Massage Therapist Mairead Hardiman

 

Mairead Hardiman

With her influences rooted in Yogic Philosophy, Mairéad's practice of massage is a mediation in motion; honoring the intrinsic presence of body, mind, and spirit with compassion, through breath, intention and sacred touch. Authentic and deeply nurturing in her approach, she weaves an array of ancient and innovative techniques drawing on elements of Ayurveda, Lomi Lomi, Myofacial Meridian and Crystal therapies.

Mairéad has attended and assisted trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health since 2009. She is a certified Kripalu Massage Therapist (500hr) and Yoga Teacher (200hr). She lives in the woods of Arcadia in Exeter, RI and spends her days immersed in the natural world. A record collector, animal lover, herbalist and gardener, Mairéad finds joy in being a healthy human with an enchanted spirit.

 

Mairéad's specialities include:

-Working as deeply or lightly as needed to access your healing energy within.

-Working with Crystals, Sound, and other vibrational essences to align the subtle bodies of energy (Koshas) and encourages the use of Breath (Prana) as a tool for increasing physical awareness and integration of your whole being:

 

Mairéad (rhymes with parade) works at All That Matters:

·        Tuesdays. 2:45-7:15pm

·        Thursdays. 9:00am-2:00pm

·        Fridays. 9:00am-2:00pm


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asana swami kripalu

 


This Week

 

Tuesday, July 30

Yoga 101: Semi-Private Series

with Jenn Thomas

 

Wednesday, July 31

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Class

with Lauren O’Connell

 

Thursday, August 1

Integrative Restoration (iRest®): Yoga Nidra

with Kendall Sheldon

 

Friday, August 2

Reiki Second Degree

with Myra Partyka

 

Saturday, August 3

Yoga and Meditation: Half-Day Retreat

with Jenn Thomas

 

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Class

with Lauren O’Connell

 

COMING UP…

Making Peace with Food and Your Body

with Barbara Holtzman

on Tuesday, August 6

 

Meditation for Health

with Dr. David Dwyer

on Wednesday, August 7


Standing Thigh Stretch

 

standing thighNikki Juen of All That Matters, demonstrates and explains standing thigh stretch.

What it is:
This standing thigh stretch is a variation of Tadasana, also known as mountain pose.

What it does:
This standing pose opens the quadricep muscle of the leg and the front of the shoulders while deepening the muscular engagement of the whole body as you balance on one leg. If you can't reach your ankle you can also use a belt or strap. Practice near a wall for even more support.

How to do it:
Stand with feet six-inches apart and press down equally into both feet, take a deep breath and allow the weight of the entire body to be centrally located over the feet. Make both legs strong, until you feel the muscles engage on all sides of the legs, all the way up to the hips.

Inhale and tone the low belly drawing it in towards the spine. Exhale and allow the shoulder blades to move towards the spine and down the back. Take three grounding breaths here with the hands near the thighs while the jaw and facial muscles remain supple.

With the standing leg strong, bend one knee keeping both thighs parallel. Interlace both hands or belt around the ankle pressing the foot AWAY from the hips as you open the front of your body. Keep the bent knee next to the standing knee and facing the floor.

Breathe deeply for five breaths, lengthening the body away from the ground with each inhale. As you exhale the fifth breath, release the bent knee and switch to the other leg.

Nikki Juen,
nikkijuen.com


This Week @ ATM

 

Monday, July 22

Full Moon Yoga on the Beach

with Coral Brown

 

Tuesday, July 23

Svaroopa® Yoga: Continuing Series

with Natalie Schiffer

 

Wednesday, July 24

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Class

with Lauren O’Connell

 

Thursday, July 25

Angelspeake

with Stephanie Marisca

 

Friday, July 26

Kristi Martel in Concert

 

Saturday, July 27

Reiki First Degree

with Myra Partyka

 

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Class

with Lauren O’Connell

 

Sunday, July 28

Guided Zen Meditation

with Nancy Hedgepath

 

COMING UP…

Yoga 101: Semi-Private Series

with Jenn Thomas

 

Integrative Restoration (iRest®)

with Kendall Sheldon


3 Harvard Articles on the Benefits of Yoga

 

For those of us who practice yoga regularly the benefits of yoga are clear. But here are three articles I read this week in Harvard Health Publications on some of the many benefits of yoga.

 

It's No Stretch - Yoga May Benefit Heart Disease

Yoga, an ancient Indian practice once viewed as only for the very fit and flexible, has become as American an activity as jogging and aerobics. Its newfound popularity could be a boon for people with high blood pressure, heart failure, and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

A small but promising body of research suggests that yoga’s combination of stretching, gentle activity, breathing, and mindfulness may have special benefits for people with cardiovascular disease. For more...

 

Your Brain on Yoga

by Sat Bir Khalsa with Jodie Gould

Does yoga really reduce stress? Can we feel happier after meditating just 10 minutes a day? How about smarter? Your Brain on Yoga presents the latest, cutting-edge studies that show the physical and psychological benefits of yoga and meditation. Author Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D, assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, has conducted clinical research on of yoga and meditation for more than a decade. He offers compelling scientific evidence about how yoga and meditation can change our brains, and our lives, by:

• Reducing stress that makes us look and feel older than our years.
• Making the parts of the brain responsible for memory grow stronger and sharper.
• Elevating our mood and enhancing our spiritual outlook, giving us a sense of peace and calm. For more..

 

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Studies suggest that this practice modulates the stress response.

Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature, though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades. One national survey estimated, for example, that about 7.5% of U.S. adults had tried yoga at least once, and that nearly 4% practiced yoga in the previous year.

Yoga classes can vary from gentle and accommodating to strenuous and challenging; the choice of style tends to be based on physical ability and personal preference. Hatha yoga, the most common type of yoga practiced in the United States, combines three elements: physical poses, called asanas; controlled breathing practiced in conjunction with asanas; and a short period of deep relaxation or meditation. For more...


Poem by Jackson Kiddard

 
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The whole poem reads

I prayed for Change, so I changed my mind.
I prayed for Guidance and learned to trust myself.
I prayed for Happiness and realized I am not my ego.
I prayed for Peace and learned to accept others unconditionally.
I prayed for Abundance and realized my doubt kept it out.
I prayed for Wealth and realized it is my health.
I prayed for a Miracle and realized I AM the Miracle.
I prayed for a Soul mate and realized I am the One.
I prayed for LOVE and realized it’s always knocking, but I have to allow it in...
 
~Jackson Kiddard

Camatkarasana

 

nkjNikki Juen of All That Matters demonstrates and explains Camatkarasana.

 

What it is:
Camatkarasana is a magnificent heart-opening pose that induces a sense of freedom, joy and levity; for this reason, it is also known as Wild Thing.

 

What it does:
Wild Thing and poses that prepare the body for back-bending are often accompanied by an ecstatic, playful feeling as the heart remembers it’s essential nature. As a hand-balancing pose it builds healthy shoulders and wrists which form the stable base. It also opens the front of the legs, hips and torso and is known to lift fatigue and mild depression.

 

How to do it:
To begin, sit comfortably and quietly and listen to your breath; remember that you already embody the principals of strength, stability, joy and freedom. Allow the breath to bring to you back to the remembrance of these qualities.

 

Come onto all fours with the intention of keeping a stable base. Claw the fingers into the floor and with muscle tone extending from fingertips to shoulders, take Adho Mukha Savasana [downward facing dog]. Inhale and lengthen your side-body from shoulder to hip and lift the armpits towards the sky. Exhale and press back through the upper thighs, opening the hamstrings. Take two breaths here connecting to the earth with with each exhale.

 

From Adho Mukha Savasana, bring your weight into your right hand and the outside of your right foot like Vasisthasana [side plank]. Exhale, press into the floor and buoyantly lift the hips. Inhale, keep hands and feet strong and grounded and bring both shoulder blades onto the back of the heart, creating a stack of support from the floor to left shoulder.

 

Exhale, bring the left foot back and place toes on the floor keeping the knee bent. Inhale and curl back through the upper back as you keep the right hand strong. With each exhale press down through the feet and hands lifting the hips. Extend your left arm from your heart overhead toward the ground or alternately place the palm over the heart offering each breath to the pulse between stability and freedom; in your full expression of the pose breathe playfully for five to ten rounds.

 

Exhale and return to downward facing dog and repeat on the other side.

 

Nikki Juen, 

 

nikkijuen.com

 


Good for You! Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

 

In the last month we have posted a few good cookie recipes...thought we would just keep it going....

Good for You! Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together:
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or white)
1teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups dry oatmeal

Mix together:
2 eggs
½ cup fresh maple syrup (honey can be substituted)
½ cup corn oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix well wet and dry ingredients above and add:
1 cup of chopped walnuts
½ package or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

Drop heaping tablespoons full of batter onto lightly oiled baking try. Press cookies down to flatten and bake 20 minutes till lightly browned.


Upcoming at All That Matters

 

Monday, July 8
Satsang: Monthly  Community Gatherings
with Joan Dwyer

 

Tuesday, July 9
Yoga, Mindfulness, and Self Inquiry
with Jenn Thomas

Introduction to Mindfulness
with Annie Geissinger

 

Wednesday, July 10
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Class
with Lauren O’Connell

What is the Shamanic Journey: Free Talk
with Isa Gucciardi

Understanding Integrated Energy Medicine: Free Talk
with Isa Gucciardi

 

Thursday, July 11
Healing Techniques in Shamanism: Free Talk
with Isa Gucciardi

Introduction to the Shamanic Journey
with Isa Gucciardi

Integrative Restoration (iRest®): Yoga Nidra
with Kendall Sheldon

 

Friday, July 12
Integrated Energy Medicine
with Isa Gucciardi

 


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