Ris­ing stars come to­gether to pro­mote health and well­ness in youth

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Man­disa Mor­ri­son and Monetta Wil­son be­lieve that “Healthy Habits Start Young”. For that and other rea­sons they have de­cided to come to­gether to of­fer well­ness pro­grammes tai­lored to meet the needs of chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

Monetta is the owner of Sayana Yoga, a com­pany that pro­vides yoga and fit­ness in­struc­tion across Saint Lu­cia. Man­disa is the owner of Shoe Re­hab, a shoe re­pair com­pany, and The Foot Spa, a spa fo­cused on foot health and well­ness. If these names sound fa­mil­iar, it is be­cause both ladies won the Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce Young En­tre­pre­neur of the Year award, Monetta in 2015 and Man­disa in 2016.

To­gether they will of­fer fam­ily yoga as well as fam­ily spa pack­ages. The pro­gramme will be launched to­day (June 3) at the JQ Mall, Rod­ney Bay with a free fam­ily yoga ses­sion from 3pm, and a pop-up spa of­fer­ing dis­counted foot treat­ments all day. It will con­tinue ev­ery Satur­day un­til July 8 at a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion: Gable­woods Mall, Sunny Acres.

Fam­ily yoga is open to chil­dren ages 4-11 and their fam­ily mem­bers. The goal of the weekly yoga class is to demon­strate that fam­i­lies can have fun to­gether while de­vel­op­ing a healthy life­style. The class will in­tro­duce par­tic­i­pants to yoga pos­tures, mind­ful­ness, breath­ing and med­i­ta­tion while cre­at­ing an at­mos­phere for con­nect­ing and emo­tional bond­ing. The spa treat­ments will in­tro­duce chil­dren to proper foot care as part of a healthy life­style and over­all well­be­ing.

“We want chil­dren to learn healthy habits early and hope­fully these habits will stay with them the rest of their lives,” says Monetta. “If these habits are mod­elled by the adults in their lives then they’re more likely to stick with it in the long run.”

Man­disa be­lieves that foot health, and feet in gen­eral, are of­ten ig­nored un­til there is a prob­lem and says most of these prob­lems are pre­ventable with proper foot care.

The ladies hope the pub­lic will take ad­van­tage of these of­fer­ings and help the chil­dren in their lives de­velop healthy habits. They will both be on hand to an­swer ques­tions from in­ter­ested per­sons. So take the fam­ily for an af­ter­noon that prom­ises to be fun and good for you too!

Monetta (left) and Man­disa will be join­ing forces to pro­mote health and well­ness on the is­land, start­ing this week­end.

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