large bag of wasabi peas in Manhattan (in Harlem, no less).

For over 14 years in New York, I bought one roll of toilet paper at a time from a neighborhood bodega. And now the possibility of plenty manifests before me in an architectural stack of two-ply. Austin, thank you for your anti-Grsitedes, non-D'Agsotino ways. One day soon, I will actually remember to bring my own reusable tote to the supermarket rather than pay the 25 cents for a plastic bag we all know you look down upon. And when that day comes, I will finally be one with your progressive, recycling ways.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Channel Your Inner Miley

Thank you, Time Out New York, for recently featuring my fun-lovin' yoga twerkout class! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Must Be The Place

There was a time before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I'll be...where I'll be

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Valentine's Day Special
Gift certificates are available: 20% off for a Couples Yoga Session (60 mins, orig $140). Treat your special someone to a sequence that will involve side-by-side poses, shared stretches, and a few cupid-approved tricks!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Twerking: Move Your Asana

Is this now infamous dance move actually rooted in ancient yogic principles? Who knows, but I certainly tried to make a strong case for it in The Daily Mail: click here to read the whole article!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Skipping Breakfast? The Yolk's on You.

Did you know the key to a sumo wrestler's diet is routinely skipping breakfast? That's right--by cutting out the first meal of the day he will experience a significantly slower metabolism while also switching into a fat-storing mode. Assuming you're not on the sumo weight gain plan, it might be time to revisit your own AM eating habits. I personally try to eat within the first hour of waking up (some fluid to cleanse my system and a bit of food for the incinerator). It's rarely anything beyond fruit and yogurt or a vegan muffin, but it's enough to get me going and not feel starved by noon (I'm far more likely to eat a carb-laden lunch if I neglect my stomach all morning).

So honor thy skillet--and while you're at it, check out Beth Goehring's recently published Breakfast. With over 50 recipes ranging from the simple science of a smoothie to the more elaborate art of a breakfast burrito, you'll be inspired. The book is filled with fun little factoids as well as an interesting breakfast breakdown both here in the U.S. and around the mention of the sumo wrestler's morning delight, naturally.   

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What Is Tightrope Walker Nik Wallenda's Secret?

If you happened to catch this stunt on TV, chances are the images of the 34 year-old's high-wire stroll across the Grand Canyon had you squirming in your seat. Check out this segment on Fox 5 News where I give my two cents as a yoga teacher on how the body and mind work together to conquer such a dramatic feat.