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    Yoga Class Schedule (as of Jan. 1, 2012) 

    Monday:   6:00 pm – 7:15 pm             Level 2 (Intermediate) 

    Tuesday:  10:00 am – 11:15 am         Gentle Yoga

                           6:30 pm – 7:45 pm           Level 1 (Basic)

     Wednesday:  5:00 pm – 6:15 pm    Level 2 (Intermediate)

                                7:00 pm – 8:15 pm      Gentle w/meditation

     Thursday:  10:00 am – 11:15 am     Gentle Yoga

                              6:00 pm – 7:15 pm       Level 1 (Basic)

    Gentle Yoga – A slower-paced class that concentrates on increasing flexibility by holding stretching postures longer and repeating them.  Suitable for all levels of yoga.

    Level 1 (Basic) – Geared toward beginners with a very basic understanding of alignment principles, breathing techniques, and postures.

    Level 2 (Intermediate) – Assumes a strong familiarity of postures and generally 1-2 years of yoga experience.  Classes will vary between Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Power, and Gentle.


    ****Suggested price is $7 per class.  However, EOH Community Wellness allows each student to simply pay what they can…no questions asked.  We want to make these classes affordable to the entire community. ****


    For class availability and information, please call 989/739-5498 

  2. New Years: Intentions, not Resolutions


    This New Years, let’s not be content to merely make resolutions.  Hey, over 95% of all New Year’s resolutions fail!  Instead, let’s set INTENTIONS.  What’s the difference, you say?  Resolutions are all based on “future outcomes”…like losing weight or stopping smoking…and they must be planned for and worked on and achieved through great discipline.  Great if you can do it.

    INTENTION, however, is not oriented toward a future outcome. Instead, according to Buddhist practice, it is a path that focuses on how you are “being” in the present moment. Your attention is on the ever-present “now” in the constantly changing flow of life. You set your intentions based on UNDERSTANDING WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU and make a commitment to ALIGN YOUR ACTIONS WITH YOUR INNER VALUES.


    What are your inner values?   Live by them.  Think according to them and act according to them.  Remember, thoughts become actions and actions become habits.


    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – Martha and Jeff


  3. Thanksgiving Poem

    May your stuffing be tasty

    May your turkey be plump,

    May your potatoes and gravy

    Have nary a lump.

    May your yams be delicious.

    And your pies take the prize,

    And may your Thanksgiving dinner

    Stay off your thighs!



  4. Strength and Balance Exercises for Travelers, Parts 1 and 2 (No Equipment Necessary)


    Hello Friends!  Following are two videos (Parts 1 and 2) that take you through strength and balance exercises that you can do while traveling or incorporate throughout your day.  Below the videos we have included a list of exercises you can print (copy and paste) to take with you as a guide.  We hope you enjoy these exercises and find them beneficial.  Note:  Be on the lookout for Part 3 – Flexibility.

    As our Spriggles friends say:  “Stay in Shape, Ape”!




    Strength and Balance While Traveling (No Equipment Required)


    Wide Wall Pushups (Tip:  The further you stand from the wall the more difficult)

    Narrow Wall Pushups (Same Tip as Wide)

    Lat Pull Downs (Tip:  Lats are upper back muscles)

    Bicep Curls

    Bent Over Tricep Curls

    Wide Squats  (Tip:  Use back of chair, counter, or other for stability if needed)

    Narrow Squats  (Tip: Same Tip as Wide)

    Standing Leg Curls

    Standing Chest Openers

    Calf Raises

    Calf Stretches

    One Leg Balancing Quadriceps Stretch (Tip: Front Thigh Stretch)

    Standing Balancing Pigeon (Tip:  Can do this in a chair or on floor as well)

    Glute Squeeze

    Kegel Exercises

    Seated Leg Lifts (I meant to say when sitting behind Hospitality Desk (Smile))

    Chair Twist – Chair Chest Opener – Chair Biceps and Triceps

    Abdominal Curls with Twist (Front Core)

    Locust (Back Core)


  5. Oscoda Sunrise


    Please take a few calming minutes to enjoy this beautiful Autumn sunrise from Oscoda, Michigan.  The view is over Lake Huron and is taken from Expressions of Health.  We look forward to having you join us for relaxation and healing, as well as enjoying future sunrises like this one.  Peace and joy, Martha and Jeff.


  6. Spriggles in Kentucky!!

    Story Hour

    The Kentucky LEAP for Health program is presented by Barr Library & the Hardin County Extension Office.  The LEAP for Health curriculum was developed through a collaborative partnership with the Kentucky Cardiovascular Coalition and a sub-committee of its members.  See below for our scheduled programs: 

    Tuesdays in August @ 10AM

    August 2 Clarbella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut

    August 9 Rodeo Ron and His Milkshake Cows by Roland Clifford

    August 16 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    August 23  Spriggles:  Activity and Exercise by Jeff and Martha Gottlieb

    August 30 Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

    Kentucky nutrition educator reading from Spriggles: Health & Nutrition

  7. A Wonderful Testimonial

    Dear Martha and Jeff,

    I am writing to thank you both for doing such a wonderful job of teaching yoga to a beginner like myself.  I remember my initial difficulty with cat/cow pose – I appreciate your patience.  Each class I received a warm welcome.  The atmosphere put me at ease.  After each class I went away feeling so much better than when I arrived.  You not only teach, you inspire!  Thanks again, Linda C. (02/28/2011)

  8. Winter Yoga

  9. Winter Sun Salutation