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October 15, 2015

 

I am very excited to announce the start of our hot yoga season and would like to take this opportunity to give you a little background on me and what to expect from the yoga program here at Willow Tree!  

 

I stumbled upon yoga quite by chance during a pre-season workout routine for my college ice hockey team.  Most of us laughed through the majority of it, partly because it is just about as opposite as you could get from our chosen sport, and mostly because we were not the picture of balance and grace (at least not without our skates on)!  Over the next several years I continued to have a curiosity about the practice of yoga and took some classes here and there, but did not develop a consistent routine until more recently.  

 

As I continued to play various sports after college, I began to develop pain from injuries I had sustained and a congenital malformation of my hip joints at birth.  After countless appointments to the physical therapist, I continued to have chronic back, hip, and knee pain.  A few years ago when playing hockey in a co-ed league, I was hit on the back of the skates and fell directly onto my back, losing feeling in both my legs for an hour.  I was carried off the ice and taken to the emergency room.  Luckily it was just a bad sprain and I regained feeling soon after, but I had a displaced vertebrae that worsened my pain and made it difficult to lay flat.  At this point I knew I had to change course so I started to incorporate gentler forms of exercise into my routine including yoga.  

 

Some people are born flexible, but I was not one of them and from years of contact sports, I had quite a long way to go.  My thinking started to shift from “no pain no gain” to a kinder, gentler fitness routine.  While I did make progress, I also grew bored with the classes because I craved more intensity.  My form of stress relief and exercise up until this point meant breaking a good sweat or hip checking someone into the boards.  Sitting still and meditating for long periods of time was not filling that void.   

 

During this transition time I went back to school and earned my health coaching certification while increasing my yoga practice by attending more classes and practicing at home.  I allowed myself to learn and grow each day and believed I could heal myself from the inside out.  I spent a lot of time becoming clear on what I wanted and the specifics of what that looked like.  This included the type of music that inspired me, the pace of flow that produced a sweat, exercises that supported flexibility and strength, and most importantly, fun!   I added in weight lifting, aerobic activities tailored to the changing seasons, and discovered the wonderful world of power vinyasa flow yoga!  The pace was more vigorous so it kept my attention with the increased intensity, but it also improved my flexibility, focus, and allowed me to be more mindful and appreciative of my body and life as a whole. 

 

After visiting various studios in the Northeast, I had a clear picture of what I wanted and how I could share it with others.  I began the process of becoming a certified yoga instructor and continued to adapt and grow my own practice.  I was and continued to be challenged by the ever evolving practice of yoga and encourage others to experiment with different styles.  I am excited to either introduce yoga to those who have not done it before or help grow your existing practice to meet your needs.

 

The classes I will be offering at Willow Tree are based on the foundations of power vinyasa flow yoga but are designed for all levels.  The pace may be more vigorous than you are used to so be prepared to sweat and challenge yourself.  I encourage everyone to listen to their body and take breaks if needed.  I will provide modifications as we go along so that everyone can practice in a safe manner.  This style is repetitive so if you come to class often enough you will catch on quickly and probably find that each time it becomes easier.  The atmosphere is laid back and there will be upbeat background music.  For hot yoga, bring a towel and water and wear minimal breathable clothing that is not too loose.  It will be around 90 degrees in the studio so try to hydrate before, during, and after class.  If you have a tendency towards dehydration or headaches, an electrolyte drink can help alleviate these.  The October schedule is posted on our website and the winter schedule starting in November is in the works and will have more classes being offered.  We welcome suggestions on days/times that work best for the majority so please let us know so we can best accommodate everyone.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Join us for a time of community, togetherness, learning, and self exploration! Starting October 8th, the Willow Tree Book Club will meet the first Thursday of each month to discuss the book selection for that month. Book selections are focused on self growth, improving overall health, and gaining new, positive perspectives on life. The group will be facilitated by Willow Tree Wellness & Counseling team members who have advanced training and experience in the health and wellness field. Please read each book selection prior to the meeting date. 

 

Held the first Thursday of each month October-December 5:30-6:30 pm, FREE!

 

 

October 8th:

“The Power of Now”

by Eckhardt Tolle Lead by: Nicole Iacovoni, Licensed Psychotherapist

 

November 5th:

“The Alchemist”

by Paulo Coelho

Lead by: Lindsey McNamara, Certified Yoga Instructor

 

December 3rd:

“Women, Food, & God”

by Geneen Roth

Lead by: Shawn Clavelle,Certified Health Coach

 

 

Become a healthier version of you with the help of WTWC Health Coach, Shawn Clavelle!

 

Shape up and learn strategies for long term overall health. Each week, Shawn will give information and helpful guidance on how to lose weight healthfully and cultivate a health centered lifestyle.

 

Discover a gentler, kinder version of The Biggest Loser Challenge to get into shape! Gain valuable insight on how to lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy, and improve overall happiness in a 4-week series program. Experience the benefits of weekly small group coaching sessions and learn how to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle for lasting change. 

 

You will receive grocery shopping list ideas, recipes, meal planning tips, personal email support from WT Health Coach, Shawn Clavelle, physical activity tracking sheets, free giveaways, and tasty treats!

 

WEDNESDAYs in OCTOBER from 5:30- 6:30 pm.

 

4- Class Series- $65/ pre-registration required

 

Sign Up Today!!

 

August 31, 2015

 

Welcome the cool weather with a little heat and a lot of fun!

 

Join us for a 90-minute vinyasa yoga class in a 90 degree heated studio. Break a sweat, release toxins, and heat up before the cold of winter sets in!

 

The heated room helps the body to warm more quickly, allowing us to go deeper into our postures. We will begin to stoke the inner flame with a series of strong standing sequences, moving into deep hip openers to clear the pelvis. This all-levels practice will be deeply nurturing and cleansing.

 

Our Hot Yoga Workshop will kick-off our regular hot yoga season. Following the workshop, we will offer hot yoga classes each week on our regular yoga class schedule.

 

Saturday, October 17th, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm

Instructor: Shawn Clavelle

$25/person, pre-registration required

 

Call us Today or Sign Up online!

It’s summer and for many of us that means going on vacation!  Not everyone can afford the luxury of traveling to a tropical island or visiting another country so we’ve done some research and found several fun-filled family adventure getaways right here in Northeast PA! 

 

For those of you who enjoy a thrill ride, there are several amusement parks within a reasonable driving distance and most of them have a waterpark section so you can cool off in between roller coaster rides.  Knoebel’s campground and amusement park in Ellysburg is a classic old family friendly park and the closest if you are in Columbia County.  They offer free parking and free admission!  Ticket books are also available at a discounted price at the local grocery chains.  Groups and pets are welcome with the option to rent pavilions for larger parties.   Activities include the amusement park, fishing, playground, swimming, and waterpark.  Rent a campsite or RV site with full hook-ups starting at $46/night. 

 

If you are looking for something a bit larger with higher roller coasters, Hersheypark in Hershey is another great option.  I highly recommend their newest coaster, Sky Rush!  You will enjoy a thrilling 200-foot drop and get to speeds of 75 miles per hour.  They have a great variety of small rides for the little ones as well.  You are not allowed to bring food into the park so you have to purchase it there.  They have an allergen free restaurant for those with special dietary needs.  There is a waterpark included and suited for all ages.  Adult tickets are $61.95 and $38.95 for juniors and seniors.  You can also purchase your tickets at the local grocery chains for a discount.

 

If you would like to take a day trip with the family to get some education about Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage, The Amish Village in Lancaster Dutch County has three different tours to choose from.  Experience the authentic farmhouse, backroad bus tour, village tour, or all three!  Learn how the Amish community works and lives today and learn about their history as well.  Tours ra

 

nge from $9 for an adult and $6 for a child to $26/$13.  All children under four are free. 

 

The most popular natural attraction in PA is Crystal Cave Park near Kutztown.  They offer underground educational tours and are open from March until the end of November.  You will get a 55-minute tour and learn about cave geology while keeping cool in the constant 54-degree underground caves.  A nice alternative to air conditioning on these hot humid days!  They have a rock and mineral shop to purchase souvenirs to take home and an ice cream parlor and café along with mini golf, and panning for your own gemstones.

 

Love hiking and waterfalls?  Ricket’s Glen State Park in Red Rock is one of the most scenic places in PA.  Hike the Falls Trails System and view 22 named waterfalls along the way.  Hiking around the falls can get steep so this may not be the best destination for young children, unless of course, you are carrying the on your back.  Bushkill Falls in the Pocono mountains is another great spot for hiking.  They too have a series of waterfalls along the trails and there is a wildlife exhibit at the entrance to the falls. 

 

Looking for some fun team building or family bonding activities?  Refreshing Mountain Resort in Lancaster County looks like a blast with retreats for families, children, adults, and groups.  Stay in a cozy cabin or just go for a day adventure and learn valuable skills for working as a team.  They have a pool, gymnasium, zip lines, ropes course, climbing wall, and more!  Meals are provided and get a group discount for groups of three or more.  Breathe in the fresh mountain air for a purifying break from the daily grind and return with renewed energy!

 

We may not live on a tropical island, but there are other great options to enjoy what our state has to offer so check one or more of them out!  Visit the websites below for more information on the destinations mentioned above and get away without breaking the bank!  Summer is going fast so plan ahead and take advantage while the warm weather lasts!

July 29, 2015

Autumn will be here before we know it! WT is ready to welcome in the new season with special offerings designed to improve health, form new relationships, stimulate the mind, and detox with a good sweat! Here's what you can look forward to:

 

1. FALL FIT FAST 30-DAY CHALLENGE

October 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th       5:30-6:30 pm each week

$65/person (includes all four classes)

Lead by: Shawn Clavelle, RN, Certified Health Coach

 

 

Discover a gentler, kinder version of The Biggest Loser Challenge to get into shape! Gain valuable insight on how to lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy, and improve overall happiness in a 4-week series program. Experience the benefits of weekly small group coaching sessions and learn how to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle for lasting change. You will receive grocery shopping list ideas, recipes, meal planning tips, personal email support from WT Health Coach, Shawn Clavelle, physical activity tracking sheets, free giveaways, and tasty treats!

 

 

2. COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB

FREE!

 

Join us for a time of community, togetherness, learning, and self exploration! Starting October 8th, the Willow Tree Book Club will meet the first Thursday of each month to discuss the book selection for that month. Book selections are focused on self growth, improving overall health, and gaining new, positive perspectives on life. The group will be facilitated by Willow Tree Wellness & Counseling team members, who have advanced training and experience in the health and wellness field. (Please read each book selection prior to the meeting date)

 

Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 5:30-6:30 pm    Book Selection: "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle, Facilitated by Nicole Iacovoni, Licensed Psychotherapist

 

Thursday, November 5, 2015  from 5:30-6:30 pm, Book Selection: "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, Facilitated by Lindsey McNamara, Certified Yoga Instructor

 

Thursday, December 3, 2015  from 5:30-6:30 pm, Book Selection: “Women, Food, & God” by Geneen Roth , Facilitated by Shawn Clavelle, Certified Health Coach

 

 

3. SWEATY GOOD TIME HOT YOGA WORKSHOP

Saturday, October 17, 2015  from 11:30 am- 1:00 pm

$25/person, pre-registration required 

Lindsey McNamara, Certified Yoga Instructor

 

 

Welcome the cool weather with a little heat and a lot of fun!

 

Join us for a 90-minute hatha yoga class in a 90 degree heated studio. Break a sweat, release toxins, and heat up before the cold of winter sets in!

 

The heated room helps the body to warm more quickly, allowing us to go deeper into our postures. We will begin to stoke the inner flame with a series of strong standing sequences, moving into deep hip openers to clear the pelvis. Complete with a variety of twists to wring out the internal organs and inversions to stimulate the lymphatic system to aid in flushing impurities; this all-levels practice will be deeply nurturing and cleansing. 

 

Our Sweaty Good Time Workshop will kick off our regular hot yoga season. Following the workshop, we will offer hot yoga classes each week on our regular yoga class schedule. 

 

June 23, 2015

 

Join us for a time of community, togetherness, and health!

 

Starting Monday, July 6th, the WTWC walking group will meet every Monday morning at 9:00 am at Bloomsburg Town Park by Kidsburg. The walk will take place either around the park on the walking trail or around the park by the river and surrounding areas.

 

All are welcome…including pets, kids, and strollers!

June 6, 2015

 Summer is nearly upon us and we've come up with some extra special ways for you to relax, unwind, and pamper yourself! 

 

**TWO NEW MASSAGE SERVICES!!!

 

Melt the Stress Away Parrifin Massage Treatment

Receive luxurious care and pampering of your head, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands in this comprehensive localized massage service. You’ll be treated to a tension releasing massage starting at your scalp, traveling down your neck into your shoulders and out through your arms all while your hands enjoy a rejuvenating hot paraffin wax treatment. The service will cap off with a much needed massage on those newly softened palms and fingers. Stress and discomfort melt away in this indulgent treatment which will decrease stress, ease tension headaches, loosen joints, and reduce upper body discomfort. This is the perfect antidote for everyday stresses accumulated by tasks such as driving, sitting at a desk, and working at a computer.  (30 minutes) - $30

 

 

Copper Stone Therapy

The ancient art of stone therapy and the medicinal power of copper combine in this revolutionary service. Copper is an essential trace element whose healing benefits include relief of arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and muscular pain. It is also grounding and facilitates in the development and maintenance of the entire body. Copper stones can be used hot or cold in order to achieve different effects and results.

(60 minutes) - $75          (90 minutes) - $105  

 *Also available as an add-on service to any massage!

 

 

**NEW PRICING OPTIONS!!!

 

Because we believe that self-care works at deeper levels when we make it a consistent part of our schedules, we are happy to introduce our Massage Membership Package!

 

Membership Details:

$59/month (3 month minimum contract commitment required)

Includes:

-One 60 minute massage per month

-Rollover unused massages from month to month

-Free Hot Stone, Copper Stone, or Aromatherapy Add-ons

-Purchase additional massages at discounted rate ($59 for 60 minutes)

-Refer a friend and receive a free 30 minute upgrade for each friend who signs up for our Massage Membership Package

 

And if you have yet to experience a massage at WTWC, we invite you to take advantage of our new Introductory Rates for New Clients!

$39.99 for 60 minutes

$59.99 for 90 minutes

 

 

 

You can learn more about our massage services and options here and learn more about our therapist, Deb Schemery, here!

 

Book your next massage online here!

 

 

 

 

April 8, 2015

 

Our Moon Days Yoga Workshop is coming up on Friday, April 17th. We couldn't resist the oppotunity to ask instructor Jennifer Triassi some juicy questions about feminity, tuning into our cycles, and honoring our bodies. Her answers are insightful and inspiring... enjoy!

 

 

1.       Why do you think that our culture has come to detest our monthly “curse” rather than embrace it as part of our femininity?

 

Today’s women live in a fast-paced world, one that flies by even faster than our foremothers experienced. Many women juggle careers, family demands, multiple extra-curricular activities, and more!

Too often, we rush from here to there, checking things off our list, at the expense of our sanity. Anything that gets in the way of the “Almighty To-Do List” can be bothersome. And the few days before and during menstruation are no exception. On top of our very-full plates, we are now dealing with some not-no-nice symptoms like headaches, cramps, and mood swings…..and still trying to get everything done! We continue to push when our bodies are telling us to pause. This can leave us feeling out of balance, physically and emotionally.

 

2.       Why is it important for women to get back in touch with their monthly cycles? How can our cycles lead us to be more caring and nurturing towards ourselves?

 

Tuning in and truly caring for ourselves is critically important for overall health and well-being. Menstruation is nature’s way of signaling us to slow down, take some time off (or cut back from your regular demands), and check-in with your deepest emotions and desires. Taking this time to honor your individual needs...in body, mind and spirit...can have a profound effect. Think of it as a monthly opportunity for a little R&R, already built-in to your schedule.

 

Bri Maya Tiwari, an Ayurvedic healer, advises women to pamper themselves on the first full day of their period……for instance, no work, no worries, no cooking….to improve their reproductive health.

 

3.       Why should women be more quiet, introspective, and gentle with ourselves during menstruation?

 

Just as the moon waxes and wanes, and as the tides ebb and flow, your body moves through stages of its cycle, from ovulation to menstruation, from a feeling of lightness to a dark, moody time, from creativity to reflection. 

According to Joan Borysenko, author of A Woman’s Book of Life: The Biology, Physiology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle, menstruation is a time of “emotional housecleaning.” 

 

It is our natural opportunity to slow down and turn inward, becoming more in tune with our deepest emotions. As we reflect on our feelings, we become aware of our deepest desires and can confront what’s bothering us and release it, leading to overall health for mind, body and spirit.  

 

4.       How can yoga play a role in how we nurture ourselves during all phases of our cycles?

 

Yoga can help regulate your monthly cycle keeping you feeling more physically and emotionally balanced. Physically, the postures and breathing techniques relax your nervous system and balance your endocrine system. Psychologically, yoga works to ease stress and promote relaxation, so the hypothalamus can regulate your hormones more efficiently. 

 

Yoga offers the time, and the permission, to go inside, to really listen to your body and respond to what you hear.

 

5.       How will this workshop help us to better serve our bodies through our cycle

 

Perhaps you are someone who typically prefers a more dynamic yoga practice, but may not feel quite up to it during this time. In this workshop, we will begin with a flow practice which is more cooling in nature, and designed to support the specials needs of the body and spirit. Then we will move into some longer holds focused on opening the side body and hips, followed by restorative postures using blankets and bolsters, allowing for deep relaxation! Throughout the workshop, Jennifer will discuss and share various essential oils that can be used throughout your monthly cycles.

 

If you'd like to join Jennifer for her Moon Days Yoga Workshop on Friday, April 17th, you can register here.

April 2, 2015

 

Get Swimsuit Ready with the Help of WTWC Health Coach Shawn Clavelle!

 

Shape up for spring and learn strategies for long term overall health. Each Tuesday in May from 5:30-6:30pm at WTWC, Shawn will give information and helpful guidance on how to lose weight healthfully and cultivate a health centered lifestyle.

 

May 5:  Why We Eat: We eat for many reasons. Many more than simply providing our

bodies with energy. The good news is that your success does not need to rely on

willpower or deprivation. Our bodies are designed to store fat, especially when

responding to stress. Thousands of years ago our survival depended on it. Find out

what happens on a cellular level when we eat and explore the many reasons we use

food to avoid pain.

 

May 12:  Craving Deconstruction: Cravings are not the problem. They are the solution to

identifying the reasons behind unhealthy behaviors and unlocking them. Discover the

difference between what a stress craving feels like versus an actual hunger craving.

Our bodies are the best tool we have and if listened to, can act as a GPS for making

healthier choices, if treated with respect and kindness.

 

May 19:  Sugar Blues: Refined foods, added sugars, and processed “food products” do not

support our physical or mental health. They make us gain weight, feel lethargic, and

leave us constantly hungry. Unfortunately, we become addicted to such foods

because of the sugar and chemicals they contain and only crave them more. Learn

how to incorporate a whole foods diet and lose weight, increase energy, and improve

overall life satisfaction.

 

May 26:  Superfoods to Boost: Gain insight on how the chronic lack of micro-nutrients is

fueling the obesity and diabetes epidemic. Losing weight is a process of healing your

body. Learn about several common superfoods that can give this process a boost.

Taste a delicious green smoothie, get recipes, and feel the difference!

 

$15/class or $55 for the 4-week series. You can pre-register online!

 

 

 

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