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The Heart as a Filter

April 16, 2014

By: Nancy Levenson, PYT 1000

 

We know that the heart chakra, Anahata, is the balance point of the lower and upper chakras, but have we contemplated its true placement in the emotional body?  When we consider that the heart chakra resides between the Manipura (3rd) chakra and the Vishuddha (5th) chakra we discover the power of the heart to act as a filter.  Consider that an imbalance in our Manipura chakra may result in violent outbursts, or the need to be right and have the final word and we can witness that natural jump for Manipura to Vishuddha.  We have a gut reaction and for some of us the instinct is to react and allow the vocal chords of the throat chakra to respond.  What would happen, if we realized the power of the heart as a filter?  Just as a cup of tea or coffee moves from compression of beans, through a slow filter, to ensure that the result is a smooth and tasteful beverage, we too can employ the filter of the heart to deliver a smooth result from a gut reaction.  If we use the heart as a filter, we are given an opportunity to gain connection with the self inside, to ruminate on our gut instinct and invite in the time necessary to offer a loving response that supports our optimal health and the health of others. 

We can magnify this experience with one of the many mudras offered through Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lilian Le Page.  I suggest, Purna Hridaya Mudra, the Gesture of the Open Heart.  Consider the next time you feel an instinct to go from gut to voice, to stop at the filter of the Heart.  Draw the hands into the gesture, take 3-5 breaths and then allow the Vishuddha chakra to respond, and notice the change in the communication. 

Purna Hridaya Mudra

Can Being Bound Teach You Something?

March 27, 2014

This month in our NamasteWorks Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher training, lead instructor Jammie Speyer, taught a session to the student teachers on Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the synovial fluid in the body, attacking it instead of protecting it.  Joints are primarily affected, but the heart, lungs, eyes, and other organs can be affected as well.  While RA mainly affects the skeletal system of the body, it can also attack and damage the muscular, circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems.

RA Workshop

To help student teachers “feel” some of the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the students were bound at the joints.  Jammie then led them through a flow class, so that they could sense from the inside, what they observe happening from the outside.  Student teachers were able to feel for themselves, the difficulty of dropping into child’s or dog pose that seemed so simple just moments earlier.  Sensory exploration is one method employed to educate our student teachers about diseases and conditions. 

To learn more about our teacher training, CEUs, retreats and more, visit our site at http://www.namasteworksyoga.com

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We offer specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, trainings, workshops and retreats – with healing at the focus.  We serve clients suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, structural issues and respiratory and digestive diseases that seek wellness.  We custom tailor each client’s wellness program based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit.

Women’s Sensory Yoga Retreat – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – 2014

March 27, 2014

Puerto Vallerta Retreat with NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

Women’s Sensory Yoga Retreat

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

October 30-November 3, 2014

With Nancy Levenson of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness as your yoga guide and host, you have the opportunity to wake up each morning to a flowing yoga experience, nestled right in the grounds of the Villa.  From opening your eyes to the morning sun, to breathing in the fresh ocean air, to a contemplative space to support daily meditation practice, and our mindful eating and sensory sessions, your inner radiance will be taken to a new level. Evenings include a sunset practice on the beach, followed by our evening meal and community time. You will discover and activate your senses as we zip line the jungle, spend private time on the beach or infinity pools and explore an afternoon or two shopping the boutique village of Old Town Puerto Vallarta.

If you fell in love with Eat, Pray, Love,
You will fall in love with this experience

This package includes 5 luscious days and 4 nights in a private villa on one of Mexico’s most pristine beaches, all meals, airport transport, and all yoga and sensory activities for only $869.00. At the time of your booking you will be required to pay a 50% deposit with the balance due 90 days prior to departure.  Airfare not included.

Each room of the villa invites you to deepen your sensory experience even more. You will have a choice of four fabulous rooms for two, on a first-come, first-serve basis. All rooms offer private bedding for each person, except the master – which when you see it, you won’t complain about sharing the king sized bed with your best buddy. Each room has an on-suite private bath and offers the full charm and character of Puerto Vallarta. To see more about the villa visit Villa Karaway.  Additionally one room can accommodate 3 guests.

Nancy Levenson picNancy has guided women’s retreats to Tuscany, Colorado and now Mexico and believes that each experience invites a close knit group of women to reconnect to their inner spirit, bask in the divine feminine, and form new friendships for life. She is passionate about delivering an experience for each guest that invokes a journey within. So, come alone or grab a best friend, awaken your senses, and join us on this once in a lifetime journey, limited to only 8 special woman.

The sacred purpose of travel is to wake up to what is right here!

To reserve your space reach out to us via our contact form  or, call 303.725.1434

2014 Yoga Teacher Training is Full, Register now for 2015

January 24, 2014

Thank you everyone who inquired to participate in NamasteWorks 200 HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus.  The class is full for 2014.  For those of you who desire to teach Yoga as a healing art or deepen your own personal practice, please consider joining our 2015 Class. Along with offering Yoga classes with a focus on health and healing to the general public, you will learn tools and techniques to teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary health care settings.

Yoga-Alliance-LogoThe IYT style of Yoga emphasizes making Yoga accessible to all regardless of age or level of health and wellness. It is a form of Yoga that acknowledges individual differences and encourages adapting and choosing Yoga tools and practices that meet the need of the individual. Because of this emphasis, we have found it to be perfect for body workers, health care professionals and all therapists. It is also open to people with a foundation in Yoga. Certified Yoga Teachers who wish to expand their teaching will also find it beneficial. Above all you need to have the desire to help people experience their fullest potential for health and wellbeing.

To be considered for the 2015 Class, please send an email via our contact form.  The 2014 class filled within thirty days of registration, so act now to secure your space in 2015.  Our affiliate school covers Denver, Colorado Springs, Highlands Ranch, Littleton and all Denver Metro Area and Mountain communities.

Make Stress Your Friend by Kelly McGonigal

December 8, 2013

A lovely perspective on shifting the mindset to seeing the value of our inherent stress. In our therapeutic yoga programs, our intention is to help you make that mind shift. Using NamasteWorks Yoga as a preventive therapy and supportive therapy helps you to find the optimal way to manage your stress. We combine movement practices with breathing, mudras, mantra, affirmation, journaling, journey mapping, lifestyle management and many other tools. Kelly delivers a wonderful presentation on how stress can be our friend.

The Yoga Prescription

November 25, 2013

By Nancy Levenson

Having just returned from a week’s vacation, I picked up my mail and was stunned to see so many personal letters from friends and acquaintances.  I just love the old art of postage stamps and hand written addressed envelopes – it indicates someone took the time to send me something that touched them in a way that reminded them of me.  With elation, I opened one after the other, to find the same article included by each, The Yoga Prescription – The ancient practice goes from gym class to doctor’s orders.  By Laura Hilgers. 

This article which appears in the current issue of Oprah shares the story of Jacquelyn Jackson, former employee of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and the day her world changed in Tucson.  While reading her story and journey of her PTSD from the shooting and another personal tragedy, it reminded me of my own tragic day of being in New York on 9/11.  Jackson and I both sought out multiple healing therapies and modalities to recover from a tragic event.  She and I both found long-term relief and recovery from employing the tools of Yoga Therapy.

Yoga Therapy honors the integration of the principles and teachings of yoga and eastern philosophies with Western science and medicine.  Yoga Therapy is an invitation to discover yoga as a healing art, designed and customized for each specific client.  Through the process of working with a yoga therapist, one discovers the path to their own healing has always been inside themselves.

Today, medical and therapeutic professionals are discovering how the ancient art of Yoga Therapy compliments more traditional practices of medicine and talk therapy to enhance health and wellness at all levels of the person. 

 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We offer specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, trainings, workshops and retreats – with healing at the focus.  We serve clients suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, structural issues and respiratory and digestive diseases that seek wellness.  We custom tailor each client’s wellness program based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit.

Yoga Training with aTherapeutic Focus

November 3, 2013

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and Integrative Yoga Therapy Open House

2014 Yoga Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus

Thursday evening, November 7, 2013, 6-7:30 pm

The 200HR Yoga Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus is for those who want to provide a holistic approach to healing for their clients or deepen their own personal practice.   Participants of the program have come from Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing and Clinical Psychology, all seeking to augment their existing skills with a broader approach to healing.  In this program, you will learn tools and techniques to support your existing skills and businesses acumen.  You will have the training to teach Yoga-based wellness programs in a wide variety of complementary health care settings.

Please join us for our Program Spotlight to learn more about our 200HR program starting January 11, 2014.

NamasteWorks Yoga TherapyThis spotlight is all about you and answering questions you may have about teacher training, homework, outcomes, and more.  Come to this informal session and Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.   This program is open to anyone with a basic foundation in yoga and is especially suitable for occupational therapists, physical therapists, health care professionals and other mind/body modalities seeking to enhance their overall practice.  Our 200HR program is based on a holistic approach to wellness, rooted in the ancient history of yoga and focused on healing at the physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual levels.  Our full syllabus is available for your review.

Nancy Levenson, Program Director and affiliate school for Integrative Yoga Therapy will be on-hand, along with other session presenters and graduates of the program to offer insights and answers to all of your questions.  This program is non-residential and runs one weekend per month for ten months.  It’s not too late to join us, just RSVP.  Event held in home studio of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness in Highlands Ranch.  Directions follow an RSVP.

RSVP by calling 303-725-1434 or filling out our contact form. For more information on the program, click on this link: http://namasteworksyoga.com/teacher-training

A Love Affair with our Skeletal System

October 31, 2013

by: Nancy Levenson

This Halloween give a little gratitude to your skeletal system.  When is the last time you contemplated the 206 bones of your skeletal system?  Or took the time to nurture the long, short, irregular and flat bones of your skeleton?  Not only are we blessed with an amazing design that gives way to structural support, but our bones provide protection for the organs, makes our movement possible, supports blood formation, stores minerals like calcium and creates PH balance.

And our skeletal system is alive.  Bones are a living thing just like coral.  While coral lives and grows under our sea beds, bones live and grow under our skin, muscles and connective tissue. We may not be able to see them, but our bones are constantly breaking down and rebuilding known as remolding and this goes on throughout our lifetime.  Our bones grow and thrive through healthy use and yoga is perhaps the only exercise that stimulates our entire skeleton through pressure applied on our bones.  And as someone who practices daily yoga, I know my bones are feeling the love.

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Our bones have memories, so why not give them something wonderful to remember today.  Practice your yoga with attention and awareness to the bones of your body.  As you move from pose to pose call out the bones in action and sense and feel how the bones are responding to each movement.    Breathe new life into your bones using mudras, like floating between Apana and Bhu mudra to energetically send prana from the skull bone to the phalanges of the toes.  Notice the bone damaging thoughts of the mind and reflect on how stress impacts the growth of the bones.   Finally, drop into Savasana and allow the bones their much needed rest as you scan from skull to mandible to hyoid to cervical to clavicle and so on and so on, having a love affair with your skeletal system this Halloween.

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We offer specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, trainings, workshops and retreats – with healing at the focus.  We serve clients suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, structural issues and respiratory and digestive diseases that seek wellness.  We custom tailor each client’s wellness program based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit.

Yoga Teacher Training with a Therapeutic Focus

October 29, 2013

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and Integrative Yoga Therapy Open House

Thursday evening, November 7, 2013, 6-7:30 pm

As approaches to health continue to evolve, Yoga will become an increasingly important part of Wellness programs of the future because of its ability to promote health and healing at physical, emotional, and spiritual levels simultaneously. This unique Therapeutic Teacher Training program offers you the opportunity to become immersed in the tools and techniques to deepen your work with your current clients, and create new opportunities for your business or personal growth. Join us for our Program Spotlight on November 7  to learn more about our 200HR program starting January 11, 2014.

Pranayama trainingAThis spotlight is all about you and answering questions you may have about teacher training, homework, outcomes, and more.  Come to this informal session and Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.   This program is open to anyone with a basic foundation in yoga and is especially suitable for occupational therapists, physical therapists, health care professionals and other mind/body modalities seeking to enhance their overall practice.  Our 200HR program is based on a holistic approach to wellness, rooted in the ancient history of yoga and focused on healing at the physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual levels.  Our full syllabus is available for your review.

Nancy Levenson, Program Director and affiliate school for Integrative Yoga Therapy will be on-hand, along with other session presenters and graduates of the program to offer insights and answers to all of your questions.  This program is non-residential and runs one weekend per month for ten months.  It’s not too late to join us, just RSVP.  Event held in home studio of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness in Highlands Ranch.  Directions follow an RSVP.

RSVP by calling 303-725-1434 or filling out our contact form. For more information on the program, click on this link: http://namasteworksyoga.com/teacher-training

Pushpanjali Mudra – Appreciate Life Just As It Is

October 29, 2013

Pushpa means “flower,” and anjali means “hands joined together in reverence.”Pushpanjali is therefore an offering of flowers. This gesture also instills a sense of openness that allows us to appreciate life exactly as it is, in the present moment, without reaching out to fulfill perceived needs endlessly.  When we hold this mudra, we notice the natural lengthening of the exhalation, cultivating a sense of relaxation and ease that supports us in releasing attachments more easily.

NamasteWorks Yoga Therapy

Pushpanjali mudra also instills a sense of generosity, which is the antidote to grasping. This gesture facilitates both physical and subtle digestion, instilling a sense of natural abundance, a knowing that we have all that we need, making it easier to release neediness and grasping.

Pushpanjali is one of the many mudras you will encounter in the new book, Mudras for Healing and Transformation by Joseph and Lilian Le Page.  May each of you find a way to instill a sense of generosity throughout the upcoming months and remind yourself of your present abundance 

Mudras are just one of the many therapeutic tools used in our practice.  Mudras are seals that allow the energy/prana of our being to be directed into a certain place within us to support our overall healing and wellbeing. 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We offer specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, trainings, workshops and retreats – with healing at the focus.  We serve clients suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, structural issues and respiratory and digestive diseases that seek wellness.  We custom tailor each client’s wellness program based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit.