Last week, someone asked me where my ideas for this blog and newsletter come from. Well, leading up to publication date, I jot down ideas, and note items I think might be of interest to the people who read it, and which are related to what I do. Some ideas come from other people’s blogs, I pick up ideas from tv and radio, from books and articles I read and from friends. This month, however, much of what I’m going to share with you, came up at a meeting of The Inspire Network.
The Inspire Network is an organisation for women and has members and regular meetings all over the North East. For me, it’s a great way to meet interesting people involved in a wide range of businesses and activities; we share our experience and learn about what others in the network do.
- the importance of self-care from Laura Agar Wilson author of the Wholeheartedly Healthy blog
- a website for those with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
- a free app with articles, hints and tips on emotional wellbeing
- “Embrace” – a film about body image to be shown at the Metrocentre this month. The film will be shown if there’s sufficient interest, so if you’re interested, you might want to book a ticket now.
And finally, a friend told me how her arthritis pain has gone since she started using a mix of gin and yellow raisins. It seems that most people have at least one of the ingredients in the house (and it’s not the raisins which come from health food stores). Here’s an article which explains why it may be effective. And here’s a recipe. Now I’m not necessarily recommending this. I haven’t tried it myself, but I find the idea intriguing. Let me know if you decide to give it a go!
Hoping you have had a great start to the New Year
Best wishes for February
PS. If you’d like more information about the raisins and gin idea, head over to the Health Ambition website where there’s a well-researched article by Helen Sanders on the subject.
Nia move of the month – Punch Down
There are four basic punches: Upward, Outward (forward), Across and Downward. as with the Blocks, they all begin and end in the Ready Position: A or Sumo Stance, knees soft and spring-loaded, hands in a fist with palms up, elbows in, forearms close to your body.
You can sound, “up!”, “out!”, “down!” or “across!” to engage your core and diaphragm.
Punches can help you move quickly and rhythmically. They develop strength in your core and arms and condition your back and legs too! and can really make you feel more powerful. Put on your favourite music and depending on the beat, play with strong, powerful, jazzy and gentle punches.
For Punch Down, start in Ready Position and bring one fist and forearm down in front of your body. The other elbow draws back at the same time.
Move with Ease – Seated & Nia at Woodham
You may have noticed, if you’ve been over to the Classes and Events page of my website, that the seated class at Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre has been cancelled. Unfortunately, the number of attendees was too low to make the class viable. I’m afraid the same was true of the Nia class at Woodham Community Centre.
Nia Classes at Keep Fit Darlington and Pioneering Care Centre
These two classes, by contrast, continue to grow and thrive.
A new block of five classes will start at each venue on Monday 13 February 2017.
A day of taster sessions including therapies and massage, I.T. and language conversation cafe, with a Nia taster and a seated exercise taster.
Details are still being finalised.Check the Classes and Events page for more information closer to the date.
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