Girls aged 11 to 13 are invited to explore nutrition, yoga, positive body image and creativity during a weeklong teen yoga camp at Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, conveniently located by the Quakertown high school. The camp runs from 1 to 4 p.m., July 9 through 13.
Led by Roots & Wings owner Hillery Woods Siatkowski, LMT, RYT-200, the girls will have a daily yoga practice exploring themes of art, ecology and wellness. Activities include wildcrafting herbs, meditative mandala making, self-care practices and building healthy relationships.
Take a deep breath. Loosen your jaw and feel your eyebrows soften. Now take another long, deep breath in and out. Notice if your body feels a bit more at ease.
Yogi Bhajan emphasized that the rate of breathing and state-of-mind are inseparable. When the body is under excessive stress, it can sometimes forget how to breathe efficiently, and the natural ability to breathe effortlessly can become lost.
Airmid Wellness, a community healing center in Warminster, has designed and expanded their services to both build clients’ inner selves and balance its physical well-being.
“There are many paths to wellness, and at Airmid Wellness clients get to chose which journey will take them there,” says director Ed Salkind. “We offer not only counseling services, but also yoga classes and multiple treatment options to help clients gain their power back from trauma, abuse, illness, depression, anxiety and more.”
For 17 years, Rosie Lazroe has been healing through yoga. It began in the spring of 2001, when she found herself laying in a hospital emergency room with a resting heart rate over 150 bpm. As the ER nurse was about to inject medication to reboot her heart rhythm, Rosie felt a cold rush flow through her body and then faintly heard her dad tell her to open her eyes. After receiving a second injection, her heart rate slowed down.
This spring’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 5 to 9 p.m., April 27, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 28 and 29, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Plenty of free parking is available.
The expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “People feel stressed and distracted, and they are looking for more connection and answers,” says the expo’s founder, Sue Greenwald. “The expo offers connection with new friends, new ideas and, most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.” Continue reading →
Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, in Lederach, is now registering prospective yoga teachers for their latest 200-hour yoga teacher training.
Running from February through November, the training will be held the first weekend of each month. The curriculum includes teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and ethics, and practicum. Electives, such as Teaching Beginner’s Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Ayurveda, the Chakra System, Yoga for Hypermobility and iRest Yoga Nidra, are also offered.
This fall’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 5 to 9 p.m., October 27, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 28 and 29, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, in Oaks. Plenty of free parking is available.
The expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “Most people feel stressed and distracted, and are looking for more connection and answers,” says the expo’s founder, Sue Greenwald. “They need healthier ways to handle the increasing stress they’re facing. The expo offers connection with new friends, new ideas and, most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.”
John Muraco, registered art therapist, registered yoga teacher and founder of HeartWell House Expressive Therapies, in Doylestown, will lead two yoga workshops designed for beginners this fall at Yoga Loka, in Frenchtown, New Jersey.
“Radiating Yoga & Deep Relaxation Soundscape” will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., October 14, and is Kundalini-inspired to recharge the body and spirit as attendees move freely to drumming and awakening sounds, learn simple breathing and stretching strategies and relax to the sounds of soothing bells, chimes, crystal alchemy singing bowls and the gong.
“Facing Adversity with Strength and Courage” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., November 18, and includes simple stretches that soften areas of tension within the body, as well as the practice of a mantra and meditation, ending with a deeply relaxing sound meditation.
HeartWell House combines art therapy, holistic health and yoga and offers customized and individualized therapy programs that connect people to what inspires them, creating sustainable physical and emotional health. It recently opened a new boutique and therapy room in downtown Doylestown.
Cost: October 14, $45; November 18, $35. Location: 23 Race St., Frenchtown, NJ. For more information, call John Muraco at 267-733-7261 or visit HeartWellHouse.com. October 2017
KarmaFest, a holistic, psychic and yoga festival weekend of camping and fun, returns to Pottstown for the Labor Day weekend, September 1 through 4, at Fellowship Farm. The festival will feature enlightening lectures, meditation, live music, swimming, vegan and vegetarian food, 50 to 75 interesting vendors and a full weekend of yoga. Also available will be special workshops and a children’s program.
KarmaFest was founded by Patricia Hawse in 2005, after she experienced the effects of holistic health firsthand while serving for the Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Witnessing the immediate effects of yoga and meditation to relieve tension and increase energy and balance, Hawse vowed to spread the word through a festival—KarmaFest.
There will be three days of peace and music taking place August 18 through 20, almost 48 years to the exact weekend of the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. There will be yoga and meditation—maybe even a sighting of “Mud People”, depending on the weather. Just don’t expect any announcements warning about “brown acid” at the second annual Lovelight Yoga + Arts Festival, in Darlington, Maryland, the brainchild of original Woodstock producer Michael Lang. His goal, along with partners’ musician Wynne Paris and event producer Kim Maddox, is to channel the spirit and activism from the original Woodstock, minus the alcohol and drugs.
“We wanted to create an event based on the values of that generation but to make it appropriate for families,” Lang, now 72, said in a recent telephone interview. “This event isn’t just for millennials, it’s multigenerational—and we want everyone to feel comfortable and safe when they come, and for their peace of mind we decided to keep it alcohol-free.”
Throughout the month of September, area yoga studios and community partners will host “pop-up” festivals across the greater Philadelphia area as part of #Yoga Heals: A Festival of Gratitude, supporting the Transformation Yoga Project (TYP).
The festival culminates with Songs for Transformation: An Evening with David Newman, on September 29, at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. This unique gathering will feature a trauma sensitive yoga practice, followed by a performance by Newman, who is a Philadelphia native and world-renowned kirtan and chant artist. Sponsorship levels range from $500 to $2,000.
Kathleen Tooley, owner of Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, in Lederach, has a simple mission: to show that yoga is accessible to anyone.
Tooley, a teacher of Kripalu-style yoga for seven years, became a yoga teacher to do just that. “People who felt like they couldn’t do yoga inspired me to become a teacher so I could show them that they actually can,” she says. “When folks come into the studio apologizing for being inflexible, I say, ‘I know, that’s why you’re here!’”
Kripalu yoga, which originated at the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania in 1965 and was named after kundalini yoga master Swami Kripalvanandji, uses standard yoga poses and breathwork to encourage inner focus, meditation and relaxation. At Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center (“Anahata” is the Sanskrit word for the heart chakra), yoga is taught from a more therapeutic perspective rather than a fitness perspective.