End the year on a high note with yoga, qigong and chakra care

December Offerings from Karusia Nirmala
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~Winter Mother Protection ~ by Wendy Andrews ~

He held up his left hand. The tremor was quite visible.
“This is my hand, yes?”

“Of course.”

“Ten years ago, it was also my hand, and yet a different hand, a hand that did not shake like a leaf in the wind. If I desire today’s hand to be my 10-years-ago hand, I suffer. I am resentful. I am afraid. Why is this hand not working the way it used to? What are these spots on my skin? Will my hand work at all in 10 years’ time?”

“But if I accept that yesterday’s hand is gone, today’s hand is like this, and tomorrow’s, well, who knows how it will be? If the only permanent thing about the state of my hand is that it will never be the same, I can relax. I can relax, and enjoy my hand, just as it is.”   


Greetings Dear Reader, 

This month I have been thinking a lot about surrender. What does it mean to hold on, and what does it mean to let go gracefully?


It seems that all clinging leads to suffering. If we hold tightly to an identity that is outdated, or an expectation of how things “should be”, we will perceive more pain than necessary. It is one thing to feel disappointment and loss, and even to grieve; these are natural and healthy. It is another thing entirely to force the river of life to bend to our ego desires.... it will only end in tears and constriction of vitality. It could even end in illness.


Currently, I am personally feeling a keen pull between youth and age. Eternal youth is held up as an ideal in our surrounding culture, especially for women, and particularly in my vocations of dance and yoga. And youth is fresh and vibrant; it is indeed beautiful and inspiring! Its bloom is intoxicating and full of promise. Yet, this bloom will fade as it runs its course; this is part of the cycle of life. If we define ourselves with this bloom as our primary identity, we will suffer when our hair turns grey and wrinkles appear, and we may go overboard to keep them at bay.


Transitions are not always easy. It is human nature to resist change, and this is generally based upon fearing the unknown. Heavy thoughts tie our energy up in knots. It is normal to have a period of grieving, of confusion and doubt, and even denial, bargaining and depression. We are mourning a death, an ending of a chapter. We need to be gentle with ourselves as we journey through this phase. It is important to appreciate the gifts of the past, and to let them rest. All things arise and dissolve in time, and the grief will eventually come to its natural ending. 


And then, what? Let’s remember that when one door closes, another one opens. This too, is Life’s Way. 


My time with the crone archetype this fall is helping me to surrender to change, and to relax into the fallow time between what was and what will be. I am also drawn to search out role models of wise feminine elders. Here is a link that got me started, and brought me a lot of delight.


Some old passions and identities no longer suit, and this brings up feelings of sadness, bewilderment and resignation in me. And I want to run away! But that does not help. Leaning into the discomfort with compassion for myself isn’t always easy, but it always brings truth and clarity. It is a time to breathe: slowly, smoothly and gently. Surrender to what is, and let the medicine of breath loosen any knots that bind. Add loving kindness, lots of it! A great deal of energy is tied up in resistance and fear; once cleared, this energy is again available for moving forward. Be open to any intuition or insights that emerge from within, they will show you the way. 

Stay the course. Gently turn your mind and heart towards thought patterns that continue to liberate your beautiful life force energy. It is time to shine.


I continue to be grateful for yoga, qigong, breath and You!
~ KN

What do I offer?
I teach people how to move, think and breathe in new ways that free them to be the best they can be. For this, I draw on a lifetime of exploration in dance, anatomy, prayer, yoga and qigong. I bring the sensibility of the artist and mystic to healing. My services include: 

Traditional hatha yoga. Blending movement, breath and concentration to create equipoise.

Women's QiGong. Sensing and cultivating energy In order to skilfully clear stagnation and build health and inner resources.

Yoga Nidra. Cellular rest, amplified by guided imagery to cleanse and refresh psyche and soma.

~ Classes are small, which allows me to customize for your needs. My training as a yoga therapist gives me many tools to help you balance your biomechanics, your nerves, your hormones and your emotions while having fun and learning new skills that will boost your vitality and well-being. My background as an artist helps you to find beauty and harmony on your path. ~

I also offer the following services by appointment:

~ Private Classes
~ Yoga Therapy
~ Tarot and Oracle Card Readings (Consider hiring me to read for your holiday party or corporate event!
~ Instruction in breath and meditation
~ Reiki Healing and Laying on of Hands

December Public Classes & Events

I am on holiday break starting December 16. Classes resume on January 8, 2018.

All classes are held in the Amenity Room at 21 Nassau St. Please enter through the garden pathway west of the main doors. Mats and props are supplied.

Hatha Yoga 5:30-6:45pm. By donation.
Women's QiGong  7-8:15pm. $15.
~ classes will be held December 4 and 11 ~

Yoga Nidra 7-8:15pm. $20.
~ classes will be held on  December 7 and 14~

Women’s Chakra Rejuvenation
Friday December 15, 7:30-9:30pm. $20 
for my east end friends!
~ see details and location below ~
Chakra Rejuvenation for Women in The Beaches!
Friday December 15, 7:30-9:30pm. $20.
@ Leslieville Sanctuary (please enter at back)
all details here

Honour yourself this holiday season with an evening of healing movement, sound, imagery, good company and fun!
Give the gift of self-care this holiday season!

Reiki-infused eye pillows and masks.

Gift certificates for Tarot and Reiki.


Please contact me:
Save These Dates in January!
Women’s Chakra Rejuvenation!
Back by popular demand on Sunday January 21, 2-4:30pm. $40
Harmonize your seven energy centres with movement, sound and deep relaxation. 

Myofascial Release With Yoga Therapy Balls
Learn how to use balls of various sizes to free your breath and body.
Co-led by Alan Gensho Florence and myself
Saturdays January 20 and 27, details in January newsletter.

RSVP to karusia@shaktiflow.com
These events will take place in the Amenity Room @ 21 Nassau St.
The Ace of Cups
Life is ripe with possibilities. Release any hold the past may have on you, whether it comes from internal and/or external expectations, or former identities. Trust, and know that change is a healthy part of life. When you fully accept this, you can embrace the new, and flow like water that encounters no obstacles. The energy that awaits you is fresh, sweet and celebratory. Your intuition is heightened, and you stand at the threshold of your outrageous potential! Dive right in, you will be delighted and amazed.
Tarot de St. Croix
Tarot and Oracle cards communicate through a language of image, symbol, colour and feeling. They stimulate our intuition and open us up to new possibilities beyond our usual patterns. A reading invites you to take a fresh perspective on any aspect of your life; the cards are very loving and direct in their guidance. I would be delighted to read for you in person, by Skype or by email.
Beaming Love to you right now, Dear Reader!
May you rest well and dream yourself into a 
beautiful future. 

Karusia Nirmala Wroblewski
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