Guest Post: In the Kitchen with Marisa Jankowski

Name: Marisa Danielle Jankowski

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Location: NYC

Interests: traveling like its her job. men’s fashion + styling, health, nutrition, & being a  social butterfly.

Typical fitness regimen: Works out 3-4x a week. Barry’s 2-3x weekly. 1 day- 4 mile run or spinning at Flywheel. Working on adding yoga to her schedule, she recently found Laughing Lotus & loves it !

Typical AM ritual / Smoothie Recipe: a glass of hot water + lemon & cayenne with a probiotic. Next, works out. Post work out: Total Vegan (Plant comprehensive protein blend), glutamine powder, almond milk, berries, & 1/2 a banana. <only adds 1/2 banana on days with a work out>

What’s a typical healthy dinner that you make?: For example last night for dinner I had 4oz. Grilled Salmon- lightly marinated with olive oil, lime juice and chipotle powder. Broccoli– steamed then mixed with EVOO and raw garlic. Carrots, fennel and onion sauteed with coconut oil.

I have to ask….. Fav place in the city to indulge?: Nothing beats 4th Generation in Boca Raton !! I wait to travel to Boca to indulge in sweets !! They’re all amazing !! The apple crumb is to die for !

Yum ! Sounds like you’re a great cook ! What makes that dish so healthy?:

  • I chose Salmon because the health benefits are endless and there’s far too many to ignore!
  • The  benefits include speeding up your metabolism. This facilitates your sugar absorption rate and can lower your blood sugar level.
  • If you want shiny hair, bright eyes and healthy skin salmon consumption can provide that as well.  You can credit those Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium in the salmon for that.
  • Four ounces of wild salmon gives you a full day’s required amount of Vitamin D. That same amount of salmon also gives you more than half of the B12, niacin and selenium that you need daily.
  • It is power packed with disease fighting acids, minerals and vitamins.
  • So whether you bake it, broil it, grill it or eat it raw salmon is a powerful addition to your healthy lifestyle.
  • Broccoli nutrients provide many health benefits. It is a great source of vitamins K, A, and C, in addition to fiber, potassium, folate, and lutein. Some people love broccoli and some people hate it, but there’s no denying that broccoli is a nutritional wonder.
  • Carrots are linked to prevent cancer, improve vision, prevent heart disease, nourish skin and anti aging. In addition to good sources of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin K, biotin, fiber, potassium and thiamine.
  • Fennel is a personal favorite considering I’m a female in my mid 20’s. On top of all the amazing vitamins fennel contains a plant hormone that is thought to aid with female reproduction and menstrual cycles.
  • The seeds and oil may reduce symptoms caused by these cycles including cramping and water retention as well as regulate cycles. Menopausal women have also found relief with changing hormonal levels by using fennel.
  • Fennel tea has also been used by nursing mothers to increase milk flow for many years without complications. However, many experts do not recommend fennel be used by nursing mothers, young children, or anyone with epilepsy as they can be toxic in large doses.
  • Onions are a very good source of vitamin C, B6, biotin, chromium, calcium and dietary fiber  In addition, they contain good amounts of folic acid and vitamin B1 and K. In addition they contain a large amount of sulfur and are especially good for the liver. As a sulfur food, they mix best with proteins, as they stimulate the action of the amino acids to the brain and nervous system.

Marisa’s Healthy Salmon Dinner — Pictured Below: 

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Interview with South Beach Yoga Teacher Johanna Rodriquez

This morning I had the pleasure of sitting down with the lovely Johanna Rodriquez who runs South Beach as one of the most sought out private yoga instructors ! I consider her an inspiring teacher & a close friend- shes beautiful inside & out ! if you live in Miami or are visiting make sure to book a private with her on the beach !!

Me: Choose 5 words that you think describe you the best?

Jo: I’m Outgoing, Witty, Versatile, Communicative, Youthful, & very Lively !!

Me: I think that’s one more than 5 😉 but its cool we’ll let it slide… so where are you from? tell me a little about yourself ??

Jo: I was born in West New York, New Jersey and raised in Sunny South Beach. I have Colombian and Cuban roots – I grew up in a household where being spiritual was normal and encouraged. My mother was very influential in helping me grow into my own style and shaped me into the fashionista I am today while helping me maintain being grounded through my yogic lifestyle.

me: Wow you’re very lucky to have been introduced to this world at such a young age & to have grown up in a supportive household.. tell me whats your favorite green drink combination & what do you add in ? 

Jo: juice- spinach, cucumber, kale, lime, ginger, pineapple, coconut water. smoothie- almond milk, avocado, kale or spinach, banana, bee pollen, macca powder

Me: bee pollen & maca powder are great suggestions- you got me hooked weeks ago ! They both really help to increase my energy ..so thank you ! What is your typical breakfast?

Jo:  Ginger shot, Green Tea, 16oz Juice/smoothie, Greek yogurt with fruits and granola. Plus a cup of coffee when I need extra prana !!

Me: What is your typical lunch?

Jo: I have a lot of snacks during the day (nuts, berries, veggies with hummus). I eat whenever I feel hungry. I noticed that I eat the most after practice. For lunch I usually have another juice with a vegetarian salad or wrap.

Me: What is your typical dinner ?

Jo: I love soup and anything spicy… So I might eat Japanese or Thai. I’m not a picky eater necessarily.. I just don’t eat animals.

Me: It sounds like you eat very clean & healthy which I’m sure helps you in your practice.. What is your favorite yoga pose & why?

Jo: I love urdhva dhanurasana! Especially the drop-back sequence of the pose it opens my heart and back. And it shows me that when I fall back I’m letting go and by picking myself back up that I’m firmly grounded.

Me: What do you typical wear when your practicing yoga ?

Jo: I love practicing in Kino Yoga shorts, Lululemon bras… Laundry days I use bikini tops… I like to use color & prints and love headbands from yogitoes. Oh, I also love one piece suits and can’t wait for my friends organic yoga clothing line “YoGiiZa” to launch next year.

Me: What’s the last trip you took, where did you go ?

I just got back from Mysore, India where I stayed for a month practicing Ashtanga yoga in the source with my guru R. Sharatha Jois. I can’t wait to go next year! India has a beautiful energy that only you can experience there.

Me: I loved all of your pictures from Mysore their gorgeous !! I can’t wait to go there either !! Sounds so amazing .. How did you find yoga and how has it changed you?

Jo: Yoga found me when I was 16… I was reading the local newspaper and saw an add for free yoga at a seniors home. I went the following week and was hooked ever since. Yoga has changed me from the inside out! Everyday I awake I give thanks for yoga, I wouldn’t be who I am now if it wasn’t for the beautiful magic of yoga.

Me: I feel the same way about my path to yoga.. so what’s the best advice you have for someone new or wanting to begin yoga?

Jo: Go with the flow & don’t ever judge your practice.

Me: Do you have any spirtual or yogic quotes that you live by ?

Jo: My favorite is “The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here.” I have it tattooed going down my spine. I try to always live my life in the present moment.

Me: What are the best places to practice yoga in Miami Beach ?

Jo: Miami Life Center is my yoga home for my daily personal Mysore practice. I love The Standard Spa Hotel, Miami Beach when I want to practice Jivamukti with my teacher Jaya & take the whole day to relax at the pool or steam after practice. We can’t forget Synergy Yoga on Espanola Way; they offer everything you need from thai massage, kundalini yoga, and even sexy yoga 😉

Me: Miami Life Center is my yoga home too.. I can’t wait to try some of the detoxing hot yoga classes at Synergy. And I thought that your morning class at the Standard was great out on the deck ! Whats your favorite healthy Miami Beach Restaurant? 

Jo: I like Juice & Java and Under The Mango Tree for juice/smoothie and acia bowls

Me: So what are your other hobbies & interests?

Jo: Beside yoga, I love fashion & art. When I’m not teaching or working at Avant Gallery. I enjoy attending volunteering, art, fashion, music events. I paint and reconstruct my clothes/jewelry whenever I have time off (not often)

Me: Any ALL NATURAL beauty rituals or secrets that you follow?

Jo: I love coconut anything! I do a coconut hair mask for 24 hours once a week. And right after showering I use pure coconut oil all over my body.

Me: I still use that coconut oil you brought me back from India, thanks so much ! I love it too ! How did you know that teaching was the next step for you?

Jo: I started by teaching kids yoga (it never crossed my mind to work with kids before) after working with kids for a while I wanted to get deeper into my practice and spread the word of yoga to everyone in the community.

Me: How do you connect with your students and what do you like to do differently? 

Jo: My classes are meant to connect with the now and your inner self. I use uplifting spiritual tunes, scented candles, incense, and essential oils. I’ve been told I give the best savasana in town 😉 .. I fan and massage my students at the end.

Me: I LOVE your classes their the best !! So when your not teaching private lessons or directing Avant Gallery where can people take your classes? 

Jo:

Synergy – South beach

Mon kids yoga at 5pm / Gentle yoga for parents with Kiki at the same time

Wed kids yoga at 5pm

Sat kids yoga at 9:30am / Jivamukti with mateo at the same time for the parents

Sat Ashtanga at 11:15

Coming in January Fight Club– Downtown Miami–  vinyasa flow at 7pm

Free hand hotel – beach yoga Sunday 11:30am–  coming soon

Karma Yoga – south point park coming soon donation base

connect with Johanna:

https://www.facebook.com/JoasanaYoga

https://twitter.com/Joasana_Yoga

http://www.joasanayoga.com

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