Get DATASS To Class! #SweatSessions in the Meatpacking District all Summer ’17!

The Sweat Sessions at 14th Street Park

Summer is quickly approaching, and for most of us, there is still some work we still  want to do with our bodies. Whether it be to drop a few pounds  to fit in that curve-hugging dress for your best friend’s wedding, tightening up your gluten so you look slamming in that teeny bikini, or just getting active to feel better about ourselves, working out gets us there in many ways. For those who live in NYC, we are a little spoiled when it comes to free activities, and the summertime is FULL of free fitness sessions for all.

Back for another go is the Sweat Sessions. Presented by the Meatpacking Business Improvement District in collaboration with the Wellth Collective, the Sweat Sessions holds three 45 minute varied style fitness classes every Tuesday at 6, 7, and 8 PM through August 29th. Classes include yoga, pilates, HIIT, dance-inspired, and bootcamp style workouts from some of the most popular trainers and studios in the city.

Here is a peek of upcoming classes:

5/30

6PM : Uplift Studios

7PM : The Class by Taryn Toomey led by Courtney Deri

8PM : Body by Emily with Emily Samuel of DogPound

Joined by special host @emilia_bechrakis

 

6/6

6PM : Body Space Fitness

7PM : Nike Master Trainer – Benjamin Monk

8PM : ModelFit

 

6/13

6PM : NY Pilates

7PM : Dancebody

8PM : Body Space Fitness

Classes are absolutely FREE, but fill up quick, so be sure to register for sessions ASAP here. Mats will be provided on a first come, first serve basis, and athletic apparel must be worn. See you in class!

 

HUDSON RIVER PARK’S 14TH ST PARK

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Event: Camel Assembly x Overthrow Present #GrabMyGloves, Bringing Awareness To Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Sun. 11/20/16

For a little over a year now, I have been a part of a wonderful women’s collective called Camel Assembly. Spearheaded by my good friend and fellow Sistergoddess, Yelda Ali, we gather for monthly assemblies to exchange ideas, team build, and collaborate for the greater good. This Sunday, November 20th, we are holding a very special assembly paired with an incredibly important social campaign for our fellow women; raising awareness for domestic and sexual abuse.

The #GrabMyGloves campaign is the vision of Sistergoddess Heather Ovieda, whose aim was to use assembly as a means to raise social awareness for a cause too many women unfortunately succumb to at some point in their lives. The women-only event will be held at Overthrow Boxing Club, where attendees/spectators will be able to view select Camels sparring for charity in the ring. Following this will be a panel discussion featuring three of Overthrow’s female trainers Alicia Napoleon, Melissa St. Vil, and Ronica Jeffrey, where they will tell their stories and personal experiences with domestic and/or sexual abuse. I am humbled to be interviewing the fighters and moderating the discussion. It will definitely be a powerful moment where our voices will be heard!

Tickets for the event are $30 a seat, with proceeds going to the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. The main event will be at Overthrow Boxing from 3-5pm. The “afterparty” will be at Gelso & Grand from 5-8pm. Tickets are still available for purchase now. Grab yours here. If you are unable to attend, or are a man (sorry guys!), you can still donate whatever you can to help support the cause. Hoping to see you on Sunday!
Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 3 – 5 PM
9 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

When The Going Gets Tough, You Compete in Your 1st Tough Mudder With Noah Galloway

Team Merrell at Tough Mudder

When the going gets tough, what do you do? Do you rise to the challenge, or whimper at the idea of possible defeat? Depending on your circumstances, the answer to this question can have a myriad of options. A few weeks back when I recounted my mental health journey, I was not having the best time. In that week I was invited to participate in a Tough Mudder competition on a media team sponsored by Merrell and led by Noah Galloway. Galloway, an army veteran that lost his leg and a part of his arm in the line of duty, is the Tough Mudder ambassador and recently released a book on his journey entitled Living With No Excuses.

Since I was feeling a bit down, I stared at the email for a very long time before I responded because the idea of competing in a mud run scared me. At the time I had not worked out in month, and I was scared that I would hurt myself as I was not in the best shape. After speaking with reps via email, I decided to do it as a voice inside me told me to do something that scares you. I psyched myself for the remainder of the week and was ready to go bright and early that Saturday morning.


Eggs Benny from Jack’s Wife Freda. Photo: Andrea K. Castillo

We started our day with a lovely breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda in the West Village. The super cozy all-day American-Meditteranean bistro has a plethora of delectable (and healthy) breakfast options. After much back and forth, I decided on the Eggs Benny which was two poached eggs on a potato latke, served with smoked salmon and beet hollandaise, paired with a latte to sip on. As we finished up eating, reps from Merrell began to distribute our gear for the mud run and post-activities. It included the following items:

Once we were geared up, it was off to the sprinter van with our team to head to Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, the site of this year’s Tough Mudder Tri-State and Tough Mudder Half Events. Our team competed in the Tough Mudder Half; a 5 mile course containing 13 military-style obstacles. What is unique about Tough Mudder and other similar events is that it is not an individual race, but based on teamwork. With that in mind, my anxiety lessened a bit on our way to the course, and once I saw it, I felt much better about my decision.

Climbing the Pyramid Scheme

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Transparency On This #WorldMentalHealthDay

My happy place, Belize

What do you do when you don’t know how to ask for help? From a young age I learned how to help myself in many ways as I did not want to bother others, or would lose patience in waiting too long for help. Being able to help myself made me feel very independent; I learned how to assemble furniture on my own as a preteen, and could always conjure up a meal or snack in the kitchen with limited ingredients. This will to “make it happen” on my own terms is why I started A Life In The Day of Andrea five years ago; I wanted to have my own online destination where you could learn something new, view beautiful photos, and feel like you were present for all the experiences I have documented thus far. At the age of 30, I have come to the conclusion that this ability to help myself is a huge issue I deal with, and it has been quite detrimental in many facets of my life, the largest one being my own mental health.

In the past, I have written tidbits of my struggles with depression from dealing with the deaths of many family members and friends in four short years, and how stuck I have felt from losing jobs over and over again. I have had many temporary highs in that time, whether it be working with a respected publication, partnering with brands, traveling to a new city, and meeting awesome people, but behind my smiles and pristine photos, the high would end as soon as I got home. To attain more highs, I would keep myself busy, go on as many coffee dates, making sure to attend as many events and partaking in the open bar so I could temporarily escape from my existence of being unhappy. I can’t really pinpoint where this feeling of unhappiness and feeling of ongoing depression began, but as of late, I have really hit a wall. I like to think of myself as a natural born leader who has a strong vision for what she wants in her life, but I often fall short as my thoughts of self-doubt, riddled with anxiety hold me back. It is hard to really explain where it comes from, but it has been pretty consistent for years now.

In recent weeks, the combination of my depression (caused by lack of opportunities, and recent birthdays of the deceased) and anxiety have had me locked up in my bedroom for days. My sleeping habits changed, going to bed after 3 AM and awaking in the early afternoon. I have avoided meeting groups of friends as I did not want to answer the question, “so what are you up to?” In my avoidance, I have developed a feeling of guilt as I believe I have disappointed people. The idea of disappointing people is often worse than actually disappointing people. A few days ago while trying to draft a post here, it happened; I had a pretty awful anxiety attack that felt like my chest, specifically over my heart, was caving in. I cried for hours alone, drank water, and took pain meds to ease the pain that I had caused myself. I texted friends and family as a cry for help, and they listened, but what I really needed was a real life human in the same room as me, to listen and help me with what I was/am going through.

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Free Fitness in NYC: Bryant Park Yoga Summer 2016 Season, Presented by Athleta & Yoga Journal

There is never an excuse to be out of shape whilst living in NYC during the summertime as there are a plethora of free or low cost fitness classes or sessions throughout the season. Returning for its 13th season is the ever popular, Bryant Park Yoga. The flagship series presented by Athleta and taught by Yoga Journal instructors, holds free yoga sessions on the lawn on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, now fully in session!

There are great perks for frequent yogis. When you attend your first session, you receive a Frequent Yogi Card, which is used as a loyalty card of sorts to make tabs of every session you attend. Guests who attend 6, 12, 24, or 36 times receive exclusive coupons and discounts from both Athleta and Yoga Journal.

Check out the full summer schedule on Eventbrite, and I hope to see you on the mat!

 

*Photo courtesy of Bryant Park

Wanderlust Presents Yoga + Meditation Series with Samsung 837 NYC

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and many of you may have plans to kick the summer season off right. Whether it be with a huge barbecue, beach party, or trip locally or abroad, the season can be quite busy to say the least. What do you do when you want to keep it chill, unwind, and do something for both your body and your spirit? We have got the thing.

The lovely folks at Wanderlust have teamed up with Samsung 837 in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District for a spring/summer Yoga + Meditation series. Beginning on Sunday, May 22nd, the sessions will be split as follows; rooftop yoga on Sunday mornings and guided meditation on Monday evenings. The best part about it all, aside from taking the time out for yourself and feeling refreshed after, is that all sessions are FREE!

Check out the line-up so far below, complete with instructor names, dates, and the sign up link. Hope to see you there!

 

SUNDAY SESSIONS YOGA

AARONA GANESAN + DJ TASHA BLANK
Sunday, May 22 • 11 AM
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MONDAY MEDITATION

HUNTER CRESSMAN
Monday, May 23 • 7 PM
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SUNDAY SESSIONS YOGA

KEVIN COURTNEY + DJ AMBER RYAN
Sunday, May 29 • 11 AM
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MONDAY MEDITATION

KATHY CHERRY
Monday, May 30 • 7 PM
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SUNDAY SESSIONS YOGA

DANA FLYNN + DJ MATTHIAS HEILBRONN
Sunday, June 5 • 11 AM
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SUNDAY SESSIONS YOGA

ELENA BROWER
Sunday, June 12 • 11 AM
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Samsung 837

837 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014

Free Fitness in NYC: Meatpacking Sweat Sessions, May Schedule, Presented by Wellthily

So you want to be summertime fine, but you’re low on dimes? The approaching summer season is the best time to experience free fitness classes in NYC, both in studio, and al fresco. Manhattan’s Meatpacking District has teamed up with wellness-driven design firm Wellthily to offer a full series of gratis fitness classes called Sweat Sessions, at Hudson River Park’s 14th St. Park.

Taking place on Tuesday nights between May 10 – August 30th, there are three 45 minute sessions that you are able to take part in, from some of the city’s most popular studios, trainers, and gyms. The May sessions are now live, which you can check out below.

Tuesday, May 10th
6PM: Cyc off the Bike – Interval Hour
7PM: Lululemon Yoga
8PM: Barre by Exhale Spa

Tuesday, May 17th
6PM: Dancebody
7PM: Bari
8PM: ACCESS by Rebecca Kennedy

Tuesday, May 31st
6PM: Barre at the Park
7PM: Lululemon Yoga
8PM: Asics

So, you wanna get fit with the crew? Be sure to sign up on the Sweat Sessions Splashthat page, and keep your eyes peeled for the June schedule.

Goodness Knows Snack Squares Launches In NYC w/ Goodness Market, Hosted by Whitney Port

Goodness Knows spokesperson, Whitney Port, greeting guests

When you think of the word “goodness”, what are the first things that come to mind? Do you think of doing good on to others? Eating good? Feeling good? Or is a combination of all of the above? The folks at Goodness Knows used this concept to create a one of a kind Goodness Market in late October for New York City lifestyle writers and editors, to introduce their snack squares to the market.

Gabby Bernstein chatting with guests

Hosted by fashion designer Whitney Portthe space was segmented into four main kiosk sections: Good Vibes, Good Strength, Good Food, and Good Work, where attendees could “shop” with their provided tote bag. The Good Vibes kiosk, hosted by lifestyle guru Gabby Bernstein, was a space to tune into positive actions and mindfulness. We were able to shop for a candle, essential oils to unwind, a journal, and box to rid away all of our negative thoughts.

Testing out resistance bands with Adam

At Good Strength, fitness & nutrition coach Adam Rosante gave us a great pep talk on strength and how we can maximize it in our everyday lives. Whether it be something as small as using a resistance band at your desk to improve posture, or lifting weights to build overall core strength, Adam had awesome advice and demos, as you can see in the photo above. We were able to walk away with our own resistance band, jump rope, yoga tune up balls (massage balls similar to a tennis ball), and a gift card to DonorsChoose.org, where you are able to choose a charitable cause to donate your gift to.

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Lookbook: Let’s Get Active! Summer Fitness Looks For Yoga, Running, & More

I call this the, “Who dat?” look, Sunglasses by CRAP Eyewear

We are in the midst of summer, and you know what that means? Time to show some skin! You’ve probably been in the gym all winter and spring working on your summer body, but it’s not time to stop now. You’ve got to keep up that sexy body with summertime fitness in the best apparel that is both functional yet funky enough to wear post workout.

I teamed up with my buddy Kermit Mercado to collaborate on a fitness-inspired photo spread, highlighting looks for dance-inspired workouts, running, yoga, and more. Get into it.

Meet me on the dance floor!

If you love to dance like me, it is imperative to seek out dance classes and dance inspired workouts from time to time. This mesh back sports bra by Wear It To Heart in the cool Desert Magic print has great coverage with inner-shelf bra with pads to remain shape and modesty.

Mesh detail with matching leggings

Paired with leggings, this look can go from the studio to the street with ease. The higher neckline of the bra with mesh detail on the back is a stunner.

Keep that hair back!

To keep my curls out of my face while I dance up a storm, I enjoy invisibobble traceless hair ties. They don’t mark my curls, and can be used for countless hairstyles.

Downward Dog vibes

This sports bra and shorts pairing from Wear It To Heart is perfect for beach yoga or hot yoga. The fabrication wicks sweat and has a soft feel, whilst maintaining its shape, and staying in place while you move.

It is super important to remain hydrated, more so when working out in the hot summer months. I’m loving 1907 Alkaline water from New Zealand. It’s super light and fresh taste is perfect for my workouts, in a 1 liter size that gives me all the hydration I need.

Crow Pose in action

I really dig YogaSmoga apparel for my indoor yoga workouts as they are made of top notch fabrics with slight compression that keep everything in place. The Imagine Tank has an inner-shelf bra that is perfect for me as I have a smaller bust, and the Momentum Crop legging is super chic, and keeps the booty in place in more demanding poses.

Next level Chair Pose

For example, in this elevated Chair Pose, my leggings did not slide or sag, maintaining proper coverage. This image is actually the first time I was able to do a Chair Pose of this variation, and the prior photo is the first time I was able to do a Crow Pose. I’m getting there!

Knee hugs to prep for a run

Another thing that I really dig about YogaSmoga is that their apparel works seamlessly from my yoga workouts to a run. Wearing the same leggings, I ditch the tank for the Sneak n Peek sports bra with amazing compression to get in my miles.

Warrior III pose, great post run stretch

I usually end my runs with a bunch of stretches borrowed from yoga. My boobies stay in place in this look while I balance on one foot for this Warrior III pose, also called the “Superman Pose”.

Would you wear any of these looks for your next workout? Let a playa know! All links are throughout the story, so happy shopping to you!

*All photos by Kermit Mercado

WOMANday Exclusive: Nike Master Trainer Traci Copeland Chats Fitness, Training Tips for Runners, & More!

TRACI COPELAND TEACHING

You are a self-professed “yoga-athlete”. Can you tell us a bit about your ​fitness background​?

I was a competitive gymnast for thirteen years- competing in bars, beam, floor, and vault. I also ran track in high school and college- competing in 200m, triple jump, long jump, and high jump. Our high school girls team (me and two other girls) were the first team to ever win a state title. And we did it two years in a row! In college, my first year at Georgetown, we were Big East Champions.

​I first met you in one of my Nike Training Club yoga sessions, as our instructor. What brought you to Nike?

Who wouldn’t want to work for Nike right ? I found out they were auditioning trainers three years ago, so I auditioned. It’s sort of been my dream job ever since. I’m very lucky in terms of the types of projects I get to work on, the athletes I get to work with, and being able to travel the world!

​Spring is here, and marathon season has begun. Do you have any training tips for runners​, both novices and those that are more advanced​?

For novice runners, hold on to what got you motivated to run in the first place. There is nothing more exciting than falling in love with running for the first. Approach without any expectation. Run to finish the race and that’s it. And for more advanced runners, it’s important for them to just be humble. Less expectation and emphasis on times but rather enjoy the race and naturally you’ll run faster.

TRACI’S WORKOUT IN THE NIKE TRAINING CLUB APP

​Where can people take class with you, and what can we expect from you in the coming months?

They can find me at Nike’s Upper East Side Running store every Thursday at 7 AM, and Broadway Dance Center Yoga 9:30-10:30 AM.


It was a pleasure chatting with (as well as taking class with) Traci. Be sure to follow her adventures with Nike on Instagram at @traco4. Maybe she will be in your city soon!

Free In NYC: Bryant Park Kicks Off FREE Summer Event Series Including Dance, Yoga, Film & Live Music!

Each summer, one of my favorite places in New York City, Bryant Park, holds  a comprehensive arts & culture event series. The season kicks off tonight with a waltz ball, in addition to dance, music, yoga, and the HBO Summer Film Series programming continuing throughout the course of the summer. I’ve included the FULL calendar of the series beneath the appropriate photo. All of these events are absolutely FREE, so feel free to bring a friend, family member, partner, or future lover. 🙂

Dance, Courtesy of Bryant Park Corporation

Dance lessons will be held from 6–7pm, followed by dancing to live music:

Opening Night Waltz Ball, Wednesday, May 6:

–  6–7pm: Dance lessons by Randy Dias and Alexandra Lyubchevskaya

–  7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Lester Lanin Orchestra, which has played for audiences around the world for 50 years—most notably at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Cuban Salsa, Wednesday, May 13:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Yesenia Selier and Hunter Houde

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live Cuban music by Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros

Swing and Lindy Hop, Wednesday, May 20:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Evita Arce and Michael Jagger

–  7–8:30pm: Dancing and live swing music by George Gee Swing

Orchestra

Samba e Mais, Wednesday, May 27:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Marizete Browne and Daniele Andrade

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Mistura Perfeita Band, which will play traditional and contemporary Brazilian samba and bossanova

Tango, Wednesday, June 3:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Mariana Parma and Hernan Brizuela

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by The NY Tango Quartet, which will perform classics and improvisations

Bachata, Wednesday, June 10:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Alejandro Bouza and Talia Castro-Pozo

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Bachata Heightz, an original pioneer of urban bachata

West Coast Swing, Wednesday, June 17:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Marlon Mills and Chrissy Bridgeman

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Rakiem Walker Project, a seven-piece band featuring soul, funk, R&B, gospel and blues

Latin Dancing Festival, Wednesday, June 24:

– 5–6:30pm: Latin jazz dance lessons by Sekou McMiller and a live performance by Grammy award-wining bassist John Benitez

– 6:30–7:15pm: Mambo dance lessons by Frank Muhel and Ericka Fignole

– 7:15–8:15pm: Dancing and live music by 50’s and 60’s era mambo band, Palladium All Stars

– 8:15–9pm: Salsa dance lessons by Talia Castro-Pozo and a special guest

– 9–10pm: Dancing and live music by salsa dura band Avenida B

ADMISSION: Free
WHERE: Fountain Terrace at Bryant Park, which is between 40th and 42nd Streets on the Sixth Avenue side of the park.

Yoga, Courtesy of Bryant Park Corporation

  • Bryant Park Yoga, starting on Tuesday, May 19 at 10am: This flagship series— presented by Athleta with support from Yoga Journal and Flavorpill—will be returning for its 12th season. (Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm through September 24.)

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Earth Day Is Around The Corner and EDEN Juice Is Here To Shake Things Up In The Juice World! + Giveaway

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

Meet Eden. They’re a new environmentally friendly company that makes fresh, cold-pressed juices from imperfectly shaped fruits and vegetables. Why imperfect fruits and vegetables? Because despite how they look, they provide the same exact health benefits as perfectly shaped fruit.

Eden’s core belief is that diversity and imperfections are not flaws to be corrected but traits to be celebrated. And they use their line of juices to fight aspects of our culture that threaten diversity, conservation, and overall health:

 

Superficial Mindset

Photoshop gives us flawless skin, perfect tans, and the ideal physique, but it also erases everything that makes us unique. Now more and more people think these digitally altered images are the norm and are determined to attain these unrealistic standards no matter what the cost.

 

Food Waste

In the U.S., we throw away close to 40% of the food we grow. In many cases, it’s not because the food has gone bad, but because the produce doesn’t meet our cosmetic standards. We waste food because it doesn’t look good and ignore the most important part—the health benefits.

 

Access to Clean, Healthy Food

While we throw away our food, over 15 million American kids go hungry every day and don’t have access to nutritious food.1 The worst part is that nutritious food is available; it’s just ending up in landfills instead of in the hands of those who need it.

 

Overfed and Undernourished

1. More than 2 in 3 adults are considered overweight or obese,

2.  and more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

3. And fewer than 35% of Americans are eating the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetable.

4. So those in the U.S. who aren’t going hungry are overfed and undernourished.

While these problems can’t be solved overnight, Eden hopes to get one step closer with their line of fresh, cold-pressed juices. They’ll help limit the amount of food wasted in the U.S. by using produce that consumers and retailers usually throw away for cosmetic reasons. They’ll also make nutrient-rich food more accessible to those who struggle to get nutritious foods and those who want a simple way to improve their diets.

 

You can be a part of the movement! Join Eden’s Kickstarter campaign by going to drinkeden.com. Drink Eden. Naturally different.

 

As a special incentive, Eden is giving away three $150 Visa Gift Cards! Enter the contest here. Good luck to you!

 

Sources

  1. http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/child-hunger/child-hunger-fact-sheet.html?gclid=CKmb4Y734sMCFUwV7AodyT8A_A

 

  1. http://win.niddk.nih.gov/statistics/

 

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

 

  1. http://www.healthaliciousness.com/blog/US-fruit-vegetable-consumption-trends.php

 

* I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. 

Live In NYC & Want To Get Fit On The Cheap? Check Out Reebok Fit Hub!

A VIEW INSIDE OF THE REEBOK FIT HUB AT UNION SQUARE

Let’s talk about fitness, k? As I’ve been on my new fitness path, training for a race in June, and just in the mindset to generally get into excellent shape, I am always looking for new fitness experience. As I am on a tight budget, I specifically look for low-cost or complimentary classes throughout Brooklyn & Manhattan specifically to mix of my routine.

In my quest, I search Google about once a week for “free fitness classes in NYC”, and I came across the Reebok Fit Hub. Reebok as a brand has different “Fit Hubs” throughout the country, three of which are in Manhattan (Union Square, Fifth Avenue, and Upper East Side, respectively). The Fit Hubs host series of classes from master trainers/Reebok ambassadors in various disciplines including dance fitness, yoga, and strength-training.

So far I have attended one of their dance fitness classes at their Union Square Fit Hub with a few girlfriends, and had a great time! All classes are for all-levels and offer shopping discounts of 15% items in-store, as well as light refreshments.

Now you ask, “How do I sign up for that thang Dre?”, and I would respond, Follow this link to their Eventbrite page to register for upcoming classes.” Cool? Let’s get active!

 

*Photo courtesy of Reebok Fit Hub

WOMANday: ‘So…What Are You Training For?’ An Explanation In Words About My Road to Nike Women’s 15 K Toronto

Stretching out my arms at NTC Gym

A little over a month ago, I shared a story with you all regarding getting back into running, and creating a fitness regimen for myself via complimentary weekly classes offered by Nike + NYC. Now, finishing out my third month of training and running with Nike +, I am seeing results and building up stamina, attending up to five sessions a week.

Instructor Traci Copeland helping me with my Triangle Pose

I like to cross train, meaning I like to vary my activity from day to day as to not overwork muscles, or worse, injure myself. Monday nights I attend NTC Gym which is a power-packed gym class utilizing one’s own body weight. Tuesday evenings are for Speed Run (if I can get in) at Mile High Run Club, a treadmill class of varying intervals to build speed and strength. Thursday mornings I attend NTC Studio yoga to focus on stretching, balance, and building my core. Weekends are usually light, but every now and then, I will attend the H.I.T. & Run on Sunday, which is a mix of high intensity training and running drills.

My confirmation for the race!

When I first began, and even still now, many people close to me would ask, “So…what are you training for?”. Being the smartass that I am, I would usually respond “For life”, mainly because there was no specific event that I was training for. I wanted to be physically stronger, and had a goal of running at least one race by summertime. As of this month, I am closer to that goal as I am officially registered to run the Nike Women’s 15 K in Toronto!

Team work

Being a part of Nike + NYC granted me a guaranteed spot in the race which will be held on June 14, 2015. I’m really focusing on becoming a stronger and faster runner, with the help of my coaches and friends who will be running with me come June. I’m really excited for this journey, and so happy to be visiting Toronto to catch up with some of my favorite people.

This is just the beginning.

 

*Photos courtesy of Nike + NYC

Event: ‘Self-Care Sundays’ Begin This Weekend at MoCADA in Brooklyn

Located in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is one of my favorite cultural destinations. I believe it is one of the institutions that best represents my experience as young Caribbean-American creative in Brooklyn. Their exhibitions always push culture forward, and have open dialogue for those of the diaspora and beyond.

As part of their mission to push culture forward, they launch ‘Self-Care Sundays’ this Sunday, March 22nd, as an initiative to provide affordable access to healing modalities that promote shaping a more balanced lifestyle, for communities of color. A great way to unwind, and start your week on the right note! Details below.

Sunday, March 22 | 10:45AM – 3PM
MoCADA (80 Hanson Place)
PURCHASE TICKETS (space is limited)

10:45AM: Open Flow Yoga | $15 and $8 for Friends for MoCADA
12PM: Meditation | $15 and $8 for Friends for MoCADA
12 – 3PM: Sliding Scale Holistic Wellness Services and Workshops in partnership with Harriet’s Apothecary.

*Photo courtesy of MoCADA