Meet the Team: Megan Gualandi

Megan Gualandi became a yoga teacher in 2012 in Bethesda, MD.  She trained through CorePower, and has never looked back. She has taught private lessons to a child affected by Autism, and chair yoga to seniors, as well as to teaching a variety of classes to the general population here in the Indianapolis area.

meganquote 2“I became a yoga teacher because I thought it would help me connect with my patients on a deeper level.  Little did I know the teacher training was going to make the connection within myself, yoga has saved my life time and time again.  I want to share yoga, and the knowledge and spirituality the practice has showed me.  A statement by Seane Corn has kept me on track during my daily life, and the trials and tribulations.  She said, ‘Breathe, and everything changes.’  Those words have been incredibly powerful for me.  I hope I can have a similar effect on someone.”

Megan will be teaching yoga at Watts on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:15am. Sign up for her classes here!

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A Schedule, a Discount, and a Dream Job

Before...

Before…

Hello there! This has been a crazy week at Watts. The week started off with a big “To Do” List: pick out paint and paint the studio, buy and build the front desk and cubbies, buy and set up the sound system, have lights installed…. etc.

And the good news…? It’s done! Well the lights go in tomorrow morning, but I’m still counting that as checked off in my book. Now it’s time to hammer out the schedule and get ready to roll!

During...

During…

…well technically we will still be on stationary bikes, “stationary” being the operative term here, but you know what I mean.

So I have a few requests:
1) Schedule: Check out this sample schedule. We are currently planning on the cycling classes being 45 minutes (aka 45 Watts) with a 60-minute ride on Saturday mornings (hence 60 Watts). The Short Circuit is a 30-35 minute lunch time ride for those who would like to get a quick, efficient workout in the middle of the day. Yoga classes will be 45-60 minutes and these times will be posted once they are decided (there may be a mix depending on the time of day). It is a work in progress and if you have any questions/suggestions about class times, please complete the survey here if you have not done so already: survey link!

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2) Discount: Check out our pre-sale! All classes are now on sale for 10% off for a limited time. Use the code “BePowerful2015” at checkout. You can buy them here:
Mindbodyonline.com
Just click on the link above and go to the online store and select services.

3) Dream Job: Watts is looking for cycling and yoga instructors. If you know any, please send them to our website, Facebook page, give them this email (info@wattsindoorcycling.com), and tell them to come talk to me about our super awesome team.
www.wattsindoorcycling.com
facebook.com/wattsindoorcycling

I’m so excited to finally open our doors and see you all crush some miles and some downward dogs!

Be powerful today!

Paige

With Great Wattage Comes Great Responsibility

One of the great things about exercising is knowing that you can. Today, I went to the Spin4Heroes event to raise money for the Heroes Foundation. The Heroes Foundation raises money to fund cancer research at IU, deliver Legos to pediatric cancer patients, and promote a healthy lifestyle as a way to minimize cancer.

The event was a 4-hour spin-a-thon. Teams of upteam to four had four hours to ride their bike as far as possible, and extra miles could be earned with additional fundraising. Dan and I were part of the LiftLab team, and because of inclement weather and some ill-time illness, we were the only ones who were able to make it. Luckily, LiftLab-er Craig H. had brought his daughter along, and she kindly volunteered to help Dan and me out. We had a lot of fun, heard some great music, and go to see some truly talented cyclists crush 100s of miles.

Every hour, a different instructor/motivator was leading the group of riders, and they were fun, but it was the woman leading the third hour (during my second 45 minute ride) who really kept my attention. She spent almost no time on the bike in the front of the room, and continuously circled the room asking people why they weren’t more enthused and energetic. This, at first, was really off-putting. I was about to ride for another 45 minutes, and there were people in the room who hadn’t gotten off their bikes at all! They were doing the full 4 hours alone, so yeah, after the end of hour 2, they were sweaty, hungry, saddle sore, and sick of staring at the back of the same guy’s shirt.

roomWhat she kept reminding people of was this: the pain we were feeling would stop the minute we stopped riding hard. We could stop whenever we wanted and we would be just fine. This is not the case for those fighting cancer. We could ride bikes, exercise, and exert ourselves, and they can not. We had to crank out the Watts in the saddle for a mere 4 hours of our lives on a snowy Sunday afternoon, and then we could be done with the hard work. For some people battling cancer, the hard work never ends. Every day is just that: a battle, a never-ending fight.  So suck it up, she said, and enjoy the opportunity to suffer to help those who are truly suffering.

Her point, while tough to swallow when your legs are burning and your heart is pounding, and your toes are kind of starting to get numb, and you look at your watch and your brain has one of those you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me-there’s-still-36-more-minutes moments, totally changed my perspective and performance at this event. Instead of cruising along and just “getting through it”, I pushed harder. It’s too easy to take your good health for granted. And it’s too easy to decide not to work to keep yourself in good health. Leading a healthy lifestyle requires work and energy, but is there really anything more worth working for?

When you have the opportunity to image000000recognize how fortunate you are and to participate in the pursuit of improving the lives of others, how many Watts would you put out?

Take the opportunity to be powerful today.
Paige

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