Mountain Harmony Yoga and Bodywork

Providing yoga instruction and massage therapy to the San Luis Valley in Alamosa, CO.


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8 Limbs of Yoga Wellness Retreat

Hello!
I hope this is finding you enjoying all the warmth and sunshine of summer. It’s been beautiful in the San Luis Valley, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to spend a lot of time outdoors, camping with my husband and kids. Both of my kids enjoyed their first tent camping experience this past month, which was actually a lot more work than I expected, but I loved every minute of it.🙂

Now…the BIG NEWS! I’m very excited to announce the first 8 Limbs of Yoga Wellness Retreat being held at the Sand Dunes Pool in Hooper, CO November 11-13, 2016. I’ve been mentioning this in class recently, so you know how delighted I am to have the opportunity to offer this retreat this fall. I’m in the midst of planning a wonderful, relaxing, informative and fun weekend for us. We will enjoy 5 yoga classes of various styles, many hours of yoga & wellness teachings and down time to relax and soak in mineral hot springs. I hope this to be the first offering of this type of retreat at the Sand Dunes Pool

Prices are listed below, which include Yoga & wellness teachings, yoga classes, lodging, meals and entry to the hot springs pool.

Registration will begin on August 1st.

Hacienda: $300 4 beds available

Cabins 1&2: $320

Cabin 3: $340

RV camping: $225 ** camp site not included in price.

Please check out www.sanddunespool.com to check out the facilities at the hot springs.
I am so thankful and excited about this retreat! Please contact me by e-mail or phone to register for this event or if you have any questions! I look forward to seeing you soon!


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My many fold Yoga path

I’ve been avoiding this post for what, three months?  Totally avoiding it, because how do you condense a twenty year journey into a single blog post?  How do you describe an advetnure that has a story in it every day?

I came to Yoga in 1996, in my freshman year of college.  Prior to this first yoga for credit class…let’s just say I was a graceful as a three legged fawn.  I was a focused musician prior to beginning this class and had zero positive body image.  I was taught from a very early age to be ashamed of what I looked like and never to dress to “accentuate” certain body parts.  I wore baggy clothes to hide myself and was embarrassed of what I looked like.  I never played sports and didn’t have an overall positive self image.  Yoga was the first physical activity I was successful at. I loved that I developed my strength, flexibility, balance while reducing stress.  I LOVED that it was not competitive, that I finally didn’t have to prove myself to anybody.  From there, I lost myself in yogic scripture study, because it was a philosophy that I could get behind that wasn’t soaked in religious dogma.

For the next several years I explored every yoga style that I could find, discerning the differences between Kirpalau, Anusara, Bikram, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Yin, and Hatha.  I think it was 2003, when my new year resolution was to learn a new type of yoga every month.  It was probably one of the only new year resolutions, I stood fast by, and that was a fun year!

All along I knew I wanted to teach.  I loved this lifestyle and wanted to share it with others.  But for me, I also wanted to teach from a place of true knowledge and understanding.  I wanted to be wise in the yoga tradition and philosophy, so I allowed myself TIME to grow and explore Yoga.  So ten years after beginning this Yoga journey I completed a year long yoga teacher program at the Yoga Life Institute in Malvern PA.  This was an amazing program and experience.  It was a year long focus on yogic lifestyle and philosophy that completely prepared me to be the yoga teacher I wanted to be.  The Institute focuses on yoga for householders, and how to make the yoga traditions a part of your everyday life.  How to use the traditions to alleviate the stressors of our current society.  It teaches what I feel is the traditional yoga, not the acrobatic yoga that has been evolving in the popular yoga scene in the past decade.

After completing this and my undergraduate degree, I headed out west.  I taught yoga in Denver, while working on Physical Therapy school.  Denver has a lot of yoga studios and I had fun exploring them along with the Buddhist centers.  After moving to Salt Lake City I took a few year break from teaching, to focus on my PT career, though I had fun exploring the studios there too, and practicing in the mountains.

After starting my family, I realized it was time to return to sharing my love of yoga with others.  I missed being in the classroom and leading studying in relaxation and asana practice. Now I teach two weekly classes at the Sand Dunes Pool in Hooper, CO.  I teach a traditional haha yoga class in the grass in the Greenhouse and an Aqua Yoga class in the zero entry pool in the Greenhouse.  It’s such grounding experience, practicing in the grass in the middle of winter, and I’m thankful for the students that take time to focus on health and stress reduction on a Saturday morning.

What I love MOST about Yoga is that it really spans the lifespan.  When I was still a teenager, it helped me get in touch with my body.  When I was in my twenties and a heat junkie, I loved practicing next to the heater, and sweating my ass off, to develop strength and manage weight.  While pregnant with both of my babies, Yoga offered me the opportunity to stay in shape and manage stress while carrying those little ones, and also after delivery.  Now teaching two classes a week, it is my ME time.  Even though we’re living in the country, aiming for a simpler life, the days continue to be pleasantly abundant.  I work as a full time orthopedic physical therapist and manage my own business while trying to be a good parent and wife.  My Saturday morning teaching allows me the opportunity to get a great complete workout and a few hours  of peace, while sharing something I love!! I love what yoga has given me over the past two decades, and I’m looking forward to see how the next several decades will unfold, on and off my mat.

Namaste.

 

 


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Coming Home to Massage Therapy

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I began my journey with massage therapy, which ultimately lead to my career as a physical therapist back in 1995.  I was involved in a motor vehicle accident, and wrapped my first car, my beloved Dodge Omni around a tree.  No hospital visit was needed, but it left me with a significantly sore body.  My mother took me to her trusty chiropractor, which did me no good, and increased my back pain.  My mother’s friend then suggested that I visit her reflexologist.  After one treatment of a full body reflexology treatment, I felt back to my normal teenage self.  At this point I became interested in reflexology and bodywork, and devoured any book on the subject I could get my hands on. I left for college the next fall to pursue my mother’s dreams of me becoming a professional musician…a music therapist.  Though I fully believe this profession would be a wonderful endeavor, I HATED music school.  While I can learn to perform any song on the piano, it took me three times as long as a truly talented musician, and I was unable to be creative with music.  And THAT is where the true spark lies…and I didn’t have it.  So I became a music school drop out.  I continued to explore bodywork and and alternative medicine with fervor.   I began massage therapy school at the Lancaster School of Massage and graduated in 1999.  I began practicing massage and pretty soon had a nice practice in the greater Harrisburg PA area.  I worked with Dr. Samuel Getty and Dr. James Wharton, and learned so much from each of them. However, after a few years, I become frustrated with my limited education.  I was unable to answer questions about patient conditions with my 6 month education, and this was not ok with me.  So I started back to school, and supported myself doing massage therapy during my undergraduate degree of Exercise Science at West Chester University, PA and then finished my Doctorate degree at Regis University in Denver, CO.  I’ve spent the past several years developing myself as an orthopedic physical therapist and loving every second.  I use a LOT of manual therapy techniques in my treatments including massage and I am fortunate to treat a variety of conditions in Alamosa, CO.

And now I’ve finally come home to massage. With my thorough  understanding of anatomy and physiology I have increased my knowledge of orthopedic conditions.  I understand injury and pathology to a completely higher degree than before.  I am now a comprehensive therapist.  What I love most about massage therapy is being able to create a hour of peace for my clients.  The most debilitating condition in our bodies today is a STRESS full lifestyle.  The biggest benefit about massage is that it has been proven to help us manage stress.  Being able to create an environment of relaxation is a blessing and I am grateful for each opportunity to work with clients.

I am joyful that you are interested in massage therapy. Please let me know what I can do to assist you in your wellness endeavors.


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Goals for 2016.

IMG_2147I LOVE the New Year celebration.  I have amazing New Year memories of being single and living it up from New York City to Florida ,when Phish brought in the new century at Big Cypress on the Seminole Indian Reservation.. All. Night. Long. Those of you who were there, know what I’m talking about.  Now that I’m married and a mother of two young kiddos, I’ve barely made it to 10pm the past few years.  But I still love the tradition of setting New Year goals.

Goal planning inspires me to grow.  I love to focus my intentions for the upcoming year and strive to be BETTER.  I think it’s important to stretch beyond my comfort level and develop beyond my happy little place. It’s so easy to get comfortable and be complacent with your current situation.  And while I do think it’s important to rest, and JUST BE I love the excitement and challenge of expansion of life.  So I always engage in the tradition of New Years Resolutions.

Here are some of my ideas for setting goals for the new year.

  1. Be creative.  Be fun.  Don’t make all your resolutions to be for vanity or scholarly aspirations.   Learn a new hobby.  Visit a new place.  Summit a new mountain.  Life is too short to keep it too serious.  Plant a smile in your heart and keep it light.
  2. Place them in a area you’ll visit them frequently.  Don’t just keep them in your journal or computer.  Write them down, put it on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror or on your desk.  Keep it in your present moment.
  3. Meditate on them regularly. See above.  Visualize yourself completing your goals.  It WILL happen.
  4. Make them achievable, but stretch a little. Take it outside your comfort zone.   Work for it.
  5. Keep is simple and allow for variances. Life will probably throw you a curve ball this year.  You’ll need to roll with the punches. Don’t be attached to the process or outcomes.  Everything always changes.  That is the only thing we can be certain of.

My goals for 2016 are:

  1. To grow my massage practice to fill all available slots.
  2. To get myself MORE Massages!!
  3. This will be the year of STRONG.  I’m going to add two strength training session a week to my predominantly only yoga practice.  Let’s see  how that changes my asanas.
  4. I’m going to complete 100 hours of continuing education in Physical Therapy, Yoga and Massage.  Bring it.
  5. I’m going to meditate ALOT.

The years keep getting better and better, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

 

What are your goals for 2016?


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Let’s start…today

It’s Christmas Day. The presents are opened, the toys are put together, the grandparents have been called and we are RESTING. Does this sound like your normal Christmas Day? No? What’s different?

My husband and I decided a few years ago to make our Christmas traditions STRESS-FREE. We began noticing the hustle and bustle beginning in November and extending through the New Year were making us and everyone around us a bit frazzled. And we weren’t enjoying it one bit. Our first born, River was feeling the stress and acting out. I was feeling tired, over scheduled and grumpy. And my husband wasn’t’ enjoying either of us. So we decided to make some changes, to make the HOLIDAZE an enjoyable, memorable, restful and rejuvenating experience.

Here’s what we did this year to make today our best Christmas yet:

  1. We did a Christmas fund at our bank. Boy was this a game changer, and really opened my eyes to how much cash I’ve been dropping on Christmas in the past. We had money automatically taken out of our bank account every two weeks throughout the year. We got one lump sum in the beginning of November. Know what I did then? I bought all of my Christmas presents THAT WEEK. Seriously. I’ve been done with my Christmas shopping since the middle of last month. I didn’t wrap until last week, but that last minute panic, of what to buy my daycare provider was absent this year. Oh we will absolutely be doing this again next year.

 

  1. I didn’t make Christmas presents this year. I know, this isn’t for everyone. Anyone who knows me know I’m always in a state of creating, with projects lined up to begin, when I’m half way done with the current one. But this year, I saved myself extra work by skipping the late night project sessions. Yes, I admit to convenient internet splurging on Amazon, but we also gifted plenty local business items. Do you love gift certificates? I LOVE gift certificates. We also did gift certificates from local restaurants for love gifts. And yes, I also gave gift certificates for my own massages and yoga classes. Let’s be clear….I was still crocheting at night when my husband watched “Master of None,” but decreasing my Christmas work load allowed me time to focus on other projects. Like setting up Mountain Harmony Yoga and Bodywork.

 

  1. We didn’t travel for Christmas this year. Again, I know not everyone can get away with this one. But we’ve established family expectations that we will alternate Thanksgiving between each of our families, but Christmas is ours. We enjoy our traditional Christmas-eve crab leg dinner. We check in on Santa on NORAD, and bake chocolate chip cookies to leave for him when we head to bed. This morning we took our time getting up. We’re still in our pajamas. My husband and I will get to nap during the kids nap-time or snuggle & watch a movie or whatever we feel like doing when that time comes. Dave will make his traditional Christmas Stromboli, and we’ll enjoy the day together, playing with the kid’s new toys. We will REST TOGETHER. No rushing, no driving in the snow and wind outside, just spending time together.

 

As I sit here watching my kids play, sipping coffee this late Christmas morning I am thankful for our white snow, the love of my family and the extreme excitement for my new business venture with Mountain Harmony Yoga and Bodywork. Tomorrow I will be teaching Hatha and Aqua in the Sand Dunes Pool Greenhouse, which will feel good after this week of indulgence. Next week I will be providing massages at The Avalon Wellness Center, which is just as relaxing for me, as it is for my clients.  I look forward to working with you this year, to help you create this same feeling of joy and peace throughout the year.