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Sometimes, in the course of your life, you cross paths with people who amplify your sound, literal and figurative. They dovetail into your mission so solidly that it seems like it was laid out in a plan for you to connect. That’s how Shekyra DeCree felt when she connected with Lisa Griffin and Rina Reid [...]
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Sometimes, in the course of your life, you cross paths with people who amplify your sound, literal and figurative. They dovetail into your mission so solidly that it seems like it was laid out in a plan for you to connect. That’s how Shekyra DeCree felt when she connected with Lisa Griffin and Rina Reid Dunkin. The three women were attending a fitness class together and became fast friends, leading each other to push themselves. The lightning bolt moment came one day when Griffin looked at DeCree and launched a little spark that would soon catch fire.

“What we are doing is so much bigger than us,” she said. “We need to be empowering women everywhere.” Decree remembers that moment like it was yesterday. “We had no clue how we were going to do it; we just knew we needed to move. This happened to be during the #metoo movement, when women began speaking out and using their voices and living their truth. We wanted to connect to that energy—that climate. That’s what continues to motivate us almost a year later. We still recognize this is so much bigger than us.”

The three women have now teamed up and combined their powers to launch a revolution, tiny but mighty, in the form of pop-up fitness classes built around their shared mission and combined talents. Decree, a licensed professional clinical counselor and mental health therapist; Dunkin, a software development specialist; and Griffin, a nurse, all feel a larger force propelling them to build community within their classes.

Divine Impact Fitness focuses on not only the outer, but the inner. They collaborate with local businesses, do community outreach, focus on women’s wellness and empowerment, and of course, lead bangin’ fitness classes. DIF offers cardio dance fitness experiences and strength training classes throughout the week. But they pride themselves on setting their classes apart from other popups.

“Our environment is infectious,” Decree said. “The yelling, screaming, dancing, acting a fool in the name of fitness, empowerment, and freedom is phenomenal. You can feel the energy from the parking lot; you cannot help but to move when you’re in our classes. Our environment inspires such liberty and freedom. The members and participants cheer on and encourage one another. You see hugs, high fives, and hear ‘You go girl!’ all the time. At the end of every class, the members are instructed to turn to their neighbor and remind one another of how beautiful, valued, and loved they are, and that they are ‘enough’ as they are.”

Elevating each other is more than just lip service. Classes are often led by members, ranging from 10 to 63 years old. They choreograph routines, and lead their fellow classmates to the beat of Jay-Z and Ariana Grande.

“Everyone shines, not just the instructors; everyone’s a star in our sky. A 14-year old young woman even choreographed one of our most popular routines. It really is something beautiful.”

DIF has no brick-and-mortar as of yet, so they host pop-up classes in existing businesses. Their high-impact classes can be modified to accommodate all fitness levels. Strength training and conditioning classes assist with total body toning, and they even have “Heels” classes, which is a more sultry, sexy side of fitness. They are flexible, mobile, and offer al la carte classes.

“We’ve led family reunions, we do bridal boot camps, bachelorette parties, you name it. Bottom line, we act a fool and have a lot of fun.”

They promote other businesses by offering vendor space and exposure to local makers, movers, and shakers. DIF holds “Vision Board” events to cultivate confidence and inspiration, while supporting one another. They recently partnered with Franklin County Children Services for a fitness initiative.

“Considering the climate in our country, we’d be remiss not to support organizations who aim to protect children and families. We are currently working on developing partnerships with Center for Healthy Families and Amethyst Inc. We hope to be Central Ohio’s leader in promoting Women’s Health and Wellness. We also offer mental health support by promoting Mindfulness, and mental health and wellness education.”

The cornerstone of DIF is women working together to make a better world for women.

“We want to remedy the ugly senseless stigma of women competing with each other instead of completing each other. We need each other, and are stronger together. We aim to celebrate our differences, hence our slogan “DIFference is Power.

“We want the women we serve to discover their super power every time they are with us, and with each other. That’s our vision. That’s what we believe makes us DIFferent.”

For more, visit divineimpactfit.com, or find them on Facebook.

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Medical marijuana arrives in Columbus next week

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Got your card? Terrasana – central Ohio’s first dispensary for medical marijuana – will open to patients in Ohio’s medical marijuana program this Tuesday, March 26th.

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The dispensary which also has plans for locations in Cleveland, Fremont, and Springfield Ohio will open at 656 Grandview Avenue.

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According to the company’s website, Terrasana’s goal is to connect high quality cannabis to patients in need with a doctor-driven approach focused on education.

Prices for the dispensary’s products start at 40 dollars per unit, though it’s unclear what that equates to in quantity or dose at this time.

Will you line up to be a day-one patient in Columbus’ growing MMJ scene? Let us know your thoughts in the comments

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Float, flow, and stretch toward a healthier you

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**Comment on this post for a chance to win a free 60 minute float from Ebb and Float**

Being the best possible you is about more than just eating healthy and working out. It’s about mind, body, and spiritual fitness as well. Fortunately the city is home to a bevy of experts, practitioners, and spas to help you find your bliss and be the best possible you.

1. Tune Everything Out

Floatation therapy uses a pool of approximately 10 inches of heavily infused epsom salt water as a form of pseudo sensory deprivation to help you achieve complete peacefulness. The idea is to use floating to achieve the same state of mind as right before you fall asleep at night where your mind is at ease and your body has fully relaxed. You’re encouraged to focus on your breathing and meditate. For a fully immersive experience, float tanks can be encapsulated. Drifting away in an hour-long session, users have reported feeling calmer, getting a better night’s sleep, and feeling more in tune with their mind and body.

Check out: Ebb & Float, ebbfloat.com  |  True Rest Float Spa, truerest.com

2. Manage Pain

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine in which sterile needles are placed on “meridians,” or lines of energy running along the body which correspond to organ systems. Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions and provide pain relief, possibly by competing with pain signals to the brain. Cupping can be used as a complementary therapy to acupuncture and offers some effects of deep tissue massages by placing glass cups (often on the back) to create suction and increase blood flow, augmenting other benefits of acupressure practices. 

Check out: Urban Acupuncture Center, urbanacupuncturecenter.org |12 Meridians Acupuncture, 12meridiansacupuncture.com

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3. Release Tension, Stretch, and Increase Flexibility

Thai yoga, also referred to as Thai body work, is not your traditional take on massages. Instead of lying still while a massage therapist works on your body, Thai yoga has specialists that move, stretch, and position your body in a multitude of positions to best help your troubled areas, which could be great for people who struggle with lower back pain or stress-caused conditions. The theory behind Thai yoga goes back to Ayurveda medicine, developed in India, where the practice was based on a balance of mind, body, and spirit through energies in the body. Thai yoga hopes to channel these energies through massage, compression, and stretching and allow them to flow more freely. The practice features various techniques dependent on how your body is feeling that day; this could mean the use of oils, or the use of voice with mantras. Beyond a more well-stretched and massaged feeling afterwards, many users said they feel rejuvenated mentally and spiritually. 

Check out: Jai Center For Wellness, jaicenterforwellness.com |Reden Yoga, redenyoga.com

4. Breathe Better

Halotherapy is the therapeutic use of a room lined from ceiling to floor in large crystal salt to simulate the cool but dry atmosphere of a natural salt cave. A device (appropriately named the halogenerator) smashes salt into microscopic pieces, allowing them to be released in the air through ventilation systems. In 45-minute sessions, users can relax and breathe in the salty air, which has been claimed to potentially alleviate breathing issues such as asthma or allergies. Additionally, the calm, quiet, and dark rooms are perfect for a moment of mediation. The salt has been also said to help with skin bacteria and impurities, similar to popular mud masks made with minerals from the Dead Sea.

Check out: Tranquility Salt Cave, tranquilitysaltcave.com |Philosophi Salon and Salt Spa, philosophisalon.com

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Refresh Resolution: 14 cheap, free ways to fulfill your health goals

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Getting in shape is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Plus, after all that holiday binging, your body is begging for some tlc.

Getting in shape can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be! Below is a list of 14 ways to have a healthy New Year.

Planet Fitness

Multiple locations

$1 down, $10 a month, no commitment, now through January 15.
As a member, you’ll have access to a full workout facility 24/7, over 50 group training sessions per week, and Free Pizza Mondays (because you can’t be good all the time).

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Crushing it Columbus

333 W Broad St., Columbus

No fancy equipment, no professional facility, just a good old-fashioned workout. Crushing it Columbus meets every Wednesday at 6:15am on the stairs of COSI to sweat it out.
Everyone is welcomed, no matter the experience level.

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Queer Yoga

535 E Whittier St., Columbus

Looking to get fit in a safe(r) space? Queer Yoga offers $6 yoga classes every Tuesday. Yoga mats are encouraged and all are welcome.

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Winter Hike

Multiple locations

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks are offering several winter hiking events throughout the season. Three Creeks, Scioto Audubon, and Prairie Oaks are just a few of the participating parks. Some of them are pet friendly too!

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Lululemon

Multiple locations

Work off that Sunday brunch with free yoga at Lululemon’s Easton and Polaris locations. All experience levels welcome!

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Cap City Salsa

566 W Rich St., Columbus

Dance those pounds away with a four week salsa course hosted by Cap City Salsa. For $12 per session, you’ll learn some salsa basics for beginners!

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Get Connected

3535 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus

Supplement your workout with healthy thought processes. Ohio Health is offering a free six week course focusing on the topics of chronic illness, healthy eating and mental wellness.

This women’s health class runs Jan 28- Mar 4th and registration is required.

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The Fitness Loft

625 Parsons Ave., Columbus

The fitness loft offers a variety of classes from cycling to zumba to boxing. They’re currently offering a Groupon special, plus one-year memberships for 20 percent off and six-month memberships for 10 percent off for new and current members.

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Kinetic Climbing & Fitness

717 Hadley Dr., Columbus

Switch up your workout and have an adventure at Kinetic. Grab a climbing buddy or collect a whole group to save big on Groupon.

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Ice Skating

Multiple locations

Break a cool sweat at one of Columbus’ ice rinks. Head to one of Ohio Health’s Chiller Ice Rinks, where public skating is available throughout the week for under $10. They also offer Friday Night Meltdown, a public skating event with a DJ.

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Nutrition 101

3969 Trueman Blvd., Hilliard

They say that abs are made in the kitchen, so learn how to properly fuel your body with Dr Kevin Sarich and Ali Cooper as they lead free health classes on how to lose weight with healthy eating. Reservations required.

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Babes HIIT

Multiple locations

Babes HIIT Columbus offers several cheap and free monthly fitness events at numerous locations in the area. They offer free winter hikes, champagne and yoga, Fitt camp and so much more.

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Yoga On High

1020 Dennison Ave. Suite 202, Columbus

Yoga on high offers free (donation based) ABC inclusive yoga classes every Saturday from 2-3pm. Each week features a different teacher and style of yoga so you’ll never get bored! Registration is required and accessible through their website.

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Crossfit Clintonville

609 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus

Interested in Crossfit? This Clintonville gym offers free community classes every Saturday at 10am. This three class trials gives you the opportunity to dip your toes into the pool of crossfit. No registration is necessary, just show up!

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