Sunday, April 20, 2014

Over A Month?

Happy Easter!!!! It is only seems right since Jesus was resurrected today, that I bring my blog back to life with a new post ha.

Has it seriously been over one month since I posted? Bad Bad Mari! I have to be honest, I find it so much easier to connect with you guys via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter in real time.

My life has been a rollercoaster for the past couple of months. As most of you know, my cousin had an Aneurism in March and was in ICU in Oklahoma for quite a bit but with the power of prayer, positive thinking, and HER FIGHT…she is recovering! The other day, we were video chatting and I thanked her for fighting so hard because I was not ready to let her go and she replied that I was one of the reasons that she kept fighting. I love her so much and so happy to say that she is currently on a Plane BACK TO NYC! I cant wait to see her in a few hours.

Also, I recently left the gym and decided to branch out on my own and focus on in-home/outdoor training and I have never been happier (it is still scary though ha)! I get to do what I love and not worry about hitting a quota and selling myself to people.


Back in January,I decided to do a month of yoga and since I felt so great during that month; I continued for 100 days!

I celebrated this milestone by getting a new tattoo!! I have wanted to get the OM symbol for the longest time but wanted it to be special…and now it is.

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I've decided to keep my challenge going! Maybe I will hit a year, who knows?

Speaking of yoga, you guys should check out this Mediation Online Conference from which starts tomorrow. It has a lot of great speakers participating such as Russell Simmons, Gabriella Bernstein, Dr. Michael Beckwith, and SO MUCH MORE!

Also if you are in the NYC area, I will be attending Goddess On The Go next Sunday!  Here is some info about the event:

Why Goddess On The Go?

Goddess On the Go reconnects women to their essential needs, so they can experience life with a full “tank” of gratitude and glow. Our workshops bring women together to reconnect to their pure and perfect pleasure, spice up their sensual sides, and bask in the power of sisterhood. Led by a compelling group of experts on wellness, spirituality, and beauty, participants dive into all that’s divine about being a woman.

Too often, women are busy running from place to place, forgetting to take care of ourselves first (if at all). We get disconnected from our bodies, our needs, and our intuition, forgetting what makes us happy—or that we even deserve to feel happiness at all. At Goddess On The Go workshops, women connect, move their bodies, and uncover their bombshell beauty, in a fun space designed to heal and create lasting fulfillment. It’s a serene celebration of life, goddess style!

Have a beautiful Easter!!!!!!!


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Stonyfield Winner & I have a “Secret”

Hey loves!!!!! Thank you to everyone that entered my Stonyfield Winner!!!! I am excited to announce that the winner is my longtime reader, Sarah!!!!! Please email me your mailing address so we can get your goodies, sent out to you!!!!!

Thank you to ALLLLL my sponsors that made this month of giveaways possible!!!!!



If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you most likely saw that I watched “The Secret” over the weekend on Netflix and absolutely loved it! I even took some notes to share with y’all!

Mari’s Secret Cliff Notes:

I am a deliberate creator of my life....

Ask. Believe. Receive.

Powerful Process:
What are you grateful for? Write it down. Think about it. And feel it.
Visualize it.
When you visualize then you materialize.

Don't focus on the how. Focus on the why! The universe will focus on the how.

Use the law of attraction to get good!

"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions" - Albert Einstein.

Declare what you want from the catalog of the universe

Energy goes where intention goes....

Did you read or watch The Secret? What were your thoughts on it????




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Monday, February 24, 2014

Stonyfield Giveaway and Fierce Forward Winner…

Five years ago today, I decided to try this blogging thing out and here I sit…still doing it.

Photo: Exactly five years ago, my life changed. I can't help but get teary eyed as I think about it. Last giveaway of the month, will be up today! #personaltrainer #healthcoach #healthyliving #blog #blogger #namastemari #namaste #healthandfitness #stonyfield #nyc #fitfoodie #fitness #instafit #instayoga #yoga #yogi

I am so thrilled that my friend Mansana talked me into doing this because I honestly think that it has changed my life so much (for the better). I have so many amazing friends, because of Namaste Mari and I can’t even think of my life without them.

As you all know, I have been doing a month of giveaways to celebrate my 5th year anniversary and I wanted to conclude the month with Stonyfield. They have supported my blog from the very beginning (thanks to Kristina!) and it only seemed right to celebrate this day with them!

Stonyfield just released two new flavors; Black Cherry and Café Latte and let me tell you, THEY ARE AMAZING! For a long time, the Honey flavor was my favorite but damn, the Café Latte just beat it. The minute you open it, the fragrance of coffee hits you in the face and tastes like and iced coffee latte. It is ahhhhmazing!

We want you to try all these amazing flavors so we have a kick ass giveaway to share with you!!!! You can win $50 dollars worth of product coupons AND some other fun swag!!!!!


How to Enter:

  1. Become a Fan on Namaste Mari on Facebook

  2. Become a fan of Stonyfield on Facebook

  3. Tweet my giveaway and @Namaste_Mari (please note the underscore) and @Stonyfield and use the hashtag #StonyfieldGreek

  4. Follow Stonyfield on Twitter @stonyfield

  5. Follow me on Twitter @namaste_mari

  6. Tell me which flavor you would love to try

To all my running friends that are doing the Boston Marathon in 55 days…keep a look out for Stonyfield! They will be one of the Sponsors this year! BOSTON STRONG!!!!!!!

DEADLINE: Midnight Eastern Time on Sunday March 2nd !!!…GOOD LUCK!!!!

This contest is open to US residents only.

My Fierce Forward winner is Karina!!!!! Please email me your mailing address so we can get your package sent out! Congrats!


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Fierce Forward Giveaway & Imusa/Iberia Winner……

When I was I planning to do this month of giveaways, there were a couple of items that I wanted to make sure were included and I am so grateful that I was lucky enough to have some amazing sponsors who made this possible.

As most of you know, I am a huge fan of Fierce Forward Limitless Bracelets…I love what they stand for and that they help other women!

“With the purchase of each bracelet, you are supporting and empowering women who make Fair Trade Beads. Fierce Forward supports women’s rights, human rights and environmentally conscious production”

I have the Committed bracelet set and recently purchased the “Focus” Limitless bracelet since focus is my word for 2014!


Before I tell you which bracelet you will win, I want to share more about Ashley which will give you more of an insight as to why I heart her so much!!!!

Empowering others to live fiercely.

Fierce Forward Intention Bracelets were created to help myself and my Community of Fierce Fighters remember that as people in this world, we are Limitless & Fierce. Three years ago, I was overweight and unhappy with where I was in my life. I wanted more and so I decided that I had a choice to move in that direction if I truly wanted to and so I did. I became a Spokesmodel for, a Motivational Speaker, Personal Trainer, created my own company to help others, Fierce Forward, and I even auditioned and made it to the finals for NBC’s Biggest Loser Trainer. Throughout the past three years of opportunity and growth, also came personal road blocks. I coined the term Fierce Forward to always move forward fiercely toward what you want. Then I experienced more and went through a period that I had to remember that no matter what was getting in my way, I had to remember I am Limitless, in order to move forward fiercely still. So I began with a simple bracelet that had a cause behind it, that is, using Fair Trade Beads. I love these beads, they speak to me. They also go back to empowering women and their communities by supporting the creation of their fair trade beads.



I don’t know about you guys but I live my life with Purpose. I am lucky enough to know what I was meant to do with my life and all my choices in life are based on this truth. So I thought that the Purpose Limitless bracelet would be the perfect giveaway.

Why do you wake up in the morning? What do you want out of your life? Are YOU living the life that YOU want? What is YOUR PURPOSE????


How to Enter this amazing giveaway!

  1. Post a comment below

  2. Tweet my giveaway and @Namaste_Mari (please note the underscore) and @FierceForward and use the hashtag #fiercegiveaway

  3. Follow us on Twitter @FierceForward @Namaste_Mari
  4. Fan Fierce Forward on Facebook

  5. Become a Fan on Namaste Mari on Facebook

  6. Follow us on Instagram @namastemari @fierceforwardforlife

(Please make sure to @namaste_mari on Twitter and use #fiercegiveaway so I can see your posts! Thanks!!!!!!)

DEADLINE: Midnight Eastern Time on Sunday February 23rd !!!…GOOD LUCK!!!!

Imusa/Iberia winner is Julie!!!! Please email me your mailing address so we can get your package sent out! Congrats!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Imusa & Iberia Giveaway and Puritan’s Pride Winner…

Hey loves!!!!!!

It is week two of my giveaways and this week my Sponsors are Imusa and Iberia!!!!

Let me give you a little backstory on both companies before I tell you what you can win this week.

IMUSA is the #1 Hispanic & International cookware company.

Innovative, authentic & affordable, IMUSA‘s line of products help bring the Abuelas’ (grandmas’) recipes to life, while also capturing the adventurist spirit of culinary globetrotters.

Today, the IMUSA brand has moved beyond borders to become the leading brand of Hispanic housewares and a culinary brand ambassador of other international cuisines including the new Pan-Asian line of products.

Iberia Foods the go-to manufacturer of packaged foods, SPECIALIZING in ethnic and Latin cuisine and offers a wide variety of food & beverage products – from your kitchen cabinet basics (EVOO, olives, rice, beans) to specialty ‘foodie’ products (aioli, blended oils, paella packets) … the list goes on. Iberia sources authentic, fresh ingredients from the original climates in which they grow. For example, each olive is hand-picked from the trees of Spain and seasoned with peppers grown in South America.


Have you ever gone to a Mexican Restaurant and ordered the Fajita platter and the tortillas come in a warmer? I love them because the tortillas stay warm throughout your entire meal! Imusa’s Tortilla Warmer keeps them hot and soft for up to an hour and you can also use it for Flat Breads, Pitas, Breads, Naans, and Arepas.


I don’t know about you but I can snack on olives all day…so I may be bias to my next product. I was lucky enough to try Iberia’s Spanish Olives stuffed with Jalapeños and Almonds. Both taste great but I could not stop snacking on the Almond ones…two of my favorite things combined! (Crap as I type this, I am fighting the temptation to grab them out of the fridge ha)

olives(notice how the almond jar is almost empty haha)

A lucky reader will win all three of these products!!!


How to Enter:

  1. Post a comment below

  2. Tweet my giveaway and @Namaste_Mari (please note the underscore) and @ImusaUSA  and use the hashtag #namastemarigiveaway

  3. Follow us on Twitter @ImusaUSA @Namaste_mari
  4. Fan Imusa on Facebook

  5. Fan Iberia on Facebook

  6. Become a Fan on Namaste Mari on Facebook

  7. Follow me on Instagram @namastemari

(Please make sure to @namaste_mari on Twitter and use #namastemarigiveaway so I can see your posts! Thanks!!!!!!)

DEADLINE: Midnight Eastern Time on Sunday February 16th !!!…GOOD LUCK!!!!

Puritan’s Pride Giveaway winner is Stefanie!!!! Please email me your mailing address so we can get your package sent out! Congrats!


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Puritan’s Pride Heart Healthy Kit Giveaway!

Woohooo let’s kick off my month of Giveways!


(Stonyfield has joined my other sponsors!!!)

As well as being my anniversary month it is ALSO Heart Healthy Month!!!!

For Heart Health Awareness Month this February, Puritan’s Pride has identified their most important products, which contribute to heart health. The items included in the Heart Healthy Kit are:

15593-Co Q-10 (Contributes to your heart and cardiovascular wellness**. Important for Statin medication users— taking Q-Sorb™ Co Q 10 can help replenish what Statin drugs can deplete. Helps support healthy blood pressure levels already within a normal range**. Promotes energy production within your heart, brain and muscles**. Provides powerful antioxidant support**)

13981-Phytosterol Complex (Promotes cardiovascular and circulatory wellness**. May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease)

3832-Omega-3 Fish Oil (Supports heart health.**Purified to eliminate mercury. This Ester-Omega® Fish Oil provides 300mg of total omega-3 fatty acids, comprising of EPA, DHA and other fatty acids. EPA and DHA fatty acids support heart health, provide an energy source for your body and are “good” fats that can help balance the "bad fats" in your diet**.)

1452-Natural Flax Oil (Flaxseed — one of the most concentrated vegetarian source of Omega-3 fatty acids found in nature — contributes to heart and while providing an energy source for the body.** Our high-quality natural Flax Seed Oil is dispensed and processed without solvents, under a nitrogen blanket and special yellow lights, then encased in a protective amber-colored gelatin shell to retain its integrity.)

1661-Flush Free Niacin (Supports heart and cardiovascular wellness**. Promotes healthy circulation**. Contributes to energy metabolism.Helps metabolize carbohydrates and protein**)


One of my lucky readers will win one of these kits!

How to Enter:

  1. Post a comment below

  2. Tweet my giveaway and @Namaste_Mari and @PuritansPride and use the hashtag #puritanspride

  3. Follow us on Twitter @PuritansPride  @namaste_mari
  4. Fan Puritan’s Pride on Facebook

  5. Become a Fan on Namaste Mari on Facebook

  6. Follow me on Instagram @namastemari

DEADLINE: Midnight Eastern Time on Sunday February 9th !!!…GOOD LUCK!!!!

This contest is open to US residents only.

Make sure you go check out because they are offering up to 40 percent off on their Heart Healthy Products!!!

Heart Health Sale

** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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Monday, February 3, 2014

5th Year Anniversary Month Of Giveaways…

Hi my loves!!!!!!!!! I am so excited; can you believe that Namaste Mari is celebrating its 5th year Anniversary!

As most of you know, I started this website to keep myself accountable in terms of living a healthy lifestyle and through the years and it has morphed into something more. Because of this site, I have met so many amazing people who have become so dear to my heart. I have been able to go to different events and try new things, that I know for a fact that it wouldn’t be possible if it weren't for this site. Wow am I getting teary eyed as I write this?

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I want to celebrate this amazing milestone by hosting a Month Of Giveways!!!!! (is this how Oprah feels?)


I am so grateful to my sponsors Puritan’s Pride, Fierce Forward, and Imusa!!!!!! Check out their sites!

Tomorrow I will post the first giveaway!!!!!! Thanks so much for following my journey for the past 5 years…I am truly grateful.


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