Have you been to the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park yet-it is the Third largest Whole Foods in the World. Next to Austin and one in London UK. We have been riding our bikes there on the weekends-usually taking Halsted all the way down and crossing over to Kingsbury. The last time I hung out on Kingsbury was when I was going to danceclubs all the time(mostly while underage-SHHHH) and hanging out at the Crobar Nightclub there. I would dance for hours!! Anyway... it is nice to know that I have another healthier alternative right near my old stomping grounds. Seriously..if you live in Chicago..you should check out this store. Things I saw at first glance: Gorgeous Wine bar, separate from the other bar which has craft brews and serves fresh kombucha tea on tap, specialty cheese section, olive bar, seafood bar, too many soups to count, an AMAZING salad bar...and little eateries with chicago style names-which include Mexican food, Pizza, Italian, sushi, and much more. I want to "accidentally get trapped in the store alone all night. No Really I Do!!"
Best for when you are in a hurry and you do not want to get all New Age-y. EVERY SINGLE POSE in this DVD is my absolute favorite. The first time I did I would be thinking-"I hope she does Dancers Pose"-and she did it. Then "I hope she does Pigeon Pose," and she did it... this happened throughout the DVD. Warrior 1,2, and 3 and Sun Salutations. I do the whole DVD at once and feel that I am getting more than an adequate workout. Sometimes I go for a run and then use this as a stretch and tone afterwards. The yoga poses are great for runners-they stretch you out just where you need it.
However DO NOT get this if you are new to yoga, she does not explain well or give good cuing. This is a very fast-paced Vinyasa style yoga. A few of the asanas are quite advanced, and some poses are not held static but rather repeated vigourously for an almost aerobic workout.
I was pleasantly suprised at how challenging this was. Absolutely love it and consider it a MUST Have for Mid-Level Yogis or Yoginis that are not toatlly into spiritual side of yoga.
Kundalini yoga w/Gurmukh
Another one of my favorite DVDs is Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh. I have been doing this off and on for years. It is THE BEST for resetting and maintaining youth and vitality, especially for anyone living in a big city. I feel lighter and even younger after doing this and always enjoy revisting this one after a week of running or biking on the Lakefront Path.
Kundalini Yoga for Beginners and Beyond
This DVD is really different and pretty cool. It relieves your body of toxins very effectively. One section-The Five Tibeten Rites are very effective, but be warned!! I got totally sick and nauseous doing this. Probably because I like to drink a glass of wine or two or maybe three every so often. The effects are supposed to be amazing, but so far is not heavy in rotation due to the feeling I got. I had to lay down for about an hour after doing this section of the DVD. However..I am currently doing a detox with my boyfriend and my system is a bit cleaner these days. . I will repost a review after doing again. Also-the instructor Ana's body is just sick!! Very inspiring and have a couple of other of their DVDs. This one is at the top of my list.
No More Trouble-Zones is my favorite of the three by JM-It is also the hardest IMOHO. Do this if you need to get into shape FAST. It is a full body workout that I believe is about 50 minutes. She really does focus on the wobbliest bits that most women have-you know glutes, triceps and abs. I was a little suprised at how hard this was. Now I know how the people on Biggest Loser drop like, 20 pounds in one day. I got my boyfriend(who is a Triathlete) to do this with me and we had sweat on our mats. Cellulite, muffintops, thunder thighs will vanish. But like she says, you can't phone it in" in other words, you actually have to DO the whole workout for there to be a change.
The second one is Banish Fat Boost Metabolism-I like this because it is an aerobics and toning video that is a little easier than the other two-I haven't done this one as much as the other two Jillians I own, but it has its place if you want some cario and don't want to go outside due to rainy weather or whatever.
The fantastic Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred-has three workouts at graduated levels, only 20 minutes each. Levels are from beginner to advanced. The thing is, since they are all only 20 minutes, you can psych yourself into going to amore advance workout -eg the third one. IF you DARE!! I do one segment and go for a run.
I have "ummmm"- a slight addiction for Amazon.com, and more specifically, ordering exercise DVD's. It almost got to the point that I had to hide the boxes before my boyfriend got home. Some people are addicted to alcohol, some to pills, others to terrible life-wrecking recreational drugs such as cocaine or heroin, I however, dear friends, suffer from the sweet, sweet lure of the "two day one-click button" or..the even more dreadful "$3.99 next day one click button" Ohhhhhhh... the rush and thrill of such power at the tip of your fingers.
Also as a sidenote-it is no wonder that Borders on Michigan Ave in downtown Chicago is going out of business...what was once my destination of choice before I discovered Amazon. An exercise DVD I found for $10.99 on Amazon retailed for $14.99 at Borders..oh and not to mention Chicago's insane sales taxes. So let's see...maybe I am not an addicted shopaholic as much as I am a smart and savvy shopper....
I am a freelance jewelry designer that loves living in the City of Chicago. I also love to share my knowledge of both health and fashion with others and will frequently post any new (or old) discoveries that I would like to share with others. I can frequently be found: running or biking on the lakefront bikepath, shopping online-I love Amazon, and Etsy!! At the gym, doing yoga or weight training. I also like to shop A LOT did I mention that?? I would love to share my knowledge of beauty products and health and nutrition so that you can avoid wasting time/money on things that SUCK!!!