Karma Is Real.

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Today I learned an important lesson about awareness, appreciation and karma.  It started off like most days and continued as normal (just a bit colder then intended) till around 3pm.  I was running a few minutes behind my schedule and decided to hail a cab to teach my next student.  I got to the gym, paid my driver, and hurried to set up the Pilates area until I realized I was missing my wallet.

I panicked.  I frantically rummaged through my bag to no avail.  “Did you see someone drop a wallet??” I said to the construction workers….Nothing.

I tried to find the cab company phone number by looking at the medallion number on my credit card receipt but found out the number wasn’t in the Taxi and Limousine system.  I literally started freaking out.

Now, a little information about me…I keep EVERYTHING in my wallet. My whole existence is in it.  It’s daunting and scary to not have it. ( If you have ever lost your wallet before, I’m sure you understand. It’s extremely emotional and overwhelming. )

As I began walking to my bank, I got a phone call from some random number saying they knew who had my wallet and gave me the number to reach him. I was speechless.  I felt the greatest relief run through my body!

I called this amazing human and told him how grateful I was that he found me.  I told him I tried to locate him but couldn’t and was so scared I wouldn’t get it back.  The thought of canceling my credit cards, getting a new ID, getting a new health insurance card, replacing my monthly metro, my citibike key…the list goes on.  I was not looking forward to this.

He assured me that I didn’t need to worry.  I told him I would meet him wherever he was and my adventure to Woodside, Queens began.  I told my driver we were going on adventure and to bear with me while I dealt with this traumatic experience.

He was so kind and understanding!  We get to the destination and the cab driver from the phone hands me my wallet.  I was SO happy to see him.  I literally gave him the biggest bear hug.  I’m not sure if that was appropriate or not in his culture, but I couldn’t help myself. I was grateful and relieved.

He told me everything was still in my wallet and to check to make sure.  It was all there!  Everything. Even the few bucks I had. I gave him a very nice tip and told him how much I appreciated all the trouble he went through to find me.  He just wanted me to get my valuables back.  He was very humble.

This experience made me believe in karma. It made me believe that when I do something good, the good that I do will eventually come back when I need it.   Kindness is free. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind and thoughtful to someone.  No matter who they are.

Today, I learned that not everyone is out to get you.  There are good people on this planet.  There are people who are kind because that’s who they are.   I learned a huge lesson about kindness.  Kindness to myself and kindness to others.  I learned that I don’t ALWAYS need to rush. I learned about taking care of myself and my belongings. I also learned that awareness of your surroundings is just as important as taking care of yourself.  I was reminded that I need to slow down, breathe and be present.

I’m thankful for this valuable lesson…but obviously, I hope It never happens again. Today, try to slow down.  Be present. Buy a homeless person a cup of soup.  Do something for someone else.  See how it feels.  I would love to hear your act of kindness.

Till next time…

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Mushrooms are the Next Big Thing In The Wellness Industry

I’m really excited to make an announcement that I’m working with some amazing people over at Four Sigmatic.  They’re a company sharing the powerful benefits of mushrooms and starting today they’re giving you an exclusive offer on their Mushroom Coffees, Mushroom Elixirs, Mushroom Hot Cacao and Mushroom Superfood Blends, but only from TODAY until Monday February 12th. Say Hello to the first day of their  WINTER SALE  and for a limited you can get up to 50% off mushrooms plus my special 10% discount…making a total of 60% off their products! That’s pretty amazing.

I’ll be honest…at first, I was kind of skeptical.  Mushroom Coffee? Mushroom Hot Chocolate? sounds weird…but i’m not gonna lie, I was intrigued.

My fiancé and I were in Chicago this past November and one of his college buddies had been cutting back on coffee. They were drinking this coffee in a packet and I asked what it was.  He said it was MUSHROOM COFFEE by Four Sigmatic. That was when my fascination began and I’ve been hooked ever since.  It definitely takes a little getting used to, but after a couple of times, I’ve really come to enjoy it.  I don’t feel jittery, I feel more alert, I haven’t had a caffeine crash, and my concentration has improved…I’ve converted to mushrooms in it’s varying forms.

Some interesting facts I’ve learned while getting to know these products…well, mushrooms are one of the world’s most well studied superfoods and are jam packed with amazing benefits like supporting immune functions, reducing occasional stress, getting better sleep, helping your body produce more energy, and supporting focus, memory and concentration….

The mushrooms that Four Sigmatic Uses are the following:

CHAGA – ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES:

Chaga mushroom can help support immune functions. It is called the king of mushrooms. You’ll find growing naturally in the wild and it has antioxidant properties.

LION’S MANE – BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM

Lion’s Mane is an all-natural cognitive enhancer. It has been shown to support memory and concentration.

REISHI – STRESS & SLEEP

If you have occasional stress and difficulty sleeping, Reishi mushroom can help you relax and get a good night sleep.

CORDYCEPS – ENERGY & PERFORMANCE

Cordyceps is an adaptogen, not a stimulant, so it helps you produce and maintain steady energy levels. Coffee can give you an energy spike, followed by a crash; cordyceps, on the other hand, helps your body produce its own energy.

Plus, mushrooms don’t just benefit our bodies’ internal environment. They can also improve the health of the ecosystems on which our very survival relies! That’s pretty big stuff. Anyway, I’m all about this and have literally EVERY SINGLE one of their products now.  If you have questions, please feel free to email me.  I’m happy to answer you.  I’ll even send you a sample of the one you are most interested in (as long as I have enough leftover).

Click here to get up to 60% off your first Four Sigmatic order – but only until Monday February 12th.

PROMO CODE FOR ADDITIONAL 10% OFF: PILATESWITHAMANDA 

I really hope you try it.  It’s going to be your new obsession.  It’s already mine.

Catch You Next Time…perhaps with a packet of mushrooms.

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Suffering from Aches, Pains or Bruises? Then You Need Arnica!

Say Hello To One Of My Best Kept Secrets

Many of my clients come to me with injuries, aches and pains etc.  Sometimes I’l see someone right after they get a giant bruise and my first question is, “did you put arnica on it?”  Most of the time, they look at me with bewilderment and have no idea what it is.  “How could you not know about this magical plant with such powerful medicinal properties?!”

….well, I’m hoping to open your eyes and introduce you to one of my favorite first-aid kit products.

Now, you may be thinking…”What is Arnica?” Well, its actually a potent anti-inflammatory agent derived from a flower and it should absolutely be part of your first-aid kit remedies.

Arnica has been studied in a scientific setting and found effective for the following:

 Accelerated bruise healing
 Carpal Tunnel syndrome
 Inflammatory conditions of muscles, tendons and other tissue
 Exercise-induced muscle and joint pain
 Treatment for insect bites and stings
 Recovery speed

Which Kind of Arnica Should I buy?

Arnica comes as an oil, in pellets and in gels and creams. My personal first-aid kit contains the Arnica gel.  I added a link to the one I use in this post for your reference.  I like it because it easily absorbs into the skin, doesn’t leave any weird residue and has a smooth texture.  I also like that it has a cooling sensation when applied to the skin.  It immediately soothes my aches and pains. I’ve also tried Arnica cream and I would use it if i didn’t have the gel; however, the cream leaves my skin feeling a little sticky and I need to wash my hands after I use it.

Sometimes the simplest way to heal a bruise is to give it some love, care and a dose of arnica.

Happy Healing!

 

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Give Yourself The Gift Of Collagen

 

 

As we approach 2018, I would like to introduce you to one of the most vital proteins in our bodies. Say hello to my good friend collagen. This essential protein plays a crucial role in your health, wellness and appearance. It literally makes up 33% of our bodies total protein makeup and actually accounts for 75% of the dry weight on your skin.

I like to think of collagen is the good stuff that keeps us looking and feeling young. When you were a kid, did you ever grab your grandmas skin and watch how it wouldn’t bounce back to it’s original shape as quickly as your youthful skin would? That’s because as you age, we produce less and less collagen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help our bodies produce it! Still joints, arthritis, osteoporosis….All these things can be improved withcollagen! Taking collagen supplements is the #1 recommended way to fix the problem before the negative affects arise.

I recommend a minimum of 8 grams of hydrolyzed collagen per day to increase glycine and proline levels in your bloodstream. However, if you’re inflamed, I’d consider 15-30 grams per day. Consistency is key (like withmost everything). You need to consume collagen peptides DAILY for at least 4-12 weeks. This isn’t something you can do here and there, you must be consistent.

I tried a product I really love and highly recommend it. It tastes great, has lots of protein, low on calories and gives you the daily amount of collagen you need. If you are interested, click the link below to purchase some for 30% off 3 packages. This stuff is amazing and you can make fun recipes with it too. I’m obsessed. I think you will be too.

Happy almost new year. Let’s start the year off right. Youthful, glowing and free from aches and pains.

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Creating a Stress-Free Holiday Season

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The holidays are among us – a time of year that’s known for its busy nature that can lead to quite the load of stress. After all, you likely have a long list of people you need to send holid
ay cards to, and the daunting task of finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones. All of this, on top of your normal every day life… It can become overwhelming.
That being said, I wanted to share with you some of my personal favorite ways to navigate this busy, stressful time of year and make this season a lot more enjoyable, less stressful and a time you will remember with fond memories!

A few secret weapons of mine include…

Make an effort to be present. It can be difficult, I understand. This week I’ve crammed more lessons into three days then I thought physically possible! Although I am tired, I sit here on…

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Creating a Stress-Free Holiday Season

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The holidays are among us – a time of year that’s known for its busy nature that can lead to quite the load of stress. After all, you likely have a long list of people you need to send holid
ay cards to, and the daunting task of finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones. All of this, on top of your normal every day life… It can become overwhelming.
That being said, I wanted to share with you some of my personal favorite ways to navigate this busy, stressful time of year and make this season a lot more enjoyable, less stressful and a time you will remember with fond memories!

A few secret weapons of mine include…

Make an effort to be present. It can be difficult, I understand. This week I’ve crammed more lessons into three days then I thought physically possible! Although I am tired, I sit here on my computer at 10:30 P.M needing to write these words. Staying focused and present has been my #1 goal. I know how lucky I am to have my clients. I am so grateful. Each of your unique qualities adds substance and joy to my life. It is the motivating factor behind why I allow myself to add that “one more lesson” to my
already filled schedule. However, It’s almost a reflex to pick up our phones and scroll through Facebook or our email when we have a free moment – am I alone in this? One way I like to fight this urge is to leave my electronics in another room– away from where my hands can reach them. I challenge you to resist the temptation to pick up your phone when the feeling strikes. Stay present in the place and moment you are in. When I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed, what really helps ground me is to be
mindful of my surroundings.. What do I smell? What do I hear? What do I feel? Stop and think through what’s going on around you at that EXACT moment. It can truly bring you into the present moment unlike anything else. It’s a wonderful tool to use to dial in and be present – and is a great tool to use year-round, not just during the holidays!
Give up those expectations. A lot of the stress we put on ourselves this season lies in the notion that we expect things to be perfect. To go perfectly. That’d be lovely, of course – but life doesn’t work that way. Things will go awry in one way or another. Try to drop the expectations of perfection. There is joy to be found in each situation–big or small. Even when things don’t go exactly as you planned them to – spend your energy finding gratitude in your current circumstances. Things could be worse. Enjoy your comfy sweaters, fireplaces, and cups of tea. Tis the season!
Find time to move. It’s incredibly important to keep movement in your schedule, no matter how busy you are.  Make a habit to bundle up in your favorite scarf, winter coat and go for a walk alone to clear your mind, or with someo
ne you enjoy being around. Be sure that you are getting your time outside in nature, even if it’s only the park. Burn off some calories, keeping your heart rate up, align your spine, move with purpose….Improve your today for a better tomorrow.
What are your favorite ways to get some movement in during the cold months? My favorite way is Pilates (but i’m biased). Tell me about your favorite way to stay moving this season…I’d love to hear from you!
Happy Holidays!
Sincerely,
Amanda