Category Archives: FIT + WELL

BedJet – The Quiet, Cool Secret To A Perfect Night’s Sleep

April 24, 2018

Thank you BEDJET, for giving me life.

I have been a night-sweater for years. As in SWEATS as in I sweat a ton when I sleep and not as in wearing sweaters or sweats at night. Though I do love a cozy pair of sweats to sleep in. Ok, now that we have that clarified…Let me explain the sweats. I am talking drenching sheets and this has nothing to do with being old AF. It started in my 20s. I have hypothyroid and no idea how these night sweats connect to it, but it’s been so bad that I have had to get up and change several times a night. Let’s call it a NIGHTMARE. I have drenched mattress through sheets and towels and even those wetness protector thingies for babies who wet their beds…I have that too. I know this makes me sound incredibly sexy, but what the heck, come at me.

Alas, enter BedJet.

When I first heard about this portable system that cools (or warms!) you by sending a quiet stream of air into your bed while you sleep, I was beyond intrigued. I was obsessed and set upon a mission to see if BedJet could help with my nights of fire (since it seemed no doctor could make sense of them).

It seemed simple enough. A small machine to go under the bed, a pump, a special sheet and yes, a phone app or the handy remote control. I was sold, before even buying one.

 

When my BedJet arrived I was a little intimidated because I figured something this cool had to be totally complicated to get going. I left it in the box, just assuming I would be overwhelmed by technology. After a week, I braved myself, opened the box, took it out, and spent all of two minutes setting it up. It really was easier than doing laundry.

I use the configuration on the above LEFT, where it slides under my bed. I hide the tube part because it looks better hidden on the side away from my front door, somewhat out of site. Now that it’s set up and running, let’s just say it’s the biggest hit of the night. My kids are not only obsessed with my BedJet, they fight over it. They each want to sleep in my bed and be the one on the side of where it does its magic. For now, that is cooling and relishing in a night of zero sweats. I have not had a drip of sweat since using it, but not only that, it simply makes the bed the perfect sleeping temperature for everyone (and yes, that means my kids who crawl in my bed are loving the cool jets of air too).

Here are some basic facts about the BedJet.

BEDJET CONFIGURATIONS

• With a single BedJet V2 and a Dual Zone AirComforter configuration, you can cool or warm one side of the bed without disturbing the sleep temperature of the other side. The Dual Zone AirComforter creates two independent zones within the sheet, without putting a barrier between the sleeping partners.

For now, it’s all about cool flow…but I cannot wait for the winter to get all toasty.

• With a full BedJet V2 Dual Zone Climate Comfort System (consists of two BedJets and a Dual Zone sheet) you can cool or heat both sides of the bed simultaneously. This one is the mack daddy and great for two people. Boyfriend goals.

• With a single BedJet and a Single Zone AirComforter (the one I have ), you can make the entire bed one uniform temperatures.

BEDJET COOLING

• BedJet uses the convective and evaporative method for keeping you cool in bed. The BedJet is NOT a portable AC unit. Even though it feels very cool in the sheets, so to speak.

• The BedJet pulls from the coolest air in the room – the room from the floor – and circulates it through your bedding to cool you off. This is incredibly effective for bedroom temperatures under 79 degrees, and works best in bedrooms that are 78-79 degrees F and cooler.

BEDJET SOUND

BedJet has special acoustic damping technology built into the case and air delivery system. This makes it one of the quietest sources of air from any small consumer appliance.

The noise totally soothing background white noise and similar to your household HVAC register and truth be told, part of my favorite PART of the whole thing. Since I’m a crappy sleeper, I often wake up, only to be quickly lulled back to sleep by the soothing sound of my Bed Jet.

BedJet’s highest fan speed and Turbo bed warming settings are extremely powerful and do generate more noticeable noise than this, but Turbo-heat mode is limited to running for maximum of 10 minutes. Turbo-heat is just too powerful for all night sleeping but it feels great when you get in – no other product can warm the bed by 30 degrees in five minutes like the BedJet! Typical all night sleep settings are with the fan speed set at around 50%, which is incredibly quiet. I seriously cannot wait until winter already, so I can snuggle in a warm cocoon.

Ok here are some cool numbers to nerd out over, for the Nasa tech bio hack freaks in the hizzy:

For equivalent CFM’ air flow, BedJet quieter than a $400 Dyson fan!

When installed in its natural home under the bed, the following are dB sound measurements take from the pillow:

• Measured Ambient Room Noise (BedJet off): 37dB

• BedJet Cool, 50% (most typical highest setting for all night cooling): 38dB

• BedJet Cool, 100% (unlikely to be used other than short bursts): 42dB

• BedJet Heat, 50%: (most typical highest setting for all night heating): 39dB

• BedJet Heat, 100%: (unlikely to be used other than short bursts): 43dB

• BedJet Burst Heat 100% (can only be used for 10 minutes before auto-shuttoff): 47dB

• The medium settings are quieter than any bedroom window fan or air conditioner.

BEDJET CORD

The BedJet cord length is limited in length for Underwriters Laboratories compliance. Its current length works for most installations. For situations where the cord does not reach the outlet, air hose extensions are available for purchase, giving you up to 8 feet total air hose length so you can put the BedJet anywhere you want close to an outlet. So far, I had no prob with this. It nicely extended to my outlet near the head of my bed.

I cannot wait to hear about your BedJet experience! And of course, don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions. I’ve had mine for a good month now!

WANDERLUST: The World’s Only “Mindful Triathlon” Returns to Los Angeles

April 11, 2018

 On Your Mat, Get Set, Flow!
April 28 and April 29, 2018

 

Wanderlust, producer of the largest yoga lifestyle events in the world, in partnership with adidas, brings Wanderlust 108, the world’s only mindful triathlon, back to Los Angeles on both Saturday April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Coming to the iconic Santa Monica Pier, Wanderlust’s unique triathlon consists of a five-kilometer run (or walk), a music-fueled, outdoor yoga class and a guided meditation. Mindful triathletes can also browse the marketplace of local craft and food vendors, and experience bonus fitness classes throughout the day.

Saturday’s lineup includes yoga from Chelsey Korus, meditation from Noah Levine, with tunes spun by DJ Drez.

Sunday’s lineup includes yoga from Mary Beth LaRue, meditation from Light Watkins with sweet beats provided by Jesse Blake.

For the complete lineup and ticketing information, please visit:

For the SATURDAY Wanderlust 108: http://www.wanderlust.com/los-angeles-saturday

For the SUNDAY Wanderlust 108: http://www.wanderlust.com/los-angeles-sunday

New for 2018, participants in North America will be able to choose from an array of premium ticket options to create their perfect Wanderlust 108 adventure. Ticket prices starting at $30 with premium packages from $99. Attendees can customize their experience via the tiers below:

WAN(DER)LUST Package: $150

Wanderlust has joined (RED) in the fight to end AIDS.

  • 50 tickets will be available
  • Attendees will receive a Manduka WAN(DER)LUST mat, Wanderlust 108 tote, WAN(DER)LUST water bottle, and Wanderlust fandana.
  • Entry to the entire mindful triathlon: 5K run + yoga + meditation
  • Premium mat placement for the yoga and mediation portions of the event.
  • A scheduled bonus activity: Attendees can choose from a variety of experiences: aerial yoga, AcroYoga, hooping—and new this year—Flying Therapeutics, which is a combination of AcroYoga and Thai Massage, or Body Work, which is deep-tissue, self-massage techniques which can assist in releasing pain, opening locked muscles and facilitating proper posture. Participants will be able to add this to their day’s agenda pre-event.
  • A Wanderbowl will be included as well—a hearty, Mexican inspired vegetarian (or vegan) meal of rice, beans, cheese, avocado and mango-lime-cilantro salsa, plus snacks and a beverage. (Wanderbowls are also available for purchase at any ticket tier.)
  • A Free Wanderlust TV class ( https://tv.wanderlust.com/ ) to continue the Wanderlust experience online at home.

108 Package: $99

  • 200 tickets will be available
  • Wanderlust 108 yoga mat, 108 tote, Wanderlust water bottle and Wanderlust fandana
  • Entry to the entire mindful triathlon: 5K run + yoga + meditation
  • Reserved mat placement
  • Free Wanderlust TV class ( https://tv.wanderlust.com/ ) to continue the Wanderlust experience at home, online.
  • A scheduled bonus activity: Attendees can choose from a variety of experiences: aerial yoga, AcroYoga, hooping—and new this year—Flying Therapeutics, which is a combination of AcroYoga and Thai Massage, or Body Work, which is deep-tissue, self-massage techniques which can assist in releasing pain, opening locked muscles and facilitating proper posture. Attendees will be able to add this to their day’s agenda pre-event.

108 Ticket: $40-$60

  • Entry to the entire mindful triathlon: 5K run + yoga + meditation
  • Prices will rise as the event date approaches.
  • Wanderlust fandana
  • Access to bonus activities on a drop-in basis, space available.

Practice Ticket: $30-$45

  • Entry to the yoga + meditation portions of the event only
  • Prices will rise as the event date approaches.

At all Wanderlust 108 events, the Kula Marketplace will showcase local craft vendors, including clothing, jewelry, and handcrafted items. Local and organic food vendors will be on site, as well as a retail store experience created by adidas and Wanderlust housed in a 60’ geodesic dome. Items from the adidas x Wanderlust co-branded collection will be sold on site at each event.

At each Wanderlust 108 event in North America, attendees will be nourished by a number of Wanderlust partners, including:

  • adidas will be introducing new experiences to the 5K run and offering additional fitness activities to help attendees embed more sport into their day.
  • Flow is pleased to bring their high-quality, naturally alkaline spring water to the Mindful Triathlon to hydrate participants throughout the day. These events will also be a chance for Wanderlust attendees to taste Flow’s brand new organic flavored water: Cucumber + Mint and Lemon + Ginger in a refreshing environment.
  • Ford Motor Company was built on the belief that freedom of movement drives human progress. Ford is proud to be the Official Vehicle of Wanderlust and to support healthy initiatives inside, and outside, the company. Event attendees can stop by the Ford Zen Den to learn more about the sustainable practices and wellness programs at Ford, and of course, take home some incredible giveaways.
  • Rainier Fruit is a leading grower of both conventional and organic apples, pears and cherries. As a fourth generation family farm we are committed to the mission of living Wholesome to the Core. A partnership with Wanderlust allows us to share our delicious fruits with like-minded consumers who are choosing to fuel their active lifestyles with high quality food like our organic apples. We are excited to meet yoga enthusiasts from around the country and help them get to know Rainier Fruit through our on-site sampling and our sponsorship of the Wanderlust Walking Lunch.

In 2018, Wanderlust will donate $1.08 from every ticket sold to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS with (RED), which could provide over 3 days of life-saving HIV medication. To date, (RED) has generated more than $500 million for the AIDS fight, supporting HIV/AIDS programs and services in eight countries in Africa. 100% of money raised goes to work on the ground—no overhead is taken. For more information, visit red.org

Become a fan of Wanderlust at
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YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/WanderlustFestival

   

All Photos by Melissa Gayle for Wanderlust Festival

Mystic Tribe – Hi-Vibe Messaging And Commitment To Consciousness

April 1, 2018

I am over the moon and back over the gorgeous duo, Kaerhart and Luke, and their spirited environmentally conscious-driven brand of sunny tees, tanks, suits and sweatshirts exploding with high-vibe messaging all done in a fun, flirty, slightly retro way. What I love is that there is a little wink to their graphics and slogans, a sense of playfulness that keeps it from being like other those other ‘spiritual’ slogan lines. Theres is intention in Mystic Tribe and a heavy dose of joy. It’s not over the top serious. It’s fun. You can feel it. And that is exactly what these Kaerhart and Luke radiate.

But what is behind the brand is serious. And that’s the fact that it’s driven by a commitment to environmentally conscious manufacturing practices by using eco-friendly textiles and production techniques that strive to eliminate water usage by cutting our the dye process. They only make garments to order. In other words: no waste.

I discovered them during a week long challenge served up by the adorable Elevate The Globe girls. Britt was wearing the PSYCHIC tee and I was like…I HAVE TO MEET THESE GUYS!

 

Mystic Tribe is the lovechild of founders Kait Kaerhart and Luke Monteleone. While sitting in a natural hot spring in Thailand reflecting on their lives (and careers), the duo had a profound realization that they had a higher calling to channel their innate talents and energy into endeavors that truly made an impact. Months later, Mystic Tribe was birthed from their desire to fuse the spiritual wisdom and practices they’ve learned over the years with modern day lifestyle. Our mission is to empower a tribe of spiritual seekers and yogis, while curating pieces that support the conscious lifestyles they lead. Our motto; “We Are One Tribe”, serves as the heartbeat of our brand and is reflected in every fiber of our existence.

Below are some of my favorite pieces. They are all so playful and bright – I want them all! So does Aria and what better messaging for a tween?!

MORE ABOUT THEIR CONSCIOUS PRACTICES

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What’s also cool is they have a live podcast video show and they recently had Shaman Durek on who I love so so much and hope to see in the next few weeks for a private session. Check this out below – you can meet Kaerhart youself and this excellent interview with the beloved Shaman D.

What Is A Shaman? w/ Shaman Durek

 

“What Is A Shaman?” video clip from podcast #2: “Redefining The Shaman” with Shaman Durek. Thank you for watching our mystical interview. ✨ Be sure to leave a comment below and share this with your friends!

For the full audio of the podcast, visit our Soundcloud page here: https://soundcloud.com/user-786082517/redefining-the-shaman-w-shaman-durek


New interview segments and inspirational videos will be posted weekly. Subscribe to our channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEoI…

Join the behind the scenes discussion about our videos and other mystical topics: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mystictribeco/

Connect with Kaerhart at: 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaerhart/
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2F9GwFG

You can follow Mystic Tribe at: 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mystictribeco/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mystictribeco/

 

Lagree Fitness Studio Westwood + WeHo

March 30, 2018

Although there’s over 300+ Lagree Fitness locations worldwide, LA is the only place in the world where you can try out Sebastien Lagree’s personally owned and operated studios – you know, the fitness guru praised by Hollywood’s A-list for keeping their bodies in tip-top shape with his Megaformer machine?

Well now you can visit the first-ever “Megaformer Pop-Up Studio” — Lagree Fitness Studio Westwood – featuring Lagree’s signature 50-minute Megaformer classes on his newer M3S machines 7x a week. Check out the class schedule here. Leading ladies like Meghan Markle, Kim Kardashian, Michele Obama and Sofia Vergara swear by the workout for long, lean muscles without the bulk. This class will literally hit every muscle in the shortest possible workout (hardest, bafflingly so!) I think I have ever had. Think WTF this is isane, hard AF and freaking AMAZING!!!!

Like its sister studio in West Hollywood, the new Lagree Fitness Studio outpost will soon offer Lagree’s signature 25-minute, full-body HIIT workout every half-hour on Lagree’s patented Supra machine — the Megaformer cousin that inclines and tilts like a space simulator, turning you into an actual puddle of sweat.

Until they swap out the M3S for the Supras this Summer, head to either location for a 400-cal-burning session dubbed “Hollywood’s Toughest Workout,” by the LA Times, and maybe you’ll spot some studio favorites like Rihanna, Jennifer Aniston, or Ashley Graham among your class crowd.

  • Lagree Fitness Studio Addresses:

o   Westwood location: 1001 Gayley Ave., Westwood, CA, 90924

o   West Hollywood Location: 375 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

Celebrity Fans of Lagree Fitness Studio & Lagree Fitness Method: Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Sofía Vergara, Lady Gaga, Ashley Graham, Michelle Obama, Viola Davis, Bella Thorne, Calvin Harris, Vanessa Hudgens, Jennifer Aniston, Britney Spears, Lea Michele, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karli Kloss, Toni Garrn, Eva Longoria, Ronda Rousey, Marcia Cross, Elizabeth Hurley, Molly Sims, Martha Hunt, Rebecca Romijn, Courtney Cox, David Duchovny, Jeremy Piven, Mary J. Blige, and more.

Stop, PAUSE and Float

March 26, 2018

So there I was, one hour from my first sensory deprivation experience. I was somewhat nervous to be perfectly honest. Me – alone in the dark, baptized into my sub-conscious mind. On any typical day thoughts race through head like George Costanza on LSD.

It was raining that day – the perfect segue into what was a new and unique experience to me. I sat in the lobby for what felt like 30 seconds and was guided to THE POD.

The rules of the experience were explained – but I failed to listen – I was too excited to start that I almost forgot to take the required shower before entry.

I stared at the pod for a few moments – it reminded me of something out of a science fiction film from the 1960’s.

As I entered the pod, I adjusted into a comfortable position onto my back and held my feeble, herniated neck into place. Once I felt the 1000 pounds of salted water holding me like a baby, I let go. I shut the music off. Then the lights. I expanded my arms, ya know, like Christ…and let go.

I watched the thoughts fly through my head like the Jetsons.

“This is like a Black Mirror episode…”

“What if the pod doesn’t open?”

“What if it did and an alien wielding a scalpel was standing over me?”

“Did I eat today? There must be taco shop close by.

And then…I entered the Theta state. I felt as if I was spinning, forward and back, left to right. I hallucinated a bit (just some shiny lights) and I fell into sleep. The most calm sleep I have ever had.

A voice awoke me telling me my session was complete.

I disembarked the vessel, washed all the salt from my body and vowed to do this again as soon as possible.

– Christian Majewski

Pause Float introduces you to the art of floating, a revolution in stress-reduction and regeneration, a contemporary practice where you tune out the chaotic external world – and tune into your innermost consciousness. For an hour at a time, immerse into one of their private, soundproof flotation suites and float in our custom-blend of buoyant Epsom salts, allowing you to lie back and tune out, unplugging from every sound, care and worry.

 

Benefits

sleep

stress relief

pain management

mindfulness and creativity

focus and productivity

athletic performance

physical recovery

They also have INFRARED SAUNA

PRICING

introductory | 60-min.

single session | $69
three-session package | $189 ($63 per session, includes a 30-min. infrared sauna session)

standard | 60-min.

single session | $75
two-session package | $130 ($65 per session)
five-session package* | $300 ($60 per session)
ten-session package* | $570 ($57 per session)

*sharable packages

NEW | EXPRESS FLOAT | 40-min.

single session* | $49

*introductory and standard pricing is the same, no packages available

 

The Science of Floating

During the early 1950s there was a big question in the world of neurophysiology as the source of our brain’s consciousness. Is the brain simply an organ reacting to external stimuli, or is there some internal force that it responds to as well? There were many theories as to how the brain would react to a completely sensory-free environment.

One man named John C. Lilly decided to find out. By 1954, Lilly had built the first ever floatation tank in the National Institute of Mental Health Lab in the Virgin Islands. Lilly’s tank used water to allow people to float comfortably and to effectively reduce all sensation of touch.

The results were incredible. Lilly found more and more people coming out feeling amazing, reporting of personal discovery and self-actualization. This encouraged Lilly to continue his exploration of the float tank, building one or two more tanks in different laboratories in the United States.

For the next 20 years, floating remained exclusively in the laboratory setting, until 1972 when Lilly partnered up with Glenn and Lee Perry. He asked them to design a commercially available float tank that people could have in their homes.  The first float center was opened, a five-tank center in Beverly Hills in 1979.

This center was met with immediate success and was emulated across the US.  Float centers started popping up in every major city, new manufacturers started to enter the market, and the industry as a whole began to make a name for itself. After 60 years of progress, the world of floating is becoming mainstream. Tranquil lighting, therapeutic music, two-way communication and lobby controls, aesthetically pleasing design, and a welcoming environment have led to a new beginning in the industry.

13353 Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90066 • 310.439.1972

More about floating!

Regenerate

floating lowers stress hormones, replenishes neurotransmitters, and releases endorphins, which induces ultra-deep relaxation and provides a zen-like afterglow that can last for days

Relax

effortlessly slip into meditative states, which has a plethora of proven benefits. you’ll feel intensely awake, yet extremely relaxed and clear-headed

Recharge

the womb-like environment provides a euphoric boost in energy, which is ideal for when we’re jet lagged, sleep deprived, or drained from a long work-week

Recover

greatly accelerate the body’s ability to heal itself from the effects of stress, intense workouts, late-nights, and overstimulation