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national yoga day

#HipNJ Celebrates National Yoga Day!

June 21st marks National Yoga Day! Here are some calming and simple yoga moves that can be done right from the office, as perfected by Robin Rose, a northern New Jersey-based (RYT 200) yoga teacher.

1. Cat and Cow
cat(catandcow)cow(catandcow)Start by placing your hands on your knees, and extend your spine. Open your chest and pull your shoulder blades back. Breathe in and look up. As you exhale, pull your belly button up and then roll your shoulders forward and exhale.








2. Seated Twist
seatedtwistPlace your left hand on your right knee, sweeping your right arm around to the back of your chair. Allow your gaze to follow your right arm, looking over your right shoulder. Make sure to keep both sitting-bones firmly on the chair. Repeat on the other side.

3. Seated Side Strech
sidestretchFor this simple pose, reach your arms above your ears. Inhale. As you exhale, lean to the right. On your inhale, come back to center. On your next exhale, lean to the left.



4. Eagle Pose
EagleBegin in mountain pose, standing firmly on the ground. Wrap your right arm under your left arm and touch the palms of your hands together. Lift the right leg over the left leg and hook your right foot behind the left ankle. This is a balancing pose. Repeat on the other side.

5. Standing Back Bend
standingbackbendBegin in mountain pose. Place your palms on your lower back for support. Press into the feet, pull up the knee caps, and squeeze the thighs and buttocks. Press the hips forward and begin to arch the torso backwards. Keep the head looking forward, or if it feels safe let it drop all the way back. Use the arms to support your weight and keep the legs and buttocks engaged and strong.



#Hip Healthy Thanksgiving Alternatives!

Move over stuffing – and make room for these healthy alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving sides!  From dishes focused on greens, grains and beans, the turkey doesn’t have to be the spotlight of the table with these veg-centric sides. Here’s our list, compliments from some #HipNJ’s hippest chefs and restaurants!


Maya – from Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval
Three Bean Salad – cannellini, garbanzo & red beans, roasted tomato & poblano peppers, peanuts, lemon thyme requeson


Tanner Smiths – From the kitchen
Brussels Sprout Hash- Fried egg, dill, crème fraiche

Fonda – from Chef/Owner Roberto Santibañez
Espinaca con Hongos – sautéed spinach and mixed mushrooms
Tlacoyo con Hongos – black bean masa “boat,” spring pea spread, sautéed mushrooms, salsa verde, salsa chipotle, queso fresco, crema

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten – from Chef Martin Schaub
Viennese Brussels Sprouts – pan-fried Brussels sprouts, sweet & spicy chili peppers, smoked paprika

Babbalucci – from Chef/Owner Andrew LoPresto
Broccoli Rabe Glazed Baby Carrots Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan


Anthony David’s – from Chef/Owner Anthony Pino
Grilled Asparagus – sunny egg, prosciutto, pecorino, black truffles
Kale Salad – duck egg, garlic crumbs, pancetta, lemon vinaigrette
Candied Yams – biscotti and dried cranberries


Pulse Café – from Chef/Owner Dana Cohen
Freekeh Grain Salad – steamed freekeh and brown rice, chick peas, dried cranberries, roasted sunflower seeds, baby spinach, apple cider honey vinaigrette

my gym

My Gym of West Orange

#HipNJ sat down with Gina Simmons, the owner of My Gym in West Orange, to talk about a new, fun way to keep your kids active and healthy!

My Gym is a children’s fitness center that offers a wide variety of activities and classes from “Little Bundles” to “Cardio Kids.” Parents can bring their children to My Gym as early as 6 weeks, where they participate in songs, swings, dances, and infant-safe rides.

“I think it’s really important, at a very young age even, to have children associate fitness with fun,” explains Gina. “My Gym’s main concept is to build confidence and self-esteem, because if they have that, they can do anything in their lives.”

For the younger tots, the focus is on songs, visual stimulation, dances, and just plain fun! As children get older, the activities become more athletic and they can engage in classes such as “All Stars Sports” and “Champions.” Kids gain strength, balance, coordination, agility, and flexibility while hanging out with their friends in a playful, encouraging environment.

My Gym of West Orange stands out with it’s expert staff, headed by Gina Simmons. Gina has a B.F.A. in Theatre with a background in children’s musical theatre and dance. Gina uses her talents to inspire children and help them lead a healthy, happy lifestyle from the beginning. Her background makes her the perfect fit to lead in My Gym’s award-winning programs including classes, camps, and birthday parties!

“It’s so important that they (the My Gym staff) have some sort of Early Childhood development background or physical education background. Also, often some background in theater or dance,” says Gina.

My Gym of West Orange is currently offering some amazing specials, including $50 off the One Time Lifetime Family Membership and $50 off the first four weeks (with a minimum of an 8-week commitment). Also, with summer just around the corner, they are offering 30% off their summer camp price.

For any parent or guardian, this is a must-see segment!

For more information on My Gym of West Orange, please visit their website.