What Shapes You



We all have our own stories about what we've come from and what we're going to.

These stories shape daily priority – how we work, what we eat, when we sleep – and we repeat them.

As we muscle through the hubris of corporate life (or the freelance hustle,) and navigate the politics that have been consuming every inch of 2016, we create unhealthy routines that take from our mind & bodies with no maturing return.

I had an idea of what my priorities were and what happiness looked like as I placed myself in a daily repetitive rotation – this mix of importance and bliss shaped the things I felt were benchmarks of success – these benchmarks then justified my lack of attentiveness to what was genuinely impactful in my life. Success for me was in the form of multiple income checks, it was giving material things in place of my presence and it was being everywhere but nowhere at the same time. I felt like these were universal ingredients to achievement for all the folks nearing or surpassing 30-something, which further warranted what I set my mind on day in and day out. I had no idea this was static I was creating within myself resisting the nuances of what happiness actually can look like on an individual level.

As I continued to repeat my personal priority routine, I lost people, direction, and unhealthy weight. I hit bottom and I hit bottom hard. I scraped through the days as a shell, with absolutely no grasp on what 30 year old delight could mean.

And then I found higherpower - and higherpower found me

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BALANCE                                                                            STRENGTH


I reshaped my intentions in cycle. I manifested thought into movement in yoga. I released frustrations in TRX.


I found common ground in higherpower’s safe spaces with women and men that were okay with openly figuring out what works, and doesn’t work for them.

After four 4 months of communing and being held accountable by instructors and fellow higherpower warriors - challenging my mind and body through fitness – I feel as though I’ve resurfaced as my whole self, in the best shape mentally and physically I’ve ever been.

My priorities have shifted, my purpose and intentions redefined and what creates my happiness is now different.

Self care is the staple of my daily movement, in hopes that I am tapping into my best self -- creating a better me for the people around me and the work I create.

As social media voyeurism creates comparative parallels between personal priorities and happiness, it’s important to identify avenues that connect mind and body to the daily mix.

For me, it’s adding a release mentally and physically into my routine and reminding myself -
Happiness looks different on you.

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New Year's Hustle Challenge

Everyone always says the "strength is in the struggle," but at hp we say the "strength is in the hustle."

YOU have the choice to attack life with all that you've got and HIGHERPOWER wants to help you for the New Year.

Check out what we have coming for you starting January 8th for 7 weeks.

  • Resting Metabolic Testing ($100 value)
  • Nutrition Workshop ($15 value)
  • Running Form & Yoga Clinic ($20 value)
  • Goal Setting Workshop ($15 value)
  • Hustle Challenge Tank Top/Shirt ($35 Value)
  • Coupon for Shoes at Varsity Sports
  • Coupon for Shoes at Bicycle World
  • hp coaches and mentors

Pricing 


Package A-$350 includes unlimited classes! ($550 Value) Click Here
Package B-$150 without classes ($225 Value) Click Here

Contact SWEAT@higherpowernola.com for more info.

Ten Ways to Beat the Summer Heat if You Love the Outdoors




The summer in New Orleans can be unimaginably hot, so getting outside may be a little harder mid-day. Here are some tips for making the heat and humidity a little more bearable in the summer.

1. Hydrate Extra before and during your workout
The heat will definitely increase the amount you sweat, so plan ahead and double up on your water intake throughout the day. The more you sweat, the more water you lose so extra hydration is key in avoiding dehydration. Also, bring ice water with you. There is nothing better than doing reps, sets, sprints, and intervals with ice cold water in between. To decrease your body temperature, you can pour water on your head or neck.


2. Workout in your wicks
Wicking clothing are lightweight and breathable. Wicking clothes will pull water away from your body making you feel cooler. A baseball cap or a wicking cap will keep the sun off your face.


3. Cool off before you start
Starting a workout in the heat will be easier if you are more willing to be warm. So cool off before. A cold shower or room can be chilly which will motivate you to warm up for your workout.


4. Workout in cooler places
Finding a shady trail or covered area will block the sun and  help you avoid a direct source of heat.

5. Exercise at cooler times of the day
In New Orleans, the morning (anytime before 6am) will be a cooler time for you to crank out an outdoor workout. After 6am, your next cool window starts around 7:30 pm, so plan your workouts around the temperature if you crave that outdoor experience.

Although it is summer in New Orleans, the outdoors increases endorphins, and the sun is a good source of vitamin D. So go outside. Gear up, hydrate, and prepare to sweat in the humid heat of NOLA.

If you’re not an outdoor lover, or the heat is too hot to handle, Higherpowernola has an awesome air-conditioned yoga and cycle studio both Downtown and in Mid City. Find your high



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What to Expect: Your Guide to Higherpowernola Classes



Cycle

Our cycle classes at higherpower are unlike any other cycle experience. As class begins, the lights are turned down low, and the music is cranked up. The cycle room becomes a new world as the instructors remove you from any other outside distractions. The cycle room is lit with neon lights and equipped with monitors displaying every individual's energy, rpm, power, rank and bike number. The cycle class at higherpowernola is the best indoor cycling in New Orleans. You will work on time trials, jumps, tap-backs, climbs, and sprints throughout class. Higherpower instructors turn the class into a whole new experience for even the most practiced riders. Classes end with a cool down and stretch leaving you with your new found high. Expect to need a water bottle, because you will sweat like you've never sweat before. Higherpower has towels and shoes available.


Yoga

at higherpower may be a different yoga experience than what your may be used to  in our yoga classes, Higherpower incorporates strength exercises to help you tone every muscle in the body; all the while increasing your balance, flexibly, and mindfulness. Our yoga classes take place in our heated studio, where distractions are left behind. We don't teach Bikram yoga, but our yoga studio does tend to be around 85-90 degrees.  If you sign up for our YAThletic class, your heart will be pumping, and you will face a more vigorous strength yoga flow. If you are not looking for a challenge, you can relax and rejuvenate in our our candlelit yin yoga class or beginner yoga class. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself, because our power yoga classes combine strength and relaxation in perfect balance. Be sure to bring a mat and water bottle, but don't worry if you forget it/don't own one. Higherpower has mats and water available to borrow or purchase.


TRX

If you are looking to sweat and get your ass kicked with a strength and cardio combo, then TRX E.P.I.C. will do the trick. Our  TRX E.P.I.C. class takes place in our yoga studio and features body-weight and dumbbell strength exercises, in addition to, some short intense cardio blasts. In this class, you move from your mat to the TRX bands which will keep you focused and cause some serious sweating. Don't understand TRX?--- TRX bands (with foot-loops and handles) hang from the ceiling, and allow you to perform almost any strength or cardio workout. You will be holding onto the straps at an angle, using your sheer body weight as a challenge. Our TRX E.P.I.C class is badass and even beginners fall in love with it. It's always fun to try something new, and we guarantee you will love it too. So grab your mat and water bottle and get ready to shred serious fat and calories in this awesome high intensity class!

Staying Hydrated While Living the #SweatLife


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The body is made up of about 60% water but, as you probably can sort out, it doesn’t just stay full - it needs to be replenished. Think about how much you sweat working out. And then think about just regular day-to-day stuff in the Southern Louisiana heat. Making groceries at 5 p.m.? Sounds like you'll be pretty damp by the time your bags are inside. 

At higherpower we offer complimentary filtered water and encourage our guests to bring a water bottle with them to class. So, this begs the question: If just existing depletes hydration, how much water do you really need to drink to stay on top of your game?

When you workout, it is essential to stay hydrated. You’ve probably seen a few of those people getting swole at the gym with a gallon of water by their side. No need for that; a traditional water bottle will do just fine. (We sell them at both studios!)

The “authorities” recommend the 8x8 rule, mostly because it is easy to remember and it amounts to plenty for an average person to consume daily to stay healthy and improve body functions.

The 8x8 rule is simple: Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This number is often disputed and touted as a myth but if you use it as a goal, you can get a feel for where you are when it comes to staying hydrated.
 
Besides, water is delicious.

Hydration is also a component in performance. Muscle tissue is made up of approximately 75% water, and water loss leads to increased muscle fatigue. Water also regulates the body’s temperature so a drop in water means an increase in body temperature. At higherpower we are all about staying hydrated. Listen to your body and keep an ear out for reminders from our awesome instructors to take a few sips mid sweat-sesh.

In case you need more reasons (did we mention how delicious water is?) to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water is also linked to healthier skin, faster metabolism and may aid in weight loss. For more bad-ass reasons to stay hydrated, check out Benefits of Drinking Water on TheGreatest.com.

 

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Summer of 69 Challenge



It's HOT and summer is finally upon us.  We want to keep you motivated to keep your fitness up as the temps start to rise.  We are doing a challenge led by one of our lead mentors Brooke Baker.  All you need to do is show up, hold yourself and friends accountable and get a prize at the end.  Here are the deets:

SWEAT in as many classes in 69 days.

Prizes:
Double Baker's Dozen-26 classes = Kaballah bracelet or multi-functional headband 
Triple Baker's Dozen-39 classes = Higherpower Sunglasses ($15 value)

Most classes Taken---A kick ass grand prize:
-------FREE personalized higherpower class of your choice for you and all of your friends! AND a package of apparel and gift cards!----


Challenge begins June 24th and ends August 1st.


Do it for You!



Sweating at least once a day, is one of my top priorities as a young adult. It is the way I thank my body for never giving up on me when I push myself extremely hard. When I close my eyes in a Higherpower cycle class, I remember how lucky I am to have such a healthy body and mind. In YATheltic yoga, I breathe and think back to a time in my life, when I needed this. I needed this practice, this class, this teacher, and this moment. In TRX, I push myself to  my ultimate limit, because I am strong and have overcome weakness. I exit all higherpower classes, with a smile on my face, because I just kicked ass and proved once again, I am strong, healthy, and happy. But many times, I take for granted my health. A friend of mine, doesn’t have the ability to enjoy fitness like I do, and I could never imagine a life without exercise. Take a moment to mindfully bring a  individual in your life to mind who would appreciate the ability your body has. Think about what it is like to be unable to flow in yoga class, crush reps in TRX E.P.I.C, or climb a hill in cycle. Don’t take your next fitness class for granite, instead, do it for a friend who wishes they could be next to you in class. Do it for your health and strength. Do it because you have a healthy body that will work as hard as you are willing to push it, because someone out there wishes they had your amazing ability to enjoy a healthy lifestyle filled with higherpowernola yoga, TRX, and cycle classes.  



Rise and Shine! Benefits of practicing yoga in the morning





Early Morning Yoga Regulates Your Sleep Rhythm & Balance Your Hormones-


Once you make practicing yoga in the morning a habit, your body becomes accustomed to getting up at the same time each day. This means you will awake feeling more energized and alert. While practicing yoga, the attention to breathing, meditation, and Asana has a positive effect on the endocrine system, which is responsible for long-term body maintenance. The endocrine system uses glands and hormones, to help keep you balanced. Certain yoga poses stimulate the pineal gland which excretes the melatonin hormone that regulates sleep patterns. As you regulate your circadian sleep cycles, the feeling of confusion upon awakening from sleep (due to widely changing sleep times) starts to disappear.

Early Morning Yoga Helps to Build a Healthy, Consistent Routine-

Studies have shown that 90% of those who exercise regularly, as in more than three times a week, are morning practitioners.  Having an established morning routine, encourages you to stick with it. Most of us live busy lives, and our time is valuable. It is understandably tough to fit in a yoga class during your busy day, and by the evening, things may come up that prevent you from practicing, or you're just feeling too tired.  Doing your practice first thing in the morning provides outstanding relief. Just imagine having your yoga practice and your exercise completely done with before 8 am! The feeling of self-empowerment that comes from being disciplined in your routine, brings increased mental strength into other areas of your life as well. Early morning yoga can help to build a healthy, consistent routine to your yoga practice.

Early morning yoga may boost your metabolism-

Practicing yoga early in the morning will warm up your digestive system and help nutrients move more easily through the body, causing it to metabolize carbs and fats more quickly. We know how amazing twists can be for wringing out the digestive system and invigorating our vital organs. Practicing these Asanas first thing in the morning, can awaken our bellies, easing any morning aches and pains. 

Early Morning Yoga is a Great Caffeine Alternative-

The specific type of breathing done during your early morning yoga practice, stimulates your entire body and mind.  All of that fresh oxygen helps wake up the brain, and it can feel like a jolt of caffeine; yet unlike coffee or tea, the energy boost you feel from deep pranayama breathing lasts all day long!  Early morning yoga helps you to feel more energized, yet grounded at the same time, thus helping you to accomplish more and be more productive during the day. Even on the days when I feel a little tired or less energy upon waking up, that certainly always changes after my hour long morning yoga practice.  You start to feel alive, with clarity and purpose, and you go about your day with absolutely no caffeine required!

Morning stretching prevents injury and achiness throughout the day-

Yoga lengthens and stretches our tight bodies, preparing us for all movement throughout the day. For those of us that sit at a desk, yoga poses in the morning counter those hours we spend sedentary. Yoga increases spinal flexibility and encourages better posture. The poses we hold when we first wake up, will set our muscle memory into effect for standing taller and walking easier as the day progresses.

What to expect: Your Guide to Higherpowernola Classes


Cycle

Our cycle classes at higherpower are unlike any other cycle experience. As class begins, the lights are turned down low, and the music is cranked up. The cycle room becomes a new world as the instructors remove you from any other outside distractions. The cycle room is lit with neon lights and equipped with monitors displaying every individual's energy, rpm, power, rank and bike number. The cycle class at higherpowernola is the best indoor cycling in New Orleans. You will work on time trials, jumps, tap-backs, climbs, and sprints throughout class. Higherpower instructors turn the class into a whole new experience for even the most practiced riders. Classes end with a cool down and stretch leaving you with your new found high. Expect to need a water bottle, because you will sweat like you've never sweat before. Higherpower has towels and shoes available.

Yoga

Yoga at higherpower takes is unlike any yoga you've done before. Higherpower incorporates strength exercises to help you tone every muscle in the body; all the while increasing your balance, flexibly, and mindfulness. Our yoga classes take place in our heated studio, where distractions are left behind. If you sign up for our YAThletic class, your heart will be pumping, and you will face a more vigorous strength yoga flow. If you are not looking for a challenge you can relax and rejuvenate in our our candlelit yin yoga class or beginner yoga class. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself, because our power yoga classes combine strength and relaxation in perfect balance. Be sure to bring a mat and water bottle, but don't worry if you forget it/don't own one. Higherpower has mats and water available to borrow or purchase.

TRX E.P.I.C.

If you are looking to sweat and get your ass kicked with a strength and cardio combo, then TRX E.P.I.C will do the trick. Our  TRX E.P.I.C class takes place in our yoga studio and features body weight and dumbbell strength exercises, in addition to, some short intense cardio blasts. In this class, you move from your mat to the TRX bands which will keep you focused and cause some serious sweating. Don't understand TRX?--- TRX bands (with foot-loops and handles) hang from the ceiling, and allow you to perform almost any strength or cardio workout. You will be holding onto the straps at an angle, using your sheer body weight as a challenge. Our TRX E.P.I.C class is bad ass and even beginners fall in love with it. It's always fun to try something new, and we guarantee you will love it too. So grab your mat and water bottle and get ready to shred serious fat and calories in this awesome high intensity class!

Pre-workout Meals for Higherpower classes




Tips on Fueling Up Before a Higherpower Workout:


Now that you know what not to eat before a workout at higher power, let's focus on some pre-workout meal suggestions to maximize your fitness goals in a Bicycling Buddha, yogalates, or TRX E.P.I.C. class. Because the level and amount of intensity, cardio, and strength vary from Yoga, cycling, and TRX classes, there are a variety of different pre-workout meals for each.


Pre higherpower Yoga class:

1. Any low acidic fruit will help you steer clear of heart burn and boost your energy due to natural sugars so chose one of these options:
     - Pear
     - Apple
     - Banana
     - Watermelon
     - Raisins
     - Palm full of dried apricots

2.  Almonds are another great energizing snack, because they contain potassium, magnesium, and vitamin E which boosts your stamina when you turn up the heat in class.

3.  Oatmeal is another quick burning pre-workout snack that will leave you satisfied until the end of class, but limit this to a half cup serving in order to avoid a belly ache.

4. Greek Yogurt is the perfect protein packed snack that will energize your workout on the mat. However, be sure to avoid this snack if you have trouble digesting dairy products.

Pre higherpower cycle class:

 1. Bananas are a great potassium rich energy source that will help you power through your ride.

 2. Throw together a smoothie before you hit the bike. Grab a blender, add some nutritious leafy greens, a fruit, and protein powder to boost energy and fuel you to the end of your workout.

 3. Egg Whites  are a great pre-workout meal if you have time to throw them together before a class.

4. Dried Fruits are full of healthy natural sugars that give you a boost you need on the bike.


If you're about to kill a strength and cardio workout in our TRX E.P.I.C. Class then these pre-meal are for you:


1. Smoothies (60-90 minutes before) with low fat and sugar, moderate protein, and a high amount of carbs. (Banana, almond milk,berries, and a Small amount of whey protein)

2. Small price of fruit (berries, bananas, dates, Apple)

3. If you have over an hour before you hit the weights, then brown rice and black beans are a great combination of pre-workout fuel.

Another great option is to combine the your fruit with oatmeal or some almond/peanut butter.  


 
Choosing the right pre-workout meal depends upon your individual body. So even if these options aren't for you, figure out what works best through trial and error. Higherpowernola classes will challenge you and push you to your physical limit, so it is important to prepare your body properly. Smoothies are easy to add super-foods to. Some ideas include: chia seeds, spirulina, coconut oil, goji berries, kale, etc. 
No matter the workout don't forget to hydrate! Water is one of the most important pre-meal necessities.                              





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