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Active Exercise Recovery

You train hard and recovery is an important part of that program.  Recovery is important for many reasons.  Recovery allows the body time to adapt to a workout program.  It allows time for the body to repair tissue that has been damaged working out as well as replenishing depleted energy stores.  It also allows the body the rest required to keep from over training and eventually burning out.

Active recovery really means a day off – from your program.  That means that you take a day to live your life actively or doing a workout that is less intense.  This could be walking the dog, enjoying a yoga class, going for a swim or bike ride, hiking, stretching, or even grabbing a foam roller for some much needed self-myofascial release (SMR).

Rest and relaxation refers to the down time away from training altogether, allowing the body the needed time to do those tissue repairs, strengthen, and replenish.

 


Massage at Eau Claire YMCA

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Members and non-members can enjoy the benefits of massage offered at the Eau Claire YMCA by a great team of Registered Massage Therapists.  If you’re interested in booking an appointment please call Men’s Plus (403)-781-1660 for men’s bookings and the Women’s Plus (403) 781-1661 for women’s bookings.

Member Rates:
25 minutes | $45
40 minutes | $65
55 minutes | $80
85 minutes | $110

Non-Member Rates:
25 minutes | $50
40 minutes | $70
55 minutes | $90
85 minutes | $120

*RMT Receipts are provided
*Prices are subject to change


NEW Yoga Classes @ Saddletowne Y

Calling all Yogis & Yoginis!
Saddletowne is happy to be offering the following registered Yoga classes starting this Spring:

Mondays 4:45-5:45pm
Yoga – Active – Gentle
Starting March 31st
Barcode # 91864

Mondays 7:00-8:00pm
Prenatal Yoga *NEW*
Starting March 31st
Barcode# 93132

Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm
Yoga Active *NEW*
Starting April 2nd
Barcode# 93134

Fridays 12:00-1:00pm
Yoga – Active – Yin Yang *NEW*
Starting April 4th
Barcode# 93137

Call 403-237-2393 to register. Check out our full program listings at ymcacalgary.org.


Free Demo – Family Yoga

Monday, March 25 5:00-6:00pm.  Bring your child(ren) and try this registered class for free!  Enjoy stretching, strengthening and spending quality time together in this calming atmosphere. This class is designed to bring parents and children together to explore the benefits of health and wellness while learning basic yoga postures.


“Y” Yoga?

We hear it all the time, we should do cardio, and strength and stretching and eat well… No one really answers the “how do I fit it in?….”

Yoga is a great way to get the above workout and so much more! Here are some of the benefits a regular yoga class could bring to your life….

Physical: The movements of yoga will carve out a long, lean, strong, and confident body.

Mental: All those deep breaths reset your mind back to its natural state: calm, focused, and sharp.

Psychological: All the focusing inward illuminates our behaviors and tendencies. The same habits we have on our mat are the ones we have in our lives. We see this, and we gain the freedom of choice. Who do I want to be? We get to create or re- create ourselves each day. Regular practice gives you a clear mind and the inspiration and courage to be constantly expanding and improving your life.

Neurological: When your brain is “on yoga” your neurological system is brought back into balance and is conditioned to steer you naturally toward a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are constantly rewired to make whatever we practice get easier. When we practice healthy, balanced living we get more healthy, balanced living.

Intuitive: When there is tension in the body and mind, your intuition gets buried and your body switches to survival mode. Your yoga practice makes space in your body physically, releases tension, and calms your mind, making room for your intuition to float to the surface and guide you.

Creative: Creative juices start to flow when your body and mind begin to release mental blocks. Creativity doesn’t like to come out when there are stressors, whether from physical tension or mental cloudiness. When the stress melts away, creativity can come out to play.

Connected: Yoga is the practice of getting connected. However you choose to view your spirituality, when you practice yoga, you remember that we all are connected, here to help each other, and that we have so much potential when we are kind to others.

It’s not too late to join a Winter yoga program at the Eau Claire YMCA!

Register today by calling 403-269-6701!

Monday – Level 2 – 5:15-6:30pm, Fusion (yoga and pilates) – 6:35-7:35pm, or Level 1-  7:40-8:40pm

Tuesday– Level 1 – 5:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday – Level 1 12:05-1:00pm

Thursday – Level 1 6:00-7:00am

Friday – Level 1 12:05-1:00pm

Source: Copyright © 2012 by Tara Stiles, author of Yoga Cures: Simple Routines to Conquer More Than 50 Common Ailments and Live Pain-Free

 


FREE Yoga Demo Class

Whether you’re new to yoga or have experience and are ready to take it to the next level, come join Larissa for a free multi-level yoga class Monday January 7, 7:00-8:00pm.  You’ll thrive in a peaceful atmosphere while experiencing flexibility, strength, balance, relaxation, stress management and breathing techniques designed to help you on your path of health and wellness.


12 Days of Fitness at the Eau Claire YMCA

On the 7th day of Christmas the Eau Claire YMCA gave to me the gift of relaxation and regeneration.

Give yourself or someone you love a Yoga program this year and help them strengthen, stretch and reenergize their lives.

Beginner to advanced level classes available. For the runner in your life, how about our specialized Yoga for Runners, Mondays 7:40-8:40 pm starting January 7th.

Call 403-269-6701 for more information on this or any of our other programs.


Seasonal Lessons from Nature

Writer Carole-Ann Mobley for Mind Body Green talks about how aligning our lifestyles with nature can lead to relaxation, calmness, and as a result, better health:

“Things will slow down more as trees drop their leaves and plants die back while their root systems dig deeper into the earth. Fall has always been a time of change for me personally. Whether it’s job changes or moving, I always start to feel the shift of things in my life this time of year. When we follow the rhythms of nature, our efforts are in alignment with the flow of the earth and things seem to go easier.”

Click here to read the full article on the Mind Body Green website.


Have Your Best Day Ever

Check out this article on the Prevention website which provides 8 tricks to feeling happier all day long, even during stressful moments:

“In a perfect world, every day would be sunny, we’d never gain weight and our checkbooks would always balance. But instead, stuff happens—and things don’t always go according to plan. Does that doom you to a day of misery? It doesn’t have to, says Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D., director of Life Management at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass., and author of The Mind-Body Mood Solution (Rodale, 2010).”

 

Click here to read the full article by Sheryl Kraft on the Prevention website.


Need a Massage? We can help!

Did you know the Eau Claire YMCA provides massage services? We have a great team of Registered Massage Therapists. Adam and Zibby work out of the Mens Membership Plus. In the Womens Membership Plus we have Karla, Julianna, Ribka, Kelly and Jenn. Both members and non-members can enjoy the benefits of massage, prices are listed below.

 If you’re interested in booking an appointment please call Mens Plus (403)-781-1660 for mens bookings and the front desk (403) 269-6701 for womens bookings.

Member Rates:
25 minutes | $40
40 minutes | $65
55 minutes | $75
85 minutes | $105

Non-Member Rates:
25 minutes | $45
40 minutes | $70
55 minutes | $85
85 minutes | $115

*RMT Receipts are provided
*Prices are subject to change


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