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Native Vermonter Marla Simpson, M.A., leads us away from negativity and illness and takes us on a journey into the higher realm of positive psychology. She explores how our focus on healing energy, love, light - in other words 'what works and what is actually healing' -- plays a critical role in the recovery journey.
In this show, Marla draws on her extensive lived experience of dual recovery from both mental health and substance use challenges. As one of the last patients evacuated from the Vermont State Hospital when hurricane Irene hit VT in 2011, Marla takes a firm stand against forced medications and coercive methods of treatment. Instead, Marla bears witness to the transformative effects of a clean and sober, health and wellness-oriented lifestyle. Striving daily to model a positive, effective voice for change and healing, Marla urges us "We are all on this journey in life together. Let's work & live in harmony, peace, & love."
A graduate of Middlebury College and Antioch University New England, Marla holds a BA in theatre and a Masters Degree in Counseling. Marla loves cooking, reading, animals, walking, arts, music, movies & spending time with her boyfriend, the love of her life. She is a passionate advocate for animal and human rights believing that 'every animal & human being deserves a safe & loving home.' Marla is a member of Governor's Standing Committee on Adult Mental Health. She works for the Vermont Support Line operated by Pathways Vermont and finds her job engaging, healing & very rewarding. Marla has traveled the world but Vermont is her favorite home.
Greetings Group Fitness Instructor peeps!
As I finished my tai chi practice this morning, I was inspired to record this show.
What's MindBody fitness? What does that even mean? I describe how I interpret MindBody fitness and why it is important that GFIs pay attention to this essential healing practice.
Questions explored include:
How do we adapt a tai chi class successfully to a group fitness format?
How do instructors create a standard format for teaching tai chi to students
Is tai chi for fighting or healing in the group fitness arena?
Can fitness instructors learn to mimic martial arts forms effectively?
Do instructors need to know the martial (fighting) aspects of tai chi to teach it?
How long will it take before you can start teaching a tai chi class?
How is a tai chi class structured for a 30-minute session?
You can connect to me on my Facebook page as MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation.
As the CVO of MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation it is my pleasure to host Group Fitness Out the Box. I've been in the group fitness profession for a number of years and am dedicated to recruiting more instructors and developing creative fitness formats and business models.
Today we cover a variety of topics including
MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation's mission
2015 fitness trend forecasting via ACE website
Online fitness training by Vida
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and yes it has something to do with group fitness
Also, next week Ahmad El will be back with more on the mechanics of Tai Chi. Follow the show to make sure you don't miss the episode. Maybe we will take callers...
Comments? Please post them here or on MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation FB page. Thanks!
2014 was a hell of a year for Paterson N.J. but that was then and this is now, tonight Brent Nation and Ernest Rucker Jr. will go back over the events of the last 12 months that rocked, rolled and ran throught the city. The way forward for Paterson in 2015 depends on the road we choose to travel..Join us as we look ahead to see where we are headed and what mistakes from 2014 we can not afford to make in 2015.... Happy New Year!!!!!!