~You Are Missed ~
Dear Be Well & Local Grocer Community,
What a crazy year this has been! The yoga studio remains closed, as we continue to monitor the health and safety of our community. However, we do miss you all and eagerly await the day where we can return to some normalcy. In the meantime, we wanted to provide you with some fun and nourishing reading material. We hope that you’re able to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, strengthen your practice, and find ways to continue to promote wellness in your own lives. While the studio is closed, our store does remain open with a full selection of yoga props, supplements to carry you through the fall/winter season, organic groceries, and take-out from the cafe. Please do stop in to say hello if you find yourself in the area. We appreciate your support of small businesses.
Strengthen Your At-Home Practice 
Whether you’ve been at it for years or just getting started, there are plenty of resources for online tutorials, classes, and resources. Click here for a list of some favorites. 
Fall Cooking For Your Health
It’s the perfect time of year to try a new recipe at home. Check out this favorite: Veggie Tempeh Stir Fry.
Find this recipe and more vegan dishes at www.veganyogalife.com

Yoga & Stress Relief

  • Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.
  • Improved fitness. Practicing yoga may lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength.
  • Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety, and insomnia.
Attention Mountain Bikers

Here in the Mt. Washington Valley, Fall is the BEST mountain biking season. Looking for a fun and family friendly activity? Check out “The Howler” a race for all ages on October 17th, located just down the road in Bartlett, N.H.

Event Details 

Are you looking to maintain your practice while at home? While the studio remains closed, we are offering a few online classes via Zoom for you to participate in. All classes are FREE and open to all levels. Our virtual yoga classes are Ashtanga based and led by Dana. For more information, visit our Instagram page to see his latest posts and click on the Zoom links at the time of the class. Be well!

In-person reiki sessions have resumed and are following guidelines provided by the Governor’s Economic Re-opening Taskforce. Please visit tonyashealinghands.com for more information or Contact Tonya via text or phone at (603) 307-0205

July, 2020

We are excited to announce that our Tuesday night meditation group has returned to Be Well Studios. We will be meeting in the larger downstairs event space and following social distancing and safety guidelines. Leah looks forward to seeing everyone again and invites anyone curious about mediation to join. We feel it is especially important during this time to be offering meditation to the community. We hope to see you there! The cost to attend class is $10.

Come celebrate the winter solstice with The Local Grocer & Be Well Studios. This day will be filled with fun & wellness for you to enjoy prior to the chaos of the holiday. Pop in to do some last minute shopping, enjoy some refreshments, chat with some of our practitioners, and even sneak in a FREE yoga class, meditation, or oracle card reading. We will be on hand to help with those last minute gift ideas, and even have some AMAZING in store promos.

Featuring: Evan Healy Skincare – Barleans CBD – Aqua Vitea Kombucha- Dellie Bars – Wine Sampling From Fortune Wines

FREE Yoga at 1:00 P.M. with Erin Bonneau – a 75 minute grounding practice with body tune-in, warm up, gentle flow, extended savasana.

FREE Yoga at 3:00 P.M. with Chelsey Latham – a 75 minute energetic practice with warm up, vinyasa flow, cool down, and savasana.

*Free services are first come first served, please. We would hate to have to turn anyone away, so please come early for your class to ensure you have space.

Discounts & demos from some of our wellness practitioners Hannah – 50% off abdominal massage cert

FREE oracle card readings from 1 – 4 P.M.

FREE guided meditation from 4 -5 P.M.

In Store Promo: Spend $100 and receive a gift certificate ($20) to Table + Tonic- includes gift cards and yoga cards – a great way to give gifts.

David Powell MAT-Certified Specialist explains via an excerpt from Eric C. Stevens…..

Eric C. Stevens – Coach

Denver, Colorado, United States

Martial Arts, Sport Psychology, Boxing

As I sat down on the therapy training table to get to work with my Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) specialist, Ian, I asked him point blank, “Is it true the reason Peyton Manning plays in Denver is in large part that his MAT specialist, founder Greg Roskopf, is based in Denver?”

“Where did you hear that?” Ian asked raising an eyebrow. “Actually, it is true,” he responded easing the mood. It really isn’t earth-shattering news anymore. In fact, it was well documented in a recent Sports Illustrated article. Peyton Manning, unquestionably one of the top five quarterbacks to ever play football, swears by MAT helping him resurrect his career and allowing him to continue to play at the highest level.

In the Sports Illustrated piece, Manning stated, “The greatest investment you can make, is in your body.” Manning, while playing for the Colts, would regularly fly Roskopf to Indianapolis to work on him.

Now, Manning saves on the airfare. Former Broncos safety John Lynch, also mentioned in the article, also swears by MAT and referred to it as having helped him to “reboot” the connection in his body. In essence, that is what Muscle Activation Techniques is – reestablishing the proper neuromuscular function in our bodies by getting our muscles to fire properly again. It should be noted that some people mistakenly refer to it as Muscle Activation Therapy. Therapy has a different goal though – range of motion (ROM). When our bodies are chronically injured or declining, the bodies’ way of protecting itself is to tighten. We see this any time we are in danger.

My specialist, Ian, used the analogy of a stable tent structure with four straight rods versus one with three good rods and a broken one. He also pointed out that MAT isn’t as much therapy but instead more akin to actually exercising – that is, getting muscles to fire and work correctly.MAT’s premise is that the therapist does a multi-point inspection of checks and balances of sorts. Push against this and pull against this. The practitioner is able to check his or her work. Checking the left side against the right and the pull against the push. It’s almost as if to remind the brain, “Hey, use this one. Remember me?’

So, taking a page from Peyton Manning and several other colleagues here in Colorado who swear by the MAT results, I hired a practitioner myself. And that’s how I wound up sitting with Ian. We sat down to discuss my issues and the nature of pain.

He said, “Pain is like a check engine light going off in your car. The sooner you address it the better. If you were on a long road trip you wouldn’t wait until you were 200 miles down the road to address that light. The check engine light tends to turn into bigger problems down the road.”

Good advice for sure, and these days I can certainly relate. I’m hoping that since I pulled my vehicle immediately into the shop we can get my engine running optimally again. While I am not a professional quarterback, just a coach and a writer, I have to invest in my body as well. We only get one of them.

After trying a lot of treatments from ice and stim to chiropractic care, I realized I had to move beyond pain management to the root of the problem – my body and muscles aren’t working right and pain tells me so. Pain also moves over time. As our body faces pain, it adjusts to help alleviate the pain and keep us moving forward.

The problem is the root imbalance isn’t necessarily being addressed. To keep us going, our bodies end up overcompensating for the original problem, working overtime and creating further imbalances. The pain may go away, but if we still have that imbalance, some day it will come back to hurt us down the road.

It’s the same with masking pain with drugs. Certainly it’s understandable to do so, but ultimately it’s faulty logic and solves nothing. The root of the problem hasn’t been addressed.

This is the case with my fairly pronounced piriformis syndrome, as the severe discomfort in my glute has caused radiating hamstring pain as well as knee pain. (The piriformis is in red to the right.)

Unfortunately for me, my check engine light has been going off for some weeks now. While I immediately addressed the pain issue, my approach has been to manage the pain and go right after the source without necessarily going beyond it.

However, solving pain in the long run can be more complex and can often be a riddle of sorts. There are lifestyle variables to consider such as stress, sleep, nutrition, and our emotional make-up. There are performance issues to analyze and we have to look deep within the vehicle itself – the human body.

And a thorough check of the vehicle is what Ian did. He must have had me perform the same test ten different times. After a full inspection, he then went to work poking and prodding different muscles, getting them to fire, and making that connection again for my brain.

Applying MAT is like putting your body through a course in muscle communication 101. It’s about retraining our neuromuscular system to work properly and harmoniously. So, instead of slamming handfuls of ibuprofen to get through my day, my body now has my full attention and I intend to retrain it, as long as that takes.

There are many that swear by MAT from professional athletes down to us little people. Many claim its benefits are or can be instantaneous. What I can tell you is I was able to see some (although not dramatic) differences immediately, with both my pain and range of motion. I also woke up the next day feeling improved.

My specialist indicated that those with the greatest muscle memory, like athletes, often have the quickest results. He indicated that younger athletes can also see rather dramatic results.

While I didn’t walk out of the office a cured man, I did gain insight and some improvement, as well as a bit of pain relief. In doing such treatments, I feel like I am going in the right direction. MAT makes sense at a fundamental level and works on a premise of science and balance. It’s something worth considering.

References:

  1. King, Peter “Stretching the Field” Sports Illustrated (November 5, 2012)

 

Muscle Activation Techniques are available now at Be Well Studios inside The Local Grocer. Invest some of your time to participate in a Free Demonstration so you can see and hear more about what MAT is:

  • A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO THE ASSESSMENT AND CORRECTION OF MUSCULAR IMBALANCES, JOINT INSTABILITY, AND LIMITATIONS IN RANGE OF MOTION WITHIN THE HUMAN BODY.
  • A NON-INVASIVE TECHNIQUE, DESIGNED TO BALANCE THE MUSCULAR SYSTEM OF PEOPLE OF ALL AGES.
  • A UNIQUE SYSTEMATIC FORMAT USED TO “JUMPSTART” THE MUSCLES IN ORDER FOR THEM TO FUNCTION WITH MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY.

Please join me, David Powell MAT-Certified Specialist to a

Save the date

event

downstairs @ The Local Grocer on

October 7th @ 6:30pm

Table + Tonic, our Farm to Table restaurant, is celebrating one year in business. We invite you to help us celebrate on Monday, June 17th from 5:00-8:00 PM. Stop by and enjoy free samplings of our summer menu; featuring food and garden to glass cocktails from our own Mountain Flower Farm. Join us on the deck in celebration of our first year in business with friends, food, music, & drinks.

Monday, June 17th
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
3358 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860
Want to sneak in a yoga class before hand? Check out the schedule here.
Table + Tonic Hours
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
OPEN EVERY DAY VACATION WEEKS
Monday 5 PM – 9 PM
Thursday 5 PM – 9 PM
Friday 3 PM – 9 PM
Saturday 3 PM – 9 PM
Sunday 3 PM – 9 PM

As of June 1st, we have a new summer schedule, which you can find HERE. Please welcome our newest instructor, Sam Derrenbacher, who will be teaching Dynamic Hatha Yoga on Wednesdays at 10:00-11:15 AM

Sam Derrenbacher

Sam has her RYT 200 certification, and is certified in Aerial yoga and Reiki Level One

A little bit about Sam:

Every day I practice yoga, I simply feel better. dream of bringing yoga into the lives of everyone so that everyone can simply feel better – both in mind and body. I believe that yoga can fit into any moment in life and is excited and humbled to be able to share my passion with others. 

My mom took me to my first yoga class when I was a freshman in high school and I have grown so much over the past 15 years because of my practice. began my journey to become a yoga teacher in the winter of 2018 at Heartwood Retreat Center in Bradenton, Florida. The program had a wonderful blend of the many types of yoga methods, yoga philosophy, anatomy, and culture and I was surrounded by a wonderful group of mentors. I am certified RYT 200, Aerial yoga and Reiki Level One and am expanding my experiences and education in yin, meditation, herbal wellness and essential oils.

I developed my dynamic hatha yoga class to create a beautiful blend of many styles of yoga to increase flexibility and core strength. Each class will be centered around a fun and educational theme and challenge both beginners and regulars. I am excited to share this class with you all and hope you are able to join me!

I love to adventure and use the physical and mental aspects I have learned in yoga to build my strength for all my adventures. My favorite activities include skiing the backcountry, climbing the local crag, biking natural trails, paddling every river, and researching a small, endangered butterfly that lives in the alpine zone of the White Mountains. A passion of mine is to blend my adventurous spirit with taking care of myself – from yoga to meditation to my homemade skin care products.

 

Meet & Greet with Marianne Williamson

Join us on April 16th, at 2:45 PM at The Local Grocer for a Meet & Greet with Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson.

Marianne Williamson will be stopping by for lunch, a meet & greet, and tour of our operations here at The Local Grocer.
Marianne Williamson is an American author, lecturer, and activist. She has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a volunteer food delivery program that serves home-bound people with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. She is also the co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a nonprofit grassroots education and advocacy organization supporting peace-building projects.
 
In 2014, as an Independent, Williamson ran unsuccessfully for the seat of California’s 33rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives elections in California. On January 29, 2019, she announced her campaign to seek the Democratic nomination for the 2020 United States presidential election.
 
“This campaign is about forging a new political possibility in America. It’s about all of us working together to create a rising tide of citizen activism and activation. It’s not just about electing a candidate. It’s about you….your power….and your world.”
– Marianne Williamson

SPRING YOGA SPECIALS

MARCH: Present your completed 10 punch card in the café & receive a free smoothie.  $5 Yoga with Chellsey!

APRIL: $5 drop-in for any weekly class for all Memorial Hospital employees. Present badge or pay stub

MAY: Yoga Special: Buy 3 months of unlimited yoga and receive $25 Table & Tonic gift certificate