There are so many exciting things I want to share with you, but I’m using this post to tell you about the most immediate exciting thing. Recently, some really special people have found their ways into my life and it is their presence that has inspired me to re-start my blog. One special person in particular is Ashley Dias: a Penticton local who has been living in Vancouver changing the world with her multiple business pursuits and fitness-focused career. Ashley and I were brought together by another amazingly special person, Jenine Nicholas: a prominent powerhouse of a change maker who brings her passion and enthusiasm into her multiple endeavours here in the community. I could go on and on about these two, but I want to get to the exciting part that involves YOU.
Together, Jenine, Ashley and I have begun a non-profit organization in Penticton called It’s Your Choice. The movement is based on wellness and mental health advocacy, as well as bringing the community together in order to work towards our better selves as a united team. Mind, body and spirit. Collaboration. Movement. Love. Connection. Empathy. These values (and many more, as well as an insane amount of enthusiasm) propel this project forward.
On September 4th at Skaha Beach we will be hosting a free community event that welcomes all. Mental health organizations, community vendors, and free fitness classes will be set up inside the outdoor rink area on the east side of the beach. Live music, a family dance, and motivational speakers are lined up for the day/evening as well. It’s gonna be BIG and it’s gonna be FUN.
In the days leading up to this event, Ashley and I are offering FREE fitness classes at Skaha beach every morning at 8:30am. Monday, Wednesday, Friday is Tabata (a HIIT/high intensity interval training style workout with 4minute intervals composed of 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest repeated 8 times. The workouts consist mainly of body weight exercises, and are customizable to fit all fitness levels. Modifications are offered throughout the class and we get to sweat to some sick tunage 😉 ), followed by some gentle yoga. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Ashley leads BollyX (a dance-based workout that is set to bollywood style music and incorporates traditional bollywood moves).
Join us tomorrow morning at the Saturday Penticton Farmer’s Market on Main St. for a free demonstration (BollyX and maybe some yoga) at the 400 block.
I also teach drop-in yoga at the Lakeside on Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30am. Check in with the front desk for a mat and directions, then meet me on the lawn for a relaxing outdoor class in paradise. $10.00 drop in but I’m open to bribery.
More to come.
Thank you for reading!
Love love love,