Happy (mid) November, y’all! In my opinion, Halloween officially kicks off the holiday season. The period from Halloween to Valentine’s Day is probably my favorite time of year, but it also comes with more tempting sweet treats than usual. We’ve stuffed ourselves with leftover candy, and soon we will be eating Thanksgiving feasts and holiday cookies! Now is the best time to stay on top of clean eating and exercising, so you enter the new year (and eventually the summer months) happy and healthy! I’m kicking off this month’s posts with a FITerview featuring Lauren Taus in case you need a little extra motivation.
Tell us about your fitness story. As an independent little girl, I signed myself up for rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 7. I fell in love with the practice and competed internationally in my early years, but then shifted gears into dance and yoga in high school. I’ve never been really into sports, but I’ve always loved to move my body in different ways. I especially love being on a bike!
Tell us about Lauren Taus Yoga? I received my first certification to teach yoga 14 years ago. I taught in at Columbia University during college and at YogaFit in Hermosa Beach while in college, but I wasn’t prepared to take the road of a fitness professional out the gate. I thought I was supposed to do something else and spent time working in marketing and finance for years. When the market crashed, I realized that I was not living my dream. I decided to get my Masters in Social Work and recertify as a yoga teacher. Now, I focus on bringing yoga to the corporate environment because I understand it so well. My experience teaching in offices shows me how the practice improves team morale and lends itself to greater efficiency at the workplace. My future will involve continued growth in this direction. I am passionate about it because I uniquely understand the needs of this population.
What is your current fitness goal? I just ran my first 5K. I felt so energized running with a bunch of people. I don’t see myself ever signing up for a marathon, but I want to improve my cardio. I think it’s important to do the things that you don’t enjoy – and running is one of them for me
Do you have a pre and post-workout routine? If so, share your secrets! Hydration! I like to treat myself to a coconut water or watermelon juice before or after a workout.
What is your favorite yoga pose? Gosh, this is a tough question! I love them all! I’m especially partial to inversions because they remind me that anything is possible and that I always have room for growth. I also love deep hip openers because they bring me into sensation, and I love savasana because this is the place where the transformation really happens, where we yogis get to integrate what we do on the mat.
What are three items that are always in your gym bag? A water bottle, a hair brush, and a hair tie, but if I’m lucky, I also have a change of clothes. You never know when you will have an opportunity or invitation to move!
Speaking of gym bags, what brand do you carry? I have an old beat up Tod’s bag that I love. But I also love the bags from MZ Wallace.
What are your go-to snacks to munch on for energy throughout the day? I love Kind Bars, fruit, nuts, and recently I’ve been enjoying beef jerkey!
What is your favorite healthy meal? I love sushi. I could eat sushi every day of the week!
What is your favorite fitness brand to wear while working out? I love Spiritual Gangster and Good hYOUman because I love to wear positive messages. But for every day gear – Sweaty Betty and Lululemon make the best stuff to mix with funky brands like Onzie and Teeki!
What is your current favorite song to jam out to during a sweat sesh? Right now, I’m really into Grits “Ooh Ahh (My Life be Like).”
Where is your favorite place to sweat? I love Pure West because the teachers there are my friends and the space is just so beautiful. I feel elevated and calm as soon as I walk into the space. I’m also partial to Equinox. I’m lucky because I also get to teach in both of these places!
What is your favorite motivational quote? “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
How do you feel now? Are you ready to take on the holiday season? You got this!
Stay fit and fabulous,