Sam­ple an an­cient diet, try a triathlon ...

Los Angeles Times - - MIND & BODY - By Kavita Daswani health@la­

Learn­ing to eat an ayurveda diet, space-smudg­ing, a new fit­ness chain from Down Un­der and a Mal­ibu triathlon: a roundup of what’s hap­pen­ing on the well­ness front.

Back to di­etary ba­sics

An up­com­ing ayurvedic feast will fo­cus on the sta­ples of this an­cient, plant-based diet.

“Ayurveda is all about bal­ance and un­der­stand­ing that dif­fer­ent foods have dif­fer­ent en­er­gies,” said Mered­ith Klein, founder of Prana­ful, which or­ga­nizes well­ness re­treats and pro­vides health­ful catered meals.

Klein will give a short pre­sen­ta­tion on the ben­e­fits of ayurvedic prac­tices at the Thurs­day event, which is part of Ro­dale’s Or­ganic Life/Wan­der­lust Hol­ly­wood “Find Your True Fork” din­ner se­ries. The meal will in­clude a cilantro lime pesto (in­gre­di­ents deemed as “cool­ing” in ayurveda), for­ti­fy­ing black lentils, fen­nel for di­ges­tion and anti-in­flam­ma­tory turmeric.

Info: 7 p.m. Thurs­day Wan­der­lust Hol­ly­wood, 1357 N. High­land Ave. $80 per per­son. Dis­counts for groups of four or more. wan­der­lusthol­ly­

Pu­rify a room

If you’re won­der­ing what to do with those smudge sticks you bought on a whim, here’s an idea: In con­junc­tion with holis­tic ser­vices com­pany Cre­ative Col­lec­tive LA, the Chuan Spa at the Lang­ham Hunt­ing­ton in Pasadena is hold­ing a ses­sion on how to use smudge sticks and sage, laven­der and rose pe­tals to cleanse and pu­rify a room.

The Na­tive Amer­i­can tra­di­tion of smudg­ing has long been used to en­cour­age a sense of well-be­ing in a space: The burn­ing of some herbs is said to re­lease neg­a­tive ions and el­e­vate the mood of a room.

Info: “How to Clear Your Space,” 7 p.m. Thurs­day. $40 in­cludes a glass of cham­pagne and snack. RSVP to Chuan Spa: (626) 5856414 or tl­­hamho­

Tired of that tread­mill?

F45 Train­ing, an Aus­tralian fit­ness stu­dio chain that is ex­pand­ing glob­ally, is open­ing more Los Angeles-area branches this month. The new­est stu­dios, in Cul­ver City and Pasadena, pre­cede open­ings later this year in Santa Clarita, Wood­land Hills and Her­mosa Beach.

Los Angeles-based founder and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Rob Deutsch said he wanted to cre­ate a func­tional 45-minute (hence the name) plan that var­ied each day and also did away with some con­ven­tional ex­er­cise equip­ment: The stu­dios, which av­er­age 2,000 square feet, have no tread­mills or el­lip­ti­cals.

“In­stead we use sand­bags, Bosu balls, dumb­bells, sleds,” Deutsch said.

The stu­dios av­er­age nine classes a day that fo­cus on car­dio, re­sis­tance or a hy­brid of both, de­pend­ing on the day of the week. (Deutsch said there are 27 va­ri­eties.) Classes are led by two train­ers.

“Each stu­dio has sev­eral plasma TV screens that play the work­out and ex­plain the ex­er­cises,” Deutsch said. “The train­ers are there to check tech­nique and pro­vide mo­ti­va­tion.”

Info: Mem­ber­ship is about $200 a month. f45­train­

A triathlon for begin­ners

A triathlon on your bucket list? Con­sider next month’s Nau­tica Mal­ibu Triathlon. Last year’s event had 3,500 peo­ple run, bike and ocean swim their way to the fin­ish line in the “clas­sic dis­tance” race, which is a half-mile swim, 17-mile bike ride and four-mile run. The clas­sic dis­tance is shorter than the in­ter­na­tional dis­tance and has at­tracted peo­ple who’ve never done a triathlon or aren’t very ac­tive. The or­ga­niz­ers are run­ning weekly swim clin­ics until the event.

Info: Sept. 16 and 17 at Zuma Beach. Cost is $220 to $450.nauti ca­mal­

F45 Train­ing

F45 work­outs are de­signed to take 45 min­utes. Stu­dios are pop­ping up around SoCal.

Chuan Spa

LEARN how to use smudge sticks and more to pu­rify a room in a class at Chuan Spa.

Wan­der­lust Hol­ly­wood

AYURVEDIC foods will be served dur­ing a din­ner at Wan­der­lust Hol­ly­wood.

Noel Vasquez Getty Im­ages

PAR­TIC­I­PANTS hit the Pa­cific for a swim dur­ing the 2016 Nau­tica Mal­ibu Triathlon.

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