08/13/19 Are You Enough? A Meditation and Group Coaching Session Based Around the Stigmas of Women and Our Expectations with Nicole Divell

As my 34th Birthday approaches in a couple of weeks, I seem to be reflecting with my girlfriends more than ever.... (some approaching and some well into their thirties and fourties). We have discussed what is expected of us; children, relationships, financial status, social media presence, and even the pressure to look a certain way and under a certain age- we have outrageously unrealistic expectations put on us and it seems to only get harder with age. With Instagram being so powerful and sovereign today, it also seems to be near impossible NOT to compare ourselves to endless women’s lives that we scroll through on the daily.

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With this being said, I decided to put together an intimate meditation and therapy workshop with my friend Nicole Divell, @radicaldivellopment, based around the stigmas of women and what is expected of us. The goal of this workshop is to further create a community and conversation for us women to feel that we are not alone in making our (albeit sometimes different from others’) own life choices and to guide each other in whatever we may be struggling with in our lives today. 

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This workshop took place on Tuesday, August 13th at the beautiful POA Studio from 7-9pm.  

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Founder of Fitness by Jacflash, Jaclyn Genovese and Nicole Divell (ICF and CHCA Certified) will lead this 2 hour meditation and group coaching session. Nicole has a background in Journalism and Communications, and has traveled and worked in many realms that have opened her eyes to the truth of the human experience. 

"All we have is today" is a statement Nicole lives by to alleviate the pressure of "getting it all done" in a world where it never seems to be enough. We are either thriving or suffering, living or learning, choosing love or choosing fear. Nicole started her health and wellness and life coaching journey two years ago and is determined to create conversation around introspective change as a means to live our most authentic life. 

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Thank you to our sponsors SPROOS, deew, GUUD HUMMUS, Living Libations and Safaroma Tea!

Thank you to our sponsors SPROOS, deew, GUUD HUMMUS, Living Libations and Safaroma Tea!

Nicole lead us in a meditation and a group discussion about STIGMAS. Beauty. Body Image. Fertility. Aging. Social Presence. Sexuality. Lifestyle Choices. Everything that us as women are constantly dealing with/fearing and feeling.


This Group Coaching Sequence was based around BELIEFS. What are we believing in for all of
this pressure to even be real? Once we can shift the belief, we can shift the idea
of lack. Once we shift the idea of lack, we become more in the present state. This can be applied to; I donʼt feel beautiful enough. I donʼt feel skinny enough. I donʼt feel visible in the world. I donʼt feel I'm where I should be. I want more for my life and donʼt know how to get it. I donʼt want to be alone. I'm afraid I wonʼt have a family. I'm afraid they are judging me. ANYTHING and EVERYTHING will be brought into discussion this evening.

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Photos by Alana De Haan


Fitness by Jacflash at the Argos Game!

The Fitness by Jacflash yoga workshop that took place on the BMO Field was a blast- but the day wasn’t finished just there!

The workshop also includds a ticket to the Argos game taking place that evening. Each guest’s ticket to the Argos game was included in the event's goodie bags, and all tickets were blocked off together in one 'Fitness by Jacflash' section of the stadium, so that everyone could enjoy the game together!

Photography by Christina Hayles

Fitness by Jacflash Yoga Workshop on the BMO Field with the Toronto Argos!

On Saturday July 6th, Fitness by Jacflash hosted our favourite yoga workshop yet, on the BMO Field with the Toronto Argos!

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This was our first ever co-ed workshop!

Extra special thank you to our incredible sponsors of the day- Solei, EZ Lifestyle, Activeats, Undercarriage Deoderant, Trace Beverages, Sproos, Rawcology, K’pure Naturals, Brain Armor, Himalaya Toothpaste and Midday Squares

Argos player and motivational speaker, Matt Black lead us in an interactive 30 min discussion on the benefits of mobility in any training regime. Matthew Black is a retired 10 year CFL Veteran and 100th & 105th Grey Cup Champion. In 2016, he won the Jake Gaudaur Award and is a mentor for Huddle Up Bully Prevention, as well as an ambassador for "Make The Call, Ending Violence Against Women".

Bianca Venerayan (@biancavenerayan) then lead us in a one hour Hatha yoga session. Bianca is a Toronto-based writer, yoga/meditation teacher, content creator and Instagram influencer. Her work focuses on mental health, wellness, sex positivity, environmental sustainability, and social consciousness.

This yoga session was taught in a fun and enthusiastic style that makes attendees feel welcome and accepted.

I am also so grateful for our beautiful assistant yoga instructors who were there to help everyone in their poses and give some one on one love- thank you so much to Supriya Sethi, Sammantha Ritacco, Jessica Giglio, Anja Todorovic, Alana Di Clemente and Meredith Marr for their time and love!

And last but not least, thank you so much to all of the amazing attendees who came out to support and have fun!

Photos by Maria Bokhari and Eman Hall

Fitness by Jacflash's ONLINE Yoga Workshop- CBD and Anxiety Reducing Flow

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It's a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.

Click HERE to purchase now!

Anxiety feels different depending on the person experiencing it. Feelings can range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart. You might feel out of control, like there’s a disconnect between your mind and body.

Other ways people experience anxiety include nightmares, panic attacks, and painful thoughts or memories that you can’t control. You may have a general feeling of fear and worry, or you may fear a specific place or event.

Symptoms of general anxiety include:

  • increased heart rate

  • rapid breathing

  • restlessness

  • trouble concentrating

  • difficulty falling asleep

For some people, medical treatment isn’t necessary. Lifestyle changes may be enough to cope with the symptoms. Yoga and CBD has been the most helpful tools for my anxiety so I would love to share them with you!

Jaclyn Genovese of Fitness by Jacflash and her yoga instructor Kay Ghajar will guide you through their anxiety reducing workshop at home.

Upon purchase of this at home workshop, you will receive:

1. A very special one-hour power yoga sequence with a special focus on breath exercises and poses that help to alleviate anxiety.

2. A CBD Girl Guide, written by Antuanette Gomez, founder of Pleasure Peaks. This guide discusses how CBD works in the brain, it's many benefits with a particular focus on how CBD alleviates anxiety, methods of consumption and dosage.

For many young women, their daily distress doesn’t seem serious enough to warrant therapy (which can be expensive) or prescription anxiety meds (which come with the risk of addiction and side effects). CBD oil for anxiety, however, offers a natural, affordable alternative.

 

Please email jaclyn@jacflash.net with any questions at all!

***THIS ONLINE WORKSHOP IS FOR ALL LEVELS AND BEGINNERS ARE ENCOURAGED***

 

Kay Ghajar (@kayghajar) has been practicing yoga for 10 years. She began exploring different styles of yoga after taking courses in positive psychology, which informed on the benefits of yoga and meditation. After she faced a traumatic life event in university and failed progression through traditional counselling, she started a yoga and mindfulness practice, which began her healing process and changed her outlook on life.

Kay received her 200-hour teaching certificate at Power Yoga Canada and has completed trainings in corporate and private yoga, hands-on assisting, and yoga for children battling chronic illnesses. She is also a Level I Fascial Stretch Therapist and has received her Master's of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour where she conducted developmental neuroscience research for youth with mental illness and probiotic research for adults battling depression and anxiety. As a yoga teacher, she connects with her students in a fun and enthusiastic style that makes everyone feel welcome and accepted. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student of yoga, you will feel comfortable expressing yourself and learn about the foundation of each pose, different forms of breath work, and how to give your body what it needs in the moment.

 

Antuanette is an International Speaker and Cannabis Business Maven. She is the Founder + CEO of Pleasure Peaks, a Medical Cannabis company focusing on Women’s Sexual Health. She is also the former Director of the Toronto Woman Grow Market and mentors many startups in the emerging cannabis industry in Canada within the legal framework. Her passion and love for uplifting women shows in her everyday life.

For the past 6 years, she has been helping people start, buy, and sell brands/companies in the cannabis industry. With an extensive background in executive work and medical cannabis education, she has a thorough understanding of the cannabis market and knows what it takes to champion a client’s needs. Whether you’re founding a startup or supply buying from a Licensed Producer, she can help you price properly, negotiate deals, gain strategic licensing, acquire financing,  find employment, and more.

Fitness by Jacflash X The Toronto Argos CO-ED Yoga Workshop. Click Here to Purchase Your Ticket!

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I'm thrilled to be inviting you to our FIRST ever CO-ED Fitness by Jacflash Yoga workshop with the Toronto Argos!

Click HERE to purchase your ticket before we sell out!

This very exciting workshop will take place on the BMO Field (170 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3) prior to the Toronto Argos Football game on July 6th.

This workshop also includes a ticket to the Argos game taking place that evening. Each guest’s ticket to the Argos game will be included in the event's goodie bags, and all tickets will be blocked off together in one 'Fitness by Jacflash' section of the stadium, so that everyone can enjoy the game together.

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July 6th Schedule:

Arrival- 1:00pm

Sign in, take your place at your mat (you will get to take your mat home with you!) At each workshop, we also provide attendees with a goodie bag full of sponsored products we love and stand behind that will be on your mat waiting for you.

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Speaker- 1:15pm-1:45pm

Argos player and motivational speaker, Matt Black will be leading us in an interactive 30 min discussion on the benefits of mobility in any training regime. Matthew Black is a retired 10 year CFL Veteran and 100th & 105th Grey Cup Champion. In 2016, he won the Jake Gaudaur Award and is a mentor for Huddle Up Bully Prevention, as well as an ambassador for "Make The Call, Ending Violence Against Women".

"During my 10-year playing career, I spend a lot of time focused on my body. Although it may not be the “sexiest” form of training, for me it was one of the most important aspects of my training regime. Flexibility and range of motion, not only helps keep your body functional at this peek, but it’s also one of the most important factors in injury prevention, in everyone from sedentary people to extreme/elite athletes. Flexibility and range of motion should never be over looked and when incorporated into your weekly exercise routine, it will not only help you hit your fitness goals sooner, but will also help speed up recovery time and injury prevention. When thinking about flexibility and range of motion, always remember. IF YOU DON’T USE IT, YOU LOOSE IT!"

- Matt Black

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Black was born and raised in Toronto and spent his entire 10-year career with the Double Blue after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 CFL Draft. The defensive back reached the pinnacle of the sport twice during his career, winning Grey Cups in 2012 and 2017. His first Grey Cup championship was won on home turf at the Rogers Centre and his second ring ended on one of the most memorable plays in Grey Cup history.

It was Black, released by the team mid-season and re-signed later, who came soaring through the snowy November air for a Grey Cup-sealing interception in the end zone with 20 seconds left on the clock. Over 127 games played for the Argos, the Saginaw Valley State product tallied 153 defensive tackles, 83 special teams tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, two touchdowns and two forced fumbles. His 21 special teams tackles in 2012 were good for fourth-best in the CFL that year.

Yoga- 1:45-2:45pm

This one hour yoga session is taught by Bianca Venerayan (@biancavenerayan). Bianca is a Toronto-based writer, yoga/meditation teacher, content creator and Instagram influencer. Her work focuses on mental health, wellness, sex positivity, environmental sustainability, and social consciousness. This yoga session will be taught in a fun and enthusiastic style that makes attendees feel welcome and accepted. Students of all levels of experience will feel comfortable expressing themselves while learning the foundation of each pose, different forms of breath work, and how to make in-the-moment adjustments according to their body's needs.

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Raffle prizes and wrap up- 2:45-3pm

Photos- end of event: 3pm-3:15pm

After the workshop you can either stay and hang out with us, or go home to recharge before the game!

Game time- 7pm

Can’t wait to see you all there!

xx Jac

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