I AM You Studio

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    Thank you @womenshealthmag @womenshealthesp ! Smiling is my key to great skin and beauty. Followed by water, fun, and daily sweats. #RETOX
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    #laurenimparato #detox #detoxretox #yoga #beauty #entrepreneur #detoxtoretox #nyc @spain #madrid #barcelona #monday #inspiration

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    Madrid doesn’t F around! 10 interviews & 3 photo shoots in 5 hours. 10 to go!

    www.retoxbook.com

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    When someone becomes family - they are family. Dolores & her fam took me in & taught me Spanish when I moved to Spain at 15 at our 1st meal together all I understood was ‘hola’. Its seemed fitting to stop by w/ a surprise hola & copy of #RETOX 20 years later. She & her hubby are the main characters in the Hangover Helper chapter of #RETOXbook too! Stay connected people.

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    MADRID & BARCELONA - see you tomorrow! 

    Public RETOX event at the garage blume Friday 7pm.

    Catching the sun and heading into a true RETOX dream!

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    What is Skin?

    I’ve had stitches four times in my life. 1993, outdoor basketball court in Cali, getting slammed going up for a rebound, creating a cut through to the bone above my left eye. 1997, Madrid, in attempts to ‘create’ chocolate chips out of thick bar of chocolate and make chocolate chip cookies for my host family, gashing my thumb from top to bottom. 2013, NYC operating room, reconstructing my right shoulder after a diving and sailing injury the summer before. 2014, NYC – ie this week -, to remove a quite annoying and questionable spot on my face.

    The first two were bloody…. At thirteen my mom picked me up from school covered in blood and drove me to the doctor, distracting me from the new red dye on my uniform with discussion of beaches we love. They sewed me up, I ate popsicles and pizza, and a week later, twenty plus stitches still in, I was back on the court with one of those ghastly plastic eye and face masks. At seventeen in Madrid the father of the house walked to the bar, doused my thumb in orujo, a Spanish pure (drinking) alcohol, stitched it himself, and sent me to the nightclub hand wrapped in gauze (so my friends could better see me in the black light, of course). I was oddly calm about both of these. The most recent two have been controlled, planned with the best surgeons, and theoretically for my better health, yet I have been quite worried, borderline spazzing, about them. Which is odd, and begs the question… why, and what IS skin anyways?

    Anatomically speaking, skin is an organ, in fact the largest of the body. It protects you, regulates your temperature, releases impurities, and holds together all the organs, blood, muscles and tissues inside us. In Tibetan yoga theory, skin exists as a translucent, radiant field of light that contains your inner winds, or energies.

    In both cases, skin is meant to keep it together, the tangible and the intangible. The you you can touch and feel, the you that bleeds, literally…. and the you that is there, and you can feel, but that you never see, the you that bleeds like an emotional ballad.

    In my first two sets of skin scaring stitches, there was great tangible uncertainty and damage, but hardly any intangible effect. In last two, the tangible visibility was negligent, but the emotional one quite strong. The goal of yoga is to create a neutral approach and reaction between the two, and to be more specific, to let one dissolve into the other, so that there is no difference between the tangible and the intangible, the anatomical and the energetic.

    When this happens, the great yoga philosophers say you are never distressed, bleeding, injured, unhappy. You are always radiating light and on top of your game.

    At I.AM.YOU. we work towards this using a dedication to work the muscle of the mind, the asanas for the muscles of the body, and the breathe as a tonic to soothe and unite it all. Like this we work to never scar, never get stuck, and always be radiant, from the skin to the bones, the heart to the soul. All of you, inside and out.

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