Warmth & Wellness Through Joyful and Contemplative Practices — This Sunday’s Seasonal Workshop: Meditation & Breathwork for Winter, 1/10/16, 1-3 p.m.

January 2016 Quotes
A Little Space Yoga & Tai Chi

And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been … .” 

Prague-Born Poet and Writer Rainer Maria Rilke
(4 December 1875-29 December 1926)

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Attributed to German Writer
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749-22 March 1832)

Happy New Year, All,

Here is a longer version of the writing for this week’s “The Congregationalist.”
 
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Welcome the New Year
With Meditation & Self-Care Ideas for the Winter Months
Yoga and Tai Chi are closely related to, some would say parts of, medical, or philosophical, models from their respective countries of India with Ayurveda and China with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each of these models respect and include nature as one of the major driving forces of health and wellness. If you want to know what is happening outside, look within; if you want to know what is happening within you, look outside.
Accordingly with the seasons, our needs and our ways to meet them change. Many of us naturally do this without realizing we are practicing these principles. We eat differently in winter, generally more cooked foods, than in summer. We dress differently, more layers and less shorts and sandals. We may not be as physically active in winter as in summer. These models, however, give us much more information than how to eat, dress and move. They also give us little lessons in self-care and honoring our bodies and our health and insights into understanding why certain physical conditions or even emotions may be happening and how to cultivate our energy for them.
For example, in TCM, winter is connected to this idea of slowing down and doing less with the intention of building energy for the upcoming year and months. When we do not honor this, sometimes with the busyness of the holidays, we may find ourselves becoming run down and even sick. One way to build energy — throughout the year — is to rest for 20 minutes every day, no distractions, simply focusing on your body and your breathing. As long as there are no health conditions or reasons that would preclude you from having your legs above your heart, such as blood clots, glaucoma/eye pressure, active acid reflux or you are menstruating or pregnant, even better is to lie down on the floor with some support for your head and and to rest your lower legs, from the back of the knees to the heels, on a chair. Cover up your body with a blanket, place a washcloth or eyebag gently over your eyes, and breathe. Twenty minutes.
Another way is to be sure and stay warm over the winter months, including drinking warm liquids and maybe wearing a scarf and vest. In my years of practicing and teaching, I find more and more that I lean on these ideas and their corresponding meditation and breathing ideas to help support me. Each season and year has led to subtle but powerful shifts in my own health and well-being.
For the second year, each season, I would like to share these ideas with you through Seasonal Workshops. The first one for this year is this Sunday and is for winter.

Warmth & Wellness Through Joyful and Contemplative Practices — Seasonal Meditation & Breathwork for the Winter Months
Sunday, January 10th (Payment Due: Wednesday, 1/6/16)
1-3 p.m.
$30
 
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Next monthly workshops are:
 
The Way of the Knees: Release, Soothe and Support
Sunday, February 7th (Payment Due: Wednesday, 2/3/16)
1-3 p.m.

$30

 

A “Sea of Vitality”: How To Find Strength, Ease and Flow in the Low Back
Sunday, March 6th (Payment Due: Wednesday, 3/2/16)
1-4 p.m.
$45


May we all hold space for ourselves to breathe, to be, to feel human once more.

Namaste,

Nicole

One thought on “Warmth & Wellness Through Joyful and Contemplative Practices — This Sunday’s Seasonal Workshop: Meditation & Breathwork for Winter, 1/10/16, 1-3 p.m.

  1. It seems we are in the thick of this season; although, the nights are already becoming shorter and the days are edging longer into night’s hold.

    Today, Wednesday, January 6th, is the last day to sign up for this Sunday’s Seasonal Workshop for Winter. Just email.

    Read below in previous email for more information. Join us Sunday for ideas on how to take care of ourselves in the winter months and actually thrive instead of feel run down, ideas for breath exploration to keep us healthy and meditation practices to keep us focused, calm and relaxed. Winter is the time to build our energy for the entire year.

    Live up the darkness, doing less and being snowed in when you can.

    Warmth & Wellness, Always, Especially in Winter,

    Nicole

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