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

04/25/18 Fitness by Jacflash’s Women’s Power Yoga Workshop with Kay Ghajar and Crystal Healer Miriam

On Wednesday, April 25th 7-9pm at 165 Geay Ave, Fitness by Jacflash hosted a night that was not only an inspiring experience, but an incredible total body workout!

Sponsors include:
The Good Soy
Boho Bars
Bend Skincare
Health Priority Natural Products
SafaRoma Tea

 

Fitness by Jacflash’s Power Yoga Women’s Workshop with Yoga Instructor Kay Ghajar and Crystal Healer.

 

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

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.

Miriam of Viberant Beings will be speaking to us about crystal healing!

Miriam’s spiritual journey began at a young age, as far back as she can remember she has had entities around her delivering messages and wanting to connect.

For over fifteen years she has been working as a child and youth counsellor in a variety of settings such as, shelters, group homes and schools. Her position allows her to advocate for and teach individuals to lead fulfilled lives.



Miriam’s journey as an empath has had its struggles, but with the tools she has learned from reiki she is able to shine a light on the trauma the body holds. Reiki teaches her to transmute and shift energy. Her sessions include tarot and oracle readings and laying crystals on the chakras to help remove any blocks. Miriam provides full body treatment that activate all the senses as she involves instruments and sound healing. She has been trained by a reiki master and was given atonement by her in June 2017.

Miriam will be working with us with a combination of spiritual guidance, pattern shifting, and energy work. She holds space and will guides us to understand and move into a much deeper level and begin our journey into a higher more balanced state of being. She assists individuals to heal painful emotions, find clarity and tap into Universal Intelligence; Creation energy which prevails within us all. Her excitement comes from empowering clients to connect to their innate self-healing, to lay their life foundation actualized from a place of self-love.

Come join us for our next workshop!

 

Spaces By Jacflash transforms Rachel David’s quirky living room into a sophisticated living space

Spaces by Jacflash amped up our newest client and my good friend Rachel David’s quirky condo into a more sophisticated and put-together living space. (@racheldavid)

We found inspiration from eclectic, traditional spaces. Every piece we chose serves more than one purpose and can live in her home for years.

Our favourite element is the fireplace. This unique built-in has a large mantel and shelving tucked away in the corner, but was originally a dated maple wood. We sanded and painted it —along with the window ledges— white, to brighten and update the room.

The ‘brick’ we used around the fireplace is a porcelain tile that serves to make the mantle look more finished.

With a smaller budget, we had to get creative and use our resources appropriately. Many of the pieces we purchased were inexpensive, and often antiques. We had our first visit to the Hamilton Antique Mall, which is a hidden gem for affordability. The other more modern pieces like the sofa and coffee table were purchased from Ikea.

The plethora of paintings Rachel inherited from her grandmother were a major treat. She had so many to choose from; our role was to curate them in a more effective way. Instead of having the large pieces scattered around her apartment, we created a gallery wall above the couch. This living room looks so bright and colourful, but the only actual source of colour is in the art and accessories, which we love.

Finishing touches like curtains and plants really make this living room feel like it has been put together over time and fits our client’s lifestyle and personality. This project was such a success that Rachel has decided to re-do her kitchen with us next!

 

Photography by @stedyphoto