Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mama Fit: Finding a fitness routine & have fun with your little one

As a mom finding and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be brushed to the side. Before I had Leo I was so good at mapping out my workouts for the week: Pilates, Yoga, Running, Barre Classes and more! I loved variety and I made fitness a priority while I was pregnant, it was simple, I made the time. 

After having Leo, I not only have one schedule to maintain but two lovely schedules of adventure, fitness, play, and fun to maintain. Motherhood has been such an awarding job, but lets face it it can also be exhausting. One thing that I have found that keeps me going is maintaining a fitness routine, while also allowing myself to be flexible with it. I actually find my workouts to be energizing and uplifting rather than exhausting.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a necessity for me and Pearachute has been a life savor! There are so may options for moms to bring their kids along and workout. I wanted to share some of my favorite options 

Dailey Method: Dailey Barre

Description: This class is appropriate for all levels of students. The cuing and pacing are relatively quick but options and modifications are given regularly to enable all students to be successful. Students are encouraged to work at their own level and to make the positioning the priority for each exercise. Movement is layered on after form and alignment is perfected. This is the ideal class to work on perfecting your practice while continuing to be challenged.

Review: Shake and burn your way through an amazing hour long class! Besides the great music and amazing teachers, one of my favorite things about Dailey Method is that I can drop off my son in the kids room and I get a full body work out and "me" time. One of my favorite prenatal workouts and still one of my all time favorite way to sweat. Leo loves the kids room and always makes new friends when he is there.

Recycled Barre: Barre & Baby

Description: Barre & Baby is a full body workout with your baby that fuses classical dance elements and repetition with conditioning, stretching, and circuit training. The technique is originated from high intensity strength intervals with your baby, followed immediately by deep recovery stretching. This regimented routine will evenly sculpt and quickly transform the entire body. Intricate muscle development through proper dance technique will get you to tight and toned physique you've been looking for. Barre & Baby classes will build your body from your core out to your arms and legs to create a dynamic and fluid approach to fitness.

Review: A beautiful space and a sweet workout with your little one. May favorite part is that we used our little ones as our weights. If they wanted to explore they are free to roam the room while mom still gets her workout in.

Fit4Mom: Stroller Strides

Description: Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom

Review: Fun in the sun with the little one! My favorite part of this class was how we interacted with our little ones throughout the class. We sang classic children's songs and incorporated them into our workout. (Imagine singing "Head, shoulders, knees, & toes" a few times while incorporating squats) The littles love it and BONUS, stay after class and get to know other moms for the stay and play.

Bubbles: Mama Bootcamp at Lincoln Park Zoo

Description:A year-round, high intensity interval training program — we rebuild, bond, stretch and revitalize. Kim Schiefelbein leads a bootcamp style workout that is a combination of running, weight training, ballet and barre. Mama Bootcamp is the perfect way to exercise and socialize while still being with baby. We provide child care assistants at every class. 

Review: Holy Guacamole, this class is amazing! My favorite part of this class is that they having childcare! As you run through the different parts of the zoo and park, there are 2 extra people dedicated to watching your kids so you don't miss out on a single push up or set of stairs! BONUS: Stay and play a the zoo after, we made an entire day of it!

Gratitude Yoga: Kids and Family Yoga
Description:The kids & family yoga classes are designed to involve every family member- All ages are welcome and yoga experience is not required. Even moms with newborn babies are welcome to come and get their stretch-on while their little ones are in the room. It is a happy and safe environment. The class will involve: review of yoga poses, an introduction to meditation, journaling and practicing partner activities. gratitude provides a warm, calm & welcoming environment to all ages of the family! The class is a great way to spend time with your kids, meet new families and stay warm on the weekend! 

Review: This was such a welcoming environment and kid friendly family yoga class! Leo was free to wander the room, and he even took a break from his busy schedule to do a few poses with me! We love doing moms and me classes and most of them are for 6 weeks to crawling and Leo is just too adventurous for those classes. This class was perfect because even thought he wasn't ready to do the poses on his own, he was able to interact with me while I got to get my stretch on! ALSO: What a perfect way to end my week of fitness, I felt relaxed yet energized and was able to stretch out all my sore muscles from all the other fitness classes I went to this week!

If you haven't joined Parachute yet, try out your first month for only $39! Use the code: JESI at the checkout. Sign up here, to see the different options of classes and class times they offer!

Let me know if you ever want to schedule a fitness playdate!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Get Outside and Enjoy Time To YOURSELF

My favorite season has always been fall but I am FALLing in love with spring. Having a 14 month old in the spring has been so much fun! We love to hike, jump in puddles, go for trail runs and more. It is so important to get outside and take a break, and believe it or not it's totally possible with a 14 month old! I just strap him on my back or in his adventure mobile (our running stroller) and off we go!

With all this outdoor active time, its also important to fuel up! For Leo, I bring sliced fruits  and freeze dried yogurt snacks. For myself my go to has been Cafe Breaks Pudding. I LOVE sweet coffee flavors and this pudding comes in all sorts of cafe latte flavors ( Mocha Latte, Caramel Latte, Chai Latte, and French Vanilla Latte). I love that it is Gluten free, only 100 Calories or less per cup and that milk is the first ingredient

Follow #lovecafebreaks and if you join Ibotta you can get this rebate!

I have been compensated for this post, but opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Summer Fitness Series!

June 7th marks the start date for the outdoor Stroller Fitness class! The class will be a perfect mix  of Cardio drills, strength training exercises, yoga and pilates!

You can sign up for the event using this link!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites: OM FOR THE MOM (Mothers Day Giveaway!)

For my 32nd birthday my husband Ryan gave me an amazing book that I just can't put down. I continue to use it for daily mantras, to reference for a yoga class I'm teaching, or to share with a mom in need! Ryan could see that I felt lost after having Leo, taking on this new role as a mother all while trying not to lose myself in the process. He couldn't have found a more perfect book to help me create a formula that works for me on my journey. I love this book so much I have to share it with you!

OM for the Mom, written by local Chicago Yogi Vanessa Palmer takes you on a magical journey on the little OM PILL of life- riding love, passion, inner peace @ abundance!

It's an easy ready that breaks down into three main "Sutras". A sutra means a thread or line that holds things together, its the formula, the rule to go by. 

Sutra 1: Mind, Body, Spirit 

This section is all about the soul, manifestation, love, yoga, meditation, gratitude, prayer, soul cleansing, soul reflection, life's simple moments and more! Its just so juicy and you will keep coming back for more in the first sutra.

Sutra 2: The Devine Feminine

Here we dive into the gentle warrior spirit, intuition, building spiritual relationships, becoming a mother, the pause we take when becoming a mother and living the slow life, patience and peace, leading by example, and a ton of beautiful mantras and meditations.

Sutra 3: Dreams & Passion

This is so important because as women, we still need to feed our own personal dreams and passions. " Keep company of people who are going to inspire and lift you higher". The importance of building a tribe and community and life path lessons to learn from are all covered in this portion of the book

The book provides the ingredients to create your own formula for life and answers questions like: 

How do I live a happy and fulfilled life? Find my purpose, passion and path in life? Manage all of life's responsibilities? Improve my relationships? Balance work, motherhood, and myself to live a more holistic lifestyle? What are the most important things to teach my children? How can I start living from the inside out and attract more of what I want out of life?

I have partnered up with Vanessa and I am giving away a signed copy of OM for the Mom to one lucky gal! ( You don't have to be a mom and can totally benefit from all this book has to offer even if you aren't a mom, its a souls journey to love and freedom.)

To enter the Mothers Day Giveaway:

  • Visit my Instagram Page: @altruisticyogini
  • "Like" the OM for the Mom post
  • Tag a friend for an extra entry (Tag as many friends as you would like!)
  • Answer this question on the post: What is your formula for self-care? Your personal OM Formula?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mommy and Me workshop

Next month I am partnering up with Yoga Six Lincoln Park to teach a mommy and me yoga workshop!

Mommy and Me Yoga is a great way to reconnect with your body while enjoying time with your little one and a community of other like-minded moms! Mamas benefit from total body strengthening postures while little ones benefit from infant yoga and baby massage.

In this workshop you will:
- Move through postures that incorporate you and your baby
- Strengthen your core, improve your posture and build confidence
- Learn relaxing, breathing techniques for on and off the mat 
- Review infant massage techniques to help calm and soothe baby 

Ideal for babies 6 weeks to crawling. Please bring a baby blanket for your little one. 

Space is limited | Reserve your spot ahead of time HERE!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Muted Disposition

Miscarriage. Muted Disposition. Silent Loss. No Heart Beat. 

I never thought it could happen to me, I have already had one healthy pregnancy and a wonderful baby boy. I am active and I enjoy eating healthy and indulging in ice cream once in a while (or a lot) who's to judge right?

I never in a million years thought I would experience a loss, but what I have learned is that so many women experience loss and there is this underlying current of silence that occurs. We question ourselves and our bodies ability to bare a child. The mind is so powerful, and we have the power to create something so beautiful -or- something so dark and lonely. 

I cried to my husband and my light was so dim, I said some horrible things about myself. "My body can't even carry a baby, I failed".  My husband kindly reminded me, "No your body is so amazing and intelligent that it was able to recognize that something was not right, it knew not to continue with this pregnancy."

He was right, I am fearfully and wonderfully made and my body is strong and equipped for anything that presents itself. Miscarriages happen,  and if it has happened to you, its important to realize you are not alone and the chances of having a future healthy pregnancy are very good. 

Moving forward from this can't be easy but I want to share how I am choosing to move forward and shine my light,

  1. Talking about it: Sharing my story not only with my close friends and family but with my community and network. Sharing my loss, my feelings, my fears, and my future.
  2. Grieving: Honoring the beautiful soul I had the opportunity to carry for 11 weeks and know I have an extra angel looking out for me
  3. Keeping up with my fitness: My body is a vessel and I will continue to keep it strong and healthy. Running, Yoga, Pilates and Barre are a few of my favorite was to stay fit.
  4. Nutrition: Although I may lose my pregnancy cravings for spicy foods, I will still enjoy my morning avocado doused in hot sauce and hemp seeds. I will continue to make my morning smoothies and protein shakes (yay for baby booster which is perfect for moms trying to conceive too!) and because I believe everything in moderation... I will enjoy a doughnut or some ice cream here or there.
Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to me, to everyone who has been inspired by breaking the silence and sharing their experience with me. 

To those who have experienced a loss, you are not alone!  Feel free to share your story, chime in, or shine your light. You are loved and there is a BIG plan in store for you.

My Story:
On March 2nd I took my first pregnancy test and it came back with 2 stripes! I took one again on the 3rd, and 4th, and then confirmed with my GYN on March 9th. YES, I was expecting #2. I went in for my first appointment with my midwife on March 28th (8 weeks pregnant) We Identified my EDD as 11/10/2016. With a little uncertainty  of this date, we decided to book an ultrasound for my 9 week appointment. 

At the ultrasound we got to see the baby and the flickering heartbeat. The size of the baby was measuring at 7 weeks, not 9. I took this as truth and then went about my week. One night  something just didn't make sense.. the dates just didn't add up, the baby couldn't have been conceived then. So I contacted my midwife and she suggested that I come in for another ultrasound to see the babies growth and measure the EDD. 

On April 18th we went in for an 11 week (or 9 week) ultrasound and there was no flicker of light.... no heartbeat. There had been no growth or change in size for 2 weeks.

I am scheduled to have my D&C tomorrow and sharing this story has helped in the healing process.

Thank you for allowing me to share

Love and Light,

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Calling all Mother Earth Yogis!

Kicking off May Day (May 1st) and celebrating Mother's Day and Mother Earth with a yoga! Mar challenge! Mark your calendars and screenshot this flyer for the #MotherEarthYogis YogaChallenge May 1st-8th!

Celebrate Earth Day and Mother's Day with us in this 8 day challenge for all moms, moms to be, and mother nature lovers. Join us as we practice gratitude for our Mother Earth by exploring a wide range of nature asanas. Our journey together will culminate on Mother's Day!

To be eligible to win our amazing prizes:
1. Repost this flyer and tag with a few friends to join in and share the fun!
2. Follow all hosts and sponsors
3. Post for each pose of the day (which will be posted the night before by @meddyteddy and one of the other hosts) 
4. Be sure to include the challenge hashtag and all host and sponsor handles in each post
5. Be creative and have fun!


Sponsors and their prizes for 8 lucky challenge winners: 
@meddyteddy ➡ a meddy teddy!
@the_blissful_momma ➡ custom made tank!
@re3life ➡ $50 gift card!
@lovekikikins ➡ matching mommy and mini leggings!
@baobeimaternity ➡ $75 shop credit!
@lvrfashion ➡ $50 gift card!
@mamabearskincare ➡ organic skin care!
@plexusyogawheel ➡ a yoga wheel!

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