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Heart Crisis: 4 Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart Chakra

By Ashley Zeller, JCC Wellness School Manager and Yoga Instructor E-RYT® 200 (Published Sep 26, 2016) Angie Finds Relief. About a year ago a new student complained of neck and shoulder pain. After a few sessions and conversations, we discovered she had recently switched from working part-time to full-time, significantly increasing the time she spent sitting at a desk in front …

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Community Yoga School Graduate

Interview with Community Yoga School Graduate Emily Byas (Published Aug 16, 2016) Community Yoga School instructor, Ashley Kay Zeller, a certified e-RYT® 200, talked recently with Community Yoga School graduate, Emily Byas about her experiences as a student in the inaugural 2016 class. If you’re interested in yoga teacher training, the JCC will host an Open House on Sat, Aug 27 …

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Board President Knows What It’s Like to Have No J

(Published Aug 1, 2016) “The reason I’m involved with the JCC in Indianapolis goes back to my childhood. I guess you can say that if you want to make an impression upon a person, do it when they’re young. That’s exactly what happened with me,” said Keith Pitzele, newly-elected president of the JCC board (he served as president previously 1991-93). …

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Q&A with Javan

(Published Jul 6, 2016) Javan Odinga is not just a friendly face in the Mordoh Fitness Center. He is a great resource for answering any JCC member’s question from how to use certain equipment to what kinds of calories help a person maximize their workout. Similar to how a GPS device functions for a car, Javan can provide direction to …

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Do I Need a Personal Trainer?

(Published Jul 5, 2016) Below are three case studies of JCC members who work with personal trainer, Javan Odinga. They shared with us why they started using a personal trainer and why they keep coming back. Case Study 1: David C After a 15-year hiatus from working out, David C. met with Javan. Based on David’s goals to lose weight …

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Bee Healthy

Bee Pollen is the Only Food You’ll Ever Need (Published Jan 29, 2016) It appears that bees know a thing or two bee pollen about producing the perfect food. Bee pollen contains all of the essential minerals required by the body. And, because the pollen is meant for young bees, 40% of it is protein, half in the form of …

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Bodybuilder Lands at JCCindy

18 Years of Personal Training Experience on Three Continents (Published Jan 4, 2016) Born and raised in Kenya, Javan Odinga is a Hoosier by marriage. “I was living in Qatar, my wife was in the U.S. and my son in Kenya,” Odinga says. “My favorite activity is spending time with family because we’re now all in the same place.” Once …

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A Typical Day at the J

A smiling Black woman with orange hair wearing a purple and black tank top standing next to a Stairmaster

(Published Nov 15, 2015) On any given weekday between 8-10 am, you’ll find a group of regulars who came to the JCC for a variety of reasons, but who now say they keep coming back because of the friendship they’ve developed. “We know each other through the stairs (the stair stepping machine),” Sandy Nachlis said. “We didn’t know each other …

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Making a Splash Against National Lifeguard Shortage

(Published Aug 27, 2015) Where have all the lifeguards gone? It used to be a sweet gig as a teenager to land a summer job as a lifeguard. Now, there is a shortage of lifeguards nationwide. Reports from NPR, Boston Globe and our own Indy Star tell of the problem, but no one has a solution. Yet. We are fortunate …

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JCC Tennis Shows Sportsmanship at Sectionals

Photo by Pamela Jackson

(Published Aug 7, 2015) One of the great things about working at the JCC is I get to meet some incredible kids who are not only gifted athletes, but super people as well. I was really excited this summer because two of our Junior Tennis teams—our 12 & Under and 10 & Under—qualified for sectionals. And they played spectacularly. The …

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