Diane Richards is now offering free guided mediation twice weekly at Sol. Meditation is well known for reducing stress and providing a sense of calm and relaxation but did you know that mediation actually increases grey matter! In a new Harvard study, “The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.” (1)
Ananda will share another very special sound meditation with us on Friday, November 13th from 7 to 8pm. Vibration can work through the roadblocks we create with our minds to transform us profoundly. Ananda will use gongs, bowls, chimes and other instruments to heal and nourish us deeply.
We have two new classes coming up for those of you who like to Yoga (I know its not a verb, I can't help myself:)) earlier, Ananda is now teaching two new classes to energize you and align your body and mind for the day ahead. Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar in ancient Sanskrit) will be offered Wedneday mornings 7-8am starting July 8th. Kundalini Yoga will be on Saturdays 8:15-9:15am.
Sun Salutations For thousands of years people have been waking at dawn to honor the sun. Surya Namaskar, or prostrations to the sun consists of a series of poses strung together in a vinyasa flow style. The body is a temple that houses the infinite intelligence within, our consciousness. This practice is a moving prayer that strengthens our body while honoring and showing gratitude to the sun, without which there would be no life upon Earth. Performing the practice of Surya Namaskar can bring one into harmony with the cycles and rhythms of nature. In this practice we will chant the sanskrit mantras that accompany the 12 positions that honor the different avatars of the sun throughout the entire practice. Each avatar brings in a different vibration of conscious energy within us. Each position throughout the sequence aligns us with those divine energies. This practice is spiritual and peaceful. The repetitive mantra chanting while flowing through the movements initiates a very deep meditative state. The pace is very slow and gentle.
Kundalini Yoga Kundalini, the Yoga of Awareness. In this practice the goal is to awaken life force energy at the base of the spine. This practice is very spiritual and focuses on breath and movement to build mental, emotional and physical endurance. We will explore traditional yoga postures and strength exercises while using the breath to move energy. Kundalini sequences known as kriyas vary in speed and duration. This style of yoga has great power for releasing and letting go, for discharging blockages and leading to immense joy and prolonged states of serenity. Kundalini is quite different than most vinyasa practices and other forms of yoga. In addition to intense repetitive deep breath work, you may find yourself stomping, dancing or chanting. We also use mudras, hand positions and drishti, eye gaze direction. Traditionally it is best to wear white to a kundalini class, but please do not feel obligated to do so. The color white is said to expand auric fields, protect from negative projections and deflect negativity. White inspires grace and heightens awareness. According to Yogi Bhajan, one can absorb just the frequencies needed from wearing white because white light contains the whole spectrum of color.
Sol is so excited to host a sound therapy session. Ananda will be at Sol the first Friday of every month to share her beautiful healing music with gongs, crystal bowls, and Tibetan singing bowls. The first session will be Friday June 5th. Join us for this extraordinary musical meditation at 6:30pm. We have blankets, mats, chairs so that you can sit or lie on the floor. All are welcome, suggested donation is $11. Ananda says if you can't afford it come anyway!
From her Facebook page, 'Guided Chakra Clearing Sound Healing Meditation':
♥ Guided Sound Healing Meditation The practice of nada yoga, the yoga of sound, brings a deep unity with both the outer and inner experience of the vibratory world of which we are all inseparable from. Nada Yoga means "union through sound" and it is an ancient spiritual practice of transf...ormation through vibration. Meditation on sound is one universal path to self realization. It is a powerful healing art that engages the brain in alpha-theta brain wave activity and balances hemispheric activity. In this healing meditation explore consciousness through vibration. Experience the higher state of consciousness that sound healing initiates through bringing the physical and subtle body into a unified resonant state.
Kasie will be teaching a free Community Class starting May 23rd from 9-10:30am on Saturdays.
Kasie is a recent graduate of the Kindness Studio’s 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher training program through The Yoga Alliance. She feels very blessed to finally find her calling and share the gift of this practice that has saved her in so many ways.
She began practicing yoga in a traditional Bikram studio about 7 years ago in her native New York and has been hooked ever since.
She enjoys creating intense flows that challenge both mind and body, however is happy to hold space for all who attend.
There is a huge amount of misinformation out there about salt. Salt is in many things that we eat and particularly processed foods. Lots of people avoid salt believing that it is better for their health. Unfortunately most of this information pertains to table salt which is highly processed and can cause unnecessary damage to the body. However! Real salt contains many minerals and electrolytes that are beneficial to the body and can help us with hydration, muscle cramps, and even digestion. Consider adding Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt to your diet to improve your health. Check out this video that talks mainly about the benefits of proper hydration but also how real salt can be beneficial to your health https://youtu.be/emHO3NekWLw.
We are now offering Celtic Sea Salt at SOl. Give it a try.
Tina Yee has joined Sol and is offering Reflexology! Tina will be offering reflexology every other Wednesday starting next week, April 29th. You can contact her directly to schedule and appointment at 303-445-1477. Tina shared with me that she has seen immediate results with reflexology especially, among other things, for sinus issues (take note allergy sufferers!) and back pain. For a limited time Tina has offered to give a 30 minute session for just $20! Make an appointment today!
We have added a couple of new classes at Sol! Check out the new class schedule. Feel free to call or e-mail if you have any questions.
Wednesday 5:15-6:15 - Restorative Yoga
Lots of folks have asked for more gentle yoga so here it is! Restorative yoga is a sequence of very gentle yoga poses performed mostly on the floor supported by props such as blankets, blocks, and straps. Restorative yoga is great for anyone: the stressed out athlete (you know who I'm talking about!), folks with injuries and movement limitations, beginners, experienced yogis who would like to explore the more meditative aspects of the practice. Whoever you are, you will benefit from this gentle practice set to relaxing music.
Friday 5:15-5:45 Body Shred
That's right! Just half an hour. This is a workout that will “shed fat, define muscle, transform the look of your entire physique, and dramatically enhance your overall health and athletic performance”. High intensity, endurance based workout that uses an interval system: 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of ab work. Repeat. Bring 3-8lb dumbbells.
Some of you have asked me what herbs or supplements are good for memory, concentration, and focus. I think it is important to tailor herbs to particular situations and the individual. However, there are some basic things all of us can do to help prevent and even reverse cognitive decline. Here we have a recipe for "Brain balls" that contain a nice variety of herbs that contribute to brain health and function. Eat 1 or 2 a day. Scroll down for supplement and dietary recommendations.
Coconut oil (use unrefined, organic)
Nut butter (use organic)
Honey (use raw, unpasteurized)
Turmeric with black pepper or long pepper (ratio of 1:10)
Gotu kola powder
Ground flax seeds
Mix equal parts Coconut oil and Nut butter. Add equal parts ashwagandha, turmeric, gotu kola, and lemon balm, mix until you have a smooth, even texture. Add freshly ground flax seeds and mix thoroughly. Add enough honey to hold the mixture together.
Supplements and Dietary Recommendations
Take fish oil everyday either in liquid or capsule form. Fish oil contains DHA, which is easily absorbed by the body and is an essential nutrient for brain health. Research shows that Gingko biloba extract is supportive to the brain because it increases efficiency of the brain, increases circulation to the brain, and improves transmission of nerve impulses. Take 120 to 240mg daily taken in 2 to 3 doses. Effects may take 6 to 12 weeks.
The brain uses fat for food. DHA is the most abundant fat in the brain and is necessary for electrical communication between neurons. As we age, the amount of DHA in the brain decreases. DHA is most abundant in fish as well as free-range beef, chickens, and eggs.
Cook with coconut oil or even butter or ghee. Increase your use of olive oil on salads and other dishes. Olive oil should not be cooked with as it alters the structure of the fat. Coconut oil and butter has a more sturdy structure and can be subjected to higher heat. In addition, coconut oil is a valuable source of fuel for the brain. Stay away from trans fatty acids. They interfere with proper brain functioning. Trans fatty acids include vegetable oils and corn oils found in many processed products and fried foods.
Nuts and avocados are also wonderful food for the brain. Include almonds, walnuts, macademia, and hazelnuts. Also, increase your consumption of berries. Red and blue colored berries like cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Blueberries, in particular, have been shown to clear out accumulation of toxic proteins in the brain. They are also antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and increase circulation to the brain. 1/4 cup per day is ideal. I buy frozen berries and put them in smoothies or oatmeal or sprinkle them on salads, or even eat them as a desert with a little organic cream. Green tea, red wine, dark sugar free berry juices, and dark chocolate (more than 70% cocoa) are also beneficial because of their antioxidant properties.
The herbs mentioned above are all available at Sol or Health food stores.
To your health!!