On Wednesday, July 23, Vancouver’s premier indoor cycling studio, Cyklus, opens its doors exclusively to YES! Vancouver members and friends for a custom spin class and a nutrition seminar from Vega Vancouver.

We’ll kick off the evening with a short cycling session tailored for all levels, led by our lovely friend and health nut Shannon Hoesing. After toweling off post-workout, Sarah from Vega Vancouver will share her secrets on eating for energy and stress-busting. She will provide tips to help you feel healthy and happy this summer season and all year-round. We’ll also be dishing out delicious treats from Vega’s line of yummy, plant-based protein products that are good for your body and your mind.

The evening will wrap up with a very laid-back networking session – so it’s okay if you’re sweaty. Just don’t forget to bring a handful of business cards!

There are two options for attending this event:

Spin, Vega Talk & Mingle: 5:30– 8 p.m. (Spin class from 6-6:30) only 28 spots available); and,
Vega Talk & Mingle ONLY: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Nutrition Talk Starting at 6:45
As always, you’re networking and having fun for a great cause: 100% of the proceeds of this event go directly to Dress for Success Vancouver, an amazing organization committed to helping disadvantaged women get on their feet with the clothes and tools they need to succeed in their career and life.

Join the conversation: The event hashtag is #YESspin

Photography by Stephanie Lamy Photography

Event Details
When: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Cyklus Vancouver
889 Expo Boulevard, Vancouver BC
Tickets: Members: FREE
Non-Members: $15

Event Recap

On July 23, a group of lovely, health-conscious young women took cover from the strong summer rain at Cyklus, Vancouver’s newest indoor cycling studio, for a fun evening of activity, learning and networking.

The fun began with spin instructor Shannon Hoesing leading the girls in a 30-minute spin session, which included sporadic eruptions of laughter and a decent amount of yelling as they cheered each other on up the “hills.” After towelling off post workout, everyone sat down and listened intently as Sarah Skalzub and Bridgette Leeson from Vega Vancouver gave an informative presentation on eating to stress-bust and mood-boost.

Sarah kicked off the nutrition seminar by asking the audience to shout the things that stress them out – which ended up being a mash of “work, money, boys,” and so on – all while we were in the squat position. Then, everyone was asked to rate, on a scale of 1-10 (1 being you are one of the lucky ones who can re-zen quite easily, and 10 being you have so much going on in your brain that you can’t focus on what’s happening this very minute), and found that the majority of the crowd was somewhere in the middle. We then learned that all stress is not necessarily bad; that there is complementary stress, like exercising a lot to train for a marathon, or studying hard to increase knowledge. But then there’s uncomplementary stress, like psychological, environmental or nutritional stress. Further to that, nutritional stress takes up 70% of our uncomplementary stress.

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Fortunately, there’s plenty we can do about it. Even the health nuts of the bunch learned a lot of valuable info! Such as:

  • 60% of the brain is fat. So make sure you get those Omega 3’s into your diet!
  • The top 3 adaptogens for adrenal gland support are Rhodiola, Maca and American ginseng.
  • Eat foods that are low on the glycemic index (under 55) to avoid peaks and valleys in energy level.
  • Graze: eat 5-6 small meals a day to keep your energy level steady.
  • Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, is a feel-good nutrient – that eventually is converted into serotonin (read: happy) and can be found in spirulina, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, bananas, chocolate, pumpkin seeds and sesame.
  • Hydration is key. If you are doing everything right with your diet but your energy is lackluster, you’re likely not drinking enough water.

Sarah and Bridgette also touched on the health benefits of meditation, and pointed us to thriveforward.com, a free resource online that can help you plan your journey to whole body health.

YES! Vancouver aims to provide fun, fresh and unique lifestyle events to connect women in business, and we think this specific event was a pretty perfect representation of our goal. How many networking events have you been to wear you break a good sweat alongside a great group of like-minded people and then share a yoga mat with your sweaty new friends while you listen to a seminar jam packed with relevant and applicable tips?!

We hope all of our attendees enjoyed #YESspin and we look forward to seeing you at our next event in September!