A Ritual of Resilience in the Midst of Uncertainty and Changing Times
Movement – Mudra – Meditation
From the rhythm of our breathing to the pulsation of our heart beating, our bodies are dynamically changing, vacillating, and regenerative, like the element of water. You can never step into the same river twice. Get in touch with the organic movement that naturally arises in alignment with your fluid body. Let’s move together, like water, with ease and flow, “thawing out” the areas of rigidity and tension in your body. Learn a new salute to the water element accompanied by progressive sequences that navigate around the yoga mat in a mandala, or circular pattern. Explore your inner feeling intelligence while being guided through your yoga practice with curiosity, creativity and spontaneity. The mindful movements are intended to increase awareness of body language to build confidence and release tension. The heart of this style of yoga is the way it grounds the intelligence of the body by keying into your feelings and sensations as your motivation for movement. Paying attention to what your body needs, give you practical centering techniques and moving according to what feels wonderful and brings you joy with loving kindness towards one’s own body and mind. Sometimes finding the humor in the whole process, but mostly being present to whatever shows up in the moment.
Skill In Action: Compassion Circle
Merry will hold a sacred circle space and share information about Nonviolent Communication. Sometimes referred to as compassionate listening, “NVC” helps us connect with ourselves and others in a way that allows our natural compassion to flourish. The 4 steps of Nonviolent Communication provides a framework that guides us to rethink the way we express ourselves and listen to others. In this workshop we will “try on” a new way of seeing and hearing the world that fosters respect and empathy. Compassionate listening engenders peace and harmony with-in yourself and mutual, heartfelt understanding in relationships. The success of your ability to promote peace is largely based on your willingness, honesty, and your choice to stretch open your heart and mind so that you may experience a shift in your perspective. Warning: this work has been known by millions to change lives and create deep connection.
MARY WOLTERS is MERRY WATERS
Born on March 22nd, International Water Day, Merry Waters was destined for a life long connection to the sacred, nourishing, life giving element of water. Merry has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2001. She studies with master yoga teachers from around the world. Merry has taken teacher trainings with various well-known instructors since 2001 (such as Deb Lister, Daren Friesen, Gary Kraftsow of Vini-Yoga, Seane Corn, Natasha Rizopolous, Scott Blossom, Ashtanga yoga teachers: Kino McGregor, and Lino Miele. She has been most inspired by several Prana Vinyasa Flow teacher trainings with master yoga teacher Shiva Rea, such as Fluid Power. Merry continues to study Prana Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea, most recently in Kerala, South India to learn about a South Indian Martial Arts form called Kalari. Merry has been affiliated with Yoga Alliance since 2007 and has been a Yoga Teacher Training School since 2014 offering 200 hour yoga teacher certifications. Committed to the process of learning, she believes that we are all students of what our life has to teach us.
Merry is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and an accredited Thai massage therapist since 2005 and Ashiatsu Practitioner since 2011. Merry traveled to Thailand and India to take up an in depth study of Thai massage and Ayurvedic Massage. Both of these styles of bodywork provide an experience of the fluid body to the receiver of the massage through flowing, rhythmic movements. The body is as vast as the ocean, full of hidden treasures. Bodywork has the ability to uncover the deeper areas of held tension. The “issues in the tissues” make themselves known. As we shine the light of our awareness in an area of the body we can learn how to unlock held patterns of tension, like hidden treasure trunks waiting to be opened and held with loving kindness.
Her practice of mindful meditation has been valuable in the application of a new emerging work called compassion circles. She continues to revisit her study and practice nonviolent communication (CNVC.org) with new eyes and new circles of friends. The practice of compassionate awareness and empathy may just be the medicine for our times. When Merry leads compassion circles, you can expect her to “hold a space” for healing, meditation, and nonviolent communication.
Through the therapeutic practices of massage, yoga, meditation, and compassionate awareness, Merry Waters has formed a deep connection to the element of water. Her appreciation of the healing path has brought her to the realization that life is fluid. If we can move our bodies and our minds like water and become strong and flexible, we will be able to adapt, heal and move with the flow of life’s currents, eddies and tides. Let’s awaken to the regenerative well-spring of skill in action and move like water!