Inspiring Yoga’s Wings To Breathe – Yoga Therapy RX

Inspiring Yoga’s Wings To Breathe – Yoga Therapy RX

How can we remain true to the tradition of yoga and still allow for the creative shifts of the 21st century?  The ultimate goal of yoga is Self–knowledge, and the role of the yoga therapist/teacher is to assist people in becoming more self-aware. The Yoga Sutras, Eight Limbs, and the 5-Koshas are a framework and methodology of self-study that has been honed over thousands of years. It is important that we teach from this framework. New methods and ideas can be incorporated into yoga if they support the goal of Self–knowledge. Any practices we introduce should support healing and awareness at the levels of the koshas, and not become ends in themselves. We should guard against “re-inventing the wheel. New insights can come after many years of studying the same material. It is important to be humble, and continue learning and studying. But we also have to make our practice alive. We lead very different lives today than people did a thousand years ago. Yoga may need to nurture us in ways that are different from what people needed then. We should not be so bound to tradition that our practice becomes rote.

I think it comes down to having dedication to the teachings and traditions of yoga while bringing them alive, for ourselves and others. Humans are always on the search for novelty. This may be our best and worst trait! It is inevitable that as we continue to evolve, our practices for health and spirituality will continue to evolve too. My tai chi teacher once asked our class to consider not just what we take from tai chi, but also what we bring to it. This helped me to understand tai chi as a living art, expressed through the people who practice it. I see yoga the same way. It is important to adapt it to our 21st century lives, but we have to remain true to its original intent.

This is A Yogic Perspective by  Susan Moore. Susan has just completed her Integrative Yoga Therapy Mentorship program with her mentor, Nancy Levenson.

 

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.

Delight In Whatever Unfolds For You – Yoga Therapy RX

Delight In Whatever Unfolds For You – Yoga Therapy RX

Everyday we are given an opportunity to delve deep into our senses, feelings, emotions and thoughts.  The moment we open our eyes a new day opens us up to step into the world of wonder.  Before we even leave our bed, we can drop deep into the sensation of self, recognizing the gift of breath, the gift of being alive, and the gift of a new day.  We can explore our own inner world before we take flight into the outer world.  Using this valuable time to acknowledge what we love about ourselves first, invites us to welcome the day in a whole different way.  When we embrace everything that is arriving, we can savor every single moment.  We can even recognize moments of conflict and agitation as opportunities for us to delight in whatever is unfolding around and within us.

Stress is the leading cause of doctor visits in the US today.  Suffering affects all levels of our being – physical, energetic, mental and spiritual.  Suffering starts from within.  As a society, we live in a stress response and we wake up ready to battle.  We begin with an internal fight with ourselves – many times negating our own value and self-worth.  And we bring that energy forward into our day, especially during stressful times like the holidays.   We are the visionaries of the design of our day.    Much like a lotus flower, we can choose to unfold each petal and offer affection, tenderness, kindness, compassion, and more, making room for whatever comes our way.  When we embrace each day with this attitude and awareness, we are doing our part to keep the channels of abundance open for ourselves and others.  With delight go out and enjoy the day.  And, if you are feeling overwhelmed, consider yoga therapy where we can work together to tackle stress from a holistic perspective.  As a yoga therapist, I’ve helped hundreds of clients move from dis-ease to ease in their lives.  Consider unfolding a whole new you in 2018.

 

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.

Consciousness Like Ours – Meditating with Rainer Maria Rilke

A mediation commentary by Nancy Levenson

I believe our spirit thrives when we open our morning to meditation.  The Eighth Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke offers us an opportunity to mediate on the free nature of our beingness.  Opening ourselves up to God before us allows our spirit, body and mind to breathe in wellness and wholeness.  When we explore the rich texture of the words of a poem during our mediation we can discover aspects of self, that may have been buried deep inside ourselves.  I encourage you to find your own deep meaning in this poem, perhaps a favorite passage that speaks just to you.  Or, simply mediate on the quote I offer you today.

 

NamasteWorks Yoga - A Deer - Rainer Maria Rilke

The creature gazes into openness with all

its eyes. But our eyes are

as if they were reversed, and surround it,

everywhere, like barriers against its free passage.

We know what is outside us from the animal’s

face alone: since we already turn

the young child round and make it look

backwards at what is settled, not that openness

that is so deep in the animal’s vision. Free from death.

We alone see that: the free creature

has its progress always behind it,

and God before it, and when it moves, it moves

in eternity, as streams do.

We never have pure space in front of us,

not for a single day, such as flowers open

endlessly into. Always there is world,

and never the Nowhere without the Not: the pure,

unwatched-over, that one breathes and

endlessly knows, without craving. As a child

loses itself sometimes, one with the stillness, and

is jolted back. Or someone dies and is it.

Since near to death one no longer sees death,

and stares ahead, perhaps with the large gaze of the creature.

Lovers are close to it, in wonder, if

the other were not always there closing off the view…..

As if through an oversight it opens out

behind the other……But there is no

way past it, and it turns to world again.

Always turned towards creation, we see

only a mirroring of freedom

dimmed by us. Or that an animal

mutely, calmly is looking through and through us.

This is what fate means: to be opposite,

and to be that and nothing else, opposite, forever.

 

If there was

in the sure creature, that moves towards us

on a different track – it would drag us

round in its wake. But its own being

is boundless, unfathomable, and without a view

of its condition, pure as its outward gaze.

And where we see future it sees everything,

and itself in everything, and is healed for ever.

 

And yet in the warm waking creature

is the care and burden of a great sadness.

Since it too always has within it what often

overwhelms us – a memory,

as if what one is pursuing now was once

nearer, truer, and joined to us

with infinite tenderness. Here all is distance,

there it was breath. Compared to that first home

the second one seems ambiguous and uncertain.


O bliss of little creatures

that stay in the womb that carried them forever:

O joy of the midge that can still leap within,

even when it is wed: since womb is all.

And see the half-assurance of the bird,

almost aware of both from its inception,

as if it were the soul of an Etruscan,

born of a dead man in a space

with his reclining figure as the lid.

And how dismayed anything is that has to fly,

and leave the womb. As if it were

terrified of itself, zig-zagging through the air, as a crack

runs through a cup. As the track

of a bat rends the porcelain of evening.


And we: onlookers, always, everywhere,

always looking into, never out of, everything.

It fills us. We arrange it. It collapses.

We arrange it again, and collapse ourselves.

 

Who has turned us round like this, so that,

whatever we do, we always have the aspect

of one who leaves? Just as they

will turn, stop, linger, for one last time,

on the last hill, that shows them all their valley – ,

so we live, and are always taking leave.

 

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.

Invite inquiry to lead you like a torch through the dark

“I ask myself daily: ‘What is worth my time, attention, prana, love?’  The insight that comes from this inquiry is like a torch leading me through the dark.” ~ Sean Johnson

Namasteworks Yoga Light

At this time of year with our focus shifting to consumerism, it’s a wonderful reminder to pause at every opportunity and reflect on these four core inquires; time, attention, prana (life force), and love.

In last night’s yoga practice, students were asked to reflect on these inquires as we moved through every breath and each posture. Drawing our awareness so closely to body, mind and spirit, creates an inner knowing in the present moment.  We can gain deep understanding about ourselves when we question. Take a moment to just notice your own breath in this present moment.  Is your time even worth noticing this life force?  Can you truly give attention to each inhale and exhale for even one full minute?  Witnessing how the inhale offers itself over to the exhale, like an exchange between two lovers, and how the exhale offers itself back over to the inhale.  Can you sense the innate qualities and characteristics of your own prana?  And, perhaps wrap your mind around the awareness that every breath you are taking and receiving is from the same air that has always been here.  Allow your mind to move to a place where you share your breath right now with those you love. Then shift the awareness to those that came before you, and before them, and before them. And now share with those that will follow, breathing your life force through eternity.  

Where your attention is placed, insights develop and we can light our way through darkness. I encourage you to take on this practice of these four inquires; time, attention, prana and love for today, this week or this month. You may discover your own eternal insights and perhaps, move away from the frenzy of the holidays to the spirit that is intended.

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.

Final Day of FREE YOGA IN THE PARK 2015 – Highlands Ranch, Colorado

LET LIFE TOUCH YOU!

Yoga is an opportunity to Let Life Touch You! To feel life, be affected by it, moved and shaped by life at every turn. We start by letting the breath touch us, then community, then body, then magically our spirit is also touched.

Let Life Touch You on the mat for this final practice of the summer. We invite everyone in the community, all ages, and all levels of experience to show up, burn brightly, live passionately and connect to touching your true source.

Our final practice is led by Jena Sawyer with Nancy Levenson, Jenny Clark, Barbara Bloodgood and a few more, as we bid goodbye to summer.

This program has been offered FREE of charge to the community for seven years now by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC.  Join us from 8:15-9:15 at Civic Green Park, located at 9370 Ridgeline Road, Highlands Ranch, CO, located by the main library.NamasteWorks Free Yoga in the Park 2014 Opening Day 112

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is a place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art at our private sanctuary located in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. If you would like Discover the secret to your wellness, call Nancy Levenson, Professional Yoga Therapist,  for a private consultation.