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Erin Szwajda discovered yoga after her mother, Nancy Ward, was diagnosed five years ago with multiple sclerosis. "I was on a quest to help my mother and fell in love with the practice myself," said Szwajda, of Hamburg, who became a yoga instructor about two years ago after receiving her training at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo. She will be among two dozen instr…

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Outdoor yoga, salsa dancing and biking are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Summer yoga: The Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Road in Newfane, will host a yoga class at 5 p.m. and it will be tailored to those who attend. If attendees prefer, it can be held outside. Call …

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You slogged through the latest Western New York winter sitting around the house, binge-watching TV and using your treadmill as a clothes hanger. Or you did use that treadmill – almost daily – during the mostly indoor months, or tackled the same fitness class or circuit training session routinely, wishing you could expand your exercise horizons and enjoy more time with frie…

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Slow Roll in Buffalo and as part of the Ride for Roswell, Zumba at Sunset Beach, and lots of outdoor classes across the region are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Towne blood drive: The Towne auto dealers plan several blood drives in coming weeks including one from noon…

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Exercise on New Era Field, take a yoga class at the Botanical Gardens or hear a world-renown meditation expert in the region this week. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in Western New York. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. for a 10-mile guided excursion …

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Outdoor fitness classes, health-related author talks and healthy food truck options have become popular fare as Larkin Square has ramped up its wellness offerings during the last six years. Visitors welcome better weather with free use of Hula-Hoops, pickleball courts and a mini-golf course in the revitalized neighborhood several blocks east of downtown. Larkin Square l…

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Yoga teacher in training Ashley Feneziani wasn't sure she was ready to lead her first class at Turning Point House, an addictions recovery center for men in the Southtowns. "When I go to yoga classes, it's usually me surrounded by a group of other women in Spandex pants," said Feneziani, a high school French teacher in the Williamsville school district. Turning Point…

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HEAL Bflo co-founders Cheryl Erbacher and Jocelyn Kowalczyk have seen the powerful connections yoga can forge as they've organized a series of community wellness events during the last four years. Two visits by Dan Nevins stand out. Nevins lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device nearly 14 years ago in Iraq. He reluctantly tried Baptiste yoga four years ago,…

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A yoga class for seniors at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, a talk in Amherst about plant-based eating, and a pair of fundraisers to support kids and seniors are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Zumbini: This early childhood music and movement program for newborns to age 4, w…

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Most people are still asleep when Steve Procknal and Jason Jerome lead a determined group through the fitness paces Wednesday mornings in and around Delaware Park. As many as several hundred people gather on the back steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at 6 a.m. and take off – at 6:10 sharp – for 40 minutes of calisthenics and jogging. "The November Project is abo…

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Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

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New Year's Day yoga and ice skating, a Thursday blood drive that can get you a free weeklong pass to the Jewish Community Center fitness facilities in Amherst and a Saturday health fair are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to starting the new year right when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s c…

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Yoga originated in northern India more than 5,000 years ago – roughly 3,000 years before the first Christmas – but its discipline has proven a capacity to stir a closer spiritual relationship for people of many faiths. Teresa DeLabio is among those who can attest. DeLabio, 26, a licensed massage therapist and member of The Chapel at Cross Point, discovered Holy Yoga …

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Ice skating at the waterfront, yoga, Zumba and tai chi at several locations, and a holiday healing service in Williamsville are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Farm-to-table seasonal supper: Pop-up restaurant event, Union Bl…

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HEAL Bflo will host a candlelight yoga class Thursday evening to benefit the family of Buffalo Police K-9 Officer Craig Lehner, the nine-year veteran who drowned Oct. 13 during a training exercise in the Niagara River. The Light in the Darkness yoga flow class will start at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Fire Engine 2 Station, 376 Virginia St. Participants are asked to bring a wa…