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Yoga Vacation + 5 Perfect Yoga Songs

Written on February 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm , by

At last year's Wanderlust Festival (photo courtesy of Tinywater)

This looks hard! (Photo courtesy of standard.wanderlustfestival.com)

Yoga + beach + live music = The perfect girlfriends’ getaway. Wanderlust Festival is coming up at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach, Florida, so get your om on from March 17 to 20.

Learn from a slew of different yoga teachers, including Cameron Shayne, founder of Budokon (that’s the yoga-meets-martial-arts practice that’s adored by celebs such as Courtney Cox and Malin Ackerman). That’s his picture — impressive, right?

In addition to poolside meditation workshops and live music performances, there will be more than 30 yoga classes offered. We’re intrigued by Christy Nones’s “Twist and Shout into Backbends, the Anusara Way.” We caught up with Nones, who teaches the popular H2OM yoga class at The Standard Spa, to get her go-to yoga playlist (it’s about 30 minutes):

OMg (Photo courtesy of standard.wanderlustfestival.com)

“All I Need” – Air
“Calling” – Nightmares on Wax
“Indra” – Thievery Corporation
“La Femme D’Argent” – Air
“Marilyn Set Me Free” – Casino Versus Japan

The festival isn’t cheap, but you get some serious yoga bang for your buck: Rates start at $1,530 (that’s three nights/four days and includes yoga, music, lodging and access to the spa). If you share a room with two of your yoga-loving pals, it breaks down to $750 per person. For details, check out the festival’s website.


Guilt-Free Cookies!

Written on January 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm , by

Hello, my name is...Cookie Monster. (Photo courtesy of No Whine with Dinner)

Hello, my name is...Cookie Monster. (Photo courtesy of No Whine with Dinner)

I’m a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate. Seriously. I’d do almost anything for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and I really would do anything for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg (you know, the kind that comes out around Easter and has the ideal chocolate to gooey peanut butter ratio). So imagine my surprise (and glee!) when I turned to page 183 of a new cookbook by Janice Newell Bissex, R.D., and Liz Weiss, R.D., called No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms, and found this healthy take on peanut-butter chocolate-chip cookies for only 120 calories a pop. Read more