End of June: End of yoga... for now

Welcome to the official half way mark of 2016. It has been quite a ride so far eh? I say eh because that seems to be what one does when one first returns from Canada.

The purpose of that trip was to attend a retreat with the Cree nation, spearheaded by Bruce Lipton. This was an opportunity to look deeply at a tradition that honored life of all creatures and the balance of all aspects of the natural world for true and sustainable healing of mind, body, emotion, spirit. This event was called the Sundance Ceremony.

I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity, and come away with, among many things, a true appreciation that what I learned there also relates well to the yoga concepts of healing the whole self.

This Wednesday, the 29th of June is the last day for me to teach yoga at the wonderful studio of Elizabeth Keith.
I will take a break from teaching yoga for the summer at least.
So join in this Wednesday, the 29th at 6 pm for a soothing and relaxing stretch, breath, and gong...

​I will continue to sen​d out thoughts or upcoming presentations once a month. Please reply cancel if you no longer wish to be on this site.

Thank you all very much for all your support for the last year and one half...

June 15, 2016: father's day, polarity, solstice

As so many others, I am struck with the seemingly random tragedy of meaningless loss of life recently. For me to wrap my feelings around any event like this, I look for the root and the context. What of the fear, the anger, hate, and particularly the polarity of right vs wrong, my view vs your view???
And also what do we make of the magnificent compassion, love, and caring that has poured out from this.

I have also chosen to look at this Sunday's Father's day as a microcosm of the outside world view. Fathers have historically been the protectors, providers, breadwinners, decision makers of the family community...
Now fathers, thankfully, have been in the process of redefinition to represent themselves as nurturers, healers, caregivers, and cooperative contributors to the wellbeing of the family unit.
Embracing this gentler paradigm in the family unit demands that we open our hearts to that belief outside of our homes. Those that can not adapt to this new time become fearful and insecure.

Somehow, in the deep sadness, I must find compassion for all involved.
I see this polarity of ideals as a significant cross road to our future.
Do we want to be a community of isolationists, intolerant of others' truth?
Are we going to choose to stand by voices that encourage this behavior and outdated thought?
If we can imagine that what we feed grows, then what energy do we want to feed?
Where do we want our collective emotional energy to go?

Join this Wednesday, the 15th of June at 6pm for a moment of peaceful yoga including the vibration of the gong. See www.healgracefully.com for location
cost $15.00

June: the month of play

Welcome to June, 2016.

This certainly seems like year for changes and inconsistencies.
What does this month offer?

What if this is the month to step back and support some real breaks in the day or weeks rather than putting our bodies under so much stress that it screams out in an unhealthy way to slow down?

Could that be the root of dis-ease? The body forcing action when our minds won't choose to take a break?

This is the month of kindness in word and deed.
Consider a good detox, build the immune system, jump in the water to ground, speak kindly with the highest values and integrity always in mind, give a hug.

Like the deer I found in Sedona just watching, observing me, find peace and stillness, comfort, and protection with your surroundings.

This Wednesday only, the first day of June is free yoga at 6pm. No fee, just show up for a peaceful breathing, yoga, and gong experience..

The Month of May, 2016

Here we are in May with hints of summer weather alternating with reminders of the cooler months.
This is the month to finish clearing the unused or not needed goods around the home. Last minute weeding? I know that is my nemesis.
This is the month for being emotionally and especially physically active, flexible, and agile.
While planning the summer events, begin now to implement some of the physical and mental changes while the weather is more tolerable.
Get out now while the environment is warming up as this allows the body to acclimate to the inevitable summer temperatures later.
Ready yourself for tentative plans for the summer knowing that this is the year that plans will certainly change. That suspension of attaching to the outcome allows for an increase in your overall agility and flexiblity to face the summer with gusto!
Join in on a soft yogic breathing technique, stretching and the vibration of the symphony of the gong.

April: The Month of Changeablility

April is a month full of new and fresh ideas as well as deadlines. All around you: see changes in decisions; changes in weather from gardening to snow and back again; changes in work with great projects that suddenly take a back burner to old projects needing completion; changes in travel plans, once going, then not, then a different time.

What does it look like to have strong intentions for this month while not caring or attaching to the outcomes of those intentions??? If that mindset can be accomplished, the adventures will prove very important and the outcomes generally better than the original idea.

This is the month to get outdoors to ground in nature and away from the city.
It doesn't matter as much how the adventure looks on the surface as the plans change and morph.
What matters is how we adapt to the changing landscape figuratively and literally.

Balance your breath and soul with yoga and the grounding sounds of the gong.
Wednesdays at 6pm...

March: Creative or Burnout

Well here we are in the month of March: The month of clearing the junk around you with flexibility.

That means dump the clothes and knick knacks that don't serve, pull those weeds stuck in the yard and in the mind.

And all the time realize that all plans right now are merely suggestions....
Everything can change on a moment's notice: flexibility and no attaching to outcomes are the key terms....

This is a potentially fun month, or you could be feeling overwhelmed pretty easily.

Join in on one way to calm the nerves through stretch, sound, gong.

February the month of endings and new beginnings

Isn't it amazing that we are half way through February already? This has been a huge transition month so far.

If you work with numbers: This is the year of completion called a nine year. So get cleaning those closets and also the cobwebs of your mind.

At the same time, the Fire Monkey chinese year begins by asking for flexibility in finances and in life and reflection on self.

This is also the beginning of Lent which has a very similar theme of reflection, sacrifice, fresh starts and oh, clean the closets???

Adar is a jewish celebration of joy and completion as it ends the jewish calendar year preparing for new beginnings.

Oh, and Mars retrograde? always meant for a time to reflect, gather information, think before acting????

The culmination of such diverse paradigms have a common thread: Don't attach to outcomes, remain flexible, move forward with agility, forgiveness, gratitude, intuition, trust....

Join in for light Yoga with the sound of the soothing gong Wednesday night at 6pm. ($15.00) See www.healgracefully.com for the location at 40th st. and south of Bell.

Kathleen Benjamin Rickard, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Doctor of Nursing Practice / Family Nurse Practitioner

Very Best 2016 and a fresh start in becoming more flexible

Welcome to 2016!!!!
This is a good year to contemplate on all the strong opinions and actions of 2015.
What do we want for our future, of what do we need to let go???
Remember to remain flexible in thoughts and in actions this year.

Join us in a stretch and relaxation for increased flexibility of body and mind...

Although I have moved my place of employment as a nurse practitioner,
I am still at the same location for yoga class on Wednesdays at 6pm

See Locations tab on the website for directions to Yoga location.



Welcome to my New office for a New Year: 2016

Essential Family Health and Wellness
with Susan Del Sordi, DO and Sara Huschke Emery, ANP.

Location: 7425 East Shea, Suite 100 in Scottsdale
Phone: 480-285-2180

No Yoga for December 23rd and 30th

I am going through some work related changes in the next couple weeks, so no Yoga and gong for Wednesday 12-23-15, and 12-30-15 to give me time to regroup.
Please check in at the beginning of the month of January for exciting changes and of course a reminder to return to your mid week Yoga and gong on Wednesday January 6th, 2016
Also, "like" healgracefully on Facebook for updates as well.
Have a truly blessed and peaceful Holiday time full of gratitude and joy.
I will see you in the new year.

December: Holiday Yoga

December is the time to re-view the year, re-connect with community, re-member family, re-set values, and to re-mind ourselves about areas of self care too.
Please join us for an experience in re-juvinating your spirit with stretching, breathing, and the sound of the gong.
Begins at 6 pm and bring a mat.
Fee is $15.00
See location: on the home page
See you soon

NO YOGA Thanksgiving week ( November 25th)

With much gratitude and good will, I hope your Thanksgiving celebrations include getting outdoors, sharing and laughing with others, and taking time to appreciate the ability to choose your thoughts and words.

May we all find a place of peace within the senselessness of a few.

No yoga and gong this Thanksgiving week (Wednesday the 25th), we will return next Wednesday the 2nd of December.


Back in Town and ready for Yoga

It is time for yoga and we are ready to go....
Last week, I had an opportunity to give a presentation to Nurse Leaders in Illinois. It was a wonderful experience and now I am home and probably staying put through the holidays...

Please Join in on a smooth and gentle stretch, breath, and sound of the gong This Wednesday and every Wednesday evening unless I post otherwise.
Bring or mat, fee is $15.00

ENJOY !!!!

Yoga location:
Paradise Valley Professional Campus
16620 North 40th Street
Suite D-2

NO Yoga and Gong Wednesday, October 7, 2015

There will be NO yoga and gong this Wednesday the 7th of October, 2015.
Please join us the next week: October 14th, 2015 for a gentle stretch, breath, and soothing sounds in our next class.
Have a wonderful week.


Join us for a presentation / workshop for all caregivers and healers whether professional health care providers or caregivers for someone at home.
Learn tips to stay balanced as you serve and help others.
Apply tools to solidify your mindset while caring for others.
Saturday the 19th of September, at 9am.
Cost is $30.00
Save the flyer above for more details...
See you there.


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