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Sound Off Yoga at MB Ciclovia

This was a very epic Sunday morning, doing Sound Off Yoga in the middle of Washington Ave in Miami Beach!

More information about the event, please see: http://miamibeachfl.gov/scroll.aspx?id=87437

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Double 5k Weekend

Well…there is always a first time! Running 2 5ks in the same weekend was new and actually easier than I thought.
Starting on Saturday at Goals not Guns 5k Run, Walk or Pedal in downtown Miami. Thanks to Mr Frank Carollo and Frankie Ruiz, the runners could register for free and, we had fun taking over parts of downtown, little havana and back to bayfront park.

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And on Sunday, the Tribe took over West Kendall for another run: GoRun5k.
This was a very special event, combined with the store’s 1st year Anniversary. Pure and great vibes got together for a great party after the race. Here I share some images from that amazing and fun morning.

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  All I can say is: I survived.‚úĆ

Sound Off Yoga – Friday May 13th

The view at the roof top is priceless. My first time finally doing Sound off Yoga provided by Baptist Health and Ansa Yoga.
NamasteūüôŹ

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Thanks Castel!

Fast Twitch with Muscle Milk

I am working on a short video about this place. For now, I would like to share some images from my visit on April 19th, along with the Muscle Milk crew and some local guests!

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Croquetas & Champagne SOBEWFF2016

Thanks to SouthBeachTopChefs.com , I could attend SOBEWFF once again and this year, the event was serving one of my favorites ‘latin food’ very popular in Miami: Croquetas – with a side of champagne, the 3 hour event was something… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† I will stop talking so you can watch some highlights of that lovely Saturday night at the Paradise Plaza, Palm Court / Midtown.

Publix A1A Half-Marathon

Live MCH at YogArt Event

The first YogArt Event of 2016 was relocated inside the spectacular Moore Building (according to the weather forecast, the event accommodated us to be dry and safely inside during the class) Located next to the Palm Court in Design District, it had plenty space to fit the yogis looking for a new experience during that class. Magic City Hippies kept us dancing in between yoga poses and movements. A class like I never had before. And let’s not forget, I was sipping on some good sparkling wine. Sharing some photos and a video.

Save your spot today, don’t miss the next event:¬†http://www.yogartevent.com/yogart-design-district#about-design-district

LIC Miamia 2016

01.16.16 the day was finally here! Life in Color was awesome and I got tons of photos and videos. Here are some shots. You can find more on my Instagram.

Life in Color 2014

LICMIAMI is happening this weekend 01.16.16

Here is part of what happened last time I was there in 2014…

TranscendMB 01.03.2016

According to our dictionary, Transcend:

[tran-send]

1.to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed: to transcend the limits of thought; kindness transcends courtesy.
2.to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc.;surpass; excel.
3.Theology. (of the Deity) to be above and independent of (the universe,time, etc.).
In Miami, Transcend means Yoga.
Yes, the fabulous TranscendMia Yoga event happened ¬†again! And ¬†this time, Yogis were on the sands of Miami Beach, few days after the New Year’s intense celebrations.
Here is a short video from that magical morning few weeks ago. This was the best way to start 2016, It was wonderful!
NAMASTE OOOOMMMMMM
TranscendMB.

Jingle Bell Jog Miami -12.20.15

I can’t believe I ended up skipping¬†¬†this post last month! Since I did the video ¬†in 2014 for the same race but in Ft. Lauderdale, I knew it would be ¬†fun to run and I actually had a blast! I am working on editing a short video from that day and for now, I would like to share some images.

Video will soon be ready!

YogArt Event

http://www.yogartevent.com/yogart-design-district/#about-design-district

“YogArt ¬†presented by Ch»Éteau d‚ÄôEsclans and The Sacred Space Miami¬†is a brand new monthly series taking place in the chic Palm Court of Miami‚Äôs Design District.¬† An extension of the popular YogArt during Art Basel and YogArt presents Buddhas & Bellinis during the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, this new series will kick-off on October 28, 2015.¬† Led by South Florida‚Äôs own Dawn B, sessions will take place on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 6pm, event begins at 6:30pm, 7:30pm class ends and healthy bites and drinks until 8pm.” by yogartevent.com – ( For more info please check the link: ¬†http://www.yogartevent.com/#yogartdesigndistrict)

GoProGirl’s video from event:

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Namaste – See you on next YogArt!

November Project Miami

WE DID IT! We are now officially November Project Miami, here is how it happened (in video)

 

And here is how it happened (in words by Brogan Graham)

http://november-project.com/pop-up-becomes-november-project-miami-official-by-brogan-graham/

Every Wednesday at 6:29am, meet at the American Airlines Arena. It’s free, just pop-up and join the group!

 

 

Yoga – The Backwards Saga to become a Yogi

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I don’t really know why it started. One day, I saw someone doing a Shirshasana on a paddle board when I was just chillin at the beach. Seeing that ¬†made me think – “How hard it could be to do a headstand on a paddle board?” ¬†Well… I had to figure that out alone and ¬†I decided to try it right there! ¬†Never done such a thing before!!!!!! My friend looked at me with that face of ‘ what the heck are you doing’ but I didn’t care. I know, we were in a public beach, with a bunch of people around, I was wearing a bikini… but I was also very curious to find out If I could ever do it. Curiosity KILLS me all the time. If I think I can, I will give it a TRY. And I did. No shame. Failed every single time. That was just the beginning of the Saga, around February of 2014. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†If you wonder why I call it SAGA, I will try to explain. When I first did a headstand, I was again in public, I stayed up in position for about 2-3 seconds, (just to take a photo). My pose was wrong: shoulders not in triangle position, ¬†my legs were open, I could not keep my balance for too long. Over all, I was trying to do something that, one usually learn how to do it when they are about to master the yoga, after years of practicing yoga. ¬† As usual, I was once again doing something I had no idea. And I used to post photos with this special hashtag #IDoNotDoYoga or #ImNotAYogaPerson. (Yep… you can check my instagram, you will find the photos under those tags). ¬†How many times people saw me doing headstands and they said – ‘wooooow that’s some yoga master!’ And I used to answer right away, still upside down – ‘I don’t do yoga!’ – Anyone’s face would just look very confused with my answer. – How in this world can you possibly learn “this” ¬†without attending yoga? ¬† ¬† Believe and it will happen, that is all I say. After about 5 months, I decided to get a yoga mat and start to practice and train how to do a headstand at home. By that point, a very nice friend told me how to position the arms and shoulder correctly and also told me to keep legs together and toes ponting. ¬†My intention was to first, use a wall in order to keep my balance and not fall. Guess what happened? I never used the wall!! ¬†I set up my gopro camera that day, so I could get some nice fail videos of my headstands but that never happened. When the headstand happened, ¬†I figured how to hold and keep balance. And slowly I started to do different poses, moving legs and sometimes the hips too. And of course, after getting confidence that I could really do this, I started to do headstands everywhere! At the beach, at the park, at the track, pharmacies… and you name it, I’ll do it and I don’t care about my surroundings.

Joining the Run Club group, I got to meet lots of healthy and nice people. (WARNING – Just know, ¬†those people tend to change your mind and convince you to do things you have never done before! – It happened to me, true story) Anyways, I knew that, at one point, I would ended up changing that hashtag and practicing some Yoga for real. ¬†And ¬†so it happened. One day, someone said: put down the camera today, I need you to enjoy this class. And I followed. It was really hard to reach for my toes and do some other poses that usually looks very simple but it’s actually really hard! ¬†but I did not give up. And the worse happened: it’s addictive. So, I kept attending yoga, I found that every yoga class is different. Some are relaxing and easy, others are more intense and difficult. After all, it’s all Yoga right? So where are those names from?

I started to figure it out after I was invited to have 30 day free pass for a new Yoga Studio in Wynwood (Love Life Wellness Center) and here is what I am learning or better,”figuring it out”, how Yoga can be different.

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Love Life Wellness Center – Nirvana Room (Hot Yoga)

Here is a list with a few yoga styles and their names.¬†(the following information was found at –¬†http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8622/14-styles-of-yoga-explained-simply.html )

Anusara: Anusara is often described as Iyengar (a purist form of yoga) with a sense of humor.

Ashtanga: Six established and strenuous pose sequences. Ashtangis move rapidly, flowing from one pose to the next with each inhale and exhale. Each series of poses linked by the breath this way is called a vinyasa.

Bikram: Bikram features yoga poses in a sauna-like room. The heat is cranked up to nearly 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity in official Bikram classes.

Hatha:¬†‚Äúhatha‚ÄĚ encompasses nearly all types of modern yoga.

Iyengar: Appropriate for all ages and abilities, Iyengar yoga is all about precise alignment and deliberate sequencing.

Jivamukti: A physical, limit-pushing practice that reintegrates yoga’s traditional spiritual elements in an educational way for Western practitioners.

Kripalu: Kripalu is a three-part practice that teaches you to get to know, accept, and learn from your body.

Kundalini: The practice of kundalini yoga features constantly moving, invigorating poses. The fluidity of the practice is intended to release the kundalini (serpent) energy in your body.

Prenatal: Yoga postures carefully adapted for expectant mothers.

Restorative: Less work, more relaxation. You’ll spend as many as 20 minutes each in just four or five simple poses. There’s also psychic cleansing: the mind goes to mush and you feel brand new.

Sivananda: An unhurried yoga practice that typically focuses on the same 12 basic asanas or variations thereof every time, bookended by sun salutations and savasana.

Viniyoga: A highly individualized practice in which yogis learn to adapt poses and goals to their own needs and abilities. Vini actually means differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application

Vinyasa /¬†Power:¬† Power yoga doesn‚Äôt stick to the same sequence of poses each time like ashtanga does, so the style varies depending on the teacher. Classes called ‚Äúvinyasa‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúflow‚ÄĚ in your gym or studio can be vastly different but in general stem from this movement and from ashtanga as well.

Yin:¬†A quiet, meditative yoga practice, also called taoist yoga. Yin focuses on lengthening connective tissues and is meant to complement yang yoga‚ÄĒyour muscle-forming Anusara, ashtanga, Iyengar, or what have you. Yin poses are passive, meaning you‚Äôre supposed to relax muscles and let gravity do the work. And they‚Äôre long ‚ÄĒ you‚Äôll practice patience here too.

Woof! Are you still there? These are just some of the Yoga Styles, I guess the most popular ones. But I know there are a lot more (and you can find more info online like I did.)

Now, If you ever decide to take a ‘shot of yoga’ one day, I also recommend: let the instructor know if it’s your first time (they love to know that and they will do their best to make you feel comfortable during the class).Be concentrated and focused in yourself during the class, everyone around you are probably focused¬†on themselves and believe me, nobody cares if you are doing something ‘different’. You might get some help from the instructors to fix your pose but usually not from another yogi. How many times I was ¬†‘lost’ in the position and nobody ever told me anything? a bunch! Nobody is there to judge you or anyone else so focus! I also practice a lot of yoga in open places like parks and malls. Obviously, you will have lots of eyes watching you in this case, but remember, they may not do yoga and also can’t tell if you are doing anything ‘different’ (I say different to not say the word wrong, cause there is nothing wrong in yoga) Beginners or Masters, we are all in process of learning in each class.

See you at the next big yoga events around Miami. You never know where I will pop-up next!

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10 Days to Run with Serena

Alright, day is coming. Lots of working in process and this may be my last post til race day. ¬† I’m hoping you already registered (if not,click here now –¬†http://theultimaterun.com/)

Today, I am sharing some facts about our Tennis Queen Serena. More specifically, 10. After doing a quick research, this is what I found to share:

10 Fun Facts about Serena Williams

* She has played in 60 Grand Slam tournaments in her career and has won 21 of them.

*Her favorite sport to watch other than tennis is gymnastics.

* She has competed at three Olympics and won four gold medals.

*She has lost just nine matches in her 15 U.S. Open appearances. The only person to beat her twice is sister Venus Williams (2001 and 2005).

*She has won 28 straight matches and four straight titles at Grand Slam events.

*Her middle name is Jameka.

*Her favorite city in the world is Rome.

*At 15 years between her first (1999) and most recent (2014) titles, Williams holds the record for most years between U.S. Open singles championships.

*Her favorite food after a workout is a Gatorade bar to replenish protein and carbs.

*Other than dogs, her favorite animals are tigers.(And she LOVES dogs, that’s my favorite!)

Do Not miss this great opportunity to Run with Serena Williams on December 13,2015.

See you there!

(Information originally from : http://espn.go.com/espnw/athletes-life/article/13384159/22-fun-facts-serena-williams)

First Time Obstacle Race – City Challenge

This was fun! Men’s City Challenge Race happened at the Sunlife Stadium. I confess it was harder than I was expecting but I still managed to go over most of the obstacles. I will be posting a video soon but for now, check the images please.

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#LightMIAMIPink at New World Symphony -South Beach

About the event (information copied from Facebook)

—¬†EBeauty.com, in partnership with the New World Symphony and American Cancer Society invite you to celebrate “PINK Yoga in the Park” in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 3rd 2015. Get Your PINK On!! #LightMiamiPink and join us in Lighting Miami Pink at the Park of the Miami Beach Soundscape Park.— (for more information please,kindly ¬†RE-directing to –¬†https://www.facebook.com/events/1621844544749863/ )

All photos by me!

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Summer Soulstice 2015

At the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for a Yoga Class on First Day of Summer.