One of the many gifts of fall is its reminder to release that which no longer serves us. When we quiet our minds and tune into our surroundings we can see how nature teaches us how to live in harmony.  As the leaves release from the trees and the plants return to their roots we are reminded of the importance of rest and self care.

 

Many of us believe that to “feel grounded” we must simply quiet our minds but in fact our mind body connection is so great that to truly achieve a state of mindfulness we need to feel supported emotionally and physically. True change and healing comes when we find peace within ourselves to allow natures healing to occur.

 

“Once we feel welcome in our own lives,

and safe and grounded in our body, 

we can start shifting our attention to being here

rather than being there.”

Jillian Pransky

 

As we feel safe and supported we begin to notice where in our bodies we are holding tension.  Tension is different than the muscle “tightness” we feel after a long run or hike. Tension usually contains an emotional or psychological element. It is a place in our body where we have stored an unresolved issue, fear, or thought. 

“Like our noticing,

like our trust in the support of the ground.

like our breath,

releasing tension is not something we do.

It’s something we allow” 

 

Learning to release tension requires a commitment to consciously make space to allow whatever we are holding to release. This space must feel safe and we must be present physically and emotionally to notice the existence of tension in our bodies. Most importantly we need to allow ourselves the time for this important self care.  Like mother nature around us, we must surrender to the changes of the seasons, release into the earth and allow the nurturing process to begin.

 

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha

 

Join Us- to Ground, Connect, and Release

 

Healing Restorative Retreats with Jennifer Moody and Virginia Merriam

Saturday, November 18th, from 3:00- 5:30 at RiverArts. 

$40 per person/Registration is required.

Click here to register

To learn more visit our upcoming retreats calendar.

 

Our monthly healing retreats incorporate the healing benefits of restorative yoga, healing stones, aromatherapy, sound bowl healing, and energy work. We offer a safe and supportive environment for your healing process.  This month our theme is “Rejoice and Celebrate” in your accomplishments by releasing old stories, and realigning to your true authentic life path.  

 

Essential Oil of the Month

Release contains Ylang Ylang, Lavandin, Geranium and Sandalwood. This blend helps us release tension stored in our bodies (shown with a custom made Chakra Balancing Mala Bracelet).

 

Where you can find me

Vinyasa Yoga (emphasis on Prana Flow)- Tuesdays evenings at 6:00pm at RiverArts (November 7th and 21st at the VFW Banquet Hall behind RiverArts). All classes offer calming breathwork, aromatherapy, and a practice based on connecting our breath to our movement to support an embodied way of living. 

 

Essential Oils 101/Living Without Chemicals.  Thursday, November 16th from 6:00-7:30 at Blackbird Wellness located 92 Lower Main Street in Morrisville.  Reservations are required.

 

Bodywork & Treatments

I offer Thai Yoga Massage, RainDrop Technique, and Sound Bowl Healing sessions at Blackbird Wellness (full descriptions found at http://animayogavt.com ). 

 

Healing Jewelry

Wearing healing stones and crystals on our body or using Mala’s as a way to practice mindfulness are additional ways to bring mindfulness and healing into our lives each day. I make custom made Malas and chakra balancing bracelets. 

 

For more information on treatments or my healing jewelry line you can visit my website at http://animayogavt.com or to schedule an appointment you can contact me at animayogavt@gmail.com

 

~Namaste~ V