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Getting Back On Track with Learnivore

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Some Much Needed Lifelong Learning with Learnivore

It was a long, cold winter – something I don’t have to tell those of you who stuck it out here (ahem, not you, Mom and Dad), and my daily routine of a good hour plus walk with our dog was disrupted. Okay, it stopped cold…if you’ll pardon the pun. The usual brisk walk became me in all my warmest gear as I begged, cried, and pleaded into the scarf that covered most of my face to my dog to just hurry up already so we could go back inside. It was not my finest hour, or hers, really.

Despite a few trips to the gym and some epic snow shoveling sessions, it was hard to stay on track, and I didn’t. At all. And with the nice weather upon us,  I have no more excuses, just a habit of less exercise. So when the local social network company, Learnivore, offered a class for me to sample and review (any class), I immediately chose yoga. It’s been a while since I practiced daily, and I knew some individual attention would help motivate me.

The super easy to navigate Learnivore site (you can log in with Facebook or an email address) lets you explore classes that are set up under the fantastic headings of Athletics, Arts or Academics. It’s easy to narrow your search by geographic area, too. And each instructor has a profile page so you can read all about them before you even book a class. There were several options for yoga within 10 miles of my home, too. After reading a few profiles, I booked a yoga class with Christie R. – it was easy to communicate through Learnivore to set a time and date.

The morning of the class, one of my nieces dropped by (she is out of school for the year), and I invited her to join me in my class. After checking in with Christie, we were off to my first yoga class in a while. My niece is quite a few years younger than I am, and a terrific athlete to boot, so I was hoping she would distract Christie from my ineptitude. Maybe a little. I needn’t have worried.

Christie Rosen - Yoga Instructor for Learnivore, Boston, MA, Capability Mom
Christie Rosen

Christie is warm and lovely with a wonderful manner, and was easily able to accommodate our two very different skill and ability levels, and somehow managed to keep us focused and on task (we lean to chatty, this niece and I). Christie’s home studio was equipped with blocks, bands and blankets to help with proper positioning, and I did so appreciate the care she takes to make sure each pose is thoughtfully and properly executed. Christie is an incredible instructor – kind, patient, caring and knowledgeable. What a great and gentle reintroduction to an activity I love and will definitely continue. I also noticed there are instructors for Track and Field – maybe now that I’m getting back in shape I’ll join a Master’s team, but first I might need a refresher class or two…

Are you a lifelong learner? Learnivore has classes for the whole family, too. Here’s a listing of the available classes: Screen shot 2015-05-27 at 4.36.35 PM

Athletics
All Air Sports Archery Baseball Basketball Bowling Boxing Camping & Hiking Caving & Canyoning Climbing Cricket CrossFit Cycle & Spin Dance – Athletic Diving Driving & Racing Equestrian Extreme Sports Fencing Field Hockey Fishing Fitness & Training Football Golf Gymnastics Hunting & Firearms Kayaking & Rafting Lacrosse Martial Arts Massage & Physical Therapy Nutrition Other – Athletics Paintball Parkour Pilates Poker & Cards Rowing Running & Endurance Sailing & Boating Self Defense Skateboarding Skating & Hockey Ski & Snow Sports Soccer Softball Surfing Survival & Orienteering Swimming Tennis & Racquet Sports Track & Field Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Sports Wrestling Yoga

Arts
All Beauty Brewing Circus Arts Craft Creative Writing Culinary Arts Dance Design Dramatic Arts Fashion Film Gardening Knitting Life Music – Brass Music – Composition & Arranging Music – General Music – Guitar Music – Low Strings Music – Other Music – Percussion Music – Piano Music – Viola & Violin Music – Voice Music – Woodwinds Other – Arts Photography Sewing Travel Visual Arts Wine & Spirits Woodworking

Academics
All Academic Writing Accounting Alternative Medicine Anthropology Archaeology Architecture Art History Astronomy Biological Sciences Business Chess Child Development Computer Science Economics Education Engineering Finance History Home School Journalism Languages – Chinese Languages – ESL Languages – French Languages – Other Languages – Spanish Law Literature Management & Leadership Marketing Mathematics Medicine Other – Academics Philosophy Physics & Chemistry Political Science Psychology Reading Mechanics Religion Social Sciences Speaking & Presentation Special Education Speech Sustainability Technology Test Prep

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 Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are, as always, my own.

 

The Best Present and an Easy Resolution to boot

The Best Present and an Easy Resolution to boot.

The short answer is health.

The longer answer includes taking care of yourself and your family, and while there are many factors out of your control, there are a lot of things you can do to keep everyone healthy and not so stressed out. My family had some health issues this holiday season, some minor and some not so minor, and staying healthy and unstressed is my goal for us in 2015.

Obviously – the basics always apply. Eat healthy food. Exercise regularly.

Okay, sure, sounds good. What I wasn’t considering was additional body work that affects your overall heath. So while there is no shortage of options and everyone has a favorite, here are a few suggestions –  yoga for working on your core and calming down, Reiki and/or meditation for even more calming, and stretching and massage for overall wellness.  And I love getting a massage, I just don’t do it very often, maybe it’s the frugal thing I have going, or a concern that it takes so much time. But I learned that it doesn’t have to be expensive and a whole day spa experience, it can be a built in wellness appointment that you make for yourself.

IMG_1462Two weeks ago I received a gift card to Massage Envy on Needham Street in Newton, and I made an appointment. While I drive by it on the way to my usual places (Home Goods, Marshalls or T.J. Maxx), I had never been in. And when they called the day before to confirm the appointment, it occurred to me to find the gift card. Sadly, this thought was not acted upon. Fast forward to the next day (surprise) when I realized that I had no idea where the gift card was – great.

I called Massage Envy and left a possibly frantic voice-mail about not being able to find the card – should I reschedule? They called back while I was still in my driveway assuring me that it was fine and to head on over. I’m so glad I did! Obviously my holiday stressed self really needed a re-set and this was the perfect way to recharge, reflect and slow the heck down.

The waiting room was warm, comfortable, quiet and welcoming with sunlight streaming through the huge windows. While I filled out a Massage Wellness Chart, the wonderful people behind the desk gave me a warm neck wrap and some spring water to keep me hydrated. Not a bad start.

Then my massage therapist and I talked about specific areas in which I might be experiencing pain, or would like to address during the massage. The treatment room was clean and pleasantly lit, and the heated massage pad on the table was an unexpected bonus. But the biggest bonus was how I felt post-massage – terrific, calm and centered and much less scattered and anxious. Also, my neck and shoulders felt completely tension free. Evidently I hold some tension in my neck. Go figure.

Massage Envy in Newton has an extraordinarily lovely group of professionals working there, which is evident  in their kindness, energy, and ties to the local community. From the Toys for Tots donation box in the waiting room to the well wishes cards taped to the wall behind the desk, you can just tell this caring group of people will do their best to make you comfortable. Check out the monthly plans – don’t worry, you don’t pay if you don’t go – the session rolls over to the next month or you can gift it to someone else which is nice, too.

From the Massage Envy website:

Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving massage therapy on an ongoing basis, and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-management.

There are over 1,000 Massage Envy locations across North America. So, to find one near you, find them on Twitter or Facebook or go to the website. I think I’ll be better served health-wise if I make this a regular stop on my route. This is a prescription for health that’s going to be easy to fill!

Disclosure: I received a gift certificate for a massage to facilitate this review. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.

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