Upcoming Classes

Here’s a list of upcoming meditation classes, aromatherapy classes or Ayurvedic lifestyle living classes. Classes are available in Aspen, CO & the Roaring Fork Valley.

You ARE your habits! By committing to simple ayurvedic habits you can create body bliss. In January 2016 I chose to enroll in the Yoga Health Coach certification program and the prerequisite was, of course, to participate it a 10 week Ayurvedic habits program. I was excited to do this AND was a bit smug as I prided myself in practicing a healthy Ayruvedic dynacharya (daily habits) already! Pleasantly humbled I was! During my 10 weeks with the group I had some unexpected transformations. First of all, focusing on the habits deeply one week at a time with a lesson, an interactive group conversation on FB and a coaching call created a very fertile ground for profound shifts. Here are some of my take aways: 1. Moving my dinner time up before 6pm most of the time with keen awareness on what I was asking my digestive system to process at the end of the day! I had previously been operating on the habit of a healthy organic dinner with family which was my biggest meal and often at 7:30 or 8pm. In order to make that I’d snack late afternoon and eat dinner when I wasn’t even very hungry. In my new habit of earlier lighter dinner and no snacking I had fun creating healthful soups and veggie dishes and posting them on the forum. 2. I used “weeds” such as dandelion greens and thistle in my morning smoothies to add an earth connected intelligence to my day. 3. Even though I’m a pretty educated and dedicated person around organic, healthy food choices, the BT course truly upleveled my eating habits of what, how and when to eat. 4. My vice was enjoying Chardonnay with dinner most evenings. I now RARELY have wine with dinner. This was HUGE! I didn’t expect to do it because I didn’t think it was a big deal but just really wanted to give the 10 weeks my all. I realized that the wine was a habit and now it’s just an occasional choice and I feel better for it! 5. For years my tongue has had little scallops on the edges and was a bit thick indicating pour absorption in my digestive tract. Now the scallops are barely there and the thickness has decreased. All in all, I learned that the immersion keeps me learning and going deeper into my practices – there is no room for smugness because there are always more layers. The group, the coaching calls and the lessons provide a container and context to make evolution faster and easier! I also have awareness which allows for witnessing of my actions on habits I could use more improvement to move towards the balance in my life I desire and the compassion to be gentle with myself. Learning the “kaizen” approach is perfect for making progress in those areas that have lots of resistance☺ Living the habits has given me an even greater confidence that teaching them is of great service to EVERYONE because they help resolve issues by clearing out the toxicity of being out of sync with one’s natural rhythms. I look forward to sharing this wisdom of entraining with natures rhythms in my BODY BLISS course with others and seeing them thrive! Are you ready to up level your habits and blissfully thrive? Schedule a free strategy session to get clear on your goals and commitment to aging better, feeling better and looking your best!

 

Bringing in new practices into your life can be tricky. The ego mind which only identifies with the past and familiar turns into the saboteur telling you all the reasons you cannot do the very thing you want to do! Rather than get mad at the ego – it’s only doing what it knows – you must engage your higher mind and imagination and chose a new identity! This sounds a little strange (the ego mind kicking in) but it is very doable! First you need to get really clear on what you want and why. Next think of a person or archetype that embodies what you want. Draw a picture of that, put a reminder in your phone, just something to keep it in your awareness. Visualize yourself being the person enjoying the rewards of the new habit then take doable actions to align with this new, unfamiliar identity. This might look like “I want to start a meditation practice so I can manage stress and become a calmer person and enjoy my relationships more.” Place a drawing or statue of a calm meditator to remind you of this several times a day. Spend time perhaps each morning and evening visualizing yourself meditating and creating a peaceful feeling. Make a doable action like creating a little space in your home to practice, commit to when and how long for instance each morning after waking and before checking electronics to sit for at least 5 minutes and do the same thing at the end of the day. Now you have a plan and inspiration to follow through with!

Are you feeling a new identity emerging? Sometimes it’s only in hindsight that you actually see your evolutionary progress! Also, you may have to hear or do something many times before it takes hold! This is one of the reasons why we want to make the new habit small enough the ego’s resistance won’t stop it. Think about the trigger, action and reward? Example: trigger waking up, action – 5 minutes of meditation, reward receiving the benefits of doing it and evolving your identity! Having awareness of what’s working and also what’s not is very important. I’m so glad just to have the awareness because some of these habits I have dialed in and others…well, I’m embarrassed to say I watch myself ignore the trigger and action, hence, no reward! This is really a good thing because I have much more awareness and catch myself in the act! That in itself is making me question my own integrity or even desire in some areas! Since this is about self love rather than self judgment, it breeds compassion towards oneself and others. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Try being more present with what is without judgment and recognize your evolution by being in this journey! Habit by habit you are creating a more clear and vibrant YOU!

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!

I am thrilled to be teaching intro meditation classes in Aspen on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Arjuna Yoga from 1:30-2:30, $10 and at the Maroon Creek Club (for members only) from 11:00-12:00 on Tuesdays and 3:00-4:00 on Thursdays. The ancient sages knew and modern science confirms that a regular meditation practice deeply enhances one’s experience in life on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual! Yet, it’s so hard for most to do this! Come experience meditation and take home practical tools and pearls to establish, reignite or enhance your practice!  I look forward to sitting with you:)

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!

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PRIMORDIAL SOUND MEDITATION CLASS & CLASSES AT LOCAL VENUES

Last weeks Primordial Sound Meditation class graduated three new enthusiastic meditators! There is still time to join this weeks Primordial Sound Meditation class on Monday & Friday, 11-3. Contact me by Sunday, March 15 if you would like to join!  This course is so valuable in establishing the roots one needs to maintain a regular practice. Once you take it you will have the foundation for a successful lifetime practice AND your own personal mantra based on your birth information! For those of you who would like to have the support of a group meditation, please join me at Arjuna Yoga Studio in Aspen on Tuesday at 2:45 – 3:30. If you are a member at the Maroon Creek Club, please join me on Thursday from 3-4. I’d love to hear from you if you have specific questions or would like to know more about what I offer. Learn more about Ayurveda and improve your lifestyle routines or have an Aromatherapy session with me to support your well being!! In love & light, Candice Claire

PRIMORDIAL SOUND MEDITATION CLASS

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

Candice Claire MeditatingPrimordial Sound Meditation Class

2 half days, $495 private, $395 pp in a group

Monday, October 28, 11-3

Wednesday, October 30, 11-3

 

Learn to meditate and receive your own personal mantra in this powerfully effective course, PRIMORDIAL SOUND MEDITATION, developed by Deepak Chopra, MD and David Simon, MD co-founders of THE CHOPRA CENTER FOR WELLBEING.

Pre-registration required by Friday, October 24th with a $100 deposit.

I will need your birth date, time and place to get your personal mantra at time of registration (October 24)!

This is the course that got me grounded in a practice! I haven’t missed a day since I was taught.

Contact Me!

candice@choprateachers.com

970-948-7525

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Candice Claire Ayuredic Lifestyle Coach & Certified Chopra Meditation InstructorCandice Claire Oksenhorn is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and Certified Chopra Meditation Instructor. In addition to providing Ayurvedic lifestyle coaching services and Chopra meditation classes, Candice is fluent in the benefits of aromatherapy and essentials oils and is a FLORACOPEIA certified AROMATHERAPIST. Candice Claire lives in Aspen, Colorado and is available for consultation via Skype as well as in person throughout the Roaring Fork Valley including the communities of Snowmass, Woody Creek, Basalt, Carbondale and Aspen Colorado.

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