When you think of CrossFit, you probably think of big, bulky men screaming, grunting and lifting barbells and dumbbells. I’m willing to bet that a lanky 21 year old girl with negative muscle mass is the image that comes to mind. But that’s exactly what happened at this Friday’s first. I, Hannah Tess, tried my first CrossFit class at ICE NYC on the Upper East Side… and to much surprise I lived to tell the tale.
As much as I was expecting to push my body and my mind, I wasn't expecting how much I would actually learn about the CrossFit process and the huge lifestyle it has become for so many. If you’d like to hear about my experience and all the blood, sweat, and tears that I shed, keep scrolling. Just kidding, I’m not THAT dramatic. But I’m not kidding about the sweat. Like, at all.
Mother, teacher, entrepreneur, novelist, and most notably yoga instructor – Mindy Levine has done it all. With her focus on yoga, she believes that movement is a doorway into the mind and that the science of yoga dives deep into the innermost parts of our beings.
We had the chance to speak with her about her practice and techniques that she exercises not only in her teachings but in her daily life as well. We couldn’t be happier that Mindy will be co-leading our Refresh & Renew Yoga Retreat this September and we are so excited about the ways in which she’ll incorporate her ideology into our activities.
I have bright green eyes, my all-time favorite color is green, and I’d like to think that I’m pretty environmentally friendly. Yet for some reason, I’ve been super reluctant to hop on the green train sweeping the nation that is matcha. For those of you like me who didn’t know what matcha was until literally yesterday, my understanding is that it’s essentially green tea in powder form – weird, right? I’m definitely not a tea drinker, but I was more than fine with trying the next most popular matcha phenomenon… froyo.
If you’re anything like me, your mind is always running a thousand miles a minute and you often find yourself telling your brain to STFU. I mean, I’m lucky if I get a break from myself for just a few minutes every day. So imagine my reaction when I showed up to a meditation studio and was told that for 45 minutes it was just me and my thoughts. And more specifically, me and my thoughts of nothingness. The idea of thinking about nothing for a while actually sounded appealing, at least it would give me a break from everything that usually stresses me out. But actually forcing myself to clear my head and focus on nothing but the rhythms of my breathing seemed even more stressful! How could I possibly do this?!
Do you ever look back on old photos and think to yourself, “Jeez, WHO let me leave the house looking like that?!” Well I’ve got news for you, styles and trends always come full circle, and right now we are in the era of athleisure.
This trend is taking over the globe and all of the biggest stars are rockin’ our old kicks. Major fashion icons from Rihanna to Sofia Richie to the Kardashian-Jenner clan have been switching out their sneaker wedges for actual sneakers, and we are LOVING it.