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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On the path to Perfect Health: What is Ayurveda?

stones in water genevievenedder.comAyurveda: a 5,000 year-old healing system founded in ancient India. Derived from Sanskrit words “ayus” meaning “life,” and “veda” meaning “wisdom.”

The “wisdom of life” that is Ayurveda is the foundation of the Perfect Health program and a way of living about which I’m passionate. Viewing our health as a state of “vibrant balance” instead of separate, disparate pieces has always resonated with me.  Teaching movement (Pilates) as a mind/body/spirit experience is a big piece of my own healthy lifestyle.

The connection of breath, the practice of being present with our bodies— this kind of awareness can allow for a truly integrative movement experience.  The beautiful wisdom of Ayurveda speaks to me in that same way, an opportunity to live with more balance from all levels of our being.

One of the primary reasons I sought the Chopra Certified Instructor path was to expand my tool box and continue my own healing journey. Another is that I want to share the healing benefits of Ayurveda with you. The process of integrating techniques and tools (like meditation) nutrition and movement into your daily life is transformative, as I can personally attest. I practice much of the Perfect Health program each day, from meditation, which has brought and continues to bring pain relief, mental calm and clarity, to successfully choosing the foods that will nurture my body and decrease inflammation.

I invite you to join me in 2016 on the path to Perfect Health. I’ll be teaching the Perfect Health Program, created by Deepak Chopra, MD and David Simon, MD, at Body Fundamentals Studio (Tucson) on 5 consecutive Sundays beginning April 3, 2016  There will also be two multi-day versions of the  program in June and September that I’m designing as mini-retreats with morning movement (Pilates and Yoga), healthy snacks, lunches and more!

Ayurveda offers a proven guide for a life filled with vitality, love, happiness and purpose. Balance of mind and body makes it easier to choose the best for ourselves. I hope you’ll join me this year!

In “Perfect Health,”

Geneviève

Tucson Pilates Studio adds Meditation group classes

water dropletsDecember 17, 2015, Tucson, AZ – Body Fundamentals Pilates & Movement Studio in Tucson, Arizona recently added meditation group classes to its service offering. Founder and Director Geneviève Nedder is a long-time practitioner of meditation and credentialed to teach several forms of meditation.

Nedder shares, “There are many types of meditation, including, guided meditation,  moving meditation and mantra based meditation. In the initial four group classes, I’ll be teaching a mantra based meditation that uses breathing awareness techniques and intention setting.”

Not only is meditation is a powerful way to quiet the mind, it also reduces anxiety, improves sleep and lowers the heart rate, reduces blood pressure and even lowers cholesterol. “As my own practice deepens, I’m able to be more present in my life, and to experience greater peace and vitality,” said Nedder, who holds numerous Pilates certifications and is a Chopra Center Certified Instructor with a focus on Ayurveda. “My personal meditation practice is one of my strongest tools for transformation. It has helped me know myself at a much deeper level and helps me manage chronic pain, continue to heal physically and live with more balance on a day-to day basis.”

Nedder is offering the first series of group meditation classes on four Saturdays from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Pre-registration is open for the following dates:

  • February 20th
  • March 5th
  • March 12th
  • March 19th   Due to family concerns, the March 19th meditation class will need to be rescheduled. Date TBA.

Single classes are $40, or register for all four at a special introductory rate of $150. Advance payment required. Private meditation instruction is also available and ongoing.

About Body Fundamentals Programs

Geneviève Nedder’s Tucson, Arizona-based Body Fundamentals Pilates & Movement Studio offers private and semi-private sessions in a peaceful, serene setting. The studio focuses on  individualized, custom-created programs, including Advanced Pilates classes and workshops for Pilates instructors. To engage Nedder for a customized Pilates workshop or training, or for the Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle program call (520) 299-6541 or email her at change@bodyfundamentals.com. Visit bodyfundamentals.com for session information.

Beginning April 2016  the Chopra Center Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle program will be offered at Body Fundamentals Tucson studio or at a location of your request. Please email change@bodyfundamentals.com to register for the Perfect Health program or retreat.