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Find The Joy in Fitness Again

 

We can all agree that moving our bodies more is one of the best things we can do for our wellness, right? But oftentimes, that’s as far as our consensus goes. While some people love to exercise and find it easy and enjoyable to carve out gym time in their day, many of us feel just the opposite. To this subset, exercise feels hard, painful and let’s be honest—b.o.r.i.n.g!

Not so at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Our JoyFitness program is all about adding the joy back into exercise. When movement feels good, we are more likely to look forward to doing it, and water provides the perfect medium for getting back into the exercise groove. Our signature aqua classes, including Aqua Fit, Aqua Yoga, and PiYoH20, combine the supportive environment of the water with fun and energizing formats suitable for all fitness levels.

The same is true for our land based wellness programming. Each day we offer a variety of fitness and mind body classes such as Morning Core Stretch, HoopFit, Tai Chi, Hatha and Kundalini Yoga classes, and Gong Meditation. Classes are held on our beautiful activities deck overlooking the labyrinth, providing the perfect peaceful setting for reconnecting with what is truly important to you about your health and wellness.

The healing waters of the hot springs have been the main attraction for wellness seekers for over 155 years (oh, and the nachos too!). But now, our JoyFitness program gives you another reason to step out of your busy life and head to the hot springs for a feel good fitness experience. Visit the activities calendar on our website when you’re planning your next visit, and be sure to arrive early for check in. While loose, breathable clothing will make your fitness experience more comfortable, it is not mandatory. JoyFitness is all about come as you are, move in a way that feels good, and just enJOY the life affirming gift of movement.

 

Wellness Wednesdays and Fun Fitness Fridays at Glen Ivy

Spring into Wellness with Our Specialty Days!

Does the warmer weather have you sitting at your desk dreaming of spa days, beach trips, and vacation time? I know it does for me! The good news is, summer is just around the corner and flip-flops are in your future.

That’s why we’re ramping up our wellness programming for the month of May. We want to help you look and feel your best when summer arrives, and there’s no time like the present to get started. Wellness Wednesdays (May 6th and 27th) and Fun Fitness Fridays (May 1st, 8th, and 29th) will feature a variety of workshops and fitness classes to get your mind and body primed for positive change—and bathing suit season, of course.

My newest wellness workshop, “Inspired Change,” will introduce you to a feel-good, no-fail way to follow through on your wellness goals and intentions. I’m also excited to teach the first ever Glen Ivy Walking for Wellness workshop. I have been sharing my love of fitness walking for over 25 years, and have some fun and effective strategies for turning your walking into a challenging beach body workout.

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Our specialty days will also feature a few new additions to our Joy Fitness class schedule:

  • PiYoH20: Try a fun twist on pilates and yoga when we plunge these two favorites into the pool.
  • JoyFitness Camp: If you prefer a more traditional approach to getting your body in shape for the beach, this class will show you how to use simple body weight exercises to target key areas and get the results you want.
  • Yoga For the Face: Yes, you read that right. This class will introduce you to a series of effective exercises to keep your facial muscles toned and supple–and you, looking and feeling your best!

Of course we’ll also be offering our Glen Ivy favorites, Aqua Fit and Yoga on the activities deck, to round out the day.

Maybe you never followed through on your New Year’s resolution to get in shape before summer. No worries! It’s nothing a Glen Ivy wellness day in May can’t fix. Visit our activities calendar to learn more details about these new offerings. You can also read up on how to Elevate Your Spa Day to a Wellness Day, in a post from last month’s newsletter. It shares some great tips for planning your perfect day at the hot springs.

What do you say? Will you join us and let us help you get your wellness on track for a fabulous summer ahead? We’d love to see you here. Who’s in?

This article was contributed by Meg Root; Fitness and Wellness Expert at Glen Ivy Hot Springs.

 

Take In The Waters, And A Yoga Class Too!

While Glen Ivy might be known for our luxurious spa, and famed hot springs, we also offer an array of activities for your day. From Hatha Yoga to AquaFit, our fitness classes will help you achieve a toned body and peace of mind. We are also excited to be offering a series of wellness activities including ThetaHealing®. In a safe, meditative environment, Master ThetaHealer Anke will guide you through the experiences of forgiveness, acceptance, respect, and trust as you let go of feelings that no longer serve you. ThetaHealing® can release the root cause of physical, emotional, and mental pain and struggle, allowing the true essence of unconditional love, beauty and purity to come out in this powerfully healing experience. To plan out your ideal day, take a look at our full activity calendar, found here.

Yoga Poses for Focus and Determination

There is a Japanese proverb that says, “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”  This is the fortitude that we all wish to bring to our lives. It is a desire rooted in the realization of the happiness that a healthy life brings that will help us get back up when we falter. To this we offer you easy to follow tips to help keep you focused, on track and determined.  JoyFitness at Glen Ivy Hot Springs wants to support you in keeping your focus and determination so that you can create the life you want – a life based in health, wellbeing and joy.

This article was contributed by Seraphina Ashe, Guest Experience Programming Director at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Yoga Asanas (Poses) for Focus and Determination

1. Sukhasana—Easy Pose: We come to our practice amid a busy and sometimes chaotic life. Sukhasana serves as a fantastic transition from the constant on-goings of life to a slower more-steady beat. Seated on your mat, allow the knees to drop out as you draw your heels towards the groin. Press your sit-bones into the mat and sit up tall. Lengthen the spine and lift the sternum. Allow the eyes to close and the muscles of the face to relax. Begin your practice here, taking steady breaths in and out of the nose, sending air into the diaphragm. On a busy day, Sukhasana brings that which is important into focus, allows us to clear our minds and move into practice.

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2. Virabhadrasana II—Warrior II: Shift into Warrior II from a high lunge, turning the back foot out, heel perpendicular with the front foot. Bend the front knee until the knee lines up with the ankle, if the knee bends past the foot open your gait wider. Sink into Warrior II opening up the hips and stretching the arms out wide. Engage the biceps and keep both arms level. Focus your gaze beyond the front fingertips and steady your breath. Warrior II is an asana of great strength and power; it requires determination of both the body and mind. As you sink into this pose keep the body engaged, constantly readjusting and realigning.

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3. Dolphin Plank: Dolphin differs from traditional Plank Pose, in that it is done on the forearms, releasing pressure from the wrists. From Plank drop onto the forearms, one arm at a time. This act in itself requires deep focus, as you want to keep the core firmly engaged as not to collapse. Once the forearms are on the mat stack the shoulders directly over the elbows and press the palms together, allowing the heel of the hand to press into the mat. For greater support cross the thumbs or interlace the fingertips. Send your focus to your core, resisting the urge to allow the hips to drop. Keep the quads engaged and continue pressing out through the heels as you would in tradition Plank. Increasing your determination stay here for one-minute intervals.

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4. Goddess—Low Squat: Goddess or Utkata Konasana is a pose that requires great strength and focus. Come onto the middle of your mat, turning to utilize its full length. Step open to the right and separate legs 3-4 feet depending on height. Turn the heels in and bend the knees to sink into a low squat. Continue squatting until the top of your thighs become parallel to the ground. Knees should line up over the ankles, if your knees naturally extend beyond the ankles open your step wider. Once in a low squat lift the arms parallel with the top of your shoulders, bend the elbows and stretch your fingertips toward the sky. Keep both the arms and legs engaged as you sink lower. Breathe into your core, filling the belly on the intake and engaging the abdominal wall as your exhale. Feel yourself exude with energy and vitality in Goddess.

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Yoga that Fits!

This September, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is supporting and joining in the festivities of National Yoga Month. Yoga and the Hot Springs seem to be a natural pairing; both have been resources for wellness of body, mind and spirit for centuries gone by, and both pair health and well being with a good measure of fun. Each also carries an air of mystery to those who haven’t taken the time to experience them.  I can recall as a child growing up in the early 1970’s my first exposure to yoga.  My mother used to watch and practice hatha yoga with Lillias on PBS.  At that time, yoga was new to the western world; very few had heard of an asana or been introduced to a form of exercise that focused on the mind as much as the body.  We have come a long way since that time, and it is rare to hear of any yoga class classified under the general term “hatha yoga.”  Hatha practice actually refers to the physical practice of yoga, as yoga can also be practiced through breath work, meditation or various spiritual practices. As yoga practice has grown in popularity throughout the world, we have discovered the many different styles and approaches that fall under the umbrella of hatha yoga.  If you are new to yoga or if you are a long-time student looking to change or deepen your practice, the vast number of class choices can be quite intimidating and confusing.  The following guide will help you to find the style of yoga that fits your lifestyle and goals.

This article was contributed by Seraphina Ashe, Guest Experience Programming Director at Glen Ivy Hot Springs 

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Ananda:  Emphasis on Meditation
A gentle practice that combines awareness of the breath with affirmations.  As the student moves through the yoga postures, the focus moves from body awareness to a meditative inner awareness.  The use of affirmations with yoga postures is unique to Ananda yoga.

Anahata:  Connect
This practice combines physical practice with breathing exercise and meditation to help students connect with and expand their heart.

Anusara:  Heart Centered
A relatively new style of yoga started in 1997 by American John Friend.  While alignment is stressed, the main focus is honoring each individual student’s abilities and limitations.  While asanas, (poses), focus on opening the heart area by properly aligning the shoulders, this practice also stresses compassion and respect for all individuals.

Astanga:  Power
A fast-paced, physically demanding series of sequential poses beginning with sun salutation.  The continual flow of movement is linked with the breath.  The focus of this practice is to build physical strength, stamina and flexibility.  Not for beginners.

Bikram:  Sweat, sweat, sweat!
The founder of this style of yoga, Bikram Choudhury, holds the patent on a specific sequence of yoga poses practiced in a room heated from 85 to 100 degrees.  The flow of the same 26 poses in combination with heat is said to facilitate deep detoxification.  Not for beginners.

Integral:  Relaxation, breath, healing
The developer of this style of yoga taught crowds at the original Woodstock to chant “om” for peace.  Integral yoga focuses on pranayama, or breathing techniques, and meditation as much as it does physical postures.  Dr. Dean Ornish utilizes Integral yoga as part of his groundbreaking treatment to reverse heart disease.

Iyengar:  Alignment
The use of props, straps, blocks and blankets help each student achieve proper alignment and symmetry in each asana or pose.  In an Iyengar class, students can expect to hold each pose a little longer than in other classes.  A very good class to learn the proper way to do each asana or pose.  Because props and other tools are utilized to achieve proper alignment, this is a good class for any level.

Jivamukti:  Balance
Jivamukti balances an active, vigorous practice with an emphasis on meditation and chanting.

Kundalini:  Awakening Energy
This type of yoga focuses on releasing kundalini energy, which is stored at the base of the spine.  Although this yoga emphasizes chants and breathing along with physical postures, the focus on releasing the spine is key for those with back pain or stiffness.  Make sure your Kundalini instructor is properly trained in the practice.

Laughter Yoga:  Goodbye Stress!
Combines unconditional laughter with pranayama (breathing exercises).

Power Yoga:  Challenging
A derivative of Ashtanga Yoga, this is a physically demanding, vigorous practice that focuses on building muscle and stamina.  Not for beginners.

Viniyoga:  Gentle Flow
A gentle form of flow yoga that coordinates breath with movement.  The pace of the flow sequence is slower and performed to the level of the student.  Very good for beginners.

Yin Yoga:  Deep Stretch
Yin Yoga allows the student to move deeply in to each stretch by passively holding each pose for several minutes.  Props, blocks and blankets may be used to assist in the passive stretch.

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