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Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga: Benefits; Fall Retreat!!

Practice of Qigong

Qigong began two weeks ago with Neil on Saturday mornings. The energy during these classes is amazing and I am so loving being the student again. Neil is an excellent teacher and I am learning much from him as he brings his wisdom and knowledge from his Qigong Masters and Chinese Medicine Doctors from Taiwan to our Zen Studio (or outdoors when appropriate) near Fisherville. Thanks Neil for your kindness and caring!



Hope this email finds you well and enjoying things you truly love doing!

In this newsletter you will be introduced to Crystal (above), as she takes over for Amanda (below); know what Crystal's classes are all about; see our 2024 Zen Schedule; and learn about our Fall Retreat.

Meet Crystal Lynn Gratwick!!

Lover of all things outdoors, Crystal has always led an active lifestyle. She started practicing yoga about 18 years ago to alleviate stress and be physically active as a single mom to a sick child. It was on her mat in moments of pure raw emotion and movement that her love for the practice deepened, learning lessons of acceptance, patience, resilience and self-love. Life's ups and downs have kept Crystal practicing on her mat.

Crystal has over 500 hrs of training in the areas of Yin, Mobility & Myofascial Release, Yang, Qi Cultivation, Chair, Anatomy, Prenatal and Postnatal, Mindfulness, Kids & Teen Yoga and Ayurveda massage and treatments.

Outside of her day job, Crystal has her business, Evolution of You, providing group and private yoga, Ayurvedic massage and treatments, retreats and specialty classes.

Crystal is an advocate for accessible yoga and teaches from that mindset. She advocates that every body is different and that each posture should be approached based on how it feels as opposed to how it looks. Her goal is that you leave class feeling good in your own body, connected physically, mentally, and spiritually to yourself and that the lessons you learn on your mat help life off the mat.

Crystal can often be found outside on her SUP, kayaking, walking or gardening at home near Lake Erie with her son Hayden and fur babies.

Amanda's last day here at Zen is sadly fast approaching - June 27. Amanda is our Yin Yoga teacher - a style of yoga that incorporates long holds using gentle yet powerful stretches. She will be taking holidays then preparing for the birth of her second child. We will miss you sooo much Amanda and your beautiful classes and sweet voice!! We look forward to your return!

Her class will be in good hands with Crystal, as she teaches a very similar style of yoga. Evidently, Amanda and Crystal became friends when they worked together teaching yoga in Jarvis. We're so blessed to have both of you amazing and caring teachers here at Zen Country Wellness and I look forward to visiting with Crystal and getting to know her better!

Did you leave behind a black yoga mat?

Or a car phone-holder - found in the parking area?

If so they are here waiting for you :)


Class Schedule

Mondays 10 AM Yoga - Dori

Tuesdays 10 AM Breath Series begins Sept.24

Wednesdays 10 AM Qigong - Dori

Wednesdays 7 PM Yoga - Dori

Thursdays 7 PM Yoga - Crystal beginning July 4

Fridays 9:30 AM Chair Yoga - Crystal beginning July 4

Saturdays 9 AM Qigong - Neil

Register or Inquire Below!

Last class before we break for the summer is July 29.

We'll be back in September! Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date happenings, events and changes. Next newsletter in August.

When weather permits our classes will be outdoors (shade and sun available) so come prepared!

The Breath Series is a six week session that begins September 24. It will have old and new material from our last Breath Series and will focus on breathing techniques, history and science behind proper breathing and meditation. I have been practicing a certain breath exercise since mid April and it has dramatically improved my asthmatic coughing. If you are dealing with allergies, asthma or other breathing issues, arthritis or inflammation, this is a series you won't want to miss.

Open Class Passes

Energy Exchange for Zoom & In-Person

10 Class Pass - $140

6 Class Pass - $95

Walk Ins - $20

First class here is free!

Private Classes

Catered to your needs...

One hour one on one $100

Series of four classes $350

Private Group rates available.


Self Gentleness Retreat

Saturday, October 19, 2024

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

$175., lunch included

Presented by Joyce MInten and Dori Kienitz

Self-gentleness to create: comfort, acceptance, peace, joy, understanding, and a way to awaken the seeds of awareness and mindfulness.

A brief look at our day...Using tools of:

Feng shui to look at health and improve well-being.

Crystals as a healing modality.

Sound chakra healing for alignment and clearing blockages.

Space and energy clearing.

Qigong and Yoga for balance, stretching, de-stressing and alignment.

Forest bathing to connect with nature.

Meditation for the fruit of our practice.

Leave the retreat feeling energized, refreshed and relaxed with tools you can use in life's many moments... and most of all be more present and gentle with yourself.

Register below to save your space!!

Joyce Minten's healing journey began over 25 years ago. She is a Certified Wellness Coach and meditation teacher who practices a variety of holistic and healing modalities. Joyce has a special interest in Feng Shui, chakras and crystals.

Joyce has a wealth of life knowledge and wisdom. Her and I have done retreats together in the past and have been friends for about 12 years. Joyce is a kind and compassionate being. I look forward to "retreating" with her again in the fall!


Crystal's Classes

Yin Yoga

Immerse yourself in the gentle practice of yin. Crystal will guide you through a series of postures, encouraging you to settle into a deeper stretch targeting your fascia (connective tissue). Explore your personal edge as you find stillness in each shape. Deeply release tension as you stretch the connective tissue of your hips, pelvis, spine and whole body.

Classes may combine longer held postures with the assistance of myofascial release balls for added tension relief. Balls will be provided.

Chair Yoga

Come explore various postures from the chair! Chair yoga is an adapted yoga practice that allows you to stay seated while practicing yoga focused poses. This practice is for anyone and is a wonderful way to enjoy the many benefits of yoga while supporting mobility challenges, injury and those looking to take a more therapeutic approach to the practice!

Benefits of Yoga

  • Calms and balances the mind and body

  • Reduces stress and anxiety

  • Increases circulation

  • Improves flexibilty

  • Releases fascia and improves joint mobility

  • Balances internal organs and improves the flow of chi/prana (energy)

  • Improves sleep

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • And so much more!!

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