Deep Dive

TAKE THE PLUNGE

Why Are Deep Dive Immersions Important?

As a dedicated spiritual practitioner, I know how essential a daily practice can be.  That is, if you know what practice to do and have the resiliency to do it every day.  For most, guidance and accountability are necessary.

The devotion and consistency of a spiritual practice over a long duration shapes us like water poured for years upon stone.  The results we see are not immediate; our rough edges, bad behaviors, and limiting beliefs are worn down gradually as we are shaped into our true form.  But it is the immersions, the deep dives, that can shape us the most profoundly.

In a private 1:1 or a group setting, there is a collective intentionality that creates a container for the individual to go deep, quickly, in a way that is safe.  The results tend to be immediate and yet continue to feed insights and soul nourishment throughout the months, perhaps year to come.

You leave feeling tender yet strong and resilient.  You feel sculpted and transformed into something more beautiful than when you arrived.  It is the deeper immersions that take us to depths we are too afraid or uncertain to tread on our own.  It is essential to be guided by an experienced teacher who has navigated the waters, who is confident in how to teach you to do the same and can get you out of your comfort zone.

What I am saying is this, most of us stay in the shallow end, where there are lots of people.  Where we feel comfortable.  But what you deeply desire doesn’t lie in your comfort zone.  It lies out there, beyond the safe borders of the known.  It’s not until the longing for more becomes greater than the fear that you walk out to deeper depths.

At some point in your life you have to DECIDE, Do I stay small and safe or do I take a deep breath and DIVE?

You don’t have to solo dive though.  You have the choice to take the hand of an experienced teacher, guide or mentor who can look you in the eye and tell you, “You can handle this.  I will show you how. I will be with you as you strengthen your own abilities. I will be with you as you become more agile.  I will still be with you, even as I let go of your hand, so that you can dive below and explore your own depths, face your own monsters.  I will be here when you surface, ready to support you as you process and celebrate the awakening of awareness and dissolving of fears.”

This is why I am offering a series of Deep Dive Immersions. Each immersion is designed to help you go beyond asana (the yoga postures) and move into inner depths where true transformation and long-lasting change happen.   Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE asana.  It is where I began, where most of us begin our yoga journey.  But let me be clear. It is the shallow end of yoga.

In the beginning, you will have amazing shifts and insights.  However, if you have been practicing for a while and feel lackluster in your practice, bored, or your heart aches for more, or you wonder why you’re are not feeling the same results from your practice as you once did, it simply means this:

You are ready to advance. 

If getting out of the shallow end and learning how to navigate deeper spiritual depths, to really experience the richness of what the tradition of yoga has to offer, I invite you to join me.

I do these dives for myself all the time.  I know the waters and can testify time and again, it is worth overcoming fear and facing the unknown so that you can feel the boundless potential, the buoyancy of spirit and expansiveness of your true nature.  You just need a place to do so and a teacher willing to take you there.

 

Take the Plunge

 Heal | Transform | Thrive

Breathing for Better Health

Everyone is born knowing how to breathe and do so unconsciously.  However, frenzied lives and elevated levels of stress and anxiety can lead to constricted breathing patterns that negatively impact physical, mental, emotional, even spiritual health.  Breath is unique in that it can be consciously shaped into patterns that positively impact the nervous system –immediately.

Consciously shaping the breath will not only oxygenate the body and brain but help:

  • recharge your energy to have more passion, enthusiasm & motivation for what really matters
  • reduce stress, anxiety, pain and panic
  • enhance your ability to focus and maintain your attention
  • improve sleep
  • recover from PTSD and trauma
  • become more aware of your body, thoughts and feelings
  • feel more peaceful and connected
  • be more present and in the moment
  • boost your immune system
  • improve meditation
  • be less emotionally reactive

Learn simple, yet powerful techniques that, when integrated into a daily routine, will positively affect your current mood, overall state of well-being and long-term health.

Yoga Nidra, Sacred Awareness

THIS practice is by far my favorite.  A must if you desire healing within body, emotional well-being, or a deeper spiritual connection.

Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a powerful yogic technique that promotes deep rest, relaxation and restoration.  In the state of Yoga Nidra, you become so relaxed, you feel spacious, boundless, and unconfined by body or mind.  Not only does the nervous system reset and heal at a deep level, but you are able to experience the deepest state of consciousness where true transformational can happen.

If practiced regularly, a simple, easy to practice, 20-30-minute session can have a deep, long lasting impact on your physical, mental and even spiritual health; improve sleep quality, immune function, and the body’s ability to heal from chronic stress, trauma, illness and injury, reduces tension and anxiety, and enhances cognition.

Meditation, Reconnect to Spirit

When the Buddha was asked by a student, “What is the difference between man and an enlightened being?” he Buddha replied, “One moon, 10,000 moons.”  This is an ancient metaphor that the mind is like a lake.  When the lake of the mind is calm what we see on the surface is a true reflection; we see clearly.  When the water is disturbed we see not one reflection but 10,000—a distorted version of the truth.

The perpetual motion of our lives keeps the mind disturbed and impairs our ability to see truth.  It is when we learn to quiet body, breath and mind we can see clearly and as a result perception of our life, others and the world shifts.   Learn the differences between various practices, their benefits, and how to practice so that you may steady your mind and see your truth.

Reset Your Nervous System

We are a culture in perpetual motion, whether that be perpetually moving the body, the mind perpetually moving, or constant fluctuations in emotions.  But what is this perpetual movement and unsteadiness doing to our quality of health?  How do our bodies feel when we work long hours with little time to ourselves?  How do our minds, our thoughts reflect this?  Our emotions?

This perpetual movement creates an unsteadiness and unease in body, mind and heart.  Perpetual motion keeps the nervous system activated, taking a toll on the body and mind, making us more and more susceptible to physical disease and mental dis-ease.

However, there are simple techniques, accessible to anyone, that can reset the nervous system and activate the body’s immune response.

Learning & objectives/takeaways for the session.

*Explanation of the autonomic nervous system

*How chronic stress affects the health of the body, mind and spirit

*Learn simple tools to alleviate chronic stress, reset the nervous system, improve mental focus & clarity, the body’s ability to heal and resist disease, improve communication & ability to make decisions, rejuvenate body and mind.

*Get clear on how you will find time to implement change in your life

Energetics of Yoga

Learn how to structure a yoga class based on how you want to FEEL.  Based on the 6 traditional categories of postures and the energetics each category imparts on the spine and nervous system: Forward bends, Backbends, Twists, Laterals, Inversions and Extensions.  Each category of poses has a unique energetic quality.  When linked with appropriate breathing techniques, kriyas and meditations the effects on the autonomic nervous system can be profound.  Your efforts will be more efficient, have longer lasting results and leave you feeling more sublime.

Yoga Anatomy for Yoga Teachers

A weekend immersion for Yoga Teacher Trainings.  As a facilitator of a YTT, it is difficult to be an expert in all things yoga.  I can help alleviate the challenge and stress of teaching anatomy.

This course focuses on anatomy as it pertains to the functional movements of yoga, common injuries, and pranayama.  Students learn through lecture, myofascial release, experiential movement, and applied yoga posture.

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