Our community

our community

We embrace the opportunity to serve our community and beyond. By engaging our community to identify opportunities for service and mindfully connecting our resources to those needs, we can spread the gifts of awareness and compassion.

One of the benefits of community is the feeling of connection. Connecting with like-minded people gives us a support network, sparks new ideas, fuels our growth, and nourishes the soul.

If you live out of Embrace Yoga’s service area, there are ways we can still connect. Follow Roxie Sweikar and Embrace Yoga on social media, or read the community journal below. Roxie is also available for Ayurveda consultations or Mindfulness Training via Zoom.

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!

Integration

When you are deep in your process, it’s hard to see your progress.  As the minutes slowly tick by and the days are carried away in warp speed, we reach the next. . . month. . . year. . . decade.

Where did you begin and where are you now?  What has been integrated?

I began this decade as a newly initiated stay at home Mom to my one year old son.  We celebrated his birthday a month early that year because my husband was moving to Kosovo for the next six months and would miss the real birthday.   

I had also just finished a year of witnessing my Mom’s journey with leukemia.  My months old son, the breast pump, and myself accrued many frequent flier miles throughout that year of her treatment and recovery.  

And then once my Mom was declared to be in remission toward the end of the year, her Dad died.  My Grandpa Bud was 92 and lived life well.  I think of him when I need a reminder to stop and enjoy the moment.  You could often find him in the back room of their home dancing to jazz music or riding his exercise bike while eating ice cream.  Just enjoying the moment.  

As I consoled my Mom through her cancer journey and then as I witnessed her clean out her childhood home when Grandpa died, I felt so much…grief.  I recall many prayers for peace and health as the new year approached.    

A teacher of mine recently shared this quote about grief.  

“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love.  It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot.  All of that unspent love gathers in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in the hollow part of your chest.  Grief is just love with no place to go.”  – Jamie Anderson 

As I started this new decade imbued in grief, I was also figuring out how to operate as a full-time Mom rather than a full-time grief counselor.  Go figure.    

As a hospice social worker in the metro Washington D.C. area, I carried a caseload of 30-35 terminally ill patients.  My time was spent visiting 4-5 patients each day.  Some were babies, occasionally a young child, far too many young adults with brain cancer or melanoma, older adults with organ failure or chronic illnesses, and several retired military Colonels.  I attended many funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.  

I began to realize, even before my Grandpa died, that my own grief was a full-time participant in my process because I could no longer feel joy when I was with my son.  Working in hospice and watching my Mom face cancer transformed normal preoccupations with illness and death into a really big, all-consuming fear that my son was soon going to die and there was nothing I could do about it.  

It was obviously time for a career change.  And self-care.  It was time to focus on living rather than dying.  

I left the hospice job.  Joined a Mom’s group.  Found a yoga studio with childcare.  Developed a new routine that involved more self-care.  I knew that if this didn’t help me work through the crippling anxiety, that I needed to begin therapy.  

The change of environment worked.  The yoga studio of course worked.  My new friends and new daily routine all worked.  The serenity prayer worked.  

And more time passed and things changed.  

We moved to Indiana, had two more children, started a new career, and grew new relationships with people and places that have become integral pieces of my process.  

Integration. 

This decade has brought a lot of life when it began with an overwhelming fear of death.  

Integration.  Gratitude. 

I’m pretty sure I will end up back in hospice work someday, even if I just volunteer to hold someone’s hand as a visitor.  But learning how to sit with grief takes time, especially when it’s your own.  

While the end of this decade has placed me in different circumstances than the beginning, each day is still a process of working through it all.  Grief is always there and will forever be.  We will lose people and experiences that we love.  We will be let down.  We will let others down.  We can count on many bumps along the way.  Understanding this truth is helpful.  

I was having dinner last week with a few yoga therapists and one of them said she’s ready to drop everything and put her effort into stand-up comedy.  “Everybody just takes life way too seriously!” she said.  I have to agree with her.  

But how do we do this when we are imbued in our suffering?  Well, my spiritual guides say to stay involved in the process.  Don’t run from the pain, but breathe into it and acknowledge it.  When our hearts are broken from the love we can’t give, we are deepening our capacity to feel more compassion and joy as well.  

Integration.  Gratitude.  Joy. 

As this decade ends, I am discovering these gems.  

“Finally I saw that my worrying had come to nothing.  And gave it up.  And took my old body and went out into the morning and sang.”  – Mary Oliver

Yoga for Cancer 8 Week series

Join Roxie this fall for an 8 week yoga series dedicated to those healing from cancer. This yoga series is designed to meet the unique needs of those in treatment, survivors, and their loved ones. Yoga therapies can help to ameliorate the immediate and long-term effects of cancer and its treatment. Upon completion of this series, participants will be able to safely and effectively apply yoga practices to manage symptoms, pain, anxiety, and fatigue.

The 8 week series is offered free of charge and is accepting 10 participants. Cancer patients, survivors, and loved ones who have walked the journey with you are welcome. You will be led by a yoga therapist, Roxie Sweikar, who has completed oncology-based yoga training. With an understanding of the nature of cancer and its treatments, as well as how to safely apply practices, you leave the series with effective tools to support your health and well-being.

Each session will last 60 minutes and incorporate physical postures with plenty of modifications and props, breathing techniques, guided imagery and visualization, deep relaxation, and meditation. Some discussion, group check-in, and sharing will be included.

Holding space for each other is healing. Honoring each persons unique journey while also honoring the shared experience unites us in body, mind, and spirit.

Beginning Wednesdays @ 11:00 am on the following dates:
September 25
October 2, 9, 16, 30
November 6, 13, 20

Location is Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance, 53800 Generations Drive, South Bend.

Please contact Roxie at roxie@embraceyoga.org for registration.

I am looking forward to sharing this series with you. My own yoga practice was deeply solidified when walking with my Mom through her cancer treatment. At the end of each day, I would yearn for child’s pose where I could let my shoulders relax and drop all the weight that my heart had held that day. It grounded me, helped me surrender fear and anxiety, and allowed me to embrace each moment and lesson along the way. I look forward to offering a space for others to experience the healing practices that yoga can offer to move through life with less tension and greater ease, clearer purpose and deeper meaning.