Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature & Mind/Body Therapy to Heal Ourselves

Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature & Mind/Body Therapy to Heal Ourselves

This full day program,  in collaboration with the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts,  supports women in our community who are in a transition and seeking strategies for healing through nature and mind/body therapies. Scars on the Land℠ is for women suffering from sorrow, grief, depression or feeling anxious in today’s world. We will use nature, mind/body therapies and creative expression to heal broken places. Exploring the scars that we discover on our land will aid us as we will look deeper inside the scars of our inner selves.

Releasing the body’s memories through somatic movement and yoga, meditation, nature walking, journey mapping, and community circles the program aims to replenish and refuel each participant’s radiance. We will meet at 9:00 on the grounds of the Highlands Ranch Mansion and after spending our morning in nature, we will then arrive in the studio for lunch and the balance of our day’s program.  Lunch and all 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

Registration: Registration opens in two weeks. If you would like to ensure a space in this program, please send us a note to notify you on the day registration opens or call 303.725.1434.   Program space is limited.

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 Districts.   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.

Shadows In the Sun by Gayathri Ramprasad

Shadows In the Sun by Gayathri Ramprasad is an exceptional read and insight into the world of depression. Her memoir opens a door to the taboo subject so many avoid discussing with others or even admitting to themselves.  Gayathri’s artful way of writing and alluring command of sharing her episodic experiences with depression, capture your heart and unlock your own feelings and emotions around depression.  Shadows in the Sun is filled with the soul’s journey to seek wellness at every level; physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual in discovering the light within.

This new book is a token of hope for anyone that has had a brush with depression.   Shadows in the Sun serves as a bridge to the wisdom that lies within each of us, that we are our own true healer.  I hope that every therapist and clinical doctor involved in treating clients with depression will add this to their book collection and offer their clients an integrated approach to managing their symptoms and finding their own light within.

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Review by:   Nancy Levenson, Yoga Therapist PYT 1000, E-RYT 500, Founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC. – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art

 

Effects of Yoga Versus Walking on Mood, Anxiety, and Brain GABA Levels

by:  Nancy Levenson

Just as yoga has many faces; Integrative Yoga Therapy, Birkram, Iyengar, Ashtanga, etc., depression too has many faces; minor, clinical, severe, seasonal and, episodic.  In a study published in 2010 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers set out to determine if the effects of yoga could increase GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) levels of the brain, enhance mood and reduce anxiety of the participants.

GABA is a major neurotransmitter and regulator of our nervous system. The nervous system governs the activities of our body and is responsible for the voluntary conscious and automatic non-conscious activity.  GABA’s role is in the nervous system is to work as an antagonist, firing neurons that block chemicals and induce calming effect.  GABA can be said to support the nervous systems – parasympathetic system, that system of the body responsible for inducing relaxation.

During this research study of a yoga and control group,  the team measured  GABA levels before and after practicing yoga and found that GABA levels had risen by an average 27%.  Mood levels were improved and anxiety lessened in the participants. This led to their conclusion that yoga was an ideal protocol for treating anxiety and depression.  Read the entire research study here.

In my yoga therapy practice, I offer clients one-on-one movement based on their initial health and wellness.  Not every client experiences depression or anxiety in the same way.  In some cases, a client experiencing hyper related symptoms will be guided through a Langhana practice to support their healing, while a client with hypo conditions may undertake a more Brahmana practice.  In both cases, clients participate in a holistic approach to their healing that includes movement, breathing exercises, energy movement, emotional healing, meditation, and lifestyle awareness and tools.  Supporting your healing with the right type of yoga is as important as choosing the right medication and dosage.

Joyful Warrior - NamasteWorksWe also offer an annual program, The Joyful Warrior – bringing more joy into your life through yoga.  This program is offered in a small group setting for a six week period to help clients lift their mood, create movement and share with one another.

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We offer specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, trainings, workshops and retreats – with healing at the focus.  We serve clients suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, structural issues and respiratory and digestive diseases that seek wellness.  We custom tailor each client’s wellness program based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit.

The Joyful Warrior – A therapeutic yoga approach to more JOY! – Begins Oct. 12

The Joyful Warrior

 A Six Week Program Starting October 12, 2011
Wednesday Evenings – 6:00-7:30
Limited to 10 participants,  $99.  for series
 

Each of us began life in JOY – NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness invites you to take part in “The Joyful Warrior”, a six week program specifically designed for clients affected by depression, seasonal affective disorder or just seeking to find more JOY in life. 

The intention for this six week program is to help you develop tools and techniques for enhancing Joy at all levels, physical, energetic, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Each ninety minute session will deepen your self-awareness of your physical body, enhance your flow of energy, connect you to your vital life force (prana), and bring you in touch with your feelings and emotions through self-reflection, group discussion, journaling and more.

If you have felt a loss of pleasure in life, feelings of agitation, loss of energy, excessive daily fatigue, a feeling of worthlessness or an overall depressed mood, join this program today to find more JOY.  Nancy Levenson, a trained yoga therapist, 500 PYT,  will be your guide on this journey toward JOY.  Class is offered every Wednesday evening from 6:00-7:30pm, for six weeks beginning October 12 and running through November 16. 

To RSVP for the program, send an email via the contact form or reach us at 303.725.1434.  All classes are held at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice Street, Littleton, CO 80120.

 

Enhancing Mood with Mudras, Movement and Meditation

Enhancing Mood with Mudras, Movement and Meditation – One Day Only
June 11, 8:30-10:30 am, $19.

Explore your primal nature in this two hour blended yoga class. We will go on a journey through free form movement of the body blending yoga, somatics and ballet, finding and moving the breath with mudras and dropping into a deep meditative state with Yoga Nidra – all in an effort to enhance mood, release stress and find joy! Taught by Nancy Levenson of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness. 5860 S. Curtice Street, Littleton. RSVP required, no drops in, class limited to ten. To Register send an email via the contact form or call 303.725.1434.

 Nancy specializes in yoga therapy for depression and respiratory ailments.

Discover Yoga as a Healing Art

 

Heal your body, Ease your emotions, Restore your spirt and Reclaim your true self.  Discover how the ancient path of yoga can help bring you to optimal wellness in one of our many classes being offered in 2011.  Some of our 2011 classes include; Yoga for Back Care, Yoga for Balance and Breath, Breath with Movement Yoga, Plus-Size Yoga, Yoga for Breast Cancer, and The Joyful Warrior for Depression.  Classess, workshops and private yoga therapy are all offerend at the center in addition to teacher training.  Visit our classes tab for full details.

The Joyful Warrior™ – A Therapeutic Yoga Series to Support Depression

If you have felt a loss of pleasure in life, feelings of agitation, loss of energy, excessive daily fatigue, a feeling of worthlessness or an overall depressed mood, you may want to consider taking part in a therapeutic yoga program designed to help you find more JOY.

The Joyful Warrior SeriesNamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness invites you to take part in “The Joyful Warrior™”, a six week program specifically designed for clients affected by depression, seasonal affective disorder or just seeking to find more JOY in life.

The intention for this six week program is to help you develop tools and techniques for coping with depression at all levels, physical, energetic, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Each ninety minute session will deepen your self-awareness of your physical body, enhance your flow of energy, connect you to your vital life force (prana), and bring you in touch with your feelings and emotions through self-reflection, group discussion, journaling and more.

Nancy Levenson, a trained yoga therapist, will be your guide on this journey toward JOY and each client will also receive one private hour with the instructor. For full details of this program, including dates and times, click “The Joyful Warrior™.”