Heartspace Presents – Community Yoga

I am home. During my travels, I could’t help but notice that the theme of Community emerged everywhere I went. Community was created in a Girls Writing Workshop I co-led, which expanded as each presenter came into the space and then the larger public attended the closing celebration and reading.

Next, while on vacation the theme of community emerged again. Learning about the founders of Hershey and Heinz and their concern for the overall wellbeing of their factory workers. Then I saw a Mr. Rogers exhibit and went to Randyland. It’s an Art Museum, that is more of an art installation that is evolving since the artist continues to add on to it. The intention of this particular site is to be happy and allow happiness to emerge. Come together in community and be accepting of everyone.

All of this was poetic as HeartSpace was created to build community in ways that many people long for and need. As we continue to step out in the the community to build safe spaces for people to come together a new idea emerged.

Around 2008-2009, I was interested in yoga and very intimidated by it. I had a lot of uncertainties, I didn’t know what type of yoga class to take, the poses looked intimidating, I was afraid I would hurt myself and I had many questions and assumptions about it.

It wasn’t until 2013, when I pursued a work-life balance, that I started practicing yoga. My first class was a gentle yoga class and it was a great place for me to start. Yoga is one of my passions and asana (physical poses), breath work and meditation (which are all aspects of yoga) changed my life.

As a certified yoga teacher, I feel drawn to create a safe space for people to practice yoga. I am excited to announce Somos Yoga (We Are Yoga) space for everybody and body-type to practice yoga.

If you are curious about yoga, new to yoga or experienced, you are all welcome here.

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August Happenings

We are currently in Texas co-leading a writing workshop for Latinx girls. Our founder has been co-leading this space since 2016. She enjoys giving back to youth spaces since youth spaces helped nurture her areas of interest and growth.

Our next public Council will be in the Fall during the month of October. Please check our website or sign up for our mailing list.

July 2019 :: Fear Council

This is our second council for our summer series at Abundant Space in Scottsdale.

The theme for the July Council is Fear. We all have fears big or small, real or imagined. Some fears stem from childhood, others emerged in adulthood. Some of them shape how we live our life. Join us as we share stories around fear.

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Council is an age-old cross cultural practice that brings people together in community to share stories based on a theme. Guided by a trained facilitator of the practice, a safe space is created for mindful communication to unfold.

Join us as we share our stories about Fear (or fears we over came).

Date: Sunday, June 30th @ 10am – 11:30am

Location: Abundant Space – 10824 N. 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

REGISTER HERE: Fear Council

June 2019 :: Belonging Council

We are happy to announce that we will be having a summer series from June – August at Abundant Space in Scottsdale.

This Council will be on the theme of Belonging. We’ve all had moments when we were a part of a group, and moments when we have felt like an outsider. Join us as we explore the theme of belonging (or lack of belonging).

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Council is an age-old cross cultural practice that brings people together in community to share stories based on a theme. Guided by a trained facilitator of the practice, a safe space is created for mindful communication to unfold.

Join us as we share our stories about belonging (or disconnection).

Date: Sunday, June 30th @ 10am – 11:30am

Location: Abundant Space – 10824 N. 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

REGISTER HERE: Belonging Council

The Simple Act of Listening

I knew that the simple act of listening, in an empathic way, could have a profound effect. – Sophie Andrews

One of the intentions of Council Practice is to Listen from the Heart.

This beautiful intention, as simple as it sounds, is rarely done. In our day to day lives rarely do we stop what we are doing, look at the person who is speaking and listen. Often when we listen, we think about our to do list, our similar stories, our advice or even a follow up question or answer. In some cases we even interrupt or rush the speaker to wrap up what they are saying.

We know the importance of self-care like getting a good night sleep, exercising, eating well, getting massages etc. One aspect of self-care that we don’t think about or may not even see as self-care is our relationships. Relationships are important to our well-being. If we do not have true friendships, a close friend or close circle of friends, i.e. people who have taken the time to truly see us and get to know us, we feel alone.

Cigna partnered with Ipsos to survey 20,000 people in the U.S. Their report titled, Cigna’s 2018 U.S. Loneliness Index, found that “46 percent of Americans report feeling lonely sometimes or always, and 47 percent report feeling left out sometimes or always. […] 43 percent, report feeling isolated from others, and the same number report feeling the lack of companionship and their relationships lack meaning.”(Lardieri, 2018) Going further, “27 percent of Americans rarely feel or never feel like there are people who understand them.” (Lardieri, 2018)

HeartSpace Circle was created to bridge the gap between isolation and connection. We believe that a healthy community stems from individuals that have a sense of belonging and well-being.

In her TedMed talk, The Best Way to Help Is Often Just to Listen, Sophie Andrews addresses the importances of listening and knows that this simple, yet meaningful act, can even save a life.

If you are interested in experiencing Council, your in luck! Our next event on May 25th is a Council + Yoga Nidra. See our event page for more info.