Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature & Mind/Body Therapy to Heal Ourselves

Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature & Mind/Body Therapy to Heal Ourselves

This full day program,  in collaboration with the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts,  supports women in our community who are in a transition and seeking strategies for healing through nature and mind/body therapies. Scars on the Land℠ is for women suffering from sorrow, grief, depression or feeling anxious in today’s world. We will use nature, mind/body therapies and creative expression to heal broken places. Exploring the scars that we discover on our land will aid us as we will look deeper inside the scars of our inner selves.

Releasing the body’s memories through somatic movement and yoga, meditation, nature walking, journey mapping, and community circles the program aims to replenish and refuel each participant’s radiance. We will meet at 9:00 on the grounds of the Highlands Ranch Mansion and after spending our morning in nature, we will then arrive in the studio for lunch and the balance of our day’s program.  Lunch and all materials are included.

Event Details
Date: Thursday August 17
Time: 9:00-4:30
Fee: $89 pp
Venue: The Grounds of the Highlands Ranch Mansion and NamasteWorks Yoga Studio

Registration: Registration opens in two weeks. If you would like to ensure a space in this program, please send us a note to notify you on the day registration opens or call 303.725.1434.   Program space is limited.

Bring: water, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, hat and yoga mat

This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts.   To learn more NamasteWorks Outdoors other nature & Mind/Body programs, visit www.namasteworksyoga.com/outdoors.  You can also learn more about your two guides, Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley.

Women’s Sensory Experience Nature Event

Women’s Sensory Experience Nature Event

This program invites women to delve into their five senses and explore mind/body work in nature.  In this four hour program, you will experience how balancing and integrating the five senses can lead to optimal health and wellness.  We will invite nature into our day in a playful way, connecting to the morning sun, creating a contemplative space to support sensory awareness as we explore the gardens, meditate, practice yoga, journal and creatively express ourselves alone and in the group.

This program will offer you an opportunity to enliven your senses, opening to receive all of the colors, sights, sounds, flavors and textures of the day.  You will discover how to attune your sensory awareness with the intention of soothing your heart and listening to the flow of life from within. Anytime they call, the lawn and infinity fountains offer relaxation and restoration to permeate your entire being.  Research is proving that just two hours in nature can reduce our stress levels and balance the body/mind, imagine what four can do.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday July 19 or; Thursday July 20
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $59 pp
Venue: Civic Green Park, Highlands Ranch, CO

Registration opens this Spring. If you would like to ensure a space in this program, send us a note to notify you on the day registration opens.  Program space is limited.

*bring a yoga mat, sunscreen, water, and lunch

To learn more NamasteWorks Outdoors other nature & Mind/Body programs, visit www.namasteworksyoga.com/outdoors.  You can also learn more about your two guides, Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley.  This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts.

 

 

 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, Meet the Owner, Nancy Levenson

Nancy Levenson, Founder NamasteWorks Yoga + WellnessNancy Levenson is founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, a premier provider of mind/body wellness services.  Nancy’s mantra is helping others find their inner SPARKLE and their personal path to wholeness. Her areas of fascination and expertise, blends classical yoga of the physical, energy, and mind bodies with nature in guiding clients to discover their own innate healing process and light. If she could, she would sprinkle JOY in everyone’s life and remind them of their own true nature as a path to wholeness.

Nancy’s primary focus is working with clients suffering from depression, anxiety and stress. She approaches each client with an integrated and holistic plan that revolves around the 5 Kosha Model to wellness, body/mind/energy/wisdom and bliss . She describes her style of yoga as compassionate, expressive and spiritual.  She has also spent over a decade focusing on clients suffering from Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson’s and other nervous system disorders like POTS.

She understands first-hand the impact of stress and illness to the body. Having had her own stress related career and subsequent meltdown and seeing her aging father undergo a loss of total body use. Nancy has since committed herself to her yoga therapy practice and the tremendous gift of offering wellness services to others.

She says her journey and love of yoga and nature is always expanding.  After completing her 200-HR yoga instructor certification, she went on to complete a 500-HR E-RYT yoga certification, followed by another few years of deeper study to become a C-IAYT, Certified Yoga Therapist. She is also a certified in Restorative Yoga and AyurYoga, blending Yoga with the sister science of Ayurveda,  and most recently has been studying nature wisdom and healing.  She counts among her influential teachers, Joseph & Lillian LePage, where she received her yoga therapy training through Integrative Yoga Therapy, Judith Hansen Lasater, the guru of restorative yoga and Gary Kraftsow, founder of Viniyoga.

In addition, Nancy is the Program Director for the Integrative Yoga Therapy 200-HR teacher training offered in Colorado and has trained many of the local teachers in the community and state.  She is also an Integrative Yoga Therapy mentor for students completing the rigorous multi-year Yoga Therapist Certification.

Prior to opening her own yoga center in Littleton and now her in-home studio in Highlands Ranch, she served as the yoga instructor at Wind Crest, Colorado’s largest retirement community, for five years, serving clients in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s find renewal in their bodies through chair yoga, gentle yoga, movement classes, breathing practices and private sessions in addition to guiding group classes for 24HR Fitness.  She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance.

Nancy spent her business career in high level marketing roles for major publishing and telecommunications corporations including the San Diego Union Tribune, American City Business Journals, Tele-communications, Inc., Starz Encore Media Group and WISDOM Television, the mind, body and spirit network.  Nancy graduated magna cum laude with a BA in mass communications from the University of Denver.

In her spare time, you can find her hiking, biking, kayaking, or riding her motorcycle through the beautiful outdoors of Colorado.  She is also a trained master gardener and a member of The Touchables”  improvisational troupe, and can be seen performing at the Voodoo Comedy Club and other locations in the area.

Blending Nature, Art and Yoga Therapy – Imagine That

Blending Nature, Art and Yoga Therapy – Imagine That

Nature, Art, and Yoga Therapy (NAYT) is an integrated wellness strategy designed to relieve the body of physical stress, the mind of negative and fearful thoughts, and strengthen the nervous and immune systems. Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), studies the effects of how the brain, nervous system, and the immune system impact each other.

A dysfunctional immune system is unable to protect the body and PNI studies on split brain research have found functional differences between the right and left sides of the brain.    According to author Barbara Ganim, in her book Art & Healing, split-brain research revealed that we think and process our experiences, feeling, and emotions as images first and words second.  This research validates that the body responds to an image of a thought first, and then associates words to describe the thought.  This leads us to understand that imagery offers a powerful method to releasing stored emotions and feelings of pain.  And, alternatively can be used to keep the body/mind healthy.

Today’s expressive arts of nature, art, yoga and body movement, dance, dreams, guided imagery, music, chanting, and sound, all integrate imagery as a powerful healing tool.

In nature therapy, we first experience the world through our eyes.  Every aspect of nature creates a sensory awareness infusing our nervous system with sight, sound, smell, touch and perhaps, taste.  It’s easy for us to recall a time we might have been walking through a wooded forest.  We can see the path, the trees and the undergrowth all around us.  We can tune into the sounds of wildlife, our breath and the movement of nature.  We breathe in the essence of the pines, the intensity of the air, and nature itself.  We have the ability to touch the earth with each step, feel the texture of the bark or the local foliage.  And, depending on our willingness, we can even delight in nature with our taste buds.

In art therapy, we explore these same senses but, also embrace our own emotions, fears, and desires.  We draw our inner world out through painting, sculpture or other forms of mixed media.  The imagery becomes an expressive tool for us to communicate deep feelings and use our own stories to heal body/mind and spirit.

Yoga therapy focuses on the path of yoga as a healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind.  Much like split-brain research, yoga therapy focuses on the balance of the left and right, the sun and moon, the feminine and masculine (HATHA Yoga) to integrate and support the wellness of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous symptoms and awaken our essential nature. Ultimately, combing nature, art and yoga therapy can lead us on a enchanted journey of body, mind and spirit.

What if you took just one day, to explore nature, art and yoga therapy?  We believe that you will awaken to a mystical experience, touching and celebrating your own divine spirit, strengthening your immune and nervous system and finding yourself stronger and healthier. We invite you to join us this upcoming Saturday, in our Glistening the Soul program – a snowshoeing day retreat for women.

We will blend nature, art and yoga as we begin our day with a welcoming ceremony outdoors. We will guide you on how to connect with the beauty and peace in nature through your five senses and support you as you develop your intention for your time snowshoeing. You will have the opportunity to bond through sharing with your fellow adventurers. We will then move to a time of introspective work. You will practice leaving your world behind and hone your nature skills and receive that which you need from your time outdoors. You will be sending a powerful message to your soul that you are ready to receive whatever wisdom, peace, or nurturing you are seeking. We will then stop for sharing and processing your time outdoors as well as lunch. We will then journey indoors to NamasteWorks Yoga studio to complete our time. You will have the opportunity to creatively express your experience through journaling, art and mind/body practices. Your day guides include Courtney O’Malley and Nancy Levenson.

Our full day program is only $89.  If this sounds like the transformation you seek, call Nancy at NamasteWorks Outdoors to reserve one of the remaining spaces in this program.  303.725.1434.

New Yoga Teacher Training Class starts March 18 at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

New Yoga Teacher Training Class starts March 18 at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

There is so much depth to Yoga, it’s much more than just learning a few asanas/postures or how to breathe.  It’s a comprehensive lifestyle system of meeting each moment with bliss.  If you’ve ever considered deepening your exposure to yoga, offering the mind/body aspects to your existing clients, or felt an overwhelming desire to help others, we invite you to consider joining our new training starting,  March 18.

The 200hr Yoga Teacher Training  is for those who want to supplement their existing healing practice with yoga, or deepen their own personal practice. Along with offering Yoga with a focus on health and wellness 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. The 200Hr Integrative Yoga Teacher Training is an  immersion program from the lineage of Joseph and Lillian Le Page and utilizes their training manual coupled with hands on expertise and wisdom from Nancy Levenson, an IYT Affiliate Program Director.

This program is open to anyone with a basic foundation in Yoga and is especially suitable for body-workers, health care, occupational, physical, family and clinical professionals, social workers, yoga instructors,  and anyone desiring to deepen their own personal health awareness and wellness.

The 200HR program is the foundation program and Integrative Yoga Therapy also offers a national 300HR and 800HR program that leads to a Yoga Therapist Certification. The advanced yoga therapy programs are detailed at Integrative Yoga Therapy

S01-YA-SCHOOL-RYS-200 (2)The program is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour Teacher Training program and your instructor carries the highest certification in yoga therapy, a C-IAYT.

So step on the path, join our upcoming 200-HR class beginning March 18.  Send a request for more information via our contact form.

2017 DATES – Mar 18 through July 30.

The 200-HR program is based on 180 contact hours and 20 non-contact hours.  We run a weekend format designed for existing professionals, meeting Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00a-6:30pm.  The 180 contact hours usually meet every third weekend with a few exceptions and this class will have a four day offsite in New Mexico.  Scheduled dates (subject to change) are; Mar 18/19, Apr. 8/9, Apr 29/30, May 20/21, potential offsite in New Mexico – June 1-5, June 24/25, July 8/9, July 29/30.

 

High Attitude Sickness

High Attitude Sickness

When you discover the effects of High Attitude Sickness, living at 5280 or sea level is nothing short of bliss.  It’s a way of being, a way of living and a way affecting others.  I’ve adopted this term as my personal mantra and daily can feel it reverberate in my body, mind and soul.  High Attitude Sickness is a contagion and can affect anyone, but it starts within.  It’s a way of inhaling the wonderfulness of our life and drinking the elixir that fuels our spirit.  When we bask in this space, we can sense bliss lubricating the nerves of our body and mind.  We invite ourselves to bathe in the parasympathetic nervous system of rest and digest and step away from the chaos and stress that fuels so much of our daily lives.  We can feel the flood of joy running through our veins and cells, pumping our heart full of delight and permeating our entire being with energy.   Basking in High Attitude Sickness, lowers the heart rate, relaxes the blood vessels, feeds our soul and opens us up to the free flow of our feelings.

What if each of us were our own portable sanctuary?  It’s a simple process of feeling your way and following your own inner call to High Attitude Sickness.  Although we may have periods of profound joy, most of those moments are fleeting.  More of us are familiar with tension and stress than with the sensations of lightness, openness and bliss, which we can so easily tap into when we cherish all of our instincts and all of our moments.  Given enough time to adapt, most people can adjust to High Attitude Sickness and you may find that you want to journey even higher and spread that attitude to others.

Our newest programs offered under NamasteWorks Outdoors is a naturally way to develop High Attitude Sickness.  Our nature-based programs are designed to help you uncover a deeper unity with self and nature. Through our full day retreats, camping excursions, and self-discovery multi-day retreats, you will leave the civilized world behind to engage with nature and the mystery of the inner soul.  We believe that awakening to your sacred self is an affirmation to cultivate harmony in your life.

Each program is custom designed to enable you to meet yourself naturally.  Feel fully free to express yourself in every dimension of your life as you participate with nature walks, mind/body practices, journaling, reflection, mindfulness, creative expression, joyful movement, time in and out of community, and so much more.  Together, we will use nature’s call to enrich our self-awareness and connection. We can’t promise transformation, but sometimes it just magically happens.

Join Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley, your guides,  for our upcoming snowshoe and day retreat – Glistening The Soul –  and venture into a love of High Attitude Sickness.  

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin N?

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin N?

Maybe you are a person who has always loved nature and intuitively know that nature is good for your mind, body and overall wellness. But perhaps you are a person like the woman referenced in this article who has never really enjoyed and has purposely avoided nature. Or maybe you have lived your life just never spending much time in nature, through no reason at all, it just hasn’t happened. Whichever person you relate with most, the evidence seems to be mounting that nature is good for all of us. This article gives a great overview of the research showing that nature can be helpful and even healing with everything from depression to anxiety, to high blood pressure and stress. Perhaps you need some Vitamin N in your life?  If so, consider embarking on a nourishing adventure outdoors on our upcoming Glistening The Soul – Day Retreat & Snowshoeing for Women.

Click on the link below to read the full article from Women’s Health Magazine.

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin N? Researchers say nature could be the key to big mind-body benefits

 

Courtney O’Malley is a retired nationally certified counselor who draws upon her therapy experience, mind/body practices, group counseling techniques to invite people to discover their true self and connection to nature. She guides nature-based self-discovery programs and retreats in the mountains of Colorado.

NamasteWorks Outdoors makes it simple for you to meet yourself naturally. Our nature-based programs are designed to help you uncover a deeper unity with self and nature through our full day retreats, camping excursions, and self-discovery multi-day retreats.

Is Nature Right for You?

Sometimes the coping mechanisms for dealing with our lives are right in front of us. This video does an excellent job of making us laugh, and speaking some truth. Is nature part of your prescription for healing and overall wellness?

Courtney O’Malley is a retired nationally certified counselor who draws upon her therapy experience, mind/body practices, group counseling techniques to invite people to discover their true self and connection to nature. She guides nature-based self-discovery programs and retreats in the mountains of Colorado.

NamasteWorks Outdoors makes it simple for you to meet yourself naturally. Our nature-based programs are designed to help you uncover a deeper unity with self and nature through our full day retreats, camping excursions, and self-discovery multi-day retreats.

An Invitation to Try on Winter

An Invitation to Try on Winter

The colder temperatures in the winter months can be a deterrent for many to get outside. We complain, “it’s too cold, it’s too dark”.  We crave the comfort that inside offers us with cozy blankets, central heating, and comforting foods. Who doesn’t love to snuggle up with a blanket and a good book or a movie?  However, winter provides its own unique gifts.  The trails are not crowded and the sidewalks in our neighborhoods are calling for someone to walk on them. Many of the animals are hibernating, the birds have flown south, the leaves have fallen and in that we have the opportunity to notice the smaller details of nature.  The ice crystallizes on the bare branches and along pools of melted snow.  The few dried leaves that still ordain the trees sing their own unique song for us to hear. The cool of the air may make your nose run yes, but it also awakens our spirit to something greater.

I invite you to try out winter.  Say hello to nature in this magical time. If you need some inspiration try this experience. Make first tracks on a path the next time it snows.  At some point pause and look behind you at your steps.  These steps represent your past however long whether you want to focus on those steps as your past, your entire life, or how you are living in your current life.  How has your past served you?  How has it not served you?  Then stop and acknowledge that you can blaze a trail.  Next, look forward on the untouched landscape ahead of you representing your future.  What do you want that path to look like?  What could that look like if you could have anything you wanted?  Now notice where you are.  This is your present moment where neither your future nor your past can touch you.  In this moment it you just you.  If you are longing to embark on a nourishing adventure outdoors, then we invite you to join us on upcoming Glistening The Soul – Day Retreat & Snowshoeing for Women.

Courtney O’Malley is a retired nationally certified counselor who draws upon her therapy experience, mind/body practices, group counseling techniques to invite people to discover their true self and connection to nature. She guides nature-based self-discovery programs and retreats in the mountains of Colorado.

NamasteWorks Outdoors makes it simple for you to meet yourself naturally.    Our nature-based programs are designed to help you uncover a deeper unity with self and nature through our full day retreats, camping excursions, and self-discovery multi-day retreats.

Grace With Movement New Yoga  Class – Highlands Ranch, CO

Grace With Movement New Yoga Class – Highlands Ranch, CO

New Thursday Morning: Women’s Only Group – 9:30-10:30 am – Starts Feb. 23

 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness introduces a new class and instructor

New and beginning practitioners as well as those wanting to further their practice and deepen their experience, please join me in an introductory, basic Hatha Yoga class.  Time will be spent learning breath work (Prana), postures (Asana), and meditation techniques.  Enjoy the luxury of 60 minutes of introspective time… Time with “self” where gentle flow, concentrated breath, and core / balance work allow you to practice in a quiet, non-judgmental environment.  Over time the breath and body work will become a relaxation tool, a muscle strengthening technique and a restorative aid in building a healthier body and a more balanced, gentle mind.

This 8-week series is open to all students.  In particular, brand new yogis, interested in the rich history of yoga, developing from the very beginning proper breath and movement, and specifically cultivating a practice of “self-care” and enhanced self-love.  Additionally, those who have been practicing for some time but wish to “fine-tune” their foundation by focusing on the “basics”, and increase their overall knowledge of yogic philosophy, intent, and finding additional core strength.  Each of us is unique.  No matter your size, your health, your disposition and outlook – YOGA can help you enjoy the pleasure of Prana joined with Asana, stretches and meditation, and the bliss of loving yourself and gaining confidence.  No prior yoga experience is required.

To Join the Upcoming Session: to confirm and hold your space send an email to barbarabloodgood@yahoo.com  OR call 303.725.1434

The Instructor: Barbara Bloodgood

Barbara is a Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT-200, a 200 HR Integrative Yoga Teacher and a 200 HR Yoga for Survivors Teacher. A two-time cancer survivor, Barbara is a believer in health and wellness in mind and body. This holistic, integrative approach has led Barbara to study and practice yoga for 12 years. Her mission is helping others find the joy of “self-care”. Empowering others to bring balance to life by joining mind, body and spirit in the practice of yoga is an honor and a joy. We find peace in the present and acceptance of self through dedicated study, practice and belief.

 

 

 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We are a private sanctuary located in the heart of Highlands Ranch that offers specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, teacher training, workshops and retreats.