Bend Wellness

Bend Wellness Bend Wellness is the passion project of two mental health workers who are striving to foster positive change in their communities. We offer workshops designed to help people build skill through mindfulness, movement & exploring emotion.

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Happy holidays ❄️Wishing you all a restful & joyful holiday season. We will be taking a short break from social media to...
12/23/2020

Happy holidays ❄️

Wishing you all a restful & joyful holiday season.

We will be taking a short break from social media to spend some quality time with self, close family and nature.

This account will not be monitored until Jan 2nd. Any questions or comments, we will get back to you in the new year!

Thanks to all of our followers for your support this past year.

See you in 2021.
With gratitude,
Deb & Lillian

Eventually everything connects. People, ideas, objects. This is something we have found to hold so much truth for us thi...
12/20/2020

Eventually everything connects. People, ideas, objects.

This is something we have found to hold so much truth for us this past year. Starting a podcast has made us feel vulnerable, excited and most importantly, connected.

To our guests,
Thank you for trusting us with your stories, for taking risks and sharing your knowledge, passions, questions and struggles.

We feel honoured that each of you were a part of this journey.

To our listeners,
Thank you tuning in, your feedback & your support. This would be all for nothing if we did not reach the ears of people who are curious about what wellness means through different lenses.

Thanks you all for being part of the larger conversation. We can’t wait to get started with season 2 in 2021 🎤

📸 @dmcguire28

Choosing You ✨In this weeks episode we chat  with Haley Bowes, co-owner of Aruma: A Place for Heath and Happiness. We di...
12/18/2020

Choosing You ✨

In this weeks episode we chat with Haley Bowes, co-owner of Aruma: A Place for Heath and Happiness.

We discussed how her and her team have led Aruma through the pandemic so far by shedding old layers and growing new ones along the way. She talks about how through this pandemic she has learned the value of surrendering, and letting be what will be.

Through Haley’s work as a counsellor and the work done at Aruma by all their practitioners, a main goal she said, is to help people learn to thrive, not just survive.
She talks about the importance of good communication, choosing yourself & taking care of your whole being; physical, spiritual, emotional & mental.

We hope you enjoy this chat with Haley. To find out more about her and Aruma check out:
www.aruma.ca
IG: @haleybowes
IG: @arumaplace

This episode marks the end of season 1! Thanks for tuning in 🎤

Find this episode and more on any major podcast platform.
Bend. The Podcast

Choosing You We wrap up this season of @bend.wellness bend: the podcast, with @haleybowes, Co-Owner/Operator @arumaplace...
12/17/2020

Choosing You

We wrap up this season of @bend.wellness bend: the podcast, with @haleybowes, Co-Owner/Operator @arumaplace. Haley is a counsellor, life long learner, community based business woman and all round amazing person.

Tune into our season finale to hear about the many services offered @arumaplace and how they have responded to the pandemic with creativity and ❤

Haley shares her thoughts and expertise about the importance of good communication, choosing you, and why now, more than ever, we need to just surrender.

Episode drops tomorrow on all platforms

📷 @dmcguire28

Through research and experience we are understanding just how powerful mindfulness & movement can be for young people (r...
12/08/2020

Through research and experience we are understanding just how powerful mindfulness & movement can be for young people (really ALL people).

Mindfulness & yoga can help to improve focus + self esteem, reduce feelings of anxiety + stress 🧠

At @bend.wellness we offer customizable workshops designed to encourage young people to use their minds, breath &  bodies to explore topics like gratitude, self love & big emotions

Individual sessions and workshops are facilitated by a registered yoga teacher with specialized training in children's yoga + mindfulness, & introductory yoga therapy 🧘🏻

At this time, our services are offered over zoom. 

Have any questions?
Get in touch
Link in bio ☝🏼

Shulamit Ber Levtov In this conversation with @shuliji  she reminds us of the importance of a pause, going slowly, & the...
12/04/2020

Shulamit Ber Levtov

In this conversation with @shuliji she reminds us of the importance of a pause, going slowly, & the importance of having faith that everything will be ok.

We dive into the stress cycle discussing why it so important to fully metabolize our stress and understand the difference between stress and stressor.

We discus why burn out & pandemic fatigue are effecting women at a higher rate than men, what the term “she-session” means and what the 6 month wall is.

When asked what wellness means to her, she states:
“Taking the next right action with an open heart, with as little clinging to the fruits as I can, is the best way to be well”.

For more information on Shula and her offerings visit her IG @shuliji or www.shula.ca

Thanks for listening.

Monkey On My Back ADHD: challenges, gifts & chasing the mirage. Join us for an honest conversation with someone who has ...
11/27/2020

Monkey On My Back
ADHD: challenges, gifts & chasing the mirage.

Join us for an honest conversation with someone who has lived experience with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He talks honestly about his struggles, how he manages his symptoms and discusses why it took him about 47 years to be diagnosed.

He describes his experience as feeling like he was always chasing a mirage in the desert, trying to solve his own puzzle with a monkey on his back.

He discusses how ADHD lives in the both the body and the mind, showing up as hyperactivity or hyper-focus, which can often be misunderstood. He describes the challenges he has experienced because of ADHD, and also the many gifts it has given him.

Challenge your ideas about what it means to be well and find inspiration in his story.

Find this episode and more on any major podcast platform. Thanks for listening 🎤

Attention and Focus @dmcguire28 Ever think about how important these abilities, these qualities are? Whether you are cur...
11/26/2020

Attention and Focus @dmcguire28

Ever think about how important these abilities, these qualities are? Whether you are curious about this question or whether you struggle with attention and focus yourself- you are going to love @bend.wellness bend: the podcast this week.

Join us for an honest conversation with someone who has lived experience with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd). He talks honestly about his struggles, how he manages his symptoms and discusses why it took him about 47 years to be diagnosed.

Challenge your ideas about what it means to be well and find inspiration in his story

So honoured to drop this episode tomorrow.

📷 @dmcguire28

Haley Bowes ✨Recent we sat down with Haley Bowes, co-owner of Aruma: A Place for Heath and Happiness. We discussed how h...
11/23/2020

Haley Bowes ✨

Recent we sat down with Haley Bowes, co-owner of Aruma: A Place for Heath and Happiness.

We discussed how her and her team have led Aruma through the pandemic so far by shedding old layers and growing new ones along the way. She talks about how through this pandemic she has learned the value of surrendering, and letting be what will be.

Through Haley’s work as a counsellor and the work done through Aruma by all their practitioners, a main goal she said, is to help people learn to thrive, not just survive.

She talks about how important it is to choose yourself first, to take care of your whole being; physical, spiritual, emotional & mental.

Subscribe to our podcast for new episodes weekly!

Haley’s will be coming soon! In the mean time, check her out @haleybowes and @arumaplace

Bend. The Podcast

compassion & curiositytwo mindful qualities we teach often. how can you be more compassionate & curious with yourself to...
11/22/2020

compassion & curiosity

two mindful qualities we teach often.

how can you be more compassionate & curious with yourself today?

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Lisa Gregoire; on being brave, funny & new ✏️Recently we had the privilege of chatting with award winning writer, Lisa G...
11/20/2020

Lisa Gregoire; on being brave, funny & new ✏️

Recently we had the privilege of chatting with award winning writer, Lisa Gregoire.

Our conversation explored her creative process and art as a way to shift our perspectives and illuminate meaning. We discussed her transition from journalist to writer of fiction and she shares why she thinks humour is important to thread throughout her work; now more than ever.

Lisa also tackles the question, is there really such a thing as a true fiction story?

Find our latest episode and more on any major podcast platform.
Bend. The Podcast

Reading: a way to expand our minds, open our eyes, and fill our hearts. Recently we spoke to author & journalist Lisa Gr...
11/17/2020

Reading: a way to expand our minds, open our eyes, and fill our hearts.

Recently we spoke to author & journalist Lisa Gregoire for Bend. the Podcast.
We touch on her switch from journalist to fiction writer and ask the question, is there really such a thing as a fictional story?

Since spending more time at home during 2020 reading has made its way to the top of my hobbies, specifically a renewed love for fiction. Though the stories may be fictional, each carries truth and lessons; a window into history or a reflection of self or others in an imaginary character. Taking us places we haven’t been before. Which, right now- is such a gift.

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What have been been your top reads for 2020?

Watch for the episode to go live this Friday 🎤

This week’s episode of the podcast is live!

Lynn Keane
On courage & resilience. “You must do the thing you cannot do”Ly...
11/13/2020

This week’s episode of the podcast is live!

Lynn Keane
On courage & resilience.
“You must do the thing you cannot do”

Lynn is a mother, speaker, advocate for mental health, youth suicide prevention and racial justice. She is a marathon and iron man completer, and all around a wonderful woman.   

Since losing her son Daniel by suicide in 2009, Lynn has dedicated her life to sharing his story. Lynn has turned her son's story into a call for action to re-examine how we view and treat mood disorders, as well as challenge the long believed myths about addictions and disorders of the brain. 

In the conversation we talk to Lynn about her journey through grief, and the role of courage, resilience and hope.  She shares the importance of movement, speaking, writing and talks about how they became powerful tools for her healing process.

You can find out more about Lynn at www.lynnkeane.ca or on Instagram @lynnkeane_7 

We hope you enjoy it.

Bend. The Podcast

Photo credit: Patrick K Leung

Posted • @dmcguire28 Courage + Resilience Been thinking about the marriage of courage and resilience since talking to th...
11/12/2020

Posted • @dmcguire28 Courage + Resilience

Been thinking about the marriage of courage and resilience since talking to the amazing @lynnkeane_7 for bend.thepodcast @bend.wellness

Join us for an honest conversation about doing the things we think we cannot do

Tune in to hear what real courage looks like

Be moved. Be inspired

Episode drops tomorrow on all platforms

Photo by: @dovetaildan

We are so excited to share our most recent episode with you today! Amy C. Willis: on sobriety, addiction, & drinking cul...
11/06/2020

We are so excited to share our most recent episode with you today! Amy C. Willis: on sobriety, addiction, & drinking culture and so much more.

In this episode of Bend, we chat with @msamycwillis, sobriety and mindset coach and owner of Hol and Well, tackling the controversial topic of alcohol. We discuss the culture of drinking, what being sober curious means, and how alcohol has made its way into mainstream culture specifically the wellness industry.

Amy talks about addiction as a house with many doors. She talks openly about her own journey to sobriety offering insight into the language used in addiction such as the term “alcoholic”, the use of the disease model in addiction, and the importance of connection and community.

Perhaps this conversation will cause you to pause and question your own relationship to alcohol and ask yourself why how and why this substance has become such an ingrained part of our culture.

Listen until the end for a special offer from Amy.

You can find out more about Amy and her mission at:
www.holandwell.com
IG: @msamycwillis

Happy listening.

change happens through movement and movement heals.- Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates Find out more about Joseph, ...
11/05/2020

change happens through movement and movement heals.

- Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates

Find out more about Joseph, the creation of Pilates and importance of movement in our podcast interview with @artandsciencephysio

Bend. The podcast: Available on Spotify & Apple Podcast.

Check back this Friday for a new release!
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Shulamit Ber LevtovWoah. We cannot wait to share this one with you! In this conversation with @shuliji she reminds us of...
11/02/2020

Shulamit Ber Levtov

Woah. We cannot wait to share this one with you!

In this conversation with @shuliji she reminds us of the importance of a pause & going slowly.

We dive into the difference between stress and stressor and how to move through or metabolize emotions; sooth, discharge & nourish.

Shula also discusses why burn out (or pandemic fatigue) is effecting women at a higher rate than men and what the term “she-session” means.

Stay tuned 🎤

Follow & subscribe to Bend. The Podcast for new releases every Friday!

Episode 5! 🎤 Alexis Officer : Art & Science (@artandsciencephysio ) On movement, our bodies response to pain and the con...
10/30/2020

Episode 5! 🎤

Alexis Officer : Art & Science (@artandsciencephysio ) On movement, our bodies response to pain and the connection between art & science as it relates to our wellness.

In this week episode we talk with Alexis, owner of Art & Science Physiotherapy to chat with her about movement, our bodies response to pain and the connection between art & science as it relates to our being.

We talk about what it means to be a physiotherapist, how Alexis got to where she is, owning a business, how she helps people with their pain, and integrating Pilates into her work.

The conversation touches on wide ranging topics including posture, the role of breath in our overall health, the history of Pilates, and why women’s bodies crave different types of movement & exercise at different times.

Find out more about Alexis and the services she offered locally in Smiths Falls, Ontario & Virtually at:
www.artandsciencephysio.com
IG: @artandsciencephysio

Listen & review our podcast on any major platform.

Thanks for listening!

build you bend : girls edition ✨3 weeks of exploring friendship, self love & big emotions 💛 Now offering 2 for 1 registr...
10/28/2020
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build you bend : girls edition ✨

3 weeks of exploring friendship, self love & big emotions 💛

Now offering 2 for 1 registration!

Grab a friend & join us!

Starts November 10th from 6:30-7:30 on Zoom
Open to girls aged 8-12 anywhere in Ontario.

Build Your Bend: Girls Edition: ages 8-12Join us for interactive, virtual 3 week workshop designed to encouraged girls to use their minds and their bodies to explore friendship, self love, gratitude and managing big emotions. 

Episode 4 is live! Jennifer Baron 🌱 A teacher, environmentalist, and outdoor education enthusiast and expert. This woman...
10/23/2020

Episode 4 is live!

Jennifer Baron 🌱 A teacher, environmentalist, and outdoor education enthusiast and expert.

This woman is helping change the future by teaching her students about our interconnectedness to nature and the world around us through environmental and indigenous lenses. Find her online @ecoinquiry.

Find her episode on all major podcast platforms today!🎤

Thanks for listening.

Take me Outside. 🍂🌲☀️In honour of the 10th Anniversary of Take Me Outside Day  (@take.me.outside ) in Canada - a day to ...
10/21/2020

Take me Outside. 🍂🌲☀️

In honour of the 10th Anniversary of Take Me Outside Day (@take.me.outside ) in Canada - a day to remind us all, especially Teachers and Students, to spend more time outside, we want to profile an outstanding Educator @ecoinquiry

Pictured here is @ecoinquiry teaching her students math through leaf art, patterning, and symmetry 🍁

Join us this Friday for a chat to expand and disrupt your ideas about what it means to educate through the lens of environmental and outdoor education

Bend. The Podcast. 🎤

10/20/2020
How To Be At Home

"Lean into loneliness — and know you’re not alone in it."
A lovely & touching video. How to be at Home.
https://www.nfb.ca/film/how-to-be-at-home/

Lean into loneliness — and know you’re not alone in it. Filmmaker Andrea Dorfman reunites with poet Tanya Davis to craft tender and profound animation on the theme ...

One of our favourite quotes here at Bend 💛 There is so much to learn in ‘that space’ about ourselves and how we react an...
10/19/2020

One of our favourite quotes here at Bend 💛

There is so much to learn in ‘that space’ about ourselves and how we react and respond to the world around us.

Thanks to @dan_deluis for reminding us of this quote and the truth that it holds.

Our conversation with @dan_deluis is up and live on Spotify/Apple podcasts now.
Check it out 🎤 Bend. The Podcast.

Episode 3 is live! We sat down for a conversation with Wim Hof Expert Dan de Luis for a conversation about stress, the p...
10/18/2020

Episode 3 is live!
We sat down for a conversation with Wim Hof Expert Dan de Luis for a conversation about stress, the power of our own breath, cold therapy and why it’s important to have a growth mindset.
Dan is a stress reduction specialist, mindfulness, meditation and yoga teacher, Wim Hof Method instructor and studio owner in Brockville, Ontario. Dan has taught all over the world, including work with professional athletes and government organizations.
In this conversation Dan takes a dive into the Wim Hof Method and how it works to help us reduce stress & inflammation in the body.
Listen to our conversation and check Dan out at:
https://open.spotify.com/episode/4JXPukGGlR9Drut6Pg2C0o?si=IamyeWEKSSGxQ9mpKi7nlw

Subramanya Yoga Centre
www.subramanyayoga.com
www.wimhofmethod.com
www.onlineyoga.com

creativity take courage ❣️
10/14/2020

creativity take courage ❣️

Liza Gregoire; on being brave, funny & new ✏️Recently we had the privilege of chatting with writer, Lisa Gregoire (@dont...
10/13/2020

Liza Gregoire; on being brave, funny & new ✏️

Recently we had the privilege of chatting with writer, Lisa Gregoire (@dontweaken). Our conversation explored motivations, the creative process and art as a way to shift our perspectives and illuminate meaning. We discussed her transition from journalist to writer of fiction and she shares why she thinks humour is important to thread throughout her work; now more than ever.

You can find some of her publications in Canadian Geographic, The Walrus & Eighteen Bridges. Other articles/stories mentioned are Agnes and True ( https://www.agnesandtrue.com/the-leave/ ), Ecology issue of Qwerty magazine (out of UNB: https://www.qwertyunb.com/) and Issue #74 of Calgary's filling Station magazine (http://www.fillingstation.ca/).

Subscribe to Bend. The podcast to stay up to date on our releases! 🎤

Liza Gregoire; on being brave, funny & new ✏️Recently we had the privilege of chatting with writer, Lisa Gregoire (@dont...
10/13/2020

Liza Gregoire; on being brave, funny & new ✏️

Recently we had the privilege of chatting with writer, Lisa Gregoire (@dontweaken). Our conversation explored motivations, the creative process and art as a way to shift our perspectives and illuminate meaning. We discussed her transition from journalist to writer of fiction and she shares why she thinks humour is important to thread throughout her work; now more than ever.

You can find some of her publications in Canadian Geographic, The Walrus & Eighteen Bridges. Other articles/stories mentioned are Agnes and True ( https://www.agnesandtrue.com/the-leave/ ), Ecology issue of Qwerty magazine (out of UNB: https://www.qwertyunb.com/) and Issue #74 of Calgary's filling Station magazine (http://www.fillingstation.ca/).

Subscribe to Bend. The podcast to stay up to date on our releases! 🎤

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