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How did Zumba Become Such a Fitness Craze?

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Zumba, the booty-popping, hip-thrusting, arm-waving dance exercise craze that has been sweeping the planet, was pure happenstance or a “happy accident,” as Zumba founder Alberto "Beto" Perez refers to it. Beto was ready to lead his step…
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How To Negotiate With Your Kids Without Giving In

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Life with kids often involves negotiation, whether we like it or not. The negotiation between you and your children can actually be an empowering experience for them if you structure it properly. Take, for example, this scenario: You are diligently…
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How to Keep Your Ego in Check

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“If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all…
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Vipassana Meditation: Why Ten Days of Silence Will Calm any Latina

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No phones. No music. No writing. No reading. No talking. I began to digest the fact that this seemingly contemptuous litany of ‘no’s’ also meant: no whining, complaining, venting, tweeting, texting, blogging, blabbing, pinging, poking,…
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Shake Up Your Asanas!: Where Yoga Meets Dance

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For many of us, yoga equals a serene state of quiet stillness, a zone in which to work on balance, tranquility, and alignment. But sometimes you need to shake things up. Why not try a more communicative yoga practice, one that takes the phrase…
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I'm Not the Nanny, Says This Latina Mom

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We were at a Manhattan water park when it happened. I was with my then 3-year-old daughter, Luna, playing in a sandpit on a foul, chilly morning beneath clouds that looked like ripped paper. It was no day to be outside, but living in a city…
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Tips to Empower Your Daughter

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When one comes from a culture of kids being seen and not heard, it's important to empower your daughter through words and actions. Validating her voice. Children are meant to be seen and not heard. Not now, honey, Mami’s talking. Oh…
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My Perfect Son Has Autism

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“He can’t talk, but I think he is a genius!” “Really? How so,” she asked, hesitantly. I could hear my voice quiver as my nerves drove speed into my words. I felt the need to compensate for each concern I had about my son’s…
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Video Test

This example is a custom player with a video pre-roll which can be skipped after 5 seconds. The player is customized with Mamiverse colors and the mamiverse logo watermark on the bottom left (the logo is added by the player and not part of…