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Bari FITNESS GEEK

fitness geek: health news round up 8.15.2014
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  1. We avoid parabens in beauty products, but what are they doing in our tortillas? —npr
  2. Exercise: Good for the body, the brain… and your pain threshold. —the new york times
  3. Do these suburbs make us look fat? New research shows that people in dense cities are thinner and healthier than those in the suburbs; the secret is in the street patterns. —the atlantic
  4. When is a habit not a habit? Understanding the difference between an action (even a recurring one) and a habit is essential to changing a behavior long-term. —summer tomato
  5. Next on the healthy eating to do list? Relearning how to eat fish for sustainability. —the new york times
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bari featured in hannah bronfman’s beach body secrets
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Thanks to our friend, Hannah Bronfman, for spreading the bari love in this Style.com interview! Read the full piece here: Hannah Bronfman’s Beach Body Secrets and Top “Gym Selfie” Tips.

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Making Us Happy This Week

making us happy this week: 8.13.2014
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Happy hump day, Tribe! In need of a little mid-week inspiration and positivity? Here’s a round up of the little things that are making us happy this week.

—keeping it real. Because honesty is the best policy. And because who doesn’t want to look better naked? Get those bari butts in to class today, tribe.

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—summer-to-fall farmer’s market bounty. Eggplant, cauliflower and tomatoes, oh my. Need some recipes to put that farmer’s market haul to use? Check out our weekly Meatless Monday recipes.

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—this magical bari newport beach reunion. Can you tell that Michelle is excited for Kara’s first day at bari newport?

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this baby who just gets it.

 

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bari newport beach featured in racked la
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Thank you, Racked LA, for the write up on bari Newport Beach! Read the full article here: Bari Studio’s High-Energy, Hi-Tech Hybrid Workouts Land in LA.

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a happy life starts with choosing a healthy body
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Why do people bari?

I’ve sat down a thousand times with our team to discuss why people come to bari and what effect bari has on people’s lives. We’ve sent surveys, conducted focus groups and picked your brains informally (there’s nothing like a good post-class lobby chat).  I love these conversations because they really inject energy into our team; they uplift us, recharge us and challenge us to always be a better company. It’s one of our favorite topics of discussion because it’s a grounding reminder of the work our clients put in and also what you achieve. Connecting the dots shows us why you bari, how you bari and the impact those daily choices have on your life in and out of the studio.

But it was the last time I sat down to look at this question that I really got to the bottom of the why behind my business.

People who come to bari are happier people. We actually provide a happier life. And it all begins with your choices; every time you choose a healthy body, you choose a happier life.

Yes, it’s a broad statement. But  this is how it plays out:

You, our new triber, come into bari usually looking for a better body or a workout you’ll finally love. Fast forward 6 to 12 weeks – which include a lot of sweat and discipline on your part – you find both. You fall in love with your body and your workout. All of a sudden, bari is just part of your life. This is usually what people come for – results and a fun and effective workout they can stick to – so you would think this is where it’s game over. But it’s actually just the beginning of a new chapter in your health journey.

Once you’re comfortable in your body and in your workout, you seriously dive into the bari community. You want more; you want to understand more. Your body starts craving healthy in a whole new way. You read our blog regularly. You start cooking differently, feeding your loved ones differently. You make new friends at bari and outside of bari – people you can share your health cravings and crushes with.

Then you start feeling something different: It’s not just about your body anymore, you command a new sort of confidence when you walk into a room – it doesn’t matter if it’s your kitchen, your bedroom, a bar or a boardroom. You believe in yourself in new ways because you know what you’re capable of achieving when you commit, when you challenge, when you push yourself, when you allow yourself to believe in yourself. You start being in a good mood what seems like all the time, and you feel more inspired, more creative. Your relationships start getting stronger, you’re picking fewer fights and fewer things upset you. You start feeling on top of the world, all the time.

And to think that all started with one small choice trickling into the next small choice. It all started with choosing a healthy body. Without really thinking about all these side effects, you become a happier person. And this doesn’t mean you found happiness in a new place – happiness has been inside of you this entire time. Happiness is actually your true nature. You just allowed yourself to open up and live it. You allowed yourself to be closer to your source. You believed in yourself and opened your mind to your best self.

Sometimes when I receive an email from one of you with your triber tale, and you don’t focus so much on your results I wonder why. I think to myself “this person lost 20 pounds, so many inches, fit into her college jeans and all she’s talking about is how much she loves the bari tribe or how her relationships improved or how she loves her life!” And in a real aha moment, I now realize you might come to bari to look good, but the reason why you come back every day is because you’re a happier person.

This process and journey is a pretty incredible thing to be a part of, and we’re beyond lucky that this is actually our business. I can honestly say 2014 is the year we’ve seen the most transformations, and part of it is because our tribe grew – a lot – but I also feel  our commitment to ourselves was a little more serious this year and seriously contagious. You guys stepped up your game, individually and as a tribe. I’m not sure why – maybe the stars aligned or maybe you guys aligned the stars – but bari saw it happen.

It really wouldn’t be fair or accurate of us to encourage you to have “happiness” be your end goal. Because happiness is simply not an “end state” or something you will one day get to and then cross off your to-do list. Happiness is the state you are meant to be in; it’s inside of you at all times.

Happiness, however, is a practice. bari helps you practice your connection to your happiness state, it helps you open your mind, body and spirit to live in that state, it encourages you to open up your flow and your energy so you can experience it and share it.

If you haven’t jumped on this happiness bandwagon yet, it’s not too late. It’s never too late, because we were all born to fulfill this happiness inside of us. We were all born to choose happiness, and maybe your happiness journey starts by choosing a healthy body. It’s not everyone’s first step, but maybe it is yours if you give it a real chance.

Ready to dive in? This week I’ll post some advice on the best way you can take that first step or continue your commitment to your body, your health and your happiness this fall.

Have a great week, tribers! Thanks for always inspiring me and for giving us the opportunity to have the best job in the world. See you in class.

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Bari FITNESS GEEK

fitness geek: health news round up 8.8.2014
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  1. A new crop of gluten-free food banks are attempting to bridge the gap between Celiac disease and hunger. —npr
  2. Need a little extra incentive to take a Summer Friday and get outdoors? New research links vitamin D deficiency to a greater risk for Alzheimer’s. —the washington post
  3. This is your brain on fish: consuming fish once a week is all it takes to reap the rewards of a thicker, stronger and more resilient brain. —the atlantic
  4. The stress of dieting may cause depression. One more reason to keep calm and just bari. —time 
  5. Advice from a vegan cardiologist? Keep your eats plant based, and your heart will thank you. (This almost makes us feel like we could be doctors. Almost.) —the new york times
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my master plan for the healthiest vacation ever
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If you’ve been around the Tribeca studio at all, then you’ve probably heard me shouting from the rooftops that my hubs and I are going on vacation to California next week. This in and of itself is not a miracle, but mentally it feels like heaven on earth. We go, go, go all year, and our brains need a rest even when our bodies want to keep going. Do you know this feeling, Tribe? I’ve got a feeling you do.

But I’ve got goals like everyone else. Things I want to tone, energy I want to have, mental battles I want to overcome. So I know that when I hit reset, I need to be intentional. I need to consciously choose how I refresh my body and mind so I can come back after the summer better than before. So here’s my master plan:

1. Make conscious food choices. Just because I’m on vacation doesn’t mean I am going to slip into a blackhole of regret. And it also doesn’t mean I’m going to avoid consuming delicious Napa Valley wine or the amazing local and fresh food of San Francisco. I am, and I’m going to be conscious about it. When I choose to eat or drink, I’m choosing to taste. I’m choosing to have a new sensory experience. I’m choosing to nourish my body with new tastes, smells and textures that I don’t normally experience at home.

2. Meditate with a new mantra. You know I love this even when I’m not on vacation, but Craig and I will be out in Ojai, and one of my clients suggested we visit Meditation Mount. A new meditation spot calls for a new mantra if you ask me, and I’m going to swap out my current mantra for this newbie in my repertoire: I am enough. My reset will happen from the ground up. Weaving in “I am enough” to my daily practice will keep me reminded that when I get back to the city, no matter the pressure to get everything done right away, I will always be enough. If you’re interested in following along this meditation path with me, sign up for Deepak and Oprah’s 21-Day Mediation Experience on August 11th. Our bari peelers did the last one and loved it. Try it out whether you’re at home or out of town.

3. Run for my workouts. Gasp! I’m not doing bari! Not that I wouldn’t if I could, but our trip won’t take us down to Newport Beach (major sad face), so I’ve got to fit in something else. One thing I learned after running a 15k this year is that bari is incredible training for just about everything. My heart has never been healthier, my joints have never been more stable and my muscles have never been more toned. This means climbing those big, beautiful California hills is not only part of the plan, but I’ll be trying to outbest myself all the way up the California coast. After all, being healthy isn’t just about cosmetic advantages (although, a tight, lifted butt never hurt nobody), it’s about getting to experience more of life, getting to climb to the top of the mountain or hike a beautiful trail or stay outside just a little longer. Because bari has made me healthier than ever, I’ll have more stamina, endurance and energy to see new sights and perspectives, which is exactly what a reset is all about.

4. Disconnect. No computer, no emails, no barely any Facebook. The magic of disconnecting is that when all the health elements are in place and we simply let ourselves relax, the body takes care of itself. Sometimes we get so hyped up with the high intensity of our workouts, we forget that relaxing and resting is just as instrumental to results. Allowing myself to breathe a little deeper, walk a little slower and stretch for a little longer means I’ll be ready to come back and kick ass better than before.

5. Let myself be surprised. The only rule of vacation is there are no rules on vacation. I’m going to a different part of the country, going to meet different people, see different landscapes and allow myself to be surprised by it all. When we travel, we look at the world with a fresh set of eyes. I know that perspective will help me to reinvigorate my normal routine when I get home. Letting ourselves be surprised reminds us that nothing is inevitable. Our health choices, our relationships, our careers – nothing is inevitable and everything is a choice. Here’s to choosing happiness and health over and over again.

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Making Us Happy This Week

making us happy this week: 8.6.2014
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Happy hump day, Tribe! In need of a little mid-week inspiration and positivity? Here’s a round up of the little things that are making us happy this week.

avocado toast. and the proud fact that we’ve eaten our way through well and good’s entire “must-try avocado toasts” list.

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hair ties, upgraded. bari tribeca, meet the most comfortable (and fun!) hair ties ever.

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an incredibly talented crop of new bari trainers. this is a glimpse into summit & nyc trainer lauren’s bounce test out yesterday. she killed it (and us).

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the cutest five year old struggles. 

the hot crazy matrix.

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Making Us Happy This Week

making us happy this week: 7.30.2014
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Happy hump day, Tribe! In need of a little mid-week inspiration and positivity? Here’s a round up of the little things that are making us happy this week.

-Our incredible superhuman bootcamp week winners. Sending big sweaty hugs and high fives to our champs: Ginger, Meghan and Hayleigh! Keep up the incredible work, Tribers! (And go get a massage.)

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-Imoji appNot a typo  imojis are the new emojis. With this life-changing app, you can turn selfies, celebrities or any picture into a sticker that drops right into iMessage. Sorry, words — we’re pretty sure you’re going to be obsolete soon.

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-dogs who learned the hard way not to eat bees. Pinky promise, this will make you smile.

-bari’s team photoshoot! Lights, camera… #baribody. We’re rounding up the whole team for a day full of batting our eyes and flexing our muscles. If the history of bari photoshoots is any indication, things are going to get interesting (see below).

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Bari FITNESS GEEK

fitness geek: health news round up 7.25.2014
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  1. Can you trust that organic imported foods are actually organic? NPR
  2. Meet a doctor who practices what he preaches by moonlighting as a fitness instructor to treat his patients’ injuries with exercise. —The New York Times
  3. Are you a member of the Clean Plate Club? Research shows that we eat 92 percent of the food on our plates. —The Atlantic
  4. A little real (food) talk: how to detox without starving yourself. —Summer Tomato
  5. Too much of a good thing is still too much. Read up on these four vitamins that have a negative impact on your body when overconsumed—MindBodyGreen
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