Time To Register For Classes!

Barre Fitness
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Try one of the hottest new trends in fitness. Barre classes combine Pilates, ballet barre, and tried-and-true calisthenic exercises to tone your entire body-especially your abs, hips, and thighs (all of the “problem areas” on most women). This class is low impact and utilizes simple movements, but it is challenging! Bring an exercise mat and water. Ballet shoes or socks with traction are recommended. Recommended for all fitness levels.
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 beginning September 27
No class 11/08/2016
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Gentle Yoga Flow
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Come relax and unwind in this gentler yoga class. Experience softer, flowing movements to lengthen muscles and relieve stress. Performed to soft music, this class is suitable for all fitness levels. Please bring a yoga mat to each class.
No class 11/3
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Anti-Anxiety Tool #3 – Keep Hormones Happy

How I Keep My Hormones Happy
Ok… I’ll admit it. I am most likely… well, probably… oh, OKAY – I am most definitely in peri-menopause. See? I said it. There – done. And yes, sometimes I get swept away in a hormonal hurricane. So how do I stay grounded most of the time? Well here is what’s in my arsenal:

I try my best to keep my blood sugar balanced. I don’t let myself get too hungry. I try to balance proteins and carbs and I make sure that if I eat something with added sugars that I consume lots of fiber to slow down the absorption of sugar (think insulin levels). I exercise every day. I practice yoga. I get lots of sleep which has been shown to help keep hormones in check and
I NEVER leave the house without my ClaryCalm!

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I have also recently fallen in love with this blend
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I diffuse this nearly every day! It reminds me of being on yoga retreat. When I was at Kripalu this summer, I swear it smelled just like this – like peace – like heaven. I feel better instantly as soon as the healing mist begins. I feel calm and centered. I can find my happy place quickly. It’s magic for me!

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My Number 2 Anti-Anxiety Weapon (You will love it, too)

As someone with anxiety, I have found that I need a bag of tricks to keep me calm and centered. In my last post I talked about how being outside really helps to stop an anxiety attack and can also be a preventative measure for future attacks. My second most effective anti-anxiety weapon is movement.

I became an exercise enthusiast after the birth of my second child. It was my attempt to help rid myself of the excess baby weight. To my surprise, I also found that exercise really helped me to stay calm. For me, the most powerful forms of exercise for soothing the onset of attacks were aerobics and yoga. I loved (and still love) weight training, but it does not work as well for my anxiety as cardio or my beloved yoga practice.

As I mentioned in my last post, recent changes in my life have triggered my extreme stress response and I am working hard to keep things calm and under control. One gift that seems to have fallen from the heavens is I have been presented with lots of opportunities to dance. I take awesome dance classes in my community, including hip-hop, salsa and burlesque (hey, don’t judge or knock it till you’ve tried it) – and then something AMAZING happened. I was invited to be a part of a group challenge involving a comprehensive fitness and nutrition plan that involves dancing for 30 minutes for 30 days!

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In terms of anxiety, dancing (much like yoga) takes me out of my own head. I get lost in the movements, the beat, the steps, the rhythm and I feel great for hours afterwards! But I am experiencing extra bonuses: I have become more fit and trim in the process! My endurance has increased, I am lighter on my feet and after a week of dancing each day for 6 days (so far), my clothes are just a tad bit looser and I have even lost a couple of pounds!. Now I should say here that I like my body no matter what, but it is cool to see some transformation. The moves are fun, low impact (unless I want to take it up a notch) and are easy to follow. I love this program so much, that I am running a challenge group of my own!

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I am looking for five determined women who are serious about getting more fit, cleaning up their diets and who are not afraid to dig deeper. Are you sick and tired of the way you look and feel? Are you looking to begin working out after a long hiatus from fitness activities? Do you like to dance and move in fun ways that are not jarring on your body? Do you need an accountability coach, health and nutrition coach that will cheer you on, give you tips and push you – just a little – so that you will not fail (that would be me)? Well do I have the challenge for you!
Join me for my very first fitness and nutrition challenge! 30 minutes for 30 days – dance, dance, dance. There are meal plans, a workout schedule with lots of variety so you don’t get bored. Each workout contains a breakdown of each move so that you can follow along. Not a natural dancer? No problem! The moves are not difficult and there are lots of modifications offered. I will act as your coach, cheerleader, educator and resource. You will also become a member of a group of warrior goddesses like you in a private Facebook forum where you can share recipes, cheer each other on, learn tips and tricks to staying on track and you get to pick my brain!

ARE YOU READY??
The challenge begins on Monday, August 29. If you are SERIOUS about making healthy changes in your life, please fill out the form below and I will schedule a free 20 minute consultation with you to get to know you better. Then I will provide the necessary information for you to register. Well, what are you waiting for? The form is HERE.

If you are a BADASS and want to order your challenge pack NOW so you can see all the goodies before the journey begins, follow this link to my Team Beachbody website. Please note that you will still receive a free consultation call from me, so please fill out the form.

I am excited about doing a group coaching program around this challenge. FILL OUT THE FORM and let’s get you on your way to a more fit, healthy, balanced and glorious you!

Got Questions?
Contact me and I will get back to you ASAP!!
Peace <3

I Have A Secret…

I have a condition that I rarely ever talk about. This is probably because I hate to admit it. Maybe it’s pride, or fear of judgement, or simply because I am a very private person and don’t like to talk about my more difficult stuff. But lately, I feel the need to share my story in hopes that it helps me to heal while perhaps helping others to see that they are not alone.

My secret… I have anxiety. No, not just the feeling that you get before a big event, or that which tends to accompany times of “basic” worry. I am talking about full-on, panic-attacking, feeling like your heart will explode (please, let me pass out first) kind of anxiety. The kind that can be debilitating and can happen at any time, anywhere, without warning. Yeah, THAT kind of anxiety.

It started about 10 years ago – very suddenly – and for no apparent reason. Like, NOTHING provoked it, at least nothing that I can recall. It was scary – really scary- because I did not understand what was happening. It was as if I was losing control of my life. It was the weirdest thing EVER.

It took some time to come to a place of peace within this new found existence. I avoided using anti- anxiety drugs and turned to more holistic therapies instead (insert disclaimer here: I am only sharing my story. I completely respect and understand that there are people who absolutely need traditional medical intervention. To those people, I wish you peace and comfort). My little tricks worked well and I had it under control for a while – until now. Now the beast called anxiety is back. This time, however, I know what has precipitated “the return”.

Ushered in by my dog’s illness, my soon-to-be status as an empty-nester, watching my children experience times that are so difficult that it is physically painful to observe, and the sudden, unexplained illness of a family member has reawakened this energy that I once thought I mastered. It is stirring, clawing – back with a vengeance.

So what now? How do I get it back into control? I have to get back in touch with my true nature and re-envoke my anxiety survival kit. Okay, it is not a physical “kit”. I am referring to simple, yet powerful practices that work for me when I do them meticulously.

Doing What Works
The most important thing that I had to remember was how to stop one of my attacks in it’s tracks. I have to get outside – no matter what the weather is like. It can be storming or 40 below – getting outside helps me to almost immediately stop an attack. Two good alternatives are sitting by an open window and/or drinking ice water. I do not know why these work for me. They just do. You may be thinking, “But Sybil, you are a yoga teacher. Why not practice deep breathing?” My answer: I’ve tried, but doing deep breathing in the middle of an attack just doesn’t work for me. After I have a burst of air or cold water, THEN I can access the breath. It’s like my system needs a little “shock” to begin the settling down process.

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The next thing I had to remember is how to prevent the attacks in the first place. I have lots of little tricks, and I promise that I will share them all. For now, I will share just one: it’s spending time in nature. Spending time in nature helps to ground me. Since I am having a rough time right now, I make sure that I do so EVERY SINGLE DAY, RAIN OR SHINE. This is crucial for me. Being in nature is healing for my body, mind and spirit. It helps me connect to all that is and reminds me that I am bigger than my anxiety. Whether it is going on a walk, working in my garden, or just sitting on a park bench outside, I have to be in nature each day these days to feel in control. The best thing – it’s easy and it is free. It is available whenever I need it. This is one of my best preventative strategies that I have. It is like shining a light in the darkness.

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Please remember, I know and respect that my way may not be your answer. However, I feel the need to share my story – And maybe, just maybe, someone else can find inspiration in it.

Since I have been spending so much time walking and hiking in the Lansing area, I thought it would be fun to start a walking group! Moving your body in nature feels amazing. Being with a supportive group of people who want to move, walk, chat, breathe and be is exhilarating! I want to get started in just a couple of weeks, so please message me if you are interested.

My 30 Day Yoga Challenge

I have a secret… I am a yoga teacher, but I haven’t practiced daily asana (the practice of yoga postures) in years! Of course, I have a regular practice – 5 minutes here, 60 minutes there – but I don’t “do yoga” every day. My yoga practice has sort of evolved into paying deeper attention to the subtleties – the things you can’t see or take a picture of (like breathing exercises, meditations and the philosophical aspects of yoga).

However, recently, I returned from a 5-day retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and I discovered that a daily asana practice is just what the doctor ordered for the time being. I say, “for the time being” because I try to listen to what my body needs. Sometimes it needs to dance. Sometimes it needs to lift heavy weights. Sometimes it needs to take hour-long hikes in nature. Sometimes it needs short bursts of explosive exercise. Right now, it needs asana… lots and lots of asana.
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During my time at Kripalu, I participated in yoga classes once or twice per day. The classes at Kripalu are generally 75 minutes long – so yes, that was A LOT OF YOGA. But is what my body craved, and is still craving. So my gift to myself is to listen intently and follow my heart. My heart yearns to have a daily practice for at least 30 days. How long each day? That depends. Will the poses and the physical intensity of the poses vary? You betcha. For me, this time is a rededication to listen to what I need each day. Today it was an Ashtanga short-form (about 30 minutes). Tomorrow, I will go to a 60 minute vinyasa flow, lead by a skilled and heart-filled teacher. I am certain that after these more vigorous sessions, I will need gentle yoga. Each day will be a surprise because each day will reveal something new.

I will keep you informed about this journey by sharing my insights, struggles, realizations, revelations and so on. I am looking forward to this.
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Are you craving yoga? Gentle Yoga Flow will be returning sooner than you realize. I will provide the link as soon as it becomes available. Until then, enjoy this gentle yoga class in the privacy of your own home.

Peace!