Willingness to change: the path to perfect health.

Maui 2015I saw this quote the other day and it struck me in its simplicity and good sense:

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

How often do we try a new diet or exercise plan and really commit to it for a while, but go back to the same old habits? I used to do that with nutrition and exercise.  Not eat a piece of cake or ice cream for a week, increase cardio activity – and then eventually either because of fatigue, stress or wanting a little emotional comfort, go back to my old habits.

Since attending the Perfect Health program three years ago, I’ve undergone many changes. As life unfolds, the changes continue. Robert and I were at La Costa Spa for a belated 10 year anniversary celebration and enrolled in a program which I thought was a Meditation retreat- it’s a long story.:)  It turns out it was a weekend intensive on mind-body medicine based in Ayurveda called “Journey into healing.”  It was an amazing, inspiring experience!!

We learned about our mind-body constitutions, how to choose the foods for healing and nutrition, the right way to detox – food, substances and emotions, and the transformative power of meditation.

Although Robert and I have both meditated for many years, my practice became much deeper and more consistent as I incorporated breathing techniques (pranayama), a mantra and sutra meditation and committed to a daily practice. And, in addition to our individual practices, we now meet in our living room almost every morning to meditate together.

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Robert and I came away from “Journey into Healing” determined to make changes that would last. Truly, that anniversary week away was the catalyst for transforming how we start our day, becoming more conscious about the foods we eat, the exercises that work best for our bodies and most importantly, as a long-time married couple, how to communicate more consciously in all areas of our life.

The Perfect Health Ayurvedic program isn’t just another certification for me, it’s a  way of daily living and ongoing healing. It’s a transformational process that deepens as i continue my daily practices: Stretching, Breathing techniques, Meditation, Nutrition, Conscious communication, and spending time in nature on a more regular basis. I’m grateful for the profound changes its made for my husband and me. I believe it in whole heartedly and am very much looking forward to sharing it with you!

With gratitude and love,

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For more information about the Perfect Health programs, Meditation,  or to enroll in a 2017 program,  call Genevieve at 520-299-6541 or email- change@bodyfundamentals.com. 

Meditation – Overcoming the obstacles. Or, there is no bad meditation practice.

meditation-practice-floatSince I began teaching meditation, I’ve heard a number of different frustrations expressed:

“My mind won’t empty.”

“I can’t find the time to fit this in right now.”

“I always get interrupted.”

These are such common and normal frustrations.  Here are a few tips and reassurances.

Continue to go back to the breath. One of the first things we all learn about meditating is that your brain is very rarely completely quiet. And that’s ok. Just acknowledge the thought or thoughts, “I see you,” then go back to the breath – deep breath in through your nose, then exhale through your nose.  We have many, many breathing techniques. Over time I can teach you how to use pranayama to deepen your meditation, but in the beginning, gently inhale through the nose and exhale quietly through the nose.

Start with 15-20 minutes each day. Kids, work, grandkids, homes, volunteer time – all demand a lot from us. Fitting half an hour into your morning to “just sit still” can seem next to impossible. So start small, with 15 minutes. On a morning or evening you have a little more time, go to 20- 30 minutes. The idea is to create a habit, however that best works for you. I promise you’ll find the benefits so rewarding that you’ll eventually make meditation a personal priority.

Hang a sign on the door and carve out your private space. I’m not kidding! I give my meditation students a Chopra Center “Silence please, I’m meditating” door hanger (come to group meditation and receive one yourself!). Those sacred moments in the morning – and evening – belong to you, no one else. Doesn’t that sound lovely, and aren’t you worth it?

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In addition to small group meditation sessions at the Body Fundamentals studio in Tucson, Geneviève offers private meditation instruction on an ongoing basis. Please contact the studio to schedule your session: 520-299-6541 or change@bodyfundamentals.com.

On the path to Perfect Health: Meditation

butterfly meditation genevievenedder.comAs we enter a new year, it’s the perfect time for new, healthful practices. One of my renewed intentions is to expand my personal practice of daily meditation. To be honest, I’m re-arranging my schedule to include an early evening meditation at least twice a week. My evenings at home are more peaceful and relaxing when I make the time after work to meditate. I’m more centered and present with my husband. It’s one of my most fruitful intentions from the past year and a half and a direct outcome of my experiences at the Chopra Center and my Perfect Health  instructor program.

You may have seen the eblast or press release about my new offering of Group Meditation Classes beginning in Feb. Although I’ve had a long-time practice of meditation and continue to recognize its benefits, this coming February (February 20th, March 5th, March 12th and March 19thDue to family concerns, the March 19th meditation class will need to be rescheduled. Date TBA.) will be the first time I teach meditation in a group setting. It is a natural complement to Pilates and Movement, and I can personally attest that as my meditation practice deepens, I am able to be more ‘present’ and deepen my own Pilates practice.

There are many forms of meditation, from guided visualizations to yoga nidra to sound meditation, and more. Each brings its own techniques and benefits. In these first Group Meditation Classes, we’ll focus on breathing awareness exercises and a mantra-based meditation.  I’ll also lead you through some intention setting for greater peace, health and vitality.

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet.
It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there” – Deepak Chopra

I hope you’ll join me on the path to Perfect Health. The Meditation Classes are an excellent window into the many benefits of the Perfect Health Program, which includes meditation as part of each lesson.

In health,
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Pilates and Perfect Health: The Path to Perfect Health begins April 2016!

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As many of you know, last August I became a Chopra Center Instructor. I am very excited to announce that I’ll be teaching the Perfect Health Program at  Body Fundamentals on 5 consecutive Sundays beginning this April 3, 2016. Every Sunday covers a different lesson, each building upon the other.

The Perfect Health program was created by Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon.  It represents the integration between the principles of modern science and insights from the world’s timeless wisdom traditions. It’s received worldwide acceptance in both the medical and nonmedical communities and is a comprehensive  movement toward total health.

Spring 2016 Perfect Health program dates:

  • Sunday, April 3rd, 1-3:30pm Lesson I
  • Sunday, April 10th, 1-3:30pm Lesson II
  • Sunday, April 17th, 1-3:00pm Lesson III
  • Sunday, April 24th, 1-4:00pm Lesson IV
  • Sunday, May 1st, 1-3:00pm Lesson V

June and Sept. 2016

I’ll also be offering the Perfect Health program as a mini retreat in June (23rd-26th) and in September (22nd-25th). You can take the full program as often as you like (see 2016 dates here).

Pilates and Perfect Health- a powerful combination.

The Perfect Health program is a natural complement to the Pilates focus that continues to be the foundation of our work at Body Fundamentals. The program will assist you in creating healing and transformation in your life through using the best practices of mind/body medicine from around the world combined with the beautiful wisdom of Ayurveda.

You’ll learn: meditation techniques, how to develop a daily Ayurvedic routine, understanding Ayurvedic herbs and nutrition, cooking and eating for better health, conscious communication techniques to improve your personal and professional relationships and gentle yoga postures. For more information, please visit my blog Page here.

Please call me with questions or to pre-register at 520-299-6541.

With gratitude and love,

Geneviève

Some know it as energy

Sarkice Nedder Tai Chi at Body Fundamentals studio

By Guest Writer Sarkice Nedder

More than any other time in the history of the world this is the time of awareness about the need to condition our bodies. The variety of types of ways to do so abounds, from boot camp to Tai Chi; the craze is on. There are tried and true standbys that have worked for generations:  Martial Arts, Dance, Yoga, and Swimming etc.

Then of course, there are the unending new fads of the week, the month or the year – all of which eventually fade away. There is notably one factor that ensures optimal conditioning of the entire inner and outer body. In fact, it has been said that, when it is used, physical conditioning improves dramatically. Some know it as energy and some with the oriental bent understand it to be “chi” – “the life energy”.

Unfortunately, although today there is scientific affirmation of its use and general public awareness of its need, few understand how to incorporate it for physical training. The most common misconception is that by simply learning to feel the energy the conditioning follows. This of course simply is not true. For benefit one must, among other things, not only learn how to recognize and feel it but rather one must learn how to move it in specific ways throughout the body and apply it internally and externally for general health. The ultimate secret however is to learn how to change the energy into something more, something greater, something profound.

The ultimate secret however is to learn how to change the energy into something more, something greater, something profound.

This is the essence of what I teach at my Energy and Tai/Chi Seminars.

For details contact Body Fundamentals studio:  520-299-6541

 

The Body as Teacher: What I’ve Learned Beyond the Power of Pilates

The human body is a terrific teacher; a miraculous, complex multi-layered marvel that most of us know very little about. In our Western world that spends so much time focused externally on the material world and identified with the mind, it’s important to consistently stop , find moments of stillness and quiet, and trust the body’s intuition and wisdom. Personally, I do this through daily meditation practice and by consistently moving my body in ways that allow for me to be more fully present with my breath and in my body.

I’m continually reminded that simply “thinking things through” or strong determination can force an outcome; however, it might not be the wisest one.  In fact, from a spiritual perspective, thinking it through and making things happen by sheer will are the least effective ways to encourage healing and nourish transformation.

Although I’m over twenty years into the practice of Pilates, and recognize the numerous benefits of Pilates, I continue to be most inspired by the body’s ability to change and heal, and transform.

My own transformation through movement and passion for mind/body medicine informs my teaching as well as the way I live and move in the world. It gives me great pleasure to share this with hundreds of clients, students and fellow Pilates instructors, whether individually, in small groups or in retreat settings.

It’s inspiring and rewarding to see clients empowered, confident and awakened to the experience of vibrant health  as they experience the external changes of  better posture, flexibility, a strong core, improved balance, defined muscles and increased grace of movement.  On a deeper level, the benefits of relaxation and sound sleep help to decrease anxiety and stress, promoting an overall feeling of ease and calm.

A piece of movement or a moment in time, even, continuous, connected to our breath, centered in our body, is a beautiful thing, and a profound way to experience our natural and creative selves.

Part Five of Five of the article: “An Unexpected Cure: My Journey from Pain to the Transformative Power of Pilates” by Geneviève Nedder.

The Purpose of a Bind is to Discover There is no Bind. Part 2

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By Guest Writier Diana Bailey
Is being stuck in tension more about the approach taken to unwind it than the physical restriction that is currently presenting itself? Realistically, an untrained mind has great difficulty selecting an effective response because it lacks focus. A clear perspective sees that the practice of stretching is primarily learning to look past what something appears to be in a given moment and allowing the influence of time with persistent effort to shape a result.

The bind keeps the realm of possibilities simple. It says relax and do. Breathe and let go.                     Keep breathing

The more there is a singular challenge contained by the tiniest thread of desire, the more the mind can allow. The “bind” provides that intimate, balanced starting point. The body is innately wise, but the mind often doesn’t know how to reach for and hold that wisdom. At first, the mind views the physical bind as the stop. Properly focused stretching builds the outlook to expand into each newly established horizon with grace. Suddenly, it feels good to stretch!

Vesting in a particular outcome on any given day is a set up for disappointment. “No bind” is about everything being just fine exactly as it is, and the desire for more space to be available over time. The essence of discovering no bind begins in the approach, and stays as the focus shifts to do the work and step back….over and over and over.
No attachment. No bind.

 

 

I AM… and I become or maintain exactly what follows. Words are powerful.

Diana Bailey Essential Motion Pilates

By Guest Writer Diana Bailey

The words that come after I AM are powerful messages that you give yourself.  Those words can determine your attitude, your ideas about self worth, your opportunities and, over time, bring either great joy and success or much sorrow and pain.

You are cordially invited to spend a day with a random inquiry into this singular habit. Just noticing how often you say the words I AM…..then what you say the moment after that. This simple “meditation”, done anytime and anywhere for the moments it takes to see, hear, and acknowledge the verbal reinforcement we give ourselves, reveals some interesting results.

I actually got so curious about this, I kept a pocket notebook with me for a day. I wrote down every single thing I said to myself that started with I AM.

At first it was a bit clumsy to do it. But it turned out that within a couple of hours, I caught my mind frantically attempting (over and over) to avoid this whole idea by telling me NO with thoughts such as:

• You’ll remember. So, no need to write that one down. Keep walking.
• Stop it! You don’t need to know this stuff. It’s all fine. Why are you doing this?
• This is ridiculous, no one “meditates” like this.
• You look stupid standing in a grocery line writing in a notebook.
• You have to pay attention to the road. NO, No, NOOO don’t pull over and write that one down, you’re wasting so much time doing that!
Obviously things got pretty creative in the control department! The turnaround came the moment my mind said to me “I AM NOT HAPPY about this”, and some place inside responded with “I know, that’s why we’re doing it.”

The internal resistance to a simple, perfectly harmless exercise told me I was really on to something that could produce some powerful results.

It has. It does. Thank you for that.

Tai Chi for Pain Relief!

By Guest Writer Sarkice Nedder

Sunrise in the shadows.

Blazing Sunrise.

Sarkice Nedder headshot.Stop the Pain! Stop the NSAIDs and the Painkillers! Practice Tai Chi for pain relief.

Tired of the constant pain in your body?

Do you wake up with your back aching, knee pain, muscle and joint pain? Do you constantly rely on painkillers or ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for relief? Are you worried about the effect it has on your kidney and liver but you just cannot get through the day without somehow minimizing the pain? This is the story of so many of us; the young, the old, the active and the inactive of us. So what can we do? There is an answer that works for many of us but it takes some initial effort on our part.

For centuries Tai Chi has been promoted as a means for longevity and health.

What most seem to ignore about Tai Chi is that it creates a natural elixir to relieve pain. Sure exercise helps relieve pain,- but that is not really all that Tai Chi is. It is different and maybe I can explain some simple differences.

It’s called internal energy “chi”. The purposeful use of moving energy throughout the body in a painstakingly slow manner has miraculous effects. Maybe the word is not miraculous but what would you call it? If I wake up after a night of pain and can barely walk, with every step actuating the agony throughout my muscles and joints and then I do something very slowly called Tai Chi and thereafter, I have no pain and feel able to live the day without those NSAIDs and pain killers what would you call it?

Now do not be fooled! Most people and many teachers of Tai Chi have no concept of what use of energy in Tai Chi means and or how it should be used. When one has learned the basic movements of Tai Chi most teachers then help the student learn to recognize the chi in their bodies and to even feel it. Unfortunately, for most Tai Chi practitioners that is as far as they get. As a practicing martial artist and teacher for 50 years I candidly can tell you that although performing Tai Chi in such a manner may have some minor positive health improvement effect it is pure nonsense. Let me be clear. Such a way to practice Tai Chi has little health benefit.

If you want to change your life forever and overcome much of your daily pain you may want to try to learn how to do a basic Tai Chi form and learn how not only to feel the chi but to move it throughout your body in a manner that reduces pain while restoring muscles and ligaments and improving joint flexibility.

There are many more sophisticated and advanced uses of energy in Tai Chi but you need not worry about those as all you need to do is to get to the point of moving energy in a purposeful manner such that it relieves the pain.

So here are the steps you can take to begin your journey to a less painful life:

1) Find a knowledgeable Tai Chi instructor and learn at least part one of the basic form. Learn the body movements very precisely. If you can learn the entire form even better. Properly taught with lessons twice a week it normally takes about six months to learn the entire basic form.

2) Learn to feel the energy in your body.

3) Learn how to move the energy throughout your body in a manner that helps eliminate the pain. Learn techniques like extending, condensing and washing chi. A competent Tai Chi teacher should be able to explain how the energy should flow within each movement.

4) Then daily practice the form very, very slowly while moving the chi in a purposeful manner.

If your dedicated it will take about a year to perfect the beginning use of the chi. I told you it would not be easy! But once learned it is simple and requires only dedication and consistency.

Please note there are many styles of Tai Chi. I prefer the Wu style and the 108 moves of its long form. I prefer it because its emphasis is on energy development and small movement.

So save your kidneys and liver. Get off those painkillers and NSAIDs.
Live longer and happier pain-free.

 

 

 

Tai Chi for pain relief Part 1

Sarkice Nedder Tai Chi at Body Fundamentals studio
 By Guest Writer Sarkice Nedder

Tired of the constant pain in your body?

” Do you wake up with your back aching, knee pain, muscle and joint pain?
Do you constantly rely on painkillers or ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for relief? Are you worried about the effect it has on your kidney and liver but you just cannot get through the day without somehow minimizing the pain? This is the story of so many of us; the young, the old, the active and the inactive of us. So what can we do? There is an answer that works for many of us but it takes some initial effort on our part.
For centuries Tai Chi has been promoted as a means for longevity and health. What most seem to ignore about Tai Chi is that it creates a natural elixir to relieve pain. Sure exercise helps relieve pain,- but that is not really all that Tai Chi is. It is different and maybe I can explain some simple differences.
It’s called internal energy “chi”.  The purposeful use of moving energy throughout the body in a painstakingly slow manner has miraculous effects. Maybe the word is not miraculous but what would you call it? If I wake up after a night of pain and can barely walk, with every step actuating the agony throughout my muscles and joints and then I do something very slowly called Tai Chi and thereafter, I have no pain and feel able to live the day without those NSAIDs and pain killers what would you call it?”
 
Tai Chi Group Classes with
 Sarkice Nedder

 Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 am

4265 N. Camino Gacela  (Catalina Foothills, Tucson)

Cost: $18 per class

Private Sessions available

To register, contact
Sarkice  directly.
(520) 577-2422

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“Live longer and happier pain-free.”
                               – Sarkice T. Nedder