$200 Gift Certificate to Duckworth’s!

$200 Gift Certificate to Duckworth’s!

 

In September when we were organizing for the Sober October Challenge at Cape Ann Power Yoga, we decided that the prize should be something really special. For Sober October we asked people to abstain from alcohol and marijuana and to practice 15 yoga classes in the month of October. 43 people entered in to the challenge and 17 completed the yoga and sober month successfully. A handful more completed all the yoga classes but had some drinks, and mostly everyone else maintained their sobriety but didn’t make it to the minimum 15 classes. We’re very proud of all of the individuals who accepted the challenge and took it seriously – however many stickers they put on the chart or slip ups they had along the way.

Congratulations to:

Maureen Farrell – Drew Farrell – Mike Forgette –  Julia Sanfilippo – Paula Lutz –  Andrea Rovedo – Ashley Loprieno – Dave DeAngelis – Melissa Wilbur – Maria Greeke –  Louis Silvera – Yma Buck – Kyle Alman – Molly Parisi – Mike Day – Larry Tennis –  Elizabeth DeAngelis

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Teachers Dave, Nicole, and our ROCKSTAR PAULA LUTZ who completed a whopping 34 practices in October!

 

 Everyone knows someone who’s life is impacted by alcohol, marijuana, or lack of exercise and community.

 I’m proud to say with certainty that together we were able to make a real and lasting difference in many lives and families here on Cape Ann.

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When we reached out to Duckworth’s Bistrot and asked if they wanted to get on board and they said YES –  we were thrilled. I haven’t been to every restaurant in the world – but I’ve been blessed to have the chance to dine at a lot of different ones, and Duckworth’s is for me far and away the best restaurant I’ve ever been to.

What’s particularly special about it is that every time I’ve been there, with every plate and every interaction – I can tell that the folks involved really care. They really want the experience to be of as high a quality as possible. We too as a small, family business in Gloucester aim for the same consistency and quality in our service so we are in fact honored to get to align our brand with theirs for this challenge. A sincere thank you to the Duckworth family.

Our aim in this challenge was to work with people who may have slipped, or gotten careless with their habits, or maybe never really took their health that seriously in the first place. I think most people think about yoga and they picture a bendy 21 year old woman – but when you come take class at Cape Ann Power Yoga, take a quick look around and see that the room is filled with all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. On any given day you could be practicing next to a commercial fisherman, a grandmother, a 5 year old, and a professional musician. Yoga teaches us that we are all more alike than we are dissimilar. Baptiste Power Yoga isn’t for everyone – but it is for anyone that wants to come and do the work necessary to be able to live their healthiest, best life.

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We asked participants to share in their own words about their Sober October experience so that we could share their light with you, in hope that their work might inspire others:

“I’ve never seen myself as a hot yoga kind of girl, especially at 64 years old. But when Dave DeAngelis started posting on Facebook about his vision of Sober October at CAPY, with such authentic, heartfelt reflections of why he was committed to doing it, I was motivated to give it a shot. Dave’s invitation was kind and compassionate: Come the first night. Just sit on your mat if you can’t do all the poses. Stay in the room. If you hate it, you don’t have to come back, and we won’t charge you anything. If you sign on, it’s only $50.00 for the month, and you can come as often as you want. That made it easy. I wanted to change some habits. My nightly wine-with-dinner after a long commute back from my work day was becoming too important, more important than I wanted it to be. I needed a structure to get me to make healthy substitutes, and the yoga commitment—15 classes over one month, and 31 days of complete sobriety—was perfect for my needs.  I have to admit—the heat was overwhelming at first, and so were the yoga poses. It was a little intimidating to be a silver haired frump in the midst of young, fit, experienced yoga practitioners. But I got over myself, and kept coming back, and it got easier. Anticipating yoga was a good way to plan my night without wine. Going to yoga was a good way to get endorphins going. Chanting “Om” before and after in the company of people with similar goals was lovely.  And I was able to get in a good seven or eight sessions before a series of health issues prevented me from finishing my 15. I DID complete the sober part of October, and now I’m continuing into November. And I am planning to continue my practice because I’m gradually understanding the language and the flow, gradually accepting my limits, and clearly seeing the benefits of the experience on an ongoing basis. The consequences of complete sobriety: way more energy and focus. A shift to healthy choices for relaxation (oh yeah, that meditation thing I learned how to do in the 1970’s, for example.) More petty cash in the kitty because I was not buying the Pinot Noir, the Cabernet, or the favorite Gruner Veltliner. With the structure of the yoga classes, and the support of a welcoming community, I made an important shift in my life that seemed really hard to do in the absence of these two important factors. So thank you CAPY. You made it affordable. You made it real. You made me value yoga on and off the mat. Namaste.” LB

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“I dove head first into yoga and really took it seriously and (for the first time ever) actually shut my mouth, paid attention, and listened to what my teachers had to say. The result has been so transformative I know for certain I was supposed to be doing this. I needed it. Especially right now.” MF

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“I went in with a positive but doubtful mind. I’m new to CAPY and new to yoga, the handful of classes I’ve taken over the years did not prepare me for such a challenge. Before the challenge started Joel said to me (with love, of course)…
”Forget whatever bullshit is preventing you from coming here and just come.”

So I did. 

  My 2-6 beer a day habit (more if I went out or on the weekends) was not going to be an easy one to stop for a month. I love beer! But I did. 
  I planned all my classes out on my calendar that way I would make the 15 and managed to follow it for the most part. I went to early 5:30 am, morning, noon, evening, weekday, weekend and community classes. As I am new to my practice I found it helpful. Different classes have different vibes, different tidbits of knowledge of body position and breath work. 
 I changed my evening routine, from cracking a beer to enjoying a cup of tea. My boyfriend and I went out to eat and he opted for no alcohol too and the bill was only $20! What??!!!

  I learned to get past the anxiety of going out to a bar/restaurant without alcohol, my friends cheered me on and acknowledged my kickassedness.  I went out at least once or twice a week and it got easier every time. 
  I’ve learned to be more patient with my body.   To be mindful of my breathing on and off my mat. My arms are stronger.  My flexibility is improving. I have impressed all my friends by opting for seltzer with a splash of cran every time we went out.
  I’m sleeping better, I’m eating better. I have more patience. I think I might be loving a little harder. And I have the amazing pride of knowing I broke a bad habit. 
  My kitchen isn’t any cleaner, my back still hurts, I still lose my cool occasionally and I didn’t win the lottery. 
  To push myself, to see a different side of things – there was great support from the teachers and other people doing the challenge. Dave high-fiving me on my last class of the challenge was awesome. 
  It’s November, and I went to class this morning and I still haven’t had an alcoholic drink. So maybe these new habits will stick for a bit longer!”

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”  Ever since the 40 Days to Personal Revolution Program 2 years ago I’ve journaled and have found it very beneficial…
  The first time I heard there was a “Sober October” challenge I laughed at the ridiculousness of depriving myself of delicious beer for 31 days. “Life’s too short to miss out on all the good beer there is to drink”, I said. I don’t think I’ve gone more than a week without drinking since high school.  However, over the course of a week I found myself coming back to the idea of sobriety and I began to warm up to it.  I kept thinking about all the time and energy I’d have on my hands if my days weren’t planned around drinking.  I had started to notice that I was drinking more and working out less, while making the excuse that there wasn’t enough time in the day to do it all.  With that in mind (and a push from my wife), I decided to commit to Sober October.

As I began the challenge I started to realize the impact of sobriety almost immediately. Two major advantages surfaced:

1.      Waking up without a hangover allows me to wake up early and attack my day.  Instead of dragging myself out of bed at 8 am with a headache, I am up at 5 heading to Yoga. By 7:30 am, I’ve worked out, showered and had my coffee.

2.      Without wasting time thinking about that first drink of the day, I am able to be more productive.  Typically, at 5 O’clock I’d pour a beer and plop down on the couch, now I find myself taking the dog for a walk or going for a bike ride.

As October rolled on, I found myself thinking less and less about beer and more and more about how I would use each day to improve in other aspects of life.   Eventually the thought of alcohol was no longer a thought at all, I was more focused on maximizing my day.  I have found more energy to do the things that I say I’m going to do.  Everything just seems to be that much more enjoyable.

  I have rekindled my excitement for yoga (I’ve even challenged myself to hit 100 classes by January 31), I am finding myself more productive around the house, more focused at work and just happier in general.  Not to mention, the old wallet is feeling a little thicker now that I’m no longer buying beer 3 times a week.  I think this experiment has opened my eyes to how unnecessary it is to let alcohol control you. 

If anything, the reset that I’ve experienced from Yoga and sobriety together has given me a much better perspective on life.  My only regret is that I wish I had discovered this outlook earlier.  I’ll enjoy a few beers in November, but I’ll do so with a new appreciation for each day.  I’m also thinking about how good that first beer is going to taste, so maybe I’ll enjoy just one rather than the standard six I had grown accustomed to.” KA

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Thanks to everyone who participated, brought their light and positive energy, and a special thanks to those who submitted some words of inspiration.

So without further ado, I’m proud to announce the randomly drawn winner of a $200 Gift Certificate to Duckworth’s Bistrot: 

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Congratulations, Drew! And on a personal note – I would have been happy with whoever won because everyone that completed Sober October was deserving, but Drew and his wife Maureen were the only other couple to tackle this challenge together besides Elizabeth and I and it will be a super well-earned treat for the two of them to get to dine at Duckworth’s together. Enjoy!


Special Thanks, Love, and Grattitude to Duckworth’s Bistrot!

Learn more about Cape Ann Power Yoga by visiting our website.

And remember that YOGA IS FREE FOR VETERANS IN NOVEMBER!

YOGA IS FREE FOR VETERANS IN NOVEMBER

YOGA IS FREE FOR VETERANS IN NOVEMBER

In 2017 we were honored to give away 62 free classes to veterans and active duty military personnel in the month of November.

This year we’re hoping to make it over 100.

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Spurred in part by the crushing opioid epidemic, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies have been spearheading efforts to manage and mitigate pain and mental health problems among active service members. Yoga, as it turns out, is one of the rising stars. While those in the trenches say there is a long way to go before yoga can be broadly and systemically deployed within the military, the foundation is being laid for using asana, meditation, and other holistic therapies to make military personnel more resilient.

A message to veterans. 

Hello,

My name is Dave DeAngelis. My wife Elizabeth and I own and operate Cape Ann Power Yoga. We understand that the freedom we have to go about our lives in peace, raise our family, and run our yoga studio are the direct consequence of the sacrifices you and yours have made. We are grateful to you, and hopeful that we can in our humble way serve you by teaching you and providing you with a space to come and practice yoga.

This practice can benefit people physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We believe in it because we see it working in all types of different people every day. Come and join us and become a part of our community.

If you have little or no experience with yoga – that’s even better. We will provide you with a mat, a towel, and as many free classes as you can take in the month of November. Just show up to any class in November and let the desk person know you’re here for Veterans’ November and class is on is. Every time.

And if you’re interested but not sure if this is for you or you don’t want to dive right in with the general public, we will help you with that too. I’ll personally meet with you at the studio outside of a normal class time to walk you through, get you comfortable and set up, and on your path to practicing yoga. If you want more assistance after that we will set you up with private (or small group if you have veteran friends) instruction with one of our teachers.

We aren’t just offering free class – we’re offering to do whatever it takes to help you develop a regular yoga practice in your life. Please reach out with any questions. You can email Elizabeth and I at capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com or call or text me directly at 6178216734. If you want to make this work for you – we’ll see to it that it does.

I look forward to meeting you, and the enrichment that your presence will bring to our community.

Sincerely,

Dave DeAngelis

More information and our schedule is available at Cape Ann Power Yoga . Com 

 

You can still JOIN US for Sober October!!!

You can still JOIN US for Sober October!!!

Do you feel like you’ve missed the boat for Sober October?  It’s not too late to join! Even if you’ve had a few drinks or smoked some pot – start a couple of days late! It’s OK!

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Email Dave DeAngelis at capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com to get you up to speed and get yourself into the studio to start towards your 15 classes! 

Sober October Challenge

15 Hot Yoga Classes. No weed. No Booze.

ZERO Yoga Experience Required.

A Grand Prize $200 Gift Certificate to

Duckworth’s Bistrot

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and other fun prizes along the way.

You’ll have the opportunity for meditation lessons, a motivational talk, connection with other new people, and a long, silent, guided walk or two during the month. You are not required to do any of that though. Just 15 classes – no drugs, no alcohol.

The depth and breadth of this experience is up to the group and our collective willingness to dive in, and based on the enthusiastic response we’ve already had – we’re in for something powerful.

You will be in the company COOL, CLEAR EYED, FUN, HEALTHY people.

Sober October.

Participation in the CHALLENGE is free – you just pay for your classes. For all of you who haven’t been to our studio yet – you’ll just buy our New Student Month Unlimited for $50. If you’re a returning student it will be more.

Are you in? 

I invite each and every one of you reading this to come and participate in our Sober October Challenge at Cape Ann Power Yoga. And sign up with a friend! Our goal facilitating this is to make as many people as successful as possible in transforming Mind and Body between 10/1 and 11/1. There aren’t many absolutes or guarantees in life, but I PROMISE YOU and offer you a 100% money back guarantee that if you join us in the challenge and complete one month above the influence and 15 yoga classes at our studio – you will feel exponentially better, brighter, happier, healthier, and freer than you do right now. I promise. We will all do it together. You can literally come in and respectfully lie down on your mat breathing along with us and count it as a yoga class. No twisted pretzel pose required. Just do what you can – with sincere, earnest, effort.

The Grand Prize Winner of a $200 Gift Certificate will be randomly drawn from a hat of people who have successfully completed the program. (although that is really just a special bonus, the prize is in the process) This isn’t a contest or competition, it’s a community coming together to step up to living the healthiest and best lives we can. It’s a challenge to ourselves.

I am available to answer any and all questions pursuant to this program. Please email me at capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com, find me on facebook – Dave DeAngelis, or call or text me at 6178216734. The more people who participate, the more fun and the bigger impact we all get to have. Please join us.

No tricks, no traps, and no life long commitment to sobriety. It’s just one month, and one class at a time.

If you literally cannot come up with the $50 come talk to me and we’ll find a way to make it happen. 

And to be clear – I have no experience and nothing to do with anything in the field of recovery, sobriety, intervention – anything of that nature. This is an open invitation for anyone who wants to step up of their own accord and join a team of folks who are committed to a yoga filled and Sober October. Please join us.

**Please continue to take all prescribed medications and follow the advice of your doctors. Just cut out the nonsense.

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Sober October Challenge

Sober October Challenge

15 Hot Yoga Classes. No weed. No Booze.

ZERO Yoga Experience Required.

A Grand Prize $200 Gift Certificate to

Duckworth’s Bistrot

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and other fun prizes along the way.

You’ll have the opportunity for meditation lessons, a motivational talk, connection with other new people, and a long, silent, guided walk or two during the month. You are not required to do any of that though. Just 15 classes – no drugs, no alcohol.

The depth and breadth of this experience is up to the group and our collective willingness to dive in, and based on the enthusiastic response we’ve already had – we’re in for something powerful.

You will be in the company COOL, CLEAR EYED, FUN, HEALTHY people.

Sober October.

Participation in the CHALLENGE is free – you just pay for your classes. For all of you who haven’t been to our studio yet – you’ll just buy our New Student Month Unlimited for $50. If you’re a returning student it will be more.

Are you in? 

I invite each and every one of you reading this to come and participate in our Sober October Challenge at Cape Ann Power Yoga. And sign up with a friend! Our goal facilitating this is to make as many people as successful as possible in transforming Mind and Body between 10/1 and 11/1. There aren’t many absolutes or guarantees in life, but I PROMISE YOU and offer you a 100% money back guarantee that if you join us in the challenge and complete one month above the influence and 15 yoga classes at our studio – you will feel exponentially better, brighter, happier, healthier, and freer than you do right now. I promise. We will all do it together. You can literally come in and respectfully lie down on your mat breathing along with us and count it as a yoga class. No twisted pretzel pose required. Just do what you can – with sincere, earnest, effort.

The Grand Prize Winner of a $200 Gift Certificate will be randomly drawn from a hat of people who have successfully completed the program. (although that is really just a special bonus, the prize is in the process) This isn’t a contest or competition, it’s a community coming together to step up to living the healthiest and best lives we can. It’s a challenge to ourselves.

Special thanks to Duckworth’s for their generosity!

I will be leading a FREE kick off class and meeting on Monday, October 1 from 7:45 to 8:45 PM. We will get everyone landed and comfortable coming into the studio, where to put your shoes, what to wear, how to set up a mat, etc. We’ll show you how you can modify the practice and poses to meet your current level of strength and flexibility and how to keep your cool when the temperature is 95 degrees. The class will also count as 1/15 you’re committing to do in October. By the end of your first evening you will have any and all questions answered and be on your way towards a successful Sober October.

After that – it’s up to you to make it 14 more classes during the month. We have classes almost all day every day – you can see our schedule here.

When you decide that you’re ready for a reset this Fall, you’re ready to make your health a priority again (or maybe for the first time in your life), and you’re ready to step up and accept the challenge – we’re here waiting for you. Share this with a friend and maybe they will join you. Sign up now. Commit to living the healthiest and best life you can. (For October, anyway)

Register for FREE Kick-Off Class and Meeting Monday, October 1. 7:45-8:45PM

If you’re serious, and it’s time for you to step up – REGISTER RIGHT NOW.

I am available to answer any and all questions pursuant to this program. Please email me at capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com, find me on facebook – Dave DeAngelis, or call or text me at 6178216734. The more people who participate, the more fun and the bigger impact we all get to have. Please join us.

No tricks, no traps, and no life long commitment to sobriety. It’s just one month, and one class at a time.

If you literally cannot come up with the $50 come talk to me and we’ll find a way to make it happen. 

And to be clear – I have no experience and nothing to do with anything in the field of recovery, sobriety, intervention – anything of that nature. This is an open invitation for anyone who wants to step up of their own accord and join a team of folks who are committed to a yoga filled and Sober October. Please join us.

**Please continue to take all prescribed medications and follow the advice of your doctors. Just cut out the nonsense.

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Africa Yoga Project Lands in Gloucester this Coming Weekend!

Africa Yoga Project Lands in Gloucester this Coming Weekend!

We’re honored to welcome leaders from the Africa Yoga Project here to Cape Ann this coming weekend. John and Isaac will teach a special class to participants of the YMCA Camp Windward in the morning and the session Friday evening will include a talk about AYP, a chance to ask questions, and a practice. Saturday morning they will teach an Acro Yoga session at Cape Ann Power Yoga, and Sunday evening we will be having a fundraising dinner and silent auction at Short and Main. All funds raised go directly to the work of the Africa Yoga Project. We invite you to join us for all, or any one part of this special weekend.

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Learn more about AYP Here!

How to Cool off of this HOT weekend? Come to Gloucester for Fiesta, cool ocean breezes – and an enlivening yoga class to start your day right on the waterfront!

This class is wicked fun, low pressure, and ACCESSIBLE to people of all ages, athletic abilities, and flexibility. Enjoy a beautiful vista of Gloucester Harbor as the sounds, sights, and smells of America’s Oldest Seaport help to ground you and really start your weekend day off with gratitude and presence. It’s a great place to meet other active, healthy, and bright eyed locals.

Be sure to dress appropriately for a morning wake-up on Gloucester’s working waterfront – it never hurts to have a comfortable, larger sweatshirt – you can always take it off! If the weather is foul – we will do our best to announce cancellation of the class an hour in advance on the announcement bar on our website and facebook page.

Class is $15 if you’re just dropping in, and only $10 if you are a member of Maritime Gloucester or have a regular priced unlimited membership at Cape Ann Power Yoga. Mats are available for use for FREE. We really encourage you to sign up for a membership at the Museum and support their mission so they can continue to provide the unparalleled programming they do year after year. It’s only $40 for an individual membership and that money goes to ensure that local kids get to learn about every aspect of the ocean and our relationship to it. It’s amazing what this Gloucester institution does and how much of a difference your support makes. 40% of the proceeds from the money we raise with these classes goes directly to Maritime Gloucester and supporting their mission. It’s something we believe in and hope you do too.

Learn more about Maritime Gloucester and BECOME A MEMBER!

No advance registration is required, although if you are going to show up and pay day of – please try to bring cash or check to save us the time and money of processing your credit card on a cell phone at the end of a pier!

Sign up in advance through our website.

Let us know if you have any questions!

capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com

or call of text Dave DeAngelis at

6178216734