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    Sick of sitting at the desk? Wish you were on a beach? We all are, and we all do.  Let ex Wall Streeter Lauren Imparato give you realistic and DOABLE tips to get you through the work day. She sat there from 5AM -10PM for 7 years, and can help you like no other.  From yoga poses at the desk that don&rsquot make you look weird to foods from the cafeteria, to a meditation practice you can do with your eyes open when your boss is yelling at you - RETOX is the solution.

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    Is Social Media Stealing Your Christmas?

    Christmas comes at the same time every year.   At least that’s what my mom says.  Oddly,  the majority of society gets so stressed out around the holidays that they often forget to enjoy this time of year, and even worse, inadvertently stress the rest of us out more.  It’s epic Mental STD time, as I call it in my upcoming book, RETOX.

    What people do not realize, though, is that the majority of this stress and anxiety, the core of #RETOX ‘Stressfully Transmitted Diseases,’ is not coming from the holidays themselves – those are just cheery.  It is actually coming from… your phone.

    Yes my fellow holiday elves, your phone is probably stressing you out more than you realize. I know that you think that shopping on it is making your life easier, and instagramming all the cute mittens and candy canes means you are connecting with your friends and family, but that gadget in your hands is actually the Grinch that stole your Christmas.

    First of all, while your face is down on the screen you are missing the celebrations of life actually going on around you.  Who cares what @sexyfitness1etc had for lunch or how she looks in her too tight cocktail dress.  What matters is what is happening right in front of you, and I bet that is pretty, and good.

    Second of all, and please don’t ever tell the big box retailers I said this, but the holidays have nothing to actually do with the material gift they instead have everything to do with the people you want to give the too.

    Third, what makes the holidays amazing are all the gatherings of people you love, physically in one place.  If you keep your face on social media, sure, you are connecting with your virtual friends, but you can do that all year long. You don’t get more than one chance a year to wear your ugly Christmas sweater and hear peoples lives and feel their smiles when you walk the room.

    Fourth, you actually do not own the experience you are having on your phone.  They do. And by they I mean the litany of digital marketing agencies and companies plummeting you with advertisements, edited social media feeds, and data that you do not actually need, let alone want.  They are telling you what to look at, and from there, how to feel.  I am willing to bet that as studies tell us, you never feel quite jolly after a peruse on your cell…

    So what’s the #RETOX holiday solution?

    1.  Limit your social media time to two checks max a day, and ABOVE ALL do not check your phone while at a dinner or cocktail party, or while walking down a beautiful street of lights.

    2. Consider NOT taking that picture.  The brain actually remembers things better when you do not take a picture of it – probably why the elderly can tall you detail packed stories but you can’t remember what you had for lunch yesterday.   Take the majority of photos with your mind, not your phone, this holiday season.

    3.  With all this time not staring at a screen, look up at the sky or the pretty lights and let your mind wander.  You will probably come up with the one perfect gift for that person you love, something with true meaning and emotional value.  Shucks, you may even make it with your own two hands as opposed to clicking for it with your thumbs.

    4. Say thank you.  Once a day say thank you to this world that is so beautiful, to your family members that are probably stressing you out but actually just love you, to your colleagues who create the team that supports your work.  One simple thank you a day, in your mind or out loud, will serve as an anecdote to grinchness.

    5. Enjoy it!  Christmas does only come once a year, and it is a great time. Eat, drink, dance, go out and HAVE FUN.  Without the guilt or whining.  You will feel refreshed come January if you let yourself relish in everything the holidays, the real 3 dimensional holidays, have to offer.

    Ho ho hoing!

    Lauren

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    It's Complicated (or not)

    NEWS FLASH: It&rsquos not that complicated.

    At least it doesn&rsquot have to be.

    Yes, life in intricate and complex, and modern living sometimes appears nothing more than an endless stream of demands. But it doesn&rsquot have to be completed if you don&rsquot let it be.

    The crux of complication is usually in our minds. Actually, the most ancient yoga books and philosophy I.AM.YOU. is based upon says it is ALL in our minds.

    The point of yoga is to train the mind to not complicate matters and instead to see things in their own true nature. It&rsquos then and only then that you learn to fly, and can actually be happy, healthy and successful.

    Listen, it happens to all of us, especially when we are already stressed out. But that&rsquos what I.AM.YOU. and the upcoming book RETOX are here for - to help you uncomplicate matters so you can soar.

    So today decide to keep it simple. Any time you get stressed or upset, go back to your breath, just as if you were in an I.AM.YOU. Yoga class. Put on a song you love. And think of someone you love. Dedicate your pure simplicity to them, and there you will discover the complex beauty that is real life and true love.

    I&rsquom doing it now - try it with me.

    xx,
    Lauren

    Music by @foofighters clothes by @nikewomen @nike @athleta ) #iamyou #RETOX #RETOXbook

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    Try this to enhance your mood & relieve a moment of stress #iamyou #retox style.

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    The Scottie Pippen Pivot

    It is no secret that I love basketball. Michael Jordan still reins my number one idol, and with him all the Bulls&rsquo teammates. Back when I was a kid I wanted to be them so very much. Before we had a basketball hoop in the backyard, I made a makeshift, 8 foot one using a gap in the wood of the overhang of our California ranch patio terrace. I used to practice my rebounds on the back of the chimney, only once cracking the living room window, and while Mom cooked dinner, I would practice my pivots.

    There on the white linoleum kitchen floor, I would stamp my foot on one of the quasi tiles and pivot around in circles, trying to emulate Scottie Pippen making the room to give Jordan an assist. I would spin around and around, holding a bushel of grapes or the bag of potatoes my mom was soon to peel, then switch to the other foot and do it all again. The thing is, my legs have always been long, and our kitchen was anything but wide. But it didn&rsquot matter I don&rsquot think I ever noticed. I had the space to maneuver in my mind.

    Pivots are a vital element to success. Without them it is impossible to keep going, let alone with positive inertia. Yet when life presents us with challenges that demand a change, we often completely forget that we have the pivot as an option. Instead we freeze, digging our heals deeper into the court, running down our personal energetic clock until someone or something comes in and blows the whistle.

    I.AM.YOU. and the upcoming RETOX provide you the tools and inspiration to help you pivot, no matter what that may imply in your own personal, career, health, familial or social life. Use our yoga to remind you that your body can, and does change, every day. Use the dedication to keep you focused on the goal. Use the nourishment to fuel you, and the mindset to inspire you.
    Together they are your keys to successful shifts, and success as a whole, whatever that means for you.

    Pivots aren&rsquot bad - they are a fun secrete weapon that will likely lead to a slam dunk. Try one with me where very you are, no matter what the reason. Even if it is just for the pure uni-brow Tom boy nostalgia to get up and pivot I have now.

    Ready to pivot with you.
    xx,
    L

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