HAPPY NEW YEAR!
from Heart Tree Yoga
I hope you each had a fulfilling and restorative time with family and friends for the holiday season as well as some time to reflect on 2017 and your dreams and goals for the coming year.
A brand new year offers a fresh opportunity to grow into our best selves. I really believe that growing into our best selves--strong, resilient, free, joyous, creative and courageous individuals--means fully embracing our possibilities through openness in our hearts--and body, mind and soul.
A friend and colleague of mine once observed--"how people do one thing is how they do everything". There can be a lot of truth to this when it comes to how we move in our bodies and how we are in the world. Our movement tendencies often mirror our 'being' tendencies. If you have attended my classes or worked with me you know that finding and feeling your own way of moving and going deeper into your own state of being opens the door far wider to gaining greater inner ease, self-compassion, strength and resilience. I hope as you embrace this New Year you will take time to discover more about how you are moving in this world--and open to door to more growth and freedom by improving the interaction between your movement and your being.
Below I'm sharing some personal tips that I've found incredibly helpful in getting through these cold months and which I hope you will also find useful, and a special New Year's wish about the importance of making mistakes (LOVE THIS). If you would also like to receive this month's Movement and More Clip about giving your back a break while you strengthen your legs, and some musings and pictures of my recent trip to India, just let me know and I'll add you to the distribution list.
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
I hope this greeting finds you well, connecting with loved ones and creating cherished memories to savor, while treating yourself with care. In the thick of bustling holiday season it is so key to treat yourself kindly. If you are like me, finding balance during the holidays is a must, otherwise it can be short trip to exhaustion and catching the latest bug making its way around. And, sometimes the holidays can 'bring up stuff'--whether it is missing a loved one, reflecting on times past, or interacting with that extended family member who always gets under your skin. Sometimes with all the glitter there a sense that the holidays are supposed to be, should be, a 'rosy' time all around. Yet like life, this time of year is multi-layered, with both priceless joys and . . .stress.
To support you in taking good care of yourself through the remaining weeks of the season, I'm sharing some self-care tips that I hope you can use to connect back to yourself and what your body may need. You will find them below. Also, this month's new Movement and More clip focuses on the often neglected base of support--your feet. Feet can get abused during this time of year--and I hope you can nurture them with a short practice for yourself. Please reach out if you'd like receive my monthly Movement and More clips. They are a great way to start a mini-home practice for yourself.
I don't have any special workshops to announce for December. Instead, my fortunate news is that I have an opportunity to visit India this month (this is what happens when a long-time girlfriend has an extra ticket and she picks you to go with her! Yay!) I can't wait to share my experiences when I get back. We've got some great sightseeing planned and naturally visiting the birthplace of yoga will make this an exceptionally special trip for me.
I do have a HOLIDAY SPECIAL going on that right now. If you are ready to start of 2018 with self-care that makes sense of your body and your real life, let's connect. It's not about fixing you. It's about growing into the wholeness of who you can be. Amazing things can happen when you deepen your connection to your body and honor that. And it makes a great gift for a loved one too! You can find details below.
Sending you light and love,
HEART TREE YOGA’s
2017 HOLIDAY SPECIAL
GIVE THE UNIQUE GIFT OF GREATER HEALTH AND WELLBEING!
Heart Tree Yoga is offering a special 3-session holiday gift package. Help someone you love (or yourself!) experience more strength and freedom in 2018 as you emerge into a healthier and more balanced YOU!
Just $165 for 3 sessions (60 minute)
Gift certificates available.
Sessions can be held in your home, in our Vienna-based home studio, or via Skype.
My dear Nana used to have a saying about gratitude. She would tell me to "Count your blessings every day. And start with your eyes." There is truly so much beauty in this world if we simply take a moment to stop and see. On my walk today for me it was the pine needles littering the ground along with newly fallen leaves, and the yellow and crimson showing in the trees as the season makes its transition. Just taking those sights in with a little more intention also brought me to other senses of feeling the breeze on my skin and tiny raindrops and breathing in the soft and fresh air. Feeling my feet take in each step as I descended some stairs. And suddenly my walk was so much More.
Sometimes during transitions it can take a little extra effort to take that pause, even as we move, to really be and notice the world around us. And, when we do, life has that much more richness and vitality.
Moving into this month of November I wish you many moments of gratitude and simple being.
Heart Tree Yoga has some great offerings this month!
First up, NEXT WEDNESDAY EVENING Martha Brettschneider and I are bringing back our holiday workshop to help you relieve stress and embrace the holidays with more ease and presence! I'm super excited to be pairing up with Martha again for this event. The holidays can be a time of joy--and sometimes also a bit of exhaustion and overwhelm! Martha and I will share with you ways to bring yourself back to the present moment so you can experience what's special about the holidays for you with more clarity and openness while reducing some of the mind-body stress and fatigue that can accompany this season's festivities. Hope you will join us!
Also ahead this month is the last chance in 2017 to enjoy a Yoga Nidra class. Find out details below to register for each of these special offerings!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8th
Stay Ahead of Holiday Stress with Mindfulness and Restorative Movement
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm at Grass Roots Fitness studio in Vienna
Fee: $30. Preregister at http://bit.ly/holidaystressworkshop
Martha Brettschneider and I are very excited to be bringing back our holiday workshop to get you ready to enjoy and embrace the holidays with more ease! This interactive workshop will offer mindfulness tools, self-care tips and restorative mindful movement practices to relieve stress and balance energy, enabling you to find more presence and intention during this busy season and not lose yourself in the process. The restorative movement exercises in this class are suited for all ages and fitness levels and will be done both in a chair and on a yoga mat (bring one if you can.)
SUNDAY November 22
Yoga Nidra and the Art of Conscious Relaxation
4:30 - 5:30 pm at Body Grace studio in Vienna
Fee: $20 pre-registered: $25 drop-in
Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that takes people into a state of deep relaxation through a guided meditative process and conscious visualization. Also known as yogic sleep, the practice gives rest to the mind, body and senses by drawing the practitioner into a state of conscious awareness—a brain state between full wakefulness and full sleep. This practice has been linked with reducing stress, tension and pain; improving circulation and immune functioning; lowering blood pressure and inflammation; and stabilizing mood. Yoga Nidra is generally practiced while lying down or in a seated position. For your comfort, please bring a pillow and wear comfortable clothing and arrive 15 minutes before class start. Mats and blankets are available at the studio or feel free to bring your own. Please RSVP to reserve a spot with Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, be sure to sign up for Heart Tree Yoga's newsletter to receive the free Movement and More clips. This month the topic is nurturing more freedom and spaciousness in the body--particularly through the torso with a side-lying breath and stillness practice.
Wishing you a gratitude filled November!
Big news this month! I'm excited to share that I have begun developing a new offering!
Movement and More Clips - free short videos that I'm sharing exclusively with those all who have expressed interest in keeping in touch and up-to-date about news and events coming out from Heart Tree Yoga. I will be offering short new clip each month to help you deepen your movement and breath awareness and broaden your practice. Up this month: What's really twisting?
If you are interested in receiving these, simple fill out the contact form here.
Heart Tree Yoga has a number of great classes and workshops coming up in the next couple months. Scroll down for more details for how you can sign up for these!
In addition, I'm starting a special 5-week yoga class for elementary school teachers within FCPS this month as well as a 6-week preschool kid's yoga class that will integrate brain and sensory foundation work. Reach out if your group needs a specially designed class!
Welcome to September. Heart Tree Yoga has some terrific workshops coming up this month and this Fall!
Also, see below for information about an important local community resource for people living with Parkinson's and their caregivers.
Sunday, September 17th - Save the Date!
Yoga Nidra and the Art of Conscious Relaxation
I am very excited to be offering a classical Yoga Nidra class this month at Body Grace studio in Vienna, VA on Sunday, September 17th from 4:30-5:30 pm.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient practice that takes people into a state of deep relaxation through a guided meditative process and conscious visualization. Also known as yogic sleep, the practice gives rest to the mind, body and senses by drawing the practitioner into a state of conscious awareness—a brain state between full wakefulness and full sleep. This practice has been linked with reducing stress, tension and pain; improving circulation and immune functioning; lowering blood pressure and inflammation; and stabilizing mood.
Yoga Nidra is generally practiced while lying down or in a seated position. For your comfort, please bring a pillow and wear comfortable clothing and arrive 15 minutes before class start. Mats and blankets are available at the studio or feel free to bring your own. Please RSVP to Jan at email@example.com by Saturday, September 16 to reserve a spot. $20 preregistered/$25 drop in fee.
Local Resources for Parkinson's
I need to share with you an important local resource I've discovered for people living with Parkinson's and their caregivers. The Parkinson's Social Network offers a relaxed and informal café setting where people with Parkinson's and their families and caregivers can come together monthly to meet in shared community.
On Monday, October 9th I will be visiting and speaking at the Café Fairfax location, offering tips for reviving and restoring daily through small bits of self-care that add up to greater wellbeing.
For more information about these community events and other resources available to people living with Parkinson's, please visit www.ParkinsonSocialNetwork.org.
I look forward to staying connected this Fall and sharing more about upcoming classes and events. Wishing you ease and wellbeing as we approach the new season.
Hello to August! This last month of summer has come quickly! Hopefully each of you has already taken (or you are planning to take!) some time for restoration this summer, whether through a trip away or a few days of staycation. That bit of time to give the mind-body-spirit a chance to reflect and renew. Fall often brings a shift in our lives, whether we are returning to old routines or embracing new ones. I hope you have given yourself some time to recharge so you can enjoy this coming Fall to the fullest.
Recharging can be done in big chunks--and for some it is the only way recharging is experienced. Yet there is another way--one where you can reset your batteries more frequently, in smaller bits that make sense for where you are at with your body and your current schedule, allowing you to extend ease and wellbeing longer and avoid getting so depleted or drained. I love helping people experience freedom from stress, pain or tension as they transform their self-care and their lives. If you are ready to embrace new ways of being and feeling, I hope to hear from you.
As for me, I am thankful to be moving on to the 2nd year of the Functional Synergy Yoga Therapy IAYT accredited certification program. It is an exciting time to learn, grow and bring tools to help you embrace greater joy and fulfillment in life!
Stay tuned here for announcements about classes and workshops coming up this Fall!
Wishing everyone a bright and beautiful July. I've just returned from a very special family vacation in California--where I also completed a 4-day Yoga Nidra certification course. Yoga Nidra is an ancient yoga practice that brings practitioners to a state of relaxed awareness--and provides a vehicle for the conscious creation and manifestation of restoration and self-healing. (For more information on this amazing practice, click on Read more below!)
I'm excited to be returning for a 3rd summer to sub the Slow Flow Yoga class on Thursday mornings at Body Grace in Vienna starting July 13th. Class is from 11:00-12:15 pm. Looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces there.
LIMITED TIME ONLY - Heart Tree Yoga's Summer Self-Care Special
There is still time to take advantage of Heart Tree Yoga's summer special - this private 3-session package offers a chance for you to address the unique needs of your body with a plan tailored for you. Just $150 for all 3 one-hour private sessions held in your home or HTY's private home studio--take advantage of this great self-care investment and get set for Fall! All sessions must be completed by August 15th - so don't wait to take advantage of this offer - Book now!
Happy June! I hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend and that you are as excited about summer as I am! This afternoon I'm sitting in my backyard with my dog Gracie, soaking up the sun, feeling the gentle breeze, listening to the birds and reflecting on a fantastic trip.
I just returned from 10 days of intensive training with my teacher Susi Hately in Calgary, Canada that focused on neurodevelopment movement patterns and primitive and postural reflexes which impact motor, cognitive and sensory processes in the body. Reflexes are automatic and instinctual movements that provide a foundation of the nervous system and begin to emerge before, during and after birth into infancy--and that can become unintegrated in the body due to illness, injury, trauma, and chronic stress. Unintegrated reflexes can wreak havoc with the nervous system and impact motor, cognitive and sensory function, contributing to a host of imbalances, including chronic tension and tightness in the body; poor balance and stamina; weak muscle tone and strength; memory and learning difficulties with reading, writing, and speaking; fatigue; anxiety and depression; sensory sensitivity (light, motion, sound, smells, touch); impulse control, lack of focus, and inability to be still, among many other things. Unintegrated reflexes can put the body into a state of constant "fight or flight"---essentially a state of constant stress, and can also lead to an inability for our body parts to easily move independently from one another.
The beauty is that yoga and small movement therapeutics--using breath, movement and stillness --provide a pathway to help reintegrate these reflexes--for a healing journey that can relieve stress and tension; improve motor function, balance, muscle strength and stability; as well as help us learn more easily, manage emotions, and control impulses. A healing path to feel more ease in both body and mind - moving better and feeling better with less effort.
I couldn't be more grateful to be on this journey and to share it with you.
Heart Tree Yoga's Summer Self-Care Special
For a limited time we are offering a special private 3-session package and a chance for you to address the unique needs of your body with a plan tailored for you. This self-care investment is just $150 for all 3 one-hour private sessions held in your home or HTY's private home studio. All sessions must be completed by August 10th - so don't wait to take advantage of this offer - Book now!
Great things are coming up this summer!
First off, Heart Tree Yoga is offering a super Summer Self-Care Special! This is your opportunity to launch greater self-care this summer with a private 3-session package. A great deal and way to improve your body awareness while reducing stress and tension and gaining strength and stability in a way that fits the unique needs of YOUR body! I hope you will reach out to take advantage of this offering. Self-care investment only $150 for all 3 one-hour private sessions held in your home or HTY's private home studio. Begin to take better care of you now - book here!
Canada Here I Come!
I'm so happy to share that I am returning to Canada this May for my 4th intensive with my fabulous teacher Susi Hately. I can't wait to share my experiences with you when I return!
Full-Time Yoga Therapy Coming!
I have decided to embrace my passion for yoga therapy full-time--beginning this June! I have loved the 12 years that I've taught preschool at Appletree--and I plan to stay connected to this wonderful school. I'm excited though to move onto this next chapter in my life with full-time yoga therapy. This means that beginning in July I will be able to offer morning yoga therapy appointments! Please check out my online scheduler to book your session and start your own growth and healing journey!
Fairfax County Workshop in June
I'm also happy to share that on I will be collaborating again on a workshop with my good friend Martha Brettscheider in June. We have been invited by Fairfax County's Adult and Aging Division to participate in their Wellness@Work program for division staff this June! Our workshop is "Mind and Body Awareness Techniques to Reduce Stress, Work Better, and Enhance Well-Being." We are so excited to be part of Fairfax County's programs to bring greater well-being to employees!
Yoga Nidra Certification!
In other news, in late June I will be attending Yoga Nidra certification course with Dr. Marc Halpern in CA. If you haven't experienced Yoga Nidra before, it is a deeply relaxing, restorative and healing guided meditation practice. I'm excited to study with Dr. Halpern, who is also a renown Ayurvedic practitioner and personally experienced great healing from Yoga Nidra practices along his own journey. I hope to be able to offer full Yoga Nidra classes this Fall!
So for now, wishing you a fantastic May! I look forward to sharing with you upon my return from Canada!
Blog Archives including Heart Tree Yoga's Yamas and Niyamas Study from January-December 2016 and seasonal newsletters.