I don’t care if it’s in between holiday concerts, crazy work hours, open houses, or gift shopping. Find something you love to do, and do it! Maybe you grab a spin class or go walking. Maybe you do a few downward dogs before finishing up the errands. Go for a run or do Pilates before taking care of everyone else. Exercising helps to reset the body, burn calories, ease stress, and help you focus. Plus, it’s just fun and pretty darn joyful.And honestly, isn’t that what the holidays are about anyway? Read More
It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is nearly here. It’s a time for celebration, gratitude, family, and for most of us, a little indulgence. It’s also a season where many of us grapple with the mental tug-of-war that is maintaining healthy habits while still enjoying the holiday season. Here are five tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle this season:
Our Soul Series continues, spotlighting some of the vital and influential local voices in our community helping us connect our physical movement with inner strength.
In this post we focus on Jeff Lajoie, a Tier3+ Personal Trainer at Equinox in Boston’s Financial District. We sat down with him to find out more.
For me, learning to let go has been (and continues to be) something I work on. It’s about getting to a new place in how we view situations and people—about coming from a place of love rather than fear, and about the importance of love for oneself and others. It’s so simple, yet so powerful.
Our Fall Soul Series continues, spotlighting some of the vital and influential local voices in our community helping us connect our physical movement with inner strength.
In this post we focus on Eliza Shirazi, a twentysomething self-titled ‘fitness firecracker’ who’s evolving from her love of dance, music, and community into “Kick It”–the kick-butt (literally) classes she teaches at Equinox, The Club by George Foreman III, and pop up events for Move With. We sat down with her to find out more.
Whether you’re headed out of town with family and friends for Labor Day weekend or staying put and relaxing, odds are you’ll be taking advantage of the holiday to kick back and enjoy yourself. So, congrats! You deserve it. At the same time, of course, you want to be good to yourself so you don’t come back to reality (and September is always an especially busy reality, to be sure) next week feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation… just in order to recuperate.
If you treat your body well, feed it nourishing foods, move it consciously, and fuel it with love, you’ll feel and look your best.
That sounds simple, right? But it’s actually fairly complex. As we all know, in the reality of our daily lives, keeping your eyes on that prize can be pretty tricky. This two-part post is dedicated to helping you do that with movements that detox, heal, keep you focused and balanced (both mentally and physically), and with foods that de-bloat and help with digestion.
August is upon us and to many that means taking a summer vacation before we get back to our fall routines. We take care of our bodies all year long, and then vacation comes along, and those efforts often fall to the wayside. The question is: Do they have to? Vacation should be about relaxing, enjoying ourselves, taking a break and also playing. But it’s important to find that balance and go with the flow. Routines are great and healthy, but so is changing it up and remembering that having no rules can be just as important.
Summer’s here and we’re surrounded by fresh fruit and veggies that are in season! BUT… instead you find yourself overindulging in not-so-healthy foods. You’re not alone. Maybe it’s the BBQ, picnics, drinks, or just eating more on vacation. Instead of feeling light, you feel bloated, hung over, and far from your best self. Believe me, we’ve all been there!
There’s no black and white when it comes to our well being. Going to extremes is never good for anyone emotionally or physically. We all know that eating healthy foods (meaning whole, fresh, and not processed) is the way to go, but there are times when we indulge too much and overeat, or just plain make the wrong choices. I’m here to say it is OKAY to do that sometimes. Let go of the guilt; it doesn’t help. The way we live should never be all or nothing. When we fall off the wagon, we just need to get back on track to find the right balance.
So how do we do that? It’s about nourishing your soul.
Every time you’re feeling overheated this summer, remind yourself of this: The teachings of Ayurveda, yoga’s wellness branch, combine the five natural elements (space, air, fire, water, and earth) and put them into play as a way to deal with summer’s heat.
The essential idea of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illnesses by keeping a balance within your mind and your body by staying conscious with the help of good hydration, diet, lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies.
Today we’re welcoming another guest blogger, Gabrielle Rossetti. Gabby received her Yoga Teacher Certification from South Boston Yoga and her Kids’ Yoga Certification from the Open Doors Teacher Training Program. She began sharing yoga with the families she babysat for and quickly fell in love with teaching children. Her classes are playful and relaxing, incorporating fun games, singing, music, and traditional yoga poses. Here, she shares her love and knowledge with all of us, so we can all experience the joy of practicing it with our kids.
Children are natural masters of yoga. They’re flexible, creative, open to trying new things without fear of failing, and they adore movement. They also have a sharp memory and love music. Here are five ways you can start incorporating yoga into your child’s day:
Knowing how many of us are struggling to get ourselves in the right mindset to work out and get fit, I’m happy to welcome guest fitness expert Mike D’Angelo into the fold. Mike is an award-winning personal trainer and a certified expert in sports medicine; he trains some of Boston’s biggest names, and is himself an internationally ranked bodybuilder. One of his biggest specialties, though, is in motivating his clients to work out and feel as healthy as they can. Here’s his third contribution to our site:
My last post was all about motivating yourself to get in great shape, and what we all need to do to keep ourselves focused to do that. But now the question is, once you’ve started to reach your goals, how do you keep yourself focused?
Sunny days and balmy breezes are just around the corner this spring, and before we know it, right behind them will be the gorgeous days of summer. So now is the time to get your body and mind in the right shape to enjoy them!
We at Nourish Your Soul want you to look and feel as healthy and happy as you can at one of the year’s most beautiful times of year, and be the best version of you!
So we’ve launched a month-long mission: Join us all throughout April for our #springfittraining program. Follow along with us as we get you motivated to take care of yourself by working out, eating and drinking things that give you energy and lightness, and thinking the thoughts that keep you smiling, laughing, and feeling proud.
Knowing how many of us are struggling to get ourselves in the right mindset to work out and get fit after a long winter of hibernation, I’m happy to welcome back guest fitness expert Mike D’Angelo. Mike is an award-winning personal trainer and a certified expert in sports medicine; he trains some of Boston’s biggest names, and is himself an internationally ranked bodybuilder. One of his biggest specialties, though, is in motivating his clients to work out and feel as healthy as they can. Here’s is his second contribution to our site:
OK, so in my last post I talked about how it can actually only take half the time to get yourself back to where you were back when you were in shape last time. And really, getting back there is all in your head.
So let’s talk motivation. When someone’s motivated, they’re thinking about a combination of where they want to be and what actions need to be taken right now to make that happen. When you’re able to see which actions it will take and how long it will be to reach your goal, which serves as a catalyst to take action. That is motivation.
Knowing how many of us are struggling to get ourselves in the right mindset to work out and get fit after a long winter of hibernation, I’m happy to welcome guest fitness expert Mike D’Angelo into the fold. Mike is an award-winning personal trainer and a certified expert in sports medicine; he trains some of Boston’s biggest names, and is himself an internationally ranked bodybuilder. One of his biggest specialties, though, is in motivating his clients to work out and feel as healthy as they can. Here’s his first contribution to our site:
It’s tough after so many cold months to get yourself excited to get up and move again, and get back into the shape you want to be in for spring and summer. We’ve all been there! You feel like this hole that you can’t get out of, and that it’s going to be a ton of work to get back to where you once were. But the fact is, if you’ve done it before, you’ve already laid critical groundwork.
This is a great time of year to lighten up, and shed some layers… both emotionally and physically. Consuming spring’s bounty of delicious fruits, vegetables, and legumes will rid the body of toxins, cleanse your organs, and fend off the damaging effects of food additives. It’s also a great time to move your body and breathe. Here’s how: