Another great workshop this morning- I'm so grateful! Cleanses are always so difficult to show up for- both mentally and physically- most of us naturally have a lot of resistance to change, because change is scary! So I am truly thankful that I got to see so many brave and lovely faces this morning :)
We had a big group-21 participants, all members of the Halifax Yoga community. It's always challenging to present to a wide demographic- mostly because everyone is coming from a unique place and a different level of healthy habits and knowledge. That being said, I think it went really well! (I hope my participants would agree). In my workshops, I try to share as much applicable knowledge as possible so that attendees will always find something that really speaks to them and that they can utilize immediately in their daily lives. I feel like having lots of options is the key to having successful transitions into more healthy habits. No one thing is going to work for everybody but there is something that will work for every one!
This weekend everyone is heading out to get their supplies- food, supplements, and other helpful tools (myself included!) I'm going to try to get most of my foods from the farmers market, as local sources are the best sources! I've also mentioned to all the omnivores that some great restaurants to visit while they're going veggie are Fruition at the Seaport Market, Heartwood on Quinpool, The Wooden Monkey downtown and on the darkside and EnVie at the Alderney Landing Market. So many delicious options to try! Fruition and EvVie also have take home options for those that want to eat well but are in a hurry!
Finally just a note on mindfulness. I felt somewhat like a broken record, but mindfulness exercises are so vital to the cleansing process- the physical toxins we remove are powerful, but the emotional and energetic toxins are that much more so. Anyone thinking of completing a cleanse should really pick out a journal (one that they like, that they'll use) because as I said today, it is one of the best tools you'll use during a detox. By recording foods, thoughts, feelings and other musings, you'll be better able to pin point your feelings and have more of an introspective journey through your cleanse. Plus it makes a great keepsake to look through to remind you of all the clarity you found while detoxing to help motivate you to do it again! If anyone would like to experiment with a food & mood journal, please let me know- I have a great template you could use! I've also implemented Reiki and EFT tapping into this workshop (as I do with all of them) because I think that by combining the modalities of nutrition and energy therapy make the final result that much better. I look forward to hearing how our cleanse group makes out with these new exercises!!
Anyway- excited to move forward with this group, and get started with my cleanse :)
Also super excited for my Nutritional Presentation at Kings College on the topic of Veganism and its implications to your Health, Budget, Global Society and Environment this coming Monday evening!
In health, Ariel
I just wanted to post a quick note of gratitude about the wonderful experience I had yesterday.
I had a seminar, Living Your Optimal Life, at Lea Place- A Women's Center in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia.
The space is incredibly welcoming, and there's a wealth of information everywhere you look pertaining to health and wellness. You can't help but pick up one of the great resources they have available- there really is something for everyone! The staff are so kind and helpful, it's no wonder they have a constant stream of people through. It really is a great way to link people together.
Now, my presentation yesterday specifically pertained to older ladies who may be feeling a bit stuck, and are looking to add some new skills and practices to their daily repertoire to liven things up and boost their mood & energy levels. We had a great turn out, and I really found the ladies to be so inspirational! They asked a ton of great questions and were completely open to trying the meditations and visualizations I introduced. They even all had a cup of detox tea- although some complained that it was a far cry from orange pekoe! We carry a stigma in our society that older people are completely stubborn and stuck in their ways- unwilling to try anything different. The group yesterday proved this to be SO wrong. The energy in the room was vibrant and I left feeling completely rejuvenated. I can't wait to go back in a couple weeks to do my Sugar Addiction seminar!
I am doing a similar presentation for a wider demographic for We Are One at the Berkley in Bedford this Tuesday evening and I hope it will be just as powerful! So much to look forward to :)
In health, Ariel