In What Ways Am I Well?

Health or Sickness

What is it you focus on when asked the question “in what ways do you know you are well?” This question was given to me by one of my teachers, Camille Maurine. It amplifies how our mind works – our tendency to focus on the many ways we are not well. Can you sit with yourself in meditation and truly find the many ways that you are well.

And even beyond that – can you investigate what causes your health with the same wholeheartedness that you do when seeking how you might be ill? Maybe instead of going to the Doctor and filling out forms of your prior illnesses, you could shift the paradigm and fill out pages and pages of what makes you well.

Yoga Therapy RX

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.

Luminous Connections of the Koshas – A Pathway to Health & Wellness

Yoga invites us to pay attention to the many luminous connections that exist within the five dimensions of our being; body, breath, mind, spirit and bliss.  These five dimensions are known in yoga as the Five Koshas or sheath bodies; Annamaya Kosha, Pranamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha, Vijnanamaya Kosha and the Anandamaya Kosha.   It’s through this exploration of Koshas, that we experience the true holistic power of yoga and healing.   

From the moment we step onto the mat, we given an opportunity to notice the luminous connections of our self to the space and others around us.  Our journey begins with Annamaya Kosha, the physical body.  The Annamaya Kosha is comprised of all our physical systems; skeletal, circulatory, nervous, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, etc. and incorporates the Ayurvedic constitutions of our body.  It is also the “seen” body and gives us our physical qualities.  In the west,  it is our most familiar sheath, the one that initially encouraged each of us to step into yoga.  But yoga is beyond just the physical fitness aspect that many of us first explore.  It’s a pathway toward wellness and wholeness.   

Take a moment now to sense the space below you, the foundation that supports you and then bring awareness to the space above you.  Find yourself rooted and anchored in the center of these two planes.  Notice how the body is suspended or held in this space.  Then, begin to pay attention to the beautiful connection between the base of the spine and the top of your skull, the perineum and the heart, the heart and the throat, the throat and the forehead and the forehead and crown of the head .  Allow each of these centers to offer you an opportunity to drop into body awareness, to sense and feel from within the relationship of these connections.  This inner awareness invites us to explore our body and become more in-tune with each sensation and feeling.   Notice if you sense yourself floating towards the space above you, or sinking into the space below you.  Can you sense if your body has a beginning point, or perhaps and end point, or do no points exist at all?  Begin to sense if the body feels heavy and weighted or light and airy, strong or weak, flexible or stiff, comfortable in the space it occupies or seeking relief and movement into another position.

Body awareness is one method to explore your Annamaya/physical body.  Other strategies include yoga asana, postures, healthy diet, somatic movement, rest, and relaxation.    Through this awareness we awaken the physical body in preparation to receive the other dimensions of our being.  Ultimately we seek to bring all Five Koshas into balance.  To learn more about integration of your Five Koshas to achieve optimal wellness, consider private yoga therapy, where you will Discover Yoga as a Healing Art, not just fitness.  Move, Breathe, Think, Seek and Enjoy a better space in your life.

NamasteWorks Yoga and Wellness is located in a private in-home studio, in Highlands Ranch, CO 80129. 303.725.1434.  We are not a walk-in studio, rather a private space – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  Visit us at www.namasteworksyoga.com.  Nancy Levenson is a 1000 HR Integrative Yoga Therapy Therapist, and certified Ayuryoga and Restorative Yoga Instructor. 

Using Mudras and Movement in Your Teaching

In this instructor inspired workshop, explore how mudras can change the energetic shift of your entire practice. You will experience a variety of mudras and how to apply these ancient seals to your teaching to create dynamic shifts in energy and movement. Taught by Nancy Levenson, PYT-1000, ERYT 500, with extensive experience with mudras for healing.  For Yoga Instructors – Earn 5 CEU’s.  Space is limited.  RSVP via the contact form or by calling 303.725.1434.  Held at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness Center.

 

Mudra Workshop (C)NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

Using Mudras and Movement in Your Teaching
Saturday, September 15, 2012 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
5 CEU’s – $59

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

Caring for the Physical Body – Practice Being In It

The first step in caring for the body is to practice being it, having moment to moment awareness, awareness of the breath, sensations, feelings and thoughts.  Can you even remember the last time you stepped mindfully into your physical body? Each day we are given an opportunity to honor this temple through the simple practice of awareness. 

Being in the Body - NamasteWorks YogaAs you open your eyes in the morning, are you aware of what you first see or do you jump into action, or chose to close them again and retreat under the covers.  There is no right or wrong, just an opportunity to notice that each brings a different quality to the body and an opportunity for us to take our first morning sip of awareness.  Awareness is one of the most powerful tools we have for our optimal health.  Allow your morning awareness to permeate you the same way a warm shower awakens all the senses.  Step into your body and allow the inner experience to awaken and inform the outer experience.  When you find yourself hunched over, achy, crying in pain as you step forth into the day, have you identified, examined and contemplated what inner sensations, emotions, feelings, or thoughts have guided your body to respond in this manner?  This is the body’s way of giving you an opportunity to step into the present moment and gain a sense of where you are simply through body awareness.

Consider doing you own body scan each morning before you even rise.  Imagine a search light floating through you from the crown of the head to the tips of the toes.  Follow this scan consciously taking note of sensations or areas that feel especially open and spacious or those that might feel more closed and tight. When you begin to move the joints, do you notice they move with ease or are they rigid and almost immobile?  Or maybe a certain part of the body is calling out to you…..”Here I am, notice me.” 

Allow yourself to shift your morning mindset from areas of pain and resistance to those areas of comfort and pleasure. Hold onto these points and make them the focus of your awareness.  When you learn to listen to the messages of the body a shift occurs and you innately begin the healing process.    And who knows, you may find yourself waking up to a whole new body.

Consider enhancing your body awareness with a breath with movement practice utilizing mudras, pranayama, pranavayus and meditation.  Our therapeutic center’s mantra is – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.

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 and private sessions require an RSVP. www.namasteworksyoga.com – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.

Healing Through the Prana Vayus

In the opening scene of the Kite Runner, we witness two friends taking command of nature’s air as they fly their kites through the village, out into the open landscape and into a vast competition, where each participant has learned how to master the wind, allowing them to fly their kites in an amazing chorography and dance.  As two of the kites appear to collide, we gasp, hold our breath, blocking our own inner winds, only to witness the kite master’s precision in creating a shift and find the kite flying a new rhythm, a new current.

We too have the ability to ride the winds of our prana vayus.  Within the body, prana is divided into different forms each with its own function and location.  These different energy currents are called vayus, inner winds, or energy movement.  According to Ayurvedic philosophy there are ten vayus that perform ten functions, five major and five minor.  The five major prana vayus are Udana (circular movement of prana), Prana (upward movement of prana), Samana (horizontal movement of prana), Apana (downward movement of prana) and Vyana (all pervasive movement).  Each of us has these internal currents of energy that flow within us and when we feel out of control, tapping into the prana vayus and shifting our inner winds, can bring us back to optimal health.

In our therapeutic yoga, the prana vayus play an important role in assisting our client’s journey to a balanced state of body, mind and spirit.  Each vayu travels it own channel and is intimately linked with a system of our body, an element, and one or more chakras.  When a vayu is out of balance, that system of the body tends to also be imbalanced.  And, when imbalance occurs, we invite all sorts of disorders and dis-eases to emerge.  We can also rely on one vayu too much in our daily living which is the case with stress induced disorders.  When one vayu becomes prominent over all others, both hyper and hypo conditions of our physical body can occur.

At NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness our approach is to help clients bring awareness to their vayus, find imbalances and then choose the appropriate Langhana and Brahmana tools, of pranayama, asana, meditation, and mudra to allow the client, just like the kite, to soar once again, unobstructed and untangled.  Interested in your own prana vayu assessment?  We would be happy to help you understand how to soar unobstructed.

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 and private sessions require a RSVP. www.namasteworksyoga.com – A Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.

Living with Type II Diabetes –Therapeutic Yoga Workshop – October 22, 2011

 

This weekend is full of programs to support Diabetes – consider joining us for a special program:Special Workshop Series – October 22nd, 9:30-11:30 am
Living with Type II Diabetes –Therapeutic Yoga Workshop

Join NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness for this therapeutic yoga workshop and discover how body awareness can positively impact living with type II Diabetes and can re-integrate body, mind and spirit. In this workshop you will experience the body’s innate healing abilities using body awareness exercises, mudras, pranayama, meditation, and postures designed specifically for Type II Diabetes. This introductory $19 workshop is facilitated by Jenny Clark, a 200hr Therapeutic Wellness Instructor and 200hr RYT.

 
RSVP to 303.725.1434 or use the contact form, for more details click here

Making Peace with Migraine Headaches – Workshop being offered October 1st at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness

Highlands Ranch, Colorado, July 11, 2011– NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is offering another in their series of workshops, this one targeted specifically to migraine suffers.  Making Peace with Migraine Headaches offers individuals a natural way to help relieve and minimize migraines with coping skills, educational and breath awareness, meditation, mudras and yoga practices to take them on a path from feeling frustrated and trapped to finding freedom and making peace with their migraines. 

“While yoga poses offer many therapeutic benefits, doing the wrong practice can trigger an episode or aggravate an existing one, rather than provide relief.  This program has been carefully constructed to assist in that relief from a therapeutic perspective” said Nancy Levenson, founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC, and a certified yoga instructor and therapist. 

Each program will be facilitated by Renee Carrillo, a 200hr Therapeutic Wellness Instructor, who herself has battled through years of migraines and finding relief in yoga.  Renee will guide this program on Saturday, October 1 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and introduce individuals to a broader six-week program, Therapeutic Yoga for Migraine Sufferers.

 All workshops are held at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, located at 5860 S. Curtice Street, Littleton, CO 80120.  To sign up for this workshop an RSVP is required – send a request via the contact form on the site or call 303.725.1434.

Making Peace with Migraine Headaches – A Therapeutic Workshop

Adult Migraine Sufferers May Find Relief in Therapeutic Yoga for the Harmonious Head
FREE Workshops being offered July 9 and July 16

If you are looking for a natural way to help relieve and minimize migraines, then join NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness at one of our two free therapeutic yoga workshops.  While yoga poses offer many therapeutic benefits, doing the wrong practice can trigger an episode or aggravate an existing one, rather than provide relief.  The Harmonious Head workshop is specifically designed to help you with coping skills, breath awareness, meditation, mudras and yoga practices to take you on a path from feeling frustrated and trapped to finding freedom and making peace with your migraines. 

Two workshops will be held as a way to introduce you to our six week program, Therapeutic Yoga for Migraine Sufferers.  Each program will be facilitated by Renee Carrillo, a 200hr Therapeutic Wellness Instructor, who herself has battled through years of migraines.  Renee will be your guide on this journey toward relief.   Our two workshop dates are:

Saturday, July 9 – 1:00-2:45pm
Saturday, July 16 – 10:00 am-11:45 pm

You must be an adult 18 years or older and suffer from at least one migraine headache per month to participate.  All workshops are held at our center, located at 5860 S. Curtice Street, Littleton, CO 80120. 

To sign up for one of the two workshops an RSVP is required.  Send us a request to be considered for the class via our contact form on this website.

Living with Type II Diabetes – Therapeutic Yoga Workshop, Oct. 22.

Therapeutic Yoga Workshop for those living  with Type II Diabetes
Saturday, October 22,  from 9:30-11:30 am – $19.

Mind-body-spirit connection and body awareness are not just accessories to health; they are the foundation for healing of all kinds.  Join NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness for this two hour  therapeutic yoga workshops and discover how body awareness can positively impact living with type II Diabetes and can re-integrate body, mind and spirit.  In this workshop you will experience the body’s innate healing abilities using body awareness exercises, mudras, pranayama, meditation, and postures designed specifically for Type II Diabetes.

This workshop , Living with Type II Diabetes is facilitated by Jenny Clark, a 200hr Therapeutic Wellness Instructor and 200hr RYT.  She herself lost her younger sister to Diabetes at an early age igniting her passion to work with the public and family members suffering from Diabetes to improve their quality of life.  She will guide you on this journey toward knowledge, body awareness and reconnecting with the body’s natural rhythms.

Developing body awareness is the key to the true self.  If you would like to register for this workshop, you must be currently living with Type II Diabetes to participate.  All workshops are held at our center, located at 5860 S. Curtice Street, Littleton, CO 80120.

Limited to ten participants.  To sign up an RSVP is required.  Please send a request via our contact form or call 303.725.1434.  Cost is $19.

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.