Yoga is a tool. Like a hammer, yoga offer us the opportunity, if we are willing to see it as such, to help us build something.
And yet, how often do we judge the experience? Maybe we show up on the mat, or make excuses as to why we "can't", and then judge yoga itself. That's like judging the hammer. It makes no sense. Or maybe some people think of yoga as "bad" and in conflict with some type of "religious" life. Hmmm...yoga is a tool. Maybe "church" is also a tool?
So, if we aren't paying attention, if we aren't present, we may hammer our finger or pull a ligament. We get "hurt". We blame the hammer or yoga.
Maybe the truth is that when we aren't present as we do yoga, hammer the nail, live our life...it isn't the yoga, the hammer or life that's the "problem". Perhaps it's us? Meaning, we have not yet trained our mind "well enough" so it endlessly attaches judgment (good and bad) to everything. There is another way to live that requires a willingness to change our beliefs and the way we "see".
Yoga is a tool. Whether our practice is strong and sweaty or gentle and sweet, isn't the point. When we embrace yoga as a tool, we become present to the wisdom it gives us. Wisdom is a form of help, yes?
Take a moment to consider how your yoga/hammer/life practice supports you.
Is there anything you must you change in your mind to allow the practice to help you build the life you want? Maybe you want more love, peace, laughter, friends, money...more of that feeling of being alive...
Yes, MORE! Nothing wrong with wanting more. There's that judgment again :)
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga means union. Yoga therapy is the practice of applying yoga teachings to connect body, mind, & spirit. People come to Yoga Therapy to manage physical injury or pain, and/or mental and emotional stress or trauma.
How will Yoga Therapy Benefit Me?
Yoga Therapy promotes inner and outer health & well-being. In addition to improving physical health: flexibility, strength, balance, pain management, yoga therapy is a powerful tool in personal transformation. Yoga therapy has been shown to decrease stress, helping with anxiety and PTSD, while improving our mood and outlook on life.
What To Expect In a Session:
*Centering/Breath Work/Meditation to Quiet the Mind
*Yoga Postures to Stretch, Strengthen &Tone the Body
*Deep Relaxation to Invite Wisdom & Deep Peace
Yoga Therapy sessions are provided exclusively by Peter.
Each session is 75 Minutes, $160.
Book On-Line here or Call us: 914.337.9356
Questions? Email Peter here.
Yoga Therapy...Nourishing Body, Mind, Spirit...
At the Sanctuary our mission is to provide space for all beings to THRIVE. We are guided by an ancient tradition of body, mind, and spirit focus that is essential to total health, life balance, and true peace.
Last week we spoke about the magic that happens when we use hot stones during massage. The hot stones nourish the body, while deeply relaxing the mind and rejuvenating the spirit. This week we want to share another way to connect body, mind, spirit: Yoga Therapy
Why? People are drowning in data, wisdom starved, sleep deprived, and tech ruled.This is taking a toll on body, mind, and spirit. Friends, we are not meant to live this way.
As any athlete or high performing individual will tell you, recovery is as important as training - and it’s the quality of the recovery that keeps us showing up at the level we aspire to.
So, how does yoga therapy help?
Yoga therapy is a type of therapy that uses yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve physical, mental, and emotional health.The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of body, mind, and spirit.
Modern yoga therapy covers a broad range of therapeutic modalities, incorporating elements from both physical therapy and psychotherapy.
Provided exclusively by Peter, get ready to nourish yourself. Peter will help you slow down, notice, and deeply listen. Peter will give you micro steps to easily incorporate into your daily routine to help you THRIVE.
Here's what clients are saying about Yoga Therapy with Peter:
"I've been going to private yoga therapy sessions and massage therapy at the Sanctuary for two years, and it's been incredibly helpful for both my competitive running and in helping me through some difficult changes in my life with strength, equanimity, and finally regaining my happiness. I recently referred one of my friends and she is just as happy as I am- she says it has changed her life as well." - Jennifer D.
"I thought Peter was attentive to my needs and very knowledgeable about my particular injury in yoga. His adaptions were "spot on" and making himself available in-between appointments should I need it was also appreciated!" -Kathleen W.
Yoga Therapy Sessions with Peter are 75 minutes, $160. To Book, Call: 914.337.9356or book on-line here.
Questions? Ask Peter Here.
New Sanctuary Offerings and Updates!!!
We are blessed to be in our 6th year of business here, thanks to you!! We have added a few offerings in line with our mission to provide the space for all beings to thrive.
Services that nourish and enrich you from the inside out.
To name a few...Yoga Therapy with Peter, Intuitive Coaching with Stephanie, and yes, the Ultimate 90 Minute Facial!
Kindly note our prices will be increasing starting today. We feel lucky it's only the 2nd time in 6 years we have had to do this. We will honor pricing of appointments/packages/series/gift certificates booked/purchased previously.
For a full listing of new/updated offerings/prices please visit our website.
We look forward to continuing to guide and support one another further along on their personal journey.
Nourish...Your Body, Edge, Our Grads by Stephanie
We love and live for the many ways to give and receive nourishment at the Sanctuary! When we nourish ourselves, and one another, life is sweeter.
Today I encourage you to nourish...
How? The food you eat, the joyful movement you engage in, the rest and relaxation you allow yourself, and the pampering you gift yourself.
What? In yoga we use the term "edge" to describe the moment we are holding a pose...and it becomes a challenge and our mind/body wants to quit, yet we stay and push a bit more. We find our "Edge"...the place that isn't comfortable, nor is it painful.Our edge is where we build confidence and learn new ways of being...we grow. And when we grow, we sustain our own sense of deep nourishment.
You may explore your edge physically, in yoga, or any activity you enjoy; mentally by exploring practices like meditation that discipline the mind; emotionally by experiencing energy healing to help you release old patterns that no longer serve.
How to nourish our graduates?
Perhaps this quote says it best...
"If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm." - Bruce Barton
And a gift of Sanctuary adds to that enthusiasm too :)
Sanctuary Gift Certificates are the perfect way to encourage pampering!
2nd Annual Outdoor Yoga Gathering
Wednesday, 5/31/17 @6PM-8PM
@Leonard Morange Square, Bronxville
In partnership with the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce we are excited support yoga in our community!
6:00PM: Registration Opens
6:00PM-7:00PM: Food, music, mingle & complementary services such as chair massage, reiki and more!
7:00PM-8:00PM: Yummy Yoga Class taught by Peter & Stephanie, E-RYT 500 Instructors & Co-Founders of BWS.
Class is open to beginners and beyond.
Register In Advance Here.
Questions? Call us: 914.337.9356.
SWEET RETREAT - TULUM, MEXICO
With Stephanie Filardi
October 31st - November 5th, 2017
Relax, Renew & Nourish yourself in this amazing Mayan land.
Start the day with meditation and yoga in front of the sea, savor healthy and fresh meals, unwind with free time by the Caribbean Sea or explore the wonders of the area, connect with like minded people.
Open to All Levels!
Your Energy is Your #1 Asset, by Stephanie
As I've delved deeper into my being, freeing myself of that which doesn't bring me JOY, I realized something.
Your energy IS your #1 asset.
Think about it. If you have all the means in the world, yet you lack energy to live your life, what's the point?
If you don't (yet) have the means you want, and you lack the energy, now that's a harder path.
I break down energy flow as input and output.
Input = energy you take in. Output = energy you give out.
If you are engaging with life and taking in energy which makes you feel "good/energized/expansive", yay for you! You are more likely to give out the goodness too!
On the contrary, if you are engaging with life and taking in energy which makes you feel "bad/drained/contracted", you may want to delve deeper as to "what and why". In this case, you are also more likely to give out this "bad" energy.
Yikes, right!! Don't fret. The key is to understand energy. With understanding you regain control.
For simplicity, how you engage with life in the 3 main areas below will reveal how you are either feeding your energy or depleting it.
Body - Physical Stuff
Examples Include: Food, Vitamins, Sleep, Movement, Self Care Routine -- Think nourishment for your body!
As a rule, the better quality your food, vitamins and sleep, the better energy you will have. As for movement-- the key is consistent, often and enjoyable!! Movement is the fastest way to shift your energy. For self-care routine- these are the ways you take care of your "vessel" with rejuvenating practices like massage, yoga and energy healing.
PS: If you're a vitamin person like me, check out this Healthprint Assessment from Shaklee. I've been waiting over 13 years for Shaklee to come out with it!!
Mind - Mental / Emotional Stuff
Examples Include: Mental discipline, Emotional Regulation -- Think calm mind and balanced emotions
For many of us, the amount of mental and emotional energy we expend on stress, worry, fear and doubt is draining. This area is often the hardest to "get under control" and yet with practice, it's the most powerful. How to reign it in? Practices like meditation help tremendously. Yes, a good workout often shifts your mood, yet I have found it is short term. For long term success, a consistent meditation practice is suggested. Note: If mental and emotional stuff is a result of relationship challenges, which is often the case, meditation in combination with energy work is profound. Think of the weeding your internal garden of that which doesn't serve as I wrote about last week here.
Spirit- Connection to Yourself / Life Purpose
Examples Include: Practices that nourish your connection to your self and your life purpose
Many of us are so busy in the doing, we neglect to notice how we are being. We end up feeling disconnected and lose sight of why we are "here". Discovering and then consistently feeding your spiritual self will feed your energetic well and replenish you. Examples of this include anything that brings you a sense of peace, well-being and joy. Petting your cat, cooking for your family, calling instead of texting, meeting up instead of facebook-ing it...and so much more. Go play and discover!!
As you reflect on each of these 3 areas- body, mind and spirit- notice the places where your energy is fed and the places where your energy gets depleted. Managing your energy starts with awareness. With awareness you have choice as to where you focus your attention -- your energy.
Where your attention goes, your energy flows!!