I became inspired for the idea of this workshop in the early spring of this year by asking myself “what sort of workshop would I most like to attend right now?”  At the time I was feeling overwhelmed and out of balance.  I yearned for an opening in all the busy-ness where I might slow down and reconnect to my Self with a capital S (there is truth in the saying that teachers often teach what they need to learn most)!  As a result of this self inquiry, I envisioned a workshop infused with the healing energy of self care.  I would now like to offer this unique opportunity to all of you to recharge and renew, because I know I’m not the only one who could use a little support in replenishing their natural vitality and joy!

We will begin this 2 hour journey with self massage and Shiatsu, using our own healing hands, rolling on rubber balls, gentle movement, and breath to help move energy and ease sore and tight places where we feel stuck or stagnant. I will provide charts of traditional chinese medicine accupressure points that you can take home with you, in case you wish to continue this exploration on your own (and I hope you will).

I will also offer aromatherapy during class in the form of chamomile and/or lavender essential oil infusions, chosen for their calming and healing effects.  I have been testing different mixes and I have found some that are sublime.

The second half of this workshop will be reserved for Yoga Nidra, a most beautiful and relaxing practice. If you haven’t yet tried Yoga Nidra you really owe it to yourself to check it out. If you are already familiar with the practice then you know what I’m talking about!  During Yoga Nidra you are in a state of deep sleep with a slight trace of awareness.  Yoga Nidra is a systematic process of deepening relaxation that moves through all the subtle layers of body and mind (koshas). It is said that an hour of Yoga Nidra is more restful than 4 hours of normal sleep!  We will also learn how to create a Sankalpa — a positive affirmation or intention that helps to enhance the healing effects of the Nidra experience, and infuses the body and mind with the pure energy of your heart’s desire.

Please join me for this special event on Saturday, August 13, from 2-4pm at 8 Limbs West Seattle. Wear your most comfortable clothes (pajamas come to mind). Blankets, eye bags and bolsters will be provided. You are welcome to bring a pillow if you like. All levels are welcome, bring a friend.

See you on Saturday,
Tracy Hodgeman

Neighborhood Studios