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Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

My name is Alwynn Jessica Taylor and I’ll be teaching a Pilates Foundations class every Thursday morning at 8 am at The Source Centre starting on January 9th 2014. I am a certified mat Pilates instructor and my philosophy is that students conquer personal challenges when they are gently guided towards success in a positive and nurturing environment. I do this by providing a warm, caring, comfortable and enthusiastic class setting that fosters learning and enhances success. Students feel welcomed, appreciated and accepted within their physical abilities. I spent the first part of my professional career working in several ad agencies, PR firms and working as an event planner in Toronto. I’ve had the opportunity to live in The Dominican Republic, The Kingdom of Bahrain and Mexico City. I’ve also spent a lot of time in France and Spain. Once I returned to Toronto I decided to take a new path in my career and walk away from my corporate life altogether to embrace a career in health and wellness. It was the scariest decision I made, but the most rewarding on many levels. As Anais Nin once famously said “life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” I took my teacher training certification in Pilates at the nationally recognized Body Harmonics studio. I now wake up, put on yoga pants and help my students learn to connect with their bodies through movement, breath, concentration, control and precision. These are just a few of the principles of Pilates. As an instructor, a strong focus is placed on a supportive teaching style with vivid imagery and encouraging feedback to inspire students to make the mind-body connection to become their best through their Pilates practice. Looking forward to seeing you on the mat     Alwynn Jessica Taylor Q & A with Alwynn   Describe yourself in four words? “Generous, resilient, charismatic & passionate   When you’re not teaching, you enjoy…? “Playing tennis, baking, painting and drinking caffeine”. Not necessarily in that order.   Random quote? “The mind is everything. What you think, you become”. – Buddha   Give us a random fact? “I’m left handed, but play golf right handed.   Desired travel destination? “Too many to choose, today is Mauritius, tomorrow…who knows”.   Why do you love Pilates? “I love Pilates because I can see what it can do for the body, the mind and the spirit. Really, it’s...

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Eating More Fibre

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Featured, Health, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Eating More Fibre

Eating More Fibre

(Image: ‘Red Bean Black Bean Rice Grain’ by khunaspix/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Whether you have been told by a practitioner, or simply heard the recommendation on a TV advertisement, it is likely that you are not consuming enough fibre in your daily diet. The average North American does not consume enough fibre in their diet. The recommendation is to consume roughly 28 grams of fibre per day, but North Americans tend to consume just half that. Too little fibre in the diet can cause digestive problems as well as more serious problems if levels are consistently low. There are two basic types of fibre, insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fibre adds bulk to your diet and aids in normal bowel movements and colon health. Whole grains, bran, nuts, fruits and vegetables are good sources of insoluble fibres. Soluble fibre is found in oats, beans, peas, apples and other fruit, and berries. It has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Fibre’s effects have also widely been studied in what is termed the “second meal effect” of dietary fibre. The second meal effect states that consuming a fibre rich meal not only increases satiety at the time of consumption, but it also has the potential to decrease the blood glucose response in the next meal. This is to say that consuming fibre will make the body more responsive to insulin in a subsequent meal, therefore clearing blood glucose (sugar) from the meal more readily for efficient usage. There are some simple ways to increase your fibre consumption. Read food labels to see whether or not the food has added fibre benefits. Chose whole grain breads, and add vegetables to your meals. Top salads with beans and nuts. When consuming more fibre than normal, it is important to consume plenty of liquids in an effort to minimize gastrointestinal discomfort. Looking for some help in getting on track with your nutrition? A nutritionist can...

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All is Energy Exchange

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on All is Energy Exchange

All is Energy Exchange

(Image: ‘Team Joining Hands’ by adamr/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) It can be easy to overlook the fact that money is just one form of energy exchange. But it is, right? What would it be like if we took this approach in our lives? I’ve found that it’s too easy to get caught up in being in a financial crunch and feeling stuck in a place of scarcity. It can feel like a steep and impossible climb up once inside. So it’s wonderful to see more opportunities for energy exchanges that bypass money all together. Like here at Source Centre. Almost two years ago, we began our energy exchange program where interested and committed people offer their services (light cleaning, laundry, help with flyer distribution, etc) in exchange for Network care. What’s been amazing – beyond having wonderful people join us in our space – is watching them transform their lives! People start out without regular work and then they find good jobs. Or they’re looking for acceptance to a program and they receive it. While it’s sad to have to say good-bye to the people who have generously and graciously enriched our lives and space, it’s so incredible to witness the transformation and the realization of their goals. So, while I’m full of gratitude and delight at exploring the wonders and possibilities of energy exchange .. what I’m also wanting to say is….does this sound like something you may be interested in? We’re always looking for some good people and we’re flexible. All we ask for is a commitment on your part. Feel free to call or email us  for more...

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Notes on a Cleanse

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Notes on a Cleanse

Notes on a Cleanse

We recently co-ordinated a community-wide cleanse at Source Centre . I created a guideline of foods to eat or avoid, along with some tips regarding lifestyle and approach. We constructed a wall display in the form of a vegetable garden; if someone signed up for the cleanse, they would put their name on a construction paper vegetable, and place it on the wall, signifying their commitment. To my delight, over 25 people signed on to cleanse in some way. This result in itself was very encouraging, as many folks broke out of their comfort zone and agreed to cleanse for the first time. It was inspiring and heartening to witness that courage in the face of many deterrents and fears. Food is a sensitive subject, and bears emotional and psychological weight in our lives. Agreeing to change our eating habits is agreeing to change some deeply habitual aspects of ourselves. The most profound results came about midway through the cleanse. Personally, I had more energy, my skin was brighter, and I felt mentally clear. However, two participants in particular had wonderful results that exceeded my expectations and hopes. The following are testimonials from these participants: The first thing I noticed was a significant reduction in bloating, both in my face and around my stomach area. My skin became very clear. I received a number of comments that my face looked “brighter”. I didn’t have any cravings for meat or wheat products. The lighter meals satisfied my hunger and didn’t leave me feeling bloated and uncomfortable. I found I had more energy also. -Rose I had low expectations for this cleanse – it was an idea I’d played with for years but never got around to trying. Leila’s advice was gentle and precise: “you can do it if you want to.” And I did, so I did. Having committed for one week, I told myself I would try for two. The hard part was getting organized for such a drastic shift in diet (I’m an unashamed carnivore) and staying on top of it, but the results were encouraging and immediate. I was more alert, lighter on my feet and emotionally consistent. I woke up earlier each day, ahead of my alarm, ready for the world. By the second week I felt so in tune with my body and empowered by a growing awareness of my body’s wants and needs (many of which I’d previously confused with one another) that it became difficult to imagine reverting back to my old indulgent ways, so I extended the cleanse into a third week. -Phil What is inspiring about these testimonials is that both of these participants had never cleansed before! And yet, they had almost immediate results, and a noticeable shift in energy, appearance and perspective. Cleansing provides so many benefits, not the least of which is learning to listen to your body, and get in touch with your real needs and tastes. The miraculous thing about resetting via a cleanse is that you often realize you don’t want those so-called addictive foods in the first place. The clarity in your body and mind become a state worth maintaining, and a great testing ground for noticing what you truly crave. Being in nature is another great way to get in tune with your body, and calm your mind. Spending time in nature daily is a great way to cleanse your thoughts and reconnect with what matters. This summer, continue to embrace refreshing yourself with a nutritious and fortifying diet, and lots of time...

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