Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Zumba is so much fun!

If you are someone who goes to the gym and counts the minutes until your workout is over…it may be time for you to try something different.

I was there once too…

I used to go to the gym and get on a treadmill and within 4 minutes (and I may be stretching that a little to make it seem like I really gave it all I had to make it to 5 minutes…) all I could think of was how long I had to keep doing this to reach the end.

Sound familiar?

Don’t get me wrong.  The gym can be GREAT! Some people really love it and I encourage my clients to switch it up and go if it inspires them. Trying different things can keep you from plateauing in your workouts.

When I found Zumba, my first reaction to the video I watched was “This is AMAZING!! I wanna do this!”

When I found my first class and went my first reaction was (tons of laughter from me) and “What the heck am I doing? I must look like a clown right now!”

The difference between yoga classes and Zumba classes (besides the obvious differences) is this…when you laugh and can’t stop in Zumba..it is fun and contagious….when you laugh and can’t stop in yoga…they kick you out…

I learned that one on my own too

(hence why I also teach Laughter Yoga…Kinda more my style)

After taking a few Zumba classes (started out with one a week), I began to know the moves a little more and fell in love with music and how FAST the class went.  I felt like I just stepped into class and suddenly we were at the cooldown.

BAM!

Just like that I was sweaty, relaxed and DONE my workout!! Felt so good!!

Each week came with more moves, new rhythms and then this class called Zumba Toning started and class was different but still as much fun as regular Zumba.  Then came Zumba Senato!!

What??!! All this from the Zumba Family??

The great part was that this class gave me a new way to continue doing what I loved and a new way to work my muscles so I didn’t plateau in my workouts.

WIN WIN AGAIN!!! THANK YOU ZUMBA FITNESS!

Fast forward to 10 years now…2 years as a student and coming up 8 years teaching.

People often as me “Is Zumba just a fad?”

Honestly, I don’t know…I have been doing it for a decade now and I am not bored and have no interest in quitting. I love it. It is passion. It is play. It is sweaty fun with an AMAZING community of people! I cannot imagine going back to anything else.

I think there are quite a few people out there, just like me, that a decade has passed and we are all wondering where the time went because it is just that AWESOME and easy to get hooked doing it!

Hope you come have some laughs, sweat and groove moves with us all soon! It is NEVER too late to start!

Much love,

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December is on the Way!!!

Ladies!! December is on the way and this means parties, festive cheer, shopping and schedules become jam-packed.

I totally get it. I am right there with you!

Make sure that with all that is going on in your lives that you continue to take care of you during this busy season.  This means continuing to schedule yourself to be at your fitness classes!

YOU are worth it and especially now you must make sure you take care of your well-being by keeping up with your own personal routine too!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Zumba classes are all on for the month of December! No excuses! 🙂

 

Benefits of Movement, Scheduling Notices

Even With Long Weekend Upon Us…Class is Still On!

If you are wondering if we are open and you should come to Zumba…the answer is YES and YES!

Yes! We are open our regular class times and will not be effected by the holiday!  Come join us TONIGHT (Thursday) for Zumba Toning/Core at 7pm and TOMORROW (Friday) for another round of Zumba Toning/Core at 9:30am!

2352 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto!

If you have never joined us before, you are welcome to come in for a FREE class! What a great way to kick off the long weekend! Bring friends, come on your own, whatever works! 🙂

See you soon!

 

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Benefits of Movement, Personal Stories

The Journey Starts with a Single Step….

Before I became a zumba instructor and speaker, I had been searching for something I loved to do. Like many people, I was walking around going from job to job unfulfilled in my journey.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of really great jobs and worked with a lot of really great people….but none of the work I was doing was filling that void I felt.

I started taking zumba to first find a fitness that I would stick to and enjoy as many other sports/fitness didn’t interest me and also because I found myself getting lost in the music and walking away feeling like that void I kept feeling would disappear.

As time went on, I found myself looking so forward to class and for me, at the time, it wasn’t really about the workout anymore, it was about how it made me feel the moment the music came on and my body began to move. It was like I could feel all of the issues I was having during the day just start to fall right off of me and I would be smiling from ear to ear by the end of class.

The more I did it, the more I wanted others to have this experience.  I realized my love for music and movement is what had been missing in my life. I didn’t even have any intention to become an instructor but then at some point, it just happened.

To this day, I still have days that are stressful but the difference is that everyday, I dance it away with amazing women and we laugh and sweat and leave all our worries at the door.  It doesn’t mean that the worries or stresses don’t come back either. Sometimes they do…..and then, I dance again and reflect on what needs to happen and most times I gain clarity on what I am dealing with while I am busting a move!

Becoming an instructor was one of the greatest gifts I could give to myself.   When I hear people say, “all journey starts with a single step”, I totally get it…and then this journey was followed up by a cha-cha-cha and I am forever grateful.

Let me support you in finding the mental, emotional and physical release you want/need in life. If you love music, you will love zumba. Anyone really CAN do it no matter your shape, mindset, physical disability….when there is a will, there is a way!

Let’s discover it together. I am on your side! 🙂

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Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Taking On Over-all Health Begins With a Workout!

I could not be MORE EXCITED to kick off this week with ALL Zumba classes ON!

I cannot wait to dance and play with all of you this week!

I have been learning so much out of a difficult few months how important physical activity really is….not just for physical health but being able to clear my mind and keep moving forward by literally putting one foot in front of the other and sometimes side to side in a Cha-Cha-Cha.

On the days when I really didn’t want to (and yes, even as instructors we have those moments) I got up and went and by the end of dancing for 60 minutes, I felt amazing again and clear-headed to be able to go back to my family and make a difference for them and for me!

Working out, in my opinion, should be a part of everyone’s day.  Whether it be a 20 minute walk in a park, a zumba class, bootcamp, hitting the gym, whatever it is for you that you love.  The point is, our bodies are meant to move so staying stationary at a desk or coming home at the end of the day and sitting on the couch or watching tv, is not what your body actually wants. It IS what our minds “think” we want sometimes, I am not denying that!

If you continue to set up your workout, just like you do your work schedule and have it just become part of your regular routine, trust me, everything will open up for you.

These past few months have been extremely emotional and difficult for me and I am also clear that it would have been ten times worse if I hadn’t gotten up and went to class everyday.  I managed to think clearer, smile more, open to new ideas and find more love than I ever knew was possible just by working out and keeping the happy endorphins flowing.

It wasn’t easy but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT and completely available to you too!

See you this week!

Want more info? Email me!

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Benefits of Movement, Personal Stories

Staying Consistent Makes the Difference….

Staying consistent is the key to success in your own health and well-being.

Have you ever had a situation arise in your life that felt like it was too big to get pass or been so upset by a someone or a situation that you couldn’t even move?  You felt paralyzed?

Speaking personally, this has been a very difficult summer for me.  What has kept me in a highly positive state in the face of it all is continuing my regular work out sessions.  Zumba is also such a powerful group fitness class for not only giving you a great work out but the music will lift your spirits and leave you with a smile on your face by the end of class, no matter how bad life seems to be in the moment.

If it had not been for keeping consistent in my zumba routine (and that means even when I really didn’t want to I would still go), you may have found me curled up in a corner crying.  (I really wish I was kidding when I write that but that really is the truth)

Yes fitness is about getting fit physically but when you find the program that works for you it becomes so much more than just that.  It becomes something you can turn to when life shows up and you are not sure how to handle it.  Through releasing endorphins, blocks that seemed to once be in your way, gather a whole new perspective and you are able to begin to see clearly….to see your life clearly…..to see situations clearly and in turn, gives you new actions that you can take to move forward.

We are only stopped in life when we take no action…………………………

Just like you, I deal with upsets, heartache, challenges that some days I just don’t even know where to begin, except now…where I do begin each and every time, is in a zumba class.  I work through what is right there upsetting me by releasing the endorphins that will help me to think clearly and gain new perspective.

Please come and try out a class and see what I mean.  Leave your stresses behind for 60 minutes and see them with more clarity by the end.

For more information please contact me here:

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Scheduling Notices

No Class Thursday July 21 or Friday July 22

This is a reminder that I am away this Thursday July 21 and Friday July 22 so there will be no Zumba classes on these days.

We will be back at it dancing our hearts out On Tuesday July 26th at 7pm!!

Have a great week/weekend!!

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