2nd Annual Yoga for PASCON

Please join us, the evening of October 25th, for the 2nd annual Yoga for Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket

Community, Tribe, Yoga, PASCON, NIR

I read recently that loneliness, or feeling like an outsider, will increase your chance of an early death by 45%. When compared to more obvious lifestyle risks, like obesity (30% chance it will lead to an early death) and abusive alcohol consumption (20% chance) this is a BIG DEAL. I mean, it’s SHOCKING. Right? In her new book Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown writes:

“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.”

Brown goes to say “Research shows that playing cards once a week or meeting friends every Wednesday night at Starbucks adds as many years to our lives as taking beta blockers or quitting a pack-a-day smoking habit.”

Wow. Now that is reason to pause, take a deep breath, and re-evaluate how we spend our time.

The good news is, we can mitigate the risks associated with loneliness with a simple solution: more CONNECTION.

We can come together during rites of passage like weddings and funerals, celebrate human creativity at art openings, concerts and theatrical performances, and solidify a sense of community by attending local events like non-profit fundraisers, or church services, or volunteering at the local soup kitchen.

For me, the sense of connection and belonging that comes from a ritual practice – like a yoga class, healing circle or group meditation, is once of the most powerful ways of solidifying a sense of tribe. It’s one of the reasons that, when traveling, I always visit the local yoga shala; to get a sense of the local community.

On that note, Nantucket Island Resorts. and I are offering an evening of yoga + meditation with the intention of celebrating the healing power of tribe. The experience will be open to students of ALL LEVELS, and dedicated to support for and memory of Nantucket’s local cancer warriors. 100% of funds raised during class will be donated to PASCON, with matching donations from NIR.

Interested in joining us? Here are the details….

Donation yoga, Lunar Prana Vinyasa, PASCON, Nantucket Island ResortsHeld in the beautiful Ballroom at the White Elephant Village, this practice will include a Lunar Prana Vinyasa flow, seated or reclining meditation, as well as breath work & visualization to promote and restore a deep sense of well-being and community belonging.

Yogis with any amount exposure to the practice of yoga will be encouraged to set up towards the front of the class, so that novices can feel comfortable in the back, with their additional visual support. I will offer modifications for students with physical limitations and hands-on assists for those who enjoy them.

No reservations are necessary, just drop in. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one and I’ll bring as many extra as I can carry.