The comfort of the cup

exploring the edge

Exploring the edge of our comfort zone takes a bit (a lot) of fearless abandonment of our old habits, ways, beliefs, routines. Looking outside of our own cup. Well, not necessarily looking per say, but seeing or knowing; mostly, trusting.

A cup is small, confined. . . limited. Beyond the rim, the edge is endless space. Limitless. . .

New routine. Endless trust.

A persistent love of exploring the edge.

Have I lived enough?

The Gardener by Mary Oliver.

This full moon, which brings us to the final month of this unbelievable year, I allow myself to hold only energies which serve our highest selves.

“Have I lived enough? Have I loved enough? Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion? Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude? Have I endured loneliness with grace?”

Thank you Mary for your words, thank you Moon for your reflection.

When there’s nothing left to do except BLOOM

This tiny African Violet waited six years to bloom. In the midst of a pandemic, global confusion and crisis, life-changing identity shifts, momentous growth and awakening. . . this baby is blooming to its full potential.

This is no coincidence.

Five noteworthy lessons:

  1. Sometimes you have to wait a long time.
  2. Maintenance during the waiting is everything.
  3. Refuse to throw out something you believe in.
  4. You are your environment.
  5. Eventually, blooming is the only option.

Now, onto the next plant. . .

A boat ride

Ganges River, Varanasi (India)

To walk forward with openess

To be there with the Spirit

To symbolically bathe in the trust of the path

To rise with the force that burns

To release your light into flow

To illuminate the Source

Individual Yoga Therapy offerings

While all yoga can feel therapeutic, not all yoga is yoga therapy. 

Yoga therapy is a healing art and increasingly researched science developed from the ancient insights of yoga integrated into mainstream health and wellness programs. 

Yoga therapy teaches people who are suffering from pain, illness, or disease how to move to a place of ease. 

A yoga therapist has been trained with knowledge of diseases, pain management, trauma, addiction, structural injuries, and Ayurvedic lifestyle. Accumulating over 1000 hours of training along with clinical supervision, a yoga therapist works alongside other health professionals to meet individuals who are suffering physically and/or emotionally to bring about healing. 

Recommended therapies may include awareness practices, mindfulness, breath work, corrective movement, meditation, relaxation, guided visualization, or cleansing practices specific to your condition. 

This integrative approach helps to achieve sustainable results and lasting transformation. 

Individual yoga therapy services are offered at Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance (PHA) by appointment on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.

You will find pricing and scheduling information at www.caringforthewholeyou.com/yoga-therapy.

Yoga for Stress Reduction: Six week series offering

Tuesdays 7:15-8:30 pm

March 3-April 7

$25

Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance

53800 Generations Drive, South Bend, IN

Call 574-273-3880 to register

This six week series will focus on using the practices of self-study, movement, breathing, and meditation to help relieve anxiety, manage stress, and improve mood. 🌿

These yoga practices can shed a new light on what we have the ability to control, empowering us with more tools to combat stress. 🌿

Mental health providers frequently refer their clients to yoga programs and a therapeutic approach to yoga plays a unique interdisciplinary role with other treatment modalities. 🌿

Our goal is to provide a safe and compassionate group atmosphere where participants can reflect and experience a deeper mind/body connection.🌿

Restorative Yoga weekly offering


Restorative Yoga is a 60 minute class that includes restorative yoga postures, simple breathing practices, and mindfulness techniques with the goal of finding more ease in body and mind.

Restorative yoga postures counteract the muscle tension and stiffness that follow anxiety, poor posture, previous injury and inactivity. These gentle positions improve blood flow to the organ systems for optimal health and healing. The breathing practices help restore a natural breathing rhythm to balance the nervous system, increase the amount of circulating oxygen, and help to deepen awareness of our internal state. Mindfulness techniques calm and sharpen the mind and can provide insights into our response and tolerance to stress. Together, these components provide an hour to reclaim ownership of your well-being and prevent future imbalance and disease.

Beginning in March, class @ 10 am on Mondays. Also an evening class on Tuesdays @ 6 pm in the months of April, May, June, October, November & December. May drop in or purchase a package for a discounted rate.

$15

Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance (PHA)

53800 Generations Drive, South Bend, Indiana

Call 574-273-3880 to register and find more information about offerings at PHA @ www.caringforthewholeyou.com.

Holistic Hatha All-Levels Yoga weekly offerings

Hatha Yoga for all-levels. Two weekly on-going classes. No need to register ahead of time, but we do offer packages for a discounted rate. Call the office for details. Hatha Yoga is a class of yoga postures and breathing practices to balance our energy, strengthen and tone our structure, and move toward greater harmony in mind, body, and spirit.

Mondays @ 11am

Tuesdays @ 6pm (February, March, July, August, September)

$15

Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance (PHA)

53800 Generations Drive, South Bend, Indiana

Call 574-273-3880 to register and find more information about offerings at PHA @ www.caringforthewholeyou.com.

Spring Ayurveda Workshop

Sunday, March 22

1-3 pm

Register @ spaciousheartyoga.com or call 574-279-9470

Ayurveda for Spring Season

with Roxie Sweikar, Yoga Therapist and Ayurveda Educator

Spring is a much anticipated time of year when we long for visible signs of blossoming, color, and warmer temperatures!  

While we crave this transition, it may be challenging for some of us to ‘spring forth’ from our winter routines that kept us warm and protected during the colder season.  

Ayurveda, the sister science to Yoga and the traditional naturopathic healing system of India, is a 5,000 year old healing tradition known as “The Wisdom of LIfe.”  This way of life teaches us how to maintain and protect our health, youthfulness and vitality.  

Our individual nature is intimately connected with all of nature.  Aligning our personal daily practices with the season we are in will stimulate our natural healing process.  In Ayurveda, springtime reflects the water and earth elements of nature.  This is called Kapha season.  

This workshop will include conversation on Ayurveda’s lifestyle practices and daily routines for the spring season, along with an energizing kapha balancing vinyasa flow to stoke the fire within and rejuvenate the body.  

Roxie Sweikar bio

Roxie Sweikar is a Yoga Therapist and Ayurveda Educator who teaches these sciences to a variety of people with different backgrounds and motivations.  Her yoga practice began in college out of curiosity and soon developed into a lifestyle that has guided her through her work as a social worker, raising children, and now in Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Counseling.  Always a seeker of soul-moving experience, it is the combination of Yoga and Ayurveda that has helped Roxie live her most authentic and balanced life.  

Roxie is currently teaching at Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance, a holistic medical practice in South Bend, Beyond Zen Yoga Studio, and at the University of Notre Dame. You can learn more about Roxie @ embraceyoga.org.  

2020 Winter/Spring Group Classes

January and February @ Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance (no classes week of February 10 & 17)

Mondays: 11:00-12:00 Holistic Hatha all-levels yoga

Tuesdays: 6-7 pm Holistic Hatha all-levels yoga

Beginning in March @Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance

Mondays: 10am-11 Restorative Yoga & 11-12 Holistic Hatha

Tuesdays: 6-7 pm Holistic Hatha & 7:15-8:30 pm Yoga Therapy for Stress Reduction (6 week series March 3-April 7)

You will find more information about classes and how you can register at Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance at www.caringforthewholeyou.com.

**Ayurveda for Spring workshop coming March 22 in Goshen. Look for more details soon!