Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Control Your Dreams

Controlling the mind can be difficult, and I am certainly no master, but I'm definitely improving. I have learned a few tricks to the trade when it comes to controlling your dreams, and I am excited to share them with you!

Tricks!

These are some tricks I learned through my own personal experience.

*Breathing Test
– To check if you are awake, get in the habit of trying to breathe while pinching your nose. If you can breathe while your nose is pinched you are obviously dreaming. Doing this in everyday situations when you see something strange can increase your chances of remembering during a dream.

*Hands – Look at your hands while you are dreaming. You will notice that they look strange, and that will also make you realize you are dreaming.

*Think About Lucid Dreaming – I truly believe that this is the most effective trick. Because I think about lucid dreams, I dream lucidly...if that makes sense.

Check out my other blog for an example of how I controlled my dreams:

www.creativewritingsofsamanthanichole.blogspot.com

Remember, when you are dreaming you can do anything. I flew with Harry Potter around an arena playing quidditch, made a hand gun out of nothing, and got to know 10 dream characters I completely made up.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Story Behind "The Serenity Room"

When I started this blog I thought that it would be an interesting development. I was right! For the past two years I have been thinking to myself, “what am I going to do with my life?” and “what am I going to do with my life that is meaningful?” I finally found my calling, and it involves my ever-existing goal of owning a business.

In 2003, when I was entering my freshman year of high school, I tried yoga for the first time. I was auditioning to be a part of the Campbellsport High School Dance Team, and I hadn’t danced for nearly four years. Yoga was a great choice – it gave me strength and flexibility. When tryouts came I made it! I was so excited; I had a boost in self-esteem, and I developed healthy eating habits, exercise technique, and a love for sports.

I graduated high school in 2007 and continued my education at Alverno College in Milwaukee. Alverno is a liberal arts college on the south side of Milwaukee. They have a unique interactive grading system as well as an awesome reputation for success in the classroom. In 2008 I tried out for the Milwaukee Bonecrushers’ “The Crush” Dance Team, and I made it. It was also during that time that I revisited yoga and enrolled in an instructor training course with the Wisconsin Athletic Club. My temporary certification was valid for the WAC, and after being hired I would have to obtain my national certification within a year. Unfortunately, after completing the six week program I decided that juggling school, work, and a gig as a professional dancer wouldn’t allow me the time to complete the national certification.

Being a member of “The Crush” Dance Team was a thrilling experience, and I had a lot of fun and met many people, but I needed a challenge. I tried out for the Milwaukee Bucks Energee! Dance Team (NBA) the following year. This was my second attempt at becoming a member (I did not make it in 2007 after high school graduation), and, with much effort, I made the team.

Energee! was very different from The Bonecrushers; we were required to be available for all home games (42 total, but not including pre-season), two three-hour practices per week, and various appearances. On top of it all, we were also required to learn a large number of routines – we were only allowed to repeat the routines three times, and we did two routines per game, plus short fourth-quarter routines. In addition, there were only 12 spots available per game, so our team of 20 members had to audition for each game. Nevertheless, as much as I loved dancing there was too much stress involved.

In 2009 (beginning of my second year on the team) I started practicing yoga again, but this time it was to quiet my mind. I was starting my junior year of college, working on campus, and working as an Energee! Dancer. I needed something to calm me down, and I found it.

Yoga definitely worked. This past year on the team I felt more alert during practices, I was grateful for all the experiences, and my heart was in dancing again – I lost the love for dance in all the stress of my rookie year. After finding out that yoga was what kept me sane, I decided that dancing and yoga are two very important elements in my life, and I really want to share these experiences with other people.

This past spring semester was when I started seriously exploring the option of a wellness center. I studied my resources including books about yoga, yoga magazines, and began attending classes again. Finally, I have found one of my many paths in life.

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My old apartment (where the name came from) was near the Brewers Stadium.

I brainstormed the name of my wellness center a few days ago at Moon Dance CafĂ©. My friends and former roomies Katie and James were meeting me for coffee. When the three of us lived together we stayed in a two bedroom apartment on the south side of Milwaukee, and it contained a living room with a bay window. Katie placed one of her decorative items above the entrance to the living room, and it was a sign that said “Serenity”. From that moment on I called our cozy living room “The Serenity Room”, and the name stuck.

After Katie, James and I parted ways I began driving to work. When reminiscing listening to Radio Milwaukee, it finally clicked: The Serenity Room is going to be the name of my business. My EUREKA! moment has continued to grow, and in a colorful notebook I have been jotting down notes about location, layout, services, and mission of “The Serenity Room”.

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88.9 Radio Milwaukee was our radio station of choice.

You wanna know the awesome thing? No matter where I go, or what I do, there will always be a serenity room somewhere.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Becoming a "Do-Gooder"

This summer has been amazing! I have had so much time to read, frolic in the woods, and be with friends and family. Speaking of reading, over the past two weeks I have been reading two amazing books.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…Once School at a Time is a book written by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin. It is a novel about how Mortensen drifted into a village in Pakistan (it was after a failed K2 climb attempt) and realized the kindness of the people in the area. He later noticed that there was no school in the village. In fact, the children were drawing in the dirt with sticks in a one-room dirt floor area. Mortensen was not a rich man, but he was inspired to help the children in need (especially the young girls), so he promised to build a school. The path to building the school was not easy, but in the end he prevailed and built fifty-five schools.

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The second book I have been reading is called Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play by Kimberly Wilson. Wilson is the author of Hip Tranquil Chick: a Guide to Life on and off the Yoga Mat and owner of Tranquil Space in Washington DC. This book was the best $10.00 I have ever spent, and I will tell you why. Wilson gives several tips regarding finding a balance in life. The best part about the book is that it relates so well to where I am in my life, who I am, and what I want. She talks about creative expression and how to achieve it, living great, setting goals, meditation, and she even discusses entrepreneurial tactics and how to launch a non-profit organization. These things are exactly what I would like to achieve in my life.

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Something that both these books have in common is becoming a “do-gooder”. Basically, being a do gooder is making an effort to become the best person you can be through self-discovery, community service, and kindness. One of my personal goals is to be a do-gooder, and with the help of inspiration I will succeed.

For more information about Three Cups of Tea check out the official website at http://www.threecupsoftea.com

For more information about Tranquilista check out the official website at http://www.tranquilista.com

Monday, August 16, 2010

Facebook Page Update

I realized that there wasn't much information about who I am, what I do, and what my background is. So, here is what I published on the facebook fan site.

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WHAT'S MIND AND BODY BY SAMANTHA NICHOLE?

I blog about fitness and wellness! Someday (soon) I hope to have my own wellness business with a live location. In addition to acupuncture and massage services, I will offer classes in dance, yoga, and any other format I later choose to add.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

I am an undergrad student studying Professional Communication at Alverno College. I have three years of professional dance experience, and roughly 10 years of dance classes and dance team experience. I started taking yoga classes when I was 14 years old. My initial intention was to use yoga to gain flexibility for dancing, however, that intention changed roughly three years ago.

Once I came to college I realized that my stress level had increased; I was working several jobs, taking courses, and dancing. When I began practicing yoga again I started using it as a therapy - something to calm me down before performances, in between classes, and before I went to bed. That's when I said to myself, "I love yoga, and I want to help teach others!"

I took an Instructor Training course in yoga with the Wisconsin Athletic Club. Two years later (today) I was hired by the Wisconsin Athletic Club as a yoga instructor; I am now in the process of obtaining my national yoga instructor certification from YogaFit. It is going to be a long journey, but I look forward to continuing my education in yoga, teaching others, and strengthening my own practice.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Windmill

On Thursday evening I went to visit my parents in Campbellsport. I love visiting the area; I enjoy getting out of the city, I miss the fresh air, and I miss my agricultural community. Campbellsport’s surrounding area (the Kettle Moraine state forest and Fond du Lac County) is home to an awesome new development – windmills.

Although some may not like the windmills for various reasons (obstructing scenery, harming birds, etc.), I believe they are a great alternative for clean energy. Do I believe we should only use windmills? No, but some of our clean energy sources could come from wind.

Copy and paste this link into your browser for more information: http://www.ecw.org/ecwrtesults/443-4.pdf

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The new landscape of Wisconsin.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Michelle Phan and Homemade Pore Strips

Here is a little something I wanted to share with everyone! Michelle Phan, a professional make-up artist known for her clever YouTube videos, posted a video on how to make homemade pore strips. It's pretty awesome and inexpensive, therefore I wanted to share it.

Ingredients:

- Milk (any kind)
- Jello powder

ENJOY!

*PS - The video is a little large for my page. I couldn't figure out how to shrink it, sorry!

Motion Sickness Remedies for Less

Instead of paying $5 - $10 for motion sickness medicine, make your own. This motion sickness remedy is all natural; you can refill the bottle at any time. All you have to do is apply a small amount of oil to your wrists and sniff, or smell the oil within the bottle.

The secret ingredients are:

Peppermint
Basil
Lavender
Grape seed oil

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My mother was the genius behind the concoction, and I promise it works! This oil has helped me endure car rides lasting up to four hours, and it's something anyone can make at home.

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^ Dad & Mom ^

Additional Car Sickness Remedies:

Chew on a piece of peppermint gum
Ask to be the driver, or to sit in the front seat
Wear sunglasses
Drink water often
Another beverage that helps car sickness is coke (in moderation)
Try to cheat the sickness by falling asleep

*TIP: Keep a basil plant. It smells great, makes any porch area come alive, and can be used for cooking and herbal remedies.

GOOD LUCK!