Happy Birthday to Us & You!

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Christopher & I launched one of Yoga Farm’s most well attended Courses, the ‘Come Home to Your Body’ series One Year ago!!!! Our Heart, Passion, and Purpose are thoroughly poured into each classroom, for and with, our students. It’s a 7-week Course that runs all through the year in 4 segments, which is delightful in that anyone can join at any point in the year… which means, that in January, a new series begins called ‘Come Home to Your Body; Ground’.

  • One section begins Sunday, January 22, 11:30-1.
  • A second section begins Monday, January 23, 4:15-5:45pm.

Who is the Come Home to Your Body series for…?

  • Anyone with the intention and desire to reconnect with their personal experience in their body, and to return to self care of the body.
  • Anyone who wishes to learn HOW to access and sustain a peaceful state of Being via gentle movements, and our skillful direction.
  • Anyone who seeks a kind Community in which you can step into, weekly, exactly as you are, and be thoroughly welcomed as you participate personally and collectively on a Journey of Self care & Self kindness.

Here is a 30-second sample of the yoga, designed so that anyone can do it:

Why did Christopher & I develop this particular program?

  • We married our individual Passions; mine as a razor sharp Spiritual Life Coach along with Christopher’s passion as a highly regarded Teacher of the Art & Science of Yoga.
  • We found that these two modalities, intertwined, created a highly effective experience for students such that they could heal & thrive, rather rapidly, with the consecutive weeks of yoga coupled with the personalized Life Lessons that students would take home and practice in all their Relations. Yoga ‘off the mat’, in essence.
  • See, the WHOLE purpose of Yoga is “Not to use the body to get into the yoga postures, BUT, to use the yoga postures to get into the body.”

In our private work with clients, again and again, we see how this ONE critical skill of learning HOW to be in your body, is a ‘game changer’ that steeps into all aspects of Your life.

We realize how simple this sounds, yet it isn’t easy. See, the body is ONE aspect of yourself that is ALWAYS present. You have probably heard the Wisdom in many forms of ‘Be present’ or ‘Be Here Now’, yet it’s not so easy, because the MIND wanders all over the place. Like, constantly. And, whether conscious of the mind’s wanderings or not, ‘wherever Your mind goes, You go.’

Yoga is the simple, potent practice of linking the ‘WanderMind’ with the Breath and the Body. Our stress and anxieties in life ‘happen’ in the mind, and they get lodged in the body, so this, coupled with sedentary lifestyles, are grounds for diminished Joy & Vitality in the body.

‘Come Home to Your Body; Ground’ gifts you highly practical skills and tools that you can immediately employ outside of class, daily, such that you can truly experience radical shifts in your experiences in BOTH your Mind AND your Body.

The Course structure is an intentional Journey that we developed together to offer you such that the gems of both Coaching & Yoga are within your daily capacity to utilize in your life.

‘Come Home to Your Body; Ground’ is a direct route, an efficient path for You to tend to YOU. When you afford yourself 90 minutes each week of thorough self care, we teach you to learn and lean into the value of how to, ‘take the oxygen first, THEN help those around you’ (spoken by wise flight attendants, every single day). Often we are skilled at helping others in life, our children, family members, and partners, however, we can feel deeply depleted when our own self care is not an equal priority.

In the longer stretch of life, it is true that we can truly only help others to the degree that we help ourselves. A content, joyous life is one in which we serve others from the Lightness of our own spirit, present, in Joy, and contentment… however, the depleted version of us tends to be tense and resentful inside, and we do our ‘best’ to not let those feelings out.

This is WHY we teach this Course. We are deeply invested in helping students and clients to “Discover You & Awaken YOUR Kindest Humanity”.

The Kindest version of our World is a world in which we we LIVE our Kindest Self…

It is the Present, deeply connected version of ourselves (and yes, you already know this aspect of yourself, to one degree or another) that lives an inspired, Joyful life.

The version of You that becomes flexible in your body become flexible, less rigid, in your mind, your thinking.

The version of You with a flexible, open Mind has the greatest access to the Wisdom and the warmth of your Open Heart.

We have some remaining seats available to offer You to participate in this groundbreaking 7 week Course.

You can write or call us with questions, and we offer an Early Bird Discount for this Course until the end of the upcoming Open House on Monday, 1/16/17, 5:30-7:30pm.

(Open House&Tea Social event link; https://www.facebook.com/events/1335818289794960/?ti=icl)

We also offer You a ‘Join-with-a-Friend’ rate, as most everything is even more Fun with a Friend you cherish…!

You are welcome to register online at: website link; https://yogafarm.us/come-home-to-your-body/

With Welcome You to this beautiful Journey this January.

Consider Gifting yourself 14 hours of tender Community, learning highly practical tools, serenity, and laughter in ‘Come Home to Your Body; Ground’.

We look forward to Welcome You!

Daniela 

Yoga Farm turns 2! Here’s our new intro video

Yoga Farm has been in service now in Lansing for two years. We’ve refined our mission statement as we have become clear about what we are working towards and why here at Yoga Farm.

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During this second year, Daniela Hess has joined the team as Yoga Farm Co-Director, and she teaches and coaches here every week.

Christopher and Daniela shot a new ‘intro’ to Yoga Farm video to mark the occassion, and reflect on the transformations they have witnessed over the past year at Yoga Farm.

Give this 8 minutes of your time if you’d like to get a feel for what Yoga Farm is all about:

Yoga Farm to launch new educational program during ‘Pay it Forward’ Benefit Open House in Lansing

The following is a republished press release and NOT written by the Ithaca Voice …click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or contact us at tips@ithacavoice.com

LANSING, N.Y. — Yoga Farm, a wellness center that has attracted students from across Central New York, is launching an adult educational program called The Ways of the Sacred Warrior that combines courses in yoga, meditation, inquiry, and healing in a comprehensive curriculum at its restored century-old barn in Lansing.

An open house and celebration to launch the center’s new educational mission will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at 404 Conlon Road. The three instructors who will teach the series of six continuing courses will present the curriculum at the event, which will feature food, music and door prizes.

“This is a living curriculum that helps people live healthy, happy lives by teaching them more than just yoga postures and meditation techniques,” said Christopher Grant, founder and co-director of Yoga Farm. “Our curriculum teaches students how to care for their body and mind, cultivate healthy relationships and access lasting contentment and joy.”

Grant, a certified yoga teacher, founded Yoga Farm in 2014 after serving as CEO of Gorges, a software development firm in Ithaca. Since its opening, the wellness center, nestled on a 65-acre farm, has grown steadily, attracting more than 150 students a week for drop-in yoga classes, community events and courses.

The new curriculum, will also be taught by Daniela Hess and Ravindra Walsh, who are both life coaches and spiritual directors with the HeartPath Institute, which offers individual coaching, spiritual direction, relationship healing and group classes.

                Consider the quality of your life and your relationships if you gift yourself two hours a week of quality self-care,” says Hess. “Our coursework will guide you to reconnect with your self and what is important to you. In other words, now is time is to become the version of yourself that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Our courses teach you how.”

The seven-week courses begin the second week of September. Curriculum details are at www.SacredWarrior.us. Course registration is available at https://yogafarm.us/yoga-courses/. For more information, contact Grant at (607)280-2010 or at info@YogaFarm.us.           


RSVP and see full event details and schedule for the evening on our Facebook event.

 

Give the gift of transformation!

Do you want to give the gift of transformation  to someone you know and care for? (or gift someone anonymously!)

GIFT CERTIFICATES NOW AVAILABLE!

Who do you know?

  • Is getting married, having a birthday or anniversary, or graduating?
  • Whose kids have left for college?
  • Who is sick and tired of anxiety, loneliness, and seriousness?
  • Who has said they always have wanted to try yoga?
  • Who, inside, is a warrior, and yet perhaps they don’t see it?
  • Is a Parent of a toddler who is ready for some mind/body tranquility ‘mommy time’?
  • Who gives and gives to others, and you’d like to give them the gift of relaxation and self care?

Our courses are suitable for people of all ages, body types, and levels of experience.

What can you give them?

3 class yoga drop-in pass:  $40

8 class yoga drop-in pass:  $80

Sacred Warrior Course: $195
Choose from: ‘Come Home to Your Body’, ‘Come Home to Your Heart’, ‘Come Home to Your Mind’

Sacred Warrior Course for you and a friend: $300
(For $300, you can choose any of the three courses for you, and gift a friend OR a full scholarship applicant admittance to any of the three courses.)

Sacred Warrior Course Anonymous Gift: $195
Pay it forward! We’ll select a student from scholarship applications and admit them into the course of their choice. Be a Sacred Warrior!

Call 607.280.2010 or email info@yogafarm.us to get started

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Work Study Opportunities Now Open!

freeyogaoakparkYoga Farm is growing! We are delighted to be offering work-study opportunities for those students who would rather offer time than $.

Our work-study program is perfect for you if you would like to attend unlimited drop-in yoga classes, or join one of our new ‘Ways of the Sacred Warrior’ courses launching in September.

Either way is perfect! We would love your help with construction, cleaning, gardening, marketing, video editing, graphic design, building maintenance, and more. What are you good at? What do you love doing?

Are you ready to be part of Yoga Farm? Are you ready to dive deeply into your own potential and learn and grow with us? We are building a great service team and welcome your application.

Take a closer look at details here.

MELT with Meredith For Better Sleep 

20141204_BrianLeighton_0147finalWe’ve all know the effects of poor sleep: low energy, fuzzy thinking, general exhaustion, increased anxiety, to name a few. Brain-mapping research has recently identified that deep sleep is critically important not just to the body in general, but to the function of the brain itself. According to this very interesting TEDtalk with neuroscientist Jeff Iliff, sleep plays a key role in the brain’s housekeeping functions—sleep is when the brain cleanses waste.

Amazingly the brain uses 25% of our energy while representing only 2% of the body’s mass thus generating a lot of metabolic waste. While the rest of the body relies on a vast network of vessels of the lymphatic system to remove waste, the brain is densely packed inside the skull without such a specialized drainage system to move waste byproducts.  So how does the brain remove its waste? 

It is the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) surrounding the brain where the wastes are dumping into this fluid at night  during sleep as a cleansing flush using the outsides of the blood vessels that provide its nutrients to transport the CSF. During sleep, the brain cells contract, allowing the CSF to circulate freely and cleanse the brain deeply. This cleansing flush only occurs when we are sleeping!  Without this nightly cleanse, the brain begins to accumulate wastes.  As new research is suggesting that high concentrations of particular wastes are associated with brain deterioration illnesses like Alzheimer’s, it is ever so important to care for our quality of sleep!

How may we offer ourselves a better restful night’s sleep? MELT!  When we MELT, we assist in calming the nervous system, and bringing it back into the balance necessary for good sleep.  MELT focuses on the health of the connective tissue system and linking  it to our nervous system and regulating itself!   When connective tissue isn’t in ideal condition, this intricate regulatory balancing act between stress response, stress recovery, and digestion falls apart, and we begin to experience all kinds of symptoms—poor sleep being one of many. 

As the body’s natural healing processes are most active during sleep, good sleep is vital to your body’s ability to heal.  MELT will help you  sleep more deeply, and your body and brain to function most efficiently! 

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With the greenery and flowers of May, now is the perfect time to MELT and see your rejuvenation. Give yourself the gift of sleep and experience moving back into better health now! 

Upcoming MELTMethod schedule:

Wednesday May 25th, 10:30am
Friday May 27th, 11:30

After that, our summer schedule will be:
Tuesdays at 11:30am
Thursdays at 8:30am

All classes held at Yoga Farm!

Have the best summer internship EVER with us in 2016!

playshopAre you looking for the perfect opportunity to learn, work, make new friends, practice yoga and meditation, and build a meaningful contribution to our society?

We are a substance-free intentional community of varying ages nestled just north of Ithaca on 65 acres who have come together to support our personal wellness and collective awakening  through meditation, yoga, self-inquiry, and community service.

We run a wellness center called the Yoga Farm out of one of our converted barns where we offer daily meditation, yoga, dance, reiki, and other workshops that connect us to our own inner peace.

garden workWe are looking for people to join our team from late Spring to early Fall (2-4 month commitment) Specifically we are offering 2-3 full immersion positions where you camp on our land and immerse yourself in our community, working 5 days a week, about 6 hours per day.

We also have a few spots for weekend warriors who will come most weekends (3-4 month commitment), either Fri & Sat, or Sat & Sun, to work two 8 hour days (lunch breaks and yoga class included). You are welcome to pitch a tent for your weekend or commute if you live nearby.

Read more and apply today….

 

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Demystifying yoga: helping you embody exactly who you want to be in all aspects of your life

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“This course helped me to incorporate yoga practices into my life on a daily basis. The benefits included body strength, awareness, and spiritual presence which enabled me to give and receive love more authentically.” – Cindy W., participant in Come Home to Your Body, our beginner’s yoga course.

This week, we concluded our first semester of our first full length course at Yoga Farm. A deep and lasting shift took place here over the last two months, as we guided 60 students, most of them new to yoga, into a new relationship with their body, mind and spirit.

traits-for-massive-success-in-businessBy any measure, this first semester was successful for Yoga Farm. However, we measure success not by dollars or class size, but rather by hearing the words that people share about what has changed in their own lives at the conclusion of our yoga courses. The reported results after 2 months of a class that meets once a week were deeply humbling and awe-inspiring.

Yoga may seem mysterious to some, but to be honest, its very straightforward

dandelionSome people want to learn to interrupt their patterns of anger, to deepen into the calm that yoga and meditation brings.  Some may want to lose weight, some want to be able to tie their own shoes and wipe their own butt for as long as possible.  Some want to improve their golf game, some want to maintain their independence as long as possible, to preserve their dignity, some want to keep their vitality for as long as possible as the body ages.

What do you want for your life?

The results you get in your life from a practice like yoga reflect the depths of your longing. Yoga is not just for people who want to deepen into their spiritual practice. Whatever your goal for your life, your body, your relationships, your work — yoga is a universal support system.

Do you want to live your best life? Do you want to improve your relationship with yourself, co-workers, spouse? Do you want strength and flexibility and energy? Do you want to cultivate a smile that won’t quit?

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yoga class gratitude retreat5Join us for one of our next courses: ‘Come Home to Your Body’ is our beginner yoga course, and ‘Joyful Vitality in Your Body’ is our intermediate yoga course. We also offer immersions and teacher trainings as part of our educational curriculum called ‘The Path of the Sacred Warrior‘.

The teachers, presenters and residents at Yoga Farm are always available to talk, contact us anytime!

We wish you the very best of health and happiness for you and your family.

Christopher and Daniela, co-founders of Yoga Farm and generators of the ‘Path of the Sacred Warrior’ curriculum 

What is ‘Come Home to Your Body’?

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Today we finished our fourth week of our course named ‘Come Home to Your Body’.

This is the midway point, halfway through, for the first 60 students of our life education curriculum. I am honored, humbled, and delighted to see the impact our course is having on so many.

This course is a blend from the many traditions and backgrounds represented by the diverse experiences of Yoga Farm staff who have contributed to it. Daniela Hess of the HeartPath Institute and Yoga Farm Director Christopher are the lead instructors and curriculum designers, and other Yoga Farm instructors Neko, Emily and Taryn all have provided assistant teaching in the course.

Ananda-ComeHomeToYourBodyRainbowThis course has transformed Yoga Farm from a drop-in yoga center seeing 75 people a week, to an educational institution seeing over 150 people each week.

But why do they come? And what do they learn? Here is a quote from a student:

Taking this class is the best! I experience so many things during a class such as mind and body relaxation, empowerment, education, community and love. Such a great space to be in with amazing people. — Kathleen M.

Read more student testimonials

‘Come Home to Your Body’ is a unique course that combines effective practices for mind, body and breath from classical yoga and the HeartPath tools of inquiry, meditation and tracking. The yoga is gentle, in the holistic and accessible way we like to present. The rest of the course makes it relevant and transformative for students’ lives.

We have created the ‘Come Home to Your Body‘ courses to guide people to peace and contentment in their lives – on, and off the yoga mat.

IMG_1611The sub-title for this course is ‘The Path of the Sacred Warrior’. The essence and qualities of warriorship include: grounding, seeing, humility, strength, balance, energy, radiance and grace. Everyone has these qualities inside of them, and our course teaches how to access these using yoga poses and specific lessons that everyone can practice and understand.

In the course, students learn to connect their intention for themselves with what is happening in their life, and see that they have the capability to live the life they have always dreamed of.

Some benefits participants are reporting include:

  • reduction of chronic pain
  • better balance and flexibility
  • improved sleep
  • gentler with co-workers
  • greater insight into life’s happenings
  • new friendships and community

Here is are videos from a recent course – this is the actual yoga we teach in it.

Our next courses begin soon — don’t miss your chance to transform your experience of your body while preparing yourself to be your very best self, on the mat and in all your relationships.

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The Yoga of Being Your Self

it-takes-courage-to-grow-up-become-who-you-really-are-cy12346In our Easy, Light and Fun yoga class today, we discussed The Yoga of Being Your Self. The teachers at Yoga Farm are devoted to bringing a practical and accessible approach to yoga and meditation to anyone who wishes to study here, so that you can find the courage to be who you really are.

Here, we welcome people just as they are. Every single one of us has been through traumas. We have been in bike and car accidents, marriages and divorces, physical, emotional, and mental abuses, given birth, been cut or bruised or broken bones so many times we’ve lost count. Many of thethreetraumase heal well, some do not.

As a child, teenager, young adult, or older adult, we’ve all used coping mechanisms to get through the traumas major and minor and continue on with life. For most of us, remnants of those pains remain, in the body.

So we disassociate, disconnect, create a world-view or belief that attempts to shield us from future versions of that pain. Our world shrinks as we move into our head, out of our real, actual day to day bodily experience.

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Yoga Farm class, photo by Farr Carey

When these traumas or old pains or memories surface, they can feel scary, or vulnerable, and we may feel the urge to push them back down, hide them away and go back to the stories in our head, like we have so many times before.

Here at Yoga Farm, we offer gentle, kind, compassionate yoga, meditation and mindfulness that open us to the experiences we are really having. We see and feel our Truth. We unwind layers of emotional armor, and sometimes find underneath of it un-healed parts of us, as well as something very, very precious and beautiful, the diamond in the rough.

In the safe and sacred space the Yoga Farm teachers hold, we gently encourage people to let all of this rise up, to feel the feelings that we really are feeling.

john-8-vs-32Tears and fears sometimes flow like one of our gorges after a heavy rain, and behind the torrent is sweet, precious relief. We are held and we hold each other in a container of compassion, here. When we allow what really is in our bodies to come up, and feel the Truth of those feelings, and learn to be in our body, as it is right in that moment, we begin the process of freeing ourselves from the thoughts and reactions that have been with us for such a long time.

The Truth will set you free! Yoga is a process, a transformation that moves from the outside to the inside as we practice over the years. Our body is the outermost layer of our being, so that’s where we start. ‘The Truth will set you free’ isn’t just a cute saying, it is the literal process that is the regular practice of yoga, and it gradually unties the knots and breaks the chains that we ourselves have pulled around us, unknowingly.

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We get on our mat, or our meditation cushion, again and again, in a safe space like we have cultivated at Yoga Farm, and our fear and loneliness melts away, one layer at a time. Stressful thoughts quiet down, anxiety dissolves, old beliefs fade out.

What’s left after all that we are not has unwound? Your real Self – the laughter and tears, courage and compassion, openness and shy smiles. Healthy relationships and a healthy body are by-products of the process of yoga.

Yoga Farm and HeartPath Institute have teamed up to create an adult educational curriculum called ‘Teaching The Yogas For Life‘. We have ongoing classes and courses that support an open heart, healthy body, free mind, and joyful spirit.

It is our honor to present the specific paths that we have walked, step by step, out of darkness, and into a life of light and freedom. The Yoga of Being Your Self is here for you, now.

Won’t you join us? Take our hand, and we will walk that first, tender step, together. Call (Christopher – 607.280.2010) or email us if you like what you read and want to talk. Like Yoga Farm on Facebook, Like HeartPath Institute on Facebook and join the conversation.

Links to some of our spiritual education courses: