SUNSET RECHARGE ON JULY 26 !

SUNSET RECHARGE for Women

with Donna Sherman

At the beautiful Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast, Highland, NY

This deeply nourishing sunset event will include:

  • Gentle/moderate yoga on a shaded deck
  • 30 minute guided deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra)
  • an opportunity to swim in an in-ground pool
  • soak in a scented hot tub.
  • beverages and a light snack

All of this goodness will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast in Highland, NY hosted by Your Proprietress, Sheila Fishman.

Wednesday, July 26 5:30-7: 30 pm

25.00 Pre-registration suggested

Please bring a yoga mat, a blanket, a bathing suit and towel.

Registration and information:

Donna: centerpoint2@earthlink.net

Sheila: info@foxhillbandb.com 845-691-8151

Your Freedom Zone

Dear Yoga Students,

Trauma can show up in many forms. One need not have lived in a war zone to know the reality of a traumatized brain and body. Small hardships can morph into full-blown stress reactions and, conversely, full blown stress reactions, can, with time and practice, weaken and be replaced with greater equanimity. The word here is plasticity -neuroplasticity- the brains ability to form new neural connections and rewire itself.

The yogi’s of the past- who were sophisticated psychologists without the benefit of tools such as fmri (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and other brain mapping techniques- understood a great deal about human emotion and the inextricable relationship between emotional states, physiological/somatic reactions and the nature of mind.

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Kara- action

The yogis, through inward based inquiry, understood how thought, action, word, experience and behavior could join together and cause psychological conditioning. If the brain’s executive function is not able to discern a past trauma from the reality of the present moment, the body moves into a hyper aroused state where danger is over- perceived. Hyper arousal causes  dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system and increases our suffering.

Neuroscientists act on the proof of the principle that neurons that “fire together, wire together”. If fear gets activated over and over again, neural circuitry links together and the fear stimulus will gain traction. Sounds a lot like samskara to me.

Yogis cultivated a refined understanding of the reality of human software; and, modern science is giving us the gift of more precise insights into the working of the hardware. Call it what you will, I find it wondrous.

Fact: 30 minutes of daily meditation for only 8 weeks showed a reduction in gray matter (neural connectivity) in the threat detection areas of the brain including the amygdala and hippocampus.

The good news is that the innate neuroplasticity of a healthy brain is ready, and willing, to get rewired. Yoga practice, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra and other attention/awareness practices will help you build a more supple brain.

In class, as we move through asanas we are literally creating breathing room in our bodies and brains. We are encouraging our nimble and supple selves to grow stronger.  When life puts the squeeze on us (which it will until the end of our days) we can rail against it or learn to live with it.

A warrior does not necessarily need to fight or freeze when a foe shows up. A warrior can try widening into the difficulty, act with suppleness, maneuver with practiced skill and in doing just that, she just might find that she can dance her way through the mud.

We have within us what I have come to call a “Freedom Zone”. This is the sweet spot where insight and action meet and we decide that we don’t have to give credence to the old samskaras. This freedom zone is waiting for us to notice it and walk through its doors. Bodies are resilient. Brains are resilient. When brains and bodies are not blindly following the wayward directions of old, tired patterns they find the place where the refresh button is waiting to be pressed.

The yogis knew it. The neuroscientists in the labs know it. When you are practicing genuine yoga, you know it.

Yours in practice,

Donna

YOGA Fundraiser for Thyroid Cancer

SOOTHING YOGA CLASS   *   SNACKS   *   Musical Guests: THE CHAI NOTES !

Saturday March 14, 2015   2:30- 4:30 pm  at The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz, NY

Donation: 25.00  ALL of which will go directly to an organization that is indispensable to  thyroid cancer patients and thyroid cancer research. Every penny goes to:

Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association (THYCA, Inc.)   http://www.thyca.org

  THYCA is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.  Can’t come but want to donate? Contact me and I will walk you through making a donation in honor of this event. Want to donate more than 25.00? Please do!

How to ensure your space:

Please send in your 25.00 check (asap) made out to Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association,along with your snail address, phone number and e mail address to:

  Donna Sherman/ Thyroid Cancer Fundraiser

The Living Seed Yoga Center    521 Main Street    New Paltz, NY 12561

If you are local you can either drop off your check (marked in envelope) or you can contact me and arrange to register, or donate (or both) with me. Contact button up on menu bar of this home page. Or email at:  centerpoint2@earthlink.net

Why am I doing this?

I’ve reached my five year mark since initial, aggressive treatment for thyroid cancer and I want to do my part in raising awareness, support and research grants.

Space is limited. Sign up soon. I look forward to seeing you!

Gratitude to Carisa Borrello, owner of The Living Seed for her generous support, to PDQ pdqbiz.net of New Paltz and Stop & Shop and ShopRite.  All sponsors. Thank you!

http://www.thelivingseed.com

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Dropping Into Stillness: A Deeply Restorative Afternoon

This soothing afternoon will combine practices from yoga science such as yoga nidra ( a guided restorative process done lying down), buddhi shuddi ( a guided meditation practice aimed at cultivating wisdom and discernment) and very, gentle fluid movement sequences (no prior yoga experience necessary).

I’ve been using these practices for many years on both a professional and personal basis and  I know how effective they can be in decreasing excessive anxiety, quieting the over-active mind and supporting optimal functioning of the autonomic nervous system.These practices have been known to benefit people with chronic pain, sleep disturbances, anxiety, hypertension, restlessness, poor concentration and high blood pressure.

If you wish to join us, here is the information you need:

Saturday, November 8th 2:30- 5 pm at The Living Seed Yoga Center, New Paltz, NY

Cost: 25.00   Register: 845-255-8212 or on line http://www.thelivingseed.com  (events/workshops) or contact me at centerpoint2@earthlink.net

Please bring a thick blanket, eye pillow or scarf, yoga mat ( we have mats you can use of you don’t have one), notebook,pen and wear comfortable,layered clothing.IMG_1772

Life on Life’s Terms

IMG_0195It’s a mess out there, sometimes a beautiful mess.  Daily life, by it’s very nature, is rarely going to present itself to us like a well tended garden. Sometimes it’s easy to hang out with the messiness of life. Other times we can get overtaken by anger, intense emotional reactivity and negative behaviors. How much of our daily suffering arises from our very human, but misguided, attempts to bend life to our liking?

The good news is that we all have an inner capacity to cultivate resilience, insight, behavioral changes and deepening peace in daily life. We don’t need to seek hidden caves or high peaks to gain more expansive perspectives on life and it’s inevitable ups and downs. Nor do we need to spend endless hours on meditation cushions separated from, or avoiding, the very challenges that trip us up. We can learn to meet life, on life’s terms, with compassion, presence of mind, and wise action. We can do all of the above by consistently, and persistently, practicing something called Compassionate Mindful Attention.

During the month of June I will be offering another four week series titled: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation & Stress Reduction at The Living Seed in New Platz, NY. This series has provided many others with effective, user-friendly tools that help to increase insight,resilience, and skillful decision making – all in a safe, compassionate group setting.

Next series dates: Four consecutive Tuesday evenings June 3,10,17 & 24

80.00 for entire series.  Registration:  http://www.thelivingseed.com click on events or workshops or call 845.255.8212 . Feel free to contact me with any questions at centerpoint2@earthlink.net