From the Physical to the Philosophy - A Deeper Yoga Practice Awaits

by Lara Ward, ERYT500, LMT

Practicing yoga is often seen as the ritual of unrolling a mat, centering through smooth, deep breathing, raising arms and hearts to the sky for that glorious elongation of the body as one prepares to tone and stretch for an hour or more. All capped with the reward of fabulous, deep relaxation. But there’s so much more for those ready to continue beyond the physical practice.



Cultivate Breath Awareness - An Essential Foundation for Life

by Anjali Desai, CYT

Everyone breathes. It’s an aspect of existence that most people take for granted. Humans are born breathing and it does not require any conscious effort to continue doing so. For the most part, people go about living daily life while being unaware of the breath. But there is much more to breathing than the fact that it gives life. Yogis unraveled the secrets of breathing and its interrelationship with the body and mind and gained mastery of breath training and control, or pranayama.



Winter Workshop Schedule: Yoga, Philosophy, Meditation, Anatomy and Ayurveda

Journey of Yoga (JOY) has a variety of winter/spring workshops to help students explore and practice various topics on their journey to creating healthy, fulfilling and balanced lives. Upcoming workshops include the following offerings:



Positively Priming the Mind Workshop

Kim Serafini, founder and CEO of MindPT, will be the keynote speaker at a Positively Priming the Mind Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 22 in New York City. Participants will learn more about the research and technology behind the accelerated learning tool called Mind Power Technology (MindPT) that serves businesses, nonprofits, organizations and entrepreneurs in creating positive results by priming the mind to start each day on a positive note.



Meditation Series in West Hartford

Zen: Body + Mind Holistic Healing in West Hartford announces their new Osho Active Meditations series be held on Saturdays in February from 9 to 10:15 a.m. These meditations were created for people who “can’t stop thinking” and include 12 unique styles that cultivate inner silence through varying movements, sounds and breathing.



Foam Rolling for Myofascial Relief - Inexpensive Self-Care that Relieves Pain

by Becky Thompson, LMT, RYT

The body has many reasons for presenting with aches and pains. Legs can get achy after walking or running. Hips and back can hurt after too much sitting or standing. Arms or shoulders may feel restricted when reaching high. What is the cause of these aches and pains? One of the main reasons is due to myofascial restrictions and adhesions. These might feel like knots, ropey bands or achy inflamed trigger points around the body. They are caused by the fascia of the body being stuck and hardened into place—and they hurt.



Local Expert - Dawn Whelan

My Last Gift, LLC
P.O. Box 1131, Staffordville, CT 06076

What is your specialization and why did you choose to work in this area?

I am an end-of-life specialist; I provide education and pre-planning assistance to ensure that individuals understand the options available and can make the appropriate decisions for their future. Death is one of the greatest fears people have. I want to remove this fear, or at least lessen it for as many people as I can.



Philosophy of Yoga Course Announced

Lotus Gardens Yoga School announces a special Philosophy of Yoga course. In this 50-hour program held on select weekends beginning in April, students will delve into the deeper aspects of the traditional Himalayan yogis. Meditation, breathing techniques and energy work will be blended along with poses that bring balance and wellbeing to the body, mind and spirit.



Healthy Valentine with Thai Massage for Couples

Becky Thompson, licensed massage therapist, Thai massage practitioner and registered yoga teacher at the Yoga Center of Collinsville will lead a special workshop on Friday, February 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to provide an experience incorporating Thai massage and partner yoga to help attendees enrich relationships, deepen connections and feel more radiant and open-hearted.



Letter From the Publisher

Begin with the end in mind. –  Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People

What powerful words to consider from Mr. Covey. Without a clear vision of how we want something to turn out, we have little possibility to influence a successful end. It’s hard in the middle of the turmoil of our daily lives. It can also take a lot of time to prepare your vision and plan the needed steps to get there while dealing with all the uncertainty that comes along the way. Covey goes on to say, “If you don't make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default.” Wow, that’s alarming! Without a vision, a plan and without taking the needed actions, we’re basically allowing other people or even chance to decide our fate.


February 28, 2017

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