I was introduced to yoga when I was pregnant with my
second child. I found it hard to sleep through back and hip pain. My practice
grew along with my kids. At first, my practice was limited to my living room;
eventually, I graduated to studio classes. Just like it is for many, Yoga was
life changing. It pushed me outside my comfort zones and it supported me in
I moved to Arizona and became addicted to the practice. Yoga teachings, yoga studios, and yogis were on every block. When I moved back home to Minnesota, I couldn’t help but talk about yoga,
Through encouragement from family and friends, I started to seek a yoga teacher training. I completed my 200 hours at the DAHLC and I am currently on staff. I am grateful to teach a diverse group of yogis that help me to continue challenging myself. The consistency of passion is heart felt.
We’d love to see you out at the St. Marys Generose DAHLC location to participate in our new class offerings! Classes can be found in the fitness studio, GE-G100A, and begin the week of Monday, October 28. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
What type of change did you make in your life? I was always tired at the end of my day, and didn’t have energy to keep up with my little ones at home after work. I also didn’t like the fact that I had gained over 40 lbs in the last 4 years.
What are some challenges you faced that elicited that change or that made you want to go for that goal? I was starting grad school (a rigorous doctorate program) and I knew I had to develop some strong personal habits. I could barely take a flight of stairs without getting really short of breath. I got to the point, I was tired of being tired all the time.
What are some factors that helped you make that change or that helped you achieve your goal? I made exercise and good nutrition a priority. I started waking up an hour earlier so I can exercise before my day got busy. I also signed up for wellness coaching at the DAHLC, having this accountability with my couch Amy helped me stay consistent with my new habits. She guided me to the many resources available here at the DAHLC to help me reach my goals.
What would you tell or encourage someone with who is in your old shoes and doesn’t know where to start? I would tell them to set a specific goal and then make it a priority ever since day. Take small consistent steps.
How does the future look different than it did before? I am excited about the future! While working on my goal of losing weight, I discovered I love running, now I run every morning. I even started doing different races. Now I am training for a full marathon! I picture myself staying fit, and running marathon races for fun around the world.
When October comes around, the word “pumpkin” makes its way
back into our vocabulary. Often, though, we discuss pumpkins with respect to
what we are going to carve into them or how soul-warming our pumpkin-spice latte
was that morning. Then, come November, it is all about pumpkin pies and whether
one will make an appearance at the end of Thanksgiving dinner. But pumpkin is a
lot more than an item to be carved, used as a coffee flavoring, or eaten as a
pie; it’s a truly versatile nutrient-dense powerhouse.
Pumpkin’s characteristic bright orange color is from beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant. Just 1 cup of pumpkin provides 245% of the daily recommended intake for vitamin A, which helps preserve our vision, fight infections, maintain healthy skin and bones, and ensure regular cell growth and division. It is also a great source of potassium. Potassium is critical for muscle contraction, fluid balance, and nerve signaling. This all comes in a package that provides only 24 calories.
When picking a pumpkin – smaller sweet or pie pumpkins are
best for cooking – look for a product without blemishes that are firm and
heavier for their size.
Are you picking up canned puree? Take a look at the
nutrition information and only buy items that are 100% pumpkin and not pie mix,
as the mix often has added sugar.
Some interesting ways to include more pumpkin in your diet
include: stirring the puree into soups, chilies, and stews or adding it to
pancakes or quick breads. Layer some low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt with the
puree and add low-fat granola with cinnamon and nutmeg to garnish. Or, you can
just enjoy roasted pumpkin, cube and roast with a little olive oil.
Ingredients: -2 cups old fashioned oatmeal, dry – 4 1/2 cups water -1 Tbsp ground Cinnamon -1 1/2 tsp ground Ginger -1 tsp ground Nutmeg -1/4 cup dark molasses -1 cup pumpkin, canned -6 Tbsp pecan halves, chopped
Directions: Place all ingredients (except for pumpkin puree and pecans) into a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and fold in pumpkin puree. Stir to heath through. Serve with toasted pecans on the side.
What do these all have in common? They are SHAPES! Club Kids will be having some fun with Shapes this week. Come join us and show us all you know! What other shapes do you know? Can you count the sides on an octagon? Can you match shapes with our shape sorter? Can you use your body to make shapes? You don’t want to miss out on all the fun! We hope to see you this week!
Sept 23-28: “Shining Apple Round & Bright You Are Such A Fall Delight!”
Stop by Club Kid this week as we explore APPLES! We will be painting with apples, exploring the inside of an apple, learning how apples grow, what makes them turn brown and what colors they come in, have some apple picking stretches and much, much more! Make sure to bring the little ones by for a fun filled week!
Sept 30-Oct 5: “Old McDonald had a Farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that Farm he had a _____!”
What’s your favorite farm animal? A cow, horse, pig, donkey, sheep or something else? Can you make the sounds that these animals make? Or what they are known for? Come on down to Club Kids this week as we venture out to the “farm”! We will have crafts like cow puppets, feathered chickens and pink pigs; Math & Science activities like matching animals with their sounds & matching ducks game; lots of farm themed books; exercises like galloping horses, the chicken dance & duck walking. It’s going to be a hooting good time that you won’t want to miss!
Oct 7-12: Join us this week at Club Kids for Fire Prevention & Safety Week!
We have some great firemen and firewomen in our community to help keep us safe, but we also need to know how to protect ourselves. The kids will have the chance to practice their Stop, Drop & Rolls, coming up with an evacuation plan, reading books about fire safety, finger painting “fire” and more! It will be in a week full of learning, safety & fun – We hope to see you here!
Oct 14-31: Fall is in full swing and we are enjoying it at Club Kids!
Cooler temperatures, changing colors, picking apples, carving pumpkins & falling leaves are just some of our favorite parts of the season. Bring the kids by Club Kids for the last couple weeks of October as we explore and have fun with Fall! There will be crafts, books, kid sized exercies, math, science, sensory and so much more to do. We will even have a few days of Halloween fun to wrap up the month. And if you join us on Halloween, feel free to wear your costumes! We will have a special “treat” for everyone who stops by this day too J Help us celebrate FALL and all the fun it brings!