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Tyler Wagner, a YMCA intern, recently tried Zumba Gold for the first time. He was smiling so big when he emerged from the gym that we asked him to write about his experience.

Tyler titled it: Zumba Gold: A First-Timer's Testimonial

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

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.

Hays Communities YMCA member Cheyenne Bell recently spoke to a group of donors and volunteers where she spoke about finding the strength to endure pain – to allow it the space it needs to exist while also finding ways to heal.

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.

Get the recipes for yummy s'mores made three ways!

 

Ah, s’mores. The fireside favorite beloved by kids and grownups alike. Start with a square of chocolate and graham cracker, and sandwich between it a freshly toasted marshmallow. You really can’t go wrong.

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.

Here at the YMCA, personal training is about body, mind, and spirit. At Y branches around Central Texas, our members and trainers develop strong relationships that support members' goals. We love spotlighting those relationships and accomplishments.

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