Fresh Whole Foods ~

Fresh Whole Foods ~

Though the lens of Ayurveda one must eat food that is from the earth. Fresh whole foods…not processed foods with additives and preservatives with refined flours, and sugars. Fresh whole foods are from the earth and our bodies know how to work with them as “food is medicine”.

Next time you are buying and cooking your food keep this in mind: how does it feel, smell, look, taste and sound, yes sound.

When we eat mindfully we have turned our food into medicine for our bodies and our minds.

Remember to chew your food well as it activates enzymes that break down hard to digest foods. In Ayurveda we say: “you are not what you eat but what you digest”.

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC encourages to get creative on your next shopping trip as well as in the kitchen – your health will thank you.

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health’

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Nia, tomorrow, Nov. 8,  10:15 am at MAGMA New routine-AYA

What is Nia?  Safe, thoughtful, cardiovascular fitness to great music!  No-impact movement, adaptable to all levels of fitness and ability. Nia is a fun, no-impact cardiovascular, fitness program that draws from
three areas of movement:

  • Martial Arts:Tai Chi, Taekwando & Aikido,
  • Dance Arts:Jazz, Modern & Interpretive Dance
  • Healing Arts:Yoga, Alexander Technique &
    Feldenkrais Method

Nia can be practiced by people of all ages and ability levels.  Nia can be done in bare feet and comfortable workout or yoga clothing.

For more info visit niawithlinda.com

New routine this week.  Classic Nia by co founder Carlos Rosas.  Great music, moves and a good workout without impact on the tootsies. Time to care for the body and mind after all the political shenanigans. Here’s a link to samples of the music (click here).

Building Access Update:  Filming in the building is complete so you can either enter on the Pleasant St. side or on the Main St. entrance.  Elevator is accessed by the Main St. door.  Walk to the rear of the arcade and take  Take elevator to 5th floor and walk through the gymnastics space.

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NOVEMBER Happenings at MAC

Membership

11/1 – 11/30: “The Gift of Gratitude”
Receive a special gift this month when you join!
Manchester location only
* Offer valid 11/1 – 11/30 ONLY – Includes sessions to get you started
* Join fee offer valid at all three locations for ages 18+
For more information, please call membership at 978-526-8900 x253
Health Insurance Fitness Reimbursement
Avoid the rush and request your paperwork now!
Requests can be made by emailing Kim, our Member Service Representative at kpews@macathletics.com, or by calling/visiting the membership desk.
We provide a printout of 2018 transactions for proof of payment along with a letter stating active membership.

Spa

10/22 – 11/22: Book 2 massages with Lindsey and SAVE $20!
* Available with Lindsey Farrell only
* Cannot be combined with any other offer
* Massages must be booked and redeemed between 10/22/18 – 11/22/18

CUSTOMIZED PAIN MANAGEMENT
Inquire with Marlene about our new Pain Management packages with the Spa!
– mdickinson@macathletics.com
– Packages include Personal Training, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy

Check out our menu of spa services HERE

Call us TODAY to book your appointment! 978-526-8900 x259

Fitness + Group Fitness

NEW sessions of our fitness programs starting soon! Contact us for information on dates and times!
Sports Performance Institute
  • Classes run from Monday-Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving
  • View schedule HERE
  • We need your help SPI parents! Please fill out this short survey and let us know your thoughts!
Ask about our Pain Management packages with the Spa, which include Personal Training, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy!
11/3: Learn to Ride!
  • Never tried our Indoor Cycling bikes? This is the class for you!
  • 8:00 AM in the cycling studio
11/5: STRONG GIRLS!
  • Designed for girls ages 8-12
  • This engaging group fitness program will include classes like yoga, Pilates, Zumba, hip-hop, strength training, TRX & stretching.
  • Mondays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Held in Studio B with Laura Tanguay
  • Free for iXL members!
11/18: Yin Yang Yoga Workshop for Tennis players
  • November 18th and December 16th
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Studio A
  • FREE for members
11/17 – 11/25: Pool Closed! Try these low impact class options instead!
NEW SCHEDULE
Effective November 5th
Check out our MAC app for the latest class and weather updates!

Gymazing

11/5: STRONG GIRLS!
  • Designed for girls ages 8-12
  • This engaging group fitness program will include classes like yoga, Pilates, Zumba, hip-hop, strength training, TRX & stretching.
  • Mondays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Held in Studio B with Laura Tanguay
  • Free for iXL members!

Need a date night? Friday’s are MOVIE NIGHT in Gymazing!

  • 5:30 – 8:00 PM every Friday
  • $10 per child – ALL AGES!
  • Pizza and a snack provided
  • Fun guaranteed (for you and the kids!)

OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS! View more info HERE

Let us host your next BIRTHDAY PARTY!
You provide the cake, we provide the FUN! View additional party information HERE

Tennis

11/23 – 11/26: Thanksgiving Weekend we are hosting the USTA Girls 12 and Under National Indoor Championships! Come anytime over the weekend and be part of the Tennis action with giveaways and FREE tennis lessons for kids 8 and under on Saturday/Sunday from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.
11/18: Yin Yang Yoga Workshop for Tennis players
  • November 18th and December 16th
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Studio A
  • FREE for members
Adult Social Calendar
  • “Thanksgiving” Tennis/Pickleball Social
  • Friday, 11/16 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM
  • On-court playing and a hot meal
  • Reach out to Oscar to register: ojara@macathletics.com
Preschool Athletic Development Program
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 1:30 PM
  • Held on the tennis court and focuses on building skills for better physical movement and athleticism
  • Sign up with programs@macathletics.com(Registration required)
  • View flyer HERE
11/30-12/2: Nick Bollettieri Weekend.The legend himself and coach of 10 number-ones will be here all weekend. Take a private lesson yourself or register for one of our group lesson offerings! Reach out to Laurie to get signed up: lpotter@macathletics.com
Check out our FALL 2018 ADULT TENNIS OFFERINGS HERE
FALL JDP: Our Fall session of JDP begins on September 10th!
Fall 2018 Pickleball: Tuesdays – Saturday. View schedule here! Contact Claudine to sign up: cwatson@macathletics.com

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$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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Drew Farrell

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!

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