Hope that you have brought out your warm sweaters and are coping with the cooler weather of late. As we move into the darker, colder months of the year it is even more important to stay active! Remember, it's always bright and warm inside at Imagine. Keep those healthy routines going through fall and into the winter - no excuses!

If you're looking for a new class to inspire your fitness and wellness intentions, try out the meditation workshop with Wendy that starts this Thursday, or get introduced to yoga at Free Beginner Yoga on Tuesdays with Nugget.  There are always new, exciting things happening at Imagine with lots more info below. 

Thanks as always for reading. We couldn't do what we do without YOU!
Thanksgiving Week Studio Hours

Thursday, November 22: CLOSED

Friday, November 23: OPEN

Meditation Workshop
Taught by Wendy Dolen
Starts this Thursday!

Become an active meditator by practicing visualization and mindfulness. This meditation workshop will teach you basic brain activities and how they promote or inhibit the stress response and wire our thought process. Learn how to rewire the mind and create new neural pathways that promote a peaceful well-being.

Meet your workshop instructor:
Wendy Dolen is an Exercise Physiologist and Wellness Coordinator for MHealthy, Health and Well-Being Services at the University of Michigan. For over 20 years she has focused her professional efforts on teaching people how to reach their healthy lifestyle potential.

When is the Meditation Workshop?
Thursdays at 6:30-7:15pm on  November 1, 8, 15, and 29. 

$60 for all 4 classes | Can't make all 4? - Drop in for $21 per class

Call 734-622-8119 to register. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
New Client Intro Offer - expires Nov. 15
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Featured Class: Free Beginner Yoga
Taught by Nugget Burkhardt
  • Intimidated by yoga, want to try it out, but afraid you can't do it?
  • Join us for FREE beginner yoga classes
  • With a focus on the basics, you will learn about how yoga is for EVERY BODY

When is Free Beginner Yoga?
Tuesdays at 10:00am-11:00am
October 30 through December 18 (no class on November 27)

There are 7 classes left. Invite your friends so they can try what Imagine has to offer!
Bring your yoga mat and yourself and discover yoga
Maddie's Monthly Fitness Tip: Turmeric
You may know of turmeric from its vibrant yellow hue or as the main spice that makes up curry. If you haven't heard of turmeric, it is a spice native to South/Southeast Asia and has been used for thousands of years, both for culinary and medicinal purposes. The primary compound in turmeric responsible for its health benefits is curcumin, which makes up approximately 5% of the spice. This compound has been found to interact with many molecular targets and pathways. As a result, curcumin has been shown to have many beneficial effects in neurological disorders, chronic heart diseases, inflammatory diseases, and certain cancers. Wondering how to incorporate turmeric into your diet so that you can reap the benefits of this superfood? Don't fret! Check out these two recipes:
(I have made both and know for a fact that they are delicious and easy to make!)

Golden Milk Latte 
Serves 2
* 2 cups (any type) milk (turmeric is fat-soluble and absorbs into the body better with fats)
* 1 tsp turmeric powder
* 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1/8 tsp ground ginger
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1-2 tsp raw honey (sweeten to taste)
* optional- pinch/grind of black pepper
1. Blend all ingredients in the blender for 10-20 seconds
2. Heat mixture, either on the stovetop or in the microwave (I divide the mixture into two mugs and heat in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes)
3. Optional: Use a milk frother to achieve the perfect latte consistency.
4. Enjoy!

Curry-Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpeas
Serves 2-4
* 2 medium butternut squash (or other favorite seasonal squash), cubed
* 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and dried
* ¼ cup of avocado oil (or other oil that can withstand high temperatures)
* 1 tablespoon of mild curry powder
* ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (exclude if you do not like spicy food)
* salt and pepper
* 1.5 cups of plain yogurt (I used whole fat Greek yogurt, which is very thick!)
* handful of chopped cilantro
* 1-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
* 1-3 tablespoons of water (if needed to make sauce more liquid)

1. Preheat oven to 400o F. IN a large bowl, toss butternut squash, chickpeas, oil, curry, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper Spread mixture onto a large baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes-1 hour. (until chickpeas are crispy)
2. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt with cilantro, lemon juice, and water if needed. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Remove squash and chickpeas from oven. Add the yogurt mixture to your curried vegetables and enjoy!

For more detailed information on turmeric, check out my blog post on http://www.imaginefitnessandyoga.com/blog-2/

Next up on your reading list:
Chris Farah just had his book on Marcellus Wiley, Never Shut Up, published by Penguin Random House.

Unfortunately, Chris's name does not appear on the cover as he is a phantom writer.

Chris received his graduate degree from Columbia School of Journalism and was deemed by the faculty as the best writer to emerge from that program in recent memory.

The book chronicles the life and adventures of Marcellus Wiley who played in the NFL for ten years and
is now an outspoken commentator for Fox Sports.

In Never Shut Up, Chris takes you on a journey with Marcellus growing up in South Central L.A., playing football at Columbia University,
the Buffalo Bills, and three other NFL teams. Marcellus is a talker, an entertainer, and he captivates your imagination.

The book is fun, entertaining, and will keep you riveted in a way that only Chris can achieve. Many of you may enjoy reading it. ~ John Farah
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Farewell Natalie

Integral to the success of Imagine from the very beginning! Natalie brought expertise in personal training, fitness, yoga, nutrition, marketing, and just about everything else too! She is off on a new adventure with her family in Minnesota. We wish her all the best and will miss her very much!

T hank you, Natalie!

Start living the life you always Imagined!

John and Jackie Farah
Imagine Fitness and Yoga