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Go Do Yoga and Give to Charity

Go Do Yoga and Give to Charity

Mel will be teaching a yoga class tomorrow (Tuesday, April 30th) at the Paris Health Club (Upper West Side, NYC) for a charity event.  Details:

Paris Fitness is reaching out to the community by helping our local children at PS 75. For one full week from Monday, April 29 to Sunday, May 5 the Paris Fitness team will donate their time and talent to help raise funds to support our local public school. Paris will donate over 15 classes to raise money for PS 75!

kidsSo if you want to make it tomorrow or for the rest of the week go to the Paris Fitness Facebook Page and sign up for a class at the email address below, drop your donation in the lockbox and participate in classes taught by top of the line Paris Fitness instructors. All proceeds will support PS 75 enrichment classes, gym equipment and much more! Classes will be held at Paris Fitness at 752 West End Avenue.

Sign up today for as many classes as you like!
To sign up write to for details and class schedule.

Run Strong For Boston

The city of Boston has suffered unnecessary tragedy and ensuing violence.  Grief is the primary emotion that has been felt this last week, not just in Boston, but by everyone witnessing as well.  But now is the time to find strength and help our Bostonian brothers and sisters to reclaim their streets and sense of freedom.  There have already been runners pounding the pavement in solidarity around the country and world.

London runners take a moment of silence for Boston.
London runners take a moment of silence for Boston.

The runs for Boston will continue on Monday, April 22nd.  For a list of those runs go to this Facebook Page made by the Independent Running Retailers Association.  If you can’t make it for a run show support by contributing to one of these causes listed by the Huffington Post.  Efforts like these have already raised, “more than $7 million in 24 hours” for the One Fund Boston.

Runner shows support for Boston
Runner shows support for Boston

For more specific information on joining runs in New York City go to the Facebook page (this one is for Central Park) made by the retailer JackRabbit Sports.  After such inhumane actions it’s important to come together and reestablish our connections to one another as loving and peaceful beings.  So, run far and run free!


The Charity for Haiti You Need to Know About

It’s so unfortunate that many of us feel trepidation when wanting to contribute to a charity or non-profit foundation.  But the truth is, especially in this modern age of corporate cultures, anyone looking to donate may be worried about where their money is going, if it is going to be used in the way that is desired or at the very least is not going to line the pockets of a corrupt system.  The Marie Georges Foundation is a breath of fresh air and much-need salvation in the dubious world of charitable giving.

Here’s the deal:

The Marie Georges Foundation is a 501©3 non-profit organization that seeks to improve the living conditions of at-need populations around the world. The United States-based organization was founded in 2010 in memory of Marie Georges, a native Haitian U.S. citizen. The Foundation expects to launch its first program in Leogane, Haiti, and to focus on that country throughout its first two years of operations. This first program, Bikes for Haiti, supports the Foundation’s mission by equipping the Haitian people with bicycles and the tools and training that support bicycles as a sustainable means of transportation.

Ed Hall, founder, president and chairman of the board, of the Marie Georges Foundation is also a personal friend of SMARTer Bodies™.  We really do know how hard he works at combining his love of fitness (he’s also a dope spin instructor), cycling and his heritage as a Haitian-American for the greater good.  The reason Ed wears the hat of founder, president and chairman is to ensure that the money MGF receives is used just the way those giving have intended.  Essentially, there is no overhead to pay for, because Ed and the other board members do everything and don’t accept a penny for it.  This is truly an opportunity to be of service for Ed and his family, which means when we want to donate to a charity this is one we can give to confidently.

Bikes for Haiti is their first official project and is pretty cool!  Check it out:

The Foundation expects to launch its first program, Bikes for Haiti, in Léogâne, Haiti, over the next few months. The program will provide Haitian residents with bicycles and the tools and training that support bicycles as a sustainable means of transportation. The bikes enable access to basic essential needs such as food, shelter, healthcare, education, and employment. As well, the Foundation expects the Bikes program to serve as a catalyst for commercial development that will provide Haitian communities with opportunties to own their own businesses.

We love seeing Ed in action on the bike in Haiti and love knowing that his foundation is named in the memory of his loving mother Marie Georges.  What more do you need to know?  Check out the blog for foundation/project updates and for beautiful photography of the positive changes we can make together for our friends and family in Haiti.

Help Support a Wife and Mother’s Battle Against Cancer

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting Lynette Alicea.  She is the grandmother to Kim’s beautiful little girl, Mya.  Lynette is a mother herself to 8-year old Layla and wife to Victor “Glyde” Alicea, founder of one of the most popular event/entertainment businesses in the Washington area and recognized as one of the original B-boys form NYC’s breakdance scene.  But the ease and routine of this family’s daily life has been interrupted by a rare melanoma.  Lynette is now trying to prevail against stage 4 metastatic melanoma that has invaded her brain and bone marrow.

Luckily there is a treatment available to Lynette that could dramatically increase her chances for survival.  But this treatment is not conventional and, therefore, not covered by insurance.  This family needs financial support and is reaching out to friends and family to ask for it.  So we now ask you to please give whatever you can.  In a situation like this every little bit is a blessing. Help Lynette continue to be the amazing wife and mother she has been and an inspiration to all of us in our lives.

Go here to donate and learn more about Lynette.  Thank you so much!

A Successful Day for Sweat NYC for Japan

Sweat for JapanThis last Saturday we held our our fundraiser for Japan. We had such a great time getting in shape, dancing, giving out prizes and most importantly raising money. We ended the day with a total of $2,300! This is very exciting and we thank everyone who had a hand in getting this together and donating. The website will be up for another 2 weeks to help us reach our final goal of $5,000. People are still donating, so please keep it going:



A special thank you to our sponsors:

  • AK47 Division
  • Howard Sloan Koller
  • Jack Rabbit
  • Ogilvy

We express deep gratitude to those who helped volunteer and gave merchandise to our silent auction:

  • Andrea Roberts- Emotional Management Therapist with the Paradox Process
  • Christiane Tibbs – Massage Therapist
  • Karin Fantus – Pilates Teacher
  • Kula Yoga Project
  • P and T Interiors
  • Snapshot- Personal Training
  • Soon Salon – Hair Salon
  • Bunch Web Development

Kim and I want to thank the teachers who made the event worth coming to:

Adyana de la Torre – Personal Trainer
Mimosa Gordon – Pilates Teacher
The Hip Hop Dance Conservatory
Tweetie – Alvin Ailey Hip Hop Dance Teacher

We’ll be posting photos of the event soon, so check back!

Announcing Sweat NYC, a benefit for Japan’s tsunami survivors

Kim and I have been extremely moved and inspired by the strength the Japanese people have shown in the face of the recent tsunami. We know that international aid has been pouring in, but there’s so much more help that’s needed. People’s entire homes, communities, and lives have been completely destroyed. The disaster seems overwhelming, but despite our distance we can help.

We have decided to team up with Direct Relief and organize a fun way to inspire New Yorkers and help out the people in need. It’s a day-long fitness event called Sweat NYC. Many of our fitness and dance friends have come together in support of making this day as successful as possible. Here are the details:

What: Sweat NYC for Japan: An all day fun-filled fitness event for people of all ages and skill levels encompassing 6 different classes taught by accomplished instructors, an auction for fitness gear and private sessions, and a raffle. Classes include: Morning Total Body Conditioning with Adyana de la Torre, Vinyasa Flow yoga with Kim-Lien Kendall, Pilates, the Blade Dance Technique with the Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory, Gentle Yoga with Melissa Gutierrez and Hip-Hop with Tweetie. We are hoping to raise over $5,000 for Tsunami victims in Japan through Direct Relief, a charity esteemed in international news for their efforts in Japan. You can help us to meet our goal with your donations.

When: Saturday, April 9th 2011, from 9 am to 7 pm.

Where: 636 11th Ave, New York, NY. Space has been generously donated to us by Ogilvy, worldwide marketing firm.

You have a variety of great classes to choose from for a minimum donation of $15 – $25. Or spend the entire day with us for a $60 day pass, which also gets you a ticket to our raffle where you may win a prize. We hope to see you there, not only to donate, but to take care of yourself and connect with this awesome community!