A Time to Play, A Time to Rest

by Joy Keller on Sep 01, 2005

Diversify your class schedule by offering a mix of modalities.

IDEA member Ruby Sneed teaches Restorative Rest at Tri-State Athletic Club in Evansville, Indiana. The 40-minute class is held in a candlelit room, and aromatherapy is an integral part of the session. Participants lie on mats, use eye pillows and cover themselves with yoga blankets. They focus on an object related to touch (e.g., a stone, shell or feather) or taste (e.g., dark chocolate, a lemon drop or peppermint). Sneed teaches deep, conscious breathing and uses imagery while serene music and nature sounds play in the background. “This helps reduce the stress from their analytical minds,” she says. “We explore our inner serenity and emerge feeling restored and rested. I’ve taught for 12 years and have always loved the intensity of a great workout. However, I’ve recently discovered the strength that comes from being still. In these days of physical, emotional and mental challenges, participants love the balance this class creates in their lives.”

The Magdalena Ecke YMCA in Encinitas, California, is reaching out to new mothers with Baby Dance. This class allows participants to try a fun dance-inspired workout while holding their babies in slings or front carriers. Baby Dance incorporates traditional aerobics with world, swing and line dance. The workout includes simple, modified moves, with optional pivots and grapevines. “We also focus on keeping our backs straight and using good posture throughout the class,” says IDEA member Whitney DeSpain, who teaches Baby Dance. “The babies range from 6 weeks to 18 months, and quite often many of them fall asleep by the end of class.”

Poolates merges Pilates principles with water exercise. According to an article in the February 8, 2005, online edition of The Miami Herald, Poolates uses “the water’s natural resistance and small equipment such as balance boards, surgical tubing, pull-buoys and water noodles . . . to target the arms, legs and mid-sections.” Creator Rebecca Pfeiffer, JD, MPH, a former health policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, also offers Poolates personal training sessions.

The Mission Valley YMCA in San Diego offers Yoga 4 Surfers. The class features poses that focus on the abdominals and back muscles. “Practicing yoga will . . . strengthen and stretch all your surfing muscles and improve your endurance, balance and mental focus,” reads the promotional flyer for the class.

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Joy Keller

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 17 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.