Luminous Connections of the Koshas – A Pathway to Health & Wellness

Yoga invites us to pay attention to the many luminous connections that exist within the five dimensions of our being; body, breath, mind, spirit and bliss.  These five dimensions are known in yoga as the Five Koshas or sheath bodies; Annamaya Kosha, Pranamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha, Vijnanamaya Kosha and the Anandamaya Kosha.   It’s through this exploration of Koshas, that we experience the true holistic power of yoga and healing.   

From the moment we step onto the mat, we given an opportunity to notice the luminous connections of our self to the space and others around us.  Our journey begins with Annamaya Kosha, the physical body.  The Annamaya Kosha is comprised of all our physical systems; skeletal, circulatory, nervous, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, etc. and incorporates the Ayurvedic constitutions of our body.  It is also the “seen” body and gives us our physical qualities.  In the west,  it is our most familiar sheath, the one that initially encouraged each of us to step into yoga.  But yoga is beyond just the physical fitness aspect that many of us first explore.  It’s a pathway toward wellness and wholeness.   

Take a moment now to sense the space below you, the foundation that supports you and then bring awareness to the space above you.  Find yourself rooted and anchored in the center of these two planes.  Notice how the body is suspended or held in this space.  Then, begin to pay attention to the beautiful connection between the base of the spine and the top of your skull, the perineum and the heart, the heart and the throat, the throat and the forehead and the forehead and crown of the head .  Allow each of these centers to offer you an opportunity to drop into body awareness, to sense and feel from within the relationship of these connections.  This inner awareness invites us to explore our body and become more in-tune with each sensation and feeling.   Notice if you sense yourself floating towards the space above you, or sinking into the space below you.  Can you sense if your body has a beginning point, or perhaps and end point, or do no points exist at all?  Begin to sense if the body feels heavy and weighted or light and airy, strong or weak, flexible or stiff, comfortable in the space it occupies or seeking relief and movement into another position.

Body awareness is one method to explore your Annamaya/physical body.  Other strategies include yoga asana, postures, healthy diet, somatic movement, rest, and relaxation.    Through this awareness we awaken the physical body in preparation to receive the other dimensions of our being.  Ultimately we seek to bring all Five Koshas into balance.  To learn more about integration of your Five Koshas to achieve optimal wellness, consider private yoga therapy, where you will Discover Yoga as a Healing Art, not just fitness.  Move, Breathe, Think, Seek and Enjoy a better space in your life.

NamasteWorks Yoga and Wellness is located in a private in-home studio, in Highlands Ranch, CO 80129. 303.725.1434.  We are not a walk-in studio, rather a private space – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  Visit us at www.namasteworksyoga.com.  Nancy Levenson is a 1000 HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Therapist, and certified Ayuryoga and Restorative Yoga Instructor. 

Bone Health

NamasteWorks Yoga TherapyBreathe New Life into Your Bones

A One-Day Holistic Yoga Therapy Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 2012

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Only $99

 

As one of the living systems of your body, having healthy bones and preventing bone loss is something we are all faced with, regardless of age. Your bone health is connected to your mind-body system and when one moves out of balance so do the others.  Join us for this all day intensive on a holistic approach to managing your bone health.

You will creativity get to know your bones, engage in prana for the bones, explore the difference between an acid or alkaline diet as we discuss nutrition, discover strategies to relax the bones, release trauma from the bones, and reduce stress, learn how to keep the adrenals healthy with movement and yoga practice, understand the bone damaging effects of a cluttered mind and benefits of yoga Nidra and meditation, explore lifestyle issues that impact the bone and much more.

Co-Instructors, Nancy Levenson (1,000 PYT – professional yoga therapist and restorative yoga instructor) and Troy Krebs (L.Ac., 200 HR PYT, and  Chinese Medicine Doctor),  bring together years of expertise in alternative therapy and wellness to help you breathe new life into your bones.

TO REGISTER – SPACE IS LIMITED to a maximum of twelve. Please send an email from our contact tab on this site  or call 303.725.1434 to hold your space.  We will send you a confirmation email with pre-payment instructions.

NamasteWorks Yoga and Wellness is located in a vintage home, at 5860 S. Curtice Street, Old Town Littleton, Colorado. 303.725.1434.  We are not a walk-in studio, rather a private center – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  Visit us at www.namasteworksyoga.com

FAMILYBOND™ – A CHILD & PARENT 3-PART YOGA SERIES

FAMILYBOND Child & Parent Yoga Series

FAMILYBOND

A CHILD & PARENT 3-PART YOGA SERIES

Saturday, June 23, June 30 and July 7

9:30-10:30 am

Only $59

This joyful summer yoga practice focuses on creating strong bonds between parent and child. Experience a unique blend of yoga, mindfulness activities, storytelling, guided imagery and relaxation techniques that will engage the heart, mind and body of both parent and child.

Taught by Renee Carrillo, a trained 200 HR Yoga Instructor with a therapeutic focus, she intends to bring her vast knowledge of yoga combined with her years of working with young people in the Littleton School District to deliver morning joy for both parent and child. Bring water, mats provided, no supplies needed. 

Children must be between the ages of 6-11.  This is not a kids-only yoga class.  Children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian in class, as our center is not child-proof.  Parent and/or guardian will also be required to sign a waiver of participation.

SPACE IS LIMITED.  Classes are limited to a maximum of twelve parents with child.  Sessions start promptly at 9:30, so arrive at least 10 minutes early to set up and be ready to roll out the mat. NamasteWorks Yoga and Wellness is located in a vintage home, at 5860 S. Curtice Street, Old Town Littleton, Colorado. 

TO REGISTER, please send an email to info@namasteworksyoga.com or call 303.725.1434.   We will send you a confirmation email with pre-payment instructions. 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton, CO 80120. We are not a walk-in studio, and offer private group classes, individual sessions and workshops for our clients. Also offering 200HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training and Free Yoga in the Park – Highlands Ranch.  All classes require a RSVP. www.namasteworksyoga.com – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.

Maitri – Using Yoga Therapy to Open to the Self

by:  Nancy Levenson, 500 E-RYT, 1,000 PYT,  Professional Yoga Therapist

This week our clients leaned into themselves, developing a connection with Maitri, (Sanskrit: an unconditional friendship and love of oneself).  It’s easy to forget that self love and friendship is our starting point to exploring and expanding ourselves out into the world. It is through our own awareness of noticing and celebrating our positive self, qualities, skills, and way of being, that can embrace others with the same self love and unconditional friendship. Like carrying around two spheres, one inside ourselves and one outside ourselves, we learn how to find the center where the two spheres merge into one.

In our yoga therapy center, we work with clients to allow all of our desires, emotions and fears to unfold and open like the Lotus flower.  We delve deep inside the Manomaya Kosha, discovering lessons that we’ve learned and have yet to learn.  We develop a deep understanding of how our lessons become spiritual awakenings on our path to embracing our self and ultimately embracing a world with open arms and compassion. Can you sit with your own self in Maitri?  Take the time to explore this five minute meditation into self.

NamasteWorks Yoga Maitri Meditation

Can you sit in the company of self?
Drop into your inner silence
Peel away the layers of your being
And see that gem that lies deep within

Can you meditate with self?
Open to your own heart, your own emotions
Touch the very essence of your soul
And step away from all that was, to be fully present now

Can you dive deep inside?
Explore the unconditional love of the one you sit with now
Accept compassion and friendship
And all of your experiences as they arise

Open yourself up to the bliss of self
What pierces your heart with love, fear, joy, sadness?
What is calling you from deep inside?
And how can you best serve you

Enter the crucible of Maitri
The unconditional friendship with oneself
Sit in silence, just allow, and just listen
You may discover a beautiful being has been with you all along

 

©NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton, CO 80120. We are not a walk-in studio, and offer private group classes, individual sessions and workshops for our clients. Also offering 200HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training and Free Yoga in the Park – Highlands Ranch.  All classes require a RSVP. www.namasteworksyoga.com – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.

When One Door Closes another Door Opens

by:  Nancy Levenson, 500 E-RYT, 1,000 PYT,  Professional Yoga Therapist

After five years of instructing yoga at Colorado’s largest retirement community, Wind Crest, I rolled up the last mat, tucked away the last chair, stacked the last block and shut the door.  I leave behind a joy filled journey and legacy of guiding seniors in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s through chair yoga, floor yoga, movement classes, breathing exercises, meditation and private sessions.

At a time, when yoga teachers were training to deliver the next best intense practice, I was off studying geriatrics, the senior body, somatic movement, restorative yoga and deepening my immersion in servicing a community that had not been really considered viable for the yoga business. It’s a door I knocked on, a door that opened and a journey I will never forget.

The door that opened for me at Wind Crest went way beyond yoga; it was a life enriching experience, one filled with many stories, fond memories, lots of laughter, some sadness when we lost people we loved and always filled with new friends and personal growth.  Each week brought new challenges, new learning experiences and new opportunities for me to grow a market that had never considered yoga before and for me to personally grow.

Each time one door closes another door opens.  I closed this door to move forward and focus on my own therapeutic wellness center, NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, located in Old Town Littleton.   Even though I opened this door a year and a half ago, I felt a need to nourish this experience, to explore what lies ahead with more veracity, and to peer deeper and see if there is another door even beyond this one. Our journey in life takes us through a series of doors, we just need to ready when they open and acknowledge when the time has come and they need to close.

 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton, CO 80120. We are not a walk-in studio, we operate as a private center for our clients. All classes require a RSVP. www.namasteworksyoga.com – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.

The 5 Pranavayus – Opening to Lightness and Joy – June 8

One Evening ONLY
Wednesday June 8, 2011
5:30-7:30 pm, $19 

Discover the exhilarating joy of mastering your internal winds (the breath/prana) to provide vitality to your body, breath and mind.  If you desire to enhance your overall respiratory, digestive and circulatory health, then join this evening workshop on the ancient yogic mastery of The 5 Pranavayus.  In this two hour experiential and informational evening you will discover that Prana is the radiance of life itself, the moving force behind sensation, the tool to dispel of impurities, and the source to bring balance back to the body. You will be given a map for this holistic journey. 

Taught by Nancy Levenson, yoga therapist of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness.  5860 S. Curtice Street, Littleton.  RSVP required, no drops in, class limited to ten. To reserve a spot, send an email through the contact form or call 303.725.1434.

Alternative Healing for Depression in Elderly Adults

From time to time our site shares some interestering articles by guest authors. Alternative Healing for Deression in Elderly Adults, Researched and Written by Meghan E. Ecklund, touches on new modalities that seek to offer a holistic approach to healing.

Alternative Healing for Depression in Elderly Adults

Most everyone has felt sad or depressed at times. In the self-help section of any bookstore there are many titles that strive to help individuals deal with their moods. There are compilations of stories to inspire and sympathize with emotions and life’s tough situations. Feeling depressed is a reaction to loss, life struggles or going through rough times, and an injured self-esteem. When feelings of intense sadness, including helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, last for days or weeks at a time, and start to keep you from functioning normally, then you may have clinical depression. Clinical Depression is a growing problem in the human populace today. Nearly 10% of Americans suffer from depression each year . Of that number, 6 million cases of depression are seen in elderly Americans age 65 and older . (Read the full article)

Alternative Approaches to Improving Individual Wellness for Seniors

Friday, October 22nd – 9-11:00 am

The Colorado Culture Change Coalition will be hosting a Wellness panel focusing on alternative approaches to improving individual wellness for seniors and non-senior alike. The Panel:

 1. Dr. Sheldon Goldberg, M.D., FAAPMR – He will speak to advances in topical medication  administration.

 2. Nancy Levenson, Founder of NamasteWorks and Yoga Wellness, RYT, PYT, Yoga Therapist – She will speak to Yoga Therapy as a Model for Optimal Health

 3. Mary Dieffenbach, RN, ND – Doctor of Naturopathy – Mary will speak to her experiences and successes in reducing medications.

 4. Evy Cugelman from Pinon Management.  Evy is a certified Therapeutic Touch educator and a Validation instructor, as well as versed in many holistic practices.

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 Event is open to the public:

14221 East Evans Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80014, 303.750.0820

Directions from I-225: Take the Iliff Avenue exit, Exit 5, Go East on Iliff Avenue, Turn left onto E Blackhawk Street, Turn right onto E Evans Avenue, Garden Plaza of Aurora is located on the left side of the street.  Take the 2nd entrance into the community, on the independent living side of the community.  Parking is available in the parking lot or on the street.