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Thank you Hope Wilkos.

Although many may associate Miami Swim Week with fashion, show after show of glorious new seasonal collections and glistening swimsuit design after swimsuit design, other items and events line the calendar during the week as well.

During Miami Swim Week, fashion and fitness joined hands to present an invigorating Surf Camp Workout, taught by the incredible team of Tracie and Chris Vlaun, V-Art of Wellness.
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The amazing health and wellness couple of V-Art of Wellness, Chris and Tracie Vlaun.


Hope Wilkos


One of the most exhilarating and fulfilling events combining well-being with fashion, was the SELF Magazine/Shiseido Brunch that took place on Saturday, July 18,2015 beginning at 10:00 a.m.. With acceptance of the invitation, that entitled guests attending Miami Swim Week the opportunity to receive an exclusive Surf Fit Workout followed by a beach brunch of nutritional favorites along with some delicious desserts. Presented by Shiseido Cosmetics, the skincare, makeup and sun care experts and hosted by top lifestyle media mag, SELF Magazine,  Miami Beach Edition turned out to be the perfect venue for a beachside event.

Greeted at 10:00 a.m. by a representative from Shiseido who was eager to share samples of the best-selling, highest rated sun care SPF 50+ lotion, able to withstand sun, sand and surf all day long, attendees seemed ready to warm up and create inner well-being to last the length of the day. There to see them through their workout was the amazing husband and wife team of Chris and Tracie Vlaun, founders of popular V-Art Of Wellness, a totally healthy all-inclusive lifestyle and fitness program for those individuals desiring to live the nourishing and wholesome lifestyle. Chris and Tracie gave off a powerful energy that was difficult to resist. With an interesting past and sharing a common bond for the same passions in life, the two took to the beach to share some yoga poses, surfing stretches and a cool down to prepare their students for the remainder of the day.


Breathing Away Depression

This is what why we always start and our workouts with the “Return to breath”

Breathing Away Depression

BY Rolf Sovik ON December 22, 2014


Few of us are completely untouched by depression. And when our mood is upended, the loss of hope and confidence can be almost paralyzing. Work accumulates. We smile and interact in familiar ways, but are not really engaged. We avoid calling friends, withdraw from social settings. And as time passes we find ourselves increasingly cut off from the sources of energy that normally sustain us.

Fortunately, most of us have recovery strategies for times when moods turn sour and energy wanes. We listen to our favorite music and spend time reading, or drawing, or whatever refreshes us. Often there is someone we can talk to. We exercise, take walks, or pray. For some, medication may also be a necessary part of mending. All these things can help—and it is important to keep every option open.

The meditative practices of yoga offer a simple and nurturing technique that you can add to your repertoire—the practice of relaxed breath awareness. A powerful tool for preventing the onset of depressed moods in the first place, breath awareness restores energy during acute phases of depression, lightens your emotional load, and creates needed distance from gloomy thoughts. And it complements other healing strategies by providing an underpinning of relaxation and emotional stability. So when low moods threaten to take the joy from life, breath awareness provides a consistent and ever-available inner focus that will help you make the journey back to health.

Three Dimensions of Life

How can the awareness of breathing be so useful? The importance of breathing is accented in a story from the Chandogya Upanishad. There, the eyes, ears, mind, and breath are found arguing about their relative importance. The eyes and ears, representing the body, claim that they are the most indispensable for life. But in turn, the mind and the breath argue their own cases. To resolve the issue each agrees to vacate the body for one year, leaving the others to manage without it. At the end of four years, when each aspect of the self has returned, a winner will be declared. One by one the eyes, the ears, and the mind depart but even through blindness, loss of hearing, and a coma-like existence, life continues. Then the breath begins to leave. Suddenly, all the remaining functions are uprooted, as if a strong horse, hooves bound with ropes, was tearing its fetters from the ground. Awestruck, the body and mind beg the breath to return and humbly accept it as supreme.

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