An insightful message from
Coach Kathleen Standen
Often at the start of a class at The Well, you'll hear the coach ask you to "set an intention for your workout." But what does that really mean?! An intention is a thought, phrase, or mantra that you bring back to mind throughout your workout. I like to think of my intention as my workout slogan! When I start to get tired, or my mind begins to wander, I repeat my intention in my head. Recently, I've been sticking with the same intention: "I am strong." This helps me push through when I'm starting to feel like I can't keep going. Your intention can also be brought with you outside of your Well workout. When life comes knocking, repeating your intention can help you stay focused on your goals and keep your mind at ease.
An insightful message from
Coach Kathleen Standen
Too Much Training Can Tax Athletes' Brains September 26, 2019, NPR
Too much physical exertion appears to make the brain tired. That's the conclusion of a study of triathletes published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.
Researchers found that after several weeks of overtraining, athletes became more likely to choose immediate gratification over long-term rewards. At the same time, brain scans showed the athletes had decreased activity in an area of the brain involved in decision-making.
The finding could explain why some elite athletes see their performance decline when they work out too much — a phenomenon known as overtraining syndrome.
What’s going on everyone! It’s been an incredible journey with you thus far, and we’re just getting started! All of us at The Well have been seeing transformations taking place among all of you athletes, and all we can say is, “Wow!” The best part is, each transformation is unique to that individual. For some, it’s a physical transformation taking place as fitness becomes a staple in your weekly routine. For others, it’s a mental transformation taking place as mindfulness weaves its way into your lives. But for all that have walked through our doors, there is a special transformation happening if we let it, one that is energetic and invisible, but still felt and seen.
This transformation is one of community. Perhaps it’s better described as transfiguration, a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful state. As the weeks have gone on you have undoubtedly taken a class that has had partner cardio at the end (everyone’s favorite). Well, we don’t always have partners but there’s this really cool phenomenon that begins to happen when we do have a partner. We slowly, or sometimes very quickly, create an energetic connection with our partner. What I mean by that is, essentially by agreeing to be partners you are unconsciously creating an overlap of your etheric body (energy body/field). This allows for an energetic exchange of information to be made that, by default, creates what we recognize as a connection with someone; in this case, a connection that is rooted in wanting to see your partner do well.
This slight conscious shift that happens creates an amazing energetic connection between you and your partner, which in turn and over time, cultivates and creates community built on the desire to see each other do well.
Isn’t that beautiful? People who were once perfect strangers coming to get a great workout are now the same ones, without doing anything but be themselves, are building a community out of nothing; transfiguration.
Greetings from The Well! Today marks the start of our third week since opening. As the community of athletes continues to grow with every passing day, we are constantly being reinforced that choosing to build this space & offering is something so many were waiting for. We know you have a choice about where you decide to hang your hat, and we extend an offering of gratitude as we earn your trust in not only your experience here at The Well but also in the experiences you take with you.
At The Well, we aim to support you in your wellness journey - not your 6-pack journey or bikini body journey, etc etc (insert cheesy & quite frankly demeaning challenge here). My belief is that wellness merely begins with the physical body and from there we are able to expand into our mental and spiritual wellbeing which is where the true magic happens. We all know it is absolutely possible to have a visually 'ideal' appearance (whatever that even means), but be absolutely miserable and downright unhealthy underneath it all. Surprise(?!), your wellness (or happiness) does not magically come when you achieve a goal weight or win a challenge to lose the most inches, or decide to enroll in yet another 'jumpstart program'. You know this. And also what you know is that with consistency of choosing to take care of you & acknowledging your wellness on multiple layers beginning with the physical body as the catalyst and your strong foundation... THIS is where you find your joy. Maybe that 6-pack comes, maybe it doesn't. What I am willing to bet is that the physical changes that do occur will feel like a welcomed side effect in comparison to what's happening at a much deeper layer above it all.
Welcome to the #EauWell movement - where we don't stress the small stuff but rather find joy in the gift of being perfectly flawed and able to extend ourselves some grace + hold ourselves accountable to owning our own wellness journey. Be your own champion. And you know what, be the champion for your neighbor too because they deserve a little boost.
Owner & Founder of The Well + Latitude 44 Yoga Studio