Pathways to Happiness

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Researchers in the field of Positive Psychology define human happiness as a subjective feeling of overall life satisfaction in combination with a pervasive experience of positive emotions. In other words, it is a sense of contentment with your life coupled with being in a good mood more often than not.

Tammy Cummins has created this series to spotlight the facets of behavior that can support you in bringing you more happiness. This series is offered at lunchtime on Fridays. Come take a break, bring a meal or enjoy our healthy snacks, and increase your happiness IQ!

An Experiential Journey Into Meditation Techniques

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Each class will focus on a meditation technique from various traditions. We will explore the use of breathing, postures, chanting, affirmations and visualizations in different combinations in order for participants to have a full experience of the impact of each technique on them Physically, Emotionally, Mentally and Spiritually. The goal of each meditation session is to create an environment that allows experience of each practice to determine its value as a daily practice for you. The teacher, Mike Cummins, has focused on Kundalini and Kabbalah mediation practices since 2005 This class is for all levels, including beginner meditators 

PLEASE BRING A JOURNAL OR WRITING PAD.
In each session, we will follow a similar structure -Breathing exercise: 5-15 minutes
-“Self check-in” and journaling: 5 minutes
-* Meditation technique overview: 5 minutes
-Meditation: 15-30 minutes
-“Self check-in” and journaling: 5-15 minutes
-Session Recap: 5 – 10 minutes

$15 per class or free with Unlimited class purchase

Body Scan

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This relaxing guided meditation brings gentle focus to all parts of the body. You will release physical and mental tension in this process, and become more present, calm and balanced. It is a great practice for al levels, but beginners often find it beneficial to strengthen mental focus and become more aware of their ability to calm the body. It is done seated or laying down.


Find out when the next Body Scan class is happening!

Breath Meditation

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Also known in Yoga as Pranayama, these sessions will guide you gently through breathing patterns that benefit every system of the body. The breath is linked to mental/emotional states, so conscious breathing clears the mind and balances emotions.  It will improve the depth of your breath throughout the day, with regular practice. Breath practices bring you naturally to meditation.

Carpe Diem Dance

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This is a fun, non-intimidating way to experience exercise that benefits the heart, brain and soul while allowing creative expression. You will warm-up and quicken in movements that flow with music. You will feel vital and energized.

Carpe Diem Dance is the creation of Lisa Jackson. It is a confluence of her study in holistic health practices, Yoga, and Yoga Dance from Kripalu. 

Fascia Fusion

Fascia is far more interesting than you realize. This connective tissue surrounds every single cell of your body, and is responsible for living a flexible and pain-free life. This class teaches myofascial movements to free your fascia and self-massage techniques. This restores elasticity to your body, and brings ease to your joints and tissues. You will release tightness and tension and leave class feeling lighter, looser, and refreshed! WORK-OUT CLOTHES OPTIONAL. WORK-CLOTHES FRIENDLY CLASS.

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Happiness Coaching: Better Sleep-Better you!

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One in three adults complains of insomnia at some point in their lives. Prolonged lack of sleep can result in weight gain, lowered immune function, diabetes, poor mood, reduced attention span, diminished judgement and problem- solving skills and impaired alertness with resultant safety issues. Persons at greatest risk for insomnia include those with a family history of insomnia, age over 60, female gender, persons with medical and psychological problems and persons experiencing states of anxiety, stress or depression.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is currently the first line treatment for insomnia as recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In this one hour lecture ,

“ Finding Relief From Insomnia” we will explore:

What defines Insomnia?

What is normal sleep?

How is sleep affected by aging?

What common conditions and substances are associated with causing insomnia?

What are the most effective treatments for insomnia?

Compassion Meditation

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In this practice you will focus on developing the foundational skills of compassion both for yourself and others. Overtime, this expands your capacity to meet life with ease and grace.
When you attend this group you can expect to experience the following:
- The support of like-minded people, who are also exploring the path of mindfulness/meditation, whether novices or long time practitioners
-A dedicated specific time for formal meditation and inquiry
-An opportunity to ask important questions, and to participate in shared dialogue with others.
These sessions will be facilitated by Ingrid Czintos, a mindfulness meditation teacher and practitioner. She presents evidence based techniques for increasing personal awareness and fostering presence. All levels and all meditation traditions welcome!

Insight Meditation

In this practice we will focus on strengthening concentration to support a life of embodied presence, emotional regulation, and higher cognitive functioning.
When you attend this group you can expect to experience the following:
* The support of like-minded people, who are also exploring the path of mindfulness/meditation, whether novices or long time practitioners
* A dedicated specific time for formal meditation and inquiry
* An opportunity to ask important questions, and to participate in shared dialogue with others

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Mindfulness Meditation

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Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that involves focusing your mind on experiences, such as body sensations, emotions, and breathe in the present moment. It is simply the act of paying attention to whatever you are experiencing, as you experience it. 
By choosing to turn your attention away from the everyday chatter of the mind to what your body is doing, the mind is able to gently quiet with practice.
Mindfulness meditation can involve breathing practice, mental imagery, awareness of body and mind, and muscle and body relaxation.

Nia

You will find this an exhilarating movement and lifestyle practice that tones your body and engages your mind. Nia uses movements that are adapted from dance, martial arts and healing arts. You will be led through sequences 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.


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