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Love that comment about needing scientists to tell us that it's good for us to breathe. Anything that encourages good breathing and playfulness has to be beneficial.
What a great article!
I've been doing InterPlay since 1998 or so. The first time I came to a class it was in another city from where I live. I felt relieved....Like I'd come home. It was exactly what I'd been looking for.
But for months I put off finding where I could take more classes. Go figure...
From the start, a lot of the exercises were easy and fun. Or sometimes, deeply revealing and moving. And the first year or two, a few of the exercises were quite challenging, and I thought I wasn't doing them "right." But in every class, the leaders would say to everyone, 'You can't do InterPlay wrong....however you doing it, that''s the right way." And the atmosphere in every InterPlay class I've ever attended is so positive and playful.
So I kept coming back, and over time the activities that were hardest for me have become some of my most favorite.
Some of the benefits:
InterPlay has made my writing more fluid and fun. Also I've become a lot more playful, and more easy-going and trusting of life and of myself: that I am 'good enough' just like I am.
Several of the InterPlay forms have come in very handy in everyday life. For a quick break from computer work, I'll do a the 3-breath song, the InterPlay breathing or a 'shake it all out' thing we do. Just yesterday, I noticed I was feeling fragile. So I did a 'one-arm dance and allowed a little song to come out, and then did a little free writing about of a big trip I'm taking. Five minutes later, I was feeling so much better! Plus I got a simple insight which continues to relieve a lot of stress for me about a project I'm involved in.
InterPlay is fun, educational, life changing, warm, inclusive, and diverse. I've been doing InterPlay for a long time, and gradually, in -- as InterPlay co-founder Phil Porter would say -- incremental steps, I have become stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually. Not to speak of all the wonderful friends I've made!
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It works now.
The link to OaklandNorth.net doesn't work.
I appreciate her dead pan humor, welcome to the stage inspires me to attempt comedy. I just wish I had the support like dana, Pam and marcella. Scary going alone:<
What a fresh and creative idea. You understood your market and the people. Nothing less than brilliance!
I wish we had you in Anaheim... I would quit my gym for yours! I've heard about your prices... and basically the more you workout the less you pay. Win-win situation :)
This place is absolutely awesome! I went for the first time two weeks ago just to stop by and check out the place. My boyfriend was with me and as soon as we went in, we were both using all the workout equipment! Nathalie made it fun AND INFORMATIVE! She drew on a white board what area we were working out and what moves would help improve that section. I got to meet the yoga instructor too and she was super cool, I definitely want to try yoga next!
This article hits the nail on the head! The Perfect Sidekick is an accepting and honest group of people who are improving their lives through community and fitness. Nathalie genuinely cares about the overall health and happiness of her members, A rarity in the (sometimes shallow) fitness industry...
Such an SMART move -- It's crazy nobody had thought of it before. But Nathalie has a personality that I think no one could have brought to an LGBT gym if they tried. Congrats on having the guts to be an innovative thinking and going for it!
To The Perfect Sidekick, trainers and clients - keep up the hustle and good work!
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It's true, attending Lip Service West readings is am underrated pleasure!! Thanks for your efforts in the Bay Area Joe!!
Great article. Congratulations. I got a kick out of Paragraph 3.
We love producing the LSW series with Joe at SPAD (www.sanpabloarts.org). It's been great to receive the support from our community and the recognition from the East Bay Express!
and yes, read Joe's blog at: http://joecliffordcandyandcigarettes.blogs…
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