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Nathan Sykes With Rockstar Health & Fitness  0

Nathan SykesNathan Sykes is following in the footsteps of Justin Timberlake and Nick Jonas. They both evolved from massively successful boy bands to heartthrob solo artists. Making that transition is not an easy one. Many have tried and failed but Nathan will not fall into that category.

Born with an incredible musical talent, he started signing when he was six years old. By the age of ten, he was winning local competitions. He joined the British boy band The Wanted when he was 16. I had the pleasure of working with the band for a few years. We shared a lot of fun memories (including adventures in London, NYC, LA, San Diego and Las Vegas) and big success. Their first single, “Glad You Came” went all the way to #1 here in the US. I watched as they went from being unknown to heartthrobs.

Nathan is now launching his first solo project and has a powerhouse team behind him (Global Entertainment). He is incredibly talented and really fun to hang out with so I am thrilled I get to also work with him on his new project. The first single is a fun uptempo song called, Kiss Me Quick. Recently, while he was doing a bunch of press for the new song, we grabbed a few minutes to find out his healthy secrets and all about his new music.

You can watch the Rockstar Health & Fitness video interview here:

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Rockstar Health & Fitness Workout Playlist Comes To iHeartRadio  0

Photo Credit: Shutterstock/KIIS-FM  

One of the best parts about the holidays (& life in general) is spending time with people you love. That is true soul food. It’s so great to catch up with family and dear friends or maybe stopping by to visit a neighbor. It’s fun to share thoughtful gifts and create new memories. In my family, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and laughing. Luckily, we are an active bunch so there is always some sort of exercise and outdoor playing around.

My favorite way to workout is listening to great music when I am exercising. When I was teaching KIIS-FM yoga on the pier series, I was well known for my incredible playlists. Which is why iHeart Radio asked me to create a workout playlist for my Rockstar Health & Fitness radio station. It is so fun to combine my favorite things: exercise and music.

My playlist has so much good music that I guarantee you will hear songs you love regardless of your format preference. You will hear current hit songs like Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”, Hozier “Take Me to Church”, Lindsey Stirling “Shatter Me”, Fall Out Boy “Centuries” to great hip hop from Tupac or Big Sean to Classic Rock from Ozzy Ozbourne or Van Halen to some incredible surprise songs that will definitely put a smile on your face. More importantly it will motivate you to move your body and add a fun element to your workout. Inspiring you to burn those extra calories we always consume around the holidays. Remember, “it’s not a choice, it’s a lifestyle”

CLICK HERE to check out my updated workout playlist.

 

Yoga Studio Review: Agni Yoga in Hollywood, CA  0

I love living in Los Angeles. It’s an amazing city and very conducive to living a healthy lifestyle. We have the best urban gym at our front door, and the weather allows us to exercise and play outside year round.

We also have great yoga studios in LA with yoga being part of the culture. There are many options to choose from, and I love supporting the smaller local studios. I recently found a new one…and love it. It’s called Agni Yoga, and is in Hollywood. I have been practicing with the owner, Ashley Cummings, for a few years and am really enjoying her class. Now that she has her own studio nearby, I get to practice with her more often.

The studio is filled with incredible energy and lots of positive messages: including a variety of Buddhas, Ganeshe…and friends. Her class is strong and has just enough of a spiritual element to take you deeper into your yoga journey, allowing you to transform along the way . She plays good music, too (and I am picky when it comes to the right music being played in a yoga class!). According to Ashely, “Agni Yoga is a spiritual center for transformational fire and love. The heat and fire is to burn away aspects, ideas and conditions that are no longer serving us.

The word Agni is a sanskrit word related to fire and heat, but with a spiritual connotation. To ignite your Agni, is to ignite your spiritual fire, and to be alive spiritually is to be open to the ultimate truth of pure love, pure consciousness and perfect present moment awareness.”

My favorite part is during shivasana when she plays the singing bowls. This is incredibly powerful and allows you to go deep in your meditation. The vibration of the singing bowls has a healing power, and helps realign your chakras. They recently had a sound bath restorative yoga class on a Friday evening that was spectacular. Included: were a serious of gongs, singing bowls, ocean drums, rain sticks and chimes, all synchronized…while we did restorative yoga poses. It was pure bliss. Definitely, check out her studio and class…..it’s so worth it!

 

CLICK HERE to check out Agni Yoga now!

 

You Can Yoga Wherrrreverrrr You LIKE!  0

Happy New Year!! When it comes to working out, those of us with busy travel schedules need something we can take with us!! One thing that always works for me, and especially when I travel, is yoga. All you need is a little space and you can practice it anywhere in the world.  

I’ve just returned from an amazing adventure traveling all over Thailand and Cambodia. Needless to say, I found some of the most amazing places to practice yoga and I wanted to share them with you!! I’ll also include the pose benefits.

You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more photos of the trip @loririscher, and remember health and fitness is not a choice, it’s a lifestyle. Here’s to a great and healthy 2013!!

Boat pose, aka Navasana, on the beach in Phuket, Thailand
Benefits:
  • strengthens core
  • spine and hip flexors
  • stimulates kidney and thyroid function
  • digestion
  • relieves stress
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Backbend, aka Urdhva Danurasana, on a stand up paddle board in Thailand.  Trying to balance was very tricky. Thanks to Tim Campbell at http://www.skylaphuket.com for the lesson and great afternoon on the water.

Benefits:

  • Stretches the chest and lungs
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen and spine
  • Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary glands
  • Increases energy, and counteracts depression
  • Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility and osteoporosis
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Firefly, aka Titthibasana, at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.  One of my favorite places in the world!!

Benefits:

  • Stretches the inner groin and back torso
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Tones the belly
  • Improves sense of balance
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Tree pose, aka Vrksasana, at Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia, where the trees are literally eating the temple.  It’s where they filmed Tomb Raiders!!

Benefits:

  • Strengthens thighs, calves, ankles and spine
  • Stretches the groin and inner thighs, chest and shoulders
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Relieves sciatica and reduces flat feet
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Moon pose, aka Chandrasana, in front of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand.

Benefits:

  • *Helps stretch the lower back, abdomen and chest.
  • *Makes the rib cage supple and flexible.
  • *Massages, loosens and strengthens the waist, and brings balance in the body posture.
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Side plank pose, aka Vashistasana, on the beach where they filmed The Beach: Maya Bay, Thailand

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the arms, belly and legs
  • Stretches and strengthens the wrists
  • Stretches the backs of the legs (in the full version as seen in the photo below)
  • Improves sense of balance
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