Through the Lens: Seeing Ourselves Through Nature: 7/20/2017

Through the Lens: Seeing Ourselves Through Nature: 7/20/2017

If you really love photography or even if you are a novice with your camera, need a day to self, time to pause from your busy life, desire a connection with other women,  and long to reclaim your radiance, this is the program for you.

This four-hour morning program invites women to 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 the wild self. Learn how the landscape combined with mind/body therapies can feed your soul. 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 and self.

Date: Thursday, July 20th
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $39 pp
Venue: Fly’n B Park

To register click here. Once you click the register button, you will find the program under the quick links section, click on Browse Activities, under All Types click the box and highlight Yoga and then click Search. You will see the program listed on that page. Program space is limited.  If you have questions, please call 303.725.1434 or reach us through the contact form.

Bring camera, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, water, yoga mat and a 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 District.

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 Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Jess Bonasso

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Jess Bonasso

Jess Bonasso is new to NamasteWorks Free Yoga in the Park this year but, has been practicing yoga since the early 2000’s when chronic low back from scoliosis & degenerative disks led her on a quest for a holistic approach to health & healing that didn’t involve surgery. After leaving the corporate world to become a burnout recovery & prevention coach, she received her 200 HR yoga teacher certification from Samadhi Yoga Studio and thus began her new life as an entrepreneur & business owner!

Since 2007,  she has taught between 1-4 classes/week and even 10 years later still looks at the classes she teaches as a joyful hobby that allows her to teach & share her yoga with the world. She spends her days working with modern-day, high-reaching superwomen who are struggling to juggle it all re-ignite their radiance & set themselves free! And, if she’s not teaching yoga or working with a high-reaching super woman you can find her on a walk or hike in nature with her man & dogs, cooking for friends & loved ones, or soaking in a natural hot springs somewhere.

Join Jess 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.

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.

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Charmaine Stattman

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Charmaine Stattman

Charmaine is a registered yoga teacher, massage therapist, and Reiki Master. She has been offering massage and therapeutic yoga services to the community for over 17 years and rolls out her mat with us as we open the 9th Season of Free Yoga in the Park Highlands Ranch.

Yoga, energy work and massage therapy has changed her life in so many ways, on both the giving and receiving end. She works closely with self-care practitioners, chiropractors and athletic sports trainers to increase awareness for herself and her clients. Her hobbies include yoga, meditation, hiking, biking, dancing, reading, coloring, laughing, enjoying time with friends and family, and loving her life!  Charmaine received her 200 HR Integrative Yoga Teacher training from NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness .

Join Charmaine 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.

Meet the Instructor – Jena Sawyer

Meet the Instructor – Jena Sawyer

Jena’s journey into yoga, meditation, and mindful movement started many years ago in pursuit of stress relief and a better night’s sleep. She has spent countless hours studying, exploring, learning, and cultivating practical applications and relatable perspectives. She loves to share these and is enthusiastic about helping others travel their own unique path to well-being.

Her passion is helping people create more ease… in their mind, body, relationships, work, and life. She urges them to start wherever they are rather waiting for the elusive someday.  Her “option-rich” classes center on breath and awareness, with suggestions for variations and encouragement of personal exploration in each posture.

Jena teaches classes for the Highlands Ranch Recreation Centers and also offers coaching, workshops, and retreats. Her self-published book, Yoga Thinking, offers tools and techniques to help modern-day yogis apply yoga’s wisdom to their everyday life.

Join Jena 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.

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Barbara Bloodgood

Meet Free Yoga in the Park Instructor – Barbara Bloodgood

Barbara is a yoga guide that has endured her own hardships. A breast cancer survivor and a trained breast cancer yoga instructor, Barbara discovered the yoga world after experiencing her own step back from optimal health in 2002.

It was then that Barbara became committed to her own yoga journey. She loved being on the mat, it offered her the spirituality piece that she felt had been lacking for some time in her life and provided her an inward look at her own heart and soul. She then went on to complete two different 200HR training programs, one with Core Power Yoga and her most recent certification with Integrative Yoga Therapy through  NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness of Highlands Ranch.  In addition to focusing on clients without perfect bodies, Barbara has also conducted yoga retreats and wellness classes in the community.

Don’t let her fool you, she is a firecracker…and you might hear her say the word “alignment”, “alignment”, “alignment”.

Join Barbara 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.

Yoga Therapy RX – Do Physicians Know How to Prescribe Yoga?

Yoga Therapy RX – Do Physicians Know How to Prescribe Yoga?

Yoga therapy differs from what most Westerners have experienced as yoga classes.  Yoga therapy is yoga with healing at its focus.  With its roots dating back thousands of years, yoga therapy is now finding its way as a primary vehicle for optimal wellness for individuals and has become an adjunct to modern medicine.  But, a big gap exists in the health care field – a physician’s ability to refer patients to yoga and yoga therapy.

Yoga Therapy uses the postures of yoga along with breathing exercises, meditation, life-style management, and many other tools in a targeted manner, customized to each patient.  When practiced correctly for the condition, yoga can have tremendous effects on a patient’s overall wellness.  But, understanding the value of referring a patient to yoga therapy versus general yoga is as important as choosing between two pharmaceutical drugs.  Today most doctors are not equipped with the necessary background or knowledge to know the difference between the growing plethora of yoga practices offered in the marketplace.

Should physicians know how to refer the right yoga to the right patient for the right condition? Well consider this.  I sat across from a neurological doctor on a flight from Denver to Hawaii and found out that he worked in my neighborhood at a prominent healthcare facility.  After some polite and friendly conversation, I asked him if he referred his patients to yoga.  “Oh yes, I think yoga is good for everyone,” he quipped.  I then asked him what type of yoga he recommends his patients experience?  He looked at me perplexed and not sure if this was a trick question or not, then simply replied, “you know the one down the street.”  I shared with him that the one down the street was contraindicated for most of his patients, did he know that?  His interest peaked and we delved into a deeper discussion on the difference between styles, a yoga instructor versus a certified yoga therapist and the benefits of referring patients.  All of this left me wondering, how do we educate our physicians to refer yoga or yoga therapy?  In general, one style of yoga is not better or worse than the other, but when it relates to a healthcare condition, it could be contraindicated and cause the patient to suffer because of an uninformed choice.   What about your own physician, do they know what Yoga Therapy RX to write for you?

Nancy Levenson, founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC in Highlands Ranch is an advocate for helping physicians understand how to prescribe yoga to patients.  If you are interested in having her visit your office and provide your team with more knowledge of this growing field, she can be reached at 303.725.1434.

Nancy carries a Professional Yoga Therapist certification, is an experienced registered Yoga Alliance instructor and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  Nancy has worked one-on-one with hundreds of clients, sometimes partnering with their physicians to guide optimal health.  She specializes in nervous system, respiratory and digestive disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression management.  She is also the Program Director for Integrative Yoga Therapy’s foundational training program, training students every year from the yoga, medical and other healing professions on the value of yoga as a healing art and therapeutic yoga. You can learn more about her and her practice at http://www.namasteworksyoga.com

Centering in the Middle of Chaos – How Yoga Kept Me Sane

Centering in the Middle of Chaos – How Yoga Kept Me Sane

A client recently shared a story with me about her use of centering in the middle of chaos. She was undergoing a rather intricate surgery to her left eye. I had asked her if she was nervous at all, given my own fear of having anything resembling a blade placed near eyes. She indicated that she arrived at the facility that morning, only slightly concerned. She was placed in an individual treatment room prior to the surgery, and instructed to relax. She shared with me that she immediately began to draw inward, to find her center. Using breathing practices she had learned in  our yoga classes and a mudra to create clear focus, she began to put her mind at ease. After all, this would be a simple procedure, it was safe.

Shortly after this, two attendants walked into her room. She remained in a total state of stillness, breathing and centering when one of the attendants began to complain to the other, that one of the pre-exam tools was broken. The other then stated that he could not open the cabinet door, “it must be stuck, it’s not working.” As these two fumbled in her presence, her mind went from centering to chaos – “what else isn’t working in this place,” she wondered to herself. The two attendants continued on with their dialogue and she took a deep breath, and brought herself back to center…..breathe, follow the inhale, follow the exhale. She started to repeat a mantra in her mind to keep herself centered. Shortly thereafter, she was wheeled into the operating room, concerned. And, moments later she was completely out.

Her surgery went well and I found her story so profound. When engaged in centering we have to be aware that distractions will try and pull us out. Some may be as insignificant as another thought we are having and some so startling to move us away from center altogether. Only through practice do we learn to stay in the present moment, focused on our intention. I was very impressed by her will. Staying centered is hard enough, but it’s quite another story to stay centered in the middle of chaos.

NamasteWorks offers two distinct wellness approaches focused on supporting you on your journey to optimal wellness and living a healthier lifestyle.  We invite you to explore us in depth and learn how we have been helping support wellness since 2006.  We offer, yoga therapy and yoga teacher training in the Heart of Highlands Ranch and Douglas county,

What’s so special about that?

What’s so special about that?

One day, a religious leader came to the Buddha and asked, “When one follows your Way, what does one do in daily life?”  The Buddha replied, “One walks, stands, sits, lies down, eats, and drinks.”  The man asked, “What is so special about that?”  And the Buddha answered, “An ordinary person, though walking, standing, lying down, eating, or drinking, does not know that he is walking, standing, lying down, eating or drinking.  When a practitioner of the Way walks, he knows that he is walking.  When he stands, he knows that he is standing.”  – Sulak Sivaraksa

This is mindfulness – so simple, yet so difficult.  For some mindfulness is a way of life, for others a lost art.  How many of us can classify ourselves as ordinary?  We go through life with little or no consciousness as to each moment that we are gifted.  We have become so disconnected from our inner world, that we live in the outer world with the same awareness. We end most of our days reminding ourselves of our accomplishments and planning for our tomorrow, but to what degree were we truly present to any experience?

When working with clients, privately or in groups, they are asked to leave the past behind, forget the future exists, and explore the present.  To what extent can they take their awareness to the now. They are asked to explore their body, just as it is, to notice the nuances of the breath and how the breath and body co-exist.  Taken even deeper, we explore the mind-body by witnessing, not judging or editing or altering.  We simply bring ourselves into full awareness and learn to reprogram ourselves to be mindful if, only for just this moment.  Mindfulness is not another goal to achieve, rather it is a state of being truly alive.   And when we are alive, mindfulness invokes an awareness that everything is special, every step, every breath, and every moment.  After all, who among us desires to be ordinary?

If you are looking to explore mindfulness as a method to reduce anxiety or just be connected to the present moment, contact us for a private session or to join one of our outdoor or indoor programs.

by Nancy Levenson, Founder and Yoga Therapist at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC.