Hello followers and prospective clients and students:
It has been an interesting year at Qualicum Beach Sanctuary. We have officially moved from vacation rentals in our lovely space to full time, long term tenants. We’d like to thank all our vacation guests that added such summer joy to our home and property. We have some amazing long term tenants and are pleased to have officially downsized in our own home.
Dr. Black is offering private Reiki treatments and trainings as well as individualized yoga teacher and yoga therapy trainings. Her 200 Basic, 300 Hour Advanced, and Wellness 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings are registered with the Yoga Alliance and are offered on an individual or small group basis out of her home. She is also offering her 1,000 hour Yoga Therapist Training that is registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). This is a two-three year programme taught on an individual basis mentor/mentee basis only. Please contact Dr. Black directly to arrange your programme.
As this warm summer swiftly leads into the cold winter months, now is a great time to reflect and explore the possibilities of incorporating a long term yoga and meditation practice into your life. Dr. Black can help you in your journey of a well lived and healthy lifestyle!
Welcome! As many of you are aware we closed our Heat to Heal Studio doors in June of 2016 and have transformed our lovely home and property into a Vacation Rental Sanctuary. Dr. Black continues to offer private yoga teacher trainings by arrangement for groups of 3-5 people and will add great health and wellness posts to our site. Please feel free to follow us on Facebook at Qualicum Beach Sanctuary. We are currently rebuilding our website, so thank you for your patience. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us!
Welcome back to the work week. You may have noticed we didn’t post from Friday-Sunday. That will be the way some weeks are. We encourage you during those times to go back over the previous posts and apply them in your life. You may find an entirely new perspective on the tip!
Yes, that’s right – the wall. So many of us only think of walls as the dividers between rooms or the perfect surface for that great piece of artwork, but the wall can be one of your best therapy tools. In several of our Yin, Restorative, or Therapy classes, we use the wall for almost the full practice. You can help your entire body through a series of stretches with the solidity of the wall, but for today, let’s just work on one. Legs up the wall. Sit down with your right hip up against the wall and your feet and legs extended at 90 degrees to the wall. Lie down on your side and swivel your legs up the wall finishing with lying on your back. You may have to practice this a couple of times to get it, but once you do, it’ll be easier every time. Be sure your buttocks are right up against the wall and your legs are a 90 degree angle up the wall. You can use a folded blanket under your hips if the floor is too hard – or if getting up and down off the floor is too difficult for you, use your bed and put your legs up the wall above your headboard. If your hamstrings are really tight, you can lie on the floor and put your legs on a chair, ottoman, or the sofa. Try to stay here for at least 15 minutes. This one pose will help your legs drain all that built up fluid back to your lymph system for processing out of the body. I actually routinely practice this pose in our infrared sauna. The added heat of the infrared and the healing properties of this pose are pretty amazing. For those of you who cannot have your feet above your head (i.e. you get dizzy or have a health condition that restricts this), then use the chair or simply put your feet up on a bolster or pillow. Whenever you’ve been on your feet all day – or sitting – or traveling, get home or to your hotel room and get those legs up the wall! Please feel free to book an appointment with us or attend one of our restorative classes and we can teach you this pose and give you more information on the benefits.
Heat & Healing,
Welcome back! Thank you to our clients, students, and readers who have let us know they are finding these tips helpful. Your support gives us therapeutic boosts throughout every single day. Are you ready for Daily Therapy Tip 9? Here goes.
As many of you in BC, especially on Vancouver Island and in the Greater Vancouver area know, we have been socked in with fog. It makes our days a bit dreary and maybe a little bit eerie. News stations are sharing driving tips and weather photos of the magnificent fog. The fog does make for some beautiful photography opportunities, but also for some sadness or fatigue. Even those who don’t suffer with a chronic illness, such as Fibromyalgia – where “Fibro-fog is considered a symptom of a flare, are experiencing a bit more fatigue during these dark days of our BC winter. So, what can you do to lift that fog? The answer is relatively simple – get some more light in your daytime hours. Going outside always helps, but using a seasonal disorder light (SAD) in your infrared sauna or as an addition to your work environment will also help. Boost up your vitamin D with supplements and fresh fruits and vegetables. Try not to succomb to that chocolate chip cookie, unless it is fresh out of the bakery’s oven, in which case enjoy that cookie! One of my good friends does lots of ‘mind games’ (like Luminosity) to keep her mind sharp and others find puzzles are helpful, too. What do I do? The SAD light in my sauna is extremely helpful as is listening to my body. When it is telling me to be cautious – either through bits of pain or not remembering what I was trying to say – I know it’s time to start boosting up on rest, good foods, infrared heat, and light.
Heat & Healing,
It’s the middle of another week, and January is flying by! Welcome to our Daily Therapy Tip 8
Yep, that’s right, in today’s Daily Therapy Tip 8, I’m looking at the art of saying, “no”. So many of us are taught to never say no to a request for our time, our skills, and even our money. We are bombarded daily by event invites, advertising campaigns, activities to participate in, family member and friend requests for something. Our animals need us, our laundry needs us, our houses, jobs… all need us. So, how does saying “No” become an art? Well, like all art forms it takes patience and practice. It takes being able to gently let someone know that you are declining their invitation. Sometimes, it is just being silent when asked or passing by that invite on facebook or add from a supplier. Saying “no” becomes a choice to make – not an obligation. Yes, practice. Practice happens on a daily basis. Perhaps asking yourself things like, “what would be a healthy thing for me to say, yes to today?” followed by, “what things will saying no to help me become more rested and renewed?” Of course, for many of us our body is the thing that tells us no until we can learn the art for ourselves (see Gabor Mate’s When the Body Says No). As a business owner, advertisement is a key part of our business life, so we are inviting others always to see our products or participate in our services. It’s important for us to invite in such a way where the choice is always left to the person. The yes – or the no – is their choice and responsibility. A part of practicing the art of saying ‘no’ is also accepting when someone says ‘no’ to our requests. We were taught in marketing (way back in the 70s), “Never take no for an answer”. So saying ‘no’ and accepting being told ‘no’ really became quite an issue. I’m certain this has led many to seek counseling in their lives and on to choices later regretted. However, it is never too late to learn a new skill. It just takes patience and practice. So today, take a few moments and consider the ways in which you can lovingly, politely, and honestly say ‘no’. I wish us all luck & would love to hear your experiences.
Heat & Healing,