12 • October 2013
www.PineappleNewspaper.com The Delray Beach Pineapple
health & fitness WELLFEST DELRAY 2014 BUILDS ON SUCCESS OF FIRST YEAR
New eat well food court and weekend schedule has exhibitors, healthy food establishments, expert speakers and sponsors excited about all the possibilities DELRAY BEACH, FL – WellFest Delray 2014 is surpassing all expectations. The event, which will be held the weekend of March 8-9 at various Delray Center for the Arts locations, as well as the nearby Hyatt Place hotel, has attracted the attention of many. These include a range of wellness businesses who have already booked space for the expo in the Vintage Gym, as well as a growing number of healthy food establishments who will be part of the new Eat Well Food &Beverage Court. In addition, Hyatt Place Delray will be hosting the Expert Speaker sessions and supporting the event as the exclusive hotel/hospitality Sponsor. Attendance is expected to be large as Delray Beach is both an active lifestyle community and a leading vacation destination during the winter months. “This is really getting exciting,” said Sandra Tribioli, the Director of the new Food & Beverage Court. “The energy and enthusiast continues to grow as new names are added, including DIG, 50 Ocean, Papas Tapas, The Garden of Vegan, The Olive Taste and many others who will be named soon.” WellFest Delray 2014 is all about connecting with the growing number of Delray residents and visitors who identify with a healthy lifestyle. This important event, now in its second year, is focused on educating, informing, motivating and inspiring attendees to stay fit, eat well, take care of their mind and body, think green and pass it on to friends and family. “We’re excited to again be a part of WellFest! There is a certain “health-minded” quality to many of the people of South Florida and events such as WellFest are great avenues for those who are seeking providers and practitioners that are on the cutting edge of health and wellness. As the Official Team Chiropractor of the FAU Owls, I am excited to add my expertise to the wealth of knowledge that will be available to the public,” stated Dr. Hessam Khatami of Atlantic Grove Chiropractic, the exclusive Chiropractor on day one of the 2014 event. Supporting the effort to inform and educate
a public, eager to take positive steps with their lives and the lives of friends and family, will be the impressive Delray Beach Public Library system, The Library will be a WellFest Delray 2014 Sponsor, helping to promote books, videos and other content on WellFest-oriented topics to the community. “It’s amazing to think that the event debuted on a Thursday in March 2013 and now we’re looking at holding a significantly larger event just one year later,” stated Bob Lipp, the event creator. “Frankly, I’m not surprised at the enthusiasm, but delighted none-the-less that so many businesses, organizations and local residents have come forward to be a part of enhancing the WellFest Delray experience.” Delray Beach was chosen as the perfect place to launch WellFest, based on the community’s feel good vibe and substantial health and fitness-oriented business infrastructure. Lipp and his team hope to build a “wellness-oriented” lifestyle into the Delray brand, something that he believes can be accomplished inpart with WellFest Delray. “A wellness-branded Delray can help to attract like-minded businesses to our area for a potential headquarters or regional office,” adds Bob. Of course we’ll also welcome them here to hold their meetings or to sponsor events like WellFest.” Lipp is not alone in that belief and has enlisted the services and expertise of former mayor Jeff Perlman, who is consulting on WellFest Delray. “WellFest Delray 2014 will be the next big step in what we believe will become a yearly tradition in Delray, added Perlman. “With its year round temperatures that favor an active lifestyle, Delray has always attracted sports, exercise and fitness enthusiasts. Plus many of our restaurateurs and chefs are promoting healthier eating, which is why the new Eat Well Food & Beverage Court at WellFest Delray is a win-win.” For further information, visit www. WellFestDelray.com or contact Sandra@ WellFestUSA.com, Rachel@WellFestDelray.com or Bob@WellFestUSA.com
The yoga world is being turned upside down - literally - with DEFY GRAVITY YOGA
First ever aerial yoga studio in Downtown Delray Beach DELRAY BEACH, FL – Fitness is taking flight this fall when Delray Beach’s boutique aerial yoga studio, Defy Gravity Yoga, opens its doors on September 23rd to bring Delray Beach and Palm Beach County its first ever aerial yoga studio. Located inside Bamboo Garden’s studio at 88 SE 4th Ave. in Downtown Delray Beach, the colorful studio is comprised of 12 hammocks, hosting a multitude of aerial classes, including: Restorative, Strength, Fitness, Stretch, and Decompression. Defy Gravity Aerial Yoga is a new type of Yoga that uses a silk fabric hammock as a tool to help students achieve the traditional Yoga positions. The weight of the body is either partially or fully supported by the hammock. In a Defy Gravity Yoga class, students use both the hammock and the floor to immediately feel the improvement in their flexibility, strength and alignment. As a result of owner Lisa Midlarsky’s extensive yoga practice and philosophy, Defy Gravity Yoga was created with a team of certified, highly-experienced instructors offering an array of classes. Midlarsky said, “Throughout my life, I have explored many different systems of wellness with the intent to find that which helps myself and other maintain strength and vitality…physically, emotionally, and spiritually. After experiencing my first Aerial Yoga Class, I knew right away I needed to share this with others. I am thrilled to be opening up my first aerial yoga studio in Delray Beach so that others can experience the
same joy I find in aerial yoga classes.” Defy Gravity Yoga offers classes for all levels. Classes range in price depending on the package choice. For the first few months, Defy Gravity Yoga is offering special discounts which include a 3 class pass for $29 or a 1 class pass for $20, with the 2nd class free. Defy Gravity Yoga will also be hosting an open house style Grand Opening event on October 3rd from 6:00pm8:00pm at the Studio. To get a complete class schedule and to learn more about Defy Gravity Yoga, visit www.defygravityyoga.com or call 561-866-6001 for more information.