BLINK!

BLINK!

We are walking blinks. Most of the time we don’t notice anything from one blink to the other. We walk through our day unaware of those things that are happening all around us. We focus on other things, be it our to-do list, life’s difficulties, or life’s joys. When we live this way, we miss the simple yet profound life that is going on every moment. Flowers are in different stages of life and death, trees are reaching to new heights, bees are busy at work doing their part to contribute to life. And each of these seemingly ordinary moments are whispering to our soul. We may be out of focus with all of these things, but opportunities abound in the moment from one blink to another. The opportunity to capture moments of beauty, and increase our exposure in mind, body and soul. All in that simple and small moment between blinks.

When you open your eyes, what wonders are awaiting your attention? Can you stand in awe of the way the leaves dance in the wind? Or the way the flowers carefully open each petal when the sun warms its heart? Or notice without your eyes and listen to the instruments of nature. The way the leaves rustle with the slightest breeze, or the sound of crunching rocks beneath your feet, or the hymn of the crickets and the babble of the brook. These things all work to refresh our spirits. They have the power to touch the deepest parts of our soul and awaken our creative and inspired self. Nature is calling out to you. How do these things speak to your soul and awaken your magical self? Consider grabbing your camera and joining us to consciously notice the space between the blinks. Consider each click of the shutter a blink and record the beauty around you. See through the lens of your inner self and its connectedness to nature, the beauty all around you and feed your mind, body and soul.

During this four-hour program, you will develop a candid relationship with nature as you explore the beauty of the Highline Canal. With camera in tow, you will be guided to discover the great outdoors and capture the field of the natural world and how these images relate to your inner world of joy. This program includes a 3-mile round-trip hike to capture nature’s images, time for self-contemplation, a heart opening yoga practice, time with community and exploring nature in story and texture. After this morning experience, you will leave with greater vibrancy and intimacy with nature, self and a beautiful heartfelt smile.

Program:  Through the Lens and into the Date: Thursday, July 20th
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $39 pp
Venue: Fly’n B Park

To learn more about this program or register call 303.725.1434 or click here.

 

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright

I love Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes. They are inspiring; a harmonious marriage of architecture and nature. It’s the way I think homes were meant to be. Not obtrusive, but rather an extension of the beauty that already exists. Mr. Wright said, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you.” It obviously never failed Mr. Wright. His work was inspired from the surroundings of the buildings for which he was designing. He believed that when design came from within, inspired by nature, all was in harmony. What lessons can we gain from this wisdom? If we “study nature, love nature, stay close…” to it and I would add look inside our own selves to our inner soul; we will never fail ourselves. May our inner light can shine forth adding to the beauty that already exists around us. May we fall in love with nature and be inspired daily by our surroundings. May that beauty fuel our creativity and ignite our spirit to radiance.

How can your inside inspire your outside and bring forth radiance? At the same time how can nature inspire and inform your inside? Come and spend a morning in this practice. Awaken your creative side, feed your inner soul with what it truly craves, and commune with nature.

During this four-hour program, you will develop a candid relationship with nature as you explore the beauty of the Highline Canal. With camera in tow, you will be guided to discover the great outdoors and capture the field of the natural world and how these images relate to your inner world of joy. This program includes a 3-mile round-trip hike to capture nature’s images, time for self-contemplation, a heart opening yoga practice, time with community and exploring nature in story and texture. After this morning experience, you will leave with greater vibrancy and intimacy with nature, self and a beautiful heartfelt smile.

Program:  Through the Lens and into the Date: Thursday, July 20th
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $39 pp
Venue: Fly’n B Park

To learn more about this program or register call 303.725.1434 or click here.

 

 

“Fall in love with the back of your cereal box” – Jerry Seinfeld

“Fall in love with the back of your cereal box” – Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld has been making people laugh for years from his comedy show to his self-named television series. Although he is most known for his ability to make people burst into uncontrollable fits laughter, occasionally his antidotes make us pause and consider its deeper meaning. His quote, “Fall in love with the back of your cereal box”, is one of those. On the surface, we may shake our heads with a smile on our face and think, “what?” But, what if we lived our lives in such a way that when we looked at something we see every day, such as our cereal box, we actually noticed the details? So often, we hurry from one thing to another throughout our day without really noticing what is going on around us. We don’t take the time to pause and notice the many different shades of green on the new leaves, or the way the sun illuminates the blades of prairie grass putting on a tremendous show of light, or the free symphony performed by the birds. These things are going on around us all the time, but so often we are in such a hurry or are just too preoccupied with life to notice.

When we take the time to pause and notice the details we live into a more vibrant life. We are filling ourselves with beauty and the result is gratitude, creativity and radiance. Join us; take a few hours out of your busy life and invest in yourself. With your camera in tow, we will replenish your soul by taking the time to capture the details we see on the outside and relate it to the beauty on the inside. Pause, breathe in beauty, exhale stress, capture moments, be in awe of the details of world you live in and your amazing self.

During this four-hour program, you will develop a candid relationship with nature as you explore the beauty of the Highline Canal. With camera in tow, you will be guided to discover the great outdoors and capture the field of the natural world and how these images relate to your inner world of joy. This program includes a 3-mile round-trip hike to capture nature’s images, time for self-contemplation, time with community and exploring nature in story and texture. After this morning experience, you will leave with greater vibrancy and intimacy with nature, self and a beautiful heartfelt smile. Click here to find out more.

Program:  Through the Lens and into the Date: Thursday, July 20th
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $39 pp
Venue: Fly’n B Park

To learn more about this program or register call 303.725.1434 or click here.

 

The Vibrancy of Color℠ –  A Nature/Yoga & Art Exploration

The Vibrancy of Color℠ – A Nature/Yoga & Art Exploration

If you love fall color, time outdoors, balancing your seven chakras or learning more about these internal energy centers, tapping into your own creativity, and meeting others, then join us for this Free 3-hour community nature/mind/body adventure.

Our time together will begin with a nature walk on the trails, where you will fully immerse your senses in the colors of fall. You will have the opportunity to pause and gather inspiration from the beauty of nature ablaze in shades of yellow, orange, and red. During your time outside, you will gather items that speak to you. We will then head indoors for community discussion and to create an inspirational art piece. We will conclude our time together with a yoga practice specifically designed to balance the chakras and restore vibrancy and vitality to each person.  You will walk away a living rainbow.

Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 9:00 am – noon
Fee: Free to the community through a Grant
Capacity:  Limited to 30 participants
Venue: Lone Tree Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124

To register:  Click here to Register.  Program space is limited to 30.  If you have questions, please call 303.725.1434 or reach us through the contact form.

Bring sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, water, and a snack – Yoga mat and all art supplies are provided.

This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and The Lone Tree Hub – a community and enrichment center for all ages, part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

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.  To learn more about The Lone Tree Hub click here.

Mother/Daughter Strong Bonds℠ – A Day of Nature/Yoga and Playfulness

Mother/Daughter Strong Bonds℠ – A Day of Nature/Yoga and Playfulness

This unique FREE program invites mothers and daughters (ages 13 and up) the opportunity to invest in their relationship in a fun, meaningful and exploratory way, both indoors and out. You will quiet the distractions of your busy lives and celebrate your collective feminine spirit. Moms can tune into their teens aspirations, inner most desires and find out what makes their teen come alive. Daughters can take a break from the barrage of social media and practice the power of the present.

You will have the opportunity to spend quality time together while engaging in activities designed for deeper bonding.  Commune with nature and each other to build strong bonds.  As a team, you will explore the boundaries of your yoga mat in a playful manner. We will incorporate elements of nature walking, yoga, communication, creative expression, and playfulness.

Date: Saturday, November 4
Time: 9:00 am – noon
Fee: Free to the community through a Grant
Capacity:  Limited to 30 participants, 15 mother/daughters
VenueLone Tree Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124

To register:  Click Here to Register.  Program space is limited to 15 sets.  If you have questions, please call 303.725.1434 or reach us through the contact form.

Bring yoga mat, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, water, and a snack –  All art supplies are provided.

This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and The Lone Tree Hub – a community and enrichment center for all ages, part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

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.  To learn more about The Lone Tree Hub click here.

Capture Your Smile – Through the Lens: Seeing Ourselves Through Nature

Capture Your Smile – Through the Lens: Seeing Ourselves Through Nature

One of my favorite scenes in City Slickers, starring Billy Crystal, is when he returns from his yahoo adventure and greets his wife at the airport.  He holds up his index finger to his mouth and says, “Look what I found” as he exuberantly displays a wide smile.  If you saw the movie, you know he had just had a mid-life birthday, felt trapped in his career and seemed unhappy in his life.  He sets out on an adventure in search of a magic elixir to curb his depression and what he finds is a smile.

Your smile radiates whenever you are taking a picture, but is it your real self, your real emotion at the time, or a facade to ensure others or, maybe even yourself, that you are happy. Whether its bodily pain, physical stress or emotional drains, the loss of your smile can have a tremendous impact on your health and joy.

There are easy ways to put a smile back on your face without having to drive cattle through Montana.  We invite you to grab your camera and join us on a day of feeding your soul and reclaiming your smile.  Play and nature are so important to your vibrancy, and this day is all about taking time to pause from your busy life, join other women in nature, and ignite your inner smile. Pictures communicate our emotions and feelings and we will give you the tools to tap into your joyful spirit.

During this four-hour program, you will develop a candid relationship with nature as you explore the beauty of the Highline Canal.  With camera in tow, you will be guided to discover the great outdoors and capture the field of the natural world and how these images relate to your inner world of joy.  This program includes a 3-mile round-trip hike to capture nature’s images, time for self-contemplation, time with community and exploring nature in story and texture.  After this morning experience, you will leave with greater vibrancy and intimacy with nature, self and a beautiful heartfelt smile.

Program:  Through the Lens and into the Date: Thursday, July 20th
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $39 pp
Venue: Fly’n B Park

To learn more about this program or register call 303.725.1434 or click here.

9th Annual Free Yoga in the Park – Highlands Ranch – Printable Schedule

9th Annual Free Yoga in the Park – Highlands Ranch – Printable Schedule

The 2017 printable schedule for the 9th Annual Free Yoga in the Park is released.

This free to the community event hosted by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and  in participation with the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts is released today with all the information you need to enlighten your Saturday mornings this spring and summer.  The volunteer instructors; Nancy Levenson, Jena Sawyer, Charmaine Stattman, Barbara Bloodgood, Kate Roberts, Renee Carrillo and Jess Bonasso have been listed for you to follow your favorite teacher or come out and explore the practices of each.  This year’s theme is “The Radiance of Yoga & Nature,” where each instructor will blend nature with mind/body yoga exploration.

Print your own schedule  and Like our NamasteWorks Facebook page too!

Come out and join the growing beginners and seasoned yogis at opening day, May 27, 8:15-9:15 am at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch.

Meet Yoga in the Park Founder & Instructor – Nancy Levenson

Meet Yoga in the Park Founder & Instructor – Nancy Levenson

Nancy is founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC, a premier provider of mind/body wellness services and NamasteWorks Outdoors.  Nancy’s mantra is helping others, especially women, find and reclaim their inner SPARKLE .   She is a certified yoga therapist  (C-IAYT), nature guide and modern day Sherpa.  Her areas of fascination and expertise, blends classical yoga, energy work, and mind/body therapy with nature, art, painting and wild women play,  in guiding clients to discover their own inner light and passion. If she could, she would sprinkle JOY in everyone’s life and remind them of their own true nature as a path to wholeness.

After her own nervous breakdown, she discovered her path to wellness was rooted in yoga, meditation, wilderness and nature work. Today, she calls herself an empath – highly sensitive to the valuable relationship we share with all living things, and the transformative healing qualities nature brings to self.  Nancy started Free Yoga in the Park nine years ago, guides women’s wilderness retreats and camping, hosts women’s programs all in an effort to help minimize stress, anxiety and depression and live to our fullest life.

Join Nancy and all of our amazing instructors this  summer at Free Yoga in the Park, starting Saturday May 27, 2017 from 8:15-9:15 hosted by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts.  For more details on the remaining schedule and what to bring, visit http://namasteworksyoga.com/events.

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Aug 3-5, 2018 – Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Aug 3-5, 2018 – Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Celebrate the enchantment of nature and the wildness of your magical self as we gather for a primordial camping retreat. You will enter the mystery of nature and self in a playful and exploratory way, as you deepen your understanding of the Divine Feminine. Nature will act as your guide, giving clues to support your wild and magical inner soul. Your human guides, Nancy and Courtney will be there to help you commune with nature and enliven your PranaShakti (life-force) through mind/body practices, daily yoga, dream work, creative expression, hiking, story-telling, divine feminine circles, and ceremonial drumming and dance.

Camping outdoors invites you to step through a portal, and imagine your wild-self emerge as you deepen your ecstasy with nature and self. There will be plenty of time for solo exploration as well as time spent in community. We will witness the sensory magic that occurs when we collectively share in the creation of our breakfasts and dinners. The campgrounds and campfires will serve to support us as we dive fearlessly into our wild and magical selves.

Accept the call of the wild and join us on this secluded camping weekend in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Only an hour drive from Denver, our private group camping location is the perfect sanctuary to unleash yourself in nature’s beauty while exploring the wildness of your magical self.

Date: August 3-5, 2018
Time: Check in is at 1:00 pm, check out is 11:00 am
Fee: $179.00 + $7 park pass per day, carpooling is suggested
Venue: Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Private Group Campsite

RSVP – reach us via our contact form or call 303.725.1434.

 

Inclusions: Your fee covers the cost of the campsite, breakfast and dinner, the program, your guides and your retreat supplies.

Exclusions: All lunches and snacks will be your responsibility. Transportation is not included and we do encourage that you carpool with other participants. You will need to provide your own wild camping gear. A list of needed camping supplies will be provided when you register. Some camping gear can be rented through outdoor shops like REI. We encourage you to bring drums, your journal, sacred costume, and an outdoor yoga mat.

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.

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

What would it look like for you to awaken your spirit to nature? What things would be possible if you were to bathe in natures beauty? If you are looking to recenter, find tranquility and freedom in your life consider joining us on one of our nourishing adventures outdoors.  Your wellness is waiting.  So grab a sponge and some soap, no wait, we mean an openness to the outdoors and the eyes and spirit of a child to begin your own forest bath.  See all of our programs at www.namasteworksyoga/outdoors.

Courtney O’Malley is a nationally certified counselor who draws upon her therapy experience, mind/body practices, and 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.