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November 28, 2014

At Willow Tree Wellness & Counseling, we understand how having a simple and enjoyable holiday season requires mindfulness in every step…including gift giving! You want to give gifts that will be loved by the recipient, but that also support your commitment to living a life of whole health for mind, body, and soul. We have a sweet selection of gifts for everyone on your list that promote health and wellness in really luxurious ways!

 

 

Willow Tree Gift Certificate

This simple option holds so much value! You may choose any dollar amount and the recipient may use it for any product or service here at Willow Tree! Whether it’s yoga classes, a workshop, a massage, or any of our other wellness based options, you’ll be giving a gift that will be put to wonderful use!

 

 

Yoga Series or Class Package

Set those on your gift list up for health and happiness in the New Year! Purchase a 6, 10, or 20 class package and we’ll print out a personalized certificate with a WT key card letting the lucky recipient know that we have a yoga mat ready and waiting for her!

Do you have any awesome kiddos on your Christmas list? If so, gift them a spot in our upcoming Kids’ Yoga Series! We can print a gift-ready certificate up just for them!

 

 

Young Living Essential Oils

There are so many uses and benefits of essential oils that there’s almost no one on your list that couldn’t benefit from receiving them as a gift! Whether they are being used to promote happiness, ease stress, boost immunity, treat illness, or just to fragrance the air; these little bottles are a huge gift! Contact our Young Living independent representative, Jennifer Triassi, to discuss purchasing options and help you decide what oils and/or accessories might be best for that special person on your list.

Order by December 3rd to ensure Christmas delivery with standard shipping options. Expedited shipping is available at additional costs.

 

 

Handmade Journals & Notecards

There’s nothing like giving something handmade! Stop in to browse our selection of handmade mixed paper journals and packaged notecards. Each feature the photography and handiwork of Willow Tree Marketing Coordinator, Maegan Beishline.

 

 

Mary Kay Beauty Products

Receiving luxury beauty products is always a special treat! We have individual products as well as pre-made gift sets, ready to purchase and give. And if you need help deciding what products might be best for that special someone, our Mary Kay representative, Nicole Iacovoni, can help you with her expertise. We even have products for men!

 

 

Yoga Mats & Blocks

Help someone to cultivate a yoga practice at home by gifting them these essential tools. The ability to practice anywhere at anytime is one of yoga’s greatest gifts! And a consistent yoga practice is a gift in and of itself that will continue to deepen in value!

 

 Ready to gift mindfully and shop locally? You can stop in the center to browse orshop online! 

 

 

November 26, 2014

We’ve been learning how to put gratitude into practice on a day to day level with Willow Tree WC founder and chief clinician, Nicole Iacovoni. We hope that lessons and ideas that you can take with you into life beyond November and beyond just thinking about Thanksgiving. 

 

Celebrate Your Success
We can be so hard on ourselves to accomplish more, achieve higher, and do better. We often spend all our time and energy focusing on where we’re going that we fail to recognize when we get there. Take quiet time to reflect on your personal growth and how far you’ve come. Celebrate your success with self gratitude for all the hard work, effort, and courage it took to get to where you are today.

 

 

November 25, 2014

 

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, oh my!! The binge holidays are among us! So how can we stay mindful of eating what’s good for us and not over do it? It’s not as difficult as you think.

 

Drink a glass of room temperature water 20 minutes before dinner and eat your greens first, this paves the way for the harder to digest foods to get through with less distress and energy – also, this allows your belly to crowd out the unnecessary foods. Most of our nutrients can be obtained by eating the right vegetables.

 

Although menus may differ here and there, Thanksgiving staples typically consist of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberries.  Limiting these choices to a minimum allows you to savor the taste but not fill up on the excess need of digestion. Portion sizes are the key! Let’s breakdown your plate; you should see…

 

-50 percent green leafy vegetables

-25 percent protein source – (usually some turkey)

-25 percent of a good carbohydrate – this being sweet potatoes or quinoa (even though it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving staple).

 

Remember, holidays are a time for bonding with friends and family and enjoying the season. Allow for some indulgence in moderation.

 

 

 

November 24, 2014

by Jennifer Triassi, Willow Tree yoga instructor and Young Living Essential Oils independent distributor

In celebration of Thanksgiving, we have chosen to diffuse a
combination of cinnamon bark and nutmeg essential oils!
Mmmmm, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure, natural, therapeutic-grade oils and a great alternative to candles and air fresheners containing harsh chemicals and fragrances. In addition to their amazing scents, did you know about these other uses?


Cinnamon is promotes healthy cardiovascular and immune
function, and acts as an antiseptic. It can be used to enhance
your cooking, or dilute and massage into chakras to create a
soothing, relaxing sensation.


Nutmeg has a sweet, warm, spicy scent that is comforting and soothing, and helps to boost energy. It also supports nervous and endocrine systems.

For more information or to purchase
Young Living Essential Oils, please contact:
Jennifer Triassi
jennifer@fitmomyoga.com

 

November 23, 2014

Children benefit from practicing yoga in profound ways. Our six week Kids’ Yoga Series will be all about exploring and learning in a fun, safe, and playful way! Classes during this session will focus on breath awareness, body movement, and fun; incorporating music, games, activities, and exercises to build physical strength, develop coordination, and boost self-confidence. We’re excited to offer this opportunity for kids to be themselves, be loved, and express themselves completely within a budding yoga community.

 

Saturdays 11:15am - 12:15pm

January 10th- February 14th

Ages 5-10

Instructor: Tawnia Converse
$55/child ($45 each for siblings)

Pre-registration is required.
www.willowtreewc.com

570-317-2999

 

About the instructor:

 

Tawnia is a passionate Hatha yoga teacher dedicated to sharing the traditions and lifestyle of yoga with students of all ages. She believes strongly in the importance of self-compassion and creates a nurturing space for each student’s exploration of self through asana, breath and guided relaxation. Tawnia has extensive experience guiding children in yoga and mindfulness practices. She has been a parent volunteer at Greenwood Friends School, teaching yoga to children in preschool through 8th grade since 2012. Her children’s classes combine moments of quiet contemplation with exploration of asana, singing, chanting, games and other energizing activities. 

 

November 21, 2014

As an introvert, the mere thought of entering into the holiday season can send my anxiety through the roof. All I have to do is start envisioning of all those activities, obligations, commitments, and get-togethers and I want to go crawl underneath my covers with a good book and hibernate there until mid-January.

 

Since having children, my holidays have become a bit different. My kids love the activities, they love the get-togethers, and they love the over stimulation. Holidays for me are more fun now, seeing how they entice my girls to celebrate different facets of life. But they are also busier and more activity filled than in my single days. Crawling under the covers until they’re over is no longer an option, and I no longer want to miss out on the festivities that bring my family so much joy.

 

What resulted for many years was my simply enduring holidays, putting my own wants and needs aside, and plowing through the last two months of every year. But over time, I realized that this pattern served none of us. I wasn’t happy suppressing my needs and my immediate and extended family wasn’t thrilled about spending time with someone whose unmet needs were making her grouchy and irritable. So I had to find a way to forge ahead, into the abyss of crowds and incessant interactions, while still honoring my innate and non-negotiable needs for quiet and solitude.

 

Even though introversion is widely researched and documented in the scientific community, our society often doesn’t revere the needs and demands that come with that temperament. Therefore, introverts often suppress these needs, thinking that they’re selfish and not wanting to deal with the guilt that comes from valuing our own needs over those of others from time to time. Because of this, licensed psychotherapist Nicole Iacovoni has offered insight into these observations and ideas to help validate their importance.

 

Nicole says:  Introversion doesn’t mean antisocial. Many introverts are social, outgoing, and love being around people. The difference between introversion and extroversion is the way in which we regain our energy. Introverts recharge their batteries through quiet, alone time, self-reflection, and solitary activities. Extroverts re-energize by surrounding themselves with people, seeking out activity, and engaging in conversation.

 

 1.       Be Mindful About How You Spend Your Time

Carving out plenty of alone time in a harried season requires an exquisite amount of mindfulness, but it can be done. Sometimes this involves making hard choices about the activities we participate in during the holidays, but it’s always worth the sacrifice. Sit down with your family and talk about the things that are most important or most highly anticipated about the holidays. Commit to only the actives that fall under that umbrella and leave the rest for another year.

 

Nicole says:  This may include opting out of activities while the rest of your family participates in them. Choosing solitude instead of joining in all the holiday hub-bub might lead to feelings of guilt or a sense of obligation to participate in social gatherings even when you feel like you’ve had enough. Give yourself permission to take time alone while still allowing your family to have their fill of action.

 

2.       Balance The Overstimulation With Time in Nature

I have to say that one of the biggest shifts in my holiday temperament has coming from including time in nature, with nature, and focusing on nature into our holiday activity schedule. My family and I make time for hiking in the woods, nature journaling, and celebrating the winter solstice with a small group of friends. Nature brings us back to the source and back to what really matters: it grounds us. We need that grounding during the holidays more than ever when blinking lights and shimmering ornaments can lead our attention far away from our truest needs.

 

Nicole says:  Long before the holidays arrive, we are targeted by marketers. Commercialism alienates us from nature and fills our minds with ideas of needing and wanting more stuff. Advertisements are often highly effective in convincing us we need more and more to feel happy. Likewise, we feel pressure to give unto others what they really want, which further distances us from our true selves and our inner most desires. Our brains physically become overwhelmed with imagery, making it even more necessary than usual to get in touch with our natural roots.

 

 3.  Continue to Evaluate Your Needs And Make Adjustments

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, life still starts to get out of hand mid-December. Don’t be afraid to scrap the plan, start over, and (most importantly) to let things go. You won’t be able to attend every party, see every parade, hit every event, and gather every experience. If the ones you’ve mindfully chosen are becoming too much, allow yourself the grace to re-prioritize and cull the list.

 

Nicole says:  Try to eliminate “should statements” from your vocabulary; “I should go to the holiday party even though I don’t really want to” or “I shouldn’t stay home alone because I don’t want to offend anyone”. Directing “should statements” toward yourself results in irrational thinking and feelings of guilt. Replace “should” with “it would be nice” or “I wish” to help maintain a realistic perspective on your own wants and needs.

 

 

 4.    Schedule In Time To Be Alone

Any introvert knows that nothing can fill you and strengthen you like time with absolutely no one around. We need that time to re-center and quiet our minds. When scheduling activities throughout the season, and especially on the holiday itself, leave time for coffee, long walks, yoga, meditation, or whatever fills your unique cup. I like to get up early and go for a run on Thanksgiving. On Christmas Day, I go find a quiet corner to have a cup of coffee for a while after lunch, in between visits and present openings, to gather my thoughts and refuel for the rest of the day. And after several Christmas celebrations that start on Christmas Day and last the week after, I have declared New Year’s Day to be a day with just my immediate family. Simply include alone time in the monthly/daily schedule as you would allot time for making dinner or walking the dog. Start to see your own needs for solitude as being just as necessary.

 

Nicole says:  Extending loving kindness, good self-care, and compassion to yourself might not be a regular practice, but the holiday season is a great time to start integrating nurturing your spirit. You are the expert on yourself and only you know what you truly need to feel your best. We each are responsible for taking care of ourselves.

 

 5.    Be Honest About Your Wants & Needs

You need to be extremely honest with yourself and others about what you need. And you need to be brave enough to advocate for what will meet those needs. Have those conversations with your spouse, your children, your friends, and your extended family about the kind of holiday you’re working hard to have. Don’t feel ashamed of your needs and desires. Trust that others will understand and accept you for who you are. Communicate your needs so that you can receive the support and cooperation that will help you to be true to yourself.

 

 

Nicole says:  The holidays make it necessary to be assertive, which is communicating your wants and needs in a respectful way. Assertiveness isn’t to be confused with aggression or confrontation, which typically involve making demands. Rather, communicating clearly about what you need to feel good eliminates the need for others to attempt reading your mind. Humans are awful at reading minds accurately; we get it wrong and usually don’t check it out with others to see if we’ve read them right. Eliminate the potential for others to misunderstand you, or worse yet, to take it personally and assume you aren’t participating in an activity because of them.

 

Our society does not value peace and solitude and often you have to forge new paths into a life of holiday harmony for yourself. It’s difficult and courageous work; but, in my experience, each year it gets a little easier and each year our holidays are a little happier. When you start making mindfulness, moderation, and simplicity a priority through the holidays; you make it more acceptable for others to do the same and you encourage a whole atmosphere of honoring ourselves and our needs. The world needs more of that atmosphere. Allow honoring your own needs to be the gift you give yourself and the gift you give to the world.

 

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Maegan Beishline is a freelance writer, photographer, and homeschooling mother of three. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from Bloomsburg University and currently works as Marketing Coordinator for Willow Tree Wellness & Counseling, LLC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole C. Iacovoni, Founder & Executive Clinician at Willow Tree Wellness & Counseling, LLC., received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Denver. Utilizing scientific based techniques, she is masterful at helping clients navigate and address family transitions, mood management, relationship issues, life trajectory, and general self care concerns.

www.willowtreewc.com

 

 

November 18, 2014

We are focusing on the practice of gratitude during the month of November. Each week, Nicole Iacovoni, executive clinician and founder of Willow Tree WC, will be sharing with us a valuable tip on how to live in gratitude and what that might look like on a day to day level. We hope you’ll join us each week to deepen the practice of gratitude in your own life. 

 

The Grass is Greener on YOUR side of the fence

We live in a world of opposites; in order to know happiness, we must also know sorrow.In order to know true health and well-being, we must know illness and pain. We have the power to choose whether to view the world as a cruel place or a beautiful one. Decide to live from a place of gratitude by reminding yourself how much worse your circumstances could be. Focus your attention on all that is going right in your world, rather than what’s going wrong.

 

 

November 17, 2014

Posted by Jennifer Triassi, Yoga Instructor and Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor

 

Every week, I highlight an essential oil (or blend) and explain how it can be used and today, I’m talking PanAway. While it’s called PanAway, but you could easily insert a letter “i,” and just think of it as “PainAway.”

 

PanAway is a super-popular essential oil blend used by many everyday to reduce pain and inflammation associated with muscle soreness, cramps, and even chronic arthritis. It helps to reduce bruising and accelerate healing.

 

PanAway essential oil blend is made up of these four oils:

Helichrysum-Provides anesthetic and analgesic properties.
Wintergreen-Supports reduction of inflammation.
Clove-Used in the dental industry to numb.
Peppermint-Has powerful pain-blocking properties.

 

Here are some ways you can use PanAway:

1.) Rub diluted PanAway to help muscles relax and repair. Dilute this blend with a carrier oil for broad coverage across the muscle in pain. PanAway can also be applied to the abdomen to ease menstrual cramps.

2.) Apply diluted PanAway to reduce inflammation and bruising. Take care not to apply to broken skin.

3.) For sciatic pain, apply 2-3 drops of PanAway essential oil blend directly to the base of the spine.

4.) Apply PanAway essential oil directly to your temples, forehead and the back of the neck to relieve a headache.

5.) Apply PanAway to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

6.) Apply PanAway diluted with a carrier oil to growing pains in children and teenagers

 

I keep a roller bottle of PanAway in my purse, always handy for the bumps, aches, and pains of everyday life. Just the other day, I had a headache and so I applied some PanAway. Within 5 minutes it was gone! It’s good stuff.

 

If you have any questions about PanAway, or any other essential oils or the amazing Premium Starter Kit (which includes this blend), please contact me!

Happy Oiling!

 

 

November 14, 2014

 

Feeling stressed, exhausted, or depleted by the hustle and bustle of the holiday hoopla? Take a mini-retreat from the season, and replenish your mind, body, and spirit with a 60-minute slow flow vinyasa practice followed by 30-minutes of restorative yoga, guided meditation, and savasana. We will spend time in poses meant to release emotions and stress, cleanse and heal the body, and calm the mind. 

Post-practice, we’ll mingle and nibble on holiday treats. And you will have the opportunity to create either an energizing foot scrub or relaxing bath salt to take home with you, using the essential oils Jennifer shares during the yoga practice. Appropriate for all levels.

 

Saturday, December 13th

2-4pm

$30

November 11, 2014

 

We are focusing on the practice of gratitude during the month of November. Each week, Nicole Iacovoni, executive clinician and founder of Willow Tree WC, will be sharing with us a valuable tip on how to live in gratitude and what that might look like on a day to day level. We hope you’ll join us each week to deepen the practice of gratitude in your own life. 

 


Multi-tasking isn’t doing multiple things at once. It’s rapidly shifting our attention from one thing to another, which results in missing all the details of each thing we engage in. To truly appreciate the blessings in our lives, we must focus our attention on one thing at a time and soak in our experience in that moment. To be grateful for the beautiful people in our lives, we must notice in great detail all their wonderfulness. Disconnect from electronics, make eye contact, and engage in conversation with the people you love.

 

 

 

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