March 2017

Why Self Mastery with Azure Rae Works

Some people remember me before my Dad passed away, and many people who are in my life now, only know that I speak of him often. Laszlo Pongo died in 2005, age 80 because he had been prescribed the wrong medication in a hospital in rural Hungary. He had suffered a mild heart attack on his birthday 4 weeks earlier, when he had smoked his second cigarette, to celebrate. I had flown to Hungary immediately following the news, and he told me this lying in bed, “It was the 2nd cigarette, not the first. But the first was so good.” […]

February 2017

An Open Letter to the World, by Elizabeth Pongo

Dear Reader, I'm writing to let you know why I went to the Canary Islands in Spain, while the world is troubled by Trump. First, on behalf of the United States, I apologize deeply for our President. I am dedicated to helping. I want you to know I am living [...]

September 2016

5 Running Tips From A Non-Runner Who Hates Running

Maybe “hate” is a strong word, but running has never really been my thing. (Unless of course you count the years I spent unsuccessfully trying to run myself skinny, that is.) I’m a yoga instructor and a powerlifter. I find much more satisfaction in hitting a new bench PR (145lbs [...]

Tyler Sussman | Food Fight: Expanding Children’s Experience With Food Through Harmony & Local New York City Farms

I met Tyler Sussman about 7 years ago. He is unlike anyone else I’ve ever met; talented, kind, thoughtful, and with an awareness of the world that is unusual to find in New York. He is an unapologetically unique individual who always has an aura of serenity about him, almost as though he is operating on a different wavelength from the rest of the world.  He continually inspires the people around him to think about the world, their place in it, and the responsibility that we have to the world and to each other. -Pongo Power Personal Trainer Sarah Arikian-Coe […]

The Power Of The Buddy System

In this hot and humid summer we’re having, with a crazy schedule, it’s been difficult to fit in my regular amount of exercise. At times when my schedule is more manageable and I’m getting good sleep, I don’t have to think about it. My workouts are written into my calendar like any other appointment. I also enjoy working out. […]

August 2016

Meal Prep | Simple, Delicious & Healthy Recipes To Cook In Bulk

Hi Pongo family! As promised from Brie’s last blog, here are a few simple and healthy recipes to get you started with meal prep! […]

July 2016

A Day In The Life: Personal Trainer By Day, B-Girl By Night

Have you ever asked yourself what does it take to be a personal trainer? Sure, maybe you considered the certification test, but have you considered the day-to-day lifestyle of a personal trainer?  I’m going to tell you a bit more. I’m going to get personal, invite you into my average daily routine between work, food, training, and sleep, and offer some advice on preparing for busy work days so you too can live a balanced life. […]

For Those Living with Chronic Illness: Strength Training and Fatigue Resistance

Pongo Power client, Lara Hogan is back to discuss her experiences with chronic illnesses and the ways in which resistance training have served to strengthen her body and mind! […]

4 Tips To Improve Your Air Travel: How to Survive Long Flights, Beat Jet Lag, & Stay Active in a Small Space!

This February I embarked on a long and exciting travel expedition to China, so that I could visit my boyfriend as he spent several months working abroad in Shenzen. Between flight changes and layovers, my flight to China totaled a grueling 25 hours. […]

June 2016

Small Happy Habits- Part One: Journaling

Over the past few months I’ve introduced a handful of small, happy habits that have served to center my focus and calm my mind. As a result, my productivity, creativity, and sense of peacefulness have skyrocketed. These habits can be introduced incrementally and in small steps in order to cement [...]