WESTFIELD — The second annual “Get Fit on Quimby, Wellness in the Streets” by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, organized by Mix and Mingle Events, was awash in sunshine Sunday. Part of the DWC's “Second Sunday” series, it attracted more than 150 people.
There was yoga led by Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio and Satsang Yoga Studio, stretching led by Kika Stretch Studio and a cardio dance flash mob led by Westfield resident Lisa Benke. Businesses handed out pamphlets about their health and wellness services while a number of people from Westfield and surrounding towns walked the street that was closed to traffic.
Brandi Hoynowski, owner of Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio, said the focus was “community, community, community.”
“Anybody can get on their mat and do yoga,” Hoynowski explained. “It starts the connection of taking care of yourself so that you can take care of others. It makes my heart so happy to see everyone on their mats and I love seeing the children with their family.”
Tricia and Steven Dolgin of Scotch Plains attended the gathering for their first time.
“I like the stretching and the meditative component to this,” Tricia Dolgin said. “This is our first year. In today's rushed society and all its stresses, this is one of those places where people bring it all down and ease out. That's really important, people need more of that.”
The series of exercises in yoga helps people to calm down, said Andrea Magda, owner of Satsang Yoga Studio, located on East Broad Street. “It makes me happy that people are out here and having a good time,” Magda said.
Councilwoman Dawn Mackey said that this kind of event showcases local businesses.
“There is always something going on in Westfield,” Mackey said, who added that she also enjoyed the peaceful vibes on Sunday.
“It's a very frenetic world,” Mackey said. “To be still and be in the moment and express a little internal gratitude, it's a great thing. It is relaxing just being here. There is a tranquility and it is contagious.”
Leilah Robinson, of Kika Stretch Studios, located on Elm Street, said the event is great because it promotes “wellness, self-care and community.”
The studio that Leilah and her husband, Bradley, own focuses on assisted stretching exercises. The benefits highlighted on the studio's brochure are muscle relaxation and the releasing of tension.
More events in this series are in the works, including the return of a winter-themed event this summer.