Resolutions in Motion: 2018
Jan
1
10:00 AM10:00

Resolutions in Motion: 2018

A New Year's Day Continuum Somanautiko Event

with Megan Bathory-Peeler

Your mind's perception of your experience forms the world you live in. In this day-long workshop you will SLOW DOWN, increasing your awareness, and enhancing your ability to sense and more accurately perceive yourself in the present moment.

Together we will practice how to surrender more gracefully, with less resistance, to change and reclaim the power of choosing how we respond to our circumstances.

Come shed the constricting skin of fear, stress, and pain in order to reclaim your ability to connect to and trust in something bigger than yourself as you embrace a New Year.

Pre-registration required. Beginners Welcome!

$100

To register/more information, contact  Megan:  Phone: 413-772-0078; Email: dancing hands@verizon.net

www.somanautiko.com

 

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​Winter Solstice Yoga: Inspiration for Introspection​
Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

​Winter Solstice Yoga: Inspiration for Introspection​

In the darkness of the winter season, we are reminded of the deep rest that darkness can provide, and to look for our own light within.

This inner light is a reflection of our vitality and guides our deepest intuition, yet it can be obscured and overshadowed by the stressful demands many of us feel in our day-to-day lives.

Join Molly Kitchen for a special yoga class combining physical practice with inner reflection and restorative postures to welcome in the winter season.

Please bring a journal and pen.

$20/$25 at the door. SIGN UP ONLINE

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Moving in Grace: Elemental Earth Body - Rooting and Nourishing
Dec
15
6:30 PM18:30

Moving in Grace: Elemental Earth Body - Rooting and Nourishing

With Hilary Lake

Moving in Grace is a way of Being
Guided by the Awareness of
our Interconnected Nature
Honoring inner and outer Diversity & 
Taking Action through Embodied Expression
Moving as Witnesses and Creators in the complexity of life.

This is a monthly meditation, movement and live music gathering on the 3rd Friday of each month as a space for us to be fully ourselves with the pulse of our bodies and the Earth. We will move what needs to be moved and celebrate being in the mystery of life together. There will be a guided somatic meditation into movement with improvisational musicians co-creating the pulse with us. 

Richard Adams will be joining us on his hand pan, singing bowls and drums and Su Eaton on her frame drum and with her majestic voice. Other musicians will join for future gatherings. 

We will honor our desire to feel connected to ourselves and others in a greater balance beyond our stories of disconnection and fear. We will realign our bodies and minds with the always changing flow of awareness within us as the elements, so we are more able to be present to, accept the reality of, and address the pain caused by oppression inside and outside of us. We will explore how our connection to the land through the elements can support our intimate and sensual relationship to ourselves, each other and to the beliefs of separation and difference that we carry and can choose to move beyond.

We'll focus on the Earth element this month as a way to support us to stay grounded and nourished through the holidays from the deep resource of our bones, ligaments and marrow in relationship to the stones, roots and core of the Earth. Honoring our ancestry and acknowledging we are re-creating our stories with each move and act we create. We will briefly touch on the other elements while returning our focus to the Earth throughout our time together. 

We will bring ourselves present, come into ourselves in meditation, drop into our connection with the elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) and move and sing with ourselves and each other into nourishing, expansive, sensual, playful, celebratory expression! 

Please come on time to join in an opening circle.

Cost: Sliding scale $10-$20

For more information:  www.movingingrace.com

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Restorative Yoga
Dec
1
5:30 AM05:30

Restorative Yoga

Give yourself the gift of time during the busy holiday season — time to slow down, relax, restore, and reflect.

Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing practice that helps reduce stress and reverse its destructive effects on the mind and body. Fully supported yoga poses help you find comfort and ease, release tension, and quiet the nervous system to move body and mind into balance.

This class is accessible to everyone; no previous yoga experience is required. The instructors will help you adapt the poses to suit your specific needs, abilities, and comfort.

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the student

Fee:  $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students.

Pre-registration is recommended. SIGN UP ONLINE

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Yoga for Back Health
Nov
20
to Dec 11

Yoga for Back Health

Taught by Anna Meyer, this 4 week series will strengthen, support and educate you about back health. Learn how to use your own body as a tool for pain relief, freedom in movement and self affirmation. This class will explore specific poses that support spinal mobility and back strength. Through guided meditation and breathing exercise, we will learn to channel personal intention and self-actualizing power. Runs November 20 - December 11th. $55 for the 4-week series or $15 drop-in for each class. SIGN UP ONLINE.

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MOVING IN GRACE:  Elemental Earth Body
Nov
17
6:30 PM18:30

MOVING IN GRACE: Elemental Earth Body

A Monthly Meditation, Movement and Live Music Gathering

3rd Fridays, starting November 17

with Hilary Lake

MOVING IN GRACE is a way of Being, Guided by the Awareness of our Interconnected Nature, Honoring inner and outer Diversity & Taking Action through Embodied Expression,  
Moving as Witnesses and Creators in the complexity of life.

We will move what needs to be moved and celebrate being in the mystery of life together. There will be a guided somatic meditation into movement with improvisational musicians co-creating the pulse with us. 

We will bring ourselves present, come into ourselves in meditation, drop into our connection with the elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) and move and sing with ourselves and each other into nourishing, expansive, sensual, playful, celebratory expression! 

Please come on time to join in an opening circle.

Sliding scale $10-$20

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Restorative Yoga- Restore, Rebalance and Revitalize!
Nov
3
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga- Restore, Rebalance and Revitalize!

Join Dede Boyd and Barbara Polowy for a restorative yoga practice that invites you to turn your energy inward and find breath and space in your practice.

As we  gather  and consolidate our energy, so too is the natural world around us. As nature’s energy slows, our bodies begin to wind down in preparation for the long months ahead.
 
As we connect with the breath, honor the wise mind and soften the holdings of the heart, we begin to allow a deeper connection to our own rhythms. 

This class is accessible to students of all levels of yoga experience and abilities -- even newcomers to the practice. Dede and Barbara will assist you in finding the perfect, fully supported expression of each pose to allow you to experience comfort and release.

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the studio.

Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students.
Pre-registration is recommended. SIGN UP ONLINE

 

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Common Asana, Common Injury: An Anatomy Workshop
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Common Asana, Common Injury: An Anatomy Workshop

Taught by knowledgeable teacher Emily Kramer (E-RYT) from Third Root Collective in NYC!

Build an embodied understanding of your physical yoga practice. In this workshop, we will take a trip through 4 key types of postures where injury often arises or prior injury is exacerbated. Through each category, we’ll observe our own sensations, each other's alignment, and review the anatomy that structures the shapes. We’ll explore refinements and adaptations of familiar poses that are both preventative and therapeutic, and will enhance your personal & teaching practices. Learn how to keep your joints, connective tissues and muscles safe, strong, supple and stable for a lifelong asana practice!

$35 pre-registered,  $45 at the door. SIGN UP ONLINE

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Restorative Yoga - Yoga Nidra
Oct
6
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga - Yoga Nidra

Join Dede Boyd and Barbara Polowy for a restorative asana practice and yoga nidra (guided relaxation) focused on an exploration of the kosas, the five interpenetrating sheaths or layers of awareness, that can guide us into a deeper experience of our yoga practice and life.

This class is accessible to students of all levels of yoga experience and abilities -- even newcomers to the practice. Dede and Barbara will assist you in finding the perfect, fully supported expression of each pose to allow you to experience comfort and release.

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the studio.

Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students. SIGN UP ONLINE
Pre-registration is recommended.

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Autumn Equinox Circle Dance
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Autumn Equinox Circle Dance

Let’s celebrate the start of autumn, time of turning - leaves and lives

Joining hands in a circle, dancing to beautiful world music, the dances are simple and all are carefully taught. Newcomers are welcomed.

Suggested donation is  $5-10

More info? Contact Linda Blake 516-766-0008

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Restorative Yoga
Sep
15
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga

As summer draws to a close and fall approaches, we need to listen to the change in our internal rhythms as days grown shorter and cooler. Listening to our bodies, we cultivate awareness to reset, rebalance and revitalize ourselves. Restorative yoga practice gives us the space to cultivate attention to our body-mind.

Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing practice that helps reverse the destructive effects of chronic stress on the mind and body. Quieting the brain, restorative yoga requires no movement or physical, mental, or emotional effort.

Restorative classes at Community Yoga and Wellness Center are accessible to everyone; no yoga experience is required. Instructors DeDe Boyd and Barbara Polowy help each student adapt the poses to suit her or his specific needs, abilities, and comfort. 

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the studio.

Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students.
Pre-registration is recommended.

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Listening to your body: Innate wisdom or Imprint?
Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

Listening to your body: Innate wisdom or Imprint?

What does it really mean, to ‘listen to your body’? Join Body-Mind therapist Karishma Kripalani for a workshop on somatics, science and the stories we tell ourselves. 

In this workshop we will:

+ Draw on insights about the nervous system and identity formation; 
+ Explore how we embody our life experiences; 
+ Practice the skill of discernment.

Together, we will create a space to examine what we are orienting to, how we are interpreting the information we receive, and why we respond to it in the ways that we do. A deep dive into ourselves, our experiences, and what we make of them.

Cost: $35 Pre-Registered, $45 at the door;    SIGN UP ONLINE
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BIO:
Karishma Kripalani, MA, CYT, RCST®, is a writer, facilitator, and trauma therapist whose approach emphasizes our relationships to ourselves, to each other, and to the earth. 

Karishma has been mentored in the Nath lineage of Himalayan yoga, has received over 1000 hours of instruction in trauma-informed bodywork and relational/attachment work, and is a lifelong student of Ayurveda. As a result of her professional qualifications as a sociologist, yoga teacher and biodynamic craniosacral therapist, her work integrates an appreciation of the interpersonal and structural determinants of health.

In addition to her private practice, Karishma is a teaching assistant for craniosacral therapy in North America. She guides yoga grounded in social justice with Bending Towards Justice, and is currently completing a 2-year clinical training in healing developmental trauma. 

Karishma lives in Tkaronto/Toronto, where she is nourished by community-focused movement and stillness practices. She shares nervous system medicine, embodied mindfulness, and creativity workshops internationally.

www.pranasacral.com
http://www.facebook.com/craniosacraltoronto

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Yoga for Changemakers
Aug
12
1:00 PM13:00

Yoga for Changemakers

Nourish and Sustain (Lovingkindness Practices)

With Jacoby Ballard

Are you a social worker, teacher, healthcare provider, or activist? Have you been out in the streets, calling politicians, writing op-eds to contribute to justice and healing in these difficult political times? Are you angry or grieving at the multiple oppressions at work in the world? Do you struggle to talk to family and loved ones about the issues that you care about most, with a sense of grounding and compassion? Have you experience burnout?

Led by Jacoby Ballard, Yoga for Changemakers is an every-other-month recharge, re-vitalization workshop/community for changemakers.  Whether you are on the streets, behind a desk, on the podium, in front of a classroom, all are welcome to come once, or make this a regular commitment.

Each session will have a theme to reflect on and work with, relevant to self-transformation and growth, and collective liberation, with the greater intention of turning and facing reality, engaging in deep relationship, healing, and loving up on each other.

Each workshop will include yogic postures, breath work, meditation, discussion, shared food, and self-reflection with the intention of connecting to purpose, practicing self- and collective-care, and refining our daily practices to ensure that we can keep on keeping on, continue to show up, dig deep, and make change. 

Show up with a friend or colleague, by yourself or with community, with a broken heart or with fullness spilling out. Bring your desire for change inside and out, and have some hours of retreat, reflection, and beloved community.  SIGN UP ONLINE

$20-40 sliding scale per session
25% of  all fees will be donated to a dynamic, imperfect, and powerful social justice organization!

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Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Jul
21
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Join Barbara Polowy for this month's Restorative Yoga class. We’ll move through a gentle, balanced restorative sequence followed by yoga nidra, a guided relaxation practice that helps us find an almost meditative state of consciousness and brings profound yogic rest to the body and mind. This class is accessible to students of all levels and abilities. Barbara will assist you in finding the perfect, fully supported expression of each pose.

The class is accessible to yoga students of all levels and meets once per month on Friday evenings, 5:30 - 7:00pm.  Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students. SIGN UP ONLINE.

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Better Is Possible: Experience the Possibilities
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Better Is Possible: Experience the Possibilities

This wellness workshop with Charles Cooper and Deborah Yaffee will help you learn healing techniques to ease pain, reduce stress, promote insights and upgrade your self care. Techniques presented will include polarity therapy energy healing, tai chi, mindfulness meditation, pranayama breathing and holistic home care therapy. Come and enjoy!! Cost is $35 pre-registered; $40 at the door.  SIGN UP ONLINE

Charles Cooper L.Ac M.Ac;  R.P.E.; L.M.T.  Masters in Acupuncture, national certification in biomedicine. Certifications in yoga, pranayama and psychotherapy. Developed a Holistic Stress Management course for North Shore Community College. Currently in practice as a License Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist and Registered Polarity Educator in Greenfield. More information: http://www.coopersunifiedbodytherapy.com

Deborah Yaffee is a Senior Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, an international organization that promotes short, effective, simple to learn tai chi programs specifically for mental and physical health benefits. Deborah is a Certified Instructor for Tai Chi for Arthritis, Energy, Diabetes and Rehabilitation. More information: http://www.eztaichiforhealth.com

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Summer Solstice Restorative Practice
Jun
16
5:30 PM17:30

Summer Solstice Restorative Practice

As we approach the longest day of the year, the balance of solar and lunar energies, join Barbara Polowy and Dede Boyd for a restorative yoga practice designed to balance those energies in the  body and mind. Our practice will focus on poses release the heart, shoulders, and chest and breath work (pranayama) to quiet the nervous system.

The class is accessible to yoga students of all levels and meets once per month on Friday evenings, 5:30 - 7:00pm.  Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students. SIGN UP ONLINE.

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Trauma & Yoga Workshop
Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

Trauma & Yoga Workshop

What is trauma and how might we, as yoga students and yoga teachers, support those of us who have experienced trauma?

How can we make yoga classrooms sites of healing rather than places that may reinforce traumatic experiences?

Which yoga practices are best suited to help us heal from trauma?

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Restorative Yoga - Open Up to the Spring
May
19
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga - Open Up to the Spring

Join Barbara Polowy for a restorative yoga practice focussed on gentle, supported backbends and breath work to help you release and open up to all that life offers you this spring. Barbara will assist you in finding the perfect, fully supported expression of each pose to allow you to experience comfort and deep relaxation in each pose.

The class is accessible to yoga students of all levels and meets once per month on Friday evenings, 5:30 - 7:00pm.  Fee: $15 per class.  Class is limited to 16 students. SIGN UP ONLINE.

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Exploring the Chakras
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Exploring the Chakras

The Chakras are an ancient system of energetic anatomy that can provide insight into our bodies, hearts, and minds. Come to this workshop to learn the significance of each chakra, the associated natural elements and areas of the body, ways in which life experience and/or trauma might affect the chakra, common blockages. Come to this workshop for grounding, inner power, self-esteem, intuition, communication, opening the heart, healing through grief, and connecting to the great mystery. This workshop will include lecture, an embodied asana class, and time for reflection and questions.

About the facilitator: Jacoby Ballard has been studying the chakras under Seane Corn and the writing of Anodea Judith, and teaching about them in his weekly classes for the last 5 years. He is a co-facilitator of the Adhikara Yoga School's 2017 Yoga Teacher Training.

Cost is $35 pre-registered; $45 at the door.  SIGN UP ONLINE

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Shrug Off the Burden! Therapy Ball Self-Massage to Release the Shoulders
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Shrug Off the Burden! Therapy Ball Self-Massage to Release the Shoulders

Unburden yourself physically, emotionally, mentally.

Feel like you're carrying the weight of an enormous sphere on your shoulders?  These little spheres can alleviate the physical and emotional stress.

Postural habits, occupational hazards (jutting your head forward to stare at a computer screen for eight hours a day), and the worries that accompany everyday living all contribute to shoulder tension.  As a result, shoulder and neck pain have become epidemic.

In this workshop we'll use Yoga Tune Up therapy balls to soothe tense tissues and to repeater postural bearing.  We'll open up restricted areas and awaken blind spots.  Yoga practitioners will learn new ways to prep the body for shoulder openers, yoga teachers will glean techniques to use with private clients, and everybody will discover ways to strip away stress and fatigue.  You'll receive a set of balls to take home with you, so you can use the techniques you'll learn as often as you wish.

$30 workshop fee includes a set of yoga therapy balls!

Jennie Cohen, E-RYT 500, teaches classes, privates, workshops, and teacher trainings internationally. Precise instruction and focused sequencing create an experience that is both informative and transformative. Jennie's fascination with anatomy and her studies of the texts that form yoga’s philosophical foundation infuse her teaching. Upcoming events and schedule at jenniecohenyoga.com. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: JennieCohenYoga   SIGN UP ONLINE

 

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Anatomy Comes to Life
Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

Anatomy Comes to Life

In this workshop, you'll deepen your knowledge of embodied anatomy within yoga asana (poses) and pranayama (breath). Through an experiential lens we will:

- Explore the anatomy of respiration, with a focus on the breath's systemic impacts, mechanical function & energetics.

- Deconstruct a variety of asanas to discover major muscles working, different types of joint actions, & planes of movement. Specifically we'll focus on weight bearing, spinal movement, as well as inversions.

Whether you are a student or a teacher this workshop will bring anatomical principles & practices to life!

Join Emily Kramer, RYT-500, for an in-depth introduction to bio-mechanical anatomy and how to apply it to your yoga practice. Emily has specialized training in anatomy and back care, along with additional training in anxiety/depression, addiction, trauma-sensitivity, and yoga for young people. She brings to her students both a depth of knowledge as well as the ability to make challenging concepts approachable and understandable.

Online pre-registration is highly recommended, this workshop will likely sell out. $35 pre-registered. $45 at the door (if available).

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Restorative Yoga with Yoga Nidra
Apr
14
5:30 PM17:30

Restorative Yoga with Yoga Nidra

Join Barbara Polowy for a restorative asana practice and yoga nidra (guided relaxation) focused on an exploration of the kosas, the five interpenetrating sheaths or layers of awareness, that can guide us into a deeper experience of our yoga practice and our life.


This class is accessible to students of all levels of yoga experience and abilities -- even newcomers to the practice. Barbara will assist you in finding the perfect, fully supported expression of each pose to allow you to experience comfort and release.

We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from wearing perfume or other scented products at the studio!

The class meets once per month on Friday evenings, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  Fee: $15 per class. Class is limited to 16 students. SIGN UP ONLINE.

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Yoga for Musicians and Music Lovers
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Yoga for Musicians and Music Lovers

5 week series:  March 5, 12, 26 April 2, 9

A practice designed with guitar players, drummers, horn players, singers, pianists, etc. in mind, including:
Hand, arm, wrist, and shoulder work
Breathing techniques to improve vocals
Meditation/breathwork for performance anxiety
Deepening your connection to your body and your creativity

Featured album:  Emma Ruth Rundle Guitar One

Cost is sliding scale to make yoga accessible for everyone: $10-15 drop-in; $50-65 for all 5 classes. SIGN UP ONLINE

Lynn Simonds is a 200 hour trained Yoga instructor, has been playing guitar for 17 years, and singing as long as she can remember.

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