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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 yoga studios, 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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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!