We know that cognitive functions become degraded after high-stress intervals. We also know that mindfulness practices are protective against decreases in well-being, mind wandering, and declines in core cognitive functions such as attention and working memory.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, I’m teaching a special Mindful Law Firm course for lawyers, law students, the legal community, and the people who love them, on how to recognize and reduce stress and anxiety (note, the body and the breath) to support wellness and nurture professional responsibility. We will practice gentle yoga stretches and practical breathing exercises to restore balance, and we will understand how to incorporate mindfulness practices into daily life with a focus on the joys and challenges of a legal environment. My dear friend and celebrity Chef Monica Pope will provide us with nourishing snacks!
“Research has fund that mindfulness can reduce rumination, stress, depression, and anxiety. It also can enhance a host of competencies related to lawyer effectiveness, including increased focus and concentration, working memory, critical cognitive skills, reduced burnout, and ethical and rational decision making.”
-The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
I’m SUPER excited to be teaching at the inaugural Taos Mountain Yoga Festival! I have spent many magical moments in northern New Mexico and have deep reverence for the land, people, cultures, and beauty of the Land of Enchantment. I’ll be offering a gentle yoga practice and yoga nidra meditation that’s accessible to students of all levels. Looking forward to seeing y’all on the mountain! Tickets and more info here.
Starting Tuesday, April 30, 2019, all of Justine Fanarof’s group classes + workshops will be held at Blossom St. Yoga Shala, on Blossom St. just east of Shepherd between St. Thomas High School and Washington.
Justine offers regular weekly practice for experienced practitioners on:
Wednesday evenings: 6:15 – 7:30 PM Candlelight Yoga + Yoga Nidra Meditation
Sunday mornings: 10:30 AM – 12 PM Slow + Steady Mornings
Justine offers new students a monthly Beginners’ Series. Please read more about Beginners’ Series on the website https://justineyoga.com/beginners-series/ and reach out to Justine with any questions.
Justine also offers regularly scheduled Yogi, Know Thyself ™ workshops including monthly Yoga Nidra Meditation Workshop + Practice, seasonal Altar workshops, and monthly Movement, Mantra + Meditation workshops at her Blossom St. Yoga Shala. Yogi, Know Thyself ™ is an ongoing exploration of svadyaya, or self-study, in a sourced and experiential space of personal practice, self-care, and inquiry.
Please reach out to Justine to learn more about Blossom St. Yoga Shala and register for class on the Schedule + Sign Up page on https://justineyoga.com/schedule/
Private yoga instruction with Justine is available at the Blossom St. Yoga Shala, your home, business or via an online portal. Please contact Justine directly for more info regarding private yoga.
A Spring Haiku
Finding home I breathe.
I’m excited to offer a Yogi, Know Thyself ™* Yoga Nidra Meditation Workshop + Practice at Sama Yoga on Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6:30-9PM.
Please register for this workshop via MINDBODY. Detailed information is below. Please reach out to me via the contact page if you have any questions. Thank you!
Yogi, Know Thyself ™
Spring Yoga Nidra Meditation Workshop & Practice
Justine Fanarof, JD, MPH, ERYT-500
Saturday, April 13, 2019
According to the yoga tradition, we have five bodies, kosha in Sanskrit, made of increasingly finer grades of energy. Think and feel them as you would Russian matryoshka dolls, one resting within and supporting another.
They are described in the Taittiriya Upanishad:
“Human beings consist of a material body built from the food they eat. Those who care for this body are nourished by the universe itself.
“Inside this is another body made of life energy. It fills the physical body and takes its shape. Those who treat this vital force as divine experience excellent health and longevity because this energy is the source of physical life.
“Within the vital force is yet another body, this one made of thought energy. It fills the two denser bodies and has the same shape. Those who understand and control the mental body are no longer afflicted by fear.
“Deeper still lies another body comprised of intellect. It permeates the three denser bodies and assumes the same form. Those who establish their awareness here free themselves from unhealthy thoughts and actions, and develop the self-control necessary to achieve their goals.
“Hidden inside it is yet a subtler body, composed of pure joy. It pervades the other bodies and shares the same shape. It is experienced as happiness, delight, and bliss.”
In Yoga Nidra meditation, we move through the gross layers of the physical form and through the kosha, accessing somatic nourishment and relaxation; here we discover a profound way to internally source and experience well-being.
Yoga nidra meditation is practiced while resting comfortably on your back (supine), in savasana (corpse pose) with props supporting the body. If the practitioner is not comfortable resting on their back, additional resting poses are offered. Justine then takes you through an exploration through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness, rest, ease, clarity, and peace. These aspects of freedom are what we cultivate through yoga and meditation practices.
Spring Yoga Nidra Workshop + Practice focuses specifically on the energy of spring, clearing the mind to soften and nourish the heart, and the deepest layers of our beings.
In our time together we will:
- Learn about the subtle body,
- Discuss yoga nidra postures, propping, and experiences,
- Move into a gentle asana practice to shift from the mind into the body,
- Find our way to the ground to place our blankets and bolsters in the best way for each practitioner, then,
- Be guided through the practice of yoga nidra and experience it for ourselves.
Yoga Nidra is:
- Practiced lying down with the comfortable support of your mat, blankets, and bolsters,
- Suitable for most people,
- A unique practice that cannot be done incorrectly,
- Adaptable and changeable for a variety of practices,
- Easily incorporated into your daily life,
- A tool for reducing stress and creating more flow in life force and vital energy, and
- A lifelong practice to discover intimacy with yourself.
Please come to this practice ready to learn more about yoga nidra, and willing to do the practice of letting go. Gentle asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath work), and meditation will be aspects of our time together.
What you’ll need from the outside:
-comfortable yoga clothes
-your yoga mat
-an eye pillow (we have some at the studio if you’d like to borrow or purchase one, and it’s nice to have your own!)
What you’ll need from the inside:
-the willingness to tap into your layers and explore meditation
-a desire to connect with your infinite multitudes in a new way, learn a meditation technique, and practice yoga nidra
Yogi, Know Thyself ™ is an ongoing exploration of svadyaya, or self-study, in a sourced and experiential space of personal practice, self-care, and inquiry.
LIGHT & COLOR MEDITATION
I’ve been working with and teaching a light and color meditation through the body.
Close your eyes and see the light and color inside. Feel the light and color move through your form. Allow the light and color to softly move with the breath, in and out, light and color.
May our days be filled with light and color. May awareness of this rainbow body within each of us bring us into deeper harmony with ourselves and one another.
Looking forward to our time together on the mat in group classes at Sama Yoga in Houston, TX:
Tuesdays: 6:00PM Slow & Steady Yoga
Wednesdays 7:30PM Candlelight Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Sundays 10:30AM Slow & Steady Yoga
Private yoga and meditation sessions also on tap and available…
One of my greatest life highlights is being an active volunteer in the Houston, TX Wellness Retreat for Caregivers of Alzeimer’s and Other Dementias. We have put together a sweet and short video from our 2019 retreat in Houston, TX. Please have a look and see what this all volunteer endeavor is doing to co-create wellness for caregivers and our communities. If you find yourself jamming to the music you’re in good company.
Two palms together for all our volunteers, and if you’re able to support our work, please know we have a Go Fund Me and would love some loving attention and donations!