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Kids/Tweens/Teens Yoga – Fall Classes

Start anytime! 12-week session, September 14th to December 7th 
Kids Yoga (5-9 years old): Tuesdays 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tween Yoga: Mondays 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Teen Yoga: Mondays 2:15pm to 3:15pm and Fridays 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Yoga for the Special Child: Thursdays 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Yoga is a wonderful way for children to enhance flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. In addition, the ongoing practice of kidsmatresizedYoga can help with concentration while developing a sense of calmness and wellbeing. Class will include postures (asanas), breathing and relaxation. We will tell stories with our bodies and use music, dance, chanting to lay a foundation for a lifelong Yoga practice.

12-class series: $145
Kids Punchcard: $130/10-classes
Drop-in: $15

All classes are taught by certified yoga teachers who are trained in working with kids, tweens and teens. *No classes on school holidays.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) Series with Cezanne Allen

**Free Intro/Orientation: September 15th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesdays, September 29th to November 17th from 6:30 to 9:00pm
(9:30 end time on first and last meetings)
Full Day Retreat on Saturday, November 7th from 11am to 5pm

Fee: $350

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.MBSRwords

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.

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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

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:

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An Evening of Journeying with Will Whitesmith

Fridays, September 18th and November 20th from 7:00 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 consciowillpicthreeusness 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.

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MELT for Arthritis: A MELT Hand and Foot Treatment Workshop
with Linda Rigell

Sunday, September 20th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm // $35

When you’ve got arthritis, the simplest tasks can become more difficult. Your joints ache and you experience pain, limited mobility, and loss softballsof strength. Return to doing the things you love! In this workshop, you will learn how to help your body heal and rediscover pain-free living at any age.

MELT is a simple self-treatment technique that boosts your body’s ability to heal by calming your nervous system and rehydrating your connective tissue. Help your body to a more ideal state and release the compression of your joints. The MELT Hand and Foot Treatment is the perfect place to start to heal your body.

Everyone who registers will receive a complimentary MELT for Arthritis Custom Kit, including MELT Hand and Foot Treatment Balls and instructions on how to use them.

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Fall Equinox Celebration: 108 Sun Salutations with Island Kirtan 

Sunday, September 20th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm // Regular Class Prices 

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!FeaturedSun_heartless-550x326-1

This equinox, you are encouraged to throw it all out on the mat so that you may make your way into fall 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!

Please sign up in advance here!

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping
for Wellness Series
with Susan James, BCC, LICSW

Four Mondays, September 21st through October 12th
from 9:30am to 11:30am // Fee: $140

Empower yourself by adding the gift of meridian-based tapping to your health and wellness toolbox! Through this experiential class with others you can create significant, lasting change by rewiring your subconscious. Participants will develop greater self awareness and ways to effectively eliminate resistance and blockages that often hold us back from living the life we love.

EFT is a self-applied sequential tapping process to acupressure points which can help dissolve stress and limiting beliefs, clear negative website_9028emotions and disturbing memories, manage pain, weight loss, phobias, motion sickness, reduce anxiety/depression, procrastination, and physical ailments. The list of uses is almost infinite! It is a transformative tool which you can “pay forward” by teaching it to your family, friends, clients….anyone who is open to learning.

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Susan James enjoys teaching, coaching, and empowering people with different modalities to enhance their wellness and reach their full potential. She is a Board Certified health and wellness coach, energy medicine practitioner, holistic EFT practitioner, and licensed clinical social worker with an active practice for individuals and groups on Bainbridge Island. To learn more about Susan and her services, please visit her at

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Embodied Nourishment:
The Art of Living a Deeply Satisfied Life
with Jill M. Sabotka and Kellie Shannon Elliott

A Weekend Immersion for Women on Bainbridge Islandembodied nourishment
Friday, September 25th to Sunday, September 27th

This weekend is intended to deeply satisfy women who feel overextended, resigned, underfed in their relationships, depleted, asleep at the wheel.. women who are craving something more and are yearning to speak their truth.

Over the course of the weekend, we will weave 5Rhythms movement, truth telling circle, communal meal time, periodic solitude and silence, guided writing, as well as opportunities to wildly love yourself, finding nourishment on all levels.

Jill M. Sabotka, MA, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in the state of California. She maintains two private practices, on injill Walnut Creek and the other in Marin County. She has been practicing psychotherapy since 2006 and has been running groups for over 10 years. Her graduate work and clinical focus has been somatic psychology, a specialized field of body-based psychotherapy. Jill has dedicated her career to helping women return home and re-embody all aspects of their being: physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Her enormous appetite for life and capacity to embrace the messy, gritty and fierce parts of herself provide others with the radical permission to embody their hungers and humanity.

Kellie Shannon Elliott is a certified teacher of the 5Rhythms with sixteen years of devoted practice. She has been teaching on Bainbridge IMG_1245Island, the wider Puget Sound region and internationally since 2010. From a young age, she has sought nourishment on many levels and now comfortably embodies her lusty relationship with life and all it has to offer. As a result, Kellie is relentlessly committed to inspiring women to remember and attune to their rhythmic nature, which allows their deepest longings to be revealed and fully sated. She encourages us to attend all parts of ourselves with curiosity and reverence.

All inclusive, Residential Retreat in a lush, natural setting on Bainbridge Island, WA: $750
Non Residential (includes all meals): $495

For more information and registration, please contact:
Kellie at 206-353-2394 or
Jill at 415-985-5434 or

Seasonal Workshop: Finding Balance through Autumn with Leah Adams and Stephen Brown

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm//$35 pre-register / $40 at the door 

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 dynamistephenc flow of Qi within meridian pathways. Learn practical tools to harmonize with Metal – the element of the Autumn Season, and restore your energy and balance the pace of modern living. This workshop is part of a series designed to guide you in creating radiant health.

Stephen Brown (EAMP) is an East Asian medicine practitioner and teacher of traditional exercise systems including sotai, yoga, taichi and chigung. Stephen teaches the transformative power of daily energy balancing and cultivation practices. Stephen trained in Japan and China and has over 30 years experience as an acupuncturist and bodyworker. He teaches widely in the US and abroad. He is also a faculty of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine.

Leah Adams (RYT) believes that every choice, every day, in every way, can bring more vitality and mind-body balance into our lives. Leah is Leah Adamsa student of the Insight Yoga Institute, and has 600 cumulative hours of training with Master Teachers including Yin Yoga teacher trainings with Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark. Leah incorporates teachings from Ayurveda, Meditation, East Asian Meridian Theory, Western Science, and Nature into her classes.

Register here. Pre-Registration is encouraged

MELT METHOD: Beginning Workshop Series
with Linda Rigell

Five week MELT series Thursdays, October 1st to 29th from 11:00am to 12:30pm // $125

So many people assume that the feeling of aches and pains in their bodies is inevitable. With MELT it does not have to be that way!ef014ecab41b37506d474bfd7cc9e778

A significant part of bodily discomfort is due to dehydrated connective tissue causing stress to remain in the body. Practicing the MELT Method a few minutes a day will rehydrate the connective tissue enough for you to release that stuck stress.

Thoroughly learn the basic MELT moves in this 5- week series enabling you to confidently MELT at home or work and start feeling better now!

Register here. Space is limited. Early registration recommended.

MELT for MELTers Intermediate Workshop Series
with Linda Rigell

Five week MELT series Thursdays, October 1st to 29th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm  // $75

Once you have experienced the relief that MELT gives your body, this series will help you sustain it.lindarigell

The way we use our bodies every day is primarily responsible for causing feelings of stress and pain. Our habits get our bodies into ruts, ruts that mold our connective tissues (fascia) and shapes our bodies. Dehydrated connective tissue is like concrete, it holds it’s shape.

Once the connective tissue is rehydrated, we can reshape our bodies into better alignment by activating and strengthening dormant muscles, restoring optimal length. Optimal length of the muscles leads to better alignment, greater blood flow, oxygen, electricity therefore, healthier cell reproduction. Rehydrate and Strengthen!

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The Power of Empathy for
Supporting Connected Communication
with Marcia Christen

6-Week Series, Monday mornings from October 19th to November 23rd
from 9:30am to 11:30am // Fee: $210/individual, $375/couple

Based on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, this series will focus on increasing our own awareness and compassion as a base for relating to others, whether it be within your family, your work, in your friendships, or in groups in your community.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) can dramatically improve our relationships by helping us focus attention on an empathic understanding of ourselves and others without compromising our own values, and expressing our real feelings and needs openly and honestly, yet without blame or criticism.empathy-and-compassion

NVC delineates four components of communication:
1) Observations free of evaluations;
2) Feelings straight from the heart;
3) Needs, values and longings; and,
4) Requests expressed clearly in positive action language.

Together these tools help create the kind of dialogue that can foster resolutions satisfying for everyone without painful sacrifice. Even in situations of longstanding conflict or hostility, the NVC process can open new doors to compassionate connection and action.

However, NVC is not just for conflict, it is a consciousness for increasing our natural compassion while holding our own values with equal care. It also is a portal for more gratitude and awareness of what really serves us and others. NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity, using our power in a way that honors everyone’s needs, and a concrete set of skills which help us create life-serving families and communities.

The form is simple, yet powerfully transformative.

You will leave with:
Processes for transforming your judgments into what is important to you.
Practices for self-awareness and connection that will bring clarity and understanding.Marcia pro pic
A deeper understanding of empathy and honest communication that can be serving for everyone.
A process for transforming judgments of others into understanding and connection.
A clear map for being able to increase resiliency and the ability to choose.
A community of co-explorers.

This class is for you if:
You are interested in ways to increase your ability to be present and more resilient.
You are wanting to have more peace in your life and live in alignment with your values.
You would like to increase your understanding and integration of empathy for yourself and others.
You would like to find ways to maintain connection in your relationships.
You long to increase your ability to choose and decrease your reactivity.
You long to have more gratitude integrated into your life.

Register here.