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We are welcoming Spring with open arms and so excited to inhale the sweet scents of floral blossoms and the fresh breeze of the new season. These  two beautiful ladies we have chosen to highlight as our March Pros emanate a warm and vibrant light that matches that of this new season. And with that light they share, from their heart, so much inspiration. Sit back, relax, and be taken away by what inspires and moves these talented women to their core. Happy Spring!!

LULU BERTON, Yoga Pro LA

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QUESTION #1  IF YOU ONLY HAD 5 MINUTES TO DEDICATE TO YOUR WELLNESS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Chanting the name of God is my absolute re-centering wellness technique. I start my days by playing my harmonium, raising my vibration through chanting devotional mantras to a variety of Indu deities such as Ram, Krishna, Durga, Sarawsati, Gopala, and many more! There is nothing else that does it for me.

QUESTION #2  WHERE AND WHO DO YOU DERIVE INSPIRATION FROM?

Vedic philosophy, Tantric wisdom, Shamanism, Kirtan, and  just living life to the very fullest. I am a real Italian, so enjoying the best foods and tasting the most appealing wines brings a lot of joy to my palate. I am also a musician and a Bhakti chanteuse, so music plays a very important role in my daily life too.

QUESTION #3  WHAT IS ONE THING YOU DO EVERY SPRING TO DETOX AND RENEW?

Freshly squeezed lemons and fresh ginger are a must. I just add the juice to my water and drink it all day. Ginger is high in Vitamin C and a great detox plant, and lemons are great in alkalizing the body, especially if you overdid it in the winter. The water must be oxygenized and alkalized. Quality water is a must in every detox process.

 

DOROTHY KEADY, Yoga Pro NY

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QUESTION #1  IF YOU ONLY HAD 5 MINUTES TO DEDICATE TO YOUR WELLNESS, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

As the hustle and bustle of our days become increasingly jam packed with lists of to-do’s, it can be challenging to not feel overwhelmed by the many obligations and tasks at hand. If given only five minutes a day to dedicate to wellness, I would take the time to practice mindful breathing. Whether you consider this “meditation” or simply the act of focusing on your breath (both the inhalation and exhalation), it is the sincere act of sitting with oneself as a means of addressing and considering our cognitive functions, sensations and feelings. Meditation has great benefits in calming the mind, the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Scientific studies today now show that meditation is associated with a wide range of improvements including reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression among others. I am reminded the words of the great American Tibetan Buddhist teacher Pema Chodren: “If we can train ourselves through meditation to be more open and more accepting toward the wild arc of our experience, if we can lean into the difficulties of life and the ride of our minds, we can become more settled and relaxed amid whatever life brings us.” By taking the five minutes to cultivate kindhearted openness and a deeper understanding of ourselves, we develop the tools to live a more examined life, beyond these five minutes, filled with tremendous well-being.

QUESTION #2  WHERE AND WHO DO YOU DERIVE INSPIRATION FROM?

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have a life surrounded by inspirational women who epitomize greatness. My great grandmother, Rose Slavin traveled around the world eight times; ahead of her time, she was a true adventuress. My father’s mother Perle Malkin, was an infamous cook who showed her love through entertaining and food. My mother’s mother, Nancy Klimley, was a career philanthropist, whose parties raised millions of dollars for arts and social services in Chicago. My mother Lisa Malkin, not only has followed in her mother’s charitable footsteps serving on many Chicago boards, has also shown me what it means to lead a life with an open heart. She always sees the best in people, finding compassionate understanding of where others might be coming from – a trait that when my sisters and I were young we used to think was maddening (“Mom, can’t you just agree that was annoying?!”) – but now one that I realize is a rare and beautiful ability to see people truly as they are.  Both of my sisters, Lydia and Victoria, despite incredibly demanding work schedules, manage to find time to be there for friends and family, challenging themselves and those around them to step up to greatness and realize their full potential.  Beyond the women in my family, I am beyond fortunate to have found teachers who embody what it means to be a goddess, Sharon Gannnon, the co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga and Rima Rani Rabbath, an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. Both women devote their lives to teaching and their students, representing what it means to find beauty and joy in the here and now, and dedicating their lives to peace. When you are surrounded by greatness, it honestly feels contagious. These women, as well as the many other goddesses in my life (including my magnificent mother-in- law Bucky Keady) are all an inspiration to me as they define what it means to be a creator of your dreams through dedication, passion, strength, wisdom, warmth and love.

QUESTION #3  WHAT IS ONE THING YOU DO EVERY SPRING TO DETOX AND RENEW?

Yogic wisdom teaches us that each season has a unique influence on our bodies. Spring is a time for bringing oneself back to life after winter hibernation to build energy for the upcoming summer months. Not only do I love the season because I happen to be a spring baby born on April 3 rd; I love the feeling spring brings to my body and mind. As the days lengthen, my spring ritual includes getting outside for walks and play time in the park with my dog. I love the fresh sweet air of spring blooms and that more outdoor time makes both my pup and I infinitely happier. Each spring, I also do a yearly detox from all refined sugars for three weeks. After a winter filled with my favorite guilty pleasures, I “cut the cord” so to speak, and give my body the chance to recalibrate. Refined sugars sadly, have no nutritional value, are associated with chronic health problems, high blood sugar levels, and indirectly affect our hormones, stress levels, and mood. The first few days are seriously tough, but after the three weeks I feel amazing and can honestly say I crave sugar less, have more energy, sleep better, and my skin looks amazing (the benefits of saying no to my favorite chocolate chip vegan cookies)!

 

Wonderful insight and inspiration, ladies. Thank you for sharing!
Get to know the Provita Family by checking in monthly for the Provita Pros of the Month. You can view more information on Lulu and Dorothy on our site 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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