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Pole, barre, hot yoga fitness studio opens in South Lake Tahoe

From swinging around a pole and holding yoga poses in 105 degree heat, to shaking it to hip-hop music and stretching like a ballerina, South Shore's newest studio OMNI is offering up an array of sweat-inducing classes.

"I hope that this place is different than the other fitness and yoga studios because we're coming from more of a creative, dancer background," said owner Jessica Broyles. "I want people to come in and have fun and have a different experience."

Broyles, a professional dancer and hot yoga teacher, also runs a production company, Champagne Productions, and has taught yoga at various studios around town.

But when the opportunity arose to open her own studio in The Crossing at the Y in October, she decided to take the leap.

"OMNI means 'all things,' and once I realized that we could do more than just yoga here — we can do barre, we can do dance, we can do pole, we can do all these different things — it made sense," said Broyles.

"With a dancer background I obviously have a ton of dancer friends — essentially family to me — and so I thought this could be a great new hub for all of us," explained Broyles. "And it's already becoming one. It's a training grounds for some of our pole artists, or a place that you can workout choreography or just stretch."

It's also a place where dancers and yogis can pass on their passion through unique classes for all skill levels.

Yoga classes range from "hot" (105 degrees) to "sweaty" (90) to "slow flow" (80) in addition to therapeutic classes and a faster pace "outlaw" class focusing on inversions.

Cardio-driven dance classes like Zumba and hip-hop ("It's all about building that booty," said Broyles) are also available.

Barre and pole classes are the latest fitness craze taking America by storm, and Broyles has professional dancers teaching them at OMNI.

"Barre is a fitness program that is based off of the ballet barre warm-up routine. It's very much focused on alignment, strength in the lower body, and we get to the core as well," explained Broyles.

"Pole is coming from an acrobatic standpoint. A lot of complete body strength, not just upper body. So if anybody is worried that they don't have upper body strength, you're going to gain it, but use your entire body to work around the pole."

Attendees can choose from a "Spin Me Right Round" class, with the pole in "spinning mode," or learn a small piece of choreography through the "Pole-ography" class.

Yoga and barre classes are $17 for a drop-in or $150 for 10 classes; Zumba and hip-hop classes are $15 for a drop-in or $120 for 10; and pole classes are $23 for a drop-in and $200 for 10.

OMNI is located at 2023 Lake Tahoe Blvd. next to Elevate Wellness Center.

"I like that we are next door to Elevate where they are working on the mind-body aspect with the acupuncture and the apothecary and all the other amazing things that they are doing over there," said Broyles, "and that we get to contribute to the that health, but with fitness in a creative way."

5 juices to promote good health this winter

During the winter months when your body is working overtime to keep you warm while you're out on the mountain — and as germs and viruses abound in public spaces — it's no time to slack on getting your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. These vitamin-packed juices are available right here on the South Shore, and are just what you need to keep your energy levels up and your immune system fighting.

Flu Fighter — Sprouts Café

Ask anyone in town where to get a good glass of fresh squeezed juice, and chances are the answers will all be the same — Sprouts. With 16 juice options, plus three concentrated 'shots' on the menu, this South Shore eatery knows a thing or two about good health. Some people opt for the Whole D**m Garden — carrot, beet, celery, parsley, garlic and wheatgrass — when they're in need of something delicious and nutritious; but if you're looking for a Vitamin C boost to fend off that cold, we recommend the Flu Fighter. Carrot and orange juice mingles with fresh ginger, lemon, celery and parsley to give your immune system the kick in the pants it needs.

Sprouts Café is located at 3123 Harrison Ave in South Lake Tahoe.

Grapefruit Fennel — Verde Mexican Rotisserie

OK, so maybe it's more about the tacos than the juice, but Verde carries a slew of health-oriented drinks that are perfect for washing down a tri-tip burrito after a day on the slopes. In addition to coconut water and kombucha, you will find a selection of Pure Life Organic Cold Pressed Juices from Folsom, California. While the Green Lemonade is tempting (loads of lemons juiced with kale, spinach, romaine, cilantro, cucumber and celery), we recommend the Grapefruit Fennel flavor — a sweet and sour mix of grapefruit, apple, lemon and fennel.

Verde Mexican Rotisseries is located at 3141 U.S. Highway 50 in Meyers.

Zenful — Simple Bliss Vegan Café

Tucked in the Swiss Chalet Village, Simple Bliss Vegan Café is perfect for people who like to deprive themse…I mean, the health-conscious eater. If you're looking for a nutrition-packed juice to accompany your cashew "cheese" lentil burger, why not try the Zenful juice blend of apple, cucumber, celery, ginger, turmeric and lime? Or if you're feeling really adventurous, there is always the Detox Potion, which, in addition to a farmers market-worth of vegetables, has a dash of cayenne pepper for an added kick. P.S. this was not intended to be offensive to vegans. We wholeheartedly admire your self-control.

Simple Bliss Vegas Café is located at 2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd #7 in South Lake Tahoe.

Orange Supreme — Jamba Juice

This may not be a Mom-and-Pop store, but there is no denying that Jamba Juice knows their way around a blender. The Orange Supreme is a mix of orange juice, carrot juice, bananas, apple juice and chia seeds, which is sure to get you well on your way to fulfilling your daily serving of fruits and vegetables.

Jamba Juice is located at 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd #33 in South Lake Tahoe.

Blueberry B'Mega — Grass Roots Natural Foods

Grass Roots is a health food Mecca, so not surprisingly they carry a large selection of all-natural juices, including over a dozen varieties of Columbia Gorge Organic's drinks. Our pick from the Hood River, Oregon-based company is the Blueberry B'Mega juice made with cold pressed apples and pears mixed with blueberries, blackberries, flax, acai powder, and a superblend of guava, Holy Basil, and lemon extract. Fun fact: this drink will pump you with 800 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin B-1.

Grass Roots Natural Foods is located at 2030 Dunlap Dr. in South Lake Tahoe.

4 foods that can boost energy levels

Diet can go a long way toward increasing or lowering energy levels. No one wants to consume foods that will make it harder for them to get through the day, so the following are a handful of foods that pack an energetic punch.

1. Cashews: Cashews, which are high in magnesium, help to convert sugar into energy. Magnesium deficiency can lead to low energy levels, so nuts that are high in magnesium, including cashews, can provide that mid-afternoon jolt that some people are seeking. Cashews are high in calories, so it's best for those looking to lose weight or maintain healthy weights to adhere to serving suggestion guidelines.

2. Skinless chicken: A study from researcher Judith Wurtman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clinical Research Center found that alertness tends to increase when the brain produces the neurotransmitter dopamine and the hormone norepinephrine. Skinless chicken contains an amino acid known as tyrosine that helps in the production of both dopamine and norepinephrine. If skinless chicken is not available, other foods that may provide this same effect include fish, lean beef and eggs. In addition, lean meats like skinless chicken contain enough vitamin B to help ease insomnia.

3. Salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids can help the body fight inflammation, which has been linked to a host of ailments, including chronic fatigue. Salmon is also high in protein, which can eliminate the mid- to late-afternoon hunger pangs that can derail healthy diets and contribute to weight gain.

4. Beans: Beans are loaded with fiber, and that's a good thing for energy levels. Like magnesium, which can also be found in beans, fiber takes awhile to digest, extending the energy-boosting properties of foods loaded with fiber. In spite of the growing movement to eat and live healthier, many adults still do not include enough fiber in their diets. Men and women can consult with their physicians to determine how to make that happen, but eating more beans is a good start.

A brighter, healthier new year’s resolution

The new year brings many things: new hope, new focus, new perspective and new opportunity. According to a 2016 study published in the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, an average of 45 percent of Americans make new year's resolutions each year and only 8 percent follow through. Losing weight, making dietary changes, and staying fit and healthy are among the top 10 most common resolutions.

We should continue to focus on good health in 2017, but let's approach it from a different angle. Stop focusing on the foods you shouldn't eat, the bad guys, those foods that bring guilt with every bite. Instead, focus more on the plethora of vibrantly colored, nutrient dense and delicious foods from which you will benefit.

How about them apples! The apple originated in the mountainous forests of Kazakhstan and has been consumed by humans for more than ten thousand years. The 2013 Encyclopedia of Food and Culture states that between seven and eight thousand different varieties of apples are grown throughout the world, 2,500 of which are grown in the United States. There are many types of apples to enjoy and they are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. The majority of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power they provide comes from phytonutrients, mostly found in the apple peel. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of cancer, hypertension, dementia, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Cruciferous vegetables also pack a nutritional punch. These veggies get their name from their four-petal flowers that resemble a cross, or "crucifer." Examples include arugula, bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens and kale. Vegetables in the cruciferous family are rich in vitamins C, E and K as well as folate and fiber. They also have natural sulfur-containing chemicals, giving these veggies their infamous aroma and bitter flavor. Bear the pungent aroma, these veggies are shown to reduce inflammation, inhibit enzymes that activate carcinogens, and stimulate the self-destruction of cancer cells. Add cruciferous veggies to your favorite salads, soups or stir-fry, or try them raw, dipped in hummus or peanut butter.

Resolve to make your health a priority. Delight in the last Christmas cookie of Grandma's 2016 batch and then start focusing on balance and choosing brightly colored foods with disease preventative nutrients. May these delicious foods bring you good health and joy!

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!

Jessica Keys, RD is one of Barton Health's registered dietitians. Make an appointment by requesting a doctor's referral or calling 530-543-5824.

Get to the truth about dieting and weight loss

Weight loss is a popular resolution come the new year. But in spite of that popularity, the resolution to lose weight is no small task. When resolving to lose weight, men and women will encounter an abundance of information about dieting and weight loss. It's difficult to know who to believe and to determine which plans will be effective.

Research published by Shape magazine says nearly one in three young people embark on a new diet each month, but 45 percent give up after one week, and about half abandon their goals within a month. Data released in the Daily Mail in 2013 said that although  one in seven (13 percent) women in the United Kingdom stick to a diet for 13 weeks or more, nearly one in five (19 percent) succumb to their favorite food cravings after a month.

What's the magic formula for weight loss? Experts advise that there isn't any. Weight-loss strategies that require fad dieting or restrict certain foods may not produce long-term success. Rather, a lifestyle overhaul is often the most effective weight loss strategy.

• Recognize that quick fixes do not work. Drastic weight loss approaches may produce immediate results, but such plans are not sustainable. Drastic plans include certain detoxes and cleanses; diets that eliminate all but a few foods; some  prepackaged foods; and food-replacement strategies. Feelings of deprivation or boredom may make people following these diets unsuccessful in the long run. Losing weight means changing one's food and exercise plans over the long haul.

• Eat in regular intervals. Researchers at the National Weight Control Registry offer that spacing food evenly throughout the day is the key to successful, long-term weight loss. People who eat healthy food at regular intervals are better nourished, think more clearly and report fewer mood swings than those who eat erratically.

• Recognize that not all carbs are bad. People trying to lose weight often hear that they should increase protein consumption and drastically reduce their intake of carbohydrates. While it's smart to reduce consumption of processed carbs and those that are made largely of white flour, there are some healthy carbohydrates, including beans, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

• Be flexible. As a person's body ages, his or her metabolism will change. Men and women should revisit their recommended caloric intake every few years. In addition, men and women can routinely revisit their exercise routines to determine the efficacy of those routines and alter their workouts to reflect the physical changes their bodies are going through as they age.

A person's first step before dieting or attempting to lose weight should be to consult their physician, who can help men and women achieve their weight loss goals in a way that's healthy and easy to maintain for years to come.

Free meditation class January 19

Thursday, January 19th at 7pm.
812 Emerald Bay Rd.
Instructor: Chanel

Yoga nidra is a very mellow practice. If attending, wear comfy clothing and dress warm (fuzzy socks, cozy sweaters etc). Bring your own yoga mat or any yoga props – limited on hand supplies. Bringing your own blanket is suggested. Blankets with a little stability work best like Mexican blankets, not super soft ones that compress easily. Bolster pillows, blocks, or even just regular pillows can be made to work. It’s like a slumber party so whatever is going to make you more comfortable for lying on the floor for an hour, bring it!

Because this practice is in the evening, you are welcome to eat beforehand but it’s recommend to not eat a huge dinner. You may end up falling asleep and the goal is to not sleep, but enjoy this form of meditation. However, it does take practice to not fall asleep.

For more information contact: mindbodytahoe@gmail.com

Dehydration in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe has plenty to do for everyone, all year round. But spending time in the high-mountains can also dehydrate you faster than you may think. Here are a few of the most common causes for dehydration in Tahoe:

1. Altitude

The altitude causes the kidneys to diurese — meaning excrete more fluid.

2. Dry climate

The low humidity causes insensible water loss, which means losing water through evaporation off your skin and in the air you breathe.

3. Increased cardiac output

Your heart has to work harder to compensate for the decreased oxygen.

4. Acute Mountain Sickness

AMS causes symptoms of anorexia and nausea, which means you don't feel like hydrating yourself.

5. Alcohol

Alcohol is also a diuretic, and people tend to consume it when they are on vacation.

6. The Hypoxic Ventilatory Response

You breathe faster due to the lower oxygen — which increases your insensible losses.

Staying hydrated in Lake Tahoe takes constant effort. You need to drink an extra 1.5L of water at Tahoe elevation compared to sea level, and that is just at rest. Now increase that if you are going boating, skiing, mountain biking, hiking or doing any of the other activities there are to enjoy in Tahoe.

If you are going to drink alcohol, you need to increase your water intake even more.

Stay on top of your hydration and you will stay out of trouble. However, if some of those factors catch up with you and you have headache, nausea, weakness and fatigue as a result of dehydration, then just give us a call. You don't want to miss out on your precious time in Tahoe!

Targhee Oeveraas is an emergency physician in Tahoe and CEO of H2uP. She can be reached at 530-675-4287 or by emailing inquiry@h2uptahoe.com.