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During this time of great uncertainty it’s more important than ever to find safe ways to move your body, calm your mind and practice self-care safely, while maintaining social distancing and following local public health guidelines. Regular exercise is proven to lower stress levels, as are breathing exercises and other meditation practices.
Santa Monica has long held a reputation as the go-to wellness hub of Los Angeles, packing in dozens of spas, yoga studios, fitness classes and innovative self-care offerings all within 8.3 square miles. Visitors flock to the beach to join locals in their healthy way of life, running, biking or sneaking in an outdoor workout at the Original Muscle Beach along the city’s glistening coastline.
While gyms, spas and many outdoor spaces are currently closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Santa Monica’s wellness businesses are finding creative ways to serve up a slice of Santa Monica’s wellness scene – virtually. Until it’s safe to enjoy all that Santa Monica has to offer in person, here’s a number of local businesses that are stepping up to help you infuse some Santa Monica soul into your at-home wellness routine.
Aerobic Workouts
No gym? No problem. Limited equipment is required for modified aerobic workouts guaranteed to get your heart racing and put your muscles to work. Try your hand at dancing, boxing classes, HIT workout or a customized workout with a personal trainer.
• 34° North
• Arthur Murray Santa Monica
• Basecamp Fitness
• Body Fit
• Box N Burn: Donation-based daily live classes at home
• BoxUnion
• Circuit Works
• Coreology: 15% off your subscription of on-demand virtual workouts with promo code buylocalsantamonica
• Dacinerate
• Dane Sorenson
• Dash Run Studio: Sign up for free daily in-home and outdoor workouts, delivered weekdays to your inbox at bit.ly/dashgivesback or purchase a gift card for future services at bit.ly/supportdash
• Exhale Spa
• OPEX Santa Monica: 50% off your first month of coaching
• OrangeTheory
• Ritual Gym: Free online zoom HIIT workout classes, available to the public
• Santa Monica Personal Training
• Sonki Fitness: Offering free workout videos online
• SportsFit Physical Therapy: Co-pays waived for telehealth physical therapy and therapeutic Pilates sessions
• SoulCycle

Power up with Pilates
Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise designed to strengthen muscles while improving posture, balance and flexibility. Join in on virtual classes from the comfort of your personal yoga mat.
Andrea White Pilates: Buy two online classes, receive a third one free
• Good Body Pilates
• Love For Pilates
• Mighty Pilates: MMP active members receive unlimited virtual classes
• Pilatesmith Pilates Studio: Online group and private Pilates classes – Mondays and Thursdays are free for those who are financially impacted
• Phoenix Classical Pilates
• Purre Barre: One week of unlimited live streaming
• Spier Pilates

Soothe Your Soul with a Sound Bath
Lower your stress levels and ease into relaxation with a sound bath, a form of music meditation therapy that uses specifically tuned vibrational instruments to help bring you to a state of wholeness. Be Crystal Clear is live streaming daily sound baths to help promote healing. Bonus for parents – storytime sound baths are aimed at the whole family.
Stretch it Out with Yoga
The range of benefits provided by yoga, from anxiety relief and stress reduction to increased flexibility and muscle tone, are much needed these days. Join in on a group yoga class to reap the physical benefits while connecting to the greater community.
• Alo Yoga: Free kid’s yoga and mindfulness videos
• Core Power Yoga: 10 new free classes per week and unlimited on-demand classes for $19.99 per month
• Lululemon
• Hot 8 Yoga
• Naam Yoga: Special health courses online
• Santa Monica Yoga
• Sweat Yoga
• The Yoga Collective
• YogaWorks

Boost Your Beauty
While now may not seem like the best time to focus on beauty, research shows that in fact, beauty rituals can serve as a mood booster. A number of beauty businesses have found new ways to help service their clients from a safe distance. Face Haus Santa Monica is offering virtual skincare consultations while Olive + June is running an online manicure bootcamp. Meanwhile Chocolate Sun, an organic sunless tanning studio is offering complimentary, personal appointments to assist with ‘At Home’ application instruction. Tranquility Skin and Body Care offers complimentary online skin consultations with a minimum purchase and is offering free doorstep delivery within Santa Monica.
Now is also a good time to support your favorite local beauty business by purchasing a gift card to use later. Not only will you help a local business financially, you’ll also have something to look forward to when this situation passes and its safe to visit our favorite businesses as usual.
Healthy Takeout
After your virtual workout or self-care practice, why not treat yourself to a healthy, healing meal. A large number of Santa Monica restaurants are offering take-out, curbside pickup or delivery options at this time. Click here for a comprehensive list of local businesses offering these services.


‘Situation going out of control’: SC seeks Covid report from Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Assam

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said the infections in these states are “going out of control” and asked them to submit a status report within two days.



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The Supreme Court on Monday sought a status report from Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Assam on steps taken to control the spread of coronavirus infection, news agency PTI reported. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said the infections in these states are “going out of control” and asked them to submit a status report within two days.

“Things have worsened in Delhi especially in November. You file a status report on what steps have been taken,”the court told Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, who was appearing for the Delhi government. The bench, also comprising Justices R S Reddy and M R Shah, said that all efforts shall be made by the Centre and the states to mitigate the situation and to deal with the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

While fresh cases of coronavirus infections continue to decline — or remain stagnant — in the worst-affected states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh, on the other hand, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and even Himachal Pradesh have been seeing a significant rise in active cases.

Amid the surge in a few states, the Centre on Sunday dispatched high-level teams to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to help them tackle the spread of the disease. A few days ago, similar teams were sent to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Chhattisgarh as well.

Part of the reason for the surge in cases in these states could be attributed to low adherence of physical distancing norms during the festival season, especially since it came after a prolonged phase of relative stability, which could have given rise to complacency amongst the public.

On Monday, India’s COVID-19 caseload went past 91 lakh with 44,059 coronavirus infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 85,62,641. The number of active cases remained below 5 lakh for the thirteenth consecutive day. There are 4,43,486 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country as on date which comprises 4.85 per cent of the total caseload.

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Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi passes away



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Former Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi passed away Monday. He was suffering from multi-organ dysfunction.

The three-time chief minister of Assam, Gogoi had a political career spanning over 50 years in which he assumed varied positions within the Congress party, central government as well as Assam’s state administration.

Born on April 1, 1936 into an ethnic Assamese Tai-Ahom family at Rangajan Tea Estate located in erstwhile Sivasagar district, now Jorhat district of Assam.His father, Dr Kamaleshwar Gogoi was a medical practitioner at the tea estate while his mother, Usha Gogoi, was known for her collection of poetry –– Hiyar Samahar.

Gogoi did his primary education at the No.26 Rangajan Nimna Buniyadi Vidyalaya before moving to Jorhat Madrassa School, Bholaguri High School located near Badulipar Tea Estate and finally Jorhat Government High School from where he passed the HSLC Examination. Completing his graduation from Jagannath Barooah College, he did his LLB from Gauhati University, Assam.

With his first stint as member of Parliament starting in 1971, he went on to be elected to the Lok Sabha a total of six times. He also served as the joint secretary of All India congress Committee in 1976 and president of Assam’s Pradesh Congress Committee from 1986-91.

During Narasimha Rao’s tenure (1991-95) as the Prime Minister, Gogoi served in the Union cabinet as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Food and Food Processing Industry.

Gogoi led the Congress to a record three consecutive electoral victories in Assam in 2001, 2006 and 2011, and served as the chief minister of the state for 15 years (2001-2016), thus becoming the longest-serving chief minister of the state.

In 2016 Assembly elections in Assam, though the BJP along with its allies defeated the Congress government, Gogoi managed to win from Titabar Assembly constituency.

In August this year, Gogoi was admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 and was discharged after recovery. However, he was again rushed to GMCH on November 2 with post-COVID complications and was on non-invasive ventilation (NIV). He was put on invasive ventilation on Saturday night as his condition deteriorated.

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PM Modi inaugurates Multi Storeyed flats for Members of Parliament

17th Lok Sabha has already taken many historical decisions



Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Multi Storeyed flats for Members of Parliament through video conference, today. These flats are located at Dr B D Marg in New Delhi. Eight old bungalows, which were more than 80 years old, have been redeveloped to construct 76 flats.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said Green Building norms have been incorporated in this Multi Storeyed flats for the Members of Parliament. He hoped that these new flats will keep all the residents and the MPs safe and sound.

He said accommodation for the Members of Parliament has been a long standing problem but it is now solved. He said decades old problems don’t end by avoiding them, but by finding solutions. He listed many such projects in Delhi which were incomplete for many years were taken up by this government and finished before the scheduled time.

He said during the time of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the discussion of Ambedkar National Memorial started, it was built by this government after a long wait of 23 years. He said, the new building of the Central Information Commission, the War Memorial near India Gate and the National Police Memorial were built by this government which were pending for a long time.

The Prime Minister remarked that all the MPs have taken care of both the products and the process in the productivity of Parliament and have attained a new height in this direction. He praised the Lok Sabha Speaker for his stewardship of the house in a productive and procedurally sound way.

He expressed happiness that Parliament proceedings continued even during the pandemic, with new regulations and several precautionary measures. He added that both houses worked even on weekends for ensuring smooth proceedings in the Monsoon Session.

He said as the age of 16-18 years is very important for the youth, we have completed the term of the 16th Lok Sabha with the 2019 election and this period has been historically significant for the progress and development of the country. He added that the term of the 17th Lok Sabha has started in 2019 and the decisions taken during this period in this Lok Sabha already, the Lok Sabha has undertaken some historic decisions.

He expressed confidence that the next (18th) Lok Sabha will also play a very important role in taking the country forward into the new decade.

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