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Archive for November, 2012

Celebrate the Solstice

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Saturday, December 22nd 2012, 2:00-5:00 pm

Yoga Garden
412 Red Hill Blvd. San Anselmo, CA
For directions go to

From darkness comes light
From quiet comes sound
From stillness comes forward movement

Solstice means for the sun to stand still-pause-then turn. Turn inward, and harmonize with the natural rhythm of winter.  This is the season for slowing down, contemplation, holding the light in the dark, keeping the fires burning for warmth. The element is water, the emotion is moving fear into gentleness, the organ of winter is the kidney and the animal energy is the blue-black turtle.

We will use Meditation, Guided Integrative Imagery and Chi Gong for individual and collective benefit. Integrative Imagery is a powerful mind-body practice utilizing the imagination to harness our inner wisdom and resources.  Through Chi Gong we learn to cultivate our own vital life force while finding balance and harmony in the elements of nature all around us.

Click on Celebrate the Solstice flyer to download the flyer.


San Francisco Laughter Yoga Training 11/9-10/2012

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
Nov. 9th      5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 10th    9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

1545 Divisadero, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94115

Dear Imagery Colleagues,

Sue Ezra, RN

Please join me for a fun-filled San Francisco Laughter Yoga Leader training Nov. 9-10.  Laughter therapy is gaining popularity across the country as people rediscover the healing power of laughter!  The certification program allows for ample time to learn and practice leading exercises so you will feel confident to start your own group and/or weave it into your professional practice in a health care setting, school, business, performing arts or create something totally new!  (Someone is doing Laughter Yoga Aquatics!)

The class is designed to maximize your time starting on Friday night 11/9, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and all day Sat. 9:30-6:30 p.m.  See the attached flyer for details.  Hopefully we’ll also be able to experience doing laughter with a patient in the hospital at the UCSF Mt. Zion Campus.

Please note: You do not have to be “yoga fit” to take or teach this class.

LY Leader Training Nov. 2012


Dr. Charlotte Reznick’s Help for Flood Survivors

Thursday, November 8th, 2012


Kids and Superstorm Sandy:

         How to Heal, How to Help

Charlotte Reznick

Once again, we have been faced with another disaster – this time Superstorm Sandy. Once again, our children, near and far are at risk for trauma.

These last two weeks have been very stressful for many. And with the U.S. elections overshadowing Superstorm Sandy, I want us not to forget, but to remember to keep taking care of our own.

Although I live on the west coast, I grew up in New York City and the area and people are very dear to my heart. This weekend I’ll be visiting – to speak at the Expressive Arts Therapy Conference (amazingly still going on) and to do what I can to help.

I’ve come across some terrific resources for kids from “The Great Storm and Flood Recovery Parent Guide” created by the Mentor Research Institute. Here’s some of their info… (and a super story coloring book for kids is linked to below).

Emotional Consequences of a Flood…

 None of us are fully prepared to deal with a flood. We feel devastated whenever there is a loss, belongings or property are destroyed, or there is serious injury or a loss of life. We are overwhelmed when our children, friends, or co-workers and loved-ones experience tragic, dangerous or life threatening events. Older children tend to have many of the same symptoms of adults, while very young children tend to talk more about stomach aches and other pains. Symptoms may come and go. Many people can function very well in a crisis, but will eventually experience some symptoms due to exhaustion and the effect of ongoing stress. Recognizing and discussing our emotional and physical reactions, as well as ways to effectively cope will help.

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