Tuesday, July 25, 2017
By Jennie Landau
Yoga instructors interested in incorporating elements of ritual and mindfulness into their practice may look to a certified Life-Cycle Celebrants® in their community for ideas.
Here are five possibilities to get your creativity flowing:
Here are five possibilities to get your creativity flowing:
· SOUND - Use a chime to enhance the sound vibrations in your studio. There are many frequencies to choose from, each having unique qualities and benefits. 528Hz is the called the “Love Frequency” as declared by Dr. Leonard Horowitz, and is a great choice for overall well-being. Students can ring the chime as they enter the room; instructors can ring the chime before, during, or after class. A good idea is to get a chime large enough to create the sound reverberations that are so pleasing to hear. A plant stand purchased at a gardening store provides a good stand for your chime.
· CREATE A SACRED YOGA MAT RITUAL – Try starting class in a standing position off the mat. Take the opportunity to acknowledge what your mat looks like at that moment. At the same time acknowledge how you are showing up to your mat. Now take a step on to the mat and begin to move. Typically, instructors enter the practice room to find most everyone on their mat, getting started with stretches, chatting to friends, or being silent before class. A variation on the opening of class may be a welcomed change.
· CANDLES – “Remember your intention.” Important words we hear in nearly every class. Give each yogi a small round LED candle to light as a symbol of their intention. The room will also look very pretty.
· SEAL YOUR PRACTICE WITH A CONNECTING RITUAL – If your class is small and you have extra time, try a “Red Thread” circle. The “Red Thread” is found in traditions worldwide, and is rooted in the ideas of connection. You’ll need a scissors and ball of red string or yarn long enough to be passed around the circle. Each participant in your class will leave with a strand of red thread or yarn as a symbol of the connections made during that circle. There are YouTube demonstrations of the “Red Thread” or contact the Celebrant Foundation & Institute to connect with a Celebrant near you.
· FOOD – How about handing out a treat as your yogis leave the studio.? Choose something in a chakra color or tie it to the theme of your class. Oranges are a bright and refreshing treat on any day. You may also point out to your yogis that an orange is made up of segments that are bonded together to make a whole, much like society.
Pick one element to try at a time. Have fun creating rituals that resonate with your teaching style and your students. Open a dialog with your students and find out which rituals they love and why.
Long before I had any idea of what a celebrant does, I found joy and comfort in creating ceremonies for my family. Today, I am honored to be a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant; creating ceremonies by working closely with you - tuning in to your vision, researching customs and rituals as appropriate, finding readings that resonate with you, interviewing key participants should you desire, and infusing my natural ability to weave a most meaningful story in order to create a celebration that will be remembered and cherished for years to come. - Jennie Landau
Jennie Landau is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® and yoga instructor living in Orlando, Florida. She can be reached at FreeBirdCeremonies.com
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How do you commemorate momentous events? Memorialize people who have shaped you? Draw support from those you hold dear? This primer offers methods for honoring the special occasions in your life with humor and grace. Its ceremonies help ground each day in the wholeness that supports our entire lives. Each ceremony has been vetted by a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® affiliated with the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, which offers training and support for celebrants worldwide. Visit us at www.celebrantInstitute.org.
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By Jennie Landau
Monday, July 3, 2017
By Char Eulette and Pam Packard
Pam tells us, “My friend Candace is a yoga and meditation instructor in our local jail (so cool!) and has also been playing the crystal singing bowls and gongs for quite some time. Almost two years ago she had the idea that we partner up to do full moon ceremony and sound baths at our favorite yoga studio in downtown Flagstaff. Our first one was the full Wolf moon of January 2016. We also did the full Flower moon last May and we just did the Strawberry moon this June.”
The joining of these wise women to create an array of successful, yoga-centered, life-awakening, healing and empowering earth-based ceremonies are much loved by their community and regularly attended. They are attracting not only Yoginis but turning the community on to the higher purpose of Yoga (that teaches us to tune in and respect life), and for some - maybe for the first time. This combination of Yoga, Meditation and Ceremony is a great match that resonates well on many levels. Their attendees pay up to $25.00 a person for each special event that they have now come to value and depend on.
I say - “Hail to insightfulness and wisdom of Pam, Candace and Malissa who are making Flagstaff, AZ a flagship creating noble and successful Yoga to community inspired events.”
Reading about their story in this article may just be what you need to get you thinking about viable ways to create a buzz and offer relevant events like this in your community and engaging like-minded organizations.
What’s amazing that’s coming from this dynamic team? Pam tells us, “We are very proud that this fall 2017, we will be holding a free to the public, world-wide “Peace ceremony” at an outdoor venue in historic downtown Flagstaff--sponsored through the City.”
Here are some excerpts of events written on their Facebook event invitations to give you a feel of the warm and fresh way they market their offerings:
June 9, 2017: Join the pack as we gather once again to howl at the moon--the full, ripe Strawberry moon of June. What are you ready to harvest? To bring to fruition? Come energize and solidify your intentions with ceremony and sound bath led by Celebrant Pam Packard and "Gongster" Candace Ryan.
December 31, 2016: Good Riddance Ceremony! No matter what kind of year you’ve had, it’s time to put it to rest. Join us in ritual ceremony to empty ourselves and make room for the hopes and promise of the new year. No hindrances, nothing to hold us back, just a fresh start and a pure heart for 2017! This brief ceremony will prepare you for a guided meditation and sound bath immediately to follow, where you will be bathed with crystal singing bowls and gongs. (Not a full moon ceremony).
May 21, 2016: Come howl with us at the Full Flower Moon May 21 as Candace Ryan and Pam Packard once again come together in a healing ceremony and sound bath. We will focus on gratitude and a sense of community. Please bring a single flower for a sharing ritual.
January 23, 2016: January was dubbed the month of the Wolf Moon for amid the deep, dark cold of midwinter, wolves could be heard howling in hunger outside the villages. Through ceremony, we will honor the “hunger” that grows within each of us—our dreams and desires for betterment, peace and prosperity. Come howl with us, giving voice to your intentions, strengthening your resolve to endure this period of seemingly-endless darkness, and reaffirming your belief in the rightness of your place in our pack and the turning of the seasons.
The women’s personal bios appear on their FB event page at: https://www.facebook.com/soulsticelife/
Pam Packard is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® dedicated to the belief that ceremony can have long-lasting, life-enhancing effects in our lives. “In ceremony,” she says, “past, present and future meet and all take their proper seat.” Seasonally minded and spiritually open, she loves using relevant and meaningful words, symbols and rituals to honor and help order the human experience. She holds three certificates from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute (Ceremonies for Couples & Ceremonies across the Life-Cycle, 2010, and Ceremonies for Healing, 2015), as well as a M.A. in English from NAU (1994).
Celebrant Foundation & Institute website to become a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® www.celebrantinstitute.org.
Candace Ryan is a Yoga and meditation Instructor, Reiki Master and Holistic Coach. She is the Founder and Facilitator of The Peaceful Revolution Project offering yoga and meditation to underserved and at-risk populations since 2013 specifically to the inmates in the Reentry and Exodus pods at the Coconino County Detention Center for the last 4.5 years, as well as the Facilitator at Soulstice. Her passion is working with under empowered, at risk and underserved populations by providing an inclusive approach to yoga and mindfulness geared towards individuals struggling with addiction, generational trauma.
Malissa Bobbitt , Studio owner, Northern Arizona Yoga Center, Flagstaff, AZ. Master of Education since 1999, Malisa has taught many disciplines to many ages. In 2006, she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Tom and Trisha Kelly in Encinitas, California. Since then, she has taught 1000s of hours and continued her education with Master Teachers Rod Stryker, Tim Miller, Leslie Kaminoff, and many others. In February of 2011, she completed a Yoga Alliance, 500 Yoga Teacher Training that mainly focused on Yoga Therapy; Many of her teachers have studied directly with Desikachar himself. She founded Vertical Soul Yoga in 2011 and is the Director of the Yoga Teacher Training. Her passion is to make yoga accessible to all and to create a loving space to practice the art of yoga. From studio website: http://northernarizonayogacenter.com/:
Pam Packard Life-Cycle Celebrant,
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!" -Henry David Thoreau These are two of my favorite quotes as they really inform my belief in the importance of ceremony and ritual. We are each of us always moving forward, crossing thresholds, marking passages, and we should do so with ceremonies unique and meaningful to us as individuals, not some old-tired-one-size-fits-all sort of thing. Everything you want and nothing you don't is what you'll get from me as we work together to usher you into your beautiful future.
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