A body scan is a popular guided meditation that brings gentle focus to the body in a way that results in the release of tension. This process leaves you with a sense of being more present, calm and balanced, and it strengthens mental focus. It can be done while seated or laying down. Over time this practice helps us live more comfortabley in our body, and not just "in our head".
Educational Kinesiology® is a movement-based program* providing sets of tools to support our bodies/brains living and working, learning and performing, directing and managing ourselves more easily in three-dimensional space.
These tools support the physical skills of learning for visual acuity, increased core awareness, and eye-hand coordination while creating a safe and calm space within to think and function optimally.
The program offers a process to work on attitudes, behaviors, and particular skills each person wants to improve or change, recognizing the uniqueness of each person’s natural pace of learning.
*Movements are slow and easy, for all ages any time, anywhere.
Let's train that wild beast! Ok, maybe yours is not so wild... but still, you wish to improve you brain health. Many meditation practices will be combined here to maximize the use and care of your precious central nervous system.
Deep breathing is the truly essential exercise for physical and mental health. This class looks at breath as a tool to affect all aspects of focus and physiology. We will learn about how breath initiates the Relaxation Response, and how it is involved in the detoxification of body and mind. We will explore the relationship between breath and energy (prana/chi/vital life force). The class will include both lecture/discussion and practice.
Carpe Diem Dance is the creation of Lisa Jackson. It is a confluence of her years of study in holistic health practices and her decades of yoga practice. She combines fluid movement and yoga principles with music into a complete practice. It is a fun, non-intimidating way to experience exercise that benefits the heart, brain and soul while allowing creative expression through movement. It’s a great way to feel vital and energized.
A pair of alternating “form and function" work-outs to build your essential core. Core at rest incorporates static, dynamic and resistance stretching to promote balance and alignment. Core with zest offers an energized repertoire of aerobic moves to bolster coordination, weight-bearing and reaction-time. Feel fantastic!
Let's adventure inward to the stillness of holding poses. For many, this can be the greatest challenge. We hold a series of stretches for 2-10 minutes each. This is excellent for increasing flexibility because we hold positions long enough for the fascia (connective tissue) to release. Each session brings novel sensation to mind and body. Doing it regularly over time transforms your nervous system and flexibility. This practice is excellent for strengthening joints and ligaments. ...And just wait and see what happens with the mind....
This will be an opportunity to experience and explore your subtle body or energy field. Even if you have no idea what that is, the grounding and balancing of these guided meditations is beneficial. With practice, perception increases, and we become efficient in using these techniques to maintain focus and remain in our own frequency rather than being disrupted by surrounding people and events.
A class designed to enhance the stability, mobility, agility and fluidity of your hard-working back. Improved posture, breathing and range-of-motion are your reward!
Various meditative practices focus on the heart-space. It can be a very effective way to move past busy thoughts or uncomfortable feelings. Attention on this part of ourselves clears emotional energy and can bring steadiness to our focus and choices, enabling more access to information perceived in non-verbal ways.
This class will explore various meditation practices, as inspiration strikes.
A 45 minute Nia class designed to be therapeutic, focusing on the Nia definition of "healing" to simply mean "feeling better"
Nia is an exhilarating movement and lifestyle practice that tones the body and engages the mind through movements that are adapted from dance, martial arts and healing arts. Nia consists of non-impact, holistic movements, practiced barefoot to the rhythms of diverse, soul-stirring music. Nia is adaptable to your individual needs and abilities - Every Body is welcome. Classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers who are excited to share the Joy of Movement with you.
Nia FreeDance is the ultimate conscious dance experience that celebrates and brings people closer to the source of their authentic dance, where body, emotions, mind and spirit unite, creating an artful movement experience. Join us in this unique class that will unlock your creativity, and give you the sensation of aliveness and freedom!
Qigong is an ancient Chinese gentle practice of movement. It helps your body, mind and spirit to connect with each other and function in harmony. Qigong has the power to reawaken and strengthen your body’s innate healing ability, and lets you connect with the healing Qi, or life force, of the universe. Fundamental to this approach is the understanding that before any symptom appears in the body, there is an energy blockage. When the qi is flowing, there is health and also a sense of joy!
Or...finding your inner ahhh....Even if you never do ANY activity, the supported poses we create in this class will improve how you feel. It can be a great way to start getting comfortable in the group class environment. The stretches and relaxation of the poses improve all systems of the body (just by lying there!) by quieting the mind and creating healing opportunities for the body. We teach a series of supported bends, folds, and resting positions each held for 3-12 minutes. Also a great complement for the very active person!
This is available at any time the meditation room is not scheduled. Please feel free to enter the mediation room for your silent meditation anytime.
Groups will enjoy selected music or nature sounds that draw the attention inward and bring relaxation to the whole being.
No need to get sweaty to stay healthy...at least not all the time.... Refresh in the middle of your work-day with this short full-body routine that revitalizes and releases tension. We use movements to stimulate the energy body refined from concepts of eastern health practices like acupuncture and yoga. Perfect for those who are new to movement, or the very athletic, and everyone in between.
We will use the book by this name as the foundation of this class. You will gain a foundation of understanding about why sleep is crucial to well-being. It has a curious twist: that power-napping could be what's missing to become our most productive and happy. In a perfect world, could it be that there would be enticing napping studios at every corner instead of coffee shops??!