“What we resist persists.”

Psychologist Carl Jung said, “What you resist not only persists but will grow in size.” And many teachers have followed with “what we embrace dissolves” or “what we accept changes.”

We resist emotions, exercise, rest and my daughter resists practicing her piano. We avoid talking about difficult topics. We resist what is harder, what’s not ‘easy peasy.’ In a world full of instantaneous gratification our attention is easily distracted, and our mind has instant entertainment, and that is not only irresistible, but it makes it even easier to avoid the tougher stuff.

It is not that we all need to be bodybuilders, master chefs or meditation gurus but we all have our strengths when it comes to keeping healthy, and we all have areas where it’s helpful to learn more.  Health is a balance.

Health resides somewhere in the middle of rest and exhaustion, repressed emotions and confrontation, bland and five-alarm chili or failure and perfection. Health is finding the middle way.  There’s a sweet spot that lies between denial and greed.  It’s not all or nothing; we do not need to live in the extremes.  We can exist where we are comfortable yet notice when our comfort becomes a crutch. We can move on a continuum of awareness so that we recognize when we need to push ourselves a bit more or when we need to cut ourselves some slack.

I have been collaborating with a fellow yoga teacher, Jessica Taylor, (she is a Nurse Practitioner too) and we want to help you find your balance. We want to show you how to avoid the swings to the extreme, embrace what you resist and live life in balance. We are hosting our first Life Ideals workshop together at ‘Ways to Wellness’ in Windham. We’d love for you to join us to explore more options for wellness.

Life Ideals is six self-care practices. Six ways to explore and choose your intentions that will support you to:

Improve Health, Build Resilience and Increase Joy.

Life Ideals™ teaches specific techniques to help you:

  • Boost Immunity
  • Enhance Coping Skills
  • Communicate More Effectively
  • Improve Productivity
  • Elevate Quality and Quantity of Sleep
  • Increase Your Level of Fitness
  • Manage Stress With Ease
  • Develop a Sense of Calm Confidence
  • Address Habits that Hold You Back

How It Works: Life Ideals™ self-care practices will be outlined throughout 6 weekly 2-hour group sessions.

The six core self-care practices are:

  • Each week, participants will engage in one hour of interactive instruction and group discussion.
  • A one-hour Restorative Yoga class will follow. Restorative Yoga is calming and relaxing to the body; no previous yoga experience is required. Invest in yourself and your health.

Fees: Regular rate: $230

Workshops offered by:

Karen Burke Lane, Clinical Social Worker, and Certified Yoga Teacher

Jessica Taylor, Nurse Practitioner, and Certified Yoga Teacher

To Register: Call Karen at (207) 383-9617 or email: kblane@me.com

Individual Sessions also available, call for more information or visit our website to sign up. www.lifeideals.net

Space is limited… register today!

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