Yoga Bag Essentials @EOproducts @Purequosa + @YogaLift Book Giveaway for #InternationalYogaDay

Happy International Yoga Day! Ever since the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as  the International Day Of Yoga, its various forms have grown in popularity. Today, yogis around the world gather to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga. The theme for 2017 is ‘Yoga for Health’, which highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving balance between mind and body. I practice yoga and have seen how it effects my wellbeing and enhances my overall lifestyle. Here is just some of the benefits of yoga:

Since its International Yoga Day, I wanted to celebrate with a giveaway but first let me share these natural products that are must haves in your yoga bag!

EO Certified Organic Deodorant Sprays

The best way to stay fresh all day is to eliminate odor at its source. The certified organic deodorants contain no aluminum salts, propylene glycol, zinc salts, or triclosan that can potentially clog pores. Pure essential oils and organic Ethanol neutralize and eliminate the sources of unpleasant body odors to keep you fresh, cool, and clean all day long and can be used safely multiple times per day.

Available in:           Lavender▪Citrus▪Vetiver▪ Tea Tree   

EO Certified Organic Deodorant Wipes

Perfect for the girl on the go, EO introduces their Certified Organic Deodorant Wipes in bright Tea Tree and timeless Lavender. Individually wrapped wipes make it easy to stay fresh, anywhere! Carrying these wipes in your purse, backpack, or yoga bag means you’ll always be prepared for those unexpected sweaty moments. Environmentally friendly wipes are biodegradable.

For more info check out www.eoproducts.com

Purequosa is quick, easy and efficient when it comes to feeling fresh and clean. Perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle, Purequosa is a shower replacement ideal for anyone looking for a quick way to feel and look fresh! Simply spray Purequosa organic cleansing spray all over your body before and after your workout or when traveling. This hydrating formula is suitable for sensitive skin and is free from any alcohol and chemicals. It’s pure! Keep Purequosa in your gym bag, purse, diaper bag and luggage so you can always feel fresh no matter where you are. Check out Purequosa’s top picks for right now:
•    Desert Body Spray: Show your skin some love with this hydrating formula. The starchy root of the yucca contains a healthy mix of vitamins, minerals and plant-based nutrients. Desert Body Spray will make you feel refreshed after your activity!

•   Rain Body Spray: No shower necessary. Watery, crisp and light, this spray is a must have for those with a busy lifestyle.  Our Rain Body Spray also contains Tea Tree Oil. 

 •   Coastal Body Spray: A breezy spray that will instantly make your body feel clean and fresh. This spray is perfect when you want to squeeze in a quick yoga class during your lunch break.  Coastal also contains Sage known to be an antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial.  Wow!

Purequosa not only makes you feel refreshed but it can also help to cleanse your bike helmet, yoga mat and other workout accessories! You can find Purequosa at https://www.purequosa.com  #purequosa Twitter: @purequosa Instagram: @purequosa and FB: https://www.purequosa.com

I share some of my yoga journey on Instagram.com/getlovelyfit and have really enjoyed learning that Yoga is not just about exercise, but a way to discover oneness with the world, nature and yourself! Recently I learned about a book titled : Learn To Be Lean: A Yoga Based Approach to Healthy Weight Loss ~by Nutritionist and Trainer Shannon Leavitt, M.S.,R.D.

Empowering, enlightening, and incredibly practical, Learn to be Lean: A Yoga-Based Approach to Healthy Weight Loss [released January 1, 2017] is a workbook format guide to holistic health incorporating yoga, strength training, meditation, and personal reflection to help bring every aspect of being into harmony. With Learn to be Lean, readers will ultimately be able to live and ‘practice’ the balanced-yogi-lifestyle that’s essential to achieving sustainable wellness as opposed to a fast fitness plan with temporary results.

Finding balance, having a deeper awareness and learning to live a healthier life are just a few themes highlighted in Learn to be Lean. Other topics include:

  • How to create and sustain a dynamic metabolism through mindfulness and spirituality
  • Why crash dieting doesn’t work and how to accept weight loss as a journey and lifestyle change
  • Valuable advice and motivation to achieve fitness goals through yoga
  • Why body, mind and spirit are essential components to successful weight loss that stays off
  • And much more!

I look forward to reading this book and applying it to my practice. Want to join me? LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and I will giveaway a free copy to 1 lucky reader! *Winner will be chosen at random 6/25/17 at noon* Good Luck and Namaste!

Enter #NationalYogaMonth #SobeSavvyGiveaway & win a 3 pack of @exhalespa classes in ATL or MIA!

September is National Yoga Month, designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle. I love to practice yoga because it’s not just a physical exercise program but a mental one as well. I always feel relaxed and recharged after yoga.

In honor of National Yoga Month, Exhale Spa has partnered with SobeSavvy.com for a giveaway! Whether you’re new to yoga or not, you have a chance to win 3 fitness classes for you and a guest at Exhale spa in either Atlanta, or Miami ! 

That’s right..you and a guest get a chance experience Exhale Spa’s athletic and mindful yoga class. As I have shared before, Exhale is the leading lifestyle brand in spa and wellness and known for their custom-created classes geared towards reviving and restoring the mind and body.

If you’re looking to incorporate fitness in your life and embark upon a more healthy lifestyle..yoga at Exhale is for you! I decided to practice yoga because it was something that I could consistently do and it embraces all levels of fitness, and ages. Not only is Exhale a fitness studio but also offers a myriad of spa treatments. Treat yourself and book an appointment today! 
Contest begins Sept 2 and ends Sept 9, 2016. A winner will be selected at random. Enter here a Rafflecopter giveaway<

Good luck …and Namaste !

Savvy tip: Exhale Spa does provide yoga mats when taking a class but when you want to continue your practice at home, get some of these yoga accessories at a great price! https://www.amazon.com/yoga/b?ie=UTF8&node=3422251  

This #TransformationTuesday, Buy some fun #fashion #fitness #yoga #leggings by @vrsgymfashion !

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In February, I joined the #RootYourselfChallenge..an Instagram yoga challenge and I was selected as one of the winners!

It was an honor to receive a pair of leggings from VRS GYM FASHION and I could not wait to celebrate Transformation Tuesday on this new month of March in my new pair of Kula Leggings!image

I opened the package and said to myself, “These leggings are everything” . I can’t wait to try them out at my Zumba class tonight. Zumba is one of those classes where fashion and fitness come together. They are a fantastic Brazilian company that specialize in active leggings for yoga, for fitness, for everyday fashion. Made out of Polyamide and Elastane they fit like a glove and move and stretch as my body does. On their website, they say these feel like “second skin”. I soon found that to be the truth.

These come in various fun styles that will inspire you to feel good about yourself while working out and staying healthy. I love leggings that provide style and comfort so no matter what I am doing, I feel fabulous while doing it!

They have so many color and pattern styles to make sure every woman can find something they like. What I really love about them that unlike other leggings the wide waistband are designed to wear high, low or even folded over.

As a practicing Yogi, I also loved to practice my various Yoga moves while wearing these. I finally found active leggings that fit my active lifestyle.

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This style of yoga-inspired leggings is called Kula leggings. The high quality fabric is soft and the colors are vibrant . They come in a variety of styles and colors, so there is something for everyone.

* We have something special for our SobeSavvy.Com readers.. from March 1 2016 thru March 31st 2016 use coupon code March2016 and receive 25% off !(including sales)

Visit their website for products and new arrivals at www.vrsgynfashion.comimage

NAMASTE

Detox From Within & Start 2016 Feeling Zen! @exhalespa #LoewsAtlanta #ExhaleSpa #Hammam #Yoga

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After the Halloween candy of October, the many plates of stuffing with turkey on Thanksgiving in November and the hustle and bustle of the holidays in December, it’s a wonder that everyone is looking to get back on track in January with a detox!

Exhale Atlanta Midtown http://exhalespa.com/locations/atlanta-midtown located inside the Loews Atlanta Hotel offers many options to locals and visitors alike who are looking to improve their health from the inside out.

After reviewing the online menu, I chose to start my new year trying something new! A speciality treatment offered by Exhale Spa caught my attention described on the website as follows: HAMMAM DETOX THERAPY  |  30 Mins: A revitalizing body scrub therapy as you lounge inside the co-ed Hamman.  Enjoy a head-to-toe exfoliation to soften skin, increase perspiration, and stimulate detoxification.

My therapist, Alicia Perdue greeted me in the relaxtion lounge with a selection of scrubs and asked me to choose based on scent. I gravitated towards both the geranium and jasmine sugar scrubs and she advised she will customize the scrub to my liking . They also had a salt based scrub with a ginger scent that I will try next time!

While she prepared the hammam, I sipped on a detox tea as part of the service. She advised the purpose of the tea before and after the scrub is to assist with detoxification as it starts from within. I really enjoyed the treatment and left feeling like a new flower blooming in a botanical garden!

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Before treatment…
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After detox, all smiles….
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After my spa treatment, I got changed for my Exhale Chill Yoga class instructed by Stephanie Johnson.
This restorative yoga practice was just what I needed after a day of travel and a night of ringing in the new year! Calming, relaxing and informative are just some of the words my guest and I used to describe this class. The studio space was serene and inviting. Yoga mats and props are provided, just bring an open mind and leave with an open heart!

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Photographs of Cocktail Consciousness~ @GaleSobe @ExhaleSpa @AbsolutelyX~Recap by #SobeSavvy .com

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Yogis..Sunsets..and Cocktails..Oh My!

Celebrating National Yoga Month,
SobeSavvy.com attended an event on the Gale Rooftop featuring:

Yoga Class from 7-8
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A complimentary cocktail from Absolut Elyx
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Free Manicures and Chair Massages from 8:00-10:00 provided by Exhale Spa
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Cash Bar available
Partnering with LDV Hospitality are Exhale Spa and Absolut Elyx Vodka
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This was an RSVP only event, free and open to the public from 6:00pm – 11:00pm
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The class was led by Morgan Anderson-Reed, who is an Exhale Spa Mind Body Manager and a very talented trainer!
Exhale Spa is also doing a special in honor of National Yoga Month for 2 for 1 yoga classes… plus they have their big yoga event NamasDay on the 24th taking place at the Epic Hotel location!
There is also an online promo going on – 25% off spa therapies if you book online… amazing deal!
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I also had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Schreiner, who is the events manager for exhale at the loews south beach hotel, located at 1601 collins ave, miami beach, fl 33139 t: 305.200.1301
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Enjoy this photo slideshow from the amazing event !Namaste!

#Yoga Me Impressed, #Namaste Right Here @Kimpton @KimptoninDC #MonacoBaltimore @PublicBikes~ #soDMVsavvy #Travel

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One of my New Year resolutions was to incorporate fitness in my life and embark upon a more healthy lifestyle. I decided to practice yoga because it was something that I could consistently do. It embraces all levels of fitness, ages and can be done anywhere at anytime. Through yoga workouts and breathing exercises one can maintain physical fitness and serenity.

Serenity… that is something that’s often missing in travel but does not have to be. Being in transit does not mean one can not stay in shape and have a peaceful mind. Many hotels are starting to cater to the healthy lifestyle of travelers and are providing healthier lifestyle accomodations.

A few months ago, I stayed at a Kimpton Hotel ~ Hotel Monaco ~ because I needed to be close to Royal Farms Arena to photograph the sneak peek of Cirque du Soleil’s return to Baltimore ( http://sobesavvy.com/2015/07/09/photographs-of-cirque-in-baltimore-sneak-peek-varekaicirquedusoleilmdsciencecenter-phillipsseafood/).  Although it was last minute reservation and  a short one night stay, I thought I would share with my fellow yogis how Kimpton Hotels has a health-focused approach to hospitality. When you get to your room, call the front desk and ask them to send up a tote bag. They will bring a complimentary bundle of mats, straps, bands and props, which you may use for the duration of your stay. The tote provides all the necessities for yoga, meditation and Pilates. I liked having the option to start the morning with a sun salutation ,carry the mat in the cute tote bag to practice outside ( which I did ) or end every night with child’s pose. Although yoga was not something my travel companion enjoys, Kimpton Hotels also features free on-demand fitness programs on your in-room TV, meaning you can squeeze in a workout while still in pajamas!

We got a chance to do some quick local exploring via bikes courtesy to all hotel guests (no time for the  downtown Baltimore attractions this visit, although this hotel is conveniently located near the Inner Harbor and more ).  We rode around on one of Kimpton Hotels state-of-the-art bikes at every location, allowing for some major calorie-torching while sightseeing. Even better, this hotel is healthy for the environment. By implementing ‘green’ initiatives like non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products, complimentary parking for hybrid vehicles, and an on-site water filtration system that eradicates the need for bottled water, Kimpton Hotels take health and wellness to a global level.

So whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, you can rest assured  that you can keep your health a top priority by staying at KIMPTON Hotels.

Enjoy my yogi around town/#getLovelyfit @getLovelyfit pictures using Kimpton Hotels yoga mat and @PublicBikes! Namaste!

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‘Lovely’ / Freelance Photojournalist
The ‘Bon Vivant ‘ Blogger
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#Miami Rooftop Sunset #Yoga x @ExhaleSpa #SouthBeach Hosted by @GaleSobe @Dolce_Italian ~ Recap by #SobeSavvy

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YOGA ON THE ROOFTOP with fantastic views is how I chose to watch the sunset this Monday, March 2, 2015.
Miami’s yoga offerings are various and plenty, and finding a place to practice is a cinch; but Exhale Spa teamed up with the Gale Hotel on South Beach for a complimentary rooftop yoga flow plus cocktails making it the ultimate Happy Hour! 

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We watched the epic Miami sun fall during the yoga session led by Morgan of Exhale Spa, followed with a Spicy Rasberry Collins cocktail and lite-bites by Dolce Italian. The combination of working out and appreciating the views Magic City has to offer was the perfect way to kick off National Nutrition Month!

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Treat yourself and find out how you can enjoy one week of unlimited classes and special perks for only $30 ! Visit miami.exhalespa.com for more info.

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Enjoy my photo slideshow from today’s community yoga class. Namaste!

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@ExhaleSpa #Miami #Yogiiza #ArtBasel #Yoga + #Art #Event Recap by #SobeSavvy

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ART + YOGA…..Need a break from gallery hopping?

On Friday, December 5 from 10am to noon, exhale South Beach hosted a free yoga class accompanief by a DJ, followed by an acro yoga performance by local brand YOGiiZA and live graffiti artist demo. There was also be a braid
bar, mini massages, facials, and nail art. 

Enjoy my photos from the event! NAMASTE!

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Rise and #Yoga ! @ExhaleSpa #SouthBeach #Miami @Loews_Hotels ~ Recap by #SobeSavvy

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I am usually awakened by my three yr old daughter, or South Beachers coming in from a night out but on Wednesday October 15, I took the opportunity to greet the rising sun by experiencing Exhale Spa’s athletic and mindful yoga class. Exhale is the leading lifestyle brand in spa and wellness and known for their custom-created classes geared towards reviving and restoring the mind and body. That was exactly what I needed! 

Exhale South Beach is located at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Fl 33139. I selected their Sunrise Exhale Vinyasa Yoga class, which was held on the outdoor terrace of the St. Moritz Building. It was the perfect location to let the restoration of the ocean and its breeze carry me thru the practice.

Led by Amy Steiner, this class wakes up your body and mind with a fluid yoga practice and breath-based meditation, setting the tone for a great day ahead. Per the website,  www.exhalespa.com ,

This class offers a flowing practice appealing to students who have yoga experience and are comfortable with yoga postures and sun salutations. Exhale Vinyasa Flow integrates breath and movement, inner and outer alignment, and strength and flexibility. Class is accompanied by music for a rejuvenating and balancing effect.

The class was intimate and allowed for the instructor to provide any necessary corrections that were needed. No matter your faith or fitness, yoga is for everybody! I felt very comfortable in the environment and knew I was in good guided hands. Anyone taking a class has the opportunity to use the amenities at Exhale, but alas I had to return to my 3yr old and start our day. But at least I was going into my day with a different perspective and more calming approach thanks to Exhale! 

Enjoy these pictures I was able to take prior to getting my warrior pose on! Namaste ! 

‘Lovely’ Leslie Heigh ~ Freelance Photojournalist/ Bon Vivant Blogger ~ Follow @IJust_LoveThis
#SobeSavvy

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Sweat Usa Recap

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The inaugural SweatUSA Fitness Festival, considered to be the first event of it’s kind in the country, featured Jillian Michaels as well as famed fitness experts Tony Horton (P90X) and Shaun T. (Insanity), among an abundance of other esteemed names from the world of fitness, health and wellness, to bring South Florida’s active lifestyle enthusiasts three days of physiological industry excellence under one roof, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

So while some of you spent your Columbus Day weekend relaxing, I was Sweating with the Stars! Here is my photo recap of the event. Enjoy!

Leslie Heigh ~ Lovely Leslie
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With Renowned Zumba Instructor Heidy Torres
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Poolside Power Yoga by Jennifer Pensa at The Mondrian South Beach
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Zumba,the dance-fitness sensation !
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Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED showed us her 3-2-1 interval workout
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#TeamHeyGirlfriend with Up Vibe Brazilian Fitness Wear Owner, Priscilla Branco
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Piloxing combines Pilates,boxing and dance. Here with creator, Viveca Jensen
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Blogger and Fitness Junkie, Lynsee Hee Kyeong and VIP registrant, Holly A. Randle RN
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Shaun T. pushed us to DIG DEEPER and to take our workout to the next level
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#teaminsanity
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Learn how to Fly with SlacroDuo~AcroYoga Slackline Yoga
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Fitness Celebrity and Creator of JNL Fusion, Jennifer Nicole Lee