Needing some Zen in your hectic life? Be sure to check out the opening of “Embrace Yoga” studio in Terra Linda this weekend. Free classes, music and food provided by local businesses including “Coopercakes” started by a mom who was looking to create a delicious treat that those with allergies could enjoy and also packed with nutritional benefits!
A great new Sarah Jessica Parker movie and new comedy show starring Christina Applegate both portraying the struggle and humor of parenthood, starts this week too!
600 Manuel T. Freitas Parkway, San Rafael; website
Last month I wrote about a great yoga teacher called Amanda Mount who taught classes in Oleander Park over the summer. This weekend Amanda opens her new yoga studio called “Embrace Yoga” in Terra Linda. Amanda and fellow teachers will be celebrating over the opening weekend from 2.00 – 6.00 pm by offering free classes with the various yoga teachers, special promotions, music and food provided by local “Weezys Grass Fed Shed” and “Coopercakes” (see below for details).
The yoga classes offer a variety of styles in Vinyasa, Anusara, Iyengar, levels 1 - 3 on Tuesday and Thursday at 5 .00 – 6.15pm, and Sunday morning classes at 9.30 am.
A ‘Mom and Baby Yoga’ six week workshop will begin on October 6th with Danielle Hougard for birth to pre-crawlers. Pre-registration is required and the class will run from 1.30 – 2.30 pm. There will also be a
‘Mom and Baby with Music’ class which will be on Wednesdays at 12.30 – 1.30 pm with Georgia Montgomery from The Parent's Center and mini yoga with Amanda. This class is ideally for 6 months – 2 year olds, but younger babies are welcome too. There will also be a prenatal yoga class on Sundays at 12.30 – 1.45 pm.
‘Coopercakes’ is a local mom’s organic dessert business by Lisa Cooper that offers treats such as gluten free cupcakes sweetened by pure fruit concentrate, and desserts with no HFCS, no hydrogenated oils or trans fats.
Lisa Cooper has been baked for 30 years but a poignant turning point was when her mother was fighting terminal cancer and her sense of taste and dietary needs changed. Also, the time a child at preschool couldn’t have one of her dessert due to an allergy. Lisa had to adapt her baking to make something good as well as delicious to eat, by learning more about sugars, fats, and allergies.
Lisa Cooper explains; “I make treats out of love and it brings me great joy in the process. That’s why you can trust me. I know that I’m doing and I’m doing what I love.”
Lisa offers 3 kinds of treats that are home-made and baked fresh to order: “A Little Judy”, a “Stealthy-Healthy” treat packed with nutritional benefits from hidden fruits and veggies like blueberries and spinach, and a “Free-From” treat which are free from one of more common allergens such as gluten or eggs.
Lisa’s latest nutritional breakthrough is baking without refined sugar, and using pure fruit concentrates and coconut sugar to sweeten cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. The benefits are many; less sugar (both in volume and in calories), lower Glycemic Index (slower absorption into bloodstream) and natural unrefined sweeteners provide excellent vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, whereas refined sugar has NO nutrients and actually robs the body of other nutrients in order to process it.
Desserts you can feel good about eating is music to my ears!
For more information about her delicious treats take a look at her Website
Movie of the Week
“I Don’t Know How She Does It” is a movie most moms can relate to, starring Sarah Jessica Parker as a woman devoted to her job and dealing with a non-stop balancing act as mom. When she is handed a new account that involves frequent travel at the same time as her husband wins a new job, she begins to spread herself even thinner. The movie also stars the charming Pierce Brosnan as her new business associate.
TV Show of the Week
“Up All Night” is a new comedy starting this week on NBC starring the funny Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as new parents trying to survive the trials and tribulations of having a baby.
Wednesdays, 10.00 pm, NBC; http://www.nbc.com/up-all-night/
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