“Making your New Year!”
From Heartsong to YOU – Happy, Healthy, New Year!
As we begin a brand new year, we look at the opportunities to make positive changes in our lives – to discard old habits and instill new ones. I like to perceive the transition into a whole brand New Year as an ‘invitation’, an annual ritual of embracing light in our own lives just as the Light of the Sun returns to us in the form of longer days. Making the New Year’s Resolution can be either a vague, half-hearted, skeptical pursuit OR a celebratory reaffirmation of life in Love, Peace, Happiness, Well-Being and Joy. How does one design a set of New Year’s Resolutions?
According to ‘Yoga-Chant’ Music Artist WAH!: “ Simply: the habits you want to change are the ones that leave you feeling lousy and unfulfilled. Your list of new habits will dream up activities of empowered enthusiastic interaction.”
Modern science reveals to us the process of organizing the nervous system and neurons. Self-deprecating behaviour such disempowering self-dialogue, jumping to conclusions, repetitive compulsive behaviour patterns can become engrained. A habitual mental response is a familiar chain reaction in your nervous system; the conclusion is a neurological and chemical outcome. The likelihood of coming to that same conclusion repeatedly is high because the chemical reaction is engrained in your system. Changing your conclusions and behavioural sequence is nothing short of changing your nerve synopses and the wiring of your very own nervous system.
So what do you need to come to a refreshed perspective this year? Time and Awareness.
Here’s where YOGA, Mindfulness and Meditation come in. Aligning and merging body, mind and breath opens us up to increased clairvoyance and connection to our Higher Self, our meaningfulness and our purpose. Mind-Body Discipline practices offer tools to ‘reshape your own nerve synopses’ and also offer gateways to a heightened awareness of the subconscious. By this means the intuitive faculties are allowed to operate and psychic gifts may be manifested.
Have fun creating your list of New Year’s Resolutions! Write them in the present tense so they hold truth in this moment, basically every time you read them. Embrace 2011 with a free-spirited willingness to discard any old, unhealthy habits and to replace them with ones that empower and inspire you! When you instil a new habit, give yourself enough time to settle in and become cosy and familiar with it, before you evaluate its worth in your life. Come to your yoga mat or meditation cushion for a few minutes each and every day……. and come to Heartsong to practice, laugh, celebrate life and to ‘play’!
With Bright Blessings for 2015 to each one of you who reads this message,
Peace * Love * Joy
We have relocated Heartsong WORLD Boutique to the main street!
Visit us at 239 Raglan St S., right beside the Renfrew Post Office.
Heartsong YOGA Studio has a NEW HOME now too! We did it! We made the move just in time for Teacher Training & Fall Classes!
Entrance to the Studio is at the back of the building off of Plaunt Street. There is ample parking both on side streets and also in the public parking behind Scotiabank.
Welcome in – it is a beautiful space in which to….Breathe PEACE into your Life.
Please see the Workshops & Events page for upcoming ‘Happenings’ at Heartsong!
Several events at HEARTSONG this year have been and will continue to be in the efforts of providing support to this wonderful orgnaization:
About ICA Canada
International Children’s Awareness (ICA) Canada is a non-profit organization committed to long-term development throughout countries in need. Our aid encompasses a wide area of concern yet our focus is in one area:
‘We believe education is the greatest gift that can be given to anyone.’
For the children we find in third world and developing countries, knowledge can open many doors to unimaginable opportunities.
100% of all donations, monetary or otherwise, go directly to the projects (and we do welcome donations of all kinds). There are no administration costs allotted to the members of the ICA, including travel funds and expenses. We operate on a strict volunteer basis and we pay all of our own expenses. All projects are closely monitored and evaluated – and we make regular trips to check the status of our work.
ICA Canada is a registered charity (Registration # 88785-8660-RR-0001). Donations of $10 or more will receive a tax receipt.
About the ICA LOGO:
THE CHILD – All of our projects focus on children around the world, although many of our programs ultimately benefit entire communities. RED/WHITE CONTRAST – Represents our charity’s strong support of equality among people regardless of ethnic background. THE ROUNDNESS (arms) – Represents our global presence. THE SQUARE (body) – Represents the solid foundation on which our charity is based. THE HEART – Represents love for all children who are suffering.
ANNUAL Heartsong ‘Springtime’ YOGA RETREAT -Please see the Workshops & Events webpage for full details.
***Heartsong Springtime YOGA Retreat May 8-10, 2015 to be held once again at beautiful Harmony Dawn Retreat Centre (more information to follow
TEACHER TRAINING (Please see Teacher Training webpage for full details)
There is always lots happening here at Heartsong. Welcome in to check things out – for the HEALTH of it!
I look forward to meeting you on the practice floor for the healthy habit of Pilates, YOGA & Well-Being!
Peace, Love & Joy
Classes at Heartsong are ongoing. Please feel free and most welcome to join in anytime!
There is an extra-special energy you feel when you step inside.
This is because so many beautiful people come here to practice connecting to ‘True Nature’ and to invoking PEACE into mind, heart and relationships with Humanity.
This practice has a profoundly positive influence on our total life experience.
We create ‘SANGHA’- Sacred Space- sacred community- spiritual family when we come together and promote meaningfulness and purposefulness in our lives.
Come on in and experience these life-sustaining practices – time for YOU to take care of YOU and thereby honour this Gift of LIFE
Photos from past YOGA Retreats
A good time had by all at the Heartsong 2013 YOGA Retreat
Heartsong Studio, 18 Renfrew Ave. West, Renfrew ON, K7V2W9
Native American PEACE Prayer
Oh Great Spirit of our Ancestors, I raise my pipe to you. To your messengers the four winds, and to Mother Earth who provides for your children. Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, and to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace of mind
Let us learn to share all good things that you provide for us on this Earth.
“Peace comes within the souls of man, when they realize their oneness with the Universe, when they realize it is really everywhere – – – it is within each one of us.”
– Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man
Exerpts from the Dalai Lama’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize
December 10, 1989, Oslo, Norway
“As a Buddist monk, my concern extends to all members of the human family and, indeed, to all the sentient beings who suffer. I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed.
The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger, and so on, are human created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding, and a development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share. – – – -
I believe all religions pursue the same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings. Though the means may appear different, the ends are the same. As we enter the final decade of this century, I am optimistic that the ancient values that have sustained mankind are today reaffirming themselves to prepare us for a kinder, happier twenty-first century. I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.”
With Bright Blessings to each one of you who reads this message,