#LITHETOUR NYC PLAYLIST 18 Sep 2014
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Fall is my favorite season and we as humans are just like the seasons. I look at fall as a time for personal harvest. September/October is kind of like the new year. It’s also just like heading back to school. Like the ebb & flow of nature's seasonal changes, fall is a time to reflect on our lives, a time to examine where we are with personal accomplishments (bucket list, anyone?).
Come October, I often ask myself what I need, what’s missing, or what needs to change. With all this change and incentive to push the restart button, it’s a great time to get back on the horse with your Lithe/fitness routine, and create good, healthy seasonal habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months.
Here are 8 ways to start making the most of the season. And who knows? This year, you might be your Lithest before the holidays roll around.
1. Earlier to bed, later to rise.
There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but if you add thirty minutes to your usual wake-up time and crash thirty minutes earlier each evening, the extra hour of rest will go a long way in helping you adjust to shorter, darker days and the drastic decrease in temps here in the Northeast.
2. Nutrients in, garbage out.
Break a sweat everyday, cut out processed food, drink those Greenies, bust out the Neti Pot, utilize aromatherapy and oils, brush your skin and drink more water.
3. Fall back a bit (but not a ton).
We take care of matching your Lithe schedules to the season (I’m currently creating two amazing new Fall Lithe workouts), but it’s your job to slightly reduce the intensity, length or frequency of your schedule. If you’ve been Lithing 2 times a day AND running, or if you’ve been in the studio 7 days a week, give your muscles an extra day of rest this season.
4. Breathe, sweat, shake & wrap it up!
The Lithe breath is the foundation of your practice. It not only works the core, but it releases excess toxins. Looking for other ways to release toxins? Wrap it up and sweat it out by taking our Wrap Star workouts: Hot Legs, Cinch & Peeled!
5. Enjoy (and winterize) your diet
Eat foods that are local and in season. Enjoy your local farmers market, cook more, grab lean local and seasonal Lithe Foods, and go apple, pear and pumpkin picking with friends and family. Try: arugula, artichoke, broccoli, endive, beets, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, chicory, cranberries, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, okra, pears, peppers, grapes, pomegranates, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, squash and zucchini.
7. Build your practice
Fall is the perfect time to build (or re-build) the foundation of your Lithe practice. Did you fall off the wagon this summer? Are you feeling less than motivated? Sign up for our Fall Lithe Transformation Challenge (or do your own personal 9 day), focus on healthy eating, get back into the Lithe habit and see serious results. Can't do the challenge or a 9 Day? Sign up for 3 classes a week, 3 weeks in advance, and try not to cancel under any circumstance.
8. Give thanks.
We have to keep in mind that very little is accomplished by ourselves. Be grateful for all of the people who support, guide and challenge us. Always remember that the grass isn’t always greener, and that there are people in the world that would give anything to be in your shoes, right now!
Image of Lauren via Jordan
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You've never worked your abs like this before! Put on your Hi-Tops and hit the floor. Hi-Top is a total-body workout with a focus on the abs, back, and upper body. We're talking visible abdominal results within 24 hours, post-class.
Are Lithe's Hi-Tops ($25) required to take the workout? No, but we highly recommend them for the best experience and maximum comfort. Our Hi-Top socks were made for the workout. They are thick, slippery, and provide extra cushion for the ankles, feet, shins, and knees while allowing your ankles to breathe (Bonus: they also look great with Hunter boots!). Our Hot Legs socks are available to borrow through the end of September, but their looser, un-padded knit does not allow for maximum comfort and glide. We recommend DIYing with a pair of thick ski socks.
Images of Lauren Boggi wearing Lithe's Hi-Tops & Onzie via Katie Kempf
Hey DFW, this is gonna be BIG! We're headed your way this fall and we're so excited to turn the cheer factor way up deep in the heart of the USA. Stay tuned for details mid-September!
Image of Lauren via Dom
Rah IS different. It’s supposed to be. The fact that this evokes such a colorful range of emotions from those who take it makes us giggle with glee! Why?! Because… that’s the point! We want you to react!
Rah was born out of the following paradigms of influence: somatic psychology (the process of using the body to heal), neuropsychology, self-hypnotism, and movement therapy via Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting.
The targeted goals of this workout are three-pronged:
# 1: Feel. React to stimuli with emotion. Reflect on your recent past and attach an emotion to it. How do we facilitate that? By giving you an experience that activates this internal process. This is why we use the words we use. It’s supposed to be jarring. It’s supposed to feel slightly uncouth. Did you love the class? Are you incredibly fearful of it now? Did you absolutely loath the entire experience? Doesn’t matter either way because ultimately, the objective has been achieved.
We as a society, but women in particular, are conditioned to keep our emotions at bay… to stuff them down deep inside because “there’s no room for that ‘stuff’ in/ at / during _______(fill in the blank).” We may walk around not fully connected to our emotions. When a colleague asks you, “how are you?” What is your response? Is it genuine? Honest? When you say, “I’m fine, thank you! How are you?!” do you really mean it?
#2: Affirm. The phrases we use are affirmations, or positive statements that paint a mental picture of how you want your life to be. Specifically, we are promoting self-love. A lot of how we feel about ourselves is held outside of our conscious awareness (it’s actually an adaptive feature of the human psyche). This also means that it is hard to reach! Affirmations, with repetition, help re-program this part of the psyche. This is why we say what we say in class, and repeat it several times.
The science behind this is simple: the body reflects mind and mind reflects body. They are connected. If you work with the mind, you affect the body. This, we know, that’s the usual direction, and pretty much a major premise in psychological science. BUT, what we don’t consider as often is that this process is BIDIRECTIONAL. This means that we can also work with the body to affect the mind! It is a mechanism of mutual feedback. Strong body, strong mind. Happy body, happy mind.
# 3: Empower. This comes directly from a 2009 study by Leseho & Maxwell who set out to answer the question, “what do women want?” They found that, universally, want to: feel a sense of independence and freedom (“we are powerful!) the ability to cope with stress (“we don’t give a…”), appreciate their bodies (two CCS sequences instead of one? You’re welcome, ladies…), embrace their femininity (“I’m hot!”), express emotion (“Stop, *****!”) feel whole, and feel grounded.
This class should be a cathartic release that transforms your emotional state to promote health and psychological growth. Not to mention you are getting a crazy good work-out. And guess what? Yelling while you Lithe not only increases your core strength, makes the work-out more intense, but it will, with time, improve your lung capacity.
Are you Rah-shy? Does the thought of “cheering” while you work-out make you want to run for the hills? No! Come back! You don’t have to yell! It’s just for fun. It’s optional. Try not to take it too seriously! At the end of the day, this is your hour. Modify! For example, if you are uncomfortable in stiletto at the barre, you work flat-footed. It’s all about YOU and what works for YOU. Just because the instructor cues for stiletto doesn’t mean you have to conform... If a particular chant makes you uncomfortable, try a modification; use a different word! Or maybe you just choose to double-jump-plyo your heart out and not chant at all. It's all about what makes you comfortable.
One of our missions at Lithe is to challenge you, so that you never stagnate and never plateau. If someone has been coming to class for a while and working flat foot, I might challenge them to try out stiletto. This is how we grow: by pushing ourselves and taking chances. We talk a lot about pushing ourselves physically to get through these workouts. Why? Because that’s the point and that’s how you see results. Do the same thing for your mind. My personal challenge to you is to push yourself to move beyond your mental comfort zone. Come back and take it again, see how different instructors put their own spin on it. Give it a go. Yell your heart (and lungs) out… What do you have to lose?
So step outside your comfort zone. Really step outside of it. If you can, chill there for a second. You might just find that your comfort zone is bigger than you thought. Above all else, take comfort in knowing that there is a method to the madness. A Lithe Method, to be precise.
Image of Lithe Instructor Annette Kaplafka via Dom
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