The Root Text of Yoga: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Relevance with Kimberley Lafferty
The Yoga Sutra by Patanjali (350 CE) is considered Yogas’ root text. It has stood the test of time, and holds key instructions on the how to practice yoga from the inside and out, for beginning to advanced practitioners. Each Thursday night we will gather to practice this important element of yoga: community, learning, and self-reflection. The Yoga Sutra is a series of saying, or aphorisms. Over the 9-week series , we will work our way through each verse using fresh, western, relevant translations. Breaking down key Sanskrit words and concepts, each 90 min session will be highly interactive, including discussion, meditation, and small group activities. This course will provide continuing education credit for yoga teachers and aspiring teachers, and is appropriate for everyone!
Kimberley Theresa Lafferty is teacher of Spiritual Development. In 1998 Kimberley left her corporate job to focus full time on the practices of yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, and Ken Wilbers’ integral theory. Since then, Kimberley has spent more than three years in solitary retreat, graduated from the first Tibetan Buddhist doctorate course offered to westerners and women, led over a seventy group retreats, and coached hundreds of private students. Prior to moving to the Northwest, she taught globally as Executive Director of a successful adult-education company. Kimberley was the lead designer and co-teacher for a highly regarded 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Her team has certified hundreds of yoga teachers, who continue to teach on 5 continents. Her lens on Spiritual philosophy includes east and west, both scholastic rigor and mysticism. Her ability to cross-reference the Sanskrit and Tibetan texts of the day, while bringing in modern western research on human development, offers a picture of yogic practice from the last few millennia to now. Kimberley is currently completing her western PhD in Human Development, while practicing the profound yogic practices of being a new mother and wife.
Be an Activist in Prayer with Debby Haase and Kathryn Lafond
• Explore how to assemble your day in Divine alignment and aliveness so that the action we take vibrates toward a Highest Good of all beings.
• In your inner and outer sanctuary, learn how to activate your sacred space and work with its energy.
• Come see prayer with new eyes as we chant, move, and laugh, and leave with a new friend. Prayer can be inclusive of more practices than you could ever imagine.
• Following an ancient tradition from India, we’ll transform the beautiful tree in the heart chakra garden to a Wishing Tree. In ceremony, we’ll offer our prayers to be carried by the wind.
Debby Haase creates experiential space that sparks others to tap into their full potential. She loves the magic, the synergy that happens in a group when one really sees another. Debby integrates practices from shamanism, Sufism, earth-based spirituality, yoga, mindfulness, energy healing, and family constellations. Her expertise in whole systems design encourages a multi-modality approach to healing.
Kathryn Lafond, known for her love of prayer, song and ceremony, is devoted to helping us remember the sacred in everyday life. For over 20 years she has served her community as an Intuitive Energy Healer, spiritual guide, writer, and health coach as well as teacher of Wild Foods and Medicine and Journey of Trust classes. Inspired by her wisdom and deep trust of Spirit, students find her a living example of a true healer and teacher.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) Series with Cezanne Allen
*Free Orientation on Tuesday, February 24th* Tuesday mornings from March 3rd to April 28th *No Class on March 31st* from 9:00am to 11:30am (12:00pm on 1st and last class) and a Full Day Retreat on Saturday April 18th from 11:00am to 5:00pm// 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.
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.nGuided 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
EFT Tapping Circle with Susan James
Saturday, March 7th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm // Fee: Donation (punchcards can be used)
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, and more like your amazing self! This community tapping circle is held every first Saturday of the month at Dayaalu from 1:30-3:30pm, so mark your calendar for next month’s circle! Donations can be via punches on your punchcard, cash, or checks to Dayaalu (suggested donation $20).
An Evening of Journeying with Will Whitesmith
Friday, March 6th from 7:15 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.
Unconditional Laughter with Pamela Saari
Sunday, March 8, from 11:00am to 1:00pm // Fee: $25/person, $40/families (children 8 yrs+) Unconditional Laughter is a global practice being used today in organizations, wellness settings, communities, and families. In this workshop we will explore laughter as our natural creative state, independent of humor, events, or mood. As we do this, we open to new possibilities in our awareness and in our responses to daily experiences. Utilizing breath and playful movement, we start the practice by stimulating laughter as a body exercise. With childlike openness, laughter soon turns into contagious waves that trigger deep physiological, psychological, and emotional benefits. Come see what all the laughing is about!
Based on Bainbridge Island, Pamela Saari is a mind-body practitioner and organizational consultant focusing on inside-out transformation, innate wellbeing, and aware leadership. She draws from neuroscience, non-dual wisdoms, transpersonal psychology, and movement healing arts. For more information, please visit: www.pamsaari.com What is this precious love and laughter budding in our hearts? It is the glorious sound of a soul waking up! – Hafiz
Freedom to Soar: A Soul Motion-Inspired Dance Odyssey with Mara Lindberg
Saturday, March 14th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm // Fee: $15 suggested donation
Odyssey: An extended adventurous voyage or trip; the Hero’s journey.
Soul Motion Odyssey is a facilitated dance inquiry with minimal verbal facilitation into presence and awareness of myself and each other on and off the dance floor. Students are introduced to the four Soul Motion Movement Landscapes: Dance Intimate, Communion, Community, and Infinite. They will also be introduced to the Platforms of Pause Presence, Orbit Orientation, and Echo Inspiration. In this dance excursion students will gain experience and confidence in seeing/sensing with a 360-degree orientation.
Soul Motion Apprentice Mara Lindbergh is excited to offer this breathtaking embodied conscious dance inquiry. She has been a teacher in training this past year with the creator Vinn Arjuna Marti. Mara is a dynamic dancer, creative teacher and Authentic mover for over 20 years. She brings her years of embodied awareness practices alive in the space where the sacred and the spontaneous meet.
The Power of Empathy for Supporting Connected Communication with Marcia Christen
Self-awareness and self-empathy form a base for increasing our resilience and gratitude in life. It also helps us communicate in ways that lead to more understanding and connection. Come discover the power of truly understanding ahimsa, having no enemy in your heart. We will look at empathy first for ourselves and see how this then more easily allows us to empathize with others and express our honesty in ways that can be received. By looking at our language we will see how language creates and expresses consciousness.
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.
• A deeper understanding of empathy and honest communication that can be serving for everyone.
• A process for transforming judgments from others into understanding and connection. • A community of co-explorers
This class is for you if:
• you are interested in ways to increase your ability to be present and grounded
• 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
This is a great addition if you are just starting or have a Mindfulness Meditation practice. It helps to bring the intentions of Mindfulness meditation into everyday life through your language and your intentions. Yet, there is not a need to have a meditation practice to enjoy and learn from this class.
Led by Marcia Christen, Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Marcia brings years of experience as a parent educator and communication trainer. She has a passion for sharing what has helped her so much in her own life and relationships. She believes NVC combined with Meditation to be a catalyst for change. She has been married for 32 years and has 3 young adult children. She considers herself and advocate for compassion and connection. For more information about Marcia see www.compassionate-language.com and www.compassion4parents.com
Finding balance through Spring with Leah Adams and Stephen Brown
Saturday, March 21st from 2:00pm to 4:30pm // Fee: $35/advance or $40/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 dynamic flow of Qi within meridian pathways. Learn practical tools to harmonize with Wood – the element of the Spring Season, and restore your energy and balance the pace of modern living. This workshop is the second of a 5-part 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 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.
Ecstasy of Sound Workshop with Jennifer Berezan
Vibration thrums at the core of all existence. Many cultures believed the world itself was created through sound and that illness is a musical problem, a lack of harmony in the system. Join us for a retreat filled with rejuvenating, healing transformative musical practices. Our workshop will include sessions of chant, song, improvisation, meditation and silence. Experience music as spiritual practice, in a safe, lighthearted and ritual environment.
Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of singer/ songwriter, producer, and activist. Over the course of ten albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, and other justice movements as well as an interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing.
Her intense and personal approach to music as a transforming experience has brought her strong rapport with audiences from small clubs to large festivals throughout North America and Europe. Her ground breaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music and healing and she is an acclaimed producer of large scale multi-cultural ecstatic musical events. She teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in the department of Philosophy and Religion. Her on-going class (since 1997) is entitled “the Healing Ecstasy of Sound” and explores music as a spiritual practice from a wide range of cross cultural, traditional and contemporary perspectives.
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