October 28th to December 9th: Shanti Flow Fundamentals w/Esther Hogan
November 4, 11 & 18, December 2, 9. This workshop will be held in a room temperature setting so students can acclimate themselves to the practice before stepping in to our mildly heated or heated options.
October 8th to 29th: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Neil Taylor
Four Consectutive Sundays: October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be aware of what is going on around us and within us, without reaction or judgement. In this course we will learn the meditation technique (Shamatha) that uncovers and cultivates mindfullness and explore how it can be brought into daily life to help us be more present and at ease. We will also learn the obstacles encountered in practice, so that we can be more able to integrate meditation into our daily lives and experience the benefits in an ongoing way.
Taking Our Seat – October 8th
Mindfulness in Daily Life – October 15th
Obstacles as Path – October 22nd
The Ongoing Journey – October 29th
Donation Based. All proceeds go to Project Just Because.
Drop ins welcome, but whole series is recommended.
October 14th: Yoga For a Better Back with Alex Amorosi
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out a yoga practice. In this workshop, Alex will begin with a very short discussion of his approach to lower back care and will lead you through a carefully constructed sequence of yoga poses and modified yoga techniques to help alleviate minor lower back pain and discomfort. He will also help you to modify a yoga practice with lower back injuries such as disk issues and facet joint irritation.
Alex specializes in back care in his private yoga practice and used yoga many years ago to find lasting relief from his own lower back issues. He has been training yoga teachers since 2009 in anatomy and physiology and proper modification for injury in yoga practice.
This is also a wonderful workshop for teachers to learn to address lower back issues with students and clients.
Alex Amorosi-ERYT is a Registered Yoga Teacher offering classes, private sessions, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings in greater New England and around the world. Alex specializes in the anatomical, physiological, and neurological effects of yoga poses, breathing, and meditation on the body and brain. He conducts trainings for yoga teachers in experiential anatomy and the physiology of yoga.
Alex is on the faculty of several New England-based Yoga Teacher Trainings and a 2012/2013 Lululemon Ambassador. A long-time student of human nature, Alex first began studying Tibetan and Zen Buddhist Meditation in his late teens. Through the years, he has developed a holistic approach to meditation that synthesizes teachings from Classical Yoga, Buddhism, and Advaita Vedanta. He is passionate about the power of these healing practices for individuals who wish to live healthy and authentic lives.
Alex is an active blogger on wellness and natural health and maintains his own personal blog on his website www.alexamorosiyoga.com as well as being featured on MindBodyGreen.com and Sivanaspirit.com.
October 19th: The Chakra Cleanse with Jacqui Bonwell
Join Jacqui Bonwell for her signature Vinyasa Yoga intensive and physically journey through the blueprint of the 7 major chakras. Use postures, breath, color, meditation, chanting & sound healing to reach higher internal states.
What habits, patterns & responses hold us back from true peace? How can we amplify the things that we are doing right?
Get on the internal good foot and WAKE UP dormant skills & resources that maybe haven’t spoken in a while. Get back to the strength you were born with.
October 21st: Reiki Level 1 Training with Alex Amorosi
Reiki is a powerful, safe, and effective hands-on energy healing technique that can be used in a variety of settings and situations. This traditional Usui Reiki Level 1 Certification will tune your energy system to conduct Reiki through your body and give you the basic understandings of Reiki to use in healing self and others.
You will learn the history and principles of Reiki, the traditional Reiki hand positions for self-healing, the traditional Reiki hand positions for healing others, how to engage and disengage with the Reiki energy, basic chakra anatomy and using Reiki in the chakras, “byosen ” or “scanning ” techniques, and much more.
Many people find Reiki of great benefit in their personal and professional lives including parents and caretakers, yoga and movement teachers, nurses, physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists, and mental health professionals.
November 4th: Standing on Two Hands with Ben Chused
Balancing on two hands requires much more than shoulder strength and wrist flexibility. A holistic exploration of these postures requires body, mind, and breath to work in concert.
We will begin this workshop with a vinyasa practice that will prepare you to tackle these postures and their associated transitions. During the second half of the practice, we will discuss, demo, and attempt postures where only two hands are on the floor. All levels are welcome, and modifications will be offered. The only prerequisite is the ability to pause in chaturanga dandasana (low push-up with the elbows bent).
Ben Chused has spent the last 10+ years deeply immersed in the study and practice of multiple yoga lineages – including Ashtanga, Anusara, and modern vinyasa flow. He has been teaching weekly classes, workshops, and teacher trainings in the Boston area for several years. Ben strives to combine the technical and energetic benefits of the practice into every class and workshop he leads.
Expect to journey toward your edge and be challenged, but in a way that is manageable, interesting, and deeply satisfying. For more information about Ben, visit www.benchused.com
December 3rd: Yoga Nidra with Jean Papagni
Yoga Nidra, also known as “psychic sleep” is an ancient yogic practice that brings students into a profoundly deep state of full body release and mind relaxation through guided meditation while lying in a fully supported savasana (fully prone) position.
In this 90 minute workshop, we will briefly discuss what Yoga Nidra is and how to reap the most benefits from the practice. We will begin with a brief Yin practice (long held floor based poses), emphasizing breath, to open the energetic channels and prepare the body, heart and mind for the Yoga Nidra practice.
Throughout Yoga Nidra, the student remains in a transformational state between wakefulness and deep sleep that enhances physical, mental, and emotional sense of well-being. The practice stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, reduces cortisol levels and helps the body release long held tension and stress. It is said that the benefits of a Yoga Nidra class are comparable to 3-4 hours of deep, restful sleep.
Please bring an eye pillow, or small towel to cover your eyes.