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Your Greatest GiftDecember 2012
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Central Wheel Winter Training Program
This winter don't loose all those hard earned fitness gains. Show up to your spring rides with power in your pedals. I'll be instructing an energetic 11 week class on bike trainers at Central Wheel in Farmington. Central Wheel will supply the bike trainers. I'll supply the music, motivation and coaching. You'll bring your bike, water bottles, heart rate monitor and willingness to sweat! 

When: Wednesday nights 6:30- 7:30 PM January 9th- March 20th

Where: Central Wheel 62 Farmington Ave Farmington, CT

Cost:  $99- 11 week program
$10 Drop in (if space is available) 

BONUS: Register for the 11 week program and receive weekly details for a second trainer workout. 

Email Aubrey to reserve your space.

Happy Holidays- Alpaca Style

Last year's holiday cards featuring mountains and alpacas
Each year I devote time to crafting my own Christmas cards. It's a holiday tradition I began at least six years ago. In November, I select the snowy cover photo and then use glue, decorative paper and rubber stamps to create unique cards. Someday I may turn to Snapfish or some other online service to create the cards. For now I have the desire and time to do this. Inside the cards, are a few handwritten sentences. The gist of which was inspired by a man who was a member of the Fitness Coach in NY. He would always leave the gym saying "Make good memories".
What a fabulous sentiment. So as 2012 comes to a close and we look towards the New Year, please remember to spend a little time each day "making good memories". 
Warm wishes to you this holiday season!
Your Greatest Gift: Your Breath

In the wake of the tragedy last Friday, our world has been shaken. It is a struggle to find calm, clarity and answers. The one thing that each of us has is our breath. This life force is often overlooked and its ability to calm and comfort us is dismissed. Yes, a deep breath feels good. Have you considered devoting 5 minutes to a full investigation of your breath? One of my favorite introductions is to explore your breath laying on your stomach. Did you think I was going to tell you to sit cross legged in the typical yogic manner? By positioning your body on your stomach, you are allowing the weight of your torso to encourage diaphragmatic breathing. So often our breath is shallow and air fails to reach the lower portions of the lungs. The other error is we often move collarbones and shoulders to initiate a breath. Those neck and shoulders muscles are already stressed and tight as we move about with poor posture and the shoulders hiked up to our ears. Using them to breathe makes matters worse. The body has a fabulous organ, the diaphragm, designed to facilitate our breathing. Sometimes it gets out of whack or weak when under used. As a gift to yourself I invite you to explore Breathing in Crocodile Pose. It is a powerful tool to relax the mind and deepen our respiration. 

Recipe: Carrot and Orange Spiced Soup
I love searching used bookstores and book sales for cookbooks. I am willing to invest $3-$5 on a book that might have a few good recipes. One such book is 101 Essential Tips Soups. This simple carrot soup is certainly worth the $2.67 the book cost.

  • 1.5 lb carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 oranges, plus zest from one orange
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Melt butter in the pot and cook the onions for about 5-8 minutes on medium heat. 
  2. Add carrots, zest and coriander. Cover the pot and cook gently for 10 minutes. 
  3. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30-40 minutes. 
  4. Using an immersion blender (or blender) puree the soup until smooth. 
  5. Stir in the orange juice and coconut milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve. 
Thank you for spending the time learning to nourish your health.

Aubrey Schulz
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