Wellness

How We Roll: Summer Bike Events!

Photo: Erik Keithley
A biker busts out some tricks on Freeman Street. Photo: Erik Keithley

This past weekend the Five Boro Bike Tour kicked off the summer cycling season (even though our weather hasn’t fully turned warm yet, dangit). If you love nothing more than pounding the pavement on two wheels when the weather’s at its finest, here’s a roundup of other local bike events happening over the next few months. Take a seat and pop a wheelie through North Brooklyn!
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Spring Back into Fitness (When You Know You Haven’t Moved Since the Holidays)

The holiday season no doubt does a lot of damage to our health and wellness; not only are our waistlines protesting against our pants, but our self-esteem manages to find an all-new low, and it becomes easy to beat ourselves up about our unhealthy lifestyles (while eating a piece of pie and sipping on a milkshake. We’ve all been there). But guess what? The holiday season is officially over! Spring is here, and with it comes a fresh opportunity to retake control of our health and fitness goals. So, here are just a couple of simple tips on how to do just that.

  1. Find yourself a workout partner!
    It can be hard to self-motivate! That’s why it’s so important to have someone that holds you accountable! Not to mention, keeping someone else in line with their goals is a great way to stay aligned with your own. Think about a couple of people that you might rely on for this. Who in your life shares your goals towards health and wellness? When you’ve come up with a short list, invite them to the gym or to a healthy cookout. You’d be surprised how many of us just need a little push to jump-start us on that path back to health.

  1. Overcome your fear of the gym.
    Gym-timidation is a real thing, we all know this. You walk into these big gyms with all their big machines and big muscles, and sometimes you just want to run to the nearest ice cream parlor for some TLC. But your fitness and wellness goals can’t run on mantras and intention alone — you must learn to overcome your fears of the gym in order to start seeing real progress. Of course, you can easily streamline the process: find a local boutique gym near you! Avoid the crowds, avoid the egos, avoid the smells.

  1. Seek out a program that meets your needs.
    Take responsibility. Throughout this process, using a program to keep you on task and focused on your goals is an excellent way to ensure that all of your hard work is realized! Do some research on fitness and diet programs in your area and see if any of them speak to your needs. If so, jump on board! Investing in yourself can never be a waste, particularly when your long-term health is at risk.

  1. Get into meal prep.
    Mentally investing in meal preparation is a great way to make sure that you’re regulating your intake, getting all of your essentialmacronutrients in each meal, and extending the reach of your dollar. Do some research to figure out your ideal macronutrient distribution, and get started prepping! If you feel that this is an area in which you can’t trust yourself to follow through for whatever reason, be sure to prioritize a food plan in the program you seek out–an improved diet is the most important key to slimming down, getting lean, and building strength.

  1. Stay in touch with your goals.
    Whether it’s daily meditation, an e-mail notification, a call from a friend, or a scolding from a trainer, find the method that refocuses you best. Daily interruptions, cravings and everyday exhaustion are the enemies of long-term progress — so utilizing the resources around you to maintain focus is an excellent way to keep your health and wellness goals at the forefront.

Need to make sure that these 5 tips become a part of your routine?

Try a one-of-a-kind holistic fitness program. The B.E.S.T. Plan, developed at [email protected] Fitness and Wellness studio (31 Nassau Ave.), is made specifically for those of us reading this article; we need the motivation, we need the support and we need the tools to keep us aligned with our goals. The Group B.E.S.T. Plan does that—plus so much more.

Need a workout partner? When you sign up for the Group B.E.S.T., all of the members become each others’ support team—ready to encourage, bring perspective and commiserate at a moment’s notice. Not to mention the 24/7 support you’ll get from our coaches and trainers!

Need to overcome your fear of the gym? At [email protected], we reject the idea of a conventional gym and create a safe, zen-like space to encourage mindfulness and growth.

Looking for a program that suits your needs? Even though the Group B.E.S.T. is meant to facilitate the group as a whole, our trainers and coaches are also focused on the individual’s needs. When you tell us your goals, we create the entire program around your needs! Or if you’re not into the group aspect, try it one-on-one.

Need healthier eating habits? The B.E.S.T. Plan comes with a free personalized 8-week food plan, specifically tailored to your dietary needs and goals. To keep you in line with your goals, we also provide weekly dietary analysis and weekly nutritional coaching.

Need to stay in touch with your goals? One of the major takeaways from the B.E.S.T. Plan is the accountability, independence and self-reliance you gain from learning the tools to reestablish control of your health and wellness.

What else do you get with the Group B.E.S.T. Plan?

Balance

  • Community Support

  • Unlimited Dietary Analysis

  • Custom Body Assessments

Energy

  • Time Management

  • Exercise Education

  • Unlimited Cardio and Yoga Classes

Strength

  • Commitment and Action

  • Accountability

  • Weekly Personal Training

Tranquility

  • Life and Nutritional Coaching

  • Detoxifying Infrared Sauna sessions

Only you have the power to take charge of your fitness and well-being.
But to help you along, mention this post for an extra $100 off your B.E.S.T. Plan!

Call at 718.388.2900 or email at [email protected] to reserve your place in this spring’s Group B.E.S.T. Plan today!

If you’re interested in [email protected]one-on-one B.E.S.T. Plan sign up here.
Or not local to Brooklyn: try the ONLINE B.E.S.T. Plan here.

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Namaste to Spring on Greenpoint Loft’s Roof Deck with Hosh Yoga this Sunday (4/9)

Rooftop Yoga with Hosh Yoga Summer Market 2015

Forecasts are looking good for this Sunday, April 9th and it’s going to be the perfect time to head outside and om your way to health and wellness during the season of renewal and awakenings!

Hosh Yoga will be hosting two sessions on Greenpoint Loft’s beautiful roof deck overlooking the Manhattan Skyline and East River during our Greenpointers Spring Market in Celebration of Earth.

Schedule and Details:

2PM with Stefanie
4PM with Stefanie

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Push It Real Good: North Brooklyn Gym Roundup

While we all like the idea of hibernating in the winter, the beginning of Spring is just the inspiration we need to renew our commitment to fitness. But finding the right gym can be harder than it seems. Some of the more expensive gyms have state-of-the-art facilities, programs, and benefits that make them well worth the extra dough. If you want to keep it simple, though, a basic single-location membership at your nearest gym might do the trick. So how do you choose? We’ve compiled a list of local gyms so you can compare your neighborhood options at a glance.

Crunch Fitness: GreenpointCrunch Fitness
825 Manhattan Avenue
(718) 732-8222
Open 5am to 11pm M–F; 7am to 9pm weekends
Pricing: $9.95/month for Base membership; $19.95/month for Peak membership; $24.95/month for VIP membership
One-day trial pass
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Crunch is one of the most affordable gyms in the area, even with its VIP option, which includes benefits such as Hydromassage and tanning on top of all Peak perks. Choose the Peak membership option if you want access to any location, the ability to take group fitness classes, and extras such as a T-shirt and access to online streaming workout videos. The Base option is best if you want to keep things simple and stick with the equipment at the Greenpoint location. If you’re looking for more individualized fitness attention, you can always add personal training to any membership option. Continue reading

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FREE Holistic Skincare Consultation at Brooklyn Groove Tomorrow (Sun, 3/26)!

Tomorrow (Sunday, March 26th, 1-3pm), swing by natural beauty store Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave) for a FREE holistic skincare consultation, make up consultation, goody bags plus wine and refreshments!

Certified herbalist and aromatherapist Dominique Caron drew from her personal battle against dry, reactive skin to create skin care line Apoterra, an all-natural, plant and mineral-based skin care and cosmetics line that is safe, nontoxic, and chemical-free.

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Fleeting Connections: Intuitive Counseling to Help You Celebrate Your Life

There’s something about me I haven’t really shared with anyone: I love it when people, places, and things magically sync up. Maybe it’s seeing a certain number or time everyday (11:11, anyone?), or dreaming about a long-lost friend or lover and out of the blue, they contact you. That’s synchronicity.

And, it felt even more synchronous when I was referred by a friend to Virginia Mason, an intuitive counselor. Virginia honors human experience and the uncertainty of life with many tools – reiki, astrology, tarot, yoga, and more.

Want to know the key behind intuitive counseling and how this Greenpoint gal is making huge waves in our neighborhood? I spent a lovely afternoon with Virginia to talk about all things mystical and tangible and got to experience some reiki firsthand. Read more to find out.
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Healing with Food at EATshop in Maha Rose this Saturday (2/18)!

This time last year, I was slathering on cortisol creams to battle my eczema and having heart palpitations. I almost always ate out or ordered in. I felt exhausted. Today my skin is glowing and I am full of energy without my usual caffeine fix. My day started with a tasty breakfast that I made, journaling, and setting an intention to meditate on. It’s part of the daily practices that I’ve been working on with holistic wellness coach Jaquy Yngvason to build healthy habits that are as routine as brushing my teeth in the morning. Gone are the days when I would pick up a can of tuna fish and potato chips on the go to save time. I now enjoy every meal. I love cooking and savor simple snacks like freshly roasted carrots in coconut oil. Discovering things like how black beans and dates can make up the most deliciously moist protein-packed brownie is as exciting to me as my new favorite local Greenpoint haunt. And after seeing a lifelong autoimmune skin disease go away, I’ve become a big believer in the power of food.

That’s why I am super thrilled that Jaquy will be coming to Greenpoint to host a workshop this Saturday (2/18) in one of my favorite neighborhood spots, Maha Rose (97 Green St). It’s still the start of 2017 and a good time to set the tone for the rest of the year with self care and love!

More about Conscious Consumption EATShop:

Do you struggle to feel confident in your own skin? Are you constantly dieting and want to ditch those extra pounds?

In attending this EATshop you will walk away with tangible tools so you can feel empowered and gain a new perspective on how to self heal through food. You will learn how to create a daily sacred practice on how to consume consciously, allowing you to eat every meal from a place of joy, love and presence. Continue reading

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80’s New Wave Dance, Salon de Eros, Korean 101, Conscious Consumption – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (2/15–2/21)

Conscious Consumption: Eating Practices for Soul Nourishment & Body Healing @Maha Rose (97 Green St), Saturday (2/18), 6pm, $35, Learn eating practices for nourishment that will positively impact all other areas of your life. Tune into your bodies true needs and abilities to self heal from emotional distress, mindless and stress eating, damage done from autoimmune disease and more, More info

 

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!


WEDNESDAY 2/15

♫ Benefit for Southern Poverty Law Center @The Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St) 8pm, Benefit show featuring Dreamcrusher, M Lamar, Jono Mi Lo, Michael Hix, The Imaginary Orchestra, Visuals by Julieta Triangular, More info
♦ Black History (month) Movie Night @The Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 8pm, $5, Celebrate Black history every day of every month. Proceeds benefit Black Lives Matter, More info

 

THURSDAY 2/16

♦ Aggie Pavlidis: Dream Lines Opening Reception @ The Yard (33 Nassau Ave) 6:00pm, FREE, Aggie Pavlidis’s work focuses on the ways in which we process and internalize our surroundings and experiences. She makes and creates as a means to better understand herself, and the world around her, More info
♦ Dames Who Give Damns @ Bar Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $10, Benefit for the N Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence. Visuals by Screaming Horses, Art and Raffle prizes by Ella Desmond, eforeffort, Natalia Zamora / denimindenial, and photos by girls of the lower east side girls club, Buy tix
* Speak Out! Rise Up! Podcast Workshop @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, $10, Broadcast your message and get your voice heard! Keisha “TK” Dutes will show us how to create a podcast, from the required equipment to interview techniques. After learning the basics, you can tape your own live 30-minute podcast! Try engineering, hosting, producing, or whatever role suits you best, Buy tix
♫ A Valentine for the Cause @ Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave), 8pm, $5, Benefit for The Mount Sinai SAVI Program supports survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Featuring two melodic, guitar-based bands with DJing throughout the night, all acts hailing from Brooklyn’s indie rock community, More info  Continue reading

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Your February 2017 Horoscopes Are Here!

Mural by Varenka Ruiz and James Bullough
Williamsburg mural by Varenka Ruiz and James Bullough. Photo: Megan Penmann

February is all about change and unexpected news. Since Mars is in Aries until March 9, many people will have a lot of energy, which is really needed right now, considering the political climate. It’s the perfect time to protest, especially since the Sun visits politically engaged Aquarius until February 18.

We’re now in the lunar Year of the Rooster, which has astrologers believe that this is a sign of hope–so maybe not all is lost.

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Affordable Beachfront Getaway in Nicaragua with Hosh Yoga! Get $100-$300 off!

Cold weather got you feeling blue? Longing for sunshine even though winter has just begun? Then why not head to beautiful Nicaragua February 19-25?

“An eye opening experience with every lasting adventure in perfect weather” Breanne M

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Hosh returns to Nicaragua! From February 19th-25th 2017, explore a country rich in history and home to a dynamic mix of nature and culture with yoga and new friends. And this trip will be led by our very own Jocelyn Sanders!

Where else will you get a 6 night, 7 day vacation with fun adventures in the jungle, beach, mountains, hiking, zip line, lakes, surfing, massage, home-cooked meals, volcanoes, daily yoga, and great colonial cities and tourism for $1000-$1,300? Rooms are based single, couple, quad, or shared room. Space is limited, so book the trip today! Continue reading

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