Spotlight on Sharing: Mind and Body Wellness

Being healthy is more than just exercising and eating right – total wellness takes into account the mind as well as the body. In libraries around Colorado, patrons are learning ways they can enjoy healthier lives, from meditation and yoga to whole foods and DIY spa days.

In this Spotlight on Sharing post, we’ll see some examples of the programming that Colorado libraries offer to help their communities experience total mind and body wellness.

Healthy Lifestyle Series

  • Vail Library
  • Vail Public Library’s annual Healthy Lifestyle Series, an extension of our “Evenings of Engagement,” features programs that focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Programs  include healthy habits for both mind and body. While most programs take place during the summer, we do offer Yoga throughout the year.
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Essential Oils & Exercise: Before, During, & After

  • Cedaredge Library, Delta County Libraries
  • Wednesday, June 22, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Learn how to enhance or improve your exercise routine or workout using essential oils. You can use oils to energize yourself before your workout, improve circulation during your workout, prevent sore muscles after working out and more!
  • Event calendar

What’s Yoga?

  • Parachute Branch Library, Garfield County Libraries
  • Wednesday, June 15, 5:00 pm
  • Have you always wanted to try yoga but didn’t know where to start? Instructor Cathy Carlson will share the basics of yoga: exercises to improve flexibility, strength, and balance; breathing exercises to energize the body; and meditation to improve focus and relaxation. Come in comfortable clothes and bring a mat or towel.
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  • Boulder Public Library, Main Library
  • Friday, June 3, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Spa time has never been so fun! Create your own bath bombs, lip scrubs, face masks and more to help relax during the stressful summer!
  • For teens in grades 6 – 12
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Fun & Healthy Fridays

  • Tallyn’s Reach Library, Aurora Public Library
  • Friday, June 10, 4:00 pm
  • Join us for a full range of activities from easy cooking to fun exercises that will put you on track to good health this summer!
  • Event calendar

Whole Foods Living

  • Avon Public Library
  • Thursday, June 23, 6:00 pm
  • Brandy Faven is a Holistic Nutrition Coach who focuses on teaching her clients how to eat their way to optimal health and living.  With a focus on eating simply and intuitively, the body can regain health, settle into a natural, healthy weight, and become forever free of the diet roller coaster. Join her Thursday, June 23rd for an introductory workshop on Whole Foods Living, where she will introduce 6 simple steps to get you on your way to better eating! Recipes and snack will be available.
  • Event website

Passport to Zen: Exercise Your Mind, Rejuvenate Your Body – Adult Summer Reading

  • Estes Valley Library
  • Monday, June 13, 9:00 – 10:00 am
  • Passport to Zen is a 4 day program series for adults participating in the Estes Valley Library Summer Reading Program. Join us as we provide the inspiration for you find your Zen place with yoga, chair massages, art projects, and exercise your mind with the free app Lumosity.
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Yoga with Mile-Hi Fitness

  • Columbine Library, Jefferson County Public Library
  • Monday, June 6, 3:00 – 4:00
  • Yogaaaah. It’s a wonderful way to get loose and reduce stress. Suitable for Teens and Adults.
  • Event website

Guided Meditation and Discussion

  • Arvada Library, Jefferson County Public Library
  • Monday, June 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • This will be a two hour session. The first hour will be a discussion on the concepts of HOW and WHY meditation is so effective in creating lasting change in our lives as it relates to neuroscience, quantum physics and spirituality. We will discuss concepts shared by authors such as Dr. Joe Dispenza, Eckhart Tolle, Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Lynne McTaggart and more. Followed by a one hour guided meditation where we will place these concepts into action. No prior experience is necessary. My goal is to help remove the mysticism that has surrounded meditation and provide a scientific, physiological, and spiritual understanding of the principles behind this incredibly powerful tool for improving health and happiness in our lives. I would highly recommend bringing a cushion as the chairs are not very comfortable.
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Mindfulness Workshops

  • Garfield County Libraries
  • The libraries are partnering with the Mindful Life Program, based in Carbondale, to present four free mindfulness workshops. Co-founders Laura Bartels and John Bruna are experienced mindfulness teachers having presented around the country. Join us for a chance to learn more and come away with ideas on incorporating this concept into all areas of life.
  • Topic: “An Introduction to Mindfulness & Practical Lessons for a Meaningful Life”
    • Rifle Library: Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
    • Glenwood Springs Library: Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Topic: “The Four Keys of Mindfulness to Cultivate Genuine Happiness”
    • New Castle Library: Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Carbondale Library: Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m.
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Spotlight on Sharing is an initiative that aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is YOUR library sharing? Let us know by filling out this super short form. If you’re on Twitter, tweet @hitchlib or use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.

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