Hope you've all had a chance to enjoy some of the nice weather we've been having lately! I thought I'd share with you a few of the latest updates from my end! :)
Jo and I were thrilled with how our June workshop turned out, and we once again thank everyone who attended.
The workshop consisted of two main parts. The first, outside in the park, learning the basics of contact improvisation and moving together. The second was at the World Yoga Center, where we discussed nutrition, practiced mindfulness through group meditation, and enjoyed some healthy snacks.
Part two is in the works, and it will most likely again include some contact improv, as well as nutrition and mindfulness related activities.
Some comments from the workshop participants:
"It was nice meeting new people. I think encouraging people to interact was helpful. Doing contact improv for the first time certainly felt awkward but I think it got better as we got more comfortable with each other."
"I really liked the nutrition tips and made some almond coconut milk myself!"
"The combination of shared movement with strangers and practiced mindfulness was very refreshing!"
It's never too late to sign up for our newsletters (you can do it here!). We write about themes relating to wellness, dance, art, community, and other topics of interest. Below are some excerpts from the latest ones - we're more than happy to forward you the full newsletters in case you missed out.
JUNE/JULY - HUMAN & NATURE RELATIONSHIP
"It started when I recognized a feeling of being on top of a globe that revolved around a huge circular bright presence in the sky. I realized that the language we use to describe the movement of the sun (rising and falling) is anthropocentric (human centric). In Lapland it was most obvious that the sun stays put, and we go around."
MAY - FEAR / WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF?
"Are we delusional? I’ve thought about this above mentioned avoidance of “scary” situations, wondering if most of us even acknowledge everything we avoid on a daily basis just because we find it uncomfortable. If we’re not even aware of our fears, how can we address them?"
APRIL - GET TO KNOW US
"QUESTION : What do you struggle with the most in life?
JO: I struggle not to worry about ideas I've been socialized to believe such as beauty is youth (i.e. gray hair is bad, wrinkles are ugly), and fill my mental space with learning new things and understanding the body from the inside as opposed to worrying about its outside appearance. Also I'm a people pleaser so I struggle with making sure that I listen to my needs.
ANNIE: I struggle with being overly emotional – always have. I'm constantly trying to learn more about myself though, and that way also learn how to better deal with negative emotions, and focus on the positive ones. It's important that emotions get expressed, but maybe not always externally. Having a filter can be good from time to time. ;) Meditation is great, and definitely something I recommend anyone to learn more about.
QUESTION : What can everyone do to improve their quality of life on a daily basis?
JO: Pay attention to the basic needs. Give yourself adequate sleep, food, water, and exercise. Pay less attention to the needs represented to you by anyone else than yourself.
ANNIE: Show love to others; as much as you can! And be genuine. Because why not? I promise, it will have a direct impact on your health and how you feel. :) Also, I’d like to add that showing love to others starts with showing love to yourself."
Happy Vibes Project is, first and foremost, a space where I share my excitement and fascina-tion about being human. I have a tendency to fall into research rabbit holes on almost any topic from science & technology to film ma-king, philosophy, cultu-re, art ... and, of course, holistic health. Happi-ness only gets better when shared, so feel free to reach out if you have an interesting story or would like to con-tribute in any other way! <3