youth & fitness

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

Fair Trade Yoga-1-2Where the magic sweat happens! 

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.

Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 3.43.36 PMRachel Kerr, yoga instructor & Beauty Barre founder [Photo credit to]

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 @


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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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Yoga Day 23 ~ Take it easy!

Day #23

Taking a much needed break from the digital world today, so this will be a short one.  Try unplugging for a day [or better yet, a weekend!] and see how you spend your time.

Today I repeated yesterday’s workout;

  • Walk to playground, chase little man around, walk back [1 mile round trip]
  • Timer game for 10 minutes [dance, yoga, tumble, chase]
  • Hope to do this yoga bedtime routine before hitting the sack – Top 10 yoga poses for better sleep

Follow our yoga challenge from the beginning by visiting our first post HERE.

Nighty nite.

Yoga Day 22 – Youth & fitness

Day #22  


As a teacher, coach and momma, I am passionate about encouraging and inspiring youth to get and stay FIT.  To be active, life-long fitness lovers with positive attitudes and body images.  So even if you don’t have children of your own… don’t tune out!  Hopefully you can find the value in our little minds and find one to help GET MOVIN!

I got to spend lots of time with my little guy today, who by the way, is super flexible thanks to all the yoga we’ve been doing.  Snapped a picture of him sucking on his toes… can you do this?


This morning we walked to the park, played on the playground, then walked home and did one of our favorite routines.  We set the timer for [however long you want, we usually do 10, 15 or 20 minutes] and just MOVE!  Today we played chase, danced to a few Disney Jr songs and had some playtime on the yoga mat.  Such a fun morning!

Later I had a few photo shoots, both which had adorable children.  The first little guy can’t move much yet [he is only 6 months old] but his parents are both cross-fitters, so he will undoubtedly grow up with healthy role models.  The other family had a two and a six year old who NEVER STOPPED MOVING!  Kids have such a joy in them and they love to move, run, play, never sit still!

Lululemon, Ivivva and GoYoga hosted an event last week called Kid’s Yoga.  Lots of children came to dance, play and flow on the mat [photos below – hope to blog more about this soon].  I’d love to help organize some type of event specifically geared towards kids and/or teens someday.  Some youth causes that I support include Run for Good and Girls on the Run.

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I’ll leave you with some ideas to include little ones in your fitness routine, courtesy of some of our favorite fitness gurus!



The #independencearmy  challenge is side crow.  I’m still perfecting crow, so I’ll wait to work on this one… but you should go for it!

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Today’s inspiration:

While we are on the topic of little ones, these are some of my favorite quotes, quite appropriate for little minds.

Two variations, the fishy one thanks to @debgavin!

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Follow our yoga challenge from the beginning by visiting our first post HERE.