We are members of a DOING culture and rewarded for doing the very things that burn us out and keep us dull! It takes courage to meditate and give yourself permission to just be rather than do. Thank goodness that yoga has become familiar to most – if people are not practicing at least they’ve heard of it! The wisdom traditions with WISDOM being the key word give us all of the tools to live our best lives, heal our karma, our bodies and minds, and find bliss. Why do people avoid this wisdom right at their finger tips? The ego clings to the past and the familiar and when that structure is threatened it becomes a tyrant of a saboteur! We all experience this daily and guess what? The sages told us that RAJA YOGA, meditation as the royal path, heals this affliction of the ego and the dis-ease in our lives. The process is simple but not necessarily easy. I believe instruction is absolutely necessary or one can easily get discouraged and give up. I did when I was first interested in a meditation practice. My ego played every trick in the book convincing me that I couldn’t do it right, I didn’t have time, my mind was too busy, I didn’t have quiet experiences, etc… So I believed in this crazy monkey of a mind and gave up. That is until I took the course in Primordial Sound Meditation developed by Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon. It gave me a rock solid foundation from which to establish a successful lifetime meditation practice. I learned 7 years ago and have not missed one single day! I still will experience a turbulent mind and a feeling of not having the experience that I want. I just know what that is all about it and chose the practice over a perfect experience. I’m as busy as any of you out there and I know the ego will always present competition to my practice and really tempting ones sometimes but I choose the practice. In addition to my daily Primordial Sound Meditation practice, I continue to study other methods of meditation including creative visualization and have gone on to study and earn certifications in Ayurveda and Aromatherapy. This all blossomed from my courage to commit to learning HOW to meditate and having the courage to do it regularly. Thinking about or talking about meditating won’t deliver the benefits sorry to say:) Having the courage and commitment to sit and be with any and all that comes up in a practice has taken more faith, discipline and maturity than extending my nature of doing to more doing even if it’s yoga or hiking in nature. These activities are awesome and absolutely recommended in this ancient wisdom of Ayurveda but they are not enough! They help to prepare us for meditation. So be courageous and let that monkey ego serve you rather than rule you! I’d love to help you develop a successful, enriching, lifelong practice! Contact me at candice@swansage.com or www.swansage.com and be courageous!

According to Ayurveda a good morning starts the night before with evening practices to promote unwinding, digesting the experiences and emotions of the day, and sound sleep to allow the body to keep up with detoxification.  Enjoy this article by VPK with tips on just how to enhance your well being with simple practices and herbal supplements if needed!

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Ayurvedic Evening routine to unwind and recharge

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The co-founder of the Chopra Center, David Simon, said there is one topic that gets people more charged than sex or money and that is FOOD! People are highly opinionated about the food they eat – all claiming their diet is the best be it paleo, vegan, vegetarian, raw, gluten free – you name it. When asked about mine I answer ORGANIC. As the wisdom and timeless teachings of Ayurveda state, each of us is made up of a unique combination of the 5 elements that create everything in our manifest world – earth, water, fire, air and space, so it would make sense that each of us needs a unique diet to balance her/his constitution (Dosha). As we wake up to the the universal knowledge of Ayurveda we begin to understand that our environment is us!  It is our extended body that we must take care of just as we would take care of our teeth, skin, hair, etc… The thing is that the plants and trees don’t need us like we need them. In fact we cannot survive without them. They can survive quite nicely without us! Every breath you take is a gift from the trees. Every vegetable you consume allows you to digest the light of the life giving sun. The plant kingdom does this by photosynthesis and this is how we are able to ingest light.  You hear our planet referred to as Mother Earth for a reason. She sustains us with the food and water that we need to nourish our physical bodies so that we can thrive and feel good. By not caring for her back we are committing a mass suicide really. When we poison her with pesticides, or mono crop thereby destroying the rich diversity in her soil that is so important for our nourishment, or adulterate the food she renders by over processing and chemically altering, we are destroying ourselves by poisoning the building blocks of a healthy body/mind. RETURNING to an organic diet isn’t some kind of fad, it’s a reconnecting with our own wisdom of universal biological unity. It’s a spiritual connection. By choosing organic you powerfully help heal your personal and extended body. How you eat is a personal choice  depending on many factors – age, gender, climate, personal issues and beliefs – just make sure it’s organic! To learn more about Ayurveda and it’s timeless healing properties contact me for a course or coaching session. You will learn how to re-entrain yourself to natures rhythms which can help you sleep soundly, eat healthfully, normalize weight, detoxify, connect you with your life’s purpose, and improve your relationships to name a few! Meditate on this. Go ahead, hug a tree today! Honor your Mother! It’s a great way to acknowledge Self love!

Join me on Tuesdays at ARJUNA YOGA STUDIO in Aspen for meditation from 4-4:45! Their summer yoga schedule is back in full swing. If you are a member at the MAROON CREEK GOLF CLUB in Aspen I lead a meditation class on Thursdays from 3-4.

I’ll be teaching another Primordial Sound Meditation class this July. The dates are firmed up when we coordinate schedules. Contact me if you are ready to begin, reconnect to or deepen your practice and receive your personal mantra from an ancient lineage in India! This class is what gave me the solid foundation to my meditation practice. The information you receive is invaluable and will help you establish a practice in a way that you understand and can relate to. Read what others who have taken the class have to say!



Sunday, March 1 and March 8, 1-5pm

Register by Saturday, February 28, noon! Please email or call candice@swansage.com, 970-948-7525


I am so excited to finally offer weekly meditations at a few of our local studios! Beginning Tuesday, February 10, I’ll be leading a silent meditation at Arjuna (517 East Hopkins, Aspen) from 2:45 to 3:30pm. It will begin with a brief discussion then approximately a half an hour meditation following. This class will be offered FREE through February!

In March I’ll be holding an hour class with meditation from 3 to 4pm on Thursdays at the Maroon Creek Club.

 This will be for members of the club.

Also on Thursdays, February 19 and 26, join me at Ebb & Flow Yoga in Mountain Naturals at the Airport Business Center from 5:30 – 6:30pm for discussion and meditation practice. Cost $15.

I joyfully continue to offer private and group classes in Primordial Sound Meditation and  Ayurvedic Lifestyle (courses developed by Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon) as well as Aromatherapy!

I would love to hear from you if you plan to attend or if you would like to learn more about what I have to offer.

In love and light,

Candice Claire Oksenhorn

Hi! I’ve recently launched my new website under my new business name, Swan Sage. www.swansage.com

As I was approaching all of the interesting things around mid-life while keeping up with the busy life of a mom I found that conventional approaches didn’t resonate with me or work. I delved into my long time interests of Ayurveda (the oldest healing system on the planet), Meditation (something I thought I couldn’t do) and Aromatherapy. This path changed my life. No HRT for me and I’m proud to say that I haven’t missed a day of meditation since February 2009! I learned how to develop a daily practice by taking the fabulous Primordial Sound Meditation course at the Chopra Center . Yes, Dr. Deepak Chopra developed the course with Dr. David Simon. I was so impressed with it that I chose a completely new career path and through the Chopra Center University I became a certified instructor to teach classes in Primordial Sound Meditation and Ayurveda. I teach right here in Aspen! Following that, I found the amazing healing properties of therapeutic grade essential oils which helped me through some significant health challenges that lots of women experience. I’ve enjoyed learning about essential oils and have taken certification courses so I could offer this beautiful alternative method to others. The Ayurvedic lifestyle approach and aromatherapy got me through menopause! I absolutely love teaching women about these practices and helping them to incorporate them into their lives. Since I teach from home, I have a flexible schedule. To learn more, take a class or schedule a private coaching session please contact me. Candice Claire (Oksenhorn), 970-948-7525. candice@swansage.com, www.swansage.com, www.facebook.com/swansage

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