Yoga Teacher Training with Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee

If you could take an investment lesson with Warren Buffett, a photography session with Annie Leibovitz, or a cooking class from Giada De Laurentiis, would you? If you have an interest in yoga then you’ll appreciate that Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, two of the most popular and influential yoga practitioners in the world, are offering teacher training for the first time outside of their New York studios, and they chose Columbus, Ohio!!

Rodney & Colleen’s organization, Yoga Shanti, is providing a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany.  This 8-weekend training begins February 15th and runs on various weekends for a period of five months.  Learning from seasoned instructors, considered to have the fullest breadth of experiences, allows students to obtain yoga teacher certification with an added depth of training and the highest of credentials.  

Program details and enrollment application can be found online at (don’t wait too long to sign up, the Early Bird discount ends January 31st!)

Sessions are carefully designed to be a comprehensive entry path to teaching yoga.  The Yoga Shanti Method of Sequencing and Teaching Yoga by the Yees is a refined teaching method that is kind to the spine, joints and nervous system.  It facilitates a free and easy breath. The Yoga Shanti method, with its roots deep in the Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga traditions, guides students of all levels and ages through a safe asana, pranayama and meditation practice.  The course is designed to immerse participants into the study of yoga, enriching and strengthening their personal practice, and preparing to teach a set of safe Shanti-style sequences in a range of categories. The sessions will be intimate, allowing for plenty of individual attention and mentorship.  The focus is to guide students to establish a strong foundation for a lifelong love and study of yoga.

If you’re looking for a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training around Columbus, OH, then this is the perfect opportunity!!

New Albany Food Pantry… Community Food Drive in December

Please help the New Albany Food Pantry stock the shelves and fill a plate!

Help America’s Healing Heroes.


Healthy New Albany and Mission Essential are proud to sponsor the Second Annual Honor Ride Ohio to help America’s Healing Heroes on Memorial Day weekend, May 28, 2016, to raise money and promote awareness for Ride 2 Recovery – a non-profit organization which improves the physical and mental well-being of injured veterans with cycling as a means of rehabilitation.

The ride will start and end at the Heit Center in New Albany, touring the scenic countryside of Central Ohio in routes of 12, 35 or 65 miles.


To date, over one million veterans have suffered serious injuries during the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.  The need for programs to help these veterans is staggering.  Ride 2 Recovery is one of those important programs – a non-profit organization which improves the physical and mental well-being of injured veterans with cycling as a means of rehabilitation.

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If you are not a cyclist, there are also many opportunities to volunteer.  For questions or to volunteer please contact

Columbus Honor Ride Info

Heit Center programs open to all

The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany is fully open at 150 W. Main St. and so are the various classes organizers hoped to offer.

The health-related programs also are open to anyone, even people who live outside of the community.

“People do not have to be a member of (the) fitness center or a New Albany resident to take classes,” said Abbey Brooks, program director for the center. “The Heit Center is open to everyone and classes are the same price for everyone.”

Classes began this month on such topics as cooking, nutrition, exercise and wellness, CPR and athletics injuries.

Brooks said the programs are scheduled by the nonprofit Healthy New Albany.

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Entrants flock to expanded walking race


ERIC GEORGE/THISWEEKNEWS Teresa Dryden-Smith reaches for high-fives of encouragement from members of the New Albany High School girls soccer

Registration for the 11th annual New Albany Walking Classic opened this month and the event once again appears on its way to an early sellout, according to organizers.

“Last year we sold out five months ahead (of the race) and this year we’re 125 percent ahead of where we were last year,” said Kristin Ferguson, the Walking Classic’s marketing director.

As of Feb. 23, 1,900 people had registered, according to Ferguson. Last year, the count was 700 near the end of February.

This year’s race on Sunday, Sept. 13, also will be the largest yet, with registrations capped at 4,000, Ferguson said.

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New Albany health, fitness facility Heit Center now open, to all

Treadmills line the floor in an exercise area of the new facility, considered to be much more than a gym or community center.

Treadmills line the floor in an exercise area of the new facility, considered to be much more than a gym or community center.

First off, it’s not a gym. It’s not a community center, either.

You can call it either one, but someone will probably correct you, and anyway, neither description really does the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany justice.

“It’s a unique partnership, all focused on creating a center for health and wellness in the community,” said Mike Durik, the Heit Center’s interim executive director. “It’s a very different approach.”

This place is a hybrid, a 55,000-square-foot space where someone can jog on a treadmill, visit a doctor about a nagging cough, throw a wedding shower and meet up with friends for a game of mah-jongg.

And it’s finally open.

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Click here to view news stories about our many activities, events and programs, including development of the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany.

Community fitness center to open Dec. 15


Buy This PhotoLORI WINCE/THISWEEKNEWS Caroline Hillman (right) and Chelsea Armstrong, fitness specialists with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s new health and fitness center in New Albany, demonstrate one of the cycling machines at the center last week.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s health and fitness center , which is scheduled to open Monday, Dec. 15, in the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, will not be operated like a normal fitness center, according to local leaders.

“One of the really distinct things is a physical assessment that will be given to every user, which combines a medical assessment, fitness assessment and their overall wellness, as soon as they walk through that door,” said New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee.

John Parro, general manager of the fitness center, said each person would receive a specific workout regimen. That includes receiving a “wellness key” for the exercise machines. Parro said the key can used at a kiosk to map the workout. (more…)

New Albany builds community fitness center

Facility comes with dreams of city health, happiness — Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 6, 2013.

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