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One of the first full-service climbing gyms in the Midwest has opened its doors in a new location in Oakley. Keep reading for more.

 
It’s been 26 years since Climb Time opened its first location in Blue Ash. Now, in 2019, they’re opening their doors at a second location in Oakley.
 
“Climb Time Oakley is a 45-ft tall facility with lead climbing, top roping, speed climbing, and, of course, bouldering,” says Climb Time President Patty Law. “We are open to beginner intermediate, and advanced climbers, and our pro shop offers climbing gear, clothing, books, and accessories.”
 
Those who want to get in the rock climbing game or who want to advance their skills can check out the facility that was built from the ground up and features nearly 11,000-square-feet of climbable wall space.
 
In addition to the climbing offerings at Climb Time, you’ll also find other amenities including a Tension board, a campus board, a rowing machine, kettlebells, and free weights. 
 
“Yoga classes and fitness clinics are something that we will have in our offerings in the near future,” says Law. “Our location, which is within walking distance of MadTree Brewing, had its grand opening on August 31 and saw a massive turnout with a line of patrons that wrapped outside around the corner.”
 
Law says that those who want to turn their passion for climbing into a competition can try out the competitions that are held at Climb Time, including the famed circuit America Bouldering Series that was born in Climb Time in the late 90s.
 
Climb Time Oakley is located at 4460 Orkney Avenue in Cincinnati. 
 
To learn more about Climb Time, visit www.ctoba.com. You can also follow along on Facebook.

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New skincare services are now available at a spa that specializes in helping women enjoy a luxurious, toxin-free spa experience. 

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound has a new location in Florence, Kentucky, in addition to its Mason, Ohio location that just celebrated a 15 year anniversary. 

But that’s not the only thing new at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound. They just launched several new services, expanding the use of the new performance-based, all-natural skincare products line, Pevonia.

The spa isn’t just for those who are expecting, either, says Marnie Gosser, spa manager of Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound. In fact, she adds, because they only use products that are all-natural yet result-oriented, their spa is a regional destination for those who want a toxin-free spa experience. 

All staff receives additional training to cater to their mom and mom-to-be guests as well. “We offer services before you are pregnant, during your pregnancy, and after you deliver your baby,” says Gosser. “We specialize in spa services that are therapeutic, relaxing, and pregnancy-safe.”

The specially trained therapists at Becoming Mom are there to help customers feel pampered with products and techniques that are safe yet performance-based. Gosser says they see dramatic results with issues like acne, swollen feet, dark spots or bags under eyes.

New services now available at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound include the Glow Facial Plus and the Royal Treatment Facial. 

“The Glow Facial Plus uses three different ancient Chinese tools that help you get the results you’re looking for without all the chemicals and toxins that are out there in the beauty industry,” Gosser says.

The facial boosts collagen production, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and helps to even out pigmentation issues you may have with your skin. Specialists also use beauty oils that are customized to your skin type – so whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or acne, the Glow Facial Plus can help your skin.

The Royal Treatment Facial is considered to be the ultimate facial offered at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound. 

“Our aestheticians use ancient techniques and selected products that address acne, oily, dry, devitalized, or aging skin,” says Gosser. “This exquisite but relaxing treatment includes lymphatic draining to produce radiant, younger looking skin.

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound has gift cards available for purchase to use for yourself or as a gift for someone for the upcoming holidays. To learn more, visit becomingmomspa.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram for pop-up specials and giveaways.

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Read on to learn about a non-profit organization that wants to help support and empower women through their breast and gynecological cancer journeys.

If you need support after being diagnosed with breast and gynecological cancer, there is an organization that‘s here to help. 

“DayOne Matters of Greater Cincinnati is a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one support, trusted resources and generous assistance to breast and gynecological cancer fights, survivors and caregivers,” says Amy Darrah, Co-founder and President. “Through our IMPACT Giving Foundation, we provide Chemo and radiation bags, healthy meals and medical bill assistance to fighters and survivors when they are in need.”

Launched alongside Co-founder Brenda Walton, DayOne Matters began three years ago, but it officially launched last month. “DayOne Matters is volunteer-run and we currently have 13 volunteers and are growing,” says Darrah. 

The inspiration behind starting the organization came from the feeling of Darrah and Walton had during their cancer journeys. “Our inspiration was born out of the isolation and frustration we felt, coupled with the lack of available resources, at the time of our diagnoses and throughout our cancer journeys. Professional programs and products that are specifically needed by women dealing with cancer were not conveniently available to us,” Darrah says. “As we began talking with other women who had dealt with cancer, their stories were quite similar to ours. We decided that we could do better. By empowering women to take charge of their journey, providing trusted resources, caring friendships, consistency and reasons to be positive, we’ve created an organization that is changing how to deal with a cancer diagnosis.”

The name of the organization is so important for the mission of DayOne Matters. “We determined that Cincinnati area women dealing with breast and gynecological cancer, whether a fighter, survivor or caregiver, should be uplifted in a positive, holistic manner and that no matter where they were in their journey, support would start now. This would be their DayOne,” Darrah says.

DayOne Matters provides different services to women going through their cancer journey, so they don’t have to stress. These services include:

• Sol Sisters: “One-on-one support where a fighter is matched with a Sol Sister mentor who shares her same diagnosis, but has attained survivor status. A Sol Sister is a ‘girlfriend who gets it,’” they say. “She is a partner who walks alongside a fighter to support, listen and cheer on her new friend. Sol Sisters are also available for survivors and caregivers who need support and encouragement.”
 
• Local Resources: “Trusted resources who have been vetted by DayOne Matters. It is a one-stop-shop of professionals, places, classes and products that we feel are sensitive to and can be beneficial to someone dealing with cancer,” they say.
 
• IMPACT Giving Foundation does the following:
 
o Chemo and Radiation Bags: “Bags filled with healthy and organic items that are helpful to women during chemo or radiation treatment. Smaller bags are given to local oncology offices for their patients and deluxe bags are given to women in Sol Sister partnerships,” Darrah and Walton say. “People get excited about our bags because they are filled with thoughtful items that make you happy.”
o Healthy Meals: “For women undergoing chemotherapy and who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and/or their families, DayOne Matters provides healthy and delicious meals. Daily optionsare available to choose from and are delivered to homes by our volunteers,” they say. 
o Medical Bill Assistance: DayOne Matters provides financial help for bills related to cancer for fightersand survivors. 

The organization defines success through the support and encouragement felt by the people. “For every woman we empower, support, encourage, uplift, connect and cheer on through any of our programs, we claim success,” Darrah says. “We are women supporting women in every stage of their cancer journey. We build friendships that can last a lifetime.”

DayOne Matters is a unique organization that is authentic and relatable. “We ‘get it’ because each of us has a cancer journey. We know what type of support is truly needed and we have created extremely successful, tailored programs that work,” they say. “We’ve also created extensive lists to serve as a one-stop-shop for positive cancer-related information. From service providers, products and programs, these continually updated lists contain a wealth of information for the woman dealing with cancer.”

The organization is a big part of the community of Madeira because they educate and empower people. “We are the fighters, survivors and caregivers and we are connecting women like us and helping them thrive through adversity because we know that positivity helps heal the mind, body and soul.”

DayOneMatters is located at 6911 Miami Avenue, Madeira, Ohio 45243. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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Learn about a Montgomery-based dentistry practice that provides unique services in a boutique, concierge setting.

Eleanor Endres, DMD, Owner and Dentist at Endres Gateway Dentistry

There is a practice in Old Montgomery that takes a different approach to dentistry. Endres Gateway Dentistry is a “General dentistry practice in a boutique, concierge setting that focuses on family, cosmetic, comprehensive and sleep/snoring dentistry, wellness and facial esthetics,” says Eleanor Endres, DMD-Owner and Dentist at Endres Gateway Dentistry. 

The practice located in Olde Montgomery, immediately off of Ronald Reagan Highway, has been opened since August of 2007. With the help of six employees and a therapy dog named Finn, Endres Gateway Dentistry offers a wide variety of services. The name of the practice comes from the fact that they are in the Gateway Building of Montogomery. “A Gateway has an obvious analogy to the mouth,” Endres says. “Our motto is: ‘Oral Health is the gateway to healthy living.’”   

There is a wide variety of services offered through the practice. They offer the traditional dental services, including: fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, hybrid dentures, implants, cleanings, gum treatment, braces, veneers, teeth whitening, sedation and more. 

They also offer unique services like TMJ Treatments, which include: guards, therapy, massage, trigger point injections and E-stim. There are Facial Esthetic Services: Botox fillers for wrinkles, lips, PRP for dark circles under eyes, Kybella for dissolving fat under the chin, threading to minimize facial scarring, heavy wrinkles and sagging skin, and jaw line enhancement. They also provide snoring appliances and Sleep Apnea appliances. 

Advanced technology and boutique comfort is what makes Endres Gateway Dentistry unique

Endres Gateway Dentistry is different from other practices, Endres says, because they have “a boutique environment, large variety of services, ability to treat TMD, comprehensive care — which means we help educate our patients on how the health of their mouth relates to their whole health — and high level of customer service with a gentle touch,” she explains. “We have a therapy dog, Finn, for our patients with dental anxiety. He is a two-year-old Bernedoodle and cute as can be.

According to Endres, the vision of the practice is “To always be offering the latest and most advanced dental and facial esthetic treatments through evidence-based care,” Endres says. Endres Gateway Dentistry provides joy and education to the community. “Not only do we help people smile and help them enjoy life, we can educate the public on healthy lifestyles,” she says. “That raises the health and happiness of the whole community.”

Endres loves the field that she is in and is passionate about it. “I really love dentistry and facial esthetics,” she says. “I have always enjoyed a job where I work with my hands, creating a product through an artistic eye that is useful to people.”

Keeping up with industry is also important to Endres, as she and her team often adapt the practice with new technology, techniques and services. “We want to meet the needs of our patients as the science of dental medicine and facial esthetics advances,” she says. 

And while she loves the science and artistry of her job, Endres says it’s the people she enjoys the most. “My team and my parents that I see every day allow me the privilege to impact their lives in positive ways,” Endres says. “I love helping people achieve their goals, both personally and professionally.”

Endres Gateway Dentistry is located at 9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204, Cincinnati, OH. To learn more, visit on FacebookInstagram or their website

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Read on to learn about a soon-to-open market providing unique selections of food and drinks to Northern Kentucky and beyond. 

Ludlow, Kentucky, is about to get a tasty new neighbor.

 

Taste on Elm is “an approachable community market providing a unique mix of local, regional and international products,” says Lauren Hodge, Owner and Operator of Taste on Elm. The business will be located in the Ludlow, Kentucky business district on Elm Street and will be opening in December of 2019

 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a love for food, wine and retail. “I love putting something into a person’s hand that I enjoy, believe in and what to share,” Hodge explains.

 

The name, Taste on Elm, came from wanting people to not be intimidated by food and wine. “Food and wine are not complicated,” Hodge says. “We want our guests to be able to taste unfamiliar products before they make the commitment to buy, thus taking the uncertainty out of the equation.”

 

Taste on Elm will provide an assortment food and wine. “We will carry an assortment of charcuterie, cheese, wine, bread, pasta, olive oil, dry goods and sundries. You will also be able to have a cheese and charcuterie board while enjoying a glass of wine at the market,” Hodge says. “Customers can also order cheese and charcuterie boards for entertaining at home. We will be tapping into the local vendors/producers as much as possibleRegular wine tasting will be offered in order for our guests to try something new before they purchase.”

 

Taste on Elm’s mission is to be known in the community for their “specialty products, friendly and knowledgeable staff and an approachable shopping experience. We will be curators of specialty food products, such as wine, cheese, charcuterie, pasts, oils, etc.,” she says. “We will get to know our customers, recommend pairings and most importantly, put food in people’s mouths. In the end, it’s all about taste.”

 

Hodge says the vision for Taste on Elm is for it to always evolve as they pay attention to what their customers want and need. “We see ourselves as a destination and an integral part of the Ludlow, Kentucky revitalization,” she says. 

 

This new business is important for the Ludlow community. “It is critical that each new business serves the community while laying the groundwork for Ludlow as a destination,” Hodge says. “We believe we are an important part of that mix.”

 

The business is committed to great customer service to their customers and listening to their needs. “It is the number one thing I believe is missing in retail today. Also, really getting to know your customers as people,” she says. “Understanding their likes and dislikes and being able to offer them products and services you know will make their experience better. We taste 100 mediocre cheeses so you can enjoy a few great ones.”

 

The product variety at Taste on Elm will be different than other stores. “Sourcing unique and interesting products frolocal to international to provide a well-rounded shopping experience,” Hodge says. 

 

To learn more and keep up with what’s going on with Taste on Elm, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Health and community come together at a Northern Kentucky hot spot for all things healthy.

A local lady’s personal journey through weigh loss, health and wellness inspired a new business.

Healthy Hangout is health and nutrition business based in the Florence area that wants to promote healthy living, but also a place for people to come together.  “Healthy Hangout is a Nutrition Club where people can come get a healthy meal smoothie and energy combos customized to everyone’s nutritional needs,” says Kim Blatt, Wellness Coach and Owner of Healthy Hangout. 

The business is located across from Boone County High School at: 7220 Burlington Pike, Florence, Kentucky. In November, Healthy Hangout is going to be celebrating their one-year anniversary. 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from Blatt’s personal weight loss journey. “Thirteen years ago, I went from 42 percent body fat, a size 14 to an eight, in six weeks (29 percent body fat). Today, 13 years later, I am between a four and a six,” she says. “It’s amazing that after a lifetime of dieting, I found out how to use food to maintain normal body weight and muscle integrity.”

There are a variety of different services and products offered through Healthy Hangout. The business provides a Saturday morning walking club, spa parties, weight loss challenge, both on-site and these challenges take place in other businesses as a wellness program as well. “It all starts with a Wellness Profile, which guides us towards developing a meal plan to help each person hit their unique goals,” Blatt says. “We help people track changes in their body mass and learn to use fuel to increase the results of exercise and diet.” 

Other than wellness programs, they sell nutritional products to customers as well. “We offer a full line of Natural Sports Nutrition, vitamin-based energy drinks, natural metabolism boosters, immunity booster, protein-based snacks, including a wonderful protein-based coffee,” she says. “Our company (Herbalife Nutrition) uses state of the art procedures to develop the most effective combinations of herbs and botanicals.”

Healthy Hangout defines success by “helping others reach their goals, whatever that may be for them,” Blatt says. “We are focused on delivering healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks that taste amazing and since we use Herbalife products, we also love teaching people to be independent of us as well and think of healthy eating as a delicious way of life.”

To keep up with Healthy Hangout, follow on Facebook and Instagram, or call at: (859) 534-1682.

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A new Newport-based practice that wants to help people relieve stress and heal through two unique kinds of tension-melting services. 

It’s a busy world out there, but Tina Kreidler opened a wellness practice in Northern Kentucky to help you find the stillness within. In fact, Stillness Within Healing is the name of her new business.

The name, Stillness Within Healing, comes from the feeling of zen, she says. “When you are able to quiet the chaos of the world and get quiet and still, you can balance the nervous system and heal. I am not a healer, I like to hold space for people so that they can awaken their inner healer,” she adds. “Some of the most common imbalances that people seek out holistic healing for are: anxiety, stress, acute illness, auto immune disorders, painful joints, sleeplessness, depression, emotional healing and mental fog. It’s complimentary to Western Medicine.”

Kreidler loves to help people and has brought that passion to her practice. “I hope to offer a place where people can truly relax and I can walk with them on their journey of wellness,” she says. “We live in such a fast-paced world and people are really starting to understand that self-care needs to be a priority, finding that balance for the body, mind, spirit and emotions.”

Reiki and Reflexology are the two main services currently offered at Stillness Within Healing. 

Reiki

“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive,” Kreidler says. “The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words- Rei, which means ‘universal’ and ki, which is life force energy, so Reiki is ‘spiritually guided life force energy.’”

Reiki is something that has really been growing in popularity because of its success and how easy it is to use. “Many hospitals, clinics and offices have implemented Reiki as a practice to reduce stress and increase natural healing for employees and patients. Reiki is used to aid the natural healing within your body. It can be combined with other modalities to speed the body’s ability to heal.”

During a Reiki session, each client is fully clothed and are wrapped with blankets so they can be comfortable. “Reiki can be practiced with touch or by holding hands slightly off the body. The practitioner gently holds their hands in positions on the body to increase the energy flow to that area for several minutes and then moves the hands slowly to the next location, she says. “A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.”

Reflexology

“Reflexology is the science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. It is not massage, but a particular method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate reflex areas,” Kreidler says. “As a reflexologist works the reflex areas on your feet or hands, the patterns of tension held in your body are interrupted, which then allows your body’s own healing wisdom to emerge. Reflexology is like hitting a reset button inside your body.”

A Reflexology session starts out with a conversation with Kreidler about your medical history, physical symptoms and figure out where they want to begin on their body. “During a session, some people stay awake and alert, asking questions or chatting with the practitioner,” she says. “Other people may stay awake but prefer to close their eyes and gently relax, while others go deep inside and totally relax to the point of falling asleep or choosing a lucid dream experience.”

Science has proven that stress is a huge cause of pain, illness and disease. “People turn to Reflexology for the relief of all kinds of symptoms, everything from back pain to digestive issues to infertility and depression, the roots of which are all exacerbated by stress and tension,” Kreidler says. “By relieving tension in the body’s reflex areas on your feet and hands, stress is alleviated and the healing wisdom inside the body can begin working to bring you back to wholeness.”

Along with Reiki and Reflexology, she also uses crystals, hot stones and aromatherapy. 

Stillness Within Healing is located at 821 York Street in Newport, Kentucky. To learn more, like them on Facebook, contact through email tina@stillnesswithinhealing.com or call (859) 907-4296.

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Learn about a West Chester-based women’s fitness studio that brings fun and unique ways to enjoy Pilates for all ability levels.

There is a fitness facility in the West Chester area that wants to help people experience exercise in a unique and fun way. “Club Pilates is a Reformer-based Pilates classes that use a modern approach to classical methods. Reformer Pilates is energizing fun and low-impact,” Laura Harris, Studio Owner of Club Pilates, says. “It’s for anyone looking to build strength, increase flexibility and improve range of motion.”

Club Pilates is a national franchise, but their club location opened on April 4, 2019 in West Chester at: 7554 Voice of America Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069. Currently, there are six instructors, three sales associates and one general manager. 

There are a wide variety of different Pilates classes offered and the include:

• Club Pilates Intro Class

“The Club Pilates Intro Class is the perfect way to experience Pilates and our studio! Enjoy a 30-minute, full-body session with one of our talented instructors- each of whom are certified with over 500 hours of comprehensive Pilates,” Harris says. “This session is a great intro to our equipment, the studio and our amazing staff. Experience the Pilates Reformer and more. Find your local studio to book your complimentary Reformer session today.”

• Full-Body Reformer-Based Pilates

“Our signature contemporary Reformer class with strengthen and lengthen your entire body,” she says. “Creatively  flow from the Reformer to the springboard, EXO-chair, barre, TRX and more-ensuring you never take the same class twice. Experience the benefits of classical Pilates with a twist.”

• Club Pilates Cardio Sculpt

“This high energy, low-impact class is perfect for the cardio junkie. Use the Pilates jump board to facilitate plyometric movement against spring tension (rather than gravity) and experience an aerobic workout that won’t stress the joints,” Harris says.

• CP Center + Balance

“CP Center + Balance involves light movement and deep stretching to leave you feeling long, loose and ready to take on whatever the day brings,” she says. “A regular stretch routine will help reduce soreness and muscle fatigue, improve performance, decrease risk of injury and increase blood flow to your muscles.”

• CP Control

“Sculpt and tone your legs and glutes as you learn to use the barre in a whole new way,” Harris says. “Gliding discs, fitness balls and free weights are used to keep your body guessing! Strengthen your entire body from the feet up. Talking your Pilates moves to the barre is guaranteed to increase balance, stability and control in ways that will enhance your everyday life.”

• CP Suspend

“Defy gravity with Pilates and suspension training. A Reformer/based workout that combines your Pilates work with the incredibly effective TRX suspension training system,” she says. 

• Private Training Sessions

There are a also three different levels of the classes offered: Level 1, Level 1.5 and Level 2.0.

Harris says Club Fitness is unique because it has such a range of classes to keep it fresh, fun and welcoming to a variety of abilities. “We offer our clients a full-body, low-impact workouts along with providing high-impact challenge to the stabilizing muscles of the core,” she says. “Unlike the mat Pilates classes offered in many gym settings, Club Pilates offers classes using an array of specialized equipment, including the Reformer, EXO-Chair, Bosu Ball, TRX Suspension Trainer Springboards and more.”

Club Pilates is located at 12088 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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Read on to learn about a blogger and Instagrammer who wants to spread positivity through blogging.

Food and adventure. Those are two of Aditi Rao’s greatest loves and she now shares them on her blog, Food Times Infinity.

“I am a foodie at heart. I was always up for trying different cuisines and experimenting with different places and food. If I liked anything, I’d introduce my friends to the same and when they appreciated it as well, I’d be happy,” says Rao, an IT Analyst at a locally-based healthcare company. “Over the years, I’ve noticed that there’s no bond between two people, greater than the love for food. Food is almost the only standard topic everyone resorts to, to have a good conversation. That led to Food Times Infinity, my little love for food, in summation. It is my small way of recommending and celebrating all the delicious food, from different places and cultures that I enjoyed.”

Her adventures inspire each blog post idea for Food Times Infinity. “I try different cuisines, places and my travel experiences help in trying different types of food,” she says. “I try to document all of that in my posts.”

Along with the Instagram account, Rao runs a blog called My Boundless Thoughts. “My name, Aditi, means boundless- and the only boundlessness I identify with is the boundlessness within my mind,” Rao says. “That led to My Boundless Thoughts. I started out with a Wordpress account with the same name, and this year, took a leap of faith to own my own.”

There are five categories of posts with My Boundless Thoughts: 

• General: “Where I write about life and current events around the world,” Rao says.
• Reviews: “Here I attempt to review books, movies or shows I liked,” she says.
• Travel: “This space is a complete jot down of my travel itineraries and experiences, with photographs taken by my DSLR,” Rao says. 
• Miscellaneous: “Where I jot down my ramblings or thoughts that don’t fit any category,” she says.
• Stories: “Here are presented the short stories I’ve written,” Rao says. 

Through her blog, she doesn’t define success the way other people might. “I avoid looking at numbers- likes, follower counts, shares. These are discouraging,” she says. “If I post something and if someone sends me a text or a message saying- my piece made them feel better or helped them in anyway; I consider that a win. That’s my success.”

The mission of her blog is to help people. It could be a simple topic like mental health or a difficult one like life decisions,” she says. “From my stories to travel blogs, I want to address at least some need that people have.

Whether it is her website or food blog, Rao wants to spread happiness and positivity to the community. “My blogs areversatile, in my opinion and respectful towards most sentiments. Everyone can find something useful for themselves.”

To follow her food blog, check out on Instagram. Also, visit her blog at: https://myboundlessthoughts.com.

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A local organization is helping to heal negative body image through the power of yoga and community. Read on for more.

 

They say your vibe attracts your tribe. That’s where one local organization, the Good Vibes Tribe Cincinnati, aims to help.

“Good Vibes Tribe Cincinnati is a yoga outreach organization that offers free community gatherings each month in an effort to heal negative body image through the power of yoga and community,” says Katie Wagner and Jessica Smith, Founders and Facilitators of Good Vibes Tribe. 

Good Vibes to Wagner and Smith means acceptance. “Being fully present even when the vibes aren’t so good,” they say. “Tapping into that mindful awareness creates a shift which leads to self-acceptance and eventually self-love.”

In November, Good Vibes Tribe will be celebrating three years of community gatherings. As of right now, Good Vibes Tribe doesn’t have a specific location. “Our tribe is nomadic in nature as we travel to a different location in the Cincinnati area each month,” Wagner and Smith say. “As a non-profit organization, we use donated space from local businesses to host our gatherings.” 

Wagner and Smith are both survivors of eating disorders and found recovery through yoga. “Yoga allowed us to reconnect to our bodies in a way that was thoughtful and gracious, while community circles allowed us to listen to the stories of others and then share our own,” they say. “There’s a unique power in combining the elements of mindful awareness with the safety of speaking our truths.” With the name, ‘Good Vibes Tribe,’ “It is our goal to spread positive awareness and let others know there is a brighter side to the darkness of negative body image.”

The gatherings of Good Vibes Tribe have included a variety of different offerings. “At each monthly gathering, we begin with an hour of yoga followed by an hour of discussion with our guest speaker. Topics of discussion have previously included: Acceptance with a Certified Yoga Therapist, Stress Management with an LPCC and Spectrum of Emotions with a Certified Body Talk Practitioner. We also partner with other non-profits such as NEDA, The Giveback Yoga Foundation and Project  Heal to help increase awareness and break down the stigma surrounding mental health,” Wagner and Smith say. “In addition to our community gatherings each month, we offer several workshops relating to self-care and mindful eating, both being terms we are seeing more frequently in our culture. Rather than how-to guides, our workshops offer space to dive deeply into the self and discover what it is that our bodies and souls are actually craving.”

The organization defines success through people going for themselves. “If you are new to the practice, it can feel intimidating coming to a yoga class because our society has created an unrealistic image of what it means to have a ‘yoga body,’” they say. “It’s also challenging to show up for yourself in our culture because there is such pressure to be in constant motion…we are always doing and not necessarily for our own well-being. In effect, we aren’t taking the time for ourselves to actually address our physical or emotional needs. We offer that space. All you have to do is show up.”

Good Vibes Tribe wants to be a safe place for the community of Cincinnati. “There aren’t enough safe spaces for people to gather, connect and share their truths without fear of judgment or shame, especially for those who might not have the financial means to participate otherwise,” Wagner and Smith say. “We are out in the community each month offering a service that is completely free and accessible. We’ll even lend you a yoga mat if you need one.”

The organization holds gatherings that meet once a month, but they work on a daily basis. “We work daily because we are passionate about what we do. Because we’ve been there,” they say. “We’ve both suffered with our mental health and well-being but have learned how to reconnect to ourselves through yoga and community. This is what inspired us to become instructors and facilitators… to show others there is a door, all you have to do is knock.”

If you want to keep up with what Good Vibes Tribe is doing, follow the organization on Facebook and their website.