Journey Fitness + Wellness Newsletter - February 7, 2021
Newsletter - February 7, 2021
The start to the 2021 year continues to challenge us physically, mentally and emotionally. The provincial government issued another stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with the exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing healthcare services, for outdoor exercise or for essential work.
It remains very important to find a way to thrive and not just survive during these times. I hope that you take the time for self-care especially if you are now having to take on added responsibilities, such as home-schooling children while also having to work from home and help out other family or friends. It is a lot to carry. When you feel overwhelmed, taking just a few minutes, 3-10 minutes, to sit and consciously breathe can help to calm the mind, release stress and anxiety. Your breath is a wonderful tool that you can access any time. You just have to inhale fully, exhale completely and repeat over and over again. It is also a time to stay connected with family and friends especially when you just want to crawl into a hole and only come out when things look safe to do so – not always an option or a good one. Going out for a walk outdoors and being in nature can also do wonders.
I have never really been a big fan of being on our screens all day. Though, I am grateful for this technology these days for staying connected in order that I can continue to share the wonderful gift of teaching yoga, Pilates and meditation. It helps to keep me grounded and connected to people in a time when we have to continue to practice social distance. I hope that you will continue to join me for weekly practice and grow our community by inviting family, friends and others to join us. There are many ways to do that including joining the remaining classes of one of the class series on the schedule or just taking a drop-in class. I have added a NEW price option of “Drop Into 4” of any of the remaining classes in any of the series for $60. Visit here for more information.
I am also offering a complimentary 30-minute all level yoga class every Sunday, 9:00-9:30am until the end of lockdown.
Is lockdown making you feel disconnected, blue or blah?
Yoga can be a powerful tool to deal with the lockdown’s uncertainty and isolation, as well as to maintain physical, mental, and emotional well-being. These free classes are for those new to yoga and the more advanced yoga practitioner looking for a gentler practice. No equipment required.
Classes will be offered via Zoom, on Sundays from 9:00-9:30am throughout lockdown and until at least the end of February. While mainly for the Westport, Ontario community and surrounding areas, anyone is welcome to join. A link to the class with instructions will be provided to all registered participants a day in advance of each class. Feel free to either e-mail or phone should you have any questions.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada says that, “Many risk factors for heart disease and stroke are in your power to control.” Making healthy life choices like eating well, staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, stopping to smoke and managing stress are prevention steps you can take.
Yoga, a mind/body exercise, has many physical, mental and emotional benefits.
Yoga’s physical practice builds strength, stamina and flexibility in the body which contributes to cardiovascular health. Postures that open up the spaces of the shoulders, chest and lungs helps you to breath more efficiently. Focused breathing can calm the mind. Being in a calmer state of mind can lower blood pressure and help manage many health conditions including stress, anxiety, fatigue, depression and others and lead to better sleep, mood, focus and clarity.
I hope that you will join me for a virtual yoga class this month – to breathe, move and quiet the mind in support of heart health!
“Start Where You Are” by Pema Chodron is the perfect book to read to help heal the heart. It is all about compassionate living and welcoming joy back into the heart. The author frames in a humorous and personal way how to apply the fifty-nine mind training slogans of the traditional Tibetan Buddhist Lojong teachings to your life to achieve compassionate communication and relationship with yourself and others.
“Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.” Then one begins to be able to train meticulously and pervasively in all situations. p. 452
This beautiful note received in January from StepsStones for Youth reminds us that, “A random act of kindness, no matter how small can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.” Thank you, once again, to those of you who attended the December 6 Yin Yoga class and for your generous donations both individually and collectively through the studio to support this wonderful cause.
Middle Eastern Chickpea and Rice Stew is one of my old-time favourite recipes from EatingWell Magazine. It’s from the April/May 2005 issue! I’ve been making it since then. It’s a hearty meal for lunch or a light dinner. I like to serve it with whole wheat pita bread and hummus. This heart-healthy recipe is available on line. Just click the link above. Enjoy!
Spring Class Schedule
Sunday, March 14 - May 9 (no class on April 4)
Sign up for any of the eight-week class series for $120. Sign up with a friend and you both receive $10 off! Sign up for two eight-week series for $220.
Sign up for the four-week Beginner Yoga series for $60. Sign up with a friend and you both receive $5 off!
Drop in to any of the classes in the series for $20
Purchase the 8-class Spring Pass and attend any 8 classes of the Spring series for $130. Sign up with a friend and you both receive $10 off!
Looking for new ways to stay connected with family and friends during these times?
Host your very own virtual yoga class or series of weekly yoga classes for up to 10 people. It’s also a great way to celebrate a birthday, retirement, or any other special occasions like bridal shower, new job, etc.
A 1-hour private class costs $75 – shared by 10 that’s only $7.50/person*! You choose the date/time, level and style of practice from Hatha, Meditation, Flow, Yin, Restorative, Yoga-infused Pilates, etc. Check out My Studio for more details or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
*cost/person will vary with number of participants.
“Yoga is not about touching your toes,
it’s about what you learn on the way down.”
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