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               August 2012 




Even though we've had some cooler weather recently (yay!) the dog days of summer aren't over yet.  


That's why it's important to keep Kristi Watson on your speed dial (462-3900). Kristi can give you expert advice on minimizing the signs of aging skin, which the summer sun intensifies.   


We're welcoming Chasity Faul this month as she joins our growing staff of professionals available to help you lead a healthy lifestyle. Chastity is a Reiki practitioner and a counselor interested in helping individuals as well as families.  


Join us for Tai Chi in the Park! Another great way to fight the dog days of summer is with a FREE hour of Tai Chi Saturday, August 25, 10-11 am in Glazebrook Park led by Jerry Whitten. And check out Jerry's next 8- and 10-week classes.  


If you had any doubts of the health benefits of practicing qigong wonder no more. A randomized controlled study demonstrated that Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong, a particular form of qigong, provides long-term benefits in the self-care treatment for fibromyalgia.


Looking for a new martial art form to learn? Or a new dance form? How about a combination of the two -- and then some. We're now offering classes in Capoeira.    


We'll have yoga teacher training next year watch for more details later.


You can read about that as well as other articles about the benefits of yoga, tai chi, meditation and massage in our archives.  Meanwhile you can take a partner yoga workshop with Dr. Jaime Sanchez.


We also have a growing library of asanas and this month's is Tree Pose, which will help you improve your balance.    


We offer a wide variety of classes (and times). Check out our list to find something that fits into your schedule or a service that will give you a pick-me-up.  




Theresa Franklin, NCTMB, LMT, RYT, CMT

Olivia Kelly, NCTMB, LMT



Feature Article

Reiki healing   

ChasityChasity Faul Provides Relief to Clients Through  

Reiki Healing and Counseling  


As a Reiki practitioner and counselor, Chasity Faul believes in the importance of a body-mind connection. She recently became a certified practitioner and will be joining our staff in September, seeing clients by appointment only.


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki treats the whole person - the body, emotions, mind and spirit - creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.  

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. Reiki has been proven through various research to have excellent effects on infants with colic and for children who have been diagnosed with autism.


Chasity holds a nursing degree, a Bachelor's in Social Work and a Masters in Counseling. She is in the process of becoming a licensed Counselor and eventually will see clients for individual and family counseling services.


With her combined practice, clients will gain relief from issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, abuse and trauma and physical conditions such as arthritis, insomnia, PMS and discomfort associated with pregnancy.


Chasity is married and has two children ages 14 and 6. Her family enjoys outdoor activities including boating and camping.


Beginning in September, Chasity will be available by appointment only on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The introductory price is $40.00 and each session lasts one hour.




 taichiNew Tai Chi and Tang Soo do Classes

 You can read about the different styles of Tai Chi Chuan (a form of Qigong) or you can experience them for yourself.   


Tai Chi Chuan 

Intro to Yang style (8 classes, $48) starts:  

Monday, Aug. 20, 5:30-6:30 pm


Intro to Chen style (10 classes, $60) starts:   

Monday, Aug. 27, 6:30-7:30 pm  

Wednesday, August 29, 10-11 am


Advanced Chen (10 classes, $60) starts: 

Monday, Aug. 27,  7:30 - 8:30 pm  

Wednesday, Aug. 29 , 11:00 am - 12:00pm 


Tang Soo Do Karate for teens and adults (ongoing, $80/month) 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm


Please pay in cash or checks made out to Charles Whitten.   


You can read more about Jerry Whitten and Chen Tai Chi Chuan in the July 2011 newsletter.    



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 CapoeiraCapoeira is here! 

 If you ask ten people to describe capoeira (CAPO WADA) you will most likely hear ten very different answers. Capoeira has been described as a martial art, a dance, an art form, a form of self-defense or any hybrid of these. Many people often use more than one of these definitions in the same breath when describing this form of movement that combines spins, turns, precisely-aimed kicks, evasive defense moves, and breathtaking acrobatics into a rich fabric of motion, percussion and song.


Our capoeira instructor is Graduado Cebolinha (Matt Hawkins) and he's one of the principal instructors at Capoeira St. Louis.  Cebolinha began training with Capoeira St. Louis in 2003 and has been a vital part of its growth. Cebolinha has traveled intensely to further his knowledge of Capoeira and has trained in New York, Texas, Florida and Illinois, among other cities.  


Cebolinha has taught classes at Club Fitness in Alton and is currently teaching at the YMCA Carondelet Rec Plex as well as for Be Well Now.   


Capoeira classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-9:30 pm. The cost is $40 a month.


Here's a link to a 4-minute video of Capoeira Luanda of St. Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and development of Capoeira in the St. Louis area.



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facial anti-agingAnti-age or Age Smart

Can skin aging be reversed? 


No matter what you hear, what you read, or what you want to believe, skin aging cannot be reversed. But there are steps you can take to control the situation.


The appearance and signs of skin aging can be minimized, and further skin aging can be controlled. New scientific research has uncovered ingredients that work on a biochemical level to control skin aging, all while minimizing current signs of skin aging. Some of these ingredients include antioxidant vitamins C and E, Glucosamine, peptides, Lactic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, and of course, daily use of an SPF.


Schedule a 1-hour facial (only $60!) or consult with aesthetician Kristi Watson about a customized regimen with Dermalogica's Age Smart products to help control the signs of skin aging.  


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Asana Zone

Tree pose

asanazoneTree Pose   

Vrksasana   (vrik-SHAHS-anna)
vrksa = tree


Balancing poses can be a challenge but they're important to master, especially as we age. Part of learning to balance is learning to steady our mind.  

The blueprint

The practitioner stands on one leg with the sole of the other foot pressed into the standing leg's inner thigh. The hands are pressed together at heart level or above the head.    


How to do it

  1. Stand in Tadasana.
  2. Shift your weight onto your right foot and bend your left knee, bringing the left heel up to the inner right thigh         
  3. Press the heel of your left foot into your right thigh  

  4. Reach the crown of your head up  

  5. Press down into both heels and rise from the arches of your feet

  6. Bring your hands together in front of your heart gaze forward  
  7. Hold for one minute

At this point

  • The toes of the bent knee are pointing down
  • The four corners of your standing leg's foot are engaged and pressed evenly into the floor
  • Your rib cage is lifted out of the pelvis
  • Your chin is parallel to the floor

8. To come out of Tree Pose, lower your bent leg to the floor and return to Tadasana. Repeat the pose on the other side.


  • Keep your pelvis level and parallel to the floor
  • Keep your toes relaxed, don't try to grip the floor with them


  • Stick your tailbone out or overarch your back
  • Tilt your pelvis to one side or the other; center it over the standing leg


  • Improves balance  
  • Strengthens the legs and spine
  • Enhances balance and focus
  • Relieves flat feet
  • Stretches the groins and inner thighs
  • Calms the mind


  • Headache
  • Insomnia  
  • Leg or hip pain or injury
  • High blood pressure

Beginners tips and modifications


If your raised foot slides down the inner standing thigh, put a folded sticky mat between the raised-foot sole and the standing inner thigh.  


You can also do the pose near a wall if you feel unsteady.   



Be Well Now

is a healthy lifestyle center that offers a range of holistic experiences to unite your mind, body and spirit. Bring harmony to your life through the practice of heart-centered yoga and meditation. Explore our Namasté gift shop with books, CDs, candles, teas, skin care and gifts.


Stop by and check us out!    


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The Be Well Now newsletter is edited by Danette Watt. For suggestions, comments or concerns about the newsletter content, contact her at 
In This Issue
Meet Chasity Faul
New tai chi schedule
Capoeira is here!
Reverse aging skin?
Asana Zone
Become a yoga teacher
Workshops in September
Good to know...
List of classes

Like us on Facebook

Quick Links

Our schedule of classes

Our services
 jaimesanchezTeacher Training 


Dr. Jaime Sanchez of East-West Natural Healing School of Yoga will be offering Yoga Alliance approved teacher training in February 2013 at Be Well Now. Watch for details to follow.


cayan in tree pose


 Start them when  

they're young! 


sanchezworkshopWorkshops with Dr. Jaime Sanchez 


Mark your calendars!


Our Saturday workshops start up again in September. The first one will be Partner Yoga, September 15, 9-11 a.m. 


thirdannualyoga  Good to know....


Abhaya mudra - This is the "gesture of fearlessness" used for dispelling fear in others.  


This mudra is understood by Native Americans, Hindus and Buddhists.  


When you raise your right hand, extending your fingers straight up and holding your palm open, you are showing peaceful and compassionate intent. This mudra relates to the anahata (heart) chakra.


 ourclasses Our classes

please check the website calendar to confirm class times or call 462-3900 to register  




9:00 -10:00 a.m.

10:00 -11:00 a.m.  

12:30-1:30 p.m. Hot Yoga 



12:00-1:00 p.m.

4:00-5:00 p.m.



9:00-10:00 a.m.

5:30-6:30 p.m. Hot Yoga 



9:00-10:00 a.m   

6:00-7:00 p.m.



9:00-10:00 a.m.  

12:00-1:00 p.m.  

5:30-6:30 p.m. Hot Yoga



5:30-6:30 p.m. Hot Yoga



11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



Intro to Yang Style 


5:30-6:30 p.m.  


Intro to Chen Style  


6:30-7:30 p.m. 


10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Advanced Chen Style


7:30-8:30 p.m.


11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 





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