wellness

Spiritual Minds grow in Greenpoint. Golden Drum celebrates its 4th Birthday

Golden_Drum_Raga_525px Brooklyn Raga Massive playing at the 4th Year Anniversary Celebration of Golden Drum

Two weeks ago Greenpoint’s spiritual center, The Golden Drum, celebrated its fourth anniversary and invited Greenpointers along for the fun. Having never heard them before, naturally we here at the news desk were intrigued. Armed with curious minds and hearty dose of New York instilled skepticism, the fabulous Julia Moak and I visited the Golden Drum to see what the center was all about and why it was attracting all these shiny happy people.  Continue reading

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A Greenpoint “Love” Story: Two Business Owners Create a Book Together

 

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg - herself on the right, and Adina Grigore on the left

 

Greenpointers is excited to present a joint interview with two Greenpoint residents and business owners who recently collaborated on, and published, a book – a partnership they told us originated from this very website. We had to find out more.

The book is called Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. Adina Grigore, founder of skincare brand S.W. Basics, wrote it, and asked local illustrator Libby VanderPloeg to illustrate it. It was published last week, just ahead of S.W. Basics’ March 1st launch in 500 Target locations nationwide – a huge accomplishment for a small business with a commitment to natural ingredients.

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Don’t Be a Resolution Wrecking Ball! Make this Year Your BEST Year!

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Ok, let’s be real, Greenpoint. We all ate and drank ourselves into oblivion during the holidays and now that 2015 is here, it’s New Year Resolutions time! But as usual, they are going to be challenged. Hey, we all like to indulge as much as the next guy, but it wouldn’t hurt to start this year off on the right track and actually finish what we start. Easier said than done, right? Fortunately, owner and health coach Dy from Human@Ease has a program that guides people through the process of getting fit, focused and committed; as a result, it’s a lot less intimidating… and it works!  Continue reading

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Holiday Specials from Usha Veda Yoga

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Give the gift of yoga to yourself or a friend with these sweet holiday deals from Usha Veda Yoga, located at 1104 Manhattan Ave.  Sale packages are available from 11/27/13 through 1/7/14. The holidays can be hectic and stressful and yoga is a great way to really unwind and reconnect with yourself.

Sponsored post courtesy of Usha Veda Yoga.

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Don’t Hibernate this Winter, Become a Beast Instead

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Beastanetics, the high-intensity interval training program, which has
become the darling of McCarren Park during the warmer months, will
return to human@ease (31 Nassau Avenue bet Guernsey & Dobbin) this
winter with classes taking place on Wed & Fri at 6:45am and 8am.
Beastanetics can help you improve your stamina, strength, power,
balance, and overall conditioning, while boosting metabolism and fat
loss. On Yelp, Beastanetics has a perfect average rating of 5 stars.

Session 1 runs from 12/3-1/23 and Session II from 1/28 to 3/20. Space
is very limited so don’t delay. The fee for the 8-week session (16
classes) is $160. A limited number of drop-in slots will be available
at $17 per class. human@ease is a beautifully appointed fitness studio
in Greenpoint.

For more information visit beastanetics.com or email tim@beastanetics.com.

To register: http://punkrope.com/store/beastanetics/12-3-14/

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Get Fit or Get Fined? Is this Even Legal? B.E.S.T. Plan Starts 10/26!

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What would your community be like if it had ‘fitness patrols’ roaming your neighborhood streets? McDonald’s would probably be an underground junk food dealer (4 chicken nuggets in a dime bag, please) and Starbucks would most likely sell wheat grass macchiatos and have stair masters in their lounges instead of free wi-fi.

Well Human@Ease actually did the unthinkable and the Fitness Protection Police patrolled the Greenpoint streets to promote a healthier lifestyle to the community! Continue reading

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Vote for Tim! Local Fitness Celebrity!

Punk Rope's Tim Haft

Earlier this year – you voted for local fitness celebrity Tim Haft – in the internet’s fitness trainer popularity contest called Fit or Flop.

And because of all those votes – Tim is in it to win it!

He updated us on where he stands in the contest:

After 8 rounds of competitions there were 16 competitors left. I was one of them. Then the judges “voted off” another 6. So now we’re down to 10 and I’m still alive…I think that what I (and Punk Rope) represent – good health, fitness, play, and most important of all, community – are traits worth getting behind.

There are only 9 days left, so go ahead and vote for Tim Haft so he can get into the internet fitness star online hall of fame!

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Get Fit With Athletes Club & Save at Fitness Studios, Restaurants and Active Shops

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You could be having this much fun this summer with Athletes Club

It’s almost summer. North Brooklyn bike lanes are busy and the parks are full of folks like you who want to feel great and get into shape.  But getting fit isn’t just hitting the running track. Wellness is also about eating great and staying active with fun fitness routines. There are a variety of ways to get healthy in our neighborhood, meet new people and enjoy irresistible perks.  A great way to get started is through Athletes Club.

Athletes Club is a members-only service suited for everyone that loves to live healthy and active! It’s the best way to discover, experience, and save at top-notch fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and active shops in New York City and North Brooklyn. Members receive unlimited benefits to use at over 100 partnering businesses, including Brooklyn Boulders, Summer’s Juice, JackRabbit Sports, SYNC Studio, and Torque Fitness, Ride Brooklyn, and Awakening NY.

Plus, members can experience free classes, social outings, and other unique experiences, like the all inclusive World Cup Viewing Party. Say goodbye to your boring fitness routine!

Members save $100s each month. Get started today for only $19.

Join now: www.athletesclub.com

Here’s a rundown of what local businesses are offering through Athletes Club: Continue reading

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Go Green Greenpoint! This Saturday 6/7

Go Green Greenpoint was the first Earth Day Festival to stake its ground in North Brooklyn back in 2008. The festival works with schools, community groups, and environmentalists to spread awareness about green space.  This year, the event will also feature recycling for electronics, books, clothes and toys, as well as yoga, wellness/fitness classes, enviro-friendly merchandise, live music and dance performances.

It’s all going down this Saturday 6/7 from noon-5pm in McCarren park. More info here!

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Human@Ease Organic Brunch Class

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Hey Greenpointers, wanna eat breakfast and lunch together?

Of course you do! So if you missed out big time on Joel’s Tasty ‘Cilantro Orange Chicken‘  and Dishan’s delicious ‘Lemon Pound Cake‘ at Human@Ease’s last Organic Brunch on May 17th, then you have to come to the next one and try out some SWEET sweet potato recipes (sweet x 2).

I can’t tell you exactly what healthy organic dishes the team at Human@Ease is preparing (even though I want to), but I can tell you this:

‘It’s healthy and it involves sweet potatoes.’ Isn’t that enough?

So be there on May 31st for a one-hour class of nutritional information about organic foods, practical guidance on how to shop healthy, samples of the easy-to-make-at-home healthy recipes (including an entire meal) and some socializing afterwards. Continue reading

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