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!
“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
You may define mindfulness simply as: paying attention to what is happening now.
A few key principles include concentration, mindfulness of the body and senses, equanimity, and heartfulness.
- Mindfulness helps us develop our ability to sustain focused attention and concentrate for a period of time. We learn to cultivate present moment awareness as we go through our daily activities.
Mindfulness of the Body
- Mindfulness brings attention to our sensory world experience and emotional body.
- What is our experience of our sense world?
- How can we bring attention to any of the sense experiences: sight, touch, taste, hear, and smell?
- How do emotions manifest in our body?
- What is the physical experience that makes us identify emotion is our bodies?
- Mindfulness is noticing the energetic pathways and flows of our bodies. For example, the sensation of breathing.
- Equanimity is the ability to remain composed and calm with our current experience.
- Emotions and experiences will inevitably happen in our daily life. Cultivating equanimity helps us to be with whatever is happening without over- identifying with the situation or emotion.
- For example, in any given experience we may find ourselves grasping to hold on or attempting to push something away. Cultivating equanimity helps us find the balance to navigate the present moment experience so that we can remain calm without over reacting or suppressing emotions.
- Heartfulness is anything that inspires and resonates with our heartfelt sense of like compassion, generosity, gratitude, sending loving thoughts to someone.
- Mindfulness and heartfulness work together with each other to create a space where we can be with ourselves and others in a non-judgmental way.
- They both work together to hold the space and plant the seed for clarity, connection, and love to manifest.
- By integrating the heart and the mind, we can remember that we are all in this world together. We are all connected. Mindfulness and heartfulness in daily living helps us to listen and nurture the present.
- It teaches us not so much as to place a higher value on the calm experience, but rather to be with whatever is present for us with clarity without judgement.
All of these skills develop over time. The idea is to bring mindful awareness to all aspects of our life. You may start by being aware of simple activities like brushing your teeth or eating an apple. Overtime you will develop a deeper sense of self-awareness by noticing what your triggers are and the ability to have more control over your impulses. You will begin to become aware of that moment or trigger that causes you to act on impulses.
Easy Mindfulness Practice:
Find a comfortable position, close your eyes, and count your breaths.
I’m sure you all have seen this mudra (hand gesture) in multiple pictures of people meditating. Some of you may ask: what does this symbol mean and why try it?
A mudra can mean a gesture, attitude, seal or lock. They are used as circuits to redirect prana (life force) and lead the individual to higher consciousness.
Chin Mudra (Jnana Mudra), pictured above, is representative of uniting the individual with cosmic consciousness. Practice this mudra during your meditation practice to align yourself with your divine purpose.