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MELT Method Workshop Focus on the Upper Back and Neck with Linda Rigell

Saturday, August 27th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm // Cost: $35softballs

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.

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.

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MELT Refresh for Experienced MELTers with Linda Rigell

Saturday, August 27th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm // Cost: $25ef014ecab41b37506d474bfd7cc9e778

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. For those who already have the introduction to the MELT method.

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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:DayaaluShoot_Final_24resized

1. The goal of meditation
2. Preparation
3. Steady posture
4. Breath
5. Mantra
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.

Marty SandsAbout 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.

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An Evening of Journeying with Will Whitesmith

First Friday of the Month, Next Session is September 2nd // 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 Will Whitesmithintroduced 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.

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Dayaalu Free Sampler Day 

Saturday, September 3rd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm // Free!

Experience the essence of Dayaalu and its diverse selection of classes and teachers at our yearly Dayaalu Free Sampler!trikonasanaresized

Spend two hours in a seamless flow of yoga and movement styles taught by six of our amazing teachers. This year we are featuring Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Flow, Pilates, Integral Yoga, and Sound Bath from Shannon Dorsey, Jeny Rae, Tasha Roth, Nathalia Gorosh, Sue Steindorf and Jon Crane. Each teacher will lead a 15-minute sequence that will flow from one teacher to another.

You will leave with a full yoga experience and a greater understanding of our teachers and classes. And better yet, it’s free so bring a friend!

Advanced registration is highly recommended. Please register here!

Singing for Women (Who Think They Can’t Sing) with Zarifah Spain

8 Week Session on Mondays, September 12th to October 31st from 5:00pm to 6:00pm // $160 

No one is tone deaf! If you’ve missed out on the joy of singing because you “just can’t carry a tune,” this class is for you. We will use simple exercises in listening, breathing, and vocal production to help you learn to sing freely, confidently, and in tune!

Classes are small and supportive, with lots of individual attention. Maximum 6 students.

Zarifah Spain brings over 35 years of voice study, choral singing, and music teaching to her instruction of beginning singers. She guides her students from a place of heart and deep listening, offering the encouragement and tools to allow them to develop confidence in their own voices and experience the joy of singing. Her primary teachers and musical influences include voice teacher Carolyn Lewis, formerly of the San Francisco Opera; composer and choir director, W. A. Mathieu, author of The Listening Book: Discovering Your Own Music; East Indian raga singer and teacher, Shabda Kahn, disciple of the renowned raga singer, Pandit Pran Nath; and Diane Retallack, long-time director of the Eugene Concert Choir.

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Singing for Women (For the Joy of It) with Zarifah Spainzarifah II_9832

8 Week Session on Mondays, September 12th to October 31st from 6:00pm to 7:00pm // $160 

Further singing instruction for graduates of Singing for Women or anyone with basic ability to sing on pitch looking for vocal guidance and the simple pleasure of singing together! We will develop skills to build range, tone quality, and harmonizing, and learn simple songs, chants, and rounds.
Note-reading not required.

Zarifah Spain brings over 35 years of voice study, choral singing, and music teaching to her instruction of beginning singers. She guides her students from a place of heart and deep listening, offering the encouragement and tools to allow them to develop confidence in their own voices and experience the joy of singing. Her primary teachers and musical influences include voice teacher Carolyn Lewis, formerly of the San Francisco Opera; composer and choir director, W. A. Mathieu, author of The Listening Book: Discovering Your Own Music; East Indian raga singer and teacher, Shabda Kahn, disciple of the renowned raga singer, Pandit Pran Nath; and Diane Retallack, long-time director of the Eugene Concert Choir.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Series with Cezanne Allen and Susan Sweetwater

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
Fee: $350

Stress is an inescapable aspect of human life. In this 8 week class you will learn skills to help you meet life’s challenges and demands with MBSRmore ease, balance and peace of mind.

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. The MBSR approach uses meditation, reflective inquiry, mindful yoga and movement as a means to cultivate your natural capacity for mindfulness.

In this program, you will learn:
• mindfulness skills that are proven to help manage stress, pain and illness
• a variety of meditation techniques, including sitting meditation, body scan meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation and more
• gentle, mindful yoga and stretching to promote well-being
• practices for applying mindfulness to daily life
• how to respond to a mind that is lost in worry, fear or other difficult emotions
• skills to soothe and return balance to a stressed-out nervous system
• how to cultivate greater compassion and kindness for yourself and others

This class is appropriate for those with no mindfulness experience or for those seeking to re-kindle or deepen an existing practice. You do need to be 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 up to 45 minutes/day.

cezanne-allenCezanne 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:

susansweetwater1Susan Sweetwater, BFA, LICSW discovered MBSR 6 years ago and has found the skills and practices so beneficial in her own life, she is dedicated to sharing them with others. She provides compassion-based psychotherapy, art therapy and mindfulness training for children, adolescents and adults in Winslow and Silverdale. Susan also operates The Treehouse Studio in Indianola where she offers classes & 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:

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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
$200/5-Week Session

This class will support your ability to:aloe-510113_1280-300x200
• 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 Sharon for publicityhas 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 cezanne-allendermatologist, 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.

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Intro to Yoga: 4-Week Foundational Series
with Berit Bergquist

Thursdays, September 22nd through October 13th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm 
Cost: $100

This series will cover foundational yoga poses, focusing on teaching a safe and gentle practice to promote both flexibility and strength. In 040-1addition, we will cover other aspects of yoga including: breathing exercises, short meditation techniques, and the basics of yoga philosophy. This series is excellent for absolute beginners but also great for more experienced students who could benefit from a review of proper alignment and the depth of yoga beyond postures.

Berit is a certified Purna Yoga instructor at the 500-hour level.

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RESTART with Nicole Kraft

Mondays, September 26th to October 24th – Two Sessions Offered
Day Session: 12:30pm to 2pm
Evening Session: 7:15pm to 9pm
$179 (Save $10 by signing up before 9/5)

Part nutritional education, part sugar detox, part support group — an empowering combination! The 5-week RESTART program is a simple, Nicole_250powerful way to give your body a vacation from having to process toxins like sugar. With a 3-week sugar detox built right in, the program focuses on how to use REAL FOOD to boost your energy and cut sugar and carb cravings.

Some benefits you can expect from this program are weight loss, increased energy, better sleep, boosted immune system, mental clarity and improved mood.

Week 1: How to prepare for your REAL FOOD sugar detox
Week 2: Your digestive check-in
Week 3: What sugar really does to your body
Week 4: The truth about FATS
Week 5: How to move forward and celebrate your success!

Nicole Kraft is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and RESTART instructor with a mission to help families embrace a nutrient-dense, real food lifestyle. Additionally, Nicole guides clients living with autoimmune, digestive and other chronic conditions through an individually-designed nutritional protocol to support the body in finding balance again. A diverse background in Health Psychology, Nutrition and training in Therapeutic Special Diets for adults and children, all influence the way she works with clients. Private sessions are available on Mondays at Dayaalu in the Healing Cottage.

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Finding balance through Autumn with Stephen Brown and Leah Adams

Sunday, October 9th 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 autumn_tree_17068457_by_stockproject1-d3aw9z9-1and 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 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 a student of the Insight Yoga Institute, and has 1000 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.

Preregistration is encouraged and can be done online by clicking here!

Connections Yoga Therapy Group with Sue Steindorf and Michele Rizza

Tuesdays, October 25th from December 13th from 6:45pm to 9:00pm

Bring balance and joy to your life and relationships. Through ancient and modern practices, we will harness the wisdom of the body and the sueresizedstrength of the mind.

This program invites you into a deep relationship with yourself to explore how you move in your body and in relationships. Asana or poses are thoroughly explored on a physical and metaphoric level. Each week we focus on different aspects of yoga such as breath, strength, flexibility, balance, heart opening, inversions and stillness to help make meaningful connections personally and interpersonally.

We begin each class with a “check in” and then are guided through yoga poses that explore our concepts. We close by sharing the awareness of the movement we experienced in our bodies and how that awareness may transform our lives. Included are home practices and thought provoking questions that help to bring this exploration into your life. By creating a deep connection with self and Micheleothers we open a pathway for healing and transformation.

This program is an outstanding way to begin a yoga practice and offers a whole new dimension and depth for experienced practitioners.

For questions, please contact Sue Steindorf by email or phone 206 499-4728

Facilitators: Sue Steindorf, Physical Therapist and Licensed Yoga Instructor Michele Rizza, Registered Yoga Teacher and Registered Nurse

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