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Thank You!

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In the past few months of creating our Humans of WorkWell Series, I have enjoyed the unexpected pleasure of getting to hear from so many of our clients about what matters to you most. It has been funny, touching and inspiring.

In all these years of saying hello and goodbye to so many of you, getting a chance to sit down and have these short, heartfelt conversations has opened my eyes to the possibilities for human connection that are all around us.

I want to thank, not only those who have participated in Humans of WorkWell, but all of you, who have been part of our tribe at one time or another. I have heard from many people in these interviews their reasons for choosing to come to WorkWell for bodywork. The themes that emerge are trusting us to always have high-quality therapists and feeling invested in supporting a local business that they believe in.

These interviews have opened my eyes and heart to how lucky we are to have the support of so many people who feel such a personal connection to us and our work. I am so grateful for that support and inspired to do everything possible to do my very best for WorkWell and all of our amazing clients.

Thank you for nurturing a small, local business with your time, money and care. I hope and trust that it is coming back to you and that it will continue to do so in greater and greater ways. I am dedicated to doing my very best to be of service to all of the people who make up this wonderful community.

Sincerely,

Asenath

Checking Our Blind Spots

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Who remembers the moment during the town hall debate between presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton when they each were asked to name one thing they admired about the other? The question was uniquely non-political, and at the time, I thought it was a bit of a throw-away. Trump said he admired Hillary’s resilience, and Hillary said she admired Trump’s children. I doubt either of them had ever spent a moment considering what they liked about each other before the surprising question was asked. And that’s too bad.

During this time of polarization characterized by fear and anger on both sides of the political spectrum, it is difficult to find ways of coming together. It’s a fine line we are all walking, between standing up for our beliefs and respecting the beliefs of those who disagree. Between keeping a watchful eye on acts of fear, hatred and prejudice carried out by our elected representatives and keeping watch over those same tendencies in ourselves and our allies. It’s a fine line, but we can walk it.

My spiritual life started out fairly reluctantly and skeptically about 10 years ago, but the positive results were undeniable. Since that time, it has picked up steam, and now my Buddhist meditation practice is at the center of my social, intellectual, and creative life. At this point, I thank my lucky stars every day to have found a spiritual path and community that I resonate so strongly with.

I bring this up, because my spiritual life has kept me grounded in love, compassion and self-inquiry during this time of national stress just as it has in times of personal stress. I have been reviewing the works of civil rights leaders and have seen that great leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.,  John Lewis, Mahatma Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh and many others were able to access such courage and social power because they were deeply rooted in love which came out of their spiritual practices.

This is not to say that people who do not adhere to a spiritual practice do not default to love and compassion in their activism. But in my experience, making a deep and sustained commitment to studying the doctrines of love and kindness, learning from great teachers, practicing every day and having a community to practice and discuss with has greatly enhanced my ability to maintain my composure and my moral compass in all kinds of situations.
Tonight, I read a paper titled Possible Implications for Addressing Moral Injury through the Use of Lojong-Based Contemplative Practice. You can read the entire paper HERE, and I recommend it.

Moral Injury was a new term for me. It  applies to the pain and anger experienced when we witness moral norms violated by others or when we violate our own (for instance, soldiers when they harm others despite inner beliefs against harming others).This is a fascinating topic and an interesting and new (to me) way of looking at some of the underlying causes of PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Lojong is a Tibetan Buddhist practice that consists of 59 slogans which are used for training the mind. Even for experienced practicioners of Buddhist inquiry, it is helpful to read a commentary or two about each of the slogans in order to understand their meaning. These practices are widely applicable and very wise. The slogans as well as commentaries are easy to find online.

This article also introduced me to the Shinshu Buddhist practice of Naikan. This practice helps us break out of our conditioned views of others who have caused us harm or who we have witnessed causing harm to someone else. We tend to view those people who have caused great harm entirely negatively. While we may feel justified in doing so, it actually does harm to us, because we, too, sometimes break our own moral code, and when we do, we also tend to view ourselves as entirely negative. It is healthier to be able to practice seeing the good aspects of all people.

I know this is treading on sensitive ground here, so let me be clear. This is not a call to ignore, excuse or tolerate bad behavior. It is simply to notice the truth, that all people engage in acts of kindness as well as acts of violence. Some more than others, but the point is that knowledge is power. We give up our own power when we allow our pain to blind us to the entirety of a person. If we are going to deal effectively in reality we have to let ourselves see the whole picture. Experiencing trauma tends to close our minds as we retract in fear, and this practice can help us open our minds to take in more information.

The practice is to take a person that has caused you or someone else harm and ask yourselves these 3 questions about that person:
  • What have I received from (person x)?
  • What have I given to (person x)?
  • What troubles and difficulties have I caused to (person x)?

A related fourth question, “What troubles and difficulties has (person x) caused me”, is purposely ignored in Naikan. Naikan presupposes that we’re all naturally good at seeing answers to this fourth question, and that too much focus on this question is responsible for much of one’s misery in day-to-day life.

I only discovered this practice tonight, and already I have found it quite liberating and enlightening. It is useful for both the personal and the political, and it is the kind of tool that can help us all right now. I have been making long lists and discovering/remembering the ways in which people who have harmed me have also shown me kindness. Again, I know this is scary territory for many who have been abused or badly injured. Perhaps it is not the right practice for all people at all times. Still, it has been shown to be very effective precisely for people who have experienced horrible violent trauma.

There is a famous teaching in Buddhism about the second arrow. The teaching goes that if you are shot with an arrow, it will be very painful, But if you are then shot by a second arrow that strikes you in the exact same place as the first arrow did, the pain of the second arrow will be many times greater. The analogy here is that the pain caused to us by any wrong-doing is magnified exponentially by our own re-playing of the injury. Our mental obsession with how we were hurt is the second arrow. It can be very difficult to loosen the knot of obsession when we have been injured, even when we know it would be healthier for us to do so.

The practice of Naikan is a way for us to begin to zoom out from our fixed beliefs and loosen that knot, creating more room and space for the truth to emerge and for happiness and calm to prevail. As I said, I have found it to be very liberating. So, if you feel like it, give it a try. And while you are at it, maybe start a running list of what our political foes have done for us. It might become a useful balm that helps us keep our balance in a stormy situation.

In gratitude,

Asenath

Trusting Life

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Hello, dear community.

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about trust. What comes to mind when you hear that word? I think for a lot of us, the first thing that comes up is our relationships and how comfortable we are or are not with trusting other people. But the bigger question is how open are we to trusting in life itself?

I have made a deep and personal study of trust in recent years. This was necessary, because I have struggled with anxiety so much during these years. Underlying my anxiety was a feeling that I needed to constantly be on the lookout for problems and solve them in advance in order to fend off disaster.

This expectation of disaster came as a result of situations that felt overwhelming and intolerable to me, after which, unconsciously, I took upon myself the responsibility of making sure that nothing like that ever happened again.

Even when I knew that my problem-solving mind was not doing me any favors by frantically trying to control things so that good things would happen and bad things would be avoided, I couldn’t stop. My mind had such a habit of stepping in to predict and solve problems, that it was beyond my control to stop it.

Under stress, I think this happens to a lot of us. We may know that we are wasting precious resources and stressing ourselves out by trying to direct the flow of life, but what else are we to do? Our fear of being swallowed by this problem or that is so great, that our mind feels it must jump in to help.

I’ve spent years practicing meditation in order to help soothe and quiet my mind, and as helpful as that has been, I’ve still found it difficult to get into a truly cooperative relationship with my mind.

There is a concept in Buddhism called “wearing out”, and in some ways, that is what has been happening in recent years with my fears. They have begun to just wear themselves out. I have sought out better ways of working with my mind and applied them to the best of my ability. And to the extent to which I have not been successful, I have just waited and allowed my fear to run its course.

Recently, the scales have begun to tip. The evidence that my racing mind is doing more harm than good has mounted and mounted until, something has gently given way. I’ve witnessed the wearing out of the old belief that I can think my way into (or out of) a certain kind of life. I may have known that intellectually a while ago, but it is only now that the knowledge is moving from a theory to a reality, from a probability to a fact.

I’m not saying that we ought not to use our minds. Of course not. Our minds exist, and they carry out incredible functions. But it’s often a case of the tail wagging the dog. For most of my life, my mind has been in the driver’s seat, trying to get life to go a certain way, and the rest of me is just along for the ride.

During a meditation session a couple of weeks ago my mind was resting peacefully, and I was filled with love for this instrument, which works so diligently on my behalf. I noticed how capable and agile it is and how exasperated it becomes from working so much. Rather than admonish it for wasting energy worrying, I acknowledged its awesome power.

I realized that it has been operating under a misguided directive for so long. I have assigned it the job of solving all my problems, and it has done its best and worked so hard to fulfill that directive. I began to perceive what an immense relief my mind would feel, if I removed that burden from it. I saw that, not only would it be able to rest and relax, but it would be able to use its great power for tasks it is fully equipped to handle.

In that initial meditation a couple of weeks ago, I had a vision of what my mind would be capable of if, instead of serving my fear, it was serving a higher purpose.

Since then, when my mind starts going, trying to solve all of my problems, I simply invite it to come lie down and rest. I see it like a cat stretched out napping in the sunlight. I let the light of stillness shine on it and let it soak up that light. Every time I allow my mind to rest like a cat in the silent light of awareness, I am gently, lovingly teaching it it’s new instructions. I am gently re-training it where to go, where to exist, who to serve.

The sense of relief is so powerful. It’s not just a break from stressing out. It’s a redesign of my inner workings that puts my mind in alignment with the rest of me. Under the old system, my mind was tasked with a huge job that it could never fulfill. How stressful is that? In the new system, my mind is reserved for taking on tasks it can excel at.

This is where my fear had to wear itself out. I had to come to the conclusion that so little of what happens or doesn’t happen in this life is within my control. I had to give up all hope that my mind could find a way for me to succeed in business, in relationships, in health, in life. I had to accept that there is very little my mind can do to alter the course of my life.

One key to this shift for me has been opening up to the experience of simply trusting in life’s process. I can see that life has a way of working things out. All of us will face hardships, and when we do, we will get through them however we get through them. And when we die, we will go through that however we go through that.

Sometimes we will get exactly what we want, and that, too, has a kind of pain in it. It immediately sets off this desire to hold on to a good thing, to increase it, to solidify it. That kind of craving is also based in fear, and the feeling of fear is discernible in the excitement of getting what we want. The mind can then spin off with a million ideas of how to increase the good fortune that has come our way. It’s all an effort to avoid pain and suffering.

What I’ve begun to clearly see, is that it is not the mind’s job to help me avoid pain and suffering, to get what I want and stave off what I don’t want. That is a fool’s errand, which wastes my energy and makes true peace and happiness impossible.

I’ve come to see that it is a better use of my energy to trust in life’s process than to try to direct it. To see everything that is given to me, both things I really want and things I really don’t want, as a gift. As what is mine to work with. Any effort to change things actually takes me further away from myself. Having a willingness to work with whatever comes my way, to do my best with what is right in front of me without pushing my own agenda, keeps me grounded in a place where peace and happiness reside and are immediately accessible.

Whatever life brings my way, good and bad, lucky and unlucky, is going to happen. There is no use in fighting against it or trying to prevent or change it. It is better to free up that energy and become supple, allowing whatever occurs to simply be, and giving my mind the rest and recognition it deserves.

Blessings to you and yours.

Asenath

We’ll See!

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A friend recently told me this great Taoist story:

There was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.

“Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“We’ll see,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.

“How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“We’ll see,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

“We’ll see,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

“We’ll see” said the farmer.

There is so much to love in this story. First, it hits upon one of my favorite bits of wisdom, being able to see the good in the bad and the bad in the good. As Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn says, “No Mud, No Lotus”. Does that make sense? Another way of saying it is no compost, no veggies. The waste makes the food makes the waste makes the food. No light without shadow. Opposites are actually inseparable parts of each other. They are actually the same thing. It’s the good old yin and yang.

The best things in our lives grow from the fertile ground left when things fall apart. And the hardest things in our lives come from the best things, too, things such as being alive, loving, learning.

Whenever things are rough, I always look for the blessings. And when things are great I try to practice letting it flow, not trying to hold on too tightly. Good and bad will come and go. Nurturing this kind of equanimity, this calm at the center of the storm is one of the main reasons I meditate.

Another reason I love this Taoist story is that it could just go on and on. You could easily add to it 10, 20 or 100 more events. And the farmer would just say, “We’ll See.”

To me, this really gets to what a long, twisty-turny path life really is. How many times have I despaired, thinking my world was falling apart only to later find myself feeling like the luckiest person alive. And on it goes. We never know what is around the next corner. I find that very comforting. I like to think of all the things that will happen in my life, which I can’t even begin to imagine now. I like not knowing the future. I like knowing that people, places and events beyond my wildest imagination are out there moving toward me and I don’t even know it. Sure, some will be tragic and some will be grand, but to me, it’s all just gorgeous. The fact that we are even here and all this is happening is such a wonder and a miracle. A million billion miracles one after another and all at the same time.

When our perspective is too small, only reacting to one event at a time, the feelings can be overwhelming. But, if we can remember that this is only one event in an infinite landscape of possibilities, we can be a bit more dispassionate, a bit more open-minded, we can zoom out and see the big picture. I’m not saying we shouldn’t care about the things that happen for, to and around us in 2017. We are human and we have feelings, beliefs and opinions. But it never hurts to keep an open mind and a light heart. Especially when things don’t seem to be going in our favor, just remember, We’ll See!

Vata Season

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In the Ayurvedice system, one adjusts food, exercise, and self care regimens to the seasons as well as to personal body types.  As winter approaches, we enter Vata Season.  Here from Yoga International are some tips to thriving in Vata’s time:

Vata Season

Leaf-scuttling winds mark the start of vata season, which ayurveda characterizes as light, dry, rough, hard, mobile, irregular, cool—the very qualities we associate with late fall and early winter. The weather turns cold, winds blow, and the earth becomes dry, hard, rough—maybe even a bit icy. Vata is the queen of change, so you’ll need to watch out for dry skin, irregular digestion, and the frenetic, unpredictable energy of the “holi-daze,” which can easily leave you depleted, overwhelmed, and distracted by all the excitement. Here’s what you can do:

Stay away from raw, cold foods.

Take extra care to keep your internal fire (agni) kindled. Eat warm, moist foods—think stews, soups, and root veggies—and save the salads and cold snacks for summer.

tee-1740871_1280Warm up with hot drinks.

Cozy up to a warm fire or snuggle up with a good book, a cup of chai or hot tea, and a warm blanket. Warm milk laced with ghee and honey is a perfect nighttime elixir.

Stick to a routine.

Make sure you do agni sara every day, as well as schedule some alone time, restorative yoga, and meditation practices. Other daily ayurvedic practices (dinacharya)—including abyhanga, oiling the body with warming sesame oil—will help you stay steady and feel comforted.

Kapha Season

Kapha season extends from frigid winter days, when the ground freezes solid, to mud-luscious early spring, when the snow melts, the sap rises, and the first tentative shoots break through the ground. These conditions disturb kapha dosha’s heavy, dense, wet, gooey, stable, cool qualities. To pacify kapha during the early part of this season:

Switch up your diet.

Turn to foods that are lighter, drier, pungent, and warming. As soon as they’re available, eat the first bounty of the season—sprouts, berries, dandelion and other spring greens—which naturally support this time of cleansing. And stick to three meals a day to avoid overindulging.

bike-1160095_1280Get moving.

Do things that get you up and out of the house—early. Get up before kapha time (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.), and get in some exercise—bike riding, walking, or other light aerobic activity—before 10 a.m. This schedule will help you fend off seasonal weight gain.

Commit to a routine.

Daily use of your tongue scraper, neti pot, and nasya oil will help with seasonal allergies and keep kapha from building.

Setting Intention Throughout the Day

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Hello Sweet Community.

The cold weather is finally here. The dark comes early every day. The rain and drizzle have been near constant. It’s a little harder to get out of bed in the morning. It takes a few extra layers and some waterproof boots to go outside and enjoy the hours of sunlight we do have available. It is nice to be inside our homes for warmth and for light and for nourishing food. It is a time of dormancy and going inward. We are not called on to grow and bloom so much as to hibernate, to rest, to conserve our energy. To focus on family and home. Ahh, winter. It feels kind of good doesn’t it?

And then there was the election. However you feel about the results, this is a very potent period of change, of re-balancing, getting our bearings in a new landscape. People have seemed a bit disoriented. People have experienced a wide range of feelings. At this time, we all need to be gentle with ourselves and each other. We need to take extra  good care of ourselves, so we can extend that well-being out to all others.

As is fitting for the season, I have felt the urge to look inward and watch my mind, my heart and my reactions and see what I can learn from them about myself and how I can grow as a person and a member of society. It hasn’t felt right for me to be especially active or verbal in interacting with politics or the world. Instead, I have been very introspective. Every time I sit down to write the next blog post, I feel somewhat reserved, letting thoughts swirl and simmer until they are ready, whenever that is.

For me, introspection often has a painful side to it, but I always feel the results are worth it. Lately, I have been fairly successful at observing some of the less generous or kind parts of myself, which would lead me into feeling despair about myself or the world, without really believing what they have to say. That has been very worthwhile. Being there and listening, but not buying in completely. I have learned to be skeptical about almost everything I think or believe. I’ve found that to be quite helpful.

There is one small practice which I would like to go ahead and share with you.  This is something you have no doubt heard of and practiced before many times, but it has been working for me in the past few weeks, so I will offer this little reminder to myself and to all of us about the practice of setting our intention throughout the day.

Intention setting is such a simple thing. The way I have been practicing it lately is by breaking my day into chunks and setting an intention for the next chunk. It might look like this:

OK, I’m going to write a blog post for WorkWell right now. Before I get started on that, what is my intention? Then, I sort of feel into my heart to see what I really need, what will feel right. An answer will come to me, such as “I want to get out of my own consciousness and connect with the group consciousness. I also want to be helpful.” Then I keep that as my primary focus during the activity. I know why I am there, what my purpose and direction are.

Later, as I prepare to leave work, it’s time to set another intention. OK, I’m going to pick up Gus from school and go home to make dinner and do our evening chores and routine. What is my intention? Again, I take a few moments to feel into what is needed. I don’t get stuck in my to-do list. That is there, and it will happen. But what I’m looking for now is not the what but the how. The answer will usually be simple, like I want to relax and have fun with my family. Once again, I now know purpose and can let it guide my decisions and actions for the rest of the night.

It’s amazing how differently the day will unfold if I just take the time to set an intention. Sometimes my intention is to learn something, to listen, to rest, to heal, to connect. When I take just a few minutes to tune into what I really need, my actions become so much more meaningful, focused and productive. It saves a lot of headaches.

Last thing I will say about this is that it is particularly helpful to use this practice for getting through parts of the day that are predictably difficult. Sometimes for me, checking emails is stressful. Lately, evenings and bedtime seem to be sad times for me. Noticing these in advance and taking a few minutes beforehand to check in and ask our body/minds what we need can make a world of difference. When we know our goal, we can let go of everything else. If all I desire is to be mindful when checking e-mail, then I will have succeeded, regardless of everything else. If all I need is to give myself a big break from being perfect at bed time, then I will have succeeded as long as I can accomplish that one thing.

So, this is what I am going to keep practicing this month, and I invite you to try it as well or to share in the comments or on our Facebook Page what practices are currently helpful in your life.

We are so fortunate to share this life with such wonderful companions who are also looking and feeling deeply and who support and inspire us. Thank you for being on this planet and in this life.

~Asenath

Humans of WorkWell: Letting Time Pass and Healing

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14681114_1174083542631127_575328314107955422_oI never got massages regularly until I started coming to WorkWell. But you know, life timing, I was finally financially able to do it, and when I got pregnant I was like, “Ok, totally, this is something I can do for myself once a month and not feel guilty about that”. You do so much for me physically, but also emotionally. And frankly, I think you were the first person who found out about Boone and made a point to take me aside and let me talk about it. That meant a lot. And so I thank you for that. I know that you know this in your own life, you can’t change things, and I don’t want to be tomorrow where I am today. And so you have a decision to curl up in a ball and pretend that it all goes away or to get up and move forward.

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I continue to struggle a lot with the way we lost him being the co-sleeping accident. I want to warn mothers, “Don’t put your baby in your bed, and don’t sleep with them”, but I know that that’s irrational and not true, because it would be like saying “My son was killed in a car accident, don’t ever get in a car again.” That’s not reasonable. And the truth is that accidents happen. I think that’s human nature to want to find a cause and effect, to make connections, but you can’t. We don’t know how it all works together. That’s something that I think our human-ness is not capable of and doesn’t need to be.

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He was 5 weeks old when we lost him. And looking back at the things we did with Boone in that 5 weeks, we went to Port Aransas twice. We took him to a Randy Rogers concert with some friends. He pretty much went everywhere with me for that five weeks. And the number of people that he met. Jamie and I went back and made a list, and it was like 60 people that weren’t family, that were friends of ours, friends like, in Corpus Christi that he would not have met if we had not gone to Port Aransas. Just the pictures on the beach of Nash and Boone. All these memories that we made in 5 really short weeks. I’m just so overwhelmed and grateful looking back.

At first it was really hard. I felt guilty about how busy we were. The first week after we lost him, I was like, “Damn, we just went and went and went and never slowed down and just had quiet time, just us in our house.” But then after I really started thinking about it and praying about it, I realized it was such a gift to have all those memories. I almost even have a hard time believing that he was even real. And I mean that in a good way. He was just so unexpected. And so much about him was almost supernatural. It took us a year and a half to get pregnant with Nash. We got pregnant with Boone on the very first time we even tried. Before we were even trying. And we’ve been trying again for 6 months now. From the instant he was conceived he was so much in such a small amount of time and in a tiny little person.

14711228_1174076929298455_934351977211659653_oAnother thing I struggled with was being ok with letting time pass and healing, because I felt like every day that passed was more and more time between where I am right now and when I was with him. Every little bit that I healed was just because it was one day longer, and I was one day further away from him. And that was really holding up my healing process. I grew up surrounded by people and a culture of faith and Christian religion, and I kind of knew all the right answers and memorized the stuff you were supposed to memorize. I’ve always had a regular habit of going to church on Sunday mornings. I think that was a good foundation, but this whole process has taught me to lean. Just simple things like the overwhelming sadness. And really being conscious of accepting God’s love through this whole process. That it’s not punishment, and it’s not cause and effect. But bad things happen and it doesn’t change who God is. It only changes, as much as we will let it, our perception of who he is. And I can either allow events like this to push him further away, or I can allow them to bring me closer to God. And open myself up. And be vulnerable. Not just go through the motions and just do it, because it was what I grew up being told was the right thing to do. But doing it because it’s real.

14716101_1174077479298400_7037263590888246897_nI kind of feel like it’s pitch black around me, and I’ve got this tiny little flashlight that shows what’s under my feet right now. I don’t know what’s coming or what’s around the corner, or what’s going to fall in my path to trip over or whatever. But I can see right here right now, and I know I’m taking steps forward. I don’t know what it’s going to be tomorrow, or what tomorrow will look like, but I know I won’t be where I was.

I want to share my story and Boone’s story, because that’s what keeps him significant. That’s what makes his life matter. If I never talked about it again, then his life was 5 weeks and that was it, that 5 weeks. But being able to share. And to grow personally and share that experience, be open and vulnerable about that, is what keeps his life present. And so I’ve spent hours and hours and hours, you know, in the car, in the shower by myself, wondering what venue God is going to bring in my life to share what I’m supposed to share with the people I’m supposed to share it with. And that’s what he’s doing.

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Humans of WorkWell: My Heart is in Alignment

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15304584_1221036734602474_8120412702938210180_oI was an athlete. I did 12 marathons and 8 triathalons, and I was a big swimmer. And I had a some injuries. I had a couple of falls on the bike and in my running. I was also trying to qualify for a specific race, and I was lifting weights when I really think I shouldn’t have been. I had a guy that was a trainer, and I believe that he pushed me too far for a woman being over 35 lifting power weights. I don’t think that’s healthy. I think it breaks down our body and my spine. Now I’m in all this terrible pain. I’ve had a hip replacement and 2 surgeries. I having to have another surgery, and it’s going to be followed by another. It’s kind of like, my life, it feels like I had this incredible, wonderful height, and now I’m paying for it. It feels like I’ve been in a horrible car accident or something and my body has shifted and it’s not in alignment. But my heart is. My heart is in alignment, and I just want to feel better.

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Humans of WorkWell is our take on the popular “Humans of New York” Facebook spotlight. In Humans of WorkWell we spotlight a WorkWell customer and their current journey, philosophy, mood, or general good advice for life. If you’d like to be featured in our Humans of WorkWell series contact us today.

Humans of WorkWell: A Tribe-like Family

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14691332_1172870739419074_6591497433612443751_oOur family has become really tight and close. But our family is more like a tribe. It includes a lot of people that aren’t blood related to us. And it’s somewhat clear cut. It’s a large group. I’ve got the sangha. And my family. And the song-writing world. And then, also, the performing world. And these all kind of overlap a little bit. Music is that thing that infuses just about everything. The whole thing about music, the distillation of how I perceive it and what I try to impart to people is this perspective that the whole point of music is communication. And communication is community. And another word for that is love. #HumansOfWorkWell

About Humans of WorkWell

Humans of WorkWell is our take on the popular “Humans of New York” Facebook spotlight. In Humans of WorkWell we spotlight a WorkWell customer and their current journey, philosophy, mood, or general good advice for life. If you’d like to be featured in our Humans of WorkWell series contact us today.

ClearSpring Yoga Partnership

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Workwell Austin and Clear Springs Yoga have partnered to offer our clients more opportunities to achieve optimal health.

Workwell Austin provides high quality massage by educated therapists who are trained to pay attention to detail and create a treatment plan to help bring the client into alignment and balance.

The  yoga teachers at Clear Springs are well trained and take the same approach in their yoga classes, teaching a detailed style of yoga asana called Iyengar yoga to assist the individual student in achieving alignment and re-educating the bodies postural habits.

Iyengar yoga is challenging and yet gentle. It is appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners, people in optimal health, and those looking to become healthier, stronger and more flexible. The style uses props (pillows, chairs, bolsters, etc.) so that each person can experience the pose using the support, keeping the student safe while their body gains more flexibility, balance and strength.  You can learn more about Iyengar yoga here.

Both massage and Iyengar yoga are beneficial to preventing and aiding in the healing of repetitive stress injury, acute injury, chronic pain, and stress reduction, and the two modalities greatly enhance the effects of the other. Both yoga and massage improve circulation, aid in adrenal gland fatigue, improve breathing, digestion and  sleep. Yoga and massage work together; one uses the help of the therapist and touch to aid, relax and repair, the other teaches the client techniques to do so on their own. With this program our members will receive discounts at Clear Springs yoga studios and be able to start a yoga practice today or deepen an already existing practice by learning the alignment based style of Iyengar yoga.