Workshops, Events, & Specialty Classes
Tai Chi & Qigong with Kathy Reid
Qigong is a centuries old practice that incorporates breath, movement, and meditation for the purposes of health, vitality, and calmness of mind. Tai Chi is also an ancient practice. It also uses movement and breath to harmonize the mind and strengthen the body. Tai Chi uses a series of flowing movements that work the entire body. Qigong taps into the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine to tonify and clear energy pathways. Both are often practiced at slow and even speeds, making them perfect for those looking for a practice that does not necessitate getting up and down from the floor.
2 select Sundays every month
Drop-ins are welcome
MFR & the Science of the Nervous System for Chronic Pain Conditions, led by Nancy Fallon, RYT-500
Saturday, October 22nd from 2:00-4:00 PM; $40
Many of us suffer from the mysteries of being diagnosed with a chronic pain condition. Never knowing how much pain you might be in, where the pain will manifest itself day to day, or when you might be able to plan something without worrying you might have to cancel due to pain is exhausting in itself. The good news is yoga can help. Research shows that myofascial release techniques, breathwork, meditation, and mindfulness can work to calm the nervous system down which has a systematic effect on reducing pain. Pain is in the brain (read: pain is very much real, but it is a cycle that the brain creates along with our nervous system in a diabolical plot against us.) Training the brain and interrupting the fear-of-pain cycle can have a very real effect on feeling better and preventing or reducing future episodes of pain.
Sunday, October 9th, 3:00-5:00 PM; $25
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are one resource for yogic traditions and philosophy. Vedic chanting preserved the sutras (and other writings from the time of Homer) to the present day. Long ago, students learned to chant the sutras before studying the philosophies. We will do both in this workshop.
Vedic chant is a simple 3-tone system that’s accessible for everyone, and does not require musical ability. In addition, Vedic chant combines four of the eight parts (anga) of yoga: breathing technique (pranayama), sense withdrawal (pratyahara), focused concentration (dharana), and thus can create a meditative state (dhyana).
The audible sounds of Sanskrit are said to also create somatic vibrations that embody the meanings of words and concepts. Thus Vedic chanting embodies the principles of yoga to create greater clarity and depth of understanding, samadhi.
Intro to Kundalini with Milan Sandhu, RYT-500
Learn about the centuries old practice of Kundalini with this 6-week series led by teacher, Milan Sandhu.
September 7th to October 12th, 6:30-7:45 PM
Offered in-person and online
This kundalini course is a six week journey through the body's energy centers. Each week, students will be introduced to a new ‘kriya'. A kriya is comprised of repeated dynamic movements that are intended to enhance health, energy, and vitality in specific ways that will be described.
No experience is necessary and one does not have to attend all six sessions. Drop-ins are welcome.
Pelvic Power: A Franklin Method Workshop with Helen Marie Carruthers
Saturday, November 5th, 2:00-4:00 PM $45.00
This Franklin Method workshop is an embodied experience of your pelvis and how it is designed to move with ease and efficiency. We'll use dynamic imagery to enhance the learning and provide a true body-mind connection, which has been scientifically proven to improve movement.
You'll leave the workshop with a sense of ease in your sitting and standing posture, and an ability to find more flexibility, ease and freedom in your yoga poses and daily movements as well. And your low back and knees will be happier too when you understand how to use the hip joint properly!
About the Instructor: Helen Marie Carruthers is a lover of movement and is fascinated by all things body-mind-soul. As a professional dancer for over 20 years, she learned first hand how the body and mind must work together to create true strength, flexibility and resilience. Her understanding of the body was amplified by practicing as a massage therapist for 18 years. She received her Pilates certification through the BASI (Body Arts and Science International) in 2010, and went on to become a Level 3 Franklin Method Educator. Out of a growing desire to give her clients more tools and autonomy over how they feel, Helen Marie became a BodyMind Coach in 2020. All of her work invites the client to embody how they desire to feel, and take action to get there. She hopes that anyone taking her class will walk away with an enhanced ability to notice and connect with their amazing miracle of a body. She also hopes to share a movement experience that builds strength and fosters efficiency and JOY in movement!
Sunday, October 23rd from 3:00-4:15 PM, $35.00
This workshop is al about gently coaxing you into a state of pure relaxation. First, you'll be led through a series of slow, graceful movements to help quiet busy minds and release stored muscle tension. Then, you'll settle into comfortable savasana-like position and prepare to experience a heightened state of relaxation through Sound Meditation. Feel yourself slip into a peaceful, meditative state as the calming sound waves of crystal & Himalayan singing bowls, chimes, and vocal tones surround you. Participants are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing.
Friday, December 16th, 6:00-7:15 PM, $30
This workshop brings together the deeply restorative practices of Yoga Nidra and Sound Meditation. Yoga Nidra, also known as ‘yogic sleep’ or 'non-sleep-deep rest' has become increasingly popular due to its significant benefits for stress reduction. Yogic sleep is a guided form of meditation that takes you to a point just above sleep and a deep state of mental relaxation assisted by the sound vibrations provided by singing bowls, chimes and other instruments.