8 Week Master Class Series at the L’ifestyle Lounge

8 Week Master Class Series at the L’ifestyle Lounge

You are invited! The L’ifestyle Lounge is proud to offer a Master Class Series from September 17th through November 3rd! Come flow with us and meet Laura’s favorite expert instructors! The L’ifestyle Lounge team is thrilled for this opportunity to build and foster relationships within the community and support its yoga teachers and enthusiasts! Please feel free to share this series with your fellow yogis!

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

-Coretta Scott King

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LifePower’s Yoga Stack and Flow On Your Own


I found Yoga just a few of years ago while I was working at Life Time Athletic in Bergen County as a Pilates Instructor. Between teaching Reformer/Chair classes, I would hop into one of the Yoga classes offered at Life Time. Having only been on a yoga mat a handful of times, I was completely changed after my first LifePower Yoga class. There was something special going on everyday inside of that yoga room and I wanted to be a part of it. I decided to enroll in Lifepower Yoga Teacher Training when it was first offered at Life Time, in 2013. I had no idea what a life changing experience it would be. I realized by my second day in that I would make this my life and that I would to bring the spirituality of the practice as well as the challenging physical aspects to as many people as possible. I am lucky enough to be teaching Flow (vinyasa), Root (yoga foundations) & Surrender (yin) classes within the LifePower Yoga community as well as co-facilitating 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings. Every yoga class is an opportunity to change someone’s life. To enrich, to make connections and to encourage people to be accepting of themselves. Every day that I get to practice, I learn from my teachers and every time I teach I want to deliver the best possible experience to my students. I look forward to seeing them every day. Nothing satisfies me more than when one of my students takes the time to email, text or just give me a big sweaty hug after class. I feel completely fulfilled. My cup is overflowing with gratitude and love. I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. 

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My love of yoga began in my late teens. It developed into a deep passion and I could no longer hold the physical and mental healing powers I experienced to myself. I immersed myself, heart first, into yoga teacher training and I haven’t looked back.


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Flowing to Support Body Positivity and All Bodies Fit


Author, Yoga Therapist, Forrest Yoga Guardian, and Master Teacher Erica Mather, M.A. is a life-long educator. She teaches people to feel better in, and about their bodies, and to view their bodies as an ally and best friend on the journey of life. Her forthcoming book Radical Body Acceptance: End the Time-Sucking, Confidence-Crushing Pursuit of Unrealistic Beauty-Standards and Start Living Your Life (New Harbinger 2020) is a 7-step spiritual journey helping women befriend their bodies and utilize them as tools and allies on their quest to live their best lives. Her Adore Your Body Transformational Programs help overcome body image challenges, and the Yoga Clinic of NYC supports students, teachers, and health professionals learn about empowered care for the body. Mather is a recognized body image expert, a Forrest Yoga lineage-holder, and was also named one of the next generations’ important yoga teachers by Yoga Journal. She writes for Mind Body Green on the topic of body image challenges, is a regular columnist for Rivertown Magazine and is a popular repeat interview on the SoulFeed Podcast, Hay House Radio’s Angel Club, and more. Mather lives in New York City.

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A natural-born athlete, Stacey excelled in sports as she possessed an infallible determination, dedication, devotion & discipline.  As captain of her high school & college track teams, she proved to be a consummate leader as she brought her teams to many victories. In keeping with her insatiable thirst for health and fitness, Stacey became a Registered Nurse as she continued to participate in competitive sports through triathlons.

A natural-born athlete, Stacey excelled in sports as she possessed an infallible determination, dedication, devotion & discipline.  As captain of her high school & college track teams, she proved to be a consummate leader as she brought her teams to many victories. In keeping with her insatiable thirst for health and fitness, Stacey became a Registered Nurse as she continued to participate in competitive sports through triathlons.

Stacey has three beautiful children who also participate in the practice of Yoga.

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Ashtanga: Beyond the Primary Series Part 1 on 10/15


Ashtanga: Beyond the Primary Series Part 2 on 10/22



Yoko Komiya is a Yoga Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer, and Licensed Massage Therapist. She began Ashtanga yoga practice in 2017 and found how Ashtanga yoga heals the body and calms the mind. She loves to practice LifePower yoga as well as Ashtanga yoga. Yoko graduated the LifePowerYoga teacher training in 2017 and completed David Swenson’s Ashtanga primary series teacher training in 2018. In 2019, she took Manju Jois Ashtanga yoga teacher training and Nancy Gilgoff’s workshops as well as Kino McGregor’s week-long retreats.

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Moving Meditation: Full Practice  on 10/27


Center Ring: Occupy your Sphere Pranayama and Meditation on 11/3



Phillip Askew has been teaching Yoga in New York City since 2003. He is certified E-RYT 500 and has trained extensively with Virgile Peyramaure, Teri Steele, Nevine Michaan, Dharma Mittra and Alan Finger. His classes are modern informed by tradition. Expect elements from Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, Dharma & Katonah Yogas, as well as Pilates & modern handbalancing. Phillip lives and teaches in New York City & leads workshops, teacher trainings and retreats worldwide.

A form of flow, a flow of forms, Phillip Askew Yoga is a structured yet creative and dynamic blend of classical poses and techniques rethought, reworked and refined through a contemporary kinesiological lens. Ancient and modern, contemporary and classical, distinct, poetic and informed, it seamlessly interweaves a multitude of lineages into a single warp and weft, a progressive emotional arc, at once invigorating and meditative, to inspire and empower those students who genuinely seek to grow their practice. Utilizing story-telling strategies, proper anatomical alignment, subtle-body cueing, pose/counter-pose dynamics and Wave Theory Sequencing, it will take you on a journey through your body and psyche and deliver you to a place of deep opening and inner strength.

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Is Lectin the New Gluten?

Is Lectin the New Gluten?

Is Lectin the New Gluten?

By Lisa Mikus, RD, CNSC, CDN

More often than not, I learn about new food trends from my curious clients. They ask me to research the trend to see what I think. So, when one of my clients asked me about the lectin-free diet, I started my search.

Yes, lectin-free sounds very similar to gluten-free. Molecularly speaking, lectin and gluten are both considered proteins. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye and associated with Celiac disease.  But what exactly is lectin? Lectin is described as a “carbohydrate-binding protein” found in legumes, whole grains, beans, and vegetables. It seems that there are conflicting views on whether foods with lectin are dangerous to eat. Foods high in lectin include red kidney beans, tomatoes, wheat, peanuts, peas, and soybeans. Raw legumes have higher lectin levels than cooked legumes. 

The lectin-free diet trend was spearheaded by Dr. Steven Gundry who wrote “The Plant Paradox” in 2017 and claims that lectins can be dangerous for humans to consume and that they contribute to obesity and chronic inflammation. More specifically, Dr. Gundry links lectins to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune disorders. On his website, he even offers a supplement named “Lectin Shield” so that you can consume foods with lectin without the alleged negative effects.

Lectin is classified as an anti-nutrient along with glucosinates, oxalates, phytates, saponins, and tannins because they have the ability to disrupt the absorption of calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. As mentioned previously, raw legumes such as beans, lentils, peas, soybeans, peanuts and whole grains have high levels of lectin. These proteins protect plants in nature, but since they are hard for the human body to digest, they can cause issues when eaten in large quantities and if not prepared properly.

For example, there have been accounts of lectin toxicity when raw or undercooked kidney beans (which contain the lectin phytohaemagglutinin) were consumed. People experienced nausea and diarrhea. Yet, these symptoms can be easily avoided. Raw beans should be soaked and then boiled in water at a high heat as lectins are water-soluble. Using a slow cooker is not recommended for cooking raw beans. Canned beans have low levels of lectin because they are stored in liquid.

Following a lectin-free diet is quite restrictive and does eliminate many foods that are commonly accepted as nutritious including whole grains, beans, and vegetables. Research has shown that consuming whole grains helps reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Whole grains, beans, and vegetables provide antioxidants that battle inflammation. These lectin-containing foods also provide our bodies with nourishing vitamins, fiber, and protein. There is budding research on the role of lectins in the cellular development of the gut wall in specific populations, in cancer treatment, and in diabetes management.

It seems that going lectin-free would be particularly restrictive for vegans and vegetarians and those who have gastrointestinal issues such as constipation since the foods eliminated provide fiber essential for a regulated bowel regimen.

Ultimately, the message here is that too much of any food can cause nutritional imbalance even if it is a vegetable. Even though lectin-containing foods may block the absorption of other minerals, the overall evidence-based benefits of eating an appropriate amount of these foods, when cooked properly, offset the potential risks. Remember that balance is key and to ask your Registered Dietitian about the efficacy of any diet you see that is quickly gaining momentum.



Making Sense of Celery

Making Sense of Celery

Making Sense of Celery

Read more about our thoughts on the celery juice craze below!

by Lisa Mikus, RD, CNSC, CDN

The latest fad diet trend is drinking celery juice. You’ve probably seen articles online, pictures on Instagram, and the green juice stocked on the shelves of grocery stores. Celery juice is so popular that according to, its demand has caused the price of a carton of celery to increase drastically, about 7x the price compared to last year.

The alleged benefits of drinking celery juice include clearing up acne, speeding up weight loss, and improving gut health. The recommended ritual includes drinking 16 ounces of celery juice every morning, on an empty stomach, and waiting to eat again for at least 30 minutes.

So, where did this fad come from? Doctors? Dietitians? Not exactly. A self-proclaimed “medical-medium” named Anthony William is the champion of the celery juice trend. According to the introductory video on his website, he claims that the sodium cluster salts in celery can destroy pathogens and alleviate symptoms related to a plethora of health issues including Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, and human herpesvirus-6. He calls out doctors and dietitians for being skeptics because we rely on evidence-based research to make recommendations and there are no peer-reviewed studies stating celery juice supports these health claims.

To be clear, Registered Dietitians adhere to a Code of Ethics which includes promoting only evidence-based health claims. So, when our clients come to us asking us if they should drink celery juice every morning, as Registered Dietitians, we have to put on our skeptic-hats and really delve into the published research and evidence behind these fad health and wellness trends, ethically speaking. The truth is, there aren’t many scholarly articles involving celery juice specifically. There are articles discussing whole celery as well as celery seeds.

Yet, it is possible that people are experiencing healing benefits from drinking celery juice daily. Celery juice is extremely hydrating, contains phytonutrients, vitamins C, K, and A, potassium, calcium, magnesium. We know that whole celery helps lower blood pressure and can help regulate fluid balance.

This drink could be providing much-needed nutrition and hydration into one’s daily intake, much like any other vegetable-based green juice. Yet, celery juice has not been researched regarding whether it heals people in the specific and profound ways Anthony William claims, including alleviating symptoms from autoimmune diseases and other serious illnesses.

The bottom line is, feel free to drink any green juice in the morning, afternoon, or evening in addition to your regular intake – or don’t! It’s not necessary to drink a green juice daily or on an
empty stomach. Celery juice is not a cure-all for one’s ailments, yet can be introduced into one’s intake. Remember that eating whole vegetables, versus drinking their juices, provides our bodies with fiber which helps keep us satiated and lowers cholesterol. Consuming a wide variety of vegetables provides an array of antioxidants that support overall health. Remember that miracle, cure-all foods simply do not exist! Moderation is key. Eat kale and cupcakes!


Blue Matcha: More Than a Foodie Trend?

Blue Matcha: More Than a Foodie Trend?

Blue Matcha: More Than a Foodie Trend?

Have you seen photos of mermaid smoothie bowls or electric blue cupcakes on Instagram and wondered, where does that vibrant color come from? It must be food coloring, right? Actually, the latest food trend is using natural ingredients to showcase bright and bold colors in food. 

Laura recently ordered a bright blue drink called “Blue Magic”. Blue matcha, made from the Butterfly Pea Flower, provides beverages and baked goods with a show-stopping range of colors from lavender to deep azure. Butterfly Pea Flower or Clitoria ternatea, is part of the Fabaceae Family. It is also known as Asian pigeonwings and bluebellvine. This flower thrives in Southeast Asia and has been incorporated in many traditional Thai dishes that range from sweet teas to dumplings. 

You might be thinking that blue matcha must have some similarities to the ever-so-popular green matcha which has become standard in drinks and desserts in many cafes and restaurants these days. I’ve enjoyed green matcha at Cha Cha Matcha in NYC and Stonemill Matcha in San Francisco. But surprisingly, blue matcha and green matcha don’t share many qualities.Green matcha powder is made from tea leaves, while blue matcha powder is made from a flower. Unlike green matcha powder, Butterfly Pea Flower powder does not contain any caffeine. Green tea powder offers an earthy taste, while Butterfly Pea Flower powder doesn’t have much of a taste at all.


Blue Magic smoothie from Juice Press.

Is it safe to eat? Butterfly Pea Flower’s health claims are not regulated by the FDA, but there is no evidence stating it is unsafe for consumption. Not all of blue matcha’s health claims are supported by evidence-based research, and only a handful of studies are conducted with human subjects.  Butterfly Pea Flower powder has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to help with many issues including pain relief, stress, inflammation, asthma, depression, seizures, cancer, blood flow issues. Below are researched-based discoveries regarding the encouraging potential of Butterfly Pea Powder in relation to many health issues.

Antioxidants & Cancer-Fighting

Butterfly Pea Flower contains antioxidants including anthocyaninidins, which are classified as a subgroup of the flavonoid family, a type of phytonutrient. Anthocyanidins are found in many fruits such as plums, grapes, and blueberries. Flavonoids have been studied for their cancer-fighting potential for many years. In 2013, an article was published citing the anti-tumor activity of dietary flavonoids. In an article published in 2016, Butterfly Pea seed and petal extract were shown to decrease the viability in human carcinoma cells.

Central Nervous System: Depression, Stress,

Butterfly Pea Powder may have implications in managing depression, anxiety, and stress. In a 2003 study, Butterfly Pea Flower extract showed potential in mice relating to antistress and antidepressant activity. In another study published in 2002, Clitoria ternatea root extract administered to rats increased the amount of acetylcholine in their brains. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter, which has been associated with memory and learning.


Ethanol extract of Clitoria ternatea root (ECTR) and its relationship to asthma and bronchitis in mice and rats. A study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology discovered that the antiasthmatic activity of ECTR may be related to the presence of flavonoids in Clitoria ternatea.

Blood Sugar Regulation

In a study published in 2018, Clitoria ternatea extract and glycemic response in 15 men was studied. The results suggested that consumption of CTE improves postprandial glucose and insulin levels when consumed with a source of sucrose versus alone. A studying involving rats with diabetes, published in 2015 in the Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, showed the flower extracts from Clitoria ternatea lowered serum glucose levels, yet increased the body weight of rats, which suggests a similar effect of Glyburide, a drug that treats type 2 diabetes.

To blue matcha or not to blue matcha? The research is certainly looking promising in terms of its health claims. As registered dietitians, we promote eating a variety of foods so, if you are in the mood for an instaworthy vibrant blue smoothie, go for it! Remember that all foods fit and not one in particular is a “miracle food”.



Meditate with Sofia Adler

Meditate with Sofia Adler

Meditate with Sofia Adler

Sofia Adler is a Teachers College, Columbia University trained Mindset and Mindfulness coach who empowers you to honor your truth and navigate change with clarity, confidence and ease. She helps her clients tap into who they really are using mindfulness and mindset work so they can avoid the myriad of “shoulds” or advice out there in the world and intentionally create the life they’ve always wanted. She also teaches mindfulness meditation for individuals and companies, including SoulCycle, WeWork, Glossier, Atlantic Records and Bombas.

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