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Fitness & Wellness Travels – Vietnam

July 27, 2018

In April last year, Rob Jackson and I explored Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi (and beyond). Here are some great reasons why Vietnam has a lot to offer in staying fit and eating well.

>> Queue: Onra’s Chinoiseries <<

EAT WELL

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Vietnam’s Word Magazine

First of all, Vietnamese cuisine includes some of the healthiest ingredients on the planet. From the ever popular Phở to its abundant rice based dishes, this cuisine wonderfully caters to gluten, wheat, and diary free diets.
Fresh herbs and spices are also used extensively throughout – lots of mint, cilantro, ginger, lime leaf, cinnamon, turmeric, the list goes on. You’ll often get fresh local fruit as dessert over sugary pastries. Best of all, fresh food is available everywhere.
However, if you want to maintain a clean diet, you’ll need to (obviously) avoid ingredients like: condensed milk, famously in the intensely strong Vietnamese coffee; anything fried/deep-fried; and fruit concentrates.
In a cafe, I found a gem of a magazine called Word – it’s like Vietnam’s own Time Out. Rob and I also found some outstanding places by asking the people we came across. I highly recommend Quan An Ngon restaurant and asking for a good Bun Cha spot.

STAY FIT

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GYROKINESIS® on An Bang Beach, Hoi An, at Sunrise

Particularly in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, yoga studios are almost everywhere with most of them offering classes and retreats in English. A simple Google search will do, or have look around cafés nearby.
Even in April it was already too hot by 9AM. The remedy is to wake up at sunrise (when the rest of the locals would do their exercises) or an indoor workout. If I were a ‘morning person’ I’d choose the morning option every time because the sunrises were absolutely out of this world.
Of course doing GYROKINESIS® on the beach was the best, but I also thoroughly enjoyed using the Nike Training Club App. Falling lucky with ample indoor space in my BnB’s, there was usually enough room for a full workout plus a mini-Barre class.
My all time favorite activity was hiking and swimming through the beautiful Hang En Cave (3rd largest in the world) with the incredible Oxalis group. We then ended the trip with trekking around Sapa’s rice fields. I’ve never felt so alive!

With all the soups, trekking, and hot weather, you’ll be fit and well without even trying.


More in Vietnam

How To Eat in Vietnam

Yoga Retreats

 

Art Dance Review Travel

New in 2018: We Speak Dance with Vandana Hart – a Netflix Original Series

January 4, 2018
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WE SPEAK DANCE is a 5-part Netflix series that follows Alvin Ailey trained dancer and former UN advisor, Vandana Hart, throughout Indonesia, Vietnam, France, Nigeria, and is globally accessible.

Hart comes from a very interesting and impressive background. Being able to merge dance, arts, culture, as well as global politics first handedly, it’s no wonder this unique series has already been a sensation. Hart’s aim was to expose dance as a “political weapon” and how villages, underground groups, and the stage can bring people together through these outlets around the world.

#socialchange!

Be a part of this movement –
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1. Share the trailer on your Facebook page!

2. Send a 1min dance video for a social cause of your choice and tag @wespeakdance #wespeakdance Vandana Hart on FB and Instagram.

3. As part of the campaign, we are raising money for dance classes in a Syrian Refugee camp that we filmed in Beirut. You will be supporting their education, passion, and hope for the future.

DONATE HERE

Thank you from the whole WE SPEAK DANCE team!


Watch the full 5-part Series on Netflix

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Trained dancer Vandana Hart travels the world to learn traditional and urban dance styles from the local experts who know them best.

Don’t have Netflix? Buy directly from We Speak Dance.

Bonus: Check out Hart’s Dance Protest, January 5th
in Los Angeles, CA


Happy 2018,

Enjoy!

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Hiatus Travel

Brief Hiatus – Be Back Soon!

May 8, 2017
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Hello my favorite movers,

As I gather and organize all of the oh-so-inspiring information from my travels in Southeast Asia and South America, I thought it would be a good time to say, “Be right back!” while I take a break from being glued to the computer screen.

We would like to ensure the next upcoming posts exceed great content and quality. We are also working to add some new and exciting things to The Movement Blog as well. Thanks to you – it has been growing immensely and we are looking forward to it’s future.

Don’t forget to check out my preferred Gyrotonic trainers list in which I’ll be adding to while I’m away. Trainers on the list are not only a personal favorite but are of the best with top facilities. Definitely not to miss.

Coming up:

Guest Post: How to Use a BOSU Ball to Strengthen Your Core Muscles
Interviews with Gyrotonic Trainers Yolanda Corrales (Mexico/L.A.)
and Nonie Yung (Hong Kong)
Tips for Staying Motivated and Fit While Travelling
Podcasts, Videos, and more

See you soon!

♥︎

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