Wake Up Call

To Truly Laugh

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!

~ Charlie Chaplin

Finding Beauty

Your Body is a Stage

At last week’s Anusara® yoga Teacher Training in Paris, my poetic friend Sianna Sherman beautifully described the body as, “either a cage to trap you or a stage to set you free.”

Think about it. Our bodies are the vehicles through which we experience the world. What we touch-smell-taste-hear-see is filtered through our own particular physical parameters – through the amalgamation of sensations that is us. Through our bodies we suffer pain and illness, but also ecstasy.

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Dance Big

Dance is bigger than the physical body. Think bigger than that. When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers, because you're dancing bigger than that: you're dancing spirit.

~ Judith Jamison

Kaitlyn said "

What a graceful way to live. Like it!

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Classy Gossip

Tonique is the Hardest Class Ever

[This just in from anonymous source K. ~ The Eds.]

You should look into Tonique. Sylwia is the Tonique guru. They just brought the class to the Printing House. I was the only person in the entire room with ANY body fat on them. It's 90 minutes, and it seriously kicked my ass. Granted, I am not in my finest shape by any means, but holy shit....

A scarily type A+ blond, mini-woman in the front of the room turned back to my huffing-and-puffing self and said, "It took me 3 months to be able to get through this routine. Don't give up, you are doing so much better than I was when I first started. I don't mean to be annoying, but I know it can be hard at first. Just keep marching in place if you stop."

And I guess I did appreciate it, and this showed, because she went on:  "My kids go to pre-school with Sylwia's kids, (How did children come out of your body?!?!), and I won a session with her at a pre-school raffle. I've been training with her for two years, and I owe my entire body to her. I mean, I was a 4/6, well, before I had kids and was in shape, and now, (gestures to her body), I'm a size ZERO. I mean, I was seriously pear-shaped."

Hardest. Class. Ever.

jessicapo said "

LOVE THIS CLASS!

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Buns of Steal

Revenge is Sweat-y!

It's all tied up! Equinox: 1. Buns of Steal 1. 

Loyal B.O.S. readers will recall that I was once kicked out of Equinox when the authorities caught me shamelessly sampling a Columbus Circle location after I had already used a guest pass at 96th street. That was back when the media was all over me, and, needless to say, the haters ate it up. This didn't bother so much, as I basked in all the additional blog traffic. But I did think my days at Equinox were over. That was, until my friend R. showed up....

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spindig said "

In my five day trial at EQ in SF last May, i tried it twice (and it ..." More comments...

Wake Up Call

Balloons on Monday

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.

~ A. A. Milne

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The Good Fight

What matters is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.

~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Site News

What the Hell Happened to the Blog And Other Important Matters

Saturday morning at Social Workout HQ, and four of us are hard at work in an otherwise quiet Soho office space. As the designers design and the developer develops, I figure it's high time to do a bit of catching up on the blog. It feels like forever since we last had a good chat.

First, a very brief history: Once, Social Workout was a simple blog. Then we were a blog that did communal challenges. We did nine or so of them, and along the way we bonded and discovered that setting a goal and having a bunch of strangers watching your back was a good thing. Naturally, we wanted to share the love, but there were some problems....

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sandella said "

I agree with zuzupetals... i miss the old version. b4 the ..." More comments...

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On Friendship

Your training partners are key to your success, and friendships based on your runs together are strong.

~ Bill Rodgers

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On Small Wins

I've found that small wins, small projects, small differences often make huge differences.

~Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Elixirs

Blended Tea Nirvana

Blending teas is the new black. My go-to tea hybrid is a mix of green tea and fresh mint leaves,  and/or a peppermint tea bag. This melange produces an invigorating, tummy-soothing lift. The Chinese have been drinking green tea for 4,000 years, and for just as long they have extolled its effectiveness as a remedy for various health problems. (There are claims that green tea will stabilize your cholesterol levels, help with weight loss, and generally remove nasty toxins from your body.) Meanwhile, peppermint soothes the digestive tract, alleviates nausea, and it smells and tastes great. So, that's the strategy, but what are the tactics?

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piper184 said "

I love Rishi tea because they do a lot of really great blends. ..." More comments...

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Go For It!

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.

~ Henry Ford

Neighborhood Secrets

Urban Zen Does Monday Morning Yoga

Attention West Villagers: The Urban Zen Center, Donna Karan's gorgeous, high-minded, non-profit clubhouse, has started a regular series of Monday morning yoga classes. Please recall that DK has been on a mission to insert the practice of yoga into the care of cancer patients. The cavernous Urban Zen Center is the hub at which she trains her troops, while also hosting all manner of cool events, including a weekly 5Rhythms dance class. The new yoga class goes down every morning at 8:00 A.M., and features a half hour of meditation, followed by an hour of vinyasa yoga. The "suggested donation" is $10, and the Center provides mats, props, and a changing area. It's a bargain! But it's not forever. The series began October 18th, and runs just through the end of the year. 

Oliver said "

PS: On November 10th, the Urban Zen Center is hosting a ..." More comments...

Finding Beauty

Doing the Yoga in the City of Light

I want to be luminous. I want to glow. I want to be lit up like the Sainte-Chapelle, the extraordinary cathedral of stained glass in Paris, where I've been this week assisting my friend Sianna Sherman with an intense five-day Teacher Training. In Anusara® yoga we have an expression, "Inner Body Bright." The expression is intended to evoke the energetic brilliance that resides at our core, to draw it to the surface, and to shine it out around us like a full-body halo. How do we access that inner light so that we can extend our talents and gifts out into the world? We do the yoga.

The yoga for me is asana practice, philosophy study, art making, and writing. For someone else, the yoga might be singing, cycling, or martial arts. Yoga means yoking, connecting. Doing the yoga is about creating internal and external unity. The details don’t really matter. What matters is choosing to do what lights you up.

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Wake Up Call

Take the Half Pipe!

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.

~ Katherine Mansfield

Kaitlyn said "

Yes, tap into that inner strength and go for it!

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Wake Up Call

The Dance is a Poem

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a world.

~ Mata Hari

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All Life is an Experience

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Balance is Beautiful

Balance is beautiful.

~ Miyoko Ohno

Elixirs

Warm, Simple, Sweet Squash!

Today, it's not about elixirs, it's about squash. Beautiful, colorful squash are everywhere just now, and they pair nicely with just about anything. Like, say, steamed kale and a serving of goat cheese. 

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On Walking

Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson