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GREEN BERRY MOHITO WITH FRESH MINT!  Good tasting and good for you.

Usually I run around town with my green drink in tow and I encounter a lot of strange stares and a lot of questions. When I explain how yummy the drink is and how good it is for you I get asked for recipes all the time.

My latest and greatest recipe is the Frozen Green Berry Mohito made with fresh mint from my garden.. Anyone can grow mint because it basically takes care of itself when planted and grows like crazy.  Buy a mint plant from your local nursery or even local supermarket.

Green Berry Mohito

**This recipe can be used with or without alcohol**

2 cups of fresh spinach

2 sweet red apples (any variety available)

1 tsp honey (optional)

2 cups water

3/4 cup frozen strawberries

3/4 cup frozen red rasberries

a handful of fresh mint

2 tsp of raw maca powder (optional)

Why is Maca Powder so special?

Because Maca Powder is an adaptogen it is able to identify ‘hotspots’ of stress or weakness in the body and focus its healing properties on assisting these areas.

This is a nutrient packed food that contains an array of minerals, essential amino acids, vitamins and enzymes.

Maca Powder also contains over 55 different active phytochemicals including hormonal precursors and sterols. These phytochemicals are part of the reason why people taking raw Maca Powder experience increased energy levels and even feel happier.

Maca Powder Benefits

maca powder benefitsMaca Powder is able to contribute to overall well-being and provide the body with over 20 different fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B12 and B1 & B2, vitamin C as well as many other vitamins and minerals.

It can support the nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system and help to reduce adrenal stress to bring our bodies back in to balance.

Its been well publicised that Maca Powder can help to improve libido and fertility as well as stamina!

Its also used by bodybuilders who want a natural alternative to anabolic steroids due to the high levels of naturally occurring plant sterols.

raw maca can be bought at

I use the health master by Montel Williams. I have had this emulsifier for over 2 years and if you have a problem within one year they replace it for FREE.. You can make everything and anything in this blender due to the strong motor.  The reason I like this blender better than a juicer is because it keeps all the fiber in!






Join Iyala March 17-24, 2012

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Come experience a week of blissful nourishment from the inside out. Iyala will guide you through 2 yoga classes a day (morning and evening), meditation, practices centered around awakening, restoring, and inspiring our true passions and purpose. The morning yoga class will enliven and awaken our body, mind, and spirit with a vinyasa practice and in the evening we will practice a flowing sequence with longer holds especially targeting the hips, spine and shoulders .

Each day there will be a guided meditaion practice. We will explore one chakra each day as we use the 7 day retreat to balance the 7 major energy centers in the body and how they relate to our day to day life, integrating their influence to suffer less and live more. Drawing upon yoga philosophy, psychology,chanting, visualization, and astrology we will gain a deeper understanding of how these energy centers play into our well being, everyday life, and the choices we make.

 Enjoy a 1 hr massage included in the retreat. Please bring a journal.

For more info on the retreat center

Cost ~ Single $1375, Double  $1200, Triple $1150
$250 Non-Refundable Deposit Due Jan 15, 2012

How to Pay?

The cost includes 2 daily yoga classes (morning and late afternoon), a 1 hour massage, 7 nights  in beautiful accommodations, 3 delicious meals a day, transportation from/to Guatemala City Airport by shuttle van, use of group room and props, unlimited tea and coffee service, filtered drinking water, a tour of Santa Cruz pueblo sponsored by Amigos de Santa Cruz , Artisan Market, an Eco Sumaya tour and Guatemalan taxes.

*Iyala will also be offering astrology readings. If interested please email iyala date, time,and place of birth. We will then schedule a time to look at your chart when you were born and in the present, using the stars as a tool to probe deeper into ones self to help create the life they want and perhaps get a sense of major happenings in your personal life.*

Please email contact info and flight details once you have them if you want assistance coming from the airport. Hope to see you at the lake! for photos and more information on villa sumaya retreat center.

iyala berley


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It is almost November with the last glimmer of Indian Summer almost behind us. I am already feeling sluggish and tired from the change in season and all that it brings with it.. Dark mornings and early sunsets came by way too soon.  Through the years I have found comfort in my yoga practice during these transitional seasonal changes.  My teachers have been incorporating many twisting and standing poses into our practice.  Nothing feels better than getting an internal massage created from the body twisting releasing stress and toxins.

With the help of my Health Master super blender I have created a yummy green goddess Kale drink full of delicious fruits.. Trust me it is addicting in a good way..

Green Goddess Kale Smoothie:

2 cups of fresh Kale

1 large apple ( any sweet apple will do)

a handful of beautiful red strawberries

1 banana

1 gorgeous yellow lemon (take the skin off but leave a little of the rind it really sparks a great lemon flavor while drinking)

about 1 1/2 of water in the blender and then add everything in WITH THE SKIN ON!  You get tons of added fiber from the skins of these fruits.

Blend everything together on high, shake well and serve cold. Enjoy.. you will crave it , the smoothie is so yummy and it is so good for you..

I use fruit cleaner from EAT CLEANER I have been using it for about 2 years and my fruits and vegetable look and taste better as well as being safe for my family to consume.

Here is some information on why the ingredients in this delish drink are so good for you.

The beautiful leaves of the kale plant provide an earthy flavor and more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around. Although it can be found in markets throughout the year, it is in season from the middle of winter through the beginning of spring when it has a sweeter taste and is more widely available.

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the Brassica family, a group of vegetables including cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts that have gained recent widespread attention due to their health-promoting, sulfur-containing phytonutrients. It is easy to grow and can grow in colder temperatures where a light frost will produce especially sweet kale leaves.There are several varieties of kale; these include curly kale, ornamental kale, and dinosaur (or Lacinato or Tuscan) kale, all of which differ in taste, texture, and appearance. The scientific name for kale is Brassica oleracea.

All Hail for Kale

Leafy green vegetables like poke, spinach and kale are excellent for women facing menopause for several reasons. The Cleveland Clinic explains that they have iron, which helps maintain adequate energy levels. These vegetables also have fiber and important antioxidants. Leafy green vegetables also contain calcium, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, which helps to strengthen bones during menopause.

What’s so nutritionally good about strawberries?
Strawberries contain a range of nutrients, with vitamin C heading the group. They also contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight free radicals. These antioxidant properties are believed to be linked to what makes the strawberry bright red.

Benefits of Lemon

Lemon act as blood purifier and improves the body’s ability to get rid of toxins.

Lemon fruit is excellent in fighting disease that’s related to infection.

Drinking lemon juice is useful for people with heart problem – because of its high potassium content.

Benefits of Apples

Apple cleans teeth and strengthens gum

Will make the cholesterol level lower

Detoxify the body and has an antiviral property

Apple will also prevent constipation because it helps digestion

One large apple supplies almost 30% of minimum amount of fiber that should be consumed daily.

Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since the average banana contains a whopping 467 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis.

The effectiveness of potassium-rich foods such as bananas in lowering blood pressure has been demonstrated by a number of studies. For example, researchers tracked over 40,000 American male health professionals over four years to determine the effects of diet on blood pressure. Men who ate diets higher in potassium-rich foods, as well as foods high in magnesium and cereal fiber, had a substantially reduced risk of stroke.

If you have drink recipes or information to share regarding yoga, health and wellness please email me at

Cheers to a healthy you!


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The lord Shiva is well known as his role The King Dancer or in Sanskrit Nataraja.  in his hands he holds a drum  and each beat signifies the death and rebirth of another age.  Shiva dances to his own music within a circle of flame called samsara.  samsara is the cyclical pattern in the constant repetition of birth, life and death.  while this familiar repetition can be comforting some people feel that it is inhibiting as well.

In order to dance like Shiva we must be free of inhibitions.  Freedom is being able to stray off the weathered well known path and venture onto the unchartered waters and embracing the unknown.  in this  story Shiva creates the room for us to make positive  abundant choices and allows us to let go of fear.

dancers pose or Natarajasana   allows us to experience the physicality that can produce fear in our bodies.    It is said that we store fear in our hearts.. When you open your heart in a backbend or any other pose you are releasing the fear held in your heart and you are opening up yourself to all the lovely possibilities that come with an beautiful open heart.  if we can find the graceful rhythm that comes from balance we will eventuallybe liberated in our bodies and in our minds. 

Standing poses require abdominal strength as well as really being present in your practice.. Many people new to yoga have a fear of standing poses .

Truth be told depending on my mood or level of balance even after 6 years I can still wobble and fall out of my pose.  The important thing is to fall down gracefully and get right back up..  This is true of everyday challenges in life.  How many times have you attempted a task and shy away from completing  something due to just enough fear in your head? I think it happens to everyone from time to time. 

  In a standing pose if you fall over what will happen?  Since yoga practice is a personal exploration of one’s self no one is looking at you at all!  The best part of being immersed in a yoga practice is that the time on the mat is yours and yours alone.

Standing poses tone and activate the torso, back, pelvis and abdominal organs, messaging the organs located there and increasing blood flow. Standing poses also invigorate the adrenal glands which produce hormones that help us tolerate many of the stresses of life. Both Extended Triangle Pose and Intense Side Stretch Pose also help in relieving menstrual disorders.

The benefits of standing poses are plentiful.

What standing poses are your favorites?

Be open.. Be present.. Be balanced.. Be free

shanti. shanti. shanti

Jill Friedfertig

Namaste to my readers..

Over the past 3 years I have learned many things and aquired many new friends, collegues and skills.  I truly appreciate the support that I have received from the yoga community around the world.

I am so grateful that I continue to get subscribers to my newsletter and I have decided to change the venue.

My newsletter is being transferred here to my blog “OM MY BLOG @  If you would like to subscribe to my blog please click the link above.

I  have started transferring my readers over but it is taking some time.  I appreciate everyone’s patience.

 Look for New information regarding yoga, health and wellness around the world coming soon..

Entrepreneurs:  I will be doing book and product review again.   Please send all information regarding new products/books ect to


Jill Friedfertig

Founder.. Innovator

Real Ryder Tribal Spin

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Take A Class That Really Moves You!
Been there done that? Not on these bikes you haven’t!

Our RealRyder® Indoor Cycling bikes are built to simulate an outdoor ride and tilt and move beneath you.

 Our 45 minute and 60 minute rides will engage your core, power up your legs, strike your balance, and give your body a complete workout. The RealRyder bikes are definitely a different ride than the normal indoor cycling bike!

Research has shown that they burn 20% additional calories as opposed to a stationary indoor cycling bike! Not to mention the additional muscle recruitment which lends itself to an increase in your metabolism. This combined with our “Fusion” program can really be effective in weight loss! Begin the ride to push and peddle into a stronger, better you!
Challenge yourself with this unbelievable ride

Fusion Training- 30 Minutes Functional Strength and 45 Minutes Pure Spin

This class offers 30 minutes of functional strength training and is designed to metabolically activate muscle mass. You can maximize your results while combining this with an “optional” pure spin class immediately after. These in conjunction with a clean eating program will guarantee results!
JD Fitness offers a power packed functional strength fitness class for just $15 for 30 minutes.. The cost is nominal and the classes are amazing.. They offer you 30 minutes of strength training that helps to elevate your spin workout and your day.. Small group functional training classes are also available.. to to for more information.
Trinity- 30 Minutes Functional Strength, 45 Minutes Pure Spin, and 30 Minutes Yoga
We believe one’s yoga practice is a direct parallel to one’s life. If you practice mindfully, leading with breath, exploring, discovering, accepting; then so shall your life be. This is the daily lesson to which yoga brings awareness. Cultivate patience, acceptance, courage and trust; to name but a few attributes that surface “on your mat.” This 30 minute class, also optional, is intended to follow your metabolically charged functional strength class, and vigorous tribal spin class. It is designed to tap into an opposite energy bank of surrendering, stretching and deep, relaxing breathe focus.

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Meet the Instructors..


Anne Nappi has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. Her journey began as a motivating and energetic group fitness instructor and has evolved into a driven, passionate, and inspiring personal trainer/group fitness instructor. She is certified through National Academy of Sports Medicine, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Madd Dog, and RealRyder Indoor Cycling.
Anne has been a personal trainer with JD Fitness for over 3 years, and is now directing the JD Tribal Spin program, featuring RealRyder indoor cycling bikes. She has worked with many special populations including seniors and athletes, but has a personal connection with those touched by cancer, and needing a new approach to health and well being. It is because of this and her many years of dedication in the industry, that have transformed many lives. Anne believes through hard work and determination anything is possible.


Marina started her professional career as an executive in the garment industry where she worked for many years. What initially started as a way to release some stress grew quickly into a regular gym routine and finally a strong passion.

She began to work out several times a week with a personal trainer and found that the benefits both physically and emotionally were beyond her expectations. At her physical peak, she decided she would help transform the lives of others the way fitness had transformed hers.

She started training clients independently in her home gym helping them attain their fitness goals. As the buzz of her results spread, she started to take on many high profile clients in their homes, before joining the other trainers at JD Fitness. Her philosophy has and always will be that nothing is impossible with the right mind-set, guidance, and technique.

Marina strives to create personalized routines that target the goals of each individual client whether it be endurance, strength, weight loss, flexibility or just a little encouragement to get them started. Her clients come from all backgrounds, ages, and levels of ability. She does not believe in quitting and pushes her clients to their maximum capacity.

As a wife and mother of 2 daughters, she knows how to provide encouragement. But, don’t expect to get much by her, slacking is not an option!

Marinas certifications include:

International Sports Sciences Association
   – Personal Trainer

Aerobics Fitness Association of America
   – Step 
   – Primary Group Fitness
   – Indoor Cycling

Kickboxing Fitness Institute of America
   – Kickboxing

TRX Suspension Certified Trainer

DSW Fitness
   – Jr. Fitness Specialist


 Sam has a B.S. degree in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Exercise Science & Cardiac Rehabilitation. Sam is certified through the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has been helping clients get leaner and stronger for the past fifteen years.

Sam serves as the manager of the  JD Fitness Livingston studio and the speed, agility, and strength program. His passion for athletic competition has led him to a life of training to compete in a wide variety of sports including boxing, football, mountain biking, snowboarding, soccer, xterra triathlons, and wrestling.  


Galen was a multi-sport athlete throughout high school, where he developed an interest in strength and conditioning, general fitness and nutrition. 

He followed his interests and pursued a degree in Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma, where he received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in December of 2010.  Galen is NSCA certified and works with all different populations, specializing in teen strength and conditioning.  He is the newest addition to JD’s team of trainers.

JD Fitness is a personalized studio filled with good karma, a beautiful space and  amazing instructors.   Jill Friedfertig  founder

Sweat NYC for Japan

Saturday April 9 9am-7pm

Take classes iwth the best professional fitness instructors in NY and help the people of Japan.

Location: Ogilvy Theatre Space

636 11th Ave


Suggested donation $15-25 per class

Special Day Pass $60 (all events and raffle entry)

**win a yoga sling mat bag from

Join an Amazing group of NYC Yoga teachers in a fun filled day of Yoga that benefits Japan!

Schedule of events:

9-10am Introduction and Auction

10-11 Total Body Conditioning with Adyana de la Torre

11:15-12:45 Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Kim Lien

1-2 Pilates with Mimosa Gordon

2-3 More auction and raffle

2:30-4 Blade Dance Technique with the Hip Hop Dance Conservatory

4:15-5:15 Gentle Yoga with Melissa Guiterez

5:30-7 Hip Hop with Tweetie

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to list your events with please email Jill Friedfertig at

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