CoyuchiStay warm and cozy all winter long — or give someone else the gift of comfort — with luxury Coyuchi goods. The hand-woven Chenille Organic Cotton Chunky Weave Throw stays light and airy for a year-round couch companion, and the Organic Cotton Sateen Terry Robe gets its snuggly warmth from a velvet micro-terry lining. Explore more Coyuchi products, including sheets, towels and alpaca throws, at their online shop or at local boutiques such as Erika Reade Ltd. and Nicholson Gallery.

Details: coyuchi.com

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Undie Run

 

Put on your skivvies and skedaddle on February 13 in Cupid’s Undie Run. Hundreds of barely-dressed runners brave the streets of Atlanta to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Join a team, run solo or grab a partner for a fun way to aid a great cause.

Details: cupidsundierun.com     

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Clicq Call

 

Share some bubbly with a special someone this month and get your message across using the Clicq’ Call. This chic gift box allows you to record a personal voice message that plays upon opening. Inside, the recipient will find a decadent bottle of Veuve Clicquot Non-Vintage Rosé awaiting their toast. The best part? You can re-record your special message over and over again! Retailing for $69, the Clicq’ Call can be found at local wine and spirits shops.

Details: veuve-clicquot.com

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By Ansley Bourn

Walking into the Thunderbolt Power Yoga studio for my Dubstep Yoga class I was immediately captivated by the warm environment and bright colors.

(Left to Right) Ansley, Carly Grace Hinchman, owner and instructor, Tina Reale, instructor

(Left to Right) Ansley, Carly Grace Hinchman, owner and instructor,
Tina Reale, instructor

Set to Dubstep music, this class is all about connecting the rhythm of your mind, body and heart to the beat!

The first thing Carly Grace Hinchman, our instructor and studio owner, said really set the tone for class — “There are plenty of places in life for perfection. I promise, your mat doesn’t have to be one of them!”

This class completely brought me back to a child-like state. It really felt like my mat was my playground! Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely challenging, but Carly excels in pushing you to your limits and makes you laugh at yourself while doing it. She even created an “OMG” curtsy move for us to do to go along with the ‘OMG’ track she had on her rockin’ playlist. It involved us literally spelling out the letters O-M-G with our bodies.

Carly really goes above and beyond to make sure her students maintain a playful mindset during class and genuinely have fun. You could tell from the energy in the room that her efforts were definitely paying off,  several times throughout class the studio was filled with laughter. I loved being able to laugh at myself during yoga!

Be prepared to work up a sweat while you’re having a good time though — during class the studio is heated between 85-90 degrees. Don’t worry if you forget a towel or mat, the studio has them available to rent (first timers can use them for free though). And guys, don’t be afraid to give this class a try either. The class I attended had an even guy-to-girl ratio, so it’s definitely not a girls club!

Thunderbolt Power Yoga Dubstep Yoga

This class is fast paced, but Carly makes sure to pause when she is introducing a new move in the sequence to make sure everyone understands the different poses. She challenged us to try a baby chin pose; I laughed at first, but was surprised by how much weight I was able to hold on my chin (which was somewhere around one-sixth of my body weight…still have some room to grow with this one!)

Finally, Carly closed class with a great quote, that really stuck with me —”In all things you do, be audaciously playful.” It was the perfect way to end class and a great mantra to keep in mind while going about our everyday lives.

To see when the next Dubstep Yoga class will be held visit thunderboltpoweryoga.com

Details: Unit C4, 3872 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342

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By Alexandra McCray

Just walking into Eclipse One on One Fitness Studio is motivating. The studio is filled with energy and the atmosphere brims with positivity. My trainer for the morning, Alex Carson, greeted me at the door with a smile, and proceeded to give me a full tour of the facilities. This state-of-the-art personal training facility may be small on space, but it is big on amenities.

(Left to Right) Jeff Toney and Alex Carson

(Left to Right) Jeff Toney, Eclipse co-owner, and Alex Carson

We began my session with some light walking on the treadmill to get my blood pumping. While I walked, Alex asked me about my goals, if I had any injuries, and what kind of training (if any) I was already doing. He explained to me that each training session varies from client to client. Everything from what muscles you are going to work that day to how many repetitions of each exercise you will perform is tailored to your goals.

Once I was nice and warmed-up, we moved over to the leg press. I almost had a heart attack when I saw Alex set the weight to 160 pounds. To my surprise I could do do more than get the weight up — I could actually crank out the 20 repetitions. I normally would have never tried a weight that heavy, but having a trainer there to encourage me to add that extra weight and “just try it” was exactly what I needed to maximize my workout.

Since Alex knew that I wanted to shed fat while gaining, and maintaining, as much muscle as possible, he pushed me to go deeper and lower when I was doing my leg moves. He explained this would work my glutes instead of my quads, which would help to lift and shape my butt. I also learned that doing a higher number of repetitions helps your body get into fat burning mode, as opposed to fewer repetitions, which are more effective for building muscle.

Eclipse 1

My favorite thing about working with Alex, was that he pushed me when he could tell I was capable of more and let me rest when he could see I was getting worn out. When I told Alex that I thought I might be done for the day there was no guilt trip; he simply told me I’d done a great job and that with time my muscle memory would build, then sent me on my way.

If you’re searching for personal trainers with balance and positivity look no further than Eclipse One on One Fitness Studio.

Details: 295 West Wieuca RD NE Atlanta, GA 30342 eclipse1on1.com

 

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Join the Joyous Heart Network on February 1 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Grace Midtown and celebrate how far the ONE BILLION RISING movement has come in their work to bring an end to violence against women … once and for all.

An Evening with Ensler

“An Evening with Ensler” brings together local artists to use art to share ONE BILLION RISING’s message — uplifting and encouraging attendees through songs, drumming, comedy and drama, and featuring the work of Eve Ensler, an activist who has devoted her life to helping prevent women and girls from being victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

To date, ONE BILLION RISING’s V-day Movement has raised over $100 million to provide education about the issue of violence against women and create strategies to stop it.

Details: Grace Midtown, 642 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta GA 30318, onebillionrising.org

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As we gear up for our 6th annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, we have decided to check-in with our previous winners to see what they are up to now.

Nominations for this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest open February 1. So, mark your calendars and start thinking about who you would like to nominate! In the meantime, enjoy our updates on previous winners.

Trudy Davies Davis

Since becoming one of our 2014 Over 40 & Fabulous Fabulous Five winners, Trudy Davies Davis and her image consulting company, The Image Academy, have had a slew of exciting opportunities. She has worked as a wardrobe stylist for multiple media personalities and as a media style segment host on “Plugged-In with Kimberley Kennedy.” Her television success doesn’t stop there though. You can also catch Trudy as a co-host on the weekly TV talk show “The Christian View,” which won “Most Uplifting Program” in 2014.

To learn more about Trudy Davies Davis and our other 2014 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners, check out our June 2014 issue.

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By Miguel Velazquez

I have always loved to watch boxing on TV, it has always been my favorite sport. So when I heard about the Boxing 101 class at Sweet Science Fitness Boxing Center I was super excited to jump right in.

(Left – Right) Vodkia Martin, Miguel Velazquez

(Left – Right) Vodkia Martin, Miguel Velazquez

Before heading out to the gym though, I was expecting to enter a dingy, smelly, “Rocky Balboa style” boxing gym with an older man screaming at me “you’re a bum!” every time I didn’t get the exercise right. But, to my very pleasant surprise, the boxing gym was very modern, clean, and the people (staff, members and students) were the friendliest and most welcoming I have ever met. Owner and instructor, Marty P. Hill made the class fun from start to finish.

We learned some boxing jabs, punches, uppercuts & the proper stands to throw a punch and protect ourselves. And as a fun way to practice these new skills, we played a game of “Marty Says” (his boxing version of “Simon Says”) during which he called out various combinations, if you got one wrong you stepped off the mat, until only one person was left. Then we paired up with another student to put what we learned into practice with speed, one person with boxing gloves and the other with punching mitts.

Overall the workout was intense, but because we were having so much fun I was able to keep up with the rest of the veteran students that kept cheering me on throughout the class.

(Top Left –Right) Chris Perry, Keith Murphy, Jeff Lundy, Ivan Howard, Mary Beth Cornell, Dock Davis (Bottom Left –Right) Jason Schreider, Amanda Leigh Stillings, Marty P. Hill, Vodkia Martin, Larry Brown, Sarah Tushin

(Top Left –Right) Chris Perry, Keith Murphy, Jeff Lundy, Ivan Howard, Mary Beth Cornell, Dock Davis
(Bottom Left –Right) Jason Schreider, Amanda Leigh Stillings, Marty P. Hill, Vodkia Martin, Larry Brown, Sarah Tushin

As much as I enjoyed getting a great workout, what I loved most was the fact that everyone made me feel like family as soon as I stepped in the door.  Even if you have no intention of ever stepping in the ring, I highly suggest giving Sweet Science Fitness Boxing Center a try. I’m sure you’ll feel just as at home as I did.

 

 

Details: 6035 Peachtree Road, Suite c117, Atlanta, GA, 30360, sweetsciencefitness.com

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As we gear up for our 6th annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, we have decided to check-in with our previous winners to see what they are up to now.

Nominations for this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest open February 1. So, mark your calendars and start thinking about who you would like to nominate! In the meantime, enjoy our updates on previous winners.

Virginia Keagle

Since becoming one of our 2014 Over 40 & Fabulous! Top 10 winners, Virginia Keagle has continued to work with Habitat for Humanity and coordinate volunteer activities. She has also recently gotten involved with Roswell-based shelter, The Drake House, an organization she has wanted to work with for quite some time.

In addition, she is currently in the process of writing a book, entitled “The Chosen Path.” Which she hopes to have published by the end of 2016. Lately she can be spotted on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages of long-time Atlanta jewelry designer Mark Edge, sporting his signature reclaimed designs.

To learn more about Virginia Keagle and our other 2014 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners, check out our June 2014 issue.

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By Alexandra McCray

I arrived for my 6:30 p.m. Full Body Class at Stellar Bodies a few minutes early. Once the class before mine cleared out, I tucked my things away in one of the nearby cubbies and made my way to a Megaformer™. The Stellar Bodies workout utilizes the Lagree Method, which is rooted in Pilates. So if you’ve taken a Pilates class with a reformer, you’ll pretty much feel at home on a Megaformer™.

But don’t worry. If you’re like me, and have little reformer—and no Megaformer™—experience, you’ll catch on fast. Trust me. True to its name, this class works your entire body with an emphasis on core stability and strength.

(Left to Right) Ansley Bourn, Jamie Schneider and Alex McCray.

(Left to Right) Ansley Bourn, Jamie Schneider and Alex McCray.

We began with burpees as a full-body warm up, and then moved on to serious glute work. I love how this workout amps up traditional Pilates moves, like using added tension from the Megaformer™ when making small and large circles with the legs.

The added resistance really makes this class a killer. Within just a few minutes, I was sweating bullets and feeling strain in muscles I didn’t even know I had. When she could tell we were starting to wane, our instructor, Jamie Schneider, encouraged us to push past the pain, saying “I want you to hate me now, but love me later.”

My favorite part of the class was when we focused on our upper bodies, which included doing bicep curls and tricep extensions with straps, and using the moving Megaformer™ platform to do planks and side crunches.

I love new spins on traditional workout moves, and this class offers plenty of them. Stop by Stellar Bodies’ Buckhead or Midtown location to mix up your workout routine and give this class a try.

Details: 44 12th Street, Atlanta, GA 30309, stellarbodiesatl.com

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