01Apr
By: Neghar On: April 01, 2019 In: feminism, Fitness, heart wisdom, Mindset Comments: 0

Throughout my childhood, I was teased and bullied quite a bit. Being one of only two Persian kids at my elementary school (my sister being the other), my ancestry and name (among other things) were the source of many playground taunts. Growing up in LA in the 90s—during Desert...

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12Mar
By: Neghar On: March 12, 2019 In: Fitness, heart wisdom, Mindset Comments: 0

Have you ever wanted something so badly, while simultaneously believing that you can’t have it? That you’ll never “get there?” That it’s just not possible for you? I got my first muscle up at 35 years old, with absolutely no gymnastics background, and two herniated discs that sometimes inhibit...

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07Nov
By: Neghar On: November 07, 2017 In: body image, feminism, Fitness, Mindset Comments: 4

I never used to let myself get photographed from behind. As someone who grew up terribly self conscious about her legs, I’d worry about what people would think if they saw my dimpled thighs, self equating my (very natural) cellulite with words like “gross” and “flaw” because this is...

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10Jun
By: Neghar On: June 10, 2017 In: body image, cardio, fat loss, Fitness, Lifestyle, Mindset, quickie Comments: 5

Confession: Sometimes I skip workouts. I love lifting and getting sweaty just as much as the next lady meathead, but sometimes I just really, really, really don’t want to go to the gym. We’ve all been there; even those among us who identify as gym-junkies and fitness fanatics have...

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31May
By: Neghar On: May 31, 2017 In: cardio, Fitness, Metabolic, Mindfulness, Mindset Comments: 3

I have a meathead confession to make: Contrary to popular opinion in the strength world, I actually LOVE cardio. I know it’s really en vogue to hate on cardio in favor of lifting weights, but I just don’t care. I like to sweat. I like to feel my lungs...

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10Apr
By: Neghar On: April 10, 2017 In: body image, fat loss, feminism, Fitness, heart wisdom, Mindset, Photography Comments: 6

Last week, during a fitness photoshoot, I intimated to my photographer and my assistant that I was the “heaviest” I’d ever been outside of my pregnancy. I put heaviest in quotations because I don’t actually weigh myself, and I think it’s just a placeholder for a variety of descriptions identifying an...

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29Mar
By: Neghar On: March 29, 2017 In: body image, Featured, Fitness, Mindset, Yoga Comments: 1

This is a screenshot from one of my Wildfire Yoga videos. As you can see, there’s some booty roll action and cellulite accentuation going on—I’m not ashamed of it, nor will I apologize for it. This is what my body looks like while in Warrior Two, and that’s just a fact. What...

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22Mar
By: Neghar On: March 22, 2017 In: body image, fat loss, Featured Posts, feminism, Fitness, Mindset Comments: 2

You know what’s gross? Racism is gross. Homophobia, xenophobia, sexism—gross. Oppression and discrimination are gross. Telling people what they should and shouldn’t do with their bodies? Gross. Convincing people there is something inherently wrong with them in order to turn a profit? Gross. Ketchup is gross. (Don’t argue.) But you?...

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04Feb
By: Neghar On: February 04, 2017 In: feminism, Fitness, heart wisdom, Mindfulness, Mindset Comments: 2

Fact: A woman’s primary purpose in life is not to have an “ideal” body.  A woman’s primary purpose is likely not primary at all, but an amalgamation of the myriad things that make her unique and valuable—but her body, and how the world views and judges it, is not at the forefront. Or at...

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01Feb
By: Neghar On: February 01, 2017 In: body image, fat loss, Fitness, heart wisdom, Mindfulness, Mindset Comments: 1

Recently I stepped on a scale for the first time in several months. As someone who used to weigh myself every single day—and allow the number to determine my mood—weighing myself only every few months is tremendous progress. I did, in fact, “break up” with my scale long ago,...

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