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We recap everything earth-shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: October 5–11, 2013.


Despite recent setbacks, Lululemon is continuing its quest for global yoga-pant domination by expanding to London and Hong Kong, according to The brand currently has 226 stores.


SLT announced its first Westchester studio will officially open on Tuesday, October 15 in Rye Brook.

And just two weeks ago, the classy barre brand favored by fashion editors, Physique 57, opened a Scarsdale pop-up.

Gwyneth’s body sculptor Tracy Anderson debuted a men’s program, with dudes-only classes, an upcoming DVD, and sessions on Xbox Fitness.

Crunch launched a huge online workout platform to bring its funky fitness classes to the masses (at home).

The Upper East Side’s The Studio by Remorca Fitness introduced a new class, RFX, which combines strength training, cardio, yoga, and foam rolling into a circuit-style full-body mash-up.

And this weekend is going to be a muddy one, with the tristate Tough Mudder race (in which one brave Well+Good contributor is competing!) and, in Maine, the North American Wife-Carrying Championships (no, we’re not kidding), reports Blood, Sweat & Cheers.



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Hummus-heavy Roti Mediterranean Grill celebrated the grand opening of its second Manhattan location on Thursday, October 10, in Midtown.

The East Village’s Hare Krishna Bhakti Center debuted an affordable, healthy-leaning vegetarian buffet on Thursday, October 10, according to

Organic Avenue launched a new fall menu that includes roasted brussels sprouts, Japanese sweet potatoes, and more.



Natural skin-care brand Indie Lee introduced new products, including a Radiant Skin System, that will be sold exclusively on

Ilia Beauty just relaunched its amazing natural mascaras. Now the wands slide out more easily, and there’s no phenoxyethanol, but the rad colors remain the same.

We don’t usually go deal hunting, but then we learned that NYC celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas is offering two of her natural facials at $50 each this Spa Week (Oct. 14–20), including the Power Peel, which comes with microdermabrasion, LED, and glow-producing oxygen.


Happy workout anniversaries! This Saturday, 305 Fitness celebrates its first birthday with a party in the West Village, Yoga 216 does the same with $1 classes at its studio, and Syncstudio celebrates its half-birthday with a fall fete complete with cocktails and dancing.

CLAY Health Club + Spa is hosting a four-week boxing mastery program from October 24–November 21, where you’ll learn boxing skills and get seriously conditioned with a former featherweight champ. (Call to sign up.)