Can you remember the last time you ate a meal without checking your email or taking a photo of it to share on Instagram? Are you able to watch a television show without tweeting about it? How often do you perform one task and ONLY one task at a time? We’re willing to bet it’s been a long time, which is why the practice of meditation and the effort to obtain mindfulness, is becoming a popular practice.
Whether you want to slow down your day-to-day life and be more “in the moment,” improve your concentration, feel more spiritually connected, de-stress, or just want to sleep better—starting a daily meditation practice may be the answer.
True to its commitment to provide advocacy, support, and to help develop life skills for those who need it in the Essex County community, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) is offering FREE workshops all through January aimed at building focus and purpose for the whole family.
As Baristanet mentioned last week, SOFIA is offering the popular “I’m a SUPERHERO!” workshop for children (6-12) and their caregivers on Saturday. However, the remainder of the community workshops are geared towards adults seeking motivation and focus in the new year. All events are free and held at the Community Services building at 11 Pine Street in Montclair, NJ. To confirm attendance, send an email with your name to SOFIAworkshops@gmail.com. Please put the name and date of the workshop(s) in the subject line.
Nearly everyone has a New Year’s resolution, but statistics indicate that less than a quarter of people will keep their resolutions.
Creating personal change takes effort and support. To encourage individuals and families to make their resolutions a reality, the YMCA of Montclair is holding an Open House for adults at their Park Street Branch on January 10 and offering incentives to new adult members throughout the month of January.
“Everyone resolves to improve,” says Washima Solomon, Health and Wellness Director at the YMCA of Montclair. “We all say, ‘Someday I’ll get on a regular workout routine. Someday I’ll play sports again. Someday I’ll have more time to spend with my kids. Our message is: why keep waiting? The YMCA of Montclair is a place where you can do this today. We’re a community that supports individuals and families in reaching their goals,” says Solomon.
Because personal change can be challenging, it’s important to take steps to make sure you stick with a routine:
This week, millions of Americans are deciding on a New Year resolution to make. An intention of losing weight, eating healtier, being nicer…. Very few will actually stick to it, though. According to a recent study, 92 percent of resolution makers will fail. Still, it’s a tradition and starting the new year off on a positive note is a good thing.
Take our poll and tell us what your resolution will be in 2015:
My name is Georgette Gilmore and I’m 25 years old. I love to kick, STRETCH, and kick!
That’s how I felt after visiting Power Stretch Studios in Montclair and finding out that I am 25 years old in “stretch years.” Take that almost 41 year old self!
Hakika DuBose has been stretching out locals since she opened up her shop a few years ago. She is now at a bigger studio space on Bellevue Avenue and gaining a big client fan base. After a stretch session with her, it’s easy to see why.
Two very fun ways to run off those calories from Thanksgiving:
Fleet Feet Sports’ December pub run is tonight and to kickoff the holiday season with some humor and laughs, you’re invited to put on your ugliest holiday sweater, wear reflective gear or lights for your safety, and join the crowd at 6:30 pm for a three mile run, jog, walk, or skip starting and ending at Just Jakes-Montclair (30 Park St. Montclair, NJ). Meet in the back of the pub. After the run, hang around, socialize, and enjoy happy hour! Food is available for order off the menu.
The holiday season is among us and with that comes, turkey, stuffing, pies, latkes, Kugel, Sufganiot, ham, cookies, and did we mention pies? Add wine, cocktails, eggnog and champagne and by the new year, you’ve packed on extra pounds, inevitably resolving to lose weight. But that’s not going to be you this year, my friend. We’ve reached out to the area’s top fitness trainers for their strategies for staying fit through the holiday season.
These helpful tips offer small changes to keep you on track, while still enjoying holiday fare:
After a brief delay in shipment, the Montclair Health Department will offer a flu immunization clinic on Monday, November 17 from 3 – 6 pm at Montclair Municipal Building (1st Floor Council Chambers), 205 Claremont Avenue.
In addition to the adult vaccination clinics, this year, the Health Department will be vaccinating children ages 11 and older. Minors must be accompanied by their parent.
When you hear about actors giving back and helping others, it’s usually after they’ve tripped into the bright lights of fame, but West Orange native Catherine Geller is starting her career by extending a helping hand.
Geller is 20 years old and currently a student at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and doing advanced film and TV training at Stonestreet Studios. In addition, the Glen Ridge High School alum is one of the founders of the Unmasked Theatre Company, which has a firm mission: “To use elements of musical theatre for social change. We hope to reach a mainstream audience through shattering pre-conceived notions surrounding mental illness while unmasking the inner battles that occur beneath the surface.”
It’s a mission Geller came to the hard way—she struggled with an eating disorder for many years, and her experience led her to put her art in the service of telling stories that are often hidden under layers of shame and confusion. It’s a big goal, and Unmasked isn’t going about it in a small way. Continue Reading