WELLVYL Work Out The Kinks Event Recap

Last week I had the opportunity to teach a very cool, very different class with my friends at Wellvyl and it was a *HUGE* success. I know many of you weren't able to make the class, so I wanted to share a quick recap of the event as well as some awesome photos that were taken.

If you are not familiar with Wellvyl, they are a cool new biz here in NYC that organizes fitness classes, healthy happy hours, and dinner parties that allow people to meet and mingle while doing an activity that’s good for the body and mind. I love this concept (read more here: How Working Out is the New Going Out) and so I was super excited when Wellvyl approached me wanting to partner for an event.

Since the whole purpose of Wellvyl is to get people to meet and mingle, we decided a partner-style yoga class would be a perfect fit! I had never taught anything along these lines before the class. I had a blast researching and planning out a sequence that would facilitate conversation and connection throughout the night, but I was also nervous to teach since this was totally outside my comfort zone!

Here's what went down the night of the event:

6:15-6:45PM - Guests started to arrive at the gorgeous Blue Jean Studio in Chelsea. We enjoyed drinks and snacks courtesy of our sponsors: Bai, Harmless Harvest, and Aloha.

6:45-7:00PM - Welcome and introductions. Part of the fun was that we all also took on a "kinky" persona for the night, based on a favorite yoga pose. Mine was Twisted Dancer :)

7:00-8:15PM - Yoga time!! Before class, I offered everyone a little Ylang Ylang essential oil which is said to be a natural aphrodisiac. We then began class with some exercises aimed to warm up those areas of the body where we hold the most tension - our hips, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. We finished our warm up with a few sun salutations and then it was play time!

First, we practiced poses where we needed to get in touch with our selves - balancing poses! I encouraged the class to have fun with these, and not to worry if they fell out of a pose. Balance is all about getting back up, not being perfect 100% of the time.

We then moved on to our partner poses. These postures required communication, trust and a hefty dose of PLAY. I think everyone was surprised at what they were able to do with their partners when they just gave it a try!

Finally, we broke into "threesomes" for a few more poses. Honestly, I wasn't sure how these would work, but everyone did great and more importantly, had FUN while trying out some more difficult postures. There were plenty of laughs along the way.

We ended class back on our individual mats for a well-deserved savasana made even more blissful with my homemade Lavender essential oil spray.

After class, we all circled back up for more snacks and to share about our experience. Here are just a few things participants had to say:

"I feel so much lighter in my body and in my mind!"

"I feel better about humanity in general after that class."

"I haven't laughed so hard in YEARS."

"I can't believe I got into that pose!! AMAZING!"

WOW.

Hearing these words reminded me WHY I practice and teach yoga - it's not about being "in shape" or finding nirvana - it's about connection. Connection to ourselves, connection to those around us, connection to the present moment. Real connection is something we crave in today's society, and I'm not talking about followers on Instagram or likes on Facebook. I'm talking about the eye-to-eye or hand-in-hand moments when you really see or feel someone else. This real connection was something we experienced last week. Thank you Wellvyl for doing what you do and for letting me be a part of it.

 

Thank you to the Wellvyl team for putting together such an amazing event. Thank you to our sponsors: Bai, Harmless Harvest, and ALOHA. Thank you to Kyle Phillips and Kristin Rafael for capturing the photos of the event featured in this post.

Beating the Blues - Essential Oils + Yoga Event Recap

Last night I had the pleasure of co-hosting another Essential Oils and Yoga workshop with the lovely Amy Jarosky, of Healthy Vices, at Athleta Flatiron.  I know many of you could not make it to the event in person, so I wanted to share some of the information we discussed last night here. 

Hold up, what are essential oils? Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They've been used throughout history for their medical and therapeutic benefits. If you have ever enjoyed the scent of roses or smelled fresh herbs, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Based on the oil, they can also be used topically or internally. (Note: we both use doTERRA oils as these are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade and represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial oils available today).

During our class last night, Amy and I shared the most popular doTERRA essential oils PLUS some of our favorites for lifting your spirit and feeling great through this cold, dark time of year. 

Here are a few we talked about last night:

Balance - Feeling a little unsteady or scattered? Rub a drop of Balance onto the bottoms of your feet before class to feel more grounded. 

Lavender - Make an aromatherapy spray to keep the calm of savasana with you throughout your day: mix 5 drops of lavender with 4 oz of water in a spray bottle. Or rub a drop onto the bottoms of your feet before bed to promote relaxation and rest. 

- OnGuard - Your natural protective blend (goodbye colds and flu!)! Place a drop on your hands and breathe in, or add to hot water for sore throat relief. 

- Wild Orange - A great oil to boost your mood. I love diffusing this in my home, or rubbing a drop between my hands for an instant lift in spirits. 

 

I'm constantly discovering a new favorite oil, or a new favorite way to use an oil.  If you are interested in learning more about the oils and uses, feel free to reach out to me, I'm more than happy to answer your questions!

Ready to try these yourself?  Purchase doTERRA essential oils here (select "Shop").  

THANK YOU to everyone who came out last night, and THANK YOU to our sponsors - Athleta and Lulitonix. 

StressLESS Summer Event Recap

Hi everyone!  I did a digital detox while on vacation last week, so this post is long overdue, but hope you will enjoy hearing about the event Amy Jarosky and I hosted two weeks ago at Athleta Flatiron: StressLESS Summer with Essential Oils and Yoga.  We had an absolute BLAST and great feedback from those who participated. 

Here's how we chilled out at this event:

7PM- Folks started to arrive.   Amy and I introduced the doTERRA essential oils and went through some of the most popular oils and common uses. We highlighted the many ways doTERRA essential oils can be used to manage stress.  Some of my personal favorite stress-busting oils are:

  • Serenity - A soothing blend with lavender, sandalwood, and vanilla.  I put a drop of this on the bottoms of my feet at night for deep, restful sleep!
  • Grapefruit - Uplifting and energizing, this oil is great if you are feeling down and need a boost!  Place a drop on your hands and breathe in or put a drop in your water for a delicious treat!
  • Balance - A grounding blend with spruce, frankincense, and chamomile.  I love to use this one if I’m feeling anxious or before something important, like teaching a class or giving a presentation.

Everyone got a chance to try the oils and we even had a few introductory kits to sell.  These kits contain a 5ML bottle of lavendar, peppermint, and lemon - the three most popular oils!  This is such a great way to “get your feet wet” with doTERRA essential oils. 

8PM - We began to settle down.  I taught my favorite calming breath technique - a simple exercise that you can do anyways to de-stress.  There was a recording of this in my latest newsletter -if you didn’t get it, shoot me a message and I’ll send the recording your way =)  We then moved into a 60-minute stress-busting yoga class.  We did a challenging sequence (to bring the mind back to the present moment) followed by some long, deep hip openers and forward folds (which are very soothing). 

9PM - From savasana to smoothies - After my class, we all enjoyed delicious smoothies featuring the ALOHA Daily Good Chocolate blend (YUM!).  We had a bunch of raffles - an Athleta gift card, a yoga mat, and goodie bags from Amy and me with our favorite stress-busting products PLUS free sessions with us!  

 

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to this event - you guys rocked and we had such a fun time with you.  And THANK you to our sponsors - Athelta and ALOHA - YOU ROCK!

Want to learn more about essential oils? Email me at emily@emilynachazel.com for more information and a personalized recommendation.  Ready to shop?  Purchase oils and kits here!

Also, for my NYC friends, Amy and I are hosting a SHOPPING PARTY at Athleta Flatiron this Monday 8/24 from 5-7PM. The ENTIRE store will be 25% off, plus we will have smoothies and fun giveaways.  Email me at emily@emilynachazel.com to RSVP. 


Blissful Backyard Yoga Brunch - Event Recap

First, THANK YOU to the lovely ladies who joined me this past Sunday for my Blissful Backyard Yoga Brunch!  The weather was perfect and I had so much fun planning and putting on this "high-vibe" event. 

For those of you who couldn't make it, I want to give you a little peak into what a morning of bliss with me looks like.  I hope to do more of these in the future - make sure you are signed up for my insider list to be the first to know about the next event!

10:30 AM - Guests began to arrive to my Brooklyn backyard oasis.  We sipped on lemon-cucumber infused water and chatted about NYC summers, getaways, and sunshine.  Cinnamon the dog joined us and was as excited as we were to be taking this mini-break from the hectic city!

11:00 AM - We moved on the deck and started the meditation and yoga practice.  Before we started moving, I offered doTERRA Balance essential oil  - one of my favorite blends for promoting a clear, grounded mind.  As we warmed our bodies with breath from the inside, the sun rising overhead started to warm us from the outside.  We flowed through Moon Salutations and a number of other cooling postures to promote a state of relaxation and bliss.  

12:00 PM - By the time we got to savasana, the sun was high in the sky and we were happy to make our way back inside to the air conditioning, and to FOOD! We filled our bellies with a nourishing, delicious vegetarian meal:

 - Green Dream Smoothie - A nutty, sweet smoothie that's packed with nutrients thanks to the ALOHA plant-based protein powder.  Recipe will be coming to the blog later this week!

 - Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Ceasar Salad 

 - Farmer's Market Frittata

 - Seasonal Berries and Sugar Plums with Coconut Whipped Creme 

1:00PM We could have stayed for hours talking (really!  we all were having such a good time together!), but the rest of Sunday awaited.  Each guest left light-hearted and energized, and with a bag of my favorite bliss-inducing goodies including doTERRA essential oils, ALOHA protein and greens products, and relaxing teas.  


This morning was so, so special.  I love yoga, delicious healthy food, and inspiring conversation and this event contained all of the above and more.  THANK YOU again to everyone who made this possible by participating and showing your support!

If you are in NYC and looking for a little bit of bliss in the big city, join me this Wednesday at Athleta Flatiron - we'll chat about how to use essential oils and yoga to relax and de-stress, flow through my signature yoga practice, and mingle afterwards with delicious snacks from ALOHA. Get all the details here!

As promised, I'll be back later this week with the recipe for my Green Dream Smoothie!