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Sayeh's Living LitheWhen I was studying abroad in France a lifetime ago, my roommate introduced me to a friend of hers from home who was studying abroad in Madrid. This fellow struck me as light years older and more sophisticated than me. He talked about traveling all over the world (my study abroad stint was my first time in Europe) to places like the Wailing Wall in Israel and the Great Pyramids of Giza with complete nonchalance and almost...disinterest. I would periodically stop him as he spoke to gasp and ooh and ahh. You've been to the PYRAMIDS? Were they amazing? You went to ISRAEL? Was it incredible?

My new acquaintance would look at me in a quizzical way and say: I mean. They were alright.

ALRIGHT?! The pyramids were just alright? This went on throughout the evening. You mean to tell me the 6 months you lived in Italy were just...OKAY? Finally, seemingly confused and slightly irritated by my incredulity, he said something I will never forget:

Well, it's the human condition isn't it? I mean you spend all this time planning and preparing for something, and then it finally arrives...and it's great and everything, but it's also always a little disappointing in a way, isn't it? The pyramids are beautiful, but like...it's SUPER hot, and people start to smell less than great. And then you look around, and there are pyramids...sure, but then there are giant trashcans there too, and the bus has made you motion sick and people are pushing and shoving. And so there you are, but you feel like crap, and need to go to the bathroom despite the fact that you went before you left like you're supposed to and there isn't one that's even remotely close by anyway. So you're trying to feel the moment, but really it's way too bright, you are sweating profusely and you have to pee.

I was shocked. Usually people come back from vacation saying how stunning and inspiring and life changing their travels are. No one ever admits that traveling can actually kind of suck. The airports are crowded, the lines to the museums are long, and you do get hot and sweaty and tired. This was a revelation. This guy was on to something. I hoped I would never be as jaded as him about seeing wonders of the world, but I also admired his honesty. Thus the phrase Human Condition was born, and my girlfriend and I still use it to this day.

Me: How was that weekend away in upstate New York that you were really looking forward to?

Her: Oh you know. It was fun petting llamas, but they kinda smell and I thought my hotel room was haunted. Human Condition.

Me: I hear ya.

So when I was in Istanbul last week, a trip I had been anticipating for months, the Human Condition was definitely on my mind when I went to the Blue Mosque, one of the places I had been looking forward to the most. Sadly, after waiting in line and dutifully covering my hair with a scarf, I was sent running out of there from the thick, pungent smell of feet (they make the thousands of tourists take off their shoes before they enter). Barely holding it together, I looked at my boyfriend and said, Yup, this place sure is blue. I'm good. Let's GO!

So I was thus inspired to write a blog about the Human Condition, and how we all experience it to some degree. Not just when we are traveling, but when we are getting ready for work, and we spill our coffee or when a birthday surprise goes horribly awry, to the times when we try to workout and everything seems to be going against us. But then Sandy came and went in all its fury and made me realize that the human condition is something else entirely that my original blog idea just didn't seem right anymore.

During the storm, I sat in my Center City house munching on Doritos and Chips Ahoy (nonperishable food items, duh) and caught up on episodes of Boardwalk Empire with my boyfriend, grateful for an excuse to be lazy. I kept looking out my window waiting for the rain to come down in torrential sheets and for the wind to take the patio furniture we decided to leave outside off into the distance. But, it never happened. I have to admit that although I was nervous about the storm, I was slightly disappointed. I had a romantic notion of firing up candles and cuddling up in the cold. But the storm came and went, our power stayed on, and we even strolled to La Colombe for hot chocolate.

Then I turned on Nightly News with Brian Williams and was astounded by what I saw. I couldn't believe the flooding in NYC and the Jersey shore. I was shocked by how many people were killed by downed trees, and how many homes were destroyed in Queens by a fire that was carried from home to home by the high winds. I felt guilty that I had been hoping for a little more action in our neck of the woods, and was struck my how fragile everything and everyone is, and how quickly things as seemingly solid and immutable as coastline, could be washed away and redrawn.

And of course in the midst of those stories, as is always the case in times of tragedy, heroic stories were emerging too. The neighbors that helped each other to safety. The first responders that rescued the people that decided to ride it out, despite repeated warnings to evacuate. The power companies across the country that were sending reinforcements our way to help people get their power back as soon as possible. I was even taken aback by how many of my own friends and acquaintances emailed and Facebooked and texted me from back home and other places in the country to make sure I was ok. The whole nation was watching and praying and hoping before the storm hit, and are doing the same now in the face of what looks to be the beginning of a very long recovery process.

So yes, the Human Condition had me feeling a little bored and listless while cooped up for several days, and yes I admittedly ran gagging from one of the most architecturally astounding buildings in the world. But, if Sandy has taught me one thing, it's that it's much more than that. It's that we're all in this together, despite election year feelings of polarization and separation, and that although storms like Sandy can make us feel powerless and insignificant for a little while, we are much stronger than we think...especially when we join forces.

My thoughts are with everyone impacted by the storm and grateful that for the most part, Philly's human condition was a relatively unscathed one.

See you in class.



This week's Lithe on Location goes to show that you don't need an exotic location to get your Lithe on. Lither, Kelli Byrne got her fix directly from her hotel room on night 2 of a week long business trip in Fairfax, Virginia.

Have you been Lithing on location? Send us your pictures (even if they're from your own living room) to blog@lithemethod.com.

Image of Lither, Kelli Byrne, via iPhone


Eating Lithe Shopping List

Now that the storm has passed, it's time to go shopping!  We're pre-holiday, and it's time get serious about stocking your kitchen with delicious, healthy food that doesn't make you feel deprived.  You'll notice that our short list does not include dairy.  I'm not telling you to never eat dairy (I love greek yogurt, raw milk in my coffee and adore cheese), but our Lithe Foods meal plans and in-studio offerings are mostly dairy-free.  I recommend eating dairy sparingly...You'll be Lither without it!

Images via Lauren


  Hurricane Lithe workout at home

Here's a Lithe CCS circuit workout of cardio bursts intermixed between sculpting work so that everyone can do it at home without much explanation.  Put on your favorite play-list, keep form sharp, and get to it! 

Images of Lithe Instructors, Melissa Weinberg and Danielle Ingerman via Dom


Lauren breathing

Breathe! One of the defining characteristics of Lithe is the Lithe breath. It's usually the first thing you hear when you walk into (or outside of!) our studios--a group of women breathing in and exhaling forcefully in unison. But the exhale is about more than just producing the proper sound. Exhaling correctly fuels your workout, allows you to work from the core, and breeds life into your practice and your muscles. 

As I look around the studio, I'm noticing Lithers not breathing at all, tongues between teeth, the "CH" breath (characteristic of Ron Fletcher work), snake breathing ("sssssss") and other incorrect exhalations. Think about the fact that your abdominals attach at the ribcage.  Remember that when you breathe in, you want to inhale through the nose and  feel your ribcage expand laterally (out to the sides). When it's time to exhale, you want to blow air out of the mouth, through pursed lips, contracting the abs and knitting your ribs back together. 

This is important:  Make sure you exhale the air out of a small rounded opening of your mouth. Use the visual of blowing out through a straw. You will notice a massive difference in how it works your core, and you will get a ton more out of your time in the studio.

Image of Lauren Boggi Goldenberg via Dom



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lithe's fightsong

You've all been asking for a print-able version of our fight song.  Here it is!  Download Fightsong


Happy Friday! This week we are giving away a 1-a-day monthly unlimited pass ($210 value). For a chance to win, please visit our Facebook page, "Like us" and then leave a comment at the post. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow and announced on Monday!  Good luck!

Image of Lithe Instructor, Krista Denofa, via Dom

NICOLE ON BHLDN! 25 Oct 2012

Nicole's Picks

You love taking her classes and reading about her glamorous job here on Nicole's Closet.  Lithe Bride?  Check out Lithe Instructor, Nicole Sewall's  Winter Wedding Accessory picks on BHLDN!

Image via BHLDN

EATING LITHE! 25 Oct 2012


Most of us are no strangers to ginger. It's the yellowish (sometimes bright pink) condiment that comes with our sushi. It's the flavoring to our favorite fall gingersnap cookies, and even a popular variety of tea. But just like its relative, last week's ingredient of the week, turmeric, ginger is more than a spicy exotic addition to a meal. It has been used medicinally by Chinese and Middle Eastern traditions for centuries and now western medicine is touting its benefits as well. Studies have shown that ginger can be effective in:

  • ovarian cancer treatment 
  • colon cancer prevention 
  • morning sickness relief
  • migraine relief
  • cold & flu prevention and treatment
  • kidney damage prevention in diabetics
  • motion sickness remedy
  • reducing pain and inflammation
  • heartburn relief (tea form)
  • menstrual cramp relief (in Chinese medicine, ginger tea mixed with a bit of brown sugar)

Let's not forget that it's also actually super tasty. If you feel more comfortable putting the ginger in your soy sauce instead of in your grocery cart, you can try some of these Lithe Foods that have ginger as an ingredient to see what you think!

Lithe Mojito

Sweet n' Spicy Tofu Rice Bowl

Detox Plan Ginger Limeade

Fall Tonic

Sunrise Tea


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