Welcome Kelsey Jordan, the newest teacher in our Conscious Movement Studio at 1034 SW Taylor St. Just around the corner from the Health Studio & Retail Space.
A Vinyasa Flow and restorative yoga teacher Kelsey Jordan studied yoga for five years and received her teaching certification from Yoga Assets in Salt Lake City Utah December 2016.
Her classes promote full expression of self, safety in alignment, and a passion for yoga. Vinyasa classes are vibrant and high energy; for toning, weight loss and to create heat. The restorative classes in contrast are calming,
to de-stress and promote healing. All styles will leave you feeling revitalized, renewed and healthy.
Kelsey has specialized skills in women’s health, prenatal care, children and autism.
Stop by the Studio as early as this evening to take her All Levels Restorative Yoga Class (every Saturday from 5:30pm - 7:00pm).
Kelsey will also be offering a Sunday afternoon Beginning Vinyasa Flow & Balancing (from 2:00pm - 3:30pm).
Saturday Night "Restorative Class" (ALL LEVELS) $15 drop-in.
Practice will be held low to ground supported by props that allow complete relaxation. Poses will be held for 5 or more minutes for deep tissue stretch. Alignment of the body and mind by practicing stillness, gentle movement, and guided meditation.
Sunday Afternoon “Beginning Vinyasa flow & Balancing” (LEVELS BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE) $15 drop-in.
Introduction to sun salutations and balancing poses. Linking practice together with rhythm and breath to create a high energy, vibrant flow.
JOY IS NOT A REWARD BUT AN NECESSITY!
In the last few months I notice that there are more people going through huge transitions then ever before coming to see me. We, as a hive seemingly are pulling strings of wax and holding fast in creating our new identity. The permission to navigate self worth, relationships, pain, love and life in challenging jobs and unemployment has been showing up. I have been focusing on helping people to renew the layers of information that create the bodies we walk around in. Many have found my sessions helpful for relieving stress and physical pain during this time of intensity. Since the time of hibernation I have been thinking, how can we embrace PLAY and JOY as a way to move though transitions or to gain a new perspective. Let's try this.
What gives you PLEASURE?
What makes you feel ALIVE?
What brings you JOY?
Close your eyes --right now! Think about it...Just start with acknowledging one thing. If it helps write or make a list, somehow fully embody it, think about it in traffic, on the bus, cultivate it. Then figure out how to incorporate it into your life so you can be self supported by JOY weekly, daily, hourly.
What is a simple thing you can do for yourself to keep you feeling balanced?
For me dance is what serves and saves me when I need to transform my angst, or my feelings of overwhelm, into a place where I can receive joy. I dance until images appear and give me clarity, until my translucent body soaks liquid light into it, fills me and lets me know that all will be fine, here is a road, here is an arrow floating compass wise in front of you. Follow the arrow, follow the arrow, follow......
While writing this I took a break and I asked Face Book. What gives you JOY? and I got some very wonderful answers, gardening, family, friends, dancing, feasting, creating something, breaking patterns, all good things. One quote I loved was......
"....just living is labor. so... to answer the question, in this moment, it's bringing me joy to remember that there are things that bring me joy........ thank you"
So maybe just thinking, remembering or fantasizing of joy can help us feel supported on our continual path as it changes every step we take. We are not alone. So start today, look at your list or remember your thoughts to access JOY from the simplest of actions you can give to yourself.
- Sara "Tink" Mapelli -
Qigong (氣功) is the primary self-care practice within Chinese medicine. We practice slow, relaxed breathing to calm and center the mind. We stand, stretch, and twist to open the joints, improve circulation, and stabilize both our deep metabolic functions and our outward structure, improving balance and strengthening vitality throughout the whole system.
Although the term “qigong” has only been around for a hundred years or so, the practices it describes have been going on for thousands. They were primarily called daoyin (導引) until the twentieth century, which means “to guide and stretch.”
The emphasis has almost invariably been on slow, conscientious movement in concert with specific breath patterns. The intended outcomes can vary from system to system（and there are literally thousands of qigong styles）but in Chinese medical practice we of course focus on the health benefits. Training the body through regular qigong practice, we go through life better prepared to deal with adversity, both physically and psycho-emotionally. Illness becomes less frequent and less intense, and we conduct our lives in greater confidence and greater stability.
Historically, daoyin was a part of a larger group of health and longevity practices known by the term yangsheng (養生) or “cultivating life.” Yangsheng practice would include daily daoyin practice, but also management of lifestyle and diet, as well as acupuncture and moxibustion techniques, and herbal therapies. There have been enormous numbers of these techniques passed down in different traditions, but they have tended mostly to focus on living in harmony with the seasonal changes in our immediate environment, and the changes within ourselves over the course of our lives.
Nowadays most of these concepts get lumped together under the term qigong. There are qigong systems specific to developing the body and mind for the martial arts, or developing the mind and body for long term religious meditation, but more often than not, qigong focuses on a more general health promotion approach. This is how it has become a significant part of Chinese medical practice. It is often said that one cannot be a great Chinese medical physician without practicing qigong. They describe medicine as a hand. It's fingers are ZhenJiu (acupuncture & moxibustion), Tuina (bodywork), WaiYao (external herbal preparations), and NeiYao (internal herbs). The thumb, which brings the fingers together and allows them to grasp, is Qigong.
- Brad Hamlin -
As we witness the dissolution of the traditional, toxic masculine paradigm, how do we awaken
the divine masculinity within ourselves to help form a new system? In this six-week series, we’ll
approach our inner darkness to uncover personal blocks to our higher selves, tap into deeper
levels of consciousness to connect to the universal source, and jumpstart the process of
becoming more centered inside ourselves and in community as masculine beings in the world.
Topics will include negative self-talk and body image, identifying positive male archetypes,
examining hierarchy while playing with new forms of coming together, diving into the wisdom
of loneliness and grief, and exploring how to foster intimacy outside of sex. In the final week,
we'll hold an initiation ritual to affirm and welcome ourselves to the next stage of our
The 4-week series begins with a three-hour opening session