Our movie nights are generally held the first Friday of the month! Parents drop off their children at 6 and pick them up at 9. We watch a movie, do some yoga and art and get pizza delivered too! Music and dancing is often a big part of the fun too! Here are some fun pictures from last night's movie night.
We did it! MBC came in 6th..yes 6th out of 154 teams for the most miles covered outdoors between januaty 1 and January 31! We covered 2,568.8 miles! proud of us!!!! On February 4th a few of us met up to celebrate with a run/walk around lake Q and lunch at Harringtons Pub!
This is the third school year that the MVMMS PTO has sponsored yoga classes for students at the Middle School. Tuesday afternoons are a true highlight of my week. I have had some really inspiring dicussions that have flowed right along with our yoga practice. Introducing these students to the joys of yoga and meditation as been as much a gift to me as I hope it is to them. Below are a few photos illustrating our Tuesday afternoons together.
Thank you to teammate Tanya O'Hara for creating these gorgeous flyers! You will be seeing them around town as our specialization in youth yoga continues to evolve!
Sharing an exchange I recently had with the Melrose Commision on Women back in November. Perhaps I'll be popping up on their FB page soon:)
The Melrose Commission on Women Facebook page is featuring a series of profiles on female entrepreneurs and business owners in Melrose. We're looking for some insights from you on being a woman in business, what may have changed since you started your business, or what still needs to change, what special challenges you see for yourself or others, advice you'd offer, or other specific ways your business experience is different because you're a woman.
I have lived in Melrose for 15 years. Melrose Boot Camp has been going strong for over 10. It is the success of MBC that inspired me to take on an additional challenge: to open a physical location. I opened Joy Yoga on Green St. in February of 2014. Now not only am I able to provide physical training opportunities but also yoga and enrichment programs for all ages. I am also in a position to support the dreams of others: local artists, therapist, yoga instructors and many more who need a place to share their gifts. When I hear someone describe Joy Yoga as a community center, it makes me smile!
Authenticity is key, and my advice to anyone considering opening a small business is to make sure your business aligns with your gifts and that you really, really want to make it happen and truly love what you do. I suggest starting small, being patient, volunteering, offering your services or goods free or at discount and taking the time to get to know the community in which you want to build your business.
As a woman in business, and more specifically, in the business of health and wellness, I face some unique challenges. The work I do is built on relationships, which aligns perfectly with the emotional connection I am inherently driven as a woman to have have with people. However this can sometimes be a hindrance to my making tough but necessary business decisions.
I am proud of what I do and hope I may serve as a role model for the young girls I teach that anything is possible! I want to be the person for them that I needed when I was younger. I am grateful for the amazing opportunity I’ve been given and the loyal clients who have entrusted me with their health and well being. I am blessed to be doing something I love and I never take that for granted.
Well here we are! Today is the second day of 2017! And I'm proud to say I've logged my second day of miles as part of the Marathon Sports Winter Warrior Challenge! I've committed, along with a whole bunch of my MBC teammates, to get outside every day for the month of January for a run or a walk. #WinterWarriorMA
Yesterday I hit the trails with my friend Joanne and covered four miles in the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Today I woke up early and started meal prep for the week. In just a couple of hours I cooked up a whole bunch of yumminess. For me, preparation is key! When I'm hungry and I want something quick that's when I grab it at a store or order takeout in the evening. When I buy prepared meals, more often than not, they are not the wisest choices. I want to get healthier than I am now and I want to get back into running after a bit of a hiatus. I have a pretty good idea of how much I weigh right now but instead of focusing on the number on the scale I'm going to focus on my mental health and how I feel in my body.
My fridge is stocked and I'm feeling pretty motivated. And wow the fresh air and sunshine on these fortunately nice winter days has been fabulous for my mental health. We will see how I do on the less then perfect weather days. But I am pretty darn hopeful right now.
What are you doing to start off your new year right?
Something my yoga instructor Jess shared at one of her classes has stuck with me every since. She spoke of the first time she knew she was taking her yoga of the mat. Jess recounted a seemingly frustrating scenario of a laundromat visit on a rainy night and a puddle in which all her clothes fell when she opened the car. We all can recount a time (or more likely times) like these when things just don't go as they should. The before yoga Jess would have reacted one way to the event but the post-yoga Jess chose a different response: to calmly move forward, scoop up the clothes and carry on. It may have not even been a conscious choice, Qualities fostered through a yoga practice, such as patience, empathy, compassion and kindness make an imprint that we may not even realize has been made.. until the laundry falls in the puddle.
I had my laundry in the puddle opportunity this weekend when all of my teaching services disappeared from my web site.
have you had a laundry in the puddle opportunity? did you react? or did you respond?
"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." Henry David Thoreau
A guest post by Vanessa Roman, an important part of our teaching team at
I am excited to be holding my annual Gratitude Thanksgiving Yoga class once again this year. The Gratitude class is a chance for us to come together and practice in the true spirit of thankfulness.
This year's class will be held Tuesday, Nov. 22nd from 7-815pm at Joy Yoga in Melrose. Joy has generously donated the space to us for the evening.
Class is free, but I will be accepting donations to benefit the Native people protesting the North Dakota pipeline at Standing Rock. These are people who are already used to having very little, and now the pipeline is threatening their sacred land as well as their clean water. The protestors have been camped out since April and they will continue praying in peace on the land, even as the weather grows colder. It feels appropriate to share some of our abundance with the Native people, especially in this time of Thanksgiving.
Please let me know if you would like to come to the class. Joy's space is not huge so I want to make sure I can save spots for those interested! Please email me at email@example.com.
And if I don't see you before the holiday, I hope you enjoy some down time with family and friends. I am grateful that each of you have chosen to come to my class at some point. As any yoga teacher will tell you, it really is the students that make this job so incredible!!
Sending a warm Namaste,