I believe that to be healthy is to be loving. 

VALERIA T. KOOPMAN

Fitness of the Heart Coach

It doesn't matter what size you are, we are all born for happiness!

With this understanding, exercise and diet can become a true, healthy practice toward self-love and enjoyment

How can we integrate conventional fitness and spirituality?

How do we exercise a healthy and joyful heart despite a painful past? 

What does it mean to be truly healthy? 

Fitness habits can become escapism. Most of us dwell in the past or become preoccupied with how to escape it by living for a “better” future. As a result, unnecessary suffering becomes the primary motivation to visit the gym and to eat healthily. This, however, creates the trap of sustaining habits out of fear, making exercise and diet into negative forces and compounding the root problem as we live for our bodies through abusive mechanisms.

After investing more twenty years in physical health, both as an enthusiast and fitness trainer, Valeria finally realized that true health comes from knowing the depths of our own hearts and the nature of life. With this knowledge, her external searches for happiness and peace ended and a joyful celebration began.

Fit for Joy connects physical activities with spirituality and enjoyment, and psychological processes with nature. The heart is where joy resides, and the body and mind are the bridges that access it.

The premise of Fit for Joy is that to be healthy is to be loving. When we learn to access the truth inside of our own hearts we can replace the marathon driven by unnecessary suffering with a joyous-compassionate adventure. 

 

 The heart is the master of our lives, the mind our powerful servant, and the body the bridge between them. 

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The endless knot

The unity between compassion and infinite wisdom, that is without beginning or end.

                                                Tibetan Buddhism

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A fitness facility and retreat center that resembles one of the Zen Buddhist temples in Kyoto. A warm and spacious home for those who believe in health and the power within the heart. An environment surrounded by nature devoted to fitness, total well-being and creative practices.