Today I was fortunate to meet with a wonderful group of women who work hard to support their daughters and the community volunteering with over 20 local organizations.
Talk about GIVING.
My message introduced mind-body health as I encouraged them to take the time to "receive". We practiced somatic movement (yoga) and definitely did not take ourselves too seriously.
As the year winds down and our calendars remain very full, see if you can hold space to:
Wishing you all the rest,
Looking for a healthy alternative that doesn't involve alcohol?
How about a yoga six-pack :)
This time of year we tend to fill our calendars often missing care of the self. Practice stress-relieving yoga this Saturday until the end of the year with this special
Holiday Six-Pack $100
For use on our regular yoga classes
Current packages may be suspended
*To sign up click on your next class and search package options.
For more wellness see what's happening at the studio :)
November 18th Pop-Up Yoga with BeAnne 9 am
December 7th Full Moon Meditation 6:30 pm
Recently I was invited to share chair yoga with a group of wonderful women who like many, spend their time supporting others.
Their positive reception to the experience of movement brought conversation afterward about physical and emotional stressors in life and how this shows up in our bodies.
We DO know this is all connected.
If our connection to others determines everything, how do we first make that connection to self?
One avenue is the movement of yoga. Connection to the body through practice, even chair yoga will make a difference.
With the time shift, you'll have an extra hour so why not...
Take five minutes to move your spine and limbs in a direction that feels good, no formal yoga poses are required. May this energy shift bring you peace.
With gentle care,
It's easy to talk about wellness, the practice, well, takes a lot of patience.
As I write to you this early morning a sweet bird outside my window sings away and I think to myself how easy it is to get caught up in the "doing".
This bird is definitely in the moment.
We're entering a busy season indeed. That said, how can you allow time for meaningful interactions, connection to the actions which serve you and others, and quiet introspection?
My offering is to pause....take a gentle breath in, hold the breath for a heartbeat and then let it release slowly through the mouth.
Be gentle with yourself today.
No bones about it - a saying from Old English about finding bones in your soup; that's unpleasant, the great news is...
practicing yoga for as little as eight to ten minutes a day increases bone density lowering the risk of osteoporosis.
This month we're offering a workshop that will guide you through 20 poses and a workbook you can take home too :)
Wishing for support and community? If so, our women's circle is back. Each month a new topic is introduced so jump on in and receive!
We also have a new massage therapist who is offering a 15% savings to first time clients.
And if you're like me and need to slow your roll, try our gentle yoga and yin practice.
All of the info for signing up is on our EVENTS PAGE and YOGA PAGE.
Honored to support your journey in wellness,
Some days it's a walk with my dogs in nature, coffee with a friend, or canceling plans to rest.
Knowing what our bodies need to gently guide our souls back on the course takes awareness and attention.
You may have noticed the class schedule has shifted, another course change, just know we're busy building and creating more for our lovely community..so stay tuned!
During this shift we have greatly expanded our wellness offerings to include:
Massage - reduce pain, promote relaxation, improve sleep
Moms Circle - calm the nervous system, reduce worry, connect with others
Meditation - induces physical relaxation, increases patience and tolerance
Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time. - Katrina Mayer
In a recent conversation with a fellow therapist...
I was reminded of the inspiration to open this wellness center. Life's taken a few winding turns, as we all experience, and teaching yoga this past Saturday it occurred to me that we all must find our place of "well-being".
For you, this may come in the form of convening with nature, movement, laughter, friendships, or quiet meditative moments.
Slowing down and tuning into your intention each day can offer a reminder of where well-being lives within you.
Our center is growing to support you in enriching wellness. If you' are interested in an upcoming event or practice yoga we'd love to be a part of your journey.
In the spirit of all things well,
Yoga and Friendship
Last weekend I traveled to Michigan to celebrate life with six dear Catholic High School girlfriends. Our close bond spans multiple decades, shared values and mutual respect for one other. We postponed a prior trip due to Covid, so seeing their faces was a special joy in itself.
We connected over food, drink, lake time singing, dancing, laughter, and YOGA.
Without prompting, Saturday morning my ole' buddies, most of whom rarely practice yoga, laid out their colorful mats next to the water. I smiled to myself as I linked up my friend’s fancy jam box-like stereo which had been playing mostly 70s and 80s tunes the evening prior.
As the music slowed, sunlight sparkled on the water, and the breeze arrived in perfect timing. We listened to the waves cresting in and we began to breathe and move.
It was then that I witnessed my best friends drop into a place of peace.
In moments like this, the benefits of a yoga practice emerge more than a physical feat but more of a spiritual experience. We kept it light sharing a few personal jokes which on later reflection I realize is crucial for vitality.
I was taken by their ability to tend to themselves and also by how a little yoga goes a long way.
To friendship, practice, and the gift of yoga.
Cheers to connecting with others!
Susan Castle, NP will lead us in a powerful workshop surrounding brain health as we age. This is one you won't want to miss.
Join us for a special evening of Yinyasa. This class blends Yin Yoga (long-held passive poses to stretch connective tissue and promote the health of joints) and Vinyasa (gentle flow to strengthen and invigorate) to promote the flow of energy.
This integrated style of practice is designed to help the body and mind maintain a balanced internal state that optimizes health and healing.
Monday May 23rd, Yinyasa 6-7:30 pm
Amy Chlebek Lloyd