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Yoga Expo LA
Wellness
Published Wednesday Nov 28, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

What to Pack for a Yoga Festival

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The Yoga Expo
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Are you ready to experience a yoga festival but not sure what to pack—or expect? Whether it’s a mat bag to make traveling between venues easier, your go-to water bottle for 24/7 hydration, or comfy shoes, it’s essential to have the right things.

We chatted with Kyle Michaud, the founder of The Yoga Expo, on what a fun, all-day yoga festival is all about—and what to bring! 

 

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What is the purpose of The Yoga Expo, and why should people attend?

The Yoga Expo LA is an opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together and experience a day full of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Our event comprises nearly 200 exhibitors and sponsors, over 70 yoga instructors from around the world, and more than 12,000 members of the worldwide yoga community. It’s a one-day experience featuring renowned teachers and a marketplace filled with unique yoga apparel and accessories, vegan food and beverages, and other brands and organizations that will help you stay happy and healthy. There’s also a sound healing stage, and power vinyasa and inversion classes!

 

Do you have a tip for yogis taking part in this festival for the first time?


In 2018, nearly 250 teachers from all around the globe applied to teach at The Yoga Expo LA. Year after year, we pride ourselves on offering the most diverse selection of yoga classes, workshops, and keynotes available in the global market. In 2019, we have two teachers flying from as far as Australia to lead classes on stage! Aerial Yoga, Face Yoga, Handstands 101, we have it all. With over 60 classes and workshops offered, we recommend attendees build their schedule online before the big day to avoid major FOMO.

 
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Yoga all day means adding a different element to your practice—endurance. What’s the best thing to do leading up to a yoga festival to make sure you’re prepared physically and mentally?


While our event is indoors and we have plenty of amenities to make sure everyone has a comfortable, safe experience, hydration and rest are key to enjoying the entire day! 

 

Packing for an entire day of yoga can be a challenge. Can you give us a quick checklist of what people shouldn’t leave home without?


BYOM—bring your own mat! Also, keep your phone handy to take Insta-worthy photos and even save contact info of new friends you might meet. 

 

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What is the most rewarding part of being involved in The Yoga Expo?


My favorite moments are seeing the happiness on people’s faces as they explore our venue to unwind and enjoy the positive energy from everyone around them. Our lives have somehow become so stressful and demanding, and the time we take for ourselves is so often displaced for others. I think this is a significant driver for attendance—mindfulness and yoga are in high demand, as we hear our physicians, leaders, and close family and friends coming to realize the importance of self-care. When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally, and that’s the purpose of meditation and yoga. That’s the purpose of Yoga Expo.




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Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
healthy halloween recipes DIY
Wellness
Published Tuesday Oct 15, 2019 by Mooch and Mel

No Tricks, Just Treats: Healthy Halloween Recipes

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Two things keep people stuck in an eating rut: restrictive dieting and fad dieting. Halloween seems to scream out to both of these.

Those seeking to improve or maintain their health believe they have to restrict and completely refrain from enjoying any festive treats. It’s like a bad spell! It's a mind trick that results in you feeling deprived, unworthy, or worse—binging on the Reeses-filled candy jack-o-lantern by the front door when no one is looking.

Then there are fad diets. The “I’ll start Monday” mentality kicks in, or people desperately search their phone, ordering the nearest juice cleanse to undo all the damage. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work! These tricks not only take us backward; they can cause damage to both our mental and physical health.

It’s all about an anti-deprivation and pro-understanding approach. As nutrition coaches and personal trainers, we value sticking to one track: your track.

So when spooky season comes around, it’s even better when we can integrate festive and gut-friendly treats into Halloween. Each of these recipes is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free with no artificial sweeteners or flavors. Your sweet tooth and tummy will thank you!

Ghoulishly green

Vegan Chocolate Covered Matcha Balls
What’s better than matcha and melted vegan dark chocolate? If you want something a little more seasonal, try using our pumpkin blondie recipe (omit chocolate chips), and rolling into balls after baking. 

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Ghoulishly green

Vegan Chocolate Covered Matcha Balls
What’s better than matcha and melted vegan dark chocolate? If you want something a little more seasonal, try using our pumpkin blondie recipe (omit chocolate chips), and rolling into balls after baking. 

Pumpkin meets protein

Pumpkin Spiked Smoothie
Morning, afternoon, or evening, this is a crowd favorite. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. And heck, if you add in some Bailey’s, Cafe Patron, or Kahlua as a late-night treat, we won’t tell.
 

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Pumpkin meets protein

Pumpkin Spiked Smoothie
Morning, afternoon, or evening, this is a crowd favorite. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. And heck, if you add in some Bailey’s, Cafe Patron, or Kahlua as a late-night treat, we won’t tell.
 

Haunting hydration

Witch’s Water

There is something magical about adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal and a tablespoon of rose water to your H2O. Not only will it reduce inflammation and detoxify your body, but the addition also offers a spooky tint to your teeth and tongue.

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Haunting hydration

Witch’s Water

There is something magical about adding a teaspoon of activated charcoal and a tablespoon of rose water to your H2O. Not only will it reduce inflammation and detoxify your body, but the addition also offers a spooky tint to your teeth and tongue.

Dressed up dessert

Costumed Candy Bars
Halloween is filled with tricks, treats, and, most of the time, stomach aches. Make your own version of your favorite candy bars with this gluten-free, dairy-free treat! Reese's fan? Top these delicious bars with some almond butter or peanut butter. If you’re more of a Mound's lover, add in more coconut or throw in a little mint extract if Thin Mints is your thing. Whatever kind of candy bar you like, serve it up healthy this Halloween! 

Halloween kicks off months of festivities and there is no point in throwing in the towel on health until 2020 or missing out on all the fun. Whatever your holiday traditions are, steer clear of the on and off-track mentality and stick to the one track that matters—yours.

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Dressed up dessert

Costumed Candy Bars
Halloween is filled with tricks, treats, and, most of the time, stomach aches. Make your own version of your favorite candy bars with this gluten-free, dairy-free treat! Reese's fan? Top these delicious bars with some almond butter or peanut butter. If you’re more of a Mound's lover, add in more coconut or throw in a little mint extract if Thin Mints is your thing. Whatever kind of candy bar you like, serve it up healthy this Halloween! 

Halloween kicks off months of festivities and there is no point in throwing in the towel on health until 2020 or missing out on all the fun. Whatever your holiday traditions are, steer clear of the on and off-track mentality and stick to the one track that matters—yours.

Mooch & Mel - MINDBODY
Written by
Mooch and Mel
Co-owners | Move With MM
About the author
A finalist in America's Most Inspiring Trainer, Mooch is a nutrition nut and personal trainer in bootcamp and cycling classes. Mel, a yoga instructor, life coach, and gut health educator, loves guiding others to overcome anxiety and feel more energized. Together, they bring a balance of compassion and tough love to help busy women who feel stuck, move!