Category Archives: Fitness

Yoga + Mimosas by The Sisterhood LA

Hi loves!

I’m so excited about an event we (The Sisterhood LA) are putting on tomorrow. It is at Russell Simmons beautiful new studio, Tantris. He has donated the space to us for our Sisterhood LA 501c3 nonprofit fundraiser. We will do an hour of hot yoga followed by a mimosa social hour. Pressed Juicery has collaborated with us and donated tons of juice for our delicious mimosas. Our licensed massage therapist Jordan will be offering mini massages and there will be delicious vegan snacks thanks to our sponsors¬†Rhythm Superfoods, Barnana, Hippeas and Jackies cookie connection.

Another fun surprise is Sweet Sweat who will be attending and doing a live demo with me of their coconut sweat product and they will be giving away gift bags of products and goodies for everyone! Hope you can make it!

To learn more about our nonprofit The Sisterhood LA and how you can be a part of it and give back, click here.

It’s not too late to sign up here! There are some spots left!: www.yogaandmimosasbysla.eventbrite.com

XO,

Natalie

Daily meditation with Oprah and Deepak Chopra

Oh Hello loves,

Join me in this free daily audio guided meditation by Oprah and Deepak Chopra! It started yesterday (Monday, April 10th) but you can also start today.

It is 21-Day Meditation Experience called “Hope in Uncertain Times.”

This is a great way to start your day off with a clear mind and a positive, focused mindset. I am new to meditation (as the closest I’ve gotten is savasna at the end of yoga class) but I have to say so far I love it. We all need to be present and take a break from our daily cluttered chaotic lives. The daily audio will be available for you to listen to it up to 5 days after each day and it will not let you move forward until into the next day (so you can’t read them all at once).

Here is a short description:

Renew a sense of trust and optimism about your life and the world around you. Connect with your personal power in a way that lets you embrace uncertainty as an opportunity to grow and evolve. Harness strength and centeredness, to move beyond conflict and judgment towards more love, peace, and acceptance.

Your journey starts today! Here is the link to access it. It’s time to connect with yourself so you are able to connect better with the outside world.

Breathe in, Breathe out.
Namaste. ūüôŹūüŹĹ

Natalie

Mykonos, Greece

Tantris by Russell Simmons – Hottest new yoga studio in Los Angeles

I have been doing yoga for several years now. My favorite studio was Steve Ross’ Maha Yoga in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. It was a nice warm flow to hip hop beats. I loved waking up on Saturday mornings and starting it off by getting a good sweat. I was really sad to hear that they closed down. I was happy to hear that entrepreneur, producer and author Russell Simmons opened up a new studio in West Hollywood and was eager to check it out. He also used to attend Maha yoga and take Steve’s class. They have been friends for quite some time.

Natalie Wilson and Russell Simmons

Russell’s studio is called Tantris Center for yogic science. When you walk in, you will notice sign that says “coexist” which is a theme throughout the studio (check out the window coverings, they are covered in¬†tiny little religion symbols). The indian inspired modern decor is absolutely beautiful.¬†There are lots of options for yoga classes with some great experienced teachers. You will also catch Russell here a lot, as he attends the classes regularly. My old teacher Steve from Maha yoga now teaches at his studio so I was excited about that and he still has Hip Hop yoga! You can catch him there Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 5:30pm (although this week he is on vacation). My friends are obsessed.

The two level studio is a big new space on Sunset Blvd. complete with an energy bar where you can sit down and enjoy a snack with a great selection of juices, bars, kombucha and free coffee, a retail section with their own brand of yoga clothing, a blow dry bar, an upstairs lounge to hang out and showers and lockers to rinse afterwards (you might want to do this because class is pretty hot and you will be pretty soaked). I got the cutest yoga pants and long jacket vest! Very high quality materials and the fit is amazing. They also sell¬†skincare and hair products, jewelry and books. There is also a really nice backyard area which I’m sure will be nice in the summer time for events.

Although they have been open for several months already, they had an opening class last weekend followed by a lecture by Russell and Steve. Afterwards was a complimentary vegan picnic. The class was packed and Russell and Steve talked about their experiences of being yogis and their long practice of studying yoga and meditation. They talked about the importance of being present and that the ego is the sense of separate existence. That sense has to go for you to be fully happy. They explained that suffering is wanting things to be different from what they are. Accepting things the way they are gets rid of that suffering. They also talked about many other things including their dear friend Eckhart Tolle and his book The Power of Now.

I’ve been to Tantris a few times this week and have really enjoyed it. Last night I actually received a copy of one of Russell’s books:¬†“Success through Stillness”¬†which¬†he signed and I’m excited to read it. He is very into meditation, which I need to do more of, so I do want to learn more about it. Steve also has a book as well called “Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons why theres nothing to worry about.” Both books are also available at the studio.

If you would like to check out the studio, there is another opening (FREE) yoga class this weekend (Sunday, March 5th) at 12pm followed by another lecture with Russell at 1:15pm. Sign up now before it is booked up. No need to bring mats and towels to this one since they are provided (but you can to future classes if you do not want to rent). Afterwards will be a free vegan soul lunch downstairs (and maybe you can take a pic with Russell)! You can get a free week to the studio if you want to check out more classes. The location is right next to Boa restaurant and valet is on Sunset which is $4 for the first hour, $8 after 3 hours. Otherwise you can find street parking on adjacent streets, just be sure to read the signs.

Read here to learn about Russell’s viewpoint on yoga and why he opened Tantris.

Hope to see you there!

Namaste,

Natalie

Yoga with Steve Ross

Steve Ross

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How to get 6 pack abs

We always envy people with abs. It makes us want to get in shape. It makes us think to ourselves, why can’t I have abs like that? Well… you can!

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[Photography by Jennifer Ona]

I always get compliments on my abs and friends or people at the gym ask me how I get them so I decided to do a post about it.

The first step in¬†obtaining defined abs is lowering your body fat percentage. You must lower that first before being able to see your abs poke through otherwise the below tips are pointless. Once you get in a regular work out routine and cut out fried foods, processed foods, fast food and lower your sugar/dairy intake you will be on the right track (Start looking at labels and how much sugar is inside, ideally 5% or less is low). Instead enjoy protein, veggies and carbs. When I say carbs I mean healthy carbs such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados, whole fruits and whole grains (oats, brown rice and quinoa) not bad carbs such as white bread, fries and potato chips. You will definitely see results in 1-2 months depending on how much you stick to this until you notice a difference (then we can talk about cheat days).¬†If you drink a lot, that’s another story, lets address that first! There is TONS of sugar in alcohol. Cut that out first if you really want this or limit yourself until you see results.

Now for the exercise part. In the gym, here is my go to for when I head over to the mats for my floor exercises. This was recommended to me by the trainer of many professional models: David Hicks of LifestylecoachLA :

You definitely feel the burn on this one!! Just power through it. Try it 3-5 times a week in addition to your work out routine. It will get easier. You can do it! I may be a weirdo but I now enjoy the burn.

The other main work out I do in which I definitely found great results with is sprinting! When I go over to the park to jog or run around the track to warm up, I head over to the grassy area afterwards for sprinting, lunges and ab exercises. This is when my abs really started to show! I would do this several times a week. Sprinting increases your metabolism and  the calories continue to burn off long after your sprinting is done! It burns off the stomach fat and tones the muscles underneath. Make sure you engage your core while sprinting. It is the most explosive training you can do. You will build your glutes, quads and hamstrings and will also strengthen your core. You engage all of those muscles at the same time. 90% of athletes include sprint training in their workout routine. Try sprinting about 110 yards ten times 3-4 times per week.

IN SUMMARY:

  1. Lower your body fat percentage by exercising regularly.
  2. Lower your body fat percentage by eating healthy protein rich foods, lowering your sugar and dairy intake and by cutting out processed foods, fried foods, fast food (and cut off alcohol or at least limit your drinks to a couple drinks per week for now).
  3. Do the above 6 Minute 6 Pack ab routine 3-5 times a week.
  4. Sprint 10×110! ¬†110 yards 10 times 3-4 times a week.

Try these workouts and let me know what you think!

XO,

Natalie