WillowLife Center is a beautiful space in downtown Grand Forks, ND. We are located at 311 S 4th St, Suite 6, in the RiversEdge Building. Within our walls we have yoga classes, seminars, yoga and art events, educational classes and classes just for fun. We also host book groups, private group meetings, and mini-retreats. We are blessed that our space is home to some mighty awesome energy and peace!
The name WillowLife? It signifies that deep roots are important in stability and that the ability to bend and move (with as much grace as possible)brings increased joy and peace. If you've ever had a willow tree, you might have seen how small portions of the brances fall away when the wind is strong; I liken that characteristic to life and letting go of things that no longer serve us.
Me? I have a love for all things that add to a more peaceful, joyful, and whole life on this Earth. Yoga is a practice that offers so much for body, mind, and spirit and it has been a part of my life since 1998. I have been teaching yoga classes since 2000, starting with one class a week and now have 5 public classes, 4 private, and 4 semi-private classes each week. I am blessed by all the students I have the honor of teaching and am continually aware that I am both teacher and student.
I also have a program called Zen-in-10 that I am currently doing through the University of North Dakota. Twice a week, selected departments on campus get a 10 minute visit from my loud music, wild dance (?) moves, and me. We move together and laugh together; the responses and feedback from faculty and staff who have participated have propelled this program from a pilot project to a rotating department program for the last two years.
I do freelance work for various groups including the Girl Scouts of America, UND, and the RAIN (Recruitment/Retention of American Indians into Nursing) program.
I like moving and laughing, quiet and stillness...and long walks in the park? (Sounds like a dating site line!!) One of my favorite sayings is, "You cannot always control what happens in your life, but you can control how you react."