9 Months Pregnant

Happy Spring Everyone! If you are a current client of GLPW, I highly recommend you take 3 minutes to read this post and its entirety so that you may know whats happening with GLPW!

YOGA WILL BE OFF THE SCHEDULE FOR THE SUMMER- This has been an extremely difficult decision for both Anna and I, but we have decided to temporarily take yoga off of the schedule. Anna Shearer, our only yoga instructor has done a marvelous job here at GLPW and we are so grateful for her to have been a part of the team, or as I like to say, family :) For those who have been attending her classes and have taken the time to get to know her beyond Yoga, she has a long commute to Bellbrook, which is hard on time and money to maintain on a long term basis. Again, we are so grateful for her and I encourage those who have taken her classes and enjoyed them previously, to join her on Wednesdays now through the end of May for Restorative Yoga at 7:15pm. I also encourage you to ask her where she will continue to teach so you can follow her for her excellent abilities as a yoga instructor! 

No additional Yoga passes will be sold at this time, but we are running a special deal at $7/ drop in!

CLASS PASSES & GROUPONS - For those with class passes or Groupons that have not expired, please contact me prior to your expiration date so that I may help you utilize the money you have spent at GLPW! I apologize sincerely for any inconvenience this may have caused you! We are a small team, and have done and will continue to do the best we can to be honorable and supportive through these changes!

Lastly, I'm finally 9 MONTHS PREGNANT! - I (Heather) am excited to announce that I will be delivering my second child here in just a few short weeks (my due date is May 18th, hopefully a bit sooner;-). I am very excited to meet our little boy as well as being that much closer to participating fully in the pilates method once again (it can be a little hard to do exercises including extension exercises that require lying on your stomach when your 9 months!!!). With that being said, the studio will be a little quieter for the next month or so while my family and I settle in to our changes, but I will still be in and out of the studio. I am the only Pilates instructor, so both Pilates Mat and Pilates Barre are off the schedule temporarily, but will return with some series this summer:)! Please call or email me with any questions or comments regarding Pilates classes and I will get back with you as quick as I can.

Please stay tuned as I look to bring some exciting new series for PILATES MAT & PILATES BARRE this summer, as well as YOGA either late this summer or early fall! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email and for your understanding while we go through these changes!!

Please refer to our contact page for further questions and to get in touch!



New Year Events

Jump start 2017 with one of these 2 series!  For those looking to shape up and trim down join us for Pilates Fusion Bootcamp starting Monday, January 16 at 4:30pm. If your looking to start your yoga practice our Foundations Yoga for Beginners Series starting Sunday, January 15th at 4pm is for you! Pre-registration required for both series. If you are interested in either of these series, but the time/day does not work for you, please email or call us and we will do our best to put together another series! Check out the flyer below for more details! 

Bellbrook's Bicentennial Celebration Event

Hello fellow members of Green Leaf Pilates and Wellness Studio (GLPW)! This month is Bellbrook's Bicentennial (200 years of establishment) and we at GLPW wanted to celebrate with Bellbrook during the Sugar Maple Festival (going on 4/22-4/24), as well as take this opportunity to thank you and tell you how much of a privilege it is to work with so many wonderful people! We feel so lucky to be able to hear your stories and create a support system not only as instructors, but through the community of people who are attending classes with you. We are all on this journey together and words couldn't thank you enough for supporting us as a small business, so that we can continue supporting you! We would like to say thank you this upcoming week by offering FREE CLASSES ON 4/19, 4/20, and 4/21!    This will be awesome for those who already love and attend their usual classes, as well as give you an opportunity to try out different services! PLEASE BRING YOUR FRIENDS and sign up online to save your spots!

Make it Happen March Event

Welcome March, spring, sunshine, and warmer days! The word spring has many meanings, but one of many reasons I love spring, is it's meaning for elasticity and resilience. Resilience is something to pride yourself of with every winter you make it through. Winter can have many warm and positive aspects, but can be very difficult and challenging for the psyche, thus testing our ability to be resilient, keep up good habits, and maintain a positive attitude. When spring finally comes around, it feels good to applaud myself for my resiliency of getting through another winter, as you should too! Not only does spring test how strong we are, but it also brings ideas of springtime, its many beautiful colors, smells, and opportunities that can rejuvenate us from a long winter!

Our Make It Happen March event is great time to spring into action, check out Green Leaf Pilates and Wellness Studio, ask questions, receive great discounts to help you spring yourself forward, and to allow us to be a support system to help you with your goals! Check out the Flyer below for more details! Can't make it to the event, but want to take advantage of the great deals? Sign up for package online on March 12th (one day only) and use PROMO CODE: MAKEITMARCH

Hope to see you there!

Warm Regards,

Green Leaf Pilates & Wellness Studio Team

Valentines Day Yoga

Valentine's Day is around the corner and Green Leaf has just the event to make the day extra special! Get tuned in to 'The Frequency of Love' and enjoy aromatherapy, chocolate, yoga, thai yoga massage, and vino...just to name a few! A sure fire way to have fun, connect, indulge, and relax...and all in one afternoon! Time spent together is time well spent, so don't hesitate to register fast as space is limited and Cupid really hit the bullseye with this one!

XoXo ,

Fall Fitness Event

It has been exciting and busy few months for us at Green Leaf Pilates and Wellness Studio! With that being said, I am sorry we haven't been as active online and keeping you updated with whats going on! We will have plenty happening in the upcoming months, so I will be updating quite a bit! Here are some photos from our Fall Fitness Event that we had on October 24th! Thanks for checking us out and stay tuned for upcoming events in case you missed this one!

Anna Shearer {BIO}

When I was 29, I wrote a list of 30 items that I wanted to complete before turning 30. One of those items was to attend and experience ten different yoga classes. Little did I know this one item on my 29-year-old bucket list would send me down the yogic path. It lead me to develop and enjoy a consistent practice and then enroll in a year-long teacher training program here in Dayton. When I began my teacher training, I wasn’t doing so with the intention of teaching…but like so many things in life, what is supposed to happen will happen even if it isn’t a part of our plans.

Today, I am a graduate of Indigo Yoga Dayton’s 500-hr teacher training program and happily teaching all around the Dayton area. Yoga was a “game changer” for me – from the first step, I reveled at the many ways yoga served me and others. I enjoy teaching many styles of yoga, from cool and calm restorative classes to quick and quirky vinyasa flow sessions. Yoga is a healing modality, and I make sure to honor the breadth of resources yoga offers with every class – from meditation, to mantra, to pranayama (yoga of the breath), to yoga philosophy, and of course the asana (physical postures)…so students can expect that we won’t remain on the surface of our practice.

I truly believe my purpose is to teach and be of service to others through yoga. I do this through group classes at studios, private sessions, and by routinely offering yoga to charitable organizations in order to supplement their commendable work. Because we can only teach what we know, I am always staying in my own practice and continuing my education through supplemental trainings, workshops, and research – it is important to me to uphold the teachings as well as be a lifelong student.

I am beyond lucky to have the love and support of my fiancée, and together we enjoy culinary endeavors, cinema, music, travel, and taking care of our goofball dog (Peat Moss, the Weimaraner). I also enjoy crafting and being artistic - particularly crochet, drawing, and projects around our home. I am a graduate of Ohio University, have run two Tough Mudder races, a half marathon, and am getting married in Ireland…oh, and I’m also pretty ambidextrous!

But enough about me – I look forward to meeting and getting to know you! Namaste!

A Loving Connection

Heres two ways you can show love to yourself the Thursday before and with your significant other the Saturday of Valentines Day! Check out our flyer below. 

Use the Contact Form or Call 937-272-3225 for questions and registration.

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Power of Movement

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Andrea McDermott {BIO}

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I was drawn to yoga 8 years ago as a means to cross-train, improve flexibility, and heal sports injuries.  In the past two years yoga became a way for me to manage personal hardships, emotional, psychological, and physical stress.  I realized that at any time I needed to feel grounded I returned to my mat and began to reap the benefits of a continuous practice.  This realization became the catalyst my journey of exploring the spiritual side of yoga and deepening my personal practice.  Yoga has allowed me the space to find clarity and cultivate mind-body awareness and acceptance. 

Currently a student I will complete the 200 hour teacher training program through Day Yoga in June of 2015.  I am also a registered prenatal yoga teacher through ShantiMom.   When not teaching or practicing yoga I enjoy spending time with my daughter, rowing, cooking, reading, and anything outdoors.  Being in nature or on the water is medicine for my soul! I’m also a certified labor doula in the Dayton area providing childbirth education, supporting and coaching mothers through labor and delivery.

My classes range from peaceful and relaxing to energetic, sweat-inducing vinyasa flows.  Yoga is different for every body and my goal is to provide verbal support through a variety of poses and conscious sequencing.  Each class will help build strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as provide the space to find clarity and mental reflection.

Shirley Forrest {BIO}

I have enjoyed being a physical therapist since graduating from Cleveland State University in 1979. I have been gifted with a wide variety of experiences and people in my life and continue to feel blessed and challenged within the experience of being a PT.

In 1994, I was introduced to Tai Chi as part of a continuing education workshop for people challenged with rheumatoid arthritis or other severe musculo-skeletal illnesses. Impressed with the sense of gentle strength and wellness within the practice, I began to include its principles in my work as a therapist. Tai Chi's core principles of balance, peacefulness, and harmony with nature appealed to me personally also.

In 2004, I began more actively studying tai chi with Tricia Yu at the Tai Chi for Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2005, I began studying Qigong and Tai Chi with Brad Fraley at Stone River Tai Chi in Yellow Springs, Ohio. My decision to further my studies was gift to myself to help me with my own strength, balance, and posture.

Since 1994, I have read varied books, watched videos, practiced with other students/friends, studied under gracious teachers, taught classes, and continued my journey with tai chi an qigong finding ongoing benefit from these ancient exercise systems. My studies have been focused on the Yang Style Short Form tai chi and Chen style qigong.

I look forward to continuing my journey as a physical therapist and as a practitioner and teacher of qigong and tai chi. For me, these are practices that I gladly anticipate enjoying the rest of my life.

In addition, a writer over the years, I am exploring sharing my thoughts and life lessons in creative projects with small, locally owned businesses in the region. As a gardner, I enjoy growing and preserving pesticide-free fruits, vegetables and herbs for myself, friends, and family. As a steward of my small property, I have enjoyed nurturing biodiversity, providing a refuge for birds and beneficial insects, health of the land, and discouraging invasive plants. Bicycling, kayaking, and hiking in local parks are all ways I nurture my health and well-being.

I see myself as a simple person on a journey, one moment, one choice at a time.

Heather Weaver {BIO}

From running circles around my living room as a little kid, to spring-board diving in high school, I have always enjoyed being active!

I spent most of my life in Bellbrook, from pre-school through high school. I danced for eight years at Bellbrook Dance Academy, was in gymnastics for 5 years, played softball for 4 years, a year of volleyball and cross-country, and 4 years of spring-board diving to name a few. There were only a few sports I didn't try. I enjoyed meeting different people, while learning and challenging myself with different skills. 

Although I had oodles of energy, I didn't quite understand the nutrition end of things. I now joke about how I could eat (when challenged) quite a bit of food (i.e. large Papa Johns pizza by myself or 7 soft tacos from Taco Bell), but I paid a pretty price for that eating behavior when I was diagnosed with cholecystitis, or gallbladder disease 2001. My nutritional pitfalls are what lead me to try alternative and healthy options, but my learning didn't end there and quiet frankly, won't end until I die. I had several other health complications that continued to push me in understanding a very important practice which I work on everyday. I like to call it....drumroll please..... BALANCE!

To this day, I try my darndest to understand and implement balance in my life. From taking what's bad, hard, or difficult in life to help me understand whats good, and what things to be grateful for, to eating foods that help my body thrive, while still eating foods that feed my soul :) I try to appreciate balance wherever possible.

Personal experience isn't what I base my teachings from, but more to help me understand some of the emotional, as well as physical barriers, we embark on to live a healthier lifestyle.

My education includes an Associates of Applied Science for both Exercise Science and Dietetics from Sinclair Community College. I received my Dietetic Technician Registration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and shortly after became a Certified Personal Trainer through National Council on Certifying Personal Trainers. My Pilates journey began back in grade school with Winsor Pilates videos in my basement and continued into college. Since then, I have had many years of personal practice in various forms of Pilates, but spent the last year learning the Stott Pilates repertoire, which is what I will be receiving my certification in and teaching at our studio.

Classes booking now!

Hey all!

I am super excited that we have added the service, MindBody, to our studio, making it a cinch to schedule your classes. MindBody allows you to view class schedules, book appointments, and buy gift cards all online. You can book through our website, the smartphone app, or even Facebook (of course, all of the technically challenged folks in our midst can just give us a call, or stop in!). Take 2 quick seconds to watch the video below for a brief overview of how it works.