A Life Well Lived

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OPEN DOOR
Integrative Wellness
www.opendoorworkshop.com
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A Life Well Lived

“Life is choices, and they are relentless.
No sooner have you made one choice than another is upon you.”

― Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

 

I am often asked why I started Open Door. There are many reasons, but the inspiration I received from reading Atul Gawande was pivotal. Now, as we launch our 4th year, with all it’s incredible growth and maturity, I still am inspired by his focus on client-centered care and the importance of listening to the human spirit. The Open Door website with its schedule of clinics, classes, and events, only hints at the stories that pass through our doors. We are privileged in seeing the human spirit in action every day.

Simply put, we are here to offer people more choices, more creativity, and fundamentally more agency in the story of their lives. There are certain things that may be inevitable… I won’t bore you with the obvious list. More importantly, the drive toward vitality persists, and the choices we make to support that drive are the quiet, subtle building blocks that create a life well-lived.

I wish I could share the multitude of stories that I and our team see every day, but that will wait. In the meantime, my hope is that some of our offerings might inspire you to write your own story in a way that honors your desire for wellness, vibrancy, and grace.

  Be well-
  Kate

 
A Sampling of our New Classes & Upcoming Special Events


Women’s Circle
Wednesdays, October 17-December 12,
 7-8:30pm
Presenter: Andrea B. Manning


The Art of Masterful Living: Embodying the Five Elements through Yoga
Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, Friday, 7-9pm, Saturday 10am-1pm & 2:30-5pm, Sunday 10am-1pm
Presenter: Todd Norian, E-RYT 500


Introduction to Sound Healing
Saturday, October 20, 6:30-8:30pm
Presenter: Kirk Jones


Systema: Russian Health and Martial Art
Tuesdays, November 6 - December 11
 5:30 - 7 PM

Instructor: Mark Kutolowski

Mindful Parenting
Tuesday, October 23, 6-8pm
Presenter: Seoka Salstrom

 
See our Complete Schedule Here!

Therapeutic Yoga Classes & Training

We are excited to introduce Holle Black to the Open Door community

Holle is a C-IAYT, and  E-RYT 500 certified Yoga Therapist who studied under the guidance of master teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, and Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT. In addition, Holle is a certified prenatal yoga teacher, certified kids yoga teacher, and has completed an additional 300 hour training with David Emerson at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Holle designed and directs the Trauma Sensitive Yoga, 20 hour training module for the 500hr therapeutic Center for Integrative Yoga Studies advanced teacher training. Holle is the founder and director of Centering Youth, a yoga service project in Atlanta, that brings yoga and mindfulness to incarcerated youth, incarcerated pregnant women, homeless LGBTQ youth, Refugee youth and women, and women who have been sexually exploited.

Holle will be offering the following classes this Fall:

Therapeutic Yoga

Instructor: Holle Black
Dates: Wednesdays, October 10 - November 7
Time: 5:30 -6:30pm
Cost: $75 for 5-clas card, $18 drop in

This yoga class works with the common musculoskeletal imbalances that occur with pain and injury. Postures are chosen based on the student’s in the class as well as the understanding of these common imbalances. Props and modifications are used to help all students experience the healing potential in each posture. Pranayama and meditation will be included to work with the nervous system and to help with pain, anxiety and depression. This class is geared towards students with injury, chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression.

All levels welcome. 

For more information or to register, email Holle at holleblack@comcast.net


Introduction to Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Date: Saturday, October 27
Time: 2-5pm
Presenter: Holle Black
Cost: $30 before October 20th, $35 after October 20th
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This 3 hour workshop is for health care professionals, yoga teachers, or anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of trauma sensitive yoga. Trauma sensitive yoga aims to help people regain comfort in their bodies,  improve self-regulation and decrease the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Symptoms of trauma may include:

Anger and persistent feelings of sadness and despair,
Nightmares, severe anxiety, flashbacks, and obsessive or uncontrollable thoughts,
Physical symptoms, such as nausea and headaches, and/or
Feelings of isolation and hopelessness
Trauma  sensitive yoga and mindfulness training have proven effective in providing  tools for gaining self-confidence, focusing  attention, and controlling  emotions and conduct, while engaging in positive physical and mental activity. The workshop will address how trauma affects the mind and body; how to use trauma sensitive yoga to help heal the mind/body disconnect after trauma; and how trauma sensitive yoga differs from standard studio yoga.  

Holle is a C-IAYT, and  E-RYT 500 certified Yoga Therapist who studied under the guidance of master teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, and Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT. In addition, Holle is a certified prenatal yoga teacher, certified kids yoga teacher, and has completed an additional 300 hour training with David Emerson at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Holle designed and directs the Trauma Sensitive Yoga, 20 hour training module for the 500hr therapeutic Center for Integrative Yoga Studies advanced teacher training. Holle is the founder and director of Centering Youth, a yoga service project in Atlanta, that brings yoga and mindfulness to incarcerated youth, incarcerated pregnant women, homeless LGBTQ youth, Refugee youth and women, and women who have been sexually exploited.

For questions or to register, email Holle at holleblack@comcast.net
What is Facial Rejuvination Acupuncture?
 
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (also called  Cosmetic Acupuncture ) is a natural, holistic alternative to plastic surgery and botox injections. Micro-thin needles are gently inserted into specific points on the face to stimulate blood-flow and collagen production. The result is improved muscle tone and skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and leaving the skin bright, hydrated, and healthy-looking .
Learn more here>
HOST YOUR EVENT AT OPEN DOOR

Open Door's elegant and versatile studio spaces are the perfect spot for a celebration. Rent one of the studios and kitchen for your private event, or choose from our menu of services and let us help create the event for you. Events include:
  • Board Meeting
  • Workshops
  • Work Gatherings
  • Wedding Celebration
  • Birthday Parties
  • Family Reunions
Have you seen all the new Aerial Yoga Classes on offer? 
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October Nutrition Notes
Holly Westling

 Ahhhh, the air is getting cooler and the trees are brightening with color, and my favorite time of year is just beginning. Autumn is the time to press apple cider, go on long hikes, stack wood and harvest the last of the garden - at our house, that means clipping the winter squash off of the vine and storing them in the cellar. I always encourage my clients to try to eat what is in season. Winter squash is loaded with the right nutrients to prepare us for winter: an assortment of B vitamins for improved energy, lots of vitamin C and A which are powerful anti-oxidants and give our immune system that extra boost we need during this change of season. There are many different delicious ways to prepare winter squash. Spaghetti squash is an excellent substitute for pasta and served with your favorite sauce. I like to have roasted acorn squash salad with arugula in a balsamic vinaigrette topped with sliced almonds and goat cheese. I also like to roast squash in the oven for 30 minutes (cut in half and face down on an oiled cookie sheet at 350) along with some chunks of pear and pureed with some canned coconut milk and sea salt - topped with crispy sage -also from the garden. My favorite winter squash is the long, yellowish squash with green vertical stripes called delicata squash. This squash has delicate skin that is often tender enough to eat. It is wonderful as a side dish as is, or try this yummy fall appetizer:
Delicata Boats:
3 delicata squash - cut in 2 inch pieces 1 t coconut oil, melted
2 onions - thinly sliced
splash of white wine
1 t olive oil or another t of coconut oil
cayenne pepper to taste
Caramelized onion:
-heat olive or coconut oil in pan over low heat
-add thinly sliced onions and cover; sauté for about 20 minutes only removing the lid to stir; -when the onions start to get brown and stick to the pan, add a splash of white wine to deglaze the pan and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
Delicata:
-cut the squash into 2 inch pieces
-toss in melted coconut oil and spread in single layer on cookie sheet
-Bake at 350 for 20 - 30 minutes until tender
-place on platter and serve with a dollop of caramelized onions on top and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper
I will, once again, be offering my fall cleanse class. It is an excellent way to strengthen your nutrition before the holidays. Please email hrwestling@gmail.com to register

Fall Nutritional Cleanse:
Dates: Sunday, October 28 & November 4
Time: 5-6pm
Price: $85 ($65 for returning cleansers)
Learn how to overcome sugar habits and introduce healthy lifestyle and eating habits just in time for the busy holiday season. This program offers a diet of whole foods that will leave you feeling satisfied and not hungry. Join us for a rejuvenating program of nutritional and lifestyle education designed to boost your energy and spirit. Our program includes:
• Extensive nutritional cleansing instruction during two sessions
• A booklet of a pure, 10-day menu accompanied by delicious recipes using all whole foods
• group and individual email and phone call support throughout the cleanse
• The camaraderie of a like-minded group
    
 
ABOUT US
Through our wellness programs, Open Door offers clients the tools to be self reliant and resilient, and to achieve vibrant health and well-being. We take a fresh approach to healthcare that encourages the use of preventative practices and collaboration between client and provider. We work with clients in private sessions and group classes in our studio. We also bring our services to the workplace and out to the community.
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Integrative Wellness

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