Therapeutic Yoga Meditation for Connective Tissue

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.

Click here to listen:  Connective Tissue Meditation by Nancy Levenson

 

Bone Health

NamasteWorks Yoga TherapyBreathe New Life into Your Bones

A One-Day Holistic Yoga Therapy Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 2012

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Only $99

 

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

FAMILYBOND™ – A CHILD & PARENT 3-PART YOGA SERIES

FAMILYBOND Child & Parent Yoga Series

FAMILYBOND

A CHILD & PARENT 3-PART YOGA SERIES

Saturday, June 23, June 30 and July 7

9:30-10:30 am

Only $59

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 info@namasteworksyoga.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.

Blooming Through Yoga Therapy

And then the day came
when the risk to remain
tight in a bud was
more painful than the
risk to bloom. -Anais Nin

Blooming Through Yoga Therapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open to your own fears today, take a risk and peel back one petal at a time, before you know it, the fear will turn into strength.  At NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness we work with you to peel back one petal at a time.  We offer private sessions and workshops on the innerself.  Our therapeutic yoga focuses on your overall well being and places equal emphasis on your physical, energetic, emotional and spiritual dimensions – using our foundational model, known as the 5 Kosha System.  This system is enhanced with many other tools and models including the 5 Elements, 5 Pranavayus, 8 Limbs, 5 Kleshas, 7 Chakras, Joint Freeing, Ayruyoga, and the functioning of the Systems of the Body all in an effort to help you peel back what is holding you tight in a bud.

In addition to working privately with us, we offer some amazing workshops this fall including; The Circle of Self – an exploration of inner self using yoga and art, The Joyful Warrior – Moving   from Depression to Joy, or stepping onto the mat for our Restorative Yoga – Relax, Renew and Rejuvenate with a gentle yoga for your entire being.

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.

Maitri – Using Yoga Therapy to Open to the Self

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.

NamasteWorks Yoga Maitri Meditation

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

 

©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.

When One Door Closes another Door Opens

by:  Nancy Levenson, 500 E-RYT, 1,000 PYT,  Professional Yoga Therapist

After five years of instructing yoga at Colorado’s largest retirement community, Wind Crest, I rolled up the last mat, tucked away the last chair, stacked the last block and shut the door.  I leave behind a joy filled journey and legacy of guiding seniors in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s through chair yoga, floor yoga, movement classes, breathing exercises, meditation and private sessions.

At a time, when yoga teachers were training to deliver the next best intense practice, I was off studying geriatrics, the senior body, somatic movement, restorative yoga and deepening my immersion in servicing a community that had not been really considered viable for the yoga business. It’s a door I knocked on, a door that opened and a journey I will never forget.

The door that opened for me at Wind Crest went way beyond yoga; it was a life enriching experience, one filled with many stories, fond memories, lots of laughter, some sadness when we lost people we loved and always filled with new friends and personal growth.  Each week brought new challenges, new learning experiences and new opportunities for me to grow a market that had never considered yoga before and for me to personally grow.

Each time one door closes another door opens.  I closed this door to move forward and focus on my own therapeutic wellness center, NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, located in Old Town Littleton.   Even though I opened this door a year and a half ago, I felt a need to nourish this experience, to explore what lies ahead with more veracity, and to peer deeper and see if there is another door even beyond this one. Our journey in life takes us through a series of doors, we just need to ready when they open and acknowledge when the time has come and they need to close.

 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 S. Curtice St., Littleton, CO 80120. We are not a walk-in studio, we operate as a private center for our clients. All classes require a RSVP. www.namasteworksyoga.com – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.

The Yoga of Non-Doing Encourages Self Renewal

Can you think of the last time you were doing nothing?  Literally doing nothing, allowing your body and mind to fully release?  Today, so many of us are on a non-stop journey moving from one situation to the next that we have little if no  opportunity to recharge our personal batteries, replenish our life force and rejuvenate our personal energy.   Much like the technology that we surround ourselves with, without recharging, we too become susceptible to stress, run on empty and eventually are unable to function due to illness or fatigue.

Restorative yoga is helping many individuals learn a new practice of just being, just allowing, and dropping into profound surrender. This style of yoga permits active relaxation that allows individuals to lose all sense of time and place, through props, breathing and meditation.  It allows for an opportunity to slow down from the inherent pace of life, to open the body gently, and bring the mind to a relaxed state.  If you have not explored this form of yoga, you will find that it is yoga of being, rather than doing. 

Unlike a traditional yoga session, this form of yoga invites you to move deeper into levels of relaxation through the use of props; blankets, pillows, bolsters, blocks, and more.  The props provide support to create passive openings to the body and allow in self-renewal.  Restorative yoga uses very little muscular effort and simply focuses on legging go, inviting the breath and mind to become more integrated with the body, and allow for healing and self-renewal to take place. 

The art of self renewal is permission to love ourselves and honor the need to ensure our overall well-being and optimal health toward ourselves.  Finding a way to continually replenish our energy is a gift to our body, mind and spirit and not only serves us, but everyone.

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, located in Old Town Littleton will be offering a new four week session of restorative yoga beginning October 14 and running through November 4th for only $79.  In just four weeks, this Friday night, 5:45-7:00 pm, restorative yoga session can offer a transformational effect to body and soul with supported postures, blissful breathing and deep meditation.  The practice will be led by Renee Carrillo, a 200HR Yoga Therapist who will help participants discover the fine art of non-doing.  Explore this mini-renewal series by claiming your space now and emerge released from the daily stress of doing and arrive in the art of being. 

To register send a request through our contact form or call 303.725.1434. 

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is located at 5680 S. Curtice Street, Littleton, CO 80120 and can also be reached by phone at 303.725.1434.  This wellness center is by appointment only, not a walk-in facility.

Women’s Wellness Wednesdays – Restorative Yoga

June 29-July 20 – 5:45-7pm

Explore a joyful state of release in this 4 week Restorative Yoga Series, just for women.  In this 1.15 hour weekly program, you will step into a nurturing space, be fully supported through yoga with props, experience blissful breathing, and deep meditation.  A new woman will emerge, released from the stress of the day.  Taught by Certified Restorative Yoga Instructor & Yoga Therapist, Nancy Levenson.  This class is held at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness.  The series price is $69.  Class size is limited to 10.   Find Balance, Improve Health and GO HOME HAPPY!  To register, send an email via the contact form or call 303.725.1434 

 

Restorative yoga is a format designed for individuals undergoing stress, fatigue, any illness related condition or just desiring to drop into a deep state of relaxation.  Restorative yoga is described as active relaxation. By supporting the body, utilizing props such as blocks, straps, bolsters, and even chairs the body is alternately stimulated and relaxed to move into balance.  The poses used create specific physiological responses which are beneficial to health and can reduce stress and disease.  This type of yoga is extremely nurturing and can be used by anyone.

Restorative yoga differs from other forms of yoga in that it focuses on energy conservation to free up more energy for healing.  It makes use of resting between poses to allow for greater body and breath awareness.  Finally, each class utilizes various relaxation techniques, following each practice.  At the heart of Restorative yoga is the art of non-doing, to allow the body to heal.

You can visit the Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher website for more information.

Experience Yoga at the level of Connective Tissue

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 meditation to take you into their inner awareness of this vital and beautiful web inside each of us.

Connective Tissue Meditation

Allow this to be a time of complete relaxation… invite in a conscious effort to release and let go as completely as possible. Move around if you need to, to make the body just a little more comfortable. Soften through the eyes, the jaws, the shoulders….invite in an awareness of really letting go. Release wholly from the body. Read more

EXPLORING YOGA AND BREAST CANCER

A Personal Journey by Barbara Bloodgood – Breast Cancer Instructor at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

There are days that are etched forever in our memories ….a special date, September 11th, the death of a beloved family member. Our capacity to recall, relive, and renew are among the greatest gifts we possess.

July 4, 2002 is that date for me. I was diagnosed with breast cancer – out of the blue, without family history, and a healthy, strong body, I was thrown into the rigors of surgeries, chemo and radiation.

Physically, I was strong and coped incredibly well with all the medical procedures. Emotionally, I had staunch and undying support and devotion from my husband, and friends who rallied, comforted and supported me, which was heart-warming and radiant. My battle was spirituality and faith. I lived by the golden rule, I played fair, and I lived a moral and ethical life. It was as if my 52 year old heart which had always been content, actually blissful and certainly at peace had been removed as surely as the tumor. Eager to be well, doing all that was medically possible, I found myself carrying a lifeless heart. Read more