Spring Service Health Fair at Fletcher Jones Motorcars
This past Saturday we held our Spring Service Health Fair in honor of March being Health Awareness Month to bring attention to the health of our wonderful clients and to their Mercedes-Benz. Clients were invited to bring their vehicle in to have our factory-trained technicians perform a 32-point inspection in their presence. We also invited some of our fellow local businesses that are interested in promoting healthy decisions to come down and meet some of our clients. We’d like to extend a great big thank you to all of our sponsors who provided refreshments, valuable tips, and their smiling faces. Of course we’d also like to thank Repair Bear for volunteering his time to make an appearance at the event.
Thank you to Bowl of Heaven and Pinkberry for providing delicious tastings, Ritual Wellness/ProjectJuice for sharing revitalizing drinks, and Equinox Gym and Mixx Yoga for offering complimentary trial passes, plus raffling off 3-month memberships.
Whether you were able to attend our event or not, if you are feeling inspired we have some great tips for you. We asked Mitra J. Hooshmand, Ph.D., president and founder of Mixx Yoga, a few questions to help get you started.
1. What are a few simple changes people can do to follow a more healthy lifestyle?
- Forget about dieting but know exactly what goes into your meals (i.e. prepare it yourself).
- Get your heart pumping at least 5 times a week.
- #getflexy and stay limber.
- Sleep at least 6 hours a day, but wake up early.
- Read, play Sodoku, keep your brain active.
- Cultivate the attitude of gratitude by keeping a journal.
- Stress less and give more!
2. What are some of your favorite poses and why?
- Corpse Pose (Savasana): Forces you to ditch the hustle and bustle and just be in the moment.
- Warrior (Virabhadrasana): A symbol of true strength and power, physically and mentally.
- Hand Stand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana): My “natural caffeine.” Wakes you up instantaneously. Plus, who could pass up the opportunity to take a look at the world upside-down?!
3. How would you describe what yoga is?
In theory, yoga means to join body and mind. I have my own practical definition: A journey of constant physical and mental challenge that builds your abs, arms, legs, endurance, and above all, humility! No matter how far you think you’ve come, you can always grow more. That the magic of yoga!
4. What is best post practice meal?
A healthy combination of carbs and protein. My personal favorite: a banana or orange + whole milk or hard boiled egg.
5. What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
When you realize the power of the practice, you can’t help but want to share it with the world!
6. Do you have any suggestions for getting children involved in the practice of yoga?
- Start short with 5-10 minutes sessions.
- Make practice fun.
- Keep the kids engaged by involving the parents.
7. What are some goals that you set for yourself?
- Learn at least one new thing a week.
- Surround myself with people who challenge me.
- Eat, drink, and breathe positively!
8. What helps you to stay on track for those goals?
Staying healthy! Healthy body, healthy mind.
9. What are some recommendations when dining out? Where are some of your favorite restaurants with good choices? Where are you splurges?
When dining out:
- Starving? Don’t dine out! Snack before going out so that you don’t give in to your impulses.
- Look up the menu online in advance. Once you get to the restaurant, don’t even look at the menu… you already know what you want!
- If ordering a salad, skip the dressing. Ask for vinaigrette and olive oil instead.
- When you put in an order, ask the server to bring you only half the portion and to box away the other half.
My favorite restaurants:
- Chipotle- I get to pick exactly what goes on my plate and their meat is raised with no antibiotics or hormones.
- True Food Kitchen- Nothing is fried, portion size is not huge, and the food is fresh/organic when possible.
- Can’t beat a juicy steak and truffle gnocchi at Mastro’s #nomnom
10. Is there anything else you’d like to add in?
Make your health a priority because it is, by far, the most incredible gift of life.
Mitra Hooshmand, Ph.D. About Mitra Hooshmand, Ph.D.: She is a neuroscientist, former competitive swimmer, and founder and CEO of Mixx Yoga.
Experimenting with ways to recover from a knee injury, Mitra lunged from her lab onto the mat. At the same time, the athlete in her needed more sweat’n’burn and a faster pace than what traditional forms of yoga offered. So, she ditched the beakers, and developed Mixx Yoga: an all-in-one workout of high intensity interval training fused with Vinyasa flow yoga.
For more information about Mixx Yoga (located in Newport Beach, CA), visit www.mixxyoga.com and/or follow @mixx_yoga / @drhoosh.