Wednesday, May 16, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Inspired By Two Emily's

Last week, I was inspired by two amazing women;both of whom happen to be named "Emily"...

One of my favorite things to do while commuting around is to listen to podcasts and one of my "go
to" podcasts is Emily Duncan's EmBody Radio. On episode 37, she had Tanya Zuckerbrot as the guest, Tanya created the F Factor Diet. It was a really great interview but one thing stuck with me. Emily asked Tanya what she wanted people to take away from the podcast and one of the things that she mentioned was this quote "Rejection is God's Protection." The minute that I heard this, it reminded me of what Mokshapriya would always say which is when you pray for something, you should always say "I want it to be for my highest good and the highest good of all those involved". So if you pray for something and don't get it, it's okay because the Universe is just protecting you for something better to come along.

This brings me to my second Emily, Emily Hayden to be exact. Have you ever met someone and were instantly inspired by them? That's Emily.

I watch Emily's youtube videos while I spin in the morning and she always motivates me to make the best out of the rest of my day. One of the reasons that I gravitate to her is because she shares her highlights as well as her struggles which makes her relatable and in my opinion likeable.

Last week I stepped out of my comfort zone and I almost didn't want to share it because one, I thought that I would jinx it and two, what if it didn't turn out as I hoped. But these two ladies inspired me to be more vulnerable, watch the video below to hear all about it!

 

Namaste
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Monday, April 30, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Supporting Strong Women...

Ya'll, I think that I caught the running bug again. This weekend I headed to Forest Park to support my friend who was doing her first 5K and so many memories came rushing back.  Mostly because I did a couple of races in this park as well. I told my mom that I missed it and she asked why I stopped and the main reason is because, I like to run in the mornings (less people is best for my anxiety) and since I am usually with clients; it is hard for me to get out there. A part of me wants to at least train for a 5k this fall....hmmmm maybe. I am glad that even though I was spectator, I was still able to support my friend and cheer her on when she crossed the finish line.

In the spirit of supporting bad ass women, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite things which are from women owned businesses!

A few years back, I discovered Krissy Mae Cags via social media and was even lucky enough to meet her when she hosted a NYC event back in 2013. When you first meet "Kmae", you might be a tad intimidated by her hard exterior but she is a genuinely kind person.

Krissy Mae started Doughnuts & Deadlifts back in 2014 as a hashtag and it has morphed into this amazing company.

 "Doughnuts & Deadlifts is more than a clothing company; it’s a lifestyle, and a movement. We exist for those who understand performance nutrition. Smart athletes don’t look at food as “good” or “bad”. Our devotees are always chasing their next PR and understand that the proper way to fuel (and celebrate) a PR is with tasty treats"

From one bad ass woman to a One Strong Bitch...I recently discovered Meg Gallager AKA Meg Squats a few months ago and I was hooked. Her youtube videos are filled with great information and are hilarious as well...she puts out great content but doesn't take herself too serious. At the end of March, Meg released her new "OSB" line but because of Lent, I was unable to purchase it and it sold out! Buuuuuuut she re-released it a couple of weeks ago and I finally got my shirt!


 I also purchased Strong Strong Supply's liquid chalk...check out my video below to hear my review

Namaste...
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Monday, April 23, 2018

On The Mat With Mari: Birthday Celebration & Leg Day!

This weekend was perfection...we celebrated my mom's 62nd birthday and I am only saying her age because she is finally owning up to it (watch the video below to see my shock when she says it out loud).

We went to a Brazilian/Portuguese restaurant and we had a wonderful time...the food was pretty delicious, our waiter was awesome, and the desserts were ahhhhhhhmazing! I would drive back to New Jersey for another slice of their tiramisu cake.

I must have been on a sugar coma on Sunday because I was a lazy sloth and I loved every minute of it. I was planning to head out for "yoga day" at my ashram but when you only have one day off a week, sometimes you just need that day to do absolutely nothing.

After a full day of napping, I finally pulled myself off the couch around 3 pm, to do a leg workout. I completed my last program on Thursday so I made some tweaks to this month. I am still focusing on squats, deadlifts, and hip thrusters on my load days but this month I want to work on my sumo deadlifts as well as tweak my leg positioning while doing hip thrusters.

Enjoy the video below where I share the birthday festivities as well as my workout 

Namaste...

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