Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is one of the most common genetic conditions in the world yet 95% of people remain undiagnosed.  Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.  People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley.  Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and lip balms.

Researchers are studying the reasons celiac disease affects people differently.  The length of time a person was breastfed, the age a person started eating gluten-containing foods, and the amount of gluten-containing foods one eats are three factors thought to play a role in when and how celiac disease appears.  Some studies have shown, for example, that the longer a person was breastfed, the later the symptoms of celiac disease appear.

Symptoms also vary depending on a person’s age and the degree of damage to the small intestine.  Many adults have the disease for a decade or more before they are diagnosed.  The longer a person goes undiagnosed and untreated, the greater the chance of developing long-term complications.

People with celiac disease tend to have other diseases in which the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells and tissues.  The connection between celiac disease and these diseases may be genetic.  They include:

  • type 1 diabetes
  • autoimmune thyroid disease
  • autoimmune liver disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Addison’s disease, a condition in which the glands that produce critical hormones are damaged
  • Sjögren’s syndrome, a condition in which the glands that produce tears and saliva are destroyed

At Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Barbara Porzio will be hosting a workshop entitled Celiac Disease & the Gluten Free Diet.  In this workshop we will learn about how gluten triggers an autoimmune response in those with celiac.  Undiagnosed or untreated, celiac can lead to nutritional deficiency, intestinal cancers, osteoporosis, miscarriage, and failure to thrive in children.  Come to the Expo and join Barbara for this instructional workshop & learn all about Celiac Disease.

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Raising a Healthy Family

In a time when we’re all surrounded by fast food restaurants & are constantly bombarded with adds that sell fatty foods & soda pop containing high amounts of sugar is hard to gear your family towards healthy living.  The rise of dia-besity, asthma, allergies and mental health issues as well as living in a world of processed foods has given us an undernourished, overfed nation.  Healthy kids need proper rest, exercise, a toxic free environment and real, nutritious foods.

Raising a healthy family doesn’t only include offering healthy snacks and meals.  A healthy family combines fitness, diet, communication and other practices to  create a balance of well-being and happiness. Your everyday habits are what  ultimately shape and form those of your children, so being a good example of  healthy living to your children can help perpetuate better health for your  entire family. Look for ways to raise a family that take your family’s health,  happiness and well-being into consideration.

At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Lis D’Alessandro will be giving a workshop on Raising a Healthy Family.  This workshop will address the health challenges facing children today.  I encourage you all to come & take advantage of this great information that will aid in guiding our families to healthier living.  Come and learn which nutrients are essential for optimal immune system and brain function and why whole foods and supplementation are necessary and key to what our children’s bodies need.

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Living with Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole family & even though there’s the possibility that Diabetes will affect your day-to-day life it is possible to lead a full and healthy life.  Diabetes management is critical to avoid long-term damage to your body.  This treatment plan will vary depending on the type of Diabetes you may have.

People with type 1 diabetes cannot naturally produce insulin, a hormone necessary to process glucose into energy.  This causes blood glucose levels to go dangerously high, causing system-wide damage.  Because of this, the immediate goal of type 1 diabetes management is to provide the insulin you need to bring down your blood glucose level.  Keeping blood glucose levels steady will prevent serious complications such as blindness, nerve damage, organ failure, and/or amputations.

People with type 2 diabetes have become resistant to insulin, creating many of the same problems faced by people with type 1 diabetes. The goal of type 2 diabetes treatment is to regain control over blood glucose levels, and then maintain that control long-term to prevent complications.

Gestational Diabetes develops in women during pregnancy, causing their blood sugar levels to rise. Since this form of diabetes usually resolves itself after childbirth, the goals are focused on managing blood glucose levels to maintain the immediate health of the baby and the mother.

Regardless of the type of diabetes you have, understanding your condition is most important.  Having a good care plan will make all the difference.  At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Maryanne Kesting  will be having an educational workshop on managing Diabetes.  Maryanne’s workshop will cover basic diabetes information, including tips for staying healthy and living with diabetes.  Complimentary diabetes educational materials will be provided along with a free cookbook to be mailed after taking part in the education session.  We encourage you to stop by the expo and take advantage of this wonderful information.

 

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Yoga for Renewal

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits.  Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas.  They also usually include some form of breathing technique and possibly a meditation technique as well.  Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation.  But there are styles of yoga that teach you how to move your body in new ways.

When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast.  That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or “tight” to do yoga.   The truth is,  you’re never too old to improve flexibility.  The series of yoga poses called asanas work by safely stretching your muscles.  This may release the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use, which may cause stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue.  In addition, yoga increases the range of motion in joints.  It may also increase lubrication in the joints.  The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body.

Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body.  That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles.  No matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time.  I myself have been practicing yoga for 12 years & I can attest to its benefits, not only have I experienced an increase in flexibility but also an increase in fluidity which is very helpful for me as a dancer.  I also feel that the practice of yoga has helped me improve my overall health.

Yoga does not only help with flexibility, it can also help to build strength as well.  Styles of yoga such as ashtanga and power yoga, are more vigorous than others, practicing one of these styles will help you improve muscle tone.

But even less vigorous styles of yoga, such as Iyengar or hatha, which focuses on less movement and more precise alignment in poses, can provide strength and endurance benefits.

With increased flexibility and strength comes better posture.  Most standing and sitting poses develop core strength.  That’s because you’re counting on your deep abdominals to support and maintain each pose.  With a stronger core, you’re more likely to sit and stand “tall”.  There are so many benefits to the practice of yoga is no wonder more and more people are open to follow a yoga routine for exercise.

At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Patricia Laufer & Tara McIndoo will be having a workshop about the benefits of yoga.  In this workshop Patricia and Tara will combine movement and theory, using Yoga poses and Ayurvedic principles.

Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to India.  Ayurvedic practitioners approach diagnosis by using all five senses.  Hearing is used to observe the condition of breathing and speech.   Ayurvedic doctors regard physical and mental existence together with personality as a unit, each element having the capacity to influence the others.

According to Ayurveda, it is ‘pitta’ or the body heat that allows body metabolism to work normally.  In order to emerge from our sedentary Winter ways, we need to create heat and an environment of detoxification in all areas of our lives.  Patricia & Tara will be showing us how to accomplish this by the use of yoga.  Yoga for Renewal will help participants prepare for a new Spring.

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NBC’s Biggest Loser Hannah Curlee to Appear May 4th

 

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Biggest Loser Hannah Curlee!

Hannah Curlee

The Biggest Loser Season 11

Sisters Hannah Curlee and Olivia Ward were the first all-female team to win NBC’s weight-loss show The Biggest Loser Season 11. Hannah dropped 120 pounds – almost half her starting weight! In order to shed her excess weight, Hannah admits she first had to get rid of the mental baggage that had accumulated from years of being so heavy.

“When I first got to the ranch, I had no confidence, no self-esteem. I literally hated who I was,” Hannah says. “But Olivia told me, ‘We need this. We want better lives for our families, for the children that we want to have, for our mom and dad.’ So it was all about family.”

Join Hannah Saturday, May 4th on the Main Stage to learn about her journey to health, wellness, and happiness through weight loss. She will discuss maintaining weight loss, food choices and staying motivated as well as offer tips and tricks on how to eat smart and exercise smarter!.

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Volunteer for FREE Admission!

Help us build a healthier community and experience a full day of workshops, seminars, spa treatments, and demonstrations! Rarely is there a better opportunity to lend a hand. We invite you to come on board as a volunteer and help make this year’s event a spectacular success. After your shift, you can attend the Expo as our guest.

Please contact us at: volunteer@womenshealthexpo.com.

Event Flyers

Distributing flyers is a great way to get the word out early about the Expo. Please call (845) 802-7025 or email support@womenshealthexpo.com if you have a business or event where you can distribute flyers. We also offer a downloadable digital version of the flyer that can be emailed to your customer list or posted on your web site.

May 4, 2013

Miller Middle School8:30am-4:00pm

65 Fording Place Rd.

Lake Katrine, NY

 

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Natural Solutions for Menopause

Menopause is not a disease, but a new phase in an older woman’s life, it usually causes ovulation to cease and consequently menstruation stops. This natural progression in life starts many years before menopause symptoms actually begin to show. Hormone levels can fluctuate for several years before eventually becoming so low that the endometrium stays thin and does not bleed. Normally the ovaries start to slow the production of hormones like estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Although estrogen is an important sex and reproductive hormone, it is also present in many non reproductive organs and the body uses estrogen for many other functions, like bone formation, heart, liver breast and bladder function, it is need as well to keep the skin moist and healthy, and to regulate body temperature.

Low estrogen levels causes changes in collagen production, affecting hair, nails, skin and tendons. The skin may become dryer, thinner, less elastic, more prone to bruising and skin itching may occur. 
The main symptoms of menopause are Hot flushes, Night sweats, Palpitations, Insomnia, Joint aches, Headaches, Vaginal dryness. 
 On the long run the shortage of estrogen contributes to developing heart disease, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, tooth decay, and a variety of vaginal complications.

Many of the symptoms and discomforts experienced during menopause can be relieved by using natural home remedies, things like changing your diet and using some very specific herbs have shown remarkable improvements in women going through menopause. 

Neal Smoller proprietor of Village Apothecary in Saugerties and Woodstock Apothecary in Woodstock will be in this years Expo discussing natural remedies for menopause and women’s health issues as well as nutritional and lifestyle modifications that will aid in the challenges of the ‘change of life’ transition.  In his workshop we will learn about the causes of the symptoms of menopause and the natural solutions that are often overlooked. 

Menopause doesn’t have to be a nightmare, it’s all a matter of learning what works for you and what will help relieve some of the symptoms that we experience when we go through menopause.  This stage in our lives should be rich and fulfilling, it shouldn’t be controlled by hot flashes and mood swings.  There’s a lot more to life & we all deserve to be able to enjoy it.

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The Benefits of Pilates

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No matter who you are we all have heard of Pilates and the benefits of this type of exercise.  Most people who have decided to try Pilates have reported improvement in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, abdominal strength, and they have also noticed a decrease in back, neck and joint pain.

Pilates improves mental and physical well-being, increases flexibility, and strengthens muscles through controlled movements done as mat exercises or with equipment to tone and strengthen the body.  In addition, Pilates increases circulation and helps to sculpt the body and strengthen the body’s “core” or “powerhouse”.  This system of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates.  As a nurse in Great Britain during World War I, he designed exercise methods and equipment for immobilized patients and soldiers.  In addition to his equipment, Pilates developed a series of mat exercises that focus on the torso. He based these on various exercise methods from around the world, among them the mind-body formats of yoga and Chinese martial arts.

Joseph Pilates believed that our physical and mental health are intertwined. He designed his exercise program around principles that support this philosophy, including concentration, precision, control, breathing, and flowing movements.  Today, most people focus on the mat exercises, which require only a floor mat and training. These exercises are designed so that your body uses its own weight as resistance.

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Most fans of Pilates say they stick with the program because it’s diverse and interesting.  At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo we will be featuring a Pilates Demo by Body Be Well Pilates owner Chelsea Streifeneder.  She offers Classical and Progressive Pilates Mat with added props to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and posture by incorporating floor based Pilates movements that stimulate the deep “core” muscles of your hips, abdomen, low back and spine. Focuses on breath and improves mental clarity. Chelsea’s approach to teaching is practical, hands on, extremely detailed, incredibly hearted, and accompanied with a bit of humor to keep it light!  Chelsea is passionate about sharing Pilates and strives to teach concepts as opposed to just teaching exercises. She inspires her clients to take what they learn in their sessions and apply it to their every day lives.  Which is what Joseph Pilates intended when he designed the exercises, he intended that people would be able to do these on their own once they’ve had the proper instruction, cutting down the need to remain dependant of an instructor.

Chelsea is excited to help others enhance their health and achieve their fitness goals so they can live life to the fullest!
Pilates isn’t about vanity!  It is about being healthy and having your “Body Be Well”.

Workshops

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Lis D’Alessandro, CHHC
Raising Healthy Families in a World of Pizza and Pop Tarts: 9am-10am, Workshop Room B

This workshop will address the health challenges facing our children today. The rise of dia-besity, asthma, allergies and mental health issues as well as living in a world of processed foods has given us an undernourished, overfed nation. Healthy kids need proper rest, exercise, a toxic free environment and real, nutritious foods. Their bodies can not handle the overload of toxic exposure from over 80,000 known chemicals that we breathe in, take in and come in contact with even prior to birth.

Come and learn which nutrients are essential for optimal immune system and brain function and why whole foods and supplementation are necessary and key to what our children’s bodies need.

Barbara Porzio
Celiac Disease and the Gluten Free Diet: 10am-11am, Workshop Room A

Celiac Disease is one of the most common genetic conditions in the world yet 95% of people remain undiagnosed. Celiac is a multi-symptom, multi-system disorder, activated by eating gluten – proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. Learn about how gluten triggers an autoimmune response in those with celiac,which causes small intestinal damage and often a wide range of recurring symptoms. Symptoms vary and are not always gastrointestinal. Undiagnosed or untreated, celiac can lead to nutritional deficiency, intestinal cancers, osteoporosis, miscarriage, and failure to thrive in children.

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Master Elaine Ward
You Have The Power To Heal Yourself: 10am-11am & 2pm-3pm, Workshop Room B

In this experiential workshop, you will be empowered with Soul Power secrets, wisdom, knowledge and practical techniques to self heal. You will learn and experience:

  • What the Four Power Techniques® are for self healing
  • What Say Hello Healing is
  • Simple, powerful techniques that anyone can do to boost energy, stamina, vitality and immunity
  • Master Elaine will transmit two permanent, priceless divine gifts to every participant. They are:
  • Divine Love, which melts all blockages and transforms all life
  • Divine Forgiveness, which brings inner joy and inner peace

You will also learn how to practice with these permanent divine healing and blessing treasures to maximize the benefits you can receive.

Every participant will also receive powerful group healing blessings from Divine Healing Hands that have been transmitted to Master Elaine. These blessings can transform your health, emotions, relationships, finances, pets and more. Select participants may receive a soul reading and other blessings to remove soul, mind and body blockages for healing and transformation.

I have the power to heal myself.
You have the power to heal yourself.
Together we have the power to heal the world.

Master Elaine is a powerful healer, teacher and soul communicator. She is one of 30 Worldwide Representatives of Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, world renowned healer, New York Times bestselling author and humanitarian. She is also honored to be one of Master Sha’s editors.

With divine inspiration and a compassionate heart, she helps others to identify and understand their life challenges and empowers them with soul secrets, wisdom, knowledge, and practical techniques to transform all aspects of life, including health, emotions, relationships and finances. Master Elaine offers soul readings for life and spiritual guidance, soul healing blessings, including Crown Chakra Blessings, Divine Healing Hands Soul Healer trainings and more via workshops, retreats and personal consultations.

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Neal Smoller
Natural Solutions for Menopause: 11am-12pm, Workshop Room A

Neal Smoller, PharmD will be discussing natural remedies for menopause and women’s health issues as well as nutritional and lifestyle modifications that will aid in the challenges of the ‘change of life’ transition. In this educational workshop you will learn about the causes of the symptoms of menopause and the natural solutions that are often overlooked. In addition, you will learn the truth about Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy and its role, if any, in the menopausal process.

Menopause doesn’t have to be bad. There’s a lot more life to live and it doesn’t have to include excessive hot flashes or unrecognizable behavior. In fact, this stage of life can be even richer and more fulfilling than the past.

Neal Smoller is the proprietor of two fully integrated pharmacies – the first of their kind – Village Apothecary in Saugerties and Woodstock Apothecary in Woodstock. Village Apothecary is an old-fashioned community pharmacy offering personalized service, even curbside assistance and free home delivery for those who need it. A true apothecary, they practice the art of compounding, formulating medications and natural remedies for patients based on patient-specific factors rather than just issuing drugs from the major manufacturers.

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Sherra Pazmino
Amazing Health Benefits of Young Living’s Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils: 12pm-1pm, Workshop Room B

Essential oils have been used by people all over the world for centuries. Genuine essential oils have antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-infectious properties, amongst many other healing compounds. They can be used for many conditions from simple to severe and for general wellness. Essential oils offer a one-size-fits-all healing modality for your entire family: adults, children, pets, and homes. Young Living oils are currently used in many hospitals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America – they can even be used intravenously. Young Living is one of the few full disclosure companies – they are proud of what goes into their products.

Sherra Pazmino is a wellness educator with Young Living Essential Oils. After suffering from an autoimmune disease for years and getting nowhere with conventional treatments, she turned to functional medicine. Her naturopathic doctor introduced her to Young Living Essential Oils and now she is on the path to true healing. Sherra loves introducing people to this therapy and sharing her personal testimonials!

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Maryanne Kesting, MS, RD, CDE
Diabetes Academy (Diabetes 101): 1pm-2pm, Workshop Room A

This workshop will cover basic diabetes information, including tips for staying healthy and living with diabetes.

Complimentary diabetes educational materials will be provided along with a free cookbook to be mailed after taking part in the education session.

Maryanne has been dedicated to improving the health and lives of persons living with diabetes for over 25 years. She is currently working with Novo Nordisk’s Diabetes Education Program to reach out to educate communities, as well as medical practices, providers and their staff on topics that will help patients achieve the most desirable health outcomes when living with diabetes. She directed the first American Diabetes Association Recognized Diabetes Self-Management Education Program in Dutchess County, NY for 10 years, and successfully helped individuals take control and manage their diabetes to prevent unwanted complications. She has also worked at a Joslin Diabetes Centre affiliate in Yorktown, NY in the past. Maryanne believes education is the most powerful tool in the management of diabetes, by helping one to lead a healthy lifestyle and to change behaviour when living with this disease.

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Rose Rubin, PCC, RPCC, MECHC
Be a Creature of Good Fitness Habits: 1pm-2pm, Workshop Room B

Rose Rubin develops small business owners and managers into leaders who transform employees into highly effective, results-producing team members. Her focus is on relationships and communications with subordinates, superiors, peers, and family. Most clients find that if their health and fitness are good, it is easier to deal with life’s challenges. Because of this, most take on fitness goals in order to develop long-standing habits that serve them both at work and at home.

Rose uses a structured approach that has clients “stretch”. They attain results previously beyond their reach. Clients are from many occupations. What they have in common is dealing with their own well-being and dealing with others. Rose comes highly trained, with extensive corporate, collegiate, and professional coach training. She has used her knowledge and skills to develop others for over 15 years and is certified by three prestigious coaching organizations. Rose also has a long history of preparing and delivering lectures, workshops, and college-level courses.

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Yoga for Renewal: 2pm-3pm, Workshop Room A

In this workshop Patricia and Tara will combine movement and theory, using Yoga poses (asana) and Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine) principles, to help participants prepare for Spring renewal.

Heat – according to Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) in order to emerge from our sedentary Winter ways, we need to create heat and an environment of detoxification in all areas of our lives.

Although we set our New Year’s resolutions in January, Spring is when we are ripe to make those changes and start anew! Come explore how to blossom gracefully through:

  • Food choices
  • Yoga poses/Asana
  • Breathing exercises / Pranayama
  • Creating community
  • Keeping your body comfortable

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Patricia Laufer – After many years in a fast paced career as a non-profit manager in New York City, Patricia moved to Upstate New York to find a quieter life. She earned her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in August of 2011 and will complete her 500 Hour Certification in June of 2013. She teaches yoga full-time with classes at the Centre for Creative Education (CCE), Shakti Saugerties, Shakti at the MAC and Shakti Woodstock. Patricia also teaches workshops on Yoga and Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine) principles as well as Partner Yoga. A native of Brazil, Patricia’s detailed pose instruction and joyful Latin flavour create a class that is both safe and fun.

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Tara McIndoo – Tara has been teaching yoga for 9 years and holds her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from the Shakti Yoga School. She began her teaching career in Long Island and moved to Leeds, New York in 2006. Tara has a studio on Round Top Mountain where she teaches both yoga classes as well as wellness workshops that incorporate yoga and Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine) principles. Tara’s classes have a signature feel to them – combining creative sequencing, in-depth knowledge of anatomy and injury prevention, and her easy-going personality.

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Master Elaine WardYou Have The Power To Heal Yourself: 2pm-3pm, Workshop Room B

In this experiential workshop, you will be empowered with Soul Power secrets, wisdom, knowledge and practical techniques to self-heal. You will learn and experience:

  • What the Four Power Techniques® are for self-healing
  • What Say Hello Healing is
  • Simple, powerful techniques that anyone can do to boost energy, stamina, vitality and immunity
  • Master Elaine will transmit two permanent, priceless divine gifts to every participant. They are:
  • Divine Love, which melts all blockages and transforms all life
  • Divine Forgiveness, which brings inner joy and inner peace

You will also learn how to practice with these permanent divine healing and blessing treasures to maximize the benefits you can receive.

Every participant will also receive powerful group healing blessings from Divine Healing Hands that have been transmitted to Master Elaine. These blessings can transform your health, emotions, relationships, finances, pets and more. Select participants may receive a soul reading and other blessings to remove soul, mind and body blockages for healing and transformation.

I have the power to heal myself.
You have the power to heal yourself.
Together we have the power to heal the world.

Master Elaine is a powerful healer, teacher and soul communicator. She is one of 30 Worldwide Representatives of Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha, world-renowned healer, New York Times best-selling author and humanitarian. She is also honoured to be one of Master Sha’s editors.

With divine inspiration and a compassionate heart, she helps others to identify and understand their life challenges and empowers them with soul secrets, wisdom, knowledge, and practical techniques to transform all aspects of life, including health, emotions, relationships and finances. Master Elaine offers soul readings for life and spiritual guidance, soul healing blessings, including Crown Chakra Blessings, Divine Healing Hands Soul Healer trainings and more via workshops, retreats and personal consultations.

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Dancing as a Fitness Program

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As summer approaches many people develop the drive to be more active, we see them engaging in all sorts of outdoor activities such as cycling, rollerblading, jogging and so on. Unfortunately this need to be active diminishes because most people do not want to be reminded that they need to do some sort of work out in order to lead a healthy life style; this is where dancing comes in. Dancing can be the perfect choice for most of us who want to be fit but need a more fun way of achieving this goal.

Dance has always been a great source for exercise, and there are all kinds of dances that now days are great cardio work outs such as hip hop aerobics, zumba and even pole dancing. Sometimes just a simple dance class can be enough to get one motivated to be more active and get in shape.

Most people love a challenge and a good choreography can provide that challenge. It’s not just the challenge of learning a new dance or simply learning to dance but the simple fact that we improve as we practice makes us proud and encourages us to keep going. Dancers have always had lean bodies because their muscles have to be strong, flexible and light. Most people look up to dancers and aspire to have this physique and so by taking a dance class we can gain muscle mass and have that figure most people want. Movements like plies build the quadriceps muscle. Maintaining a flat back while dancing can help tone back and core muscles.

We should also consider that dancing not only keeps us in great shape but also it can make us feel good. When we hear great music we feel connected to the world and we find a way to channel our emotions and be more expressive. Sometimes all we want is to have laugh-out-loud fun and other times we are just looking to relax and unwind. Music does this for us naturally and it leads to movement which in turn leads to dance. It also feels good because through dance we can bond with others. Dance is an activity that we have been engaging in for thousands of years, if we look in history at every culture dance has always been an important part of our lives as a society.

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At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo we are featuring different kinds of fitness demonstrations to show the public how easy & fun it can be to get in shape. Among the demonstrators we have Bryant ‘Drew’ Andrews, founder of the Unique Fitness Dance Company. His Dance Xross Fitness routine is a comprehensive fitness program constructed for today’s youth and their families bringing dance, kickboxing, weight training, and line dance and stretching together in one 60 minute session. DXF keeps participants engaged by using popular Hip-Hop, Pop, Soca and old school R&B music combined with ever-changing movement. Its fun, it’s cool and full of energy. DXF is the perfect recipe for a fun family fitness experience. The motivation behind DXF is to encourage a lifestyle of wellness by providing a work out that can be enjoyed by anyone. As the Artistic Wellness Director at the Center for Creative Education in Kingston, Drew has been able to introduce dance, exercise and wellness to the Kingston Community.

Dance can be fun and is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of any age group regardless of background. It can be as simple or as challenging as we make it, and it’s a great way to get in shape. Try dancing for fitness; I’m sure you will enjoy it no matter who you are.

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2013 Fitness Demonstrations Schedule

Women's Health & Fitness Expo

Candi Ellis

2013 Fitness Demos

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Miller Middle School

8:30am – 4:00pm

65 Fording Place Rd.

Lake Katrine, NY

2013 Fitness Demonstrations: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Dance With Me

Stephannie Costello

9am-10am

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SmartBells

Ujjala Schwartz

10am-11am

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Boot Camp

Mike Romano

11am-11:30am

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2013 Fitness Demonstrations: 11:30 AM – 1 PM

P90X

Justin Frank for Mac Fitness

11:30am-12pm

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Body Combat

Candi Ellis, Kathy Murphy, Suzy Rudolph

12pm-12:30pm

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CX Worx

Candi Ellis, Kathy Murphy, Suzy Rudolph

12:30pm-1pm

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2013 Fitness Demonstrations: 1 PM – 3 PM

Dance Xross

Bryant ‘Drew’ Andrews

1pm-2pm

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Pilates Mat

Chelsea Streifeneder

2pm-3pm

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Yoga For Renewal

Tara McIndoo

2pm-3pm

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