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Stay true to your New Year’s resolutions with health-inspired events this weekend

As is the tradition with the beginning of a new year, many of you have probably been busy making resolutions to better yourself or your life in some way - whether that means planning to hit the gym a bit more often or picking up a new hobby or two. And, as you might have already guessed, the most popular resolutions are those that involve bettering your physical health through spending more time on the treadmill or choosing leafy greens over trips to McDonald's. 

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However, no matter how many well-meaning resolutions you make for yourself, it’s much harder to actually follow through with them. Thankfully, though, we’ve done a bit of the legwork for you by uncovering the best health and fitness-related events taking place in the first week of January and beyond in Dayton.

Cheers to bringing your resolutions to life.

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💪New Year’s Evolution Workshop at Indigo Yoga

Available to even those without any prior yoga experience, the New Year’s Evolution Workshop at Indigo Yoga in Dayton is less about making new goals or resolutions for the New Year and more about entering a new decade of life with a sense of fearlessness and openness. 

The 3-hour workshop will begin with a crash course in meaningful intentions. Then, a short pranayama practice sets the stage for a flowing vinyasa that will both challenge and relax you. At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will enter a 30-minute Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) that is meant to ignite your sense of purpose in the New Year. 

Along with your other yoga gear, be sure to bring a notebook and pen along to document your journey. 

The workshop is $45 for the general public and $40 for Indigo members. You can either register online at indigoyogadayton.com or in the studio. 

When: Saturday, Jan. 4 from noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Indigo Yoga Dayton, 2979 Indian Ripple Road, Suite B, Dayton

Cost: $45 for the general public and $40.50 for Indigo members

More info: WebsiteFacebook 

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💪Live Your Best Life 2020 at Kai Yoga Studio

Presented by Kai Yoga Studio in Fairborn, Live Your Best Life 2020 is a hands-on workshop designed to help you become the best version of yourself in the New Year. Participants will receive a planner and work with Kai Studio leaders to set achievable goals for yoga practice and general wellness. 

On the first Sunday of every month, from 4-5:30 p.m., leaders at Kai Yoga will check in to see how you’re working to meet your 2020 goals. 

All skill levels are welcome at this monthly retreat. An investment of $40 is required to participate in this series. Passes can be purchased at livekai.com.

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When: Sunday, Jan. 5 from 4-5:30 (and the first Sunday of every other month)

Where: Kai Yoga Studio, 1 S. Central Ave., Fairborn

Cost: $40 

More info: Facebook

💪Urban Yoga Movement 2020

Just in time for the new year, the Dayton Yoga Club is hosting the Urban Yoga Movement, an indoor retreat designed to bring yogis and wellness enthusiasts together for a celebration of community and much more. Throughout the day of Saturday, Jan. 4, guests of all fitness levels can enjoy a number of active and educational sessions focused on yoga, meditation and general wellness practices. The event is produced by Alex Keller Yoga and Tomfoolery Outdoors.

Tentative schedule:

8–8:45 a.m.: Registration, snacks and beverages 

9–10 a.m.: Opening session with Alex Keller 

10:15–11 a.m.: Active sessions and workshops (Claire Good and Ross Stambaugh) 

11:15 a.m.–noon: Active sessions and workshops (Dan Loofboro, Ayurveda) 

12:15 pm-1 p.m.: Active sessions and workshop (Elizabeth Fryer, Alex Keller & Ross Stambaugh) 

1-2 p.m.: Closing thank you and social hour

Tickets purchased before Jan. 3 will be $30 while tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $40. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting alexkelleryoga.com

Photo: Alex Keller

When: Saturday, Jan. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Dayton Yoga Club, 234 S. Dutoit St., Dayton

Cost: $30 before day of event, $40 on day of event

More info: Facebook 

💪Yoga For A Cause at Fifth Street Brewpub

On Sunday, Jan. 5, Day Yoga Studio will be partnering with Fifth Street Brewpub to put on a drop-in yoga class. The yoga class will be $10, with all proceeds supporting the Day Yoga Community Outreach Program that brings yoga to schools, prisons, homeless shelters, hospice, hospitals, cancer patients and more. A featured Fifth Street Brewpub pour will also contribute to the fund.

No prior yoga experience is required to participate in this class.

Get close during Valentine’s Day couples yoga at Day Yoga Studio in Dayton. Photo credit: Matt Cline Photography

 When: Sunday, Jan. 5 from 9-9:45 a.m.

Where: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Cost: $10

More info: Facebook

💪Mindfulness in Motion at Lost Creek Reserve

Attendees of this mindfulness class at the Lost Creek Reserve in Troy can expect a short to medium length hike, along with a meditation practice. New to meditation and mindfulness? There’s no need to fret -- this class is intended as an introduction to meditation and mindfulness for adults.

To ensure that you get the most out of the mindfulness class, be sure to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and something comfortable to sit on. You will meet in the public parking lot and caravan back to the cabin. 

The class is free, though you will need to register online at miamicountyparks.com.

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When: Saturday, Jan. 4 from 10-11 a.m.

Where: Lost Creek Reserve, 2645 E. State Route 41, Troy

Cost: Free

More info: WebsiteFacebook 

💪Pre-Rinse Cycle at Rinse Cycle

Are you ready to feel so fresh and so clean in the New Year? If so, a class at Rinse Cycle in Dayton might just do the trick. 

Each ride in this cycling studio is set to unique playlists with a series of moves that not only provides you with a cardiovascular workout, but a full body one at that. In fact, everything that you do at Rinse Cycle is done on a bike that is far from stationary. The Real Ryder bikes can actually turn side to side, making it so that you work your entire body throughout the entirety of each class. If you’re new to cycling, you’ll want to first try the Pre-Rinse Cycle, a 50-minute class that designed to build a foundation of endurance and strength to set you up for the next step in the cycle - the Classic Cycle.

To participate in the class, you’ll need to bring a water bottle and gym shoes or cycling shoes with SPD cleats. 

Each class is $18 per person. You can register by visiting rinsecycledayton.com

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Rinse Cycle offers stationary bikes that allow riders to turn, lean and pivot.
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When: Sunday, Jan. 5 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Rinse Cycle Dayton, 760 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton

Cost: $18

More info: Website  

 💪HIIT Hop Boot Camp at The Flyght Academy

This hour-long boot camp-style exercise class includes dance fitness and circuit training for all ages and abilities. This particular class will be led by personal trainers Katie Valentine and Ashtyn Payne.

The HIIT Hop Boot Camp takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. 

The class is $10. Attendees can register online by visiting flyghtacademy.org/bootcamp

When: Saturday, Jan. 4 from 10-11 a.m.

Where: The Flyght Academy, 4801 Salem Ave., Dayton

Cost: $10

More info: WebsiteFacebook

💪SWERK at MVP Dance Fit

Ready to get your SWERK (sweat + work + twerk) on? Sign up for a beginners level SWERK class at MVP Dance Fit in Kettering. You don’t even need to have any previous dance experience - just come move your body to the beat. 

Throughout the class, you can expect to channel your inner Beyonce by combining hip hop-style dance moves with some toning exercises. 

SWERK classes are offered nearly every day at varying levels at both the Kettering and Xenia MVP Dance Fit locations.

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When: Saturday, Jan. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon

Where: MVP Dance Fit, 2782 Wilmington Pike, Kettering

Cost: $15. Register for the class by visiting mvpdancefit.com.

More info: Website

💪Up and Running Dayton Running and Walking Group Activity

Want to head out on a run (or walk) on the trails but don’t have the ambition to do it on your own? No problem! Up and Running in Dayton has created a community of running groups that have successfully crafted a supportive environment for runners throughout the Miami Valley.

Every Saturday (including Saturday, Jan. 4), the Running and Walking Group meets to embark on a run or walk together. All abilities are welcome and distances range from only a few miles to 20 miles for those training for marathons or other races. If you’re unsure of how many miles you should be covering on Saturday, there will be running and walking coaches present to assist you in a healthy strategy. 

There will be route maps, water and Gatorade out on the course.

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When: Saturday, Jan. 4 from 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: Meet at Up and Running in Dayton, 6123 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

Cost: Free

More info: Facebook

💪✨SIGN UP FOR A HEALTHY COOKING CLASS

While you work hard to whip yourself back into shape, ensure that you’re making the workouts truly count by taking the extra step to eat healthier. If your cooking skills are lacking, perhaps it might be worth your while to take a cooking class (or two) at Dorothy Lane Market, The Little City Cooking School, or the Learning Kitchen. All of these cooking schools, located in the Miami Valley, offer healthier versions of the standard cooking classes. 

In fact, mark your calendars now: On Thursday, Jan. 16, Dorothy Lane Market will be going over healthy breakfast alternatives for those of you who are constantly on the go. The class is $75 per person and takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. To register for the class, visit dorothylane.com

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