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Nov 30th

Healing Journeys: After the Fall

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I’ve been working with my breath lately.  Breathwork is powerful.  Without the breath there is no life.  And life so much like the breath, with its rhythmic draw and release.  

As I sat with my breath, following its rise and fall, it offered me a story.  Inhaling, I paused at the top, holding the breath there, holding life within.  Feeling gratitude, feeling full.  Feeling alive.

Trusting I will feel its fullness once again, I let it go.  I let it fall.  I followed it down.  Down into my roots.  I let it all out.  And I sat within my emptiness. And I listened from that stillness.  I was less comfortable at the bottom of the breath.  When can I breath?  I feel so hollow.  

I listened for my answer.  It was so quiet at the bottom.  And from this place I heard that small shy voice that brings the world down to its size.  I cannot tell you what it said to me.  It spoke a million words through the silence.  Through the slowing beat of my heart, I listened until I felt at peace with my emptiness.  Until I was ready to accept my own dark hollowness.  Until I learned winter’s lesson of holding that quiet space after each fall, listening and waiting for life to fill me again.

I was ready to inhale.  I was ready to allow my lungs to expand with life, to rise with the truth of fullness I now understood.  My breath held a lesson of self compassion, for all the times I have fallen and all the times I will feel empty again.  Life will take me to its darkest depths over and over yet still I will heed the call of the heights I have yet to reach.   And so I will rise.  Again and again, I will rise.

“There is something moon soaked and dawn flavoured about her. Something kissed by the wild and loved by lightning. She looks like Artemis after a night of storm hunting. She looks like the sun as it rises after kissing the dawn.”  – Nikita Gill

Nikki is a Mother, Wife, Healer, Hopeful Suburban Homesteader acknowledges words are her mind’s tools; writing her soul’s craft; and this circus of life her heart’s muse. Read more from Nikki here on her blog, The Way I Bee. Nikki’s massage therapy and energy healing, including reiki/cranio with some spontaneous journey work, are part of the offerings at Nourishing Storm Wellness Company.

 

 

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Oct 31st

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Facing Dog Pose

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Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (OORD-vah MOO-kah shvon-AHS-anna) – Upward Facing Dog Pose

In Downward Facing dog we ground down and turn inward, while in Upward Facing Dog we turn up, lift and open the heart. As well as being a powerful heart opener, it is a backbend, and when performed in a gentle way as all backbends should be, it will create space and warmth within the heart center as well as release through the back. This pose can be done alone holding for a few breaths or as a pose in a vinyasa sequence after chaturanga and before downward facing dog.

Benefits (from yogajournal.com)

  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the spine, arms, wrists
  • Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
  • Firms the buttocks
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Helps relieve mild depression, fatigue, and sciatica
  • Therapeutic for asthma

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Oct 30th

Oil of the Month – Arise {Enlightening Blend}

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Emotions are a complex sum of the activity of multiple systems in the brain and body. For instance, think back to a day when you had a lot on your mind but just a few hours of sleep to get you through everything. Your central nervous system was probably agitated and stressed, while your periphery nervous system probably felt sluggish and struggled to keep up. As you can see, a single stimulus can affect multiple body systems in different ways, causing a complex response that can be just as complex to manage. With this complexity in mind, doTERRA scientists and yoga specialist Elena Brower worked together to design doTERRA Arise, a new blend that helps calm the mind and energize the body. This unique combination of invigoration and relaxation promotes profound feelings like freedom, inspiration, and enlightenment.

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Oct 30th

Healing Journeys: Gonna Kick It Root Down

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I have changed. Life has changed me. I am moved with each new year, new season, new moon, new day, new experience. Sometimes it hurts.

I allow what has been painful to cut into my soil and make way. Make way for my roots to break new ground so I can find water from a deeper source. One that quenches a deeper thirst within my soul One that longs to know who I am beyond myself, without my self.

My roots travel the spaces of where I have been, owning who I have been. Finding who I am now. Now that my higher ground has shifted. My roots take hold of it all. Expanding my base so I can grow into the fullest expression of my life. So I can surrender to the winds of inspiration and let my seeds fly. So I can let my leaves fall and still feel strong. Still feel beautiful. Rooted and true. Rooted in Truth.

“Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Nikki is a Mother, Wife, Healer, Hopeful Suburban Homesteader acknowledges words are her mind’s tools; writing her soul’s craft; and this circus of life her heart’s muse. Read more from Nikki here on her blog, The Way I Bee. Nikki’s massage therapy and energy healing, including reiki/cranio with some spontaneous journey work, are part of the offerings at Nourishing Storm Wellness Company.

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Oct 17th

5 Year Birthday Letter

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Dear NS Tribe,

This month we celebrate 5 AMAZING years. As I write this to you, a member of our tribe, all I can think of is gratitude. What a blessing it has been to share the healing practices with you in this beautiful collective space of energy, love, acceptance, peace and bliss. Together with the incredible Nourishing Storm team, we are doing what we love and loving what we do because of you. Each day you bring us your smiles, kindness, your willingness to raise your vibration, and that of others, as your beautiful light fills the spaces within the studio and beyond. And this is what fuels us, makes us stronger and gives us inspiration to serve and be more.

This year our theme is “Keep Calm, Dream On.” Part of what Yoga has done for me since I started practicing over 15 years ago is to help me dream bigger, to know that whatever (crazy) ideas come to me, and there are quite a few, that I can actually accomplish them. That I have an incredible community of students, teachers, artists, beautiful souls that are here to encourage, support, share and help grow these ideas. And that is my wish for you, that whatever your dreams are, you got this. You have us, your tribe at Nourishing Storm, to lean into along the way. Remember the quote from the yoga mat as you enter the yoga studio? It says “I will catch you if you fall.” We will do the same shall you ever fall.

“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
– Erin Hanson

To celebrate our 5 year birthday, on Saturday, October 21st we will be holding an open house from 10am-2pm where our teachers (your favorites along with our new teacher trainers!), juice bar gals and artists will be there to meet and greet with you. We will also be sampling some treats from our fall menu. Oh and dream catchers from 12-2pm, come make one!

At night from 7-10pm we will be having a “Pj + Pancake (gluten free of course, with lots of toppings to choose from) + Movie night.” The movie we selected is “Secret Life is Walter Mitty” – such a gem, very inspiring. From there we dance!

We would LOVE for you to be there this day and/or evening, but if your life is calling in other directions please make time soon to tell us how your experience at “The Storm” is going and offer us feedback on how we can continue to offer a healing space in meaningful ways. We have become who we are because of what the community has shared with us and we strive to do our best to make the studio and cafe a safe haven and nourishing space, despite any Storm that is happening. So please reach out to me at the studio, via email, phone or grab one of your favorite teachers and share your thoughts!

To rising together and growing community,

Kristin Ritter
Founder, Director of Wellness & Holistic Health Coach
harmony@nourishingstorm.com

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