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The Dailey Method Venice 

Having a far-reaching TDM family definitely comes with its perks. For one thing, you can drop into a studio while on vacation or business and still get the same strengthening and alignment you get at your home studio.

You can also share a common practice with your loved ones, even if they live in a different city or frequent a different studio.

Another BIG benefit is that you get hidden insider information on all of the great cities in which our studios and owners reside!

This month, as the weather heats up, we are bringing you the best of the best list from TDM Venice owners Michelle Lazarus and Tenaya Figueira. From food to fun spots away from the crowds, here are their top picks…

Food

Best Breakfast SpotGjusta on Sunset Ave

With an in-house bakery and a to-die-for egg bialy, this tops the list as one of the best breakfast stops in Venice.

 

Best Clean Food Erewhon Market

The spot where healthy food is abundant. Must-trys: Açai Bowl or Super Green Potion ice cream. Yes, we said ice cream.

 

Dinner –  the Tasting Kitchen

Homemade cocktails, homemade pasta…need we say more? Definitely recommended is the whole-roasted branzino fish. Pair this with the Braveheart, a Tasting Kitchen specialty cocktail.

Best Coffee –  Menotti’s

Menotti’s serves Four Barrel coffee! Grab your cup and then head to the beach a few blocks away.

 

SHOPPING

All within a MILE of the studio, here are the top picks for local shopping:

  1. Christy Dawn 2. Lily Ashwell 3. The General Store  4. Nightcap

 

Best Place to Grab a Drink

Grab a Martini at Felix, try the whiskey bar at the Old Man Bar attached to Hatchet Hall, or try Abbot Kinney for their amazing cocktails. 

 

Adventures

Best Urban Hike –  Runyon Canyon

Off-leash dog park, challenging uphill loop, amazing people watching, heart of Hollywood – doesn’t get more urban than that!

 

Best Beach – Venice Beach Lifeguard Station 26

Fewer people, away from parking lots, less crowded and beautiful.

 

Best Activity –  the Griffith Park Observatory

[Photo credit: Town Square]

Look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows and find breathtaking views of Los Angeles!

 

The Arts

Best Seasonal Activity – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Summer Series

Movie screenings are held outdoors under the stars on Fairbanks Lawn, an open grassy field inside Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Best Museum – LACMA

Located next to the La Brea tar pits in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles, the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is the largest museum in the western United States.

 

Best Live Music – the Hollywood Bowl

[Photo credit: Timeout]

The largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States with concerts and live music year-round.

 

Next time you are passing through, don’t miss some of the favorites that made the list. Even better, stop into the Venice studio and get some personal recommendations!

April Word of the Month : Spine

“The spine is the tree of life. Respect it.”

-Martha Graham

I know, kind of an odd Word of the Month. Generally we encourage you to set an intention around the word and focus on what you can learn from it. This WOM, we are able to take it literally and focus on its actual structure. Our spine is the very center of us. It is our axis and thus deserves our attention. To concentrate on your spine is the basis of The Dailey Method. It’s our first alignment principle and the root of every exercise we teach. Align.   

There are three components involved in taking the best care of your spine:

  1. Space: with ease, breathe as much space as possible from head to toe, head to tailbone – based on your position. This creates an ease in your structure. Creating space also helps encourage disc health. It helps the bones to be able to settle into the joints most optimally.
  2. Find your neutral: We work in neutral spine in 75% of class. This is the healthiest position in our bodies. We should move through life primarily in this position. It’s still important to work the body in other positions because we need mobility and the ability to move multi-dimensionally. But if we focus on strengthening our bodies in their most functional position, it will translate to many facets of our lives.
  3. Support: This is the act of keeping the space, keeping the alignment and hugging in and engaging muscular support for that optimal structure. It’s an inside out, supportive and easeful balance. Ease and effort.

Give yourself the gift in April of listening to the positions of your spine. Pay attention to whether you are capable of creating a little more space, a little better alignment and then, and only then, layer on the muscular energy that we all love so much at The Dailey Method. Your spine will thank you.

 

“You are only as old as your spine.”

-Joseph Pilates (my first inspiration to truly delve into training bodies.)

 

Love,

Jill

 

A Day in the Life of Sayulita

My Day in Sayulita:

Last week was the 5th annual Women’s Health and Happiness retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. This is truly one of my favorite weeks of the year. I get to connect with and learn from wise and introspective women who love to teach from their experiences. And I get to teach and take Dailey Method classes every day (now that’s my everyday life too but not under a Palapa!) Oh – and lie on the beach, eat Mexican food, play with my friends. What’s not to like?

Generally I write a blog post about what I take away from this rejuvenating yearly retreat, but this year I decided to let you see for yourself…

Two of my favorite people and teachers. Katina Griffin, Master Trainer, and Susan Willrich, owner of the Dailey Method Piedmont and co-owner of the Dailey Method Berkeley.

 

Dailey Method under the Palapa.

 

A margarita with Charlotte Caplan- A friend I made 5 years ago on this retreat. It’s an annual thing for her! This is our favorite taco stand. We LOVE the hibiscus quesadilla’s and the fixings!

 

This happens when your fancy friends come and rent a golf cart. I usually hoof it everywhere.

 

I adore the dream catchers.

 

Shopping at the Friday market. So many talented and unique artisans.

 

The best part of the day.

Meet up at the beach (obviously I just said something really funny!)

Katina is getting smudged by Dr. Hillary Frederickson on the beach for a clearing ritual.

 

Totems we made.

The team: Susan Willrich, Me, Lindy Woodard and Fay Freed

Our 2017 Women!

As you can see this a happy place. I believe we need to take time and space to recharge to be truly healthy and thrive. It doesn’t have to be a retreat – it can be a walk around the block or an epsom salt bath. Or… you can sign up for next year’s retreat in Sayulita with me!

 

Jill

Connecting Through Communication

“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.”

– Charles Dickens

Even over 150 years ago, Charles Dickens understood the importance of the different ways we communicate. Today communication and technology have become such a way of life, many of us would not know what to do if we were without them even for a day (you know what I mean if you have ever misplaced your phone!)

Besides being the one thing that sets us apart from any other animal on the planet, advanced language is the way we connect with each other. We use words, abbreviations or even slang to get our message out there.

What has taken a back seat, however, is the way we communicate using our bodies. Yes, an exclamation point at the end of a text message indicates how excited you are, but what does your body say about you?

Last month, I talked about being open and leading with your heart with some simple chest openers. Good posture and alignment is so important in conveying self-confidence and openness. And who doesn’t want to be a little more open and walk maybe just a bit taller?

Another body cue to draw attention to is eye contact. Eye contact is so telling, letting the person in front of you know if you are present, connected and if you want to engage on a more personal level.

Even our TDM owners understand its importance and have included more eye contact in their 2017 Intentions!

The last and maybe the simplest form of non-verbal communication worth mentioning is how we use our facial expressions to communicate. Yes, we have all been deep into the third set of thighwork and have felt the grimace creep in. But even one genuine smile can ignite a room and help push the group during the final set of ANYTHING.

So next time you prepare a tweet, text, or tag, think about what your body is saying when you are not using words.

Reveal a bit of your Soul and connect.

-Jill

 

March Word of the Month: Soul

Quiet the mind and the Soul will speak.”

  – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

 

I chose Soul for the Word of the Month because of the depth it represents. It’s akin to February’s WOM Passion and the fire within but brings to mind an even deeper sense of self. A powerful notion, it is often thought of as our life force, our vitality or our true essence.

I love the phrase “Let Your Soul Shine” which may have been coined by Spiritual Gangster – the masters of making us exclaim our soul’s intent on our tank tops. But if our soul is shining it results in a true inside-out radiance, a raw bare-it-all of who we are.

The simple act of nurturing our soul should be a priority for full contentment. Do what you love and what speaks to the inner you and it will show.

 

“The authentic self is the Soul made visible.”

-Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

Let Your Soul Shine this month!

Jill