Tower Talks: A Taste of Tower Garden in Puerto Rico
Healthy living is more than just eating right and working out. It’s about taking care of all of the different elements in your life, such as mental health and making time for the things you enjoy. Even at the young age of 23, Paula Landrón has nailed this concept right on the head - creating a workout that includes high intensity interval training mixed with meditation, which she’s coined as the Deep Workout.
Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Miami, Paula now resides in Puerto Rico where she hosts and co-produces women’s empowerment and wellness retreats. And what’s more, Paula is a proud Tower Garden owner who grows and nourishes her body with fresh greens grown on her balcony - nurturing her dedication to living a healthy and mindful life.
Q. How did you make your way into living a healthy lifestyle?
A. Living a healthy lifestyle is the basis for a healthy relationship with myself, my friends, my family, and romantic partner. In complete honesty, I can’t remember when I got into healthy living. I remember being in 4th grade and running up and down the stairs in my house to work out. My family is very active and prioritizes their health, so we can say I inherited it from them.
Q. We know that nutrition is a big focus in your life. What made you start growing with Tower Garden?
A. I saw my first Tower Garden at a wellness event and fell in love with it. A year later I bought my own because I live in an apartment and wanted to grow my own food.
Q. How does your Tower Garden help foster living a healthy lifestyle?
A. For me, my Tower Garden is quality of life. Being able to invite my friends over and offer them hot water with lemon and mint from my Tower Garden is what sustainable living is all about. Being able to reduce my personal waste by not buying produce that comes wrapped in plastic basil, cilantro, mint, celery) is what everyone should be striving for. Not only is this beneficial for my body, which, of course, is extremely important for me as a fitness instructor, but it’s good for the planet!
Q. What do you enjoy best about having fresh Tower Garden produce on hand?
A. Accessibility. What I love the most is being able to work from home and create my own mint and lemon-infused water from my own balcony, (as well as) eating tomatoes and basil from my Tower Garden.
Q. You created your own workout, the Deep Workout. Can you tell us about how you got started and came up with the concept?
A. I began my career as a fitness instructor at 17, teaching Zumba. By 19, I felt a bit constrained with the rigidity of the format and decided to create my own workout class, hence, the Deep Workout. It has slowly evolved into a combination of HIIT and meditation where we channel emotions via sweat. Each class is accompanied by deep questions to make you analyze your thought patterns, repetitive actions, and behaviors.
Q. It’s been a hard year for most of the world. How has your COVID-19 experience been?
A. My COVID-19 experience has been one of growth and learning how to truly appreciate what’s important in life, which for me is following my own path. I just moved into a new apartment in February, so I’ve spent a lot of time just enjoying my new place, being grateful I have a decent balcony, and spending quality time with my partner gardening in my Tower Garden plus other plants and pots I have around.
Q. What advice do you have for those people who have mentally or physically struggled over the last few months, with having to remain indoors or quarantined alone?
A. My advice would be to implement a meditation practice. If you’ve never meditated, now is the time. This is what helps me manage my anxiety when my heart rate is crazy high and what keeps me grounded when I don’t have control over what’s happening. Start with setting a timer for 1 minute and simply close your eyes and breathe. If 1 minute is too much, try for 30 seconds. ANYTHING is better than NOTHING. This practice also helps me understand myself better and ask myself those deep questions like: Where am I going? Am I happy with my path?
Q. Lastly, why would you recommend growing a Tower Garden to others?
A. I would recommend my Tower Garden to anyone who is looking for a bit more nature in small-square-footage space! It’s beautiful, you have your own produce. It’s fun. Why not?
We want to thank Paula for sharing her story and for making Tower Garden an important part of her healthy lifestyle! Follow The Deep Lifestyle or Paula’s personal page on Instagram for more healthy living inspiration.
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