Wellness

Spring Into Flower Power With Our Talented Local Makers This Sunday! (4/7)

Open Sea at our Polar Vortex Holiday Market 2018 (photo: Gus Ponce)

This Sunday, April 7th (1 to 7PM) we are looking forward to “spring”-ing into Flower Power inside the historic Greenpoint Loft (67 West St) with a diverse array of handcrafted goods by over 60 local purveyors of uniquely designed items, gifts, and food. Get ready for a burst of creative energy with live musical performances, art installations, and a glorious selection of FREE fun activities like rooftop yoga, dream catcher workshops, an immersive fairy glen!

At this time, we want to draw your attention to our amazing vendors, who will be selling everything from vintage commodities, candles, clothing, spices, and delicious treats, and more! Don’t expect your average flea market finds here; We carefully curate to only include the highest quality uniquely designed crafted items here.

Get a little preview of our spectacular vendors below and meet them IRL this Sunday!


Featured Vendors

Filfil Foods
Filfil Foods specializes in making gourmet garlic condiments, spreads, and marinades that make almost any dish yummy. Filfil is a garlic-based hot sauce made with all natural ingredients over 20 garlic cloves in each bottle, and thus enjoying the health benefits associated with garlic, such as lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol levels, and boosting natural immunity. Fill Foods is American made — all natural, vegan, and non-GMO.

Goellnerd Pins
Founded in 2015, Goellnerd Pins specializes in pop culture enamel pins, patches, and more, custom designing pins that reflect famous characters including those seen on The Simpsons, Friends, Arrested Development and more.

Villa of Mysteries Perfume
Villa of the Mysteries is a niche fragrance house based in Brooklyn, NY. They have been creating handmade/locally produced fragrances since 2015, using only all natural ingredients — no additives, colors, chemicals, or phthalates. Just pure essential oils and absolutes!

 

 


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Active Spaces Spotlights Local Gyms and Interesting Workouts

The playful logo on Active Space’s homepage may be reason enough to consider upping your workout game. Ever-shifting, the logo is physical itself, skating between dancing, swimming, and running graphics.

It’s 2019: what is a workout if it can’t be digitized? Well, the workouts are still completed IRL, but Active Space as a digital platform helps you choose where to find them, and a number of North Brooklyn gyms — or, per the company’s title, “active spaces” — are listed on the site.

Some of these locales include Chalk Gym (193 North 9th Street) in Williamsburg and bouldering gym GP81 (81 Quay Street) in Greenpoint. And now that the weather is nicer and the days are longer, it may be time to finally check out these neighborhood gyms.

“Ultimately, our goal is to help New Yorkers discover workouts they love through our site’s independent editorial reviews,” founder Jordana Gluckow says. “Our team pays for all our own classes (to maintain impartiality) and we have a seasoned team of writers with varying athletic ability levels who are well-versed in NYC workout studios and less well-known fitness classes.”

And if you’re still not feeling motivated, the Active Spaces Instagram account features colorful quotes on wellness and workouts from perennial icons like Oprah, Dolly, and — yes — Cher.

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Sign Up for FREE Rooftop Yoga at Our Flower Power Spring Market (4/7)!

Take a yoga class on the Greenpoint Loft rooftop!

After shopping with our local crafters and enjoying some neighborhood nosh at next Sunday’s Flower Power Spring Market, head up to the stunning Greenpoint Loft’s rooftop for some relaxing — and free! — yoga.

Hosted by Hosh Yoga (657 Meeker Ave),  a nonprofit organization that started out providing open-level yoga classes to the public in McCarren Park, the Greenpoint Loft rooftop will host three free, donation-based classes during our spring market on April 7.

There’s no better place to let the sunshine in than on a dazzling rooftop with views of the East River, Brooklyn, and all of Manhattan, so swing by, yogis, and bring your own mat, for some rejuvenation. Continue reading

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[email protected] Fitness Tip: Contrary to popular belief, exercise does NOT cause weight loss!

Simply put, you just can’t exercise the fat away. Some of you have been exercising up to 5 days a week only to jump on the scale and see very little difference in your weight. This can be frustrating when you’re putting a lot of effort into your workouts; and can often make you question your weight loss game plan.

We’ve been demanding answers to these questions from the muscle gods; and as always…nothing! But studies have given us some good clues as to why we’ve been getting steadily fatter for the past few decades, despite a growing increase in physical activity.

Statistics show that health club revenues increased from $200 million in 1972 to a whopping $16 billion in 2005!!

The first NYC marathon was in 1970 with only 137 entrants; and in 2008 there were 39,000 entrants and nearly 60,000 applicants.

So if being lazy makes us fat and exercise prevents or inhibits it, shouldn’t this fitness revolution have launched an epidemic of leanness? Hmmm. But in reality, this so-called fitness revolution has been coexisting with an epidemic of obesity. Another hmmm.

Very little evidence exists to support the belief that the number of calories we expend has any effect on how fat we are. When you increase the energy you expend, the evidence is very good that you’ll eat more to compensate. We actually burn very few calories with moderate exercise; and the effort can be easily undone with even the smallest bite or beverage.

Ran 5 miles, burns off 400 calories
Eats one slice of pizza, puts 400 calories back on

There was a Berkeley study that collected detailed information on over 13,000 habitual runners over the course of several years. And although those who ran the most tended to weigh the least, they all got fatter with each passing year – even those who ran over 8 miles a day!

It might be time to question our underlying beliefs. Is it something other than the amount of calories we consume and expend that determines whether we get fat?

Now, this is all not to say that exercise doesn’t have benefits. It absolutely does; and without it, you could be setting yourself up for failure on your weight loss journey. But, to rely on exercise as a “cause” for weight loss will only serve to disappoint you.

But don’t take our word for it, go ahead try it. But when you find yourself spinning your wheels, it may be time to start looking for other solutions. And when the time comes that exercise is not enough to induce weight loss… and it will; here are some things you can start to look at that could make the difference.

The first area you should start questioning is your diet.

  • What does your diet look like?
  • How much alcohol do you drink per week?
  • How much sugar is in your diet?
  • What percentage of carbohydrates make of your total daily calories?
  • Are you eating too much after your workouts?
  • What type of food are you eating after your workouts?

These are just some of the questions you can start to explore. However, if you’re still unsure on how to make healthier food choices, the second option can be to seek professional guidance.

The B.E.S.T. Diet Revival is a powerful food plan sent to you in structured phases, and is ideal for those seeking:

  • A customized regimented meal plan focused on your success
  • Detoxification and self-control from harmful processed foods
  • Reconditioning of food-associated habits
  • Accountability and structure in food planning
  • A practical and sustainable life-long diet
  • Wholesome, mindful eating behaviors and habits
  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Weight Loss, specifically excess fat-loss
  • More confidence around food! 

Since participating in the B.E.S.T. plan, I’ve lost weight easier than ever before, I’ve had more energy and more mental clarity, and I’ve been confident to take on endeavors, both personally and professionally, that I would not have attempted before the program” – BEST Diet Revival Client 2016

Invest in your health by learning how to detoxify your body, gain energy, lose weight, and create healthy sustainable habits around food.

Sponsored by [email protected]: Learn more about the B.E.S.T. Diet Revival and how to sign up at www.BESTeverywhere.me.

You can also get a head start and apply here.

[email protected] is located at 31 Nassau Ave in Greenpoint and can be reached at (718) 388-2900

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Turn Up The Heat with Hot Pilates (and Yoga!) Classes At YO BK

It’s cold outside, but your workout routine doesn’t have to feel frigid. One of the thingsI love most about working out (besides the end-of-class wind down) is warming up my body to focus on my breath and its movements.

All photos via Chrissy Conners Photography

Right before the new year, I wanted to mix in a new fitness class into my wellness regimen so I looked at YO BK (607 Manhattan Ave). My current routine involves loads of morning stretches, Bar Method classes 4-5 times per week, and the occasional hot yoga class as a treat.

And one class at YO BK caught my eye in particular: Inferno Hot Pilates. I knew I had to try it out, and who knows? Maybe I’d be totally hooked.

The newly opened Manhattan Avenue studio offers Bikram Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, and Baptiste Power Yoga classes to expand your body and mind. Bikram Yoga, known as the original hot yoga, is a therapeutic and challenging series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises done in a 105F room. Baptiste Power Yoga is  an energetic and empowering vinyasa flow class practiced in 95F heat with music. And, Inferno Hot Pilates features a high-intensity, low-impact interval training class done in a 95F room with a disco ball and energetic music. These distinct and dynamic classes are great for fitness novices and seasoned wellness enthusiasts alike.

I consider myself somewhere in between, I’m no stranger to working out but I’ve only been seriously mindful of a regular fitness routine for the past two and a half years or so. Needless to say, I was more than ready for the Inferno Hot Pilates class since it’s designed for all fitness levels.

I entered the studio in my typical workout ensemble: high-waisted black leggings, sports bra, and a sweatshirt. Pro tip: Leave your sweatshirt in the locker and bring an extra towel and a water bottle. Things are going to heat up very, very quickly. The workout room is pleasant and relaxing: warm, low lighting, and ready for action. The class kicks into gear gently, with a series of floor work moves, standing exercises, and Tabata training. The dial turns up, the music heightens, and your muscles heat up.

Right from the start, I loved all of the movements. From working on my core to a series of fast-moving burpees, I felt my muscles immediately engage. The low-impact workout is challenging with high intensity. Not to mention, Inferno Hot Pilates is an express class (45 minutes), so students can expect to cycle through movements rather quickly. In short, you won’t be bored one bit.

As the class progressed, I sweated way more than I ever thought imaginable. (Don’t worry, everyone else is too). But as I completed the floor work and standing exercises, my muscles felt more ready and pliable to each brand new movement. It was a quiet and joyful realization in the middle of a challenging workout.

If you want to engage in mindful body movements, burn fat, and strengthen your muscles in under an hour, YO BK’s Inferno Hot Pilates is the ticket. As for me? I was positively hooked.

Thinking of checking out YO BK? Sign up for the $59 Introductory Month package. And, the studio is hosting an open house on January 26-27.

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Give the Gift of Empowerment Coaching and Healing

Want to give the perfect gift to yourself or someone you love? Look no further.

Book the two for one Holiday Coaching Package to give the people in your life the  <<<ULTIMATE GIFT>>>  a way to:

  • Say YES to your dreams
  • Let go of emotional garbage
  • Clear blocks that keep you stuck

“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Getting Clear Sessions Are Perfect If Some Wants To… 

  • release limiting beliefs
  • learn how to tap into their emotions for healing
  • get clear on a big decision ie: work, relationship, big move
  • have the safe space, support & accountability to create goals towards life dreams

Book Your 2 for 1 Session Here

(offer good until December 31st. TWO Holiday 1×1 Coaching and Healing Sessions, for the price of one – must be booked by 12/31!) Continue reading

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8 Black Friday Small Business Deals in North Brooklyn

Ah, Black Friday. Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to scoop up some sweet deeply discounted goods for your friends and loved ones. Maybe it’s also time to treat yourself (or that hot-to-trot lover). Whatever the case might be, there’s a whole lotta sales going on.

But, instead of shopping at corporate chains and big box stores, why not support some cool and dynamic local small business? These local spots are running some of their own Black Friday specials and they’re way too good to pass up. Don’t say we didn’t warn ya.


1. Either And: 20% Friday-Sunday

 

120 Franklin Street
Enjoy 20% off sitewide and in-store all weekend long. If you’re shopping online, use the promo code THANKYOU.

 

2. Brooklyn Craft Company
165 Greenpoint Avenue

Note: the store will be closed Thursday and Friday, but will be open Saturday and Sunday. Take 20% off all gift card purchases made online. No code required.

On Small Business Saturday, shoppers can score 20% off all in-store purchases over $50.

 

 

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Treat Yourself to Health & Healing at Michael Kabram Acupuncture + 30% Off for Greenpointers!

Meet Michael Kabram: NYC native and holistic acupuncturist

Fall has arrived and with it comes sweater weather, Halloween, and perhaps a visit to a doctor for that cold your co-worker gave you or that carpal tunnel from your guitar skills. Before you visit your primary western physician, consider a more holistic view on your health at Michael Kabram Acupuncture — a space that promotes the health and healing already inside your own body.

Michael Kabram, a NYC native, customizes each treatment to the individual and utilizes not just Chinese and Japanese acupuncture; but also Japanese herbalism, Moxibustion, electro-stimulation, cupping, and bodywork to release pain and blocked energy. By using a large range of modalities, his mission is “giving people the space to heal themselves.”

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Williamburg’s Kadampa Meditation Center Brings a Mindful Approach to Dealing with Anxiety (WED, 10/24)

“If we want to be happy all the time and to be free from problems, we must develop and maintain a peaceful mind.”
– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Transform Your Life

In Buddhism, the term mindfulness is interchangeable with meditation.

Mindfulness is that part of the mind we need to cultivate in order to practice meditation. Mindfulness technically means to remember, to be mindful. We already have mindfulness, the problem is we have mindfulness of the wrong things. For example, if we have a tendency towards anxiety we’ve already mastered mindfulness of remembering all the things that might go wrong.

That’s why we need to train in mindfulness of the right things, to train ourselves to focus on those aspects of our mind that produce what we actually want – peace, happiness and an expansive and open heart.

We can think of meditation as focusing the mind on the internal causes of peace and happiness. The beautiful thing is we carry these internal causes with us everywhere we go. While we all already have them, we need to learn how to recognize them. Once we can recognize our internal causes of peace and happiness. we then train in remaining mindful of them.

This is essentially what the practice of meditation is all about, and how it can be used to completely eradicate all suffering, including the suffering of anxiety.

Price: $15 for the Special Event, followed by $15 per class, or sign up for all five follow-on classes in advance for $50 (save $25). Continue reading

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Help Maha Rose Reach Their Fundraising Goal To Support Their New Expansion

Lisa Levine in the new Maha Rose space. Photo via Maha Rose
Lisa Levine in the new Maha Rose space. Photo via Maha Rose

A few weeks ago we wrote about local healing and wellness center Maha Rose expanding to the space next door. The additional 1500-square-foot space (they’re currently at 97 Green Street) will feature an infrared sauna, and additional treatment and workshop rooms. After getting down and dirty and deep into the construction process, they have decided to use the power of crowdfunding to help offset the work, which is taking them twice as long and costing more than double what they anticipated.

They hope to be open in mid-September and are asking the community for help in reaching their financial goals so they can continue to offer a unique set of services and provide a safe space for North Brooklynites to breathe, learn, heal and expand their consciousness. Donate to Maha Rose here. Continue reading

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