More Yoga opportunities

1) Free “Intro to Yoga Lunch & Learn” Tuesday, October 20th, 12:05-12:55 pm, at Breathing Space Yoga (corner of Coburg Rd and Oxford St)

Then continue with their 6-week program:

2) Intro to Yoga Tuesdays 12:05-12:55, October 27 – November 1, $60+tax. Register by Oct 26 : Call 902 446 9642, Drop by in person 6389 Coburg Rd

3) Yoga with Cia! on Mondays from 5-6pm at King’s Dance Studio, on Thursdays at 5-6pm at St. Andrews Church and a wonderful 50+ lunchtime dancey/fitness class at King’s on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm.

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Walktober 2015 – Stepping your way to wellness

The month of October is again being transformed into “Walktober” for 2015. Walking groups are being assembled to track activity, motivate each other, and support the goal of increasing physical activity among employees at Dalhousie. While a daily goal of 10,000 steps is agreed to provide health benefits, the overall goal of Walktober is participation and increasing current levels of physical activity.

This initiative is being coordinated with support from Human Resources and Dalplex, and coincides with October being National Healthy Workplace Month.

How does Walktober work?

The idea is to form teams of Dalhousie employees, organized by a champion or team leader, who will help each other to accumulate steps or other forms of physical activity during the month of October. Each team will have a group presence on the WalkaboutNS website, where individuals can enter their daily step counts or activity levels. Each week, participation prizes will be drawn at random for individuals who have accumulated days with physical activity. You can use the website to challenge other teams, or simply to help encourage members of your team to become more active. The website can even be used to challenge teams from other institutions who are participating in the WalkaboutNS project. There will be a celebration of our collective walking achievements at the end of Walktober where additional participation prizes will be awarded.

Want to create a team? Visit, create your personal profile, then create a new team under the “Groups” tab, using “Dalhousie” at the beginning of your team name and “2015” at the end of the team name to help track institutional participation and distinguish it from last year’s teams, i.e. “Dalhousie 2015 Medicine Marchers.” We would be happy to help team leaders get started: Teams can consist of any group of Dalhousie employees, whether they are already established walking buddies or work colleagues who wish to support each other. Please help spread the word to your colleagues to increase the number of people participating.

Want to join a team? Visit, create your personal profile, then join an existing team.

How do you track activities?

There are many affordable – or free – tools that can help you monitor your activity:

- Decide what tools will help you monitor your activity:

o Pedometers – Dal employees may stop by the Dalplex customer service desk on or after October 1st and receive a free pedometer (while supplies last, one pedometer per person, please) or there are many models available for purchase in local stores or online.

o Mobile apps – Most smart phones (iPhones and Android) have pedometer options through the application centre. For Example, on the Apple App Store, there is great free pedometer app entitled “Pacer.”

- Not a walker? Convert other activities to steps on Under the “Walkabout Info,” you will find the “Resources” tab that has a section on step conversion, titled “Track Your Steps.” Here you will find activities listed with their step conversions.

Add to your step count each day from your profile page on and watch your step total grow along with your team’s total. Setting a big goal for your group and watching your progress over time can be motivating, helping you achieve more than you thought you could. Typical goals include accumulating days with 10,000 or more steps, or collectively walking enough steps to reach Cape Breton or Vancouver!

Stay tuned for details of a closing celebration event at the end of October/

Helpful resources

The website has been designed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to provide a wealth of information on many topics, including (but not limited to):

- Suggested walking routes around campus
- Why 10,000 steps a day?
- Tips for sneaking in steps each day
- Devices to count steps or monitor activity levels


Get into Yoga this Fall

Check out this range of opportunities to discover and experience yoga this Fall.


“The Benefits of Yoga”: Free Lunch and Learn

September 17, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

Breathing Space Yoga & Wellness Centre – 6389 Coburg Road, corner of Oxford Street



Rise and Shine Yoga (20 Classes)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:00 am., Studley Dance Studio in the Studley Gym, from September 22 – November 26

Cost: Dal student $63, Dalplex member $137, non-member $158

Register at:


Intro to Yoga  

6-week program: Thursdays 12:05 to 12:55 from September 24 – October 29, 2015

Breathing Space Yoga & Wellness Centre – 6389 Coburg Road, corner of Oxford Street

Register by Wednesday, September 23: $60/person+tax. Call with payment 902-446-9642 or drop by in person to sign up. Inquiries:


Power Flow Yoga (10 Classes)

Saturdays, 10-11am at Studley Dance Studio in the Studley Gym, from September 26 – November 28

Get your body moving in this invigorating Vinyasa class which focuses on breath awareness while increasing strength and flexibility. This all-levels class provides a balance between building inner-fire and finding sweet release. Teacher Laurie Painter has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and completed the 200hr Baptiste-inspired power yoga teacher training at Halifax Yoga in 2012. Laurie is passionate about living life full-out while building the connection between mind and body through yoga.

Cost: Dal student $32, Dalplex member $70, non-member $80

Register at:


Vinyasa Flow Yoga (10 Classes)

Sundays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Studley Dance Studio in the Studley Gym, beginning September 27

Cost: Dal student $32, Dalplex member $70, non-member $80

Register at:


Get a free week of yoga at Breathing Space Yoga by showing them the coupon from:


Want a yoga class for your work group? Contact at Dalplex.

Free Access to Fitness for Teens (Jul-Sep 2015)

Goodlife Fitness is offering a free Teen Fitness Program for youth ages 12 to 17 at all GoodLife Fitness clubs across Canada. Participating teens will have club access with exceptions to some parts of the facility and programming. \

The program runs from July 2 to September 6, seven days per week, between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Goodlife Fitness has locations in Antigonish, New Glasgow, Truro, Tantallon, Lower Sackville, Dartmouth and Halifax.