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Iris Mind + Body Talks Goat Yoga

#HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino recently had the pleasure of speaking with Kristin Broek and Taryn Lagonigro, owners of Iris Mind and Body in Cedar Grove, about their company and the latest craze hitting the fitness industry…goat yoga!

Their business was founded in response to many people not believing yoga was for them. Kristen and Taryn wanted to change this perception so they began organizing pop-up yoga sessions at local studios.

Their quirky goat yoga activity was started as a way to make yoga fun and exciting for newcomers. Originally a west-coast trend, many people tagged Tyler Morella of Ringwood’s Totes Goats on posts about goat yoga. Tyler, a friend of Kristin and Taryn, informed them about this awesome opportunity. From there, they decided to implement this idea into their business.

Kristin says many people come from the yoga but even more come for the goats. People are usually impressed with how calming and satisfied they are at the end of the session.

The end of the interview features models performing yoga while the goats playfully interact with the models.

This activity sounds like a great a way to unload some stress and venture out of your comfort zone! For more information on Iris Mind and Body and to check out their full calendar of events (including Goat Yoga on December 8th!) visit IrisStudiosNJ.com.

MoonChild Yoga and Mindfulness

Nina Zamani decided to share her love, and knowledge of Yoga, by opening MoonChild Yoga and Mindfulness. This decision came after struggling to find her place in the corporate world. Nina decided she did not want her self-worth and success to be tied to a paycheck. After meditating, and having a moment of enlightenment, Nina realized that yoga was not only a way to serve herself, but also others.

Nina wanted her work to be focused on teaching children’s yoga. She felt that it was important to “provide safety, support and encouragement to those young minds who bring joy into moments both large and small”. As adults, we tend to assume that yoga is only meant for us, to relieve the stress of our day. In today’s society, when there is so much pressure on children to excel academically or in sports, their developing brains and bodies need the same release.

Nina believes that there are more than health benefits associated with yoga. Yoga is a way to support healthy connections through breath, body and thought. As a teacher Nina offers a space for the children to use these tools to create, regulate, connect and control their actions. The practice of self-awareness is what makes children’s yoga so beneficial. Nina feels that a mindful practice allows the children “to access the tools needed to find the pause button in an overly stimulated society”. Nina is a kind soul who finds her purpose in supporting the well-being of each child and their unique spirit. Her goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for the kids to explore the benefits of yoga practice. Some of the benefits of Yoga are :

  • Helps to support a positive self image & builds confidence
  • Creates a sense of community, support and builds social relationships
  • Improves concentration, awareness and memory
  • Decreases stress, anxiety and fear based thinking
  • Improves sleep, coordination, balance & cognitive functions

Nina is the owner & Program Director of MoonChild Yoga & Mindfulness. Nina’s program is featured at BecomeOne Wholeness, in Lyndhurst, NJ. Her classes are 1 hour in length, and offered to children’s ages 3-18. Private parties & group fundraising events are available upon request. The schedule of classes can be found on BecomeOne Wholeness’ website. She also offers private lessons, group events and private parties upon request. In this busy time of the year, we should all take the time to pause and breathe. Namaste.

Bloomingdale’s Pink Campaign

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bloomingdale’s has held  The Pink Campaign for the past 13 years, this year being the 14th. Throughout the those 13 years, Bloomingdale’s has donated over $12 million to the fight against breast cancer. They plan to add to that amount this year. The purpose of this campaign is to raise money for cancer research, support, and awareness.  This year, like the others, Bloomingdale’s will be supporting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Carey Foundation, and the Marisa  Acocella Foundation

There will be three classes held this month in which the proceeds will go towards Bloomingdale’s partnering charities. On Saturday, October 6th, Bloomingdale’s teams up with POE yoga for a morning yoga class. On Saturday, October 13th, Bloomingdale’s will be teaming up with Orangtheory Fitness for a morning, total body  workout class, focusing on endurance, strength, and power. Finally, on October 20th, Bloomingdale’s collaborates with Everlast for a morning boxing class where you can train like a pro! Tickets are on sale now! 

The Pink Campaign is not limited to these classes. You can also contribute to the cause by shopping! From now through October 31st, you charge a $15 fee on your Bloomingdale’s credit card, which will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Carey Foundation, and the Marisa  Acocella Foundation. Once you do that, if you spend $150 or more on qualifying purchases, with your Bloomingdale’s credit card online or in store, you will receive a Give Pink, Get More card worth up to $250, which can be used online or at any Bloomingdale’s store. Visit the Bloomingdale’s website for more information. 

Not only is Bloomingdale’s raising money and awareness for breast cancer, but they’re also rewarding us for doing so. You get to help a great cause, shop, and get active. This campaign definitely does a good job spreading awareness, which is what we need to push the fight against breast cancer. Programs like this are what keeps hope alive. Let’s Give Pink and Get More with Bloomingdale’s!