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Thursday, April 18th, 2013
The month of May, DEFINE’s strength4service is The Mission of Yahweh! Donation classes this month and a future mission trip, this charity comes to us from DEFINE Founder, Henry Richardson & his friend Monica Hartland. They took a moment to share with us about this charity and how to get involved!
Henry: Mission of Yahweh is a Christian faith-based shelter for homeless women and their children. Since 1961 they have given refuge to families in crisis. They do such a wonderful job providing for these families on so many levels. They don’t just provide shelter, they empower these women so they can become self-sufficient, productive members of society.
DEFINE: How did you become involved and why does this charity resonate with you?
Henry: My friend Monica Hartland made me aware of the charity and I was so impressed with what they do that I knew I had to get involved. I am committed to meaningful community service through my works in organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Teach for America and so I know a well run charity when I see one. Mission of Yahweh is doing a tremendous job even in the face of growing needs in our community.
DEFINE: What can people do to help or get involved?
Henry: Attend the DEFINE + yoga donation class: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Click here (http://www.missionofyahweh.org/volunteering/index.html) to see volunteer opportunities at Mission of Yahweh.
DEFINE: Tell us what The Mission of Yahweh means to you and how you got involved.
Monica: I became involved with the Mission in 2003, which also happened to be my most challenging year financially. I was so touched by my family and friends that helped me get through that difficult year, that I felt compelled to pass it on. The Mission was the place I chose. The Mission of Yahweh has been sheltering homeless women and Children for 52 years. It is truly a Home Away from Home for women and children who have simply fallen on hard times, just like I did. They need a helping hand to get them back on their feet. The Mission not only provides a safe haven but also 3 hot meals a day, clothing, job training and spiritual guidance.
DEFINE: What does paying it forward/giving back mean to you personally?
Monica: Bad days happen to everyone: sometimes it becomes a bad week or year, but as humans on this earth we are given a chance to help make someone’s day better by the most simple things. Perhaps you have changed someone’s day by smiling or by an encouraging word or by giving a little bit of your time or money to others that really need it. I have been on the receiving side of these acts of kindness and it changed the course of my life. Today I give because it blesses my life to do so.
DEFINE: What is your connection to TheThe Mission Of Yahweh?
Monica: My heart is connected to the Mission of Yahweh, I receive much more by giving. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said ”It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
DEFINE: What can people do to help or get involved?
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
If you’ve taken class at a DEFINE studio lately, chances are you’ve probably noticed our fashionable instructors and equally fashionable clients! All of them rocking the layers of bras, tanks, and coverups. Straps of all sorts can be seen peeking out while comfy coverups emerge between classes for “street” wear. Layering is a true personal expression, and can be fit into everyone’s workout wardrobe.
Start out with a colored bra. Neon bras are a subtle, fun way to incorporate brights into your outfit. We like the Splits 59 Loren bra in lime acid for the color and super comfy feel. A more supportive option is the Splits 59 Reed Bra in aqua. This bra beautifully pairs with white and aqua with a touch of black surprise in the back.
Add a long and fitted tank. This layer must have a performance based fabric while still being soft, with a flattering cut. Our favorites right now are the Splits 59 Ashby tanks in nude or white, and the Beyond Yoga Striped Layering Tank in grey/white. Both options provide comfy, long, flattering silhouettes that will hold up to any DEFINE body, revolution, or mind class.
Coverup with Cutouts. In studios now, we currently have a TON of fun coverup options! Unique shapes and cutouts rule the coverup category. We love that the different shapes allow visibility of layers, and give off the modern, sporty, layered workout look! Coverups pictured: Splits 59 Misty M. Pullover in black and Splits 59 Deena K. Coverup in Apricot.
Waiting on a Spring Sale? It’s here!
Sunday, March 10th, 2013
We know you’ve been itching to get a copy of Henry’s playlist from Saturday’s Rodeo Ride! It’s finally here! Enjoy!
Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Are You Aware of Your Strengths and Utilizing Them Daily?
Generally speaking, as a society we are much more likely to over-focus on our weaknesses, criticize ourselves for not being good enough and exhaust our personal resources to get them to a strength level (spinning our wheels); causing struggle, self-doubt and even depression. Rather, if we would focus on our innate and unique talents that set us apart and create purpose in our lives, we would be more productive, efficient, confident and assured. We’d no longer struggle to be who we feel like we should and would learn (from an early age) to embrace our strengths to find success, happiness and belonging.
Pictured: DEFINE Founder, Henry Richardson at Define Your Balance – Texas Yoga Conference, Photo by: Christi Minter
When we use our strengths we build confidence, self-esteem and feel empowered. We feel energized, effective and worthy. No longer do we live our lives focusing on our downfalls, instead our individual purpose and meaning shines through creating clarity about who we are and what we are meant for. The challenge is that those things we are uniquely gifted with are sometimes buried under what we wish we were good at or what we understand others want us to be good at. We’re told at a young age that we should be good at math or pursue degrees and professions that are stable, consistent and provide financial security. We’re steered in the direction of perceived success and independence and our focus becomes what can we achieve or who can we beat to the top, rather than how our strengths can benefit others and ourselves. If our strengths do not fit into the mold of early education its easy to get the message that they aren’t as important or that they should only be pursued as a hobby. Instead of identifying each persons unique abilities and helping them grow in them, we are shoved into categories or boxes that stifle our individuality. For this reason, it is paramount that we find ways to develop our strengths and encourage others to do the same.
The Downside of Neglected Strengths
What happens when we deny our talents and focus on those things that we want, feel or believe we should be good at? We spend all of our energy trying to take a weakness up to strength level, wasting precious time on tasks or abilities that won’t ever naturally be what our strengths are. We lose confidence and create narratives about ourselves with the theme of “less than” or “not good enough.” These themes then become self-fullfilling prophecies that when held for too long inevitably lead to stress, frustration and lack of motivation (who’s been here before?).
The truth is weaknesses are easier to focus on. There is less at stake, we can make excuses or subconsciously sabotage success if we just aren’t good enough or can distract ourselves with negative beliefs and criticism. Strengthening our strengths can be much more vulnerable, they can draw unwanted attention, give us self-esteem and purpose or allow more room for disappointment if something doesn’t work out. You see, we can find so many reasons, from others or within ourselves, that go against our fundamental desire to be needed, important and an integral part of a whole (something developing our strengths will naturally provide).
A Strengths Based Approach Never Fails
Think about it. Your strengths and personal capabilities that come natural to you are at their lowest point higher than any weakness will ever be. With time, focus and determination enhancing a strength is a much faster and efficient way to success than working on any weakness will ever be. This is exactly what the researchers at Gallup and authors of Strengths Finder 2.0 recognized. In an attempt to reverse our focus on weaknesses, Gallup conducted thousands of research studies over 50 years to come up with an assessment that helps individuals (you and me) identify what we are innately good at and find practical ways to live them out.
Much like a personality test, the questionnaire associated with the book assesses you on 34 different strengths categories and only tells you your top 5. Recognizing our nature to focus on weaknesses, the researchers knew that if they gave away the whole list, participants would only take away what their lowest scores were (Yep, I’d definitely do that). This brilliant approach changed my thinking and gave me new direction at a time in my life that felt like a constant uphill battle. Understanding my strengths (input, empathy, developer, ideation & belief) according to StrengthsFinder 2.0 affirmed my desire to work with people, pursue knowledge and embrace my wild ideas. I still found ways to distract myself and focus on a weakness (and still do to this day) however, this has become so much easier to recognize and redirect. I’ve since found purpose and have utilized my detailed action plan to stay on track and find more ways to enhance my strengths, propelling me on a path of success and a life fully integrated with my unique needs, desires and goals.
Using Strengths In the Context of Community
Once we identify our gifts and unique abilities that we have, we are able to seek out ways to not only strengthen our own lives but the lives of others. Think about your favorite product, book, movie or song. How many people must it have taken to complete the final product? How many careers, goals or plans involve only one person? Very few, if any. We are at our best when we know who we are and are able to be apart of a larger group or organization with similar views, beliefs, goals and direction. Finding out what you are good at and looking for ways to contribute to the greater good enhances our society and improves well-being across the board. We all need each other and when we recognize this and help others foster their strengths so that we are not all exhausting our individual resources, trying to do it all or feeling alone, we are able to conquer so much more. Our individual success rates are enhanced by the strengths of others and vice versa.
As a matter of fact in a study conducted by Gallup where they studied more than one million work groups, interviewed over 20,000 leaders and conducted over 10,000 in-depth interviews found that the most effective leaders focus on strengths, surround themselves with the right people and understand their followers needs.
Strengths In Motion
Being apart of a thriving community life at DEFINE has shown me just how important living out our strengths and affirming them within others can be. The strength of DEFINE is found within the strengths of each individual. The beauty of DEFINE is not just that we have extremely talented team members, it is that each person is encouraged to be their self, to use their strengths to enhance the group and are accepted in their uniqueness. Such a powerful dynamic that I hope everyone has the opportunity to experience on a daily basis.
- If you haven’t already, look up Strengths Finders 2.0 and fill out the assessment (it seems long at first but should only take 20 minutes at max)
- Let us know what your top 5 strengths are
- Share below in the comment section or on our Facebook page
- Look for ways to maximize your strengths daily
- Share this post with others or share Strengths Finders 2.0 with your family, friends and co-workers to get the most out of your relationships and goals
DEFINE’s Emotional Wellness Expert, Jessica Pass, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Instructor at DEFINE body & mind. She has a private practice in Houston, Texas, specializing with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and parents. Jessica’s approach incorporates mind-body integration, education and practical strategies to improve emotional wellness, emphasizing all aspects of who we are to live fully and thrive in our relationships.
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Energized Teacher + Personal knowledge & experience= Inspired students
Houston-based Fund for Teachers supports that equation by funding teachers’ self-designed summer fellowships. By giving teachers the opportunity to pick what they want to learn and where they want to learn it, Fund for Teachers empowers educators to pursue knowledge that directly impacts students’ learning.
Since 2001, more than 5,000 preK-12 teachers from across America have used $18 million in Fund for Teachers grants to conduct field research, volunteer with community organizations, master new skills or deepen their understanding of a subject. These teachers return to classrooms more competent and confident about their teaching, and more excited to share their new learning and experiences with students.
“I believe every child is unique and every child deserves the right to learn; therefore, I am willing to spend hours looking for and writing grants to ensure that my students have exactly what they need to become their best selves,” said Patricia Greenleaf, Houston teacher and Fund for Teachers Fellow. “Of all the grants I’ve written, my Fund for Teachers grant is the most meaningful. Receiving a Fund for Teachers grant provided more than materials to enhance curriculum, it allowed me to learn and grow in ways that challenged my life and my students’ lives.”
With her FFT grant, Patricia studied the influence of Galileo and Claudius Ptolemy on math and science. She viewed their tools and original works in Rome, learned about curriculum development through the Galileo Teacher Training Program at the United Nations Education, ScientificCultural Organization in Venice, and researched astronomical principles at the University of Padua (where Galileo was Chair of Physics) to motivate students to become engaged, independent learners.
Each October, teachers apply for grants through the nonprofit’s online application, due at the end of January. Throughout the spring, committees comprised of local education, business and philanthropy leaders convene to select those teachers who will go on to experience their self-designed fellowship during the summer break. Althoughoriginally available to only Houston teachers, Fund for Teachers now awards grants in nine additional cities, as well as across eight states – including Texas.
“Our grants honor exemplary teachers’ quest for life-long learning and intensifies the impact they make in the classroom,” said Karen Webb, Fund for Teachers executive director. “By rewarding our nation’s best preK-12 educators with opportunities to deepen their scholarship, we’re catalyzing students’ growth, as well.”
More than 600 Houston-area schools now have teachers who’ve infused new skills and/or perspectives into classrooms as a result of Fund for Teachers grants. For more information or to participate in the selection of Fund for Teachers’ 2013 Fellows, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fundforteachers.org.
Donation DEFINE revolution Class benefiting the”Fund For Teachers” Program with Henry Richardson
Sunday, Feb. 17th at West University from 1:30-2:30
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
It’s day two of 2013. How many of you have already made a New Year’s resolution? For some of you, the idea of losing pounds may have been on your mind all the way through the holidays, preparing for the resolution with one last cookie or piece of pie. For others, taking that first step towards achieving optimal health and wellbeing may have been on your mind for years. DEFINE is a great way to start or optimize your physical, mental and total overall health.
Before we go any further, let me introduce myself. My name is Lori Hudson. Some of you may know me already, I have been with DEFINE since the beginning. My training at DEFINE started before the first coat of paint ever went on the walls at the Tanglewood location, more than 3 years ago. My background – I was a competitive gymnast for 18 years; earned my doctorate in chiropractic; which was followed by a degree in nursing. My love for helping people and education of anatomy and physiology in the human body drives me to continue to share my experiences and knowledge with those around me!
So for the next several weeks, we will be here paving our way to achieving our health goals together!
Most envision the new year bringing new beginnings, hopes, dreams and lifestyle changes! Whether it is a small difference or a huge commitment, it’s human nature to start out strong and then fizzle out as time goes on. So how do we balance the excitement of a new challenge with maintaining the physical and mental stamina to achieve the results desired?
This week will focus on a few key points to starting and achieving that New Year’s resolution.
DEFINE is here to help motivate you into achieving your fitness goals and overall total wellbeing. Some things to keep in mind while we start this journey together:
1). Start with setting a new years resolution that is realistic and attainable. (Studies show that there is a only a twelve percent success rate when it comes to completing a resolution.)
2.) Aim on taking class about 3-5 times a week. By the end of week two the body begins to feel stronger, flexibility is improving, and energy levels are rising.
3.) These changes aren’t just limited to the physical; both mental clarity and mood have been shown to improve with regular exercise as well.
Alternate DEFINE body classes with mind and or rev classes. (More on balancing these classes in next week’s blog)
Being ambitious is a great attribute but your rest days are just as important as your workout days.
The benefits of DEFINE:
Each class is a perfect balance between strengthening, lengthening and stabilizing the body in order to build longer leaner muscles. We utilize lightweights and body weight to provide resistance and endurance within the muscles and joints.
Targeting major muscle groups within the body – together the DEFINE classes provide an optimal environment towards achieving sustainable health for both the body and mind.
Stay tuned in this month! Next week I will be addressing any muscle soreness you may be experiencing. We will also be covering the importance of balancing your workouts with DEFINE body, mind and rev classes in order to keep you on track towards achieving your optimal health and wellbeing goals!
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Can’t take your eyes off that holiday sweet?
From last weekend’s DEFINE foods workshop we learned about “better for you” ingredients/substitutions for holiday recipes and desserts. Here is one of the festive treats we whipped up that is healthy, yet satisfying for that sweet tooth! An easy dish to take to a a family gathering or holiday party. Happy Holidays from DEFINE foods!
3large dates, pitted
3 Tbsp Cacao powder
1 Tbsp palm sugar
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 small Tbsp nut butter (cashew works well here)
pinch Celtic sea salt
1/2 cup coconut flakes, toasted
Place all ingredients in a food processor or Vitamix and blend until well combined and a dough-like texture has formed. Scoop small teaspoons into your hands and roll into individual balls. Place in the refrigerator to set. Allow to soften to room temperature before serving. Roll finished truffles into toasted coconut or cacao powder.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Keeping you healthy and feeling your best through the holidays! We all enjoy the excitement of a fresh NEW YEAR, but nobody likes to start over when they have worked so hard to achieve their fitness goals. Here are a few tip previews from our upcoming “Healthy Through The Holidays” Workshop with Erin Stewart and Ashley Barber, to help you keep on track during and after the holiday season!
Something is always better than nothing! Even if you only have 10 minutes a day to devote to working out, there are lots of effective ways to keep the muscle tone and strength you’ve worked so hard to gain. That way you aren’t starting at square one when you return from the holidays. Come take DEFINE’s Healthy Through The Holidays Workshop to find out how to make the most of what time you’ll have for working out and be prepared to sweat! – Ashley Barber
Eat This, Not That. Keep your plate mostly veggies and savor your favorite indulgent items with just a few bites. Better yet, take matters into your own hands by offering to bring your favorite healthy dish! Consider roasted butternut squash instead of mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie over cookies and cakes. Learn other tips and recipes at our first DEFINE foods workshop in the kitchen with in house chef Erin O’Leary Stewart.
Healthy through the Holidays Workshop
Holidays can be tough on the health routine. Join Erin Stewart and Ashley Barber for tips to stay on track throughout the holiday season. Get travel tips to tone up and learn exercises you can do on-the-go during the first half of the workshop with Ashley. Then join Erin, DEFINE’s in-house natural foods chef, in the kitchen for a cooking demo and lecture on choosing wisely at holiday meals. Get healthy holiday recipes you can incorporate into your own menu! Erin and Ashley are here to help you keep the body fit no matter your holiday plans, so you can jump right back into your routine come the New Year! There will be a workout, tastings, and exclusive recipes to take with you, so come prepared to move and nibble!
Saturday,December 15 from 12:00-1:30
$45 per person
DEFINE west university, Click HERE to register
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Monday, December 3rd, 2012
FOR YOUR WEEK…
Mr. Polite by The Jungle Giants
This is Henry’s new Indie jam. The video is pretty funny, too.
Scream & Shout by will.i.am and Britney Spears
Untouched by The Veronicas (Designer Drugs Remix)
Heard in Kirby’s REV class.
She Don’t Like The Lights by Justin Bieber
Found this one in Erin’s playlist. Lights, camera, Action! By the way, hunky Beiber is playing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show tomorrow.
I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover) by Chromatics
Didn’t know if there could be one made as good as Mr. Springsteen’s but this comes pretty close in a completely different way. Check out more from Chromatics.
Va Va Voom by Nicki Minaj
Heard Miss Nicki in Hank’s REV
Feel Again by OneRepublic
You asked… Here it is! Erin’s motivation gem. You’ll always hear the feel gooders in her class.
We’ll Be Coming Back by Calvin Harris feat. Example
We heard this one in Ashley’s. Calvin Harris always puts out the best.
Forca by Nelly Furtado
Warmed up to this jam in Kirby’s class.
I Hope This Gets To You by The Daylights (Linney Remix)
One more from Erin’s! Had to share! AH-mazing!
Come back and see us next Monday for more musica!
Monday, November 26th, 2012
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and fed yourselves well! It was nice to see a lot of you in the studios over the holiday and for those who were out of town or just on fitness vacation, here are some tunes from Kirby’s playlist to get you back in the groove and get things swinging again!
Jolene by Robotic Pirate Monkey
Fun times with Dolly.
Rockstar – Rihanna (Chew Fu Remix)
99 Problems – Hugo
Climb the hill? I think so, you bet… just play this.
Put It Down – Brandy ft. Chris Brown
Brandy is back!
Shawty Got Moves – Get Cool
Here we go!
Lunar – David Guetta and Afrojack
Best sprint song known to man.
Thinking About You – Frank Ocean
No words needed. He’s amazing.
Flower – Moby (TYR Remix)
Going to go dance now! See you all next week on here and hope to see your smiling faces in class this week!