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MELT by the Book: A Three-session Self-Care Series with Linda Rigell

Three Consecutive Saturdays September 13th, 20th and 27th  from 11:30am to 1:30pm// Fee: $95 or $35/sessionef014ecab41b37506d474bfd7cc9e778

In three weeks you will learn all the moves in the best-selling book, The MELT Method. Discover simple self-treatments you can do at home to remain active, healthy and pain-free for life. Come experience lasting changes in how your body looks and feels. Experience all the techniques in the New York Times bestselling book, The MELT Method, in an interactive and personalized environment. Space is limited – please click here to sign up now!

Learn how to:

  • Identify where you have stuck stress in your body, a major cause of chronic aches and pains
  • use the MELT Hand and Foot Treatment, a unique indirect method for the entire body
  • improve your body sense and notice the changes as your body effortlessly finds greater alignment and balance
  • activate your core strength and stability
  • use the MELT Soft Body Roller to rehydrate the tissues of your body for greater mobility and ease of motion
  • safely and effectively decompress your own neck and low back
  • relieve common issues like headaches, insomnia, bloating, weight gain, cellulite and more!

Fall Equinox 108 Sun Salutations with Island Kirtan

Sunday, September 21st from 4:00 to 6:00pm // Fee: Normal Class Prices Apply

FeaturedSun_heartless-550x326-1 It is starting to feel like fall 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 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! Click here to sign up now! 

After the 108 Sun Salutes, we will take a quick break and join together for kirtan from 6:30 to 8:00pm. See community events for more details.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) Series with Cezanne Allencezanne-allen

Thursdays beginning September 25th to November 13th from 6:30 to 9:00pm & Full Day Retreat on Saturday, November 1st // Tuition: $350 includes all materials

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.

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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

Change Your Posture, Change Your Life with Gretchen Seaver

Sunday, September 28th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm // Fee: $60Gretchen

This workshop is designed to help you identify and correct the “blind spots” or habitual patterns in our daily life that can lead to poor posture and chronic pain. You will learn simple techniques, that you can put to use right away, to access correct alignment in everyday tasks of driving, sitting and standing. The exercises themselves help correct poor posture patterns so good alignment becomes effortless. Practitioners of the YogAlign Method report having more open space in the body, increased freedom of movement, standing taller, more core strength and energy, and less pain and discomfort. Click here to register.

“Gretchen Seaver offered me a unique approach to feeling and understanding a lifetime of bad posture. She combines her skill as a massage therapist and her knowledge of body mechanics and anatomy with her disciplined and cautious use of YogaAlign. She is a patient, thoughtful, and deeply intuitive teacher. Most important, however, was her remarkable and quick grasp of my particular body habits. And she also understood my need to find a discipline tailored to my busy life.” – Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., MSW

“As a Chiropractor, I have found YogAlign to be a life-changing practice. I recommend Gretchen’s YogAlign workshop to my patients. Its helps me with my treatment plan and the benefits to them is huge! Gretchen Seaver teaches YogAlign with such grace and confidence. Her passion runs deep and she truly cares about quality of life for all those she meets.” – Meg Simans, D.C, Chiropractic Lifestyle Center, Bremerton, WA

Gretchen Seaver has been a bodyworker for over 25 years. She has taught and practiced the YogAlign Method for the last 3 years in classes, workshops and private sessions. It is her joy and intention to share tools to empower students to become their own healers. For more information and look at before and after pictures go to: TheFloweringLife.com or contact Gretchen @ 206 842-3939

Intro to Holotropic Breathwork Workshop with Glenn Girlando

Saturday, October 4th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm // Fee: $25glenn

Join us for an introduction to the principles and practice of Holotropic Breathwork, including a one-hour mini-breathwork session which will give you a real sense of what breathwork is like. Participants at these intros have reported powerful experiences even from this short, one-hour process. Open to new and returning breathers. Come and bring a friend!

Glenn Girlando, M.A., trained with Dr. Stanislav Grof to become a certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator in 2001. He has been utilizing HB for over 20 years in his personal life, and leading workshops in Seattle for over twelve years.  He specializes in the creation of safe and sacred space for deep inner work. For more information, please visit his website.  Learn more about his offerings by clicking here.

Intro to Shamanic Journeying with Will Whitesmith

Saturday, October 5th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm // Fee: $25willdrum5

Come and join Will Whitesmith for an afternoon 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. Click here to register.

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

Four Monday mornings, October 6th, 13th, *27th and November 3rd (please note: no class on 10/20) from 9:00am to 11:00am // 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.  This class meets over four weeks to help you integrate this new technique into your life.

EFT is a self-applied sequential tapping process to acupressure points which can help dissolve stress and limiting beliefs, clear negative emotions 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. Class size is intentionally kept small to provide a deeper learning experience please register in advance by clicking here.

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 www.susanjames.me.

ACU-YOGA: Meridian Stretching with Stephen Brown  

Sunday, October 12th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm // Fee: $40/pre-register or $45/doorOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The meridians are a system of energy flow in the body applied in Asia for centuries to balance the body and treat illness. Knowledge of the meridians is useful for understanding the dynamic interplay between our mind and body as well as the relationship of our musculature and internal organs. ACU-YOGA is the combination of Hatha Yoga and exercises for activating the meridians. ACU-YOGA is a powerful combination of breathing, visualization, and simple movements. Engendering free flow of energy can heal and revitalize your body. Learn to release energy blocks and create wellbeing and vitality in your body. In this workshop, you will learn: the East Asian take on energy and health; imagery for movement and meditation; names and functions of the meridians; general layout of meridians on the body; and, self stretches for balancing the meridians. Click here to register!

Stephen Brown L.Ac. is a shiatsu and acupuncture practitioner born and raised in Japan. He began his practice of Traditional Exercise Systems in 1980 in Japan. He travelled to China in 1984 to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chigung. Stephen has practiced YOGA and Taichi for over fifteen years.   He has taught Meridian Exercises, a unique system of balancing energy, for more than a decade in the Northwest. He has translated many books on exercise and health including Chigung for Health, Meridian Exercises, and Meridian Therapy.

From Earth to Metal: Taking in and Letting Go with Maria Cook 

Saturday, October 18th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm // Fee: $30mariacook

Align with the Flow of Seasons, Late Summer to Fall, using the Five Element Model, to thrive with the energy and quality of each natural cycle. Based on Natural rhythms, the 5 Elements remind us that change is fundamental, and that we can flow, rather than resist. If we harness our natural capacities in a harmonious way, we can move quickly through obstacles, transform difficult emotions easily, and experience more joy.

In this workshop, using energy exercises and discussion, we will explore ways to: take in the abundance that is here for you; let go of what doesn’t serve you; change long standing patterns; cultivate acceptance of all parts of yourself; transform grief into appreciation; cultivate boundaries; give and receive appropriately; overcome self judgement.  Click here to register!