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I had a birthday recently and as birthdays often do, it got me thinking. I realized that since the birth of my daughter, who shares the same birthday month, I haven’t celebrated me and my birthday as I’m so centered around her big birthday plans. This year was going to be different. I knew I wanted to share my day with close girlfriends and I wanted to do something special. So the invite called for spandex and sneakers, and I surprised everyone with a trampoline disco party. What better way to kick start your new year than with a kick ass fitness class that leaves you feeling healthy and strong?
JumpLife is the vision of Montserrat Markou. Its first and only location happens to be two blocks from my house, making it exceedingly convenient. They provide two class options, JumpDance, which focuses on all dance and cardio using individual trampolines, and JumpGym, which incorporates hand weights and some ab work. You feel like a rock star (probably healthier than a rock star) when you leave this place and safe to say you’ve lost a pound in sweat. I love my girlfriends for joining me to jump!
I’m committed to growing older gracefully and staying fit and sexy is part of the plan, as is putting the right foods into my body. Fittingly, I received two books as gifts that fit right in with the plan. One, the Art of Attention is a beautiful book (workbook really) on an evolving yoga practice. Perfect for me since I’ve been a yogi for over twenty years now. The other, is a truly stunning cookbook (that word doesn’t do this work of art justice) called Plenty. It’s the all-vegetable book I’ve been dreaming of, with photos that will blow your mind.
Another friend gifted me a ticket to the Edible Schoolyard NYC fundraiser. Founded by Alice Waters, Edible Schoolyard works to bring gardens to schools where children who normally wouldn’t have access to fresh produce can grow their own. They provide a hands-on edible education that includes teaching kids to embrace sustainable eating practices and to make food choices that will change their health.
If last year was about getting outside my comfort zone and experiencing new things, this coming year is the time to reconnect with friends over a healthy meal at home and get back to basics. Less technology and more personal connection. Health and wellness in body, mind, and spirit. And appreciation for everything I have.
The SJ Dream Team is a little offbeat – groovy even – and consists of my perfect storm of practitioners and experts. Try not to judge my woo woo sensibilities, as those who know me also know they have served me well!
ASTROLOGY, TAROT & WOO WOO
When I was 18 my stepfather had an astrologer come to the house to read his chart. My stepdad seemed to think the only reason he knew as much as he did was the person who referred him must have told him everything. I, on the other hand, was just plain curious and there began my lifelong relationship with Ken Bresee. Ken is a gentle soul with a gift for interpreting the stars whose genuine care and love can be heard in every word. Ken works from his home in Taos, and will record and send a CD to you anywhere in the world. Contact him by email at Kbresee@taosnet.com
Gahl Sasson is a spiritual teacher who teaches workshops around the globe on Kabbalah, mythology, and astrology. He is the author of two books, a frequent television and radio guest, and an overall brainiac and hottie. We met 10 years ago when I took his class ‘A Wish Can Change Your Life,’ which was the basis for his book of the same name, now in its fifth printing. I see Gahl for private readings and I have a special connection with his Tarot deck. Subscribe to his very smart newsletter, take a workshop, read his books, or schedule your own reading. You can find Gahl at http://cosmicnavigator.com and see when he’s coming to your city or country.
My Aries brain (and Gemini Moon) are always on overdrive and I’m constantly in my head. Meditation should be part of my daily practice, but alas it isn’t always. Tanda Tashjian is a psychotherapist, astrologer and teacher of meditation in the Buddhist tradition. She taught me how to calm my mind and just be still. Check out one of her intensive meditation workshops or join a weekly class in her home in L.A.
Several years ago, I was driving past The Kabbalah Centre and saw they were having an open house. Being open to everything, I thought I’d check it out and I popped in on veteran Kabbalist and teacher to the stars, Eitan Yardeni (yes, he is Madonna’s teacher), giving a lecture. I signed up for classes on the spot and have been learning the teachings of Kabbalah ever since. Not as woo woo as some of you may think, the basic tenant of this ancient wisdom is ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.’ Imagine if we could all master that! Check out Kabbalah classes online or visit a Centre near you.
I’ll be highlighting other members of my Dream Team in upcoming posts on Style Compass. Stay tuned!