The new year and the spring temperatures often start a health and wellness journey for many individuals in the Quad Cities area. Gym memberships are up, the river walkway is flooded with runners, walkers and bikers, and the number of people signing up for the latest cardio revolution class is astronomical. While I love almost all types of exercise that omits the dreaded burpees and planks, there’s an important mental and emotional wellness that should come along with exercise as well. This can be done through whatever form of exercise fits you best, but is most notably famed for being an essential part of Yoga class. During the month of March, the Quad Cities is full of inexpensive and free Yoga opportunities for those looking to find inner peace during their daily exercise routine. Whether you’re a teen, young adult, expecting parent, mother or father of 5, or grandparent, the Quad Cities has Yoga for everyone! Continue reading Find physical, mental and emotional wellness this March through QC Yoga Classes
Just a short drive from the Quad Cities in Donahue, Iowa, is the most charming little eclectic flower farm business. Miss Effie’s Country Flowers has been in business since 2001. Lovingly run by Cathy and her husband, “Honey”, this farm on a hill invites you to return again and again. This time I returned for noodle and bread making classes.
Beer Yoga is a trend that is growing in popularity all over the world and you can try it here in the Quad Cities! There are now three local breweries hosting beer yoga:
- Front Street Brewery is every Sunday from 12pm – 1pm in the Freight House in Downtown Davenport.
- Bent River Brewing Co. in Rock Island is hosting Thursday nights from 5:45-6:45pm.
- Radicle Effect Brewerks hosts one Saturday morning a month from 10am – 11am.
You can follow the schedule and any updates for Bends & Brews on their Facebook Page.
Classes are $10 per person and you need to bring your own mat!
The Quad Cities has a lot of options for all types of adults planning a weekend trip away or a local “staycation” from the Active to the Adventurous, or for the more Artistic.
It’s no secret that a little meditation and focus on something than your phone is an important part of staying healthy. But as adults, we know all that — whether we follow the advice or not.
But what about our kids?
We all need a moment to relax.
In a world where we are always on-the-go, trying to balance a life that can consists of school, kids, cleaning, work, trying to hit the gym to keep up with a healthy lifestyle, and backed-up construction-filled bridges when we just want to get somewhere, we break down in the stress of it all.
And sometimes we fail to realize that the little ones around us feed off that stress and it impacts their health as well.
It’s been over a year now since local yoga instructor, Michelle Ladwig, began holding her Tippi Yogis classes. These classes are a bit different than your standard session; they take place outside of a studio in out-of-the-ordinary places, typically in local taverns. I met with Michelle recently to learn about what inspired her to begin practicing on bar tops.
Beginning next month at the Davenport location of Indigo Wellness is a new class called “Modern Dance, Mindful Movement”. The class starts Wednesday, February 3, goes from 5:30-6:30pm, and will meet once a week for 6 weeks.
As an avid fan of yoga and dancing in the name of fitness (I’ve been doing Zumba for years.), I was intrigued. I reached out to the instructor, Nikki Jones, who also happens to be a friend of mine. I invited her to show me what she’s working on and to hear all about her next adventure.