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.
The Wanted and me, Lori Rischer
As part of a healthy lifestyle, it is important to give back. We all have causes that we are passionate about. Getting involved, to help make a difference, makes you feel good. In the words of Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
I have volunteered at several charities over the years. One of my favorites is, A Place Called Home, a community center for at-risk youth in South LA. I started volunteering there ten years ago with my good friend and KIIS-FM APD/MD, Julie Pilat. We have been mentoring teenage girls from the center and serve on the Leadership Council, (Julie is now on the Board of Directors.) Every year, we have our annual fundraiser for APCH, a celebrity bowling event called, "Stars and Strikes." This year was another massive success and we raised a lot of money for the center.
Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump
Numerous celebrities came out to bowl, play poker, eat, drink, dance, walk the red carpet and hang out with the kids. Included were: Will I Am (from the Black Eyed Peas), Akon, The Wanted, Chris Brown (yes, this is where he had the altercation with the valet), Jason DeRulo (one of my favorite yoga students!), Fall Out Boy and Austin Brown. We had a great night laughing and bowling and it is all for a great cause.
I'm a big fan of Alicia Silverstone. I think she is a funny actress, and I love that she is an outspoken advocate of animal rights. She is also well known for her healthy lifestyle and vegan diet.
When you eat fresh foods, instead of processed food, it improves the health of your body
“I have a cup of whole grains at every meal,” Silverstone says. “My favorite is brown rice, often topped with homemade tahini sauce." You can use the sauce on so many dishes to add incredible flavor.
Here is a quick and easy recipe:
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup water
1 lemon, juiced
1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in a blender to make a smooth, creamy sauce.
Here are some fun facts I learned about Tahini on Wikipedia:
Tahini is an excellent source of copper, manganese and the amino acid, methionine. Tahini is a source of the healthy fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6.
Tahini made from raw sesame seeds is lower in fat than tahini made from roasted seeds
Tahini's relatively high levels of calcium and protein make it a useful addition to vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as to raw food diets, when eaten in its unroasted form. Compared to peanut butter, tahini has higher levels of fiber and calcium and lower levels of sugar and saturated fats.
Our latest guest on Rockstar Health & Fitness is the lead singer of a band that has 4 multi platinum albums, 12 consecutive #1 videos and is one of the biggest touring bands in Canada. The band, Hedley, continues to sell out in arenas and stadiums. Their lead singer, Jake Hoggard, is one of the funniest people I know. I spent last summer traveling with them, promoting their latest #1 single Kiss You Inside Out. Needless to say, we had a blast,not only working our tails off, but with non stop laughter and adventure. I also had an up close and personal look into their world of health & fitness. Everywhere we went Jake did push ups and handstands for a quick burst of energy, plus he usually finds time to run. He was a hysterical guest on Season 1, and his first episode has a classic surprise ending. There's never a dull moment with Jake and no question that he is truly an incredible talent! Be sure to catch this weeks' RHF episode....and get an inside look into his favorite smoothie recipe, and how we take his push ups to the next level.