Yoga Inspired in Pitman NJ is perfect for any level of yoga


If you follow my twitter @healthyhabitsbk you would know I tried yoga for the first time this week. I was petrified of going and looking silly since I never practiced yoga before. But, I felt the completely opposite. Yoga not only is relaxing it is fun and really easy.

I found Yoga Inspired online. It’s a small studio in Pitman, NJ ran by Denise Ashcraft.

My first class I went to was called Evening Blend Yoga and the instructor was Malini Patel. She was excellent. It was really nice and comforting that she made sure the beginners, like myself, didn’t feel out of place or awkward doing different moves. She gave a great piece of advice, that was to listen to your body. If a movement hurts simply don’t do it! That made a huge different in knowing my limits in yoga.

I enjoyed the class so much I signed up for two weeks of unlimited classes. I signed up for my second class for today. It was called Sunday Reboot Yoga. I had to wake up early to go but it was so worth it. Taking a yoga class was such a great start to my day and I am so glad I did it. Today the instructor’s name was Laura Maron. She was also great at catering to the beginners strength as well as the more advanced students in the practice.

I would strongly recommend to try yoga at Yoga Inspired! The have plenty of classes to take at a variety of times. Yoga Inspired is featured in Pitman, NJ at 51 South Broad Street. It is in the old bank next to Guillermo’s Restaurant. I really enjoyed it and hope you do too.



Trading in Ice Cream for Frozen Yogurt at YOGO Factory in Turnersville

I have been a huge fan of frozen yogurt for awhile now. It’s safe to say I’ve tried the majority of the frozen yogurt places in our area. I love frozen yogurt because its dessert without the guilt! I brought my parents along for the trip to YOGO Factory in Turnersville. I think I converted them to be fro-yo lovers too!

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Dine-out at Green Zebra: Glassboro’s Healthy New Restaurant Located in the Whitney Center at Rowan University

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Jen and Corey Gardner-Meeks are two Glassboro natives who had a big dream and made it happen. The couple decided to open up a healthy restaurant called Green Zebra in their hometown. The restaurant is located on the first floor of the Whitney Center. They serve a wide array of salads that can also be turned into wraps. Along with the wraps the couple provides Oogavé soda. Don’t know what it is? Read on!

What made you want to open up a restaurant like Green Zebra? 

My wife and I grew up in Glassboro and we realized there was a lack of healthy eating establishments so we decided to open it up.

Are you and your wife vegetarians or vegans?

My wife became a vegetarian because she didn’t like the idea of eating meat. I became a vegetarian for the healthy benefits. First, I cut out red meats and eventually meats altogether.

What is your favorite item on the menu? 

The tomatillo (pronounced toh-muh-tee-oh). A tomatillo is a tomato, each of our salads have a tomato in it this is my favorite though. I, of course, substitute the chicken for either black beans or tofu.

What is Oogavé soda?

Oogavé soda is a USDA certified organic soda made from agave syrup. When the agave nectar is fermented it becomes tequila. But, when it goes non-fermented it is a sweet syrup. It is low glycemic so it is a better option for people with hyperglycemia. The soda has no high-fructose syrup also.

What is the Earn Your Stripes program?

It is a loyalty card–like a rewards program. Once you sign up for it every time you order you show your card. The computer will keep track of what you spend. Once you reach $50 the computer will print out a $5 gift certificate that you can use the next time you order.

Make sure to check out Green Zebra on the first floor of the Whitney Center. They are open seven days a week from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M.

For updated information check out their Facebook page and Twitter account!

Exercise: Zumba Fitness for Dummies

Exercising in front of people was never a thrilling thing for me. I prefer to exercise alone in my own home and maybe have a friend or two join. And I especially enjoy exercising when it involved dancing. Who doesn’t love to dance and burn a few calories at the same time? So, I went to my local GameStop and bought Zumba Fitness for Xbox Kinect. The one I bought was the original version. I bought this one because it was the cheaper out of the wide arrangement of fitness games.

Zumba Fitness for Xbox Kinect

Zumba was always something I wanted to try but felt weird busting a move with a group of older women that I didn’t know.

As soon as I got home I put it in the Xbox and started playing. The set up was easy and pretty much self-explanatory. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to get started playing uploaded to Youtube by Howcast Tech & Gadgets.

When I was getting started I played a few of the tutorials. I would definitely recommend doing the tutorials. I feel like it helped me get a grasp for what a class would be like without having to do the full class. Then I attempted a full class and like the woman in the video said for every move you get perfect you get bonus points! Getting bonus points can always be a rewarding thing but the voice in the game encourages you to keep going by telling you just how great you’re doing! The game was a little hard to get the hang of and extremely exhausting. But, I felt like it was a great work out. I really enjoyed playing and with a group of people you know it can be even more fun!

Diane Villone said, “Zumba is a great exercise tool. I’m burning tons of calories and learning new dance moves while exercising!”

The Zumba website shows a 90-day challenge that I am thinking about trying. Although they tell you to use the Zumba Rush game I may just try it using the original Zumba Fitness game. The 90-day challenge involves playing the game for 90 days and also making healthier choices for meals. I am definitely going to give this a try and I will let you all know just how Zumba helped me in 90 days!

I hope you give Zumba Fitness a try!

Favorite Posts of the Week: All Women Stalk

Every week I’m going to post some fun posts I found interesting throughout the week. This week I want to focus on an app called All Women Stalk. It’s a collection of articles written by different women. They write just about everything you can imagine. This is a member-only site. So that means you have to sign up. But trust me its super easy and totally worth it. Oh and by the way, it’s free!


This week one thing that really caught my attention was an article written by Jennifer Knightstep titled 9 Affordable Ways to Eat Healthy. She created a list of great ways to shop healthy on a budget. I will definitely be using these tips. I’m already a big believer in number three, never go food shopping while hungry. The bill always ends up double of what it should’ve been and it usually consists of 50% junk food.

Jennifer Knightstep wrote another great article about how to stop over eating! a few of these rules I’ve been practicing for awhile now. No matter what I eat I track it in an app called Calorie Counter. Not only does it have the majority of all the brands of food I eat but it counts a,lay calories everyday along with how much water I drink and if I exercise. It’s a really great way to practice Knightstep’s rules to not stop over eating!


I’m not sure about all of you stress is something I face everyday. Having a job, schoolwork, and babysitting my three nieces and one nephew stresses me out to the max. But, I never knew what stress could really do to someone. Kelly Marcus explained 8 dangers stress can cause. I knew stress wasn’t good for you but to see it all written down really makes want to go relax and have a good laugh or two.

To help de-stress All Women Stalk had a post of 20 Priceless SNL Skits. I know a lot of people say SNL is outdated but I still watch it almost every week. These skits Lyndsie Robinson put together are hilarious and exactly what I need to start off a good weekend. Who doesn’t love a good skit with Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Justin Timberlake, Chris Farley, or “superstar” cheerleader Mary Katherine Gallagher. And that’s only naming a few!

I love All Women Stalk and I hope you enjoy it too!

Yummy Recipes!

The reason I wanted to create a blog about learning to live a healthy lifestyle was because I’ve been following a few blogs for a couple of years faithfully and wanted to give it a try!
Week by week my plan is to post a few things from other blogs!
This week I decided to share with you some recipes I want to try!
I know we all need something to warm our bellies especially since its been so cold! The Healthy Foodie posted a few recipes for soup, Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup this one seems so tasty!
The Blender Girl always has such great ideas! I love applesauce but it’s always so full of sugar! This week she shows a new recipe, Vitamix Raw Vegan Homemade Applesauce . I am definitely making this one!
Lauren Conrad’s website is perfect for just about anything! I found a great recipe ok there that’s super simple! It’s called Yogurt Kisses I love recipes that are simple and don’t take long to do so this is perfect for me!
If you take a look at my blog roll you can find all of these blogs and check out more of their advice and recipes!

What to expect: Dinner at Green Zebra and Yoga!

I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am to get started on this blog and my own healthy lifestyle! I have so many ideas I can’t wait to share with you! (Be prepared I use exclamation points a lot!)
Firstly, I want to take a look into organic food and what its really about. I plan on dining out at the new organic restaurant called Green Zebra . It’s owned by a Glassboro couple and I’m really excited to finally take a bite into organic food!
After all that eating a good exercise class will be much needed! I’ve taken so many different classes throughout the years but I never got a chance to attempt yoga! There are a few places in neighboring towns that I’m going to price out and eventually take a few classes!
Wish me luck!