Back To Back 30 Days Hot Yoga Challenge


I have to admit I love hot yoga so much so that I have cancelled dinner or parties just so I could attend a session, or woken up at the early hour of 5am to make it to the 6am yoga class in my neighborhood. Believe me once you try it yourself not just once but several tries, you’ll understand how I feel. You will love it. You just have to get past hating it first.

This month I have decided to embark for my 3rd 30 days hot yoga challenge of the year. Yes another 30days hot yoga challenge. Why ? Because I love the intense heat, it makes my body supple and flexible; calmness, tone muscle, amazing glow skin and more focus are a daily bonus. If you familiarize yourself with the process below, you’ll be well-equipped to survive and thrive and grow to love the practice. Be prepared for the following ups and downs:

(Almost) Unbearable Heat. Bikram or Beaches hot yoga is a series of 26 yoga postures and two breathing exercises, done in an extremely hot room – heated up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, to be exact. It is not your typical yoga class. It is a sweat-inducing like buckets of dripping sweat, heart-pumping, really, really hot. To deal with the heat, it is advisable to drink plenty of fluids before and after class, and rehydrate with an electrolyte-rich drink like Vitamin Water. Another favorite refreshment is natural coconut water, which you can buy in packs by brands like Zico and Vita Coco.

Practicing in a heated room has multiple benefits, such as increased flexibility and help in flushing toxins out of the body. But I really started practicing Bikram because of a muscle pain I had after running a half marathon.

Envy and Comparison. As soon as you walk in the yoga room, you will notice the instructors and some of the other practitioners with supple, toned bodies, bending and stretching seemingly without effort. Ignore them. You have to remember that achieving a perfect posture takes weeks, months, even years, and that those seemingly perfect yogis all work really hard for it. If they can do it, so can you. And stop thinking about your new yoga top, or how good/bad you think you look in it. Other people are ignoring you too, anyway. Yoga is a non-competitive sport (you’re only competing with yourself) so do not compare yourself to others; focus instead on your own progress. You might also start comparing Bikram to other yoga practices, especially if you’ve been loyal to one. But keep in mind choosing and sticking to a yoga style is a very personal decision; at the end of the day, you are practicing yoga for your own self, not for other people.


Exhaustion. It’s true, each posture is hard work. You will be extremely tired, but you just have to keep trying and exerting your best effort. However, it is also very important to listen to your own body. If you are feeling too dizzy and light-headed, it’s okay to kneel or lie down until you feel more balanced. During my first couple of Bikram yoga classes, I felt like I was about to pass out in class. I didn’t. I simply sat on my mat until I felt better. Eventually, I learned when to push myself and when to take a break.

Hatred. At one point during class, you will begin to hate Bikram yoga. You will hate yourself for this self-inflicted torture. You will hate the instructor for not letting you go out of the room (“just sit on your mat, trust me you will feel better”), for correcting each mistake you make, or for encouraging you to keep trying to stretch-stretch-stretch, using catch-phrases like “you have Bengal tiger strength” or “English Bulldog determination”. Then, you will have a sudden reversal of feelings. You will think that the yoga instructor – who, just minutes ago, you were convinced is the devil incarnate for making you suffer like this – is actually an angel, when he or she cracks open a window or door to let in some fresh, cold, wonderful air. And you will love him or her during those few seconds of savasana, or dead body pose, where you lie completely still…

Bliss. Ahhhhhhh, now THIS is the point of practicing Bikram yoga. After each class, you will feel energized, revitalized, balanced, and powerful. By the end of a class session you’ll have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland while systematically moving fresh, oxygenated blood to 100% of the body. The result is restoration of health to all systems.“The more you do it, the more you want to come back.”

After just a few regular sessions, I promise you, your skin will be clearer, you’ll feel more energetic, you’ll be able to sleep better; there will be noticeable changes in your body. Bikram yoga will aid with weight loss, healing and repair of injuries, and best of all, peace of mind. Pretty soon you’ll be craving that blissful feeling more and more. Inspired by chocolat.

Have a great session and namaste.



Mulata Universal By Clarisse Albrecht


Born to a French father and a Cameroonian mother, Clarisse split her childhood between Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and France. As a child, Clarisse was a shy and dreamy little girl, always reading, writing stories, singing and dancing. Her dream was to one day sing beautiful songs with the elegance of Sade. Years in Maputo have certainly been the most striking moments of her childhood. She lived in a cosmopolitan ambient, listening to rhythms from all over the world.This is where she learned Portuguese, watching Brazilian novelas on TV, and dreaming about Rio De Janeiro. In the early 90s, her family went back to France. The change were not that easy and Clarisse became very nostalgic of her African childhood. However, France is also a part of her and offers another incredible blend of cultures and traditions. Once again, dived in a multiple ethnicities ambient, she discovered Hip Hop, Electronic Music among others. Her passion for writing and singing becoming even more vivid, she joined a Gospel choir and made her first performances on stage as a lead singer and backup vocalist. She began to really wonder which musical way she should follow to fulfill her artistic aspirations. While studying Cinema at La Sorbonne, she sang as a backup vocalist in a band performing Soul & Funk covers. The will to express herself other than being a performer were too strong for her, she will quickly leave the band. She needed to find her way. With her eclectic musical tastes, it wasn’t an easy task. But she decided to take it easy. Time will tell.

From her childhood, she kept love for travels and an obvious attachment for the Portuguese language. This tongue which transcribes so well her deep nostalgia. So she decided to work on Brazilian standards. MPB, Bossa, Samba. She dived herself deep into this culture, into this music full of”saudade”, so connected with her childhood memories of Maputo. That was the perfect timing to achieve another big dream : fly to Rio de Janeiro! During her journey, she soaked up the atmosphere, the sounds, the spirit of Rio… The marvelous city brought much more than expected. One night, chilling at Posto 6 of Copacabana’s beach, a friend wrote a poem for her; saying that when she smiles with all her heart and soul, she becomes a “mulata universal”. For Clarisse it’s an eye-opener. Here was what she needed to express. The essence of what her music should be. The soul of a woman with an universal heart. Back to Paris, she focused on creating her own music. Writing, songwriting, with the help of fellow producer and composer, LS. With lyrics full of “saudade” and love, transcribing her bohemian spirit in a subtle fusion between Soul & Bossa-Nova, Clarisse with her sultry and mesmerizing voice, invites us in her cosmopolitan and warm shelter. We are ONE, we are LOVE. Welcome to Mulata Universal’s world..


Mulata Universal – The album.

After the release of two beautiful singles, « Você Me Dá » (Best African Diaspora Song at the MOAMAS 2011) and « Não Posso Parar », Clarisse presents her début album « Mulata Universal », produced by R’N’B producer LS (Afrodiziac).
 Bringing together in a subtle fusion Soul and Bossa-Nova, « Mulata Universal » offers a musical journey through which, Clarisse, lyricist and songwriter, expresses herself with sensualism and sensitivity. A sultry voice, a delicate and versatile writing, using sometimes Portuguese melancholy, using sometimes the universality of english, Clarisse delivers an album for music distingue lovers, digging elegant and timeless productions able to be classified among those from Sade or Cesaria Evora. «Deixa Rolar» is the single representing the album. A summery tune sweet and sultry, the perfect soundtrack for a beautiful summer.









01. Mulata Universal

02. Não Posso Parar

03. Deixa Rolar

04. Minha Perdição

05. Esse Amor

06. Les Voix Du Monde

07. Maputo

08. Somehow

09. Você Me Dá

10. La, La, La

11. Além Do Atlântico

12. No Puedo Parar, Part. II : The Macrofunk’s Caribbean Remix Featuring Adolfo Guerrero



Clarisse, singer-songwriter is also the mother and the stepmother of two girls. She attaches importance to the meaning of the words and is attentive to the lyrics of the songs they listen to. For that reason, she asked for the creation of a warranty label for the parents having the same worries. This label indicates that the contents of her lyrics are poetic and don’t contain insults or expressions which can disturb young or sensitives souls..






One Music – Thierry Wora Tel. : +336 13 65 51 59


Katharina R-Césaire Tel. : +336 33 22 78 53


Ultrasubtile Management Tel. : +1 809 330 6664




Quick Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Eyes


Nothing screams back to school and early mornings more than unsightly dark circles under your eyes. While getting adequate amounts of sleep, eating a balanced diet full of a variety of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water can prevent and diminish the appearance of dark under-eye circles over time, sometimes you need a quick fix to get you out the door and looking your best. Fortunately, there are a number of fast remedies that take less than 15 minutes to prepare and apply.

Cucumber Slices

You have probably heard your mother talk about using cucumber slices as a remedy for eye puffiness, but they are also an excellent way to revitalize tired eyes and reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. Cucumbers are mild, soothing and contain a large amount of water. When placed on the eyes, they help hydrate and cool the skin which decreases the swollen appearance of many dark under-eye circles. Hydrated skin promotes an increase in blood flow to the area, causing the eyes to look less sunken.

To use cucumbers on your eyes, slice the cucumber into 1/4-inch slices and cool in the refrigerator for five minutes. Lie down and place one slice on each closed eye. Leave them in place for 10 minutes. For an even more dramatic effect, grate a chilled, peeled cucumber, place a portion of the cucumber shreds on two square gauze pads and apply these to your eyes for 10 minutes.

Tea Bags

Like cucumbers, tea has naturally soothing properties and can provide much needed hydration to dehydrated skin. You can use either black tea or herbal tea bags to treat under-eye circles. Put two of the tea bags in cold water and allow them to soak undisturbed for five minutes. Shake the excess water off the bags–but do not wring or squeeze all the moisture from them–and place them on your eyes for 10 minutes.

Almond Oil

Massaging the under-eye areas with a small amount of almond oil is another way to diminish quickly the appearance of dark circles. Almond oil has been used in many Eastern cultures, particularly in India, as an all-purpose treatment for improved skin health. It is thought to soothe inflammation, to make the skin soft and moisturized and to lighten the dark circles beneath the eyes visibly. To use almond oil, place a few drops on your fingers and gently massage the oil into the under-eye area. Be careful not to rub too vigorously or to use too much oil.


Sometimes, your best bet is simply to cover the dark circles up with concealer. If under-eye circles are a recurring problem for you, keep a concealer in a shade slightly lighter than your skin tone on hand. To use the concealer, first moisturize the area with eye cream, then apply your normal makeup. Using a soft makeup brush, gently apply the concealer to the under-eye area, being careful not to use too much. Article via Modernmom.