The Benefits of Learning a New Skill and How to Get Started

Learning a new skill may seem intimidating, but the fact is, it can open up a whole new world to you. Whether you want to become a dancer, learn a new language, or start painting watercolors, there are so many opportunities out there that will allow you to grow, broaden your horizons, and get social. Pushing yourself to learn how to do something new is a great way to meet new people and form connections that could last a lifetime.

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Guest Post by: Cheryl Conklin of Wellnesscentral.com 

Of course, there can be financial benefits that come with learning a new skill. Depending on what you take on, you may be able to make money doing it, or it might even become your primary source of income. It’s important to stop thinking of this venture as something to be nervous about and simply tackle it head-on. After all, you are your own worst critic! Starting out slowly will take some of the pressure off and allow you to just enjoy the experience.

Stacy Reuille-Dupont, PhD, offers some great tips on how to get started with a new skill and why it’s so beneficial.

Get Social

Once you’ve settled on the skill you want to try, it’s important to think about where and when you’ll do it. You might decide to take a class, where you’ll meet like-minded people who are all starting off on the same level as you. Whether you want to try ballroom dancing, learning a new language, or making pottery, the possibilities for forming new connections are limitless.

Use It as Therapy

Many skills and hobbies are of the creative kind, which means you can use it to your advantage when it comes to your mental and cognitive health. Being able to channel your emotions through an expressive medium — like painting or dancing — can be especially beneficial. Also, starting a garden, which might involve planting trees or bushes, is a great hobby for seniors, as it provides a moderate amount of exercise and plenty of fresh air. You can also improve your mental and physical health by joining Stacy Reuille-Dupont’s 30-Day Reboot Program, which gives you the tools and guidance needed to maintain a healthy diet and commit to a workout regimen.

Take Your Hobby to the Next Level

Your newfound pastime may have the potential to generate revenue, either on the side or as a replacement for your full-time job. Before you start to market your product or service, you’ll need to take the proper steps to set up and promote your business. Choosing a name, designing a logo, and creating a website are probably the first things that come to mind, but they aren’t actually at the top of the list. First, you’ll need to create a legal business entity to operate your small business. Many first-time small business owners choose an LLC because of the limited liability, tax advantages, and overall flexibility. As an added benefit, a Colorado LLC is easy and inexpensive to set up online, saving you money on an attorney. You’ll also need a separate business bank account and a way to keep track of your income and expenses, like an inexpensive do-it-yourself accounting software.

Boost Your Brainpower, Reduce Anxiety

One of the best benefits of learning a new skill — and practicing it often — is that it boosts your brainpower and memory function while reducing stress and anxiety, making it the perfect way to help your mental health along. If you’ve suffered from depression, stress, or a mental health disorder such as PTSD, learning something new and focusing your time and energy on it will help you work on feeling better.

Learning a new skill can quickly become something that changes your life in the best possible way, but it’s important to keep in mind that some hobbies aren’t for everyone. If you find that you aren’t getting anything out of your new skill or that you don’t enjoy it as much as you thought you would, move on to something else. Don’t be hard on yourself! Hobbies should be fun and should reduce stress, not add to it.

Your Body Holds the Answers. Ordinary to Badass Podcast Interview.

Join Marie and I as we talk about how to manage social distancing and still feel connected during the COVID-19 outbreak, how to treat mental health with diet and exercise, and what it means to be the best you possible.If you haven’t heard her podcasts yet … check them out! She has amazing women talking about life and working to create the life they want to lead. I like to listen while I work out- these ladies are INSPIRING!! I always workout a little harder, thanks to their stories of hard work and success.

In this episode I talk to Stacy Reuille-Dupont, PHD.  Stacy is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, a licensed addiction counselor, and a certified personal trainer.  Stacy incorporates Psychology and movement to help you get results!

In this episode we talk about her fitness club burning down, how to manage stress during covid-19, and using movement to improve your mental health!


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Integration of Yoga & Psychology … Wisdom Informs, Science Explains. Free 1 hour Class

Ever wonder why & how Yoga works? Modern Psychology has some of the science to explain the ancient wisdom Yoga has been saying for years.

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The Integration of Yoga and Psychology FREE Class

In this class, we will connect the dots between key Yoga philosophy topics and what recent research in the west has discovered. Understand the science behind mind-body health and the integration of ancient wisdom and modern psychology.

Designed for you – Yoga teachers and mental health providers – walk away with some key tips to bring to your classes, clients and patients. Like how to read posture and behaviors to give your students/patients what they really need to create a shift. If you are a Yoga teacher, mental health provider or practitioner in the health and wellness world asking the question of WHY behind the transformative practice of Yoga … then this class is for you.

Join us, and sign up for the live online class: The Integration of Yoga and Psychology … Wisdom Informs, Science Explains.


Now get excited!! Over the next 6 weeks we will cover:

  • Yoga practices & The nervous system structures
  • Gunas & Mental health
  • Yugas & Understanding ourselves/experience in time and space
  • Koshas & The different layers of self
  • Karma & How our thoughts, emotions, and actions impact our experience of self, other, and the/your world/environment
  • Samskara and Trauma
  • Klesha & Psychological afflictions
  • Presence & Practices to help bring you into the present moment
  • The 8 limbs & How they relate to everyday life, even if you aren’t living in an Ashram

PLUS … You’ll have access to us to ask questions during the live program and engage in the online community to help you deepen your experience of the material.

We’ve designed this program to be a combination of lecture/discussion with a question and answer opportunities, experiential practice, teaching guides, opportunities for challenging yourself to expand your comfort zone and engage in the community to share how your practice and teaching changes as you implement the new learning.


I’m sure you are wondering … “what does this program cost”?

Get over 6 hours with both of us!!! During our time we will discuss the items listed above live – so you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and deepen your own study in an interactive style. Over the course, you’ll have exercises, handouts, and a private Facebook group to discuss how the material is changing you and impacting your students and clients.

AND … we’ll be jumping in and commenting, answering questions, and offering other tidbits of information pertinent to the topic of the week and expand on information brought up during the lectures.

PLUS … 31 Yoga Alliance non-contact CEUs!!!

You get all of this for 495.99! Yes!! Sign me up. I want more understanding and Yoga Knowledge


The course runs:

September 8 – October 13, 2020

4-5:15 pm MST for the live online classes

(all will be recorded for you to view on your own time as well)


Why pay us to teach you? Because together we have over 30 years of combined Yoga study and teaching experience. We have spent a long time building our understanding of these concepts and have applied them to our lives and 1,000s of students and clients in our own practices.

We know reaching students is an art and it takes knowledge to know how to say, explain, and present just the right bit of information at the right time to make an impact.

We both believe this information is important for our world and know you are part of the solution to creating a better future for us all.


Here’s a bit of information on both of us:

Sarah Klein, owner of Whole Health Lab, is a health/nutrition coach and a certified Yoga instructor. Her educational background is in Health Psychology, Human Development, Nutrition, Hormone Health and she has extensively studied Yoga. Sarah leads yoga and wellness retreats, runs online nutrition programs and Yoga teacher training programs. Sarah’s mission is to spread health, happiness, and yoga. You will recognize her passion for this mission the moment you meet her.

Dr. Stacy Reuille– Dupont is currently a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed addiction counselor, certified personal trainer, and formerly a group exercise instructor, yoga teacher, and fitness center owner. She has over 25 years of experience working in the fitness and wellness industry and over a decade working in traditional mental health clinics, integrated care environments, and building a successful private psychology practice.


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