Thursday, December 31, 2009

THANK YOU 2009

Inspiration: To embrace all I have learned and experienced this past year with gratitude.

Another year has flown by. For many, a year filled with great life lessons. Personally, I have learned that humility has no boundaries. It has been a year of great change. An awakening to what fills me with joy and that which needs to be released. To honor the deep wishes of my soul.

We are all being asked to step into our authentic selves. We have a choice to surrender with grace or to resist with struggle. The later will only cause turmoil. I lovingly invite you all to embrace all of the shifts and changes that have or are occurring in your world.

Astrologically speaking, we are in a period of a Mercury Retrograde cycle which affords us the opportunity to revisit our past, where we are now, and what we would like to bring in for 2010. This can bring up a lot of frustrations and fears. Please do not give in. Breathe through the challenges. A more evolved "YOU" will emerge with more light, love and patience.

So thank you 2009. You have been a true teacher.
On this New Years Eve, make a wish, in writing and thank the stars for the many blessings that are here for you now.

With Love,
Denise

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Red Velvet Cake

Inspiration: To continue to indulge more in the "sweetness" of life.

Red Velvet Cake. Thick, creamy, white frosting surrounding a decadent, scrumptuous red layer. To say it is delicious is an understatement. My whole body was in sheer delight. Last week was the first time I ever ate this. Now I know why people get so excited when this is served for desert.

Desert is very important. It represents sweetness. Both literally and
metaphorically. It is necessary to both taste and experience sweetness in our lives. When we deprive ourselves of life's simple and great pleasures, we can create an undertone of anger and resentment. While structure and rigidity can be helpful at times, it can also be constricting and cut us off from our flow.

So the next time you have to think about something, feel it first. Feel it deeply and then from that space, make a choice. Will it bring me joy right now. Then the answer is obvious.

Continue to enjoy the remainder of this year with lightness, sweetness and love.
(and of course desserts):)

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly,
Denise

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On Desire

Inspiration: To remain centered in the wanting of earthly desires.

Desires. We all have them.Our wanting something so badly. Whether it be an inanimate object or a physical person,we all have these feelings.

It is wonderful for our desires to be fulfilled. We are constantly creating new ones all the time. This helps us move forward in life with enthusiasm and hope. Desires are a natural extension of what is inside of us. The key is not to get swept away by believing this will create ultimate happiness.

Most recently I was reminded of this. A pair of boots I eyed early in the season were on sale at a dramatically reduced rate. I remember that the moment I first saw them,at some point, they would be mine. These were really COOL motorcycle looking boots with an "edgy" flair. So I purchased these babies and brought them home. After trying them on again I was pleased. Then, very shortly afterwards I thought, "Now what."

Nothing in the external world as we know it will bring us a deep inner peace. Being present and grateful for what is, is the catalyst for providing us with appreciation for life itself. Then when we lovingly have our deepest wishes fulfilled, our lives become an amazing dance.

May you all reach your deepest dreams and desires with ease, grace and sweetness.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

With Love,
Denise

Thursday, December 10, 2009

On Judgment

Inspiration: To allow everyone the freedom to express who they are without judgements.

As I was taking the crosstown bus this am, I noticed an elderly woman feeding the birds right inside Central Park. She was surrounded by them. In the background behind me I heard a few people make comments about this woman. They were not kind. Comments such as "She must be mentally ill to be doing that" or " How can she stand there in the middle of all those dirty birds?" There was a tone in each of these voices I heard. Like they knew better.

Could it be there was a reason the woman was feeding these birds? Aside from the obvious, they need to be feed, maybe it gave her joy. A peacefulness of giving to them with her heart. What her state of mind may or may not be is not any one's business.

The reason I share this with all of you is because we never really know what is going on. We are quick to assume, usually the worst in a situation. The saying "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything" holds true. It is a leakage of our energy. By judging another we ultimately have judgement about ourselves. When we let go of the need to think or behave in a certain way, life becomes more easeful.

So next time you see or hear something that you may not resonate with, simply bless those situations and move on.......

Have a very "peaceful" day.

With Love,
Denise

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Happy December!!!

Inspiration: To embrace the entry into the holiday season and the gifts that it offers.

GREETINGS:
Hope you all had a very "peaceful" Thanksgiving. We are entering the time of year where we are bombarded with incentives to purchase material goods. This provides us with the opportunity to think about all the wonderful people in our lives and how we can show our appreciation. While it is pleasing to receive a wonderful gift, in some ways it can be stressful. Especially if you are feeling a "crunch" financially.

There are many ways to show gratitude. Anything that is made by hand comes from the heart, the deep place within. A card, painting, homemade goodies are just a few ways to show people we really care. It shows that you really took the time and energy to create something authentic. The energy emanates directly from you and the receiver will be more than overjoyed.

This is a wonderful time to explore your creativity. Especially as the weather grows colder, we can feel a sense of retraction. The best way to deal with this is creative expression. This past weekend I felt I needed to create something. I started to paint expecting it to come out a certain way. There was too much rigidity so I dropped the paint brush and started to use my hands. It felt wonderful.

I invite you to explore the artist within. The modality can be paint, clay, paper, or whatever you can think of. Color is also very inviting. There is a wonderful art store on the Upper West Side called Lee's Art shop. Just a walk inside with open your "spirit" to new heights.

For many, this may seem to be a foreign activity. Just think about creating something, even if it is a paper airplane. Then take your creation, and let it sore across the room......

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What do you Love?

Inspiration: To do what I love more and more often.

What makes your heart sing? It is not decadent to indulge in what makes you happy...It is necessary. When we connect with what fills us, it opens our creativity and imagination to infinite possibilities. My wish is to connect with what I love more consistently. My short list for today:

Walks in nature.
Eating Ice Cream and Pizza
A beautiful sunset
Strolling on the beach
To smile at a child
Colors: wearing and creating
Yoga and Dance
Drumming

Take a moment to be still and "feel" what makes you happy. Aim to connect with this on a more consistent basis. Your worries and concerns will suddenly slip away, even for a brief moment.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rest and Renewal

Inspiration: To connect with quiet time for insights and clarity.

Most times in our lives we are running. Literally; from one task to another. We rarely have time for introspection and deep thought. Unless, maybe in a yoga class.

As an avid practitioner of many types of movements, I rarely give myself the opportunity, or permission to rest. After a surgical procedure, this is exactly what I am doing. The things I took for granted, such as a short walk to the market, have now taken on a whole new meaning.

Recently, I have been watching Project Runway, again. Those people are just so talented. Many years ago I went to Mood Fabrics (which is where they purchase materials) for some creative pursuits. Watching this program has brought me to the realization I would like to learn how to use a sewing machine. To be playful with the process. Without this time of utter indulgence and "rest", I do not think I would have TAPPED into this yearning.

What is it that you are secretly wanting to explore? It is never too late to expand our vision.....our creative desire to learn something "NEW".

Each moment of each day is about presence. To what is. Without striving or thinking beyond that moment. It is in this space that we can connect to our creative self.

Be true to you.....Warmly, Denise

Saturday, November 7, 2009

On Health, Healing and (W)Holeness

Inspiration: To continue to nurture the body and soul with love.

As we mature, regardless of our blood pressure or genetic predispositions, there are variables outside of our conscious control that are at work.

Most recently, I have been humbled by having a surgical procedure for something I have been dealing with for a couple of years. Mind you, it was not "life-threatening". Just something that needed to be addressed. I tried numerous holistic modalities, which included making dramatic changes in the way I ate. Actually eating more, more often, and more balanced. That coupled with the love and support of alternative practitioners helped me to maintain a neutral position. Until recently.

The emotional body is a "strange" mechanism. There are no neutral thoughts. All thoughts have either a positive or negative charge. Without going into story, my thought forms preceded all the work I was doing physically. The magnitude increased and I was "guided" to go with a surgical route. This was actually a tremendous gift.

I have had judgements about the medical profession prior. I was fortunate enough to find a wonderful, kind, compassionate doctor who was skilled in a particular form of laproscopic surgery. I prayed to have the support of wonderful people who would be assisting him. "Spirit" is very funny, the anesthesiologist was a man from the Upper West Side (where I reside) who liked the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers (as do I). This is the last thing I remembered before waking up in recovery.

As I return to wholeness, I will embrace this experience as an opening to go deeper; into self and the amazing people and possibilities that exist in this world.

I am so grateful to all the wonderful "Angels" that were there for me.:) A big "THANK YOU" to Dr. Charles Ascher-Walsh. And a continued thanks, to my mentor and friend Elana Kilkenny; whose love, support and intuitive abilities have guided me for many years.

With Gratitude,
Denise

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

On Timing

Inspiration: To be as patient as possible until the desired outcome occurs.

It is said there is a timing to things. If we push too hard to try to make things happen, one of two things can result. In the short term, we get our needs met, thinking we have succeeded. OR not only are our needs not met, but our striving in an inauthentic way causes even more confusion and despair.

There is a saying, "In God's time". Whether you believe in God or not, one has to admit there are times in life when things just "supernaturally" happen. Ease, prosperity, joy and abundance abound.

We are all being asked to be true to our paths and go out into the world to make things happen. There is a quote by Caroline Myss, a medical intuitive and teacher I admire. She says, " Your job is not to make the outcome happen. Your job is to get to the door but not kick it open. You are in charge of the ingredients. The rest will take care of itself at the right time."

I invite you all to look at those areas in your lives where you are wanting something to happen. Are you doing all you can in the physical without pushing to make the outcome happen??? There is a timing to everything. Maybe there is something bigger, greater and grandeur waiting to happen.......Think about that.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Monday, October 26, 2009

On Courage

Inspiration: To have the courage to move forward with an open heart.

Courage. When we think of that word, the image of a lion may come to mind. The lion, in all its strength and power. That is what we individuals require to move forward. It is easy to sit back and complain, or even wait for our circumstances to change. However, this will only elongate whatever it is we are "desiring" to transform.

Courage coupled with an open heart will provide the necessary tools for living your best, most authentic self. It is also helpful to find inspiration, whether it be a book or teacher for support. Have "COURAGE" and you can move mountains.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise
Denise

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Women and Cardiovascular Exercise

Inspiration: To do less and accomplish more.

Cardiovascular exercise. You see women repeating this activity constantly, in the hopes of achieving the perfect weight. The funny thing is, this is not your ticket. Especially as we age, it is imperative to do weight bearing activities. By this I literally mean lifting weights and doing yoga.

The body is a well-oiled machine. It is very, very smart. If it knows it is going to go running 5 days a week, it goes on automatic. The metabolism finds a place where it is comfortable. Your metabolism is heightened for about an hour. Then it goes back to its normal rate. Enter weight training. YEAH !! This gives us an opportunity to increase our metabolic rate 24/7. The more muscle we have, the faster our ability to burn fat. Many women shy away from this because they think they will build bulk.

Just as a frame of reference, I am a 111 pound woman, who does 30lbs for a single arm chest press. For biceps curls, I can lift 15 pounds easily. I share this with you for purely illustrative purposes, not to "brag" about my strength for a small framed woman. What makes us get larger, is the amount of food, the timing of food and portions of food.

It is a difficult journey for most women. My intention is to show women and men, that at any age, they can be, have and look as they dream. It takes courage and a willingness to be honest with ourselves.

I invite you all to look deeply at your inner and outer selves.

Have a "wonderful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Striving vs. Allowing

Inspiration: To move forward in an authentic way.

So many of us have goals and desires. We constantly push with our thinking mind to get things done. While this is beneficial, there comes a point where we must stop. We now must allow the fruits of our labors to manifest at the right time.

Last night, I attended a monthly group meditation meeting at the Cultural Center. Tony Leroy, a gifted intuitive, leads these seasons. The theme was " What are we striving for? How do we get there?" Interestingly enough, for the majority of us there, it was really to let go and receive. Stop thinking it is going to show up in a certain way according to our expectations. This is easier said then done. It takes an open heart, practice and patience.

I invite you all to look at those things in your lives you are striving for. Take the necessary actions steps, and allow a space for the miraculous to enter.

Have a very "peaceful" and heart-filled day.

With Love,
Denise

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Today

Inspiration: To live your best life now.

The above is the title of the best-selling book by Joel Osteen. For those of you unfamiliar with him, he is a well-know pastor of Lakewood Church. He has a weekly broadcast on television. In each session, he provides a truly inspirational and uplifting approach to life. Although he is religious, his teachings have a theme and can be applied in all of our lives.

I have just begun to read this book. In the first few pages, he speaks about us enlarging our vision. If our vision is not large, how can we hope for great experiences to come into our existence. " What you think about expands", is a quote I recall from "Conversations with God."

So it is true for many of us. WE say we would like things to change, instead of living the change in this moment. This is the place where miracles abound. I invite you all to take a closer look about what you are envisioning for yourselves. A thought and/or belief can be changed. The time is now. Life your best life Now.

May you all have a very "peaceful" and blessed day.

With Love,
Denise

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Avoidance

Inspiration: To find the courage to deal with things that are necessary.

There are some things in life that we all just do not want to acknowledge. Whatever the subject matter is, these are things we would rather avoid. Truth be told, the more we look the other way, the more these situations escalate in nature.

The best thing to do is to meet these situations head on. Look them in the face and just deal with it. It takes much more energy to not take care of something. The repercussions are much greater than you might even imagine. This is something I am consistently reminded of. The more I avoid, the more it escalates.

Has there been something you need to take care of? The best suggestion I can offer is to just take a breathe and move forward. The quicker it is dealt with, the more at ease you will feel.:)

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Monday, October 5, 2009

Living in the NOW

Inspiration: To stay open to the opportunities in each moment.

Living in the NOW. So many articles and books on the subject. So easy to say, more difficult to do. For most of us, we are concerned with what has to been done and what has already transpired. By living in the past and future, we cut off the opportunities that are here for us now.

There are a myriad of ways to connect to this state of presence. A walk in nature, a meditation practice or yoga class to name a few. All of these activities offer us an opportunity to be absorbed in what is happening in the moment. Only out of this place (or space) can our eyes be wide open to what is real.

It is easier said than done. Consistency is key. It does not matter what length of time you spend in the above mentioned activities. What is asked, is for us to be fully present. Then our lives begin to unfold in miraculous ways.

Have a very "peaceful" day.
Warmly, Denise

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy October !!!

Inspiration: To feel the calms wind of Autumn and the change of seasons.

It's official. Autumn is here. Although the exact date was on September 22, to me it feels like October is the real time to embrace this season. Yesterday while teaching yoga in the park, I found myself all bundled, hood and all.

This time of year provides us with an opportunity to move forward in a new way. Summer is about expansion. Autumn is a time for harvesting. Really taking in all we have worked for and reaping the benefits. It is also a time for letting go that which no longer serves us. Many are afraid to release people and situations because they do not know what lies ahead. That is where having faith comes in. Faith is the unmanifested (or unseen) made physical. It is oh so easy when we see things, but how about when we don't. Believing things will come to pass, that is what true "faith"is.

This is an excellent time to begin some form of authentic movement; whether it be yoga, tai-chi or mediation. It helps us to get clear and remain centered no matter what is going on around us. I invite you all to take a look at this month as starting anew. Embrace change, while moving forward with an open mind and heart.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Time to Begin

Inspiration: To begin again today.

Greetings. So many of us have aspirations, whether it is to lose some weight, change vocations, or find a life partner. It is so easy to get discouraged after things do not turn out how you would like. There is always a reason and a season. Each moment of each day, affords us the opportunity to choose where to focus our energy.

It does not matter how long or how many times, we can always begin again. Possibly from a new perspective. Maybe we have to change our thinking into a new behavior. As James Arthur Ray, a prominent motivational speaker says: "It is going three for three. Our thoughts, feelings and actions." Are these three in sync for you? It is one thing to say I want it, but are you taking the necessary steps to fulfill your desires.

This takes consistency and a lot of patience. Trust me. It is a place I am very familiar with. If it was easy, then the manifestation would
not be so amazing. Trust yourself, trust life and have some faith.

I wish you all a very "peaceful" day.

With Love, Denise

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Inspiration from the Woodstock Documentary: Now and Then

Inspiration: To find the seeds of success amidst the chaos.

Last night I watched the documentary Woodstock, Now and Then. It combined footage from the original Woodstock festival to modern day. How the music still stands the test of time. It was one person's vision of creating a festival of music for the sake of bringing people together to experience freedom, harmony and love. His name is Michael Lang. He did whatever it took to make this happen.

Initially, after a location was decided upon nearly a month before the show, they were boycotted. Instead of giving up, while driving around, Michael "spotted" the area of "his dreams". AS he recalls, " A bucolic farm, with hills and water." To make a long story short, they contacted the owner and within minutes, struck a deal.

They had nearly 20 something days to build the stage,fences and whatever else was necessary. Rain persisted for about 85% of the time. The show must go on,and it did. The acts began with Richie Havens who was not scheduled to go on for a while. Most of the acts went on out of order. Chaos or spontaneity, turned into a magnificent showcase. There was even a point that some of the top performers would not go onstage until they were paid cash. The organizers managed to make this happen and some even played two sets.....At the end of the day, the festival cost almost double of what it was supposed to. When all was said and done, it was a great success!!! Why am I recounting all of this?

Because, when you have a dream, a passion for doing something, you will stop at nothing to make it happen. That is what happened here. And 40 years later, it is still iconic and will never be duplicated.

So it is with us, myself included. We feel passion and have a vision, but stop when we are ooohhh so close. AS I have scribed before; "perseverance, persistence and patience", are a necessary combo to bring our desired manifestations into physical form. This creates magic and miracles when we least expect it !

May we all reach for the stars.:)

Warmly, Denise

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Serenity Prayer : A reminder

Inspiration: An easy prayer and release of what is.

The Serenity Prayer Intro:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.


Whether you are religious or not, the beginning of this prayer is universal. We are all faced with moments, that becoming so overwhelming. We are stuck, lose our center and sometimes our minds. This simply prayer will help to get you grounded and centered in the midst of the chaos. Feel the words as you say it either silently or aloud. Then take a very deep breath and surrender. You will be amazed at how you will feel.

We are all at the right moments on our path to healing and wholeness. Trust in the process of life, trust in yourself and know you are always taken care of.

I wish you a very joyful and easy day.

With Love, Denise

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Injuries and exercise

Inspiration: To lovingly listen to the body's messages.

Injuries. At one time or another, many of us acquire some form of breakdown in the body. Some of us rest entirely, others persevere through. Depending on the nature of the injury, we should be careful and listen to our body. Especially those recovering from an surgeries. To "push" too soon, literally pushes our body beyond the comfort level for true healing.

Yesterday, there was a woman I know at a gym I am affiliated with. A few months ago she had shoulder surgery. She was bench pressing and doing all these movement I felt were definitely counter-intuitive. Shortly into her workout, I slowly approached her.In our conversation, I was being the "trainer" and suggesting a different way of moving until she is fully healed. This only caused us to talk in circles. I then remembered what I had written in my recent newsletter about coming from the heart.

From the heart, I approached this woman. It all came down to her fears about not being able to do what she did before and aging. Mind you, she may have been in her early 50"s, but looked no older that 42. As we both spoke from our hearts, there was an acknowledgement of being where she needed to be. It is our beliefs or fears that keep us in a place which does not serve us. She needed to honor her body and healing and from that place. Then when the moment is ripe, she could once again do what her body craves.

It is so important to really get in touch with our body and what it is telling us. So many of us, go past our comfort levels, whether it is through exercise or in other areas. Whenever we are in fear, this is an illusion, a trick being played on us by our ego. In these moments, take a deep breath, ask what is really going on, and move from a place of strength and empowerment. This is tricky, but through practice, patience and persistence, it becomes an easy choice.

Have a very "peaceful" day.
Warmly, Denise

Monday, September 21, 2009

It's Monday !!!

Inspiration: To embrace the beginning of this new week with open arms.

It's Monday. For many of you that means stepping into a scheduled work week routine. Instead of looking at this as drudgery, view it as an opportunity. It is the start of bringing into consciousness all that you would like to see show up for you.

Whether it be your vocation, health or relationships, look to the present to create the future you desire. Start with small steps. Set an intention at the beginning of the day. When difficult thoughts or moments arise, go back to your intention. Take a few long deep breaths, followed by a sigh of release. This will help to clear the muddy thoughts in your head. Remember, in each moment we are given a choice.

One of the very first alternative books I stumbled upon, says in each moment, there are only two thoughts; love or fear. It seems obvious to choose the first but many of us, through our programming, choose the latter. It is not easy, but through deliberate and consistent choice, we will transform into what we desire.

So, here it is MONDAY. Do something nice for yourself. Talk a long walk in the park, have an ice cream cone, dare to dream, BIG !!!

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Awakenings

Inspiration: To be fully present, conscious and grounded.

Greetings. We are all being asked to be alive in our lives. When we worry about the past or future, this keeps us from receiving the gifts inherent in each moment. To be AWAKE is to experience the unfolding of life with an open heart. From this point, we remain open to listen and receive answers to our deepest dreams and desires.

Many times, we injure ourselves, both literally (through the body) or emotionally (in our thought patterns). This occurs when we are out of touch with what is happening in the moment. While it is very easy to project onto the future, it is imperative to remain present, breathe deeply and pray. For those who at stuck by the word "pray" this does not have to be to anyone or thing in particular. Just ask for help, direction, guidance, in general. There is power in the asking. Then stay awake to the moment and you will slowly receive your answers.

Have a very "peaceful" day.......Warmly, Denise

Monday, September 14, 2009

MTV Video Music Awards tribute to Michael Jackson

Inspiration: To appreciate those great people in the world, with their humanness.

Last night, I watched part of the MTV video music awards. The reason being, I was curious to see the tribute to Michael Jackson by his sister Janet. I was surprised to see Madonna begin the experience. The last thing I expected was my eyes to fill up with tears as she spoke. Mind you, I am not a Madonna fan, but for the first time, I actually felt her speak from the heart and any previous judgement I have harbored was released.

She spoke of Michael from her own experience and how she briefly befriended the gloved-one but was not there for him. How many of us abandon those who truly need us the most. She spoke of his "humanness", he was an icon that would never be again. My eyes began to fill even more. It was in these moments, that I started to remember that we are all really on a journey of oneness to love and expression. It is easy to stand by those when things are flourishing. When times are difficult, many of us have look the other way.

It was a gentle reminder to choose love and to see the light in each other no matter what physical circumstances are occurring. Madonna also mentioned that she hopes where ever Michael rests, that he finds some happiness in this moment. I felt him smiling, and the true gratitude and appreciation from those assembled that had deeply been influenced by his greatness.

When Janet took the stage, she danced along side Michael while the"SCREAM" video was being played. I felt deep sadness for her. You could feel her keep her professionalism and at the same time the deep love for her brother. A truly gifted man has departed. He was in a lot of pain and I hope he is resting peacefully now.:)

It is our separation that causes us distress. If we could just choose to help and love one another, the world would be a much more "peaceful" place.

God bless you Michael.........With Love, Denise

Friday, September 11, 2009

Believe

Inspiration: Lenny Kravitz's song "Believe".

AS I was headed off to sleep last night, I asked for guidance about the trajectory of my life's path. The message I received was in a song I love by Lenny Kravitz. Here are the lyrics:

I am you and you are me
Whys that such a mystery?
If you want it you got to believe
Who are we? were who we are
Riding on the great big star
We've got to stand up if were gonna be free yeah

If you want it you got it
You just got to believe
Believe in yourself
cause its all just a game
We just want to be loved

The son of God is in our face
Offering us eternal grace
If you want it you've got to believe
cause being free is a state of mind
Well one day leave this all behind
Just put your faith in God and one day you ll see it

If you want it you got it
You just got to believe
Believe in yourself
cause its all just a game
We just want to be loved

The futures in our present hands
Lets reach right in
Lets understand
If you want it you've got to believe yeah

If you want it you got it
You just got to believe
Believe in yourself yeah
cause its all just a game
We just want to be loved

Today I am filled with the possibilities that exist. Remember, if you want it, you have to believe.......:)

Have an "amazing" day......... Love, Denise

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Transitions

Inspiration: To ride the waves with ease and grace.

AS the weather is beginning to shift, as are the sunrise and sunset hours, we too are in the process of realigning. Summer is nearing its end, Autumn is approaching. Many of you have traveled and explored the endless possibilities that summer (expansion) holds for us.

As we approach a new season, it is a good opportunity for us to move forward in an authentic way with our dreams. This is a time for stability and being grounded. The legs, feet, and base of the spine are our connection to the earth. It is our first chakra, which is our safety and security as well as family of origin.
How are you feeling at this present moment?
Do you feel sluggish or stuck?

Simply walking in a peaceful environment holds tremendous healing potential. Standing yoga poses are also an excellent way to find our footing. It is essential to move so we can release any negative energies and toxins our bodies are holding.
For me personally, I have found the integration of a consistent yoga practice coupled with gym workouts, provide me with the essentials I need to keep my center.

I invite you all to take inventory of your feelings. If you are one of those people reading that has not actively moved in a bit, I ask you to please consider the myriad of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual benefits that can be attained.

May you have a very "peaceful" evening.
Warmly, Denise

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Simplicity

Inspiration: To experience each moment as simple as it is.

Sitting on a porch this past weekend up in Marion, Massachusetts, I fell into a blissful sleep. My legs were perched up on a small table. The sun was beating down on my legs, the wind on my face. I had just finished reading an excerpt from Marianne Williamson's book "A Return to Love." After I had read the section on surrender, I too surrendered and felt much peace and ease. This literally meant me falling asleep in an awkward position. Nevertheless, when I awoke, I felt that all was as it should be.

Now that I am back in NYC, I will keep this moment alive. Being away in a tranquil environment, near the water, made me realize that it is life's simple moments that bring the greatest insights. It brought me closer to my truth and path. The struggle is not necessary. Simply being and allowing the good that is around us on a daily basis to enter, will show us the way. The more ease we have, the more peace. The more peace, the more joy. The more joy, the more abundance......:)

Have a very "peaceful" day.
Warmly, Denise

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Letting Go of the Ego

Inspiration: To relinquish my need to be superior in whatever I am doing.

The ego. It is identified as the "I" or me. An inflated feeling of pride or superiority. The majority of us display this ego in one way or another.In some areas we may be quite humble. In others the opposite is true.

Most recently, I ran into a woman who was one of my first acquaintances in my pursuit of a different way of being. She is a Buddhist nun. Whenever I would see her I would feel something like "Wow! If I could just be as peaceful and present as her." I had an encounter after not seeing her for a bit. She was very kind and asked how I was doing. I then asked her how things were going. Her reply was " My private practice is really busy, I have 27 clients." We had this conversation after I had finished a yoga class. Maybe I was just in a zen state. I found this response a bit grandiose. Maybe that is a judgment but the truth is she could have just said her practice was flourishing. I did not need to know an exact number.

Not that I am without ego. My new feat is to be able to do some arm balance poses in yoga. I have the strength but my left shoulder/arm and hand have suffered many an injury. I am still recovering after a long time. Anyway, here I am in classes. So focused on the pose that I fall. The teachers always says to keep your head up and lean forward. After reading a blog by a teacher I adore, he mentioned leading from the heart and not the head. The next time I attempted these postures I had greater success. What is my point? The head is where the ego lives. The mind. The heart is where all is possible. It is nice to be reminded that we are all students living and learning on a daily, moment to moment basis.

To my surprise, I realized my ego is still more present than I would like it to be. I will continue to breathe, work on my judgements and be a more loving, patient and peaceful warrior. Yes, I am an Aries. Can't get away from it. I am very firey.

Namaste,
Denise

Monday, August 31, 2009

Being Yoga while Weight-lifting

Inspiration: To practice being in the moment, even during weight-lifting.

Yoga. The term often brings to mind a group of like-minded people
assembled in a studio to chant, breathe, practice poses and to contemplate. My intention is to expand this belief and take it into everything we do; especially the gym arena.

The majority of individuals I watch while exercising vary: male/female, small/large,/low intensity output/large intensity output. What I like to see is if these people are present with what they are doing and breathing fully; on the inhale and the exhale. To my surprise, most of the individuals I watch are not at all!

Of course they are breathing, but what I am referring to is conscious in the moment breathing. Grunting and making loud noises, means our bodies are being taxed beyond their comfort levels and beyond what we need. Unless you are an elite athlete or training for some kind of event, personally, I feel this is unnecessary. The slower and deeper your breathing, the lower your heart rate on any perceived exertion. This in term translates to better performance, less stress and more joy.

Most recently I have become more conscious of breathing in my own workouts. I am able to lift the same workloads with less effort and more ease. I invite you to explore your breathe while going about your regular gym activity. If you focus on the inhalation and exhalation, you will be surprised at how much you can accomplish.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Yoga in the Park, Monday 8/31



Inspiration: To continue to share my experiences.

Please join me for an evening of yoga with focused attention on the breathe. We will move slowly, in an authentic way so we can feel our breath and body as one unit. Hope to see you there.

Location: 63rd and CPW
Time: 6:30 pm
Fee : $ 20

Namaste, Denise

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Heart of Yoga (continued)

Inspiration: To continue to learn and study with great masters.

Yesterday I had my second of two workshops with Mark Whitwell at Vira Yoga. I am so happy I attended both trainings and look forward to pursuing more. He is the real deal. His approach to yoga is one of simplicity. It is for everyone. "Yoga is your intimacy with life". It is not about a strict doctrine of perfect postures but about
"Strength receiving". The masculine surrendering to the feminine in both the male and female. We are all striving so hard for outward acquisitions and acknowledgements. The real gift is in the surrendering to our breath and body relationship.Then can we really experience the magic in our ordinary lives. This is what Mark has to teach. A true genius.....For those who are interested, his book is called "The Heart of Yoga". I am most definitely going to read this ASAP.

Today during yoga class, I did my best to put these principles into use. It is a challenge when the sometimes "gymnastic" nature of a teacher causes you to focus on the movement in lieu of conscious breathing. AS with everything, this is a process that I will slowly begin to integrate into my practice and into my work and life.
I invite you to rediscover your intimacy with your breathe and the deep connection to the life sustaining force it provides.

Namaste, Denise

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Accessibility of Yoga

Inspiration: To share my love of yoga to the masses.

I have been deeply inspired by the class I took on Tuesday with Mark Whitwell. This morning while walking to a client, it hit me. How do I make yoga accessible to the fitness community? Being a lifelong athlete and fitness teacher, I feel that the time is now to incorporate the necessity of having some form of yoga into a fitness persons regimen. Today again, I am going to hear this great man teach. MY wish is to get "clearer" through his work how I can make a difference in the world with the skills and experience I possess.

I will continue to seek out people and situations that resonate with the deep part of who I am. In my own active world, I am slowly letting go of what no longer serves me.

My intention is to teach this to others I have the privilege of knowing and working with. I look forward to this opportunity with an open heart.

May you all have a very "peaceful" and easy day.

Namaste, Denise

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Heart Of Yoga: Mark Whitwell

Inspiration: To continue to be amazed by the teachers that are here, now.:)

For some time now, I have written about my love of yoga. Yesterday,
I was honored to be in a workshop that offered me a completely new way of viewing this practice. It is called THE HEART OF YOGA. It is not focused on alignment, but the joy of feeling our intimacy with life right now. We are already where we need to be. There is no destination. Mark Whitwell is the teacher of this way of doing and being Yoga. It is for everyone. All ages and fitness levels. The focus is on breathing. Mark is in NYC at this time because of the Yoga Conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. He is originally from New Zealand but resides somewhere in California. In his spare time here, he is giving classes this week at both Vira Yoga and Yogaworks, in Soho. I was guided to go. I knew meeting him would change my perspective.

The class I took happened to be at 2:00 PM in the afternoon. When I saw there would be less than 10 people in class, I knew this would be "intense." He kindly introduced himself to all of us, personally. When I met him he said to me " I am here to teach you." I believe this was said to me, specifically and boy was it. His focus was on the breathe, which is something I constantly reinforce in my own teachings. Funny enough, the joke (not really) was on me. My inhalation was not deep enough as far as the ujay, yogic breath. He explained that this is our receptivity to life. This has been something I have been asked to work on by my dear teacher, Elana. I had found the missing link !!!!

All along, it was really simple. The breathe. Not just any breathe, but the deep inhalation. Mark was repeatedly checking to see if my breathing was correct. He was very funny and warm. At one point he said " Don't try, it will come." This was a welcomed comment. It was a mirror for me to just allow, or receive what is. By the end of class he said I was the most improved and should get a gold star !!! It just shows me that we are always given the people and tools that we need. Receptivity, to the breathe, allows receptivity to life.

Again, tomorrow, I will experience this great teacher.
Vira Yoga:: 2-3:30 PM Thursday (580 Broadway in Soho.)

Have a very "peaceful" day.
Namaste, Denise

Monday, August 24, 2009

Yoga In Central Park......8/25 and 8/26


Inspiration: To continue to move in a balanced, authentic way that brings me joy.:)

Please join me for two glorious evening this week in Central Park. Practicing in nature provides us with a deep connection to our "spirit". To feel the ground beneath your feet and the sky above, is truly "magical". It is an experienced not to be missed.

Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 63rd and CPW entrance
Fee: $ 20

Looking forward to these evenings. The weather is going to be AMAZING !!!

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Namaste, Denise

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Exercise and well-being

Inspiration: "Exercise is an integral part of being." DBrandi

In 1996, when I made up my first batch of business cards, I imprinted the above quote.
This has stayed with me until the now. We need to move our bodies for many reasons.

If we sit around, we just get stiff.
If we sit around, we just feel bad.
If we sit around, we just get lazy.
If we sit around, we just get fat (maybe not).
If we sit around, we keep stagnant energy in the body.

Exercise is no longer a luxury. It is a necessity. No matter where you are, age wise or other, it is never too late to begin. Life is constantly challenging us with one thing or another. The way we handle our responses to these situations is helped with moving the body. Any form of movement will begin to make you feel better. It is not about perfection....Nothing is perfect, well maybe the sunrise of sunset. That is of nature which is magic in itself. On the physical level just choose any activity that resonates with how you are currently feeling. The key is to honor "How you are feeling", not "What should I do"? With heart and dedication you will feel more empowered to move through life's peaks and valleys.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Monday, August 17, 2009

Yoga in the Park


Inspiration: To feel the deep connection to the grounding elements found in nature.:)

Namaste....Hope you are all having a "sweet" summer. The warm weather is finally upon us. What can be a more natural way than to spend some quality time outdoors. I am very pleased to be offering the following yoga classes this week:

Yoga in Riverside Park: Wednesday, 8/19 at 10 AM

Yoga in Central Park
: Thursday, 8/20 at 6:30PM

Fee: $ 20 All levels

I am also looking to expand classes to include above 90th Street on the West Side.
For more information on offerings, please feel free to contact me at
www.dbrandi@earthlink.net.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Attention

Inspiration: To focus only upon what I desire.

Attention. Do we really give 100% to what we are experiencing? Do outside influences prevent you from giving your undivided attention?

Here is an example I experienced just this past week. I was lying on the grass in Riverside Park in NYC. This is one of my favorite places to escape to connect with the "quiet" of the city.

On this particular day, I was in my "spot" and about to slip into a blissful state. Then, I happened to hear the sound of a very LOUD lawnmower. I was really agitated. At that moment I had a choice; I could focus on the mower or get back to the blissful state I was falling into. I began to take very deep breaths. With each one the sound of the mover began to fade into oblivion.

The point is: where we focus our attention becomes magnified. It is very easy to shift our focus when there is an annoying sound or situation we may be confronted with. It is also easy to begin to take very deep conscious breaths, releasing in each moment. You will be amazed at how something very, very simple has trans- formative powers. Along time ago, my first teacher asked me "what can you not live without?". I did not have the right answer....The answer was BREATHE. You do not have to be a yogi to realize how essential this is to health and well- being.

So the next time you are "knocked off" center, remember this.:)

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise

Monday, August 10, 2009

Yoga in the Park : 8/11 and 8/12 at 6:45 PM



Inspiration: To connect with the healing elements found in nature.


Please join me for two glorious evenings of yogic "bliss". We will practice barefoot, in beautiful Central Park. This experience is truly UPLIFTING !!!



Location: Entrance at 63rd and CPW
Time: 6:45 pm
Fee: $ 20.

Kindly r.s.v.p. at www.dbrandi@earthlink.net or 917-902-2061.

Looking forward to seeing you there.:)

Namaste,
Denise

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Weekend in Woodstock

Inspiration: To bottle the feelings and dreams I experience.

This past weekend, I spend with friends at their country home in Woodstock New York. I have been here a number of times before. The feelings and "openness" I experience when I am here is truly amazing. Being in a natural environment,in the midst of the trees and gorgeous pastures, fill my breathe with ease. They say, there is an energy or vibration to every place and it truly is special here.

I spent two glorious days practicing yoga, sleeping in the grass, reading, eating and just feeling the endless possibilities that exist. There is true "clarity" when I am here. No stress whatsoever or worry as when I am in the big city. I am a rather active person, always needing to be moving, but here I am comfortable just doing virtually nothing.

One of my favorite spots in town is a lovely bookstore named Mirabai.They have a separate room with Hindu statues along with decorative wall hangings and djembe drums. I could spend hours alone in this room .This is where I feel the forces greater than myself. Whether you below in Buddha, Kuan Yin, Ganesha or Nataraja(you say who is that?), it does not matter. This room envelops you even if you do not know why. The main room houses many books on subjects such as heath, wellness, spiritually and shamanism. There is something for everyone here. They also have beautiful crystals, cards, jewelry and household adornments. Definitely worth checking out if you find yourself in this beautiful place.

Also,there a numerous eclectic places to eat. From authentic mexican to vegan, there are many types of dining that cater to everyone. I leave knowing that tranquility is just a short trip away whenever I need to recharge my "spirit". Shortly , I will return to the big apple. I will keep my fond memories of how I yearn for the dream of living in a more natural environment. I know one day, my wish will become a reality. Until then,I will surround myself with people and experiences that bring me joy. What are your dreams? Dream big. Anything is possible if you believe....:)

With Love,
Denise

Monday, August 3, 2009

Vision

Inspiration: To see myself as already there.:)

Do you have a vision or dream?
Do you have an idea of what you would like your life to look like?

It is easy to say I want this or that, but are you consistently and consciously empowering yourself in that direction? Wishful thinking is just that, wishful thinking. True vision is the ability to hold steady to your trajectory with unwavering focus. This is often challenging when our day to day lives may feel quite overwhelming.

"Keep your eye on the prize." Great things take time. If you are like me, we say, "It's enough already. I have been wanting this for years." The world (or universe) responds to us "So what". You always get more of what you are thinking about. The best advice I have stumbled upon is really to only focus on your hopes and desires and not your fears. Fear creates more fear and stagnation and elongation in purgatory; as I like to call it.

Here are some suggestions for staying on track:

*Find a mentor, coach, or alternative practitioner.
*Pray and ask for guidance.
*Have a practice of gratitude for those things that are in your life now.:)
*Spend time in nature everyday and release past patterns.
*Take small (even if it is one thing) steps each day.
*Pray and ask for guidance. This is between you and your source.
*Be open to receiving or allowing. We must "feel" open to receive the answers.

I wish you all a "peaceful" and easy day.

Warmly,
Denise

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yoga in Central Park on Wednesday, 7/29


Inspiration: To feel the grass beneath your feet and the wind in your hair.....

Please join me for an evening of yoga in beautiful Central Park. We will practice barefoot on grass; no mat is required. This gives us an opportunity to feel how "rooted" we are with nature and the elements. You will leave feeling "uplifted" and "free" !!!

We will meet at 64th and CPW entrance.
Time: 6:30 pm
Fee: $ 20

Kindly r.s.v.p. at www.dbrandi@earthlink.net or 917-902-2061.

Looking forward to seeing you there.:)

Namaste,
Denise

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Yoga-Based Intention Training

Inspiration: To honor my body and what it feels like doing.


Being a gym "rat" since my early twenties, I was never interested in flexibility. I used to poke fun of those who would stretch on the mats for a long period of time. It was cardio, weights, more cardio for me. I used to run long races with extremely "tight" hamstrings and thought this was normal. Each stride literally was painful. That was until 2003 after I found myself with a broken pinky toe. I could not run so I finally knew I must take a yoga class. I had no excuses. My training regimen was "off".

The first class I took in 1996. At this time, I was not ready to experience what would be a large part of who I presently am. So here it is seven years later. I was hooked after this one class. I felt a surge of energy go through my body during final relaxation or "corpse" pose. I knew this was something that was going to transform me.:)

Presently, the focus of my work is how to increase flexibility; both mine and the clients who I work with. Along with those aspiring to improve their yoga practice. I have developed a unique system to achieve this. It is called Yoga-based Intention Training. Intention; being mindful and present in the body. This is coupled with the breathe. Through the correct inhalation and exhalation we "flow" through the exercises;without force or rushing.

No machines are used. All exercises are in free space, with the exception of the standard lat pull down which is a "staple" for building strength for downward facing dog. Combinations of bosu balancing, core work and cables are weaved throughout. Free weights are also a large part of the regimen. Sessions end with a series of yoga postures to bring the body into a state of equilibrium. This is followed by a period of relaxation. This truly is a different kind of training "experience".

For more information on sessions and offerings, please contact me at dbrandi@earthlink.net or 917-902-2061.

Have a very "peaceful" day.
Namaste,
Denise

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Divine Guidance

Inspiration: To be an "open" channel for receiving information.

What is guidance? The thesaurus defines guidance as advice, conduct, control, direction, help or instruction. The implication is that another person is assisting with the process. Guidance that is "divine", is experienced by the individual without any outside influences.

How do we hear this? When our mind is full of constant chatter and our emotions are intensified, we cannot hear anything. We are so contracted and fearful that there is literally no room for an "answer". It is only through release that we are able to open completely.

Then, and only then, can you open to the limitless possibilities that abound. Guidance that is divine, does not show itself in the traditional way. It is usually something "out the blue". It could also be any overwhelming "feeling". I like to look at it as "trixter" or joker energy. Something that just arises without effort or struggle on our part.

When we struggle or resist, we are unable to receive the answers we are searching for. Personally, lying on the grass (without a blanket)or floor, has a grounding and calming effect. Whatever ritual takes you to a place of stillness will work. Then solutions will arise when we least expect it. Just be present, patient and take deep "breathes".

In peace,
Denise

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Yoga in Central Park on Tuesday, July 14th


Greetings:

I am excited to be giving a yoga class in Central Park this Tuesday evening. It is truly "awesome" to be in nature as the sun is beginning to set. To feel the earth beneath your feet and the wind in your hair is magical. This is a unique opportunity to literally be "supported" in your practice. You will be amazed how transforming and "energizing" this experience can be.

We will meet at Central Park West at 60th Street.
Time: 7PM
Fee: $ 20.
The weather forecast is calling for a SPECTACULAR evening !!!

For more information, please feel free to contact me at 917-902-2061 or click on the "view my complete profile" link (in the about me section) to be forwarded to my email.

Namaste,
Denise

Friday, July 10, 2009

Distractions

Inspiration: To stay the course no matter what obstacles I may encounter.

Distractions. It is easy to be swayed by the mundane, yet sometimes overwhelming occurrences in our daily life. When we need to focus our energies in one direction, and something arises, it is easy to give in. This way, we no longer feel compelled to move forward towards our destination since this "distraction" is so ENERGIZING. Not so much in a positive manner. In a way that sets our emotions ablaze with fire. :)

Most recently, this has happened in my life. There is a trajectory I am on where all my energy has to go. Without going into story, I had something small,but monumental, fire my cylinders on all levels. This immediately took the forefront in my body and soul. Thank heaven, for the assistance of one of my teachers. I was able to get a handle on this within a short time. If I allowed this to get the best of me, I would be "distracted" from what I need to do right now.

How many of you allow "external" annoyances to overwhelm and take over?
It is our natural response to chaos and finding order. However, we can spiral into an endless pit of mind chatter. So the next time, something "blows your socks off", take a breathe, have a calming cup of chamomile tea and breathe. Ask the situation,"What is being asked of me now?" There is always a message in the discomfort.

Lastly, remember the famous words; "This too shall pass".

Have a very "peaceful" day.
Namaste,
Denise

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Is There a True Formula?

Inspiration: To move in a way that gives my body joy.


Is there a right way to exercise? Some"MAGIC" formula we should all abide by? Personally speaking, unless you are training for some kind of event, be it a race or sport, there is really no need to be rigid. What I mean by rigid is so precise in your training, adhering to a very specific protocol. In previous posts, I have mentioned that the most important element is consistency. Listen to the body and feed it love.

Love of movement that resonates with you. Whether it is to run, bike, dance, take class or go to the gym, just be consistent with your efforts. The best thing to do is to mix it up. This way your body is challenged and does not get bored so quickly.

Many of you are probably concerned with weight. Movement increases our metabolism and burns calories, plan and simple. If we take in more than we are expending, regardless of how much we exercise, we will put on the pounds. Mind you, exercise will improve your health and fitness level. It is essential for strength and well-being.

The whole package has to be looked at. Exercise, healthful eating and balance. All three working together, provide us with the sustenance we need to live an abundant and full experience. :)

To a full life........ Warmly, Denise

Monday, July 6, 2009

July 4th Weekend

Inspiration: To feel the outdoors and all of its beauty.

Hope you had an "amazing" July 4th weekend !!! The weather was stellar.:)
I had a wonderful opportunity to watch the fireworks on a rooftop in NYC. I do not remember the last time I saw fireworks. Must be ions ago. It is truly "awesome" to see how "bright colors in the sky" make adults scream with the awe of a child.

All of us most likely indulged a bit more. This is good. Life is to be enjoyed. It is all about balance. If we restrict ourselves too much in any way this can cause irritability and possibly anger. Today is a new day. So if you are feeling not so great, take heart. You can begin again.

The weather continues to be beautiful this week. I cannot reinforce enough how being outside really lifts one's "spirits". Just sitting in the park, on grass barefoot for 10-15 minutes, has an extremely peaceful effect.

Yesterday I was in Riverside Park. It truly is lovely. On weekends, it is also a bit quieter than our infamous Central Park. There are beautiful clusters of flowers and bushes. The scenery is also spectacular in some areas. As I walked by a unified flowered bush, I saw the most beautiful flowers of purple and lavender. Some of the flowers reminded me of a butterfly. Upon taking a closer look, I actually stopped in the moment to connect with this flower. I wish I could bottle that moment and share it with you. It was very "peaceful".

Today, spend some time outside. Even if you feel "decadent" to leave your office. It is worth it and you will FEEL energized and more productive than you could imagine.

Enjoy today. That is really what is asked of us. To live each day to the fullest.

Warmly,
Denise

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Exercise in Summer

Inspiration: To embrace the freedom inherent in Summer.

Summer weather is finally upon us. This time of year offers us the opportunity to truly move in an authentic way. Nature is calling us to dance on its earth. The parks in our city are a great opportunity to exercise and feel the sunshine on our faces.

Most recently, I have been conducting some of my sessions outdoors. It is an experience beyond the ordinary....... These sessions are the integration of cardio, creative strength, yoga and pilates. At the end of each workout, there is a deep period of total relaxation and letting go. It was so nice to witness a corporate client lie straight on the grass in total surrender. As he arose, his white shirt filled with dirt and grass. A softness on his face. To me, this is reminicent of being transported back to a child-like state where all is free and easy. For those of you who spend your time indoors most of the day, this is a completely liberating experience.

Beginning in July, I will begin my first outdoor yoga class in the evening. As this grows, I will be adding more group yoga and training to my schedule. For those of you who may be interested in group fitness, I have developed an outdoor workout called "Spiritual Bootcamp". It encompasses all I have described above. It is a challenge with an added element. My true love for healing shines through. You will feel "uplifted" and refreshed in a calm way. For more information, kindly contact me at www.denisebrandi.earthlink.net or 917-902-2061.

I wish you a joyful day filled with ease.

Warmly,
Denise

Monday, June 29, 2009

On Surrender

Inspiration: To be at peace with what is.

Below is the channel for the week from the Cosmic Path. I was going to post this yesterday, but something told me to wait......I believe this needed to come through.

"This energy of this week offers you the opportunity to see who you really are. This energy has to do with Surrender. When you surrender – so much of the universal flow will come into play which will allow you to see how simple life really is. When you hold onto things you block the universal flow and prolong the agony. Leave life alone in the sense that when you manifest something – create it in your mind and then let it go. Let it go for the Universe to decide what to do with it. It is in letting go that the Universe can actually take over to resolve the best possible outcome. So Let Go and Let God this is the natural Universal Flow…"

I remember reading about surrender in my first new age book when I was 29 years old. The book was Deepak Chopra's "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success". Great book. It is a quick read outlining seven principles of living harmoniously.

Surrender does not mean to give up. You do not give up you intention or you desire. You accept things as they are right now. This requires TOTAL and complete acceptance in each moment. A feeling of peace will overtake you with the knowing that all things will happen at preciously the right time.

There are moments, I have been able to do this. Usually it is when all other attempts and extreme worry have ceased to provide a desired outcome. When nothing is working and you tried your best, this is really the only alternative.....Otherwise, one can make themselves physically, mentally and emotionally ill. Right now, I ask the universe to please help me to surrender to the deepest dreams of my heart. I know you can hear me now.

Caroline Myss speaks about this. She says:

"Your job is not to make the outcome happen. Your job is to get to the door and not kick it open. You are in charge of the ingredients...." As I now scribe this, it is bringing me some peace. There are many things I have been doing my best to make happen on a physical level.

I invite you all to join me collectively, in surrendering the deepest wishes of your heart. May you all have a "peaceful" day full of ease.....:)

Namaste,
Denise

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Listening to the body

Inspiration: To listen to what my body is telling me and not what the ego wants me to do.

The body. The physical, emotional and spiritual. Today I would like to address the physical body. For many, many years I have used exercise as a way to mask my real feelings. Until recently, this has served me well. I would train really hard. Both endurance and strength training in the same session. Sometimes lasting two hours. Mind you, I am not in training for any event. This was for my sanity. I needed to rechannel.

So about two weeks ago, I felt real fatigue set in. Now that I am listening more my body is telling me what it wants. I found myself doing some yoga and walking. In this time, I found myself crying intensely. The floodgates were pouring out. For my hopes, dreams and desires I have yet to see. I finally gave myself permission to just cry. I am still giving myself the opportunity. I feel teary-eyed almost daily. Sometimes just out of the pure beauty and synchronicities I have been experiencing.

Today, I am really doing my best to listen. It is a beautiful day in NYC. These days I used to love to run in Central Park. I am still healing from a foot injury so I think it is best to wait. Years ago, I would just tape my foot and go. Not anymore. It is not worth it. I choose to be in my body and feel what I need to. This evening I will take a yoga class. This form of physical movement provides me with the greatest form of healing possible.

I hope you all listen. Not just to the body. But to all life's messages. :)

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly,
Denise

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Patience

Inspiration: To graciously await all the miracles that lie before me.

Patience. How many times have people said "Just have some patience." Then internally you start to get more agitated that what you desire to happen is not. The act of patience, like anything else, requires discipline. The "I want it now" attitude will only further exacerbate the situation.

Patience is a great teacher. It shows us where we are holding on too tightly. Wayne Dwyer has said "Infinite patience produces immediate results." Then there is no more wanting but the allowing for your desired outcome to occur at precisely the right moment.

Patience also cultivates tolerance and compassion, for ourselves and others.
It expands our sense of ego isolation saying "Now".We become more kind. This transfers into ever area of our life. When confronted with a challenging situation ask yourself' "What am I to learn here." There is always a gift in an uncomfortable moment. It is just a matter of one's perception.

So the next time you are find yourself standing in a slow moving, long line somewhere, this is an opportunity to practice; ........Breathing also helps. :)

Warmly,
Denise


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Friday, June 19, 2009

Intuitive Couseling

Inspiration: To continue to be in awe of the psychic abilities of others.

What does the word intuitive really mean? According to the dictionary, one meaning is:direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process.

Have you ever heard of an intuitive counselor? What do they do? Is it for real?

Let me begin by explaining what I perceive it to be . An intuitive counselor has insights and knowledge beyond the concept of what we see with our eyes. They have the ability to discern information from a "higher" place. They are channels of information that work with the highest parts of ourselves, always assisting in the greater good. An intuitive or "psychic" has the innate ability to give us information about ourselves without any prior knowledge. The information can be very specific at times, almost twilight zonish".( is that a word?) You are amazed that another can tell you only what you know to be true.

I have been truly blessed to have the opportunity and the privilege to work with Elana Kilkenny for the past five years. I have seen my world "turn on its head" and have transformed myself from who I was to the woman I was destined to become. Her continued love and support have seen me through many a challenging time. She is a grounded "psychic" who lives in the real world. She is down to earth, amazingly sweet, kind and downright on !!! To follow is a more detailed profile of this wonderful woman and the work she does.
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Elana is an inspirational psychic, healer, Feng Shui designer, and spirited teacher. She offers intuitive counseling sessions to find creative and practical tools to assist you in fulfilling your life’s purpose. Her work does not center on prediction, however at times it may be part of the process. Known to her clients as a “grounded psychic”, Elana stays away from theory and focuses on being proactive, assisting you to build a stronger connection to your own intuition and spirit. Intuitive counseling and energy healing sessions create a safe and supportive environment to explore who you are and who you want to be. Elana assists you to hone and empower your own intuition and growth.

Each session is individually tailored to accommodate what is most vital for you at that time. Intuitive counseling focuses on the root of your issues in order to facilitate a deeper and more empowered healing. Different energy healing techniques are often used in a session to assist you to go beyond intellectual awareness to emotional connectedness and balance. Recognizing that many of her clients have difficulty experiencing and cultivating joy in their lives, Elana often brings elements of joy and play into sessions. Since each session is guided in the moment there is a broad range of techniques that any given session may include. Here are just a few:

Intuitive guidance and information
A variety of hands-on energy healing techniques
Chakra balancing
Specific behavioral suggestions
Physical and tone techniques for grounding and vitality
Past life processing with a focus on empowering your present
Identifying and healing patterns/obstacles that may be blocking you

Who Would Benefit From A Healing Session?
If you are feeling stressed, overworked, or “stuck”
If you desire a more balanced and peaceful life
If you desire a deeper emotional connection to self
If you have patterns in your life that are blocking you from living your highest potential
If you are in a major life transition (marriage, divorce, moving, career change, loss, etc.)
If you have health issues, healing sessions can be very helpful as a complement to other medical and holistic treatments
If you want a powerful complement or alternative to traditional therapy

Sessions are available in person and by phone. To schedule an appointment or for more information please contact Elana at 212-873-1190 or at elanakilkenny@yahoo.com.
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It is the most priceless gift you can give to yourself. True healing from one of the most talented woman I know. The best investment is in oneself. Then collectively, we can change the world......:)

Namaste,
Denise

Thursday, June 18, 2009

On Consistency

Inspiration: To stay the course until the manifestation occurs.


I recently sat through a workshop at a gym I am affiliated with. When the speaker mentioned the word "consistency" a light bulb went off and I knew I had to write something. He of course meant it relative to exercise. I understood it to encompass everything...

Whether is is exercise, relationships, health or well-being, we all must be consistent in our choices. This takes focus, discipline and practice. For me personally, the exercise is the easiest part. The consistency for me is living and breathing my truth.

Much of this extends to family which has been a challenge all of my life. My initiative counselor has been telling me the importance of this for : YEARS. I would heed the guidance for a bit and then revert back to what was easy. Mind you, what was easy did not ultimately serve me. So once again, here I am, struggling to be consistent. Mind you,it is a bit easier if you have the support of a coach, therapist of alternative practitioner.

For those desiring to achieve a physical change in appearance, this too takes a lot of discipline and consistency. Take small steps. Each day awake and say "Does my body need to move today?". If so HOW? What modality would be best? A walk, yoga, a gym class, you choose. If the body is telling you to rest, then rest. My suggestion, is to do some movement at least a few times a week. Remember, it does not have to be "over the top" challenging. One day at a time. Moment to moment.......


Warmly, Denise

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Success

Today, just a brief inspiration from one of the many gifted authors and spiritual teachers around today.

From Dr. Wayne Dyer:

Success is an inside job.

Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral, loose, and free-floating-these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything you do.


May you all find great success in all your endeavors.

Warmly, Denise

Organic Foods

Inspiration: To be as pure and open to healing as is possible.

About a year and half ago, I was asked to change my eating to include mostly organic foods. At the time, I was diagnosed with some female "stuff" and was willing to do almost anything. Previously, I had thought eating organically was a bunch of "crap", a way for the markets/farmers, to make more money. Was I wrong. The idea of pesticides and pollutants was foreign to me. Like I said, I was not a believer.

It is true, that organic is a bit more costly than regular produce and other items. Since, I do my best to eat organically, I feel a huge difference in more emotions. I feel calmer, more serene. The food even tastes better. Try eating a regular cucumber and an organic cucumber side by side. It is clear there is a difference.

Many diseases, including cancers, have been healed by changing to a more organic way of living. When the body is fighting for it's life, it cannot afford to have further stress and pollutants ingested. Below is a short list of some foods I found that should be organic, and some that are okay not to.

DEFINITELY
buy these as organic. These are listed as the worst twelve in terms of pesticides and residues.

Peaches, Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Kale, Lettuce, Grapes (imported), Carrots, Pears,

Here are the CLEANEST fruits and veggies-the regular kind are OK to buy:

Onions, Avocados, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Mangos, Asparagus, Sweet Peas, Kiwi, Cabbage, Eggplant, Papaya, Watermelon, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes

Always think in color......That is what makes life vibrant !!!

Namaste, Denise

Monday, June 15, 2009

Adrenal Burnout Syndrome

Inspiration: To relinquish the need to control the trajectory of my life path.

In my prior post, I had mentioned the adrenal glands. I feel this warrants a deeper explanation of the importance of these little (or big) guys. The adrenals are triangular shaped glands that sit on the top of the kidneys. They are made up of two parts:

Outer Region- Adrenal cortex. This area secretes hormones that effect the body metabolism, chemicals in the blood and some other essential body characteristics. This region is essential for life.

Inner Region- Adrenal Medulla. Not essential for life. However, this is the coping mechanism which handles our physical and emotional stress. The secretion of the hormones Epinephrine (adrenaline) occurs here. This increases our heart rate, facilitates blood flow to the brain and muscles (causing relaxation) and helps to convert glycogen to glucose in the liver. Another hormone secreted in Norepinephrine ( noradrenaline). This has little effect on the smooth muscle, metabolism or cardiac output. But it does have effects on increasing blood pressure.

Okay, enough of the science. Any kind of excessive stress can deplete our adrenal glands. Whether it be financial, family, work or relationships; the list goes on. In addition, a large majority of our diets are low in nutrients required. These include Vitamin B-complex,Vitamin A,C,E to name a few. Stimulants such as caffeine, sugar and alcohol break these glands down even more.

When we add the stress of "intense" exercise to the equation, the situation only increases in magnitude. I have done this once again. The way I have handled "STRESS" is through intense and elongated exercise. The hormones above were released, giving me a false sense of feeling good. Last week, I felt depleted, agitated and annoyed. I did not even want to turn on the TV or listen to music. Withdrawal is also a sign. I am doing my best now to nurture my body. Yoga and walking seems to be assisting me at this moment. Sitting quietly too...:)

However you tend to handle the difficulties of day to day living, please be conscious that there are long-term effects on our bodies. Adrenal burnout is not resolved overnight. It can take years. Just because you sleep for a few nights does not mean it has gone away. Be kind, loving and patient with yourselves.

Namaste,
Denise

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Honor the body

Inspiration: To be true to what is.

I was always very strict about my fitness and food regime. For years it is safe to say it was an addiction. When summertime would roll around, I would have to be thin and muscular. I usually happened to get there. The funny thing is that I was never happy. All of the underlying feelings would really be at the surface then.

This is one of those times. I have again, rechanneled my feelings into exercise. This past week, I even fought what by body was telling me. I noticed that my toe nails were getting thinner. Then a couple of days later one happened to break off. I knew this was not a good sign.

So I reached out to my acupuncturist and he prescribed herbs. He told me my adrenals were very fatigued. This is called a kidney deficiency in Chinese Medicine. The adrenals are responsible for our "flight of fight" response to stress. When we are extremely stressed and put further stress on the body, it creates a weakened environment, physically speaking. This is about the fourth instance in the last 1.5 years that I have been on herbs for one thing or another. The body is a great teacher. If we do not pay attention it speaks louder and louder.

It is now almost summer, and there is "pressure" from both ourselves and the media to get into shape now. Please continue to honor your body and what it is telling you. Once you get to your desired outcome, you are really left with your feelings and emotions. They do not "miraculously" dissolve because you are thin.

Be good to you..... Warmly, Denise

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Transformation


Inspiration: To bloom like a butterfly.

Last night I went to a group mediation class at the Cultural Center in NYC. This is a place that hosts events on a monthly basis. The last time I was there was in December 2007. I was “guided” to go again yesterday. I had a feeling I would see some familiar faces and experience something surreal.

Amongst the 40 or so participants, two women who were there have helped me in my journey. One woman named Debbra, helped me to change my dietary habits when I was faced with some female issues in 2007. Elana, my gifted intuitive counselor I have been seeing for years, was also present. It was no coincidence they were both there.

At the onset, the host, a gentle, vivacious initiative named Tony Leroy asked us all to pick a tarot card. This is something I have minimal experience with. I asked Debbra, who was nearby what the “Prince of Swords” was. She said it was getting past the mind chatter. Cutting through the crap so to speak. The night was filled with insights and two guided meditations. The second one was long so Tony asked if anyone wanted to sit on the floor. I complied. During this meditation, I could not find stillness but “resistance”, a lot of it. The subtle words came through “to heal”.

Afterwards, we went around the room and Tony asked each of us what images or messages we had. I did not have any except resistance, resistance, resistance.I happened to be the very last person in the room to be asked this question. I was tired and it was after 10 pm. I was extremely surprised to hear his response. He got really silent and then said "I see a man standing behind you.
I was like “okay here is a message from someone, great!" He asked if I had a fraternal relative that had passed. My reply was no. He said this person was really, really, sorry and apologized for attempting to make me into someone I was not. Tony again asked if there was some relative who had been trying to do this. Again I replied with a definitive "NO". Then it hit me. There is only one person who I could recall. This was a man I was briefly married to.

I was crying, my heart was ripped open, in public no less. All the private sessions and in public I hear this great apology. If you are reading this and are a bit confused, this was the individuals "higher self" that was apologizing. It was not the physical, life person. A higher self can be called soul, or spirit, that is beyond the physical realm. This part is connected to the greater Oneness that exists beyond time and space. Afterwards, both Debbra and Elana confirmed it was in fact this man's Higher Self.

I thanked Tony for the information and he gave me a big hug. Great guy !!!!
As I left, the floodgates continued to pour all the way home (which was only two blocks). I felt an opening and releasing in my heart center although I was very sad. Sad for the past, my choices and where I am now.
Only when we allow whatever messages or teachings to come through that are painful can we truly feel whole. Today, I feel a bit raw but excited about the possibilities that exist for me now. Continue to honor all of your feelings. The most painful ones bring us to great healing.

May you all experience great transformations.

With Love,
Denise

Monday, June 8, 2009

Children's Birthday Party

Inspiration: To continue to be inspired by the miracle of a child.

Working with children is something I have been “guided” to do for a long time.

Children are an opportunity to see the innocence that exists in our world. Looking into a child’s eyes, one can see the promise and the light. It makes me feel that age has no boundaries. . Last year, I completed the Karma Kids Yoga Teacher Training. It is time to put my training to good use.

Most recently, I was given the opportunity to host a children’s birthday party. This was at Club H Fitness in Hell’s Kitchen. It was sheer joy to watch the little ones as we played yoga games, ran obstacles courses and just had fun!!!! WE celebrated with good food,
cake, face-painting and temporary tattoos. Even some of the parents played along .:)

Here are some photos from that “magical” day:









For any additional information, please feel free to contact me at denise@clubhfitness.com.

Embrace the child within. Warmly, Denise

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Living in the MOMENT

Inspiration: To experience each moment without any future projections.

What does it mean to live in the moment? We see this in many new age books and spiritual teachings. For me, it means to be a witness to my feelings and surrender any expectations of the future. This is a constant,ongoing practice. It sounds simple enough, so why are we not all doing it? It is easier to cling to our fears, disappointments, and unfulfilled desires than to embrace the Now. A wonderful book written some years ago is "The Power of NOW" by Eckhart Tolle. Also ,last year" A New Earth" which he also wrote, found its way to the mainstream Oprah audience.

Each moment of each day is an opportunity to embrace the joy of being alive!! Feelings are a natural extention. Breathe your way through knowing that each moment creates the next, which will ultimately bring us to our true calling.

Have a very "peaceful" day.

Best, Denise

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Finding an Inner Sanctuary

Inspiration: To find the peace that only exists within.

How do you define peace?
For some it may be reading an amazing novel, for others a beautiful sunset. Whatever touches your core being can bring you to that state.

For me, it is easy to find peace as I feed the birds in Central Park. Their ability to exist in the moment with no agenda, soothes my very soul. At times, I am brought to tears depending on what I am experiencing. I especially love the "little" birds. They are the smart ones. Their small but significant innocence warms my heart. It is in the allowing that peace can enter. Striving to find it is futile.

Another practice that helps me stay connected is Yoga. During the class it is interesting to watch my mind wonder at times. I can tell for sure when we are in a balance pose and I fall over. I smile as a gentle reminder to be here now. Yoga is for everyone. All levels. It is about finding a class and a practice that is resonate for you.

I took my first yoga class at Equinox in 1996. It was Power yoga. At the time my ego was at a different place and I decided to take class after a long workout. I wanted to "meditate". Well the relaxation was about two minutes and the class one hour and fifteen. I laughed as I looked around not knowing what the poses were and these silly purple blocks. I thought to myself, "This is a complete waste of my time." I did not walk into another class until eight years later.
I am happy that I did and now it is part of who I am. I invite those of you that are reluctant to just surrender to the possibility of finding yoga as a healing sanctuary. Explore, stay open and breathe.......:)

Namaste,
Denise

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

How much exercise is enough?

Inspiration: To move in an authentic and nurturing way to my body.

Exercise. We constantly hear how we must exercise to stay healthy, fit and vibrant. For some of us this is an easy calling. For others, not such the case. Over my years as a fitness trainer, I have worked with a myriad of clientele. From pre-teens to older adults, I have been a witness to a lot of different situations.

Personally, I have been active my entire life. It was never an issue. Let's say I was a hyperactive kid. So my chosen vocation (second career) has suited me well. Over the years I have seen my exercise change to the condition of my physical body. Through countless injuries (and still counting), I have always found a way to move the body. It is one of the key elements that is necessary for a harmonious life.

Now,just a few questions for introspection and reflection.

How are you moving?
Are you moving consistently?
What is keeping you from feeling "vibrant"?

The media and the next "new" thing, does not make it any easier for us. The weather is now getting warmer and it is a time for us to "bloom". Like the butterfly that emerges from its cocoon. It is time to honor, listen and move the body in an authentic way. :)

Have a very "peaceful" day.
Warmly, Denise

Monday, June 1, 2009

On Gratitude

Inspiration: To be grateful for everything in my life right now.

What are you grateful for?

We tend to take things for granted. We focus on what is missing in our lives rather than what we already have. When you practice an attitude of gratitude, you are saying to the world "Thank you for all that I am and all that I have. " This elevates your vibration and the ability to attract people, events and circumstances into our lives in an eloquent way. When we complain, feel bad for our predicaments, we actually create an elongated situation of what we do not desire.
This is a difficult practice, especially when you do not "feel" grateful. It is best to focus on what we do have; health, good friends, family or whatever resonates for you.

This is something I recently started on a daily basis. This helps me feel better in the midst of whatever is going on in my external world. Since the weather is becoming much warmer, I find it healing to go to the park in the morning and sit. Even for just a few minutes and really say "thank you" for what is in my life. It is also nice to take a journal or writing tablet and scribe some positive affirmations of what you would like to bring in to your world. Just like everything else, it requires practice and discipline. But I promise, it feels really healing and over time your external world will change in a very positive direction. Time to go to the park. Have a very "peaceful" day.

Warmly, Denise