Thrivent Team Action and Kids & Kinship had the opportunity to practice Meditative Movements.
I thought the program was fun. The "I am strong" movement is my favorite. Thank you for offering this class.
"The students at Prosperity Heights Elementary really enjoyed Ellie's aerobic workout. They liked the I Am Healthy and I Am Strong Meditative Movements the best. It was fun to educate the students on the power of affirmations. As a reminder the word affirmation is on our Word Wall in the gym."
Wally Grant P.E. Teacher (MN Elem. P. E. Teacher of the Year 1995)
"This was a great addition to my aerobics and conditioning class! All of my students had very positive feedback and the affirmations helped them realize the importance of saying positive things to themselves on a regular basis! Ellie's passion for this type of aerobics was definitely shown and was contagious! She did a wonderful job and I really hope to have her back to share her talent with my future students!"
Kelly Harris, High School Health and Physical Education Teacher
"I haven't done the combination meditation/movement before, other than Qigong, and not with affirmations like this, so this class was fascinating, helpful and empowering. I tend to be resistant to affirmations, so I appreciated this new approach. Voicing / speaking the phrases was difficult but probably good for me. Thanks for keeping it simple."
"This approach is a natural tie in for me. I’ve been running and weight training for a number of years. Since I started integrating the affirmations into my existing routine, I find that I’m more relaxed and focused. Using this approach has helped me break some barriers especially in my high intensity workouts. Instead of distracting myself by watching television or listening to the radio, I am able to bring my mind into what I am doing. Being able to repeat these positive messages is supplying the added energy that I need. The Meditative Movement book was an easy read and I was able to figure out quickly how I could incorporate the affirmations. I know the affirmations will always be a part of my future workouts."
Tom, Independent Sales
"It's great to be back to aerobics again! I find the affirmations offer an incentive and make the exercising meaningful on all levels. I highly recommend Power of Positive Aerobics to anyone who wants a good, short workout that also can be a movement meditation, and just plain fun! I really appreciate the affirmations and the room to add my own."
Nicole knows the importance of saying affirmations and loves the fact that she can affirm herself as she works out. Nicole is working out three to five times a week. Two days out of the week, she does the "Power of Positive Aerobics" tape and the other days she participates in non-team sports such as roller blading, walking, or working out at her club.
Nicole is successfully obtaining her goals. She uses exercise to help manage season weight gain from prescription medication she used in the summer. Almost all prescription medication causes - at the very least - water weight gain or more permanent weight gain due to increase in appetite. "Working out with this video helps a lot with losing both water and more permanent weight gain - I have lost a total of 20 pounds (and counting) in a relatively short period of time since integrating this video with diet. I put on those 20 pounds in just a few weeks after I started a new medication, so really turned it around from rapid weight gain to weight loss!", says Nicole.
"I also use exercise, along with the affirmations to help regulate my mood. I am especially susceptible to the "Winter Blahs" from November to March and this year has been much improved. I like the convenience of using the video on days when it is too cold (or I just feel too comfortable at home) to go outside. I have neither the space nor the budget to buy exercise equipment, so the video is perfect for me."
The aerobic movements are fun. Nicole has done a lot of different workout videos and this workout is easy on her knees. She also likes the three levels of intensity, although she usually works out at the most intense pace. On days she's feeling a bit more sluggish, she drops down to the mid-level.
Health Professionals Experiences
"I work as a life-coach combining spirituality, counseling, health and wellness education. Of course movement and exercise are part of what we all know to be a healing, healthy lifestyle, but for many people finding the right time and method is difficult. Almost everyone has done aerobics and enjoyed it, but the gym part is a turn-off. This tape is short and easy and the idea of the affirmations brings it to a new level of meaning. People -myself included- really appreciate the empowering opportunity to bring together their physical, spiritual and mental health. Elle's story is very inspiring as well. Thanks for a great tape!"
Cathy, Life Coach
Like yoga, Meditative Movements, connects the body, mind, and spirit...but what is unique about Meditative Movements is the way in which I can claim my own power to authorize immediate change within myself. By saying affirmations out loud AND intentionally including the body in the expression of myself, I am being touched on an emotional level. There is a very powerful emotional experience to be had in saying the affirmations out loud while also expressing yourself with bodily movement. I have FELT change within myself in a way that is both tangibly powerful (I can really feel it).
I now recognize how important it is to include the body (and body movement) in my practices toward becoming a more calm and centered person who is effective in the world.
Bekah Rieke, Integrative Nutrition Coach
"WOW!!! Ellie’s video has taken the “work” out of exercise. This video blends joyful working out with positive affirmations that will have women jumping out of bed in the morning. This short video is sure to provide energy and enthusiasm for “your next steps” to better health. As a life coach people often ask me if they can have a life, a career and health at the same time. Yes, this fun video creates the environment to have it all!"
"I do enjoy the workout and the affirmations immensely. Have been a big Charlene Pritchett and Denise Austin fan for years. The spoken affirmations do set your workout apart from others and I like the concept. I am using your workout at home now in concert with the Curves for Women resistance-aerobic workout which I do 4 times a week.
I think your workout is very adaptable to the 50+ population and perhaps even in assisted living environments (I am a Geri RN). I also think you could take this to churches/prisons/jr. and high schools. Really it is a routine which can go anywhere:-)"
Catherine, Geri RN