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Kara Crow Spotlight: CNY Health Coaching

When it comes to reaching your optimum health, it’s important to examine your lifestyle and habits overall. Even if you think you just want to focus on improving your diet, losing excess weight, gaining more muscle or achieving another specific goal, all these aspects of health are connected. With guidance on nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and more, you can more easily get to where you want to be.

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Kara Crow, one of Chasing Nirvana Yoga’s newest team members, is here to help you set and reach goals that will allow you to be the best and healthiest version of yourself with her health coaching skills. Originally from Stowe, VT, Kara attended the University of Vermont before moving to Boston on somewhat of a whim in 2011 to be a personal trainer. Although she planned to race on the U.S. Ski Team and pursue a career as a professional athlete, life happened and circumstances changed. In her senior year of college, her adviser suggested she try an internship that focused on personal training.

Q: How did you get into health coaching?

A: I got sick a few years ago and had to find alternative means for healthcare because the conventional model wasn’t working. No one could tell me what was wrong with me. I was debilitated in terms of mental and physical function. I was tired, wasn’t sleeping, felt miserable, and I wasn’t living my life the way I wanted to. I went through all kinds of testing and functional medicine, and eventually got my life back. I was fully functional with two years of trial and error, but I decided I had to know more about it. Functional medicine led me to health coaching. Health coaching is a little less specific than functional medicine, but both have a lot to do with eating and nutrition. Health coaching and functional medicine both look at the system as a whole. You have symptoms, but what is the underlying cause?

Q: What were your next steps?

Kara Crow finishing her first marathon in October 2018. (instagram.com/karacrow)

Kara Crow finishing her first marathon in October 2018. (instagram.com/karacrow)

I had personal training clients come to me with a host of ailments, and I didn’t feel like I knew exactly what was wrong. There’s so much going on underneath the layers of the onion. I wanted to know what makes people tick and how to help people outside of the fitness aspect. I wanted to be able to do more with my skill set, reach more people and have more education to help my clients. I wanted the tools to help propel them to the next step.


Q: Why Boston?

A: Boston has a relatively young crowd of people ranging from entrepreneurs to corporate people; there are lots of people to get to know. It’s a city, but not one so busy that it’s overwhelming like New York. I love that there’s so much opportunity if you know where to look, especially when it comes to healthcare. Not only do we have one of the best hospitals in the country, but also some of the best holistic practitioners.

Nutrition is key! (instagram.com/karacrow)

Nutrition is key! (instagram.com/karacrow)

Q: What are the health coaching classes like?

A: I’m currently doing health coaching for small groups, in which we go through the basics of behavior change throughout a six-week time period. We start by discussing: why is change so hard? Then, we begin creating a structure to drive the change: SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) Goals.

From there, we dive into nutrition. I keep it simple, breaking down to the types of foods, explaining calories and advising on how to modify dishes at restaurants to make them healthier. The next week we talk about movement including the benefits of exercise and what you’re “supposed to” do in terms of amount and type. People tend to say, “If I can’t do it in full, I’ll do nothing.” Even if Mayo Clinic says do x minutes of exercise, doing y minutes instead of zero minutes is still progress.

Get more insight for how to reach your fitness goals with CNY health coaching in Boston, MA, by Kara Crow. Chasing Nirvana Yoga provides on-site yoga, meditation and other health-focused classes around the country.

5 of the Most Unique Yoga Classes in Your Area

Yoga at Winery

The practice of yoga can be traced back all the way to 3000 B.C., where civilizations in India developed it as a way to achieve harmony between the mind, body, and soul on the path to divine enlightenment. Nowadays, yoga has evolved as western culture has adopted it. More people are practicing yoga than ever before. According to The Good Body, between 2012 and 2016, the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%. If you’re trying to get to the studio for your yoga class, you’re not alone! 

As more people have adopted yoga, the variety of practices has increased as well. Yoga classes can now be set to hip hop music, combined with high-energy fitness classes like pilates, and heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more. There truly is something for every yogi now, and heading to a unique class is a great way to bond with friends both old and new! 

Interested in trying a unique yoga class to shake up your practice? We’ve compiled five fun, modern yoga classes to search for in your area!

 

1. Goat Yoga

Yes, you can now practice yoga amongst baby goats, and it is so cute! Goats are known to be playful, snuggly animals, and they’re pretty great at downward dog. Practicing Goat Yoga is the perfect way to integrate your practice with nature. There are plenty of other animal-related yoga classes popping up as well – many shelters are using it as a tactic to increase animal adoption!

 

2. Brew-Ga (or Winery Yoga!)

Yoga at a brewery or winery is the perfect way to unwind with friends. Many tasting rooms now offer hour-long yoga classes followed by a curated beer or wine tasting (BYOM – bring your own mat!). The great thing about these locations is that classes are held both indoors and outdoors, and many tasting rooms have beautiful grounds. If you don’t drink alcohol, consider looking for a yoga class at a kombucha tap or organic market instead!

 

3. Silent Yoga

Silent Yoga is a creative way to keep your inner monologue going while still participating as a group. The way it works is that yogis will put on wireless headphones, blocking out ambient noise, and the yoga instructor and/or an accompanying DJ will play a special mix! Sometimes your instructor will also have a microphone so you can hear instructions, but if not, these types of classes are flexible enough for you to do your own thing. What a way to rock out!

 

4. SUP Yoga

This practice is becoming more and more popular. SUP stands for “stand up paddleboarding,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like – yoga on a paddleboard in the water! This class can range from moves for the absolute beginner to long-time instructors who want a challenge. On a beautiful day, there is nothing more serene. But be forewarned … it is a lot harder than it looks!

 

5. Glow-Ga

Have you ever been to a cosmic bowling alley? Glow-Ga is similar in that all the lights are turned off and you practice by blacklight and neon signs! Be sure to wear white or neon colors to get the best effect, and bring some glowing jewelry to up the ante. Usually, this type of yoga is accompanied by fun music. This is a fantastic choice for a larger group if you’re looking for ways to get your entire office involved! Commercial real estate professionals can also offer on-site Glow-Ga classes in their buildings as a way for tenants to get to know each other. Need help? Chasing Nirvana Yoga is up for the challenge!

What is the most unique yoga class you’ve taken lately? Sound off in the comments! 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for businesses, tenant-occupied buildings, community events, and more. To schedule your free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

* Photos sourced from FSU Campus Recreation and Bella Rose Yoga Studio, respectively.

The Best Tenant Retention Method? Design Your Corporate Property Around Their Lifestyles

Tenant Retention

Today’s corporate property team does much more than manage buildings. It is responsible for creating an enticing, collaborative environment that fosters creation and productivity for top talent. Though this may seem daunting, it is in fact an incredible opportunity for property owners. A carefully designed work atmosphere can appeal to fresh, young minds who know that their own well-being goes hand in hand with their team performance, therefore leading to happy tenants all around. But what are the amenities corporate property teams and decision makers should focus on?

Think of it as you would in all aspects of life – where would you want to be? If a corporate property team can create a building that employers and employees actively enjoy and want to spend time in, they will be that much closer to retaining these tenants for years to come. It doesn’t so much matter the industry, the property size, and the newness of the building. What attracts people is a place where they can feel happy, even while they’re chugging along through their traditional 9-5. 

Regus, a multinational corporation that provides serviced offices, virtual offices, meeting rooms, and videoconferencing to clients on a contract basis, reports a few ways that property can attract talent in a new article. Interestingly, it makes no difference whether an office space is big or small, as long as the workplace offers what a typical employee enjoys. It’s all about thinking creatively and flexibly.

The workplace of the future is agile, with open-plan, activity-based spaces, seating options from hot desks to sofas, and separate areas for collaborative and private work. With all of the resources at large corporations’ disposal, those that commit to changing their strategy can inspire in a way that small companies can only dream about.
— Regus

Work-life balance is another big factor in designing a building both employers and employees will enjoy. According to the Regus Workplace Revolution report, over 50% of workers now work outside their main office for 2.5 days a week or more. This isn’t always attainable for every company, but as long as their building space offers the feel of working with freedom – such as including on-site fitness classes, collaborative spaces, and supportive amenities that fit employee lifestyle choices – they have a higher probability of staying. This is good news for corporate property teams!

Property managers need to look at other workspaces, too, including shared spaces or studios that are laid out in a way that encourages co-working or co-creation. These are better suited to new flexible work styles, fit employee lifestyle choices and meet the needs of different generations. They offer places to meet interesting groups and to collaborate more easily.
— Regus

If you are a corporate property professional looking to up the appeal of your building, consider adding collaborative spaces reminiscent of an employee’s day off. An on-site yoga or fitness studio is a great place to start. Utilizing “green” practices is another. Listen to your tenants needs, and if necessary, offer a survey to find out what they are. Re-design your building around these needs and poll them again. The results should please you!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to office spaces, corporate properties, community events, and more. To set up your free consultation as a property owner, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.