Adventures in LA-la land // Week 2

Emily's Epic 2016 Adventure has begun! I've said farewell to NYC for a few weeks and am off exploring the west coast for the remainder of the month. In true wellness blogger form, I'm going to be documenting what I'm eating, drinking and doing during these few weeks here on the blog (you can also follow along on Instagram for real-time updates).

Check out the recap of my first week here: Adventures in LA-la land // Week 1

And my journey continues in the city of Angels...

LOS ANGELES // WEEK 2

MOVE:

- Yoga Nidra at Love Yoga - From Love Yoga: "Yoga Nidra is the practice and art of Yogic Sleep.  In this class you will be guided through a detailed sleep meditation that will allow your mind and body to slip into a deep state of relaxation.  The brain will switch from beta to alpha waves, signaling the transition from activity to meditation.  Receive deep rest and restoration in this extremely healing practice." I had an incredible out-of-body experience during this class and "woke up" feeling clear headed, calm and inspired.

- Run through Pacific Palisades Park - Another fun run along the beach. I did the length of the trail in Santa Monica but I believe this continues down the coast for a while!

- Aerial Yoga at Orange Country Aerial Arts - My first time trying Aerial Yoga! We started with about 45 minutes of stretching and then learned a few moves and a full sequence in the hammock. This was hard!!! But also very lighthearted and a good break from a traditional yoga flow class.

EAT:

- Superfoods Porridge Bar at Live Beaming - This breakfast bar is a collaboration between Live Beaming and my friend Ksenia of Breakfast Criminals. I got the overnight oats with chia jam and not only was it delicious but also SUPER filing. I think I ate it around 9AM and wasn't hungry until 2 or 3PM! Wow!

- Vegan ice cream sundae at Plant Food and Wine - OMG. This was insane!! A modern vegan take on the classic banana split with vanilla hemp, goji strawberry and chocolate maca ice cream, dehydrated banana slices and raw cacao sauce. YUM!!

- Farmer's market EVERYTHING - Avocado, oranges, lemons, arugula, romaine, figs, nectarines!

- Brussels sprouts at Rose Cafe - Topped with a poached egg and submerged in salty dashi broth, these were the best Brussels sprouts I've ever had, and I've had my fair share of the sprouts! Note: The 'hearth' section of Rose Cafe is also a great place to dine alone if you find yourself solo in Venice.

DRINK:

- Golden Milk from Erewhon Market - Silky smooth almond milk with turmeric and other spices.

- Ayurvedic Latte from Cafe Gratitude - A coffee-free latte packed with medicinal mushrooms, almond milk, cinnamon and raw honey. All those superfoods gave me a boost just like a cup of java!

- Coffee at Tom's Flagship Store - The Tom's flagship store in Venice boasts not only a hip coffee bar but also an awesome indoor/outdoor co-working space {I met some cool people there!}. Plus, they provide water to a person in need for all coffee purchases. What's not to love??

 

PLUS ALL THESE THINGS DURING MY DAY IN ORANGE COUNTY!

 

And there you have it - the highlights from week 2 of my west coast adventure. Got suggestions for what I should do, eat, or see while I'm out here (LA, SF, Portland)? Leave em below!

 

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