Aloha from Hawaii

Have you dreamed of going to Waikiki, Oahu, Big Island, Maui or Kuaui? I finally made the pictures Ive been looking at a reality by hopping over, if 7 hours flight is hopping to Honolulu. Thank you so much or Mahalo to for the stay #Ad in HIlton Waikiki Village at the top of the Tapas Tower with a balcony no less! The view was more a part of the journey than anything: beach, lagoon and mountains on 3 sides!

Day trip to the North Shore, on the @surfbus or any tour to experience kayaking, biking, snorkeling or surfing! See my pics sponsored by @billabong for gorgeous sunsets, my red cut out and then another white-striped bikini for the latest surfing fashion. Thanks Billabong also for the shirts “Ruca” or balance of opposites. Life is like yoga, or yoga is like life and it’s always a balance of opposites therefore being kind, recharging our batteries and breaking routine with vacay is necessary!

Maui is having a contest on November 1st partnered with Hawaiian airlines to giveaway 100,000 miles so check it out too! Aloha!

NYDJ Jeans

Have you ever had a pair of jeans you couldn’t throw away? Wore 10 times before you washed them because nothing else was that comfy or looked so good? I hope so! Like an old friend, even my new NYDJ jeans (#Ad)

are the best thing held against my body because they make me look and feel good as if I’m wearing yoga pants. My favorites are Marilyn Straight and Barbara Bootcut for my body. There are all sizes and shapes for women with curves, hips and thighs that you thought would never fit as well as be comfy together at the same time. Try a pair at most retail shops like Macy’s Bloomis Nordstrom or Saks. Let me know how they fit!! If I show up teaching yoga in them you so won’t be surprised!!!

Body Benefits of Yoga

I know this is another article or post about yoga benefits. I hope you can enjoy yoga while obtaining the benefits! I must say there is scientific proof that yoga increases energy, heals the body and mind or helps lose weight! I am a 500-hour certified yoga instructor with trauma training, licensed nutrition and a chiropractic assistant license that has spent 30 years in the physical sciences and taught thousands of people to honor their body as it the only one you have! Have fun and enjoy exercise, hiking biking the gym or yoga and sleep better too.

With all of the conflicts and stress in today’s world, there is no better time to find an alternative to combat these negative energies. Millions of people across the world have turned to yoga not as just another exercise routine, but much more. If you start doing sun salutations by standing and bending  routine, the warrior pose series, and meditate on a mat, you will find a calm and physically rewarding space. Leaving your mat out is encouragement for me to practice daily. At 20-45 minutes per day, your mind and body will change and you can decide to add classes from there. My has free beginner yoga, so try it!


What is yoga? A 5,000+ year-old Indian body of knowledge, and mind-body medicine that integrates an individual’s physical, mental, and spiritual connections.  While there are many types of yoga, one of the most popular styles is Hatha yoga, pranayamas (breath-controlled exercises), followed by a series of asanas (yoga postures), ending with savasana (resting). I  studied BKS Iyengar, assisting students to have the correct postures. I love it!



Yoga can lead to significant increases in serotonin levels and used in the treatment of depression. A 2012 study showed people who practiced yoga recovered from stress without quickly. Studies show yoga offers tremendous benefits in the area of stress relief. The  hormones that are associated with a physical and mental sense of well-being have increased also.  Stress is often called the “silent killer” and yoga actually reduces stress. Try ten minutes to begin, work up to 30 min a day and you will see.

Yoga might be considered a good alternative to common cardiovascular exercise, like walking and biking. It is now included in many cardiac rehabilitation programs, including my own! Yoga also thins the blood which can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke caused by blood clots. Twist yoga poses like my favorite,  Half Lord of the Fishes, and  Triangle Pose not only help relieve lower back pain and aid digestion but also pump your internal organs increasing oxygenated blood, while the inverted Downward Facing Dog encourage blood flow from the legs and pelvis back to the heart and then lungs where it gets fresh oxygenation.



For people of EVERY age, maintaining muscle mass can protect you from arthritis, osteoporosis, and back pain. Yoga helps loosen the muscles, keeps fluids and connective tissues around your bones and joints healthy helping to reduce pain.


Yoga develops a quiet mind, a feeling of well-being and relaxation that leads to increased productivity, concentration, and positive thoughts which lead to an improved self-confidence. I was surprised to learn that physiologically, yoga actually inhibits the posterior or sympathetic area of the hypothalamus in the brain which increases your ability to deal with stress!

The breathing component of yoga allows a deep connection with your inner self.

Even the poses, like holding your head high, opening your heart and lungs, and looking “inward”, have an immediate positive impact on self-confidence! When you’re at peace, you’re happy and you can live your best life!



Yoga’s ability to increase relaxation and induce a balanced mental state was studied to evaluate its effect on sleep quality and yoga offers a place, time and activity to stop and improve our mindfulness. This mindfulness can make you aware of how food tastes, smells, and eating less because you are not distracted or stressed (emotional eating).





YOU are the key to changing your mind, body and soul. Namaste.

Dream. See. Inspire. Repeat

Norwegian Cruise Line Official #Ad logo and words are Dream, See, Inspire and of course Repeat!

Whether it’s your first cruise or like me, 50th, here’s a little of what to expect during your cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line. Check in on line to make it easier at the port, with your papers, passports, and bags. Head through security similar to an airport. Add the Norwegian Cruise app for online checkin and confirmation. You’ll be assigned your stateroom key and step onboard! Once everyone is safely boarded all passengers do a muster drill, mandatory, to inform you of what to din the event of an emergency.

freestyle cruising

NCL is not a strict dress code ship and lets you take control of your journey with various dining times.

The world-class live entertainment include Broadway shows, Cirque de Soleil and there are 22 different bars and lounges on each ship. I love a trip to the spa, to unwid with massage, yoga and hot tubs.

The shore excursions on Norwegian will be the best time of your cruise with guarantteed return to the cruise and good times! Are you excited? I am and counting the days until May 19, my next cruise!

Summertime and the livin is________________________

Fill in the blank for your summer goals #summergoals and #Summer

Below is a link to find what you may be looking for. Let us know how you do or if we can help!

YOU are beautiful the way you are! Be free, be you and click above for all sizes in swimwear . YOUR summer vacation worries will float away! Meawhile, meditate, do some yoga, breathe and walk. Oh yeah, and it’s your summer to swim! Swimming will open up your joints, maybe lose weight, get in shape and help you relax and sleep. Woooo, it’s time for a nap and some lemonade. Have fun!!

52 Phenomenal Women

I’m in a photo joirnalistic book that benefits and empowers women through Amy Boyle Photography and Dress For Success. There are 52 Phenomenal empowering women features from the US and it’s a beautiful cacophony of success that comes from determining spirits. I’ve found my path though it was founded after a painful loss of my spouse and from the depths of darkness I found yoga.


Aha moment! I can only title this Hmmmm….Oprah’s cacophony for the aha moment when life whispers to you.

I asked Oprah and Gayle the question, “What do you do when people are snarkey on Social Media?” And to see the answer, go to the Oprah and Gayle Chronicles from the HAL cruise in January 2019, listen to the best questions and answers from other OMagInsiders and Gayle and Oprah! Sign up to for future news, interesting articles or subscribe to both the page and O,TheOPrahMagazine for informative, poignant and wonderful products, info, and maybe apply to be an OMagInsider! Good luck and thanks, O!

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As we speak, its the last few days for a cause that empowers women towards their rising up which we all need to do to help each other! 3/31 is the last day of the Talbots stores and web selling the limited edition co-branded collaboration collection of #talbotsxomag and #oprahmagazine that supports @dressforsuccess with 30% of the net proceeds! This is their 4th collab styled by @oprahmagazine Creative Director Adam Glassman, the brilliant fashion stylist.

In honor of the 100,000 and growing women helped thus far with the partnership between Talbots and OMagazine, I am asking you to stop in your closest Talbots and try on the fabulous collection that I am honored to partner with. I was in the Love That Fashion Show on the Holland American Girls Getaway Cruise with Oprah and Gayle King. Besides the experience and fun of my girlfriend lifetime, my BFF since we were 10, Sheri Turecheck, joined me and even got to meet Gayle! Even if you cannot go to Talbots, you can donate to dress for success and empower a woman. Thank you.

Holland America Cruises...

Ready to cruise 🚢 ? I had no experience on Holland, but had taken 10 Carnival cruises or more!

When I learned that HAL (Holland America Line) was part of Carnival, my joy was palpable and now I want to only travel this wonderful, amazing, caring cruise line because other cruise lines (not mentioning because of legal purposes) had bad food, over-crowded lines, under-par service and were in need of remodeling! The Nieuw Statendam was a brand new ship but exceeded my expectations and the Godmother is Oprah, what more could you want? A great experience was had by all and I personally did not want to leave the ship. And we didn’t! The group of Oprah Magazine Insiders, dignitiaries from the Bahamas, Carnival and Holland Cruises came on board after the shipped docked and the guests departed. We/I were honored to stay for the dedication of the ship by Presidents, the Captain, original engineer and of course, even OPRAH when she “christened” the ship. The privilege of the dedication and meeting/joining with 2500 like-minded people for an enlightening week of Conversations with Oprah, Author reviews, yoga, meditation, spa and excellent dining was perfect for R&R, fun and unplugging from every day routine to recharge my batteries…. next time who knows where we will go…but I’ll be there!

Cruise with Oprah!

Leaving in 4 sleeps as of 1/26/2019, if I can sleep with the excitement of the best cruise of my life! I am going on the Holland America Line new cruise ship, Nieuw Statendam with Ms. Winfrey herself on the amazing cruise! Her and Gayle King, BFFs, are hosting a “girls getaway” and I’m bringing my BFF, Sheri Turechek who I’ve know. Since childhood In COnnecticut and we can’t wait! As a Brand Ambassador for www.O,TheOprah Magazine I love ❤️ the products they send me and blog, post and share on all social media the OMagInsiders are the best supportive and empowering women, and one man, I’ve ever met!

I am representing #AD Talbots, wearing #sponsored outfits while on board as well as being a model in the Cruise Fashion Show! Styling by Adam Glassman and their partnership of his collaboration of a gorgeous collection for TalbotsXOMag, with 30% of the proceeds going to Dress for Success, we will rock the ship! Oh Yeah that’s good, as Oprah would say

O, The Oprah Magazine staff and 27 “#OMagInsiders”, like me, will be on board to have fun, experience the Caribbean while floating on yoga mats, listening to authors and O Editors and a show with the O of O herself, Ms. Oprah Winfrey. My dream is to meet Oprah and hear her ask me the poignant question, in O fashion, " Why? What is your why?”

Well, YOU, what is YOUR WHY? My why is that life is not perfect and no one is perfect so be the best you can be. Yoga is called a practice, not a perfection, and with grace and humility I help others find their potential, be as healthy as they can be and love themselves, while practicing myself. When I know that my students have overcome excrutiating pain or gratefully or humbly changed themselves, written their story, moved on from relationships or jobs that did not serve them, fell in love, made more money or whatever they want, I know for sure that I have helped them manifest their dreams.

Follow my Instagram for photos and details of the HAL Cruise to the Caribbean, Jan. 30, 2019

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I’m so excited for the cruise! I’m wearing a beautiful #Ad@Talbotsofficial outfit as I pack for the @hal cruise 🚢 Oprah and Gayle’s Girls Getaway!

One of my favorite things is yoga and it will be on deck and at the private Caribbean island. I am confident my #Talbots#Sponsored Anchor sweater and slimming jeans are perfect for sailing away. Spoiler alert: I’m modeling with other #OMagInsiders in the “Love That!” Adam Glassman collection #TalbotsXOMag! I know for sure there is fun and amazing stories to follow. I ❤️ giving and 30% of the collections’ net proceeds go directly to Dress for Success, empowering women to achieve independence in work and life. You can help plus look amazing by shopping @Talbots for #talbotsxomag 🙏Namaste ♥️

To Vaccine or Not?

Who believes in the flu shot? No one wants the risk of the vaccines yet everyone wants to be healthy and it is recommended for influenza vaccination. Check with your doctor, American Center for Disease Control and know your regions flu cases.

A few things are new this season:

  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses [the B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A(H3N2) component was updated].

  • For the 2018-2019 season, the nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or “LAIV”) is again a recommended option for influenza vaccination of persons for whom it is otherwise appropriate. The nasal spray is approved for use in non-pregnant individuals, 2 to 49 years old. There is a precaution against the use of LAIV for people with certain underlying medical conditions. All LAIV will be quadrivalent (four-component).

  • Most regular-dose egg-based flu shots will be quadrivalent.

  • All recombinant vaccine will be quadrivalent. (No trivalent recombinant vaccine will be available this season.)

  • Cell-grown flu vaccine will be quadrivalent. For this vaccine, the influenza A(H3N2) and both influenza B reference viruses will be cell-derived, and the influenza A(H1N1) will be egg-derived. All these reference viruses will be grown in cells to produce the components of Flucelvax.

  • No intradermal flu vaccine will be available.

  • The age recommendation for “Fluarix Quadrivalent” was changed from 3 years and older to 6 months and older after the annual recommendations were published last season to be consistent with Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved labeling.

  • The age recommendation for Afluria Quadrivalent was changed from 18 years and older to 5 years and older after the annual recommendations were published last season to be consistent with Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved labeling.

  • Baloxavir marboxil (trade name Xofluza®) is a new influenza single-dose antiviral drug approved October 24, 2018 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Baloxavir is approved for the treatment of acute uncomplicated flu in people 12 years and older who have had flu symptoms for less than 48 hours. More information is available: Influenza Antiviral Drug Baloxavir Marboxil.

What flu vaccines are recommended this season?

For the 2018-2019 flu season, providers may choose to administer any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (IIV, RIV4, or LAIV4).

Options this season include:

There is a table showing all flu vaccines that are FDA-approved for use in the United States during the 2018-2019 season.

What viruses will the 2018-2019 flu vaccines protect against?

There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common. For 2018-2019, trivalent (three-component) vaccines are recommended to contain:

  • A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus

  • A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus (updated)

  • B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus (updated)

Quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to contain:

  • the three recommended viruses above, plus B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (Yamagata lineage) virus

When should I get vaccinated?

You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.

Can I get a flu vaccine if I am allergic to eggs?

The recommendations for people with egg allergies are the same as last season.

  • People who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg can get any licensed flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health.

  • People who have symptoms other than hives after exposure to eggs, such as angioedema, respiratory distress, lightheadedness, or recurrent emesis; or who have needed epinephrine or another emergency medical intervention, can also get any licensed flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health, but the vaccine should be given in a medical setting and be supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions. (Settings include hospitals, clinics, health departments, and physician offices). People with egg allergies no longer have to wait 30 minutes after receiving their vaccine.

New Year's Resolutions

Although New Year’s Eve is looming with fireworks, the brightest light shines on the New Year being born. Rebirth, Renew and Reinvent for yourself is my New Year’s Resolution way before the time most people are settling in with champagne, lobster and caviar wishes. Maybe its because I have accepted being single, a widow to be exact, and my purpose for “Peace on Earth”.

I am truly grateful for the family and friends I have and have chosen as well as tindered into my life. Challenging myself and others on SM (social media), I collaborated with like-minded fitness and nutrition professionals motivating and empowering with daily encouraging posts! The commitment clearly motivated me to lose weight and work out daily before the broken promises of resolutions. I learned it helps me to be in service to others and ok to fall, get back up. “What if I fall? Well, what if you fly? Full circle to being single, it is different in the digital dating, so choose to be happy, date like it’s a job interview(s), or “pet your cat and drink wine in yoga pants”. #Sorrynotsorry the latter is not my choice!

Yoga keeps my spirit up like warrior pose. I rise up and root down, inhaling and exhaling with the sounds of an ocean and open my heart, core, inner being ending with meditation, svasana. The changes in my mind and cells are felt every day so keep practicing because you don’t have to perfect. Maybe you already are, OM NAHEEM NAHMA, you are and always will be perfect and connected with your source, stay present and enjoy the moment you are in. Worrying and fear do not stop things from happening, accepting you are where you are supposed to be creates a mindset to move forward with is meant for you. Namaste…