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Multisensory Meditation Challenge
A Case Study on impact of daily meditation on Brain Health and Well-Being
July 2022 Cohasset Elder Affairs/Willcutt Commons
We have a lot going on under the tent and in our brains here at Cohasset Elder Affairs. During June & July our yogis meditated for brain health as part of a multisensory meditation challenge. This series focused on the stress management component of the "4 Pillars of Prevention" recommended by the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF). The class was led by Amy Di Lillo, CEA Yoga Therapist & meditation teacher, certified brain longevity specialist and a member of the education advisory committee with ARPF. Class Participants learned meditation techniques and practiced their new skills daily for a month. They shared discoveries with each other while building neuroplasticity and enjoying the breeze and birdsong along the way.
Stay tuned, as we will offer this program again! Interested in running your own case study? Contact Amy!
Meditate for Your Memory Challenge
Kirtan Kriya Online Group meditation through Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation
March 11-17, 2021
Did you miss this brain boosting, stress reducing, 12 minute meditation challenge? Click here to watch ARPF FB post of the session I was honored to guide...you are welcome to participate! Click here for ARPF research initiatives.
Benefits of practicing the Kirtan Kriya include:
Increased energetics, sense of well being, spiritual fitness, immune function, memory. Decreased stress, inflammation, memory loss.
Women Who Rest | Yoga Nidra w/ Amy
Fostering Your Best Self During Unusual Times
Panel member and speaker for:
Construction Institute | Women Who Build Series
Survive, Strive and Thrive
February 25, 2021, 5:30-7:00pm
Fostering Your Best Self During Unusual Times
Celebrate a month of self-care with mindfulness, stress relief, and yoga. Hear from professionals who will discuss the importance and value of self-care. Take part in small group networking conversations, sharing how you are fostering your best self during unusual times. Sheri Strzelecki, Owner of Centered Soul Space, will create a safe and sacred virtual space to answer any and all questions regarding Mind-Body awareness and how Meditation is an approach that cultivates awareness, inner healing, creation & certainty within oneself.
During the second half of the event, enjoy your choice of a breakout session encompassing meditation, yoga, or nutritional wellness.
Mind-Body Awareness Through Meditation
Sheri Strzelecki will continue her discussion by performing a guided meditation, providing journal prompts to offer a deeper inquiry within yourself, and offering an open space to share your experience. Following your session you will receive a guided meditation and additional journal prompts in your inbox, along with ways to connect with Sheri.
Life Style Change and Transformation
Gerard Ruck, Certified Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Licensed Massage Therapist with Get Fit Now Online LLC, aims to dispel some myths about “dieting” and losing weight. Learn about creating new habits, plus permanent weight loss and maintenance. Essentially, you are creating a Life Style Change!
Women Who Rest (Yoga Nidra aka: Conscious Sleep)
Join Amy Beuschel Di Lillo, Certified Yoga Therapist and Meditation Teacher for Yoga Nidra, a deeply restorative form of mindfulness meditation that anyone can practice. All you need to do is sit or recline and listen (preferably in a quiet space where you will not be interrupted). Di Lillo will offer seated or reclined postural options.
For a rewarding experience, wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing. Props for a seated position include a chair with comfortable head rest, a blanket, and a washcloth or eye pillow. Props for a reclined position include a yoga mat or blanket, bolster/body towel, hand towel, and an eye pillow or washcloth. Optional relaxation tools include lavender (or your favorite) essential oil and ambient music without words. Suggested Spotify playlists include Relaxing Guitar and the Ocean by Alex Bett, and Soothing Sanctuary by David and Steve Gordon.
Pathways Toward Resiliency | Neuroscience & Brain/Body Connections
January 26, 2021
Neuroscience and brain-body connections. Learn simple, research-based ways to build neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to adapt to changes in an individual's environment by forming new neural connections over time) through movement, breathwork, and meditation. Our new Social Worker Stephanie Saunders, and Yoga Therapist Amy Di Lillo, will share the "why" and some "how to's" so you can start 2021 with healthy habits.
Neuroscience: Brain diagram with key parts and connection to body responses, COVID-19 Stress Syndrome and Effects on Body and Mind, Polyvagal Theory, The Body-Mind Connection in Aging and Dementia
Amy Di Lillo Yoga Hosts Brain Longevity Seminar Series
All proceeds go to benefit the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)
Amy Di Lillo Yoga hosts Brain Longevity Seminar Series with All Proceeds to Benefit the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)
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TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Amy Di Lillo Yoga hosts Brain Longevity Seminar Series with all proceeds going to The Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF).
Yoga Therapist and Brain Longevity Specialist Amy Di Lillo, C-IAYT, E-RYT, YACEP will be hosting a three-part Brain Longevity Series covering the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention®. The lectures will be held once a month in the Cohasset Elder Affairs building, starting January 13th located at Willcutt Commons: 91 Sohier Street, Cohasset, Massachusetts.
Di Lillo wants to spread the word about the hope of Alzheimer's prevention and has organized this series as a fundraiser for Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation. Di Lillo explained, "I am delighted to share my Brain Longevity wisdom with my local community. I was inspired to take the course after watching too many of my beloved elders suffer. I am humbled by and grateful to the passionate and talented team at ARPF. Together, we can make can difference."
Dr. Sean Foss, Naturopathic Doctor and Claire Haddad, Certified Health Coach, will join the first lecture on Diet and Supplementation. Attendees will learn about the power of conscious choices in what you eat, and how diet and supplements can help support a healthy brain and lifestyle. The following lecture on February 10th will be accompanied by Dr. Sylvia Sichol, Clinical Psychologist covering Stress Management and Meditation. The last lecture, Exercise and the Power of Community, will be on March 9th featuring Dr. Janine Crifasi, DC, Functional Neurologist. Attendees will learn how physical exercise strengthens the body and mind.
The series equips attendees with ARPF's science-backed tools and resources to prevent and reverse cognitive decline. They will also learn the different symptoms, behaviors and recommended care techniques for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
As Alzheimer's disease is on the rise, it's ever important to recognize the signs of dementia and know how to take action. Anyone who is interested in healthy aging– specifically anyone who cares for a loved one with dementia– is encouraged to attend. Admission fee is $15 with all proceeds going to ARPF. To reserve a space or for more information email email@example.com, call 781-812-9404, or visit amydililloyoga.com.
SOURCE Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation
Just Bereave event...I was honored to share self care techniques with these wonderful caregivers.
On a beautiful sunny Friday in January, 20 nurses and doctors from Massachusetts came together for the second annual Just Bereave event. The event is run by Arianna Desilets and her dear friend and fellow loss mom Ashleigh MacKinnon. The goal is to make sure healthcare providers who take care families dealing with pregnancy and infant loss have all the resources and tools available to them. They also spend sometime making sure they work on self care since they carry every loss with them. Together with Ashleigh and Jon Mac these two families have donated 9 cuddle cots to 9 deserving hospitals, plus additional supplies to other hospitals. Their mission of donating one cot in honor of their sons and in honor of their daughter turned into something they never thought possible. It is because of all of their friends, family and strangers who have shown love and support for us and for all the families struggling that we have been able to make a lasting impression on bereavement care in Massachusetts. We would also like to thank our newest member and fellow loss mom Beth McKenna Moore for sharing her story with all of us and joining our mission. Thank you all for helping us honor Theodore, Maximus, Mallory & Charlie!
Amy Di Lillo: The Diviner
A woman of the world, Michigan raised Amy Di Lillo’s journey to Massachusetts came by way of Texas and the exotic countries of Japan, Singapore and Thailand.
Amy’s journey with yoga began 20 years ago. Teaching for over 15 years, Amy loves how yoga quietly shifts mood, posture, breath and the energy of her students and herself. Her favorite pose is Eagle because it makes her feel grounded, yet ready to take flight.
After many years of dedication to her yoga, Amy will achieve a substantial milestone this February when she completes her RYT 500. This education provides significant insight into the therapeutic yoga Amy delivers in class. Amy is drawn to energy practices and that might not be a coincidence. Her grandfather was a Michigan farmer and practicing water diviner (aka: water witch!) Using a fresh Y shaped branch clasped in his hands, Amy’s hands on the branch under his, they would walk the family acreage looking for the right spot to dig a well. She recalls feeling the branch gently vibrate and tilt down toward the earth revealing water lines deep within. He told her she had the “power”!
Amy lives in Cohasset with her husband Tom, their 16-year old son Dimitri and two fabulous felines. G a feral feline who was born under their house in TX has moved with them to MI and now MA. Siam, a well-fed feline rescue cat appeared on their MI doorstep and has not missed a meal since.
In her spare time Amy loves to walk (or snow shoe) at the many gorgeous beaches and parks in the area. In addition to being a yoga teacher, she is corporate cross-cultural trainer who works with either American executives about to live abroad or foreigners moving to the US. Passionate about many things, Amy strives to support LGBT Equality, Civil and Women’s Rights. “It’s all yoga, really…, she says. “it’s about being present and uniting.”
Amy can be found teaching 8 am Yin Yoga on Mondays and Fridays. Thursday Evenings @6:15 for Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra. She is often also offering workshops using essential oils as well as Restorative and Nidra workshops.
Free Cohasset Yoga Classes offer a Stretch for Seniors
January 10, 2016
By Amanda C. Thompson / firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM
It’s not a stretch to say that yoga instructor Amy Di Lillo is doing what she was made to do. Like the Indian yogi who once inspired her in Singapore, she radiates a sure and steady sense of peace and joy, and she has been sharing these with Cohasset’s seniors for a year now. Others in the community have enjoyed her gentle, expert guidance for even longer – since Di Lillo came to town three years ago.
This January, though, Di Lillo has something even more special to offer Cohasset’s over-60 community: not just yoga, but free yoga. Are you, or is your parent or grandparent, unfamiliar with the practice of yoga? Perhaps a little anxious about trying to “teach an old dog new tricks,” as the saying goes?
That’s exactly who these free classes are for. While yoga has grown popular in recent years, the over-60 crowd didn’t grow up taking a five-dollar yoga class at the nearest gym. To them, said Di Lillo, yoga is exotic, and it’s easy for something that seems foreign to feel threatening. With Di Lillo, it won’t have to.
It all started when a student of Di Lillo’s noticed how great her mother would feel after taking a senior yoga session. And this particular mother wasn’t the only one. Di Lillo has heard stories from other senior students whose high blood pressure dropped after taking yoga, or who were able to stop taking certain medications because of the practice.
“This daughter wanted people to feel as good as her mom felt,” said Di Lillo. So the student, who wished to remain anonymous, funded four January classes to give other seniors the chance to experience the healing and wellness her mother had enjoyed.
Di Lillo will lead two gentle yoga classes at Willcutt Commons this month: Jan. 12th and Jan. 26th, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Gentle yoga is a flowing practice that can increase mobility, calm the senses, and leave practitioners feeling balanced and invigorated.
On alternate weeks, Jennifer Wilms will lead yoga meditation classes on Jan. 14th and Jan. 28th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. These classes will incorporate moving meditations, guided meditations, and insight meditations along with yoga in order to calm and relax the mind.
Di Lillo and the anonymous benefactor both felt that January was the best time to offer these complimentary trial classes, as the new year is a popular time to start a new practice. Hopefully, this will open the door for more seniors to take advantage of this simple yet effective opportunity for self-care by participating in Di Lillo’s regular gentle flow yoga, chair yoga, and yoga meditation classes.
As an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Di Lillo is certified to teach basic yoga flow, therapeutic yoga, and classes for seniors, teens, and kids. She teaches at Balance Yoga Studio, the Cohasset Rec Center, Willcutt Commons, Harborview Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Cohasset Golf Club, and privately at clients’ homes. She has a middle/high school level class coming up soon at the Rec Center.
For Di Lillo, the yogic journey began when she got married and moved to Singapore, where her visa did not allow her to work. Before that, she never imagined herself getting into yoga. She was used to working a nine-to-five, if a bit restlessly. But she needed to do something with her time, so she learned the language, and she learned yoga.
“I took my very first yoga class ever with an Indian man who was in his 80s,” she remembered. “He looked 30. He was soulful, elegant, gentle; he vibrated with health and wellness.”
His spirit captured her imagination, and she brought his lessons with her when she returned to the States. Those lessons carried her through the stress of moving repeatedly for her husband’s work. They carried her through pregnancy. They gave her a way to work part-time as a new mother, rather than having to return to the “cage” of a nine-to-five job.
Though she’s taught students of all ages and abilities, Di Lillo’s passion is for therapeutic yoga, partly because yoga has helped her manage scoliosis since she was diagnosed in her 20s. But the benefits, she said, go far beyond the physical. And she just loves working with seniors.
“I was close to my grandmother growing up,” she explained. “Teaching seniors helps me to still feel that connection.”
For more information about the classes at Willcutt Commons this month, call Liza Salerno at Elder Affairs at 781-383-9112. Di Lillo can be reached directly at email@example.com.
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