Desi Bartlett M.S., CPT, Fitness, Yoga & Dance Expert, Mom & Spokesperson.

Mother’s Into Living Fit November 2018 Newsletter

As we move deep into autumn, I’m working on a lot of projects that will bloom in the Spring. Building foundations for your dreams is an important step when creating something new. Whenever I get stuck, my answer to finding new inspiration is simple…. Dance!

EVENTS

For everyone, join me for a special night of yoga and dance high above the City of Angels in DTLA with the incredibly talented DJ Marques Wyatt on Friday, November 16th at 8PM. BenderFlow and DEEP events are a sultry mix of yoga, ecstatic dance, incredible views, and music that moves you. Click here to register.

For moms, join our beautiful community of pregnant goddesses, new moms and beautiful babies each Thursday at 10:45AM at Yogaworks in Playa Vista. This Thursday November 15th, we have a special guest, the talented photographer Katee Grace who will be taking photos that you can order for yourself or holiday gifts. Check her out at Kateegrace.com


Photo by Katee Grace

BOOK

“Your Strong, Sexy Pregnancy” with Human Kinetics will be available in the spring. I’m passionate about empowering women throughout pregnancy and beyond, and the book shares my philosophy on bridging yoga and fitness. My dear friend and photographer Natiya Guin shot the images for the book recently and I wanted to give you a sneak peek. Special thanks to Manduka for the beautiful leggings.


Photo by Natiya Guin

VIDEO

For those of you who live outside of LA, you can find my classes everyday on Beachbody on Demand, iTunes, and Amazon.

NOVEMBER HEALTH & FITNESS TIPS

  • Stay hydrated, the air is dry and it’s easy to get dehydrated. Fresh water, pressed juices, and warm soup are great ways to stay hydrated.
  • Soup for everyone! In Ayurvedic medicine, we are taught to enjoy the foods that are in season. Right now is a great time to enjoy root vegetables and make them into yummy soup to keep you warm from the inside- out!
  • Keep a fitness journal. Staying accountable during the winter months can keep you on track for your health and fitness goals year round.
  • Meditate. Taking a few minutes each morning to connect to a deep sense of peace and calm can set the tone for the day.
  • Find local health and fitness events that benefit your favorite charity. By connecting to something greater than ourselves, our fitness programs and yoga practices are transformed into a gift and an offering to help the community.
  • Make time for loved ones. Mom guilt is real and I know that setting aside time for your health and wellness routines can be a little bit challenging. Invite your kids to enjoy your healthy lifestyle. A family walk after dinner or a dance party in your living room are easy ways to exercise together. For moms with young babies, check out my mommy and me yoga practice on Beachbody on Demand.

STAY CONNECTED

With Love and Gratitude,

Desi

Mother’s Into Living Fit August 2018 Newsletter

“A Birthday is another 365 day trip around the sun, enjoy the ride!”

In our family, this is birthday season. Every year around this time, I like to look back at the last year and see if I have met my goals that I set out for myself on August 31st last year. I know that January 1st is usually when goals and resolutions are set, for me I like to set them on my birthday, as a reminder that each trip around the sun is another opportunity to share what I love to do. I love to be of service and help people to experience the joy of movement. There is a special place in my heart for Moms and babies, and bringing the gifts yoga and fitness to my community makes my heart smile. Here are some of the recent highlights from this last trip around the sun.

NEW MAGAZINE COVER

Thanks OM Yoga magazine for giving me the opportunity to work with one of my besties, the super talented photographer Natiya Guin, on this shoot. Last year I created a vision board with the words “Yoga for Pregnancy, kindness, and grounding,” on it- and what a lovely surprise to see them all there on the cover! Also, special thanks to Manduka for the beautiful apparel.

Photo by Natiya Guin

LATINAFEST!

Soy Mexicana! I was born in Chicago and my father was Mexican. I am proud of my Mexican heritage and was excited to be invited to lead a Yoga class at Plaza de la Cultura y Artes in downtown LA with the hosts of The Trend Talk Show Naibe Reynoso and Bel Hernandez. What a joy to share Yoga with these beautiful, empowered Latinas! I have more special events coming up this year. Look for my social media handles on this message to stay connected and attend an event or a class.

IN THE NEWS

Click here to check out my friend and fellow Chicagoan Mom, Monica Rohleder’s article about Mothers into Living Fit and how to be a Mom Boss.

Click here to read the Voyage LA article for inspiration on how to make your fitness and yoga business vision a reality.

WEEKLY CLASSES

Pre and Post Natal Yoga at Yogaworks in Playa Vista, CA each Thursday at 10:45AM

Not in LA? Check out Desi’s videos on Beachbody on Demand, Amazon, and iTunes for prenatal yoga, mommy and me yoga yoga for beginners, fitness, and dance

VISION BOARD

My family and I have a lot to be thankful for. As I celebrate another trip around the sun, I am creating a new vision board. If you have never created a vision board, here are some fun ways to get started:

  • Collect your old magazines and cut out words and photos that inspire you
  • If there is something that you cannot find in a magazine that you want to include on your board, google it and print out an image
  • Include photos of family, friends, and places that are meaningful to you
  • Paste or tape the images onto colorful paper, I like to add glitter
  • Invite your kids to create a board with you
  • Invite your kids to create a board with you
  • Put the board somewhere that you can see it every day, mine is in my closet where I get dressed

STAY CONNECTED

With Love and Gratitude,

Desi

 

I Say A Little Prayer

Each time that I teach a large group I say a little prayer for each of the folks participating to be lifted. I ask to be a conduit of healing and grace, and I teach from my heart. I have been teaching large groups for over 10 years and teaching in general for over 25 years now. The first time that I taught several hundred people was in 2010, for the promotion of the telenovela ‘La India.’ I remember that my friend Felicia Tomasko from LA Yoga called and asked if I would like to teach for this special event in Griffith Park. Before she finished the sentence I said “yes!” Then she said, “in Spanish.” Whoa! I am Mexican American and learned Spanish when I moved to Mexico at age 25. I knew that I could do it, but I was worried that my accent would be too American and that translating Downward Facing Dog might be a bit of a challenge.

I prepared for weeks and worked with a tutor to make sure that the yoga postures en Español sounded authentic and not translated. During that time I also pounded on my American accent and finally learned to roll my R’s. The network that produced the novela had let us know that some of the biggest names in Latin American broadcasting would be onstage with me, including Charytín, Piolín, y La Chupitos. The morning of the class I was very nervous and pacing the house speaking to myself in Spanish. Then, a miracle occurred. My older son Cruz, who was not even 2 years old at the time hugged me and said, “I love you mommy,” for the first time in his life. That was it, all fear was taken away and I knew that love was the answer. Remembering that I am loved and that I love what I do, and that I love my family and my community with my whole heart was the key to staying present.

That day I taught several hundred people Yoga en Español and it opened the flood gates to falling in love with teaching large groups. The power of the group is undeniable, and it forever changes you. It’s kind of like your first concert (mine was Aerosmith), you never forget the feeling of the energy of the crowd. Since then I have taught at many large events including Expo West, Yogaworks 30th anniversary, and many more. Later this month I will be teaching at Latinafest with the Trend talk Show. If you live in LA, please come join us on 8/25 at the La Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Con mucho amor,

Desi

Mothers Into Living Fit 2018 Newsletter

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

-Walt Disney

Thanks for all the love that was sent to our family for our wedding anniversary!

ON TV

Look for Desi on HSN on July 24th at 2PM Pacific/5PM ET representing manduka

IN THE NEWS

Click here to check out Asana Journal and their interview with Yoga Mama Desi and read her hopes for the future of yoga.

Click here to check out the VoyageLA article with Desi Bartlett and Mothers Into Living Fit.

Thank you to Macaroni Kid for 2 articles this month! Click here to read about Desi as mom of the month.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Bender Yoga at FIGat7th
Saturday, July 28th at 1PM with DJ Justin Henderson – Sign up on eventbriteLATINAfest at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Saturday, August 25th at 11AM – Sign up on eventbrite

WEEKLY CLASSES

You are invited to join Desi at yogaworks playa vista every Thursday at 10:45 AM for prenatal yoga and mommy and me yoga. This is a combined class and babies up to 6 months of age are invited to enjoy yoga with mama. Click here for upcoming classes.

STAY CONNECTED

More to come: Look for Desi’s new book in 2019, she’s working hard to create a super fun and incredibly informative book for moms everywhere with publisher Human Kinetics.

With Love,

Desi

 

Mothers Into Living Fit Summer 2017 Newsletter

Happy Summer!
I am so excited for all of this summer’s wonderful events!

Thursday, July 27th

I will be joining the Moms from Mom Life Yo! Also my dear friend and super-doula Lori Bregman will be a the Calamigos Beach House in Malibu for a special evening of wellness. Make sure to RSVP.

Saturday, July 29th

Join me for a super fun family Yoga class at Yogaworks Playa Vista. This is the time to invite your spouse, your older toddler, and grandparents. Click here to sign up.

October 6th & 13th

Join me for 2 weekends of Mothers Into Living Fit Pre and Post Natal teacher training at Playa Vista Yogaworks. We spread out the course over 2 weekends and shorter class sessions. The perfect option for busy LA Yoga teachers, doulas, midwives, and mamas. Continuing education hours available through Yoga Alliance. Click here to sign up today.

STAY CONNECTED

So Much to Celebrate!

Love, Desi

PS Let’s stay connected

Mothers Into Living Fit Spring 2017 Newsletter

‘ Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive ’
– Hafiz

desi-guidedbody.jpg
Photo by Ruth Powell Photography

VIDEOS


I’m so excited to be working with Manduka and their amazing project: OM. Click here (and scroll down on the page) to check out my new prenatal Yoga video featuring their amazing products.

Yogis Anonymous is a great resource for Yoga media. Click here to check out my prenatal yoga videos for each trimester.

HABLAS ESPAÑOL?

Ser Padres is a great resource for parents with lots of information on everything from products to exercise. Next month you can find me on their website with lots of tips for how to get the whole family excited about exercise. Log onto: serpadres.com

GIVING BACK

Please join me on Sunday, May 14th for a special Mother’s Day Prenatal Yoga Goddess Flow class at Yogaworks on Montana at 1:30pm.

All proceeds will benefit breast cancer research as part of Manduka’s project: OM.

NEW SCHEDULE

Our popular Mommy & Me by the Sea Class at Palisades Park through my company Mothers Into Living Fit- The MILF Workout™ will continue through Spring. You can sign up for classes on my website here.

desi-classes

  • Tuesdays, 11am Mommy & Me Yoga & Fitness by the Sea, Santa Monica’s Palisades Park
  • Wednesdays, 12:30 Prenatal Yoga, Yogaworks on Montana & 2:30 Mommy & Baby Yoga

FEATURED PRODUCT

Manduka’s new x training mat is awesome! Plenty of cushion while helping to maintain stability. Check out my friend Logan Cahoon’s classes at Yogaworks and on social media: @alpha_yoga

TEACHER TRAINING

Pre and post natal training coming in the fall!
Please email me at: desibartlett@gmail for more info.
 

STAY CONNECTED

The Light in me recognizes and bows to the Light in you, Namaste.

Love, Desi

Mothers Into Living Fit Winter Newsletter

‘ Making spirits bright, oh what fun it is to laugh and sing.’
– From Jingle Bells

Wishing you all a happy and bright holiday season full of love, health, and blessings. So much to share to close out this amazing year, and start the next chapter together in 2017!

desi-guidedbody.jpg
Photo by Fluid Frame Photography

IN THE NEWS

LA Yoga has consistently been one of the best Yoga magazines out there for over a decade. I am thrilled to work with them from time to time and contribute articles that are near and dear to my heart. This month you can find my article, ‘Train hard like a Yogi,’ at LA Yoga.com.

Yogajournal.com has an awesome blog that I have written for several times this last year. To check out my most recent YJ blog on how to handle post-election stress, click here.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Check out the new Guided Body by Desi Bartlett group on Facebook. I have written an e-guide to keep you on track with your health and fitness goals over the holidays and beyond. The new group has the e-guide link as well as tons of real-world tips and motivation to set you up for success. You can also post any health and fitness related questions on this page, as well as your inspirational photos.

Guided Body Group

NEW VIDEO CONTENT

Thanks to Yogis Anonymous for the opportunity to do what I love to do! Here is the link to check out all 3 trimesters Goddess Yoga flow and to activate your free subscription: CLICK HERE.

YouTube

Each week I add a new video blog on to my YouTube channel. If you have questions about motherhood, fitness, Yoga, or a healthy lifestyle, please message me at desibartlett@gmail.com I love to answer your questions and research new approaches for your personal needs.

NEW SCHEDULE

This January I am continuing our popular Mommy & Me by the Sea Class at Palisades Park through my company Mothers Into Living Fit- The MILF Workout TM. You can sign up for classes on my website here

desi-classes

  • Tuesdays, 11am Mommy & Me Yoga & Fitness by the Sea, Santa Monica’s Palisades Park
  • Wednesdays, 12:30 Prenatal Yoga, Yogaworks on Montana & 2:30 Mommy & Baby Yoga
  • Thursdays, 11am Mommy & Me Yoga & Fitness by the Sea, Santa Monica’s Palisades Park

FEATURED PRODUCT

This month I would like to turn you on to a wonderful mama’s website. Check out Sarahaley.com for some great holiday fitness tips. I contributed a fun, easy way to boost your booty too =)

MAHALO!

We just returned from the Big Island of Hawaii that has filled me with so much inspiration, I can’t wait to start 2017 with you!

Desi-Hawaii
Photo by Charla Photography

STAY CONNECTED

The Light in me recognizes and bows to the Light in you, Namaste.

Love, Desi

Mothers Into Living Fit Summer Newsletter

“It takes a long time to become young”
-Pablo Picasso

Thank you for all of the birthday wishes that have been mailed, emailed and messaged. With each passing year I feel more energized and like I am aging backwards. The mirror tells me my age, but my spirit has decided to become young, just like the words of Picasso.

desi-yogaball.jpg
Photo by Fluid Frame Photography

In the News

32/7 is an amazing new website for working Moms that features my favorite 10 minute Upper Body Workout for busy Moms. Click here to check out the video.

New Video Content

Thanks to Yogis Anonymous for the opportunity to do what I love to do! Here is the link to check out my new 1st trimester easy Yoga flow and to activate your free subscription!

desi-video.jpg

On the Town

It’s never too early to share the gift of Yoga with your children. I was super excited to teach Yoga for an amazing group of Latina bloggers at the private screening of #Iceage #collisioncourse

on-the-town.jpg

Vlog

Each week I add a new video blog on to my youtube channel. If you have questions about motherhood, fitness, Yoga, or a healthy lifestyle, please message me at desibartlett@gmail.com I love to answer your questions and research new approaches for your personal needs.

youtube-logo-small.jpg

Blog

You can find a Prenatal sequence that I created for Fabletics on their website here. So much fun working with the Fabletics social media team at their beautiful office in El Segundo, CA and bringing my son to work with me.

des-blog.jpgdesi-blog2.jpg

New Schedule

This September I am adding a Mommy & Me Class at Palisades Park through my company Mothers Into Living Fit- The MILF Workout™. A beautiful outdoor class that overlooks the majestic Pacific Ocean. Check out the beautiful photo of our class by the amazingly talented Katee Grace Photography.

desi-schedule.jpg

Tuesdays- 11:00am Mommy & Me Yoga and Fitness by the Sea in Palisades Park in Santa Monica; registration on mothersintolivingfit.com

Wednesdays- 12:30 Prenatal Yoga & 2:15 Mommy & Baby Yoga Yogaworks Montana

Thursdays- 11:00am Mommy & Me Yoga and Fitness by the Sea in Palisades Park in Santa Monica; registration on mothersintolivingfit.com

yogoworks.jpg

Gratitude

So much gratitude for the amazing students at the Pre and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training at You & the Mat in the OC. My dearest Yoga teacher, Annie Carpenter is the creator of Smart Flow Yoga, and this training was offered as a continuing education module for Smart Flow. If you are interested in attending a future training, stay in touch for dates in 2017.

desi-gratitude1.jpgdesi-gratitude2.jpg
desi-gratitude3.jpg

Featured Product

Bendi Baby Yoga mat is made by a lovely couple that I have had the privilege of getting to know over the last few years. Their mats are perfect for babies, toddlers, and kids, and are not just functional, but super cute! Check out their website at bendibaby.com

featured-product.jpg

The Light in me recognizes and bows to the Light in you, Namaste.

Love, Desi

 

Mother’s into Living Fit April 2016 Newsletter

“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful – an endless prospect of magic and wonder”
-Ansel Adams

honest-tea-expo

On TV

Recently I had the pleasure of returning to the Home & Family show for my 3rd appearance. Sharing knowledge of how to work the core safely during pregnancy and minimize the effects of the ‘donald duck posture,’ as well as checking for separation in the abdominal wall after pregnancy is something that I love to share with mamas to be, and new moms as a way of working safely & effectively with the core. To view the tv segment, please click here to see the Mothers Into Living Fit youTube channel.

home-and-family

Online

Wanna learn how I got back in shape post baby? Check out the interview I just did for The Fit Mom Summit with Katya Meyers. Click here to learn more. Katya is a very inspirational Mom, triathlete and entrepreneur. What a joy to work with Moms who love to empower Moms.

Classes

Recently the amazing Katee Grace, professional photographer, captured some beautiful moments in class which convey the spirit of Mothers Into Living Fit. Classes are a blend of mediation, visualization, Yoga, dance, singing (in baby classes), joy and love. I have spent many years studying many different formats to create a hybrid workout to empower moms. Please message me at desibartlett@gmail.com to attend classes in LA as my guest.  For more info on Katee, check out her site kateegrace.com

classesclasses2.png

Education for Instructors

Ever think about teaching Pre and Post Natal Yoga? I can tell you firsthand that it is incredibly rewarding and sweet.  Join me for this year’s Smart Flow® Pre and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training at U& the Mat in Laguna Niguel. Yoga teachers, doulas, midwives, and pregnant goddesses are invited to learn safe and empowering movement for all 3 trimesters, and beyond. Click here to register.

Featured Product

My dear friend and doula, Lori Bregman has written an amazing book called ‘The Mindful Mom to Be.’ Lori is a wealth of knowledge for expecting parents, and I feel so lucky to have had her support and guidance throughout both of my pregnancies. Find her at rootedforlife.com and her fantastic book on amazon.com

mindful-mom

The Light in me recognizes and bows to the Light in you, Namaste.

Love, Desi

 

 

Mothers into Living Fit Spring 2016 Newsletter

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, let’s party!”
-Robin Williams

Desi Bartlett

New Schedule

This year I will be adding a Prenatal Yoga class at Yogaworks in Playa Vista on Tuesday Mornings. Check out the new studio, it is absolutely beautiful. I will continue to teach at Yogaworks on Montana too.

Mondays – 12:30 Prenatal Yogaworks on Montana

Tuesdays – 10:45am Prenatal Yogaworks Playa Vista

Wednesdays – 12:30 Prenatal Yoga & 2:15 Mommy & Baby Yoga Yogaworks Montana

Yoga Works

Education for Instructors

Ever think about teaching Pre and Post Natal Yoga? I can tell you firsthand that it is incredibly rewarding and sweet. Join me for this year’s Smart Flow™ Pre and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training at U & the Mat in Laguna Niguel. Yoga teachers, doulas, midwives, and pregnant goddesses are invited to learn safe and empowering movement for all 3 trimesters, and beyond. Click here to register.

prepostnatal-yoga

In the News

Check out my tips on the importance of hydration during pregnancy in Latina this month. Click here to read the full article and all about my favorite water, Essentia, hydration perfected.

Latina  MagazineEssentia Water

 

Pilgrimage of the Heart is an amazing podcast with the talented meditation teacher, Sujantra McKeever. Check out the really sweet interview that we recently did, please. Click here

yoga-3-new.jpg

Gratitude

So much gratitude for the 200 Yoga participants that practiced with me at Expo West. HonestTea kicked off this amazing expo for natural health products with a fun Yoga practice, complete with a little Uptown Funk playing in the background. Special thanks to Gaiam for providing gear for all of the Yogis.

 

gratitude

Featured Product

A few years ago I met an incredibly inspiring woman at the gym named Shannan Yorton. In addition to being a model of health and fitness, she created my favorite protein bar, Quest bars. If you have never tried one, you are in for a treat. They are available on Amazon. Tons of fiber, low carbs, and awesome after a workout. Also great for busy Moms to throw in the stroller when you don’t have time to sit down and eat.

Quest Bars

Buy Desi’s Amazing DVDs



Yoga JournalDon't let Bartlett's beaming smile and ebullient personality fool you. These are both engaging, and at times demanding, workouts."