The Indian Diaries Part 1

IMG_0560HOW I GOT HERE

28th November, 2009 I first landed in the country, of what seemingly up until now was the last place in the world I would expect to travel.  But when you live life with an open heart and an open mind, you never know what path life might lead you.  Here I was.  Ready to meet the rest of this new family I had married in to and take my first trip through India.

When people ask me what I like most about India, there aren’t words to describe the warmth, peace and love I feel when I am here.  I had always felt deep down, since my younger years, that I would end up living in a different country, from the beginning there was always something pulling me away from my ‘homeland’.  I have traveled all over the world, and for some reason I have always placed my first impression on a country by the first breath of air I take once I step out of the plane.

I will never forget that first breath of air I took when I landed in India.  It wasn’t a smell that awakened my senses, it was a feeling that took over my soul.  For someone who lives by a schedule, cannot function in crowds and traffic and disorderly inefficient ways.  The deeper I explored this land of unorganized chaos, the more I felt at home.

It was on this first trip where I taught my first fitness class in the city of Ahmedabad at a club.  With family, I went to take my first group fitness class, fore I was curious to see what the fitness industry was like in the country.  Within the first five minutes of class, the music went out and the teacher froze no knowing what to do next.  Spending another five minutes trying to get music to work again she was ready to end class, but not before the cousin I was with said, “Kimberly will teach, she is a fitness professional in the U.S.”  So there I was, standing there ready to do a workout, now becoming the teacher for the workout.

As I was walking out of the club that evening, I looked at my husband and said, “I am going to help revolutionize the fitness world in India.”

Art for Fashion in Fitness

I have always been a fan of art, fashion and quality.  So what do you do when you work in an industry where lycra spandex and the color black is the norm?  I spent the past 3 years looking for a brand of workout clothes that worked with my workout and work needs.

1. Unique:  I did not want to look like every other girl walking down the street in her workout clothes.  I love color.

2. Quality:  Seeing through my tights when bending over in downward dog should never be a worry; as well as fading colors, holding shape and never fearing the dryer after a husband’s good deed of doing the laundry.

3. Functional: Wicking material that feels practically like nothing, running shorts short enough that they don’t ride and bunch up while running, and enough pockets to tuck away the this and thats you end up carrying with you on workouts.

IMG_4676Try finding a brand that meets all 3 of my requirements…INKnBURN hit it on the nose!  With their unique, artistic designs, I will never look like the girl next door, and the guys in the gym don’t stand a chance on seeing through my capris.  Because of the temperatures the ink is burned into the fabric, the color of the art won’t fade.  You’ve got to love the 2 side pockets in every pair of running shorts, pockets in the sports bras and sleek sides of their tights.

After getting to go through their offices and manufacturing warehouse, I was sold.  It was amazing to have a company walk you through the production process from start to finish, from the designers, the pattern makers and material cutters, printing and sewing.  The crew they have there is wonderful!

Check out INKnBURN‘s amazing workout art here on my Pintrest Board from previous seasons.  This season is filled with color and beautiful designs from their talented in-house artists.  It’s incredible; I cannot wait to pick up my new pieces this week at their store location in Costa Mesa, CA.  HUGE fan – and cannot wait to see what new designs will come out in the future months!

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UAE Throwback Video

Yes, I will make it my throwback theme of the month!  It is an incredible country, and I cannot get enough of it.  As of today, I proudly hold 7 passport stamps to the United Arab Emirates.  (Only France and India have more).  Since a little girl, I had always been mystified by the Arab Nations and curious of the lives that lived within the borders.

My very first video attempt I ever made…WARNING: quality not the best, but my 10 day trip by myself was an incredible one.