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

Reebok Women Brings Out a Full Line of Fitness Lifestyle Picks At The Inaugural AXIS SHOW

A GLIMPSE OF REEBOK WOMEN FW 2015

A few weeks back I attended the inaugural AXIS show at Pier 94, a fashion lifestyle trade event created for a new generation of trend-focused young women. I was happy to know that it shared space with Capsule show, and focused in on fitness lifestyle. As I am now totally on my fitness-game, my purpose for AXIS was seeking out brands that seamlessly blended the realms of fitness + fashion.

I came across a lot of emerging brands, but was happy to see fresh offerings from a fitness staple for decades, Reebok Women.

LEGGINGS OFFERINGS

The brand had a HUGE booth in the show, which looked like its own mini-shop. I was greeted by Laura from Reebok upon entering, who really walked me through the entire line of offerings for Fall/Winter 2015. I told her that I am a runner and new to yoga, so I was really interested in the tech components of the clothing (sweat wicking, reflective components) as well as a beautiful aesthetic.

FAVE RUNNING PIECES

The color palette for the later months has a base in black with accents in a fiery red and neon yellow. Above you can see some of my favorites, specifically the running jacket on the far left, and leggings that have reflective elements at the knees, which are perfect for night running.

Definitely looking to add a few pieces to my fitness wardrobe! Are you digging the new collection?

*All Photos by Andrea K. Castillo for A Life In The Day of Andrea

#NYFW Tales: TechStyle NYC Returns To House of Bumble With Fitness, Primping, and Sipping!

NAMASTAY YOGA TOWEL SET-UP

On Monday, February 16th, TechStyle NYC in collaboration with JJI returned to the House of Bumble in NYC’s coveted Meatpacking District. The event serves as an immersive beauty, fashion, tech, and beverage experience for influencers in the midst of Fashion Week. After attending last season, I was really excited to see what was in tow this time around, and impressed, I was.

THE GROUP OF INFLUENCERS FROM THE MORNING FITNESS SESSION

The event opened to the public at noon, but I was chosen to be a part of a morning fitness session for fifteen influencers. Did this invitation feel cool? Yes, especially as I’ve been getting back to my personal fitness, the timing was perfect. We were provided gear from Lysse Activewear, along with a yoga towel from Namastay, boots (for after) from Love Winter, and sweets from Dosha Pops.

LYSSE SPONSORED GIFT BAGS FOR INFLUENCERS

We began with a yoga session led by Dina Ivas of PRIVan on-demand beauty & wellness service. Dina was great at guiding us through poses and keeping us positive if we didn’t make them all. I’m definitely not the strongest in poses, but it was a great way to start the day.

After a short break, we were joined by celebrity trainer Joel Harper (personal trainer to Dr. Oz),  who guided us through an intense 30-minute fitness session. Not gonna lie, I felt the BURN and had to slow down through some reps that focused mainly on the glutes and legs. Upon surviving the session, I made it my job to change clothes and primp.

GETTING MY HAIR DONE AT THE REDDERA STATION

I zoomed over to the Reddera station to sign up to get beautified. The company is an on-demand beauty app, and at the lounge showcased a manicure station, make-up stations, hair styling, and massage. I made sure to take advantage of all these stations, sans nails, as I had gotten mine done a few days prior.

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The Road To Fitness: Why I Started Running Again With Nike + NYC

FIRST ROOKIE RUN, IN THE POURING RAIN AFTER SPRINTS

As we are a little over a month into the new year, many of us had resolutions to lose weight, and get more fit. In late December, I decided to get active again by running, with the persuasion of some of my friends. A runner at heart, I was a member of my high school’s track team (big up Bishop Kearney High School!) and ran all seasons; cross country, indoor, and outdoor. I was more of a sprinter, and laid off cross country my second year, and really loved it! I didn’t run track in college, as I believed I would not be allowed a social life being on the team, and kind of abandoned running for some years.

STRETCHING IT OUT AT NTC YOGA

I decided to run again as I realized it was something I knew best that garnered great results from a fitness standpoint. My intention was never to lose weight, but build muscle tone, and get stronger. I started to run around Prospect Park with friends in late December, and was encouraged to try Nike + NYC Run Club. I’m so happy that I did! The weekly schedule includes runs for different levels, as well at Nike Training Club classes that focus on a gym workout or yoga.

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