Fitness Files: Alanna Zabel

Alanna Zabel is the star of the “Element: Beginner Level Yoga DVD”, founder of AZIAM Yoga and the creator of Yoga Barre™. She is a registered E.R.Y.T.-500 yoga instructor, Pilates and fitness instructor with over 23 years or experience teaching yoga.   Alanna is passionate about teaching holistic and organic wellness while helping others to discover their authentic self. Alanna’s clients have included everyone from Hollywood executives and busy working moms, to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and NBA Rookie of the Year 2005 Emeka Okafor! Continue reading more about Alanna in this week's Fitness Files interview. 

NMF: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority? 

AZ: Yes, my first job was teaching tennis to children at age 16. By 17 years of age I was teaching Jazz Dance at a Dance Studio in Buffalo, NY and by 18 I was certified and teaching group fitness classes, starting with Step Reebok classes. I haven’t stopped teaching since!

Alanna Zabel

Alanna Zabel

NMF: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow? 

AZ: I drink a lot of green tea with hemp milk throughout the day, and for a snack I either make a smoothie or dip 100% cacao into a little manuka honey. These feel so indulgent but they are really very healthy!

NMF: At Nadia Murdock Fit our motto is “Train Your Mind, Change Your Body” so we must ask: How do you train your mind and stay motivated? 

AZ: I feel that I know my body well, and therefore what I need to maintain my fitness levels. I am not hardcore about anything, but moderate and consistent on keeping my body moving and flexible. My motivation is to keep my energy flowing and fitness levels maintained because  I feel that I perform better at everything in life– mentally, physically, and spiritually.

NMF: How do you change your body?  What are your fitness favorites? 

AZ: Pilates and Yoga combined are my go-to favorites, but I also love hiking and spinning to keep my cardiovascular system up to speed.

Training minds, and changing bodies!

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