Beat the Winter Blues Workshop

Led by Amanda Craig, Ph. D. L.M.F.T and Amy Kiser, NTP

With the fun of the holidays over, cold weather starting to wear on us, and more darkness than light to our days, we often start to get a case of the blues. Seasonal blues can range from mild for 10-20% of individuals in the US to more severe seasonal depression, known as Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) for half a million individuals according to the Cleveland Clinic. This educational workshop about the seasonal blues provides strategies to overcome them.

Topics that will be covered:
• Symptoms of seasonal blues
• When seasonal blues can occur (not just in winter)
• Strategies to overcome seasonal blues
• Nutrition that can improve mood and health
Date: Thursday, February 7 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Fees: $15 for members  $20 for non-members
Attendees will receive 5 free class passes to use during the Y’s Mindful March (a yoga, Pilates and meditation class challenge) and will also receive 20% off a 1-hour massage.
Registration for this workshop is required at the Darien YMCA Front Desk or online. Please email questions to

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Free Movie Screening with Darien Environmental Group

What happens to my straw when I throw it away? Are straws recycled? Are they necessary for drinking? How much plastic is in my straw? Are straws harmful to the environment? Does the health of the environment affect my health? 

This movie and presentation sponsored by the Darien Environmental Group and BYO Darien will answer all these questions and more. It will bring you the scientific evidence showing that plastic, including plastic straws, is harming the environment and ultimately our health.

There are, however, ways for all of us to reduce our plastic usage and lead healthier lives. This movie will help us change our culture’s obsession with single-use plastic.

Thursday, January 24  at 7:00 pm in the community room at the Darien YMCA
Snacks and drinks will be served.

Sponsored by the Darien Environmental Group and BYO Darien.
Please RSVP to

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Mini & Me Yoga Workshops

Sunday, February 10 from 4:00 – 5:15 pm
Workshops will be held in studio 2

Come strengthen your parent and child bond over Yoga! Join instructor, Danielle Brown, and daughter, Gigi, for a workshop focusing on mindfulness training to restore the body and mind! Explore the fundamentals of Yoga including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing postures, seated and reclining poses, backbends, core isolation and strengthening.

Ages 7-11

Rates: Members: $30/class for both Parent & Mini
Non-Members: $40/class for both Parent & Mini
($5 per extra child or friend)

*Register online or at the Front Desk to reserve a spot! Space is limited!

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