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Learn the Art of Henna Tatooting at This Beginner’s Workshop (9/15)

 

[email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) is presenting a beginner’s henna tattooing workshop on Sunday, 9/15, from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. Greenpoint’s “zen chill zone” recently expanded their selection of classes which includes Tibetan sound baths, heated power Vinyasa, and Tabata circuit training amongst others. Here’s some info on the upcoming Henna workshop (tickets available now): Continue reading

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From Tibetan Soundbaths to Heated Vinyasa, [email protected] Classes Offer Something for Everyone

The [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) Grand Rebrand had an enthusiastic turnout last Saturday, in a day filled with activities and classes living up to its ”Zen Chill Zone” reputation while debuting the new local vendor retail space.

Greenpoint’s “Zen-Chill Zone”

Owner Dishan Elise describes the refreshed direction of [email protected] classes as a “revolution of fitness and wellness.” The variety of classes include a weekly Tibetan Soundbath, heated power Vinyasa, and Tabata circuit training. The B.E.S.T Plan is [email protected]’s flagship program that runs 12 weeks and promotes self-growth through group strength training, Elise says. The At Ease Membership is $99 per month and drop-in classes range from $17 – $25.

A new retail space at [email protected] collaborates with local and global vendors and artisans with a unique selection of clothing, apothecary and other handmade goods from local artisans.

The new retail space at [email protected]
The new retail space at [email protected]

We asked Jessica Dolese, HumanAEase events manager, to send descriptions of upcoming classes that she especially recommends:

A Chakra Balancing Kundalini Workshop

Throughout this workshop series, instructor Paola Dattner will guide attendees on a journey of chakra balance and mindfulness to the tune of live music played by Peruvian musician Piero Rossini.

Within our bodies lie seven energy centers called chakras. Physical illness or emotional stress can cause the chakras to become blocked or cloudy. Healing of each chakra may offer relief to some physical and emotional conditions. This series continues with the second chakra, the sacral chakra which is connected to emotional balance, sexual expression and creativity.

A Kundalini practice, meditation, breathwork, and focused journaling will be combined with live music intended to create and enhance group vibrational frequencies. These musical frequencies are tuned to the frequency of the sacral chakra intended to give power to your sensuality, creativity center and help bring balance your sacral chakra.

 

Lay down as deep resonant sounds of antique Tibetan singing bowls surround you to end your day with a restorative sound bath. Release the stress of the day allowing sound and vibration to guide the way. Enter a state of deep relaxation. Leave feeling rested and prepared to enjoy a good nights sleep.

This class focuses on the practice of linking breath to movement in a classic vinyasa style. A slightly heated atmosphere helps muscles open to supporting safe transitions into more challenging postures. With a focus on balance between strength and flexibility along with providing modifications for all levels, this class is a great option for all: new practitioners looking to explore vinyasa for the first time, or experienced yogis looking to deepen their relationship with their practice.

Tabata circuit training is a form of High-Intensity Interval Training that requires the body to work hard in short bursts and rest for even shorter periods. With this protocol, the body’s anaerobic and aerobic systems start to work in tandem, thus improving overall performance in athletes. Circuit training is also a fantastic cardiovascular conditioning workout for anyone of any fitness level. The Ace of Swords Tabata focuses on strengthening with body weight, improving overall mobility, and providing functional physical tools that any busy New Yorker can incorporate into their daily life. Beginners are very welcome and encouraged to join this class.

Signature Introversion Group Strength Training with Dishan Elise and Geo Malave

Introversion means to go within. Owner and creator, Dishan Elise, utilizes her dynamic, unique approach to personal training in a group setting. Combining a special blend of meditation, coaching, motivation, and mind/body strengthening techniques, the class begins with a warm-up, breathing and body awareness followed by 30-45 minutes of an intense variety of moves including partnered cardio, manual resistance exercises, calisthenics, & other training tools; covering a full-body routine followed by a light centering stretch. Small group training is a great way to get personal training for a fraction of the normal cost. The group collaboration, motivation, and energy in this class will be unlike any other class you’ve experienced. Limit 8 Students per class.

 

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Celebrate [email protected]’s New Classes and Retail Space With Free Wellness Party (8/17)

After nearly 10 years in the neighborhood, Greenpoint wellness center, [email protected], is supercharging class offerings and launching a new retail space! To celebrate, on Saturday, August 17th, [email protected] is presenting a full day of free events, classes, entertainment in order to showcase their expanded group fitness class schedule and renovated retail space featuring local vendors.

The Ohm Room, the oasis that is home to daily group fitness classes, will be host to a full day of “teaser” classes, offering a bite-size taste of a variety of classes on the [email protected] line-up. Newer class additions including Power Vinyasa, Zumba and a weekly Tibetan Soundbath will be joining owner Dishan’s signature Introversion class and long-standing staple classes Tai Chi and Light Flow Yoga. A mid-day Plant Meditation will be led by Rossana Ines Rossi, host of upcoming Intro to Plant Medicine workshop and creator of the Victory Plant Medicine line sold in store. At noon the room will host a dreamcatcher making workshop led by Kate of Living the Dreamcatchers, which will send participants home with dreamcatchers of their own creation.

In addition, [email protected] is putting a spotlight on local vendors in the bright, renovated retail space, which has recently undergone a true transformation in the hands of local clothing designer and Greenpointers Market veteran, JWhite. Alongside JWhite, Bella Waera, Goodies 4 Goddesses, Victory Plant Medicine, The Fe Project, The Fanciful Fox, and many more local brands are on beautiful display and will be present to get to know the clientele that has been supporting their creative Brooklyn brands over the years.

Attendees can expect to cycle through the mini-classes while enjoying Henna art by Miss V, Nail Art by Priscilla, Tarot readings and shopping during breaks with mocktails sponsored by Chlorophyll Water,  Monfefo Ginger Shots and Teas of the Valley. There will be incentives and specials, offering guests an intro price of $49 for their first month of studio membership as well as brand-specific product promotions.


(Sponsored post by [email protected], Greenpoint’s zen chill zone.) Established in 2010, [email protected] is home to a community of practitioners offering a wide span of holistic services in our beautiful space located steps from McCarren Park.

Through supportive fitness and wellness programs such as our well-rounded signature BEST Plan, [email protected] aspires to engage and empower the community through physical, mental, and social stimulation. We offer our clients a diverse schedule of events, classes, and workshops, as well as eastern body therapies and wellness coaching programs.

Our accessory retail space offers an eclectic selection of apothecary and other handmade goods crafted sustainably by local artisans.

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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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Say Happy Birthday to Boutique Fitness & Wellness Center [email protected]! Free Carribean food & drinks!

Boutique fitness and wellness center [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) is celebrating their 7th birthday this Sunday (9/17) and you’re invited!
Stop by for free drinks, free Carribean food by @mzyumyumkitchen, music by BENGEY, raffle prize giveaways!
When: Sunday, September 17
Where: [email protected] | 31 Nassau Ave
Time: 4 pm – 9 pm
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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]’s 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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This Year, Let’s Keep Our Promises

Every year, nearly 85% of Americans make weight and self-improvement related New Year’s resolutions; and every year, nearly 60% of us can’t maintain that resolution beyond half a year. We all know how important health and balance are in our lives, so why is it that we can’t seem to follow through on such worthwhile promises to ourselves? Let’s see if we can work out some of the reasons behind these broken promises and more importantly, find some ways that we can turn that around throughout the year as we maintain our focus on that which is most critical to us: our well-being! Continue reading

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Holiday Tropical Market!! Mojitos and Mulled Wine, Craft Beer, Massages, Henna Tattoos, Face Painting, The Roving Typist, Live Music, 60+ Vendors & More! (Sun, 12/11)


On Sunday, December 11th (1-7PM), sleigh bells and palm trees, snowflakes and sunshine come together in the Greenpointers universe because we’re celebrating this holiday season with beachy cheer, at our Holiday Tropical Market!

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Poster design by Monica Griffin

Discover beautifully crafted high quality gifts from some of the most talented local artisans and makers while enjoying a day full of FREE fun activities, food, mojitos, mulled wine, and seasonal craft beer in the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft.

With soaring wood beams and views of the East River and Manhattan, the Greenpoint Loft is now a private event space that opens to the public during our markets. Restored to its pre-war glory, it was once the home of America’s largest rope manufacturer and is worth a visit for a glimpse of Greenpoint history.

RSVP for Sunday, December 11th from 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, 5th Floor). Continue reading

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Gymtimidation? It’s real… but, we’ll “Work It Out” for you!

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Intimidated by all the bulky exercise machines and huge, mean-looking buffed bods at the big-box gyms? If so, you are definitely not alone. This is one of the main reasons (cough, cough–or excuses) from clients as to why they don’t go to the gym. Unfortunately, so many people avoid the gym because they’re either a) not sure how to use the exercise machines; b) they lack the confidence to give them a try; or c) they’re just too damn intimidated to even walk into a gym.

Why? “Gymtimidation!” It’s that voice inside your head that says “I don’t feel comfortable with my body,” “how am I going to look next to all those fitness fanatics who work out all the time?” “I don’t even know what I should be doing in the gym?” Your ‘meaning making machine’ is always at work and it creates a lot of negative views about the gym.

But gymtimidation is not a reason for not getting exercise, it’s an excuse; and a pretty lame one at that. #Sorrybutnotsorry to be so hard on you, but how else am I supposed to show you how ‘unreasonable’ our behavior can be? Know that a reason is valid and usually unavoidable — ex: “I was late because the train broke down” = reason. Whereas, an excuse is a transparent or perhaps a subtle attempt to shift responsibility away from one’s self — “I was late because I missed the train” = excuse. Continue reading

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Spring Into Summer Fitness with [email protected]’s Intense B.E.S.T. Plan

unnamedOur fitness journeys can be difficult, especially when you’re not sure how to start or how to remain consistent. A lot of us have been conditioned to develop a pretty poor relationship with food, along with many limiting beliefs about the power we have to change things. And just like any relationship that is like a turbulent roller-coaster, it typically ends up in a downward spiral. If you constantly find yourself overwhelmed on how to even get started, we totally get it.

With so many programs, information and sales pitches, it can be overwhelming to sift through it all. If you’re in that situation, then please keep reading…

[email protected] owner and health coach Dy 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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