By now you must have heard the big news: We have a brand new Liquido Active Pop Up in Australia. If you are in the Sydney area you can now try the in-store Liquido Experience!
Our first brick and mortar store couldn't be anywhere else than this place that is so close to our heart. Get to know why:
A passionate entrepreneur and yogi Renata Facchini felt the lack of soft fabric clothing mixed with exotic patterns and decided to launch the brand in Australia, not imagining the results she would achieve. Before long, the brand already had one warehouse in Sydney and another in the USA, exporting uniquely beautiful garments to more than 60 countries around the globe!
Roxy, the store's pet, is always around to hang out with our tribe. So yes, we're super pet-friendly, if you come you can bring your best friend with you.
Renata Bazarian to the left ( General Manager in Australia) and Renata Facchini to the right ( Creative Director and CEO) worked tirelessly to make this dream come true.
It's a place where you can browse, try and feel our soft fabric and vivid prints!
You'll also find an exclusive Brazilian swimwear collection!
Our sales team ( Fernanda and Tatiana) will be ready to welcome you to our Liquido world ;)
Special offer for our readers: You can mention at the store that you've read this post and get a special discount on your shopping + get an even better one if you bring a friend!
Make sure to pay us a visit!
Shop 2 / 169 Pittwater Rd
2095 Manly, New South Wales, Australia
By Guest Blogger: Kristi Paxton
Let’s celebrate LOVE! Let’s commit to finding true value and validation for Valentine’s Day 2018. Let’s create a year celebrating awareness, authenticity, speaking our truth, creating community, self-worth & self-love!
Do YOU value YOU?
What if you dare to love yourself in ALL the places others have been afraid to love you in?
What if you simply challenged & devoted the month of February to love yourself more?
What if you let go of what society has conditioned us to believe about love and relationships?
Self-love is the source of every other kind of love. Let’s drop the mask and present ourselves to the world to keep it REAL! If we allow ourselves to drop our mask, we offer that same opportunity for others to do the same!
Let’s commit as a group of strong, independent women, a tribe, a community, to lift each other up, to encourage each other, to be authentic, to speak our truths, to love ourselves and each other unconditionally and most of all to raise future generations in the concept of knowing your worth.
Let’s promise ourselves to put self-care at the top of our to-do lists. Remembering you cannot pour from an empty cup.
My friends, take refuge and recognize that our happiness will never come from outside ourselves. The sacred space inside your heart is where you can find yourself over and over again. Tap in!
Let Valentine’s Day 2018 bring forth gifts that cannot be bought. Gifts from the heart will be treasured and remembered!
Here are some self-care ideas:
- Speak your truth. Honesty brings value to your soul & empowers your spirit.
- Take time out of your busy schedule to walk in nature admiring all the abundance around you.
- List 5 things you are grateful for and remember a grateful heart is a magnet for miracles!
- Don’t compare yourself to others and if you are looking for that one person to change your life look in the mirror!
- Move your body, maybe even break a sweat!
- Let go of something that does not serve you! “The mountains you have been carrying, you were only supposed to climb” -Najwa Zebian
- Create a mantra: “I am enough”; “I am beautiful, bold, fearless and free”; “prosperity overflows in every aspect of my life”; “I have everything I need in abundance”; “I am love”.
On behalf of the entire Liquido Team and myself, we wish you, LOVE, and remember: "Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will” - Anne Klein
About the AuthorKristi Paxton is a 500 hour certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor, Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Instructor as well as a Master Trainer for FiTMAT by Boga. She lives in Seacrest Beach, Florida. Instagram: @kristi.yoga
By Guest Blogger: Cat Woods
It was only at age 19 that I began practicing yoga and really loving it. At first, I did it for the stretch and the challenge alone and would shuffle out quickly before savasana. Only later did the spiritual element really grip me and compel me to continue learning and discovering how yoga feeds every element of our beings. Before I finally got brave enough to do my yoga teacher training, I was encouraged by a master Pilates trainer in Bali to do my Pilates certification. She had seen me in yoga class and encouraged me to fall in love with Pilates. I did. I have always loved dance – while I never studied it officially, I had spent hours copying ballet performances of Nureyev and Fonteyn on video and later, copying Janet Jackson videos for hours too. I had a dance for every song on the Madonna, Prince and Janet albums I religiously collected too. You don’t need to be a ballet professional or even experienced in it to do my class Ballet Sculpt.
I developed Ballet Sculpt in 2011 as a way to bring barre classes to venues that weren’t equipped with a barre, and also to make it available without the excessive cost of studio barre classes and the sometimes confusing ballet terms being used in some barre classes.
The class is modifiable, and there is flexibility from one class to the next as to the moves, sequences, and level of difficulty is matched to the venue and the class participants.
Because there is no barre, moves such as plies, leg extensions and heel raises require a greater focus on core strength, balance, focus, alignment and posture to ensure participants are safely adhering to technique and posture rules. By introducing moves with clear instruction and an emphasis on how participants can check their own alignment through visual and sensory cues, I am giving them the tools to perfect posture and ideal movement techniques for life. As a teacher, there’s no greater role we can play than to improve participants’ knowledge of their own body and movement so that they can continue to do our classes, and everything else they want to do in life, with the knowledge of how to challenge themselves without unnecessary risk.
Unlike many barre classes currently running in gyms, Ballet Sculpt does not rely on HIIT (high-intensity interval training) nor does it promote leaping, jumping or kicking. The risk in using those moves is that they rely more on momentum than muscle focus and control.
It requires endurance and strength, and many participants will find it intense and challenging. It is about time under tension, or endurance through isometric holds, small and sustained contractions, and little rest time.
It is about taking the elements of graceful, controlled, powerful and strong moves from dance disciplines and the skills and self-awareness of Pilates and yoga training to the fitness environment.
When I teach people how to read their bodies, align their posture and execute techniques with control and grace, I teach them how to enjoy movement for life. This applies to highly experienced dancers as much as to the office worker who has never done a group fitness class before. My role is vital in assisting someone to appreciate and strengthen their body during class and to carry what they learn out of class and into daily life.
That’s no small duty: my work really matters. It carries on long after the hour I spend with one person or 25 class participants.
About the Author
Cat Woods is the Australian founder of Ballet Sculpt. She is also a vinyasa yoga teacher, mat Pilates instructor, freelance journalist, and blogger. Visit her website here.
By Guest Blogger: Sarah Tiefenthaler
When I made the decision to create my Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga company “YOGAqua” it was for my love of both Yoga and Nature and this was the perfect recipe to enjoy them together. However, it has been over 7 years since I did my first yoga pose on a paddleboard and I have now come up with a few more reasons why I love this so much!
1. Friendship: Doing SUP Yoga with a friend is the best! Class typically begins with paddling where you get your blood pumping, yes, but you also have the chance to catch up with your buddies or even make a new friend! I have seen so many friendships formed on the water in YOGAqua classes.
For me personally, when I stop and look around at the people closest to me, there is one thing that links them all and that is YOGAqua. Some friends I have met as they were students of mine and some have transitioned from students to my instructors to very best friends. There are also those who I have met traveling for Wanderlust, retreats, and teacher training courses. Some friends even have their own brands that exist in the same industry. The point is, when you immerse yourself into something you’re passionate about, likeminded people will eventually surround you and you’re likely to make some amazing, long-lasting friendships.
2. Unplugged: It is such a wonderful feeling to leave my phone behind and paddle out onto the water. Even for just 90 minutes, I can let everything go and simply reset. Sometimes it's not until the moment I hit the water that I feel like I really open my eyes. When I hop onto my board, see the water rush by and then shift my gaze up to the sunlight, blue skies, birds, fish and even those crazy sea lions-all of the sudden I exist in nature and it is all right here in this big city we call “LA". Isn’t that amazing?
3. Photography: As we all know, social media is…shall we say
…relevant.I first took an interest in this when I wanted to connect with old friends, then it became a tool for my business. And while it still serves those two purposes, a new passion has developed. I love taking photos on the water-especially in new beautiful locations! And maybe you’re thinking "anyone can point a camera and shoot, right"? Well, what I’ve found is that I am no longer trying to just capture an image, that part is easy, you’re right. I now strive to capture a “feeling”. What I notice while photographing other people is that you have to wait for that moment when they stop “posing”, when their true-self comes through that’s the good stuff.
Fun: SUP Yoga is far more than just a fitness activity for me, it is something that creates happiness! We all get stressed in life; whether that be by money, relationships, deadlines, etc. but to have something (healthy) that can make all that a little bit easier is huge. It doesn’t matter if I wake up feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders, once I’m on the water, that heaviness just falls away..like magic!
5. Travel: I have been fortunate enough to teach SUP Yoga in many beautiful locations around the world. These places include Hawaii, Greece, Mexico, Canada and very soon Bora Bora! I believe a certain level of desire to travel pretty much exists in everyone to a certain extent. However, my desire to travel is a bit more specific. All I have to do is see a picture of beautiful, calm water somewhere and I feel this longing deep in my stomach and without even realizing, I find myself online searching for where it is and how to get there! Yes, I want to experience different cultures, food, and history but I also really really want to experience the water.
I’m sure my list of reasons for why I love SUP Yoga will continue to grow as my experiences do because well…that’s life! On to the next adventure!
About the Author
Sarah Tiefenthaler, owner, and founder of YOGAqua completed her first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in the tropical jungles of Costa Rica where she focused intensely on the philosophy of Yoga as well as meditation practices. When she returned to Los Angeles, she completed her second 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in Hollywood, CA at Earth’s Power Yoga where she was able to expand her knowledge of human anatomy and alignment in relation to Yoga. After spending day after day in the magnificence of the Costa Rican jungle, Sarah still longed for any activity in which she could maintain a consistent presence in nature.When Sarah returned home from Costa Rica in 2010 she soon discovered her passion for Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP); it was the perfect solution that would keep her in nature, on the water, and under the sun. With her obvious passion for Yoga, it was not long before she began to experiment with Yoga poses on the boards which were just the spark that very quickly leads to the creation of her SUP Yoga company, YOGAqua. YOGAqua was launched in July 2011, is based in Marina Del Rey, CA with a second location opening in Ventura, CA in the Spring of 2018.
Sarah has since completed a third Yoga Teacher Training for 100 hours at Maha Yoga in Brentwood, CA. She offers SUP Yoga Teacher Training Certification courses four times per year as well as SUP Yoga Retreats at some of the most beautiful locations around the world. She is the SUP Program Coordinator for Wanderlust Yoga Festivals, a Level 2 World Paddle Association Instructor and a brand ambassador for BOGA Yoga Paddle Boards.
- Fun: SUP Yoga is far more than just a fitness activity for me, it is something that creates happiness! We all get stressed in life; whether that be by money, relationships, deadlines, etc. but to have something (healthy) that can make all that a little bit easier is huge. It doesn’t matter if I wake up feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders, once I’m on the water, that heaviness just falls away..like magic!
By Guest Blogger: Mariane Wells
Back in 2005, a Sports Illustrated cover story unearthed the “radical training methods” of NFL stars, and one of those radical training methods was yoga! Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a professional athlete who doesn’t practice yoga or incorporate yoga poses and stretches into his or her workout.
In 2014, LeBron James cited an early-morning yoga class for his ability to overcome cramps before Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Spurs.
Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova found that yoga improves her muscle control and flexibility, as well as her mindset.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup soccer champion Hope Solo says that “simple stretching takes away from your speed, so for me, dynamic yoga gives me the ability and empowers me to keep my speed and elongate my muscle.”
After years of using weight lifting and sprinting to work his body into football shape, Keith Mitchell, former all-pro linebacker for the Jacksonville Jags, turned to yoga to rehabilitate his body after a serious injury. “Mentally, yoga helped me recover from the NFL,” says Mitchell. “When I was in the game, I never thought about yoga as something that could help me. My generation of athletes wasn’t brought up with yoga. I think it could help players stay healthy, understand their bodies, and extend their career.”
In 2018, there is nothing radical about an athlete who practices yoga!
Why Athletes Practice Yoga
The physical demands of an athletic career can lead to more than just sore muscles. Constant physical and mental wear and tear necessary for peak performance can lead to complete burnout, compromising the career of even the best athletes. Perhaps that's why yoga has become an essential part of many athletes' training routines, including some of the most elite professional ballers in the world.
Why do millionaire athletes with access to the best personal trainers, gyms, and sports medicine clinics in the world spend their time perfecting their Uttanasana?
Because it works.
The ancient practice of yoga works on strength, balance, flexibility, core stability, circulation—and mental focus—all essential components of athletic performance.
“Yoga is about body awareness, body mindfulness”, Kent Katich, yoga instructor for the Los Angeles Clippers, said in a statement to Sports Illustrated. “It’s about knowing your limitations and knowing your strengths. It’s getting players acquainted with details of what their restrictions are. Being put through these positions in a systematic way, they’re able to pay attention, so they don’t just go through the motions until something goes wrong.”
What Yoga Can Do
The following are some of the many reasons why pro athletes incorporate yoga into their training programs.
- Muscle Endurance: Yoga is much slower than typical training, but is highly effective in building muscle endurance. When you hold a pose for several breaths, both your body and mind learn to weather a difficult physical task. This can help your muscles push through even the most difficult games, competitions, and matches.
- Flexibility: While athletic training naturally lends itself to muscular strength, too many athletes don’t take flexibility into account. Yoga increases the range of motion, which can prevent injury, ease muscle tightness, and encourage proper body alignment and good posture.
- Mindfulness: Yoga blends movement and breathing, building body awareness and mental clarity. The meditation aspect of the practice can also improve cognitive function on and off the field. “Yoga helps center you, especially for what we do,” says L.A. Clippers guard Baron Davis. “If you can find a place that keeps you centered, both mentally and physically, it can help push your game to the next level.”
- Core Strength: Yoga poses such as Tree, Dancer and Crow engage the core and help athletes with balance and stability. Core strength can also help prevent back injuries.
- Circulation: Any type of basic yoga inversion is great for circulation. These poses are especially useful for muscle recovery, so trainers might encourage athletes to use these poses after games and practice.
- Relaxation and Recovery: All types of yoga practices can incorporate a restorative element, which helps to relax your muscles. Pranayama (yogic breathing) helps to rejuvenate and calm your mind and enables your body to heal.
Photo by: Agathe Padovani
Yoga Benefits On and Off the Field
When it comes to maximizing performance on the field and quality of life off the field, few training programs compare to yoga. If you are interested in incorporating yoga into your training, just remember to take it slow and listen to your instructor. Many yoga poses take time to perfect. As you increase your flexibility, you will be able to access a larger range of poses and truly experience their benefits.
And of course, remember to enjoy that yoga glow off the field as well. “Most importantly, yoga changes the way you think and approach everything in life: When you learn to move with ease and stop forcing things, you will prevent injuries and your body will open with your mind, increasing your flexibility all around,” writes yoga instructor and wellness expert Heidi Kristoffer.
Stay open-minded, listen to your body, and truly relish every breath of your practice. Like the professional athletes who have embraced the practice of yoga, you will feel and be mentally and physically stronger as a result.
About the Author
Marianne Wells has been teaching yoga for more than 30 years and has dedicated her life to the study of yoga. She offers yoga teacher training and retreats through which she has helped launch the careers of hundreds of yoga teachers and studio owners around the world.