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Summer Is Coming

The body’s instinctive respond to frigid temperatures is to insulate. You crave more food than usual to escape the pain of winter, and the boredom of being stuck indoors. Hence, the beached whale affect when the weather changes and it’s finally time don skimpier attire.

Not all of us have been vigilant over the past few month. Over 50 it doesn’t take long for the heart to atrophy, and add a few pounds and suddenly you’re at risk. Especially if you haven’t been doing the minimal amount of cardio over the past few months. Cardiac arrest is a mostly needless way to die.

Looking good is its own reward. The confidence that comes with radiant health is a celebration. Be an example to your family by giving them an enduring gift, and showing them how to keep the body optimally functioning. Buying time and extending the cycle of life.

Take one step at a time. Or leap forward in an ideal environment dedicated to one thing only. Exponentially improving your biological inheritance.

Come have a smoothie and a workout at Panacea. Ciao, Pietro

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The Importance Of Doing Squats

Squats are thee most important exercise you can do.

Without them, your connection to the earth, and your mobility, becomes increasingly fragile, compromised. Senors are vulnerable to falls due to gaining a few pounds. And from the inevitable atrophying of the quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluts that occurs with people who don’t consciously work these large and vital muscle-masses.

With them, you are grounded, stable, confident. Someone bumps into you, you smile. You’re not a disaster waiting to happen.

Men, as they age, tend to get skinny legs, and loose their butt. Women tend to get big in the butt. The antidote for both sexes is the same, squats.

Especially hockey players have no future in the game without doing squats. You simply won’t survive at the higher level. You won’t have the skating power, and you’ll get knocked over too easily.

So do your squats twice a week! Old and young!

We do them at every Abs class. At every Hockey Yoga class. The benefits are profound. Come join us. At $6 a class, including a delicious smoothie, it really is the best deal in town.

Ciao, Pietro

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Back Asswards

People don’t get it.

The tendency is to work on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Your weaknesses should be the first priority.

You see fairly flexible women at yoga. Not stiff middle aged men who can’t even touch their knees, let alone their toes. Many of whom end up with serious back problems.

You see a preponderance of mature men with spare tires pounding the weights. Chest, arms and shoulders instead of doing something about the flat butt and scrawny legs.

It’s all I can do, sometimes, to refrain from marching up to people at the gym and shouting, quit everything you’re doing because you’re wasting your time!

If you have heart issues in your family, and concerned about your weight, do those long sweaty cardios on a consistent basis. You’ll never have to worry about a heart attack again.

Weight lifting is a must for women concerned with calcium absorption and osteoporosis.

Friday Night Yoga is back on Sept. 5 at 730 pm. The next morning, the 6th at 10 am, is Abs Class. Please reserve your spot in advance because space is limited. We’re adding a second Abs class on Tues nights, starting Sept. 9 at 730 pm. See you there!

Don’t do what you love. Love what you do.

And feel good. Look good.

Ciao, Pietro

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Trim Your Gray Bush

This is referring to men’s chest hair. But any gray bush on any part of your anatomy, will do.

Sure, exercise and diet are the bedrock of looking and feeling good, but proper grooming is the icing on the cake. The grisly-gray-nub-look makes you look 20 years older.

The shaven-chest-look is good if you have the chest for it and can pull it of. But it feels like sandpaper, I’m told. Some women prefer a man to look like a man.

Get yourself one of those electric shavers you see at the saloon. Trimmed chest-hair not only looks good, it feels good. Watch the years fall off. Find yourself a place to do it with good lighting.

We like to do ours in the front vestibule of the house because the lighting is excellent compare to the dull lighting in the bathroom. You can see us in window if you’re driving by on St. Clair Ave:)

Here the deal with the summer schedule:

Abs class, with its robust following, will only close down for the month of Aug. It’ll be back up and running in Sept.

Yoga class is presently still going. But if attendance is slackens I will suspend the class until Sept for a fresh start. So come out if want them to continue.

Let me know where you’re at?

Ciao, Pipeto

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Aged To Perfection

Feeling good. Looking good. Good health. These are the qualities that supersede all others. Getting your priorities straight is the first step to achieving them.

Set yourself a weekly regime of exercise which is as varied as it is interesting to you. Running with your dog, abs class, yoga, weight-lifting, or best of all, accelerate the process with a personal trainer.

Margaret Gault

I’d like you to meet my mother, Margaret. I won’t tell you her age because I don’t want to die. If you know my age, do the math. She’s the person I’ve trained the longest so I should take at least some of the credit.

She has always worked out vigilantly. And eats well, and makes delicious meals. And enjoys happy hour. And listens, and always contributes something interesting to the conversation.

Who’s coming this weekend? Who isn’t? Lemme know.

Ciao, Pepito

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A Must For Your Wrists

Recuperating from a broken arm? Tennis or golfer’s elbow? Symptoms of carpel tunnel? Arthritis? Or are you interested in radically transforming your shot? Strong flexible wrist have many useful applications besides opening jars.

Do this series of wrist exercises 6 days a week for a 3-week period. You will be amazed by the results.

See you at yoga and abs this long weekend? Let me know. Ciao, Pepito

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For Valentines

Give that special someone something special for Valentine’s. Don’t just take her to dinner again. The body is your temple  at Panacea Studio.

This Friday it’s none other than the ethereal Meryem. Fresh from the far-flung shores of Morocco. And full of mystery.  Meryem will do her magic. And open your heart.

You will be transported. Be there. Alone or with your partner.

Ciao, Pietro

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Hockey Yoga

Be a little hungry all the time. If you can master the skill of being a little hungry always, and to quit eating just before you’re full, you’ll never have a weight problem. And you’ll experience many health benefits.

When a little hungry you’re in calorie burn mode. Many of us have a primal fear of this. It challenges our security. Residing on the borderline of security is actually the only real security we can have. Which seems counter-intuitive.

Be a little hungry. But don’t go into starvation mode because that’s when you do something stupid. Like downing a pizza before bed, or reloading your plate.

By learning this simple skill, you pass it on to your offspring.

Hockey yoga is coming Feb. 7. Taught by yours truly. It includes the Inversion Table for willing participants, aromatherapy, and incorporates stretching drills with regular yoga poses. Rest a assured, we languish in long lingering restorative postures. And, of course, the signature smoothie.

Work your spine back to an effortless Bridge.

This Friday it’s the hypnotic Heloise. Let me know you’re coming if you haven’t already.

Ciao, Pietro

Panacea Studio
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Better In Bed

How often does life do what we expect? Almost never, life surprises. It morphs. That’s the wonder and beauty of it. And if we are to survive, we must morph with it.

Adaptability, flexibility, these are the principles yoga is built on. Going with the flow starts with the body, before embracing the heart and mind.

For inexorable youthfulness, you have to do something every day. Yoga is part of any exercise regiment. And what an enlivening and calming experience it can be.

The room is heated. But we wouldn’t call it Hot Yoga. More like Warm Yoga. Here, at Panacea Studio, we attempt to be graceful, tightrope-walking between pleasure and pain.

The evening includes aromatherapy, meditation and the art of stretching. And our signature smoothie. The smoothie alone is worth the price of admission.

Coming soon, the Yoga-At-Panacea youtube video!!!

Yoga classes start back Friday, September 27, 730 pm
Abs every Saturday at 10 pm

Can’t wait to see you. Cao, Pietro

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Hockey Yoga

Don’t let the name fool you. Nor my propensity to giving tough grinding classes.

I believe in the pleasure-principle component of yoga. If it feels good, do a lot of it.  The intensive deep-tissue stretching will be balanced with long lingering luxurious restorative postures.

There is strategy here. Sometimes greater gains are had by just relaxing and surrendering to life. Then, when it does gets difficult for real, you face the challenge with relish.

I isolate certain muscles with a variety of joint-specific drills. Areas of greatest concern are hips, spine, hamstrings, lower back!!!, upper back.

The uninitiated will feel it the next day. And probably the day after that too. But that is a beautiful pain you learn to love.

Come this Friday to Hockey Yoga, an Abs Class on Saturday, because Panacea is shutting down the following 2 weekends.

Please keep me updated on your availability. Salud, Pietro

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