Amy Di Lillo: The Diviner

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A woman of the world, Michigan raised Amy DiLillo’s journey to Massachusetts came by way of Texas and the exotic countries of Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

Amy’s journey with yoga began 20 years ago.  Teaching for over 15 years, Amy loves how yoga quietly shifts mood, posture, breath and the energy of her students and herself.  Her favorite pose is Eagle because it makes her feel grounded, yet ready to take flight.

IMG_2054cleansmallAfter many years of dedication to her yoga, Amy will achieve a substantial milestone this February when she completes her RYT 500.  This education provides significant insight into the therapeutic yoga Amy delivers in class.  Amy is drawn to energy practices and that might not be a coincidence.  Her grandfather was a Michigan farmer and practicing water diviner (aka: water witch!)  Using a fresh Y shaped branch clasped in his hands, Amy’s hands on the branch under his, they would walk the family acreage looking for the right spot to dig a well.   She recalls feeling the branch gently vibrate and tilt down toward the earth revealing water lines deep within. He told her she had the “power”!

Amy lives in Cohasset with her husband Tom, their 16-year old son Dimitri and two fabulous felines.  G a feral feline who was born under their house in TX has moved with them to MI and now MA.  Siam, a well-fed feline rescue cat appeared on their MI doorstep and has not missed a meal since.IMG_3451bssmall

In her spare time Amy loves to walk (or snow shoe) at the many gorgeous beaches and parks in the area.  In addition to being a yoga teacher, she is corporate cross-cultural trainer who works with either American executives about to live abroad or foreigners moving to the US.  Passionate about many things, Amy strives to support LGBT Equality, Civil and Women’s Rights.  “It’s all yoga, really…, she says.  “it’s about being present and uniting.”

Amy can be found teaching 8 am Yin Yoga on Mondays and Fridays. Thursday Evenings @6:15 for Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra. She is often also offering workshops using essential oils as well as Restorative and Nidra workshops.

Finding Balance

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 The definition of balance is the amount of something left over after additions and subtractions have been made….For some strange reason I could relate to this with the “something left over” being me.

To me balance represented a contentment with life….. If I find balance I will find peace. 

I believe that when the student is ready the teacher appears… but first you have to recognize and acknowledge that there is a lesson needing to be learned… I’ve always divided myself into 3 parts… spiritual, mental & physical… my belief is if I am healthy in those 3 areas my life will be balanced… what I didn’t count on was life happening on life’s terms & tipping those delicate scales without my permission… the death of a best friend, a marriage in trouble, children growing & going.

Yoga entered my life at a time of uncertainty, I was looking for good workout, a good sweat, sweat it out right? My journey started with that first class, I left humbled, exhausted, curious. I couldn’t wait to go again. A introvert that knows a lot of people but has few friends, I loved that I could be in a room full of people but didn’t have to talk to anyone. Without knowing how, and I say that with such a sense of relief, yoga has become a journey to all the parts of me. For the first time in my life I don’t desire all the answers, I’m just here, now, in this moment and its enough… It has replaced that uncertainty with the desire to move through life with grace and to look at change not as a ending but as an opportunity for growth.

The teachers appeared… the amazing Kim Spear inspiring me, guiding me, “amp it up”…..

Jen Murphy & Lyn Pompeo challenging me to put the fear aside & go deeper, “there’s something happening here”……
Laying in savasna after one of Jan Burkhardt’s classes and finding myself in tears, feeling like I have finally found where I belong, on a mat…..
Regina Marchione reminding me that there is always a option, “breathe”……

Kim Carvette with her passion & determination, “just try”…..

Yes, I have found balance, it’s at 15 Depot Court where gifted human beings will guide you to you, through you… I am forever grateful.

Namaste

Sarah is a student at Balance Studio and a resident of the South Shore. We are honored to have her share her story and her journey through Yoga.

Like to share your story? An experience related to Yoga, Barre, Pilates of just a life experience. Let us know! We’d love to have your contributions. Email us at balancestudiocohasset@gmail.com

Meditation means Mindfulness for Kids

Join Amy Di’Lillo as she explores Meditation with teens. A playful approach to “making friends with your Monkey Mind” A Youth Meditation Workshop

February 27th 7-8:30 pm

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Meditation For Kids: Parents Turn To Mindfulness Practices To Help Children Stay Calm

Excerpt from  Huffington Post: By Carolyn Gregoire:

As more adults turn to mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation to combat mounting stress in their own lives (91 percent of Americans experienced stress in the month of March, according to a Huffington Post survey), they’re also experimenting with alternative practices to teach their kids to relax.

Unfortunately, little ones aren’t immune to the damaging effects of stress — but they may benefit from stress-relieving practices meant to calm the mind and release physical tension.

Boston dad Andre Kelly told ABC News that he practices mindfulness meditation with his 10-year-old son Hayden every morning before school. Teaching kids mindfulness can go a long way in helping them boost awareness and control their moods, according to Kelly, who started a meditation program for children, Boston Buddha, to bring mindfulness programs into elementary schools.

“The magic moment where they understand mindfulness is when they can catch themselves not paying attention. That’s their chance to control their impulsivity,”Kelly said. “It helps them stop themselves from doing things like jumping on the couch or whacking their younger brother.”

Mindfulness — the focused awareness on the present moment, generally cultivated through a meditation practice — can help to curb kids’ impulsivity, and research has also shown school mindfulness programs to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety among adolescents.

With a growing body of research supporting the health benefits of mindfulness training, for the past few years, advocates have been hoping to see these programs become more prominent in school curricula. In a 2010 blog, Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child, argued for nothing short of a “mindful revolution in education,” saying mindfulness programs can aid kids in developing good habits that will help make them happier and more compassionate.

“Mindfulness is a refined process of attention that allows children to see the world through a lens of attention, balance and compassion,” Kaiser Greenland wrote in 2011. “When children learn to look at the world with attention, balance and compassion they soon learn to be in the world with attention, balance and compassion.”

But the health benefits of mindfulness meditation for adults are far-reaching, and many of these positive benefits may extend to child practitioners as well. Research has linked the practice of cultivating a nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, greater emotional stability and improved sleep quality, heightened feelings of compassion and greater success achieving weight-loss goals, among a number of other advantages.

The educational benefits of relaxation practices are also significant: Mindfulness meditation can improve focus and increase test scores. A University of California study published this year found that undergraduates who participated in a two-week mindfulness training program demonstrated heightened working memory and improved reading-comprehension scores on the GRE.

Some parents have also found that maintaining their own meditation practices can help them to be more patient, compassionate mothers and fathers.

“Taking the time to breathe and remember that my goal is to be kind in all of my interactions, including with my little girl, helps me show more patience instead of just getting immediately upset,” mother and CT Working Moms editor Michelle Noehren writes on HuffPost Parents. “As a wonderful consequence, I don’t yell anymore.”

Parents interested in practicing meditation with their kids can start with a few basic tips for teaching children mindfulness practices — and try a present moment awareness exercise and “belly breathing” relaxation practice.

And for stressed-out kids who have a hard time sitting still and being quiet, physical activity can also have a calming effect. A recent European study found that higher levels of physical activity in children were associated with lower stress reactivity.

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