Category Archives: Inspiration

Sweat SMARTer For Haiti: An upcoming charity event in NYC to benefit those who were hit worst by Hurricane Matthew

Date: December 17th, 2016 Time: 9am to 1pm, Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue             2pm to 7pm, Vitor Shaolin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, 780 8th Avenue In the midst of this current political climate, it may surprise you to know that we are holding a fitness charity event to help Haiti recover from it’s most recent natural disaster. The media’s predominant focus is on the DAPL, social injustice, post-election concerns and women’s rights- ALL worthy of our attention and issues that we, at SMARTer Bodies, care about and continuously advocate. It’s easy to forget, however, Read more…

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(My) Truth About Yoga and Body Image

There’s a popular idea people seem to have that once they obtain the body they want, they will all of a sudden be happy. Both women and men are constantly exposed to advertisements with images of scantily clad, tanned bodies with tips and tricks on how to achieve rock hard abs, tight butts, sculpted arms and impossibly thin waistlines, as if to say “Hey asshole, you look like shit and no one will ever love you, unless you resemble these fucks!” Ok, so maybe that’s a bit harsh, but not far from reality. Despite it being common knowledge that these Read more…

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry, in a Mindful Way- 5 tips to stay centered in your healthy eating habits

  Even the most “disciplined” of us can fall off the healthy eating habit bandwagon during the holiday season. Whether we are going to holiday parties and are fully into the holidays, or if we can’t stand them and are comforting ourselves by over-indulging, there are a few tricks that we can use to keep the “damage” to our waistlines to a minimum.   1. Don’t go to a party, gathering or supermarket HUNGRY!! Make sure that you have had some healthy snacks before you head out to the festivities. That way you won’t eat every goody that you come Read more…

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8 Reasons Why Martial Arts Will Make Your Kid a Better Person

As a general statement, I think that movement (especially learning skilled movement) is important for young children. While there are arguments for and against specializations in sports at a young age, it seems that a variety of movement and skills can be more transferable to everyday life and can provide more options for movement choices later in life as we age. It’s also important that kids have fun and enjoy whatever activity they are doing, so that they are more likely to stick with a healthier lifestyle. Considering all of this, I decided to enroll my (at the time) 3 Read more…

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Blog: How to Not Fail Your Resolutions Part One

It’s that time of year again: make 10 resolutions, start 3 of them seriously and then fail at meeting any of them by the end of February (March if you are lucky). According to statistics, only 8% of Americans are actually successful in achieving their intentions…womp womp. Why the annual ritual? If it were simply a matter of willpower and determination, more people would be able to make significant changes each January. As it turns out, you actually need a plan, one that works! We can help you plan to stick to those fitness and health resolutions- like for real. Read more…

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Our Student Inspires Us with a Geriatric Rap

A privilege that comes with teaching is getting to know students and their incredible life stories. One such individual is Dev … She is 89 year-old survivor of cancer, a retired occupational therapist and all-around badass. While getting to know Dev, she explained that confronting cancer gave her the nerve to follow an interest in acting. She found it to be a profoundly liberating experience and performance helped Dev to find a strong voice in the form of poetic, on-stage expression. We wanted to share with you a fruit of her labor. This Youtube Video is of Dev performing her, Read more…

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Leonardo DaVinci and the Brain

We all know that Leonardo da Vinci is a renowned Renaissance artist with incredibly recognizable work: the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man.  But what catches our art-loving eye is his work with anatomy.  Here’s a quick synopsis according to Wikipedia of what his anatomy work entailed: Leonardo’s formal training in the anatomy of the human body began with his apprenticeship to Andrea del Verrocchio, who insisted that all his pupils learn anatomy. As an artist, he quickly became master of topographic anatomy, drawing many studies of muscles, tendonsand other visible anatomical features. He studied the mechanical functions of the skeleton and the muscular forces that are applied to it in Read more…

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“Why Not You?” A Mother’s Inspiring Weight Loss Story

  Before she was pregnant Amelia Estrella was a full-time, bellydancer, personal trainer, fitness instructor and B-Girl; making good use of her dance major from Hunter.  During her first pregnancy she was put on bed rest and gained 80 lbs.  Before she could lose the weight she found out she was pregnant again when her first son turned 3 months old.  Deciding she needed a change, Amelia went from 279 lbs to 165 lbs.  That’ s a 114 lbs. weight loss in 14 months of her second child being born she. Here’s her story:

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Inspiration in a Hardcore Way!

Back from Costa Rica (pictures to follow in a new post) and what a great way to return to our practice/blog/life from vacation leisure than with this: Put Your Excuses in a Pile of Sh*t ‘Nuff said. But if you wan to read the article go to MindBodyGreen.

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An Inspirational Monday: Don’t Stop Moving!

Here’s a fair amount of inspiration to help you start the week strong.  Mondays can often be characterized by our hesitancy to let go of the weekend and start the rat race.  So whether you’re having a hard time starting the week off with excitement or even having a hard time getting into your movement practice here’s what you need to get started.  We have really awesome friends on facebook, so if you want to keep seeing cool videos that they post then you should “like” us and then “like” them.  That being said, Enjoy! The first video comes from Elephant Read more…

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