Rocky Neck Cultural Center – Impromptu Reception Sunday 12/10

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Rocky Neck Cultural Center  “December in November—Giving the Gift of Art!” 
Rocky Neck Art Colony Members’ Fine Art and Crafts Sale

Last Chance to Visit the Holiday Art Show at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center!

 Sunday. December 10. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 6 Wonson Street. Gloucester MA. Offerings of Fine Art, Jewelry, Photography, Blown Glass, Calendars, Cards and More.

Impromptu ‘Closing Reception’ from 2 – 4 pm. Sunday, December 10. Join in celebrating the end of the 2017 Season! We are looking forward to future exhibits on Rocky Neck, American’s Oldest Art Colony. Renovations begin soon at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Looking forward to the 2018 season at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center and Gallery 53! 

Art is Good MedicineCreative activities can relieve stress, aid communication, and help arrest cognitive decline. (Harvard Health Publishing, July 2017)

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Restorative Reiki Workshop THIS Friday!

Restorative Reiki Workshop THIS Friday!

Join Marleen Wood, Master Reiki Healer and Kathryn Schroeder, Restorative Yoga Instructor, for an evening of deep relaxation and transformation at North Shore Restorative Yoga.  You will be guided through supported restorative poses using blocks, bolsters, blankets and eye pillows while receiving the balancing and healing attunement of reiki by candlelight. Set your highest intentions for balance, clarity and well-being. All levels and no experience necessary. Enjoy an evening of complete bliss in a sacred space OF LIGHT.

December 1st 6:30-8pm $35

Sign up and secure your sweet spot at http://www.nsryoga.com

Reiki Healing ~

Reiki Healing ~

Big congratulations to one of our Co-owners, Kim Sardo, who is now a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. Contact her if you or a distant loved one needs healing 🙏🏻💙

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health” 🙂

Info@ayurvedawellnesshealing.com

Reiki for Veterans: Healing the Wounds of War

Flags at Stacey Blvd

Photo ©  Jay Alpert. Reprinted with permission.

Thank You for Your Service!

Dreamtime Wellnesses™ is ‘Giving Back’ to Veterans throughout the month of November.

A Chance Meeting With a Word War II Veteran  –  A couple of days ago, I rode the elevator at the medical building where I have an office. A man riding the elevator with me mentioned, “I don’t care much for elevators.”  Since I work with people in my professional practice to help them overcome fear including ‘fear of elevators,’ his mentioning this led to a conversation we may not otherwise have had.

Turned out Jack, (not his real name) is also afraid of other closed-in spaces, crowds, and fireworks that he related began while on active duty. I asked ‘Which war did you serve in?’ and was shocked to hear “World War 2.” He looked much younger than his stated age of “92.”

We spent the next twenty minutes in the freezing cold as Jack shared his experiences, then and now. Jack said, “four soldiers were from one street in Peabody. I was the only one that made it home.” Jack kept apologizing for “taking up my time.” What he didn’t know is that I so loved talking to him and could have spent hours listening to his story.

Back then, the veterans of WWII and even Korean and Vietnam Wars had little support for what is now diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) Most of the returning soldiers never spoke about their experiences, not even with their families.

Remembering My Uncles That Served in WWII.

My Four Uncles Serving in World War II – Four out of my eight uncles saw combat in World War 2. My cousin Cindy recently gifted me a beautiful book (*excerpts from her book) about our family’s WWII history, for which am most grateful.

Cindy’s father (Uncle Mike) was on the European front. My other three uncles from our mother’s side all saw combat in the Pacific. “They all participated in key battles in the war and were awarded numerous wards for their participation and bravery.”(*) Cindy had two other uncles on her father’s side that served, ‘Babe’ and Anthony who were also on the European front. All of our relatives survived the war.

Uncle Warren – Warren was our remaining WWII family survivor, until this past January when he died at the age of 96. He started off in the Navy but was transferred to the Marines as a Corpsmen. “Warren saw about 25 days of constant battle on Iwo Jima.” (*)

Soft-spoken and mild-mannered, I could never imagine my Uncle Warren (or any of my uncles) being in combat. Warren came home from the war with permanent hand-tremors, his only visible ‘scars.’ Many years later, Uncle Warren had the opportunity to return to Pearl Harbor on a U.S. carrier, along with his grandson Michael. There he told me he had the opportunity to “speak with and shake the hands” of former soldiers from Japan, which seemed to be very healing for him.

Uncle Al – Of all my uncles, Al spoke the most about his experiences in WWII, sometimes choking up and with tears in their eyes. He was in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. I loved looking at his photo albums, which reminded me of  National Geographic. Al, a medic received an individual Bronze Star for rescuing and saving some wounded soldiers. “Al had a distant cousin from New Hampshire that was one of the men that assisted in raising the flag on Iwo Jima.” (*)

Uncle Stan – Stan received 3 Bronze Stars while in WWII. He also rarely spoke about WWII. He returned from the Philippines with a pair of bamboo sandals which he gave to his mother, but which have since returned to the Philippines and are now on display there in a museum. (*)

Uncle Mike – Mike was in Germany and the only one physically wounded but refused his Purple Heart because “my mother would have a heart attack if she received a letter stating I had been wounded. He was awarded 5 Bronze Stars, later replaced by a Silver Star.” (*) Prior to enlisting, he worked at Sentinel TV and was responsible for the radio communications equipment.” (*) Uncle Mike was a man of few words, and I don’t recall him ever talking about the war. He died (too) young at the age of 59 of a heart attack, taking his ‘wounds’ to his grave.

My Mother and Aunt’s Role in WWII – My mother and her twin sister (Cindy’s mother) both now 90 years old, worked in a factory that made raincoats for the military. Mom relates a story where she slipped a piece of paper with a note into a pocket of one of the raincoat.

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Squash Pancakes ~

Squash Pancakes ~

Looking for something to try for lunch or dinner? Fall is a perfect time of year to eat root veggies. So let’s get creative and bring a breakfast staple into the day

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC loves Squash Pancakes as they are easy to make help us to stay balanced in the dryness of Fall and Winter.

Squash Pancake
Prep: 20 min
Cooking time: 5 min
Cooking Tip: Cook the pancake on a cast iron pan – it won’t stick.

Ingredients:
1 c rice flour
1/4 c cream of rice
1 medium piece of squash
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c of grated coconut
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 to 1 c of water
2 tbsp of chopped cilantro

Wash the squash and grate it.
In a large mixing bowl mix rice, cream of rice, grated squash, grated coconut, cilantro, salt and 1 tbsp oil. Mix all the ingredients very well. Add water to make a thick batter. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Heat a cast-iron skillet or non-stick frying pan. With your hands, take some batter and place it on the pan. With repeated strokes, using your fingers spread the batter into 3/4 cm thick round pancake. Cook for two minutes. Flip the pancake over and cook for another three minutes.

Serve warm…add some chutney on top or eat as is and add some warm arugula or spinach as a side. Enjoy!

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”

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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!