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Here’s what’s happening healthy! Jan. 2017

Here’s what’s happening healthy! I’m sharing and collaborating with many health and fitness professionals in the area. If you have something to share, want to team up, send me an email at I believe there’s room for everyone and we can build better, healthier communities together.

I’ve pulled together a quick list of What’s Happening Healthy Here – (in and around) where you live. Get involved, try something new, meet new friends and get moving! It’s all healthy.

Here’s what’s happening: 

For all those who have entered into the Marathon Sports Winter Warrior Challenge! Keep up the good work! I’m right in there with you. Every day for the month of January walk or run and get outside!

Metro West Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense Training – First Fridays – I love this and may need to pull together a group! “First Friday” is a specialized, women’s-only training event. It will be offered on the first Friday of every month, so you can plan ahead! The classes are taught by Sensei Allison Manzella and accompanied by other certified female instructors. This event is FREE for all women interested in learning about Self-Defense and Jiu Jitsu. Both novice and experienced practitioners are welcome to join. Please feel free to bring female family and friends to the class. Any female over the age of 14 is welcome!

Drumstory – Laughing Dog Yoga  Friday, January 13th 7-9pm –  Story means “store house”. When a story possesses the reminders and meaning we need when we have lost our way they become wisdom stories, sacred stories or places of stored remembrance. It is then that we can reach back into the “store house” of our ancestors to remember and revision what it is we burn for. For all of human history we have been sharing in the oral tradition of storytelling. It was a central vehicle for humans to impart wisdom, entertain, teach and retain information from generation to generation. In the past 100 years this enchanting, educational and heart-warming art has been all but lost on modern culture. Come join us for a mesmerizing evening of wisdom stories and drumming with world traveling percussionist, poet and storyteller John de Kadt. While this event is oriented towards adults, it is certainly also a family friendly magical journey for all kids who love to listen.

John de Kadt is an internationally acclaimed percussionist, poet, and storyteller. John plays percussion instruments from across the globe and has a passion for spoken word, whether it’s in poetry, song, rap, or story. He plays with kirtan artists worldwide and is a founding member of the well-known devotional group The Hanumen. Motivated by a love of the earth, community, and wisdom traditions, John’s poetry and story stirs the heart and awakens us towards a remembrance of ourselves and the wildness of the natural world. His sixth album, Speak, was released in summer of 2016. 

Eat to Thrive – Starting January 17th with Local Healthy Living Coach, Lisa Lewtan and Physician and Wellness Expert, Dr. Janine Pardo. . Eat to Thrive is a revolutionary 10-Day Program to get you on a better track to healthy eating. We will be eliminating Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Soy, and Alcohol for 7 days and then bringing those foods back in simply to better understand how these foods impact YOUR particular body. You have a great chance of feeling less bloated, less hungry, less cravings, more clarity and focus, and you will probably glow.

H.Y.P. Studio NeedhamBreakdown to Breakthrough – Saturday, January 14th 11:00am-12:30pm This 2 Hour Workshop will focus on the fundamental building blocks of a strong practice, from Sun Salutations through Wheel, and how to bring it all together in a seamless sequence, from pose to transition to pose.

Wellesley Wellness Retreat is back for a 2nd year! Saturday, March 4th 8:00am-3:30pm  A relaxing day for Moms to focus on self-care . Grab your friends and come away refreshed and refocused!

H.Y.P. Studio Wellesley – Saturday, March 18th 12:30-2:30pm  GET LIGHT! Arm Balance Workshop  You will be introduced to Bakasana (Crow), Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow), Titibasana (Firefly), Sirsasana (Tri-pod and traditional Headstand), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand), and Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance). Bring a playful spirit, your sense of humor, and a willingness to work safely beyond your limitations with the support of a dynamic teacher and community of fellow yogis. GET LIGHT! is one of our most popular Workshops and will sell-out, so reserve your place in the air today!

Movement  – Want to add a little spice to your workout plan? Pick one day a week to add sprints to your workout.  Try it in the gym, on the football field, on the new track, or in the street by your house.  You get the idea. You can do it anywhere! Sprints are great to rev up your engine and burn some fuel. They are a fav of mine!

Here’s a good workout by the  American Council on Exercise with a warmup and plan to get you started.

For all our friends training for the Boston Marathon, we will honk and cheer you on out there in the streets. Thanks for all you are doing to raise funds for so many wonderful causes.  Let me know if you are running! I plan to do a post with a list and links to charities.

Local friend,  Julia Hicks de Peyster has started The Consciousness Project on FB. Many of our choices are made so quickly that we don’t stop to consider better alternatives. Join in for a year of relearning sustainable, conscious choice.

We have an update from my neighbor and friend, Brice MacLaren who is working to make clean water more accessible for families in Africa. Here’s a link to our previous Inspiring Neighbor post to learn more and here are some very technical videos on how the project is coming along.  Learn more at So many wonderful people doing amazing things!

Keep Well Clinics 2017 Calendar– by Wellesley Health Department

Books – I’m reading Mindset by Carol Dweck, PH.D. and You are a BADASS by Jen Sincere. I figure with those titles, I can’t go wrong!

I’m not so into the whole New Year, New You our industry sells but I do like fresh starts and a good reset to get us on track to meeting our goals. Here’s to a Healthy 2017!

Half Marathon markers