THE SUMMER SEASON UNFOLDS...
...with a lineup of transformative classes, trainings, workshops, and other events! Come to a class whenever you like - just check out the schedules for this week and next week. Then, drop in on a class anytime - preregistration recommended for most workshops!
This Week - preregistration recommended* or required** for starred workshops
New Series! QIGONG/TAI CHI with Pam Vlahakis
Wednesdays thru July 31, 10-11:15am (11-12 on July 17) ~ Qigong is an ancient system of mind-body exercises originating in China to promote health and longevity. Tai Chi was first developed as a martial art for self- defense. Today people practice Qigong and Tai Chi for health and wellness as they both consist of breath awareness, focused concentration and gentle rhythmic movement. This combined Qigong/Tai Chi class may include the Therapeutic Qigong 36 form, 8 form and 5 steps, Buddhist Qigong Crane form, and Tai Chi elements and forms. $18 or class card
Special Event! GODDESS LOVES: A Women's Circle**
with Alisa Wright Tanny & Laney Goodman
Saturday, July 20, 2-5pm ~ Take an embodied journey into the wheels of light, nourishing the creative shakti that dances through each of our cells and activates our embodied presence and power. This feminine empowerment & chakra activation will be supported by toning, soundscapes, sacred drum & chant, yogaflow & BodyDance. We’ll explore authentic embodied expression and reclaim our playful relationship to the presence, power & pleasure in the blossoms of our alignment: pelvis~belly~womb. Please bring a journal, colored pencils, and a scarf or wrap. $40 - preregistration required - save your space with Alisa@theEmbodimentSanctuary.com or call 413-695-6950. Find out more about Alisa at TheEmbodimentSanctuary.com, and about Laney at sacredwavesofrhythm.com
Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, July 20, 7:30pm ~ Created by ancient Indian rishis from Vedic mantras, kirtan is a yoga of sound - an evening of beautiful music and heartfelt call-and-response singing. No previous experience is necessary to experience its emotional depth, yet powerful as it is, kirtan is effortless and incredibly enjoyable. Free ~ please make a donation!
DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, July 21, 10am-12pm ~ You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. All are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted
CULTIVATING EMOTIONAL BALANCE: Integrating Science & Dharma Practice
A Half-Day Workshop with Dave Smith**
Sunday, July 21, 1-4:30 ~ Our emotions can lead us to our greatest joys and most painful sorrows. In their most creative capacity, they are guides pointing us toward who we truly are and what is most meaningful in our lives. At their most destructive, we are caught by them: lost in the grip of anger, sadness, fear, or overwhelm. This suffering is something we have all felt, but we can create more space, choice, and ease in the face of it. Over centuries, Buddhism has refined meditation methods which probe the nature of the mind and promote positive states of mind, including compassion. By combining contemporary scientific research with contemplative practices drawn from Buddhism, Cultivating Emotional Balance gives participants practical tools for working with emotion. Preregistration here
YOGA SUMMER CAMP For Adults with Annie Hoffman
Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 7-9am ~ Join Iyengar yoga teacher Annie Hoffman for a weeklong yoga retreat in your home town - sometimes a stay-cation can do more to add a spacious and new outlook to your life than the work to get away from it all. Each morning a new sequence will align your body, inspire your mind and open the heart of being human. Come to one or both weeks and jump start your summer. $150/week, $35/session at the door ~ attend any day or week ~ all levels welcome