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We’re shining a spotlight on one of our specialty fitness classes, Women with Weights!

A Y Staff member shares the true meaning of our Annual Giving Campaign with a touching story about accessibility and Membership For All.

The following story is authored by a Bastrop YMCA Staff member and reflects her own experience as a Y employee.

Playwright and performer Florinda Bryant first joined the YMCA seven years ago, and we love seeing her at her home branch of East Communities and around the community. She recently debuted a powerful new theatrical work, Black Do Crack, an exploration of the mythology of the strong black woman.

Greetings! My name is Tyler Wagner, and, starting this February, I’ve taken on the role as the Community Engagement intern for the Y! I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet so many people from so many walks of life and learn along the way.

For the February issue of Tribeza magazine, local wellness professionals -- including the YMCA's Erin Walter, Community Engagement Director at our TownLake branch -- were asked to reflect on what "wellness" means to them. Not surprisingly, folks gave a range of answers. You can read all of them in the print edition of the magazine or click for the online version.

Dear YMCA community,

Here we are, almost a year into 2019. Many of us put lots of hopes and energy into the fresh start of a new year. I know I do. I believe there is power in these goals and intentions. 

I also know that despite our best laid plans, January can come with much stress. It can be in the news, in our workplace, our home, our hearts, or some of each.

There’s a simple pleasure in turning away from distractions, going outdoors, and devoting your full attention to all the sensations of the present moment. On Saturday, December 1, families gathered at YMCA Camp Moody to experience this immersion, known as shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, together.

Get outside more. Go for a walk. Advice that’s been handed down from mothers to their children since time immemorial, and perennial resolutions for many a new year. Our instincts tell us it’s right and our hearts compel us again and again toward the outdoors.

The Austin Humane Society is Austin’s oldest and longest-running animal shelter, and it is committed to preserving and improving the life of every pet that comes through its doors. The YMCA of Austin’s Communications Impact Team toured the facility to meet some of the lucky dogs and cats there and to learn more about its tremendous benefit to the Austin community.  

THIS IS A Y-MEMBER GUEST POST

By Rebekah Manley of the Brave Tutu blog:

I circled the packed YMCA parking lot. My anxious pre-yoga pep talk did not go well: “I’m not going to get a spot and I’ll be late for class. There might not be room for me. Even if there is, I don’t want to be that person.”

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