Kundalini Meditation

Kundalini yoga is a meditative and spiritual practice. It’s for people seeking to connect deeply with something greater than themselves. In Kundalini yoga, we breathe, chant, move, laugh, and cry as emotional blocks are released from the body.

Kundalini yoga is often called the yoga of awareness.

Each class includes breathing techniques (pranayam), an exercise set (kriya), deep relaxation, chanting, and meditation to help the practitioner strengthen the nervous system, and achieve mental clarity.

We’ll work on reducing stress, increasing vitality, reversing negative energy, healing heartbreak, building intuition, preventing burn-out, alleviating anger or resolving inner conflict.

In 1968, Yogi Bhajan came from India to the West to teach Kundalini yoga openly for the first time in history. His first stop was Toronto. He trained teachers to share these teachings with others. As such, Kundalini yoga is presented to you as it was originally taught by Yogi Bhajan.

If you are ready to feel free, change self-sabotaging habits, clear the unconscious patterns holding you back, and are looking for support along your spiritual path, Kundalini yoga is for you. Expect to experience big shifts!

Join us at Healthletica every Thursday at 7:15pm for our Kundalini Meditation classes.

Meditation classes are included in the 1-year and monthly auto-renew memberships. All others are welcome to pay a drop-in rate and join. Classes are non-heated. Space is limited.

 

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The 5 love languages

Do you feel your efforts to show love to those closest to you are not being recognized?

Are you trying to reignite the fire that has burnt out in your relationship?

Are you struggling to cultivate love in your life?

What if love is all around you and you’re unable to recognize it because it’s being presented in a foreign language?

Developing healthy relationships with friends, family and partners was something I struggled with for a good part of my life. I always felt that my struggle to communicate my feelings made me incapable of loving the people who meant the most to me.

A couple of years ago, I read a book titled ‘The Five Love Languages’ by Gary Chapman.

This book opened my eyes to the different ways people receive and give love – which in turn gave me a better understanding of what made me feel loved and how I was unknowingly expressing my love to others.

The 5 love languages are: 

1. Words of affirmation – saying I love you, compliments
2. Gifts – material things that represent affection and gratitude
3. Acts of service – doing something for others
4. Physical touch – hand holding, hugs, kisses
5. Quality time – time spent together, even if it’s in silence

Typically, we tend to give love in the same way we like to receive it, which isn’t always the most effective way of letting others know we love them.

It’s important to communicate your love for someone in a language that is best received by them. If someone’s love language isn’t obvious to you then have them take the quiz I link to below.

Once you’ve discovered each other’s love language, nurture and grow this new insight by giving your partner what they want and not just what you want to receive.

For example, if your primary love language is receiving gifts then you’ll be over the moon when your man shows up with flowers (or that new designer handbag you’ve been eyeing) on Valentine’s Day…but, if your partner’s primary love language is acts of service or quality time, he’ll be melting inside when you’ve put together a romantic dinner with his favourite dish.

We are all unique in how we give and receive love. The more effort you put into understanding, recognizing and applying all 5 love languages, the more love you will cultivate in your life and the lives of those around you.

Learn your love language here with this free quiz.

Note: The 5 love languages applies to all types of relationships including couples, family, friends and co-workers. 

With love,

Jennifer DiGregorio – Health Coach & co-founder of Healthletica

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Winter Solstice

It is said that “Life is a Wheel”. For centuries, a wheel has been used to represent the changing, temporary nature of all that is. Fortune, happiness, love, health, sorrow, pain, hurt, despair in the bigger scheme of things, are fleeting. A turn of the wheel.

If a wheel is to represent life, then surely it deserves a closer look. What can we observe? The wheel is a circle, no beginning and no end. If left to spin, it would turn in endless motion. A fraction at a time touches the earth and yet it is always grounded. If spinning fast enough, it gives the illusion of not moving at all. At the centre is the axis – which supports the wheels entire movement-its very function-and yet is utterly still. The stillness is what gives the wheel its strength. Our stillness is what gives us our strength as well.

Life, death, rebirth in an unbroken cycle. And the stillness.

The seasons also move in this endless cycle. Again, we find ourselves in the depths of winter. Flowers have died off, trees are laid bare and nature sleeps tenderly covered by a blanket of snow. In winter, the cycle of life returns to stillness. And it is from the stillness that everything is reborn. When we flow with nature, winter is for us a time of stillness. A time to turn inward and away from the world. A time to look deep within ourselves with love and compassion. To find the stillness which gives everything life.

If seasons are metaphors for the cycle of life, then winter is death. All things laid to rest. Covered.

The Winter Solstice approaches and darkness falls-the longest night. The wheel turns.

Days slowly get longer. We contemplate, are silent but now there is a glimmer of hope as each day brings new light. Look deeper my friends. Who knows what treasures we will find within our stillness?

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer” –Albert Camus

- Written by Pina Marino

 

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4 practical tips to help you achieve your goals this year

Did you know statistics show that ONLY 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals?

If that’s the case, are the rest of us just S.O.L. then?

Maybe not…

When looking at why some people succeed at goal setting and so many others fail miserably – there is simple science behind how we can keep our resolutions for the new year.

4 practical tips to help you achieve your goals this year

1. Keep it simple stupid!

I’m sure we’ve all heard that one before and probably because the saying couldn’t be more true.

Studies show that avoiding large, overwhelming goals and sticking to small, attainable ones yields higher success rates.

According to psychologist Lynn Bufka – “It is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”

So, instead of taking on an entire diet revamp in 2018, try implementing one small and meaningful diet change.

2. Make it clear and real.

It’s much easier to follow through with a plan that says – “replace your breakfast with one healthy smoothie a day for 14-days” – than a plan that says – “lose some weight in 2018″.

You need to be specific.

Another example: don’t just say – “I’m going to start exercising.”

Instead, a specific goal would be – “I’m going to attend yoga classes every Tuesday and/or Thursday.”

Vague goals lead to vague resolutions, so set goals you can measure and/or put a check mark beside.

3. Share your goals.

A while back I read a great book by Richard Wiseman titled ’59 seconds – change your life in under a minute’.

He dives deep into the research on key techniques to achieving your goals. This technique stood out to me…

Although keeping your promises to yourself helps ease the fear of failure, it also makes it too easy to avoid changing your life and to stray back to old habits.

Solution: Make your goals known to as many people as possible.

The greater the public declaration of your goals, the more motivated you’ll be to achieve them.

In addition, telling friends and family about your aims is an effective approach to achievement since these people often provide needed support when $#!% hits the fan.

Use social media to your advantage and share your current or next goal (Facebook groups focused on support and community are great for this) – it may just be the motivation you need.

4. Remember your why.

Studies show that those who end up making and maintaining permanent lifestyle changes frequently remind themselves of the benefits associated with achieving their goals.

All it takes is having a checklist of how life would be better once you achieve your goal.

When it comes to weight loss – focus on how good you will look and feel when you drop a pant size instead of putting attention on how not losing weight will mean continued unhappiness about your appearance.

My personal resolutions for 2018

After writing this short article I found myself motivated to share some of my goals for 2018 with you – here they are:

1. Since recently discovering my passion for sharing knowledge through writing, I plan to write at least one quality article each month that shares health wisdom with my audience.

2. I plan to help people with their personal health struggles & grow and nurture this community – one of the ways I will achieve this is through my monthly smoothie challenges.

3. I’d like to better manage my stress levels by practicing deep breathing techniques daily + treating myself to at least one massage a month.

Yours in health and wellness,

Jennifer DiGregorio – co-founder of Healthletica, Health Coach & creator of the Lifestyle Change Program

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Is weight loss and better health on your list of New Year’s resolutions?

If so, I encourage you to join my FREE 14-day smoothie challenge to experience a simple and natural approach for weight loss and better health this new year.

Next challenge starts Feb 5. Sign-up by Jan 30.

Learn more and sign up here.

 

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