As many of you know, September is National Yoga Month, established in order to celebrate the worldwide Yogi community, as well as to educate about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle. Here at Thunderbird, we adamantly believe that regular yoga practice is key to a balanced and healthy mind, body, and spirit. In order to honor this month-long celebratory event, we've decided to spotlight our Brand Ambassador Gustavo Padron, one of Austin's most active and inspiring yoga teachers, who shared with us why yoga is such an important aspect of his life.
Thunderbird: What inspires you?
GP: My students. Their effort and willingness to practice yoga and discover something new about their body, their mind and their connection to source (spirit/universe/heart). Tiny Humans also inspire me with their free spirit and their play time- they remind me to have fun and don't take myself too seriously.
Thunderbird: Describe your "AHA!" moment with yoga.
GP: My "AHA" moment came to me while in child's pose when I first started practicing yoga. The nurturing quality of this pose helped me realize that in order to heal, I must surrender and trust the process.
Thunderbird: What is your favorite yoga pose, and why?
GP: Handstand, it quickens my blood, forces me to connect to my breath, and empowers me to see things from a different angle/perspective.
Thunderbird: To you, what is the greatest reward of teaching yoga?
GP: My greatest reward in teaching yoga is seeing my students grow. I am fascinated by how many of my students have changed their lives through the power of this beautiful practice.
Thunderbird: What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment of 2015?
GP: My greatest accomplishment to date has been leading an international retreat to Costa Rica and being featured in Austin Fit Magazine.
Thunderbird: If you had to walk around with a sign taped to your forehead for the rest of this month, what would it say?
So what are you waiting for? Check your local studios' online schedules for free classes and events, get out there, get bendy, and #findyohappy! Don't forget to replenish yourself afterwards with our Thunderbird Bar of the Month, Cashew Fig Carrot!
Gustavo is Yoga teacher living in Austin, Texas with a desire to inspire and uplift people through high-spirited classes. He is an avid runner, a Crossfit and nutrition enthusiast, and a true anatomy junkie. His passion for wellness and fitness led him to the discovery of Yoga. He incorporates the ancient teachings of Yoga and his own life experiences into vigorous and empowering flow classes. His philosophy revolves around developing a strong core- "if you develop a strong core or center of being, there will be nothing that can bend/ break you out of shape." His classes are challenging, yet accessible- they will leave you feeling accomplished, re-energized and a little sweaty! Catch him around Austin, online or check his traveling schedule!
Find AustinFit Magazine’s feature on Gustavo at Austin Fit Magazine Online!
The Cashew Fig Carrot Thunderbird bar is a personal favorite of mine and curbs that carrot cake craving I get daily! When Katie and Taylor made this bar they described it as “The Romance Bar,” and for good reason. A primary ingredient in the bar, figs, are believed to be a symbol of love in Greek mythology. However, with their powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, fiber and potassium, there are many other reasons to love this tasty and seasonal ingredient. Let’s take a look at some of the nutritional highlights of figs courtesy of Organic Facts:
And since figs are in season through the month of September we are going to give you 10% off all Cashew Fig Carrot Bar orders for the month! All you have to do is order online and use the code FIGLOVE to get 10% off! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to learn about some big upcoming sales.
Don’t be afraid to pick up some figs on your next trip to the farmers market or grocery store. There are so many delicious and easy ways to incorporate figs into your diet. One of my favorite ways to incorporate figs into a meal is from Thunderbird Bar athletes Laurel and Bec Wassner. It’s Athlete Food approved, quick, easy, and a delicious way to kick off any meal.
This feast fit for hungry athletes is perfect for a late season BBQ! Read the story behind this yummy charcuterie spread and find out exactly what went into this delicious board: Late Summer BBQ
Thunderbird is excited to announce our 2015 partnership with New York professional triathletes, Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner. These inspiring twin sisters, who race on the international circuit, certainly know the importance of quality nutrition for not only training and racing, but also for everyday health. We are thrilled to support those that share our same values of living life to the fullest through a foundation of clean healthy eating.
For the past few years we have followed the sisters’ results, and continue to be impressed not only by their accomplishments in the sport, but by the obstacles they have overcome. From beating cancer, to coming back from injury, to working back from maternity leave, the Wassners have done it all.
Thunderbird bar is a real food bar, designed by athletes for everyone seeking a truly healthy and clean foundation of energy for life's next adventure. Our goal is to provide energy for today, health for tomorrow. We knew the Wassner twins were a perfect fit for Thunderbird when we became addicted to their food blog! Fast and healthy recipes for active individuals: what athlete can resist that?
Laurel and Rebeccah have spent the early part of 2015 at a team training camp in Florida, preparing for the upcoming triathlon season. They put in some HUGE weeks of training, and are now back in New York, resting up before they hit the road again for some early season races. We thought it would be the perfect time to introduce the new Thunderbird athletes!
Lets find out more about their training, racing, motherhood, and of course the inspiration behind their oh so delicious food blog, athlete food.
L- Training camp was immensely challenging but also very rewarding. It was a solid two weeks of hard swimming, biking and running. The cold, wind and rain made some of the sessions even tougher but being surrounded by a positive, motivated and supportive group of people helped us get through it.
B - I've always enjoyed cooking and did a lot of cooking for the family when we were growing up. I also spent many years working as an accountant for one of New York's top bakery's (Amy's Bread) where I learned a lot about making good food - my desk was practically in the kitchen. Laurel and I were inspired to start Athlete Food after we started fielding questions about what we eat to fuel our triathlon endeavors. We teamed up with our good friend and food writer, Melissa Lasher, and started developing recipes that we could share with our friends, family and anyone interested in healthy eating.
L: my go to fast meal is the Athlete Food lettuce wraps with tofu, with a side of sweet potato fries. I can usually get this made in 30 mins and it feels like a real meal. Recipe
B - my best piece of advice is to do your own thing. Do what feels natural and don't force anything when it comes to getting back to training and racing. I didn't run at all for over three months after having Amy because it just didn't feel right. Running fast took even longer. There were some difficult times and I'm still not back to where I want to be, but the whole process has been extremely rewarding.
B- yes. I've had to hide them in the back of the pantry because if she sees the box, she won't let me be until I give her one…or three.
Sunscreen 50spf, headphones, and Bobbi Brown lipgloss and moisture balm.
B - I'm gluten-free because it helps control my allergies. I wasn't able to eat bars for so long because I couldn't find one that was GF that I liked until I found thunderbird. I also try to eat as many whole, unprocessed and super foods as possible. The ingredients in the thunderbird and gather bars are what I would sit down and eat, but in a portable package.
B - I exercised (which should be defined very loosely!) until about 7 months. I ran until about halfway and did as much walking as I could. After having Amy, I started exercising again at about 3 months. I started racing again when she was 4 months. I raced for pure enjoyment and for the challenge of it (not for money or podiums), on very little training. I started training again full-time when Amy turned 1.
L- Yes, being an athlete with a healthy body and mindset helped me tremendously. My doctors told me that right away. I was able to fight the disease much better than an unhealthy person.
If you are struggling to find motivation , smile! Think of a way to make the workout fun, put on some good tunes and remind yourself that you will feel great afterwards!
B- Currently it’s the hazelnut heart Gather bar
L- Pecan persistence
To learn more about Laurel and Rebeccah and for some great recipes, head over to their Athlete Food blog and follow them on social media @athletefood @athletestyle.
It's no secret that our company was founded by endurance athletes. Thunderbird was initially created as fuel made by athletes for athletes. As we grow and expand, we're looking for unique individuals to partner with, to provide fuel for their epic adventures. This past month, I found one unique individual who embodies the Thunderbird ethos. Tribe, meet Colin O'Brady.
Upon meeting Colin, I realized that he met the first requirement of Thunderbird stardom: One must have quads of Thunder. Those quads brought him to victory in his first ever triathlon, which he completed only 18 months after he was severely burned in a fire in Thailand. Colin's win after this life-changing event shows a perserverance that is unmatched by other athletes.
While I was able to sit down with Colin and his amazing lady love, Jenna, I also had him answer some interview questions that would show a greater insight into Colin's life and values. His food philosophy is directly in line with the Thunderbird values of producing sustainable, whole foods, that nourish the body and mind. We couldn't be happier to have him as a sponsored athlete and hope he meets his current goal of reaching the 2016 Olympics!
Check out his interview:
Why do you want to represent Thunderbird?
Not only do I love the Thunderbird product, but the ethos of the company are right inline with my own values. The mission of delivering tasty, healthy and raw foods to consumers, while leveling a minimal impact on the environment is a mission I can proudly embrace.
What Athletic activities do you participate in? How did this passion develop?
I have always been involved with sports. As a kid I was a national ranked and 10 time Oregon Champion in Swimming, as well as a Oregon State Champion in Soccer. I went on to swim at Yale University. I thought after college my athletic career was over, but there was still a little boy inside of my dreaming of the Olympics.
In 2008 I was severely burned in a fire i- Thailand. It landed me in several Thai hospitals where I was unable to walk for months. Having life flipped upside down, not knowing if I would ever fully recover I my triathlon dream was born. I vowed to mom Mom I would complete a triathlon after I got out of the hospital. Not only did I complete a triathlon, but surprising myself I won the Chicago Triathlon just 18 months after my accident. reigniting my Olympic passion, I turned professional, have spent the last 4 years chasing the Olympic dream in triathlon.
Please explain your personal food manifesto:
My family has been in the natural food industry long before Whole Foods was a household name, and the natural foods industry was a fringe movement of hippie collective and co-ops. I was raised with that as the backdrop to my childhood, my mother and stepdad founding a New Seasons Market, a regional natural foods chain based out of Portland, OR, and my father being an organic farmer on the North Shore of Kauai. My food manifesto naturally grew (pun-intended) from there. I believe in the importance of eating organic, sustainable and local. Eating simple unprocessed foods, leads to a healthy life and a healthy earth.
What short term and long term goals in terms of nutrition and fitness?
My biggest goal is to qualify to represent the USA at the 2016 Olympics. Not only do I want to represent my country in the greatest sporting event in the world, but I want to have a forum to show people to never give up. I faced a tremendous setback when I was burned, and I got back on feet and may stronger then ever before. It was have been very easy to give up. I think goal setting whether big or small is an important process for anyone
Who or what inspires you everyday?
Jenna Besaw my beautiful girlfriend inspires me everyday. She has sacrificed a lot to my number one support on this journey. We approach each day and each race together. Without her I would be lost.
How does Thunderbird font into my lifestyle?
Although energy gels and powders do have their role in endurance sports, I love to eat as much real food as possible. Thunderbird bars provide just that in a easy and ready to eat form. It is perfect for a quick snack after a workout, or in the middle of a long ride.
For more information on Colin, check out his website, here.