Category Archives: Fitness

An Ode to the Milano Bicicletta

Milan tends to get quite a bit of haterade out there from those who feel it’s just another city and nothing special. Too bad for them, because I find Milan to be one of the most fabulous spots in all of Italy for a variety of reasons. Besides the amazing fashion, intricate and friendly locals and incredible boutique and restaurant scene, people are constantly riding super-vintage cool bikes.

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Not only do the locals ride bikes wearing fashionable outfits like capes and stiletto heels, their bikes are certainly not boring mountain bikes. Most seem to be funky, antique banana-seat or 70’s road bikes, which makes everything seem all the more awesome. Plus, what many don’t know is that Milan has a canal district, the Navigli area, similar to Venice or Amsterdam, which is the perfect spot to sport your hipster bike.

This started by me snapping a few photos of some bikes around the city and ending with a full-on love affair for la bicicletta in Milano. I hope you enjoy the photos of these bikes and their lovely Italian surroundings as much as I do!

Adesso…andiamo a fare un giro in bicicletta per Milano!!!

A rusted bike basket

A rusted bike basket

Handlebars along the Navigli Grande

Handlebars along the Navigli Grande

A cool bike lamo

A cool bike lamo

Part of Milan's bike system

Part of Milan’s bike system

Milan offers these bikes to locals

Milan offers these bikes to locals

This sign explains that you are not allowed to lock your bike to the fence. Looks like someone wasn't paying attention

This sign explains that you are not allowed to lock your bike to the fence. Looks like someone wasn’t paying attention

One of the few mountain bikes I spotted

One of the few mountain bikes I spotted

Metro and bike

Metro and bike

Bikes in a group

Bikes in a group

Stars shining in broad daylight

Stars shining in broad daylight

This bike owner is most likely enjoying happy hour, or aperitif, at this cafe

This bike owner is most likely enjoying happy hour, or aperitif, at this cafe

Bike and garden

Bike and garden

Big baskets, wonder what's inside

Big baskets, wonder what’s inside

Just lock up your bike and pop into mass!

Just lock up your bike and pop into mass!

This bike was locked here for the whole four days I was in Milan

This bike was locked here for the whole four days I was in Milan

The city-wide bike system outside of Parque Sempione

The city-wide bike system outside of Parque Sempione

A stylish man biking near the Duomo

A stylish man biking near the Duomo

Bike and bridge

Bike and bridge

Bike along the canal

Bike along the canal

Propped up in the courtyard of my picturesque Airbnb rental

Propped up in the courtyard of my picturesque Airbnb rental

A bike made out of bamboo

A bike made out of bamboo

 

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A New Way To Zen: InspiraLife

InspiraLife is a new company dedicated to helping keep your mind and body beautiful, healthy, fit and happy. The company was started by my friend and yoga teacher, Carla Sanchez and her business partner Inma Brea. Together, the team of two helps you expand your mind and body horizons allowing you to find your best self. Inma does this through coaching and Carla through yoga and mediation.

A yoga party organized by InspiraLife

A yoga party organized by InspiraLife

I was able to attend a Yoga Party thrown by InspiraLife, which allowed me to get to know a little more about their company and what the provide and do. Besides providing yoga classes and workshops, they also plan big health events and what I find the most awesome, retreats.

Inma and Carla, InspiraLife founders

Inma and Carla, InspiraLife founders

 

I went on my first yoga retreat (unfortunately before InspiraLife was a thing) to India recently and not to be all “this was life-changing”…except it was. Yoga retreats are beautiful because they allow you to focus on YOU. It’s not a family, friend or couples vacation. It’s a vacation all about bringing out the best in yourself, allowing you to be selfish and focus on your own needs.

Because let’s be honest, regardless of what obligations you have in your life (job, friends, boyfriends, children, family etc) it’s difficult to take time for introspection and mental and physical growth. Yes, we all spend our hour at Body Combat at the gym or Bikram Yoga, but the rest of our days are almost always spend pleasing others and fulfilling obligations.

Yoga retreats, in general, even if you aren’t even that into yoga are beautiful ways to learn to focus on self-awareness. What is it you need in life? Or have too much of? How can you find peace and love in your daily life? How can you stay stress-free?

InspiraLife goes a step beyond because not only are the retreats about yoga, but the coaching aspect will also help to answer the above questions and find out how you can enrich your life in so many ways: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

A healthy cooking workshop from InspiraLife

A healthy cooking workshop from InspiraLife

InspiraLife’s next retreats are to India in August (I wish I could go but I already have vacation plans) and to Tuscany in the fall, which I hope to go to. I also plan on attending a cooking class at some point (lord knows I need a  little help in the kitchen!).

In any case, I love the idea of a business that helps both your mind and body grow, and I look forward to seeing what else InspiraLife will continue to offer. Check them out!

Namaste! xo Lori

Namaste! xo Lori