Ambient Bliss: yin yoga + live music
with Leah Adams and Jon Crane
Friday, July 22nd from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
$35 or 2 Punches off your Class Card
“Bliss out” completely with a nourishing yin yoga class, set to an ambient soundtrack from musician Jon Crane. Leah Adams leads an hour-long yin practice to wash away tension from your week, followed by a half-hour “soundbath.” Leah will also teach traditional Qigong healing sounds you can use to deepen the relaxation. While you decompress, Jon’s tabla, hang drums, crystal bowls and gongs will bathe you in soothing vibrations. Join Leah and Jon for a deeply peaceful sonic session.
Jon Crane has a deep passion for sharing his excitement and love of music and how it can bring a greater sense of loving awareness to our lives. Jon has learned and worked with many teachers over the years such as Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Ty Burhoe, Jack Kornfield, Zakir Hussain.
Leah’s classes create an environment where people can direct their energy and attention within, to connect with their inner wisdom, healing, creativity and joy. Leah’s grateful to be an ongoing student of Master yoga teachers Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark. She is an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, a professional member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) and an instructor at Sendatsu Yoga Teacher Training.
$90 for 6-week Session // $20 per session to drop in
In this six-week summer yoga practice, we’ll meet weekly to focus in turn on twists, backbends, balancing, forward bends, inversions and restorative postures. We’ll bring awareness to the yoga breath (pranayama).
To wake up the body’s energies, we’ll use techniques from Lauren Walker’s “Energy Medicine Yoga”. You’ll learn techniques to harness your energy to heal your body, strengthen and balance your immune system, and boost your vitality and stamina.
Teen Pilates Series with Nathalia Gorosh
Wednesdays, 5-Week Series, July 20th to August 17th from 11:45am to 12:45pm // $75
Pilates for teens is an upbeat class focusing specifically on posture, alignment, core strength, coordination, balance and flexibility. The exercises taught will help teens gain awareness of their body, improve their movement function and strengthen and tone muscles, which will lead to greater self-esteem, enhance athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury when competing in sporting activities.
Nathalia is a PMA certified Polestar Pilates teacher as well as a certified yoga and Barre teacher. Her classes are rooted in teaching functional intelligent movement. She is passionate about educating every student who walks into her class. Upbeat tunes, high energy and lots of props make this a blast of a class!
MELT Method Basics Workshop with Linda Rigell
Thursday, August 4th from 2:30pm to 4:00pm // Cost $35
In this 90-minute session you will learn the three most effective MELT sequences, the Hand Treatment, the Foot Treatment and the Rebalance Sequence. With these three sequences you will be able to hydrate the connective tissue (fascia) of your body creating a more fluid environment for your muscles bones and organs. This translates into less wear and tear and an immediate release of stress.
Linda will provide participants with a soft ball, written instructions and audio recordings of the moves, enabling you to MELT at home to relieve daily stress, connect with your core and release compensating patterns that cause pain.
MELT Method Workshop Focus on the Upper Back and Neck with Linda Rigell
Saturday, August 20th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm // Cost: $35
This 90-minute session will teach a few of the sequences that hydrate the upper back and neck to relieve the stress of the habitual shoulders rounding forward posture and keep the body from getting stuck in this form and the pain in the neck that results.
This session is best suited for people that are practicing the three basic MELT sequences; the Hand and Foot Treatments and the Rebalance Sequence. (See August 4th workshop or schedule a private session). Linda will provide participants with a soft ball, written instructions and access to audio recordings of the moves learned enabling them to practice at home.
MELT Refresh for Experienced MELTers with Linda Rigell
Saturday, August 20th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm // Cost: $25
This 90-minute session is geared to those who are MELTing at home. In this session you will experience a very enhanced version of the Rebalance Sequence. You will learn to coordinate your breath with diaphragm alignment for the purpose of strengthening your core dynamically. Participants will receive access to a video recording of the new moves learned in this session.
An Evening of Journeying with Will Whitesmith
First Friday of the Month, Next Session is August 5th // Fee: $25
Intro/Orientation 6:30 – 7:00pm
Journey from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Come and join Will Whitesmith for an evening of adventure and fun, exploring the three worlds of the Shaman’s universe. You will be introduced to the Shamanic Journey, learning how to access your own greater reality as your ancestors did before you, as well as learning how to support yourself and others in this process. The ancient art of the Shamanic Journey opens avenues of consciousness that are always available, yet seldom sought.
Join us at 6:30 for a free introduction to Shamanic Journeying Orientation – for first timers or folks wanting to know more about this ancient practice; or simply join in at 7:00pm as we jump right into journeying.
Learn to Meditate with Marty Sands
Monday, August 29th from 9:00am to 12:00pm // $50 ($45 before 8/24)
The Learn to Meditate workshop will focus on seven primary elements of meditation practice:
1. The goal of meditation
3. Steady posture
6. Absorption in the Self
7. Emerging from meditation
Throughout our investigation and discussion, we will take as our inspiration and guide, teachings from spiritual masters of many traditions. Emphasis will be placed on sitting and walking meditation. Chanting will help prepare for meditation and journaling will help us learn from, reflect on and record our experiences. Throughout the workshop we will also be learning how to apply the teachings and meditation practice, extending our experiences into our daily life. Finally, we will be discussing how to establish a daily meditation practice in a busy life.
About Marty: My heart was opened and my life changed forever when I received shaktipat diksha, or a spiritual awakening in 1981 from Swami Muktananda, an enlightened Indian master. For the past 35 years I have been immersed in the teaching, studying and practice of yoga philosophy, meditation, and hatha yoga.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Series with Cezanne Allen and Susan Sweetwater
FALL 2016 SESSION
Thursdays, September 15th to November 3rd from 6:30 to 9:00pm
(9:30 end time on first and last meetings)
Full Day Retreat on Saturday, October 22nd from 11am to 5pm
Mindfulness is a way of being. It means paying attention, moment-by-moment, to our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment with an open, curious and kind attitude. When mindful, we wake from life-on-automatic pilot, rehashing the past or worrying about the future, to tuning into the fullness of whatever is happening in our life in the here and now.
The MBSR approach uses meditation, reflective inquiry, mindful yoga and movement as a means to cultivate your natural capacity for mindfulness. Through your own experience, you learn how to take better care of yourself by understanding the interplay of body and mind. Find greater balance, ease and peace of mind as you learn how to relate differently to life stressors.
Developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, there are now thousands of studies documenting the physical and mental benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular.
Guided instruction includes sitting meditation, body scan meditation, yoga/mindful movement, walking meditation, eating meditation, mindful dialogue and more. This class has no prerequisite. It is open to anyone willing to commit to an intensive training in mindfulness by actively participating in eight 2.5 hour sessions, a full-day retreat, and daily home practice for 45 minutes/day.
Cezanne Allen, M.D. has maintained a dedicated meditation practice for the last 7 years, which has allowed more inner ease and self-compassion in her life. After a career in medicine, this mother of two is a physician professional development coach and co-chairs the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Initiative. Committed to sharing the life affirming benefits of mindfulness practice, she has completed intensive training in MBSR through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. Questions? Email: Cezanneallen@comcast.net
After teaching mindfulness classes for 4 years in central Kitsap, Susan Sweetwater, BFA, LICSW is pleased to team with Cezanne for this class. She provides compassion-based psychotherapy, art therapy and mindfulness training for adolescents and adults in Silverdale and will soon be seeing clients in Winslow. Susan is trained in Somatic Transformation and also provides Mindfulness Skills for Health and Well-being classes; Creativity Counseling with artists; Courting the Muse©: workshops combining mindfulness and art for self-awareness, relaxation and to nurture the creative spirit in each of us. She will be delighted to hear from you at email@example.com
Somatic Transformation: Coming Home to the Body with Sharon Stanley and Cezanne Allen
Body-based Meditations from Ancient Wisdom and Emerging Neuroscience
Tuesdays, September 20th to October 18th from 6:30 to 9:00pm
This class will support your ability to:
• Access mindfulness through embodiment
• Listen to the language of your own nervous system
• Tap into innate vitality
• Embody compassion for yourself and others
• Deepen your ability to stay in embodied presence with another
• Deepen spiritual connection
The class format will include:
• Guided somatic meditations
• Dyad, triad and large group dialogue
This workshop will explore some of the key spiritual concepts of Somatic Transformation, a framework developed by psychotherapist, Sharon Stanley, PhD, and outlined in her new book, “Relational and Body Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past.”
Dr. Stanley brings 40 years experience as a teacher, psychotherapist and spiritual director of Contemplative Christianity. In addition, she has explored the spiritual practices of Afro-Brazilian and First Nations people. For the last 20 years, Sharon has trained psychotherapists in a body-based approach to healing trauma, which integrates embodied empathy, awareness, attachment, ancient wisdom and applied neuroscience. For the last five year, Sharon has been exploring and practicing somatic meditations from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Sharon brings her love of teaching, meditation and integrating knowledge and wisdom from multiple disciplines.
Cezanne Allen, M.D. brings a lifelong passion for what leads to human health and flourishing. A former practicing dermatologist, she started meditating 10 years ago, experiencing the power of body-based practices to enable greater self-compassion and freedom from the tyranny of self-critical thoughts. Cezanne is a has been teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for two years. In addition, she is a facilitator of Somatic Transformation and is involved in developing it into a psychoeducational framework. She staffs the Bainbridge Healthy Youth Alliance, helping to mobilize the community to support the healthy development of youth, step by step, from cradle to career.