About
 "The founder & owner of Refined Alignment is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who has worked in the field of health and fitness over 30 years." 
As I read that first sentence I'm struck with the fact that I'm not as young as I once was! When I started in the fitness world at age 16 as a lifeguard and swimming instructor I had no idea I would still be helping people get fit & be safe over 30 years later! I have learned so much during that time. The years spent working in in-patient physical rehabilitation as a recreation therapist were invaluable for the knowledge I gained, and relationships built with amazing Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists as well as doctors, nurses, aides, receptionists and housekeepers.  I was also blessed to know and work with incredible patients both in-patient and out as part of a community wellness program I coordinated. 
 
I wouldn't trade that experience or those relationships, but as someone committed to truly helping people stay well, it was an environment not compatible with my goals. The medical system, as we know it, is profit driven and it's greatest profit comes from our not staying well. 
Leaving the corporate-health-world to be self-employed has allowed freedom and the opportunity to synergistically include things like essential oils, api-therapy, prayer & meditation, grounding/earthing & infrared saunas to compliment a wellness lifestyle.
 
In February of 2020 classes quickly transitioned from in-person to on-line. Pre-recorded classes have become popular and maybe at some point we'll offer a few of those, but keeping classes in real time to allow for interaction, feedback and the ability to see & hear each participant is important to me. Class sizes are purposefully kept small even though we could have over 200 on-line. That would be allot of very small boxes to watch! It's been so encouraging to have in-person attendance happening again.
 
The last two years have brought many changes. (That's a big understatement!) Perhaps the biggest changes are the ones we can't see. Maybe the biggest changes have come in learning who we can trust, what's truly important, and how we want to live our lives?  It seems nothing can be taken for granted anymore and many things are not what we thought they were. One of those things for me was Yoga. That may sound like an odd thing to say after devoting over 25 years of my life to that practice and hundreds of hours training, teaching, defending and promoting its benefits. However, physically it was not delivering the benefits promised. I was going home in pain, having migraines, and feeling empty, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It was leading me in directions I didn't want to go.  My first thought was to just quit, be done and move on, but there are some amazing and very loyal people I was not willing to leave behind. 
 

After many sleepless nights, lots of prayer, and searching, I came to a decision that left me at peace. I went back to my foundation, my roots, why I started helping people exercise in the first place and I was reminded of some very basic things: 

  • As a Nation we are incredibly unfit, we aren't as healthy as we Could be;
  • exercise is a powerful "medicine" and is Sadly underutilized;  
  • strength training is critical to a functional life, not falling/staying safe, aging Well and maintaining lean muscle tissue;
  • flexibility reduces the risk of injury, muscle tension/soreness and Increases freedom of movement and improved posture;
  • regular sustained movement is important for Circulation, metabolism and many aspects of health and well-being;
  • many people don't have the knowledge, awareness, motivation or ability to do those things for themselves on a regular bas1s;
  • fitness centers can be wonderful & gyms have their place but for a variety of reasons don't meet all the fitness needs for everyone.

 

Just because I was quitting yoga didn't mean I should quit fitness, especially at a time when it is critically needed.

In 2016 when searching for a name for this endeavor, there were many suggestions that included "yoga" in the title. None of those seemed to fit. I am now thankful for that! Because this name still fits, perhaps even better than it did before.  There is a sense of renewed energy and excitement to have refined ones vocation to be in alignment with purpose and a passion for making a positive difference. 
 
What is your alignment? Does it need refined?
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(Image is a creation by artist Claudia Tremblay.  I see in it a spirit of gratitude to the Creator and a connection to the tallgrass prairie....roots! 
More of Claudia's work can be found on Etsy)