This week we will continue with yoga and energy work to keep our bodies, minds, and spirits well for as long as possible.
In her book Goddesses Never Age, Dr Christiane Northrup describes a study a group of nuns participated in over decades. It was found that at the end of life, all the sisters had brain lesions consistent with Alzheimer's, but only some showed signs of dementia.
What was the difference? When they entered the convent the sisters wrote about themselves. Those who had a joyful outlook, engaged fully in the community, dancing, singing, gardening, caring for others with love and joy had no symptoms.
Here is a quote from Dr. Northrup that could explain the results:
“Your beliefs and thoughts are wired into your biology. They become your cells, tissues, and organs. There's no supplement, no diet, no medicine, and no exercise regimen that can compare with the power of your thoughts and beliefs. That's the very first place you need to look when anything goes wrong with your body.”
In this class, as we lovingly care for our bodies, let’s also give some care to our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and life.
“Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.” -- Kristi Ling
“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort” -- Deborah Day
“With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side, each day I am more and more on my own side.”-- Susan Weiss Berry
“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self” -- Aldous Huxley
Hope you can make it to Willow Street Yoga from 11am until 12:30pm on this and every Wednesday. You can sign up in advance at https://willowstreetyoga.com/ or at the door.