Meet Summit Health And Wellness Instructor Jaclyn Wertish
Group fitness instructor Jaclyn Wertish is passionate about encouraging her students to make exercise part of their lifestyle—and about making her classes an experience her students enjoy.
“When I think about how I approach my classes, it brings me back to why I sought out yoga,” says Summit fitness instructor Jaclyn Wertish. “I was running five miles every day, and I needed a change physically and emotionally. In my yoga class, I was surrounded by positive individuals who brought out the best in me and made me stronger. That’s the approach I try to take with my students.”
Jaclyn received her training through CorePower’s yoga sculpt teacher training. “This October is my fourth anniversary as a yoga instructor, and I’m thrilled to be part of Summit’s Health and Wellness Center team,” she says. Her fitness classes are filled with people from 16 to 60 years of age. “I cater to each individual student,” she explains. “I may show a beginner a less advanced version of a specific pose, and I always scan my classes to correct positions so that everyone is working safely.”
One of Jaclyn’s favorite classes to teach is Yoga Sculpt. “It’s like a mini-party,” she laughs. “The music is upbeat, it moves quickly, and everyone contributes to the energy in the studio. This class has yoga as its foundation, and it’s an all-levels class that really torches calories. Whether you’ve never taken yoga before or are a seasoned practitioner, you’ll get a great workout.”
Jaclyn emphasizes the mental as well as the physical benefits of her classes. “We live hectic lives,” she says. “Things you learn in the yoga studio are benefits that you can apply to your everyday life. Sometimes, when you’ve been holding a yoga posture for a while, you start to breath quickly and shallowly. There’s that sense of panic. You wonder when you’ll be able to get out of the pose, and your breathing accelerates. This happens in life too. We all face situations that make us feel anxious. Yoga teaches us how to take a couple of breaths when we feel stressed, and react more calmly.”
For people who are hesitant about committing to a new class, Jaclyn has some advice. “Just try it out,” she says. “A group setting can be a lot more encouraging than trying to exercise on your own. Even if you do only one push-up in your first class, don’t give up. Find a class that’s comfortable for you and stick with it. I can guarantee that over time you’ll see yourself develop physical and mental strength.”
Jaclyn ends her classes by reminding her students that every day is a new day with new opportunities. “I want my class to be a place where my students can let their stress go, and take something positive with them when they leave their mat. Why not find the positive in life while you are working out? With every class, you give yourself the gift of a stronger, healthier body.”
For a list of Jaclyn’s classes and fees, go to https://www.summitortho.com/services/wellness/fitness/
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