As a teacher, it’s easy to let your personal practice slide – but it’s vital to replenish the energy you give to your students, and continually evolve the guidance you share with the world. Teachers, this program was designed to provide you with an efficient and effective series of seven thirty-minute practices. With nurturing movement and focused introspection, reconnect to the reasons you began teaching to bring back the joy and the sweeter meaning.
Early on in recovery from any trauma, deep grief or addiction, shifting your smallest daily routine can make the biggest difference in your success. This series of practices is here to help you steadily navigate the waters of recovery. As a result of my own process, each of these classes holds a certain intent and energy, both physically and emotionally.
18 practices, each 20 minutes in length, over 6 weeks, comes together in this 40-day recalibration of your body and your mind. Each nourishing flow subtly builds upon the last, to open and fortify your body. You’ll conclude each practice with savasana, meditation and a clear affirmation. Whether you’re long in your recovery or just starting out, this program will help you feel closer to yourself, more capable of handling life’s daily challenges, and more stable in your recovery.
Welcome. Orient. Embody. Appreciate. Clarify. Design.
Relate. Release. Reframe. Awaken. Nourish. Believe.
Create. Receive. Rest. Weave. Offer. Amplify.
Talking with luminaries about the practicalities of parenting in real time always helps. Expect accessible, applicable solutions for your household which you can implement today.
Dr. Nicole Buerkens, bestselling Author of Life Will Get Better, is a Psychologist, Nutritionist, Special Education teacher, and published researcher, with 20 years of experience supporting children, young adults and families to improve their behaviour naturally.
Sparks of wisdom from our talk:
1. When parents come to Dr.Nicole with their child, she first teaches parents how to be aware of and manage their own emotional states in relation to their child.
2. Parenting is tough! Our kids can trigger us in ways we may not expect, and we can end up being very reactive. First step is awareness of your own state. When your child throws a tantrum in the supermarket, what does that bring up in you?
3. When children are behaving in a challenging way, it’s often simply the best way they know how to communicate what they cannot articulate. Remembering that might help you host most compassion. They’re waving a red flag!
4. As parents, we’re not going to get it right every time. It can be good to think of batting averages in baseball; 3 out of 10 is considered very good!
5. If you ask a child to complete a task and it’s still not done, parents may choose to ignore some of
the refusals so as not to give that behaviour any fuel. Instead, follow up with a bit of help, or an explanation as to why something needs to happen. This is a way for the parent to say ‘I value you and I value your search for independence.’
6. It is really good to ackowledge the emotion the child is experiencing e.g: “That’s normal, that’s fine, I understand how you’re feeling but we still have to get this done.” This shows the child the worth in their point of view.
7. Give children two choices. In the case of the kid who won’t put his/her coat on, here are your two choices.
One, I’ll put the coat on for you or two, you can come over and help me. If a child is feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, this can help to narrow the options and help him/her get to the task at hand.
The walls were blue, with ornate red and pink flowers, but it wasn’t wallpaper. It was fabric, and the fabric had padding beneath it, plush and comfortable to the touch. I was on my childhood bed, canopy above me, heart full of longing to belong. Propped up on my elbows, leaning on that soft wall with the side of my head, I’d been writing till my hand hurt, scratching pen to paper in my little pink diary with the lock, tears streaming down my face.
I remember devising half-truthful, half-fictional stories about my dear (imagined) friends, glamorous and exceptionally pretty, who loved me, and listened to me, and thought me extraordinary. I wrote about my family, pretending things were pristinely peaceful and calm. I wrote about the boy i liked at the time, hoping he’d see beneath my glasses and my skinny legs to my profound little heart.
Journaling has granted me comfort for as long as I can remember. Even in the darkest nights of my soul, when the words eluded me, I’d copy others’ poems into my notebook for solace and guidance. Journaling has been my practice, the pages hold my prayers, and when I’ve had soul-stirring questions, my journals grant me at least partial answers, written by my past self to my present self.
As a teen, I wrote about wanting to die, feeling so alone, ‘knowing’ that it wouldn’t matter if i continued to exist. I remember the colour of the sadness. Seeing those words now helps me be more sensitive to my son, and also to the moms with whom I work who share their teenaged girls’ troubles, sorrows, questionable choices. While many of us may associate journaling only with the angst of our challenging teenage years, research suggests that journaling is actually beneficial for our health at every age.
University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes, and decreases symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
As an adult, I’ve learned that writing our hearts, our issues and our fears helps to move them a bit farther away from us, and onto the page, giving us perspective and range from which to manage those seemingly deep-seated emotional negativities and see them as states rather than eternities. Journaling offers the gift of witness consciousness, the state of self-observation palpable in moments of meditation, when there’s only the breathing, listening, and noticing. Journaling enhances meditation by clearing the field of my consciousness so my intuition can sing to me.
Journaling grants me access to my own innermost teacher, to the wisdom that for years had seemed unattainable, inaccessible. My journals remind me that I’ve always been praying. Torn, folded, spilled on, wrinkled, those books invite me to keep reading and writing them. They ask me to continue integrating my studies and understandings, mitigating the confusions, and navigating the coincidences and celebrations. Here’s to your writing and revisiting, your understanding and your forgiveness.
Yogi and author Elena Brower shares her tips for keeping up with your meditation routine while traveling.
Join Shannon Algeo of the Soulfeed and me for a real talk about Essential Oils in our lives and in our work. With special guest chiming in, Amy Ippoliti!