Monthly Archives: September 2013

Take a kayak meditation

Take a kayak meditation
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Posted in News Press on September 24, 2013.  Posted with permission.

Brandy Minchew

Brandy Minchew on Tarpon Bay.

Glide in a kayak guided by Peg Egan, College of Life Foundation master naturalist, and you’ll get it.

The kayak offers a different water meditation than swimming because the kayak explores the boundaries. The water is giving, molding itself to the watercraft’s shape. The push and pull of the paddle is rhythmic; the kayak seat, staff pose, strengthens core and heart awareness, the body energy centers that meld the physical and the energetic.

“Going with the flow, I relax and adjust my inner stride to the water’s movement. My heart rate, breathing and mental focus match the current. This natural wonder is my higher power,” Egan said.

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Embracing the warrior spirit

Embracing the warrior spirit
By Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on September 10, 2013.  Posted with permission.

“I believe all women have warrior spirits, but they have been suppressed by our modern society. Think about the role of primal women. That is our heritage,” she said. “I’ve never felt submissive or less-than.”  ~ Rachel Senseny

Combining martial arts and yoga is paradoxical.

But in paradox lies truth. It’s the yin and yang; the unification of the warrior and the peacemaker.

Rachel Senseny teaches a unique form of blended martial arts yoga. Power vinyasa sequences are integrated with fighting and horse stances, strikes, and kata-inspired movements.

Balance. Focus. Clarity. Unity.

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