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Cycle for the Cure supports TGen cancer research

Participants in the 5th annual Cycle for the Cure — supporting cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) — have more than cycling to choose from this year.

Kinesis resistance exercise, yoga and fitness classes will join stationary cycling, or spinning, as part of Cycle for the Cure’s record-breaking efforts to support TGen. 

For spinning enthusiasts, three exhilarating 2-hour indoor cycling sessions are set for May 3, with one already sold out:

•    8-10 a.m. — Gainey Village Health Club & Spa, 7477 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale.
•    10 a.m.-noon — DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa, 18501 N. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale.
•    3-5 p.m. — Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club, 4444 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. SOLD OUT.

Besides spinning, the Camelback Village location also will offer two Kinesis classes and a Yoga class on May 3.

On May 2, the Gainey Village club will offer a variety of fitness classes as part of their “Village for a Cure” alternative for spinning classes.

The Village Health Clubs welcome non-members to participate. Bikes can be reserved with a $200 tax-deductible donation. For details and to register, please go to www.tgenfoundation.org/cycle.

“This year, our Cycle for the Cure event provides even more fun ways to support TGen’s amazing cancer research,” said event Co-Chair Vicki Vaughn. “We are so energized and proud of the dedicated support we continue to receive from our friends and families.”

More than 200 men and women are expected to participate, aiming to raise a record $175,000 for TGen cancer research. Last year, Cycle for the Cure raised a record $154,000, exceeding last year’s goal by more than 20 percent.

A Post-Ride Party, with food, drinks and music by Nate Nathan and the MacDaddy-O’s Band, is planned for 5 p.m. May 3 at Camelback Village. The party is free for riders; $20 donation for guests.

“Spinning participants should look forward to a fast-paced two hours of upbeat music and positive energy, led by some of the best instructors in the business,” said Robyn DeBell, the event’s other Co-Chair. “Please join us to help fund TGen’s cancer fighting research.”

Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen President and Research Director, will be among TGen’s renowned scientists participating in Cycle for the Cure

Using genomic sequencing, TGen helps doctors match the appropriate therapy to each patient’s DNA profile, producing the greatest patient benefit.

“Year after year, these dedicated volunteers find new ways to energize Cycle for the Cure, raising awareness and essential funding for TGen’s research,” said TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff. “Cycle for the Cure helps deliver hope and answers for patients and their families. The dollars raised stay right here in Arizona, where TGen can really make a difference.”

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New fitness studio opens with free yoga

PowerTrainYoga opened its first Arizona location in Scottsdale on Monday, March 30.

The modern 10,000 square foot studio will open its doors to the public with a free month of unlimited access to more than 130 group fitness classes offered each week from March 30 until April 29.

PowerTrain features a mix of workouts including heated and unheated Yoga, Hot Pilates, TRX suspension training, Kettlebells, Barre, Battleropes, Bootcamp, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and more. In an effort to make group fitness more affordable and accessible to people, they will offer unlimited memberships at a competitive rate.

The wide variety of class offerings are geared toward all ages and fitness levels. Aspects of yoga including flexibility and balance are incorporated into every class to promote good health and reduce the risk of injury. This gives members a well-rounded, safe workout with ultimate results.

The facility features a sophisticated environmental control system which monitors the heat, humidity and carbon dioxide levels in each training room. To give members the optimal workout environment, fresh air is pumped into training rooms when needed to increase comfort while reducing fatigue.

“Our goal is to bring group fitness to the community at an affordable price,” said Steve Gregory, PowerTrainYoga CEO. “We want everyone to experience our wide variety of classes, try something new and most importantly, see results.”

With so many classes being offered daily, busy schedules won’t compete with getting in or staying in shape. Members have access to many different class types, giving them a total fitness experience in one location.

PowerTrainYoga is located just north of Thunderbird Rd. on the west side of Scottsdale Road at 14202 N Scottsdale Road #114 Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

For more information, class schedules and details, visit www.powertrainyoga.com or call 805.440.8761.

Photo courtesy of Stelari

Stelari — desert-inspired yoga wear — launches first collection

Courtesy of Stelari

Courtesy of Stelari

Stelari, and eco-friendly yoga wear line, uses the Arizona desert and vintage tarot cards as inspiration for its first collection, “Tarot of the Bohemians.”

Owner Kimberly Roach’s line of free flow tanks use Arizona spiritual center of Sedona for the background of a shirt titled “The Sun.”

“For some people it may just be a beautiful design, but each of our shirts has an intention,” Roach said. “The 9 of Wands” tank is about strength and “The Moon” represents our own conscious.”

The tanks are made up of 94 percent recycled content and priced at $48. Roach said it’s great when you can fuse the fashion industry and taking care of our landscape in one project.

Stelari also sells yoga mat towels for the same price as the tanks and kimonos ranging from $58 to $88.


Courtesy of Stelari

“A lot of my inspiration comes after a yoga practice. Even though I’m crazy busy, I make time for it because it keeps me balanced and is part of keeping the integrity in what I’m doing,” Roach said.

The choice of one’s clothing can be a complimentary element for inspiration and reflection in yoga, an already spiritual practice.

The Stelari girl doesn’t have to be a yogi, Roach said. This line can be worn by a dancer and its softness and style makes it incorporable in everyday wear.

Active wear today has leaned toward bright neon colors, but Stelari wants to keep the neutrals and pastels in this line in its future designs, Roach said. “It’s a little more fashion-forward.”

On stelari.com, a blog also offers customers healthy recipes and even guest personal stories. “This is a lifestyle brand,” Roach said.

“Too much effort, we burn out.  Too much ease, we never reach our potential. When we connect deeply to the core of our being, we begin to move with the flow of life,” Roach said on the Stelari site.

Courtesy of Stelari

Courtesy of Stelari


PowerTrainYoga comes to Scottsdale

PowerTrainYoga announced the opening of its first Arizona location in Scottsdale.  The modern 10,000 square foot studio will open its doors to the public on Friday, March 20th and will initially offer more than 130 group fitness classes per week. They will eventually offer close to 200 classes per week.

PowerTrain offers a mix of workouts including heated and unheated Yoga, Hot Pilates, TRX suspension training, Kettlebells, Barre, Battleropes, Bootcamp, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and more. In an effort to make group fitness more affordable and more accessible to more people, memberships (which include UNLIMITED classes) are just $99 per month.

“All of our classes are “yogacentric”, meaning that each class contains elements of yoga. We believe that flexibility and balance are essential to good health while simultaneously reducing the risk of injury. This is why so many college and professional sports teams require athletes to take yoga classes,” said Steven Gregory, owner of PowerTrainYoga.

The facility features a sophisticated environmental control system which monitors the heat, humidity and carbon monoxide levels in each training room. To give members the optimal workout environment, fresh air is pumped into training rooms when needed to increase  comfort  while reducing fatigue.

“Our goal is to bring group fitness to the community at an affordable price”, said Gregory. “We want everyone to experience our wide variety of classes, try something new and most importantly, see results.”

With so many classes being offered daily, busy schedules won’t compete with getting in or staying in shape. Members have access to many different class types, giving them a total fitness experience in one location. 

PowerTrainYoga is located just north of Thunderbird Rd. on the west side of Scottsdale Road at 14202 N Scottsdale Road #114 Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

For more information, class schedules and details, visit www.powertrainyoga.com or call 805.440.8761. 


Things to do this week: Jan. 12 to 18

Yoga in the Garden
Stick to those New Year’s resolutions to stay fit and healthy by grabbing a friend and heading to the Japanese Friendship Garden for yoga in the garden. Relax while building strength, alignment, balance and flexibility in the garden. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel, water and yoga mat. This event is open to all ages.
Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N. Third Ave., Phoenix, Wednesday Jan. 14, 10 a.m., $15

Second annual Rock Lottery at Crescent Ballroom
On the morning of January 17, twenty-five musicians from bands around the state will be thrown into the Phoenix Rock Lottery. The lottery will determine five new bands out of the participants. Musicians will not know who their fellow band members are until the morning of the event. The new bands will have the entire day to write three new songs and learn a cover to perform that night. Participants include members from bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Playboy Manbaby and Dead Eyes of London. This event is 21 and older.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, Saturday January 17, 7 p.m., $10

“42nd Street” opens at Desert Stages Theatre
The Tony-winning Broadway hit “42nd Street” opens this Friday at Desert Stages Theatre. Following the story of an understudy chorus girl, the musical exposes the obstacles she faces with taking over the spot of the leading lady of a Broadway production. The production includes hit numbers such as “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and the titular number. Reservations are recommended.
Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Friday, Jan. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 8, $22 to $25

Coconino Center for the Arts’ Art Sale
Looking for some new wall décor? The Coconino Center for the Arts begins its 10×10 Exhibition and Sale this weekend. One hundred artists have showcased their work within a frame of 10 by 10 inches. Some artists include Connie Townsend, Sky Black, and Shonto Begay. Prices for paintings start at $100 or will be bid on at silent auction. The viewing opens to the public on Saturday.
Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, Friday Jan. 16, to Saturday, Feb. 14, free

Suns host Timberwolves
In this Western Conference matchup, the Phoenix Suns will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. This Friday night’s game is also the Phoenix Suns Star Wars Night and Orange Friday. Purchase a special ticket to receive a commemorative Death Star basketball in honor of the annual Star Wars night. In addition, the first 5,000 fans will receive a rally towel. For ticket information, visit http://www.suns.com/tickets.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Friday, Jan. 16, $31+

New boutique brings boho-chic to Scottsdale

5 two 3 opened its doors in November to its first-ever retail store in the heart of bustling Old Town Scottsdale, Ariz. Located at the southwest corner of Goldwater Boulevard and Fifth Avenue.  The boho inspired boutique offers handmade, free-spirited women’s clothing and yoga headbands in a myriad of vibrant prints and comfortable fabrics.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the buzzing Scottsdale shopping and fashion scene,” said 5 two 3 co-founder Brittany Garcia. “We believe our clothing and accessory line brings something fun and totally different to the community.”

5 two 3 offers everything from stylish sweatpants, faux fur vests and groovy bell bottoms dubbed “peace pants,” to rompers, vintage t-shirts and yoga headbands. Shoppers can expect to see patterns and fabrics change seasonally. “Our brand is unlike anything you’ll see at the mall. You won’t find the girl next to you in yoga wearing anything like it.”

All items are handcrafted in Phoenix using American made fabric sourced from California. In addition, patrons can feel good about their purchase because the local business donates 5.23 percent of proceeds from each item sold to organizations benefiting women entrepreneurs in developing companies who have their own apparel companies.

Garcia and co-founder Karah Eaton founded 5 two 3, named after the May 23 birthday they share, in January 2013 while working together at a yoga studio in Phoenix. The duo launched the brand modestly with a simple line of yoga headbands they sewed by hand with a thread and needle in their apartments. Today, in addition to the newly opened brick and mortar locale, limited quantities of 5 two 3 apparel and yoga headbands can be found at all Kaleidoscope Juice, Madison Improvement Club and True Hot Yoga locations, and at Pepper Boutique.

5 two 3 is located at 6957 E. Fifth Ave. in Scottsdale. The boutique is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call (480) 946-0856 or visit www.5two3.com.


Sanctuary Hosts Satori Meditation Retreat

For those in quest of a little more Zen, rejuvenation and inspiration this fall, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will host its first dedicated Satori Meditation Retreat Oct. 5-8, 2014. Led by master meditation instructor Sarah McLean, who has directed programs for Deepak Chopra and Byron Katie, among other notable figures, the retreat will unlock the secrets to a more peaceful, centered and fulfilling life. It will include candle light yoga, meditation in motion, and mindfulness practices, complete with spa treatments at the world-renowned Sanctuary Spa, delicious nourishment via elements restaurant, and blissful casita accommodations. The complete retreat itinerary can be viewed online.

Sanctuary’s Satori Meditation Retreat is limited to 12 participants and starts at $2,900 based on double occupancy ($4,100 for single occupancy). It includes luxurious accommodations, meals, seminars, spa treatments, tax and gratuity. A 10% discount is available for double occupancy reservations made by Aug. 1, 2014. The package price does not include alcohol, additional food and beverage, or a daily resort fee and tax of $29.42.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call (480) 624-8513.


Nude yoga classes catch on in Valley

Katrina Rainsong, who teaches nude yoga classes in the Valley, is the author of "R.A.W. Nude Yoga: Celebrating the Human Body Temple."

Katrina Rainsong, who teaches nude yoga classes in the Valley, is the author of “R.A.W. Nude Yoga: Celebrating the Human Body Temple.”

You’re shaking to hold your Downward Facing Dog for just four more breaths and you glance over at your neighbor for a distraction from the weakness in your quivering arms. But in this yoga class, that distraction ends up being more than you bargained for – in this yoga class, clothing is optional and, more often than not, non-existent. Your seemingly innocent glance just instantly familiarized you with the moments-ago-stranger next to you.

Nude yoga has arrived in the Valley by way of Katrina Rainsong, simultaneously striking curiosity and terror into the minds and bodies of Arizonans; this is taking self-acceptance to a whole new level. “A lot of people show the first time as a bucket list kind of thing,” said Rainsong, instructor of R.A.W. Nude Yoga classes in Scottsdale and Tempe. “They come back because there is a refreshing feeling of relaxed freedom in the class.”

Practicing yoga while naked does bring to mind the notion of achieving the ultimate sense of freedom. You do not get much more vulnerable than fully exposing yourself, both literally and figuratively, via a bare-bottomed Happy Baby pose. Rainsong’s classes for R.A.W. Nude Yoga — R.A.W. standing for Revealed, Authentic and Wise — are clothing-optional to ensure her students’ comfort. She does, however, feel that practicing nude allows greater physical comfort “because your clothing isn’t shifting, and on a larger personal scale, you feel more in touch with your surroundings.”

For some, yoga has become another means of expressing style through fun, yet often expensive, clothing. In nude yoga, as Rainsong said, “it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing $10 yoga pants and the person next to you is wearing $80 yoga pants. All those ego structures get stripped away, quite literally.”

There is no structured undressing ritual in Rainsong’s class – everyone is clothed when the class begins and undresses at their own pace. Rainsong herself likes to warm up her muscles and slowly rid of her clothing as she moves through her practice. “It is a symbolized ritualistic expression in removing your layers,” stated Rainsong. Through this expression, she feels “people find a deeper meditative place.” However, sticking to her firm belief in the comfort of others, Rainsong supports students who don’t want to slowly remove the layers and prefer rather to completely de-robe immediately upon the start of class. At the same time, she recognizes that others fear revealing themselves and therefore allows them to remain fully clothed throughout the class. Whether wearing your birthday suit, or Lululemon’s latest pair of yoga pants, Rainsong wants the focus of the practice to be on “community and unity.”

The draw to that sense of community makes itself evident in Rainsong’s co-ed classes. When she began teaching R.A.W. Naked Yoga a year ago, Rainsong estimated the attendance of her classes was 80 percent male and 20 percent female. She began offering a female-only class, but said that, surprisingly, women tend to prefer the male-female balance in the co-ed classes. The scales have evened out and most of Rainsong’s mixed sex classes today are 60 percent male and 40 percent female.

All people interested in trying Rainsong’s class for the first time either have to come to the undisclosed location on the arm of a current student in good standing, or by e-mailing Rainsong herself with an explanation of why you’re interested in the class (which will warrant you an e-mail with the address and time of the class). Every person that attends her class goes through some form of screening to ensure the safety of participants. Rainsong, one of the most effective and supportive yoga instructors in the Valley, makes it a point to provide an environment of freedom and safe expression to students of her R.A.W. Naked Yoga class. She has created a place where, as described by Rainsong, “people find safety and a chance to be vulnerable. How often are we allowed to really feel vulnerable in a safe container?”

For more information on R.A.W. Naked Yoga, visit www.rawnudeyoga.com.

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Rooftop Yoga is back this summer at Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Things are heating up this summer in downtown Phoenix with the return of the Sweat Your Asana Off Rooftop Yoga Series at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

Sweat Your Asana Off_3Approximately 150 yogis pack the rooftop pool deck at the popular weekly event every Tuesday night to sweat and stretch in the Phoenix heat.

Event details:
Sweat Your Asana Off Rooftop Yoga Series
Every Tuesday beginning May 27 through September 2
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
$10 admission with $5 food and beverage credit to LUSTRE Rooftop Garden.
Click here to book your spot in advance. Space is limited.

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Work-It-Out Wednesday: Refresh Your Yoga Routine

Getting bored of your yoga routine? Refresh your mind, body and spirit by taking things outdoors.

Getting out of the studio and into the fresh air offers many ohm-mazing perks you may miss when practicing in the studio.

Being outside and in a nature-based area allows you to engage deeper into your relaxation, putting the mind at ease while stimulating the senses. Moving your yoga session outdoors makes the practice more adventurous and free. It allows you to go at your own pace and focus on what your body needs. You can choose your location based on what’s comfortable for you.

There are many groups and health studios that host outdoor yoga classes and events in the Phoenix area. We recommend Yoga Rocks the Park, which hasn’t posted its Phoenix schedule for 2014 yet. Check with some of your favorite hotels and spas for rooftop yoga. Hotel Palomar is one such hotel that has an outdoor yoga season. As does the Biltmore Fashion Park. There are also different types of outdoor yoga such as hiking yoga and yoga in the park, many of which are posted on MeetUp.com

If you practice outdoors, bring water, sunscreen and a towel to protect yourself from the heat. You may want to buy a thicker mat so you can work on a smooth surface.

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Lana Harris Joins Adolfson & Peterson Construction as Director of Business Development

Lana Breen HarrisAdolfson & Peterson Construction announced the addition of Lana Harris as director of business development for its Southwest region.

Harris has seven years of experience within the commercial real estate industry, most recently as director of business development with Phoenix-based, TP Acoustics.  In her new role, Harris will be responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships in the Southwest region.  She will support Adolfson & Peterson’s regional leadership and market leaders who have significant construction experience in the education, municipal, multi-family housing, senior living, retail, and healthcare markets locally.

In addition to her background in new business development, Harris has experience working in land acquisition, closing coordination and construction supervision with a Texas-based real estate investment firm.  She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas PA.

“Bringing Lana on board is reflective of our desire to build on our 22 year history of collaborating with clients in Southwest,” said Bryan Dunn, senior vice president at A&P. “Lana’s enthusiasm, understanding of our culture, and expertise in developing relationships will serve as a foundation for future growth as we continually innovate in our approach to the market.  We are very excited to have her join our team.”

Jennifer Verma (left) and Anita Verma-Lallian (right).

Vermaland creates Verma Charitable Foundation, Donates $1.2M

Verma Legacy Trust, a subsidiary of Vermaland, LLC, recently made charitable donations of real estate valued at $1.2 million.  The donation was made through the Verma Charitable Foundation at the Arizona Community Foundation. The gift will be used to establish scholarships for underprivileged students and to build a religious retreat center in the Phoenix metro-area.  The retreat center will include yoga and meditation, to promote a healthy and balanced life style.

Kuldip Verma and Binu Verma are trustees of the Verma Legacy Trust.  Their daughters, Anita Verma-Lallian and Jennifer Verma established the Verma Charitable Foundation in honor of their parents.   Jennifer had the initial idea in business school as she was studying the charitable efforts of other large companies.  With this donation, they continue their family’s charitable tradition and company’s reputation for community involvement.

Jennifer Verma holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and a Masters in Business Administration, which she earned with honors from the University of Southern California.  Anita Verma-Lallian holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and is the Director of Marketing for Vermaland.

Vermaland is among Arizona’s largest land owners. Its development portfolio includes high quality commercial, residential, and agricultural parcels as well as utility scale renewable energy projects.  Vermaland has been in business for more than 10 years as a wholesale buyer and seller of land and currently have the largest holdings of 50-1,200 acre parcels in Metro Phoenix.  Visit the website at www.vermaland.com for more information.

Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $500 million in trust and endowment assets

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Buddy Up: Social Workouts Can Keep You Active

Buddy Up: Social Workouts Can Keep You Active

It seems fitting that I follow up holiday eating with holiday fitness. For most of us, this is about balancing family and friends with exercise. If we start before the New Year begins, the extra effort will motivate us well into warm-weather vacation time.

What truly matters

We should never neglect the important people in our lives. They are a reflection of us and us of them. The ones who love us will also love what we do and vice versa — this includes exercise. Much frustration arises from trying to keep our fitness agenda completely separate from personal relationships. When we find something we love, we will make time to enjoy it. And, we should share our joy with others, such as with gift certificates to our favorite class. Or better yet, to your friend or loved one’s favorite class. It’s always fun to have a workout buddy, especially one you love.

Social and active complement each other

For my birthday, I got a group together for a yoga class at a friend’s studio. Some loved it, some did not, but we all appreciated a great laugh. We enjoyed some exercise and important bonding time. Working out doesn’t have to feel like actual work, and we shouldn’t wait for a special occasion to plan a group event.

Another friend got us together to compete in a dancing video game — one that requires actual dancing. Is there anything wrong with celebrating a random Sunday shaking my butt to Pitbull? How about gathering teams for physically inclined charity events? Although running is the most common, there are other programs involving lots of movement, such as Habitat for Humanity.

Parents will also benefit from scheduling household activities. What adults call exercise, children call playtime. We can all learn from children. Give them a chance to pick and lead an activity. Post a calendar and develop a prize system for activities accomplished. The true reward is their improved development and overall growth as a family.

Traveling? Pack your workout clothes, even if you haven’t made exercise plans. Do your best to stick to your regular schedule and try not to sleep in too much. The presence of the clothes and additional free time will either stimulate or guilt us into action — so will the holiday eating.

Searching for variety and blending it with quality time will enhance the holiday season. If this time of year builds stress then it’s an ideal way to let such negativity go. Shifting our busy minds to enjoyable thoughts and connecting with those in our inner circles is a great way to recharge our spirits.

Have a wonderful holiday and a beautiful New Year.


Pilates Isn't Just For Women: Breaking Gender-Specific Workouts

There are no women’s and men’s workouts.

There’s the body you want and the body you need. You want six-pack abs. You need a strong core. There are the exercises you like to do and the exercises you need to do. You like to do biceps curls. You need to do some squats.

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to achieve the body of the moment. The problem is that you only have it for a moment. Unless your lifestyle is directly dependent upon your physique, there is no long-term gain to looking good. Appearance is not correlated to health and wellness. Focus on feeling strong, feeling healthy, feeling happy, and the look will become a welcome consequence.

Do you keep falling back into the same routine? You start your program, obtain some measurable results, and then take a break. You miss what you had, so you start over again and again. Wouldn’t it be more enjoyable to settle into a routine that you love to maintain consistently? It’s time to try something different.

One of the greatest obstacles is how gender-specific physical disciplines can be. Pilates is for women. Powerlifting is for men. No, they’re for whoever loves to practice them. That’s the key. Do what you love. Who cares if you’re one of the few males or females in class? You’re not there for anyone else, so focus on you. This doesn’t mean you have to completely change your philosophy, just tweak it a little. Many disciplines complement one another and will extend years into your active lifestyle.

Ever read about NFL programs and the U.S. military incorporating yoga and Pilates into the conditioning regiments of their athletes and soldiers? There’s a good reason for that. A high-performance sports car doesn’t ride on three wheels. Everything must be in balance.

The same applies to recreational activities, such as golf, tennis and cycling. Benefits can extend beyond the physical by enhancing mental clarity and emotional understanding. We all have bad days, and a good session will bring levity to your mood.

However, before you begin, ensure that you are physically able to attempt something new. Ask yourself if you feel good. If so, are you happy? Yes. Are you hurt? No. Then keep going. Your body will tell you when it’s time to take a break. When you try something different give it an honest try — not a drive-by. Put full effort and enthusiasm into a session, maybe more than once. If you’re heart is not in it then you have certainty and can move on. It never hurts to know your body and yourself a little better.

For more information about yoga or Pilates, visit thebodylabaz.com.

Geo-Fit Personal Training

Geo-Fit Personal Training Combines Yoga With Wine

Need a little motivation to tone the abs and sculpt the thighs? According to Jolene Goring, Geo-Fit Personal Training fitness director, yoga and wine is the perfect mix of health and fun. She isn’t the only one who thinks so.

Wine has been proven to complement yoga. According to wellness guru David Romanelli, wine can help you relax and find your inner peace, which is part of yoga’s mission. Yoga and wine can intertwine for maximum bliss.

Scottsdale-based Geo-Fit offers a home yoga and wine package typically used for birthdays, date night, girls night or just because.

Goring says that her two main types of clients are couples having date night at home or girlfriends getting together for some fun.

“I used to train a lot of husband-and-wife clients who would invite me to stay for wine after their sessions,” Goring says. “One night I was talking with a couple, and they came up with the idea.”

Since post-workout chatting with couples and friends over glassfuls of wine became the norm, Goring decided to implement this duo into her business.

The package is the new craze. Goring says her Thursday and Friday nights are filled to the brim each week with clients who want to stay healthy, but have fun, too. Lots of people around the Valley are making wine drinking a post-workout activity.

“It’s gotten really popular because it’s new and exciting,” Goring says. “It motivates them to know they’ll get wine.”

A typical session lasts for 45 minutes and then the fun begins. Following the workout, there is a wine and cheese tasting to provide a bit of a reward. Also offered are add-ons such as makeup services for ladies going out after, chair massages and facials, to name a few.

“They can choose whether they want more of a relaxing workout or something intense,” Goring says. “Then we do the wine tasting.”

The yoga and wine package starts at $150 and additional costs are assessed based on the number of people and add-ons.

“I’ve gotten fitness in front of a lot more people because the package inspires you to be active,” Goring says.

According to Goring, a lot of people don’t like going to the gym. Visiting clients’ homes bearing wine allows them to get fit in a comfortable atmosphere with a tangible incentive.

“It inspires people because there’s a treat afterwards,” Goring says. “It sets a healthy standard.”

Geo-Fit Personal Training

15678 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, #103
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 510-5305

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Yoga: Pose of the Soul

Yoga is a form of exercise that uses slow movements and stretching. It is good for increasing flexibility & balance, relieving stress and relaxing. Yoga has been used as a meditation technique for thousands of years.

As you exercise, you meditate on what your body is feeling and try to be “one with the universe.” The following photos showcase some of the Arizona’s yoga instructors and students.


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Alicia Beale demonstrates Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose) — Photo: Edgar Cardenas


Alicia Beale’s love of movement as well as her spiritual longings have been constant threads throughout her life. She began practicing yoga at the age of 10 — learning from VHS tapes. Throughout her life, she has been involved in choreography, dance, and ballet and is also a certified teacher of Tai Chi.  Alicia teaches a blend of Ashtanga, Vinyasa and power yoga classes, infused with her own philosophy based on everything from Taoism to Wayne Dyer.



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Jenn Chiarelli demonstrates Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) — Photo: Sandey Tenuto


Jenn Chiarelli‘s journey began through the art of dance. She pursued her dream of becoming a professional ballerina when she joined the Cleveland San Jose Ballet as one of its youngest members. Jenn discovered yoga when one of her colleagues took her to her first class in California. Soon after, she began her study and practice of yoga. Jenn teaches a Vinyasa flow class that integrates her background as a dancer and her love of yoga.

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Yoga Studios Around Arizona

Whether you’re looking to Bikram, Astanga or modern yoga for flexibility, weight loss or relaxation, one of the following yoga studios will definitely fit your needs. These studios from around the Valley come highly recommended by friends of AZNow.Biz.

  1. At One Yoga

    LifePower welcomes yoga students from the beginner of any age to the advanced yogi. The modern and comfortable yoga studios combine the best of East and West to create a peaceful, soothing environment conducive to the incredible benefits of yoga. Whether you are looking for a variety of classes, a wonderful massage or a boutique unlike any other, LifePower is the complete experience.

  2. Bikram Yoga College of India

    40 E. Camelback Road, #108, Phoenix
    Bikram yoga is a challenging series of 26 asanas, or postures, that are designed to systematically stretch, strengthen and restore health to every part of the body. Scientifically designed by Bikram Choudhury, founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India, this 90-minute program is performed in a heated room.

  3. The Bikram Yoga Institute

    7620 E. Indian School Rd., #115, Scottsdale
    The Bikram Yoga Institute was established in 1992, the first Bikram yoga school Arizona. The institute has earned an excellent reputation by providing high quality teaching, a nurturing atmosphere, and a supportive and safe place to heal. The staff encourages students to seek out their true potential no matter their age, shape, size or condition.

  4. Bikram Yoga Tempe

    1825 E. Guadalupe Road, #103, Tempe
    Practice authentic Bikram hot yoga in an environmentally green and air quality clean Bikram yoga studio. Make sure you look for the student who has lost more than 100 pounds or the thousands of students who have changed their lives physically, mentally and emotionally with 30 days of yoga.

  5. Bodhi Coyote Yoga

    6450 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek
    Offering Anusara-inspired beginner/intermediate, workshops, yoga-inspired stretch, advanced flow yoga and yin/flow. Expand your body awareness and stamina. Join the instructors as they weave practical life stories into the poses and fabric of the body.

  6. Dave’s Astanga Yoga

    7950 E. Redfield Road, #170, Scottsdale
    Astanga yoga is a set series of poses sequentially designed to strengthen the muscles and bones, detoxify the body and calm the nervous system. Ashtanga is a classical, traditional series based on yogic principles proven to promote clarity and open the body.

  7. Metta Yoga

    Metta offers many types and styles of Yoga from Kundalini yoga (very traditional) to athletic flow (fitness oriented). Each class experience will be unique to the instructor. It is recommended to try all of the classes for an overall balanced yoga practice.

  8. Omshanti Yoga

    By appointment
    Julie Blew has been a daily practitioner of yoga since 2003, spending one year in solitude before making her way into the studio. She is trained in Ashtanga yoga and inspired by many others. Her classes are filled with powerful flows, music and a place to truly release, surrender and breathe.

  9. SumitsYoga

    SumitsYoga was created by Sumit Banerjee based on his own years of experience in practicing and teaching Bikram yoga and Vinyasa. By integrating the best core principles of traditional hot yoga and Ashtanga-inspired power flow, Sumit created a dynamic, energizing practice that focuses on building strength, flexibility and balance with a holistic approach of nurturing the spirit.

  10. Urban Yoga

    3225 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
    Urban Yoga is devoted to creating a sanctuary of strength and spirit in the heart of the city. It offers a wide range of classes each week in a variety of yoga practices, as well as workshops, seminars and events on yoga and holistic health.

  11. Yoga Breeze

    4705 E. Carefree Hwy., #111, Cave Creek
    Daily yoga classes, yoga teacher training, reiki healing and training, world-class life coaching, nutrition counseling, hypnotherapy, as well as workshops, trainings and special events with international leaders in yoga and spirituality.

  12. Yoga Kamala

    5115 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
    Services range from traditional to modern yoga classes, workshops, monthly yoga spa days, private yoga sessions, Hatha yoga and meditation.

  13. Yoga Pura

    15440 N. 7th St., #1, Phoenix
    Directed by Yogi E, aka Eric Walrabenstein, the experienced and certified teachers are skilled in all facets of the practice, including guiding your yoga postures, assisting you to work safely within the limits of your ability, and helping you to discover the profound and life-changing secrets yoga has to offer in every part of your life. It also offers regular workshops on yoga postures, yoga philosophy, meditation and application of yoga into your everyday life.

  14. Zenergy

    16447 N. 91st St., #105, Scottsdale
    More than 30 classes per week for beginners through advanced. Enjoy an intimate and welcoming environment with small class sizes, excellent hands-on instruction, affordable pricing, and yoga packages that can be shared with immediate family members. Zenergy has a new partnership with Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale. Classes will be offered at its beautiful spa for Zenergy yoga.

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Yoga Studio Is “Blissful” About Expanding And Being Eco-Friendly

Expanding in a recession and going green – impossible?

Not for Blissful Yoga in Glendale.

The yoga studio is establishing three new studios in the next year while utilizing renewable materials and sustainable designs throughout the company.

“In this economy, who knew, right?” says Carrie Clark, the operations manager and a yoga instructor at Blissful Yoga.

Blissful Yoga’s owner, Rosa Rendon, says she had lots of people trying to dissuade her from expanding in the middle of a recession, but she stood her ground.

“I’m really passionate about yoga and bringing it to everyone,” Rendon says.  “I truly thought, even in this economy, I truly thought if we had something really good to offer people would embrace it.  I just went with my heart really.”

The grand opening for Blissful Yoga’s new studio at The Shops at Norterra is Sept. 1, but Rendon isn’t waiting until then to start yoga classes.  The studio is officially open and ready to work out the body and relax the spirit the first week of August, says Rendon, who owns Blissful Yoga with her husband Moises (both pictured below).

With a new studio opening next week, Clark says Blissful Yoga owes its success to the sense of community and philanthropy and a commitment to enjoying life that the yoga studio champions.

“I’m truly excited (about) the welcoming we’ve had from our communities,”  Rendon says.  “We make a point of knowing everybody’s name and welcoming everyone at the door… Even though we’re growing, still our focus is knowing everybody’s name.”

Not only does Blissful Yoga give back to the community with a monthly donation-based class for various charities, but it also tries to give back to the environment by using green products and carrying out green practices.

“(Being eco-friendly) was my first priority when I started talking about building a yoga studio,” says Rendon, whose commitment to being green stems from her desire to provide a better world for the next generation.

The original Blissful Yoga studio, located at 19420 N. 59th Ave., is floor-to-ceiling green.  The floors are made of renewable bamboo and the paint on the walls is low-emission paint, Clark says.

“Every decision (the owners) made, they took that into consideration all the way down to the towels that are in the bathroom are recycled, (and) the paper they print their schedules on is all recycled paper,” Clark says.

The three new locations, The Shops at Norterra, Scottsdale Quarter and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, will also be “green,” Clark says.

The St. Joseph’s location came about when the hospital contracted them to teach yoga in a new studio built for Blissful Yoga in the hospital as an added benefit to employees, she says.

Blissful Yoga offers around 20 types of yoga for beginners to experts including prenatal yoga, Vinyasa, Yen and classes on a Yoga Wall.  Most of the yoga instructors are YogaWorks trained and Yoga Alliance certified.

Rendon is excited and proud that Phoenicians are embracing what Blissful Yoga has to offe


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