Happy Hanakkuh

May This Festival of Lights Bring Blessings of Health and Happiness to You and Your Loved Ones,
and may we all act as ‘beacons of light’ for one another. ❤
 
“A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.” — Moshe Davis
Happy Hanukkah from Dreamtime Wellness LLC

Find Your Bliss


“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life. “
– Jill Bolte Taylor

How Do You Find Your Bliss? Walking the woods and beaches of Gloucester MA, hiking the red rocks of Sedona Arizona, or x-county skiing in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine are my go-to’sfor finding bliss, defined as perfect happiness; great joy. Why does it seem we often must go somewhere in order to find that feeling of ‘bliss?’ Rather than seeking bliss outside ourselves, we also can go within to experience feelings of happiness and joy.

Finding bliss right here, right now in any given moment is a helpful skill that can be achieved through the daily practice of meditation, reiki and self-hypnosis. Daily practice is encouraged because, when we practice regularly we become more skilled, the practice become more innate and it is easier to achieve a state of ‘bliss’ in the recesses of our own mind. It is true, research supports that achieving positive feelings of happiness and joy can be enhanced when surrounded by nature, using all of our senses to take in the surrounding beauty. But learning, having, and using these helpful tools to create bliss in any given moment is valuable for helping us move through the chaos of a complicated world, with greater levels of peace and calm.

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”— Dalai Lama

To get started, contact us to learn a simple 5 minute relaxation technique. If not true bliss, you can at least learn to slow your thoughts and experiences greater levels of peace and calm, in mind and body, and over time, with practice, a feeling of bliss. Relaxation techniques offer the potential Benefits of Relaxation: 

  • Slowing heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing rate of breathing
  • Improving digestion
  • Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
  • Reducing activity of stress hormones
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration and mood
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Lowering fatigue
  • Reducing anger and frustration
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems

Source: Benefits of Relaxation from Mayo Clinic.

Contact Us to learn more about how you can create more bliss in your mind and everyday life through the daily practices of meditation, self-hypnosis and self-reiki. Next First Degree/Shoden (Beginning Teaching) – will be held December 9 and 10, in Peabody MA

Hours of Operation:Monday through Thursday. 10 a.m – 6 p.m. ‘By Appointment.’ Note: Phones are turned off when in session and during meditation. Email: info@dreamtimewellness to schedule a phone consultation or appointment.

Dreamtime Wellness Photography: All Photos are original © and intended for inspiration and meditation. Available to order in various sizes and materials, framed and unframed. PhotoArt note cards are available for purchase at the Bookstore of Gloucester, 61 Main St. Gloucester MA

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Photographer. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

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May Monthly Restorative Workshop

Plan ahead for a nourishing Sunday with our monthly restorative workshop. The benefits of restorative yoga and deep relaxation are endless including better sleep, decrease in blood pressure, stress reduction and just an overall increase in your happiness and well-being. Master instructor of restorative yoga, Katie Schroeder will guide you by candlelight into deeply therapeutic, gentle poses supported by bolsters, blocks, blankets, sandbags and eye pillows to support your body and mind to relax and breathe. Guided visualization will deepen your restoration along with essential oils and gentle massage assists and reiki.

No experience and all levels welcome! $25 & register at http://www.nsryoga.com IMG_1045

Meet Katie Schroeder of NSRY

Meet Katie Schroeder of NSRY

Katie Schroeder is the owner and main yoga instructor at North Shore Restorative Yoga. She has taught yoga for over a decade at many of the wonderful studios on the North Shore and holds masters degrees in conflict resolution and psychology. Her dream and passion is to create a space where the community can find health and well-being through traditional flow yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness, meditation and other healing arts that connect us deeper to self-love, balance and true connection to everyone in our life.

Katie considers herself a gypsy soul after a childhood of moving every couple years all over the US and abroad due to her Dad’s corporate job. Her easy going personality and love for life were the perfect mix for meeting new people and exploring new places with ease. Katie is happy to now call the beautiful North Shore home and is grateful to live in such a special place with a diverse community. She has always been a spiritual seeker for optimal health and happiness and is thankful to her amazing mom who introduced her to yoga in high school. Yoga has been the anchor for Katie during the uncertainty and constant change that life can bring. It inspires her to be a better person, better mother and better partner in all of her relationships. It has especially taught her the value of self-love and self-respect that comes with a daily yoga practice.

Katie is well-known for her speciality of restorative yoga and is grateful to share her gift of relaxing people. She is a fun loving teacher who supports each person on their own unique journey to well-being and healing, always threading a beautiful message of inspiration into all of her classes, workshops and private sessions.

Check out one of her classes, workshops or a private holistic healing sessions to experience Katie’s bright light and big open heart.

Check out all of our classes and workshops at http://www.nsryoga.com

How to BALANCE being busy? RESTORATIVE YOGA!

How to BALANCE being busy? RESTORATIVE YOGA!

We are all so busy! It’s just part of life. But that’s just it, we can make being busy just one part of our lives. We can balance the other parts of our lives by being with what we love and being surrounded by what we love. Sounds a little dreamy, but their is science behind it. It’s called slowing down and learning to be still, TUNING IN so that we have a precious moment to remember what is actually important to YOU.  This simple yet effective practice is the essence of Restorative Yoga. It will support you to begin the powerful journey of learning to just be comfortable with doing nothing, expecting nothing and allowing yourself to feel like enough (which ironically helps you accomplish way more than you ever imagined!) WHY?

Restorative yoga supports your body to be completely comfortable in simple, therapeutic poses by using bolsters, blocks, blankets and sandbags which then sends a message to your mind that it is ok to relax. When your body and mind get the message that it is ok to relax, then it can heal, change and transform. You can clear out all that busy information that the body and mind get every day and you can begin to just practice being in your body and being in one moment at a time with integrity and clarity. Trust me, it isn’t always easy to be still and some days are harder than others, but the more you practice the more you will feel like you have AWAKENED to your precious life for the very first time.

Lucky for YOU, North Shore Restorative Yoga offers a ton of classes and workshops to meet each individual’s needs. Sometimes you need to move through a vinyasa flow before you get down to restoring or maybe you are ready to show up to a workshop and get your restore on right away. Check out our full line up at www.nsryoga.com

Our Monthly Restorative Workshop with Kathryn Schroeder is THIS Sunday 6:30pm-8pm $25 pre-register or show up! Pre-registration is strongly recommended to secure your spot! Sign Up Now!

Smile and Express Gratitude: It’s Good for Your Health

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

A Smile Has Health Benefits for Mind, Body and Spirit. Research shows that the simple act of smiling, even when you don’t feel like it activates the brain’s neural messaging system with a variety of health benefits. No prescription needed, and no adverse side effects.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”      – Thich Nhat Hanh

How Smiling Affects Your Brain.  ‘Feel good’ neurotransmitters are released.

  • Release of dopamine (mediates pleasure in the brain, improves focus and attention.)
  • Release of endorphins (natural pain relief.)
  • Release of serotonin (improves mood.)
  • Muscle relaxation (relief of muscle tension.)
  • Lowering of blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Neuropeptides are also released (decreases stress and inflammation.)

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