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Fight Winter Allergies with Tropical Fruit

Seasons are definitely changing here in the Bay Area.. from 80 degrees & sunny straight into the 50s & cloudy within a 7 day span.

Its San Francisco, what did we expect?!

Now that summer is over and the leaves are changing California Yoga Sport is gearing up for an active & busy winter season full of yoga, snow sports, & exploring different winter activities around SF to switch up our workouts. With the weather changing it also presents the challenge of fighting those nasty seasonal allergies and the common cold that takes advantage of our healthy immune systems we work so hard for. Aside from drinking LOTS of water, resting well, & never leaving the house without our Purell hand sanitizer, we are also stocking our fridge with some powerhouse fruits & veggies to help fight the winter allergy season.

Stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing, runny eyes, lack of sleep, and fatigue are all too familiar to those of us who suffer from allergies. Despite Fall being the most beautiful time of year, it also serves as the most challenging – from the dust particles sitting in our heating ducts that we desperately hate, to the adjustment of enduring harsh cold air during our outdoor runs, or the unavoidable airborne contagions at the yoga studio & office...So how do we deal with fighting back?! Fruit. Sounds simple enough...Read on for CYS’s favorite fruits to fight allergy season!

the Pineapple

Allergy Fighting Super Powers: Pineapples are high in manganese (great for nutrient absorption, bone development, & proper enzyme functioning) and Vitamin C (superstar at helping the bones, joints, & ligaments stay strong and an important supporter for the immune system) – perfect for us athletes! It also contains a protein-digestive enzyme, called bromelain, that is known to be very beneficial in digestion & has anti-inflammatory properties – perfect for fighting that sinus inflammation causing that runny nose & constant sneezing!

the Papaya

Allergy Fighting Super Powers:  It contains Vitamins A (important for growth & repair of body tissues and keeps your eyesight & skin healthy!) & Vitamin C (read benefits listed above in Pineapple Super Powers).  Both Vitamins are very important to growth & repair processes in the body while fighting off allergens. The Papaya also has an important & rare enzyme, called papain, that aides in digestion, body functions, & even tasks such as clearing up the skin. It has a high concentration of water & is very nutrient dense without all of the calories. Best of both worlds!

What happens if we combine the two fruits in one delicious smoothie?

… the best solution to beat those seasonal allergies!

Winter Allergy Smoothie Recipe

1 cup chopped peeled seeded papaya

1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple (if using fresh pineapple be sure to add more ice)

1/2 cup sliced banana

1  cup ZICO coconut water (try the ZICO mango coconut water for extra fruity flavors!) OR 1 cup soy milk

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon raw local Honey – also helps fight infection & allergies!

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

*Add ice as needed for desired blend

**Optional: Flax seeds

Add all ingredients together in a blender & enjoy your journey to allergy freedom!

Find out more CYS smoothie recipe favorites here & here!


Donation Yoga Class: Open Your Hearts for Oakley & YSC

Join California Yoga Sport trainers Lacey Calvert & Lindsea Swisher for a donation yoga class to support Oakley Women and the Young Survival Coalition to benefit and raise Breast Cancer Awareness. Enjoy a 60 minute vinyasa flow class with CYS and have a chance to win amazing Oakley product!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Yoga for Hope Fundraiser

Last Friday night, the communities of San Francisco and Berkeley came together for one great cause. We hosted a donation-based class with CorePower Yoga Berkeley and 100% of the funds were donated to the Yoga for Hope event, to be held this upcoming September in Union Square. It was an inspirational night full of organic food, music, giveaways, and a 75-minute yoga class that brought chills down our spine. Watching over 50 people move together in a hot room while sending their energy to those at the City of Hope hospital was a moving experience and it showed us how powerful we are as a group.

Thank you to all those who donated, attended, and sent their love. We raised over $600 for the event and had a great night!

A big shout-out to ZICO Coconut water for rehydrating us after the amazing class and to lululemon Berkeley for all the raffle goodies.

We look forward to teaching “Yoga For Athletes” at the Yoga for Hope event September 17th, 2011. Come take the workshop with us or join our team !

CYS Goes to City of Hope

Recently we had an amazing opportunity to visit the City of Hope Campus in Los Angeles, CA. We flew down to LA along with the other members on the board for the Yoga for Hope event happening this fall on September 17th. We were taken on a private guided tour throughout the 100 acres of the campus and got to hear about all the amazing research and care that goes into the comprehensive cancer research center.

We met with three different doctors throughout the tour and got to hear first hand their clinical trials that they are working on and researching. They spoke about translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies for patients. We also got to hear first hand what type of preventative measures they are taking to prolong the lives of children and adults who have had cancer and beaten it. The breakthroughs they are having with cancer, diabetes, and HIV research is breathtaking and really brings a whole new meaning to life.

In addition to all the amazing Doctors who dedicate their lives to cancer research, we also were able to hear about alternative therapies such as yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation classes are offered to all patients on campus and help them cope during and after their stay at the City of Hope.

One of the highlights of the tour was the lushly landscaped gardens with more than 2000 types of roses surrounding the state-of-the-art research center and hospital. The Japanese meditative garden, just beyond the roses, was also a super special place to see and spend some quiet moments sinking it all in. Both the rose garden and Japanese garden are open to all the patients and families to come and visit and spend some quality time together.

Overall the tour was a really touching experience and as a company we are even more invested in helping raise money for the Yoga for Hope event happening this September in Union Square of downtown San Francisco.