Athletes need yoga, and not just because it is a great recovery day option for movement. When practiced with intention and led by a teacher who is molding the class to fit the needs of the students present, yoga is an incredible source of untapped potential, overall health and strength. This is why we have added yoga to the schedule at POINT. So many of the pains, limitations and inefficiencies that show up in our group classes can be effectively addressed through a regular, intelligently implemented yoga practice.
By Coach KB
There is no shortage of fun to be had in the outdoors here in Portland, Oregon: biking, skiing, rafting, rock climbing, SUPing, surfing… even dragon-boating! It seems everyone these days is getting into something new that they can look cool doing on Instagram. But what will be there when the hype runs out? When the gear becomes too expensive to maintain? Or sits unused on your shelf because you realized it actually takes a lot of effort to get it all packed up for an adventure? Or the weather conditions have made it too dangerous or just plain miserable?
Good ol’ fashioned hiking.
Hiking is there for you when the glitz and glam of all the other fashionable outdoor sports wears off.
Hiking is there when you don’t feel like schlepping all your gear from the basement to the car and the car to the outdoors and back again (don’t forget cleaning it all up!).
Hiking is there when you have run out of money for gear.
Hiking is there for you whether you have a whole day or just a couple hours.
Hiking is there for you whether it is raining, snowing, sleeting, hailing, AND when it is sunny and beautiful out.
For all of you who want a no-frills, no-hassle outdoors experience in Portland, I am here to officially give you my TOP 5 HIKES in and around Portland. There is something for everyone here - a hike in each direction, a few levels of difficulty, and all no more than 90 miles from the city center:
We live in the Pacific Northwest, arguably and biasedly, the most beautiful corner of the world! We could pretty much drive in any direction and be somewhere remote and beautiful within an hour. That said, most of us don’t have a 2 hour round trip window to work with every time we want to get outdoors, especially on the weekdays. Fear not! Over the past 9 years I’ve made it my life’s work to find every nook and cranny of nature left in our fair city.
Below are my four recommendations; some you may have heard of, others not, but all can have you in nature within 10-20 minute from your office or doorstep.
By Coach Mel
We talk a lot about movement and nutrition and sleep and wellness. What we don’t talk a lot about is the mental side of all those things. We live in a culture of convenience and comfort. Most of us reading this blog are privileged enough to not have to be physically uncomfortable if we don’t want to be. Food, a warm house, community, a car, delivery services are all at our fingertips literally anytime we want them. I’ve written about how our movement has been stolen through what our society deems “progression” but through these same conveniences our grit and perspective is being stolen as well.
By Coach Mel
It’s mid-January 2018; A New Year! With the New Year comes… resolutions? Yes. Champagne? Probably. A new gym membership? Maybe. The flu? We hope not!
Unless you don’t know anyone you probably know someone or are someone who has or had the flu this year. Whatever it is about this year’s virus, people are being hit hard with little to no mercy.
A lot of resolutions come in the form of something health related. Our hope is that the focus is not on burning calories or altering the appearance of your body, but rather, working on your body from the inside in an effort to fight off sickness and disease as best as you can control. Get your gut right (keep reading to find out why) and make sure you are building your body with the most nutrient dense foods to support the healthiest cells that make up your body. Sound good? Cool.*
By Coaches KB and Mel
As we reflect back on the last year it’s incredible to think about all the progress we’ve made in our tiny little business. In trying to determine what it is that makes POINT successful for us the thing we kept coming back to over and over again is YOU! We are infinitely grateful and inspired daily by all of your hard work - you know that taking care of yourself is important for your health and for our community and that is exactly the POINT! Showing up in the world as the best version of yourself - strength, confidence, balance, being well-rounded... whatever motivates you to keep coming back - is the best gift you can give anyone.
As a small token of our appreciation for making our jobs awesome, we thought we would share a little something we see in each of you that positively contributes to our great community. Some are silly, some are serious, and all recognize you as a valuable asset to POINT.
We’ve said it before and we’ll keep saying it again and again… We continue to be so thankful to have a community and platform from which to ask for help and get support for causes that need it the most. It is pretty overwhelming to think of all the people that could benefit so greatly from things we take for granted. We are passionate about many different organizations that all need extra support right now so we have decided to choose a few we love the most to sponsor during our annual POINT donation drive.
How you can help: Just choose from one (or more) of the organizations below based on your own passions, take a festive tag from the gym and fulfill the request on the tag, drop it off at POINT when you come for your next workout, and we will drop it off for you! Don’t actually attend POINT? You can still swing by and grab a tag or just use the lists below as inspiration and donate on your own.
By Coach Mel
As many of you know Kimberly, Madeline, and I are all Nutritional Therapists. While we all work with a variety of people with different needs regarding nutrition, we each have our own specialities as well. One of my specialities is Nutritional Therapy for transgender people.
Recently, I went to a bookstore looking for a specific book I wanted in the LGBTQ section. I couldn’t find it and neither could a staff member. Turns out the section had been recently moved to the back corner but the location had not been updated in the computers. The book I wanted was a memoir and the author was writing about his experience as a transgender male. It was a great book. It didn’t necessarily need to be in the LGBTQ section; it could have also been up front showcased with other memoirs, but back in the corner is where it rested. It would be great reading and should actually be required reading for anyone. ("Just Add Hormones" by Matt Kailey)
This got me thinking about other ways we compartmentalize different “groups” of people all the time and how this hinders our progression toward any sort of equality. Bookstores, movie genres, types of music... We are obsessed with putting ourselves in boxes and highlighting differences. Except that, curiously, I have never seen the genre “white movies” or “heterosexual novels” thus furthering everyone's perception of what is “normal” and what is a sub-category.
By Coach KB
How many of you, men included, would want to wear a corset every day? Sure, maybe every once in a great while for a very *special* occasion, but Every. Single. Day??? We stopped wearing corsets regularly a long time ago… They are impractical and unhealthy. You can’t breathe properly in a corset and they can permanently alter the structure of your ribcage if worn long-term. And they are UNCOMFORTABLE! Why has this same realization not been made with our shoes?!!
By Coach Mel
I know you feel it… Fall is coming. I don't know about you but that old Triumph song keeps playing in my head: "Days grow shorter and the nights are gettin’ long..." and it's true - Every year it seems like fall just sneak-attacks us leaving some of us hopeless; with the onset of fall comes the worry of winter. Less daylight, less ideal weather for outdoor-play, namely rain. It is a time of year where depression rises and people tend to hibernate. Your energy might feel lower, you might turn to more comforting foods that are inherently heavier and less nutritious, maybe you walk less, bike less, drive more, all creating a cocktail of general malaise.
Bummed yet? The good news is there is hope. Our bodies are genius and have an answer for most things that afflict us. One answer to this particular quandary? ...
By Coach Mel
If you have food allergies or sensitivities the holidays can be a frustrating time, mainly for your digestive system, but also for your stress levels. No one wants to be “that person” who is everything-but-lettuce-free and only drinks water blessed by kittens.
Some of us have real allergies, some just know certain foods make them feel bad and want to avoid that, and some of us just prefer a certain way of eating. Navigating this and knowing who and who not to announce it to can be the tricky part...
... Here are a few tips to help navigate:
By Coach KB
This third and final segment on improving sleep quality is probably the reason most of us aren’t sleeping. Addressing it will likely yield as many health benefits as those you will garner from getting consistent good sleep. If you have spent the last few weeks incorporating the recommendations from Part 1 and Part 2 and still aren’t sleeping, I would suggest taking a good hard look at the big factor whispering in your ear while your head is on the pillow. It was a big eye-opener for me when I realized how blind I had been to this issue. If you follow my Instagram you may have seen my recent stories trying to tackle a terrible bout of insomnia using the most common nutrition, movement, and lifestyle recommendations I give to my clients. In hindsight it was not surprising that none of them worked because the factor that was preventing me from sleeping trumped all the other amazingly healthy behaviors I was practicing. The arch-nemesis to sleep (and optimal health, in general) is...
By Coach Mel
Coffee can be great for some people; many studies have proven health benefits and we all know that nothing warms a rainy morning like a cup of delicious Portland coffee.
But, maybe you “need” coffee; maybe you have heart palpitations; maybe you’re having trouble sleeping at night; maybe you have anxiety. There are many reasons why people don’t (shouldn’t) drink coffee or caffeine but this does not make a person less inclined to enjoy aforementioned warm beverage.
Recently, I began the journey of a coffee hiatus. I realized I fit nicely into the mold of needing coffee and I didn’t like that feeling at all.
During my break, I have been experimenting with many alternatives and have made this list of my five favorites to share with you; Enjoy!
By Coach KB
How much would you pay for a magic pill that:
- Made you smarter, more creative, more decisive, and more productive?
- Improved your memory, your physical health and strength, and boosted your immune system?
- Gave you more energy, balanced your hormones, and curbed your food cravings?
Would you pay even more knowing that NOT taking it could result in:
- Increased stress, depression, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings?
- Weight gain, disease, high blood pressure, infertility, and physical clumsiness?
- Lack of impulse control, motivation, and memory?
What if you your insurance covered this pill for the rest of your life FOR FREE? Raise your hand if you would take it!
I will assume that all of you raised your hands. There is just a tiny hitch, though, that might change your minds (why is there always a hitch?!!)...
By Coach Mel
Which phrase do you hear all the time: “diet and exercise” or “nutrition and movement?” Which phrase resonates with you the most? For me, diet and exercise sounds restrictive and compartmentalized, implying how we should eat and move our bodies. Nutrition and movement seem personally intentional - how we choose to fuel ourselves and how we move throughout life.
By Madeline Schaefer
Hi everyone! I am so excited for the opportunity to work at POINT with all of you. If you are new to the concept of Holistic Yoga Therapeutics™ it could be described simply as “movement therapy,” although it is so much more than that! It is for anybody, whether you do yoga or not. The “Yoga” part of the name implies where it derives its principles of alignment, breathing techniques, and the approach of viewing each individual as a whole. We know so many of you struggle with chronic pain, are recovering from an injury, have specific fitness goals, feel “tight” in your hips/shoulders/low back/etc., or just generally feel limited by the functionality of your body so we are thrilled to be able to offer a service that encourages healing THROUGH movement, rather than by limiting it.
By Coaches KB & Mel
At POINT one of our guiding philosophies is that our individual health impacts our community and it is both a service to ourselves and others to work toward optimal health and happiness.
Because no one else seems to, let’s get honest about nutrition/health: Gimmicks and fad diets - 6-Week Fat Blast; Summer Slim Down; Bikini Body Boot Camp; etc. - are everywhere because they play into our modern desire for convenience but THEY. DON’T. WORK. You CANNOT achieve optimal health in just six weeks. You can certainly lose weight in six weeks, but weight-loss is not the same as improved health. Health is not an end-goal that we achieve after a designated amount of time; it is a lifestyle that we integrate into our daily experiences over a lifetime.
POW! Series - Meet POWerful Outdoor Woman Kerstin Holster
"Nothing can stop you if you keep pushing past the stigmas and societal boundaries" - Kerstin Holster
Kerstin is a BADASS professional downhill mountain bike racer. She and a few other women started NoApologies MTB; a support network for women looking to grow and find their place in such a male dominated sport.
POW! - Meet POWerful Outdoor Woman Zofia Reych
“If and when you encounter sexism, call it out. Some people won’t like you for it, but you’re likely to like yourself better.” - Zofia Reych
Zofia is a very special guest on this project; not only is she a big part of the climbing world itself, she also wrote her MA thesis on climbing women and the media. She truly embodies what it means to be a POW by working to empower the women within her community.