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Spiritual Direction, Vibrant Health, Yoga

Counseling and Yoga

As 2020 draws to a close, I find myself pondering this challenging year and feeling concerned for all the people who have lost so much: jobs, loved ones, housing, health, security, enthusiasm, etc. As a trained mental health counselor who combines traditional “talk therapy” with the timeless body/mind-centered focus of Yoga, I want people to know there is help available. Remember to think outside the box of insurance-approved techniques and practitioners. You are not limited to those choices! Message me (or others) for options on how you might access the compassionate, client-centered therapy you deserve. For example, I offer counseling or spiritual direction combined with restorative yoga.

Many blessings in 2021!

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Spirituality, Yoga

The Mind is Peaceful

Sri Swami Satchidananda at LOTUS, Yogaville (Buckingham, VA)

“Our first and foremost duty is to take care not to let the mind lose its peace. You don’t have to make the mind peaceful. If you leave it alone, it is peaceful. In our own lives we should see that we don’t lose our peace due to our thoughts, words, or actions.”

— Sri Swami Satchidananda

Yoga

Eco-friendly Yoga Mats

Looking for Yoga-related gifts for others or for yourself? Check out this comprehensive guide to choosing eco-friendly Yoga mats based on in-depth reviews at Consumers Advocate. I admit I’d never heard of some of these mats, so it’s exciting to know we have these great options available to us. The article is here.

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Vibrant Health, Yoga

Join me on Moxie for online Yoga and fitness classes

Greetings! My online classes will move to Moxie next Wednesday, December 16th. Check it out! I teach Yoga on Monday evenings, Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings, and Sunday afternoons. I added Core Training (30 mins) before Yoga on Wednesdays, and added Low Impact Cardio (45 mins) before Yoga on Saturdays. Payment is by credit card only on Moxie. You can subscribe for video access only, attend live classes only (“flex pay”), or both! Message me privately if you need payment options. ❤https://moxie.xyz/jivani

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Vibrant Health

The Importance of Self-Care

When I was studying to become a mental health counselor, we talked a lot about “self-care.” Indeed, when we’re busy with daily responsibilities and taking care of other people, it’s critical to remember to get our own needs met in order to have the strength to continue serving. This line of thinking caused me to feel sad for the many people who have overextended themselves in life, and now feel “stuck” and unable to draw back and practice self-care. Learning to say “No” to additional demands is critical.

Young people: Be careful about taking on too many responsibilities and becoming burned out, stressed out. Many of your elders have made this mistake and are now suffering the consequences. Take your time learning about yourself and being honest about your capacities. This is not a recommendation to become lazy or complacent, but rather an invitation to be authentic about who you are, and what you can handle.

May we all remember to care for our own continuum of body/mind/spirit, to nurture ourselves with time in nature and in silence, to recharge our own inner batteries – and THEN move out joyfully into our service of others and the world.

Be well!

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