Life seemed to have flashed through our eyes really quickly in recent years, with so many things to do and think about, coupled with the stressors of daily life. In this busy jungle, we often forget about ourselves. The next thing we know, we’re already burned out.
Perhaps the turn of the year signals us to look inside, and love ourselves a little more so we can also better take care of everything else. This new year, give everyone you love—most importantly, including yourself—the gift of wellness.
“When I think of wellness I think of it terms of living a higher quality of life,” Kerri Bauer said. “Wellness affects our physical, emotional and spiritual health and directly affects our actions and emotions to everyday life. Wellness is more all-encompassing and a lifestyle and not a diet or lifestyle change just for a few months. There is no end goal as we are all constantly striving to adopt overall wellness.”
Bauer facilitates the Rise & Flow beach yoga at the Aqua Resort Club, teaching vinyasa on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30am. She explains vinyasa as a style of yoga that is all about movement and the flow of energy as one syncs the body and the mind together through motion and breath.
“Aqua is committed to helping the community find wellness,” she said. “Most other hotels offer their spa as their wellness but Aqua is offering yoga and also has a full healthy menu in their snack shop. Aqua offers the yoga class beachside with shade. You can’t get any closer to the ocean without being in it and it makes you really relax and appreciate the breathtaking scenery we have at our fingertips.”
For those who are curious and want to try yoga for the first time, everyone is encouraged to “come as you are,” with Bauer even thoughtfully adding that everyone had a first class.
“Yoga’s a combination of breathing, meditation and movement and creates an overall sense of well-being. In fact, studies show yoga has a greater impact on enhancing mood and reducing anxiety than other forms of exercise,” she said.
The class is mostly for adults at $7 for drop ins or $50 for 10 classes with a class pass—but people sometimes bring their children to play in the sand while a class is happening. Bauer is also a certified Kids Yoga instructor and has taught kids yoga classes in the past at some local schools and gyms, which she hopes to do again.
“I have been teaching group fitness for 15 years. I love all kinds of movement, from running and cycling to Zumba and strength training. I started getting more into yoga over the past few years as I saw what an amazing all-around mental and physical workout it is. It challenges your mind and your body, encourages you to connect with your thoughts and increase flexibility,” she said.
As a wellness buff, Bauer is encouraging everyone to find some time every single day to get outside and do some sort of movement—be it walking in the park (Saipan has a lot! American Memorial Park, Sugar King Park, Inos Peace Park, Kilili Beach Park, among others), playing ball in the yard with your kids, or joining her for some yoga.
“Drink at least half your body weight in ounces in water every single day and aim for 10,000 steps,” she added.
“Being outside and moving our bodies is so good for our mental and emotional health. If you are intimidated to try yoga, I encourage you to come join us for class and see what we’re all about. At the very least, come enjoy some peaceful music, quiet meditation, beachside with a group of like-minded individuals who are also striving for their own personal health and wellness journey.”
This year, get your balance right with yoga with Kerri. Rise & Flow Beach Yoga is held every Monday and Friday, at 8:30am, $7 per class or $50 for 10 classes.
To start your yoga journey, contact Bauer at (670) 484-3848. For more information on Aqua Resort Club’s wellness programs, call (670) 322-1234.
MD: Movement and flow of energy: Wellness at Aqua Resort Club
KW: Aqua Resort Club, Kerri Bauer, yoga