YOGA THERAPY IN BEIJING

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Of New Music and Healing

Living in a radically new place, as I have been doing with my family this last year, has invited me to see things very differently.  Many previously automatic decisions have been replaced by new strategies. And so I have also decided to take a fresh look at how my music is being published. Instead of a whole album, I’m going to come out with music . . . one single at a time! This first single is titled:  HEALING. I am really excited to share it with you on 12 November, 2014! There were a few songs left in my heart from our Tucson days and somehow they still needed to be shared, even though I am physically far away from that place. This new single is one of those. So it’s a Tucson sound, sung by an Iranian-Austrian girl, who lives in China, produced by a Canadian guy and accompanied on the guitar by a guitarist from Cuba . . . It’s a small world indeed The melody was inspired by my sweet husband, who himself is a wonderful healer. He is also a dedicated fan of Country/Western music, pleading for years for me to write/sing something in his favorite style, so one day I thought to myself: it would have to be a healing song! To add to the whole picture, a beautiful artist friend, on her own healing path, gifted me her artwork to be used for the music cover. I feel so blessed to have her beautiful work as part of mine. As much as the musical style is particular, the content is universal and common to all of humanity. It is about the yearning to heal. It is about the yearning for wholeness and how that wholeness lies in our spiritual essence, our connection to the Divine! This piece is a dedication to all those who yearn for healing. Whether dedicated to our whole planet that is struggling on so many levels, or groups of people and individuals, this prayer was sung with the full conviction and passion that healing IS possible. I dedicate this song to the healing of all humanity from the illness of greed, violence and love for power; to all the children in the world whose hearts...

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Of Humility And Other Things – First Impressions Of A New Life

     What do YOU think of, when you think of China? You probably think of green tea and the delicious, exotic foods that are prepared here, the detail-oriented, ancient architecture like that of the Forbidden City, the varied landscapes of this vast land, the smiling faces of its hardworking and beautiful people . . . the amazing juxtaposition of ancient culture and highly shiny modernism in this beautiful city of Beijing! And you would be right on all counts! It is ALL that and much, much more! I wish you could see Beijing with your own eyes today, when it has been washed clean by a generous downpour of heavenly rain. It is gorgeous! It smells wonderfully fresh, the trees are full of leaves and I feel so very grateful to be here in this moment! And yet if I had only had one word to describe to you my experience of living a new life these last few months, it would be: “humbling”. The last 10 months have just been rich in humbling experiences. You could see “humbling “ as a state of embarrassment, to be avoided at all cost. Not an uplifting sensation, surely nothing one desires on a daily basis. My ego certainly doesn’t like being humbled at all. It doesn’t like speaking Chinese like a 3 year old, after memorizing over 600 pieces of vocabulary. My ego doesn’t enjoy reinventing itself for the fourth or fifth time; it is weary of the energy it takes to get to know your neighbors all over again, and it is feeling hurt that no one, absolutely no one knows what this obscure job is that you say you can do. Yoga therapist? What is that? And why on earth, would you want to live in a place where you have to stand in line to pay for each utility separately with cash in your bag??? This is what my ego likes to say ☺. And yet I’m learning that humility is not humiliation. I’m learning that every humbling experience is a teacher, even if it hurts. I’m in need of every one of those teachable moments. Even the silly ones, like: being thrown out of a taxi, because the driver just doesn’t...

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Integrative Yoga Therapy Newsletter Winter 2013

INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY tools for balance and healing Nasim Maani, BArch, E-RYI 500, PYT W i n t e r 2 0 1 3 Dear friends in yoga, Wishing you a belated very very happy New Year 2013! Firstly, let me thank you for your support this last year and the many kindnesses you extended, the smiles you gifted and the lovely energies you have brought to class every week. I am filled with true gratitude, as you are my true teachers! May this new year bring you health, joy and the coming closer to your heart’s desire! How wonderful it is to open ourselves to listening to our hearts more closely this year… our hearts possess a particular intelligence and yet most often we allow our minds to lead. At this time of new year’s resolutions, I invite you to explore the concept and tremendous value of reflection … of letting things arise from the deep recesses of our hearts and souls. And so I decided to share with you quotes on this topic for you to reflect and meditate on. Together let’s find the courage to clear our heads and go inward to listen to our hearts! Have a fabulous 2013! “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” -Caroline Myss “Take up one idea. Make one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” -Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) So long as the thoughts of an individual are scattered he will achieve no results, but if his thinking be concentrated on a single point wonderful will be the fruits thereof… Once the sun shineth upon a concave mirror, or on a lens that is convex, all its heat will be concentrated on a single point, and that one point will burn the hottest. Thus is it necessary to focus one’s thinking on a single point so that it will become an effective force.
 -‘Abdu’l-Bahá (1844-1921) Here is where you can find us: PRIVATE SESSIONS Healing Pathways [map] www.healingpathwaysaz.com/yoga By...

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