Happy July from Heart Tree Yoga
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Growing Resilience: Mindfulness and Body Awareness for People with Parkinson's Disease
I'm pleased to share that this Fall there will be a second offering of this very special program that ran this Spring. Trisha Stotler, a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor and I teamed up with a 6-session class series for people with Parkinson's. This is a one-of-a-kind program designed to bring the benefits of mindfulness and body connection to people with Parkinson’s, and empower them towards greater inner resilience, well-being and quality of life. Each class includes an adaptive yoga practice.
In the program Trisha and I offer strategies and techniques drawn from the clinically studied MBSR program with therapeutic yoga practices. Elements are designed to improve breath, movement, and body awareness, while reducing body tension and addressing symptoms of depression and anxiety often experienced by people with Parkinson’s.
As part of the program, participants receive follow-up support for each class, including a weekly video download offering a short home practice highlighting adaptive yoga-based movements to improve stability, balance, and flexibility. Participants also receive (2) 60-minute private sessions—one each with Trisha and Carolyn respectively, designed to help customize supportive home practices further.
Saturday September 28th - 2:00-4:30 pm* (note - first class 2.5 hours)
Sunday, September 29th - 2:00-4:00 pm
Sundays: October 6, 13, 20, 27 - 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Emmaus United Church of Christ in Vienna, VA - 900 Maple Ave E
Please reach out with any questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-862-5922.
LOVE Your Brain
Back in March I completed a certification with LOVE Your Brain -- an organization devoted to improving the lives of those affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) —both survivors and their caregivers.
LOVE Your Brain helps make TBI friendly yoga classes available and accessible to both survivors and of TBI and caregivers. These classes are designed to create community, foster resilience and help people understand the importance of loving your brain.
A LOVE Your Brain TBI friendly 6-week yoga class series is run four times a year. In Virginia, registration for these classes can be accessed here: http://www.loveyourbrain.com/lyb-yoga-va.
In July I will be assisting in one of these classes. It is unfortunately too late to register for the July session start--but I will try to keep everyone posted on upcoming sessions (whether I am teaching or not.) I encourage anyone who has been impacted by a TBI to check out this fantastic program.
THE HELLO STATION
If you followed my newsletter last month you know that I decided to hold a "Hello Station" to mark my 51st birthday. I promised a Part 2 update to this adventure. Here it is:
The picture above represents my favorite thing about that day. That was the dry erase board I brought along on which little people could express themselves. I mean, just look at it. It fills me with joy.
I was so grateful for all the people that I knew who took time out of their day to stop by for a hug and hello. (I was spoiled all day long too by folks bringing by food, flowers and even balloons. Gracious. Thank you.)
The morning started off unexpectedly really. I made sure I was there promptly at 9:00 am. At 9:04 a bird pooped on me. I had to laugh because I was trying to set no expectations for the day - and this was definitely not what I expected --and I hoped it wasn't an omen for the day. Later I learned from a few people that being pooped on is supposed to be good luck, according to a Chinese proverb or something like that. I was just glad that my car had paper towels inside. Lots of gratitude for that!
It was also incredibly fun and fascinating to see folks reactions to the station. That is the people who I didn't know who were either walking, running, or cycling by. Walkers would sometimes stop and inquire what this was all about and then were and completely joyous when they learned that the only purpose was to say hello--that I wasn't selling anything or trying to get information from them, etc. I mean really, the smiles broke out wide when that discovery was made.
Another favorite memory was a father walking his child in a stroller and stopping and asking: "So how does this work?" I replied, "You just say hello." To which he immediately replied, "HELLO!" And added "JOB DONE!" It tickled me so much and still makes me smile.
Cyclers were fun too because many of them would holler out "HELLO" and they rode by. Fantastic.
Just like the little people, adults had the opportunity to express what hello means to them. There were two questions they could answer on a large paper: "Hello means . . . .?" and/or "What has been your best hello?" Here is what they said:
I mean, AWESOME, right?
I can't think of a more joyous, wonderful way to have spent my birthday this year.
Hello is lifting. It helps the soul shine. I wish you all more "HELLOS."
Care for Yourself and Be Well.
Blog Archives including Heart Tree Yoga's Yamas and Niyamas Study from January-December 2016 and seasonal newsletters.