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Harvest Ocean Benefit

We had a great turn out for our Ocean Benefit at 5 Point yoga in Malibu with special guest instructor Amy Rose.

Thanks So much to everyone who came out and donated!!!

We raised money for the 5 Gyres non profit organization and raised some awareness about a very important cause. 5 Gyres works to keep plastic out of our oceans and clean plastic that has already found its way to sea. Check them out at 5gyres.org.

What is a "Gyre" you ask? Our oceans are dynamic systems, made up of complex networks of currents that circulate water around the world. Large systems of these currents, coupled with wind and the earth’s rotation, create “gyres”, massive, slow rotating whirlpools in which plastic trash can accumulate.

The North Pacific Gyre, the most heavily researched for plastic pollution, spans an area roughly twice the size of the United States. Designed to last, plastic trash in the gyre will remain for decades or longer, being pushed gently in a slow, clockwise spiral towards the center. Most of the research on plastic trash circulating in oceanic gyres has focused on the North Pacific, but there are 5 major oceanic gyres worldwide.

Cetaceans, all sea turtle species, and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies. When marine animals consume plastic trash, presumably mistaking it for food, this can lead to internal blockages, dehydration, starvation, and potentially death.

Also of deep concern for societies are the potential human health impacts of toxic chemicals entering the marine food chain through plastics. Science is beginning to ask the question: do chemicals such as PCBs and DDTs that sorb onto plastic pellets get into the tissues and blood of the animals that eat plastic? Do these chemicals work their way up the food chain, becoming increasingly concentrated and potentially entering our bodies when we eat seafood?

This is a problem we need to solve immediately, and it wont be easy. We are up against some huge corporations who are more concerned about their stock price then the environment. But If we all work together as a team, this planet might still have a chance.

Harvest founders Jason Moriarty and Michael Butler with Amy Rose.

Harvest founders Jason Moriarty and Michael Butler with Amy Rose. 

Some Healthy Eats from Alex

Three simple tips for healthy eating.

-by Alex Curtis

 Looking good and feeling good starts with proper nutrition. Here are some basics to think about when planning your next meals:

  1. Portion Control- being able to visualize portion sizes is an important diet tool.  If you understand what a portion really looks like you will be able to monitor how much you are consuming.  Here are some helpful tips.
  • 1 cup cooked rice, pasta, etc= 1 baseball
  • 1 medium fruit= 1 baseball
  • 1 cup fresh fruit/vegetables= 1 baseball
  • 3 oz. meat/poultry= deck of cards
  • 3 oz, grilled/baked fish= check book
  • 2 tbs peanut butter or hummus= 1 golf ball
  • 1 oz. cheese= 3 stacked dice
  • 1 cup yogurt= 1 baseball
  • 1 tbs dressing= 1 poker chip
  • 1 cup strawberries= about 12
  • 1 cup carrots= about 12 baby
  • ¼ cup almonds= about 24
  • 1 tsp oil= size of tip of thumb
  1. Clean eating- foods we purchase daily are filled with added preservatives and sugars.  Refined sugars are a diet disaster.  It is important to limit processed foods.  Aim to eat foods that contain less than 6 ingredients.  Try not to eat things that have sugar as one of the top 4 ingredients.  This can be written as sugar, corn syrup, fructose, and many other names.  Stick to whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains such as quinoa, barley, and brown rice.
  2. Small frequent meals- It is important to not let yourself get hungry.  In order to keep your energy up and your metabolism going you need to eat about every 4 hours.  When your body goes too long without food it starts to protect itself by storing calories and fat when you do finally eat.  Not letting yourself get too hungry will also prevent you from eating too much during meals.  Keep with 5-6 small meals throughout the day.

With those tips in mind, Here are a few healthy recipes to get you going:

Brussels sprouts with pine nuts

  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth

1. Separate sprouts into leaves, leaving just the center intact. Set aside.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add nuts to pan; cook 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring constantly. Coarsely chop nuts.

3. Melt coconut oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots to pan; sauté 1 minute or until golden, stirring frequently. Stir in Brussels sprouts centers and leaves, currants, thyme, salt, and pepper; toss to combine. Add broth. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 7 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Uncover; cook 4 minutes or until liquid evaporates and sprout centers are tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; sprinkle with nuts.

Quinoa with mushrooms, kale, and sweet potato

  1. Place the quinoa and 2 cups water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden and beginning to soften, 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the kale, wine, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, tossing often, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Serve the vegetables over the quinoa

Enjoy!!

Our friend Alex Curtis is a wellness coach and teacher at Corepower Yoga. Follow her blog at http://www.alexcurtiswellness.com/

Amy Rose Fitness

Amy Rose was first introduced to yoga nearly nine years ago through the Kundalini teachings of Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. Amy is certified and trained through the American Yoga School in Malibu, CA. She currently teaches in Los Angeles at Maha Yoga and EQUINOX.

Specializing in vinyasa flow from beginner to advanced set to soul soothing music, Amy brings great light and love into her classes. She will encourage you to have fun and challenge yourself, while honoring your individual needs. Her classes focus on building endurance and strength, while, at the same time, respecting the connection between the body and the mind.

Amy also teaches private sessions and is currently producing yoga wellness retreats for 2015.

Product feedback: 

"I really appreciate and respect that HARVEST ACTIVE uses sustainable material. I believe a company that sells yoga clothing should be active in saving the planet. It just makes sense. Period. 

For me, I really love the way the HARVEST fabric feels against my skin.  It, actually, doesn't feel like anything, it feels like air and that's a good thing because when you're practicing yoga, you don't want any distractions, you just want to be in the moment, in the pose, using your working breath to take you to that magical place. HARVEST helps you get there with it's second skin fabric and fit.  The yoga experience is organic and true when you wear sustainable clothing. It's the right thing to do and your intuition tells you that. I am proud to be a member of the HARVEST ACTIVE team of instructors. Supporting our environment and companies that share the same commitment and passion is what it's all about."

-Amy

Learn more about Amy and her practice at: http://amyrosefitness.com

Amy is wearing the new Harvest activewear line. check it out in our online store. Namaste.

New Year's Resolutions Harvest style...

HARVEST NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

by Alex Curtis

Even though the holidays are over, 2015 is here; there is still the hustle and bustle of holiday stress.  Traveling back home, work starts up again and don’t forget that massive pile of returns you need to make.  (Why does Aunt Carol still send the worst holiday sweaters?!)  
With the start of the New Year, new intentions, new goals, make it a point to focus on you.  Give yourself time to relax, breath in fresh air, be active, get outside, and unplug from technology.  It is important to find your own personal outlet to escape the daily stresses of every day life.  Here are a few ways that you can focus on you and let go of the world, for a little while at least.  Give one or more a shot and see what resonates with you, make it your own.



Start a meditation practice.
    There are many benefits to meditation, whether it is on your own or using a guided meditation you find online.  As long as you are calm, quiet, and breathing, you can escape from your thoughts.  Not only does meditation release accumulated stress you are holding onto, it also prevents stress from getting into your system.  So grab a comfy pillow, find a seat, silence or music, find your breath and let go.

 Pick up an outdoor activity.

Depending on where you live and what type of outdoors is available to you, find an activity that works.  If you have mountains find a new spot to hike.  If you live by the beach start some intense sand workouts or take walks along the water.  Even just taking a walk through a park or biking around your neighborhood, you will absorb the benefits of being outdoors (hello Vitamin D).  Whatever you choose to do, leave your phone at home, make this time about you, take a deep breath and feel the fresh air fill your lungs, appreciate your life.  


Make time to read.
    Everyone has that growing list of books that have been recommended by friends, they hear about on TV or see as they pass by the bookstore.  This year make a commitment to yourself to read more.  Whether you sit outside, in your bed, on your couch, pick up a book and escape, escape from your mind and sink into a story.  


Learn how to cook.
    There is something very calming and peaceful about chopping vegetables and preparing meals.  Not only are you taking the time for yourself, you are also making something that will nourish your body (hopefully).  Start by picking a few of your favorite dishes, hit your local grocery store, dust off that apron and make a culinary masterpiece!  Having these moments for you in the kitchen is a great outlet to rid stress and negative thoughts.  How can you be unhappy when you are about to give your taste buds such a pleasant experience?  

Moral of this story, don’t just use the New Year to set unrealistic resolutions that merely look good on paper, rather start off 2015 for YOU.  When you are free of stress and worries, it creates a better environment for everyone around you.  Find your outlet and make it a habit to find time for you and love every moment of it. 

 

Our friend Alex Curtis is a wellness coach and teacher at Corepower Yoga. Follow her blog at http://www.alexcurtiswellness.com/

Harvest planting trees!

Trees are one of our most precious resources. They provide us with clean air, and the forests they make up provide a natural habitat to millions of wildlife species. Many of our forest eco-systems are being threatened in todays modern industrialized world. Much of the forest land that has existed on this planet for millions of years as been decimated and turned into housing or farmland for humans. The continuous massive loss of trees is tipping the scales towards a planet out of balance. Climate change is creating much more intense drought, wildfires, and flooding. 80% of all wildlife live in forests. As their forests disappear so do their homes, their food supply, and our source of clean air. This is why Harvest is so passionate about our mission to plant trees, use environmentally friendly fabrics and practices and do everything we can to protect the planet.

We are proud to say, thanks to your support, we just made another good size donation to American Forests, the nations oldest conservation agency. This is such a great non profit organization doing some incredible work around the world. You should also be proud to know your Harvest purchase helped restore a vital eco-system. 

To learn more about why the reforestation mission is so important and how the process works check out this short video:

  

Harvest Summits Red Rock Canyon

Actually our friends Ashley and Danielle from thoseblondes.com hiked Red Rock Canyon in their Harvest gear. Here's a couple pics from their adventure:

Rock climbing, no problem.

Stop, Drop and Yoga!

We sometimes forget to get outside and enjoy nature. Today's modern world can be consuming with work and cell phones and social media constantly tapping us on the shoulder. It's important to unplug on a regular basis and just get outside and breathe.

Ashley summiting...

Danielle enjoying the view.

Mission accomplished. Ashley is wearing our Eden Capri and Love long sleeve. Danielle is wearing our Prism Escape legging and Feathers tank.

Read more about their hike and Follow the girls on their blog at: http://thoseblondes.com/category/travel/las-vegas-travel/

 

Maha Yoga photo shoot with Kaleigh

We had an amazing photo shoot with Kaleigh Walker at Maha Yoga in Brentwood, CA. Huge thanks to Kaleigh, Suzy and the whole Maha Yoga family. Kaleigh is an instructor at Maha Yoga and Corepower yoga in LA. Her practice is next level! Check her out at kaleighwalker.com

Kaleigh is wearing the Harvest prism print legging made from recycled fabrics and the Gamma Sports bra. These technical pieces are breathable, and moisture wicking to keep you comfortable during your practice.



Kaleigh is wearing the Ombre print Escape legging and Gamma Sports bra.



The Swirl Razorback tank is our take on the classic tank top but made with 4 way stretch, breathable recycled fabrics so its great for your practice and good for the planet.