This week starts off following the energy of the new moon on Sunday. A time to plant the seeds of what we want to grow and nurture in our lives .The week offers an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate all the beauty in the world. I encourage you to look within and listen to the callings of your heart, all experiences that add juice, sensuality, and color to your life. Ask yourself “What do I really want?”
The beginning of the week is a good time for celebrating what is working and seriously taking a deep look at what is not. Making time for your meditation practice will help. Write down the images and sensations that come into your consciousness each morning when you wake and in the evening before bed. What you may uncover are the things that need to be cleared or need your attention.
Midweek it is important to embody the energy you want to attract into your life. It’s important to find clarity and continue the mental, emotional, and physical detox I talked about last week. Otherwise, you may feel like you are repeating patterns that are not working. Write your plans and goals down on a daily calendar, do what you set out to do, and track your progress. Assess what is not working. Be as specific as possible.
By the weekend you may find yourself feeling indecisive if you have not taken the time to think things through, meditate, and pay attention to your own intuition. You know what to do. Be gentle with yourself, sit quietly and listen. The right answer will come to you. When you stand in your truth, the right people and situations will be attracted into your life.
Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. In the spirit of spring cleaning, embrace the incredible beauty of planet earth. Choose to care for the earth, the plants, and animals. Use clean & green personal care and cleaning products. Know that we are all deeply connected. Choose Love!
Peace and Light,
The Weekly Well: A guide to the energy patterns of the week
This week brings a relief from stressful situations. A strong focus is set on clearing your mind and detoxing your body. Committing to self-care and healing are keys to welcoming abundance into your life. Opportunities to travel and connect with new, likeminded people present themselves.
For those who have been struggling, expect things to get better by the beginning of the week. A release from difficult situations and a shift toward the positive is going to flow in. It’s important to clear your mind and release any grievances you are holding. Strive to forgive any situation or event you feel has held you back in your life. Focus your thoughts on gratitude for the good in your life. Practice visualizing exactly what you want. Use all of your senses to embody the positive changes you would like to see in your life.
Midweek is a good time to move forward on the goals you meditated on earlier in the week. Do your research and write down the things you would like to manifest in your life. It’s a time to make connections, travel, and reach out to people you are interested in working with. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
By the end of the week, your hard work will pay off. By meditating on the positive, letting go of the past, and putting together a solid action plan you will begin to feel a sense of stability. Take some time over the weekend to celebrate with family and friends.
This week it’s important to take time for self-care. Get a massage, go to the gym, take a yoga or dance class, anything to shake off the stress of the past few weeks. Equally important is detoxing your body from unhealthy food and negative emotions. In other words, eat healthy, meditate, and exercise.
Stress can cloud our vision. It’s important to meditate daily and tune into your intuition. Practice gentle pranayama exercises to free the mind and relax the body. Block out all the noise and listen to the deepest part of your soul.
This week our spirit is deeply seeking to be connected with our actions. Ask yourself the question “what would bring the greatest joy into my life?” Listen for the answer during your meditation practice. Abundance comes in when your heart and your mind are in balance.
Love and Light,
Soma Samadhi Yoga and Dance, a Boutique Adult Fitness and Children’s Dance Studio Opens in Norwalk, CT
Supporting mindfulness in yoga, fitness, and the performing arts, with an emphasis on all things creatively nurturing, Norwalk has a new wellness resource for children and adults.
Norwalk, CT – September 1, 2017 – Effective, fun, uplifting. Qualities that Andrew and Alexa Lane believe are essential to the development of programs that are designed to enhance one’s life. They’re the new owners of Soma Samadhi Yoga and Dance in Norwalk, Connecticut. Offering adult fitness as well as a separate performing arts program for children, the new studio has a mission. It supports health, wellness, and creativity in a non-competitive, nurturing environment.
The proud owners said of the grand opening, “We’re thrilled to open our yoga and dance studio in Norwalk. It’s our home, and we’re so excited to bring that little something extra to the lives of our neighbors and friends.”
Soma Samadhi adult fitness programs offer a variety of classes all of which provide a total body workout; that variety includes signature brands of Hot Yoga, Barre, and Dance Fitness. To keep structure top-of-mind, all Fitness and Dance classes are developed using the latest research in exercise science and have an emphasis on proper alignment. They also focus on functional fitness and mind-body awareness. Instructors are sensitive to the student’s individual needs and can adjust the exercises to address any injuries or specific goals.
Also on tap, the Dance Destiny & Arts program inspires children through the performing arts. All instructors who lead the children’s program are skilled, professional artists who encourage students to explore creativity and express themselves with confidence. Dance classes include Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and their Preschool Dance program, “Tiny Dancer.” All dance classes focus on cultivating classical dance technique, coordination, performance, and artistry. Additionally they offer acting and singing lessons as well as private dance coaching. All the classes are well-suited for students interested in becoming professional performers or simply for personal expression.
Soma Samadhi also offers teacher training in Yoga, Barre, and Dance Fitness.
For more information visit www.somasamadhi.com.
About Soma Samadhi Yoga and Dance:
Soma Samadhi Yoga and Dance was founded by Andrew and Alexa Lane in 2017 to bring yoga and dance classes to Norwalk, Connecticut residents.
About Alexa Lane:
Program Director, Alexa Lane has performed in a variety of musical theatre, television, and film productions in the United States and Europe. She is a proud member of the theatrical unions Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Her family has been in the dance industry for over fifty years. She holds a degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Exercise Science and multiple certifications in fitness and wellness. Her background in dance, yoga, and science has given her a unique ability help individuals train safely and achieve their goals.
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Owner, Soma Samadhi Yoga and Dance
BLESSED ARE YOU, TO CHANNEL THE GRACE OF GOD AS YOU BRING FORTH THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF LIFE
BLESSED ARE YOU, AS YOU EVEOLVE, GROW, AND SHARE YOUR UNIQUE GIFTS WITH WORLD
BLESSED ARE YOU, WHO LOVE SO MUCH IT HURTS
BLESSED ARE YOU, WHO KNOW FORGIVENESS
BLESSED ARE YOU, AS YOU NURTURE YOURSELF AS YOU NURTURE ANOTHER
BLESSED ARE YOU, WHO PARENT THE PLANET, SEEK THEIR SOUL, RISE TO THEIR REVELATIONS
TO ALL WOMAN
BLESSED ARE YOU, AS YOU ARE THE PULSE OF LIFE MANIFEST
Without Mindfulness: Stimulus > Reaction
With Mindfulness: Stimulus > Mindfulness > Response
Mindfulness training helps children engage in the present moment. It teaches kids to create the space to breathe, relax, and be with whatever emotion is present so that they can respond thoughtfully. It has the ability to reduce impulsive reactions.
Does this sound too good to be true?
Mindfulness-Based Interventions have approximately 35 years of research and development. Jon Kabitt-Zinn, Ph.D. developed mindfulness programs in the late 1970s at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Later secular mindfulness programs were integrated into the health care system and hospitals.
Currently, mindfulness programs are being offered in health care facilities, mental health programs, and education. In fact, a recent study in 2011 by Harvard neuropsychologist Britta Holzel and her colleagues found that an eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program resulted in increases in gray matter concentration in brain regions involved in learning, memory, emotional regulation, self-referential processing, and perspective taking.
How do these discoveries translate to your child’s brain?
- Better focus and concentration
- Increased sense of calm
- Improves impulse control
- Increased self-awareness
- Skillful responses to difficult emotions
- Increased empathy, attunement, and understanding of others
- Development of natural conflict resolution skills
Simply put, mindfulness helps children develop the life skills necessary to be a healthy, happy human being. By teaching our children to take a few minutes each day to sit quietly, breathe, and listen, we are helping them develop the ability to pay attention to what is happening all around them. We are teaching them to be with their emotional experience without blocking or reacting. Children learn to live in their bodies and experience their inner landscape (emotional/mental health) with a heightened sense of curiosity and wholeheartedness.
Why is Mindfulness training important for your family?
Beyond all the benefits listed above, mindfulness develops and strengthens the parent-child relationship by increasing intuition. The practice increases the development of executive functions in the brain which affects our ability to sense situations or have a “gut feeling” about something. This process results in both parent and child developing a deeper connection to each other and the ability to attune to each other’s feelings.
By teaching children to cultivate these empathic qualities toward themselves, it inspires compassion for all living things.
Mindfulness for Children is one more tool to bring peace to planet Earth.
Above is a picture of Antonia Torello, one of my yoga students and one of the stars of my short film “Child Evolve,” a film on yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for children. Stay tuned, Coming Soon!