A Mindful Monday with Serenity Tree Yoga

A few weeks ago I co-hosted a sunset yoga session with my girl Melora Morgan of Serenity Tree Yoga.  I first connected with Melora 13 years ago when she was teaching yoga at Gold’s Gym.  Her energy and constant positive vibrations drew me close and we became fast friends.  Now more than ever her mantra of loving yourself and living without fear is so relevant in the world we live in.  Practice yoga is not just a physical activity, but a time to be present, honor ourselves, and show gratitude for the life that we live.

Melora usually teaches her classes on Folly Beach but a strong storm rolled in and thankfully our plan B worked out perfectly.  We ended up doing our session on the pier on the top floor and it felt like we had our own private party.

Liz Martin of the Charleston Weekender always brings the good vibes.  Even though the rain teased us we were excited to wear our outfits from Onzie , sunglasses from Sunglass LA, Evolve Malas, and Petaloso flower crowns.

The Juice Joint served up the most delicious acai bowls and watermelon juices.  They’re food truck on Folly has some of the healthiest choices on the beach!

Melora with Kate Counts of Evolve Malas. Kate is another amazing yoga teacher and I always enjoy her encouraging words during practice.

Carol and Kenzie of KC Doubletake always make fitness look stylish.

Melora has the touch when it comes to making sure your connecting with your practice

There’s nothing like feeling the wind on the water and overlooking the ocean while your exercising.  Yoga on the beach is probably the best setting for total relaxation which is why her private sessions including Charleston bachelorette parties are such a hit. There are so many Charleston bachelorette ideas out there, but this tops my list.

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Twist Cutout Back Tank by Onzie $43 from Nordstrom,  Mudra Bra by Onzie $49 from ZapposHigh Basic Midi leggings $59 from Zappos, tote bag from Graefic Design

Photography by Elizabeth Fay

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lululemon at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre

Mt. Pleasant is abuzz because lululemon, the leaders of the athleisure movement,  have recently expanded their brand to Mount Pleasant Towne Centre (1236 Belk Dr.) for their holiday seasonal store.  It’s no surprise that they set up shop there because leisure lifestyle is symbiotic with the Lowcountry.  The athletic apparel company have always been at the forefront of combining technology with design.   Their culture of fitness apparel made for both high and low impact workouts are tested on real athletes and yogis.   This of course ensures that every single detail is thought about, including busy women like me who like to have a pocket in my yoga pants to put my phone in.  Wearing workout clothes when your not working out is no longer a trend, it’s a way of life.   

When you walk into any of their stores you might think where do I event begin?  Don’t fret because their staff is so knowledgable and well versed about all of the product.  Their guidance is key when your trying to decide which clothing will fit your workout and lifestyle.   They also carry a generous amount of men’s clothing and girls clothing too from ages 6-14 years old.  My husband  tried on the ABC pants, and is now a lululemon fanatic because of their 4 way stretch.  You can do yoga in them and jet to a meeting afterwards while still look put together.  Their complimentary in-house tailoring services make it an even more personalized experience, because fit is everything!  

What I love about lululemon is that they’re all about supporting the community.  They work with local fitness instructors by having them teach at their in-store  “Sweat Sessions”.   These complimentary classes include both low and high impact workouts from yoga, pilates, hit, to tabata.  You can catch classes on Saturdays at 9am and Sundays at 11am in the month of November, and in December they’ll be offering lunch day sweat seasons.  Check out their local Facebook page to stay updated on what’s happening at the store.

Mount Pleasant Towne Centre always has a fun family friendly event going on and this Saturday is their big Lights Up Event.   Starting at 6pm get into the holiday spirit on Saturday on Belk Drive as they light the Christmas tree and project a laser light show.   The evening will also include live musical performances by the East Cooper Baptist Church Orchestra and Showstoppers from Musical Theater Center.   I heard they’re going to have some great giveaways from Towne Centre shops, and a visit from Santa himself.  Sip on some wine and beer from Wine Cellar Wine and Gifts while the kiddies enjoy the jump castle, face painting and arts & crafts with Art-Vark Palette.

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, shoes from Sneaker, on location at 32 Legare St., Handsome Properties

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Mind, Body, and a Stylish Soul at Studio 33

Kiawah seems to be the last frontier in the Charleston area to have a fitness studio.  But now there’s no excuse to get in shape with the newly opened Studio 33 in Freshfields Village.   Founded by husband and wife team Frank and Liz, they offer everything from pilates, barre, yoga and so much more.  Their beautiful modern space is refreshing and when you walk in your immediately sucked into their amazing selection of athleisure. But this isn’t your average work out gear,  you can go from studio to street looking put together with their impressive selection.  They carry super stylish brands from Lululemon, Onzie, Michi, Spiritual Gangster, and Koral Activewear.

They turned me on to Michi, the brand that makes this snakeskin printed top.  From the front to the back, the details are on point.  The yoga pants are by Onzie, the brand that dominates the largest styles I’ve seen from prints, fabrics, and fits.

Liz who is also a yoga teacher takes so much pride in her studio and the classes that are being taught there.  She already has a loyal tribe of teachers and followers.  Normally I like doing yoga core and really pushing myself, but I opted for a gentle yoga class.   Kimi, the teacher, made sure we had the most zen experience.  That’s why I love yoga – you can go hard, but you can also make it an experience to calm your mind and feel more balanced mentally and physically.  The studio has all of the yoga accoutrements in case you forget your mat and they event have blankets that you can snuggle up in for savasana.

Studio 33 also offers so much more than their regular studio classes.  You can also get health & nutrition coaching, private yoga & personal training, and you can even book them for a private bachelorette or weekend getaway.

Freshfields Village always does a great job incorporating their stores like Studio 33 by hosting a group yoga session on the lawn.  This month their gearing up for a line up of more fun events for the whole family to enjoy.  The weekend kicks off with a special edition of Music on the Green tonight from 6-9 pm. Then on Saturday there’ll be more music while the Farmer’s Market  will be in full swing and a pop up art show from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There’s always something for the kiddies with the complimentary face painting by Cupcake and Company Children’s Entertainment, specialty balloons with Carol’s Balloon Art, inflatable games from Charleston Fun Factory, fall crafts and a meet & greet with St. Johns Fire Department.  

If your a dog lover then you’ll want to join them for their 11th Annual Dogtoberfest on Saturday, October 28 from 1-5 pm.  In addition to craft beer, food, live music, pet costume contest, Blessing of the Dogs, and giveaways, it’s all for a great cause.  The food and drink sponsors will be donating to pet rescues and there will be meet-and-greets with local rescue groups. 

So make a plan to come out to Kiawah and enjoy the beautiful fall weather outside!

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Emerging Designer Grace Hallman

Grace Hallman’s collection of sportswear consisted of modern floral prints with reflective details and graphic shapes at Charleston Fashion Week.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Barre on a Bridge

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It’s been 3 months since I first started my barre classes at Barre Evolution and I can honestly say I’m addicted to it!  I guess it’s not a bad thing to be addicted to a fitness routine because it’s definitely changed my body in a good way.  Other than getting in shape, I love shopping their workout gear in their BE retail boutique.  They carry some of the coolest brands like Teeki, Onzie, Hard Tail, and Free People so you can easily go from barre to street.

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I’m looking forward to their Holiday Stroll next Tuesday the 13th from 12-6pm at their Mt. Pleasant location – 320 West Coleman Blvd.  Grab a glass of bubbly and get exclusive first access to their new BE Boutique athleisure brands like Glyder, DYI, Elan, Project Social T, and Liquido Active.  You can enter to win 10-50% mystery discounts on Barre Evolution athleisure retail & class packs.  Meet local makeup artist Ashley Brooke Perryman and shop her new lipstick line ABP Makeup. Local jewelry designer Currie Jewelry will have a curated selection of her beautiful accessories. They’ll also have dry styling from Nick’s Hair Salon, or you can pop over to the salon for a discounted blow out.

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Plus there’s more than one reason to come to Barre Evolution next Tuesday because almost every business in The Shops of Mt. Pleasant where they’re located in is doing something special as well. 7 Gypsy is offering 25% storewide, plus enter to win a free handbag and a $100 gift certificate. Other businesses like Sugar Snap Pea, Play Garden, Blend Juice Bar, and Embler’s Jewelers are also having specials. To find out more details click here.

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I had so much fun on my impromptu barre session on the new bridge in Shem Creek. I love that you can pretty much do barre anywhere!  Stay tuned for their pop-up barre classes that they’ll be doing in the new year.  I especially loved their Barre on a Boat on the Carolina Girl.  What better way to do barre than on a yacht with amazing views of the water and bridge with your friends?

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I’m offering a little discount at Barre Evolution too.  Just mention CURATOR for $10 off a 5 Class Pack.

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Photography by Clifford Pate

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Raising the Barre

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If you’ve seen me lately you’ve probably heard me talk about taking barre classes and how obsessed I am with them.  I just started a couple of weeks ago at Barre Evolution, and it’s changed my life.  I’ve done everything from kickboxing, to spinning, to body pump, to pilates, to yoga; and thankfully to all that experience in the gym, it’s given me a better appreciation of barre.  What’s so different about barre than any other workout is less is more.  By just using your core and tiny movements you can target certain areas of your body to firm, shape, and strengthen.

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The origins of barre come from ballet, but you don’t have to be an experienced dancer to get the hang of it.  If you’ve done pilates or yoga the learning curve is a little easier.  With focus on core strength and lots of plank poses, you’ll be feeling the burn in no time.  The tiny one inch movements are just what you need for your body to get a good work out without lifting heavy weights.

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The owners Nancy and Nicole opened up their 1st studio 6 years ago and they now have 4 studios between West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, and Greenville.  The awesome thing about Barre Evolution is that they’re all about supporting their local community. They have a BE Local Love program where they encourage donations and promote awareness for their nonprofit of the month.  They’ve worked with local charities like The Center for Women, Charleston Parks Conservatory, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Dee Norton Children’s Center, and Pethelpers to name a few.

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So far I’ve loved every class and instructor I’ve had and I can’t wait to experience their outdoor pop-up classes that take have taken place in Shem Creek, the beach, and hopefully a SUP boarding one in the works.  Another part that I love about coming to class is that I end up shopping their sweet selection of athleisure wear. They have some the coolest leggings I’ve seen in a while, and now I’m proud to wear my outfit out post workout.

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For me working out is not to necessarily lose weight, but to firm, tone, and strengthen.  Above all having one hour to myself in my hectic schedule is priceless and that’s why working out is so important to me. Being self-employed it’s so easy to start working as soon as I wake up until after my kids go to sleep, and in that hour I can totally disconnect from technology or any stress in my life.  So whether your a fellow entrepreneur or your punching that clock, take a moment for you.  Do yourself a favor and try Barre Evolution to get your fitness on and tell them the Curator sent you!

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Photography by Libby Williams

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