AT HOME WITH ESCAPE TO SHAPE
TIPS, TOOLS & RESOURCES TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE PRESENT MOMENT... AT HOME
Yes, we are in the travel industry & yes, the travel industry has been hit hard, but then again, most industries have. We are also in the wellness industry, which, on the other hand, is thriving with promises of potions, elixirs, vitamins and classes that will boost immunity, ease your stress and help you live longer. And while there is indeed much truth to the benefits of fueling the body from the inside out, to practicing mindfulness & movement, make no mistake, none of us are immune to the threat of this virus. There is no magic pill to protect our health, our livelihood or our sanity. In other words, we've got nothing to sell, no promises and no secret solutions. What we do have is a quick list of some of the best resources, distractions, education and escapes we've found over the past weeks. Plus, a fresh spring roll recipe and a few invitations to come together as a community through movement.
And a reminder...
Escape to Shape: Adventures in Wellness was built on the pillars of TRAVEL, WELLNESS, CONNECTION & GIVING BACK.
And while we may not be able to travel together right now we can at least BE WELL, CONNECT & GIVE-BACK together.
These past few weeks have been nothing short of inspiring as we build connection & community (+ boost immunity!) though movement.
JOIN US FOR ANY OF THE BELOW VIRTUAL CLASSES
Join Escape to Shape owner Erica Gragg for a fast paced 60-75 minute yoga flow. Donation based- pay what you can, only if you can. Please do not let your current financial situation hold you back from joining us on the mat! Please EMAIL US to receive login details.
Join Escape to Shape owner Erica Gragg for a 45 minute Kids Yoga class. Storytelling, asana & even a dance party! My hope is that it will provide a bit of a break to parents while offering a new form of meaningful entertainment & engagement for the kids! FREE. EMAIL US for login details.
Join Hot Mama's Exercise Founder Teddi Bryant for her 1 hour Signature Class- Sculpt. Tighten. Tone at 11:30 am EASTERN TIME. Donation based- pay what you can only if you can. Please do not let your current financial situation hold you back from joining us! Please EMAIL TEDDI for login code & donation details.
Take a quick trip to any of these virtual museums and get your culture fix.
You Tube shows, websites & even a documentary on our favorite elephant- take a break with one of these Escapes.
From the poetry lover to the Sci-Fi junkie, there is something for everyone.
THE ART OF STILLNESS: ADVENTURES IN GOING NOWHERE BY PICO IYER
THE MADDADDAM TRILOGY BY MARGARET ATWOOD
PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK BY ANNIE DILLARD
THE POETRY OF MARY OLIVER
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH ONLINE
MISS ALUMINUM BY SUSANNA MOORE
Take this time to learn something new from the comfort of your own home.
Inspired by our travels to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam, this fresh spring roll recipe by Chef Erika Laurion is easy, healthy + fun for the family to make. Enjoy!
Ingredients (for 8 rolls):
8 rice paper wrappers (spring roll skins) or sushi rolls
Lettuce leaves (Boston or butter lettuce, hard spines removed)
Several sprigs of Thai basil (about 24 leaves). Other varieties of basil will also work.
Small bunch of cilantro, large stems removed
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
2 carrots, julienned
protein: cooked shrimp, marinated tofu, tempeh or grilled chicken
you can also use shredded cabbage (red or green), cucumbers julienned, pickled veggies, avocado, sprouts ... be creative, use what you have, the more colors and crunch, the better. Use large green leaves first over the rice paper .
1/2 cup nut butter of your choice
2 tablespoons fish sauce opt
1 tablespoon coconut sugar or other sweetener
1 tablespoon sriracha
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
2-4 tablespoons water, or as needed for desired consistency
The key is to soak the rice paper in warm to hot water enough to soften it but not too much as it will continue to soften as you lay ingredients inside. Roll as tight as you can and fold in the end just before you finish rolling. Enjoy!
While we realize that life still looks rather unpredictable and times have indeed been challenging we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe & healthy, practicing self care and physical distancing and hopefully even finding glimpses of a silver-lining amidst this all. We have been inspired by the generosity of spirit, the way in which people have stepped up and embraced one another from afar; from the dedication of the front-line & essential business workers- the doctors, & nurses to the store clerks & garbage collectors. I cannot help but remind myself that with crisis often comes great opportunity and that there are huge lessons for us to learn here, once we are ready. And if I have learned anything thus far it is that the human spirit is resilient and there is still so much to be grateful for.
And while we are eager to travel again, we are prepared to PAUSE for as long as needed as the health & well being of our clients, friends, family & the world are our main priority. Wanderlust is a flame that is not easily extinguished! And when the time is right we are ready to ignite it with you once again! Escape to Shape/Escape Artist is here to listen, to empathize, to share. Now, more than ever, is a time to connect with compassion to one another. We remain dedicated to serving you as your go-to wellness holiday, your trusted travel advisor & most importantly, your friend.
Please stay healthy! xoxo
Erica, Francesco & Brandon