Cultivate Your Qi at Dantian Studio [Giveaway]

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One of our new sponsors Dantian Studio invited Susanne and I in last week to experience their unique fitness and wellness center in Costa Mesa to cultivate our “qi.” I was really intrigued by this studio, and wondered, what exactly does “dantian” mean and how exactly can I cultivate my “qi?”

After doing a little research, I learned “dantian“ means the energy center in the body and is sometimes referred to as the sea of qi. Hmmm…this tired mama could most definitely work on my dantian, which on some days manifests itself in a small puddle vs. a sea!

Dantian Studio is a place where Orange County locals can take a break from the daily grind to find their energy within. With a variety of amazing fitness classes, spa treatments, holistic therapies, their goal is to help you achieve harmony for both your physical and spiritual body.

Moms need a retreat like this. We deserve it. We need it. I would love for you to get the chance to try out this studio for yourself, enter to win a week of unlimited free classes below!

A Unique Orange County Fitness and Wellness Center

When you first walk in, you are immediately transported to another place. I am going to be honest, it was one of those mornings that was a little stressful to get the kids out the door. I arrived in a bit of a flurry, but when I entered the studio, calm entered my body. I took in the scent of burning candles, and for the first time that morning, I exhaled. I was taking some time to work on me. It felt amazing.

Dantian Studio Fitness Classes 

Our experience began with an 8am Power Pilates class.

Their fitness classes are small and intimate with a maximum of 8 people per class so you can receive individualized instruction. All classes are taken barefoot to focus on posture and alignment and prevent injury.

Classes include CrossCore 180, Sculpt, Bootcamp, Yoga, Pilates mat, Taji, Power Pilates and newly to be added, Prenatal Yoga, Mommy and Me Yoga, and Little Monkey Yoga for kids.  Coming at the end of this month, they will also offer childcare services for only + $5 per class.

I took a Power Pilates class taught by the owner, Jaime. I am a Pilates-lover. I have been doing it a little over two years now, but her class was unlike any class I have done. We did mat work, then moved to the CrossCore 180, which, let me tell you, was a kick ass workout, and she also mixed in bursts of cardio throughout. It was a total body workout. Loved every minute. Hard, not gonna lie, but such a good hard kind of workout. I am still sore as I type this!

 Dantian Special for Tiny Oranges Readers!

You can click here to see their class schedule.  You simply create a user account, then log in to view the schedule. The system also allows you to reserve your spot in classes online.

First class is typically 50% off, but for Tiny Oranges readers, with mention of this post, you can receive a free class now through May 31st, 2013. Call 714.668.0600 for details.

The entire facility was overflowing with positive energy and inspiring affirmations were written in chalk on every door. Each one made me smile.

My class was only the first part of my experience at Dantian Studio, after I had a massage, infrared body wrap and facial in store for me. Stay tuned for the spa details. Ladies, it was an unforgettable morning and experience. It’s a tough job to get to experience things like this and report back to you, but someone has to do it. Please don’t hate me.

Thank you Dantian Studio for finding my “qi” that day ~ my little puddle grew into a sea with happy waves that took me through the rest of my day with happy heart to share with my family. Me time goes a long way.

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a free week of unlimited fitness classes at Dantian Studio! No purchase necessary.

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[Disclosure: Dantian Studio is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor. We hope you will cultivate your qi there too.]

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From Knocked-Up to Knock Out: After Baby Workout DVD’s

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I am sure all of us can relate to just how difficult it is to find time to exercise after a new baby arrives. Ugh.

Erica Ziel of Knocked-Up Fitness, a personal trainer specializing in fitness-infused Pilates and pre/postnatal fitness, gets it ~ she’s a mom of three herself.

Driven to help new moms everywhere go from knocked-up to knock out, she recently released a DVD set of After Baby Workouts you can do at home, on your own schedule, to help get you back into shape and feeling better in no time.

But I am going to let you in on a little secret…these After Baby DVD’s are for any mom.Erica recently sent me the set for review and I have been loving the workouts even though my “babies” are now almost 4 and 7!

They are quick, effective (I personally love the 20 minute Plyo butt sculpting segment for bikini season prep) and get the exercises in and get you done before you have a chance to complain. Promise.

With a combination of 10, yes TEN, different workouts ranging from 10-27 minutes, you can mix and match the segments you have time for based on your busy schedule and the areas you want to focus on.

And hey, like Erica says, a short workout is always better than no workout at all!

DVD 1 eases you into the beginner workout with core exercises focusing on Kegels more than crunches. Workouts include arm sculpting, squats and other conditioning moves.

When you are ready, DVD 2 will motivate you to the next level with more intermediate to advanced workouts, challenging your core with a focus on rebuilding abdominal strength.

As a bonus, the After Baby Workout DVD set includes a fabulous workout booklet which answers questions, provides tips and my favorite, includes a variety of weekly workout combinations so you have a guide to follow as far as a sample of which segments to do on which days.  It makes it really easy and also gives you a schedule to hold you accountable!

Local OC Pilates Workouts with Erica Ziel

Erica trains out of Body Design studio in Newport Beach and has the following group reformer Pilates sessions open if you are interested in exploring training with her in person:

Prenatal Reformer Pilates
10am – 11am

Intermediate to Advanced functional Pilates Reformer Class:
Mondays and Fridays
6am – 7am

You can also follow Erica for daily fitness inspiration on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

{Disclosure: Knocked-Up Fitness is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and I am thrilled to tell my OC moms about these amazing workout DVD’s!}

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National Sleep Awareness Week 2013

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Did you know that this is National Sleep Awareness week?

This campaign began on March 3 and ends on March 10th with the return to Daylight Savings Time where many Americans lose an hour of sleep! Yawn.

This year’s Sleep in America poll held by the National Sleep Foundation focused on the relationship between sleep and exercise.

Serta (maker of the Official Mattress of the National Sleep Foundation) recently shared with me the results of this poll.

Sleep and Exercise

Approximately 1 in 4 Americans report their overall sleep quality as bad but Americans who exercise report the best sleep, and those that exercise vigorously are twice as likely as non-exercisers to report a good night’s sleep every night or almost every night. 

Non-exercisers tend to be more excessively sleepy than exercisers and have more symptoms of insomnia and sleep apnea which increases risk for heart disease and stroke. Approximately one-half (51%) perceive their sleep quality to improve on days they exercise.

Want to feel more energized in your workouts?

Tips for Sleeping Better

o   Exercise regularly.

o   Keep your bedroom quiet and cool with a comfortable, supportive mattress such as the such as Serta’s Perfect Sleeper, the official mattress of the National Sleep Foundation that addresses the 5 most common sleep issues such include tossing & turning, lack of support (leading to back pain), sleeping too hot or too cold, partner disturbance and mattress roll-off or sag.

o   Practice a relaxing bed time ritual.

o   Remove work materials.

You can check out this infographic below to learn more about the Sleep in America poll and click here to read my review on my Serta iComfort mattress, which has personally made a huge difference in my quality of sleep and how much more exercise I get as a result.

 [Disclosure: I am a part of the Serta blogger team and received a complimentary mattress to facilitate my reviews. All opinions are 100% my own. I love, love, love my mattress.]

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Fit Mamas Workouts at PURE sports fitness and therapy

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In the aftermath of Thanksgiving feasting, I am happy to share a new mom-friendly exercise program called Fit Mamas Workouts launching in December at PURE sports fitness and therapy in OC.

I also have two one-month Fit Mamas memberships to give away today, and everyone that enters is eligible to receive one free week of Fit Mamas classes, so make sure to enter below.

But first, do you answer “yes” to any of these questions?

~ Do you struggle with what to do with your kids when you want to workout?

~ Do you have a child who will not go in the gym nursery without putting up a royal fit?

~ Is your child too wiggly for a decent stroller workout?

Then Fit Mamas is the perfect answer for you!

Fit Mamas Workouts get you in, work you hard and get you out quick, all within 45-minutes. Total. While you workout, your child will be entertained by a babysitter in the same area with coloring, crafts and games, so your little ones can see you and vice versa, at all times.

Offering both a pre/postnatal workout and a tough “get my body back” workout, space is limited to 8 women per session so the instructor can devote attention to each mama.

Coming this December these classes will be offered:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-9:50am
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-10:50am

Starting in January, Fit Mamas classes will be offered 5 days a week.

All moms pay a one time $59 initiation fee.

Membership fees are as follows:

$89/month unlimited sessions (starting January 2013)
$79/month  for 3 sessions per week (starting January 2013)
$69/month for 2 sessions per week

Call the studio at 949.916.3558 for reservations or to learn more.

It’s a Tiny Giveaway! Two lucky readers will each win a one month membership to take Fit Mamas classes for the for winner’s choice of January or February 2013 (initiation fee included in the prize.) Anyone that enters this giveaway is also eligible to receive a free week of Fit Mamas classes during the same time period. Reference Tiny Oranges when calling to make your reservation. Good luck!

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San Clemente Run Benefitting Hope 4 Hanna

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On Sunday, October 21st, runners, walkers, families and volunteers will gather at San Clemente’s Plaza Pacifica shopping center, not for their morning coffee or grocery shopping, but to participate in the 4th annual TRACE 3 San Clemente 5k~ 10k~ 1/2k kids’ race benefitting San Clemente-based non-profit, Hope 4 Hanna.

Hope 4 Hanna was started by close friends and neighbors the Aldersons and Beldens, in 2008 in honor of the Belden’s daughter Johanna (“Hanna”), who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) shortly after her second birthday.

Hope 4 Hanna’s mission is to create a less challenging road for families dealing with autism, currently affecting one in every 88 children today, a staggering statistic.

Once diagnosed, every child and their family faces responsibilities like behavioral and biomedical interventions, occupational and speech therapies, dietary restrictions, education planning, specialized playdates and socialization classes. But the resources and therapies often come with a steep price tag, which many families can’t afford.

Since the inaugural race in 2009, Hope 4 Hanna has raised and donated more than $300,000 to leading autism care, treatment and advocacy organizations including Autism Speaks, Talk about Curing Autism (TACA), and ACT Today.

In addition, Hope 4 Hanna has also funded biomedical scholarships, socialization groups, Spanish language advocacy and marriage counseling for families in financial need.

This year’s event kicks off at 7am with the 5K & 10K, followed by the 1/2K kids’ fun run at 9am and welcomes serious runners to casual walkers and everyone in between to participate!

The race will also feature its Resource Fair, open from 7am – 12pm, offering a wealth of information for families seeking answers about anything from diagnosis to legal issues to different therapy options.

New for 2012 is the TACA Fallapalooza Festival for Families.  Open from 10am – noon, the sensory family-friendly activities will include a bounce house, pumpkin painting, face painting, mask creating and other fun fall activities for kids on the autism spectrum, their siblings and friends.

Cost for the Fallapalooza is $10 per family (up to 4), and +$5 for each additional child. Registration includes activities & snacks for the kids. Click HERE to register.

For complete event information and to register for the race, please visit Register by September 28th to take advantage of lower early bird prices.

Hope 4 Hanna Fundraiser this Week! 

Grab some girlfriends and make it a moms’ night out this Thursday, September 27th from 6pm – 9pm where you can SHOP for a cause at the Hope 4 Hanna clothing party at Talega Village Center!

At the event, guests will have the opportunity to purchase everything from boutique clothing, to Stella & Dot jewelry, adorable flip flips and children’s goodies.  You can also sign up for the race that night!

Food and drinks will be provided by Sundried Tomato and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Hope 4 Hanna. What a great way to get some early holiday shopping done for a cause!

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