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.