Bone Health and Downward Facing Dog

Bone Health and Downward Facing Dog

We may not think about our bones very often, but at this time of year, it’s easy to see our skeleton everywhere. Yoga is a great vehicle for supporting the health of our bones. Let’s explore a few bone facts and take a look at Downward Facing Dog, one pose that activates every bone of the body.

• Bones are a living and active part of the body
• On average, your entire skeleton is renewed every 10 years
• 1 million sites are operating at any given moment in the skeleton
• Osteoclasts chew at our bones and Osteoblasts build the bone back up
• But when Osteoclasts start outpacing Osteoblasts, we start to lose bone
• Osteoporosis – literally, porous bone. It is a progressive loss of bone that results in bone thinning and increased vulnerability for the “F”WORD – Fracture.

Applying pressure to the bones and stimulation of the bones is helpful for bone growth and strength. Downward Facing Dog invites us to explore our entire skeletal system all at once, both the axial and appendicular skeletal systems are activated. All 206 bones of the body play a role in this pose. Step into the pose now and notice how each bone responds. Sense every bone from your skull down through the small bones of the hands and feet. Sense the strength in the large bones of the legs, as they rest inside the hip sockets and pelvis. Feel the freeing energy as it releases through your back body, travelling down the sacrum, through the spine, ribs, meeting at the scapula. Hold the pose for several breaths, bringing to mind the action of each bone.

And just like that, we stimulated every bone of the body.

 

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.

Yoga Therapy on Colorado Post-Polio Conference Agenda

Yoga Therapy on Colorado Post-Polio Conference Agenda

Yoga Therapy uses the postures of yoga along with breathing exercises, meditation, life-style management, support of mental well-being and many other tools in a targeted manner, customized specifically to work with a client’s condition. On September 9th, NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness founder, Nancy Levenson will be guiding a Taking Care of Your Body breakout session during the Colorado Post-Polio Conference. This session aims to inform participants about expectations and invite them to explore an enchanting experiential journey through body and breath.

The Colorado Post-Polio Conference focus is on the practical aspects of keeping polio survivors active, safe and involved in their world.

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mile Hi Church Community Center
9077 W. Alameda Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80226
For more information visit their site

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.

BLINK!

BLINK!

We are walking blinks. Most of the time we don’t notice anything from one blink to the other. We walk through our day unaware of those things that are happening all around us. We focus on other things, be it our to-do list, life’s difficulties, or life’s joys. When we live this way, we miss the simple yet profound life that is going on every moment. Flowers are in different stages of life and death, trees are reaching to new heights, bees are busy at work doing their part to contribute to life. And each of these seemingly ordinary moments are whispering to our soul. We may be out of focus with all of these things, but opportunities abound in the moment from one blink to another. The opportunity to capture moments of beauty, and increase our exposure in mind, body and soul. All in that simple and small moment between blinks.

When you open your eyes, what wonders are awaiting your attention? Can you stand in awe of the way the leaves dance in the wind? Or the way the flowers carefully open each petal when the sun warms its heart? Or notice without your eyes and listen to the instruments of nature. The way the leaves rustle with the slightest breeze, or the sound of crunching rocks beneath your feet, or the hymn of the crickets and the babble of the brook. These things all work to refresh our spirits. They have the power to touch the deepest parts of our soul and awaken our creative and inspired self. Nature is calling out to you. How do these things speak to your soul and awaken your magical self? Consider grabbing your camera and joining us to consciously notice the space between the blinks. Consider each click of the shutter a blink and record the beauty around you. See through the lens of your inner self and its connectedness to nature, the beauty all around you and feed your mind, body and soul.

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, a heart opening yoga practice, 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.

 

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright

I love Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes. They are inspiring; a harmonious marriage of architecture and nature. It’s the way I think homes were meant to be. Not obtrusive, but rather an extension of the beauty that already exists. Mr. Wright said, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you.” It obviously never failed Mr. Wright. His work was inspired from the surroundings of the buildings for which he was designing. He believed that when design came from within, inspired by nature, all was in harmony. What lessons can we gain from this wisdom? If we “study nature, love nature, stay close…” to it and I would add look inside our own selves to our inner soul; we will never fail ourselves. May our inner light can shine forth adding to the beauty that already exists around us. May we fall in love with nature and be inspired daily by our surroundings. May that beauty fuel our creativity and ignite our spirit to radiance.

How can your inside inspire your outside and bring forth radiance? At the same time how can nature inspire and inform your inside? Come and spend a morning in this practice. Awaken your creative side, feed your inner soul with what it truly craves, and commune with nature.

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, a heart opening yoga practice, 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.

 

 

“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 Bonesâ„  – A Mind/Body/Nature Focus on Bone Health

Breathe New Life Into Your Bonesâ„  – 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
Venue: Lone Tree Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124

To register:  Click Here to Register.  Program space is limited to 20.  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 Colorâ„  –  A Nature/Yoga & Art Exploration

The Vibrancy of Colorâ„  – 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 3-hour community nature/mind/body adventure.

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:  Click here to Register.  Program space is limited to 30.  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.

Mother/Daughter Strong Bondsâ„  – A Day of Nature/Yoga and Playfulness

Mother/Daughter Strong Bondsâ„  – A Day of Nature/Yoga and Playfulness

This unique FREE program invites mothers and daughters (ages 13 and up) the opportunity to invest in their relationship in a fun, meaningful and exploratory way, both indoors and out. You will quiet the distractions of your busy lives and celebrate your collective feminine spirit. Moms can tune into their teens aspirations, inner most desires and find out what makes their teen come alive. Daughters can take a break from the barrage of social media and practice the power of the present.

You will have the opportunity to spend quality time together while engaging in activities designed for deeper bonding.  Commune with nature and each other to build strong bonds.  As a team, you will explore the boundaries of your yoga mat in a playful manner. We will incorporate elements of nature walking, yoga, communication, creative expression, and playfulness.

Date: Saturday, November 4
Time: 9:00 am – noon
Fee: Free to the community through a Grant
Capacity:  Limited to 30 participants, 15 mother/daughters
Venue: Lone Tree Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124

To register:  Click Here to Register.  Program space is limited to 15 sets.  If you have questions, please call 303.725.1434 or reach us through the contact form.

Bring yoga mat, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, water, and a snack –  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.

Yoga Therapy RX – Do Physicians Know How to Prescribe Yoga?

Yoga Therapy RX – Do Physicians Know How to Prescribe Yoga?

Yoga therapy differs from what most Westerners have experienced as yoga classes.  Yoga therapy is yoga with healing at its focus.  With its roots dating back thousands of years, yoga therapy is now finding its way as a primary vehicle for optimal wellness for individuals and has become an adjunct to modern medicine.  But, a big gap exists in the health care field – a physician’s ability to refer patients to yoga and yoga therapy.

Yoga Therapy uses the postures of yoga along with breathing exercises, meditation, life-style management, and many other tools in a targeted manner, customized to each patient.  When practiced correctly for the condition, yoga can have tremendous effects on a patient’s overall wellness.  But, understanding the value of referring a patient to yoga therapy versus general yoga is as important as choosing between two pharmaceutical drugs.  Today most doctors are not equipped with the necessary background or knowledge to know the difference between the growing plethora of yoga practices offered in the marketplace.

Should physicians know how to refer the right yoga to the right patient for the right condition? Well consider this.  I sat across from a neurological doctor on a flight from Denver to Hawaii and found out that he worked in my neighborhood at a prominent healthcare facility.  After some polite and friendly conversation, I asked him if he referred his patients to yoga.  “Oh yes, I think yoga is good for everyone,” he quipped.  I then asked him what type of yoga he recommends his patients experience?  He looked at me perplexed and not sure if this was a trick question or not, then simply replied, “you know the one down the street.”  I shared with him that the one down the street was contraindicated for most of his patients, did he know that?  His interest peaked and we delved into a deeper discussion on the difference between styles, a yoga instructor versus a certified yoga therapist and the benefits of referring patients.  All of this left me wondering, how do we educate our physicians to refer yoga or yoga therapy?  In general, one style of yoga is not better or worse than the other, but when it relates to a healthcare condition, it could be contraindicated and cause the patient to suffer because of an uninformed choice.   What about your own physician, do they know what Yoga Therapy RX to write for you?

Nancy Levenson, founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC in Highlands Ranch is an advocate for helping physicians understand how to prescribe yoga to patients.  If you are interested in having her visit your office and provide your team with more knowledge of this growing field, she can be reached at 303.725.1434.

Nancy carries a Professional Yoga Therapist certification, is an experienced registered Yoga Alliance instructor and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  Nancy has worked one-on-one with hundreds of clients, sometimes partnering with their physicians to guide optimal health.  She specializes in nervous system, respiratory and digestive disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression management.  She is also the Program Director for Integrative Yoga Therapy’s foundational training program, training students every year from the yoga, medical and other healing professions on the value of yoga as a healing art and therapeutic yoga. You can learn more about her and her practice at http://www.namasteworksyoga.com