07/08/18 Fitness by Jacflash, Women’s Booty Workshop with Trainer Lara Marquez and Aesthetician, Skin Therapist and Acupuncturist Kacie Krecolowich

On Sunday, July 8th from 12:30-2:30 we held another fitness workshop with trainer Lara Marquez who heated up her BOOTY workout series with a shoulders burner. Squats, presses, dumbbell raises and more!
Sponsors for this workshop include:
OneLife Meals
Handful
Sproos
Flow
Crave
Walo
Raere
Location: 99 Sudbury St, Toronto, ON M6J 3S7

Kacie Krecolowich is a Registered Acupuncturist with a studio in Yorkville called SILK + PALM. After spending 8 years as an Aesthetician and Skin Therapist, her own health journey brought her to Acupuncture where she competed a Diploma in Acupuncture at Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine.

Her focus is to continue providing skin therapy through a holistic approach with Cosmetic Acupuncture and her own line of small batch, all natural skincare, while also focusing on Women’s Health and Hormones to bring a balanced state to the body and encouraging women to… glow with the flow!

During the workshop, Kacie explained exactly what Cosmetic Acupuncture is and how it works to benefit the skin. She also demonstrated a Gua Sha/ Jade Roller Facial massage to give the skin a silky glow!

For any questions or more information check out her website at…

www.silkandpalm.ca

@kaciekacupuncture

06/19/18 Fitness by Jacflash Women’s Power Yoga Workshop with Kay Ghajar and Zero Waste Event Coordinator Sophi Robertson

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Fitness by Jacflash's Power Yoga Women’s Workshop with Yoga Instructor Kay Ghajar and Zero Waste Event Coordinator Sophi Robertson

Last Tuesday we hosted another amazing yoga workshop!

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At all of our workshops, all levels are welcomed and encouraged!

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Yoga mats were provided for use for the evening by The Local Lululemon.

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Our instructor Kay Ghajar (@kayghajar) has been practicing yoga for almost 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 a traumatic life event in university and failed progression through traditional counselling, she started practicing yoga and keeping a gratitude jar, which began her healing process and changed her outlook on life.

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Kay received her 200-hour teaching certificate at Power Yoga Canada and will lead us through an amazing Power Yoga session. Her detailed, descriptive instruction and high energy makes the class exciting, comprehendible and achievable for the women in the class who are all at different levels.

Zero Waste Lifestyle Influencer- Sophi Robertson

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Sophi is the Zero Waste Event Coordinator for the Toronto Tool Library. She has been striving to live a waste less lifestyle with her family of three since 2016. She documents her journey on social media as @YourEcoFriend.

At the workshop, Sophi helped us find simple and accessible solutions to reach our eco lifestyle goals.

She also spoke to us about Furoshiki- Japanese art of cloth wrapping.

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We learned how to cloth wrap gifts beautifully without tape or any waste. The wrapping becomes part of the recipient’s gift so that they can reuse the cloth themselves or for another gift. We’ll cover hard to wrap gifts like wine bottles and toys. This can also be applicable for transporting other items such as food.

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Extra special thank you to our assistant yoga instructors walking around, giving everyone one on one love, answering any questions and helping us in our poses!

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06/03/18 Fitness by Jacflash, Women’s Fitness Workshop with Trainer Lara Marquez and Chiropractic Dr Aliya Visram

Our Fitness workshop was held on Sunday June 3rd from 12:30-2:30. Trainer Lara Marquez continued her BOOTY  workout series and paired it with a BACK strengthener. Squats, thrusts, rows and more.
Location: 99 Sudbury St, Toronto, ON M6J 3S7
Our sponsors for this workshop include:
The Karma Box Co. Spider Tech Sproos

Dr Aliya Visram is a chiropractic doctor and registered acupuncturist in Toronto. A certified yoga teacher, strength and conditioning specialist and rehabilitation expert, Dr Aliya uses her knowledge and hands on experience to help diagnose and treat various complicated injuries. Specializing in women’s health, Dr Aliya has developed a multi-faceted integrated approach that promotes whole body wellness. Her journey back to fitness post-baby has helped her understand and develop a new program of injury management and prevention exercises and techniques based on current research and patient outcomes. When she’s not in the clinic, you can find Dr Aliya on her yoga mat, going for a run or sharing cuddles with her tiny humans Rose and Will.

@draliyavisram draliya.ca

Dr Aliya shared the latest tips and trends on performance optimization and how to prevent injuries from occurring during training.

She demonstrated an integrative approach to injury management using active release techniques (ART), acupuncture, dynamic cupping and sports taping.

By the end of this workshop we learned how to prevent training injuries from occurring and how to use some key pain management techniques (including taping) to help relieve pain.

05/23/18 Fitness By Jacflash Women's Power Yoga Workshop with Kay Ghajar and Massiell Arias, Esthetician and Creator of Massiell Natural Skincare

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At our last yoga workshop we had Massiell Arias, an esthetician and Creator of Massiell Natural Skincare. She showed us how to make our own face masks using all natural ingredients that are custom to our skin types!

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Massiell Arias, Toronto based esthetician and creator of Massiell natural skincare will be sharing with us her most valuable skin glowing tips and a behind the scenes diy face mask session. Massiell has been an esthetician for over ten years now and she is still hand mixing and pouring all of her products, always with love.

@Massiell.made is a handcrafted intimate collection of elixirs, exfoliants and face masks for the ordinary human looking to restore, balance and renew their skin without compromising quality. All products are made without the use of synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens and are not tested on animals.

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Not only was it informative, but the hands on experience was so much fun. Masielle shared her most valuable skin glowing tips to take home.

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This power yoga session welcomes all levels - but is PERFECT for beginners.

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We have amazing assistants helping anyone in need.

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Yoga mats are provided for use for the evening by The Local Lululemon.

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As per usual, @kayghajar lead us through an incredible session.

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Kay Ghajar has been practicing yoga for almost 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 a traumatic life event in university and failed progression through traditional counselling, she started practicing yoga and keeping a gratitude jar, which began her healing process and changed her outlook on life.

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Kay received her 200-hour teaching certificate at Power Yoga Canada and will lead us through an amazing Power Yoga session. Her detailed, descriptive instruction and high energy makes the class exciting, comprehendible and achievable for the women in the class who are all at different levels.

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We had incredible goodie bags from Coco Polo, Oneka and K'Pure and raffle prizes, including a box from @thekarmaboxco, Pony Dry and two incredible heartbeat pieces from @cyntiamiglio!

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Such beautiful gifts designed by a local businesses. Congratulations to our winners!

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We loved seeing your beautiful faces and can't wait until next time!

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Photography by Alana De Haan

05/13/18 Fitness by Jacflash, Women’s Fitness Workshop with Trainer Lara Marquez and My Naturopath Tracey Beaulne

In celebration of Mother's Day, 100% of proceeds for this workshop went to Sistering.org, a multi-service agency aimed at supporting women in Toronto facing poverty, marginalization, and homelessness. Women at Sistering are battling a range of difficulties including mental health problems, substance abuse, run-ins with the criminal justice system, lack of access due to immigrant/refugee status, and more. At Sistering, a small team of women work tirelessly to offer a 24/7 drop-in, that provides shelter, hot meals, crisis intervention, harm reduction, and trauma-informed counselling services. They also make referrals for housing, health, and legal and immigration services.

 

This Sunday fitness workshop with trainer Lara Marquez took place on Sunday, May 13th from 12:30-2:30.

Lift your minds. Lift your bodies. The ultimate circuit workout was designed to challenge a woman of every fitness level. Squats, crunches and rows.

Sponsors for this workshop include: Fiji Water Dermalogica Salome Naturals Genuine Health Healthy Crunch

Location: 99 Sudbury St, Toronto, ON M6J 3S7

I was thrilled to have my very own naturopath, Dr. Tracey Beaulne, speak to us at this workshop!

Dr. Tracey M. Beaulne ND, has been a clinician for over 17 years. She focuses on complex gut-to-brain and immune connections. Her personal and clinical experience with gut health has shaped her methods of treating the critical internal ecosystems.

In addition to her clinical practice she is the host of the Microbiome Summit for Town Hall Medicine, a partnership between the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Genuine Health. In Tracey’s words “I had the honour and privilege of interviewing our experts to learn about their ground breaking research.   My goal through all of the interviews is to elevate the conversation on current health topics by providing information that is accurate, credible, proven and trusted.  I hope you will be inspired to join us in this educational journey to better health”.

Dr Tracey can be reached at thetummyclinic.com and www.townhallmedicine.com New science is telling us that all our thoughts, behaviour and reactions to stress and even our ability to have empathy are potentially being driven by the gut bugs— which have been under attack and neglected for decades!  We are seeing rising rates of anxiety, depression, less stress resilience and a surge in brain disorders, which appears to be influenced, at least in part, by the relationship between microbes and our lifestyle.  With this knowledge it is easier to have greater empathy towards ourselves, our elderly and our young and work towards positive change for our Mother Earth.

05/09/18 Fitness by Jacflash ‘Mother’s Day’ Power Yoga Workshop with Kay Ghajar and My Sister Meagan Wilson!

We hosted this special Fitness by Jacflash yoga workshop in celebration of Mother's Day, with 100% of proceeds being donated to Sistering. Our goal was for women to bring their mothers, their mentors, best friends, or any other woman who has made a positive impact on their life. For this reason, it was a perfect fit to donate to Sistering, a multi-service agency aimed at supporting women in Toronto facing poverty, marginalization, and homelessness. Women at sistering are battling a range of difficulties including mental health problems, substance abuse, run-ins with the criminal justice system, lack of access due to immigrant/refugee status, and more. At Sistering, a small team of women work tirelessly to offer a 24/7 drop-in, that provides shelter, hot meals, crisis intervention, harm reduction, and trauma-informed counselling services. They also make referrals for housing, health, and legal and immigration services.

This workshop took place on Wednesday, May 9th 7-9pm at The Costume House, located at 165 Geary Avenue. Yoga mats were provided for use for the evening by The Local lululemon. Sponsors for this workshop include: Rawcology coconut chips, BamBoo Roots bamboo toothbrushes, Soapstones Rosewater facial cream, and Evelyn Iona green tea primer. Raffle prizes were a gorgeous set of roses donated by Melissa Andre Blooms and a beautiful set of eco-friendly leather dreamcatcher earrings from Chic Made Consciously.

Our speaker for this workshop was my sister, Meagan Wilson. As she’s an eminent inspiration and role model in my life, and I felt honoured that she came and shared with us for this special Mother’s Day workshop, especially since my own mother was unable to make it! Meagan spoke to us about connecting with our core values, allowing us time to journal and reflect on our own values before we shared with each other.

As always, we had Kay Ghajar lead a power yoga session for the group. This time around, there was a special emphasis on partner exercises and poses so we could really connect and have a blast with our motherly figures.

We also had our three assistant yoga instructors available, providing hands-on assists. In addition, we had artist @officialchillgirl (Alex) doing live painting during the workshop, and Holly from The Ten Spot giving free five-minute massages!

We love announcing our raffle winners at the end of each workshop!