We recognise how challenging it can be to be a woman. The everyday pressure (to be a great mum, wife and professional, stay fit and young, among many others) make us forget how beautiful we are. But we also understand that all women have a unique and natural beauty and that together we can help each other to shine! So, aiming to support our community, we are opening up our doors to build a space of trust, empowerment, and self-love for women from the Northern Beaches.We are delighted to announce that, on the 27th of April (Friday), we will have the Full Moon Women's Gathering at the Liquido store. It will be a moment for conversation, exchanging and learning, while supporting each other, 2 days before the full moon. During this meeting, Sam Sales will guide you through a journey to rediscover your inner and outer beauty and share few tools to maintain the benefits of this work afterward.Come and check how powerful and healing the effects of surrounding yourself with a group of strong women can be!Get to know the teacher..Sam is a local yoga teacher from several studios along the northern beaches. She is extremely passionate about working with women to build body confidence through a foundation of self-love. Coming from a dance background, where body shaming and seeing women as the competition was a daily practise, she seeks to change this mindset amongst fellow goddesses. Fusing yoga, feminity, astrology and tantric practises, her dream is to empower and build a community of strong and supportive women with an abundance of body love..Join us for this special moment!.When: Friday 27th April 6 pm (runs approx 1.5 hours)Where: Liquido Pop Up Store Manly BeachWhat to bring: Yoga mat, something beautiful to look at to share with our alter, your wonderful selfWhat to wear: Comfortable clothes, there will be a gentle Yin style Yoga class and meditationBookings: please send an email to popupmanly@liquidoactive.
comThere is no cost for participation, but registering is essential as we want to keep this group small and intimate..Liquido's main purpose is to empower women and we hope this first gathering will be just a start on finding your inner power and conquer the freedom to be who you want to be!
By Guest Blogger: Danielle Hicks.A Seed is Planted.Growing up in a small rural town in Virginia I'd daydream about the future of who I wanted to be, where I might go, and how I'd live. I was eight years old when my dad proposed the idea to my mom to drive my sister and me to his hometown Brooklyn, NY. It was our first road trip together, just the girls with dad. We stayed with our Grandmother who shared many memories and pictures. We attended a family reunion and met a new family. We saw Lady Liberty and mimes that mesmerized! While having so much fun, I had no idea my feet could hurt so much from walking! From that time on, I was wanderlust.Fast forward to present day; it was a road trip on the way back from Nashville, Tennessee. My husband and I wanted to continue this freedom that we could feel when being on the road and exploring someplace new. At the time, I operated a hair salon business while he worked from the office as a Software Engineer. I'm now taking a break from the salon to discover new possibilities while he works remotely from the road.In a short time of our decision, we found our dream vehicle. It's a 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagon. With its age, it comes with stories. It's gone to Europe with the first owner, and it's just two years older than we are...The Practice."How am I going to keep up my yoga practice?" That was just one of the questions within me. I had become quite adaptable to my self-practice and discipline over the previous years. Although what lies ahead would prove to be some of the most challenging aspects I have faced with regards to my practice and personal space. What I was going to miss most was my beloved teacher. Just months before I had begun going to a shala learning the Ashtanga Yoga method. I was determined to continue practicing regularly, which I found creative ways to fulfill. Even in stressful situations like frigid cold, drizzling rain, little biting bugs called "no see-
ums," rainwater leaking into the tent room where I was practicing. Those first few months on the road were a great test of endurance, willingness, and dedication.Due to this incredible opportunity, I have visited and practiced at many Ashtanga yoga shalas. In a lot of ways, it feels like a new yoga journey has begun for me. It's been an honor to meet and learn with teachers I highly respect...Home/Grounding.Even with the wanderlust, the desire to settle down pulls me. Maybe it's the craving for something familiar and grounding or the question "Is this place meant to be?" Surprising to me as I didn't think I would get attached to certain places. Letting go is difficult when you begin to love a place for reason unexpected. Travel is helping me to re-evaluate what matters to me most and what is essential for a happy life.One gains clarity with a journey of discovering self from a new perspective. It's showing me everything I must look at, so I grow beyond the boundaries and embrace my fullest expression.I feel so grateful for having the aid of a spiritual yoga practice. If it weren't for that, I'd be in a different place today. I have visions and aspirations of sharing that healing knowledge and wisdom back into the world...The Road to Now.It was ten years ago I googled "Yoga". I came to yoga to improve my health and find joy again. As a kid, I loved doing gymnastics, so I felt akin to yoga immediately. After some years I naturally committed to practicing yoga as my primary focus and stopped splitting it up among other physical activities. The power of yoga is undeniable in body mind and soul, and the healing continues. It was what I was looking for and didn't even know it.Having this opportunity to travel the country is a great way to challenge ourselves creatively.With my husband/partner of ten years behind the camera eye and me doing yoga, we capture and explore nature, landscapes, architecture, the city, and its people.Doing yoga in a public setting gets me out of my comfort zone, and that is fresh and enjoyable to do. I approach the place and setting with the utmost respect, for that moment it's sacred space. Any fear can dispel, and everything grows quiet. With excitement there is lightness. A sense of unity expands the meaning and purpose of why I am there. Through these new experiences, I'm learning to do what I love wholeheartedly and without hesitation.Somedays I don't have time for a full practice due to our travel schedule. On those days you will find me on the floor of the van folding, twisting, and getting into the practice as we head down the road. Living this way has proven that I am capable of greater flexibility, discipline, self-confidence, and serenity and it has been eye-opening. Gentleness and understanding lead me to see the work I must do so I become the vision I see for myself. It's not about changing our entire lives in one instant, but it's in the small everyday possibilities and situations. Just bringing one idea to life is uplifting and gives you momentum to continue. I have seen this for myself and by connecting to yogis everywhere through social media. Initially, I avoided sharing these aspects of my practice on there. I challenged myself to share anyways to find some connection with other yogis. The generous words of loving-kindness helped me to untangle insecurities and doubt. It wasn't long before I befriended a community of supportive relationship...Traveling has been the next natural path to take. I don’t have any children in my life right now, but I want to give this experience all that I can. It can be easy to forget how blessed we indeed are. When I wake up each day, I intend to do so with a grateful heart, to feel gratitude for all the gifts that are in my life right now.I am available for classes, workshops, & events. It's opportunities such as collaborating and sharing what I love that motivates me. I hope I get the chance to meet some of the inspiring yogis I've gotten to know through social media..About the author:.
By Guest Blogger: Julian Hooks
The body needs enough nutrition for it to be free from different diseases. You will notice how your body will be weaker and how it will degenerate if you do not eat. If you really want to add more years to your life, you need to take note of the different ways on how you can strengthen your body. One of which is to boost your immune system by eating the right food. There are proper foods that contain the biggest contributor to your body health. By adding these three nutrients in your daily diet, you will certainly boost your immune system:
The body will definitely need a protection from all the different toxins and pollutants around us. This is the work of protein; it is effective in strengthening the body. It is serving as the body’s natural resistance mechanism from sicknesses. This is also needed by the body especially during the morning while you are preparing to face all the responsibilities waiting for you. If you want to stay strong throughout the day, eat more of this. You will find different protein foods on the market. You can choose from poultry products, beans, soy products, lean meat, seafood, and nuts. This variety of food can be added to any meal of the day. You can have eggs and toasts in the morning and nuts during your break. This will now help you maintain enough of this nutrient in your body.
Fatty fish such as salmon is a good source of vitamin D. You will also find this nutrient in fortified milk. You need this in your body because it helps not only in giving you enough stress but most importantly, in protecting your heart. Fatty fish contains omega 3 that is good for the heart. You can choose to include salmon in your lunch or dinner and you will certainly get more of vitamin D. Fortified milk is perfect for your breakfast if you are not lactose intolerant. It can also be a good part of your cereal meal or you can have it with other food or fruits. It can be nourishing for your body.
You will find food packaging that has a “vitamin A-fortified” sign. This is because of the help it can provide to your body. Nutritionist knows that it is a great need for people to be equipped with vitamin A because of what it contributes or does in boosting the immune system. Just like training in the bay, you should make this type of nutrient a very important part of your diet. If you are experiencing odd changes in your skin and you are suddenly having a sore mouth, it means that the amount of vitamin A in your body is not enough. Its main role is to keep the skin healthy. This is why it is very easy to determine the deficiency of this nutrient. You will find this in different food such as sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, red bell peppers, apricots, and cereals.
You will notice that most of the foods that contain the most important immune system boosting nutrients are all natural. Sweet potatoes and carrots can be found in the market at a very affordable price. You do not have to go far just to look for these foods. The point is all the while, all the most important food that we need for our body are available in our surroundings. If you really want to become healthier, you need to shift to a healthier and more appropriate diet. Go natural and you will see how your energy level will change.
Aside from eating the right food, you should consider a shift in your whole lifestyle. Your immune system is dependent not only on the food that you eat but also on your sleep. Start getting enough sleep every day and stop with the unhealthy practices such as drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. These can only cause the destruction of the body system and weakening of some of your organs.
Be observant with the different changes in your body. You alone will know how to take care of it. Treat it as the most important possession that you have and you will certainly become healthier.
About the Author
Contributed by Julian Hooks. Training In The Bay showcases awesome businesses in the Tampa Bay area that are dedicated to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals. Read his blog to gain valuable knowledge about dieting safety, bodybuilding, weight loss, becoming a better athlete, meal prep, competition prep, powerlifting, weight-lifting, and much more.
By Guest Blogger: Sweat and Tell
This day and age we are polluted with edited images all over our social media that often make feelings of insecurity or discouragement arise in young women. This inevitable pressure that society inflicts on us, can easily cause women to perceive exercise as a punishment. How many times have you heard one of your girlfriends say something along the lines of “Wow, I am really going to need to work this off tomorrow at the gym” or “Ugh, I need to not eat for the rest of the day because I ate too much?” This happens far too frequently and normalizes working out to be something reactive to behaviors we deem as unacceptable from a health standpoint.
Fitness comes hand and hand with self-respect, and we believe working out should be an act of self-love and effort to live a consistently balanced and healthy lifestyle.
We think Elle Woods (fictional character from Legally Blonde) summed it up best when she said, "exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t." All jokes aside, exercise and physical health are so much more important than just looking good in a bikini. Good physical health gives you mental clarity and overall self-confidence because it conditions you to realize that you have total control over any situation, thus the ability to make positive changes. Being healthy doesn’t mean spending hours at the gym every day, which is another common misconception in the fitness world. Not until after college, did we realize that you can be just as effective in a 30-45 minute session than an hour and a half on the elliptical?
No matter how busy your lifestyle, you should find time to take care of yourself because you deserve it!
We stick to a fairly strict regimen of working out, however, someday’s we just don’t feel like sweating at the gym. In this instance, we listen to our bodies and opt to take care of ourselves in other ways of self-love. Some of which include putting on face masks, trying a new recipe, meal prepping, taking a bath, or reading a book with a candle on our bedside table. Although our number one act of self-love is getting our booties to the gym, we never want to associate fitness as being a chore, which is why we don’t stress if we must take a day off! We’ve learned that it’s imperative to be in tune with what your body is desiring in order to feel your best, and avoid any feelings of discouragement or frustration.
Having each other as workout partners has also taught us how important encouragement is, especially from those whom you’re surrounded by in a fitness setting. Support systems are one of the greatest gifts of all, increasing your level of well-being. Getting a gym partner who uplifts you and shares similar goals is one of the best ways to incorporate positivity into your workout. We make a constant effort to utilize each of our fitness journeys to give ourselves mental clarity and confidence in every facet of our lives!
About the Author
Sweat and Tell is a positive platform to provide women with real reviews, inspiration, and tips to balance a healthy lifestyle. We take a functional approach to fitness by focusing on different workouts that make us strong both mentally and physically, whether we're inside the gym or enjoying our lives outside of it. Join us for our health and wellness journey!
By Guest Blogger: Sarah Tiefenthaler
This is a version of my story I don’t normally tell. This is what sits in the darker corners of my mind when I would much rather reflect on all the incredible milestones and moments of success. Nevertheless, this was part of my journey, part of what made me stronger and reason’s why I know I am committed to what I started.
I am a Woman Business Owner. There is a significant amount of pride attached to that statement. When I made the decision to take this step, there was much to learn and there was a lot of growing up to do, ready or not.
This journey began with a passion and one that is pure; a passion to teach, to share, and create happiness in nature through the practice that I love, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga. I knew I wanted to teach it but was not, right away aware that this equaled being the President and CEO of my own SUP Yoga company.
The sugar-coated version of what happened first, in the process of my becoming an official business owner, normally comes with a line like this, “In the moments I needed guidance for the next steps forward, the right people just seemed to appear to lend a hand and show me the way”. The truth of the matter is, at one point, someone did offer to help me in the process of incorporating my business (paperwork to file, fees, etc.) and had shown what seemed to be genuine interest in me and my journey. However, one night when I did not reciprocate his sudden and unexpected advances, he was no longer a resource for me, obviously, and sadly no longer a friend.
Lesson #1: When you’re creating something new-something truly important to you, do everything yourself. No one cares as much as you do.
Fast forward to everything being ready to a go-company vehicle, the full fleet of brand new shiny boards, a team of instructors hired, a successful launch party complete, doors officially open (so to speak) and ready to rock! But, oh wait, now what?? Phone rings, the instructor on the other line, a county official has stopped the class in progress and escorted the instructor and students off the beach, all because I failed to obtain the proper permit to offer classes at a public beach. I have to tell you, it is so embarrassing for me to share this even now, 6 years later. I look back at the 6 year younger version of myself and say, “What were you thinking???” But like I said, following my passion did not originally mean being a “business owner,” there was still a lot to learn. Unfortunately, some of it had to be learned the hard way.
Lesson #2: Follow the rules, do your research, and don’t take any shortcuts.
Shortly after this experience, a local businessman had heard about the classes I was offering in the marina and also learned of the unfortunate hold on my business. He asked for a meeting on his yacht and I went. He wanted to discuss, “working together”. He presented an opportunity for me to offer classes off his leased dock space, where I would not have to obtain a separate permit anymore. But oh wait, not as YOGAqua, just as the yoga teacher he hired to teach SUP Yoga on some boards he purchased. That sounds like an easy solution, right? I remember sitting there, almost in disbelief that someone would suggest I abandon my dream just like that; my dream of creating something beautiful and certainly something that extended beyond his personal dock space. Once I collected myself, I sat up straight, looked him square in the eyes and I said, “No, if I have to wait 6 months for the county to forgive my errors in following permit procedure, I will. If I have to collect letters of recommendation from local businesses, I will. If I need to send apologies and beg for forgiveness to the LA County Beaches and Harbor, I will. Thank you anyway.” The days following, I did everything I said I would right then and there and I am happy to say, my waiting period was only 6 weeks, not 6 months.
Lesson #3: Believe in yourself. Remember why you started.
Now I wish I can say the three lessons learned above were my toughest moments in this journey but they were minor bumps in the road really. Lesson #4 was the hardest. Two years into my beautiful new business I threw myself into a whirlwind type of relationship. A few dates led to moving in, moving in led to an unexpected pregnancy and baby on the way, resulting in a wedding ceremony at a Beverly Hills chapel that was arranged in a matter of hours. Were there happy moments, yes. Were they short-lived, yes!. The stress of a sudden and complete lifestyle change created constant arguments and sadness. A pregnancy should be a joyful and peaceful experience. Thankfully, I could still find peace on the water. Anytime I paddled out with that growing belly I liked to make the joke that I had, “baby on board”. The first time I felt him move in my tummy, I was leading a class into Savasana. I thank God I had created this space that allowed me to feel peace and calm because when I wasn’t there, I was trying to deal with the fact that the man in my life saw what I did on the water as merely a “hobby” and very much spoke about it in that tone. I was asked repeatedly how long I expected to carry on with it and when I would be going back to my “real job”.
Baby Oliver was born in June of 2013, and the tension between his parents only grew. I was looked upon as a burden and believe me, I felt it loud and clear. The first time my son said the word “stop” was when he shouted it to try and make us stop arguing. I knew then and there that this could never happen again. The next week I took myself downtown and filed for divorce. Was I ready for this step? No. Was I scared? Yes. But I knew this was what I had to do for myself and my son. I knew the three of us would be happier with two separate homes between us…and we are now. It was when this transition occurred that I knew I never had to doubt my faith in my dreams or my own strength. Once the negative energy was released, all the good came flooding in and I knew everything would be ok.
Lesson #4: Don’t be so quick to believe the negative.
Not everything is going to go exactly how you want it to so you may need to take an alternate route to reach your dreams. And most importantly, never forget that you deserve happiness!
Like I said, I never tell this version of my story. The happy parts are always much more fun to talk about but all of it makes me who I am today. All of it matters. And it’s the hardest lessons that we will never forget.
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.