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The 5 Ways to Beome an Ageless Wonder

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December is upon us and we are about to bid farewell to another year.  As 2017 looms ahead, know that being a year older does not mean you have to feel like it!

Science has proven that what we eat, what we do and how we live has a dramatic impact on how long we get to enjoy this earth.  In his book “The Blue Zones” author Dan Buettner revealed 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.  Not surprisingly, eating well was on the list, but so too were natural movement, living with purpose and social interaction.  These elements are inherent in yoga and central to yogic philosophy.

When it comes to staving off aging YOGA is the proverbial FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.  Whether you are building a career, nurturing a family or enjoying retirement, practicing yoga at your age and as you age is essential to ongoing health and longevity.

Here are 5 ways YOGA helps you to be an AGELESS WONDER.

FLEXIBILITY
Yoga increases FLEXIBILITY, reducing the aches, pains and stiffness associated with aging and it maintains space between vertebrae so the spine stays long and straight as you age.

STRENGTH
The weight bearing poses of a regular yoga practice build STRENGTH in every muscle and increase bone density without stressing cartilage and joints common in high impact exercise.

BREATHING
Yoga BREATHING increases lung capacity so you feel more energetic, and deeper breathing leads to lower blood pressure and improved digestion, a common ailment in aging adults.

BALANCE
Statistics show that 1 out of every 3 adults over 50 will fracture a bone in a fall.  Yoga improves BALANCE by strengthening stabilizing muscles and synchronizing communication in the brain.

BODY AWARENESS
Critical to aging gracefully, the mindful movements of yoga heighten BODY AWARENESS so you notice when you slouch or if you are under stress which is a leading cause of heart attacks.

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Aging is inevitable but how well you age is up to you. Learn the Secret to a long life – come practice YOGA at Balance Studio with our dedicated community of teachers and students.

 

 

Thanks & Giving Always at Balance

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Thanks + Giving

Ten years ago, my dream of opening a Yoga and Pilates studio in downtown Cohasset was realized.  My sister Shannon joined me from New Mexico and two years later we brought Barre to the South Shore. In June we expanded, adding a second studio and a beautiful boutique carrying fitness wear, apres fitness attire, jewelry and accessories. Like any business opening and growing Balance Studio required determination, planning and experimentation. But it is not all about business – it is about people and community. We are extremely thankful to every instructor who leads our classes, to every student who comes through our doors and to our community who shares our message of well being with one another, carrying that message out our doors, helping us to grow and reach more people.

Thanks.

We at Balance Studio want to express our profound gratitude and thanks to all members of our community. We are indebted to our team of caring and talented instructors who teach us so much more than fitness. We thank them for their contributions and presence in our studio and our lives.  We are grateful to our community of dedicated students who embrace our special approach to a fit lifestyle. We are thankful for our expanded studio and our ability to offer a diverse schedule of classes and workshops that bring health, balance, strength, flexibility, reflection, meditation, and well being to the South Shore.

Giving.

Every year Balance Studio coordinates a holiday food drive to collect donations for local food pantries. It’s hard to believe that there are so many families and individuals on the South Shore in need. However when you see the faces of the volunteers at the food pantries when we drop off donations collected in our studio, you would understand how much this effort means to them. We will have a list of food pantry items at our front desk.  As you shop for your own family over the next six weeks, please consider picking up an item and make a marked difference in the life of someone in need.

It is Thanks + Giving this month and with enormous thanks we share the dream of Balance Studio with you…a dream that really is all about you, our community and what you have helped us create.

A special thanks to our instructors and staff: Amelia Amy Angela Arianna Ashley Audrey Aveen Barbara Beverly Carissa Darlene Denise Elizabeth Erin Hailey Izzy Jan Jen Jill KateKathy KimS Kim S Keri ॐ Kerry ॐ Kristine ॐ Lissie ॐ Lyn ॐ Lynn ॐ Marlo ॐ Michael ॐ Shannon ॐ Stephanie ॐ Sue SusanB Susan F ॐ Susan JF Tracie Trish  

Balance Studio Teacher Celebrates 20 Years Cancer Free!

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In the summer of 1996, Balance instructor Elizabeth Rogers had just begun her family’s two-week vacation on Nantucket. Her 4 and 7-year-old daughters were excited about ice cream cones, exploring the island’s bike paths and spending long days in the waves at Surfside Beach.

Waking up that morning, Elizabeth’s hand grazed her chest and felt a lump. Despite a clear mammogram the month before, she experienced no doubt – just instant dread and a preoccupation with the tumor in her breast. She returned home to her doctor’s diagnosis confirming what she knew and feared: Breast cancer.

Elizabeth underwent a lumpectomy and six rounds of chemotherapy, followed by three months of radiation. A woman who barely took aspirin quickly found herself attached to an intravenous cocktail of drugs with names so long they included every consonant and vowel in the alphabet.

After a year of chemotherapy and radiation, Elizabeth was still regularly screened, tested and scanned. She faced doctors with grim prognoses, long-term medication recommendations, and no guarantee that the cancer would not return. A silent anxiousness grew inside her, the stress manifesting itself in migraines and a brief losses of vision. A fear had developed, as though she kept hearing an intruder’s footsteps in the dark. The cancer had gone, but the anxiety remained.

April 8, 1998 was Elizabeth’s birthday, and the celebration of a year post treatment. Elizabeth’s neighbor arrived on her doorstep saying, “Come on- you’re coming to my yoga class with me tonight. You need to do this – it will help you.”

Elizabeth had never done yoga before. “I resisted, I had no interest in going,” she recalls. “I didn’t want to leave my family on my birthday night! I didn’t have a clue as to what yoga even was.” But she went – and then slept soundly for the first time in two years. Elizabeth returned regularly, committing to yoga so completely that she eventually trained as an instructor at the Kripalu Center, studied meditation, and became a level 3 Reiki Master.

On August 16, 2016, Elizabeth celebrated the 20-year anniversary of her diagnosis. The date was also a celebration of a life now blessed with nutritional mindfulness, regular yoga and meditation practices, and an empowered state of being.

This month and always, the Balance Studio community celebrates Elizabeth’s inspiring survival, strength and endurance, and we are beyond grateful to count Elizabeth as a member, teacher and friend. She brings a graceful gentleness to the space and offers a genuine kindness to her students. Elizabeth’s Hatha classes are offered on Tuesday evenings and Thursday and Sunday mornings. She also regularly hosts a Restorative & Reiki Workshop, the ultimate relaxation experience.

The American Cancer Society reports that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. We face these odds together – as neighbors, friends, colleagues, family members – and together we work tirelessly for a cure, even as we care for and strengthen ourselves and each other in so many ways, body and soul.

Join us this weekend and help support breast cancer research and treatment.  Friday, 10/21- Sunday 10/23, from 7am-3pm Balance Studio will be donating 10% of all retail purchases to the Susan B Koman Foundation.

 

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