TAI CHI for HEALTH
Celeste with Eileen Brody and Dr. Paul Lam
Trained by the Arthritis Foundation to teach Tai Chi for people with
Arthritis and Arthritis-like symptoms, I have expanded to offer this
gentle SUN style of Tai Chi to a more general population.
It is safe and highly beneficial. Overall physical functioning
can be greatly improved, with increased muscle strength, flexibility,
mobility and balance. An ancient form of Chinese martial art,
Tai Chi is a mind-body practice that ultimately imparts tranquility
and peace. It encourages patience. One's ability to relax
is increased. It is indeed the internal benefits that are
perhaps the most promising, stemming as they do from a powerful
increase in internal energy, its flow and distribution. In addition,
I have been able to bring much of my earlier practice of Chi Gong
into my Tai Chi classes. I have added a program called Tai Chi for
Energy after working directly with Chinese Tai Chi expert and
physician, Dr. Paul Lam. This is a combination of Sun style and Chen
style Tai Chi.
Please go to my calendar to find current
classes, or contact me for more info and updates.
PHOENIX RISING YOGA THERAPY
- a holistic healing art for individuals, couples, and groups.
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy invites presence and awareness rather
than prescribing treatments. Using age old yogic
approaches to foster a deep internal experience, one is able to know
oneself more fully. Out of this knowing we are more easily
moved to embrace opportunities for change, growth and enhanced
well-being in body, feelings, thought and spirit.
Clients get to explore the relationship between body, mind, and daily
life circumstances in an atmosphere of safety and acceptance.
Each session is geared to the client's individual needs. Appropriate
yoga postures are determined, guided and fully supported by the
therapist. The client is encouraged to be attentive to and speak
about what is happening in her body. A wide variety of benefits are
available, including relief from chronic pain, recovery from past and
long standing trauma, stress, to name a few. PRYT is a
powerful, safe, and natural path to enhanced well-being, regardless
of one's body type, level of fitness experience, or physical condition.
For more information please go to www.pryt.com/celestegraveshoyal
or contact me to discuss, or to set up a
In PRYT sessions for couples, the couple is guided in a variety of
safe and enjoyable yoga postures, stretches and gentle movements,
together. The couple is coached in communicating with each
other throughout the session, about what is happening, in both
listening and speaking together with a safe and supportive witness
Meditations help structure and focus this dedicated time together,
encouraging intentions, honesty, and a willingness to explore together.
Relationships and communication skills are deeply enriched with this work.
Typically PRYT groups focus on dealing and coping with stress and
stress-related symptoms. They usually run for 8 weeks, and
follow a progressive, thematic approach to awareness, choice and
change. Studies have shown that these sessions greatly
change participants' relationship to stress and dramatically reduce
stress-related physical and emotional symptoms. It is a
multifaceted approach and can be easily delivered in a variety of
medical, professional and community settings.
It is effective for a broad spectrum of participants coping with
stress or illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, high blood
pressure or addictions. It can be offered through health
institutions, educational organizations and human resource
departments of corporations.
Please contact me if you are interested in participating in a PRYT
Group Experience, or in bringing one to a pre-existing group or establishment.
FOR THE OFFICE OR OTHER ADULT FACILITIES,
SUCH AS INDEPENDANT LIVING COMPLEXES
This class is for desk and computer people, or others who are too
busy, stressed, or maybe just too insecure about their physical
abilities to go out and find a yoga class that might suit them.
They don't have to leave the workplace or living quarters, or even
change their clothes. I will come to them.
The class can last from ½ hour to a full hour and includes
stretches both seated in a chair and standing, using the chair for
balance and support. No yoga mats or other props are needed.
Focus is on relieving those areas where stress, tension, and pain
most often occur, the neck, shoulders, and back. We also pay
attention to arms and hands, learning ways to counteract repetitive
stress syndrome and arthritis.
There are many ways to include the hips, abdominals, legs, and feet
as well. In fact, the entire body is involved as we work on
improving posture, alignment, and flexibility, which allows the
internal organs to regain strength and healthier functioning as well.
As with everything we do, increasing range of motion and joint
mobility is approached with safety and ease in mind.
I teach simple, powerful techniques for relaxation and revitalization
of the body, mind, and spirit, including a system of facial
rejuvenation. Over time, these exercises, along with breath
awareness and guided meditations can lead from reducing and managing
physical tension and stress to becoming a path of personal growth and
expansion. As self awareness increases, so does trusting and
honoring our bodies. This in turn can guide us into living a
more dynamic life - full of new discoveries - with an ever increasing
sense of well being and purpose.
CHAIR YOGA - ELDER FITNESS
For people with conditions ranging from mild Arthritis to severe
dementia, to stroke recovery, Chair Yoga can be safely adapted for an
appropriate, enjoyable, and beneficial form of exercise. It can help
in recovery and maintenance, as well as gently push the limits
imposed by certain conditions.
Gentle seated stretches combined with breath are powerful ways to
alleviate aches and muscular tension as well as increase range of
movement of the joints. Resistance exercises can
strengthen major muscles (such as quadriceps and abdominals).
Standing poses can enhance balance and improve posture.
Inspirational readings and relaxation techniques can round out a rich
experience for these older, active adults. We can all relate to
feeling a part of the cutting edge of what is happening in the
fitness world - something that "everybody" is doing
to improve their health and overall quality of life.
PERSONALIZED FITNESS PROGRAMS
Including Weight Loss and Management
If you are looking for an all-inclusive program, designed with your
specific health, fitness, and overall well-being concerns and needs
in mind, this might just be it!
Starting with a free consultation, we will begin to design a
potential plan for a health improving, life-enhancing, doable
program, addressing your particular life situations, personal
intentions, and ultimate goals.
Drawing from an enormous and creative cadre of exercise
possibilities, creative expression modalities, eating styles and
choices, meditation techniques, breath work, and so on, we will
create a plan that you will not only be able to follow, but one that
you will truly enjoy, because it will come from your authentic,
essential self, in the fullness and the readiness of your personal time.
I strive to create flexible, elastic programs, ones that can expand
and contract as needed, while maintaining the integrity of your
truest and deepest intentions.
Contact me for further information or to schedule a free
consultation. We will customize a program that is right for you.
Time commitments as well as financial exchange can be flexible and
HUNTER MOUNTAIN HOTEL & SPA
As a fitness professional for weight loss and long term maintenance at Hunter Mountain hotel & spa, I have been helping guests reach and maintain their health goals for over 15 years. Go to http://www.huntermtnhotelspa.com for more information.
Free style rules, as we explore movement, space, rhythm, music,
sounds, silence, emotions, dreams. The sky is the limit, the
Earth, our ground. With dance and movement we can
honor illness or dis-ease and the lessons and gifts they have brought
us. We can also honestly, safely, and deeply explore our
feelings about that, and recreate, perhaps choosing to be guided by
our compass of joy, or by some other personal truth that presents
itself. We explore and create guided by our compass of joy
towards health, fulfillment, purpose, and forgiveness. Dance is
our medicine and our delight - our path to self-awareness,
acceptance, and freedom.
In small groups or in a one-on-one experience, this is a deep,
penetrating exploration of Spirit and matter as they meet in our
bodies. In the context of Dance as a Spiritual practice, we
approach our Selves as Sacred Selves. Without preconceptions of
what is, we find our truths, our voices, our Being. No session
is ever the same, and yet with each exploration we become more and
more familiar and intimate with ourselves and in love with our true
nature. Everyone's dance medicine is personal medicine, so what you
experience will be unique to you.
Typically included in a Personalized Fitness Program and the
Wholistic Health Encounter, Nature Attunements are also available as
an individual Movement Art. Personal alignments with earth,
air, water, and fire elements determine specific meditations and
practices to be prescribed.