Friday, December 4th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm // $35 pre-register & $40 at the door
“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.All are welcome. Pre-Registration is encouraged. Register here.
MELT for the Holidays with Linda Rigell
Beginners: Saturday, December 5th from 11:00am to 12:30pm // Fee $35 (includes materials)
For experienced MELTers: Saturday, December 5th from 1:00 to 2:15 // Fee: $18
Intro to the MELT Method MELT is an easy fix for holiday stress. Learn the essential moves (Hand, Foot, and Rebalance Sequences) of this simple healing technique to relieve the daily stresses that accumulate and eventually cause pain. Using a soft ball and soft foam roller the MELT Method is designed to renew the facial tissue system to enhance fluid body movement. You’ll feel like you had a massage. $35 includes a soft ball for the hand and foot treatments, written directions and access to audio recordings of the moves for easy MELTing at home.
EFT Tapping Circle with Susan James
Saturday, December 12th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm // $20 Suggested Donation (Punch Cards accepted)
This tapping circle is for those who want to practice their tapping in community and be inspired to use this valuable tool! The class time will be spent on individual and group tapping. First timers to tapping or those who are curious are welcome! We will dive right into the various tapping techniques that have been presented in Susan’s EFT Tapping for Wellness series. You will leave feeling centered, empowered, & more like your amazing self!
An Evening of Journeying with Will Whitesmith
Friday, December 18th and December 18th from 7:15pm to 9:00pm // Fee: $25
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.
About Will Whitesmith: I am a channel for magical, mystical, loving creation… a divine spark that illuminates the beauty within the hearts of others, and ignites their gifts of unlimited possibilities. My practice guides and supports others to step into and actualize their unlimited potential. Through discovering their own greater reality they can choose to expand their field of creativity and joy in life.
This expansion of Self is further supported by my Shamanic work which helps the client clear old wounds and past conditioning that blocks their growth. My own life story mirrors this process, giving me empathy, compassion, and understanding for those who walk the path of Self-discovery.
Winter Solstice Celebration: 108 Sun Salutations + Island Kirtan
Sunday, December 20th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm // $17 or Punchcard
It is starting to feel like winter here in the PNW! How do Yogis celebrate the changing of the season?
108 Sun Salutations and here at Dayaalu Center, we are lucky enough to be serenaded by Island Kirtan while we move through them!
You are encouraged to throw it all out on the mat so that you may make your way into winter lighter and brighter!
If 108 sounds too intense for you, please know that some folks come to sit in meditation or move some and sit some – it’s okay! We honor you and your needs and would just love to share this time with you!
After the 108, we will join Island Kirtan in a blissful, meditative, and joyous experience of mantra and song. Island Kirtan chants at Dayaalu Center every third Sunday of the Month at 6:30pm. We are so grateful!
Finding Balance Through Winter with Stephen Brown and Leah Adams
Saturday, January 9th from 3:30pm to 6:00pm // Fee: $35 in advance and $40 day of
Traditional wisdom has recognized since ancient times that our body, mind and spirit mirror the natural cycles of day and night, the tides, the phases of the moon and the seasons. Health and vitality can be cultivated when we harmonize our lifestyle with the rhythms of nature and maintain a dynamic balance of energy. It is our own energy that brings healing, vitality and emotional balance.
Join acupuncturist Stephen Brown and Yin Yoga teacher Leah Adams to discover potent practices that support balancing the dynamic flow of Chi energy within meridian pathways. Learn practical tools to harmonize with Water – the element of the winter season. Come restore your energy and balance the pace of modern living. This workshop is the first in a 5-part series designed to guide you in creating radiant health.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Series with Cezanne Allen
**FREE Orientation on January 21st from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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
Mala + Mantra: A 40-Day Practice with Sue Steindorf
Build your mala on Saturday, January 2nd 2:00pm to 4:00pm
First group mantra practice, Saturday January 2nd at 5:00pm
*Optional: Weekly chanting Thursdays, January 14th, 28th, February 11th 1:30 to 2:30
Mantra’s invoke precise powers for specific purposes: spiritual development, reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, the healing of disease, removing obstacles, finding clarity and so on. A 40-day practice of repeating a mantra 108 times, using a mala (a string of 108 beads) to count, is a powerful way to impact your life.
In this group practice, we will choose a mantra to compliment where we are and what we want to invite in this phase of our life. Together, we will create our own mala using gemstones with properties that align with our chosen mantra. We will chant a round of our chosen mantras to empower and begin our 40-day practice. Every other week we will meet to chant together and share our experiences.
Cost: $108 + $40 materials fee to create your own mala necklace using high quality gemstones and precious metals.
If you have your own materials or if you would like to use your own mala necklace for the practice, the material fee is waived.
The Practice of Vedic Chant with Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD
Two Module Intensives:
March 18th-20th: Friday 3:00 – 7:00pm // Saturday & Sunday 9:00-5:00pm
October 14th-16th: Friday 3:00 – 7:00pm // Saturday & Sunday 9:00-5:00pm
This foundational program is for all those who wish to learn and begin practicing Vedic Chant. The approach to teaching is traditional through oral transmission, repetition, and with the aid of chant-texts, transliterations and English translations from the original Sanskrit.
In this program, you will learn:
- the origin and significance of the Veda’s in history and relevance today,
- the rules and practice of Vedic chanting
- English translations and discussion of the philosophical spiritual meaning of each mantra/chant,
- the applications of chant for self-health.
- experience chant as an important tool for meditation
Chanting is a powerful way to integrate body, voice, mind and our emotions. Chanting is said to develop mental discipline, focus and improve memory, listening and communication skills. Chanting regulates energy through the vestibular system and bone/air-conduction stimulation and increases breath capacity. The vibrations that are produced while chanting can enhance physical and mental health. Because chanting supports meditation by calming the mind, it can be effectively used in healing and yoga therapy and facilitate deeper connections to your spiritual life.
This program consists of two-3 day module intensives and three group Skype sessions between modules.