Happy Summer!

Hello, sweet friends!

I hope this missive finds everyone resting comfortably in this summer heat we are having! I am writing this from sultry Florida where I thank the heavens for these gorgeous sea breezes in this amazingly hot, humid weather!

I wanted to signal that August will be a quiet month. I am taking advantage of some time off so that I can emerge refreshed and ready for the fall come September. Stay tuned for new class announcements and various offerings coming up!

In the meantime, please make sure that we are connected! You can follow me on twitter, facebook and receive monthly mailers straight to your inbox by clicking here.

Wishing you all a restful and nourishing late summer and I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!

Anna x

Upcoming essential oils classes in July!

Hello, all! It is officially summertime and I am so happy to be in this relaxing and wonderfully hot season! I took part in the Lifestyle Lounge last night on West 14th St in the city and I am feeling so energized and excited about my doTERRA essential oils business! These oils and this work matter so much to me and I want to be sure you know about some great classes that I'll be teaching in July!

If you or anyone you know wants to learn more about essential oils and how to work with them both personally and in a business sense, please be in touch!! You can reach me here or visit my doTERRA website at www.mydoterra.com/annabrooke. Please let me know if you'd like to attend any of these classes! I'm also looking for hosts to host classes in their homes so if you or anyone you know are interested, please be in touch!

Building An Essential Oils Business

  • Thursday, July 7, 2016
  • 7:00pm  8:30pm

FREE class on how to create and build your essential oils business for financial freedom and flexibility.

37 East 28th St.

Suite 201, 2nd floor, room 3

http://build-an-essential-oils-business-july7.eventbrite.com

 

Essential Oils for Meditation

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016
  • 6:30pm  8:00pm

Join us for a class exploring the use of essential oils to enhance and deepen relaxation and a meditative state. All are welcome!

648 Broadway (just north of Bleecker Street) - Ninth Floor, Room #910
https://essential-oils-for-meditation-july13.eventbrite.com

 

Energy Healing and Essential Oils

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016
  • 6:30pm  7:30pm

580 Broadway (just north of Prince Street)

Room 510 (5th floor)

http://essential-oils-for-energy-healing-july20.eventbrite.com

June is upon us!

What a sweet treat to have the month of June with us once again. This Memorial Day weekend was so fresh and relaxing, I feel I am floating right into this wonderful month!

Lots of wonderful things happening this month on my calendar. I am taking my work with essential oils to the next level and am loving working with them and talking about them and better yet, using them all the time! If you are curious and would love to learn more, I would be more than happy to speak with you! Please shoot me an email and let's set up a time to connect!

Brooklyn Breathwork is back this coming Sunday June 5th and I am so excited to dive deep into the limitless nature of life and our lives accordingly. There seems to be many indicators within my life and the lives of others that mirror this deep connection to the fact that everything is possible and I look forward to creating a space to explore this and holding the intention of discovery and expansion of consciousness for all in attendance!

My Wu Tao classes at Central Arts & Recording have been put on hold for the month while the studio completes some new construction. I look forward to returning in July with the brand new air conditioning unit to keep us cool and fresh! My Wu Tao and Zen Stretch classes continue at Cobra Club but please note the schedule as some regular dates will be missed!

Last but not least, I am beyond excited to return to the Lifestyle Lounge on Monday, June 20th. The night of a full moon, these evenings are incredible! if you are curious about finding new ways to tap into your highest good and deepest healing, please check it out! If you register before June 6th, you can take advantage of the early bird pricing and save some serious $! Use code ANNA to get an additional $10 off and be sure to bring a friend. These nights are so much fun!

Until my next post, here's to health and wellness, my friends!

My warmest and best, 

Anna

May is coming up gorgeously!

I've just posted my May calendar and I am so looking forward to interacting and connecting with so many of you across lots of different classes and topics! Head on over to the calendar and check out the following goodies:

  • Brooklyn Breathwork's May Breathe
  • Weekly Zen Stretch & Wu Tao classes at Cobra Club in Bushwick
  • Weekly Wu Tao Dance classes at Central Arts & Recording in Bushwick
  • Many wonderful options to learn about the gift and incredible uses of essential oils for absolutely free!

Head on over to my calendar to check out where you can find me this month and stay tuned for new classes that will be announced soon!

I look forward to seeing you very soon indeed! Here's to a harmonic end to April and a gorgeous start to May!

Anna Brooke & doTERRA oils at Lifestyle Lounge on 3/23

I am so excited to be a part of the next Lifestyle Lounge event in Manhattan on Thursday, March 23rd! I will be representing doTERRA oils and all attendees will receive a small sample to take home with them and explore the amazing benefits of these gorgeous oils!

Are you ready to upgrade your life or simply make some changes that will support goals you have been working on for 2016?

Whether you want to work on some aspect of your health or another area of your life The Lifestyle Lounge is where you want to be on March 23rd.

If you hadn’t already heard The Lifestyle Lounge (formerly the Wellness Lounge) is the hottest wellness party in town where you can find out what’s HOT in every area of healthy and inspired living.

It’s where people just like you, who are smart driven and committed to looking and feeling your best, go to get personal 1 on 1 attention while experiencing a fun and relaxed atmosphere where you can discover the best way to take great care of yourself!

I’m so excited to announce that I will be at The Lifestyle Lounge featuring doTERRA essential oils!

If you have been looking for ways to supplement your life in naturally supportive ways, then don’t miss the opportunity to get some personal attention at The Lifestyle Lounge.

The Lifestyle Lounge is the ONLY place where you can sit down one on one with experts, like myself, and talk about what’s really important to you; from your confidence to your health to your relationships to your success and happiness, you do not want to miss this very unique and fun event!

Come and enjoy yummy healthy snacks and drinks and even get a complimentary treatment like a chair massage. This is not a health fair or expo.

Your ticket gets you:

·      FREE one on one mini consultations with TOP experts

·      Healthy snacks and beverage sampling

·      Complimentary wellness treatments*

·      A digital goodie bag filled with healthy living goodies

·      A fun environment where you can mingle and meet like minded people

·      Raffles entries to win amazing healthy living prizes

I personally invite you to attend The Lifestyle Lounge, where you can find everything you need to live a life that feels and looks good!

Right now when you use CODE: ANNA you will get $10 off the ticket price

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lifestyle-lounge-tickets-20866846299

Here are all the details for the event:


Date:     Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Time:    630pm – 930pm

Where:  239 W 14th Street, (between 7th -8th Ave) Red Door Entrance

 

This event always sells out. I don’t want you to miss the chance to attend, so get your ticket today!

https://march2016lifestylelounge.eventbrite.com


Can’t wait to see you there!

P.S. This event will sell out so don’t wait to the last minute to get your ticket, register now.

"How to Dance with the Tao" by Wu Tao Dance founder Michelle Locke

A belated post but a worthy one! This is a beautiful article by Wu Tao Dance founder Michelle Locke on the philosophy and principles of Wu Tao as viewed through the lens of the Tao, or "way" according to Chinese philosophy. Michelle wrote this article and sent it out last month as part of her January newsletter. If you are interested to learn and read more, please visit the Wu Tao Dance main website and sign up for her newsletter there!

How to Dance with the Tao

Many people ask me what inspired Wu Tao. Well, there was really two things. My love for dance and my belief in the philosophy of Taoism. I have always loved the Tao. It’s abstract. It’s not a religion, but it gives awesome guidance on how to live in harmony with Life. This video gives some good insights into Taoism

I wrote the Wu Tao philosophy and Principles based on my personal experience and understanding of the Tao. They have served me well so far and the dances have helped me and many other people embody them. I’ve listed them here. I hope they may be of benefit to you.

 Wu Tao Philosophy and Principles

  • All of life is connected, there is only the One.  Everything is a part of the One.

There is only One Life.  We are all part of it and there is no separation between its parts.  In the beginning, according to Taoism there was the One which gave birth to all life.  Life expressed itself first as one, then became the two (yin and yang) which then became all things.  Therefore you are one with Life and one with all aspects of life.

  • Life is like a river.  We cannot push the flow of the river.

The river is a metaphor for the flowing nature of life energy.  Life holds within it the stillness of being as well as the dynamic flow of creation.  Life is living itself through you.  When you can allow it to flow without the need to control it through your limited mind you will experience ease, peace and fulfilment.  When you attempt to push or control Life you will find it to be more effortful and difficult.

  • Surrendering to the flow of Life ensures our journey in life will be all that it is meant to be.

Surrendering to the flow means to go with the energy as it is presenting itself to you, responding appropriately to it and moving with it.  It by no means suggests that you should be passive continuously or allow your life circumstances to act upon you without action.  Surrender means being in trust enough to follow your inner voice and guidance which may direct you to take action or not.  It is an experience of opening and allowing Life to be lived through you once and bringing yourself into alignment with Life.

  • Resisting the flow of Life suggests difficulty, suffering and hardship will be yours to experience.

If you resist the flow you will experience pain of some kind.  Only your limited mind can resist the flow out of fear.  If you are experiencing pain or suffering in any way you are in resistance at some level of your being.  One of the best ways to move out of resistance is to give thanks for whatever you are experiencing and open to the gift that Life is offering you in the moment.  Life is a gift, and there is always an opening available to you that will bring you peace and joy in every circumstance.  Dancing Wu Tao will help to move you through your resistance to what life is offering you and help you to trust the process.

  • Surrendering to the flow means moving through life responsively.  Responding to life intuitively and acting appropriately in each experience.

The more you are able to be in a state of internal balance, the easier it is to respond intuitively and appropriately.  If you are off balance significantly, of course your responses will reflect your state of mind and body.

  • The aim of Wu Tao is to restore balance between the individual and the universe.

 There is no difference between what you are made of and what the rest of the universe is made of.  We are all made of the same stuff and we are all connected.  Wu Tao helps to restore your connection to the ocean of oneness which the entire universe is a part of. Your healing and restoration heals the universe.

  •  Life is constantly evolving and moving.  Your ability to flow with this movement and change reflects our harmony with Life.

If you can flow with Life as it presents itself to you and through you, you will feel a deep sense of inner peace, balance and trust.  This is in complete contrast to what you will feel if you resist Life.  If you are resisting you are not trusting in the only thing that is trustworthy, which is Life itself.

  • Heart, mind, spirit and body, all have equal bearing in your being.  All parts need to be in balanced relationship with the other parts for your being to function optimally.

All aspects of our being need to be kept healthy and functioning well.  The heart needs to be free of disturbing emotions in order to house the spirit.  The mind needs to be tamed and negative thought patterns reprogrammed.  The spirit needs to be radiating its compassion and love to all, and the body needs to be looked after and honoured in order to be a good physical vehicle for our spirit to shine through.  

  • An imbalance between these parts of yourself, creates disharmony throughout your entire system and this in turn affects your ability to respond to life effectively and diminishes all life through your ineffectiveness.

An imbalance in your being affects the whole.  It diminishes your experience of life as well as causing imbalance in the whole.  Just as we imagine a stone thrown into a pond and the ripples can be felt and seen across the whole pond, so your balance or imbalanced state creates ripples that affect the whole of life.

  • Balance and harmony can always be restored.

The One is always in a state of perfect balance and harmony, in and of Itself.  Therefore you are already whole because you are part of the One.  As soon as you bring yourself into alignment with Life, balance is restored.

Brooklyn Breathwork and Wu Tao NYC have a new home in Brooklyn!

I am thrilled to announce that Central Arts & Recording in Bushwick will be the new home of both Brooklyn Breathwork and Wu Tao NYC! Located at 1239 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn, Central Arts & Recording is a beautiful new studio created by and for artists who work in movement and sound and I am so excited that our conscious healing component will be a part of their fantastic offerings! To learn more about the studio, follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centralarts and stay tuned for more offerings!!


One woman's experience with Wu Tao

Author and intuitive business coach Elisa Balabram mentions a healing experience she had with Wu Tao back in 2012 in a great article about finding deeper meaning in your childhood dreams, like her own in wanting to be a ballerina! She also asks some questions that will get you thinking!

http://www.askotherstrustyourself.com/2015/06/25/finding-deeper-meaning-in-your-childhood-dreams/

A belated post: Wu Tao Dance August newsletter from Michelle Locke

Wu Tao founder Michelle Locke is just about to finish up her degree in nursing and found the time to write this excellent newsletter a few weeks ago that illuminates the link between stress and poor health. Michelle is a trove of information when it comes to health and wellbeing - she is certified in Shiatsu and deeply knowledgeable about Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as now about to become a nurse! Read on and enjoy!

I have come across so many people with a heap of chronic conditions that are becoming the epidemics of the 21st century. It’s really made me question my role in health care. I am becoming increasingly passionate about improving health and wellness through preventative measures. Every day I meet people who have one or more of these conditions:  

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Cancer

You know what they all have in common?  They all have a link to STRESS. Yep, stress plays a key role in the development of all these diseases.  Stress along with poor nutrition and environmental factors are the secondary risk factors in all these conditions. Secondaryrisk factors means they can be changed. Primary risk factors are ones that are less able to be changed such as a genetic component or family history but research in the area of epigenetics is showing that even genetics can be changed.  

So many things cause stress. Stress can be positive if it is short term. Long term stress depletes the adrenals and wreaks havoc on hormones such insulin, cortisol and sex hormones.  The chronic stimulation of the fear or flight response causes a cascade of responses that can result in blood vessel constriction, metabolic changes that conserve energy through fat retention and cell mutations.  

If we want to reduce our risk of negative impact stress, we need to look at what induces it and go in the opposite direction! Here are some of the issues I have come across that contribute to chronic stress.  

Unhealthy Relationships

Unhealthy relationships are those that on a long term basis do not add to your feeling of happiness, fulfillment, sense of connection or belonging or healthy self image.  All relationships fluctuate and there are times when conflicts or difficulties arise that are confronting, but this does not indicate an unhealthy relationship. On the contrary, a healthy relationship contains opportunities for growth through challenge, plus many opportunities for shared enjoyment! Chronic relationship difficulties create stress and unhappiness, there’s no doubt about that. 

Work/Life Balance
‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. There’s a bit of truth in that! Even if work is your absolute passion, a 24/7 workaholic person is not going to fare well in the relationship department or the physical health area. Our bodies and hearts need ‘down time’ to reflect, reboot, connect and rejuvenate.  Downtime is yin time.  It’s soul time as opposed to our projected exterior ‘doing’ self.  We all need a balance between doing what we are called to do in the world and nourishing our hearts. We nourish ourselves in many ways not the least of which includes building deep relationships with others, connecting with nature, exercise and engaging in enjoyable activities that lifts our spirit.  Lack of work/life balance can result in stress symptoms such as burnout, insomnia, high blood pressure, overweight, stimulant addiction and chronic disease.

Diet and Exercise deficiencies
I think it’s obvious that poor diet and lack of exercise contribute to stress, however, I am constantly amazed by the amount of people that present to hospital with little or no understanding of these two core fundamentals of health or at least little motivation to change unhealthy living habits!  Our greatest negative influence in our current advanced culture is choice underpinned by marketing.  It’s not hard to eat a nutritious and healthy diet, but our health systems are overwhelmed by chronic diseases with dietary imbalance and overweight as important causal factors. Our supermarkets are filled with food products that are loaded with sugar, preservatives, saturated fats and numbers. So many numbers! Yet, it’s the easiest thing in the world for us to purchase unprocessed nutritionally rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, fats and proteins.

Exercise is a similar story.  We have options galore for engaging in exercise that is enjoyable and engaging, yet many people spend most of their day sitting in a chair. I’m not a fan of sport or going to the gym which is one of the main reasons I created Wu Tao! I wanted an exercise that I enjoyed doing and dance is my number one. Dance is my ideal exercise. It’s creative, expressive, fun and it’s done to music. Perfect! However, a walk or run or whatever exercise floats your boat three times a week, is all that’s needed to maintain a strong, healthy, flexible body. Lack of exercise contributes to stress by weakening the body through lack of movement. From a Chinese medicine perspective, exercise stimulates energy flow while lack of it results in stagnant, blocked energy which contributes to disease.  Which would we rather have?

I am on a mission to create more opportunities for people to reduce stress through holistic programs that engender health and wellness in all areas. I will be offering more retreats, workshops and trainings in the near future and I look forward to sharing these with you very soon!

Brooklyn Breathwork: September group breathe is Sunday, September 13th

On the auspicious evening of the new moon in Virgo, Brooklyn Breathwork returns to BAX for an evening of healing, release and self exploration.

Sunday, September 13th, 5-8pm

Brooklyn Breathwork at BAX

Studio C (3rd floor), 421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn

$20 suggested donation

Please bring a blanket, pillow and a notebook. Water and snacks recommended for after the breathe. RSVPs very appreciated at brooklynbreathwork@gmail.com.

You can join our meetup group or sign up for our mailing list to find out when the next group breathe dates are if you are unable to make this one.

Wu Tao Dance comes to the St. Louis Senior Center in Brooklyn, NY

Wu Tao NYC is proud to be teaching weekly Wu Tao classes to the members of the Catholic Charities St. Louis Senior Center located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Wu Tao has extraordinary benefits for the body and mind, two things that are valuable no matter the age of the dancer. It is a privilege and an honor to be teaching there and I look forward to teaching more seniors throughout Brooklyn and beyond!