Lydia Neubauer: Yoga Teacher, Multi-disciplinary Artist & Founder, Rare & Well

Originally hailing from the Midwest, Lydia Grace is multi-disciplinary artist, and graduate of DePaul University. Lydia is the founder of Rare & Well, a platform fusing concepts of nourishment, movement, meditation, and consciousness to help us better understand our bodies and ourselves.  She is also the co-creator of the nude alphabet series, Alphabodies.  By day, Lydia is a personal chef and yoga teacher.  True to her ever-expanding dimensionality, she is currently playing a lead-role in an upcoming feature film.

What do you love most about Your City?

There is always something new to do and/or explore.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Classic american breakfast - bacon, soft scrambled eggs, pancakes/french toast and a fruit smoothie. I love Clinton Street Bakery’s blueberry pancakes and Lula Cafe in Chicago has a spectacular breakfast.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Waking up, making tea, stretching, writing and meditating.

10:00 AM - Gathering food stuffs from the farmers market/grocery to prepare lunch for 12-15 people.

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

I prepare lunch everyday for myself and my colleagues at a digital design agency. Lunch varies daily but I cook seasonally so expect lots of fresh vegetables, a grain, protein and always a sweet treat. Some of my favorite lunch spots in the city are Gotan and Gaia Italian Cafe.

7:00 PM -  Making dinner and winding down with my boyfriend and our cat, Chicken, followed by a salt bath/shower.

11:00 PM - Ideally, I have been asleep for at least an hour! I go to bed around 9:30-10pm.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I drink a LOT of water throughout the day and no more than one cup of coffee. I love to make different homemade teas & bone broth. In the warmer months I am a fiend for kombucha.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Instagram, I’m a sucker for imagery. Can’t pick just one! @alphabodies_official @sarahssalater @marthastewart @nyplpicturecollection @vildasaskiagonzalez @_benshen_ @marthastewart @inter_disciplinary

What should everyone try at least once?

Therapy (massage/psychiatry/taking a hike).

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Grocery stores & food/farmers markets