Kundalini Yoga With Live Music

Monday, October 24th, 7:30-9pm
Like the ocean waves that never cease, the rhythm of the universe never ceases. All of the Universe is a vibration of energy. We are either vibrating in harmony or disharmony with the Universe. We vibrate frequency through our thoughts, words, actions, emotions, and feelings. What we put out to the Universe we receive back, much like a boom-a-rang. Through a deeper understanding and sincere practice of Kundalini Yoga we can ride the waves of life with joy, grace, compassion and kindness.
Kundalini Yoga is one of the oldest and considered the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques. Kundalini Yoga is the practice of awakening the Higher Self and turning potential energy into useful energy. Kundalini Yoga is a fascinating practice.
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About Sukhmani (aka Nicole), E-RYT, YACEP: She has practiced yoga almost 20 years and has been teaching for almost a decade. Sukhmani teaches yoga classes all over Southern California as well as Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Sound Healing and Live Music Mantra workshops all over the US and online. Sukhmani is the co-founder of the award winning mantra rock band, Sukha and often incorporates live music and sound healing in her classes. They released their critically acclaimed mantra album “Rise” earlier this year and are touring to support it. She studies Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at the advanced levels with master teachers Guru Singh, Tej, Nirvair Singh and others.

Join Sukhmani on a spiritual journey to a healthier and happier you!!!

All levels including beginners are welcome and encouraged!

Please bring a meditation pillow, small pillow or blanket for extra comfort in the seated postures.

$30 Sign up now!

Read more about the benefits of a night yoga routine here at Positive Health Wellness Blog

How to Bounce Back After a Holiday Weekend

IMG_0175We love long holiday weekends but inevitably no matter how “good” we try to be, we all feel a little off when we wake up to start our week. Maybe a little more tired, dehydrated, bloated… however you may feel this morning here are our top 5 tips to get you back on track and feeling your best.

1. LEMON WATER: One of the easiest things to do first thing in the morning! Lemon water is great for digestion, helps bloating and is full of electrolytes so it’s detoxifying, hydrating and helps flush out the extra water weight you maybe storing.

2. EXERCISE: No surprise here. You have to sweat it out! Any high intensity workout that gets your heart rate up. Ideally, Bag of Tricks, Power Circuit, Piloxing or Kickboxing so you get the cardio that burns extra calories AND you’re building muscle, which is key to burning calories after class. Plus you get an endorphin boost which instantly makes you feel better. If you can’t make it in, try one of our online HIIT workouts.

3. CUT OUT SUGAR, SALT & PROCESSED FOODS: If you’ve had extra sugar and salt over the weekend this one is a must. Continuing to eat these foods depletes your energy, weighs you down and makes your mind feel cloudy. Eliminating these types of foods will give your digestive system a break, increase your energy and instantly make you feel lighter.

4. GREEN SMOOTHIES: We love green smoothies because they are low in sugar, low in calories, and full of vitamins that will help flush out your system and give you an energy boost. Green smoothies are full of fiber which will help you curb sugar cravings and all the extra vitamins will make you feel more alert. Here is our favorite bounce back smoothie:

Greens: handful of spinach, kale, 3 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber

Fruit: Try to stick to 1 piece to keep sugar low like a pear

Liquid: you can do water, almond milk or coconut water

Optional Add ins: 1 scoop protein powder, ginger, bee pollen, maca, chia seeds, cinnamon or turmeric. Blend and Enjoy!

5. SLEEP: Give your body a break and go to bed early this week. Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same sectors of the brain. When you are tired, certain hormones spike in your brain which are the same hormones that drive your appetite. Try to get a least 7-8 hours each night.

Follow these 5 tips and we guarantee you’ll feel better by tomorrow.

 

hip90 | REAL RESULTS REAL PEOPLE

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Our hip90 day challenge has come to an end and surprisingly we’re all a little sad. Sad only because the results this year have been amazing and everyone wants to keep going! The transformations, both in mind and body, have been inspiring and impressive. These ladies worked hard and it shows. The reason why this program works is because it’s not a ‘diet’ or about deprivation, it’s about making better choices. It’s not about counting calories and killing yourself in your workouts. It’s about change; change in your thinking and in your behavior.

Image-1Each week the challengers got a new challenge to focus on. They varied from one week with no sugar (yes no alcohol too), to 50 push-ups everyday then to changing your perspective with a gratitude journal. These weekly challenges along with our meal plan and checking in with us kept everyone on track and accountable. Every week you learn something new, you push yourself in a different way and you start seeing changes. You start feeling better, clothes are fitting loser and energy is up. Half way into it, it becomes ‘normal’ not to order that 3rd glass of wine, not to grab that french fry your friends are eating and to check the ingredient list on your purchases. All those things that seemed crazy at first start to come naturally.

If your ready for a change or just need an extra boost we are starting our hip60 program Wednesday, May 7th which will take you up to July 3rd right in time for 4th of July. Sign up here (under our online store/products).

We’re so proud of these ladies and wanted to share some of our favorite quotes:

photoMy biggest take away was that I really had no idea of how poorly I was eating and treating my body.  I am not a sweets person in general, but was shocked to learn of the sugar I was consuming on a daily basis in bread, pasta sauce, condiments, regular yogurt, etc.  More importantly, I did not realize the impact it had on my blood sugar levels and how it was directly contributing to the added weight I wanted to lose.

Overall I feel really great.  I have more energy, I sleep better and feel better in my clothes.  I am very glad that I did this challenge and that I now have the knowledge and tools to continue with it.  

Image-1My biggest take away: Exercise only works if you do it regularly – you can only be fit with consistency.

I feel 100% better than I did when I first walked in.

This challenge has been the best gift I could have ever given to myself!!!

On completing the challenge: The inspiration came from you and your team. The classes are fast paced and fun, the instructors are top notch, the eating part of the challenge was a challenge but it was doable.

On reaching her goals: I feel like I’m much closer to where I want to be since beginning the challenge, which is why I joined. It’s a good way to keep you accountable, and I have to say, I’m sad it’s over!!

I have stamina, no headaches, more energy, and am off anxiety medicine. I’m starting to notice that my jeans are fitting me much better than before.

The biggest takeaway is that I need to continue to make myself and my health a priority. I will continue to eat clean. The workouts are the biggest challenge for me, but I love all the Hip videos. It’s great to be able to squeeze those in on the days when I can’t get to the gym or when I’m traveling.

On reaching her goal of push-ups on her toes: Success! I reached this goal in the first 30 days, which made me realize that I could do this all along, I just wasn’t pushing myself hard enough. So that became a theme in my workouts over the past 90 days. Whenever the instructors offered a harder or an advanced variation, I tried it. Every time. I couldn’t always do it for all the reps or the entire duration of time, but I always tried it. And I surprised myself over and over again! 

 

HIP Studio’s HIP Tip of the Day: Lemon Water

Sounds so simple but this little fruit is loaded with amazing benefits. We try to have it every morning before our coffee to help us feel clean & energized. Lemons contain a high dose of Vitamin C and antioxidants which have a powerful effect on our bodies. Here are a few reasons why we love them:

– Great for digestion – helps bloating and gets things moving along, if you know what we mean 😉

– Detoxifying & alkalizing for the body, especially the liver & kidneys. Great way to kickstart your morning if you had a little wine the night before!

– Amazing for the skin and said to be a natural wrinkle fighter.

– Hydrating and full of electrolytes which makes it a perfect drink after a sweaty HIP Studio workout!!

Watch the video to find out more on how to get your fix.

 

HIP Studio – Pulling Inspiration, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

HIP studioThey say what you focus on expands. I certainly hope that doesn’t include my rear end because that’s been my focus for a while. However, I do believe the power of positive thinking is a discipline as challenging as eating clean for 3 months. For a while, because of a rigorous schedule, I had been taking my workouts at home. I started to notice a lack of effort and a disgruntled spirit. The biggest change was the depth of my critiques, I was never satisfied. Not with my effort, not with my body, or my focus. Our bodies and our minds have a relationship, I needed to work on mine being a loving one.

Recently, I’ve tried to focus on what I can do, and not what I can’t. As a result of my shift in focus, I found I can actually do more. I try more. I push harder too.
It’s hard not to compare yourself or your body to others in the room, so now I’m using it for positive vibes. I see someone working hard in class and allow her hard work to push me to my next level. If you are lacking inspiration for your workouts look no further than those around you. Together we work hard and sweat it out as a team. All you have to do is show up.
HIP Studio is a harbor where inspiration of all kinds docks. Each client, each trainer and even the writing on the wall is there as a spark for you to ignite your full potential. I know if I let myself be inspired by those around me, I will reach that potential and beyond. And I know you can too. Less critical, more loving, and opened to inspiration!
-Kayte Walsh
HIP Trainer

80/20 – HIP Studio 90 Day Challenge, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

So you’ve finished the HIP studio 90 Day Clean Eating Challenge! Congratulations for taking the plunge for a cleaner healthier you. After eating clean many of our HIPsters have found they are less bloated, less irritable, less fatigued with less headaches, less digestive issues. They are sleeping better, have more energy and noticing tone in their arms legs and midsections.
Feeling this good makes you want to eat clean for life, but once the challenge is gone and there are no more points to be rewarded how to you keep motivated? For one, a lot of the processed stuff you used to eat won’t taste good anymore. Rich food will be richer and sweets will be too sweet.
HIP StudioMaking clean eating a lifestyle isn’t as hard as you think, especially if you listen to your body and avoid what makes you feel gross. Think about clean eating 80% of the time and leave 20% up for those nights when you crave a burger and a beer or you indulge in a slice of cake for a co-workers birthday.
Creating consistency is what promotes change. Don’t undo all the good that you did on the challenge. Just because you can have dessert without deducing points doesn’t mean you should eat a whole cake. Balance in your diet, balance in your life. In meals or calories, 80/20 breaks down like this.
  • 3 square meals per day: 21 meals per week. 80/20 = 17 Neat & 3 Treat meals over the week.
  • 5 small meals per day: 35 small meals per week. 80/20 = 28 Neat & 7 Treat over the week.
  • 2000 calories average per day (daily view): 2000 calories. 80/20 = 1600 Neat & 400 Treat calories per day.
  • 2000 calories average per day (week view): 14,000 calories per week. 80/20 = 11,200 Neat & 2,800 Treat calories per week.

Some weeks you might find you’re 90/10 others 70/30, and that’s okay! Thank you for completing the HIP Studio 90 Day Challenge with us!

HIP Studio Tips For Grandmas

HIP StudioWritten by: Kayte Corrigan

The experts at HIP Studio know that fitness is a life long thing like a marriage, ‘til death do you part, and a good reason why grandmas are looking and acting younger and younger. There are times your relationship with fitness might suffer, times when you’re bored with your fitness, or you just don’t give your fitness enough attention. Sometimes you feel like the romance is gone, but if you’re dedicated to making the relationship work, fitness will have your back ‘til the end, the very end. Live long and healthy so you can see the third generation.

50s: Gravity and metabolism are frienemies now. Women gain an average of 12lbs post menopause and everything else droops. Posture is key, it can certainly age you one way or another. If you haven’t started strength training by now, get right on it. Keep a set of dumbbells around if you can’t get to a class, conscious of proper technique. Activity will require more recovery time. Stretch after every workout no matter what. Pilates and yoga will help you recover and stretch while maintaining strength and increasing flexibility. Strength and flexibility become synonymous with health.

60s & 70s: Joint health becomes a focus, so don’t give up on fitness. We’re not saying run a marathon, but don’t let aches and pains hinder working out. Adapt your workout, low impact rules. Enjoy long walks. Resistance training is still important, but using lighter weight will relieve joint pain while lifting. This isn’t the time to max-out on your bench press. Stretching and practicing balance postures are also essential. If you don’t stretch now, the flexibly in your joints when you’re 80 will be completely lost. Pilates can aid in flexibility as well as balance, both of which will carry you through the golden years with grace.

Rewarding

Written by: Kayte Corrigan
Last weekend I joined a few long lost friends in Vegas for a laughter fest celebrating a mutual dear friend’s last few weeks as a single lady. The roster was a grip of gals from less refined years at Michigan State University. I used this weekend’s desert get-away as my reward as well as my motivation for this past month’s HIP’s 90 Day Challenge. It was sure to be a weekend of cheating on clean eating as well as an arena to test out the new bikini bod. After being diligent with my whole foods, portion control and extra cardio and ab workouts I felt I was ready for a reward, but I didn’t want to derail my success.
It turned out, we all had grown quite wise since our college years. A group of angels in Sin City. We had a suite in a non-smoking hotel and took it upon ourselves to bring in as much food as possible for the weekend. Veggies, hummus, cheese, wine, even rotisserie chickens (for protein) along with plenty of water, sunscreen and a lot of dancing made the weekend a success and complementary of our fit lifestyles. We’re still patting ourselves on the back for our good decisions.
I will admit to unwrapping a few packaged food items, but I have to say it was a weird feeling. I hadn’t torn open a single serving package in over two months and it made me take note of the act. Not only was the food inside bland and a little on the sweet side, but I found the crinkle of the wrapper itself to be a turn off. Not a present I couldn’t wait to tear into. The foil felt foreign, low quality and cheap. It was a realization that my efforts to eat clean had raised my standards for nourishment. In that moment I gained a full appreciation for all the time and effort of my food preparation during the past 60+ days.
As for the bathing suit fashion show, I’m not exactly to my goal, but I’m feeling great about my progress. And the bride to be… she’s been slimming down for her wedding day by eating clean and incorporating 2-a-day workouts, she has the abs to prove it. Certainly an inspiration for my last 30 days on the challenge!

Kayte Walsh

HIP Trainer

Booty Blasters

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Memorial Day is 6 weeks away, will you be wearing white? Part of a strong core is strong glutes and strong glutes don’t look half bad in a pair of white shorts. When you burn the booty don’t forget about the other stabilizers like your abs and inner thighs. They are all working together to lift that bum and tone all over.

If it’s your posterior you want to target, doing a little extra of these mat Pilates exercises while watching TV can make a difference that’s black and white. Color of your pants, that is!
Shoulder Bridge – Lying on your back, knees apart and bent, feet flat on the floor. Squeeze the glutes and hamstrings and raise the pelvis off the floor to the sky, pressing evenly into both feet. Repeat the lift and lowering of the pelvis, keeping the abs engaged to prevent the load from going into the lower back. The neck and shoulders stay relaxed on the mat. For more of a challenge lift one leg up to the sky and lift and lower then switch legs and repeat.
Side Leg Series – Lying onto one side, line the back of your body up with the edge of the mat and cradle your head with the bottom arm. Maintain that straight line from head to toe, supporting with the top arm if necessary and lift the top leg to hip height. Lower and lift the leg, pointing the foot on the lift and flexing on the lower. Next, keep the leg at hip height and draw small circles to the front and then reverse, using the core to keep the pelvis stabilized. After that, lift the top leg up to hip height and bring the bottom leg up to meet it. Then lift both legs at the same time. Repeat each exercise for 5-10 reps before moving onto the other side.
Leg Lifts Prone – On your forearms and knees (or your palms of your hands if that feels better) straighten one leg behind you and then bend it in half like you’re going to poke the ceiling with your toe. Just like bungee kicks (without the bungee) little pulsing lifts to target the crease of your seat where the hamstring meets the glute. Think of tucking your tailbone under and rounding your back to not only engage your abs, but also protect your lower back and making your glute work harder. Repeat on the other side.
Fun fact: The word Gluteus is derived from the latin word meaning Rump! Workout your rump for summer!

Ab-natomy

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

It’s good you know your core and how it functions. Beyond looking awesome while baring the midriff, your abdominals workouts benefit more than your fashion sense. If you think about it, your abs literally hold you up right and protect your internal organs. There isn’t much between your ribs and pelvis, your abs are your armor.

Rectus Abdominis – The coveted six-pack and the most superficial abdominal muscles. It’s a long and flat muscle that runs vertically between the pubis and the sixth and seventh ribs. The Rectus is responsible for flexing the spine. Any time your ribs get closer to your pelvis, that’s your rectus abdominis at work. It also helps to stabilize during side bending and twisting.

External + Internal Obliques – Brothers working together for side bending and spinal rotation. The fibers of both muscles run opposite one another diagonally. External fibers point to the hips like putting your hands in your pockets and internal the opposite way. External run from your 5th to 12th ribs down to the side of your hip and kissing the Rectus Abdominus while the internal run all the way to your lower back. The internal and external oblique on opposite sides work to rotate the torso one direction and the same side internal and external are used to bend sideways.

Transverus Abdominus – Meet the deepest layer of muscles in the abdomen. The Transverus Abdominus or TA, is foundation of spine stabilization in addition to aiding in respiration. Think of the transverses as the ice under the six-pack. What’s the point of a beverage if it isn’t frosty?  The fibers of this muscle run horizontally around the font and back of the body, feeling like a corset tightening slightly when engaged. Drawing the navel in to stabilize the spine, a strong Transversus protects the lower back along with weight regulation along the vertebral column and pelvis.

Hip Flexors – No, not really abdominals, but abdominal helpers. Your hip flexors bring your legs to your torso in aid of full flexion. It’s really important to be mindful when you do abdominal exercises to stay out of the hip flexors. Modify if you begin to feel strain in this muscle group. The best way to isolate the abdominals is to minimize the involvement of the hip flexors.

If you think about it, your abs literally hold you up right and protect your internal organs. There isn’t much between your ribs and pelvis, your abs are your armor. How strong is your armor?