My cousin Maika’i Kanui and his wife Makaiwa took us on a journey to Mauna Kea. It was a rich experience because of their mana’o or insight. However, there is a health risk so take the journey slowly. If you plan on going up I highly suggest the following…
Stay on the path, drive with reverence.
Do not touch or remove the stones.
Take your trash with you and mind the signs.
Before you go…
It’s important for me to tell you that this space is sacred and it means a lot to the Hawaiian people. The struggle is misappropriation of the land and overcrowding due to tourism. The land in this space is extremely delicate and the stones have generational significance. Traditional protocol and cultural significance is an invisible expectation which is why I suggested the three points above. Be mindful and respect the Aina. (land)
Stargazing was cool and families, lovers and people with pets would take to the streets at night to look up. It was a healthy past time that didn’t feel like a workout. (Why?) Because it benefited the mind, body and soul.
It allows you to gain new perspective, looking at the same passageway under a different light. Opening up your mind and tapping into wonderment.
Conditioning through curiosity. You’re wondering, “What’s around the corner?” Then you look up to see a beautiful night sky approaching and take a deep breath. Brain cells are being intrigued and inspired, this is something you will never experience on a treadmill.
With all the benefits of clean oxygen and a beautiful view your soul can drink from this positive experience. Allowing mindfulness and acceptance to regenerate the deepest regions of your being. Uplifting the soul.
Include the ‘Ohana
Allow them to choose where you’ll walk.
Choose well lit, community spaces.
Bring flashlights and pets. (Make it fun.)
If you have time, pause and bring out a sketchbook.
Don’t look at your watch, look at their faces.
You can never take back time-spent so use it wisely. Stop regretting and start living your best life!
Schedule a day to stargaze and walk at night.
Level up by alternating a brisk walk into a stroll. For example: jog to the light pole and then walk to the next one.
Model the need for fitness during times of stress. Help your family adapt healthy habits because movement is a wonderful way to cope with stress. (My opinion isn’t medical advice, always consult your doctor.)
Sky’s the limit.
Looking up is the perfect reminder to our daily hustle, it connects us to the beauty around us.
Stargazing helps us live in the NOW. Stay connected and join our newsletter where we share the occasional printable and more.
Many of us join an independent fitness studio because they’re part of the community. You’ll often see other members at the grocery stores or farmers market.
Before each session you’re greeted by someone at the front desk who actually knows your name.
The sign-in process isn’t some key code, app or card swipe, it’s an actual human checking you in for your session. In fact the owners mop floors, restock shelves and manage the website. Why? Because they want to serve their community.
I’m blessed to teach at such a location and have the freedom to add my island heritage into their list of services. I came up with the idea to offer a four part Hula series that includes a soulful practice called, “Umeke Mālamalama” or bowl of light.
The class was fully booked then the governor of Washington state shut down all studios. Mind you, plenty of other stores stayed opened such a as liquor and smoke shops. Why gyms and boutique studios? (Including dance and martial arts.)
So many inconsistencies such as chain stores and fast food are enjoying a profitable season while closures affect small business owners. Schools shut down while daycares are over crowded. From the time of this blogpost eleven (11) studios closed their doors and are out of business.
11 Local Shut-downs
These owners served their community and struggled through the first six months, they were happy to reopen at a smaller capacity. To only succumb to the sad reality that nine months of zero income and a growing lease would be the end.
Many of these shops support other local business and allow them to sell their quality products.
I’m 100% about being safe and cautious, don’t miss understand, but it should be the same for all businesses. We need to support what is left… we need our small business owners because they are invested into the community.
You can help
Here’s some things you can do to help your local studio…
Instagram, Facebook the owners and leave them an encouraging message. Show love.
Give them a good review on Yelp and Google. Help increase traffic.
Post your testimony. Heartfelt messages are powerful.
Join their online sessions and maintain your membership.
CAUTION: I have to mention one bad apple. I’ve heard of one gym that kept charging their clients during the shutdown and when the member tried to call NO ONE was manning the phones. Yikes.
Last suggestion, you can help them fundraise. The beanie above is made by a lovely yoga member. The sale goes towards a scholarship fund to help people maintain their membership.
So much good in the world and we need to shine a light on it!
I look forward to filling these spaces again but for now I’m content to try their online sessions.
At the end of the day we need to practice good vibes only and remember that LOVE does.
I’m currently working on an online fitness program for Mom’s to help our bodies cope with this world. If you would like more info join my newsletter and I’ll even throw in some digital goodies.
I was able to redesign their website and you can visit it here: https://www.solhealthyoga.com Since covid19 it’s been a roller coaster ride due to our State’s leadership. There’s actually a Facebook page dedicated to listing all the businesses that closed due to certain ordinances. (Keep in mind that liquor, marijuana, fast food and other chain stores are thriving.)
If you know a local fitness, wellness, dance or martial arts studio that needs website help you can send them here https://www.hoomalamalama.com/design I’m doing free assessments during January 2021.
So I’ve been MIA but with legitimate reasons, listed below, but what brought me back to the game (so to speak) is my Luv of food and sharing. In fact I’ve involved my children on this quest to fight the COVID bulge and hack the holiday eating frenzy. It’s back to food, fitness and family on MANA WAHINE FITNESS.
Here goes my, “Where I’ve been” and “What’s happening” list.
1. I didn’t know if I had anything left to share in this space.
2. Started working at a school creating, developing and co-hearting a program for preK-12th. (I’ll share a video below.)
3. Wrote an E-Book and didn’t know what to do with it after publishing. Walk Inn Beauty
4. Played around with a podcast Walk Inn Beauty and haven’t touched it in awhile.
5. Raising 7 children (4 are teens) and co-homeschooling with my husband.
It’s my WELCOME BACK 🥳 to blogging, which I missed.
I’m still teaching Zumba and my online classes are so much fun. I even bought new gear to celebrate the new sessions.
Tried VLOGMAS for a couple of days and it turned out pretty good. (pictures below) I talked my teenagers into joining me and they did a fantastic job. Speaking of youth, they currently join me during my online sessions since we turned our Ohana living room into a dance studio. Lol.
The BEST holiday hack is to meal prep because the goal is to jump into 2021… seriously! The sweet temptations are everywhere so you have to arm yourself with good food. So add that extra fiber and plant based proteins because the more you prep the easier it will be to say no.
Wild rice with greens and salmon.
It’s literally the same three ingredients styled differently. I adore these containers from ELLO and bought several at Costco.
Wild Rice: A mix of protein and fiber, low in calories. Contains Manganese an antioxidant, it aids in keeping the mitochondria in your cells healthy.
Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Broccoli & Purple Cabbage: You’ve seen those salad bag mixes at Costco and Cash & Carry. They’re time savers because one bag can do so much!
I added can salmon, not my usual choice but I was trying to create from a menu that could live in your pantry. Everything except the salad could keep for months. Video tutorial on the link below. Enjoy
This picture is in the gym at Chief Leschi Schools of the Puyallup Tribe, a PreK to 12th grade establishment.
I started fitness sessions back in March 2020 when the pandemic first hit. It was a way for teachers to keep moving and stay positive. My initial goal was to remain active until the students returned… but that didn’t happen. (Yet)
So far several of us have continued but I’m really concerned about the students. Every time I see them on screen 👩🏻💻 sitting back, sedentary and aloof I get worried.
You realize that firefighters are expected to be more conditioned & fit compared to police. I always see local police at coffee shops or sitting in their vehicle, or is that just me? Lol
I am a long time admirer of this profession (firefighters) and want to honor them. Especially after the memory of 9/11 😔 Images of men & women sacrificing everything to save one. It’s been 18 years but feels like yesterday.
To honor his fellow firefighters Aaron Zamzow in 9/11/11 competed in Ironman Wisconsin. Upholding the memory of the 343 that gave their all. Eventually he opened Fire Rescue Fitness encouraging others to live a fit life.
The city of Tacoma holds a memorial service every 9/11 at 9am for the past 18 years and will continue.
Complete with releasing of the doves. 🕊
It’s crazy to realize that there’s an entire generation of young adults who weren’t born & have no memory of this painful event. Eighteen years has gone by so quickly but it still hurts.
Retired Captain of NY Fire Department Stands with the Mayor & Tacoma’s Captain. Below is his story…
They lowered the flags, rang the bell & played the bagpipes. The crowd stood their in solidarity & silence, remembering their bravery.
The weight-loss industry and fitness realm have one thing in common. They create for the masses NOT unique individuals.
What if there was something that a local herbalist could create for you?
Herbalist do exist!
They’re nothing like a dietitian or nutritionalist but can be super beneficial. Their delivery system come in three forms: Teas, Tablets and Tinctures. (Also, creams and salves but neither of those words started with “T”)
TEAS: herbal mixtures to work within the gut, permeating your digestive system to detox, soothe or energize.
TABLETS/PILLS: Imagine everything you wouldn’t eat, but know it’s good for you, stuffed into a tiny caplet. Fungus like reishi mushroom can be quickly digested for its benefits.
TINCTURE: A liquid extract of an herbal product. A single drop of a specific tincture under your tongue can work wonders in the body.
There are powder blends, salves and so much more.
I personally enjoy the quality of knowledgeable people, and what they have to share with me. Bottom line, I didn’t have to pay for their education but I do benefit from it.
Why share this info?
I just want you to know that we have options when it comes to weight-loss.
You are not alone on this journey called wellness.
Connect on the community level, find help and resources in your environment.
As a bonus, I wrote another article called, “It doesn’t have to be organic.” And if you’ve read this post then the other one will make total sense. I’m trying to shed the light on local business.
I’ve heard the comment, “You can eat whatever you want, as long as you burn off the calories.”
To, loosely, quote JJ Virgin, “We’re a society of sugar burner(s) not FAT burner(s).”
We’ve been programmed that sugar is energy & fiber, like prunes, give you diarrhea. So we consume sugar filled energy drinks and avoid fiber at all cost. We actually think iceberg lettuce is healthy, but its soul purpose is to hold your dressing.
5 Tips for Food & Fitness REVOLUTION
1. Start with a food journal.2. Cut out food & fitness images that inspire you. Glue them in your journal or in my case I use a DIY Make Mahalo Planner.3. Draw, doodle or write your daily focus. Mine is, “Walk In Beauty.”4. Look for food & fitness inspirations. Here’s my food & fitness boards. Also allow yourself to be inspired, I share mines here. 5. Create a menu & make it happen. Schedule your fitness sessions & ask someone to hold you accountable.
Start simple, slow & steady.
I’m including a YouTube vid by JJ Virgin. I appreciate how she’s speaking out & educating America about our food & fitness perception.
If you’d like to build accountability around your food & fitness goals, connect with me on Instagram.