Welcome to the Winter Solstice Season. As our outer world shifts from balmy weather to brisk winter snow, we must also shift our inner landscape.
"Solstice" comes from two Latin words: sol meaning "sun" and sistere meaning "to stand still" because it appeared as though the sun and moon had stopped moving across the sky. This longest night of the year, followed by a renewal of the sun, demonstrates the cyclical order of the cosmos. . . In this way, celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful remembrance that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing, always renewing.
Just as the landscape and our natural critters have moved into hibernation, we too must take the time to adjust for this cycle of renewal and inner reflection.
The Mindfully Well Center just completed the third month of operation. Each month brings new challenges followed by great opportunities. I would like to take this time of reflection to express my gratitude. First and foremost, I wish to thank all of our patrons. Secondly, I extend a great big applause to our wonderful staff including our administrative staff, yoga teachers, clinical staff and various volunteers. I wish to thank our "Secret Santas" that keep-on giving to support our Mission. More specifically, I wish to thank the Village Cyclery for its bike rack donations that allow our patrons to cycle out to our Center from town.
I look forward to the unfolding of our insights that we will be exploring this winter. May we all reach greater depths in our self-inquiry and unfold our inner beauty in the Spring.
Thank you for visiting our Center.
Appreciatively, Rose Mary Shaw, PsyD Executive Director
Solstice Break: Dec 24-Jan 2, no yoga classes at the center
NEW: Gift Certificates are available for Yoga Classes and Workshops
NEW: Ayurvedic gift cards are now available! (They are re-loadable and can be used toward Spa Services including: Shirodhara, Steam Bath, Ayurvedic Vata Pacifying Massage or Reflexology.)
Restorative yoga is the perfect opportunity to give a gift to someone who should be at the top of your list....YOU! The holiday season is one that should be celebrated but the planning, preparation, expense, and ongoing to-do list may add to the everyday stress of daily life. These stressors can deplete us and leave us feeling like we have little to give. Taking time out of each day to restore the mind, body, and soul may be the key to actually enjoying the holidays. Restorative Yoga may be what we need to turn that key.
Judith Lasater, PhD, PT, credits the development of Restorative Yoga to B.K.S. Iyengar and refers to this practice as "active relaxation" (Lasater, 1995). In restorative practices props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, etc. are used to support the body in poses that have physical and perhaps emotional benefit. Each pose is experienced for several minutes so the body can relax and absorb the benefits.
Plan to attend our upcomingCandlelight Restorative workshop with Larisa on December 12th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. No yoga experience necessary! Give yourself the gift of time, quiet, and deep relaxation. Let go of the day, let go of the stress and find a way to turn the key to enjoying the season. Please register early, as space is limited.
"Letting go a little improves life. Letting go a lot brings happiness and joy." -Jim McGregor
The Mindfully Well Center
1525 Xenia Ave.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
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