The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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January 20, 2013

Ashtabula Township's Angel Salviano Griffith helps others the way she was helped

ASHTABULA — There is an Angel at Premiere Fitness, 2231 Lake Ave., with a passion to help people achieve healthier lifestyles.

Angel Salviano Griffith, of Ashtabula Township, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer, began her own journey to wellness after she was injured in a car accident three years ago.

“I had injured my neck and back and could not take pain medicine because of my jobs,” Griffith said.

After joining the Ashtabula County Medical Center’s Health for Life program, she began taking Yoga and Pilates classes which made a huge difference in how Griffith felt.

“The classes strengthened my neck and back and helped with pain relief. They helped me to get better,” she said.

“I really want to thank Vicki Giangola, my Yoga instructor who helped me tremendously. She talked me into taking chair Yoga when I couldn't get off the mat in floor Yoga. Vicki also helped build my confidence in teaching Yoga, Griffith said. “Likewise my Pilates instructor, Rebecca Monda was very patient and helped to strengthen my powerhouse which made my neck and back stronger.”

Griffith soon made the decision to pass on to others what helped her so much.

“I wanted to try and teach Yoga and Pilates myself, and help others like the classes helped me,” she said.

At Premiere Fitness (, Griffith promotes  better health and positive thinking as she teaches Yoga, Pilates, and Pilates and Yoga Mixed. She also teaches several Silver Sneaker classes including Yoga, Muscle Strength Range of Motion (MSRM) class, and Silver Sneaker Orientation.

“All of the Silver Sneaker classes are done in a chair. Because of my injuries, I started out with the chair Yoga classes,” Griffith said. “Part of the Yoga class we sit in the chair and other part, we use the chair for support.”

Griffith also teaches “Come as you are Yoga,” at Premiere for the public, and at ACMC for their employees.

“The purpose of ‘come as you are,’ is so everyone can come and experience the benefits of Yoga without disrupting their day. No changing clothes required,” she said.

The benefits of Yoga, according to Griffith, are many including stress relief, flexibility, deep and efficient breathing, balance (physical and mental), weight loss, increased energy and relaxation.

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