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Husband and wife team Bryan and Noa Ries have long lived an active life as athletes and are dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. As a personal trainer and a mother of two, Noa, like many of us, often found herself still running around in her workout gear at 4pm. ‘I wanted to be wearing something better than lycra,’ she says. ‘Something that would let me feel fashionable and chic, but still handle the intensity of a tough workout.’
And viola, Vie Active, which uses Merino wool in its garments, was born! Merino wool is a fibre that keeps you cool and sweat-free (thanks to breathability and quick-dry fibres) when working out, and warmer in cooler climates thanks to its temperature regulating ability.
Tune into my new site Health Bird (live next week!) to work out with Noa and I as she takes me through the Bondi Body Workout.
Visit Vie Active to shop online (in Australia and the US)
Shot on location at Xtend Barre Brooklyn
Keli wearing: Vie Active Snow Leopard Lauren tight, Snow Leopard Lori sports bra, Lisa Racerback tank (Merino Perform Luxe Essentials)
Noa wearing: Vie Active Rockell tight in Snow Leopard, Lisa Racerback tank (Merino Perform Luxe Essentials)
Many people find mantra to be a wonderful gateway into meditation. Repeating a word or phrase while you meditate can keep you focused and grounded in your experience. Some people use Sanskrit, Bible verses, prayers, or inspirational quotes. Others like to use a simple sentence that comes into their head. Whatever you choose is fine! There is no right or wrong.
Today, I encourage you to try repeating a simple mantra in your meditation practice. Here’s a great one I found online!
Try sitting for a few minutes and repeat, “I come from a place of grace” with attention on your breath. How does it feel? Try repeating it on your head, or out loud and see if your experience changes.
Do you spin?
It’s a question I’ve been asked many times since the spin class phenomenon started gaining traction years ago. Well, now I can say ‘I do’ having worked my quads at a recent class at Vicious Cycle – one of the hippest places to burn those pesky calories thanks to their interval training spinning sessions inside a funky Sydney studio.
Down an alleyway off beach-bound Curlewis Street in Bondi Beach, Vicious Cycle is the brainchild of former fashion buyer Tanya Weeks and Sydney’s first dedicated Cycle studio.
After moving to Sydney from Melbourne five years ago, Tanya swapped her high-flying role in the fashion industry to self-fund her idea of the ideal cycle-savvy gym.
‘It’s been challenging, the hardest thing I’ve done in my life,’ she says, before adding, ‘I’d do it all over again if I had the chance.’
Avoiding checking out the competition so she can focus on her own project, Tanya’s success has come from sheer determination and vision. Now a popular destination for eastern beaches spin fanatics, Vicious Cycle is so on the map that Hollywood celebs, like Emily Blunt, stop by when they’re in town.
Tanya also offers outdoor cycle classes, having set up at the Opera House and Bondi Beach, and when we met she was about to take 21 clients to Bali for a cycle & yoga retreat and to feed her raw food passion – Tanya tells me there’s a raw food movement in Ubud, worth checking out.
I took on the Vicious 80s class and rode the studio’s Classic Supreme Body Bikes (the Rolls Royce of spinning cycles) to tunes like Caribbean Queen and Ride Like the Wind (of course) with Tanya challenging and encouraging the class for the very breathless, sweaty but fun 45 minutes.
Next time you’re in Bondi be sure to check out the fluoro bikes and graffiti wall that make Vicious Cycle stand out from the rest. And with plans to expand to Queensland and Bali and an apparel line in the works, Tanya’s move from fashion to fitness was right on.
Drop classes are $18 with an introductory offer of 2 classes for 20 bucks (bargain!) available for new clients.
About to get my ride on
Vicious Cycle’s gritty back alley studio where the sweat goes down
Tanya and I looking and feeling a little blurry!
April 25th is a day to remember fallen heroes who fought for our freedom, and those who continue to do so. Lest We Forget.
It’s also the day to feast on traditional Anzac Day biccies!
While most recipes are loaded with flour, butter and brown sugar, I discovered this awesome recipe from The Healthy Chef, Teresa Cutter… Anzac biscuits with no added flour or sugar that taste as good as the originals.
Visit her website for a gluten-free (using quinoa) and Paleo version too.
As always, use organic ingredients where possible. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups (175 g / 6 oz) rolled oats
1/2 cup (40 g / 1 1/2 oz) desiccated coconut
1/2 cup (60 g / 2 1/4 oz) flaked or chopped almonds
2 1/2 tablespoons macadamia nut oil, cold pressed coconut or olive oil
2 tablespoons honey or your alternative such as organic maple syrup or yacon, rice syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 tablespoon water
Combine oats, coconut and almonds into a food processor or the dry jug in the Vitamix.
Add the oil, honey and vanilla.
Turn on the food processor or Vitamix and mix well for about 15 – 30 seconds or until combined.
Add the water and process again. The addition of water will help the cookie mixture stick together.
Form into 20 small cookies and place onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
Flatten down with enough room around each cookie.
Bake for 20 -30 minutes in a low 150 C (300 F) oven. or until golden brown.
Cool completely before eating and enjoy.
Makes 20 delicious Anzac cookies
Store in an airtight container for 5 days.
Nutrition per serve:
Protein: 1.7 g
Total fat: 5.7 g
Saturated: 1.7 g
Carbs: 8.1 g
Sugars: 2.7 g
Fibre: 1.2 g
Newborns are so precious, that soft, cottonwool skin, all talc-scented and silky smooth. They’re so delicate and delicious there’s no doubt they deserve to be cradled in fabrics that have been harvested from chemically-free crops.
Unfortunately, cotton production represents 3% of our planet’s agriculture, yet as cotton textiles pass through their many processes from soil to customer the use of chemicals represents up to 16% of all insecticides produced worldwide – more than any other crop.
Wow, that’s really something to think about – especially as even after many washes some of these chemicals are still present in textiles.
Ecocotton is unique in that it offers products that are crafted from naturally-derived, raw materials including 100% Aegean cotton which is certified by Global Organic Textile Standards. What a relief to know you’re wrapping your newborn or toddler in a baby range that is crafted from cotton that is free from harmful chemical fertilisers, pesticides, or genetically modified seeds (comprised of 40% fiber and 60% seed).
The gorgeous pieces are designed in gender neutral tones and highlighted with prints and embroidery.
If you want to know more about just what’s lurking in your favourite cotton t-shirt, read this article from Natural News.
Bravo to Australian cotton growers who have reduced their chemical use by over 90% in the last decade, with some crops now not being sprayed at all.