|By Amanda Cortez On the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Ventura Place in a beige 2 story building is a fitness studio of peace and wellness where yoga fitness buffs go to attain physical, emotional and mental well being.
Vanessa Giorgio owns Lotus Kitty Studio which combines two different concepts to deliver an all encompassing workout for the mind and body. The first concept is spinning which relies on high intensity cardio for weight loss. The second concept is yoga which is for calming the mind but has profound body sculpting benefits.
“Yoga and spin is the perfect union for a fit, lean strong body accompanied by a balanced mind,” says Giorgio.
Lotus Kitty offers a variety of classes: yoga, spin and pilates as well as hybrid classes of spin/yoga or spin/sculpt that will literally sculpt and re-shape your body. For the early fitness buff, they offer the popular Katcamp which is a 6 week intensive program 5 days a week from 6-7 a.m.
“Consistency is key in personal fitness and just about every discipline that exists,” says the yoga expert who practices yoga and meditates every day.
It’s obvious Giorgio has been working out most of her life because her body is beautifully fit and toned. Her fitness career started at a young age working out at the gym. Later she discovered how spinning made her body come alive and began to teach. But the fitness guru wanted to lengthen her muscles as well as strengthen them so she learned yoga. She found it was the perfect combination that changed her physically and mentally.
“I enjoy the art of spinning because of the intense cardio as well as its mind freeing qualities. I felt the combination of both was so crucial that I could no longer just teach spin,” says Giorgio.
My experience at Lotus Kitty has been wonderful for my mind and body. Spinning wakes me up and gets me going– Giorgio is a charismatic, inspirational spinner! Watching her encourages me to keep going when I want to give up. Her pumped-up music and encouraging words help me and everyone go the distance. Her spin class is fun and energetic and varies from sitting to standing and then back and forth targeting different muscles—all at different levels of speed. In the end I get a great workout while letting out a load of frustrations.
Immediately following the spin class is the yoga class that allows me to de-stress my muscles and stretch them fully. This time is to lengthen the muscles, calm the mind and be in the moment. It’s a spiritual time that I don’t get anywhere else as soothing music plays while Giorgio guides the class in tranquility.
The combination has given me physical strength, balance and mental clarity. I look better today than I did when I was 20 years old. I only wish that I fell in love with yoga back then. I can do a push up and stay up longer. My arms and legs are more toned and I feel so much better about myself. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and can benefit all ages—it’s never too late to start.
There is no need to go to a gym. You can get all the benefits in one hour of spin and yoga,. You will look fabulous and feel connected with your inner self as you incorporate cardio for weight loss and various yoga poses focusing your attention on your body, your breathing and your spirit. The stretches and breathing techniques can create harmony in one’s life if practiced daily decreasing stress and imbalance. It’s a life changing experience.
“You can physically train for three hours per day, but if your emotional and mental bodies are out of balance, achieving complete health will be unattainable. How you feel, how you react, how you perceive yourself and others are also crucial components,” Says Giorgio.
Lotus Kitty can give anyone a complete workout, Giorgio is a master sculptress! Her long time experience and expertise can absolutely change and sculpt anyone’s body. Our bodies are put through a lot of confusion with poor eating habits and life stressors. Giorgio’s classes will increase health, serenity and improve confidence with her practices. The body will crave for healthy eating and a consistent workout regimen to stay well.
“Our goal at Lotus Kitty is to encourage you to live healthy in all aspects of your life!” says Giorgio.
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