A passion for movement and mindful living brought Jacquelyn Brennan and Kelly Moore together. Their company, MindFuel Wellness, was founded on the mission to empower people to connect to their health and wellbeing. Over the years, their offerings have grown to include more than just fitness classes, but also health retreats, juice “crawls” and pop-up events including partnering with The James Chicago as part of our Urban Wellness program.

In their own words, Jacquelyn and Kelly discuss their dedication to coaching others on healthy living and where MindFuel is heading next.

1. What inspired you to start Mindfuel Wellness? 
We mutually share a love of movement, nutrition and overall wellness. We wanted to create a company where we can share that passion and ignite it in others through corporate and community events, personal teaching and coaching.

2. Tell us a little about your popular Fuel Flow class.
We created Fuel Flow out of our love of both practices of yoga and Pilates and wanting to bring them together in a way that upholds the integrity of each practice. This class is a lot of fun to teach because we do it together - Jacquelyn teaches the Pilates sections and Kelly teaches the yoga sections.

3.  What’s your favorite part about what you do?
Sharing our passion with others and seeing our students become autonomous over their own wellness. 

4. For time-strapped people, what are a few things we can do to be mindful and improve ourselves each day?
One of the easiest ways to cultivate mindfulness on a daily basis is to put your phone down. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the environment around you and give your full attention to what is happening in the present moment. Set specific times of day when you will check your phone.

Two other ways to practice mindfulness are conscious breathing and good posture. For most of us, we only use 60% of our lung capacity when we breathe. Taking conscious breaths - breathing into the front, back and sides of your lungs - will immediately improve your mood and energy. You can also add “breathe breaks” to your day - take ten conscious breaths every hour.

Hand-in-hand with breathing is good posture. When your posture is poor, your breath can be compromised up to 30%. Whether seated or standing, align your shoulders over your hips and extend your head straight up from your neck.  In good posture, you will feel the muscles in your body engage. This will keep you alert, energized and ready for all that comes at you during your day.

5. Any tips for people looking to stay healthy while traveling?
One of our favorite quotes is "failing to prepare is preparing to fail." Before traveling, head to the grocery store and pick up travel sized healthy snacks. Research the area you are staying in to see what healthy restaurants and/or grocery stores are available upon arrival. Plan your on-the-road workouts. Signing up for local classes prior to traveling is a great way to try new things and stay active. If classes aren't available, download one of the amazing workout apps for an in-room session.

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