Last weekend I went with my cousin to a yoga and superfood smoothies workshop. It was hosted by Giovanna Garcia of A Purified Life.
I think I stumbled onto her blog because of an appealing recipe and then I saw that she hosts events regularly like a monthly Sunday brunch where she cooks the entire menu and teaches you about the ingredients and what you can get out of them health-wise which sounded good to me! I immediately signed up for the yoga and superfood smoothies workshop. I’m turning into a health nut like my Mom says! A couple years ago, I was diagnosed with hashimoto’s thyroiditis and ever since then I have been very conscious about eating as many beneficial foods as possible to prevent the autoimmune disease from getting worse and I also took up yoga for stress-relief and exercise.
The event was held at a.Muse, an art gallery and meeting space in the Mission District. It was just around the corner from Universal Cafe, a great brunch spot I went to a couple months before with one of my friends. The space was so beautiful with natural light pouring in from the windows, a piano at one end of the room, and framed art hanging on all of the walls.
There were about eight to ten of us in the workshop so there was more than enough space for all of us to spread out our yoga mats on the hardwood floors. Dave Ford from Dave Ford Yoga taught an intermediate level class that warmed us up and got us sweating in no time. I was still pretty sore a couple days after but it was worth it! The neighborhood is pretty quiet so we were able to practice in silence which made the 50-minute session even better.
After the yoga session, we sat on our mats around a table with all of the superfoods ready to go in the blender for our smoothies! Giovanna made two smoothies for us and went over each ingredient and its health benefits.
The first was an acai smoothie which included acai, berries, maca, and avocado and the second smoothie was a cacao goji smoothie which included raw cacoa, goji berries, chaga tea, and hemp seeds. She also made us apple pie breakfast bars.
It seems like these would just be snacks but everything was delicious and filling that I didn’t need to have a lunch afterwards. I was even too full to get a Blue Bottle Coffee at the Heath Ceramics factory down the street and I rarely say no to coffee. Giovanna and her sister Regina were incredibly nice and answered all of our questions. We also got to take the recipes home with us along with a list of superfoods to remember to try at home.
I’m definitely in agreement with the idea that it’s important to take time for yourself even if it’s just for an hour. This was a relaxing Saturday for sure and I got to try something new in my hometown. I would definitely recommend an event like this for anyone who is interested in health, wellness, food or fitness or anyone visiting San Francisco and wanting to try an activity off the beaten path.