February is Heart Awareness Month and we invite you to Love Your Heart. Every 34 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack, while each minute, someone dies from a heart disease-related event.1 Many of these could have been prevented. In addition, depression has been shown to increase your risk for a heart attack.
No matter what shape your heart is in, starting a preventive practice that includes yoga can be beneficial to enhancing your wellness. Your heart keeps you alive and pumps over 100,000 times per day. Starting a breath with movement practice that includes pranayama (breathing exercises) and other tools of yoga can help you to lower blood pressure and maintain a healthy heart. Integrative Yoga Therapy has been running a Healthy Heart program for over a decade that supports a reduction in blood pressure.
This month, we are offering a unique program on February 22, 2018 – “The Story in Your Heart”. In this integrative mind/body program, you will let go and let flow from the heart. This program involves yoga, meditation and story writing. Writing from the heart can greatly reduce our stress and anxiety. We encourage you to Love Your Heart this month. For more details about the program, go to “The Story in Your Heart”. We are also happy to answer any of your questions about our program or your heart concerns. Just give us a call at 303.725.1434.
NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art. We are a private sanctuary located in the heart of Highlands Ranch that offers specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, teacher training, workshops and retreats. Our founder is Nancy Levenson, a certified yoga therapist trained through Integrative Yoga Therapy with a focus on providing wellness to our community. To inquire about any of our programs, reach us on our contact form, or call us directly at 303.725.1434.
We know that the heart chakra, Anahata, is the balance point of the lower and upper chakras, but have we contemplated its true placement in the emotional body?When we consider that the heart chakra resides between the Manipura (3rd) chakra and the Vishuddha (5th) chakra we discover the power of the heart to act as a filter. Consider that an imbalance in our Manipura chakra may result in violent outbursts, or the need to be right and have the final word and we can witness that natural jump for Manipura to Vishuddha.We have a gut reaction and for some of us the instinct is to react and allow the vocal chords of the throat chakra to respond.What would happen, if we realized the power of the heart as a filter?
Just as a cup of tea or coffee moves from compression of beans, through a slow filter, to ensure that the result is a smooth and tasteful beverage, we too can employ the filter of the heart to deliver a smooth result from a gut reaction.If we use the heart as a filter, we are given an opportunity to gain connection with the self inside, to ruminate on our gut instinct and invite in the time necessary to offer a loving response that supports our optimal health and the health of others.
February is National Heart Month – Cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year. Consider the next time you feel an instinct to go from gut to voice the impact you may have to your heart. Our practice is here to support you in soothing the heart, reducing stress and finding peace in your life. Choose a new path for a healthy heart.
NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art. We are a private sanctuary located in the heart of Highlands Ranch that offers specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, teacher training, workshops and retreats. Our founder is Nancy Levenson, a certified yoga therapist with a focus on providing wellness to our community. To inquire about any of our programs, reach us on our contact form, or call us directly at 303.725.1434.
February is Healthy Heart Month and writing from the heart can be an effective tool in welcoming your feelings and emotions and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Your heart is meant to feel and your lungs are meant to breathe. Not to feel is to stop your precious heart from breathing. In this integrative mind/body program, you will let go and let flow from the heart.
The Story in Your Heart
A Meditation, Yoga & Story Telling Exploration
Thursday February 22, 2018
Our time together will start with an opening meditation followed by a heart flowing yoga session. Throughout the session, you will be prompted with touchstones to your heart and with paper and pen, crayon or marker in hand, you will begin a journey to the story in your heart. Each of us has a unique story to tell, and your own words have the power to transform you. You will be guided to trust your own voice, navigate your own feelings and, bring your story to life. We will then sit in community and share our stories (if you choose) with one another, supporting and touching each other’s hearts. Please bring a yoga mat and your open heart.
Program cost is $29.
Cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year. Love Your Heart and register for this one-of-a-kind program. RSVP by calling 303.725.1434 to register with your Visa or MC. Or, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is limited to 12 participants.
This program is held at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 8981 Stonecrest Way – a private studio located in the heart of Highlands Ranch.
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,
Join us for our next SoulSutras program. We will tread lightly into the great outdoors as we delve into deepening our awareness of self, through nature, meditation, and the arts. We will begin with a group introduction followed by a morning moderate hike of about 2.5 miles into Spruce Mountain, located in Larkspur, CO. We will explore the act of Divine Wandering as we gather fallen items in nature. At our meeting point, we will join in a community council allowing all of us an opportunity to share what is placed passionately upon our hearts. We will partake in meditation and be guided by Nancy Levenson in understanding the value of seeing with Divine eyes. We will then explore our own intimate perceptions through the act of painting in nature. After sharing our visions, we will venture back out of the trail in the opposite direction.
Each participant is asked to bring their own snacks and lunch. We will pair off for this day adventure in teams even though we will journey in silence. Participants should be prepared for micro climate changes as the day and altitude offer opportunities to experience both warmer and cooler moments. Once you have RSVP’d, you will receive a list of what to bring, where to meet and other details.
In my teachings these past two weeks, we have been playing with the beautiful words of German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem, How Surely Gravity’s Law. Taking aspects of his love poem to GOD, we have explored surrendering and heaviness leading to rising up rooted like trees and trusting our heaviness. I share his poem here and offer you a brief opportunity to feel the depth of one of the stanzas of this beautiful connection to GOD/Spirit/Nature in the meditation practice that follows.
HOW SURELY GRAVITY’S LAW
How surely gravity’s law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the smallest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.
each stone, blossom, child –
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we belong to
for some empty freedom.
If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.
So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God’s heart;
they have never left him.
This is what the things teach us:
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.
-Rainer Maria Rilke – Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to GOD
We set out to explore the rich text of this work, and I invite you to explore it for yourself now. Listen or just read below:
“If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
Invite your physical body to just drop into the earth – do it no matter where you are right now in this present moment.
Feel your connection to earth
Notice how the earth hugs you and has always been here to support you
Sense the wisdom of allowing yourself to surrender
Give over your impulse to control anything now and release to gravity
Look around in your imagination and try to see what surrendering looks like
How does the earth help support the image of surrendering you’ve created in the mind?
Can you see yourself lying on the earth’s surface?
Where are you on planet earth this very moment? See it fully in your mind’s eye.
Release yourself to her intelligence
What does that even mean for you?
How can the earth be intelligent?
What is intelligence after all?
Focus on your breathing and allow it to be natural.
And, as you lie here see small roots begin to release from your back and drop deep into the earth
With each breath now let these roots penetrate deeper and deeper into the earth’s surface
On each exhale feel the roots releasing from your back body slowly making their way through the crust of the earth
Surrender your roots to earth’s intelligence
Take your time to experience the penetrating depth of your roots
What comes to mind when you think of your own roots?
How does it feel?
Can you sense grounding and stability?
And in your mind’s eye look above you and imagine you can see a canopy of leaves protecting you.
Allow the mind to focus on the leaves, the shapes, the colors, the textures and surrender your mind too.
Imagine that your breath serves to feed the roots, your body the trunk of a tree, your mind, the branches and leaves, metaphors for the thoughts that exist from within.
And now fully surrender to earth’s intelligence and just rest here for a few moments. When you are ready, come back and see if you don’t rise up more rooted like a Tree.
We can learn so much from Rilke’s poem and the earth’s intelligence.
About Nancy Levenson: Nancy’s mantra is helping others Discover Yoga as a Healing Art and their personal path to their wellness. She is founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness. She explores the tools, history, philosophy and science of yoga in working with clients to discover their own innate healing process. If she could, she would sprinkle JOY in everyone’s life and remind them of their own true nature as a path to wholeness.
She loves guiding yoga retreats all over the world and has recently added private one-on-one desert excursions and private retreats for clients to explore their own contracts, soul wisdom and spirit animal through a practice called, SOULSutras.
All of the cells and tissues of the body are interconnected, held together by connective tissue. This tissue forms an amazing web inside the body. Most of us know about tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones, but our connective tissue remains a mystery. It stretches from within each cell and ever single organ of the body. It’s everywhere from the base of our toes to the top of our head. It is our body’s internal fabric. In yoga, we work to open the connective tissue to allow it to gradually open from stiffness or tightness towards a pliable and flexible structure. We use our yoga postures to open the front lines, back lines, spiral lines and back to front lines of the body and each time we open these lines, we allow our connective tissue to soften, move, expand, and contract. The next time you are embodying yoga, try to feel these deeper tissues of your being, move your awareness deep inside to the level of connective tissue. I offer you the following 25 minute meditation to take you into their inner awareness of this vital and beautiful web inside each of us.
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
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 email@example.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.
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.
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