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Kristin Malara – Welcome to the debut of Vegan Voyage! My name is Krys, and I invite you to join me as I explore the ins and outs of a plant- and grain-based diet. I had been vegetarian for over nine years, but decided to convert to veganism in October 2011. I have found a vegan lifestyle to be a whole new level of harmony between food and the body, and even the soul. However, I am fully aware that no single “diet” is perfect for everyone. Whether it is due to body type, health issues, food allergies or intolerances, family traditions or expectations, certain food inaccessibility, and/or simple likes and dislikes, it is important to eat what is best for YOU. This can be achieved by really listening to your body.
In my household alone, we prepare meals around dairy, peanut, tree nut, strawberry and, most recently, soy allergies. Rather than dwell on what we can’t have, we choose to search for yummy alternatives. I could blog on food allergies alone, but I decided to incorporate the two. Although I will focus mainly on veganism, this blog is meant for anyone who is interested in discovering alternative substitutes to animal products, why they might be beneficial, and tasty ways to prepare them. I also hope to discuss related subjects such as; books movies, documentaries, websites, and restaurants (with recommended dishes). So, no matter what your current eating habits are, I hope you can glean a thing or two from this blog as I continue on my Vegan Voyage.
Darrell Duane-Wray – My interest in working in the fitness industry started in 2006. I was involved in a car accident in 2001 that caused a crushed pelvis, collapsed lungs and a broken leg and ankles, among several other injuries. An orthopedic doctor told me I would never walk unassisted again, but after five years on crutches, a walker and a cane, and seven hip surgeries including two total hip replacements, I began walking again, and more!
With the use of many different rehabilitation therapies, I found Pilates to be one of the most helpful to strengthen his body. Learning to walk again, created a passion for me to help people, as I was helped.
I became a N.E.T.A. Certified Group Exercise Instructor, and I began teaching Pilates and Cycle, and then Boot Camp, Body Shaper, Bar Bell Strength, Joints in Motion and most recently, in March of 2011, I became a Water Arts Aerobics instructor. Upon teaching this wide variety of group exercise classes I saw many people with arthritis, or who had orthopedic surgeries, or had been injured. Many of these people were struggling to regain their health. This led me to become an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer in June of 2010.
Danelle Drury – Hi! I’m Danelle and I have enjoyed working with kids for many years, working as a remedial reading teacher, fourth grade teacher, teaching drama and music to children from 1st through 7th grades, as well as working as a nanny. I was first introduced to kids yoga in 2006 when I assisted with children’s classes for Yoga Tree Ireland, and I’m so excited about helping expand YOUYOGA’s offerings to include classes for children.
I have been practicing yoga myself for about ten years, and I’m so blessed daily by sharing yoga with others. I love how children’s yoga is a joyous combination of the young’s natural creativity, imagination, love of motion, love of sound, and their thirst for learning. By sharing a yoga practice with children it can help to promotes self- awareness, discipline and confidence. It is the ultimate learning through play!