“Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be!”
– a reading from the groundhog prediction scroll on Feb 2, 2019
My birthday is on Groundhog Day, and both Phil and I didn’t see our shadows this year, which means there are only six more weeks of winter. Woohoo! For my birthday, I decided to do a fundraiser for my favorite non-profit, International House at UC Berkeley, which is also where I work. Its annual online fundraiser takes place on March 14th, but this year there is a VIP link for early access to donate. Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Newsletter February 2019”→
Happy new year, and happy new moon! Below are some upcoming events, followed by an art exhibit, online freebies, and the January happiness calendar. If you are interested in hiking and Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, check out my Camino Provides blog for more exciting events in January, including a labyrinth walk.
The photo of the full moon eclipse over the San Francisco Bay was captured by one of my favorite photographers, Joël Thai.
You will have a chance to witness a “blood moon” eclipse on January 20-21, 2019. To see times, viewing locations, or to view live streaming video of the event, check out this website. East Bay residents might consider Chabot Space & Science Center’s Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing party on January 20th for just $8 with hot chocolate included!
About the Presenter
Melissa Felsenstein is a certified 750 hr yoga therapist and sound healer. A self-proclaimed “reformed” relaxer, Melissa focuses her work on restoring the nervous system through the use of live sound with quartz crystal singing bowls and specifically tuned gongs. Melissa used these unique instruments as therapeutic tools to rid herself of severe anxiety and depression.
Her mission is to offer others a soft, receiving, space for inward journeying, truthful listening, and sustaining change. Learn more about her at www.innersoundsyoga.com
The theme for the December newsletter is sound because I have been checking out a lot of sound meditations lately. I feature a sampling of sound events for you to try the experience for yourself. Much like meditating, attending a sound bath can lead to reduced stress and deep relaxation. This issue also features a free online yoga class, guided meditations, and winter retreats events offered by some of my favorite yoga teachers. Refer back to this post which I will update because I often hear about more wellness events and tips to share.
This is what I like to say at the beginning of my yoga classes, along with a visual of a beach when I teach ujjayi breathing. Inhale, a wave of love as abundant as the ocean. Exhale, send forth gratitude back into the world. By simply closing your eyes, focusing on your breath and the mantra Inhale love – exhale gratitude, you can have a few moments of bliss anytime you want.
Let’s kick off the season of gratitude with some timely online freebies that you can enjoy from anywhere. After that, I share some featured events in the Bay Area. Refer back to this post, which I will update because I often hear about more wellness to share. Are you ready? Let’s do this! Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Tribe Newsletter November 2018”→
“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” -Rumi
I hope you are savoring the change of seasons. Autumn is a time to shed the old ways to make way for the new. Below are a few wellness resources that might assist in this process, starting with a few events in the Bay Area that I’m very excited about. You’ll also find online freebies that you can enjoy from anywhere. Refer back to this post, which I will update, because I often hear about more incredible opportunities to share. Are you ready? Let’s do this! Continue reading “Yoga & Wellness Tribe Newsletter October 2018”→
Happy Fall Equinox! In some yoga circles, it is a ritual to celebrate the changes of seasons—the autumnal and vernal equinox, and the summer and winter solstice—by doing 108 Sun Salutations. This practice is most often done in large groups and often as an offering, such as an offering of peace or unity. However, you can do these in the comfort of your own home with videos I created to guide you (linked below). But first, what exactly are Sun Salutations?
Surya Namaskar (Sanskrit for Sun Salutation) is a series of yoga poses done in a continuous, flowing sequence, intended to improve the strength and flexibility of muscles. Sun Salutations are an excellent way for hikers to warm up and stretch their body. You can benefit with just a few rounds before any workout or hike.
For a complete cardio workout, challenge yourself to do 108 Sun Salutations upon the change of seasons.
Greetings! This newsletter will encompass a variety of wellness topics — from peace walks and intercultural talks, to yoga workshops and a happiness class. I hear about so many free events and learning opportunities through my various tribes (UC Berkeley, Yoga, Camino) and I want others to be able to benefit from them. Bottom line: I love to share a good thing. And because I like to add healthy dose of fun to everyday life, I feature events that might just make you feel like a kid again! I have a personal experience with the people and events highlighted below, so I can wholeheartedly recommend them.
Why Wellness? Ever since I became a Wellness Ambassador at UC Berkeley, I have tried to encourage my family, friends and colleagues to take a more active role in their own wellbeing. I truly believe that wellness is not a learned luxury. It is your birthright, and it’s just up to you to claim it. It’s about the choices you make. There are so many free resources and valuable practices that can support your own wellness journey. I am so grateful for the lessons I learned in recent years by walking the Camino de Santiago, training as a yoga teacher, and discovering my passions. Now, I want to share some of the goodness with you all through this newsletter and my new wellness website.
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