Into the Light | Winter Cleanse | Wellness in 2019!

I spent the winter solstice arriving into Denver with my family, and when I emerged from the airport, I was greeted by a gorgeous full moon hanging low in the sky illuminating the snow covered mountains behind it. It was stunning, and the scene took my breath away. Not always do we get to experience a full moon on the longest and darkest day of the year, and there was something about it that felt special and hopeful, like a beautifully wrapped  gift we didn't expect to receive. The promise of light appeared literally and figuratively before me, and it revealed newness and possibility.
 
Immediately, a quote by beloved meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg came to mind:
 
“It’s never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view. When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether it’s been dark for 10 minutes, 10 years or 10 decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before.”
 
As we move into days of increasing light, we have an amazing opportunity to shine this gift of light brightly on where we are and what we’re filling our days, minds and bodies with. After celebrating my birthday a couple of days ago and in anticipation of the new year, I've been reflecting on my own patterns and habits, and I’m committed to looking at these things with clear eyes, an open mind and a kind heart. I acknowledge with delight the things that are working – moving my body daily, feeding myself loads of vegetables, snuggling often with my kids, making time for friend dates, and connecting deeply with my clients – and with gentleness and urgency the things that aren’t working so well – less than consistent meditation practice, irregular date nights with my love, a lack of playfulness and presence with my kids, and overextending myself by saying YES too quickly. As I/ we see these truths illuminated, we get to make the conscious choice to take a step forward into growth. Even though it can be incredibly challenging, we can finally start to experience the fullness of a life intentionally lived.
 
Oprah encourages us to “Step out of the history that is holding you back and into the new story you are willing to create,” and I love being reminded that we (and not our circumstances) are the authors here.  It's about moving forward in a way that puts us in the driver's seat.

To support you on this newly illuminated wellness path, I'm excited to offer a new and improved Winter Cleanse January 7-16, co-teach a Spring Renewal Yoga Retreat with my lovely sister in the Catskills in May, and coach you to commit to movement and wellness this year. In 2019, let’s shine a light brightly on where we are, choose the stories we want to write/illustrate, and leap confidently in that direction. I’m right there with you along the way and wish you clarity, abundance, joy and light in 2019!

Paying Attention/ Spring Happenings

Dear Friends Near & Far, 


"The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness."
—Jon Kabat-Zinn

Happy May (even though we're already halfway through)!

Last Saturday, my kids, knowing how much I adore lilacs, set out with my mom's help and some pruning shears to collect some of these May beauties growing abundantly along the country roads upstate in the Catskills. Meanwhile, my husband, my dad and I were on our own mission to collect ramps and take advantage of finding some before their short season passed. Last year while on a Mother's Day hike up the mountain behind our house, we discovered several big swaths of land covered with this tender, delicious spring onion and marked it on our calendar to remember for the next year. The hike was successful, and we've been enjoying ramps all week. Upon returning from the hike, we were presented with the most gorgeous purple lilacs spilling out of all the vases and ball jars that could be found. We were all excited by the surprise, and the kids and I joyfully spread the fragrant flowers throughout the house to enjoy, all the while knowing that they wouldn't last long. By the time we left to drive back to the city just a day and a half later, they already had begun to droop and lose their vibrance.

This is a time of year that's chock full of these glorious little fleeting gems. Whether it's a flower, a seasonal vegetable or a moment, we have but one opportunity to notice it, to enjoy it, to truly experience it. I knew the lilacs wouldn't last forever, but I still loved seeing their brilliant color throughout the house and breathing in their aroma while it lasted. And I know the ramps won't be there on the next hike I take up the hill in a few weeks, but I love that I can enjoy them now and look forward to their appearance again next year.

Even with these lovely moments and beautiful things to notice, it can also be a time of year that's packed full of activities for people- end of the school year activities, work and social functions, sporting events, and so much more. It can be challenging to take the time to pay attention, and yet it's so important.  Jack Kornfield, the meditation teacher and author, writes, "When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another-and ourselves."

This is where our yoga practice and other mindfulness practices make such an impact. Each time that we are on our mat paying attention to our breath, we are inviting that attention we cultivate to spill into our lives. So, maybe, when we sit down to a meal, we notice the colors of our food and taste the food's many flavors; and when we head out for our daily run, we observe the way one foot feels as it strikes the ground before the other; and when our child is excitedly telling a story, even if it is rambling on and there are a million things to do, we listen without distraction; and when we're on the road but stuck in traffic, we might take the time to notice the gorgeous flowering apple trees in the field next to us; and on and on. These are opportunities to connect to each other, the world around us and ourselves, and research shows that when we do that, we're happier and more grounded.

Thich Nhat Hanh says, " Mindfulness frees us from forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life. Mindfulness enables us to live." 

Living well,  paying attention to our sense of wellness and being mindful about our health are all key during these often over-full spring days. With that in mind, I'm excited to share with you what's going on at Julie Peacock Wellness in these next weeks; special classes, events and a wellness special that I hope will help to support you on your path to being & staying well.

HAPPENINGS

Wellness Special* - $475
This is a perfect opportunity to gain some clarity around how you're eating, delve into your yoga practice and set some specific wellness goals for yourself. (Visit my website for more information about my nutrition and yoga work.)

Includes:
-1 60-minute nutrition consult
- Wellness plan
- 2 30-minute phone/ skype follow-ups
-1 60-minute private yoga session

*Offer good through June 30th and to be used before October 31, 2017.

May 24 - 7-8:15pm Natural Solutions to Hormone Health 
Join Acupuncturist Oceana Baity and me for this complimentary webinar to learn steps we can take with food, supplements, lifestyle and essential oils to support hormonal balance. Follow this link to join.

June 2 - 10:30-11:45 Natural Solutions to Hormone Health
Join me for this complimentary class in my apartment on the LES to learn steps we can take with food, supplements, lifestyle and essential oils to support hormonal balance.  Please RSVP to join and for address details.

June 8 - 7:30-9 - Essential Oils for Health & Healing
Are you curious about essential oils? Everyone seems to be talking about them lately, yet how do you sift through all of the brands and know what to do with them? Join Jessica Phillips (yoga & mediation teacher, personal chef  & health coach) and me in her UWS apartment for a complimentary class about what CPTG essential oils are,  how to use them, how they support your health and where to best source them. Wine & snacks served. RSVP for address details.

June 15 - 5:30-8pm-Elements Jewelry Trunk Show & doTERRA Essential Oils 
Join Elements co-creator Rachel Frank and me in her apartment on the LES for this fun Thursday night of shopping, mingling and some learning, too. Discover the healing benefits of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils while shopping the beautiful Elements collection inspired by the four elements -air, fire, water, earth. Wine & snacks served. RSVP for address details and invite friends!
 

Yoga Classes - Drop into my group classes anytime and contact me to a schedule a private.

Tuesdays: 7:45-8:45pm, Home Studio (Lower East Side - contact for address), all levels vinyasa

Wednesdays: 12-1:25pm, The Shala (815 Broadway, NY, NY 10003) int/adv

Fridays: 9:15-10:15am, Home Studio (Lower East Side - contact for address), all levels vinyasa

I'm looking forward to connecting with you! Please let me know if you have any questions/ comments. I'd love to hear.  And as you jump into each new day, may you see and feel and taste the world around you and find those deep connections that come from paying attention. 


In Health, 

Julie