Yoga • Meditation • Mindfulness • Chakras • Reiki • Dream • Tapping • Stress • Feet
Fridays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Facilitator: Keri Knutson
All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle, yet effective.
Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.
Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.
Tuesdays, December 5, 12, 19
4:45 - 5:45pm
Facilitator: Taunia May
Register by 12/1
Thursdays, December 7, 14, 21, 28
Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.
Restorative yoga helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.
Register by: Dec 6
Tuesday, December 12
9:00 - 10:00am
Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD
Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Whether you are seeking greater focus, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders! This is a beginning class where different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down.
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Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25
Register by: 1/3
Fridays, January 5, 12, 19, 2610:00-11:00am
Register by day before start of class.
Monday, January 8
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Most of the time we exist in mindlessness, a state of semi-awareness governed by habit and inattention. Mindlessness causes us to suffer, probably more than we are even aware. Mindfulness can be defined in a variety of ways, but simply stated it is a deliberate way of paying attention to what is happening within oneself as it is happening. Mindfulness is moment-by-moment awareness. It’s paying attention without judgment or evaluation. When we are mindful, we become more mentally alert, we’re more open and attentive and we’re able to perceive ourselves more clearly – as well as observing details that often escape our notice. If you can identify with any of these statements, you may find this monthly group very helpful.
Register by Friday 1/5*
*Note: there must be a minimum of 4 people registered by Friday preceding class in order for class to run.
Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Register by: 1/31
Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Facilitated by Sandra Williams, LCSW
Have you ever wondered WHAT meditation and mindfulness are and the history behind these practices? Have you ever wondered WHY you would want to practice them? Are you curious HOW your mind, emotions, body and spiritual practice may be affected and helped by meditation and mindfulness? Do you want to explore HOW you can meditate and practice mindfulness? We will explore all of these questions AND PRACTICE forms of meditation and mindfulness each week. If you would like to have a greater sense of calm, be more present in your daily life, be more alert, be more energized day-to-day or experience more joy in life, this is the class to get you started.
Register by 1/30
Fridays, February 2, 9, 16, 2310:00-11:00am
Monday, February 5
Register by 2/2*
Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Register by 2/4
Saturday, February 10
All levels. Yoga Nidra means Yogic sleep; a state of conscious deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. This class is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness, which has been found to reduce stress, tension and anxiety. It is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra also helps calm and clear the mind and has potential to provide emotional healing--restoring our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to four hours of sleep.
Register by 2/8.
Tuesdays, February 13, 27
Register by 2/10
Thursday, February 15
7:00 - 9:00pm
Facilitator: Melody Pearson
Is your significant other always asking you to rub her/his feet? Are you willing but not sure how to make it a pleasant experience? This relaxing, fun evening will teach both of you how to touch and relax feet while also learning some ways to help each other with common physical concerns. Bring your feet, your special person, and be willing to relax and enjoy. Everything else will be provided.
Register By: 2/13
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 22, 29
(no class on March 15)
Register by: 2/28
Fridays, March 2, 9, 23, 30
(No class on March 16)
Monday, March 5
Register by 3/2*
Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Register by 3/4
Tuesdays, March 13, 27
Register by 3/10
Saturday, March 24
9am - Noon
Facilitator: Sandra Williams, LCSW, LMT
In this retreat-like class you will learn about 5 core principles and practices to: improve your inner wisdom to have a clearer sense of direction, gain more clarity about where to use your energy and when to set boundaries, achieve better balance in your emotional, physical and spiritual life, and be more present in every aspect of your life. You will have time to reflect on how these principles currently show up in your life and what more you desire. Meditation explorations will be utilized to begin experiencing these principles and living fully in your body in the present moment. Feel free to bring a journal or paper to write or draw your reflections (not required). If you are feeling low on energy, stressed about life events or transitioning into something new, this information may be the start of revitalizing energy for you!
Register by 3/20
Monday, April 2
Register by 3/30*
Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Register by 4/1
Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26
Register by: 4/4
Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, 2710:00-11:00am
Tuesdays, April 10, 24
Register by 4/7
Saturday, April 21
9:00am - 4:30pm
Facilitator: Debby Gaines
Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning 'Universal Life Force Energy' and describes the energy found in all of life. An ancient form of hands on energy healing, Reiki is a skill obtained through an attunement (opening) to bring the power of Universal Life Force Energy through the human chakra system. The energy then is used to balance the body or an object by bringing it into harmony with the universe once again.
In Reiki One, you will learn the hand positions for self-healing and for the healing treatment of others. We will talk about the seven major chakras and the history of the Usui System of Natural Healing. You will receive your first attunement. We will also have time to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.
Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, with no jewelry or perfumes. Bring a sack lunch.
Register By: 4/13
All levels. Yoga Nidra means Yogic sleep; a state of conscious deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. This class is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness, which has been found to reduce stress, tension and anxiety. It is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra also helps calm and clear the mind and has potential to provide emotional healing--restoring our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to four hours of sleep. Note: this class will meet in the William Reif Gallery
Register by 4/19
Sunday, April 22
In Reiki Two, you will learn symbols and mantras to focus and deepen the healing treatment of the Reiki energy. We will talk about the sacredness of the Reiki symbols. We will also begin to learn ways to send Reiki through time and distance, allowing healing in the past to improve the present. Time will be allotted to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.
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