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4 WAYS TO USE YOUR LITHE BREATH 30 Nov 2016

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You know that breathing serves as the foundation of your practice in each Lithe workout, helping you power through all 30 reps. But have you considered applications for your Lithe Breath outside of the studio? As the holidays approach and the days become shorter, try to incorporate these tips into your daily routine.

1. Good Morning, Sunshine: It's dark when your alarm goes off. You just know the floorboards will be freezing beneath your toes. And staying in bed sounds better than pretty much anything else at that moment. Before throwing off your covers, try bringing your hands to your rib cage and inhale deeply through your nose expanding your ribs laterally, then exhale like you're breathing through a straw knitting your ribs back together. Aim for five to ten full breaths this way each morning to help start your day on a positive note.

2. Reduce Stress at Work: December brings a unique set of extracurricular activities: shopping for the perfect gift, Ugly Sweater parties, solo viewings of Love Actually. Try telling that to the boss who emails you three minutes before the end of your work day about an urgent project that has to be done, like, YESTERDAY. When an unexpected stressor pops up, your sympathetic nervous system naturally kicks into fight-or-flight mode, your cortisol levels spike, and your breathing naturally becomes shallower. Take one full minute to stand up from your desk, shake out your limbs (maybe a mini-crazy arm series?), and breathe with intention in order to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, reversing the natural stress response so you can tackle work with a calm approach. Colin Firth and Liam Neeson will wait.

3. A Stealthy Commute Workout: When traffic is at a standstill during your commute, it's time for a stealthy ab workout to pass the time. The guy in the next lane may look at your pursed lips strangely, but we all know he was just singing along to Justin Bieber so he really can't pass judgment. Put on your favorite song and try to execute perfect inhales and exhales for the entire song. Alternate working in neutral for 10 breaths, then imprint for the next 10 to really engage your abs. You'll be surprised how effective this is.
 
4. Childbirth! Ok so this one won't be part of your daily routine, but talk to any Lithe Mama and she'll tell you what's up. Breathing in a steady pattern during labor is helpful for pain management, keeping as calm as possible, providing a sense of control, and most importantly for pushing like crazy. Bonus: a strong pelvic floor helps reduce incontinence after birth too!
 
Have you used Lithe's breathing techniques in other areas of your life? Let us know in the comments!

Image of Lithe Instructor Kasey via Antrim + Spruce Photography

BLACK FRIDAY 2016 23 Nov 2016

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Our biggest sale of the year begins today and ends on Monday at midnight.  Treat yourself and your people to the gift of Lithe and get ready to move mountains, girl.

 

  5CC

Five classes = $65 (that's like, $13/class).  Perfect for everyone.  Class cards expire 1 month from date of purchase. 

Fall Lithe

Show your pride.  Take 25% off Lithe's fall 2016 line with code BLACKFRIDAY.

 

Immersion

$50 off January Immersion ($100) w/code IMMERSION.  Perfect for new or seasoned Lithers who want to learn Lithe properly, dive deeper into their practice, go beyond Lithe 101, or create a fitness habit in a safe, yet challenging space.  Begins Monday, January 9th at Lithe Rittenhouse.

Cora

$50 off January CORA w/code CORA ($275).  Perfect for anyone who wants a 30-day, total body makeover in a small group setting.  CORA starts on Tuesday, January 10th at Lithe Rittenhouse.

 

ULTD

30 Days = $99 (that's like, $3/class).  Perfect for anyone new to Lithe.  Email Philly@lithemethod.com.  Expires 1 month from date of first class taken.

Images via Dom and Antrim & Spruce Photography

LITHE PUMPKIN MOUSSE 22 Nov 2016

Lithe Pumpkin Mousse

Try this 10-minute, easy-to-make pumpkin pie alternative that's light (less than 100 calories per serving), delicious, and nutritious.  Everyone in the house will love it!  

Ingredients

8 ounces canned pumpkin

1 cup milk of your choice

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 small package of instant sugar-free vanilla pudding

1 cup whipped cream (optional)

Directions: Combine the pumpkin, milk, and spices in your high speed blender or medium bowl. Blend on low or mix with a spoon until mixture is smooth. Add in the pudding mix and blend on low or beat with an electric blender for 1-2 minutes. Then fold in the whipped cream.  Finally, spoon the mixture into small bowls and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving. Top with fruit of your choice. 

CHALLENGE PROGRESS 27 Oct 2016

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Today is day 25 of 30 in your Lithe Fall Transformation Challenge, and you all are killing it! This week, we've loved seeing your sweaty selfies, step counters, and data from your Fitbits or Apple Watches showing your #litheburn. You're slaying in the studios, banding together with your fellow Lithers, powering through your 30 reps, and that dedication is paying off. After today it's the final five-day push to reach your goal, and we can't wait to see the #litheresults of all of your hard work next week! 

LITHE CHEESECAKE 26 Oct 2016

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Return of the mack. Our eight-ingredient 100 percent organic cheesecake is back ($8). 

DEAR LITHE (LOVE LETTERS) 26 Oct 2016

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Pamela

Dear Lithe, 
 
I love before-and-after pictures. Whether it's a home renovation, a child star then and now, or a fitness success story, seeing progress side by side is an exciting look back in time.  For me, the before-and-after pictures attached are not only exciting, but so much more. They are validation that my decision to come back to Lithe has been more than worth it. 
 
I first heard about Lithe in 2012 from my close friend and co-worker at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Jaime Powers is a former PICU colleague. Hey, Jaime!). I was a college senior, so after I tried a Lithe 101, I was #blessed with a Rue La La and a gift card for classes. I bought an unlimited package, got another Rue La La and when that was up in February 2014, I fell off the wagon. Using money as an excuse, I stopped going and tried to forget about how great I felt after a hard hour on the mat and at the barre.
 
In May, while perusing Facebook, I saw a five-class card for cheap. My favorite kind of post. It shouted at me, "Hello! Lithe is still here! And look it's on sale. Get back here!" Like the obvious bargain Betty that I am, I bought the deal and went to a class the next day. From the minute I walked into the studio and smelled the tea tree oil scent, felt the solid mat under my feet, and started to inhale and exhale to some bumping music, I knew I wouldn't be able to stop.
 
Now, it's October and I'm writing this from the couch with a satisfying ache after a 4:30PM Skinny Mini with Lauren. It's only been six months, but I want to explain how much of a difference the time has made. As you can see in my before picture, I've always been active. I reward myself with beer and other not so Lithe foods, but that hasn't changed. I love to run, and those two-and-half years I wasn't Lithing, I was a gym-goer. But clearly, was in a rut. My weight never seemed to go down, clothes fluctuated between too tight and meh...
 
Then May hit. Then June and and July. Coworkers and friends commented that I looked good or asked if I lost weight. My response was, "I'm trying." Because that's what I've done my whole adult life. Try and try. But something was different this time. I actually DID look good. I actually HAD lost weight. But I wasn't doing anything that differently ... except Lithe.  
 
I can only take three or four classes each week due to my 12-hour days as a nurse, so it feels like I'm rarely there. That's why Lithe has been so incredible. Because of the seemingly instant results. Lithers know that just an hour doesn't mean a short workout. Every single class we work more muscle groups than we realize. And for those reading that haven't had the pleasure of taking a class, trust me.
 
I do not have an artistic sense, but I marvel at Lauren's talent for creating these classes. The brand is addicting for a reason. I'm proud to say that I am hooked. And she's picked equally talented and passionate people to teach alongside her. Thank you to all the teachers who have motivated me, corrected my form, and continued the hype that keeps me coming back. See you tomorrow, Skinny Jeans.
 
Love, 
Pam

FIT.HIP.FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! 21 Oct 2016

Ekaterina for Lithe Giveaway

TGIF, Lithers! This week we have a giveaway of the decadent Ekaterina Luxury Cream from Sabbatical Beauty. Did we mention 2 ounces retails for $175??

The cream is made of four types of caviar extract, three types of gold and white truffle extract. Caviar is well known for providing essential Omega three oils and has anti-aging properties. The gold in the Ekaterina cream comes in three different forms: colloidal gold (small, microscopic gold particles suspended in distilled water), fermented gold (yeast that has been enriched with gold and then harvested), and real 24 karat gold that both tops the cream and is dispersed throughout the jar. The Ekaterina Cream is part of Sabbatical Beauty's limited edition Fall collection, CRISP.

Sabbatical Beauty was founded by Lither Adeline Koh, Ph.D. Originally trained as a humanities professor, Adeline began researching skin care and making her own beauty products when she was frustrated with existing products on the market. The majority of brands loudly proclaim "active" ingredients on their packaging, but these actives make up only a tiny percentage of these ingredients. She decided to make her own products to really maximize these active ingredients. After seeing the results on her skin, which used to be red, dry and acne-prone, her friends demanded that she make products for them as well. They then overwhelmingly reported about how well the products worked and how quickly--diminishing redness and acne, filling in fine lines and wrinkles, and brightening complexions. Her friends then encouraged her to open up shop, resulting in SabbaticalBeauty.com.
 
To dive deep into the Sabbatical Beauty community sharing reviews and no-makeup selfies, join their Facebook Group and like them on Facebook! Everybody wins here, too, as Adeline has extended a 10% discount to all Lithers new to Sabbatical Beauty by emailing her at info@sabbaticalbeauty.com.

For a chance to win, please comment which product from the CRISP collection looks most enticing to you. One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, so you have three days to enter. One entry per person. Thanks and good luck! 

NEW LITHE FOODS 17 Oct 2016

Green Protein Smoothie Mexi-Collard
Raw Oats


 
Green Protein Smoothie
Our new organic green protein smoothie is the meal replacement that has your back - supporting all of your hard in-studio work with satiating fiber and a whopping 19 grams of organic plant protein made of sprouted brown rice, yellow peas, sacha inchi, and hemp.  Ingredients: Organic banana, spinach, blueberry, lemon, spirulina, plant protein, almond milk, purified water.  Serving size: 16 oz.  $12
 
Mexi-Collard Wrap
The most perfect way to incorporate our favorite organic ingredients into a solid powerhouse lunch, Lithe Foods style. This rich, filling wrap is packed with fiber, whole-plant healthy fats, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins.  Ingredients: collard greens, walnuts, sun-dried tomato, homemade spice mix, cashew cream, apple cider vinegar, cold-pressed lemon.  Serving size: 2 wraps  $12
 
Raw Oatmeal
Out with the old and in with the...Our new oatmeal recipe keeps your calories and sugar intake on point, girl.  Ingredients: organic rolled oats, organic almond milk, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, chia seed, salt.  Serving size: 8 oz.  $6

PINK 11 Oct 2016

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Pink, a pear-pineapple-ginger-grapefruit-beet cold-pressed juice, hits the studios this week. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one dollar from each juice sale will be donated to BreastHealth.org

According to the team at BreastHealth.org, 50% of breast cancers could be prevented with different lifestyle choices, even if you start at age 50. They also stress that Breast Health is Women's Health: the things you are already doing for your overall wellness like a healthy diet, exercise, and not smoking also benefit your breasts. Basically, Lithe is like extra credit!

SHE'S LITHE 5 Oct 2016

Remember Lither, Emmy Shea?  Check her out in this New Balance ad and read her story below! 

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