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’s Women’s Power Yoga Workshop with Kay Ghajar and My Sister Meagan Wilson!

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 workshop took place on Wednesday, May 9th 7-9pm at 165 Geary Ave, unit 2.

Fitness by Jacflash’s Power Yoga Women’s Workshop with Yoga Instructor Kay Ghajar and My Sister Meagan Wilson!

 

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

Sponsors for this workshop include:
Rawcology
BamBoo Roots
Soapstones
Evelyn Iona
Melissa Andre Blooms

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.

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.

I am also thrilled to have my sister Meagan Wilson speak to us at this workshop! As she is an eminent inspiration and role model in my life, I am thrilled to have you all hear my sister speak to us about “Connecting with your core values”.


Meagan is a Mama to 4 beautiful souls: North, Indigo, Juniper and Sage and loving wife to Brad. After living ten years in Sydney, Australia she just recently took flight and put down new roots in the Canadian countryside just outside of Toronto. She received a BA from McGill University, taught TESOL to young children in South Korea and after the birth of her first child began researching and studying play-based learning, natural parenting and early childhood education from a Waldorf perspective.

After she received her Foundations in Rudolf Steiner Education she founded her business Whole Family Rhythms (wholefamilyrhythms.com). A virtual online community that provides mothers and carers resources, information and courses on conscious connected parenting that is aligned with their unique family values. Meagan is also a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach (wholefamilyrhythms.com/work-with-Meagan) and helps Mamas and parents with the early childhood challenges they may be experiencing.

We had artist @officialchillgirl (Alex) paint during the workshop as well!

And Holly from The Ten Spot giving massages!

Come join us for our next workshop! Get tickets at www.fitnessbyjacflash.com!

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

 

05/06/18 Fitness by Jacflash, Women’s Booty Workshop with Trainer Lara Marquez and OB-GYN Dr. Gabrielle Cassir

Our Sunday trainer, Lara Marquez brought back the crowd pleaser working abs and booty today!

Our goodie bag sponsors today include Over EZ, Sproos, Handfuel, Soapstones Natural Skincare, and water was supplied by Fiji Water.
Our raffle prizes are from One Life Meals, Organika and Crave Heathy Habits!

 

Gynaecologist, Dr. Gabrielle Cassir  currently sub-specializes in High Risk Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and is considered one of the association’s most recognized
medical specialists.

Throughout her continuous training, Dr. Cassir immersed herself in the many facets of the OB-GYN
world, and in doing so, discovered her passion for women’s education. In a world where pop culture idealism and social media enthralment have become an integral part
of society, Dr. Cassir knows that there’s a relevant opportunity for shedding light and understanding
on the issues, complications and questions women face daily about their bodies.

Dr. Cassir discussed everything we wanted to know about what to expect when expecting, contraception, STDs, Gardasil vaccine, Pap tests and yeast infections…with answers to all our burning female questions in a game of gyno jeopardy!

Our trainer Lara Marquez motivated, lead and guided us through every crunch and lift along with Squats, Thrusts and everything else the booty needs.

And thank you so much for everyone that brought gently used clothing, toiletries, make up and beauty products, bras, socks, underwear and more for the women of Sistering.org!

 

Photography by Alana De Haan

04/29/18 Fitness by Jacflash, Women’s Arms and Booty Workshop with Trainer Lara Marquez and Dr. Angelina Yee and Nat Harrison Speaking About Vitality

Curls By Girls. Nothing tones the arms better than a bicep and tricep workout!
On Sunday April 29th from 12:30 -2:30, Fitness by Jacflash hosted a woman’s arms and booty workshop with trainer Lara Marquez who is pairing up her BOOTY workout series with squats, thrusts and lunges.

Sponsors for our goodie bags this week included:

Fiji Water
Welo
Genuine Health
Blu Dot
Sproos

 

This workout is guaranteed fire!

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

Dr. Angelina Yee is a medical doctor trained in both Family and Functional medicine. As a fitness and health enthusiast she enjoys all forms of activity and exploration into physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Angelina is a certified yoga instructor and a national body-building champion. She is happily married and a mom to 7 year old twins. Follow her personal wellness journey on IG @angelina_yee.

Founder of well&tight and former marketing professional for brands like Gatorade and the Nike Women’s category, Nat Harrison’s wellness philosophy is founded on building a strong community committed to living a well&tight life, together. Power Yoga, BARRE, Pilates and nutrition certified, multiple Ironman and marathon finisher, Nat knows that hard work ignites powerful results, both physically and mentally. Nat is happily married and mom to 2 young children. Follow her wellness journey
on IG @wellandtight.

What does it mean to have vitality? To you it may mean having physical vibrancy (energy) to live the life you desire, play with your kids, or take on new physical challenges.  For others it may mean having the emotional balance (confidence) to achieve your goals and connect on a deeper level with others.  Whatever your reason, having vitality is what will allow you to thrive in your life and we want to show you how to cultivate it. During our time together we will break down 1 of the 5 pillars (Resilience) that contribute to your vitality and give you simple actions that will jumpstart your journey towards a more vibrant and radiant self.

 

04/15/18 Fitness by Jacflash, Women’s Chest and Booty Workshop with Trainer Lara Marquez and Munira Hudani, a Physiotherapist who specializes in Pelvic Health

Chest day is the BEST Day (and always BOOTY!!!)

On Sunday, April 15th from 12:30-2:30 Fitness by Jacflash hosted another Booty workshop with our Sunday trainer Lara Marquez.

Sponsors included E One Films, I Feel Pretty film, Suzie’s Good Fats, Organika, One Life Meals, Fiji Water and Over EZ

Munira Hudani received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2009. She is part of a small group of physiotherapists in Toronto who have extensive experience in the field of Pelvic Health. Her specialized post-graduate training in pelvic floor muscle dysfunction allows her to treat urinary dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain.

Munira is highly passionate about pre-natal and post-partum care, as well as helping women with prolapse. She recently co-founded Made for Women Workouts™ in efforts to help more women with prolapse continue living active lifestyles. She is concurrently working on numerous projects aimed to further awareness of pre- and post-natal care, prolapse, and diastasis rectus abdominis to both the pelvic health community and to the population at large.

She continues to maintain a busy caseload where her clinical expertise is pursued by women of all ages. Her clientele includes doctors, medical specialists, midwives, fitness professionals, as well as other women’s health physiotherapists. She runs her clinical practice with passion and compassion as she strives to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

In this workshop, Munira help us to “get centered” as she aided in our discover our true core. We found out which muscles make up the core (hint: they weren’t the ones we were thinking) and what happens when these muscles become dysfunctional. Munira also revealed how to strengthen one particular core muscle that is key in flattening our abdomen. With this new lens of appreciation, we felt connected to the deepest, stabilizing system in our bodies. By the end of this engaging and interactive workshop, we learned more about parts of your body that we didn’t even know existed and exactly how to use these invisible parts inside of any exercise we do!

Lara then motivated, lead and guided us through every press down and push up along with squats, thrusts and everything else the booty needs.