Lori Rischer’s philosophy is that living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. “It’s easier to be happy when you’re healthy”, says Lori, “and when you're happy, you're a nicer person.”
Her journey began when she started doing yoga and noticed her own life and health improved. She wanted to share that experience with other people so she became a teacher. Lori was certified as a Yoga Therapist at Loyola Marymount University with Dr. Larry Payne in their renowned yoga therapy program. She also received a teaching certificate from Earth’s Power Yoga in Los Angeles.
“I’ve always been active, but as I got busier I realized it was harder to find time to take care of myself,” she says. And no truer words could be spoken! Lori has kept incredibly busy as a national radio promotion/marketing executive at Island Def Jam Music Group, working closely with superstars such as: Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Neon Trees and Taio Cruz.. She also spent several years at The Firm, one of Hollywood’s top management companies based in Beverly Hills, While there, she signed OneRepublic and was on the management teams of mega artists such as Enrique Iglesias, OneRepublic, Ice Cube, Mandy Moore, Korn and many others. Her work has been widely recognized by the music industry. In fact, she was named the 2010 Promotion Executive Trendsetter by FMQB Magazine and the 2010 Executive of the Year by SIN Magazine.
Combining two of her passions-- Music & Yoga-- Lori teamed up with KIIS-FM and 98.7 (KYSR) to be the Yoga instructor for their popular Yoga On The Pier and Yoga On The Beach summer promotions for the last three years. The series has been named Huffington Posts’ “Five Best Summer Workouts” and was featured in the LA Times, Malibu Magazine, LA Yoga Magazine, Pepperdine Times. “It is the highlight of my summer!” Lori exclaims.
Lori is also the co-creator, co-executive producer and host of the new celebrity health and fitness show from SkeeTV, Rockstar Health & Fitness. “Everyone is interested in people who are in the public eye, so we found an opportunity with Rockstar Health and Fitness to focus on some of their healthy lifestyle secrets,” Lori says. The guest artists include: Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), OneRepublic, Canadian superstars Hedley and Kim Glass a 2008 Olympic silver medal winner.
Giving back to the community is another important way Lori wants to create balance and a healthy lifestyle. She supports a number of charities that are very close to her heart. In 2008, Lori received the highest honor from the Make A Wish Foundation, the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, for her work in helping make wishes come true. She has also lectured at the Make A Wish Worldwide Conference. Additionally, in 2008 she was inducted into the Mentor Hall of Fame and this year, she completed her ninth year as a volunteer working with inner city teenagers for Youth Mentoring Connection. She is also on the Leadership Council for A Place Called Home, a community center in South Los Angeles for at-risk youth. The Los Angeles City Council recently honored Lori for her contributions in making the city a nicer place to live.
My all time favorite winter sport is skiing. Having a father who loves the outdoors, and spending my college years in Salt Lake City, I was exposed to the world's best skiing at a young age. Because I love nature, I am also a big fan of outdoor exercise, and skiing covers all the bases. Last weekend, I ended up at Snowbird and was able to ski the beautiful Utah mountains. It took me a few runs to remember how to turn without having to slow down. But it really is like riding a bike, it does comes right back to you.
I was impressed with how much my yoga practice helped me, especially with: balance, concentration and leg strength. I definitely found out that all those Utkatasna (aka chair poses) really do pay off. Luckily, I also had a great partner, expert skier and mountaineer, Doug Stoup, who reminded me to stay in control and be patient. According to Doug, "to prepare for skiing it's best to cross train, using a variety of exercises. Try to do some that simulate skiing, such as: rollerblading, riding a mountain bike, stand up paddle boarding and yoga. All these sports improve your core and leg strength which pays off when you hit the slopes."
Doug has turned skiing into a lifestyle. He takes people skiing in some of the most unbelievable places on this planet. You can go with him on one of his wild and life changing adventures by clicking on his website: http://www.iceaxe.tv/. By the end of the day at Snowbird, my legs were warmed up and I was able to enjoy flying down the mountain. Of course, just at that moment, the lifts closed..... and it was time for the hot tub!