Healthy lifestyles will be emphasized during a workshop that will be hosted by former Estevan resident Rebecca Andrist and current Estevan resident Heidi Hesselink on August 23 at St. Paul's United Church in Estevan.
A yoga class and healthy eating tips will be offered at the workshop, which starts at 9 a.m. in the church's Christian Education Centre.
Hesselink is a certified professional Krpalu yoga instructor who has been teaching yoga in the Estevan area since 2005, while Andrist is both a certified yoga instructor and nutritional advisor. She has been running her own business, Jiva Healing, for the past eight years.
"For the past three or four years, I've been doing these with Heidi … so people can go a bit more in-depth with the healthy eating and the yoga," said Andrist.
Andrist and Hesselink will share the benefits of yoga and eating a whole-foods diet. Attendees will learn tools to connect with and listen to their body, and how to make several recipes to counteract inflammation in the body.
Hesselink will open the session with a 90-minute yoga class for people of all skill levels. The practice will be designed to integrate body and mind. Following yoga, there will be a nutrition talk by Andrist, and then lunch.
Andrist's talk will focus on anti-inflammatory foods and foods high in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables.
All recipes supplied will be gluten-free and sugar-free. Participants will learn how to make crackers, alternatives to dairy like cashew cream, desserts, and veggie dishes.
Food is medicine, Andrist said, and she's a believer in the natural healing power of the body.
A question and answer session will follow.
Andrist said there is a natural connection between yoga and healthy eating. She noted that people can do all the yoga they want, but if they aren't eating healthy, the yoga won't be as beneficial.
"What we found was that when people were coming to us, when they could make these changes in their diet, and start doing a bit of yoga, and get into the body, and start moving and breathing and reducing stress – this was where people really made some big changes," said Andrist.
Andrist is no stranger to leading retreats, either. Through her business, she has offered nutrition and yoga workshops all over the world. She wants to teach people interesting and healthy dishes, while keeping them mindful about good eating habits.
"My passion is around nutrition and food and healthy eating, so we always bring that element into the retreats," she said.
When eating healthy and learning recipes is incorporated into the workshop, it enhances the yoga experience, she said.