Summer Self Care by Stephanie
“What you do for yourself-any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself-will affect how you experience your world.” -Pema Chodron
Nourish Body, Mind & Spirit
Summer is the perfect time to slow down and notice where you need to be "fed", aka, practice self care. Nobody can do this for us. And if we don't do this for ourselves, we risk becoming resentful, contracted, and unhappy! We must feed ourselves in order to feed others.
As I spoke about last week, we are in charge of our own happiness and this includes on going self care. Give yourself permission to do what makes you feel good. You're worth it.
Top 5 Picks to Nourish Body, Mind & Spirit:
Massage - From therapeutic and deep tissue massage to relaxing massage, it's one of the oldest healing modalities. Massage can relax muscles, soothe aches and pains, release energy blockages, rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.
Yoga - Yoga promotes inner and outer health & well-being. In addition to improving physical health: flexibility, strength, balance, pain management, yoga is a powerful tool in personal transformation. Yoga has been shown to decrease stress, helping with anxiety and PTSD, while improving our mood and outlook on life.
Meditation- We get 2 choices: medicate or meditate. From managing stress, anxiety, and PTSD to cultivating a deeper sense of inner peace and well-being, meditation can help.
Energy Healing - Chakra Balancing is an energetic healing technique that works holistically on the body, mind and spirit from the inside out. Major systems of the body are restored with life-force energy to promote body's natural ability to heal. Chakras will be cleared and re-balanced so you feel lighter and empowered.
Reading List - Self-enrichment is one of the keys to growth.
Our top 5:
-Untethered Soul by Michael Singer -- We are all trying to be okay. Guess what? You already are!
-Reclaiming Joy by Stephanie Filardi -- 4 Steps, when applied, to live happy, healthy, free.
-A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle -- Awakening to your life's purpose and then some!
-A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson -- Love is a potent force and the key to peace...in relationships, work, life...
-Women, Food & God by Geneen Roth -- How we eat teaches us volumes about our life. Time to stop the battle with food and deeply listen.
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.
Yoga Love...Yoga Means Union
To anyone who has taken a yoga class, perhaps you have felt more connected to your body, mind, spirit during and afterward. This is one reason we love yoga! It's about union.
When we are on the mat (or the sand), we are invited to practice what it means to be in union- first with ourselves and then with others. We create this union when we stop to feel our toes...notice our breath and coordinate it with our movement...unite intention with where our attention flows...and it goes on.
If you're new to yoga and have not yetexperienced this, next time you are in class, look for union.
We are still feeling the yoga love as we share this FB picture album from the May Outdoor Yoga Event. Talk about union. It was a blessing to connect with our community...to join together breathing and being one.
Practicing union...another powerful practice for life.
If you want to deepen your understanding of yoga and union, check out
Stephanie's Fall Tulum Retreat here. There are a few rooms available. Questions? Email Stephanie here.
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.