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    December Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?

    December Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?
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    Hypno-Meditation Seminar The tools that you need to heal your body are within you – all you need to do is to learn how to use them. This seminar will...

    Weekend Getaways

    Weekend Getaways
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    Concerts, exhibitions, parties, dinners, workshops, films, festivals…the city has endless options and opportunities for a lively social life. But now and again we feel the need to get away from...

    Chikirina Family Tea Recipe

    Chikirina Family Tea Recipe
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    They say mothers know best, and though that may not be true at all times, it is often true when it comes to recipes. This tea recipe has been passed...

    6 Foods that Boost Your Immune System

    6 Foods that Boost Your Immune System
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    Just because winter is coming doesn’t mean flu season is on its way too. We believe that the best way to fight the flue is not fight it at all...

    November Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?

    November Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?
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    CHIKIRINA EVENTS HIIT & Health Workshop Do you want to get fit and be healthier but feel trapped in your busy schedule to make lasting change? Would you like to...

    Vegetable Juice Recipe

    Vegetable Juice Recipe
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    Coffee, meat, dairy, sugar, and carbs take their toll on our bodies whether we are aware of it or not. Just add this vegetable juice to your diet (drink one...

    Social Media Detox: A Vacation for the Mind

    Social Media Detox: A Vacation for the Mind
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      Shared your latest travel photo on Instagram? Check. Posted a random moment on snapchat? Check. Complained about the traffic on Facebook? Check. We all do these. Some of us...

    Top 5 Uses of Epsom Salt

    Top 5 Uses of Epsom Salt
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    Epsom salt is actually not a salt but a natural mineral compound (magnesium sulfate) that is named after a spring in England in which it was first discovered. Epsom salt...

    Vinegar: The Cheapest, Toxin-Free, All-Purpose Cleaning Product

    Vinegar: The Cheapest, Toxin-Free, All-Purpose Cleaning Product
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    Going organic in the cleaning department may scare some of us because, let’s face it, organic cleaning products are seriously expensive, doubling even tripling the prices of regular ones. But...

    5 Nutrients for Glowing Skin

    5 Nutrients for Glowing Skin
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    Glowing, radiant skin is not just a sign of beauty but also a sign of health. And it’s actually quite simple to get there if you feed your body the...

    5 Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Moisturized Throughout the Colder Months

    5 Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Moisturized Throughout the Colder Months
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    Dry skin can be caused by a variety of factors – weather, chemicals, diet, dehydration, and so on. Whatever the reason may be, it’s easy to bring moisture back to...

    October Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?

    October Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?
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    Garden Sale Two days of shopping, music, food, and a whole lot of socializing awaits you at Küçükçiftlik Park. In its fifth year, Garage Sale will host 60 designers who...

    Flying High with Aerial Yoga

    Flying High with Aerial Yoga
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    We all know that yoga calms the mind, stretches the body, and feeds the soul. Yet there are some types of yoga that go a step further. Aerial yoga (or...

    Pole Dancing: Have Fun Getting in Shape

    Pole Dancing: Have Fun Getting in Shape
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    Pole dancing has quite a heated debate around it: for some it’s a type of sport that deserves its place in the Olympics, for some it’s a form of art,...

    Up for a Ride under Water?

    Up for a Ride under Water?
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    If you’re finding it difficult to say farewell to summer and the sea, aqua cycling may just be the workout that will fit your mood this September. Aqua cycling is...

    The Biggest Fitness Trend on Earth: CrossFit

    The Biggest Fitness Trend on Earth: CrossFit
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    You probably have at least one friend who is obsessed with CrossFit. If you do, then you’ve definitely heard about their “box” (aka their gym), their CrossFit buddies, their crazy...

    September Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?

    September Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?
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    Learn Resilience with Alper Hasanoğlu How is it possible to keep going when the road ahead seems darker than night? When faced with life’s downs, some people manage to go...

    Raw Energy Bar Recipe

    Raw Energy Bar Recipe
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    This sugar-free, dairy-free, nut-free, oil-free, raw energy bar recipe by Kristina Carillo Bucaram, author of a best-selling raw food cookbook, is quick, easy and perfect for breakfast or a snack...

    To Bloat or Not to Bloat: Foods to Avoid and Foods to Eat

    To Bloat or Not to Bloat: Foods to Avoid and Foods to Eat
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      Nobody wants an uncomfortable stomach and a swollen belly. Whether it’s water or gas that’s keeping you bloated, here are some foods to avoid and some to eat for...

    Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle Advice from Female Olympic Athletes

    Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle Advice from Female Olympic Athletes
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    If anyone knows a thing or two about staying fit and healthy, it’s Olympic athletes. Their valuable experience and wisdom can help us in finding the best route for our...

    Olympic Women of Turkey

    Olympic Women of Turkey
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    With more and more female athletes demanding to be treated as sportspeople rather than ladies, it is crucial to recognize and celebrate their strength and success. Just a few days...

    3 Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

    3 Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
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    The breath is such an integral part of our existence yet we often take it for granted, completely unaware of its power and its ability to keep our body alive....

    August Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month

    August Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month
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    Yoga at Sabancı Museum Cihangir Yoga instructors will be offering free morning yoga classes at Sakıp Sabancı Museum’s garden every Wednesday in August. Open to all levels. Remember to bring...

    What to Eat Before and After a Workout

    What to Eat Before and After a Workout
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    Getting the most out of a workout depends a lot on the effort you put into it but it also depends on how you nourish yourself. Do you know how...

    Get Fit in No Time

    Get Fit in No Time
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    We all want the most efficient, effective and quickest way to get fit and lose weight. The question is: how? The answer is high intensity interval training or HIIT workouts,...

    July Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?

    July Events: What’s Happening in the City This Month?
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    Dynamic Flow Yoga and Meditation with Ray Rizzo If you’re planning to return to the city from your bayram getaway a bit early, spend the Saturday afternoon at Aletya’s garden...

    Stay Hydrated This Summer

    Stay Hydrated This Summer
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    Istanbul has seen some really hot days over the past week and although drinking lots of water is the key to staying hydrated, some amazing foods can also help us...

    5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Recipes

    5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Recipes
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    As the temperature keeps going up, we go in search of light yet flavorful dishes. So we put together 5 easy-to-follow breakfast recipes for those who want to start the...

    10 Ways to Stay Motivated

    10 Ways to Stay Motivated
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    Motivation is a key ingredient for most things in life. If we want to reach a goal, make a change, or achieve something, we (more often than not) need to...

    The Detox Diaries – Entry 5: The End

    The Detox Diaries – Entry 5: The End
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    Embarking on this detox, which kind of happened to me without me initially planning for it, has been more insightful and challenging than I could have anticipated. It was intended...

    The Detox Dairies – Entry 4: Trouble in Paradise

    The Detox Dairies – Entry 4: Trouble in Paradise
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    I decided to take the detox one step further by turning to organic groceries and products. (Click here to see our post on organic bazaars in Istanbul.) Switching from regular,...

    How to Clean Your Silver Jewelry – the Organic Way

    How to Clean Your Silver Jewelry – the Organic Way
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    If you’re looking for a chemical-free way to cleanse and polish your beloved jewelry, look no further. This tried and tested method, which feels almost like magic when you first...

    What’s Happening in the City This Month?

    What’s Happening in the City This Month?
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    MindBody Festival The MindBody Festival offers three days of wellness seminars and workshops by Turkish and international instructors, such as Zeynep Uras, Chris Chavez, Laraaji, Banu Çadırcı, and Dr. Richard...

    30-Minute Workout

    30-Minute Workout
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    Spring is often when we all find magical motivation to get back to working out. We don’t have to spend hours at the gym, pay a huge amount for personal...

    The Detox Diaries – Entry 3: Social Life, Support System, Exercise

    The Detox Diaries – Entry 3: Social Life, Support System, Exercise
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    After the intensive 3-day detox, I was back to a diet that was quite strict but full of fresh, wholesome foods, consisting mainly of vegetables, fish, nuts, and fruits. Nothing...

    When did sugar get so bad?

    When did sugar get so bad?
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    We all know sugar is one of the three white devils of nutrition, but do we really know why? Let’s start from the basics. What is sugar? Sugar is not...

    The Detox Diaries – Entry 2: No Sugar, No Dairy, No Carbs, No Alcohol

    The Detox Diaries – Entry 2: No Sugar, No Dairy, No Carbs, No Alcohol
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    On a beautiful Monday morning, I began a 3-day, nutritionist-advised detox with a specific amount of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. The aim was to clear the toxins from my body...

    Letting Go of Old Habits

    Letting Go of Old Habits
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    They say that the universe doesn’t like empty spaces so it quickly fills what’s been left void. Same goes for our mortal lives, too. When we give something up or...

    The Detox Diaries - Entry 1: Coffee & Cigarettes

    The Detox Diaries - Entry 1: Coffee & Cigarettes
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    Chikirina writer Talya Arditi has gone on a detox adventure and will be sharing her journey with Chikirina readers in the coming weeks. This marks the first entry of the...

    Events in May

    Events in May
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      Headstand Workshop In this 2-hour workshop, beginners will be able to learn the basics of headstands while more advanced students will be able to refresh their memory and improve...

    Nicki’s Guilt-free Desserts

    Nicki’s Guilt-free Desserts
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    We love it when we find food that tastes really good and is healthy at the same time. We love it even more when it’s something sweet. Long time American...

    6 Natural and Non-Toxic Ways to Make Your Home Smell Heavenly

    6 Natural and Non-Toxic Ways to Make Your Home Smell Heavenly
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    We all love fancy scented candles and diffusers but we often forget that behind their inviting façade, there are many artificial scents and chemicals that are in fact harmful. That’s...

    An Inspiration in the Midst of Taksim

    An Inspiration in the Midst of Taksim
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    They plant, they harvest, they cook and they share. This pretty much sums up what Ek Biç Ye İç does. Located in the heart of Taksim, this unusual venue is...

    Istanbul’s Organic Bazaars

    Istanbul’s Organic Bazaars
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    If you’d rather help small producers rather than buy your organic produce from supermarket chains, head to one of the city’s organic bazaars. Remember to take a large backpack (or...

    Chia Seeds Pudding Recipe

    Chia Seeds Pudding Recipe
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    Chia seeds are super foods with very high calcium, omega-3, and antioxidants (to read more about the benefits of adding chia seeds to your diet, see our previous post). Making...

    Little Wonders

    Little Wonders
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    Pretty new on the health-conscious’ grocery list, chia seeds are rumored to be an ancient food revered by the Mayans, the Incas, and the Aztects for energy and strength. They...

    Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

    Healthy Banana Bread Recipe
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    Eating healthy food, and more specifically giving up sugar, doesn’t equal lack of flavor or dullness in the kitchen, proven by this super easy and healthy banana bread that’s perfect...

    Are You Ready for Change?

    Are You Ready for Change?
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    True balance and inner peace comes from the harmonious relationship between the mind, soul, and the body. Clearing the mind of negative thought patterns and cleansing the soul of built-up...

    Release, Stretch, Learn: Workshops Coming Up This Weekend

    Release, Stretch, Learn: Workshops Coming Up This Weekend
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    If you’d like to spend this weekend learning, changing, and growing, take a look at our compilation of various workshops taking place in the city this weekend.  Free Self-defense Workshop...

    Juice Yourself to a Healthier You

    Juice Yourself to a Healthier You
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    Juicing has become quite a trend in the healthy lifestyles circles and fitness enthusiasts. But what is it really about and where can you go to get a high-quality juice...

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