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Valentines Yoga

Valentine's Day Heart Opening Yoga and Essential Oils

This unique and special class for those looking to make a deeper connection with ourselves, and each other. As you practice heart opening in your physical body, you can also experience an opening of the heart in your thoughts and emotions. This class is designed to open your chest, shoulders and heart. Come enjoy this relaxing practice combined with essential oils to pamper your sense of smell and experience connection on a deeper level.

Valentine's Day Heart Opening Yoga and Essential Oils- All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat, a blanket for comfort and an open heart!! Members free - $5 for guests Sunday, February 11th 10:00 am -11:00 am with Refreshments to Follow

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Improve Strength, Flexibility and LIFE

By Denleigh Grniet
Contact ANDY with Questions 
Worcester Fitness is launching a brand new yoga program especially designed for seniors on November 2!
Senior Yoga helps to improve strength, flexibility, mobility and balance. It also teaches breathing techniques and body alignment.
Seniors who do yoga have better sense of well being, reduced risk of fall, improved sleep patterns and mood, reduced joint pain, and reduced anxiety.
Register at member services OR please share this with someone you think would benefit from the class!
Class Details
November 2nd - December 21st
Members: $64 or $9 Drop-In​
Non-Members: $76​ ​or $12 Drop-In

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How Yoga Can Change Your Life

By Robyn Dos Santos
If you’ve been contemplating a yoga practice, consider the following findings.  Among the myriad benefits of a regular yoga practice are:
Improved balance, strength, and flexibility
Reduction of weight and body fat
Stress reduction
Increased bone mass and bone strength
Improved cardiovascular conditioning
Prevention of injuries
Restore vitality and youthfulness
Assist in psychological well-being
Promote digestion
Aid in spiritual connectedness
Increase respiratory capacity and efficacy
Improve joint motility
This is not a complete list.  Many yoga practitioners report significant reversals in chronic conditions as well as improved function in all areas of life. Some people who found little or no relief from traditional approaches to health and healing have found that yoga offered real and lasting improvement. Additionally, the scientific and medical communities are now recognizing yoga’s unique positioning as a health and wellness prescription.  Hundreds of random controlled studies (RCT’s) have been conducted that prove yoga’s benefits. And more are being done for a variety of conditions including neurodegenerative disorders and autoimmune conditions.

How it works

Yoga treats the body and the mind as one, integrated whole.  Coming to a yoga practice to increase flexibility in your joints just might evolve into learning to breathe more completely, more effectively.  The emphasis on stretching the body during yoga relieves tension, soreness, and sluggishness. Increased flexibility brings improvements in posture and virtually all movement activities.  Holding the poses strengthens muscle, bones, and joints. 

Breathing is often a key component to practicing yoga.  Since, we are always breathing, learning to expand on the energy of the breath will improve overall health and wellness, while reducing the effects of stress.   This breath awareness, which can be done one minute at a time, can lead to a sense of stillness, of letting go to the peaceful, undisturbed part of the mind.  Yoga’s mental and psychological benefits arise from this place, of creating new ways of thinking and doing.  Over time, this process of thought renewal can assist in working towards behavior changes (changing old habits, looking at everyday situations in a more objective way).

With its’ skillful and mindful approach to delivery, yoga can be tailored to meet the needs of anyone.  Yes, anyone can practice yoga.  And they do.  Whether you are currently healthy, recovering from illness or injury, young, old, overweight or not, the components of yoga will meet you exactly where you are at this current moment in time.  In fact, that presence, and  an acceptance of the state of the body and the mind is a powerful tool of yoga.  While working with the physical poses of yoga (the asanas), all thought is on feeling the sensations within the body. This asks that the mind take time off from the regular, habitual thought patterns and allow for a sense of freedom, of openness to possibilities.  (in yoga, this is often referred to as “A beginner’s mind”, sometimes the best place to be!)

Yoga is a path, a journey.  Staying on the path, devoting some time,  and having faith can take you far.

Bring a Friend to Yoga!

By Andrea MacDonald Shliapa
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Worcester Fitness is celebrating National Yoga Month by inviting our members to bring a friend or family member to the club with them to take as many yoga classes as they like!

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Bring a Guest To Yoga for Free

September is National Yoga Month.

Do you have a friend or family member that hasn’t yet discovered their own inner yogi? There is NO better time than National Yoga Month to give someone the gift of improved flexibility and inner peace. That's why we invite you to bring your friend to Worcester Fitness for a class between now and September 30!

“Each body is a universe. As good a universe as you could conceive.”

Plus a Chance to Win!

In addition to free classes for friends and family members, Worcester Fitness is giving one lucky guest a FREE months Yoga pass! Every guest who joins a Worcester Fitness member for a yoga class between September 18th and September 30th will be entered into a drawing to win a one month yoga class pass.

Plus--the member who brought the winning guest in to Worcester Fitness will ALSO win a one-hour massage!

Join Us for Yoga For A Cause

Everyone is invited to join us for our October Yoga for a Cause!

October 7th
Yoga for A Cause: Breast Cancer Awareness
$5 for non-members
Donations happily accepted for Dana Farber Cancer Center!


By Worcester Fitness
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of our own, Meg Paradis, who was diagnosed in the Spring has undergone treatments and recently returned to teaching at Worcester Fitness. She wants to give back to the community that has supported her during the previous several months by hosting special events in October. The event will take place in the first week of October and is designed to raise fund for Dana-Farber Cancer Center and to raise awareness during BCAM.

Day 1

Day 1: Monday October 2nd Kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Week at Worcester Fitness. Representatives from DFCC and the Jimmy Fund will be in our lobby from 4pm to 7pm with vital information, prizes, giveaways and fun. There may be chair massages and other fun activities.

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Day 2

Tuesday October 3rd is the "Knockout 90 for Breast Cancer" event from 6-8pm, with an informal party to follow in MacDonald's Tavern. In this event, 60 people sign up to do a 90 minute workout. Every 30 minutes each group of 20 moves from one room to the other, from SPIN to STRENGTH to CAMP. The donation is just $20 per person and spots are reserved at the front desk at Worcester Fitness. The event is open to the public, sign ups start after Labor Day for members, and sign ups for the public open Monday 9/11.

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Day 3

Saturday October 7th is Yoga for A Cause at 10am. $5 for the public, free for members but donations are encouraged and all funds sent to Dana Farber.

If you are interested in participating in the Worcester Fitness Knockout 90 program, we want to hear from you!

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Yoga for a Cause • August

On Saturday, August 5th, Worcester Fitness will be offering our monthly Yoga for a Cause class with all proceeds going to Ivy Child!
This class is open to the community so anyone can come to the class—$5 will gets you in the door for the class and it will automatically go to Ivy Child! There will also be a donation basket in class.


SATURDAY Yoga Class (to support Ivy Child)
Worcester Fitness, Grove Street
Price: $5 for Non-Worcester Fitness Members (all proceeds go to Ivy Child) & Free for Worcester Fitness Members.

This is open to anyone—you don’t have to be aWorcester Fitness Member to participate.

Bring: your own mat (blocks and straps are available at the gym), water, & any donation you want to make to Ivy Child

About Ivy Child International

Ivy Child International is a Massachusetts-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit devoted to universal mindfulness education, prioritizing the multicultural needs of children and communities. They bring culturally-tailored programs to diverse educational systems and communities, with a special focus on urban populations.

Learn more at IVYCHILD.ORG

INSTRUCTOR - Lilly Sarmiento Caruso

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Yoga for a Cause

On Saturday (July 1st) from 10-11am, Jeanine Skorinko will be teaching a yoga class at Worcester Fitness with all proceeds from this class to support Veteran’s Inc. Yoga For a Cause at Worcester Fitness is open to anyone in the community. $5 will gets you in the door (and into the class) and that fee will go directly to Veteran’s Inc. There will also be a donation basket at the class if individuals want to donate any additional amount.


Saturday Yoga Class (to support Veteran’s Inc.)

Time: 10-11am

Where: Worcester Fitness, Grove Street

Price: $5 for Non-Worcester Fitness Members (all proceeds go to Veteran’s Inc.) & Free for Worcester Fitness Members. This is open to anyone—you don’t have to be a Worcester Fitness Member to participate

Bring: your own mat (blocks and straps are available at the gym), water, & any donation you want to make to Veteran’s Inc.


Yoga in an active, safe, and inclusive environment that incorporates mindful movements and breathing techniques with stories and games. In this class every child will feel supported and encouraged.  It will help kids grow confidence, promote healthy bodies, coordination/balance, and improve concentration. In addition this will help preteens learn how to cope with the pressures of school, and emotional “ups and downs.”


INSTRUCTOR - DENLEIGH • Classes start April 11, 2017

Tuesday’s • 9:30am ages 2-5 • Wednesday’s 5pm ages 6-12
Free to members.  $10 for non members.

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Practicing Yoga

By Robyn dos Santos, Yoga Instructor, Licensed Therapist and Counselor
Worcester Fitness 

As the winter months come to a close, many of us begin to plan a well-deserved vacation. Good vacations often include a chance to renew ourselves, to simply exist in a relaxing environment without the demands of everyday life and the expectations of others. We look forward to new experiences of our choice, and opportunities for play. We never want vacations to end.

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Practicing Yoga offers renewal at the levels of mind, body, and spirit.

Beginner's Mind

In many ways, the practice of yoga can be like a vacation from the stressors of life, the demands put upon our bodies and minds which can become excessive and cumulative. When we choose to enter a yoga practice with the simple intention of being curious and open to new experiences, free from expectations (called “a beginner’s mind’), each class has the potential to put us in touch with ourselves at a deeper level, increasing self-awareness of the sources and sensations of our stress.

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Practicing the yoga postures, (asanas) encourage us to attend to the multiple sensations...


Practicing the yoga postures, (asanas) encourage us to attend to the multiple sensations; the slow, rhythmic movements of the body, as it moves in and out of the postures.  This asks us to be attentive to the present moment, the “here and now”.  It allows the opportunity to let go of repetitive thought patterns and worries.

The breathing component of yoga practice focuses on energizing and relaxing with the cycles of inhale/exhale.  This simple, yet profound action assists in releasing tension and improving vitality.

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The breathing component of yoga practice focuses on energizing and relaxing with the cycles of inhale/exhale.


Finally, complete relaxation of body and mind allows for integration of the yoga practice on a more holistic, complete level.  For this reason, relaxation pose is often done as the final component of a yoga routine.

Yoga has often been described as a natural prescription for health and stress management.  It has numerous benefits, one of which is renewal at the levels of mind, body, and spirit.

Robyn dos Santos is a professional, licensed therapist and counselor.  She is a yoga instructor and therapist.

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This past Monday felt like SUCH a Monday; nothing went according to plan. Per usual, I found myself running around the city like a mad woman all afternoon and when things finally settled down, all I wanted to do was duck into downtown Worcester Fitness and pound out a few miles on the treadmill.

I was so preoccupied with my mental to-do list that I barely made eye contact with a fellow passenger on the elevator until he held the door and said, “How are you Sarah?”

I snapped to attention.

“Hello, how are youuuu?” I crooned. My tenure as teacher/waitress/columnist has made me dangerously good at this game.

‘Must be a parent,’ I concluded.

He gave me a really funny look.

“Sorry,” he said. “We don’t actually know each other.”

Now I was the puzzled one.

“Your first name is monogrammed on your backpack,” he explained.

He and the receptionist chuckled.

“Are you here for his class?” she asked me.

As far as I was concerned, treadmill miles were the only things looming in my future.

“What time does it start?” I asked to be polite.


I looked at my watch…it was 5:25.

“Maybe,” I shrugged, and I darted down the stairs at lightning speed.

In the locker room, I caught sight of my reflection in the mirror. Even for a Monday, I was a sight for sore eyes. I looked tired, stressed, and frankly, unapproachable.

I paused on my way past the glass studio. ‘Should I?’ I wondered.

I did.

Steve was a delight. (He teaches yoga, by the way – a fact I was not privy to when I popped into his 5:30 mystery class.) He stretches your mind and your muscles with equal fortitude. And, he tells jokes. Lots of them.

Sometimes the right people find you. Thank goodness Steve loves a good monogram.

Yoga for Mature Muscles

Andrea Shliapa

By Andrea Shliapa

As we age, our bodies become more and more used to postures and positions that may not be conducive to flexibility and pain free living.

Youth affords us all many physical benefits. One of the most important physical features of youth often taken for granted is a natural tendency to be flexible in major muscle areas. Think about how easy it was when we were younger to jump up from a chair or twist our bodies to pick something up.

As years go by, our bodies become a bit more “accepting” of the sedentary nature of our lives by adapting to hours of sitting or repetitive motion. Our muscles begin to tighten and our range of motion begins to shrink. Then one day, you find yourself in serious pain after simply reaching for a coffee cup.

There is some good news though!

The human body is always up for some change! All we have to do is commit to a well thought out and well paced transition from inflexible to flexible. Warming up muscles before stretching, making sure to change positions frequently during the day, avoiding sitting in a chair for more than an hour without standing up, etc.

Worcester Fitness is now offering a fantastic new program that will speed up your transition into a more flexible, healthier body. It’s called 3M Yoga™.

3M Yoga™ is taught by our own Denleigh Grniet who has dedicated her professional life to fitness, wellness and health. Denleigh has worked with hundreds of clients during her career concentrating on a extremely effective blend of yoga sensibilities and cardio and strength conditioning. 3M Yoga™ is something that Denleigh feels can help mature fitness enthusiasts become stronger and more flexible, even if they have NEVER taken a yoga class before.

3M Yoga™ is a gentle yoga class that will improve balance, flexibility, foot health, range of motion, mobility, mind, and overall health. You can participate in this class in either a floor or chair setting.

Remember the three “M’s” for 3M Yoga™ – Movement for the Mature Muscles. If you are older, 3M Yoga is the perfect way to get introduced to yoga!

Eight Week Series Staring October 2

Oct 2nd – Nov 20th Thursdays at 9:30am

Members: $64 Paid In Full, Drop In: $9

Non-Members: $76 Paid In Full, Drop In: $12