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Guest Post // Five Exercises for a Healthier Heart

With WORLD HEART DAY right around the corner – tomorrow, Friday, Sep 29th – we figured this was an appropriate time for a guest post about exercises for a healthier heart!  Sara is building her “blogger portfolio” and we welcomed her post…

Guest Post // Five Exercises for a Healthier Heart 

Your heart is an extremely strong organ, but even this grows weak if you do not take good care of it through a nutritious diet and regular exercise! Here is a list of some of the most “heart friendly exercises” for a healthier blood pump.

Yoga

Yoga requires you to exercise using your own body weight and practice stretching to gain more flexibility in your movement. Yoga ranges from requiring very easy and basic movements like in Hatha Yoga, to demanding great flexibility and perfect posture like in Ashtanga or Vinyasa Yoga. Along with providing you with physical benefits, yoga can also be helpful in clearing the mind and keeping you stress-free. Remaining stress-free is also a really good way to keep your heart healthy and relaxed.

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Aerobics

Aerobics are basically cardio-exercise. They can be anything that can make your heart rate go up and have the sweat running in minutes. Aerobics are not a good option for people who have fragile hearts since it makes the heart put in a lot of effort. Even so, if you believe that your heart is healthy now and you want it to stay that way, you should get into the habit of doing aerobics regularly. You can make it even more fun by practicing fast dance moves or joining a class with a group of friends.

Running and Walking

For people who have never really had much physical exercise to begin with, they should start off with walking. Walking briskly 30-60 minutes every day can prove to be a very useful exercise. Even if it does not show immediate effect, you can see some major improvements in your long-term health. When you find that walking briskly is getting easier and easier, you should get the pace up to a jog and then start jogging or running. Running is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and make your heart really healthy.

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Strength Training

Strength training includes exercises that require lifting weights and doing exercises like push-ups. Be cautious of lifting weights that are beyond your capacity, this may seriously damage your muscles. Instead, take weights that you can use comfortably and do a series of relatively easy weights, working your way up.

Massages

Okay so massages are not exactly exercises, but they do make your body go through some physical toning which is basically what exercise does.  According to the Mayo Clinic, “Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.” So get yourself a top quality massage chair!

Author Bio: Sara is a psychologist by profession and she loves massage therapies. She enjoys home-based work and traveling. She is obsessed with massage chair therapies and other relaxing techniques. She regularly posts at https://mymassagechairs.com.

Disclaimer: We are not doctors, only fitness enthusiasts!  Please consult a medical professional before beginning any exercise routine. 

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Guest Post: Five Yoga Poses for Winter Glow

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We had plenty of time to shop, decorate for the holidays, find a tree, get some miles in with friends and of course, eat!

Although many of us may have overindulged in sweets this past weekend, its a whole new week and time to get our sweat on!  Yoga is one of our favorite ways to cross train for running and we love to hit the mat.  One of our readers, Beth Martel, submitted this guest post to get you back into the groove.

Guest post by Beth Martel: Five Yoga Poses for Winter Glow 

Winter is usually very rough on our skin. Many people experience dryness, paleness and dullness on their faces. The low temperature, indoor heat and outdoor cold can be damaging on the skin. The good news is that you no longer need to invest in heavy creams and serums for the cure. Yoga is here for your rescue! There are some beautiful yoga poses which can lead you towards fresh and young skin during the cold winter months. Yoga improves your blood circulation and increases the availability of vital nutrients. Increased blood circulation also speeds up the removal of cellular waste and toxins giving a fresh look to the skin.  So grab a mat and take a look at these five yoga poses that will help you get that dream winter glow!

1. The child’s pose:

The child’s yoga pose concentrates blood flow to the face which relaxes the mind. It is like dropping of all your worries on the yoga mat and forgetting all the stressors. Take a few deep breaths while you are in this pose. For doing the child’s yoga pose, bend your thighs and stretch your face ahead just like you are facing the ground.

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Figure 1: Child’s pose image via one of our fav yoga studios, VPower Yoga 

2. The (straddle) forward bend:

This yoga pose will oxygenate your body and the weight will fall off your shoulders and back. Take about 8-10 breaths in this pose. Take your feet and legs wider than your shoulders and bend down over your legs. Now, touch your arms to your ankles.

Sidenote from Living Fit & Pop Sugar:  this is a great stretch for runners to get those hammies (hamstrings) lengthened… muscles all too commonly shortened by distance running! 

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Figure 2: Straddle forward bent pose; image via PopSugar 

3. The shoulder stand:

In this pose, your blood flow would be reversed and your flow will be greatly increased. This helps reduce stagnation which is common in winter & leads to many skin issues such as wrinkles and acne.  Take your feet and legs hanging up in the air and just lie a little on your shoulders.

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Figure 3: Shoulder stand image via @yoga_whisperer

4. The wheel pose:

The wheel pose requires you to lower down on all your four limbs. To follow the wheel pose, bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor. Bring your hands to the place near your face and press your palms onto the ground. In this pose, your elbows would be facing the sky. Keep holding this breath for 10 breaths and relax.

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Figure 4: Wheel pose image via LivingFit Columbus & Sherry Fair of Fair Trade Yoga

5. The corpse pose:

The corpse pose (or as we like to call it, Savasan!) is the easiest and the simplest yoga method one can do. It just involves laying on your back and focuses on relieving stress and tension from your body. You will notice that your skin, face, jaw and sinuses are relaxing. For this pose just lie straight on your back and relax!

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Figure 5:  Corpse pose image via @HarborYogaStudios

Author Bio:

This post was written by Beth Martel. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs Amazon reviews and products at HealthyRecharge.com.

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Sunday Shoutout: beYoga [Baby Wearing Yoga]

Sunday Shoutout & Tour of Columbus – beYoga 

I just recently got cleared from my doctor to begin yoga and core work, so I was excited when my neighbor invited me to a baby yoga class at beYoga.  Not only had I never been to this studio, I also had never done this particular style of yoga… baby wearing!  Participants are encouraged to bring a baby carrier and wear baby during the session.  I was very curious and happy to attend.  The class description reads…

This class is specifically designed for Moms and their babies. Baby wearing is a perfect way to balance your yoga work out and bonding time with your newborn. You get all the benefits of yoga, (core strength, flexibility and mental relaxation) plus the benefits of enhanced connection with your newborn and other new moms. Chest to chest positioning with baby wearing allows mommy to steal sweet kisses while hearts beat in unison, while enjoying that new born baby smell. That said, we do know that babies do come with ‘cries’ for attention and you, as mama, are welcome to attend to those needs throughout class as you see fit. Bring your own Baby Wrap/Carrier.

The studio is located in Upper Arlington and it took me about 20 minutes to get there from Dublin.  Upon arrival, both the class instructor and the studio owner greeted us.  They made me feel welcome and were super friendly & inviting!

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Phones were to be off during the session so I asked if I could take a quick picture before we started.  Madelyn looks excited for her yoga session, don’t you think?

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The class was perfect!

It started with some free time to play with baby and talk with the other mommas.  It was fun to get to know a bit about them and also see the different styles of baby wearing contraptions.  I have a Baby Bjourn and others included the Ergobaby and the Moby wrap style.  After going through the class, I would recommend more of a wrap style because the harder/thicker straps on my Bjourn started to hurt a tad toward the end.  Plus, although I love the Bjourn for walks, during the yoga session I would have preferred to keep her a bit closer and tighter to my body, which a wrap tends to be better for.  Guess we are going shopping soon!

The second part of class [about 10 minutes] included baby & momma interaction.  We played with baby, sang songs and used touch (ten little fingers, ten little toes!) to connect and communicate.  Madelyn was wide awake during this portion and was all smiles.  Melt my heart!

The last (and majority) portion of the class consisted of baby wearing flow.  It felt great to get an actual yoga session in!  We did a lot of balance poses including Warrior variations, tree and even dancer.  Chair was the most common starting pose for each sequence so my quads got a good workout.  And although it wasn’t heated, wearing a baby sure heated me up (and made me miss hot yoga!) I was very pleased with the class, the workout, the mind+body connection and of course, sharing one of my passions with my beautiful new daughter.  I still am not used to saying that word.  Daughter.  So, so blessed!

Speaking of daughter… my hungry little peanut didn’t even make it through the entire class.  I spent my savasana nursing her in the corner.  She tends to have an appetite and a mind of her own, when she wants it, she wants it!  Here we are sneaking a pic in the corner.  Based on her facial expression, I’m guessing she is thinking “Mom, put your phone away!”   

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After class ended, the instructor was kind enough to snap a quick memory…

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I would highly recommend the class for any new mommas!  I don’t know that I’ll go regularly since its a bit of a drive, but I am very happy I attended and learned some sequences I can incorporate into yoga at home.  Of course, I had to practice back in our own space and share a few pictures with you…

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Thanks for reading!  

Madelyn gives beYoga and the baby wearing class a double fist pump! 

Check out our own version of baby&me yoga in a previous post HERE.

Busy? Frazzled? 10 Yoga Poses to Decrease Stress

WOW, its been too long since we’ve last posted.  We could list a million reasons why, but the short answer is… sometimes life just sweeps you up and time flies by.

Anyhow, enough about that…

With the holidays approaching, we often get busy and sometimes stressed.  So take a few minutes, SLOOOOOOOOOW down your pace and make some time to relax!

This sequence and article came from our work wellness coordinator & certified health coach, Amanda Spring.  She works for Mount Carmel and would make an excellent FITspiration/Fit Spotlight interview candidate in the near future!   The info was adapted from My Fitness Pal.

Yoga, as well as all forms of exercise, have been known to help increase mobility, flexibility, circulation, brain function and memory. Practice this quick Yoga flow to get your blood flowing, focus your mind, release tension, and set the mood for your entire day.  Take these poses in order and hold for at least 5–10 breaths. During each pose, inhale and exhale through the nose to increase oxygen and build internal body heat. These 10 poses can be completed by people of all fitness levels. 
Child’s Pose
How to: Sitting on your heels, bring your torso forward and rest your forehead on the ground in front of you.  Extend your arms toward the front of the mat with palms facing down. Rest your chest in between your knees.
Benefits: Relaxes the spine, neck and shoulders and increases blood circulation to the head.
Tip: You can take this position anytime you’re feeling fatigued during your yoga practice.

Cat-Cow Stretch
How to: Get on all fours with your hands under your shoulders, and your knees under your hips. Start with cow by curling your toes under during an inhale and dropping your belly while gazing up toward the sky.
Transition to cat during an exhale by releasing the tops of your feet to the floor, rounding your spine and bringing your gaze towards your belly.
Benefits: Keeps the spine healthy and improves abdominal strength.
Tip: Closing your eyes while moving through cat-cow is encouraged.

Downward Facing Dog
How to: Start on all fours and spread your hands shoulder-width apart and knees hips-width apart. Send your hips to the sky to create an inverted V shape with your body. Spread your fingers and toes as wide as you can to get as much grounding as possible.
Benefits: Great stretch for the calves and helps boost blood circulation throughout the body.

Cobra
How to: Start on your belly with feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on the mat beside your rib cage with elbows bent, and peel your chest and upper ribs up off the floor.
Benefits: Opens up the back, chest and shoulders, and awakens your energy source.

Mountain Pose
How to: Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart and arms by your sides. Engage your legs and draw your tailbone down.
Benefits: Improves posture and mental clarity.
Tip: Try practicing mountain pose whenever you’re standing in line for something.

Chair Pose
How to: From mountain pose, bend your knees and try to get your thighs parallel to the floor while keeping your tail bone down and chest lifted.
Benefits: Strengthens the ankles, calves and spine, and stimulates the abdominal organs.

Warrior I
How to: Come into a lunge position with your back heel facing inward and your front knee directly over your front ankle. Keep both your hips facing forward and bring your arms over head.
Benefits: Strengthens the chest, arms and legs.
Tip: It’s OK to move your legs into a wider stance to get your hips to face forward.

Warrior II
How to: From Warrior I, open up your hips to the side of the mat and extend your arms out with palms facing down. Make sure to keep a 90-degree angle and gaze out over your front middle finger.
Benefits: Strengthens the legs, ankles and arms.

Pigeon Pose
How to: On all fours, slide your right knee forward toward your right hand and slide your left leg back. Square your hips to the front of the mat and bring your torso down into a forward bend over your bent right leg.
Benefits: Lengthens and opens up the hip flexors, stretches the back, and opens the chest.
Tip: Pain in the hips often reflects emotional pain. Opening up your hip flexors helps to relieve stress.

Corpse Pose (or as we’d prefer to call it, Savasana)
How to: Lie down on your back and let your feet fall to either side. Bring your arms alongside your body. Let
your breath come naturally and close your eyes.
Benefits: Calms the mind, relaxes the muscles, and improves concentration.
Tip: Spoil yourself and stay in this pose as long as you wish.

Now that you’re rejuvenated & rested, go conquer your busy life!  And make it a great one. 🙂 

Images courtesy of Google, Living Fit Columbus & Active Body, Creative Mind

 

Yoga Selfies & Journey to Handstand

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Yoga Selfies

Some may think selfies are a product of narcissism, but around here, we simply view them as a way to document progress.  When I first started practicing yoga regularly in January 2014, I could barely hold a Warrior I without losing my balance.  Since then, I’ve hit new PRs of Warrior III [almost on a paddle board!], Crow, Side Crow and most recently, Headstand.  If I can do this, YOU can do this!

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Taking pictures of your practice will allow you to gauge your starting point and visually view your progress over time.  Some may do weight loss photos, some take check-out-my-abs selfies, and well, we take yoga pics!  This was me four weeks ago, getting help and support [from Kelli @HarborYogaStudio] in headstand…

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And this was me [on the right] recently, supporting myself!  Progress!

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I’ve found that I’ve hit a lot of my PRs in running, so yoga has allowed me to achieve new accomplishments physically and mentally.  Whatever your yoga goals are ~ flexibility, balance, strength, improved running times ~ why not take photos to visually document your progress along the way?!

The famous yoga mom, Laura Sykora [Kasperzak], demonstrates her progress through visuals on Instagram.  Check out her amazing Scorpion progress below…

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Interested in more posts on Yoga Selfies?  Check these out…

So what are your waiting for?  Pick a pose, snap a pic and practice, practice, practice!  Watching yourself grow as a yogi is an amazing feeling that we assure you’ll be proud of.

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Journey to Handstand

We are participating in Kino & Kerri’s Journey to Handstand on Instagram this month.  No ‘beginning’ photos yet, but we are excited to partake in this journey and document our progress so stay tuned!

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And why not join along in the fun!?  Follow along on Instagram…

Happy Sunday and have a great week!

Photo and info credits to: Kino via Codyapp.com & Laura via Instagram

Love yoga? Love the barre? You’ve gotta check these out!

We’ve taken classes with Rachel Wilson around Columbus at PAI Yoga & Fitness and Bend Active.  Her barre-OM method combines her passion for yoga & barre… and will get you sweating & shaking!  Check out our earlier interview with Rachel HERE and check out some of her upcoming workshops and classes below!

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Rachel & Teresa at PAI Yoga & Fitness, Dublin

Upcoming workshops

Click on images to enlarge and get the deets!  That’s details. 🙂

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For more information or to sign up for the workshops at PAI this weekend, visit their site HERE.

Upcoming class

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For more information or to sign up for the workshops at Replenish, visit their site HERE.

 

Info credits to PAI and Replenish websites

Running, yoga & hips

[t gellenbeck]

“Girl, your hips are TIGHT!!” said the POGA instructor to me last summer while I was making my lame attempt at pigeon.  No, I wasn’t offended.  It was actually an old friend from high school who was leading the practice and let’s be real, I DO have insanely tight hips!  Her next question was, “Are you a runner?”  And that was the start of educating myself and working on my TIGHT HIPS…

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Sage Rountree, a yoga and running expert states, “Most runners claim they have tight hamstrings. I see it all the time in the yoga classes I teach to athletes. But often, the problem is less in the hamstrings and more in the opposing muscle groups: the quadriceps and, more importantly, the hip flexors.”

Why are our hips tight?  A few reasons…

  1. Repetitive Use.  Our hip flexors help pull the leg forward and your knee upward during your stride.  Think about how many times you do this during a run!  You take anywhere from 250-350 steps PER MINUTE when running, depending on pace, so that is a lot of hip flexing!!
  2. Weak Glutes.  “One big contributing factor to hip flexor tightness is that the glutes just aren’t as active as other running muscles during most activities. This causes your hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves to become much stronger,” claims athletico.com.

We also spend a good part of our day sitting, which contributes to hip-tightening.

Why does it matter for runners?

More flexible hips (and other leg joints/muscles) can lead to more efficient running times and injury prevention.  “The strength and flexibility you develop on the mat – namely in the core, quads, hamstrings, and hip flexors – can help you run more efficiently and stay injury-free,” says Adam St. Pierre, a coach & exercise physiologist.

Neglecting your hips can not only slow you down, it can lead to injury.  “Like many runners, my thoughts of stretching [used to] range from non-existent to lame. Pretty pathetic! No wonder I had more than my share of injuries in those years, mainly in the hamstrings and hips” states Christine Felstead, a yoga instructor that works specifically with runners & performance athletes. In her book, Yoga for Runners, Felstead names chapter 10 ~ Hips: Unleash the Power ~ where she talks about the overall improved running performance and efficiency we can achieve through a little hip love!

How can we work them?

1.  Yoga – duh!

We are doing not one, not two, but THREE yoga for runners classes & workshops this spring and I CAN. NOT. WAIT!!  But until then, we’ll work on some of these stretches from Felstead’s book…

  • three-legged downward dog
  • extended side stretch
  • warrior II
  • warrior III
  • tree
  • pigeon (eeek!)
  • runner’s lunge
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2.  Quad & IT rolls on the foam roller.  If you don’t have one of these bad boys and you are running distance, get one NOW!

3.  Get up and MOVE during the day.  The less sitting, the better.

Three yoga poses we like that require hip flexibility… good goals to work towards!

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More to come after our running clinics.

Stretch those hips and stay fit!

 

 

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Tour of Columbus [V Power Yoga]

We enjoy traveling around Columbus and trying new studios, new styles of yoga and of course, meeting other fitness lovers.  We struck gold on this studio tour!   Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 6.12.38 PM

Four of us attended a class at V Power Yoga last Saturday morning and unanimously, we can’t wait to go back.   We first heard about it through Rachel Kerr from The Beauty Barre and then found it on our recently acquired ClassPass Columbus.

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Here is a recap from two of us…

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This morning it was rainy. I don’t mean just a sprinkle, it was a pouring monsoon out! That didn’t stop us yogis from going to an 8am heated yoga class. This month, we are trying out ClassPass and decided to give V Power a whirl.  I had never been to this studio before, and have only heard amazing things.  Naturally, on a Saturday morning, any normal person would sleep in.  I was so excited to try this place out that I was up close to 6am!

The class, itself, was a power flow.  Great for any morning energy! Erin (our instructor) started the class out with slow stretches to get our muscles juicy and warmed before jumping into our vinyasa flow series.  The class was heated and it felt SO great coming in from the rainy cold!  I especially loved the energizing music – it makes you just want to dance! The hour went by so fast- it was 9am before we knew it. As with any heated yoga class, I took advantage of being warmed up and practiced my scorpion before leaving. Erin provided very helpful tips post-class [ie, to not be scared to keep bringing my feet to head in forearm scorpion].  I wished we lived closer, but will definitely be coming back!

 

[rehash from T gellenbeck]

This was my first yoga studio in the downtown/warehouse area.  I was not up at 6AM like Lan, but I was excited!  🙂  We got there about 15 minutes early and were the first to arrive.  The instructor, who we later found out was one of the new co-owners, greeted us with smiles, got us checked in and moved us into the studio.

Things I loved…

  • The heat.  It was a heated class (which I love, especially in winter), but not TOO heated.  We all broke a sweat and were nice and warm, but weren’t dying.
  • Room to move.  The class was full on the website (a few of our yogis didn’t get in!), but there weren’t a TON of people packed into the class.  It was nice to have arm room.  This likely means to sign up early!
  • The instructor [and co-owner], Erin, was amazing!!  She was nice, easy to hear and very good at giving instruction.  She moved around the room and helped people with modifications, congratulated yogis on their poses, etc.  She gave us some ideas for hip stretches (as runners, they tend to always be tight), chatted with us after class and encouraged us to come back.  We will!!
  • It was the perfect combination of my favorite studio, Harbor Yoga, and other studios that give you a bit more time to practice certain poses [like PAI]. The first half was very fast flow, upbeat music, quick sequences, a great cardio/power workout.  The second half was a bit slower and gave us time for play, something I love as a new-er, wanna-be yogi.  Their site describes their practice as ‘vigorous and athletic.’  My type of workout!
  • This awesome shirt….

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The only downfall for me personally is the location/drive time.  Since we live in Dublin, it took about 20-25 minutes to get there, so round trip, it was about a two hour expedition ~ great if you have a lot of time, but a big chunk if you’ve got a long daily to-do list.

Here is some more info from their website:

V Power Yoga is nestled in the warehouse district of downtown Columbus. Reservations are not required, however new students are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before class. Loaner mats are available for $3. Loaner towels are available for $2.

Free parking is available on the east side of Neilston St. Metered parking is available on 5th St. [Meters are coin only!]

252 North Fifth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tel: (614) 22 VYOGA

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Overall we LOVED it and will definitely be going back.  You should really check it out!

Midweek Shoutout [Fair Trade Yoga Studio]

Fair Trade Yoga Studio | Powell, Ohio

[by t gellenbeck]

We first met Sherry Hoff, owner of the new yoga studio FAIR TRADE YOGA, at our Run+Yoga event at Bend Active a few weeks back.  She kindly donated her time to offer a yoga session after our 3-4 mile run!

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I then caught up with Sherry at her soon-to-open studio in Powell.  She showed me around and shared her goals, vision & grand plans for offering fitness classes in her new space.  She was still finishing up some construction and decorating, but here is a quick look…

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Reception area ~ yogis can check in, store personal items and eventually purchase hydration & apparel

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Sherry’s style and studio will offer a variety of yoga techniques and classes.  On her website she states, “I offer specialized Yogic plans for all people. There are many paths of Yoga to explore and two of the most common ways to begin a personal practice are through the physical practice (Asanas) or through Meditation Yoga (Raja). I bring both of these together, to create and teach a holistic approach to the mind and body!” 

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Fair Trade will offer a variety of classes including heated [85-95 degrees], Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Slow Flow, Restorative, Guided Meditation and even kids’ classes.

I also got to meet up with Rachel Kerr, owner of The Beauty Barre [over coffee, of course!]  She is a super sweet yogi, deserving of her own blog post all together [stay tuned!]  Rachel will be teaching at Fair Trade and offers a power vinyasa style.  She likes a fun, powerful workout, upbeat music and encourages you to sweat, sweat, sweat!  Looking forward to taking her class and getting to know more about The Beauty Barre in 2015.

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Grand Opening Info

Fair Trade Yoga Studios has its Grand Opening Event this Sunday, January 4th from 1-4PM. The studio is located @ 36 North Liberty Street, Powell, OH 43065.

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  • live music
  • refreshments
  • discounted products and apparel from local vendors
  • sample/purchase Bend Active‘s new Columbus Legging [partnered with 614 Magazine & FIT Columbus]
  • giveaways & door prizes ~ one lucky yogi will win free yoga for ONE FULL YEAR!
  • Living Fit Columbus peeps participating in our #LFCwinterchallenge will earn week 5 challenge points for attending [anyone up for a group run?!]

To RSVP to the event [and be entered in the giveaways] email Sherry @ yogabysherryfair@gmail.com.

 

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We took our first Vinyasa flow class with Sherry on a Saturday morning in January [2015].  It was a great class and we hope to return many times.  There is even a jogging trail nearby, so a run+yoga day perhaps?

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Why I Run [Teresa Gellenbeck] & Run+Yoga challenge [days 22-24]

Hopefully you have been keeping up with the Run+Yoga challenge!  I know life gets busy and often the first thing you’ll push aside is exercise, but try to make it a priority, even if its just 20-30 minutes per day.  Your body & mind will thank you for it.  Its the last week, so try to finish strong!

Day 22 – Rest or XT

Day 23 – RUN

Day 24 – YOGA

Individual runs, some yoga poses [all over Columbus!] and lots of water have kept us busy the last few days.  Some of our group members have been doing some high mileage lately… if you’re looking for some yoga stretches, check out the new post by Christine Yu,  yogi turned runner, called Six Yoga Poses for Runners.

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We are headed to PAI yoga tomorrow night after our group run, so we’ll be sweating it out in multiple ways.  Pictures to follow 🙂

 

#whyirun [tgellenbeck]

Several of my non-running friends cringe when I say ‘Why don’t you join us for a group run this week?’ This often leads to conversations about exercise and my own personal beliefs about running.  Here is why I run, in a nutshell…

  • In 2006, I hit a rough patch in my life.  I won’t bore you with the details, but running gave me something positive to focus on.  Instead of staying up late or indulging in unhealthy ways of coping with stress, I set out to become a distance runner. And that is just what I did. By 2008 I was in a much better place; I had completed my first marathon, met the man of my dreams and built several strong, lasting friendships.  Running helped me stay focused, stay positive and of course, stay FIT!
  • Running is one of the best overall workouts that exists.  I have always been a roller coaster with my weight; lose 10 pounds, gain 5.  Lose 15 pounds, gain 10.  Especially after the birth of my son, my body needs some hard core cardio to stay lean!  Running is a fat blaster, especially if you are willing to do interval training.  It keeps me in shape and allows me to be guilt-free when I indulge in the [occasional] chocolate dessert. 🙂
  • Its affordable!  No expensive gym membership.  Just a good pair of running shoes.
  • Its a social sport.  I can bring my son with me in our jogging stroller (if I’m up for a good workout!)  I can chat with running friends about their week, their yummy lasagne recipe, or the latest yoga class that we just HAVE to check out. I’ve met new people through running and grown closer to some I already knew.  One of my dearest running friends talked me into running my first marathon and two years and two PRs later, I was also the Godmother of her children.  Another running buddy later became a roommate for a year.  You really get to know people when you are training together 1, 2 even 5+ hours per week.  There isn’t much else to do on those long runs than talk, share your stories and get to know one another.
  • It allows me to set goals and work towards accomplishing them.  I have always been a list-maker.  I love making lists, then checking things off the list.  So a training schedule for a race is the ideal list-checking device!  Pick a race, make a training schedule, keep a copy on your fridge and watch your progress.  I also love to travel, so destination races are a way to check two things off the list at once… run a race and see a new place!

I could go on and on, probably coming up with 10-15 more reasons I run, but I’ll spare you 🙂  Thanks for reading!

 

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