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Sacred Pathways: Your Weekly Wisdom Roundup for Holistic Wellness

Dear Reader,

I am so immersed in the fruitful transformative season of summer that it’s been a whole two weeks since I’ve sent out emails. Kids swimming, lemondae stands, bike rides everywhere, ice cream shops and suntans – I love this time of year. I also recognize the Ayurvedic view of this season as one that is depleting.

These are some of my favorite products for keeping cool.

A podcast I’ve been diving into lately.

Summer reading

Symposium on Yoga Research (SYR) 2024:

The SYR 2024, held by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), is a key event showcasing the latest yoga therapy research. This symposium features presentations from leading researchers in the field, covering a range of topics from the psychological impacts of yoga to its physiological benefits. It’s an excellent platform for discovering cutting-edge research and networking with professionals dedicated to advancing yoga therapy as a recognized health profession​als. More on this to come soon!!

Podcast Spotlight: Living Myth with Michael Meade

I’ve been diving into the “Living Myth” podcast by Michael Meade lately. His stories and wisdom are a perfect companion for those moments of quiet reflection. It feels like having a deep, soulful conversation with a wise friend.

Ayurvedic Mama: Masterclass for New Mothers and Birthworkers

I’m thrilled to announce a special online workshop designed for new mamas and anyone interested in Ayurvedic wellness. This session is packed with insights to help you thrive.

🗓 Date: July 11, 2024

🕒 Time: 10:30am ET

💻 Platform: Zoom

💰 Fee: $50 per participant

The workshop includes a recording and a beautifully curated 40+ page care guide. We’ll cover:

  • The importance of the 40-day sacred window for new mothers
  • Essential Ayurvedic practices for postpartum care
  • Nourishing recipes and herbal remedies
  • Gentle yoga and meditation techniques for healing and rejuvenation
  • Spaces are limited, so don’t miss out! Secure your spot and let’s dive into the heart of Ayurvedic care together.

Sending you peace and balance this summer.

Jeanette

A Very Special Invitation For You – Alchemy of Trauma for Healing Professionals

Dear Reader,

I hope this email finds you well and thriving.

I’m reaching out to personally invite you to join me on a transformative journey that’s close to my heart – an exploration into the alchemy of healing trauma through a body based Vedic approach.

When I first began my trauma-informed journey, I was on fire with a passion to address the challenges many people living with trauma face when seeking Yoga classes or massage therapies. As someone deeply affected by trauma myself, I understood those challenges on a personal level. I was determined to become a better therapist and to inspire my colleagues of the importance of considering trauma in their practice.

Halfway through my training, during a workshop on trauma-informed care systems, the instructor said something that changed my perspective entirely: “People who operate the system may also have trauma, and our system must include consideration for the service provider’s trauma.” This idea resonated with me profoundly. I realized that every space I entered carried the potential for trauma because I carried it within me. If my work was perpetuating my struggle and hindering my recovery, I wasn’t truly being trauma-informed.

Care for the carer is essential in any caregiving profession. When we’re not at our best, our work suffers, and so do the people who depend on us. This is especially true for trauma survivors, who often assume the role of supporting others, sometimes at their own expense. I recently saw a meme about the “parentified child to helping professional pipeline” and had to laugh – it’s probably true for many of us.

Recognizing the need to prioritize myself was a turning point. I began to decenter others and allow myself to matter to me. I took stock of what helped me feel connected to myself and practiced those things more. I assessed my relationships and made necessary changes, even if it meant causing someone else pain or disappointment. I committed to therapy, identified my triggers, and made space for glimmers of joy.

Through this process, I learned that caring for myself was essential for providing the best care to others. I unlearned a lot about my value as a person and my role in relationships, and I embraced the bravery needed to say yes to what supported me.

In my ongoing journey, I’ve noticed many Yoga videos promoting teacher trainings and assists that showcase exactly what not to do. Massage therapists sexualizing massages on Instagram are the new rage. This reinforces my commitment to creating a space where we prioritize safety, compassion, and true understanding of trauma-informed practices.

If you’re ready to dive deep into this kind of transformative self-care and healing, I’d love for you to join me. Together, we’ll explore practices that connect us to our true selves and support our journey towards recovery and wholeness.

Looking forward to embarking on this journey with you. Ce’s available.

Sign up here. We begin Wednesday July 10th at 7pm est.

With warmth and gratitude,

Jeanette

✨Don’t Miss Out: Final Call for Our June Thai Massage Gathering (Virtual or In-Person)!

✨Don’t Miss Out: Final Call for Our June Thai Massage Gathering (Virtual or In-Person)!

Dear Reader,

How are you? How is your practice?

“In Thai massage, we learn to listen with our hands and speak with our hearts”

I often share the story of how Thai Massage found me. It was 2007, and I was going through a tough divorce. It was my first weekend without my kids, my two daughters who were 3 and 5 at the time, and I was feeling incredibly heartbroken. On my way home from work in the city, I called a friend in Hoboken. He invited me over for “some Thai,” and I assumed he meant food.

To my surprise, when I arrived, there was a Thai mat set up with pillows and an atmosphere of deep care and intention. I had never even heard of Thai massage before, but I knew I was in for a magical experience. About 90 minutes later, I felt renewed, and my heart was full. My next question was, “Where did you learn that?”

Within three months, I was in training with his, and soon my, teacher, Jennifer Yarro. The rest is history. Now, I have over a thousand hours of training in Thai Yoga Massage and am deeply in love with the breadth and depth of this practice. It is my great honor and joy to share it with you!

Join me for a monthly gathering where we will give, receive, explore, and advance our skills, whether you’re a professional or just want to share this with loved ones. We meet on the last Wednesday of each month to dive deep into the practice. Imagine the warmth, connection, and profound healing you’ll experience. Sign up here and commit to growing and expanding throughout the year. Continuing Education credits are available for massage therapists and yoga teachers.

This is more than just a class—it’s a journey of transformation and renewal. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this beautiful, heart-opening community.
This class will be offered both virtually and in person!

The Holding Space

Main Street, Avon, NJ

Wednesday June 26th

6:30-8:00pm

☀️Embracing Transformation: Celebrating Yoga, Solstice, and Community

☀️Embracing Transformation: Celebrating Yoga, Solstice, and Community

Dear Reader,

This weekend greets us with the auspicious timing of the Strawberry Full Moon, Summer Solstice, and International Yoga Day. I stand in awe and gratitude for the ancient tradition of Yoga and its profound impact on my life and the lives of so many. Yoga has the power to transform, to bring about self-awareness, and to create inner and outer harmony. It is a journey of coming home to ourselves, again and again, realizing our inherent wholeness, and embracing our union with body, mind, breath, and all of life.

Cure yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon.
With the sound of the river and the waterfall.
With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds.
Heal yourself with mint, with neem and eucalyptus.
Sweeten yourself with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile.
Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a touch of cinnamon.
Put love in tea instead of sugar, and take it looking at the stars.
Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain.
Get strong with bare feet on the ground and with everything that is born from it.
Get smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with the eye of your forehead.
Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier.
Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember: you are the medicine.
Maria Sabina

I want to share a personal story with you. Between 2017 and 2022, I was struggling with deep-seated trauma coming up to be healed and a strong sense of imbalance in my body and life. Entering perimenopause and experiencing the death of my father marked a pivotal time for me, inviting me to unwind deeply rooted patterns that had been hidden or dormant in my body and mind. It was during this challenging period that I turned again to Yoga and Ayurveda for answers.

The wisdom of these ancient traditions guided me to a path of deeper healing, integration, and self-discovery. I delved into the Ashtangha Hridayam, studied Ayurvedic herbs, and explored Marma Chikitsa and trauma healing. I tweaked my self-care rituals, and quickly, I began to notice profound changes. My energy levels stabilized, my mind became clearer, and I felt a deep sense of balance returning to my life.

Research supports the profound impact that yoga and Ayurveda can have on the body’s stress response systems, particularly the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. Studies have shown that regular yoga practice and Ayurvedic lifestyle interventions can help regulate the HPA axis, reducing stress and promoting overall well-being. This scientific evidence aligns with my personal experience and the countless stories I’ve heard from others on this journey.

This journey wasn’t easy, and I know many of you might be going through similar struggles. I see you. I’ve walked this path and want to share that healing and harmony are within reach. This personal experience has solidified my belief in the transformative power of Yoga and Ayurveda, and I believe these practices can bring profound healing and restoration to anyone willing to embrace them.

Remember, you are the medicine.

Join Me in Transformative Experiences:

Mentorship Program

Embark on a year-long deep dive filled with community, connection, wisdom, and support. This mentorship program is designed to help you refine your skills, elevate your teaching, and create meaningful connections with like-minded individuals. Together, we will explore the depths of yoga and its transformative power. IAYT and YA continuing education available. We offer a sliding pay scale, payment plans and scholarships based on need. If this calls to you, please don;t hesitate to reach out.

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🏞 Yoga at The Boathouse

Experience the serene beauty of practicing yoga by the water at this incredible location. Our sessions at The Boathouse offer a unique blend of tranquility and rejuvenation, providing the perfect setting for deepening your practice and finding inner peace.

Sundays at 9am in Red Bank, NJ

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🌀 Alchemy: Trauma Certification Program

Become a trauma-informed bodyworker or yoga teacher through our Alchemy program. This course stands out with its somatic, bottom-up approach, weaving in Ayurveda and yoga teachings. If you own a studio, ask about our studio package to certify all your teachers as trauma-informed practitioners.

All online, asynchronous training. Live classes begin this July!

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🤲 Thai Massage Gathering

Join our Thai massage gathering to learn and practice this ancient healing art. This gathering is a beautiful opportunity to connect, share, and deepen your understanding of Thai massage techniques.

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Here are some of the things our brilliant students have to say. By the way I sooo appreciate your reviews and take the time to read and respond personally to each and every one. If you have worked with me and want to leave a review, it would be so appreciated. you can do so here.

Thank you again for your time, attention and connection. Sending you so much love.

Sacred Pathways | Rituals and Recipes

Sacred Pathways | Rituals and Recipes

When the Roses Speak, I Pay Attention
“As long as we are able to
be extravagant we will be
hugely and damply
extravagant. Then we will drop
foil by foil to the ground. This
is our unalterable task, and we do it
joyfully.”
And they went on, “Listen,
the heart-shackles are not, as you think,
death, illness, pain,
unrequited hope, not loneliness, but
lassitude, rue, vainglory, fear, anxiety,
selfishness.”
Their fragrance all the while rising
from their blind bodies, making me
spin with joy.
Mary Oliver

Dear Reader,

I just returned from a transformative retreat in Scotland (see some pics at the end of this email) with the enigmatic Kavitha Chinnaiyan. The rugged and stunning landscapes, with their vast open spaces, reminded my heart what it feels like to truly coexist with nature. Our intimate group of 15 women delved deep into transformative practices, unraveling old patterns based on vasanas, karmas, and samskaras. We confronted and released deeply rooted beliefs and behaviors. Vasanas are our habitual tendencies, karmas are the actions and their results that shape our lives, and samskaras are the mental impressions and conditioning we carry. By addressing these elements, we were able to achieve profound healing and clarity, making space for new, positive patterns to emerge.

A friend shared Mary Oliver’s poem “When the Roses Speak, I Pay Attention” and it resonates so deeply with me. Her words beautifully capture the essence of living the practice, joyfully embracing every moment, and shedding what no longer serves us. Just as the roses drop their petals, we too must let go of our own burdens and constraints – the heart-shackles of of our core lack stories. This retreat allowed me to do just that, to drop layers of old patterns and embrace a more authentic and joyful way of being.

Being in the homeland of my ancestors, with its potent fae energies, was a deeply enriching experience. Exploring Orgasmic Alchemy with such a brilliant teacher of Tantra was both enlightening and grounding. Tantra, a sacred path of devotion to life, teaches us to find the sacred in the mundane and to immerse ourselves in the present moment fully.

I’m thrilled to share some of the healing practices that have been most beneficial to me with you, dear Reader. In this edition, you’ll find a luxurious Rose Coconut Milk Bath recipe, a refreshing Saffron Lemonade, and a guide to Sheetali Pranayama along with my newest blog post on slow wave sleep!

Upcoming Events

Alchemy of Trauma – virtual asynchronous learning. Discover how to transmute and transform through embodied awareness and evidence based practice.

Yoga at The Boathouse – Sundays at 9am live online and in person in Red Bank, NJ

Thai Massage Gathering – June 26th at 6:30pm live online and in person at The Holding Space in Avon, NJ or via Zoom!

Personalized Sessions – and as always you can schedule Thai, Ayurvedic or medical massage and spa treatments, Ayurvedic consults and individualized Yoga Therapy sessions in your home or mine.

I hope to see you soon!

Invitation to Join My Mentorship and Retreat

If you’re a Yoga teacher who is ready to expand your knowledge and practice, I invite you to join my mentorship program in Yoga Therapy, Tantra, and Ayurveda. This program is your gateway to turning your passion for Yoga into a thriving business, with personalized guidance, community support and an incredible curriculum designed to awaken awareness on a whole new level. Additionally, this September, I will be hosting a special retreat for healing practitioners at the Jersey Shore. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in transformative practices, connect with like-minded individuals, and find deeper clarity and peace within. If you’re interested, reply to this email, and we’ll schedule a call to discuss the details.

Looking forward to connecting with you and sharing this beautiful journey.

With Great Love and Appreciation,

Practice | Sheetali Pranayama

Instructions:

Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine.Roll your tongue into a tube and inhale slowly through the mouth.Hold the breath for a few seconds.Exhale slowly through the nose.Repeat this cycle for 5-10 minutes.

Benefits:
Cools the Body: Helps reduce body temperature, making it ideal for hot climates or after intense physical activity.

Calms the Mind: Promotes mental tranquility and reduces stress and anxiety.

Detoxifies: Aids in detoxification by improving digestion and cleansing the blood.

Improves Focus: Enhances concentration and mental clarity.

Rose Coconut Milk Divine Bath

Ingredients:

2 cups coconut milk

1 cup rose petals (fresh or dried)

1 cup Epsom salts

10 drops rose essential oil

Instructions:

Fill your bathtub with warm water.

Add the coconut milk, rose petals, Epsom salts, and rose essential oil to the bath.

Stir the water to disperse the ingredients.

Soak in the bath for at least 20 minutes, allowing the soothing properties to nourish your skin and spirit.

Saffron Lemonade

A summer favorite!

Benefits

Gently Detoxifies

Cools Your Mind

 Nourishes all three doshas, Vata, Pitta, Kapha

New Blog! The Power Of Slow Wave Sleep

While I was at the airport waiting for my layover, I had an incredible conversation with a sleep neuroscientist. It was absolutely fascinating! She delved deep into the intricacies of slow wave sleep, which made me reflect on how beneficial Ayurvedic lifestyle practices and Yoga Nidra are for enhancing our sleep quality. Check out my new blog post on this.

A little bit of Scotland