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Published Monday Jun 10, 2019 by Kimia Kalbasi

3 Mindful Meals in the Marina

Food
Fitness

Post-workout goodies are one of the best parts about working out—besides the feel-good mood that comes from those endorphins! Workout. Work up a sweat. Work up an appetite. Repeat.
 
Whether you’re in FiDi after work, getting that early morning class in the Marina, checking out a local yoga studio in the Mission or running by the Bay Bridge, San Fran has something for everyone with tons of boutique workout classes and a prime foodie scene. Some of my favorite neighborhoods to workout and dine out in include the Marina, Hayes Valley, and FiDi.
 
The Marina is basically the mecca of workout studios. From yoga to Pilates and cardio, it’s the Miracle Mile of break-in’ a sweat.  With everything from Pilates ProWorks to CorePower, there’s no shortage when it comes to picking your next communal sweat spot. There’s also no shortage of cafes and restaurants, either. 
 
If you’re looking to dine al fresco and people watch the Brads, Thads, and Chads and Marina moms with their dearly beloved pups, there’s no dull moment in the Marina—especially when it comes to your next meal.


Causwells

2346 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
If you love classic American fare with a Californian twist, this is my go-to spot. Whether you’re craving a bomb burger, a salad with toppings galore, or a gourmet chicken and couscous dish, Causwells is tucked away towards the end of the Marina. Outdoor seating is my personal preference when it’s a nice day out!
 

Project Juice

2234 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
When it comes to bowls—particularly nut butter-laden açaí fruit bowls—I’m a total fiend. I typically make smoothie bowls at home every day, but when I’m in the area, I can’t help but drop by and have one of their adaptogen lattes.
 

Souvla

2272 Chestnut Street 
San Francisco, CA 94123
If you’re a fanatic for Greek food, Souvla is hands down the best spot. The atmosphere and ambiance are intimate yet cozy and inviting. Better yet, the menu is so simple yet so delicious. My go-to is the sweet potato bowl, and I like to add pea shoots and chicken for added protein so I can stay full longer. It’s the perfect pick-me-up after work! If you’re not a fan of the Marina, there’s also a location in Hayes Valley and the Mission. Fun fact: Michelle Obama got Souvla for her flight back to DC once upon a time. 


 
SF is FILLED with an overwhelming number of tasty hidden gems—mom-and-pop cafes, salad spots like Mixt or Sweetgreen, and more! With as many food options as there are workout classes, it’s so easy to check out yummy food spots after your next sweat sesh! Want to explore more healthy eats in the Bay Area? Check out Kimia's Kravings for all things food in SF.

Kimia Kalbasi
Written by
Kimia Kalbasi
Food + Travel Blogger
About the author
Your go-to girl when you don’t know where to go, Kimia Kalbasi is the creator of “Kimia’s Kravings.” Working with brands like CorePower, Buzzfeed, and Forbes, she specializes in food, travel, lifestyle, and everything in between. In her free time, she enjoys staying active through hot yoga, hiking, and boxing.
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.