Creative BUST-OUT starts Thursday!

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Now, more than ever, we need to carve out time, structure and communities to tap into greater ways of knowing, feeling and loving!

Our new 4-week course starts Thursday, April 16th and runs through Friday, May 15th. Jiyu and I will be sharing our favorite practices with you each weekday morning. We will chant, invoke healing, guidance, protection and inspiration, engage in shamanic journeying, spend some time expressing ourselves creatively, as well as learn and practice nervous-system savvy techniques to remain adaptable during this critical period in history. You will also have opportunity to share with each other in our online group. These practices leave me feeling connected, capable and energized, and I hope you will also benefit from them. 🙂

Early bird continues through tomorrow 6pm Denver time! Live sessions take place on Zoom 7:50-8:50am, but if that doesn’t work for your schedule, the video will remain available until the next one is posted. More details and registration here!

Discounted Online Sessions thru May 2020

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Hi Friends, hope you and your loved ones are safe and well in these turbulent times! We have gone 100% online for now and are thrilled to be offering discounted private or corporate sessions this April. Keep an eye out for us also on our social media. We are currently dreaming up some live events and classes. Can’t wait to see our friends from all over the world 🙂

I absolutely love giving private sessions! Our first exclusively online week felt so rewarding, and I got to work with folks from around the globe. I offer neuroscience-enriched, mindfulness-based and trauma-informed yogacoaching and counseling for healing and thriving. I have extended a deal through March 31st on a package of 3 individualized sessions (50-min each) for $325 to be used by May 1st. You can mix and match topics or delve deeper into a single theme that interests you.  Although in our culture group classes and self-help has dominated, there is no substitute for one-on-one relationship focused on what matters most to you now. Our ability to stay centered and to adapt will have a powerful impact on how we show up for ourselves and others during this difficult period. Read more about me here, and contact me to schedule!

Wind down 2019 with a refreshing deep dive: Omen Days Retreat

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Registration is now open! Only 10 spots available. Early bird pricing through November 4th 🙂

Anybody looking for a refreshing and deep-diving alternative to the holiday madness?  Come and join our Omen Days Retreat!  We will tap into silence and listen to our bodies and souls through a variety of powerful methods:  TIAVY (Trauma Informed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), meditation, shamanic journeying, expressive/creative arts and movement, chanting, group process and divination…  Prepare to enter 2020 rejuvenated, with a sense of clarity, purpose and readiness.

This retreat will take place at our home studio in Denver at the end of the year during the Omen Days from the Winter Solstice through the beginning of the New Year (December 20, 2019-January 1, 2020), a time considered by many cultures to be especially potent for doing inner work and setting the tone for the year to come. If you find you cannot join us for the entire time, a daily option will be opened after the Early Bird registration period is over. 

There will be free time each afternoon for nature walks led by Jiyu, drawing and journaling, doing restoratives using our extensive prop collection, and optional add-ons like IR sauna sessions. You may also choose to add on a juicing and/or V-GF organic kitchari cleanse package for turbo detox and renewal. 

The bulk of the retreat will be held in noble silence. For our purposes this means allowing ourselves to get away from talking about our usual concerns and identities and speaking only when necessary or when encouraged during group practices. (To whatever degree possible, you are invited to take a break from electronic communications as well, such a relief!) Through guided group and partner activities we will create space to feel seen, heard, held and thoroughly appreciated for the star beings we truly are.

New Year’s Eve will be an even bigger celebration than every other night  and additional members of the community may join in. We will have a healthy & delicious V-GF potluck, dancing, kirtan/sing-along, puja to bring our intentions for the new year into consciousness, and finally we will sit or move in silence for the last hour of 2019. At midnight, we will salute the new year with 108 repetitions of the mantra LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU (may all beings be happy) and have a brief toast with tea, snacks etc. before retiring so as to be fresh for 7am ceremony on New Year’s Day!!!

Jen-Mitsuke will be leading all of the activities and also practicing and retreating along with you. She will teach TIAVY self-practice on Sundays as well as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day during this period (4x), practicing yoga right beside you on other days. You must therefore be familiar with “Mysore-style” classes and be confident in your own practice, as group yoga instruction will not be offered. (Seasoned practitioners in other lineages are also welcomed. Just let me know where you’re coming from and we can decide whether it’s a good match.) Shamanic journeying, expressive practices and group processes will be thoroughly explained, so no prior experience with those is needed. Please contact Jen with any questions or concerns.

Locals may commute daily, and for those from out of town, we may be able to offer you a couple of competitively-priced options for staying here with us. These accommodations afford varying degrees of privacy and comfort, and all involve a shared bathroom. Please inquire if interested.

Additional Details Here! 🙂

Daily Morning Sadhana in October

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Got Yoga? Sauna? Ceremony? Creativity? We do! Start each day the Jen-Mitsuke & Jiyu way!

We invite you to join us 7 days per week during the month of October for morning sadhana at our extremely well-appointed and pleasant home studio in Denver. We encourage you to undertake a diverse and individually-appropriate practice that helps to ground you and serve that which is most meaningful to you in life.

Feel free to include kriya, pranayama, meditation, strengthening exercises and restoratives in your yoga routines! We have a plethora of specialized equipment for your enjoyment. You are also welcome to do creative work during that time if your schedule does not permit staying the full morning. Need help tailoring your personal practice or incorporating additional creative or healing elements? Set up a private session with Jen.

Creative Hour will consist of puja, chanting and drumming/rattling followed by 40 minutes to spend as you choose for personal journaling, dream analysis, artwork, movement exploration, etc., and ending with a neuroplasticity-stimulating meditation for happiness and resilience.

You may attend whatever times work for you, but please refrain from arriving or departing during group savasana, ceremony or meditation times (8:30-8:45, 9:00-9:15, 9:55-10:00). 45-minute IR sauna sessions can be booked (at least 24 hours in advance) as early as 5:30am and finishing as late as 10:45am.

We are looking to foster a sense of regularity and support in community, so we only offer monthly subscriptions. Our friends from out of town or locals looking for a retreat may purchase 7-day memberships on a space-available basis. We will be a group of 10 or less.

Please note, there will be no practice on October 25, 26 and 27th (Friday-Sunday) as Jen will be traveling for her PhD studies. Otherwise, Jen leads the daily chanting, puja, drumming/rattling & meditation. Additionally, she will teach TIAVY self-practice from 6:30-8:45am on Wednesdays and Sundays. At other times Jiyu is there to supervise as Jen practices alongside you. 🙂

Schedule:

  • 6:00am–Doors Open
  • 6:30am–Ashtanga Vinyasa Invocations
  • 8:30am–Group Savasana & Closing Chant
  • 8:45am–Tea & Satsang
  • 9:00am–Puja & Ceremony
  • 9:15am–Creative Free-Time
  • 9:55am–Closing Meditation
  • 10:00am–Bring Your Best Self Out Into the World!

Investment:

  • October Unlimited (includes 2 IR sauna sessions) — $180
  • 15-day Punch Card (expires end of October 2019) — $150
  • 10-day Punch Card (expires end of October 2019) — $120
  • 7-consecutive-day Punch Card (sign up for October dates) — $80
  • 5-pack IR sauna 45-min Session — $75
  • Single IR sauna 45-min Session — $20

Click here for additional details and registration!

Jen-Mitsuke is headed Back-to-School!

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Congratulate me!  😉  Jiyu is toasting to my future as a PhD student (yet again!) at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.  I will be studying Depth Psychology with a concentration in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices.  

In working on the curriculum for my TIAVY (trauma informed ashtanga vinyasa yoga) teacher training this past summer, I realized just how committed I am to spreading the word about trauma and how we all need to whittle away at our own ever-replenishing load!  It became clear to me that I wanted to integrate some shamanic and expressive modalities into the yoga and psychotherapeutic-neuroplasticity framework I have been developing over the past 6 years, so this program seems to be right up my very interdisciplinary alley!  

I’m hoping to meet a lot of inspiring colleagues from various healing professions and learn a lot.  The first time around (2000-2004 at Princeton University studying neuroscience), I wasn’t far enough along on my own path to feel confident of making my own contribution to the field.  It was fascinating, but it seemed like I was just doing more of what my predecessors did and not likely to make a lasting difference in peoples’ lives.  I was still meandering towards my deeper purpose. 

My own illness, subsequent contemplative trainings and counseling degree have added to my way of understanding the healing process, with all of its universals and particulars.

I hope to stand with myself and others on their healing journeys and expand my ability to tap in to Spirit, the unconscious, conscious relationship, and eastern and western techniques for nervous system regulation in my sessions and workshops.  I increasingly hope to attract students and clients looking to make a profound investment in their intrinsic intuitive, relational and creative abilities.  

I will be traveling to CA monthly but remaining in Denver at other times so stay tuned for upcoming offerings!  And please sign up for my blog and email list if you have not done so already 😉 

John Cage on Sound Discrimination

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IMG_2764“If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience… The most recent change in my attitude toward sound has been in relation to loud sustained sounds such as car alarms or burglar alarms, which used to annoy me, but which I now accept and even enjoy. I think the transformation came through a statement of Marcel Duchamp who said that sounds which stay in one location and don’t change can produce a sonorous sculpture that lasts in time. Isn’t that beautiful?” —  John Cage via Mark Epstein in Thoughts Without a Thinker