Yoga Reaches Out

I’ve recently made a big change in my life. Two months ago I gave up meat (except fish), all dairy and have been leading a plant-based diet filled with greens, legumes, smoothies, green juices and some fish here and there. Why you ask? Well, that’s for another post, but in this post, I wanted to talk about doing things to remain balanced.

If you’re familiar with my blog then you know I have an awesomely inspiring series called, A Balanced Life, where I interview BOSS women who juggle so many different roles in life, all the while keeping balanced (whatever that may look like to them). Eventually, I want to interview myself and talk about how I lead a balanced life, but until then I’m going to keep seeking activities, events and people who contribute to this goal. One way that attributes to my balance is exercise. I’ve been going to the gym pretty frequently and have even gone to a few classes at different studios. When you feel good then you’re able to do good and be good to others.

The last week in April I plan to go to a different work out class every single day. On April 30th, I will be attending Yoga Reaches Out with some great people for an amazing cause. Taking place at Gillette Stadium, Yoga Reaches Out is an organization that raises funds for organizations that impact the health, education and well-being of children. The event will be from 9am to 5pm at the Empower Field House at Gillette.

There is no better way to spend a Saturday than surrounded by beautiful souls for a beautiful cause. I hope to see you all there! Learn more about how you can donate and/or attend by clicking here!

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A Balanced Life: Sara DiVello

As a verb, balance is defined as: “to keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. As a noun, balance is defined as: “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” When it comes to my new series “A Balanced Life” I have chosen a few lovely ladies to feature that I believe embody what it means to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. These women inspire me to keep buying organically (even if it is more expensive and some people just don’t get it), to keep working out (even if it is the first time in my life I am getting fit in a healthy way) and to keep up the positive attitude and energy.

A highly sought after yoga teacher, an Athleta Ambassador and a best-selling author (Where the OM am I?), Sara DiVello is the epitome of a balanced life. Appearing in multiple publications and tv networks (CBS and the Huffington Post Live, as well as in Forbes, The New York Times, ABC, CNBC, The Washington Post), and contributing articles to health minded websites (The Good Life Magazine, MindBodyGreen), Sara DiVello is what I consider a health and wellness guru. She will also be at this year’s Day of WELLness! Grab your tickets before they sell out!

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Sweet Eats: Have you heard?! | Life Basics Organics

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(photo via Life Basics Organics)

98% of the time you can find me drinking water. I do not drink soda, or juice etc, unless I have a rare mixed drink. The only other beverage I consume is red (and sometimes white) wine. Although I love drinking water as it is refreshing and great for my body and skin, sometimes I want to drink something else!

Life Basics Organics is a new organic tea company which was founded by Indra Chatterjee and Sushma Chatterjee after Indra’s mother died of cancer. They wanted to provide others, and themselves, with the necessary tools to live an organically healthy lifestyle, free of processed products or harmful chemicals. A bee friendly product, Life Basics Organics is a delicious tea line which motivates their users to want to lead a wholesome and healthy lifestyle.

We combine the wisdom of food traditions with modern day knowledge to make products that uplift the wellness and consciousness of humanity. -Life Basics Organics

Honey Bees are essential to producing the world’s food supply, so we go beyond Organic and Non-GMO, sourcing our product ingredients from pristine farms that are totally chemical free. #BeeFriendly- Life Basics Organics

I was lucky enough to be asked to try out some of their new teas:

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 Currently, the folks at Life Basics Organics are looking to grow and spread their message and delicious teas with even more people!

That’s where you come in!

Please visit their Youtube page and watch their video where you can learn even more about this amazing company and the awesome people behind it. After that, please visit their indiegogo page where you can learn more on how you can contribute and help this company go global! When you make a donation (depending on the amount) you will receive a thank you gift! Check it out.

I wouldn’t recommend something if I didn’t think it was worth it, so definitely check out the links above, and if you want to try it our for yourself, here are a few places where you can purchase a bottle (or 6!).

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(photo via Life Organics Basics)

Question of the Day: What is your favorite tea flavor to drink?

Leave a comment below!

xoxo

*This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own

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SweetFit: Tabata, or not Ta-bata?

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Like that title?

Aside from the clever play on words, that is exactly what was going through my mind as I entered the big room in the back of my gym (you know the one with the huge glass windows so everyone can see you make a fool of yourself)   and was told by a middle-aged lady that this class would “kick my ass”. (mind you, it was 5:45 in the morning. Did I really want an ass kicking that early in my day?)

It was too late. I woke up, packed my gym bag, T’d (or “train/trolley” for you non-Bostonians) it to the gym and there was no turning back. The teacher came in, commanded us to get our mats, medicine ball, and 2 sets of weights, one easy and one a little heavier.

Now it was time to get my ass kicked.

If you have never taken a tabata class, I HIGHLY recommend it. I never sweat when I do anything, I may glisten a little, but I don’t drip sweat….ever. At the end of this class I had sweat around the collar of my shirt and was perspiring from every other place that has a sweat gland (TMI…my apologies, but it’s true). Sweat, my friends, is a sign of an awesome work-out.

Tabata is a high intensity interval training work-out (HIIT).

The structure of the program is:
Workout hard for 20 seconds
Rest for 10 seconds
Complete eight rounds

Example: 20 second high-knees with weights, rest. 20 second burpees, rest. 20 mountain climbers, rest. and then combine each of those work-outs into one for 20 seconds.

 Here is a video on youtube that gives you an idea of what it’s like.

I left that class with my abdominals, thighs, arms and butt aching….it literally kicked my ass, but in the best way possible.

I had so much energy for the rest of my day. I challenged myself and didn’t quit.

I surprised my own self!

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Question of the Day: What work-out (class or video) is your fitness go to? Leave a comment below or tweet me (@TheSweetScene) and hashtag #sweetscenefitness

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