Titika Style Of Living

International Women's Day

In honour of International Women’s Day, we are shining the light on ladies that possess incredible strength and resilience while uplifting and supporting women around them. This movement started on social media highlighting our #TitikaGirls and asking women to tag the most admirable women in their lives. This Women’s Day we want to set precedent to unite women and collectively celebrate each other. With recent media drawing to light hidden narratives, the strength and courage women are displaying to stand up and speak up is incredibly admirable. Now more than ever, there is a calling for support from women everywhere. May we always choose to empower and support women in the pursuit of change. Let’s face it, historically speaking nothing can bring change like the rally of united voices. We have chosen to further celebrate three women we admire greatly by sharing their journeys of overcoming barriers and blazing their own trails in the pursuit of their passions. We think they’re awesome and we know you will too! #PressForProgress. Bonita Chan Bonita is a kind hearted hard-working entrepreneur living in the quaint scenic town of Deep River Ontario. During a hectic time in Bonita’s life she chose to search for something beyond her career and committed to a Yoga Teacher Training that would feed her courage, clarity, and enlightenment. After setting on this journey Bonita decided she wanted to work for herself and pursue the new-found passion that changed her life for the better. With no connections, experiences, or investments Bonita started up her company Traveling Mat Yoga in a new community without knowing a single soul aside from her partner’s family. Bonita is a perfect example of a woman who knew what she wanted and took charge of her life in the pursuit of her goals. Not to mention a woman who has found a passion in elevating those to find inner peace and celebrate themselves through the art of yoga. Words for #WD2018: "May we continue to raise awareness for women's rights through support, love and collaboration. We are all changemakers that can continue to contribute to a day like today where women's voices and achievements are celebrated because of our collective efforts to push each other forward"- Bonita Instagram: @traveling.mat www.travelingmat.com   Mariela Burkett Mariela is a coach, personal trainer, fitness professional, athlete, cancer survivor, and mother of two. She has worked in the fitness industry 11+ years and cites her profession for helping her kick cancer’s A$$! Mariela is a fierce individual who doesn’t take herself too seriously and has fought the odds and won while working continuously to give back to those searching for a cure. She is not only dedicated to helping women become the healthiest version of themselves but also to providing financial support for cancer patients and their families by hosting annual and semi-annual “Survivor Boot Camps”. Burkett is a prime example of someone who doesn’t see defeat as an option and greets each day with a grateful heart, beaming confidence, and an “own it” mentality. Words for #WD2018: "Be You! You are smart. You are beautiful. Stop comparing yourself to others. Rock the sh*t out of anything you wear or do. Stay authentic" - @mariela.fit Instagram: @mariela.fit https://m.akaraisin.com/15271/participant/3745639   Simona Simona is a driven entrepreneur and the woman behind WellFit. She has been working in the fitness industry for over 6 years and cites her driving force as the success of others by motivating clients to break free of their comfort zones and achieve optimal results. Simona is an example of a woman who relentlessly works to support and help women reach their goals while acting as a role model for all to be comfortable in their own skin and not let anything hold you back from achieving your goals. Breaking stigmas that have been surrounding women, especially regarding body image and fitness is something Simona feels passionate about and works hard to shift paradigms proving to women that strong is the new beautiful. Simona aims to empower women through her profession allowing them to change their lifestyles and take charge of their health. Words for #WD2018: "As a fitness trainer, it is my goal to empower women through exercise by eradicating stigmas associated with women lifting weights. We need to shift away from the paradigm that lifting weights will make women bulky. Lifting weights makes us strong and strong is the new beautiful!" - @wellfitbysim Instagram: @wellfitbysim www.wellfitbysim.com’ This #WD2018 let’s celebrate courage and greatness in every woman in the world as we stand united and push each other forward. We’ve shed light on a few of the amazing women we admire. Now it’s your turn - who do you look up to? Happy International Women’s Day!

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Top 5 Fitness Apps

Top 5 Fitness Apps The hardest part about making a lifestyle change is knowing where to start—and better yet how. Have you ever got to the gym and wasted more time thinking about what to do next than you did getting your sweat on? One solutions that’s become extremely popular is downloading a fitness app. It’s a simple, cost-effective alternative to hiring a personal trainer and its completely mobile. Whenever you need it it’s there! We’ve done the work for you testing out a variety of apps and compiling a versatile list to satisfy all your fitness needs, whether you are into Zumba, yoga, strength training, or are one of those people who enjoy burpees. Check out our top picks to help keep your fitness game strong all year long. Baden Reflective Running Top Heart Mesh Cut-Out Legging Aaptiv- FREE Aaptiv lets you workout when you want, where you want, the way you want with unlimited access to audio-based fitness classes led by certified personal trainers. With over 2,500 workouts you can choose from a variety of activities including running, elliptical, rowing, strength training, stretching, yoga, and more. Did we mention each workout is music driven with the perfect rhythm to match your workout and keep you motivated? This app even works without WIFI allowing users to download classes and listen offline. Download Now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aaptiv-1-audio-fitness-app/id869058995?mt=8   Lora Performance Legging Bandidos High Impact Bra Seconds- FREE This app is for all the HIIT training, Tabata, or CrossFit lovers out there! Seconds is an advanced interval timer with a voice prompt at the end of each session that keeps motivated and prevents you from sprawling out on the floor after each interval. With versatile features Seconds allows you to choose from ready to use templates or create a completely custom interval timer. No workout is complete without the right music which is why Seconds allows you to play music while the app is running and assign certain songs to certain timers to really get you in the mood. Download Now: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/seconds-pro-interval-timer/id363978811?mt=8   Qinetic- FREE Qinetic is an interactive app that provides live/on demand fitness videos with some of the most well-known faces in the industry. This app provides a wide spectrum of classes from yoga, strength training, dance fitness, nutrition, and much more. Qinetic also provides the option to sync with your Apple Watch to track your progress and connect with a community. These fun upbeat classes range anywhere from 5 min to 1 hour and are a great way to follow along and learn some new exercises to incorporate into your workout routine. Download Now: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/qinetic/id1070337323?mt=8   Freeletics- FREE This app is focused on body weight exercises, perfect for those at home workouts or if you’re trying to build up your strength and perfect your push up position. Freeletics Bodyweight is the most effective fitness program that requires nothing but yourself using your body as the only tool. Train anywhere anytime and at any level with more than 900 workout variations that cover all muscle groups for better and faster results. This app requires users to undergo a fitness test before they start to ensure users are challenged in their customized weekly workout plan. Another unique feature to the Freeletics app is its 2x2 mode that provides workouts to fit in a 2-meter x 2-meter space so you can get fit without leaving your apartment! Download Now: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/freeletics-bodyweight/id654810212?mt=8 Sweat- 7 day free trial- in app purchase subscription $19.99 per month Sweat is an app that comes with the largest female fitness community! Creators Kayla Itsines, Sjana Elise Earp, and Kelsey Wells are dedicated to helping women live their best life through health and fitness. This means giving women the confidence, strength and happiness they need to achieve their goals. Sweat allows users to choose from programs such as high intensity plyometric workouts using minimal space and equipment, yoga for improved strength, flexibility and posture, and lastly, post pregnancy resistance workouts designed to increase core strength and improve posture in new moms. Each of these workouts are just 28 minutes and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Sweat also provides the option of a nutrition program allowing users to choose from daily meal plans and recipes customized to certain diet goals, needs, and preferences. Download Now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sweat-kayla-itsines-fitness/id1049234587?mt=8 There you have it, download these versatile apps for some extra motivation to make 2018 your most active year yet. Mono Performance Cut-Out Shirt

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TITIKAXME Bonita Chan

Quaint and scenic, the Town of Deep River was mentioned in the movie Mulholland Drive where Betty (played by Naomi Watts), the young actress struggling to cope in Hollywood says, "I just came here from Deep River, Ontario, and now I'm in this ... dream place. You can imagine how I feel." Located along the Ottawa River, the peaceful town is also where the founder of Traveling Mat Yoga, Bonita Chan, resides. A city turned valley girl, Bonita has spent the majority of her life in Hong Kong and Toronto until an opportunity came up to move to the beautiful town. We had the pleasure to speaking to Bonita who shares her journey to become a yoga instructor and more importantly, how she helps her students to shed layers of negativity to reconnect with one’s inner self. Why did you pick yoga amongst other sports? I turned to Yoga at a hectic juncture in my life. I was searching for something beyond my career and I knew that the commitment towards a Yoga Teacher Training Program would feed me the courage, clarity, and enlightenment that I was seeking.  Shown in image: Violet Impact Bra, Lustre Training Legging When did you decide and how did you find your calling to become a yoga instructor? In the midst of our relocation to Deep River, I saw the move as an opportunity to do something novel and courageous. I had a desire to create something from the heart. My vision for Traveling Mat Yoga was clear; I wanted to help feed others exactly what Yoga feeds me. It is about delivering a guiding light to you no matter where you are. Being a graduate of psychology, how do you leverage your knowledge to enhance yoga teaching and experience? Psychology and Yoga go hand in hand. It is about being aware of your inner being. Yoga is a powerful tool and I leverage my practices as a method of empowerment. It is about teaching each one of my students that we all have the power to control how our body moves, what our mind thinks, and how our heart feels. As a graduate of psychology, I am always trying to find meaningful ways to support and facilitate transformation and personal growth in people. As such, I personally feel there is no method more rewarding than yoga. In my classes, you will find that I challenge my students physically and mentally. I encourage the connection and focused harmony of mind, body, and spirit, living our each present moment to its fullest as we discover ourselves on the mat. My students are encouraged to cultivate self-discovery and self-love. Collectively, we step on our mats, we turn inward, and honor our inner spirits. Discovering our own authentic movements by following the rhythm of our breath. Individually, we shed layers of expectations, ego, and judgments, as we each dive into the process of reuniting with our true selves - who have been waiting to emerge.     Shown in image: Drew Static Light Impact Bra, Cole B Legging What is your biggest gain of starting Traveling Mat Yoga? One of the most rewarding things about my business is the ability to cultivate a sense of community and philanthropy. From hosting fundraisers to providing free community yoga programming; I am so fortunate to have the support of the community to stand by me in giving back. And this is only the beginning! I now have a group of incredible women that volunteer in furthering my not-for-profit projects. What has starting your own business taught you? Starting Traveling Mat Yoga has taught me that anything is possible if you believe in your mission and commit to it. I started this journey with no connections, experiences, or investments. I started my business in a new community; I did not know a single soul aside from my partner’s family members. I went from an empty Yoga room with no students to working with the municipality on a range of programming. Amazingly, Traveling Mat Yoga even connected me with a professional opportunity at a leading nuclear science and technology organization! I am proud of what Traveling Mat Yoga represents; the possibilities are endless if you faithfully commit to your craft! What does it take if someone is interested to get into this business? My three C's! Courage, compassion, and commitment.  Courage: The courage to start! It all starts somewhere, community pools, churches, clubs, wherever. The courage to starts means being positive, being open, and being vulnerable. Start now, don't look back! Compassion, to me, is when we all meet as equals on our mats. The ability to befriend each other, no matter what, is a major component in guiding individuals, groups, and teams in their Yoga and Mindfulness practice. Commitment to your craft. Understand that consistency, competition, and attention to detail will help you succeed. There will be challenging experiences in your journey and you must stay committed throughout for results. What is your favorite healthy recipe? Butternut Squash Pasta! A vegan recipe that is so satisfying! Secret indulgence? Fried Chicken from Bar Fancy in Toronto!!!!!! How do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself leveraging Traveling Mat Yoga as a philanthropic platform that gives back to the communities that it operates in. What is the one quote that keeps you going? “When in doubt, do the right thing”-by me If you have not become a trainer, what would you be? A Philanthropist! I strive to become a leader in my community and I am proud to say that I have begun my philanthropic journey with Traveling Mat Yoga. 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An Outfit For Every Resolution

For every standard resolution there is an equal style resolution. A new year often means new beginnings, new opportunities, and new goals! Check out our outfits for each of your resolutions; because let’s face it, the right outfit can give you even more motivation. Now let’s crush those New Year’s Resolutions in style! Be Present- Body & Mind Everyone has some sort of fitness resolution, go to the gym January 1st if you don’t believe us. Whether you’re focusing on your overall health or trying to break a sweat more frequently, yoga is the answer! It can be done at home or at a studio and it’s a great exercise for not only the body, but the mind. This fun patterned crop top and matching leggings is the perfect outfit for hot yoga with side ventilation, moisture wicking and breathable fabric. This fabric also has 4-way stretch, allowing you to twist and bend into each and every position. Go ahead girl, get your downward dog on! Bella Light Impact Performance Top $58 CAD Lucky Mono Pix Graphic Legging $86 CAD Get Fit Stepping into the gym after a long time away can be intimidating - but not when you feel good and your outfit is on point! Fashion meets function with these edgy high-rise leggings and lightweight mesh top. This outfit is ideal for all activities with moisture wicking properties to keep you dry during high intensity workouts and 4-way stretch for optimal movability when it comes time to stretch it out. Now all you need is a water bottle- don’t pretend like drinking more water this year wasn’t your resolution!   TRON LEGGINGS $128 CAD RHIANNON LONG SLEEVE TOP $68 CAD Advance your career This outfit is perfect for networking and having the confidence to pitch all your great ideas! Ladies, it is possible, we have combined comfort with stylish smart classic looks. Time to put on your boss pants and make 2018 your year! Check out our Keyshawn Leggings that shine just bright as your resume. These high waisted trouser fit leggings will ensure you are not only a knockout but a standout too! Pair them with our Odesa Blazer and Agatha Sweater and you have a versatile outfit great for the office while still being fun enough to wear for a night hour. Let the happy hours begin!   Odesa Blazer $138 CAD Agatha Sweater $98 CAD Keyshawn Leggings $68 USD Self-Care Self-Care isn’t just a trend, it’s here to stay. Every woman should take some time for herself to relax and treat herself! This outfit is inspired by those sacred nights in when you grab your comfiest sweatshirt and sweatpants, put your hair up, and get into those #SundayVibes! Dedicate the night to whatever you want - from spa night, to reading that book you haven’t had the chance to open, binging 3 seasons of a Netflix series, or calling your girlfriends over for wine and venting- the world is yours! Power Graphic Tank $48 USD E Cozy Sweater $138 USD Revolution Jogger $88 USD There you have it, four resolutions with an equal style resolution. Let’s make 2018 a year to love ourselves more, find joy in the smallest of things, and greet everyday with a grateful heart for each opportunity to grow and become better than we were yesterday.

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TITIKAxME | Winter Motivation Tips with Adele Cavaliere

TITIKA Active reached out to our Fitness and Nutrition Expert Adele Cavaliere for something we could all use a little help with: Winter Motivation Tips! Read on below to see how you can fuel your workouts and ultimately feel your best. Baby its cold outside!  And, even for the fittest of people, following a fitness regime can be a challenge this time of year! The change of weather shouldn't be a time that your fitness plans hibernate—especially with all of those holiday treats around! With the right attitude and a mix of exercises, the colder weather can be an opportunity to rev-up your workouts, get creative and even rekindle your love of fitness! Are you ready to take advantage of the season’s natural power to boost your workout? Try these tips to guide your workout routine this season…  Fuel your workouts with healthy food. Fall in love with flavorful foods that are produced during the autumn season. This is the time of the year to enjoy honey, turmeric, ginger, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, pears, beets and pumpkin, and a ton of other foods loaded with the nutrients you need to maximize your productivity during your workout. Turmeric in particular has gotten a lot of attention lately. Its active ingredient is curcumin, a powerful antioxidant. I love putting a fresh piece of each in my morning smoothie, but you can also enjoy them in a warming cup of deliciously spiced tea! Here’s my favorite, super easy recipe: 2 cups of water ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon bone broth/protein ground turmeric Organic honey to taste Directions Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and had ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and let it be for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily. Yields 2 servings. Try a Seasonal Detox. Try a season detox cleanse including fresh fall fruits and vegetables that will help keep your immune system healthy, ward off seasonal colds, and prepare your body for colder months. If you’re opting for a cleanse, include more gentle, low-impact aerobic exercises such as yoga, Barre, Pilates, jogging, walking and swimming to get the body moving and the lungs breathing deeply. Skip the sofa until you've completed your daily workout! Change from your work clothes directly into workout wear —when you get home. Can’t make it to the gym? No problem! Stock up on resistance bands or look up in-home workouts. Whether you follow a workout video or invest in a few pieces of fitness equipment or even just use your body weight for a killer workout, exercising at home can be a convenient (and fun!) solution to staying on track. Here’s a quick workout routine you can do from pretty much anywhere: — 15 squats with bands — 15 push-ups — 15 goblet squats with bands — 15 lying leg raises — 15 seconds of high knees Dress for success! With the right gear, it's almost never too frigid to work out. Because moisture on your skin evaporates and pulls much-needed heat from your body, the key is to dress so that you're protected but you don't get soaked with sweat. You’ll want some new clothes and/or shoes to help you get outside, or into the gym - this will help you look better while working out, but more importantly, it will provide you with the proper apparel to face the cold. Take up a winter sport. From skiing to skating, there are many great options that burn calories and put a whole new look on your cold-weather workout plans. By trying something new, you reignite your motivation for fitness, cold weather and all! Whether it's indoor soccer, a boot camp class or even skating lessons at a local arena participating in a regular activity is a fantastic way to stay accountable during the change of season. Goal Hunt! If you don’t have a set training goal, or have been slacking off with the one that you made, it’s time for a change. Whether you want to build muscle, put up better numbers or get faster, set a reasonable goal and make it as specific as possible.Once spring rolls around, you won’t have to start the process of working out again!  Get Motivated! Making the commitment to workout with someone, whether it’s a friend or personal trainer, often forces a different, increased level of effort in your training. If you’re exercising with someone else, that means you’ll have to keep to more of a set schedule (no more putting off the gym until it’s so late you decide to bag it), you’ll be motivating each other to reach farther limits and you’ll probably have a much better time getting fit than you’d have alone. Stay up to date with Adele here: INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/adele_cavaliere TWITTER: https://twitter.com/adelecavaliere?lang=en WEBSITE: www.adelecavaliere.com AMAZON: https://www.amazon.ca/21-Days-Detoxify-Your-Life/dp/146211525X

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TITIKAxME | Mariela Burkett

In honour of Hope Month TITIKA Active has partnered up with cancer survivor Mariela Burkett. The Hope collection is dedicated to spreading awareness on the mental and emotional toll cancer takes on those impacted. Mariela shares her story to inspire other women to be proactive and take control of their health!    My name is Mariela Burkett and I am a Coach, Personal Trainer, Fitness Professional and, Athlete. I have worked in the fitness industry 11+ years. I am a Cancer Survivor and my profession helped me Kick Cancer’s A$$! Fitness became a priority for me 13 years ago when I had reached my highest weight of 202lbs and my doctor mentioned to me that I was borderline diabetic. I felt that I could help others achieve their fitness goals with my story. If I inspire one person to change their life to a healthier one, than I am more than content. Top 5 tips that women can use to take charge of their personal health Go to the doctor! Get regular check-ups. Always listen to your body. If something feels off, it probably is. Be the best and healthiest YOU! Inspire others around you to do the same. Share your story. Don’t be shy! Someone will always benefit from your story. We know you work a lot with survivors through your Survivor Bootcamp, how does fitness help survivors in the recovery process? A stronger, healthier YOU physically and mentally will help keep your mind and body in good shape through diagnoses, the process of eliminating the disease and, recovery. Plus staying active releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy, why not use fitness as part of this process? You’re also a huge advocate for recognizing the mental toll physical illness can have on victims – can you tell us a little bit more? My experience with cancer is different than others. I was diagnosed at an early enough stage that I was able to have the cancerous cells removed before they spread. Because of this, I did not have to undergo any radiation or chemo. I went to the doctor, had the diagnoses, heard the word ‘cancer’ and died that day. I experienced fear of the unknown, fear of leaving those I loved behind, especially my children. How would they live? Who would teach them life lessons? Who else would love them like me? Why? Why me? I experienced moments of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts Not having any side effects of treatment (ie. Hair loss, weight loss, etc.), those around me did not see my body physically deteriorating and because of this, my support was almost non –existent. I felt alone. My purpose is to now spread awareness of the mental struggle that individuals face, even though they may not have any physical symptoms. Cancer is cancer, physical symptoms or not. We all need support. Be there!   What’s your favorite personal fitness routine? Favorite one to teach? I love boxing! It is my favorite to coach and to participate in! Favorite exercise: anyone who knows me, knows it’s a burpee! Why? The benefits of a full body workout in one exercise  Active wear can help or hinder you in the ring -- what do you look for in your active wear at the gym? I look for anything that stays in place. Something that doesn’t slip or that I need to keep adjusting. It has to be comfortable and allow me to move with ease. What’s the most rewarding aspect of working in your community? The most challenging? Inspiring others to become the best versions of themselves, for themselves and for those around them. I love what I do and I am blessed to be doing it daily. I am inspired by members in my community every moment I am teaching. They gave me strength during my recovery process by simply being around me as my fitness family. The most challenging aspect is learning how to not be a perfectionist. I need to learn that we all make mistakes and its okay to be human and mess up while coaching at times. What’s your motto/mantra? It’s YOU vs. YOU! YOU are the only one to stand in your way! Get out of your way and see the greatness that is truly YOU!   KEEP UP WITH MARIELA HERE SHOP THE HOPE COLLECTION HERE  

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Like you've never seen us before

Do sports bras and leggings immediately come to mind when you think “TITIKA”? What about heels, blazers or classic trench coats?   Athleisure brand TITIKA Active is stepping up its style game thanks to the artistic direction of Randy Smith and David Hou Photography. Our creative team came together in July 2017 for a shoot outside of Toronto, ON bringing our vision of futuristic activewear to life! Technical fabrics and sophisticated cuts keep the looks sleek enough for everyday and functional in the gym.   Rethink active wear by pairing performance leggings with items from our TITIKA Go-To and TITIKA Black brands. From after the gym to after drinks, be versatile in every aspect of your life.   VIEW THE GLAM ACTIVE LOOK BOOK VIEW THE ARENA LOOK BOOK VIEW ALL LOOK BOOKS   Keep up with #TITIKAxME on social media: www.facebook.com/titikaactivecouture www.instagram.com/titikaactive www.twitter.com/titikaactive

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Summer 2017 Star Sightings

When’s the last time you saw a star in broad daylight? We’ve been seeing them all summer! TITIKA Active Couture has been spotted on some of our fave celebrities and influencers about town. From Lea Michelle to Troian Bellisario, we're so excited our brand is reaching Versatile. Active women in Hollywood. Victoria Justice keeps it super casual in the Suzy Crop Top paired with an eclectic mix of flatforms, ripped jeans and a fanny pack.   Is that you Troian Bellisario? The jet-setting Pretty Little Liar embodies the athleisure movement all the way down to her bright white trainers. The oversized coat and the mesh cut-outs on the Ink Training Leggings elevate the entire look!   The beautiful Lea Michelle wears the TITIKA Go-To Mallory Strap Tank effortlessly over her work out gear. If you want a little more coverage than a sports bra can provide, our tanks are a great option to throw on and get moving. Also in Black.    Where will TITIKA be spotted next?   Keep up with #TITIKAxME on social media: www.facebook.com/titikaactivecouture www.instagram.com/titikaactive www.twitter.com/titikaactive

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TITIKAxME | Carrie Schechter

Kicking butt and taking names, Carrie Schechter is New York City’s very own multitalented badass. From teaching kickboxing at her studio Rise Brooklyn to taking editorial quality pics as a pro photographer, this T-Girl is the literal definition of Versatile. Active. Life.  TITIKA has partnered with Carrie over the months and we think she’s pretty great – you will too! Creator of RISE Brooklyn Fitness, Carrie is known for her non-stop, heart pumping, one-of-a-kind classes. Carrie's background in fitness, wellness and nutrition helps her students live a healthy lifestyle in every way she can. About to launch her own fitness channel, there are huge things on the horizon for her and all those that want to join her to get fit. When not in the dojo or gym, Carrie spends her time as a photographer specializing in celebrity, fitness and advertising portraiture. It is about embracing a healthy lifestyle—Mind, Body and Spirit.   You might be the busiest person on the planet, can you describe a “typical” day in your life? A typical day for me starts at 3:50am. I hit snooze a few times, eat breakfast, get some emails done, and pick my posts for social media for the day. I open my program Rise Brooklyn Fitness at 5:45am and teach 4 hours back to back, kickboxing, muay thai and boot camp. Usually 1 day a week I do some fitness modeling, otherwise it’s the business end of Rise or shooting celebs or models. By around 5/6pm I’m back in leggings and headed to the gym to teach more kickboxing and get some Muay Thai training in. I’m home round 10/11 at night, get a quick catnap around 12-3:50 — and I do it all over again. You’re dead longer than you’re alive so I don’t really sleep much, I want to enjoy every second I have on this planet.   What has been the most rewarding moment as a kickboxing instructor? Seeing students do things they either didn't think they could do or couldn't do a week ago fills my heart with joy. Watching them stand up taller, have confidence, ask for that raise, quit that job, run that marathon, fit into those pants from a few years ago, reach their goals, seeing them glow. I love seeing them succeed. That joy that they feel — is everything. Also I don’t want people to be victims, I want them to know how to defend themselves or their family/friends if need be.   What are your favorite TITIKA items to wear when sparring and training? The bras are by far my favorite - I don’t even know if I can pick just one. TITIKA bras hold me in place AND keep my shape (honestly I feel they enhance my shape), I feel sexy and confident. I receive compliments everywhere I go. And I’ve made some new friends since I can’t even walk down the street without people stopping me to ask about my outfits!   You live life at full blast, which three songs get you through your workouts? This is a toughie, my boyfriend is a DJ so I pretty much just play his mixes. They’re ridiculously heart pumping. I’d say Don’t Let Me Down - remix of chain smokers with Konshens. Buju Banton - Champion.  Anything Vybz Kartel usually gets them jumping as well.   Whether you’re in a super populated city or tiny town, it’s so important for all women to know how to protect themselves. Can you share two vital self-defense tips that women should know? In my opinion most importantly remember these 3 words - Hard To Soft You’re elbows are the strongest bone in your body, your fists, knees, shins, all hard — hit the person in their soft areas: groin, eyes, nose, throat, knees. Don’t stop — keep pinching, kicking, hitting, elbowing until you get away. Scream FIRE, not “help”. I have friends that have called 911 in Brooklyn at night when they heard a woman screaming and 911 told them to call back if it continued and sent no one. But when you yell FIRE, people are worried about themselves about their belongings, people will look out a window and 911 will dispatch help immediately. At TITIKA we believe in living your most Versatile. Active. Life. What’s your motto? Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny. (Not sure who said that but I love it) Anything and everything is possible.   Lastly, what do you want for yourself in 5 years’ time? I expect the channel to be doing very well in 5 years and I see a lot of travel doing workshops and also trying different fighting & fitness styles around the world while wearing awesome Titika outfits. I am excited to be able to connect to so many people. I see it branching off in many directions and I’m excited for the mystery and adventure that’s starting. Although I choose a direction and set goals, I’ve always lived by the gypsy code for the most part. The only plan is no plan. Life is more spontaneous when we're less attached to its outcomes. No limits.   Stay in the loop with Carrie https://www.instagram.com/carrieschechter/ https://www.instagram.com/carriesfitlab/ https://www.facebook.com/carriesfitlab/ https://www.facebook.com/Risebrooklyn/

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TITIKAxME | Carrie Schechter

Detox Passport Pop-up Event

During the month of May, TITIKA partnered up with Detox Passport to host a yoga class and pop-up event in our Queen West location. Erica and Emily, co-founders of Detox-Passport, are Toronto-based wellness and fitness enthusiasts who believe in the healing power of herbs to detox your body and ultimately, change your life. The DETOX PASSPORT x TITIKA pop-up event brought in a mix of regulars and new faces. Led by yoga instructor Emily, the class was taken through a series of poses followed by snacks and a quick info session.    Learn more about the 28-Day Detox program here Keep up with Detox Passport on Instagram @DetoxPassport   Contact the TITIKA store closest to you to sign up for FREE Sunday yoga classes, here. Keep up with #TITIKAxME on social media: www.facebook.com/titikaactivecouture www.instagram.com/titikaactive www.twitter.com/titikaactive

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Detox Passport Pop-up Event

TITIKAxME | Adele Cavaliere - Nutrition + Fitness Expert

Toronto based nutritionist, fitness expert, published author and mother Adele Cavaliere (quite literally!) does it all. We’ve teamed up with Adele to provide ongoing nutrition, fitness and wellness information to keep you on top of your game. Get to know how Adele lives her most Versatile. Active. Life. ever.   Meet Adele Cavaliere - TITIKA's new Nutrition and Fitness Expert: Adele Cavaliere is a Nutritionist, published author of the book, “21 Days to Detoxify Your Life,” is an elite fitness trainer, yoga instructor and founder of Nutri-School. Adele has worked with countless people empowering them to transform their lives, their bodies and their careers! Adele has worked with celebrities, pro-athletes and her success stories have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Shape, Fitness RX and more!   Your personal journey is a testament to how fitness and nutrition can completely change someone’s life. What is the most rewarding part of being a certified life coach for others on the same path? Being a life coach is about empowering others in making the most of their lives. Mentorship as I see it can be the ultimate coach that will guide and motivate someone through the hustle and grind! I’ve seen it in my own life. While I had to put in the work, my mentors and coaches helped me find the necessary confidence to ascend to new heights. Highly successful people we read about today had mentors in the past and the tutelage of others got them where they are now. I believe successful people have a responsibility to relay their knowledge to others and, quite literally, change the world.   Who is the most memorable client you have worked with and why? Hired by Muscletech as their lead Diet and Fitness Associate – I worked with many women who wanted to change their life through health and wellness. Stacy lost 93lbs working with me. Stacy never thought she would lose the weight yet alone being featured in national magazines and photo shoots! So many times Stacy wanted to give up and throw in the towel. Witnessing her pushing her own limits, her boundaries and moving past her fears was an amazing experience for me. I learned a lot about what it meant to be a successful weight loss coach. I learned how to see beyond a person’s “story” and help them tap into what they are really capable of when someone believes in them.   What are three changes our T-Girls can make right now for better health and overall balance? Create a morning ritual! The morning routine literally creates the tone for the remainder of your day. No matter how terrible yesterday was or how much you have to do today, the morning routine is your daily constant. Whether you dedicate this time to working out, yoga, meditation, sipping on herbal tea or taking a walk - it’s essentially the time you allocate towards yourself, every day, no matter what. Focus on gratitude! The same effort that goes into eating healthy and staying active should also be directed towards positive thinking. Research shows a healthy positive attitude helps build a healthier immune system and boosts overall health. Your body believes what you think, so focus on the positive. Go Green! Add a serving of vegetables to each meal. Our new green best friends tend to be among the most nutrient dense of foods, meaning they have the most nutrition value per calorie. They fill you up faster and supply your body with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Try to get a variety of veggies in your diet, and make sure to include leafy greens like rapini, kale, spinach and asparagus.   At TITIKA we prioritize versatility and function in all of our items. How important is versatility in your own life? Change has always been and will always be a recurring theme in my life. Because of it, I have learned from an early age that a grateful attitude and open mind can help me succeed in any situation. Versatility exposes new ideas, which excites me because it means it is an opportunity to improve myself. As a mother, and through my career - I want my children, clients and students to be inspired to try new things and challenge their limitations. When people are excited about improving their own lives, it makes for a much more valuable and memorable experience!   Which health practice/ritual do you do every day that more women should know about? Over the last few years, I have placed a lot of effort to be as natural as possible when it comes to my beauty and home cleaning practice. Did you know that the average person smears, lathers, rubs and sprays, 10-20 different skin care products on his or her body every day--and since our skin acts more like a sponge than a barrier, we absorb the nearly 130 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to. Cosmetics companies and the FDA maintain that these chemicals are safe, and many of them are--in small doses at least. But consider that the average woman wears makeup every day, and you begin to understand how a little dab here a quick spray there begins to add up. The fact is, no one really knows how certain chemicals affect us over time, or how they react in our bodies in combination. There are now over 56 chemical free brands – so there really is no excuse more than ever to go chemical free! It doesn’t just start from what you put on your skin…take some time and research the products you are using to clean your home or wash your clothes. Chances are, these products are just as toxic and create a chemical toxic environment!   TITIKA has recently launched three new collections: Active, Go-To and Black. Which one’s your favorite and why? I live and breathe in my workout gear – literally! I need a workout ensemble that will translate from the gym to the office to the just about anywhere! I want to feel confident, stylish and hugged in all the right places when I wear my workout gear. The TITIKA Active line gives me everything I want and more in a couture one-of-a kind look that yells FABULOUS! From graphic crops to zip up jackets to training leggings with unique style – this line by far is my closet go to!   Lastly, what are you looking forward to the most as TITIKA’s new Fitness and Nutrition Expert? Healthy eating and exercise changed my life. I went from being very overweight and unhappy in many areas of my life to ultimately creating a life and business that I am incredibly proud of. Throughout my own weight loss transformation – exercise became my drive, my outlet, my motivation and my personal power. Nutrition and fitness are my life’s passion – and changing the way you eat and move can create opportunities and open doors you never thought possible. I love motivating and inspiring others to live their best possible life – I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences with a community of women who are all about looking and feeling ah-mazing from the inside-out! INSTAGRAM: adele_cavaliere FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/nutrischoolwellness/?pnref=lhc TWITTER: https://twitter.com/adelecavaliere?lang=en WEBSITE: www.adelecavaliere.com AMAZON: https://www.amazon.ca/21-Days-Detoxify-Your-Life/dp/146211525X

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TITIKAxME | Adele Cavaliere - Nutrition + Fitness Expert