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Published Thursday May 16, 2019 by Brittany Raine

How to Press the Reset Button in the Big City

Meditation
Fitness
Yoga

Between traffic and deadlines, finding your daily dose of solitude and wellness can seem like it’s a world away. Whether you’re seeking a reset over your lunch break or in need of a mental health day, here are a few of our favorite ways to escape the daily hustle. 

 

Secret garden

Lyon Street Steps 
Whether you stroll or sprint, the Lyon Street Steps offer a daily dose of zen amongst the go-go-go. A hidden gem that can be hard to find means fewer crowds and more solitude. Stand at the summit, take a deep breath, and embrace the epic views of the Palace of Fine Arts Dome, the San Francisco Bay, and neverending (foggy) sky.  

 

Relax and reboot

The Pad Studios 
Center your mind and body on even the busiest day with a class at The Pad Studios. Offering a variety of practices at all times of day, you can easily drop-in and roll out your mat in between meetings or after work. From power flows to restorative yoga, Pad Studio’s welcoming environment will help you reset and feel more inspired.

 

City staple

Alamo Park 
Yes, it’s home to The Painted Ladies, but the lush grass, sunshine, and beautiful views make it an easy escape. Grab a blanket, a book, a snack (maybe even your furry friend) and embrace this iconic urban oasis. Something about this green grassy place makes us feel good! 

 

Daily mantra

Laughing Lotus 
An urban oasis in the heart of the Mission, Laughing Lotus will uplift your spirit and strengthen your soul through inspirational practices. Whether you need to disconnect and just be in silence or find positive vibes in a fun flow, this studio offers classes in a beautiful, cosmic space. Welcome your day and awaken your brain by dropping into a Morning Mantras practice, a 30-minute Morning Meditation or invigorating Sunrise Flow

 

Stop and smell the flowers

Conservatory of Flowers 
Sometimes you need a little natural beauty (and people watching)—that’s why we love the Conservatory of Flowers. Take a seat, embrace the fragrant flowers, and take let the impressive Victorian-era greenhouse transport you to another time. There’s something magical about this botanical wonder! 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Goat Cheese Ball healthy recipe
Wellness
Published Tuesday Jan 21, 2020 by Mckenzie Hathaway

Goat "Cheese" Ball

Recipes
Food

Did you know you can make mouth-watering “fake” cheese with macadamia nuts? Yes, macadamia nuts. If you’re craving that creamy consistency but your stomach isn’t down for dairy, try out this recipe inspired by Simple Vegan Blog

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of macadamia nuts (soaked overnight)
  • 1 1/2 lemon 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp raw virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon pink Himalayan salt 
Directions
  • Place the macadamia nuts into a bowl and cover with water to soak for at least 7 hours. 
  • Drain and wash macadamia nuts before placing it in a high-speed blender (I use my refurbished Vitamix). 
  • Add lemon juice, garlic cloves, olive oil, water, and blend for about two minutes until extremely thick.
  • Slowly add in the lemon juice, followed by rosemary, salt, and any additional seasoning that you desire.
  • In a large bowl, lay out a cheesecloth that will hold the macadamia mixture. Make sure your cheesecloth is large enough to hold the entire mixture. It will be very thick, so scoop it from the blender into the cloth that is within the bowl.
  • Once in the cloth, in the bowl, wrap the mixture up in the cloth into a ball. With an elastic band, tie the top so the mixture is in a tight bowl. It should be a large softball size.
  • Squeeze out any extra liquid and place the cheese ball in the fridge for at least 14 hours(I left mine for about 24 hours, and it was perfect). 
  • When you are ready to bake this bad boy, preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F.
  • Grease a baking pan with olive oil, well. Don’t make my mistakebe sure to put enough oil! 
  • Carefully unwrap the cheese ball from the cloth and shape into a perfect round ball.
  • Place on the very greased pan and bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. However, check it about halfway. You may need to turn down the oven for the final 20 minutes. If your cheese is cracking while golden brown, that is perfect! 

Once taken out of the oven, it’s ready to serve. It will be difficult to transfer – so if you can decorate the pan and serve directly on it with crackers and veggies that’s what I recommend.

Mckenzie Hathaway MINDBODY
Written by
Mckenzie Hathaway
Media & PR Specialist
About the author
From working at a fashion magazine to taking on the tech industry, Mckenzie is passionate about all things Public Relations. Outside of the office, you will find her trail running, swimming in the ocean, or creating plant-based recipes as she heals her body from autoimmune diseases.