Journey Fitness + Wellness Newsletter - April 4, 2021
Newsletter - April 4, 2021
Spring continues to shower us with beautiful gifts – longer and warmer days, early spring blossoms, the return of songbirds and the awakening of woodland animals… Though the ground may still be frozen, you may now be starting seeds indoors that you plan to move outdoors come May. Like the caring we bring to nourishing these seedlings, we can also nourish ourselves in preparation for our outdoor summer activities. Yoga, Pilates and Meditation are all nourishing for the body, mind and soul. And, with the news of another provincial lockdown, 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. I will once again offer a complimentary yoga class on Sunday mornings, 9:00-9:45am, April 11-25 to help you maintain physical, mental, and emotional well-being during these times.
The Spring Class Schedule continues until May 9 with the addition of four more Meditation Monday classes! It is never too late to attend a class or sign up for the remaining classes in any of the series or mix it up by purchasing the Spring Class Pass. New to the studio? Your first class is complimentary! You can also host your family and friends to a class to celebrate spring’s arrival or another special event. See details below!
Spring Class Schedule Continues
Monday, March 8 - May 9 (no class on April 4)
Sign up for any of the remaining class series and the cost will be pro-rated.
Sign up for the additional four-week Meditation Mondays classes, April 12-May 3 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. Your first drop-in class is complimentary!
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 email@example.com
*cost/person will vary with number of participants.
Complimentary Yoga - Sunday Mornings During Lockdown (except Easter)
Is another 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 will be for beginners or the more advanced yogis/yoginis looking for a gentler practice. No equipment required.
Classes will be offered via Zoom, on Sundays from 9:00 to 9:45am, April 11-25. 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.
“Congratulations” to those of you who are near to completing the 30-Day Meditation Challenge. Although the thirty days end on April 6, I hope that you will continue the journey. To help you maintain a consistent meditation practice, 4 more weekly Meditation Monday classes running April 12-May 3, 7:00-8:00pm have been added to the Spring Schedule.
Cost: $60 or sign up with a friend and you both receive $5 off.
What is Pilates?
Like yoga, Pilates is a low impact mind-body exercise. Itis a century old technique developed by Joseph Pilates. While it focuses mainly on developing core strength, it takes an integrated approach to training the body. It involves full-body conditioning including core stability, strengthening and stretching the muscles, while focusing on quality of movement, body awareness and coordination. Pilates is beneficial to posture, core stability, flexibility, balance and stress relief. The breath-initiated movements also help to lengthen and decompress the spine and improve breathing. Pilates exercises are performed on a mat using your own body weight and occasionally props.
“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.”
- - Joseph Pilates
New to Pilates? Register for a complimentary class by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: Journey Fitness + Wellness
May Long Weekend Open House!
It was around this time last year that I was hoping to invite you to an open house on the May long weekend to celebrate the official opening of the Journey Fitness + Wellness Lakefront Studio. With COVID-19 and many businesses shut down, the renovations to the studio were delayed causing the opening of the studio to be postponed. It would not be until November when the studio doors would officially open with only on-line classes being offered. I am forever grateful to those of you who have been practicing with me since then! We have created a wonderful community! It is my hope that with the April lockdown hopefully behind us, on the May long weekend I will be able to host you to a complimentary class on the deck to launch outdoor summer yoga and other classes at the studio. If you should be in the Westport area, I hope that you will join me for a class. With social distancing protocols still likely to be in place, space is limited to 5 people per class. Be sure to subscribe to my news feed for updates on the open house and to reserve your spot for a class when registration opens. Stay tuned!
Outdoor Yoga Coming Next Month with Summer Special Pricing!
Events in April!!
April is Daffodil Month. “Every spring, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Daffodil Campaign rallies Canadians to support and remember those affected by cancer. And with nearly 1 in 2 Canadians diagnosed in their lifetime, almost all of us are impacted in some way.” For information on what cancer is, the risks, prevention, resources and how to support and get involved visit CCS.
Help reduce your risk of cancer by making these healthy lifestyle choices:
To live smoke-free
To have a healthy body weight
To eat well
To exercise more and sit less
To protect your skin and your eyes from the sun when enjoying the outdoors
To limit your alcohol consumption
Reiki, yoga and meditation are complementary therapies recognized by the Canadian Cancer Society to help manage pain and enhance the effects of medicine and treatments. They help to restore balance and calm to both the body and mind. If you or someone you know is impacted by cancer you might consider these therapies in addition to your treatment plan.
You might be quite familiar with yoga and meditation. How much do you know about Reiki? It is a form of alternative therapy commonly referred to as energy healing. It was rediscovered in Japan in the late 1800’s by Mikao Usui. It helps you to feel calm, peaceful, balanced and uplifted by clearing energy blockages in the body. It involves the transfer of healing universal energy from the practitioner’s hands either placed lightly on or close to your body. Healing sessions may be received in person or from a distance.
Some people may be sceptical about Reiki, as it is hard to prove its effectiveness through scientific means. However, many people who receive Reiki say it works as they feel physical, mental and emotional well-being after sessions. Its popularity is increasing as a complementary healing therapy for cancer patients to control the side effects of their treatments, such as pain, anxiety and sickness.
Here is a dear friend’s courageous journey with cancer and experience with Reiki:
“I never imagined I would be diagnosed with cervical cancer in the middle of a pandemic, and thankfully treatment began immediately. My close circle of friends offered any help I might need on my journey through cancer for which I will be eternally grateful.
Deborah and I have been friends for over 25 years, and I have been impressed at how she has accumulated so much knowledge regarding fitness and wellness. Her skills extend to remote Reiki healing sessions and I was thrilled to be a recipient of many sessions.
I could feel the energy taken by the radiation being replenished by an invisible power source. At one point, I did not know how to use all the surplus energy! I also greatly enjoyed a session of Chakra meditation which was so relaxing and calming.
I believe the Reiki healing and Chakra meditation played a major role in my ability to sail through the hospital treatments calmly and in good spirits, and I shall always be thankful to Deborah for her amazing skills.” - - D.
For more information and to request a distance Reiki session for yourself or your family and friends contact email@example.com
April 7 is World Health Day! This year’s theme is, “Build a fairer, healthier world for everyone.” It is a year-long campaign calling for action to eliminate health inequities and bring people together. It highlights the WHO’s constitutional principle that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic, or social condition.” COVID-19 has without a doubt challenged this principle. I hope that you will join me Sunday mornings (except Easter) in April, 9:00-9:45am for a complimentary yoga class to take the time for self-care and nourish and restore your mind, body and soul. See details above.
Book Review - - The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
For many generations, it has been thought that if we worked hard enough, we would be successful and only then would we be happy. Research in positive psychology has revealed that the opposite is true.
In this book, Shawn shares with us how we can capitalize on our brain’s capacity to change; how we can permanently raise our happiness baseline and develop a more positive mindset using seven researched and tested principles and patterns that form, “The Happiness Advantage”. Principle #7, Social Investment, is considered to be the most important of the principles to long-term happiness. The more social support you have, the happier you are. “…like food and air, we seem to need social relationships to thrive.” He teaches us how to retrain our brains to capitalize on positivity which leads to more happiness and improved productivity and performance in the workplace. These same principles also apply to other areas of life. Why not give this book a read and take the time to focus and put into practice one or two of the principles that resonate(s) most with you.
“… the ripple effect - by trying to make ourselves happier and more successful, we actually have the ability to improve the lives of 1,000 people around us!” p. 460
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