Alex Beaton
Alex Beaton
Fri, October 2, 2015

Downward- & Upward-facing Dog Quality Control

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Meet PPYogaThrive's budding little mascot, Cory. He loves when his human, Beaton (our marketing director) brings him to the studio to hang out with his friends. Sometimes he even checks in clients at the front desk! Namasit. Namastay.
Tue, June 4, 2013

Thrive with me...

My journey in fitness and wellness is precisely that, a journey.  There’s no precise beginning or end, rather a continuum of highs, lows and middles too. If I did a true quantitative analysis, the days that I have felt well would probably far outnumber the days I felt unwell. However, the trials and tribulations are the experiences that stand out and the ones that have repelled me from doctor’s offices and hospitals and propelled me along my journey into wellness.  

For many years, I have been working on shifting my attention towards the highs and not letting the lows define me. This is a huge challenge for someone who doctors have diagnosed with a chronic disease, someone who is missing a major organ, who has flashbacks to teenage years spent in and out of the hospital, endured 3 major operations, numerous blood transfusions and scores of heavy duty medications.

However, it’s possible to make this shift and I’m doing it. Unless you saw the scar running up and down my abdomen you would never know about my health history. I do not let my history define me because in my present I feel great and  I’m confident that in the future I’ll feel even better. I’m confident in my wellness because I have taken my health in my own hands and said no to the diagnoses and prognoses and yes to fitness and wellness. I chose to not only survive, but to THRIVE.

Do you feel like you’re up against bad genes, poor past decisions (smokers, drinkers, over-eaters anyone?)? You can be a victim of these things or you can choose to use them as the impetus to become stronger and fitter. Rather than dwell on the past or the things you can’t change, focus on what you can do now in this moment to be healthier. 

You can start by taking a few long, deep breaths. Deep breathing is underrated and something I’ll talk about in a future post. It’s also free, easy and something you can do anywhere.  Start with that and then join me for my next post as we journey together towards optimal fitness and wellness. See you on the other sideJ

Tue, June 4, 2013

Connect with Me

When I opened Thrive’s doors almost four years ago, it was a small operation. It was just me teaching the 3 classes on the schedule to the 3 students who attended. I loved knowing all of the students, being able connect with them, share my love of Pilates, health and fitness with them, and learn about their individual goals and personal needs. Now that we have almost 50 classes, 12 teachers, private sessions going on all day, and so much more, I’ve struggled to connect with all of the students we have walking through the doors. 

I’m thrilled that we are reaching more and more students. My goal has always been to share fitness and wellness with as many people as I could possibly reach. However, the more students (and readers) I reach, the less I’m able to connect with each and every one of you on the intimate level I wish I could.

That’s where this blog comes into play. As an effort to connect, allow you to get to know me and help me get to know you, I will share with you and ask that you share with me too.  Please let me know which topics you’re interested in, what you like and dislike. I’m big on feedback and I want to hear it all, albeit constructively please—I’m uber-sensitive :)

Although connecting in cyber space is not quite the same as the real thing, I find reading someone’s work opens doors of intimacy that would remain locked under different circumstances. I personally feel more comfortable revealing about myself when I can go back and delete before publishing (something that is unfortunately impossible in conversation).

Perhaps in some ways this blog can help me connect with you even better than the passing hellos and small talk in person. I don’t know if this blog can ever replace the intimate relationships I cherish with my students. However, I do know that research on happiness has revealed that we are social creatures and that we need others to be well and to THRIVE. 

Can you think of any relationships where you’re missing out on connecting? Perhaps you have friendships that have faded into the background, family members you only see on holidays, colleagues that you don’t bond with outside of the office. Whether it’s someone you see everyday or someone you haven’t seen in years, take a moment today to reach out and connect with someone in your life. Pick up the phone, write an old-fashioned letter, make plans and let me know how it goes. I hope you find joy in connecting with that person and connecting with me. 

Wed, May 8, 2013

Perspective…It’s All Relative

I’ve come to learn that life is all about perspective. Two people can experience the same circumstances and have completely different responses. You see, when a person goes through a traumatic experience, she will carry this experience with her for the rest of her life. However, the way in which she carries this experience may vary. I’ll break it down into three types:

1. VICTIM: She is permanently scarred and never recovers. She becomes, depressed, deals with Post Traumatic Stress or some other mental or physical wound that never heals. This experience defines her and she cannot move on.

2. SURVIVOR. She is able to carry on-but buries her pain so deep that it rarely pops up or only comes up in ways that are unique and unrecognizable for actually dealing with her pain. Although she’s functional, she’s in a state of denial and can never realize her potential for happiness and success.

3. THRIVER. She takes the time and care necessary to allow her wounds to heal. She digs deep to uncover ways to not only survive, but to Thrive and prosper. Her experience does not define her; but rather it motivates her to learn and grow. It gives her a sense of appreciation for life so that she may look upon her experience with gratitude rather than regret.

The amazing thing about perspective is that you have the ability to change yours. Start small with everyday complaints. Feeling blue because it’s raining? Think of the amazing things the rain does for the trees and flowers. Read a book or get some extra rest. Complaining and self-pity are not productive. Try instead to figure out how you can turn your feelings and circumstances into something positive and productive. 

Life is full of ups and downs. Although we may wish for smooth sailing, it is the challenges that we surmount that build our character. When life throws you lemons, which of the 3 types will you be? I hope you are a THRIVER and that you learn to make some sweet Lemonade.


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