Practice News and Calendar (April 2012)
Dear Practice Friends,
Yesterday, while flying back from a long weekend in Las Vegas to visit Deb’s brother and sister-in-law, I came up with an idea for connecting a hike we took in the mountains to the need for maintaining a fitness level that makes mountain hikes possible at any life stage. Then I checked my email this morning and found a note from Juetta West with a link to an event that captures the essence of this point perfectly. Click on the link below to see what I mean. Wow.
When I see people like Johanna Quaas, moving fluidly well into their eighties, I am reminded of one of the central tenets of our studio, namely the principal of freedom. Behind all of the programming that we tailor for each of our clients is the wish for you to increase (or at the very least maintain) the degrees of freedom of movement that you experience moment to moment over the course of your day. To move freely you need strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and stamina, and our goal is to help you improve these in the short term and sustain them for the long haul. What Johanna understands and demonstrates so beautifully is the effect of consistent practice over time, a powerful formula for achieving freedom of movement.
Try this (with a handhold nearby in case you need it): Bend down to one knee as if to tie your shoe. Then stand up without placing your hand(s) on your front knee; rather, use just your legs to lift up. Can you do it? If so, great! If not, then there is a very practical goal to work toward. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to bend down to one knee and stand up without an assist until you are 86 years old or more? Johanna Quaas has shown us it is very possible!
Finally, thank you again for all your support, and also a warm welcome goes out to our new practitioners in March:
Betty Baker, Paul Bizarro, Mimi Connelly, Karen Elam, David and Lynn Goldenberg, Amy Gultice, John Halpin, Joan Cordonnier, and Marie Nolting,
Inspiration: Fitness At Any Age
Thanks go out to Juetta West who sent us this link to a Huffington Post UK article that shows an 86 year old female gymnast competing in a meet in Europe. Amazing!
Monthly Class Calendar and 2012 Rates
There are no class changes for April, yay!
Ryan Young Nominated for 2012 Man of the Year Program
Kerry Young’s husband, Ryan, has been selected as a candidate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2012 Dayton Man of the Year Campaign, and we are thrilled for him. The Practice staff attended the first fundraiser, held at Bella Vino in Springboro a few weeks ago. There are other events coming soon, including the Leukemia Society Gala held on May 18th at the Shuster Center downtown. Would you consider making a donation to this worthy cause? Please clink on the link below:
Chef Anne Kearney is James Beard Award Finalist!
A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Anne Kearney and Tom Sand of Rue Dumaine. Chef Anne has been named as one of five finalists in the 2012 James Beard Award for Best Chef, Great Lakes Region. Anne and Tom will go to the awards ceremony in New York City, which will be held at Lincoln Center on May 7th. This is a first for the city of Dayton, and on behalf of everyone in the Practice community, we wish them good luck!
While on Spring Break from her teaching duties at the Miami Valley School, Barb Cleary and her family paid a visit to this beautiful city in Eastern Europe. Can you guess where she is? Be the first to reply with the correct country to win your very own Practice tee. Here’s a hint: Unscramble these two words, TVVLEE NOEROTVULI, which hold the key to Barb’s location.
Would you like to have your very own Practice tee for free? Here’s 2 ways to get one:
- Take a trip somewhere, and let us know that you would be willing to take a pic in a fun location (preferably not standing in front of a sign that gives away your location!) and submit it to us for the Practice Abroad feature in our newsletter. We’ll give you a tee to take with you on your trip.
- Be the first to figure out where the current Practitioner is in their photo. Reply by email to Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first correct respondent wins a free tee!
Special thanks to our neighbor: Unique Designs
From the Practice staff and clients, we send a special thank you to Jim and Jeff at Unique Designs, two doors down from our studio, who have provided us with amazing floral arrangements for our front counter at the studio this winter and spring. You are the best!
Research: How Exercise can affect DNA
Thank you Pat Martin for sharing this article he read on the Time Magazine website, in which scientists discover that physical activity leads to beneficial changes in DNA activity even after a single workout.
Research: Getting Fat but Staying Fit?
Does being physically fit counteract some of the undesirable health consequences of being overweight? Gretchen Reynolds on the Well Blog at NYTimes.com shares with us the result of a study done through the University of South Carolina that addresses this issue:
7 Bad Habits That Cause Back Pain
Thank you Juetta West for sharing the link to this article on Everydayhealth.com, in which Pilates gets a plug for being a great modality to strengthen core muscles that protect the back: