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🌿 Sacred Pathways: 🌕 Full Flower Moon: Time for Reflection and Renewal 🌸

🌿 Sacred Pathways: 🌕 Full Flower Moon: Time for Reflection and Renewal 🌸

Dear Reader,

I am thrilled to introduce the very first edition of our weekly newsletter, “Sacred Pathways,” coming to you every Wednesday—Mercury Day! It feels significant, considering Wednesday’s association with communication, intellect, and new beginnings. Here, we come together to connect, share, and evolve as a community.

“Sacred Pathways” has been brewing in my heart for some time now. It emerged as a whisper, a promise of something really special, though I had no idea what direction it would take. This space is where we can be raw, unfiltered, and vulnerable. Sharing what we’re learning, diving into, and discovering. My hope is to act as a Yogic tour guide for your adventure. It’s my intention that we all find places and spaces like this in our lives—a sanctuary where we can truly be ourselves and stay open, curious, and connected.

The other day, as I drove to my Yoga at The Boathouse class, I found myself immersed in the wisdom shared on the Michael Mead podcast. And suddenly, it clicked—Sacred Pathways was meant to be a newsletter! This newsletter serves as your personal refuge of soulful insights, practical tips, and gentle reminders to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. It’s my offering to share resources, inspiration, practices, and love in every way I can.

As we bask in the radiant glow of the full flower moon, we’re presented with a beautiful opportunity to release, nourish, and rejuvenate. This celestial alignment, enhanced by the moon’s glow and astrological position, beckons us towards a state of bliss and inner illumination. Embracing the full moon’s energy allows us to shed old patterns, nurture our souls, and embrace the transformative power of the present moment. This auspicious connection with the cosmos serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of all things, inspiring a deeper sense of self-awareness and spiritual awakening.

I’m excited to hear what you want to explore in these newsletters. Whether it’s new insights, practices, or inspiration, let me know what resonates with you. Together, we can create a journey of continuous growth and transformation.

🎙️ Podcast Highlight: Michael Mead on Myth, Wisdom, and Community

Dive into the wisdom of Michael Mead as he explores the power of myth and the importance of community in our journey of awakening. His podcast is a treasure trove of stories and insights that resonate deeply with our shared values of connection and transformation. [Listen here]

📄 Research Spotlight: The Efficacy of Yoga Therapy

Discover the latest findings on the benefits of Yoga Therapy with this insightful research paper. Learn how evidence-based practices are transforming lives and enhancing well-being. This paper is a must-read for those passionate about integrating yoga into their holistic health routines. Read more on the Efficacy of Yoga Therapy and its applications for mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD【​ (MDPI)​​ (BioMed Central)​​ (Cambridge)​

I’m excited to share a special addition to our newsletter – a curated playlist of somatic movement and wisdom songs! 🎶 I invite you to take a moment to immerse yourself in the rhythmic flow of these songs and let them guide you on a journey of movement and self-discovery. Whether you’re moving through yoga sequences, practicing mindfulness, or simply seeking a moment of tranquility, this playlist is here to inspire you and awaken our collective hearts.

🌕 Soma Practice: Embodying the Full Moon

Ah, somatics—such a buzzword these days, right? But let’s peel back the layers of hype and get to the core of it. Somatics is all about allowing your soul to fully occupy your form. It’s where the magic happens, where the spirit likes to dress up like this (yes, borrowing a line from Mary Oliver) and reminds us that our bodies are wisdom libraries.

  1. Moon Salutations: Begin with a series of gentle moon salutations to open your heart and connect with the lunar energy. I like this guide from Ekhart Yoga,
  2. Lunar Breath: Practice a calming breathwork sequence, inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling slowly through your mouth, aligning your breath with the moon’s phases.
  3. Embodying Light: Imagine the moonlight filling your body, starting from your feet and rising to the crown of your head. Feel this light energizing and purifying every cell.
  4. Grounding Meditation: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, and visualize roots growing from your body into the earth, grounding you while the moonlight continues to fill you with its serene energy.

This practice is a beautiful way to honor the full moon and nurture your awareness.

And finally,

📚 Summer Reading List: Nourish Your Mind and Soul

This summer, immerse yourself in these inspiring and transformative reads:

  • Returning Home to Our Bodies by Abigail Rose: A beautiful guide on reconnecting with our physical selves, this book offers profound insights and practical exercises to deepen your relationship with your body. We are going to be reading this together and embodying the beautiful work of my friend Abigail in our Yoga at The Boathouse Classes. Join here.
  • Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain by Neil Pearson and Shelly Prosko: An essential read for anyone interested in the therapeutic applications of yoga. This book provides a comprehensive exploration of yoga therapy’s principles and practices in pain. Shelly is a dear teacher of mine and Neil and I are in an IAYT committee together. I am so proud and honored to share their work. These practices are so powerful.
  • The Big Leap: Gay Hendricks suggests that each person has an innate capacity for happiness and success but often self-sabotages when they reach their upper limit of what they believe they deserve. By identifying and transcending these limits, individuals can break through barriers and live a life of abundance, love, and creativity. This book was mandatory reading for my Master Healer training with Tiffany Carole and totally transformed my thinking.

That’s all for now! Until next week.

xoxo,

Jeanette

P.S. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on what you’d love to hear about in upcoming editions!


Sacred Pathways: Your Weekly Wisdom Roundup for Holistic Wellness

Sacred Pathways: Your Weekly Wisdom Roundup for Holistic Wellness

Dear Reader,

I’m absolutely thrilled to introduce “Sacred Pathways: Your Weekly Wisdom Roundup for Holistic Wellness”! 🌿 This newsletter is your personal guide to soulful insights, practical tips, and gentle reminders to nurture your mind, body, and spirit.

If you know me, you know I am always learning, always studying, always seeking. In this weekly roundup, I will share the latest research, innovative practices, favorite podcasts, playlists, and more for your well-being. We’ll explore the infinite pathways to holistic wellness and uncover the wisdom that resonates with your soul.

Each week, I’ll gather the most illuminating wisdom from ancient traditions and modern science to support your journey towards vibrant health and inner peace. From mindful practices to holistic healing, “Sacred Pathways” will guide you along the sacred path of wellness with love and wisdom.

And that’s not all—our w is brimmieekly roundup is brimming with handpicked treasures and local favorites to support your well-being. Explore our collection of soothing essentials oils and aromapoint therapy practices, nourishing Ayurvedic tonics, inspiring podcasts, and other wellness essentials today!

If you resonate with the title “Sacred Pathways: Your Weekly Wisdom Roundup for Holistic Wellness,” simply reply to this email with a “YES” to opt in!

I’m also thrilled to announce a new partnership that will enhance our journey towards holistic wellness: I’ve teamed up in a new partnership with Banyan Botanicals! Use code Jeanette15 for 15% off! I’m in love with their new facial oil ❤️.

Through our partnership with Banyan Botanicals, we’re bringing you access to high-quality Ayurvedic products and supplements that will nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Banyan Botanicals is committed to providing pure, sustainably sourced herbs and formulations that support optimal health and vitality.

Together, we’re dedicated to helping you thrive and flourish in every aspect of your life. Stay tuned for exciting collaborations, exclusive offers, and transformative experiences as we embark on this journey together!

Ready to dive into the wisdom of “Sacred Pathways”? Opt in now by replying with a “YES” and let’s embark on this journey towards holistic wellness together!

With love and gratitude,

Jeanette

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Unveiling Hope: How Yoga Therapy Can Transform Lives Touched by Diseases of Despair

Unveiling Hope: How Yoga Therapy Can Transform Lives Touched by Diseases of Despair

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to shine a light on the shadows that often cloud our lives. As someone who has personally navigated the turbulent waters of CPTSD and substance abuse, I understand the deep despair that accompanies such struggles. But I also know there is a pathway out—a journey of healing and transformation through Yoga Therapy.

 

 

The Rise of Diseases of Despair: A Deep Dive into a Growing Crisis

Over the past decade, the prevalence of ‘diseases of despair’—encompassing substance abuse, alcohol dependency, and suicidal thoughts—has alarmingly increased by 68%. This significant rise is more than a statistic; it’s a poignant reflection of the distress and hardships that countless individuals endure daily.

These diseases of despair are not isolated health issues but symptoms of broader societal problems. They frequently stem from, and are exacerbated by, a complex interplay of economic, social, and emotional factors:

Economic Struggles: Many affected individuals face financial instability, job insecurity, and the relentless pressure of living paycheck to paycheck. The economic downturns, such as those witnessed during the financial crises or the recent pandemic impacts, often correlate with spikes in these conditions. The stress of financial hardship can lead to depression and anxiety, which in turn may push individuals towards substance use or alcohol as coping mechanisms.

Social Isolation: In an era where community bonds are often weakened by the digital divide, physical distancing, and urban sprawl, loneliness has become more prevalent. Isolation is a significant predictor of depression and anxiety, which can escalate into more severe despair-related illnesses. Without meaningful human connections, individuals struggling with mental health issues find fewer opportunities for support and intervention.

Inadequate Support Systems: The lack of accessible mental health services exacerbates these problems. Many communities, especially in underserved areas, do not have adequate resources to address mental health adequately. This shortfall includes not just the availability of professional help but also the presence of community centers, support groups, and preventative wellness programs.

The rise in diseases of despair is a call to action for policymakers, healthcare providers, and communities to invest in better mental health infrastructure, foster social connections, and create economic policies that promote financial stability. Addressing these root causes is essential not only for treating the symptoms but for preventing the onset of such diseases. By strengthening community ties, enhancing economic security, and ensuring that everyone has access to mental health resources, we can begin to turn the tide against this troubling trend.

Personal Insight:

Reflecting on my own past, I recall the countless days spent feeling hopeless and disconnected. It was as if each day merged into the next with a constant sense of dread, despair and overwhelm. I was a single Mother who jhad just lost my Mother and everything felt dim. My thoughts often spiraled into a vortex of despair, leaving me feeling utterly isolated from the world around me. This sense of disconnection wasn’t just emotional but permeated every aspect of my life, creating a barrier that seemed insurmountable.

It was during this period of profound struggle that I dove deeper into Yoga Therapy. I had already been practicing and teaching Yoga for quite some time, but as I began to embrace the practice more fully, something within me started to shift. Each moment, each breath, the mudras and meditations brought me into the present moment, away from the incessant worries and fears that had plagued me.

Yoga offered more than just physical relief; it became my mental and emotional sanctuary. On my mat, I learned that I could find a space of calm in the midst of chaos. The physical movements of Yoga—stretching, holding, and breathing through the poses—taught my body to relax and release tension. But more importantly, they taught my mind to slow down and my emotions to be welcomed and honored.

The Pranayama – life force control – I learned in Yoga Therapy, were particularly transformative. Focusing on my breath and the power it has over the mind helped to anchor me in the now, a skill that proved invaluable both on and off the mat. Breath awareness brought a sense of control and peace that I had long forgotten was possible. It was through these mindful practices that I began to see a glimmer of hope—a light that slowly expanded, illuminating paths forward I hadn’t noticed before.

Yoga therapy also enhanced my interoceptive awareness—the ability to sense internal bodily sensations, a key component of emotional regulation and self-awareness. According to a study published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2015), Yoga practitioners show significantly improved interoceptive accuracy, which supports a better tuning into one’s own body and emotional states, leading to improved self-regulation.

Furthermore, research has demonstrated that regular Yoga practice can lead to increases in grey matter volume in the brain, particularly in the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with improved cognitive functions and emotional stability. A seminal study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2011) confirmed that long-term Yoga practitioners had greater grey matter volume in multiple regions of the brain, including the prefrontal cingular cortex. These findings are really exicting and more are being disvovered every day!

This sanctuary of mind and body didn’t erase the challenges I faced, but it gave me the tools to approach them with a new perspective. I realized that I wasn’t just cultivating flexibility in my body, but resilience in my spirit and a newfound courage to face life’s uncertainties. Yoga Therapy empowered me to reconnect not only with myself but also with others, fostering a sense of community and shared human experience that was healing in itself.

 

Evidence-Based Benefits of Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy has been scientifically validated to offer profound benefits for both the mind and body, offering a beacon of hope for those grappling with life’s challenges. Research underscores its potential:

  • Stress Reduction: Studies, including one from Harvard Medical School in 2020, have demonstrated that yoga can significantly reduce stress hormone levels, fostering a calmer, more balanced state of mind.

  • Enhanced Mood: The Journal of Psychiatry in 2019 highlighted that regular yoga practice boosts serotonin levels, often referred to as the ‘happiness hormone.’ This elevation in mood is a vital tool in combating feelings of despair and hopelessness.

  • Improved Physical Health: Beyond mental wellness, yoga enhances physical health by increasing flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular health, creating a strong foundation that supports overall mental health resilience.

Addressing Diseases of Despair through Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy offers a comprehensive approach that transcends physical wellness to encompass emotional and psychological healing:

  • Mindfulness and Awareness: Through its practice, yoga instills a heightened sense of mindfulness, helping practitioners recognize and disrupt destructive emotional patterns. This awareness is a crucial first step in navigating and mitigating the depths of despair.

  • Community and Connection: Yoga classes do more than teach poses; they build communities. For many, these classes provide a vital sense of belonging and a reduction in the isolation that so often accompanies mental health struggles.

  • Physical Activity: The physical practice of yoga offers immediate relief for some symptoms of depression and anxiety, such as restlessness and fatigue. Engaging the body actively helps release the physical manifestations of emotional pain, aiding in overall recovery.

Yoga therapy, with its focus on body, mind, and spirit offers a holistic path to recovery for those affected by diseases of despair. It invites a gentle yet powerful exploration of one’s inner landscape, promising not just healing but a renewed sense of vitality and peace.

Guided Practice 1: Gentle Breathing for Anxiety Relief

Sit comfortably or lie down. Close your eyes or gently soften your gaze and if it is comfortable,  place one hand on your belly.

Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling your belly rise, then your chest.

Exhale slowly through your mouth or nose, feeling your chest and then your belly lower.

Repeat for 3-5 minutes, focusing solely on your breath.

 

Guided Practice 2: Mindful Movement to Cultivate Presence

Begin in a standing position with feet hip-width apart.

As you inhale, slowly raise your arms overhead, stretching gently.

Exhale and slowly bend forward, reaching towards your toes. Bend your knees if needed.

Inhale and return to standing, raising your arms overhead again.

Repeat this flow for several minutes, moving with each breath.

 

 

Conclusion:

The journey through yoga is both personal and universal. It’s about finding peace in the present moment, rebuilding connections with ourselves and others, and nurturing our mental and physical health.

If you or someone you know is struggling with diseases of despair, consider exploring how Yoga Therapy could be part of a healing path. Remember, the road to recovery is often walked together—step by step, breath by breath.

 

 

Mental Health Crisis Resources:

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, immediate help is available. Here are some resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US): 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) – Available 24/7 for anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • Crisis Text Line (US): Text HOME to 741741 – Free, 24/7 support for those in crisis, connecting people to trained Crisis Counselors.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline (US): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) – A confidential, free, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Join Our Alchemy Program: Transform Your Practice and Your Life

As we reach the end of this exploration into the profound benefits of yoga therapy and holistic healing, I invite you to take the next step on your journey with our Alchemy program. Whether you’re looking to deepen your understanding of trauma, enhance your therapeutic skills, or simply find a supportive community that believes in the transformative power of mindful practices, Alchemy is here to guide you.

In this 12-week course, you’ll gain not just knowledge and techniques but also a new perspective on health and well-being. Our program is more than a learning experience—it’s a transformational journey that equips you to bring healing and balance not only to your own life but to those around you.

What You Can Expect:

  • Deep Understanding: Learn from experts in yoga therapy and holistic health.
  • Hands-On Practice: Apply what you learn through practical, real-world activities.
  • Supportive Community: Join a network of like-minded individuals who are on the same path towards healing and growth.

Ready to Transform? If you’re prepared to embark on this journey, to not only improve your skills but also to make a lasting impact on your community, then Alchemy is the place for you. Sign up today and start your transformation.

🌙✨🌑 New Moon Blessings: Embrace the Intelligent Beauty of Your Body

🌙✨🌑 New Moon Blessings: Embrace the Intelligent Beauty of Your Body

Dear Reader,

Wild Geese | Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

In these verses, I find echoes of my own journey, a reminder that amidst the chaos and demands of the world, there’s a sanctuary within us waiting to be discovered—the sacred temple of our own bodies.

Picture this: every fiber of your being humming with the secrets of the cosmos—the soft inhale of breath, the steady pulse of your heart. he spanda, the great pulsation, and ebb and flow of prana, or life force, are ever-present, continuously engaging in a delicate dance with everything around us. Our bodies are not mere flesh and bone; they are a symphony of life, intricately connected to everything around us.

Consider your heartbeat—the drumbeat of your existence, echoing cosmic rhythms from the womb to the last moment. Each throb reflects your deepest feelings, connecting us with others and syncing with the universal cadence that binds all of life. The

Take a deep breath. Feel your lungs expand, cradling your heart within. As you exhale, release the weight of the world—a graceful act of letting go. Every incoming breath sustains life, every outgoing breath a gentle surrender.

Your skin, a canvas of life’s stories, invites us to experience the world in its raw authenticity. Through touch, we communicate, connect, and ground ourselves in the present moment. Through touch, we bring peace.

And let’s not overlook the remarkable power of neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to evolve, adapt, and grow with every experience, a testament to our resilience and infinite potential.

But here’s the magic: our bodies aren’t just shaped by our experiences; they carry the echoes of our ancestors, the wisdom of generations past, woven into the fabric of our DNA.

We possess an incredible capacity for healing, weaving stories of resilience and renewal with each moment.

Step into a journey designed with love, just for you. Whether you’re a yoga teacher seeking guidance, yearning for a sincere community to practice with at our Yoga At The Boathouse sessions, or seeking the healing embrace of our Massage Membership, let us wrap you in care and click to begin your path of self-discovery.

And with the new moon and Golden day in Jyotish (May 10th) upon us, there’s no better time to invest in yourself—to nurture your body, mind, and spirit, and to bask in the abundance of love and peace that awaits.

With warmth and excitement,

Jeanette

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Beltane Blessings

Beltane Blessings

A Blessing for Beauty
May the beauty of your life become more visible to you, that you may glimpse your wild divinity.
May the wonders of the earth call you forth from all your small, secret prisons
And set your feet free in the pastures of possibility.
May you recognize in your life the presence,
Power, and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
Connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
That you have a special destiny here,
That behind the façade of your life,
There is something beautiful and eternal happening.
John O’Donohue

Dear Reader,

As the earth bursts into bloom and the days stretch longer, we welcome the exuberance of Beltane, a vibrant time of year when life’s potent energies are most palpable. Beltane, celebrated today on the first of May, heralds the promise of new beginnings and the full blossoming of spring. It’s a moment to revel in the beauty of the promising world around us, ignite passions, and foster growth in all aspects of our lives. A sacred time that invites us to step into the light of the year and immerse ourselves in renewal, vitality, and joy.

Just as the earth itself renews, so too do we experience our own cycles of rebirth and flourishing. Beltane encourages us to honor these natural rhythms and discover the vibrant energy within, especially during these luminous days.

Beltane – A Time of Fertility and Celebration:

Beltane, pronounced “bell-tayn,” marks the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It’s a time to celebrate the fertility of the earth, the strength of the growing sun, and the potential within us all to bring forth new life and ideas. This ancient festival ignites the fires of creativity and passion, offering us an opportunity for profound growth and joy.

Connecting with the Vibrancy of Life:

During Beltane, we connect with the vibrant pulse of the earth, acknowledging the beauty and abundance that surround us. It’s a moment to cultivate joy, embrace the energies of growth, and dance with the vitality that flows through all living things. Let’s remember the importance of this celebration, especially as we seek to nourish and inspire our community.

Ritual – A Gateway to Joy:

Rituals are the heartbeats of celebration, helping us create joyful spaces, set intentions for growth, and connect with the blossoming energies that guide our lives. Beltane rituals can include dancing around the Maypole, jumping over fires to purify and renew, or simply taking a moment to breathe in the sweet air of spring and let its freshness inspire new paths forward.

This Beltane, I invite you to embrace the dance of the season. Consider creating your own vibrant space, a sacred area where you can celebrate the fertility of the earth and the creativity within you. Perhaps create an altar adorned with flowers, symbols of fertility and growth. Incorporate the five elements—Earth with blossoms or seeds; Water with dew or a bowl of spring water; Fire with candles to represent the sun’s energy; Air with incense or fresh breezes; and Ether with the sound of music. Let this be a place where joy is sown, where the beauty of life blossoms, and where your spirit dances to the rhythm of the earth.

This Month:

Yoga At The Boathouse

Every Thursday at 10am on the beautiful Shrewsbury River in Red Bank, NJ

Dive into the essence of Yoga with movement, breath, mindfulness, philosophy and story and meditation. All are welcome beginner and advanced students alike will benefit- chairs are available

NEW! Monthly Massage Club

This is your invitation to a continuous exploration of what it means to live well, to live fully. Welcome to our Monthly Massage Membership – your sanctuary for healing and peace, month after month. Bespoke massage and sauna sessions for your health and harmony in Point Pleasant, NJ

A Loving Resource For You

This month’s Oracle reading with The Water Peace Project and Tiffany Carole offered us a dive into the essential oil: Geranium Rose – The Sweet Mother Listen in here.

This beautiful oil brings us the sweetest nourishment and reminders to receive, receive, receive dear One.

Purchase my favorite Geranium Rose oil here and Tiffany Carole’s incredible oracle deck here

Wishing you a blessed Beltane filled with laughter, growth, and vibrant new beginnings.

xo,

Jeanette