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September 2019 Theme: Compassion

What We Need Now More Than Ever Is Compassion

By Mary Beth Markus

In my office I have a small-framed picture of the Dalia Lama shaking hands with Barack Obama. It was a gift to me from one of my instructors who practices Buddhism. Although I am not Buddhist, I resonate with some of the simple, yet profound Buddhist philosophies, especially concerning the human qualities of compassion and loving-kindness.

I was privileged to be in the presence of the Dalai Lama three times as he lectured about life. Each time I was moved by the joyful, wise and loving nature of this great spiritual leader. He has touched many individuals of all religions and creeds with his teachings, not only with the philosophy of Buddhism, but also through the concepts of compassion and love.  

In one podcast, the Dalai Lama said: “Let us cultivate love and compassion both of which give true meaning to life. This is the simple religion I preach, more so than Buddhism itself. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

He goes on to say that compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. Having compassion and understanding for those who we may not agree with can bring us a sense of peace and tranquility.

On a lighter note, I read that compassion also keeps us young. Scientific studies show that people who practice rituals of compassion and loving kindness produce 100 percent more DHEA, a hormone that counteracts the aging process. It also reduces cortisol, a stress hormone, by 23 percent so you feel less stressed, have more energy and can sleep better.
How does one cultivate compassion?  Below are a few rituals I have practiced to cultivate compassion. They may be useful to you as well.

Morning meditation – Most mornings I light a candle on my home altar and consciously move into my heart. There I hold all those who have touched my life, including the relationships that have not been as positive as I would have liked. I meditate until I am filled with a sense of peace and send that light out to each of them.

Forgiveness meditation – One way I find compassion towards those that mistreat others is to imagine the suffering that person must have been through in his or her life to act in that way. It helps to put perspective on the intensity of the experience.

Act of Kindness meditation – Sometimes I reflect on simple acts of kindness bestowed on me and consciously open myself to opportunities to share kindness with others throughout my day.

Evening Meditation – Before I fall asleep, I reflect on the experiences of the day with appreciation. Moving into sleep with gratitude allows for a more restful, peaceful slumber.

Mary Beth Markus

Compassion is a practice that originates in our hearts. It can be a powerful tool to bring more light into our lives and the world around us. We need this now more than ever.

Blessings to each of you.

Mary Beth

Intro to Yoga

Intro to Yoga is $65 or bring a friend and receive a discounted price of two for $110. If you have already taken this course but would like to refresh your understanding of yoga, you can attend for $45.

The practice of yoga does not mean you have to be a pretzel, sweat in sauna-like conditions or have unusual acrobatic skill. Though we live in times that embrace these extremes, we teach what the traditional yogis have known all along: the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit. At Desert Song Healing Arts Center we’ve been sharing this wholehearted approach to yoga for over 30 years.

  • Research has proven that slowing down is the key to relaxation and optimal health. Desert Song supports this approach.
  • We teach safe alignment with custom variations designed to build strength and flexibility.
  • We teach mindfulness techniques to bring calmness and serenity into the way you live your life.
  • We teach breathing for better health to calm stress issues like anxiety, insomnia and high blood pressure.
  • We teach practical philosophy covering the 8 limbs of yoga and what it means to honor your body.

In this course you’ll receive 6 hours of instruction with a senior teacher. You will be supported every step of the way with hands-on instruction, handouts, question-answer time, and an ongoing resource once you’ve completed the course. As an additional bonus, you will receive discounts to continue on your journey to health.

Peter Hogan

Art Exhibition: Peter Hogan, photographer
Monday, Sept 16 - Saturday, Nov 16
African Wildlife Portraits

Artwork is located in Yoga “A” hallway, the Central hallways AND the hallway in the Massage wing. Pieces will be available for purchase. Artist Statement African Portraits: My favorite photographic subjects for many years have been what I call ‘environmental portraits.’ The photo below is a good example, and one of my favorites. PHOTO Photographs like this of people are hard to come up with, so I do not have many in my portfolio. My wife, who loves cats of all types and sizes, strong-armed me into traveling to Africa last year, a lifelong dream of hers. There, I unexpectedly discovered that large animals are terrific subjects for photographs, taken more in the nature of portraits. The photographs on the walls here were all taken during three weeks in South Africa and Zambia. I used a Sony cropped sensor camera with a Sony 70-300mm lens (~110-460mm with the cropped sensor). This camera system is small and light, making it perfect for travel. I’m happy to talk with anyone interested in the camera system or how these photographs were taken and processed. You can contact me at peter.hogan@cox.net. I hope you enjoy these wildlife portraits. J

Ayurvedic Cooking & Eating for the Seasons Series, 4 sessions (quarterly)
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12:00-2:30 pm
Debbie Kayatt, M.S., CYI, E-RYT 500, IYT, CAP & Patty Coughlin

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Nourish yourself Beyond your Resolution! Ayurvedic Cooking and Eating for the Seasons Ayurvedic wisdom tells us the seasons are defined by the elements; air, space, fire, water & earth that are most present in the environment at the time. We have these similar energies in our bodies. When we recognize this connection to the Universe, we realize the importance of how we feed these energies. Each workshop will explore the elements as they relate to us, how they impact choices in food and our digestion. You'll be shown how to prepare seasonal offerings and get to sample the finished creation. Session 1 (Jan 26): Digestion & Spices - In Ayurveda, our health comes from how well we digest. In this workshop the importance of digestion, the six tastes and 'eating' will be part of the discussion. How to make and use ghee and spices will be introduced and you will get to sample how these are incorporated into dishes. Session 2 (Mar 9): Earth & Water - As we move through the end of winter and into spring, we want to begin to reawaken and mobilize our bodies. Discussion will include foods for the season, slow earthy digestion and balancing our Kapha. We will enjoy the foods and spices prepared for this seasonal offering. Session 3 (Jun 8): Fire & Water - As we enter the summer season through early fall in Phoenix, we want to cool the fire. Summer eating, fiery digestion and balancing our Pitta will be discussed. We will demonstrate seasonal offerings and sample the creations. Session 4 (Sept 14): Air & Space - Moving into late fall and preparing for winter, we want to warm and ground the body as we get ready to 'hibernate'. Discussion will include foods for late fall and early winter, irregular or airy digestion and balancing our Vata. We will gather and together discuss seasonal offerings. $50.00 per session. $45.00 if purchased a week or more in advance of each session.

Applications in Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Judy Pyanowski LMT, NBCTMB, RYT 200, CYI

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Deepen your understanding of the basic workings of the physical body and your ability to apply them to the practice/teaching of yoga. Each session offers 2.5 CEU’s which can be applied toward your ongoing Yoga Alliance certification as well as toward your Desert Song 300-hr Certification. This series offers a continuum of lessons to expand your knowledge and understanding of anatomical and physiological concepts that build your ability to incorporate them in your practice/teaching of yoga. Exposure to how our physical body is put together and functions brings understanding and more awareness to how we move and feel. Learn these concepts through lecture, visuals, demo, discussion, asana, and pranayama. Helpful for students and teachers to : -Enhance and deepen your yoga practice. -Expand sensory awareness by discovering the "parts", how they function, and their relationship to other "parts" and to the whole. -Minimize risk of injury in your practice of yoga asana, as well as in your daily life. -Better understand your specific physical needs. -Better understand the teacher's verbal cues and your ability to apply them to your body. -Gain a basic understanding and practical knowledge of medical terms and conditions that you might hear from the doctor. Helpful for teachers to: -Improve the accuracy of and confidence in your teaching. -Get better at "seeing" your students' bodies. -More safely and effectively guide your students with your verbal cues and hands. -Minimize creating conditions for the risk of potential injury. -Gain an understanding of musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions, their description in medical terminology, the possible causes, and how to prevent further injury when practicing yoga and pranayama.

Upcoming Events

Sound Healing with Kelly Greene
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Kelly Greene

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Relax, Unwind & Balance Your Chakras Join Kelly Greene of Prana Reiki. Relax, unwind, and balance your chakras. We'll start with a short guided meditation and move into the beautiful sounds of crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, gongs and wave drum. Kelly Greene has a Master's of Education in Counseling Psychology and Human Relations. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, Master Sound Healer and Medical Reiki Master. At her practice, Prana Reiki, she is passionate about supporting others in their emotional and spiritual transformations. www.pranareiki.com

Intro to Chi Gong & Meditation 3-Week Series
Friday, October 4, 11, 25, 2019, 9:00am-10:15am
Adam Montoya, Chi Gong Instructor, CYI

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Eastern Tools for Western Stress Are you feeling run down by stress? Would you like to melt away tension and replenish energy reserves? Discover how to use basic Chi Gong and Meditation techniques to: Increase Immunity Improve Mental Clarity Build Energy Decrease tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems Increase serotonin production that improves mood and behavior Improve sleep In this 3 week workshop, each week we will explore basic qi gong movements to invigorate the body and mind, followed by a meditation technique that you can apply in your daily life to recharge.

Peri’s Sing and Play Yoga™
Friday, October 4, 2019 9:00 a.m.-10:00 am
Peri Miller, RYT 200, CYI

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Babies & Mamas, Yamas & Niyamas With Sing and Play Yoga, you and baby will experience playfulness, laughter and a sense of calm as you practice yoga.

Practicum for Teachers
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10:15 am-1:15 pm
Heidi Lichte, E-RYT-500, CYI

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We’ll explore how functional movement can inform asana practice in ways that reduce compensation, injury and strain. You will observe and practice teaching yoga poses and warm-ups as skillful movements based on the process of getting there rather than just the final form. I will be offering feedback, answer questions as well as share ideas on best practices based on functional movement, somatic awareness and natural alignment principles. This will be a supportive, low pressure environment where you’ll practice and refine current teaching methods you use while adding in new options that resonate with you. Whether you are a recent graduate or have been teaching yoga for years, our collective commitment to learning and exploring ideas increases the value we offer to our students and keeps it fresh and interesting in the process. Each session offers 3 CEU’s which you can apply toward your ongoing Yoga Alliance certification as well as toward your Desert Song 300-hr Certification. Cost: $60.00

Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, 2019, 6:00pm - 7:55pm
Mary Beth Markus – CYI, E-RYT 500

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This is the Year to Start or Come Back to Your Mat Intro to Yoga is designed specifically for students new to yoga. The series focuses on primary yoga postures, principles of safe alignment, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Students will enjoy personal attention and hands-on adjustments and refinements from the same instructor each week. You may retake our intro series at any time to refresh your depth of knowledge at a "refresher rate" of $45. You can also register by calling Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, AZ at (602) 265-8222.

Yoga Nidra Training
October & November, 2019, 10:30am -5:30 pm
Kamini Desai, PhD & Laura McKinzie

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  Yoga Nidra Certification Training This training, facilitated by Kamini Desai, PhD and Laura McKinzie, is an excellent addition for psychologists, mindfulness practitioners, bodyworkers, yoga teachers, helping professionals, hypnotherapists and energy healers looking for complementary methods to serve their clients' needs. Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep-based guided meditation that has the power to take you to the innermost, deepest levels of relaxation where your whole being is restored to its natural state of peace, health and vitality. Training is four weekends in 2019: Kamini Desai Friday, Oct 11, 6:00-9:00pm Sat. & Sun. Oct 12-13, 10:30am -1:30pm & 2:30-5:30pm Sat. & Sun. Oct 19-20, 10:30am -1:30pm & 2:30-5:30pm Laura McKinzie Sat. & Sun. Nov 16-17, 10:30am -1:30pm & 2:30-5:30pm Sat. & Sun. Nov 23-24, 10:30am -1:30pm & 2:30-5:30pm All Sessions, Manual & Yoga Nidra Cards = $1,525. Deposit of $200 to secure placement. Yoga Alliance: 65 CE hours - Body Workers (NCBTMB): 25 CE hours Up to 65 CE hours may be accepted by your healthcare or counseling governing board. The first two weekends of the training are more philosophy and experience based. The second two weekends apply the science of Yoga Nidra with evidence-based research and applications. This advanced study course will not only deepen and enhance your own practice, but will give you the skills and tools to share it with others. Learn to tailor Yoga Nidra experiences for: Health & Stress Trauma and PTSD Habits and Addictions Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia Kamini Desai, PhD is the Education Director of the Amrit Yoga Institute and the creator of the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra training curriculum. An expert in the field of Yoga Nidra, Kamini lectures and trains extensively around the globe. www.kaminidesai.com www.amrityoga.org Laura McKinzie is a Yoga Nidra Facilitator and is a part of the Amrit Yoga Nidra Teaching Faculty at SWIHA as well as an Amrit Trained Yoga Therapy/Body Psychology Treacher and Facilitator.

Erin Finkelstein, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner M.M., GCFP

Feldenkrais®- Awareness Through Movement
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Erin Finkelstein, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner M.M., GCFP

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Awareness Through Movement® Awareness Through Movement® Workshop: Finding ease in getting to and from the floor through gentle and novel movement explorations". New and returning students welcome, no experience necessary.

Applications in Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Judy Pyanowski, RYT 200, LMT, NBCTMB

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Deepen your understanding of the basic workings of the physical body and your ability to apply them to the practice/teaching of yoga. Nervous System Part 2 1) Autonomic Nervous System 2) Sympathetic and Parasympathetic 3) Vagus Nerve 4) Enteric Nervous System & Metabolism 5) Understanding Our Organs 6) Effects of Pranayama This series offers a continuum of lessons to expand your knowledge and understanding of anatomical and physiological concepts that build your ability to incorporate them in your practice/teaching of yoga. Exposure to how our physical body is put together and functions brings understanding and more awareness to how we move and feel. Learn these concepts through lecture, visuals, demo, discussion, asana, and pranayama. Helpful for students and teachers to : -Enhance and deepen your yoga practice. -Expand sensory awareness by discovering the "parts", how they function, and their relationship to other "parts" and to the whole. -Minimize risk of injury in your practice of yoga asana, as well as in your daily life. -Better understand your specific physical needs. -Better understand the teacher's verbal cues and your ability to apply them to your body. -Gain a basic understanding and practical knowledge of medical terms and conditions that you might hear from the doctor. Helpful for teachers to: -Improve the accuracy of and confidence in your teaching. -Get better at "seeing" your students' bodies. -More safely and effectively guide your students with your verbal cues and hands. -Minimize creating conditions for the risk of potential injury. -Gain an understanding of musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions, their description in medical terminology, the possible causes, and how to prevent further injury when practicing yoga and pranayama. Each session offers 2.5 CEU’s which can be applied toward your ongoing Yoga Alliance certification as well as toward your Desert Song 300-hr Certification.

Advancing Teaching Concepts – Finding Your Voice as an Instructor
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:15 pm-9:15 pm
Stefanie Sichler MC, LPC, E-RYT 200, YACEP

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Finding Your Voice as an Instructor Do you want to keep your teaching fresh? Do you ever have teaching questions that weren't covered in your initial training? Do you want to continue learning from and with others? No matter whether you're a seasoned instructor or a newly minted instructor, it's important for us to continue evolving not only our personal yoga practice, but our instruction skills as well. In this ongoing workshop we will cover subjects such as ethics, evolving asana instruction, marketing , injuries, assisting & adjusting and much more. Join Stefanie in a practice and discussion session covering the ins and outs of teaching yoga, while at the same time not overwhelming your already busy schedule. Each session offers 2 CEUs which you can apply toward your ongoing Yoga Alliance certification as well as toward your Desert Song 300-hr certification.

14th Annual Community Art Festival
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

$77 (after application is approved)

Community Art Festival featuring local, wonderfully creative artisans and artwork produced here in the state of Arizona, especially from members of the DS Community. We are looking for all types of media. Artwork is juried. If accepted, Registration is $75 on/before October 1 - $100 if paid after October 1. It’s time for Desert Song’s Annual Art Festival - our 14th year to host this fantastic event! It’s just one day - Saturday, November 9, from 10:00am - 3:00pm, but it’s a great day to meet a wonderful group of artists and purchase their amazing works of art. There will be 25-30 local Arizona artisans participating. Every year, you will see familiar faces, as well as, some new ones. Expect to see a wide assortment of inspired and diverse media in our festival. There will be something for everyone and every budget. Artwork includes, but is not limited to: • Jewelry - a wide range of styles and materials used • Paintings - acrylic; watercolor; collage, henna • Photography • Glass Art: fused glass; torch work and lamp work; and art glass: blown, flame-worked, kiln-formed • Ceramics • Hand-worked Wood Vessels and Bowls • Clothing, Mandalas, Henna Art • Aromatherapy, Bath and Body treats, CBD oils • Mixed-Media Collage, Cards, Calendars, Books, Bookmarks • Hand-painted boxes, ornaments, puzzles • Hand-carved Wood Walking Sticks, Tables, Wood Art Pieces • Hand-crafted Journals: Metal, Fabric and Vinyl Whether a long-standing Art Festival Artist or someone new to the event, you are sure to find beautiful, one of a kind pieces to take home as gifts for someone special or for yourself (better buy two!). Plus, we’ll have Raffle tickets for sale. You could win a prize personally selected and donated by an artist or a massage from Desert Song - who knows what else! As always, there will be discounts on Massage Gift Certificates, as well as, Class Cards. Take a walk around Desert Song's beautiful grounds! Take a Yoga class (all classes $10 or less). Take a Chair Massage with one of our amazing Massage Therapists. There will be local musicians performing in the garden. And, this year, the Bored Baker Pizza Maker Food Truck will make its Festival debut! They'll take fresh, delicious, hand-stretched dough, add lots of other deliciously fresh ingredients and create amazing Wood Fired Pizzas!!

Applications in Yoga Anatomy and Physiology
Sunday, December 1, 2019, 10:00 am -12:30 pm
Judy Pyanowski, RYT 200, LMT, NBCTMB

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Deepen your understanding of the basic workings of the physical body and your ability to apply them the practice/teaching of yoga. This series offers a continuum of lessons to expand your knowledge and understanding of anatomical and physiological concepts that build your ability to incorporate them in your practice/teaching of yoga. Exposure to how our physical body is put together and functions brings understanding and more awareness to how we move and feel. Learn these concepts through lecture, visuals, demo, discussion, asana, and pranayama. Helpful for students and teachers to : -Enhance and deepen your yoga practice. -Expand sensory awareness by discovering the "parts", how they function, and their relationship to other "parts" and to the whole. -Minimize risk of injury in your practice of yoga asana, as well as in your daily life. -Better understand your specific physical needs. -Better understand the teacher's verbal cues and your ability to apply them to your body. -Gain a basic understanding and practical knowledge of medical terms and conditions that you might hear from the doctor. Helpful for teachers to: -Improve the accuracy of and confidence in your teaching. -Get better at "seeing" your students' bodies. -More safely and effectively guide your students with your verbal cues and hands. -Minimize creating conditions for the risk of potential injury. -Gain an understanding of musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions, their description in medical terminology, the possible causes, and how to prevent further injury when practicing yoga and pranayama.

Practicum Workshop for Teachers
TBD
Heidi Lichte, E-RYT-500, CYI

$60

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