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The Meatpacking Manifesto: A Guide to NYC

A tour de fitness through one of the city’s popular neighborhoods


Have you ever sat down and written out those specific axioms that get you out of bed in the morning to help you elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness?

I tried on a few of my favorite manifesto lines and applied them to a day spent in one of my favorite communities in the world, the Meatpacking District in New York City. A neighborhood known for its transformation from meatpacking warehouses, to a host for underground nightlife, to its current post as a hub for high-end fashion shops and exclusive nightclubs, Meatpacking will also become home to a new lululemon athletica store, set to open early Spring 2013. Here's the list:

1. Drink as much fresh water as you can. Water flushes unwanted toxins from your body and keeps your brain sharp.

Ever tried alkaline water? Alkaline water is loaded with antioxidants that help hydrate cells. By supplying a greater amount of oxygen to your body, this water supports your organ and muscles function. Organic Avenue provides this purified beverage on tap and uses it in the majority of its juices.

2. Practice yoga so you can remain active in physical sports as you age.

Yoga 216 is where you’ll find owner, instructor, and Meatpacking ambassador Nicole Katz. This white crystal chandelier-lit studio, nestled beneath the High Line, caps classes to 6 mats, enabling Nicole (and the studios other amazing instructors) the ability to focus on the goal of neutral alignment and a pain-free practice for students.

3. What you do to the earth you do to yourself.

The High Line is an elevated greenway that transports you into a natural paradise juxtaposed with amazing views of the downtown skyline and Hudson River. This recycled railway is a great inspiration for seeking sustainability in daily life.

4. Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment. Living in the moment could be the meaning of life.

Meditation has many inward and outward benefits. Taking time for quiet and still meditation supplies one with a greater ability to live in the present. My first step in setting a meditation practice is finding a meditation station. I found mine at the Dream Downtown, in the hotel’s secluded outdoor courtyard.

5. Creativity is maximized when you are living in the moment

Being in the midst of art inspires creativity and brings gratitude and wonder. Street art and the many galleries in Meatpacking host many sources of inspiration, be it for your next artistic endeavor or wardrobe of choice for your next workout.

6. A daily dose of athletic-induced endorphins gives you the power to make better decisions, helps you be at peace with yourself, and offsets stress

Layla Luciano can be found at Barry’s Bootcamp in NYC. A sassy instructor and Meatpacking ambassador, Layla knows how to motivate her classes. Layla’s continuously changing workouts send my body into “shock”. Her workouts short and intense segments of strength training and interval cardiovascular routines challenge me to exceed my perceived limits.

7. Friends are more important than money

After a long day of sweating, soaking up inspiration, and appreciating life, I’m ready to share my experiences with those that matter most to me, especially over expensive fancy cocktails. At the Top of the Standard at the Standard Hotel drinks at sunset offer stunning views of the city.

To learn more about manifestos to live by, join us in welcoming lululemon Meatpacking to New York’s most fashionable neighborhood in early Spring 2013.

—Kate 

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