Happy 2018 to you all. Let’s hope that the New Year is filled with more positivity and peace than the preceding year, and that we all find the tools uniquely helpful for each one of us to best navigate these complicated times with ease, clarity, and a lightness of spirit.
Mexico Sunset 2018 by Melissa Elstein
My personal mantra for the new year is to “simplify” – to streamline and declutter my internal and external spaces. With our 24/7 information age, social media threads to infinity, email demands, online petitions, etc., it just seems as if we cannot keep up with the onslaught of news, requests to act, donate, join, resist, and other pulls for our attention. If you are a caring person, it can feel overwhelming as there are so many worthy causes and too little time. The problems of the vast world can seem so much closer and more personal these days as we view them in our handheld gadgets at all possible moments. Unlike the days of my childhood, the tv does not turn to gray static once the late news has ended. There is no end to the news. Last year, many of us sought more and more information to find understanding of what has been unfathomable. We endlessly clicked, to assuage our anxiety with the false belief that the more we knew, the better we would feel. Or maybe that was just me. In any event, I found that game plan does not work so well. The news keeps coming, whether I tune in or not – and the results are still beyond my control. So to simplify my life this year, without hiding my head in the sand (though at times, that would seem heavenly) will be a learning process and a goal. Creating healthy boundaries of what and how much we take in from our external environment, allows more time and space to nurture our own personal inner environment – and that is just as real and important as any headline or breaking news story. As with so many spiritual lessons, it’s all about finding balance.
And speaking of balance, our next Chair Chi and Prana class will be held this Monday night, January 22 at Integral Yoga. This unique fusion class helps increase our vitality, and improve balance and coordination by combining Chair Yoga, Qigong, and Tai Chi Easy™ walking. Seated and standing Yoga poses strengthen and stretch the body, gentle and flowing Qigong movements enhance one’s life force energy, and Tai Chi walking increases balance. These practices are a moving meditation that calm the nervous system, focus the mind, and are accessible to all bodies and ages. We end class with a long savasana and yoga nidra (deep relaxation) to fully relax and absorb the benefits of our practices. All levels are welcome!
Here is a wonderful short article written by a psychiatrist on how tai chi class has benefited her: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/denise-nagel-md/health-benefits-of-tai-ch_b_7641712.html
Additionally, I am so pleased to be again teaching a telephone class for the Dorot Center for Seniors “University Without Walls” that brings the benefits of seated qigong, meditation, and breathwork to those who cannot attend in-person classes. This is now our fifth semester of our teleclass, and I have found that distance is no obstacle to having a profound group and individual experience. Written materials are provided in advance of the class, and each session is devoted to reading and discussing the materials, alternating with experiential movement and guided meditations. We will continue with this course throughout 2018, so please call Dorot to sign up, or for a catalog. No prior experience is necessary! In general, Dorot’s University Without Walls is a wonderful resource for telephone learning and community-building, and their courses cover a myriad of topics. Please help spread the word about this wonderful resource! http:// http://www.dorotusa.org/site/DocServer/UWW_Spring_Summer_2018_Catalog.pdf