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As we say goodbye to Winter, we are welcoming Spring’s warmer weather and sunshine with open arms. This is the season of renewal, rejuvenation, cleansing, detoxifying, and anew. And what better way to kick off Spring but with tips and advice from our Pros!

Please meet our March Pros of the Month: Reverend Dr. Louise-Diana, Yoga Pro LA and James Everett, Fitness Pro NY. Here’s what they had to say!

YOGA PRO: REV. DR. LOUISE-DIANA
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Reverend Dr. Louise-Diana is one our Yoga Pros in LA. She brings her 35 years of experience of teaching yoga and meditation and her unique way of helping clients transcend their limitations and helps them honor their ideal life that reflects their dreams and values. She is known for her uplifting yoga style, integration of music along with her own brand of wit and wisdom.

 

Question #1 After a long winter, do you have a routine or ritual to prepare your body for Spring?
Since I live at the beach in Santa Monica, CA, I have a lifestyle created around my location and teach yoga all year long outside as well as inside. During the cooler months I increase my hiking in the mountains and tend to amp up spinning indoors followed by weight training. When time permits you can find me doing some ecstatic dance or Zumba. Once a week I do laps in an indoor pool.

 

Question #2 Have you ever made a drastic change to your fitness routine to help you accomplish a specific goal? What was it and how did you accomplish it?
When I traveled around India for three years, it was an accomplishment to stay focused and healthy. Doing yoga under all new circumstances and locations challenged my beliefs and kept bringing me back to “beginners mind”. I started and ended every day with meditation and chanting. That’s what gave me routine and left me open for all the wonderful experiences I had. In addition, graduate school was a beast and just maintaining my practice and teaching was a victory.

 

Question #3 What is one thing you must do to start your day off right?

Every morning, I awake and do pretty much the same thing. I cover the basics…brush teeth, wash face, minimal makeup and make my bed…I am particular about that and have a LOT of pillows so it’s a moving meditation in itself. Something about cleaning up my bedroom sets the tone for the day. I drink room temperature water all day and start with an 8oz glass with a squeezed lemon followed by a rice bran/probiotic drink or green tea, which is delicious. And I’m ready to start my day!

 

FITNESS PRO NY: JAMES EVERETT
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Fitness Pro NY, James has not only been a certified personal trainer in NY for years but is also a Nutrition Educator. He believes that having a balanced understanding of Nutrition and Fitness, and how they work together, is very important in obtaining desired results. James strives every day to bring enthusiasm and motivation to help others achieve their fitness goal.

 

Question #1 After a long winter, do you have a routine or ritual to prepare your body for Spring?
Spring time brings the ability to be outside and really move! I like to prep for outdoor activities such as bike riding and outdoor calisthenics. I do a lot of cardio interval training towards the end of winter to get my body ready for the spring time activities. Incline interval training specifically is great to strengthen the legs for hiking and long bike rides.

 

Question #2 Have you ever made a drastic change to your fitness routine to help you accomplish a specific goal? What was it and how did you accomplish it?
I had to dramatically alter my strength training program to be ready for the Spartan Race. Spartan races involve a lot of cardio and hanging events. I altered my routine to include pull-up variations, hanging and grip strengthening exercises and lots of cardio. I would do a combination of circuit training and interval training on the treadmill and row machines. Specifically focusing on incline interval training on the treadmill due to the hills on the course.

 

Question #3 What is one thing you must do to start your day off right?
I always need to listen to an Alan Watts podcast in the morning on my way to the gym or work. He is a spiritual guide of sorts and brings me incredible motivation, peace and relieves any anxiety I have going into the challenges I may face on that day. He was a philosopher from the 70’s but has been reborn thanks to YouTube and the Internet. I highly recommend you check him out!

 

Amazing tips, Rev. Dr. Louise-Diana and James! Now we’re ready to take on Spring! Happy Spring everyone!

 

Get to know the Provita Family by checking in monthly for the Provita Pros of the Month. You can view more information on James and Louise-Diana here or please email us with any questions.  You can also book a session with our Provita Pros here for a personalized one-on-one session!

About Julia Chan

Julia is the Managing Partner for Provita. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM and a Registered Yoga Teacher. Julia brings a unique style of training to Provita sessions. Combining her years of experience in business management and fitness, she harnesses a sincere love and passion for teaching and educating clients on how to live a healthy and fit life. Her goal is to share her love for fitness and provide the best possible Provita experience to all.

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