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Feb 12th

Yogi (Staff) of the Month- Nancy

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How did you find yoga?

Yoga found me during a time of devastating loss. I intentionally sought out yoga as a means of healing and in looking for a studio I found NS. What came next was a transformative yoga practice, a community, a means of not just surviving, but finding beauty, grace and lots of inspiration! I feel like NS has allowed me to grow and become my most authentic and highest version of me… always a work in progress though and never finished!

How long have you practiced?

I had a longtime dabbling practice, but as of 2016 it’s become an integral part of me. I cannot imagine where I would be without it. My mat is my safe, honoring, healing and my favorite place to be!

How long have you worked @ NS?

It all started with my Love Bulb project and Kristin’s willingness to support that by selling them in the cafe. “What’s next” is the question she always asks me! What’s next was the Grief Gathering and Storm ambassadorship in the Community Garden and most recently being part of the Teen Series. I’m actually part of the soon to graduate class of NS “Root to Rise” Teacher Training! The Garden is resting and dormant now but the days are getting longer and as spring comes it will soon be time to grow! Stay tuned as all are welcome to join me in the community yoga garden! So grateful for the opportunities that NS has brought to my life and cannot wait to see what’s next!

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Feb 12th

Ommm Healing Journey’s: Begin- The Dance

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The world was created by the cosmic divine.  To play within and explore. The world was made to experience.  Everything in this world manifested from some beautiful intelligence that wanted to understand its own nature.  And so created a world to experience and learn. It had to learn how to survive in a material world. Becoming the universe, the planets, the rocks, the rivers, and creatures of the water, earth and sky.  A world of elements evolving all the way into feeling beings. Every bit of material in this world is another way the divine gets to experience itself. So when we deny this world our truest expression of self, we deny the divine dancer its chance to learn new steps.  

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Jan 14th

Yogi of the Month: Tara Buchakjian

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How long have you been practicing yoga?
Approximately 12 years

How did yoga find you?
I was introduced to yoga through a fitness training called Powercentering which was a combination of yoga, pilates, and Tai Chi.  I got certified in it and began teaching it at the chiropractic office where I was working at the time.  I really loved it!  I was pregnant and felt like I was in the best shape of my life and this was my primary form of exercise.  A few years later I started doing yoga at a small studio and loved the personal attention.  I had 2 more kids and continued doing yoga but at a gym because of the need for childcare.  I’d been wanting to get back to a small yoga studio and finally took the leap to become a member at nourishing storm.

What is your favorite yoga pose?
I love variation of crow and handstands

What would you say to a student thinking about starting yoga?
Yoga is a wonderful way to nourish the body and mind and the atmosphere of Nourishing Storm is very positive and caring.  I think yoga is of benefit to everyone and can be modified for any fitness level.  I encourage everyone to do yoga!

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Jan 1st

Ommm Healing Journey: Service, Love Unbonded

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I couldn’t quite separate November’s service theme from October’s grace nor from December’s community.  The link with community seems very obvious. But the way between grace and service may not be obvious at all.   But it comes a little clearer when life is viewed as an opportunity to be of service and each day an opportunity to do better.

That is why I referred to them as faith and practice.  I find the experience of grace to be proof of a higher love.  A release of the binding on our hearts that inspires faith. And I wish to be a servant to this unbinding, so I must practice.  There is grace to be found when we act in service to compassion, when we speak in service to kindness, when we work in service to integrity and live in service to truth.  

I am not ashamed to say I do not know what that all looks like in perfect practice.  So at the end of the day, I breathe in service to gratitude and find the heart to try this living thing again.

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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Jan 1st

Ommm Healing Journey: Community, An Unfolding

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I would like to stand inside of every kind of forest.  Commune with every kind of ecology. To listen and learn how to grow strong and true in harmony with a community in the midst of its own evolution.

 

Nature knows how to behave, how to give way to diversity.  How to allow every potential its expression and the space for each expression to succeed or fail as they will.  Nature allows life its way. And evolves around some greater intelligence. Balancing along some point beyond our current understanding.  The point of separation between creation and destruction, like the space between breaths, between expansion and contraction. A point that is fluid and still.

 

Nature teaches us the cycles.  The seasons here to teach each their own lessons.  The stars to offer direction. The moon to teach us our tides, how we ebb and flow.  The animals that offer the wisdom of survival in body and the soul medicine found when we study their stories within the evolution of us and the world.  It is all there in the ecology. In the shapes and colors. In it all.

 

This year, I found deep wisdom in the community of trees. In the spring, the leaves wait to appear until the earth is blanketed in green and then each tree awakens in their own time.  I learned to find my own time to bloom when it will not steal sunshine from another. In the summer, the tall trees endure the fire of the sun and offer shade for tender plants to thrive below. I learned to stand tall and protect the space for tenderness to grow around me.  At the peak of autumn’s glory, the leaves begin to fall. I learned to appreciate the beauty of each time as it lasts but when the fire is gone, to let it go. In all the seasons, the roots held the earth along the rushing rivers edge. I learned to hold my ground along my edges but also that sometimes the ground can wash away and I may have to bend to hang on.  

 

Winter’s lesson it still working on me.  I see the evergreens, hard and prickly, some with seeds that have to be set aflame to release.  I learned how to hold my guard against the outside world when I want to stay green in the ice. But then I look to the deciduous trees to learn a different kind of strength from those who draw their green inside and stand defenseless and exposed to it all.  From them I learned the freedom of vulnerability and the resiliency born of tending our worlds within.

 

I found  so much wisdom just in standing witness to this natural order.  I believe the deepest wisdom from my communion with trees was found in watching the trees grow and change, each in their own wonderful way, and all in service to the continuing evolution of the forest.

 

“The world of life, of spontaneity, the world of dawn and sunset and starlight, the world of soil and sunshine, of meadow and woodland, of hickory and oak and maple and hemlock and pineland forests, of wildlife dwelling around us, of the river and its wellbeing – all of this {is} the integral community in which we live.” – Thomas Berry

 

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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