Dear Practice Friends,
In mid-April I read a wonderful article in the New York Times about character.
When I hear or read about about character, especially in mainstream media, it’s usually described in negative terms. The choices of this politician or that celebrity are often attributed to a lack of character. Commensurate with the bevy of recent announcements of presidential candidates comes unfortunates mudslinging, now so often in the form of ad-hominem attacks on a candidate’s character, rather than a debate of their particular stances on issues.
How refreshing then to stumble onto this piece from David Brooks entitled The Moral Bucket List. David Brooks is an Op-Ed columnist and the author, most recently, of The Road to Character, from which this essay is adapted. In it he argues (successfully, in my opinion) “that wonderful people are made, not born – that the people I admired had achieved an unfakeable inner virtue, built slowly from specific moral and spiritual accomplishments.”
Brooks describes these people as those who “radiate an inner light.” He adds:
These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all. When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day.
I will let you read the article and not spoil it for you, but I do want to add this point to the bucket list: Developing a regular practice – whether it’s Pilates, strength training, yoga, nutrition, or meditation – is simultaneously character building. The first steps on the path of practice may be wholly self-involved, but as we progress, the practice can become less a means to a self-serving end and more an end in itself. The inner radiance of which Brooks speaks is often found in veteran practitioners who experience the joy of training for it’s own sake. When I ask them what this feels like, they often use terms like “surrenduring to the practice,” “flow”, “being present”, and “letting go.” In almost all cases, even though the training can be intense, it still feels really good, or rather they feel really good doing it, and as a result they shine.
When they shine, other people see it, so they become a homing beacon for a life of practice; without intending, they become a role model for others. They make a difference in the world, which is super meaningful, and this makes them shine even more.
If you are taking sessions at the studio, then you are on this path, whether or not it is something you are conscious of as you practice. We see our role as aids and catalysts for growth, not just of muscle, but of character. We want you to shine with us.
Monthly Class Calendar and 2015 Rates
2014 pricing will remain the same for 2015.
|The Restorative Yoga class has returned, now Tuesdays at 12p beginning May 5th|
FREE CLASSES: Group Reformer, Wednesday, May 20 at 7p; Mat class, Saturday, May 16 at 10a and Saturday, May 23 at 10a. The new Practice Apprentices Heather Weaver, Aly Payne, and Matt Parente will teach these classes. Come check them out!
Welcome to Practice!
A warm welcome goes out to our newest members of the Practice community, who started with us in April: Liz Shroeder; and visiting instructors who took part in our day of continuing education workshops on April 19th: Pamela Brackett, Lisa Cole, Leigh Grundhoefer, Christine Harmon, Gina Jackson, Karen Kleiner, Paulina Makowska, Mary Sinclair, Sheryl Zimmerman, and Connie Logan
We are thrilled to have you with us. Welcome aboard!
We are thrilled to share with you that Jenny’s daughter, Parker McCaliphas been selected as an Ambassador for Dayton Children’s Hospital this year. In the spring of 2009 Parker was diagnosed with generalized seizure disorder. Since then she has been seen in the neurology department at Dayton Children’s to learn how to manage and control her seizures.
Her Neurologist, Dr. Gogi Kumar, nominated Parker to be an ambassador for Dayton Children’s. Ambassadors represent Dayton Children’s at various events and programs throughout the year.
“Parker will make a great ambassador because she is smart, articulate and very funny,” says Dr. Kumar.
“Born on the fourth of July, Parker is nothing short of a firecracker,” says Jenny. “She’s resilient and has learned to accept her seizures as just part of her life.”
Parker will be entering the eighth grade at Oakwood Junior High School in the fall of 2014. She aspires to one day have her own entrepreneurial engineering business.
“I want to invent things,” says Parker. “Things that make the world a better place.”
For those who haven’t heard already, Debbie Spiegel’s son, Cameron Porter was injured three weeks ago during an MLS Soccer game and he is currently undergoing rehab following surgery on his knee to repair several ligament tears. Sports Illustrated has done a really nice job of highlighting Cam’s rise from rookie unknown to Canadian darling and his subsequent sidelining. Thanks to all who have passed on their concern and support. Cam will be out for the season and working to complete his degree at Princeton while getting his knee back into shape for next season. Good luck, Cam!
Research: Being a Night Owl May be Bad for Your Health
From Nicholas Bakalar at the NY Times Well column comes new research that suggests late owls are more prone to diseases such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome. It also includes a quiz to help you identify if you are are night owl or morning person.
Research: The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life
Thanks to Michael Kunesh for forwarding us this article from Gretchen Reynolds in the NY Times Phys Ed section:
“Exercise has had a Goldilocks problem, with experts debating just how much exercise is too little, too much or just the right amount to improve health and longevity. Two new, impressively large-scale studies provide some clarity, suggesting that the ideal dose of exercise for a long life is a bit more than many of us currently believe we should get, but less than many of us might expect.”
Up & Running Dayton Open House May 3rd, 5p-7p
Up & Running is growing and and they are looking for some amazing people to join their sales team at both Dayton and Troy stores. For more information, click here.
Chi-Running Workshop at Up & Running May 16th
Danny Dreyer, ultramarathoner, best- selling author, and ChiWalking® & ChiRunning® founder will be coming to Dayton to teach a Chi Running as well as a Chi Walking workshop on May 16th, from 9a to 4p at the Washington Rec Center West. In the workshop Dreyer will share the keys to easier and enjoyable running and walking. Assisted by a team of Certified Instructors, Danny will give you the personalized feedback you need to take your running and walking form and practice to the next level. For more information, click here.
Research: It’s Healthy to Let Your Mind Wander
Big thanks to Barb Haley, who sent us this article by Michael Corballis, author of The Wandering Mind: What the Brain Does When You’re Not Looking. Int he article, he acknowledges the data that shows we do get distracted, especially when trying to do things like read a book (or a newsletter), but he argues successfully that mind wandering is a necessary part of our existence, in that it is the well-spring of creativity that is a key part of problem solving.Research: It’s Healthy to Let Your Mind Wander