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Dancing our Way Home with Compassion and Joy

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on Dancing our Way Home with Compassion and Joy

Dancing our Way Home with Compassion and Joy

Are you a secret dancer? You love dancing in your living room but might be shy to do it with other people. Maybe you’ve been told or believed that only certain types of people can dance. Everyone is a dancer – even if you “think” you’re not! What is Dance Our Way Home™? Dance Our Way Home™ (DOWH) is a gentle and healing dance practice that takes us on a sacred journey to dive deeply into ourselves and connect with others in a warm and accepting community. DOWH is for everybody who longs to dance and connect their spirits with their bodies. DOWH offers a safe and non-judgmental space to be yourself, just as you are. If you love to dance or would love to dance, regardless of your age, gender, size, shape or fitness level, you are welcome! This practice is especially welcoming for people who may feel shy or reluctant to dance. DOWH offers a chance to feel connected to your own beautiful unique creative spirit. It’s an invitation to experience the joy and rejuvenation of moving, enjoy a sense of belonging and homecoming, and a chance to nourish yourself with self-love and care. DOWH is all are about honouring your own body wisdom and authority. In this practice, there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to move – just what feels right for your body. DOWH can be as gentle or as exuberant as you want. Everyone is invited to move at their own pace and in their own way. A DOWH session offers a mix of free-style and guided dance, relaxation and guided imagery, combined with life-affirming, spiritual principles, ideas and practices. You’ll be led on a spiral dance journey accompanied by a varied and vibrant mix of music – to connect to yourself, to community, and then back home to yourself. You don’t have to worry about following any steps because there are no steps! My Journey with DOWH DOWH was created by Erica Ross and Nan Keyser in 2001 for Sheena’s Place, a support organization for people with eating and body image issues. Erica continued to hone and deepen the practice and in the fall of 2007, she offered DOWH to the community-at-large, for anyone wishing to dance and connect more deeply to themselves and others in sacred connection. I’ve participated in DOWH since 1997 and was thrilled to take the inaugural facilitator training with Erica Ross in 2010. I was immediately drawn to the way DOWH creates such a safe, welcoming and celebratory space to express all of who we are, including the parts we’ve been shy or ashamed of. All expressions are welcome – tentative, tender, sad or roaringly outrageous and ecstatic. DOWH has been a key part of my personal journey, offering a profound way to connect with my bodily wisdom and intuition, the divine feminine, and other kindred spirits travelling a similar path. The non-verbal dimension of the DOWH practice helps me drop deeply into my body and into the hidden places of knowing that lie beneath words. Self-acceptance is the heart of the practice, and has been a key and continuing theme on my own personal journey. Here are 2 of the 10 principles that have had an enormous impact on me and that I come back to again and again, in both my dance practice and my life. Experiencing these principles in action has made DOWH so compelling to me. “Acceptance of self is the way to joy and freedom: When we accept all that we are with no judgment, where there is no right or wrong, good...

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Training for a Half Marathon with Network Chiropractic Care

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on Training for a Half Marathon with Network Chiropractic Care

Training for a Half Marathon with Network Chiropractic Care

I love running. I love the freedom of starting my exercise regime as soon as I leave the house. It’s also a gratifying way to explore Toronto’s neighbourhoods in a way I would never have the patience for while commuting from place to place. I used to run regularly – my favourite route was through the Wychwood Park neighbourhood and around Casa Loma. That is, until I got injured. One day, I ran too far too fast after a brief hiatus with a worn out pair of old running shoes and I got a major case of shin splints. Running was never the same after that. Every time I ran, I developed aches and pains that made me feel too old for my age – like lower backaches, sore knee joints and even numbness in my limbs. I stopped running and opted for “lower impact” exercise like cycling, rowing and yoga. This summer, my good friend asked me to run a half marathon with her in Nice, France this upcoming November. It was a “bucket list” item we’ve been talking about for years and the opportunity was serendipitous so I took on the challenge. Luckily for me, since the time I stopped running regularly, I discovered the benefits of network chiropractic care. Before training for my half marathon, I would typically see my network chiropractor for a general tune-up once a month as a part of my personal stress management regimen. It feels like the combined effects of a relaxing deep tissue massage and invigorating 1hr yoga class. I started training at least once, sometimes twice a week, after seeing my chiropractor. I find it a vital part of my training regime to help keep me injury free. It’s also helpful to talk to my chiropractor about specific aches and pains – he gives me specific stretches to do at home so they don’t escalate to bonifide injuries or even permanent damage over time. I feel great. I feel invigorated to go for a two-hour run after a session with my network chiropractor. It also feels great after a particularly painful run to speed up my recovery. I’m so glad I’ve rediscovered my love for running. Network chiropractic care is my key to staying injury free and optimizing my performance for my half marathon!...

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Clear Day – Body Wisdom

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Events | Comments Off on Clear Day – Body Wisdom

Clear Day – Body Wisdom

On Saturday, October 18th our Network chiropractors are hosting a Clear Day. Clear Day’s are full day intensive healing events that utilize the momentum of members of the community, entrainment, workshops and more, to achieve healing and clarity that is generally not available in our day to day lives. Come explore your “Body Wisdom” with us. Location Grace Toronto Church 41 Britain Street, Toronto Clear Day – Frequently Asked Questions  What is a “Clear Day”? A “Clear Day” is a focused one day healing-intensive event. It is designed for those who have made progress in their healing journey and want to take their life and care to the next level. The event propels people forward with great velocity through the Levels of Network Care. Attending one of these events helps people develop a deep and clear awareness of themselves and improves their quality of life and healing progress significantly. What happens at a “Clear Day”? An intensity is built through multiple entrainments and workshops in a larger group setting. This allows your nervous system to access new resourcefulness and develop more refined strategies at accelerated rates. Your nervous system learns exponentially and many old and deep patterns are easily transformed. We highly recommend you leave your next day free for integration of your changes. Please contact the office at health@sourcecentre.ca or (416) 923-4325 for more...

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Dancing Chipmunks

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Events, Featured, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dancing Chipmunks

Dancing Chipmunks

“I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times.” – Cate Laurier I started my dance “career” as a dancing chipmunk in an elementary school production of The Sound of Music. That was because I didn’t get selected for the chorus, which is what I’d really craved. After recovering from the disappointment, I found myself backstage in a precocious moment of Zen clarity. I chose to dive in fully.“Well gosh darn, I’ll be the best dancing chipmunk I can possibly be”. I danced my heart out. It was exhilarating. What I learned in my 15 seconds of fame is the power of presence. It’s a lesson I find myself needing to return to time and time again. Dance is one of the places I feel most at home. Dance is a way to be with myself. It’s a powerful path to connect and transform. Putting on a high energy song can instantly change my mood. Sometimes astonishingly. But not always. Dance is also where I meet some of my “gnarly knots”. I can’t always look to dance as an escape or instant energy boost or way to transcend troubles. It’s not always about flying high. Sometimes, vexingly, it’s a place to meet myself in all my messiness. And it can feel very tempting to run away from that! I know dance is good medicine for me at these times. Especially at these times. I don’t always take it. I love exhilaration as much as anyone. But sometimes I need to dive deep into the turbulent river or stagnant waters. Trust the power of transformation. The invitation to being present in dance is a funny paradox. Dance with where I’m at, no matter where I’m at. AND trust the power of transformation. But don’t DEMAND it. I need to hear my own soul words inside and really take them to heart: “Come, come, whoever you are, however you are, bring your joy, bring your struggle, bring your power, bring your tenderness, bring your weariness, bring your energy, bring your playfulness, bring your tears. All are welcome here.” By: Cate Laurier (Cate Laurier is a member of the Source Centre community and loves to dance and explore inner landscapes. She facilitated the June Monthly Groove dance party.)...

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Celebrating and Appreciating You!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on Celebrating and Appreciating You!

Celebrating and Appreciating You!

Appreciation: Recognition of the quality, value, significance, or magnitude of people and things.  Often through showing gratitude. We practice a great deal of gratitude at Source Centre whether it’s in our daily routine of acknowledging and supporting each other or at our staff meetings where a round of gratitude is shared. Expressing appreciation and thanks is great for maintaining our health and keeping anxiety at bay. Opt for a happy and healthy lifestyle by showing your gratitude—you can express your appreciation for anything and everything! We are immensely grateful for all the extraordinary people who make up our community, and this means YOU! We thank you for your participation, your sharing, your commitment to health, and of course for your business. We appreciate the opportunity to share with you, sometimes cry with you and especially be able to grow with you. Our way of showing our thanks to you is by inviting you to our very special event, “Celebrating and Appreciating You”. We hope you and your special guests will be able to join us on Friday July 4th for an evening of complimentary Network care, raffles, prizes, refreshments, fun, and community. Please RSVP by emailing us at health@sourcentre.ca or calling...

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Dance, Dance, Dance

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Events, Featured, Health | Comments Off on Dance, Dance, Dance

Dance, Dance, Dance

This is the title of one of my favorite songs by Steve Miller Band.  Here are the opening lyrics: My grandpa, he’s 95 And he keeps on dancin’ He’s still alive My grandma, she’s 92 She loves to dance And sing some, too I don’t know, but I’ve been told If you keep on dancing You’ll never grow old… I agree!  I love to dance (and sing some too)! Dancing has been a significant part of my life ever since I was a teenager.  I have never had any formal training in dance and I don’t think it is at all necessary to develop a love of dance and enjoy the many benefits. Why do I love to dance?  I love music and I love allowing it to move me and my body.  I love to dance in community and enjoy celebrating life through music and dancing.  I love to be expressive and creative with my movements and try different moves and rhythms out.  I love how dancing brings me into my body and into the present moment.  I love that every person, at any age, with any ability can be included in dance. I love how it is a way to bring people together.  I love that I get to exercise my body while I am having fun and don’t even feel like I am “working out”. As a chiropractor, I think dance is a wonderful way to enhance health and wellbeing.  I often recommend dance as a form of exercise, whether in dance classes, events, parties, or dancing at home (this is what I do a lot of). I especially appreciate free movements when it comes to dancing.  What we know about the body is that it appreciates random, non-repetitive movements that cause many different muscles, large and small, to be firing and this helps our joints and spines be in healthy alignment.  Free, or ecstatic, dance is a way to move the body without any structured or choreographed movements. Here at Source Centre we are hosting our first monthly ecstatic dance event on Wednesday, April 23rd starting at 7:30pm.  We invite you come to dance and play with us.  We aim to create a safe space where everyone feels welcome, free to be themselves and free to move their bodies as they please.  If you feel perfectly at ease with dance, or if it is new and scary for you, just come, we welcome all of...

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