People tend to go on what Lili Shelton, Mount Vernon Canyon Club's wellness and fitness director, calls a spree during the holidays. So, it's generally around the time that the New Year begins when …
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People tend to go on what Lili Shelton, Mount Vernon Canyon Club's wellness and fitness director, calls a spree during the holidays.
So, it's generally around the time that the New Year begins when people start thinking about an exercise regimen, quitting smoking or a new dietary plan, Shelton said.
“It seemed like a no-brainer to have a wellness retreat at the beginning of the year,” she said.
Mount Vernon Canyon Club hosted a Winter Wellness Retreat: RESOLUTION KICK-OFF on Jan. 12. The event featured a yoga and Chi Gong class, a healthy luncheon, a wellness expo and a panel discussion presented by wellness experts.
“What we're hoping is that people in our community will learn something new and interesting for a healthier lifestyle,” Shelton said.
The retreat gave people the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation about some topics they may be unfamiliar with, Shelton said. There were about 10 or 12 information booths with industry professional reps and six wellness expert speakers.
“These health experts have the latest information that they can pass on to others,” Shelton said. “We're getting the cutting edge of the new ideas in the wellness industry.”
All of the experts and professionals are local to Jefferson County, Shelton added, so people will be able to easily access their services any time.
The yoga class was titled “Resolve and Evolve, a Yogic New Year” and was led by Morgan Rodriguez of Yoga Pod Denver West.
Beth Bright, a chi gong instructor level II whose practice, Rocky Mountain Acupuncture, is located in Wheat Ridge, will provide an introductory course on the practice and concept of chi gong, sometimes seen as qi gong. Chi gong is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that uses movement for healing — physical, emotional, spiritual and mental, Bright said.
“The purpose of these ancient practices is the recognition that we all want to have clarity, happiness, vitality and good health,” Bright said. Chi gong “is the simplest way to reach a profound healing in people.”
There are three main ways to move chi, or, energy, Bright said. They are movement, sound and visualization, and all three are woven into chi gong, she said. It is the umbrella term of cultivating and developing chi, Bright said. Included under that umbrella is also tai chi — a form of martial arts, and acupuncture.
“Human beings have been doing this for thousands of years,” Bright said. “These old, old ways work.”
The retreat was the second hosted by the club. The first was a summer wellness retreat that took place in August. It was a popular event and attendees asked for another one, Shelton said.
“We'd like to provide people with healthy options and ideas that won't be just a trend,” Shelton said, “but a lifestyle change or addition that will carry with them through the year.”
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