Kim Krause – Client Spotlight

Kim Krause – Client Spotlight
“Truly Life Changing”, Kim’s 3-words for how she would describe studioVIBE…and Kim that means so much to all of us!

Tell us about you…where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?
My husband (Don) and I both grew up and went to school in the Northeast (Go ‘Cuse!). After years of battling baby snowsuits, poor economies and job markets we did what everyone in 1998 seemed to do…. packed up our young family and moved to Cary, NC! As the 50,000+ people that followed will attest, it was the best decision we have ever made. My parents followed almost immediately, my brother (just recently), and we hope to have my sister-in-law and her family here soon as well.

Word has it you have known Patty Geiger for a while…tell us more?
Patty and I have known each other for close to 20 years! Within weeks of moving, we joined the Cary YMCA and there was Patty! She has inspired the best in me from the start. Although, through circumstance, our paths have come together and apart over the years, she has always felt like a constant in my life. Her energy and light have always made me smile and helped me flourish. I am so proud to be a part of this incredible community she has conceived and built around herself.

So then what got you in to studioVIBE?
It’s a familiar story……… as my family aged, we become busier and I was more focused on raising my children (Tori – now 24 and Evan – now 21) than on my own growth. As I approached a milestone birthday and my nest emptied, I recommitted myself to getting in shape. I promised myself that after I reached my goal, my reward would be to join Studiovibe. Of course, I never felt I was ‘there yet’. Last Christmas (2015) my husband surprised me with the gift of Patty 🙂 and yoga and the encouragement to go ‘now’. It ended up being a life changing gift.

You have been coming regularly, what classes are you taking?
Originally, I began taking the yoga classes I had looked forward to joining but just several weeks in, Patty casually commented that my body had loved Pilates (I had taken some beginning mat classes with her years ago) so I signed up for a Pilates Primer class. Just over one year later, I am hooked; perhaps mildly addicted! I typically take 1-2 yoga classes, a mat Pilates class, an Intermediate Pilates Reformer class and have just begun a new Advanced Mat Pilates class every week.

What changes have you noticed since coming to the studio?
Everything! Have I mentioned the “Life Changing” part? I am amazed at not only the transformation my body has undergone but also my spirit: I am happier, more confident, my concentration has increased and I have so much energy.

What is your favorite part about coming to our studio?
Every morning I look forward to my time at the studio and my time with each instructor and my fellow clients. Every instructor has had the confidence in me that I may not always have in myself to push me to succeed more and more each day. I leave every session feeling accomplished, energized and excited to do it again tomorrow! It’s so much more than a work-out place, it is a true community that extends beyond the studio. I love the fact that I work out beside like-minded 20 year olds and 60 year olds every day, partake in a monthly book club at the Studio and attend the Holiday Market and participate in charitable causes each year.


What was your favorite vacation and why?
It’s hard to pick just one……. any vacation with my family is my favorite! We love the beach and we loveWhat would you tell someone who thinks they are too out of shape to do Pilates soccer fields. Both Tori and Evan played soccer growing up, hence we spent almost every weekend away at a soccer game. Evan currently plays for UNC Chapel Hill and Tori is on staff with UNC’s women’s team (she played for Davidson college as an undergrad) so soccer travel is still a large part of our life. When we’re not at a game, we will always pick the beach!

Any last minute thoughts for someone contemplating walking in our doors?
Don’t wait, as I did, for the perfect time …….. do it now, do it today. Wherever you are in your journey, it is the perfect time to add Studiovibe.  Just over one year ago in the Pilates Primer class I was certain I wouldn’t make it to the end but I was encouraged and pushed by the instructor and not only did I make it to the end, I came back, and back, and back. Several months later, I watched a Reformer class and thought, ‘wow— wouldn’t that be great!’. Again, I was encouraged to try. I was pushed and encouraged to success and not only did I do it, I am now working on advanced exercises on the Reformer! Conversely, I would tell the same to anyone already in terrific shape………. there is always more to discover in Pilates, always a little more to pull out and little more to work. It may seem a daily practice would become stale but the inspirational instructors at StudioVibe are exceptional in their knowledge and experience and are always able to make it more challenging (and more rewarding!).  I am so thankful for each and every one of them!!!

Our turn to give thanks…
Kim Krause is a true “ray of sunshine” at our studio!  She is so hard-working and committed and super friendly to everyone.  We actually had a new client ask if she worked at the studio because she knew so many people’s names!  #GottaLoveKim

Thank you Kim for sharing a bit of your “personal story” with everyone. xoxo

Book Club

Become a part of our community Book Club…
The next best thing to reading a good book is gathering together with like-minded people and discussing it!

Each Month The Raise Your Vibe Book Club will explore a book that has been skillfully selected to challenge and inspire each of us leading to amazing discussions within our intimate, accepting, loving community.
We ask that you try to read the book in advance to maximize group benefit.
NEXT SESSION DETAILS
WEDNESDAY April 5th  7:00 – 8:30PM Register on-line (7:00-7:15 and 8:30-8:45 social time)
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
Link To Purchase on Amazon 

Sign-Up For Our April Meeting

No Fee, however donations are appreciated to cover refreshments & treats

Pranayama and Meditation

Pranayama & Meditation Workshops with Susan C. Jackson, ERYT-500
…exploring the what, why, and how

12:30 – 3:00PM     Understanding & Exploring Pranayama $45
3:30 – 5:30PM       Setting A Foundation For Meditation $35
Both Sessions $70
Register Here
*Register by March 7th and Save 20% (Space is limited)

12:30 – 3:00PM Understand and Explore Pranayama:
Learn the basics of the time honored practice of pranayama (yoga’s breath practices). We begin by defining pranayama and exploring the natural breath. From here we transition into discussion and practice of several common and beneficial breath techniques. The benefits and contraindications of each technique will be included in the session. Some of the techniques covered will include the 3 Part Breath, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Ujjayi Breath, and more. Arrive curious and leave with new energy, improved breath awareness, and a toolbox of techniques to use immediately at home and in studio.

3:30 – 5:30PM Setting A Foundation for Meditation:
Learn how to create a personal, practical, and sustainable meditation practice. We will begin by crafting your ideal “seat” and follow with several approachable time tested techniques for you to practice before taking them home to enjoy. Plenty of tips and uses for meditation will also be included. Some covered techniques include: Loving Kindness Meditation, Counting Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation, and more. Come ready to work within your comfort level in a safe, relaxed, and guided setting and leave with solid meditation know how catered to your needs for immediate use.

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Both workshops are great opportunities for those new to pranayama and meditation to gather general information, build foundation, or for non-beginners desiring a “basics” refresher. Handouts will be provided.

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About Susan C. Jackson

Susan Jackson, ERYT-500, began her Yoga journey in 2000 after taking a course in Eastern Culture and Philosophy at Bradley University where she also studied Elementary Education. Susan completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in 2006 with Jimmy Barkan and Lisa Goodwin, and her 500 hour training in 2012 with Stephanie Keach at Asheville Yoga Center. Since finding her yoga path, Susan cultivates a deep interest in living her yoga beyond the mat. Her mission is to encourage, empower, and support each student to do the same. Susan is the director of InnerLight Yoga School and currently continues her studies in a variety of settings. She is greatly influenced by teachers such as David H Wagner, Angela Farmer, and Sally Kempton.
Off the mat Susan enjoys traveling as well as spending plenty of quality time with her husband Rob, their son Parker, and (of course) their two Boxers. She loves the outdoors and any type of great adventure. Her driving belief: “We all have the potential to shine!”

Client Spotlight – Meet Evelyn Mullen

“Moving is life affirmation. The spark of life is precious and its force is exhibited through movement.”  Evelyn Mullen

Tell us about you…where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?

I was born on a 19th century farm in South Carolina. All of us were lean and agile and able to sustain movement from sunup to sundown. My grandmother in her late sixties worked alongside the men and did not stop to lie down or quit. She died as she stood ready for another task.

Our family decided to become an intergenerational family. We needed a home with a floor plan for privacy and sharing. We found our house in Cary.

 

What brought you to studioVIBE?

A few years ago, I fell down a long flight of steps onto a concrete floor. I hit on my left side and sustained broken bones and abrasions. After rehab, I became fearful of falling again. My wonderful daughter encouraged me to sign up for 30 minute private lessons with Amy and Missy. With their encouragement, I was able to migrate to regular sessions of “Pilates for Life”.

After knee replacement, I was able to begin again as soon as rehab was completed.

How long have you been doing Pilates? 3 years

You have Rheumatoid Arthritis, along with other health issues, how has Pilates helped you?

Pilates has helped with flexibility and abdominal strength. With RA, tendons and ligaments become inflamed and tighten. Through stretching, some flexibility can be maintained. Balance is the greatest concern. Whenever I lose my balance, I can pull on my abs to stabilize.

With my teachers/mentors Amy and Missy, I am supported in what I can do and encouraged to get a little stronger.

Illness brings stress. Through Pilates, I have been able to manage stress successfully.

What would you tell someone who said that they were too “old” to start Pilates?

Get over it. This is it. This is your life. Mind and body work together. Be able to say on your death bed, “What is that new movement that I wanted to try?”

Anything else you would like to share?

Moving is life affirmation. The spark of life is precious and its force is exhibited through movement.

Curried Lentil Soup

A Recipe with some VIBE:
Curried Lentil Soup
Recipe by Molly Wizenberg From www.bonappetit.com

This isn’t your typical lentil soup recipe. Curry powder gives it a flavor boost, and velvety puréed chickpeas add body and creaminess without cream.  

Ingredients
6 SERVINGS
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped, divided
2 tablespoons (or more) curry powder
1 cup French green lentils
4 1/4 cups (or more) water, divided
1 15- to 16-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Preparation
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add half of chopped garlic; stir until vegetables are soft but not brown, about 4 minutes longer. Add 2 tablespoons curry powder; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add lentils and 4 cups water. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, puree chickpeas, lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and remaining garlic in processor.
Add chickpea puree and butter to lentil soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional curry powder, if desired. Add water by 1/4 cupfuls to thin to desired consistency. DO AHEAD Soup can be made up to 1 day ahead. Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Rewarm before continuing.
Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions and serve with lemon wedges.
Recipe by Molly Wizenberg
Photograph by Elinor Carucci
Nutritional Content
One serving contains: Calories (kcal) 289.2 %Calories from Fat 37.9 Fat (g) 12.2 Saturated Fat (g) 3.4 Cholesterol (mg) 10.0 Carbohydrates (g) 35.6 Dietary Fiber (g) 9.0 Total Sugars (g) 3.5 Net Carbs (g) 26.5 Protein (g) 11.1 Sodium (mg) 30.4

 

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/curried-lentil-soup