I’ve got a host of news to share! I’m just returned from Calgary where I continued my yoga therapy training for nearly 2 weeks with Susi Hately. As usual it was a fantastic training that had us delve deeper into body-mind connections and how addressing physical tension and bracing in the body can bring lightness, spaciousness, grounding and strength within. I share more of my experience gaining Clarity in the special addition newsletter.
One very time sensitive piece of news: On March 1st and 2nd Susi is hosting an online conference Female Core and Pelvic Floor which is relevant to anyone who wants to understand issues that arise during before and during pregnancy, postnatally, and into menopause. The conference is featuring an array of experts (physiotherapists, yoga teachers, fitness leaders, ayurvedic specialists and more) will be talking all things wellbeing--including some of the less than pleasant changes in the body during these post-baby stages (prolapses, dryness, painful sex, leakage . . . you get it). One of the speakers is someone we trained with for 2 days while I was in Calgary. The reason this is time sensitive is that the early bird deal expires January 31st – so click here for more information and to register: http://bit.ly/2jQoFJp)
I’ve got 2 great workshops coming up in February!
* Cultivating Organizational Well-Being: Why a Balanced Mind, Body and Soul is Good for Business is a unique team-delivered workshop featuring Friderike Butler of Butler Communication, mindfulness advocate Martha Brettschneider of Damselwings LLC, and myself on Wednesday, February 8th from 8:00-10:00 am. We will be sharing simple yet powerful tools and making a business case for how mindfulness, body awareness, and conscious action in the workplace can lead to organizational outcomes of improved performance, productivity, creativity, and customer service and ultimately translate to a better bottom line.
For more details and to register please see this Evitebrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultivating-organizational-well-being-tickets-28511891836
* Therapeutic Yoga for Shoulders and Hips specialty class on Saturday February 11th from 2:30-3:45 pm. If you’d like to learn more about your own unique breath, movement and tension holding patterns and how to make improvements in these to reduce strain in your body and enjoy your practice more fully—this is a workshop for you. It is appropriate for all fitness levels—from the experienced yogi to those with no experience. The class will include an ending restorative guided meditation practice. Space is limited.
To register, contact Jan at email@example.com. Fee: $20.
Looking ahead to April:
I’ve excited to share I’ll be assisting Amy Weintraub again at Yogaville this coming April 7th-9th for her LifeForce Yoga® to Manage Your Mood weekend workshop. In this workshop participants become empowered to use a variety of techniques to manage and lift mood and release tension. You can find more details about Amy at http://www.yogafordepression.com and register for the workshop at www.yogaville.org.
For a special edition of my newsletter about my own learning experience in Canada, click on the READ MORE link (below on the right.) Enjoy!
Wishing you light and peace,
Special Edition - Winter 2017
By Carolyn Bagdoyan, RYT 200, LFYP
I just got home from a return trip to Calgary, Canada where I spent nearly 2 weeks of study with yoga therapist Susi Hately. We delved into an array of topics and experiences, ranging from how our inner core and pelvic floor connects and provides support to our outer being, to how the body/mind can respond to breath, movement and stillness with sensations of balance, grounding, and strength. However, if I had to sum up the trip into one word, I’d say it was about Clarity.
Awakening greater Clarity is like being given a key to ourselves. It offers the opportunity to unlock the tension that we hold within our bodies.
I’m learning that Clarity can be a little like following breadcrumbs, one after another revealing more layers of our own movement and bracing patterning. My certification path is a demanding one and I was still feeling the after effects of a hectic Fall and holiday season when I arrived for the training in Calgary. My chest in particular felt heavy and constricted and I was both excited and nervous about meeting the new training experts we’d be with during this trip.
On day 2 the first big breadcrumb landed as I awakened to the body/mind tension I’d been storing during the past few months. One by one the breadcrumbs fell. As I was offered opportunities to listen to what my body was telling me, I felt spaces opening up until I felt a ring of freedom and speciousness encircling my chest. And let me tell you, it was COOL.
I remember sharing with a friend during the week, “This is what it feels like for the body to be as happy as the mind.” It showed me how much more inner ease, freedom and joy is possible if you are willing to be curious and follow the breadcrumb messages your body sends. Some of the breadcrumbs are large and some are small and subtle. But the body is always speaking to you if you are just willing to hear its whispers.
Discovering and cultivating Clarity is a unique process for each of us. As we gain understanding of how our internal systems respond to our external world and how we store in our bodies the experiences of our daily lives and our own life story, we gain the Clarity we need to turn the key and unlock the patterns that otherwise lead to tension and pain. We can pursue greater wellbeing and body happiness. It’s possible and its empowering.
I help people of all ages and activity levels gain greater body awareness and clarity. Let me know how I can support you in your own journey!
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