Introduction to Meditation (Practical Awakening) : The Edelweiss Edition: Starts Feb 28

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“This class has helped me understand myself better – how to be able to take a step back and see things from a more calm perspective.  Spirituality is something I had never tried to understand, yet it is one of the most important things we should learn to understand.  If everyone practiced it, the world would be a more loving place.  I strongly believe this is something that should be taught to our children in school!”  -Matt

Course Overview

This course is designed to support your spiritual awakening in a practical and experiential way.

You will learn:

  • a simple and sustainable daily meditation practice;
  • the dynamics of mind, body, emotions and environment;
  • basic principles of natural healing;
  • your capacity for higher states of perception (e.g. intuition).

This course is ideal for you if:

  • you are in a period of personal transition;
  • you are seeking ways to reduce stress, and naturally improve your health and creativity
  • you are curious to learn more about spirituality, meditation, accessing intuition or natural healing modalities;

What to expect:

  • yoga, breathing exercises and guided meditation (suitable for beginners and those of any experience level);
  • an exploration of the connection between mind, body and emotions;
  • an introduction to holistic health, based on your individual needs and body type;

No experience is required. This course is open to seekers of all levels of experience or background. We are not affiliated with any particular tradition or religion.

Details
Wednesday,  February 28 – April 4, 2018 (6 weeks)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Chemin des Roches, Edelweiss, QC.
Cost: $325

Registration
Spaces are limited; a $50 deposit is required to reserve your space.
Register by contacting briyafreeman@gmail.com

Your Guide
Briya Freeman has been facilitating courses in natural healing, meditation and stress reduction in both private and corporate settings since 2011.

She draws her primary inspiration from Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin. At present, she regularly travels with Berdhanya facilitating retreats across Canada and internationally.

Briya is committed to promoting consciousness as a tool for more artful and inspired living. She currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

Learn more about Briya here

Testimonials

“Thank you so much for your patience, wisdom and gentleness through the Practical Awakening course. This course provided me with a solid foundation for a daily meditation practice and gave me tools to help calm my mind and heal my body. I am thankful that you took the time to answer my questions, encourage me through the tough parts of establishing a meditation practice. I enjoyed meeting with you each week and the course was very important step in my self-development. Thank you!” – Erin

 

“Briya is kind, bright, sunny, simple, convincing, clear and patient. One of the best investments I have ever made. I intend to deepen my understanding with Briya and her associates.”- Peter

“The Practical Awakening course has surpassed all of my expectations. Coming into the course as someone going through a personal transition and looking for ways to work through that, learn more about myself and to make an overall investment into my physical, mental and emotional well being- I found everything that I was looking for. Moreover, Briya has introduced me to basics of meditation, finding comfort in stillness and inactivity in order to focus on my inner self. Great course and I greatly recommend it to all.” -Alex

“What makes this course stand out is that Briya has a gift to see where you are currently misaligned and can gently point you in the right direction.”  – Richard

Winter Survival Tips From Ayurveda

winter.jpgWhat Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient science of self-healing, considered to be the sister science of yoga.

Ayurveda teaches us to understand and respect the healing power of nature in our foods, in plants, in nature and in our bodies. Ayurvedic understanding is based in the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether), which combine to form the 3 doshas (vata, pitta and kapha).

10 Tips From Ayurveda For Staying Balanced In Winter

1. MOVE, SWEAT.

  • Regular, vigorous exercise is especially important at this time of year, especially in the late winter months, when kapha energy tends to create stagnation, heaviness and lethargy.
  • Recognize that different mind-body types have different needs for exercise. For example, a heavy workout may be suitable for a kapha-type, but be overexerting for the delicate vata.
  • Contrary to our modern fitness culture, ayurveda actually recommends exercising to only half of your body’s capacity. The key is to learn to listen to your body, and to find a balance between excercising too much or too little.
  • If you don’t have the chance to sweat, saunas or hot baths before bed can also help to open the pores and move stagnant energy.
  • According to ayurveda, winter is also considered one of the best seasons for lovemaking.

2. WARM FOOD & DRINK.

  • In the initial winter months, you may notice that your digestive fire is stronger, and that you crave heavier foods to insulate yourself from the cold.
  • Later in the winter, you may feel that your digestion is slower and more sluggish (kapha digestion).
  • In general, winter is a good time to favour cooked foods, stews and soups, root vegetables (squashes, sweet potatoes) and to reduce your intake of raw foods.
  • Fermented foods, such as kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, kombucha or probiotics can also be helpful to boost digestive flora and mood.
  • Favour warming herbs/teas such as ginger, sage, ashwaghanda, garlic, triphala, tulsi, cinnamon, nutmeg, golden milk or yogi tea.

3. AVOID DIETS & CLEANSES.

  • During the winter months, your body’s inclination is toward building and storing energy.
  • For this reason, it is not recommended to go on a major cleanse or to try to lose weight in the winter months. If you try to cleanse now, you’ll likely feel weak, anxious or depleted in later months.
  • If you’re feeling heavy after the holidays, you can still lighten up by reviewing kapha-reducing lifestyle tips, by increasing your physical activity, and by supporting yourself with 1-2 teaspoons triphala powder.
  • Save any big detox plans for the spring.

4. OLEATION & SELF-MASSAGE.

  • To counteract winter dryness, ayurveda recommends the regular application of oils to the body. In winter months, we generally want to use warming oils, such as sesame oil.
  • Daily self-massage (called abhyanga in ayurveda) is a powerful practice to insulate yourself from the cold, counteract feelings of anxiety or restlessness, and boost immunity. Self-massage also improves sleep, circulation, the health of your internal organs and the luster of your skin.
  • Before bed, you can also massage your feet with oil before bed to improve sleep.

5. BREATHE, MEDITATE.

  • Your daily meditation practice is your best friend in the winter months, to help counteract seasonal tendencies toward melancholy, loneliness, nervousness or anxiety.
  • If you are looking to establish a daily meditation practice, the course Practical Awakening is a great place to start.

6. REST MORE.

  • Bears hibernate in the winter, and so should you. Allow your social schedule to take a slower, more relaxed and intimate pace.
  • Try to keep a consistent schedule for meal and bedtimes.

7. WEAR WINTER COLOURS.

  • Favour bright, warming colours such as orange, pinks and reds. Gold jewelry is also considered warming.

8. WRAP YOUR ROOTS.

  • One of the best secrets to keep you feeling grounded, secure and confident in the winter is to “mind your roots”, keeping your feet, legs, knees, upper thighs and lower back warm.
  • A good pair of merino wool long johns and socks are a great investment in your long term health. Avoid cotton as a baselayer.

9. GET SOME SUN:

  • Getting at least 20 minutes of sun exposure daily can go a long way to ensure you are getting proper vitamin D intake, and improve your mood and energy levels. This may also include optional short holidays to warmer climates (for ayurvedic reasons, of course).
  • If you are missing the sun, St. John’s Wort can be a great herbal ally. It is sunshine in a bottle, helps fight colds, flus and infections, and is a natural anti-depression and natural mood enhancer.

10. WINTER ESSENTIAL OILS:

  • Favour warming, energizing and uplifting essential oils, such as eucalyptus, rosemary, clove, cinnamon, frankincense, clary sage, cedar, pine, juniper, basil, lemongrass, lemon, grapefruit, geranium, lavender or cypress.

 

To learn more:

Online Course: Ayurveda & Your Health

 

Online Course: Ayurveda & Your Health

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Ayurveda & Your Health serves as a engaging introduction to the natural healing science of ayurveda.

This course is ideal for you if:

  • you want a safe, time-tested, intuitive platform to explore natural health;
  • you would like to take better care of yourself and your loved ones;
  • you are ready to re-conceive your relationship with your body,  your digestion, and your daily habits;
  • you are interested in learning more about natural healing arts, yoga, or other spiritual practices.

Topics:

  • An introduction to the energetics of food, plants and herbal medicines
  • Understanding your unique mind-body type
  • The Formation of Toxins : Physical, Genetic & Karmic
  • The importance of strong digestion, including natural ways to improve digestion, elimination & metabolic function
  • Principles and practices for ayurvedic detoxification & rejuvenation
  • Natural stress reduction
  • Delicious recipes and self-care practices to try at home

 

Each class will include:

  • Self-reflection exercises, yogic breathing exercises and guided meditations;
  • Knowledge and reading materials;
  • Healing recipes and/or self-care practices;

No experience required. All welcome.

Details:
Mondays, March 5 –  April 9, 2018 (6 weeks )
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time Zone (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm MST)
Cost: $185
Location: Skype

To Register/Inquiries:
Advance registration is required. Contact briyafreeman@gmail.com or call 819-598-6380.

 

Jan 27 Ra Ceremony

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This 3-hour ceremony explores the dynamics of the subconscious as a platform for relating to our loved ones with greater acceptance, compassion, autonomy and intimacy.

Our process will explore:

  • the influence of your most significant spiritual contracts (e.g. to parents, children, significant others);
  • the impact of unresolved relationships issues in our personal expression;
  • the dynamics of the subconscious mind in our present reality (work, relationships, financial, health, etc).
  • an energetic process to upgrade relationship dynamics, personal autonomy and intimacy.

The Ra Ceremony is ideal for you if:

  • you are interested in exploring the intimacy, independence, personal power or prosperity;
  • you are working with relationship issues related to boundaries, authority, co-dependency or guilt;
  • you are a teen or young adult seeking to better understand your passage into adulthood (can be done at any age);

Details:

Saturday, January 27, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (3.5 hours)
Location: Chemin Des Roches, Edelweiss, Quebec
Cost: $108

To register: briyafreeman@gmail.com

Learn more here

Winter Solstice Message: The Darkest Day Of The Year

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What Is The Winter Solstice?

December 21 marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest and darkest day of the year.

During this time of the year, nature’s energies draw us inward toward rest, introspection, the void, death and personal contemplation. (Quite the opposite of the shopping rush that is going on right now, I know.)

You may also find a rise in thoughts that might seem “dark” : questioning, self-judgment, insecurity, negativity, projections onto others, anger, etc.

It’s helpful to be aware that the rise in darkness within us is not our own personal thing, but a natural shift within all of us at this seasonal juncture. Nature is taking us inward.

Since ancient times, people have been gathering at solstices to celebrate darkness. Today, we can definitely recognize when we look at the affairs of the world, that the darkness is  very much at play all around us, and that darkness serves a purpose.

Darkness is part of life, and part of ourselves. It is the part of us which transforms us through pain, through contraction, through contrast, through challenge, through chaos, through the mysteries of the unspeakable. Darkness takes us to our depths and strips us bare of the unessential. It is merciless, destructive, uncontrollable, awesome, and ultimately, creative.

In the realm of self-transformation, if we only want to stay in the light (our expansion, our good health, our fun, our prosperity, our niceness, our good moods), we are really missing half the spectrum of human existence, which is the part operates under different rules entirely.

At this time of solstice, if you are noticing a rise in negative thoughts within you — self-judgment, insecurity, negativity, projecting onto others, anger, etc — don’t take any of it too seriously. Keep your daily meditation practice, and use the darkness for introspection. Ask yourself: are these thoughts really real? What is it that I really want?

Most of the time, you will find that what your mind tells you one thing and your body and heart tell you something entirely different…

You can tune in at home with your own winter solstice celebration by lighting a candle, setting aside time for quality rest and introspection, and, in your own family gatherings, by bringing forward your own light in whatever way you wish.

Enjoy your holiday season…

In Service,

Briya

Learn Meditation in the New Year: January Practical Awakening Course

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“This class has helped me understand myself better – how to be able to take a step back and see things from a more calm perspective.  Spirituality is something I had never tried to understand, yet it is one of the most important things we should learn to understand.  If everyone practiced it, the world would be a more loving place.  I strongly believe this is something that should be taught to our children in school!”  -Matt

Course Overview

This course is designed to support your spiritual awakening in a practical and experiential way.

You will learn:

  • a simple and sustainable daily meditation practice;
  • the dynamics of mind, body, emotions and environment;
  • basic principles of natural healing;
  • your capacity for higher states of perception (e.g. intuition).

This course is ideal for you if:

  • you are in a period of personal transition;
  • you are seeking ways to reduce stress, and naturally improve your health and creativity
  • you are curious to learn more about spirituality, meditation, accessing intuition or natural healing modalities;

What to expect:

  • yoga, breathing exercises and guided meditation (suitable for beginners and those of any experience level);
  • an exploration of the connection between mind, body and emotions;
  • an introduction to holistic health, based on your individual needs and body type;

No experience is required. This course is open to seekers of all levels of experience or background. We are not affiliated with any particular tradition or religion.

Details
Thursday,  January 4 – Feb 1, 2017 (5 weeks)
7 pm – 9 pm
Location: 36 Simcoe Street in Ottawa.
Cost: $295

Registration
Spaces are limited; a $50 deposit is required to reserve your space.
Register by contacting briyafreeman@gmail.com

Your Guide
Briya Freeman has been facilitating courses in natural healing, meditation and stress reduction in both private and corporate settings since 2011.

She primarily draws her inspiration from her long term mentorship under the guidance of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin, which whom she regularly travels facilitating retreats across Canada and internationally.

Briya is committed to promoting consciousness as a foundation for more artful, inspired and deliberate ways of living. She currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

Learn more about Briya here

Testimonials

“Briya is kind, bright, sunny, simple, convincing, clear and patient. One of the best investments I have ever made. I intend to deepen my understanding with Briya and her associates.”- Peter

“The Practical Awakening course has surpassed all of my expectations. Coming into the course as someone going through a personal transition and looking for ways to work through that, learn more about myself and to make an overall investment into my physical, mental and emotional well being- I found everything that I was looking for. Moreover, Briya has introduced me to basics of meditation, finding comfort in stillness and inactivity in order to focus on my inner self. Great course and I greatly recommend it to all.” -Alex

“What makes this course stand out is that Briya has a gift to see where you are currently misaligned and can gently point you in the right direction.”  – Richard