Yoga Teacher Training is for everyone!

Why do they call it Yoga “Teacher” Training when it’s not restricted to teachers? I’ve been teaching and managing in the business of yoga for nearly 20 years, and this question crosses my mind often.

As a teacher who has led many trainings, I’ve witnessed the deep benefits and transformations that occur when a yogi immerses him or herself in something more profound, regardless of whether or not they have any intention of working in the yoga profession when all is said and done. As the Yoga Manager, I have the privilege of co-leading Club Greenwood’s 200 Hour YTT beginning August 21, collaborating with three highly skilled and soulful teachers: Deb Hilgert, Sara Lyn Howard and Soozie Kinstler. With this training, we have a platform to create a program which will speak to each individual’s personal, unique journey. Your own journey, which meets you where you are today and moves you toward something greater than yourself. If that’s not enough, here are four more reasons to dive in with us for Yoga Teacher Training:

Kula is Love. As a student in this program, you will grow in relationship and understanding with like-minded yogis and gain a more intimate appreciation for your “kula,” or community. A kula represents inclusion and belonging through the shared practice of yoga. Sharing your passion for yoga creates a space of love and acceptance unlike any other experience

Your Body, Yoga Anatomy. Yoga Teacher Training will heighten your curiosity about your own body, how it moves, breathes, heals, holds, releases, surrenders and responds. Unlike most 200 Hour YTT programs, ours will feature more than 30 hours of applied learning in Anatomy and Physiology, an added benefit to the program.

Yoga School is Fun! One 60-minute yoga class can change your perspective exponentially. Your teacher shares words of encouragement, a morsel on dharma or challenges you beyond your physical comfort zone and you’re immediately transported to a state of yoga bliss. This experience is magnified during a Yoga Teacher Training. While intense in nature and commitment, our training will offer plenty of moments of joy, laughter and opportunities to share your personal story. On your eight week journey, your body might notice change from the dedicated physical practice, your heart and mind space might awaken with more clarity, and you might be surprised that for the first time in your life, learning is fun.

Beyond The Pose. As yogis, there will always be another pose to master, but what happens if the shape you strive to perfect leaves you feeling less than accomplished? A true yogi is one who dedicates his or her life to mastering the finer details of the practice. In this training, you will learn how yoga translates off your mat through: the deep history and philosophy of yoga, the yoga Sutras or “threads of wisdom which offer guidelines for living a meaningful and purposeful life,” mindful breathing, the power of awareness and much more.

Yoga Teacher Training is for everyone. It can change your life. We welcome your spirit, enthusiasm and curiosity for what lies deep within you. For more information about our upcoming training, contact Malissa Schwamm, Yoga Manager, at 303.770.2582 x324.

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Developing a Fitness Plan for Success

Have you hit the mid-summer struggles?
Don’t worry- getting back on track is as simple as 1-2-3!

The key to success is setting yourself up to win and taking the consistent action to follow through on your plan. Making one positive step forward every day will have a stronger impact than a couple big steps taken every once in a while.

Step 1: Set Goals

  • Outcome- what outcome do you want to see?
  • Action- what consistent action will you need to follow to achieve the outcome?
  • Feeling- what feeling do you want to receive when you achieve your action and outcome goals?

Step Two: Select Activities

  • Cardio– improves health and functionality of the heart & lungs, increases calorie expenditure while reducing risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Strength– increases muscle mass, decreases risk of injury and helps maintain & improve bone density
  • Stability/Flexibility- increases muscle and joint mobility, improves balance and reduces risk of muscle imbalance related injuries

Step Three: Reward System

  • Reward after every achieved workout
  • Reward after every achieved outcome
  • Reward after every achieved feeling

Goal setting takes intentional time and effort to work thru the process but if you take the time to create a vision for what you want, an action plan on how to achieve your vision and a reward system to keep you on track, you will have taken the first solid step toward better fitness and health.

 

“A man who moves mountain begins by carrying away a small stone.” –Confucius

Do you need help with the goal setting process?

Please reach out to me so I can help! I would love to help you design a plan. I can help you connect with the 140+ complimentary classes to get you started, a Myzone fitness tracker to keep you accountable and even a personal trainer/small group training class that can help you focus on your specific outcome goal!

Gary Stotler
Member Coach
Club Greenwood

Back to school means back to you!

Disruption, dysfunction and an overhaul of your schedule means something has to give… don’t let that something be your fitness! You focused, you put in the hard work and enjoyed all our beautiful Colorado summer has to offer, but now life hits the accelerator again as the kids go back to school, the fall activities start ramping up and next thing you know it’ll be time to set those New Year resolutions again. Why not keep the momentum going now so you can continue moving in the direction of your goals?

I have the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life to set and achieve their fitness and health goals. All too often, I watch a disruption in routine turn progress upside down and I see the disappointment as months of progress starts to dwindle away. A new routine is either a chance to drift into inaction or prioritize what is important.

Does fitness and health make your priority list?

If so, here are a couple tips so you can keep taking action toward a better you.

  1. Review and refresh your goals
    • What do you want?
    • Why do you want it?
    • How are you going to get it?
  2. Schedule your self-care time at the club
    • It’s amazing how quickly our day gets away from us before it’s “too late” to get in a solid sweat before bed. Find a time and create a positive routine around your goal.
  3. Remember your “Why”
    • What will keep you taking action toward your goals? Finding a class you like, bonding with a workout partner or having the accountability of a personal trainer can make all the difference between what you want now and what you want later.
  4. Take the action
    • Stress is built on the lack of efficiency which comes from a lack of consistency. Develop an attainable action plan. You will be amazed at how quickly a week or two of consistently following your workout plan will skyrocket your self-confidence!
  5. Keep Going
    • Life will happen. Some days the kids will need to be in three places at once. A work trip unexpectedly arises. Progress comes from consistency, not perfection. If you miss a day, give yourself some grace but don’t quit.

 Are you looking for a way to stay accountable and grow with a community of people within Club Greenwood? Myzone is a great tool to measure your workout intensity, track your consistency and be a part of a supportive community! Join the “Back to school means back to you” Myzone Challenge so you can keep moving in the positive direction toward your goals!

Do you have questions about Myzone or need to set up your new belt? Contact Member Coach Gary Stotler for more information and to get started today!

Get Out of the Summer Slump!

Colleen Bernadis, Youth Program Coordinator

Kids love summer. They look forward to the last school bell of the year for months, then it’s the time for friends, fireworks, no school and no homework. Summer is every kid’s favorite… until the dreaded mid-summer slump hits. By mid-July, kids are no longer feeling the excitement and joy that came with the arrival of warmer times, and parents are running out of ideas of how to fill their little ones’ days. Summer begins to lose its appeal as your kids get restless and bored– and then all of you are in a slump. Here’s my advice on how to get out of the slump and reclaim your kids’ summer fun

Get outside!

We all know Colorado is an amazing place to grow up– there’s so much to love about the state, but the best part might be the outdoors. We have so many days of sunshine, it’d be absurd to not take advantage of them. Take your kids to the park for a walk, on a hike in one of Colorado’s gorgeous parks, or better yet, soak up some rays with them at our pool here at the Club. There is a lot of fun to be had in our outdoor swim areas– plenty to beat that mid-summer boredom!

Learn!

Summer is supposed to be a nice break from class, but there’s no need for your kids to shut their brains off for a full three months! There’s no harm in encouraging a bit of reading or some math problems for your kids to keep them engaged and on track in school. Denver has many libraries, events and museums centered around learning to visit with your kids– and Camp Greenwood visits the Museum of Nature and Science every summer for a fun, science-focused field trip.

Work out!

If your kids are bored, pick a healthy activity and get them to work up a sweat! Organized sports are great for kids of all ages and everyone can benefit from a family workout. The Youth department here at Club Greenwood offers classes and activities for families and kids alike– whether it’s a morning spent in Gym Jam or a session of Parent-Tot Dance Class, your kids have endless opportunities to get moving here with us at the Club.

Embrace boredom!

Sometimes a little boredom is good! Random downtime with nothing planned helps give kids a chance to explore their own interests and learn to manage their time. A little boredom never hurt anybody and the downtime makes the planned activities in their schedules that much more fun.

Take advantage of camp!

Perhaps the easiest solution to curing the mid-summer slump is right here at Club Greenwood! We have an amazing summer camp program here for kids 5–12, and a “Counselor in Training” program for kids 13 and up. Every portion of the day is scheduled fun, led by focused and committed counselors. Kids swim, play basketball, learn yoga, paint solar systems and take a field trip every Friday. Camp cures the summer boredom for all involved; kids, counselors and yes, even me. If you’re feeling slumped, bring your kids over to Camp Greenwood — you won’t regret it!

Colleen Bernadis, Youth Program Coordinator
303.770.2582 x287 | ColleenB@ClubGreenwood.com