Float like a Beautiful Butterfly and STING like a Bee

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The health benefits of boxing have surpassed my expectations. To me, it’s like another form of meditation because you must be in the NOW with focus and concentration.

Thanks Ryan for teaching me how to float like a beautiful butterfly and STING like a bee. 

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Yoga Nidra – Deep Sleep & Relaxation

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I fell in love with the practice of yoga several years ago. I heard about the health benefits of yoga and wanted to reconnect with my body. Quickly I discovered profound health benefits. In Chapter Seven of my book, The Dissociate I talk about self-care and how yoga became a great tool in my healing journey.

I have been through turbulent phases in my life, both physically and mentally since early childhood and there was definitely a lack of connection and “grounding” from my soul, mind and body.

When I started healing a childhood trauma that was haunting my life, I no longer had the ability to sleep well at night. My nights were full of terrors and flashbacks. In search of a solution that didn’t include sleeping pills, I traveled to Mexico.

While visiting a Yoga Shala, I soon discovered Yoga Nidra. This practice was offered by a very talented, well respected teacher in all disciplines of yoga who trained globally to bring knowledge and experience to her students. I took an introductory course and soon realized this was the answer to my sleepless nights. Shortly thereafter I embarked on the Yoga Teacher Training in the discipline of Yoga Nidra in Mexico. I now call Mexico and Canada my home.

Photo credits: Chuck Szmurlo

I will be a Guest Instructor at Inspire Wellness Centre (Inspire Yoga) located in Calgary, Canada for a limited time. Aug 7 – Sept 28

Learn what’s going on with your brain waves when you sink into a YOGA NIDRA practice and why it leaves you feeling so refreshed.

Begin with sensing the body and learning specific breathing patterns to stimulate a deep relaxation response. The relaxation response balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and balances the left and right brain. Your heart rate and respiration begin to slow, as the mood-regulating hormone serotonin releases further calming the mind and body.

Yoga Nidra OR YOGIC SLEEP is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. Learn to relax consciously, some say a single hour of Yoga Nidra is as restful as 4 hours of conventional sleep. People who practice Yoga Nidra feel refreshed and relaxed and find that regular sleep habits is no longer an issue.

The benefits of Yoga Nidra

Better sleep pattern

Healthy heart rate

Reduces stress

Reduces inflammation

Bolsters memory

Create an overall healthier weight

Reduce depression and anxiety

Reduce chronic pain

Reduce blood pressure and improve blood glucose

Assists in calming PTSD symptoms

Support menopause

Alleviate sleep apnea

To register

https://inspirecentre.ca/calendar/

Break the Silence

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I had the honour of meeting Andrea at Chapters while on my Western Canada/USA book tour a couple months ago.

In Chapter six of my book, The Dissociate I talk about the healing continuum. Breaking the silence takes a great deal of courage to share what happened. The powerful healing force behind telling another human being will help you move forward.

Here is comments from Andrea….

“I met you a couple months ago at Chapters in Coquitlam and shared a bit of my story with you. Since that day it opened the bandage a bit more to allow my hurt to continue healing. I feel I was meant to run into you that day as I may have been stuck in the progress so this definitely changed my thinking towards my struggle. I have not yet read your book but I plan to get to it very soon. I admire your courage to come out and share your story so thank you for being so brave. Best regards to you.” 

Sincerely,
Andrea

Thank-you Andrea for trusting me with your story. You are strong and courageous.

You are not alone.

End Childhood Sexual Abuse

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To all Survivors, Supporters, Parents, Doctors, Teachers.

Please join me on Friday evening with other courageous warriors at Chapters Chinook Centre Calgary Canada #chinookcentre #chapters #chaptersindigo #calgaryartist #warriors #childhoodsexualabuse #women #men #education #survivors #supporters #doctors

What a Difference a Year Makes

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Today marks the one year anniversary of publishing my new book.

I will be celebrating at my Book Signing tomorrow at Chapters Crowfoot. Please join me. Thank-you to all the courageous warriors that have found the strength to have a voice and speak your truth. It has been an honour and privilege to meet and talk to each and everyone.

Remember, you are not alone.       

Happy International Day of Yoga 2018

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In Chapter Seven of my book: Self-care Throughout Healing and Beyond                  I talk about coming back into my body through Yoga.

“When I first learned about Yoga, I felt a little intimidated by the practice. Combining breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures meant that I needed to focus on many things……at the same time. I felt I was seasoned at doing each of these things in isolation but all together?

After time on the mat, practice and persistence has paid off.

Here are a few benefits I’ve noticed:

lower stress levels, calmer and more peaceful, better flexibility, increased muscle strength, and my overall athletic performance during exercise has improved

See you on the mat!

 

Making a Difference One Conversation at a Time – Please Join me today/tonight

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Get educated to END childhood sexual abuse  

Standing Strong at Chapters Chinook from 5:00 – 9:00pm

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Please join me tonight!

Making a difference one conversation at a time

Chapters Chinook 6455 Macleod Trail L1, Calgary, AB, Canada

Sexual Abuse Put Me Deep into Self-Worth Debt

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In Chapter Six of The Dissociate: A Memoir of Secrets and Survival of Childhood Sexual Abuse I talk about my healing continuum to the journey to wellness.

The common question amongst many survivors is, “Where am I on the healing continuum?” A question I’ve asked many specialists and therapists in the field of childhood trauma.

I believe that everyone’s journey is different but there are key areas or stages that one must go through. I remember a time when I had difficulties speaking of the abuse without crying and sobbing uncontrollably. While I can still be emotional, I’ve worked through my feelings and adjusted so I’m not tearing up all the time. That’s growth.

Here is the continuum I created plotting the different stages I experienced.

The Ehrstien Index may help you.