Shift smoothly into Late Summer! September Classes & Workshops

September Delights
Offerings from
Karusia Nirmala
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you
Deep peace of Christ the light of the world to you
Deep peace of Christ to you

~ a Gaelic Blessing

Beloved Reader!

Many of us sincerely want to cultivate a daily healing practice, but wonder how to fit this into an already busy life. Doe this sound like you? This month’s post is about how you might use a daily bath or shower to deepen a loving connection with your body, mind and spirit. All you need is willingness to try, and some unhurried time.  


When you lay your hands on one of your precious body parts to lather, rinse or towel off, say to it “I love you“. This can be done silently or aloud, but say it like you really mean it. And notice what happens. You may find that it’s easier to say "I love you" to some parts than others. You may avoid some spots, or find your mind wandering. All of this is good! It is all information. Don’t judge, don’t label, don’t think you’re doing it wrong. Those are the things that get in the way. Let all of that stuff go.


Instead, bring your focus back to the feeling of love itself. There is an essence out of which the words “I love you” take shape and are born. See if you can dive into that place that precedes the words, the place where love is an energy, where it is a pure feeling. Continue, as you contemplate and vibrate with this energy. You are transforming your bathing ritual into a meditation of love. Love is the reconnecting energy between your consciousness and the part of your body that you are touching. You’re touching with your hands, and you are also touching with your mind. And because you are dealing with love, you are also touching with your heart.

Breathe in a gentle, smooth and relaxed manner; this is key. This will keep everything soft. Sometimes challenging emotions or memories will come up; they might even take you off guard. And if you forget to breathe, there is a greater likelihood that you will jump into that reactive place of judgement. And once you judge or label, the flow of energy stops. The tender unfolding of the story is interrupted, and you will have stopped at at the same place at which you always stop.

However, if you do happen to catch yourself judging, don’t worry; it’s quite normal. We all go through it, and it will continue to crop up in your practice. Get used to it. Make friends with it. Say to it: “Oh, hi, it’s you again! You’re welcome to come along, but I’m just going to keep on breathing and I’m going to keep on exploring.” And drop back into your breath. Wait until you feel relaxed and collected, and then continue your journey. If your thoughts and emotions stay supple, no obstacle will bog you down. Or if something does get to you, it won’t stop you for very long, because now you know how to move through it and how to get beyond it.

Always return to love. Use your breath to bring you back to the heart of the matter. When you combine love, breath and touch together, you can move mountains!

P.S. If you enjoyed this exercise, you might like to check out the workshop on Loving Touch QiGong, details below. In any case, please let me know how your healing ritual goes. 

Sending Blessings and Radiant Love to You. May all beings feel peaceful and whole.


~ Karusia Nirmala

September Public Classes

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.

Mondays (no classes on Labour Day, September 3)
Hatha Yoga 5:30-6:45pm. By donation.
Women's QiGong  7-8:15pm. $15.

Restorative Yoga 5-6:30pm. $15.

NEW CLASS ADDED! Hatha Yoga 5:30-6:45pm. $15
Yoga Nidra 7-8:15pm. $20.

WORKSHOPLoving Touch QiGong for Self-Healing 
Saturday September 22, 2-4pm. $50

(see details below)

Loving Touch QiGong for Self-Healing

Saturday September 22
@21 Nassau Street in the Amenity Room
2-4pm, $50

The first workshop in August was a beautiful, gentle and deep experience shared by a group of magnificent women who amplified the healing current for one another! I will be offering this work monthly, at various times in order to accommodate different schedules. 

Through the conscious cultivation of loving kindness along with the laying on of hands, you can learn to bring more light, love and peace into every part of yourself.

Release old baggage effortlessly, and reduce the effects of stress and anxiety. Replenish your natural vitality and inner spark; cultivate a positive attitude and boost your creativity.

~ ~ ~ Outshine darkness by increasing light. ~ ~ ~

The workshop includes:  

  • a centering meditation to connect with Source Energy,
  • an awakening of your palm centers for healing, 
  • a simple hands-on self-healing protocol to attune and balance your energy,
  • a handout of instructions and inspiration for home practice,
  • light refreshments
You will leave with a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and everything you need to know to establish a daily practice.
~ o ~
The first step is to heal yourself; it is only then that you can truly be of service to others and to the world.
Please reserve your spot by responding to this newsletter. 
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, experiential anatomy, prayer, healing, yoga and qigong. I bring the sensibility of the artist and the mystic into your healing journey. My services include: 

Traditional hatha yoga. Ancient teachings for modern times. Blending movement, breath, concentration and meditation to build strength, symmetry, flexibility and equipoise. All levels.

Women's QiGong. How to cultivate universal healing energy  (qi, prana) in order to stimulate vibrant health, inside and out. Based on Daisy Lee's Radiant Lotus Women's QiGong, a form designed to empower, connect and delight women of all ages and abilities. 

Yoga Nidra. Experience profound levels of relaxation, accompanied by guided imagery. Guaranteed to rest your physical body and to untie mental knots. 

Restorative Yoga. Luxuriate in an unhurried series of supported yoga postures that stretch, rest and rejuvenate you without exertion. Excellent for stress, anxiety and/or pain management, recuperation, as well as rejuvenation. Accompanied by healing chants, by popular request!

Tarot Readings. Tarot cards use symbol and imagery to help you see things in new ways, and empower you to move forward with clarity and fresh insights. They hold a compassionate mirror up to your soul, and activate your intuition to help you follow your inner truth.

Reiki Session. The ancient art of laying on of hands to reconnect with healing source energy in order to restore balance and vitality. Reset and rewrite your nervous system to reduce stress and boost your natural vitality.The receiver is fully clothed, and  the healer's hands are held gently either on the body or a few inches away. Meditative, relaxing and transformative.

Yoga Therapy. Customizing the modalities of Yoga for the growth and healing of the whole individual. The skilful use and blending of elements such as movement, breath work, cognitive reframing, chanting, meditation, relaxation, sounding, visualization and  psychology. Yoga recognizes five layers of life that are interwoven with one another: physical body, energy field, thoughts and emotions, beliefs and spirit. All must be in balance for optimal health. 

~ Group classes are small, which allows me to address your needs; private sessions are completely customized to your goals and 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, harmony and magic on your path. ~

I also offer the following services by appointment. Home visits are available. 

~ Private Classes
Yoga Therapy
Tarot and Oracle Card Readings (Consider hiring me to read for your birthday party, bachelorette or corporate event!)
Instruction in breath and meditation

Reiki Healing and Laying on of Hands
Tarot: The Hierophant

The time is ripe for you to meet your true teacher: yourself.

Step away from distractions, slow down, and breathe until you feel calm and centered. From this still point, reconnect to the primal energies of earth, ocean, stars and waters. Listen. Feel.

You have everything you need inside of you. 

Let your inner light shine through, as it longs to do. It is time!

This card is from the The StarChild Tarot by Danielle Noel
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