“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.

 

Breathe New Life Into Your Bones℠ – A Mind/Body/Nature Focus on Bone Health

Breathe New Life Into Your Bones℠ – A Mind/Body/Nature Focus on Bone Health

There’s no better time to contemplate our bone health than during the Halloween Season.  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.  On October 27, during this 3-hour FREE workshop you will discover a holistic approach to managing your bone health.

You will creatively get to know and sense your bones, engage in prana/breath/energy for the bones, discover strategies to relax your bones, engage in a gentle nature walk to reduce stress and learn how to keep the adrenals healthy with movement and yoga.  You will experience the benefits of Yoga Nidra, a deep meditative sleep for combating the bone damaging effects of a cluttered mind.  Our skeletal system is alive.  At the end of this program you will walk away with a new appreciation of the framework that is your body.

Date: Friday, October 27
Time: 9:00 am – noon
Fee: Free to the community through a Grant
Capacity:  Limited to 30 participants
VenueLone Tree Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124

To register:  COMING SOON – Event Registration opens July 18.  Program space is limited.  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.

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 community nature/mind/body adventure.  In this 3-hour program, you will explore nature’s rich colors of fall and awaken your seven chakras to achieve balance and optimum wellness in your life. You will spend time exploring your energy body and its inter-connectedness to nature. Starting from the root chakra all the way through the crown chakra you will learn how to establish vibrancy in your own life.

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:  COMING SOON – Event Registration opens July 18.  Program space is limited.  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.

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.

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.

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Aug. 4-6, 2017 – Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Aug. 4-6, 2017 – 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: Friday, August 4 through Sunday August 6
Time: Check in is at 1:00pm, check out is 11:00 am
Fee: $298.04 + $7 park pass per day, carpooling is suggested
Venue: Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Private Group Campsite

Space is limited, so secure your magical ticket today just click here

After purchasing your ticket, please send us a quick note to (email: info(use at symbol)namasteworksyoga.com) and we will forward your Wild & Magical camping detailed package.

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.

NamasteWorks Outdoors Therapy Guides

When you journey with NamasteWorks Outdoors, you will be guided by two companions, teachers and lovers of nature.  Both Nancy and Courtney are modern day pilgrims that have walked the path from profound loss, grief, and depression to reclaim their health and wellness through blending mind/body and nature therapy.  Now, they collaborate to welcome other women to step into the wild, leave the urban chaos behind and hear their own voice through the voice of nature.  They invite you to open a pathway to your own vitality as they guide you to find peace, meaning and solitude in nature, while replenishing your body, mind, and soul.

Nancy Levenson, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Nancy is a certified yoga therapist and founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC.   After her own nervous breakdown, she discovered her path to wellness was rooted in yoga, meditation, wilderness and nature work. 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.  She guides others to explore their own true self.  Her tools include everything from nature to the physical body to poetry.

 

Courtney O’Malley, MA, NCC

Courtney is a nationally certified counselor. Following the death of her husband, she sought solace in nature. It was there that she received healing, renewal and ultimately transformation. Now, she seeks to find beauty and freedom in her life, and desires deeply to help women find their own theme words that help them live into their truth. Drawing from her therapy experience, mind/body practices, years in the outdoors, she invites women to discover their true self and connection to nature.

 

 

Explore some of their upcoming programs at NamasteWorks Outdoors.

Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature to Heal

Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature to Heal

August 17, 2017-As a woman, if you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, sorrowful or just experiencing a transition and want to explore a unique and integrative approach to wellness, this workshop is for you. You will have the opportunity to process and release the body’s memories through somatic movement, yoga, art, meditation, nature walking, introspective work, journey mapping and community circles. Exploring the scars that you discover on the land will aid you as you look deeper inside the scars of your inner self. This program aims to replenish and refuel each participants radiance.

We will meet at 9:00 on the grounds of the Highlands Ranch Mansion and after spending our morning in nature, we will move to the NamasteWorks yoga studio for lunch and the balance of our day’s program. Lunch and all art 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

To register click here. Once you click register, 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: 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 District. 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: Sept. 14, 2017

Women’s Sensory Experience: Sept. 14, 2017

You will invite nature into your day in a playful way, connecting to the morning sun, creating a contemplative space to support sensory awareness as you explore the gardens, meditate, practice yoga, journal and creatively express yourself. In this four hour program, you will discover how to attune to your sensory awareness with the intention of soothing your heart and listening to the flow of life from within.

Our sensory world has shrunk causing us to loose our connection to nature. Dive in fearlessly to nature’s healing balm, receiving all of the colors, sights, sounds, flavors and textures of your day. 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 and mind, imagine what four hours can do.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, September 14th
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $39 pp
Venue: Civic Green Park, Highlands Ranch, CO

To register click here.  Once you click register, 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 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 District.

 

 

 

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.