Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU from Heartsong!
Since February is all about HEART. Let’s look to the Heart Chakra: Anahata.
This Chakra is located in the mid-chest, affects our heart muscle, our entire circulatory system, the thymus gland, the upper back, arms and our lungs. This Chakra governs our feelings and expressions of LOVE, unconditional loving-kindness, compassion, and joy for life, forgiveness, self-forgiveness, openness, acceptance and non-judgement.
The colours associated with Anahata are green or pink. Gem stones to evoke balance and harmony in “matters of the heart” include green jade, tourmaline, malachite, peridot, rose-coloured quartz and pink tourmaline.
This Valentine’s Day month, treat yourself to the following Anahata Meditation practice and feel your heart centre opening wide:
Create a sacred space for yourself, perhaps with candles and perhaps with soft music. In a comfortable seated position, close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breath. Watch the breath breathe you. Notice the calming effect this has on your mind and the relaxing effect on your body. When your mind drifts or becomes distracted – notice, without judgement, and return patiently over & over again to your breath. Bring your attention to the centre of your chest and tune into the beating of your heart – the rhythm of your life. Visualize a beautiful rosy-pink sunrise, rising up and glowing into your heart – filling your heart with this rosy Light. Feel the LOVE within this rosy glow at the centre of your heart. Imagine it growing bigger until it permeates not only your heart centre but your entire being. Bathe in this rosy glow of LOVE. Reflect on the warmth and radiant LOVING expression deep within you. Look to the loving-kindness within you that connects you to The Great Love. Send your vibration of LOVE out to your family, your friends, out across this nation. Imagine this vibration of LOVE encircling this planet and spreading its wings over the entire universe! Believe just exactly how important your own compassionate loving Kindness & your own Peaceful Goodness, Truth & Light truly is!
Bless your HEART!
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.
*This Retreat is almost full- room for 2 more only!”
***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,