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Wellth Week

WELLTH = WELLNESS + HEALTH

Good Health Leads to Your Wellth

By popular demand, the J is once again ready to share the love with our fourth annual Wellth Week! Join us for our week of wellness sessions that kick off Sunday, March 20, and run through Friday, March 25, 2022. During Wellth Week, the Lieberman Wellness Center will be providing, LIVE in-person sessions on topics to promote wellness recovery, and mental health wellbeing. These free events are open to J Members and the community.

This 2022 lineup includes an appearance and book signing by author Brian Cuban, co-sponsored by our Dallas Jewish Book Fest as well as mini-workshops, lectures, and fitness workout sessions that drive home recovery and self-care. Reconnect with the people and community you know and love during Wellth Week at the J.

Join the J for our fourth annual Wellth Week! This week is designed to educate J members and the community about the importance of living a wellthy life. J Wellth (Wellness + Health) is the signature program of the Lieberman Family Wellness Center (LFWC) at the J that empowers people to live life better by providing exceptional experiences in health, fitness, and wellness.

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March 20 -25

Wellth Week is a week-long event from March 20-25, that shows the importance of living with wellness + health (wellth) through classes, speakers, breakout sessions, group fitness classes, and more! This year’s theme is centered around recovery and restoration. Group Fitness class reservations can be made 7 days in advance. 

Soulful Sunday

10:30 am – Equinox Flow Yoga

 Refresh your spring yoga practice with the husband-and-wife team of Marketa & Barton David. Let go, find your flow with Marketa while you practice yoga to a “LIVE” guitar performed by Baton. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Location: Grassy area outside of front main building entrance
Instructors: Marketa & Barton

Mental Wellbeing Monday

10:15 am – Pamper You, Love Event
Join Marco Delossantos and guest instructor Julie Wright as they dial into a bit of yoga flow and a whole lot of self-love. Please bring your own mat.
Location:
Mind-body studio

Instructors: Marco Delossantos & Julie Wright 

1:30 pm – Refining Supplementation
Safeguard you by providing your body with all the proper vitamins and minerals. Learn the common dos and don’ts when it comes to taking supplements. Led by former Miss Texas and fitness expert Natalie Clark.
Location:
Tenergy Studio
Instructor: Natalie Clark

NEW DATE: APRIL 7th 7:00 pm –  A self-Journey to Recovery
The Lieberman Wellness Center and the Dallas Jewish Bookfest present, A Self-Journey to Recovery. Author Brian Cuban discusses his new book “The Ambulance Chaser,” and shares his own journey of recovery and restoration from alcohol and drug addiction. Upon the conclusion of the presentation, a book signing will take place.
Location: Mankoff 

Speaker: Brian Cuban

Thankful Tuesday

9:30 am –  Yoga Journaling
Join Debbi K. Levy to learn the art of yoga journaling. It is noted that Yoga journaling increases your self-reflection and stimulates you to embody your thoughts. Find your Aha moment in this unique class setting. Keepsake J Mindfulness notebooks will be supplied to each attendee. 
Location:
Mind-Body Studio

Instructors: Debbi K. Levy

Wake Up and Get Wellthy Wednesday

10:00 am – Wake Up and Get Wellthy 
Join Baylor Scott & White Internal Medicine Physician, Dr. F. David Winter and special guest host, Brett Stanley as they discuss where we are in the pandemic two years later, the variants and what recovery is like for those who have had COVID-19. This segment will be followed by a Q&A.
Location: Live on Instagram

Instructors: Dr. David Winter & Brett Stanley

10:15 am –  Stretch & Restore
Join Certified Stretch expert Marco Delossantos to delve into deep stretch techniques. Additional post -work recovery tips will be discussed. Please bring your own yoga mat, 
Location:
Mind-Body Studio

Instructor: Marco Delossantos

4:30 pm –  Kids Yoga
 Explore fun jungle animals yoga poses and learn the sun and moon song. For kids ages 2-5.
Location: TBD 

Instructor: Ela Bilgin

Tranquility Thursday

12:00 pm –  Pilates Reformer Tester Class
Test it! Try it! Join certificated Pilates’s reformer coach, Lynn Oristano, for a Pilates reformer come try out the equipment class. 
Location:
Pilates Studio

Instructor: Lynn Oristano

Fun Fit Friday

9:15 am –  The Master Dance Fitness Class
It is time to boogie down and find your fun factor zone! Put your dancing shoes and be prepared to become electrified! This team-taught class will be led by the spectacular instructor team of Gina, Heidy, and Armando. Get ready for this master class!
Location: Group Fitness Studio
Instructors: Gina, Armando & Heidy

Featured Speakers & Instructors

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About Marketa David
Marketa David came to Yoga 10 years ago while dancing Flamenco in Prague, Czech Republic seeking an easy fix to improve flexibility and grounding in a discipline outside of dance. After moving to the United States she began to see Yoga in a different way: as a gateway to oneself, our true nature, our ability to tap into our unlimited potential and connect with the rest of the world.

A 200 hour registered Yoga teacher, Marketa is currently completing her 500 hour certification.

Marketa sees Yoga Asana as a meditation in motion. Her teaching is Vinyasa flow with visualizations coming from her artsy background of painting, glass art and dance.

Her class typically starts with a quote or reading of her own writing or someone she feels inspired by and is a chance to reconnect with our bodies again. She sometimes ends her class with a short meditation and sound bath supporting and expanding the intention of her class.

Marketa teaches with love, lightness and enthusiasm and offers a compassionate and peaceful space for her students.

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About Barton Stanley
Influenced in equal measure by 70’s rock and 60’s folk along with a steady diet of Alt-rock and Motown, Barton Stanley David has a voice as big as his home state.

A fifth generation Texan, Dallas bred BSD spent his formative years as a musician in the live music capitol of the world in Austin before landing in New York City in 2009 with only a suitcase.

Barton’s debut album “Blue For East Broadway” was completed with help from famed Indie producer John Agnello (Sonic Yourth, Dinosaur Jr) along with some of New York’s most notable indie musicians.

In 2017, Barton’s cover of The Cars’ 80’s classic “Drive” was featured on NPR’s Acoustic Cafe, KFOG’s Acoustic Sunrise, and Radio Woodstock, among others.

Barton will release his new album Crest on Kenshire Records April 22nd. The album was recorded with an impressive list of contributors including co-producer Jeff Saenz (Leon Bridges), and Grammy winning engineers Dave Schiffman (Tom Petty, Adele, Bruce Springsteen), and Howie Weinberg (Prince, U2, NIrvana).

“This is a guy with a powerful voice.” -KETR

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About Brian Cuban
Brian Cuban, the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, is a Dallas-based attorney, author, and person in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. He is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Brian’s debut thriller, The Ambulance Chaser, will be released December 7th 2021. Lawyer Jason Feldman is accused of the murder of a high school classmate thirty years prior. He becomes a fugitive from justice to find the one person who prove his innocence and save the life of his abducted son.
His previous, best selling book, The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption is an unflinching look at how addiction and other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once successful lawyer, and how he and others in the profession redefined their lives in recovery and found redemption.
Brian has spoken at colleges, universities, conferences, non-profits, and legal events across the United States and in Canada. His columns have appeared—and he has been quoted on these topics—online and in print newspapers around the world. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two cats.

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About Natalie Clarke

Natalie Clarke is originally from Temple Texas and grew up in a single parent home. Defeating the odds of poverty, she moved to Denton where she attended UNT. After deciding college wasn’t for her, she started to pursue her love which was music. This led her many different places as well as being involved in Pageantry where she won the title of Miss Texas. After her reign, she decided to take on the industry of fitness and nutrition. Now she is a local business owners in the DFW area, as well as teaching fitness classes part time.

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About Marco Delossantos
Marco is a lifelong mover with a passion in helping people to use their bodies more efficiently. He has trained in dance with an emphasis in ballet and yoga. Through his experience he saw a need in his clients to stretch more properly. He became certified at the Stretch to win institute of March 2021. This work centers on opening up the fascial tissues to create more mobility in ones body.

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About Julie Wright

Julie started her career in Health & Wellness in 1990 personal training and teaching a variety of group exercise classes.  She took her first yoga class in 1998 and something sparked in her. After two years of practice she began teaching.   A few more years of practice and studies she knew  this was her path. She dove deep into the teachings.

Julie has studied under many great yoga masters.  Presently she continues her training and certifications with Yogarupa Rod Stryker whose lineage honors the ancient teachings of yoga.  Manorama also guides Julie on the path of higher learning.

Julie teaches from the ancient wisdom and weaves these messages into the practice that apply to daily life.  She walks solid in her truth and guides students to use their practice to connect with their true Self; to embrace their authenticity and walk this path making their own unique footprints along the way.  She is often unapologetically bold in her offerings but keeps it fun – as it is practice, not perfect.

The practice of yoga, the dedication through the dark times as well as the joyous ones, has literally saved Julie’s life.  She still walks this earth for a reason, and she believes with all her heart it is to share this beautiful practice and carry the message of these precious teachings.

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

~ Ram Dass

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About Debbie K. Levy

Debbi K. Levy literally quit her day job after falling in love with the practice of yoga over ten years ago.  She has been teaching at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Dallas for nine of those years, and Debbi feels lucky to have flourished and grown her practice alongside the J’s Yoga and Group Fitness members. Today, Debbi will tell you that the deepest relationships she enjoys were made on the mat, and that the practices of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness are the foundations for contentment and stamina in a busy world.

Debbi is a registered yoga teacher, and is also certified as a crystal alchemist, a Reiki practitioner, and a Mindfulness Instructor. Debbi’s teaching has been heavily influenced by her love of Judaism, and you will often find her at congregations in Dallas teaching through a Jewish lens. Debbi is currently on a path to ordination as a Priestess, studying with the Kohenet Priestess Institute. Debbi is also a monthly contributor to the Texas Jewish Post.

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About Dr. F David Winter
Baylor Scott & White Internal Medicine Physician, Dr. F. David Winter is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with professional interests in preventive medicine, quality improvement, and patient safety.

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About Brett Stanley

Brett Stanley is the Manager of Health & Wellness at Baylor Scott & White Health. Brett has more than ten years of experience in the health and wellness arena. A Dallas native, she began her career as a fitness instructor and later became a personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In 2017, Brett joined the Baylor Scott & White Health wellness team. Brett truly believes wellness is not a destination; it is a way of life. She enjoys connecting with her clients to help them reach their lifestyle goals. Brett’s passion lies in inspiring others to take charge of their health and wellness. She believes that with behavior changes, everyone can find what works for them and create lasting changes in their health, energy and mindset.

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About Ela Bilgin
Born in 1977, Ela grew up in İstanbul and just recently moved to Dallas. She studied business management and worked in a number of multi-national companies in various Human Resources roles for 15 years and has put an end to her corporate career as Human Resources Director.
Since her childhood she was an active athlete, running hurdles for the Turkish National Team until her knee injury. After her injury she started her search for alternative solutions to heal her body and soul. She did Tai-Chi for two years which inspired her on the spiritual aspect of life. Studied Reiki and got level II certification. She met Yoga in 2005 and continued her individual practice for years. She took up the 200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in 2013 and continued her learning path with 80 hr Vinyasa Teacher Training from Nicole Ohme and started the 300hr advanced teacher training with Chris Chaves. Having a daughter of her own and seeing her daughter’s Yoga Practice she took a certificate to teach Kids Yoga as well. She taught kids yoga at the SMU summer camps.
She’s inspired by the way her body teaches the mind, thus prefers to move in a vinyasa flow in her own practice. She teaches Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga.

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About Lynn Oristano

As a professional dancer, Lynn Oristano developed a chronic hip problem and began working with the Pilates exercises at the Cleveland Clinic’s Sports Rehab Center in 1992. After seeing the benefits and results of her own personal rehabilitation, Lynn certified to teach the Pilates method. She has certified with Elizabeth Jones Boswell in Houston in 1997, the Physicalmind Institute in 1999, and with Stott Pilates in 2002 and 2006. Lynn holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. In addition to performing, Lynn has taught ballet, modern dance, and jazz technique for various dance conservatories, college, and university programs as well as creative dance in elementary and high schools. Lynn was a senior Pilates instructor at the Oasis Mind-Body Conditioning Center in Dallas from 1997 – 2007 and joined the staff of Z-Pilates at the J in January 2008. She teaches group Pilates matwork, barre, and PilatesStick classes and also trains a wide range of private clients from those requiring physical rehabilitation to those who are fit and athletic.

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About Gina Chew
Gina Chew has been a professional fitness instructor for over 18 years, with certifications in multiple fitness formats. She is also a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist.
Gina has a degree in sociology from the University of North Texas, with concentrations in business and music. Gina has studied ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop and Latin dance styles as well.
She is also an avid tennis player.

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About Heidy Torres

Born in Cartagena, Columbia. Heidy is a professional dancer, model, and singer. One of Heidy’s passions is teaching Zumba and educating fellow instructors working as an Zumba Educational Specialist on the international stage. Additionally, you can find A&H original songs on iTunes & Spotify.

Featured Instructors

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Terri Arends
MS, Group Fitness Director, MI Spinning

Spinning into Spring
Date: Sunday, March 21 at 9:30 am
Location: Outdoor Pool Deck

Helen Burnell- GUGJM

Helen Burnell
Certified STOTT Pilates

Get Up & Get J Moving
Date: Friday. March 26 at 10:40 am
Location: Facebook and Instagram

Pilates Reformer: Open House
Date: Sunday, March 21 at 11-11:30 am
Location: Pilates Studio

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Michael Cruz
PT, DPT, YACEP, E-RYT200, RMT200

Sundown Sound Bath (Bowls & Chakras)
Date: Friday, March 26 at 6:30 pm
Location: Facebook

Kevin Dennis

Kevin Dennis
Professional Dancer/Dance Fitness Instructor

Salsa Dance Flow
Date: Sunday, March 21 at 9:15 am
Location: Outdoor Studio

Diana McGee

Diana McGee
Certified Zumba & Group Fitness Instructor

Salsa Flow Dance
Date: Sunday, March 21 at 9:15 am
Location: Outdoor Studio

GECC Virtual Dance Party
Date: Wednesday, March 24 at 6:00 pm
Location: Zoom

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Stefanie Tovar
Wellness Facilitator and Founder of Hanuman Homies

Sound, Meditate & Chill
Date: Sunday, March 21 at 4:00 pm
Location: Outdoor Studio

Jennifer Wellington

Jennifer Wellington
Group Fitness instructor

Spinning into Spring
Date: Sunday, March 21 at 9:30 am
Location: Outdoor Pool Deck

Get Up & Get J Moving
Date: Friday. March 26 at 10:40 am
Location: Facebook and Instagram