Photo by Swiss photographer Emmanuel Keller
Registration is now CLOSED for the new Wellness Feast Stretch & Flow class! This initial six-series class will be on Mondays at 7pm from April 11th through May 16th. It will be a one-hour class, with 45-50 minutes of exercise (a blend of stretch, flow, pilates & yoga) led by certified fitness instructor Shannon Callahan. I'll then wrap us up (and wind us down) with 10-15 minutes of breath work and/or guided meditation. The series is $150 for six classes, plus you'll have access to a private Facebook group and online workouts to access between classes. And our last class will be followed by a special closing celebration. Wouldn't this be an amazing way to start each week this spring? This class is SOLD OUT, but watch this space for future movement and mindfulness opportunities ~ Namaste!
Greetings, Wonderful Community!
Did you think I had forgotten about that survey I sent out last November? Well, I'm pleased to announce we got through Omicron and winter, and we're ready to MOVE! Wellness Feast is now offering a private yoga/flow class en plein air on Monday evenings starting April 11th with certified fitness instructor Shannon Callahan. This six-class series will be held outdoors at my home in Northern Virginia (we'll move to the sunroom on rainy days). We are keeping this class small, so please let me know if you are interested, and I'll send you details, pricing information and a registration form. AND Shannon has generously offered to prepare a few online sessions for the Members Area in advance! (Not a Member yet? Get it here!). I'm super excited about this ~ let's welcome spring together. Namaste!
The Power of Visualization
Visualization is a word the "wellness industry" likes to throw around a lot. But it was an important element in my own life long before it was a buzzword. When I was very young, my father started teaching me about it regularly. I was so young, in fact, that I can't tell you the words he used. It has been a consistent message, almost like he was watering a plant. And it's not "visualize what you want and you'll get it." The closest thing I can compare it to is one of Dr. Wayne Dyer's principles of inner peace, treating yourself as if you're already who you want to be. But that's not quite it either. It's a focused visual exercise, nearly a mental rehearsal, where you experience it with all your senses, and there's a knowing involved. Several years ago, I found a guided visualization meditation that was profoundly useful to me ~ I have long since forgotten the source of the meditation, but I return to the exercise regularly. It is a deeply personal exercise, and I won't bore you with mine ~ I suspect it's a bit like telling people in great detail what your dream was the night before, and they stand there waiting to pour their coffee, nodding and smiling politely, hoping it wraps up soon. What I will tell you is that it works. And it doesn't mean you won't have hardships or things in your life that you certainly did not visualize, but I am learning to see my way through those moments, too. Because it's not about control, but about clarity, detail, intention, attention and a healthy dose of allowing God/the Universe/your inner guide/Spirit (the label does not matter) to give you what is right . . . at the exact right time. I encourage you to give it a try, as awkward as it may feel the first few times. And if you're having trouble or don't know where to start, shoot me a message and I can point you to some resources (not least of which is the Spring Wellness Retreat). For now, I am visualizing so much light and love connecting us all, a light that cannot be extinguished or divided. Wouldn't it be amazing and powerful if we all tapped into that together?