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Class Highlight: Vinyasa Yoga

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Vinyasa Yoga

Amy Younkman

Leader Amy Younkman

I often see people pop into yoga class when they feel stiff, sore, or side-lined by injury. What I have found is, the real jewels of this ancient healing art truly begin to surface when one maintains a consistent yoga practice. Just like anything we want to “get good at”, we need to regularly put the time into practicing. When we consistently show up on our yoga mat, we deepen not only our ability to perform different postures, but more importantly, we deepen our internal awareness of what is going on in our bodies; right here, right now. Instead of muscling our way through exercise, we slow down to connect breath with movement, and pay attention to what got us stiff, sore or injured in the first place. If we stick with the practice, the answers are revealed to us.

unspecified-21I love sharing my passion for yoga with others because yoga has literally changed my life, and continues to do so. My practice keeps me true to myself and I love that after a decade of teaching, I am still a student dipping my toe into a deep well on knowledge. When I show up on my mat and allow myself to be vulnerable, rather than performance based and trying to “get it right”, I learn how to work through discomfort, frustration, lack of confidence and feeling the need to be in control. I learn to lighten up on myself and go with the flow. When I can deal with these things on the mat, I can deal more effectively with life off the mat.

My Vinyasa Yoga class is tailored to my students’ needs each Friday morning. Choosing a theme for the class, I like to share insights and inspirations to ignite body, mind and
unnamed-11spirit. I try to strike a balance between fun, creative sequencing and simple, safe alignment. I consider our yoga mats like an adult playground where we can explore fun poses like Eagle, Crow, Flamingo and Camel. The focus of my classes is building core stability and strength, breath and body awareness, proper technique, balance and “getting out of your comfort zone”. You will feel nurtured, safe, and taken care of in my Vinyasa yoga class.

Deepak Chopra says, “Life is like a river; you cannot step into it in the same place twice.” Our yoga practice is no different. We are constantly evolving, and I don’t know of a better system of exercise to calm our central nervous system while giving us tools to grow stronger and more flexible in body, mind and spirit.

“Slowing down is the same thing as waking up.” —Judith Lasatar

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Class Highlight: Yoga Chill

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Yoga Chill

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Leader Paula Harnish

Set to soothing music, this meditative class moves slowly with the breath to create a greater range of motion for the body, while calming the mind and releasing any stress that may have been built up throughout the day or week. You’ll step into your evening with less tension, more ease and a joyful spirit.

The one-hour Yoga Chill class will give you time to slow down into stillness. It starts off with gentle, nurturing stretches using the breath to guide the way. The class explores movements that can help with joint pain and aliments in the body, using physical therapy movements. img_1832You will also release tension in tight, sore muscles and fascia by utilizing the foam rollers, straps and yoga tune-up method. Enjoying the benefits of deep tissue massaging while listening to gentle meditative music will help to calm the busy mind. Yoga Chill is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed as well as improving sleep, digestion, and energy levels.

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Class Highlight: Lake Escape

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Lake Escape

Kathleen Parker

Leader Kathleen Parker

If you are in need of the perfect mid-week mini-“stay-cation” then Lake Escape is for you!
Set on beautiful Lake Austin, our class heads out from Walsh Landing at 9:30am on Wednesdays for our fun adventure on the boat.

 

Whether it is trying out water skiing, learning to wake surf {which by the way is the most fun you can have on the water} or just riding on the boat, your “inner child” will surely be brought out! You may end up jumping off a rope swing or doing a cannonball off the back of the boat, so come with a fun and adventurous spirit!

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IMG_1412We arrive back by 1:30pm at Walsh Landing, but you won’t want to get off the boat!

So, if you want the PERFECT ESCAPE to SUMMER FUN, come out and join us!
Life is too short to stay on the shore and watch the boats go by….JUMP ON!!
You will be hooked!

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Class Highlight: Total Body Strength & Toning

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Total Body Strength & Toning

Kathleen Parker

Leader Kathleen Parker

Lean muscle mass cannot be maintained or increased with aerobic training alone. Without strength training, an adult will lose approximately 1% of their lean muscle mass per year after the age of 30!!

INCREASE LEAN MUSCLE MASS AND YOU WILL BURN MORE CALORIES NATURALLY, 24 HOURS A DAY.

TOTAL BODY STRENGTH AND TONING is set in beautiful Rollingwood Park under a shaded pavilion. This class focuses on strengthening the entire body through low impact exercises using weights, resistance bands and of course, bodyweight.

Though it is low impact, we move at a fast pace with little rest to challenge you, and increase lean muscle!

IMG_0971Many women miss out on the incredible benefits that strength training has to offer. If one of your health goals is weight management, strength training is the key that can unlock your potential for the strong, lean and healthy body you dream of. If this is your goal, I would love for you to come try out this 45 minute class.

The biggest impact on weight loss or weight maintenance is a revved up metabolism. Strength training increases the amount of lean muscle on your body, and lean muscle mass requires more calories both during exercise and throughout the rest of your day. Muscle also requires energy in the form of calories to maintain itself—unlike fat, which requires almost no calories to exist.

Strength training has SO many more benefits for women, including the following:

-Increased bone density
-Increased tendon and ligament strength
-Improved joint function
-Reduced potential for injury
-Better balance
-Increased overall metabolic function—especially at rest
-Improved overall health and well being!

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I hope you can join me to try out TOTAL BODY STRENGTH AND TONING! Getting under the weights has changed my body and my life!
It was through strength training that I have changed my own body. I feel stronger now than when I was 30 — or even 20.

Plus, life is so much more FUN WHEN YOU ARE STRONG!

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Class Highlight: Running Training

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Running Training with Alli

Alli Phillips

by Alli Phillips

The Running Training class is a mixed level workout appropriate for the casual “lifestyle runner,” the 10k age group competitor, the experienced marathoner, and everyone in between. Moms are welcome to bring children in jog strollers to the class.

Running Training follows a circuit format, wherein stops along the beautiful 2-4 mile loop around Lady Bird Lake allow the participants to re-group. During the “stops,” drills, exercises, and cross-training are performed in order to:

  • emphasize technique
  • focus on proper form
  • correct body alignment
  • work on body balance

MountBonnell-1My focus is on teaching good form first and foremost, but improving speed is a secondary focus. Good form and faster times go hand in hand; the better your form, technique, and body mechanics, the more efficient you are and the faster you run. Further, for individuals with specific running goals (training for an event), I will personalize programs and coach tailored to individual needs.

11923338_10153536468405406_4264830825102078105_o-2The Running Training class includes activities and drills that foster the natural love of running and movement that I believe we are all born with.  I encourage community and friendships within our group… I try to help the runners in my class find the kid inside who just wants to “run and play.”

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Class Highlight: Hydro-Fit

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Hydro-Fit Class

Sha Klatt

by Sha Klatt

If swimming laps is not for you, consider our new Hydro-Fit program! Water exercise is all about moving water and creating resistance to get an effective non-impact workout.

Swim2Hydro-fit is a full body workout that will lengthen and strengthen your muscles, build your cardio endurance, as well as increase your mobility. This workout incorporates the use of a variety of equipment including aqua flotation belt, water resistant bar bells, kick boards, and fins that keep this program fun and challenging. This class is effective whether you want non-impact athletic training or if you need to stay active while you heal and recover from injury.

IMG_0091Benefits of Hydro-Fit Workouts:

  • Builds cardio endurance
  • Increases mobility
  • Provides non-impact resistance training
  • Uses variety of equipment — keeps it fun!
  • Allows for injury recovery
  • Provides full body workout that sculps, lengthens, strengthens
  • Restores your body, mind and spirit with aquatic therapy
  • Ends with Hot-Tub mini spa
  • Feels great all day!

Come enjoy the water, hydro-fit is exercise that feels good!

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Class Highlight: Cardio Core Circuit

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Boost your cardiovascular endurance and strengthen your core while connecting with new and existing friends and having fun!

Jill Watts

by Jill Watts

Set in beautiful Bee Cave Central Park, each class starts with an exhilarating walk which allows time for social connection with the group.

The class continues with dynamic stretching and strengthening movements before moving into the cardio core circuit.

Cardio Core Circuit will greatly improve your core strength using multiple muscle groups while increasing your cardiovascular endurance.
DSC02992A variety of equipment is used including: BOSU, medicine balls, resistance bands and weights — making for fun and challenging circuits to keep you interested and engaged throughout the class.

I especially love planks and have over 30 variations of plank exercises to strengthen your core! I incorporate planks into every one of my cardio core circuit classes.
Having a strong core is important for:

  •  preventing injuries
  •  protecting your inner organs and central nervous system
  •  banishing back pain
  •  improving posture
  •  helping to perform all other exercises
  •  producing body changing results

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I would love for you to join me for this challenging and fun class! For moms with children, bring your jog stroller for the warm up, then enjoy the workout while your child plays by your side on the playground.

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