Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




April

EMBODIED PRACTICE: YIN & YANG*
Light on Yoga & Chinese Medicine with Ruth Knill, LicAc
Saturday, April 21, 2-4:30pm
In this workshop we will explore alignment concepts using the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine: yin yang in skillful proportions, balancing the 5 elements and 12 meridians. This complementary perspective of yin yang will deepen your experience of alignment and energy in yoga and other embodied practices. The workshop will emphasize  yin yang pairs of meridians, fostering a vital, intuitive, and grounded practice. $28 or class card x 2 ~ preregistration recommended ~ please contact Ruth at 781-888-0101 or via email

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, April 21, 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!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, KarunaAugusti and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at shubalananda.com

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, April 27, 7:30pm ~ all welcome! ~ Psychodrama uses the power of theater to explore and understand issues in our lives. An Open Session is instructional, experiential and low key - a great introduction to the process within a safe setting, with time for questions, and all experience levels are welcome. Prior registration is requested but not required. More at MariaMellanoTherapy.com
$15 or class card at the door

Special Training! TANTRA YOGA IMMERSION** with Todd Norian
Alignment Refinement for Body, Mind, and Heart
Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29 ~ Journey through a comprehensive system of yoga that integrates body, mind, and heart with the esoteric and empowering teachings of Tantra. Deepen your process through mantra chanting, partner work, and group sharing. Todd Norian brings over 38 years of knowledge and experience to a workshop that teaches you: mastery of natural body biomechanics through the alignment essentials of Ashaya Yoga® • embodiment of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and sky • ways to release chronic pain and stiffness using the tools and techniques of Ashaya Yoga therapy • hands-on adjusting techniques to take your practice and your student's practice to the next level. Please preregister - for further information and registration, click here
Saturday, 12-3pm ~ Alignment with Sky and Earth • 4-7pm ~ Alignment with Water and Therapeutics for Hips and Lower Back
Sunday, 9a-12p ~
Alignment with Fire and Air, with Therapeutics for the ShouldersSunday, 1:30-4:30pm ~ Recap of Alignment Refinement with Hands On Adjustments

Free! MEDITATION, MUSIC & MANTRA with Begabati Lennihan 
Saturday, April 28, 7:30-8:30 pm ~ Immerse yourself in meditation as you chant and sing with us or simply listen, letting the mantras resonate in your heart chakra. Simple mantras in Sanskrit, Bengali and English by Sri Chinmoy. Begins with a brief intro to heart-center meditation to music. Free ~ no donations or need to preregister. More info at FreeMeditationBoston.org

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 29, 10:15a-12:15p
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

PATHWAYS TO JOY with Joan Klagsbrun
Bringing Positive Psychology Into your Daily Life
Sunday April 29, 2-4pm ~ Positive Psychology is not about putting a happy face that covers over our important life struggles. It is about balancing suffering by amplifying our authentic well-being.  It is an evidenced-based approach for increasing our capacity (or our clients' capacity) for flourishing, and for fully appreciating our lives. People who have a higher ratio of “positivity” to “negativity” have more energy and better health. In the workshop, we will use Focusing to review several forms of positivity, such as joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, awe and love and to personally explore a few different pillars of Joy, as defined by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Then we will reflect on positive defining moments in our lives that have elevated us or brought us greater connection. We will end by exploring how to have more of these transformative moments. This will be a new workshop covering different material than the previous one. $25 at the door
Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, a psychotherapist in private practice, has been teaching Focusing internationally to psychotherapists, educators, healthcare providers and the public for over three decades on seven continents. Her current passion is crossing Focusing with creative expression and positive psychology

Open House ~ All Welcome!
THE YOGA OF ENERGY FLOW 200hr Teacher Training
Sunday, April 29, 6:30pm - free!
Join us for an informal Q & A about the upcoming Yoga Alliance-approved yoga teacher training program starting in September at the Arlington Center. Meet teachers and graduates, join us for some yoga, and enjoy the refreshments to follow. The core study is vinyasa flow yoga in which breath, movement and asana are combined with correct alignment and sequence into a transformative practice. Students will leave this training fully prepared to teach vinyasa style yoga classes and will have a comprehensive understanding of yoga asana, pranayama, anatomy of yoga, hands-on assists, shiatsu/thai bodywork, yogic philosophy, and meditation techniques. The Yoga Of Energy Flow program is directed by Daniel Orlansky & Liz Owen with Carrie Tyler, and features guest faculty including Chip Hartranft. For more details, please click on the link above - you can also email Daniel or call him at 866-702-6197

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, April 29, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $15-25



May

Dharma Film Series presents PATERSON
Saturday, May 5, 7pm ~ This meticulously composed movie tracks the daily life of Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Like a Zen Master, he has a simple routine: he drives the same route every day, observing the city, people, and nature as life drifts by his windshield. After work he walks his dog, stops in a bar and has exactly one beer, and goes home to his wife. Finding glimpses of beauty in the mundane he writes poetry, drawing from snippets of conversation, observation of objects, and the world around him. A meditation on the disappointments and victories of daily life, Paterson is filled with poetry, and is itself a work of art, helping us look more closely at the world around us in each moment. Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/2 CEUs for mental health professionals

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 6, 10:15am-12:15pm
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, May 6 & 20, 6:45-9:45pm featuring
SOLE 2 SOUL African Dance Class, 6:45-7:45pm
What are daily practices that sustain us? Wyoma created the African Healing Dance Mastery Program to answer that question. This bi-monthly program offers African dance and Improvisation. Included also are practices of meditation, imagery, yoga, massage, and nutrition arts, integrated. The curriculum focuses on Traditional African and Caribbean dance, Ashe Namaste (yoga dance), singing, meditation, and the mystery of the divine feminine. You will both write and dance the abundance of your story. Each 3-month period focuses on a different theme. Sessions feature live or recorded music. The Training offers both a 1-year program and a 2-year certificate track. Participants may attend individual 3-month modules or 7-day intensives. Three 3-month modules are offered each year on 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month, Jan-Mar, May-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Training Intensive runs Sun-Sat, 4 hrs/day ~ next Intensive May 6-12 ~ contact Wyoma for details at 617-823-6053
Sole 2 Soul $15/18; 3-month session/$595, 7-day Intensive/$595, 1 year/$1450, 2 years/$2450 - no prior dance experience needed. For registration please contact wyoma@wyomadance.com

HOW TO BE MINDFUL WITH CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
Using Focusing Principles to Enrich our Parenting Roles
with Julie Ramsey & Kelley Bothe
Wednesday, May 9, 7:30pm ~ In this workshop, we will explore how, as parents and grandparents, we can enhance our capacity to be more attuned to our children and ourselves in mindful, fresh, and creative ways. Using focusing principles we will discuss how reflective listening, curiosity and non-judgmental attitudes can nurture our relationships with our children. We will explore ways to help children connect with themselves and expand their ability to understand their feelings more deeply. Through case examples and experiential exercises, we will apply the principals of Focusing to our relationships with the children in our lives. $25 at the door
Julie Ramsey, LICSW, Certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wellesley. She works with adolescents, families, and adults in individual and couples therapy
Kelley Bothe, LICSW is a psychotherapist in Wellesley and Concord. Kelley is a Certified Focusing Trainer and enjoys teaching classes for beginning and experienced Focusers

Dance! 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
Friday, May 11, 7:30-9:30pm ~ The 5 Rhythms offer an invitation to come as you are ~ no dance experience needed, just your curiosity as a first step to awareness through movement and deeper conscious connection to ourselves and others. We dance as a welcoming back into our bodies by an expressive and connective warm up, fine tuning our truth in the moment. $15 at the door

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, May 12, 7:30pm
True Story Theater, an Arlington-based improvisational theater company, wants to hear about your life. This troupe of skilled listeners will honor each story through the power of improvisatory drama, music, and movement. The stories you share will magically be brought to life as we explore this important common theme. Come celebrate our community, bring a friend, share a special story, or just watch, listen and enjoy! $15 if preregistered online, $20 or class card at door ~ need help? $5+ pay what you can
Tonight: Stories of loving the enemy Who is our 'enemy'?  How can we learn to trust and forgive others who have harmed us (or our loved ones) , whether personally or societally? Explore this important theme through sharing our stories

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, May 13, 7-9pm ~ Shamanic journeying is a tool that has been traditionally used by indigenous shamans for the healing of individuals and communities. Most commonly, shamans use drums and rattles to shift their consciousness into non-ordinary reality, a trance-like state, to communicate with their helping guides and spirits. We know now that anyone can learn to journey, to connect with their own helping guides and spirits in non-ordinary reality in order to get answers to personal questions, solve problems, open creativity, see new ways of being in the world and obtain healing information for themselves and their community. Join Comma Williams for this journey circle where we will travel into non-ordinary reality and ask for information to help us get clarity about our path for this coming year. At the end of the journey you will have an opportunity to create a visual representation of your journey, to help ground it in ordinary reality, visible in this world. $15 or class card

Special 3-Day Training with DOUG KELLER**
The Therapeutic Wisdom Of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of
Our Health and Growth

Friday-Sunday, May 18-20 ~ details & registration here!
This 3-day training intensive will introduce yoga teachers and inquiring students to the practical understanding of the 'Prana Body' described in yoga texts in terms of contemporary understanding of the role and function of the fascia — especially as relates to pain syndromes. A central focus from the outset will be on the Core and sacral stability, with attention to taking good care of the sacroiliac joint in all forms of poses, and understanding sacral movement and causes of SI and low back pain — in life as well as in yoga. This will also include treatment of patterns of movement linked to pain syndromes that can be 'rewritten' through asana practice, as well as the relatively new concepts of the Fascial Distortion Model, which explains the cause of much of our chronic pain in terms of 'blocks' in the fascial tissue. The added perspective of the Fascial Distortion Model also will help us recognize the root of "yoga injuries" and pain caused by imbalances in yoga practice — as well as other disciplines of physical movement and sport — that gives rise to or intensifies distortions in the fascia. The description — and its treatment — of fascial distortions is quite similar to the description given by the yogis as well as the Marma-centered disciplines of Ayurveda. The practice of asana is well suited to overcoming these distortions; and by the same token, we can better understand how to address pain arising from 'yoga injuries' from extreme actions or misalignments. Three of the six forms of pain-and-limitation-causing distortions are especially relevant and recognizable to us as yoga teachers and practitioners. The training will be an exploration into the wisdom that the ever-evolving practice of hatha yoga has to offer to us in maintaining health and growing in heart in the face of the many challenges — including pain, injury and dysfunction — that life throws at us
Friday, May 18
2-5pm Understanding Sacral Stability and the Core
6:30-9:30pm The Head as Foundation of Fascial Lines, and the Role of the Breath: Key Sutras for Understanding Ankle, Knee, Hip, Sacral, Low Back and Neck Problems
Saturday, May 19
12-3pm The Torso and the Shoulders: The Importance of Twisting and the Role of the Arms
4-7pm The Upper Body, Neck, and Shoulder Sutras:
(Including Challenges Related to Scoliosis Relevant to Us All)
Sunday, May 20
9am-12n The Feet as Foundation for Balanced Movement and The Lower Body: The Challenge of Inflexibility and the Hamstrings
1:30-4:30pm Breath, Asana and the ‘Core’ (Pranayama is More than the Breath): Better Breathing in Asana, Pranayama and Relaxation

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, May 19, 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!
Shubalananda (Larry Kopp) has been leading kirtan for many years, having studied with Neem Karoli Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, KarunaAugusti and Shree Maa. His guitar & harmonium playing and voice of experience gives his kirtan a power and a heartfulness that is shared with all who join in. Find out more at shubalananda.com

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, May 23, 7:15-8:45pm
There’s an increasing body of research showing that mindfulness meditation is good for us – for the body, the mind, and overall well-being. Come learn about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, an intensive 8-week course that gets you well on your way to reaping the benefits ~ the full program begins the following week.
Free! All are welcome - no preregistration required
Sunada Takagi is a mindfulness instructor and coach, as well as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. She is passionate about helping people transform their lives through mindfulness. Learn more about her at mindfulpurpose.com

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 27, 10am-12n
You’re invited to receive Buddhist teachings (dharma), practice meditation, and experience the relevance and benefits of Buddhist philosophy and meditation in daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs are welcome to this freely offered biweekly event ~ donations gratefully accepted 
Tsering Ngodup is a lama, or spiritual teacher, authorized to teach by HH ShaMar Rinpoche. He has devoted over twenty years to sharing the religious and spiritual teachings of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He has traveled across the world, translating and interpreting Buddhist teachings for highly accomplished Tibetan lamas and masters from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is currently a chaplain at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

CONTINUUM: Moving Inquiry with Megan Bathory-Peeler
Sunday, May 27, 12:30-4:30pm
Awareness changes how we physically move. As we become more fluid and resilient so do the mental, emotional and spiritual movements of our lives. Emilie Conrad Da'Oud, Continuum founder
Continuum is a gemlike movement and sound-based practice of awareness, with different facets that allow the work to be approached from multiple angles. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of breath and wave motion. By being present to what is in the moment, one can make more informed choices for action that are more symbiotic, less effortful, and also maintain a focus on connection rather than on fear or isolation. This can bring about a significant shift in one's life, allowing a fuller sense of one's body, along with a greater trust in it. Continuum is relevant to anyone invested in healing and personal development, curious about the science of the body, engaged in the arts, or actively exploring the spiritual or the unknown. Continuum is both living practice and art form: it reflects and enfolds its continuous evolving nature. For more info & registration, please email Megan
Megan Bathory-Peeler is a passionate somanaut. For 25 years, Megan has been exploring the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships - insatiably curious about what it means to live fully in a human body and within the human experience. Based in Western Massachusetts, she guides her students and clients to make their own innovative discoveries, drawing on her skills as a Continuum teacher, somatic therapist/educator, performance artist, activist, and mother. She also teaches weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2018

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, May 27, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us on the last Sunday of the month to explore the transformative healing powers of sound. You will both co-create and receive sound healing, and learn how to improvise music with a healing intention. Bring your favorite instruments or just yourself, your voice and your love. Prior musical or healing experience is welcome but not required. We look forward to seeing you! Suggested donation $15-25

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, May 30 - July 25, 7:15-9:30pm (Off July 4),
plus one all-day class on Sunday, July 15, 9-4
Mindfulness isn’t so much a tool or technique, but a different way of being. When we pay attention to our present moments, we start to see ourselves and our world more clearly. Instead of being driven by worry, anxiety, or feeling pressured, we begin to choose our responses more wisely. We find our way to a more balanced and centered life, guided by our inner strengths and values rather than old habits and reactions. This 8-week series is a thorough introduction to the art of mindfulness. It’s based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work in mind-body medicine originated at the UMass Medical Center. $450/sliding scale – preregistration required
Sunada Takagi is a mindfulness instructor and coach, as well as a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. She is passionate about helping people transform their lives through mindfulness. Learn more about her at mindfulpurpose.com

Special Preview! TANTRA: The Art of Conscious Loving*
with Tantra Master Charles Muir
Wednesday, May 30, 8-10pm ~ Tantra: The Art Of Conscious Loving is the world's foremost Tantra course. It will help you address these and many other questions relating to your sexual, emotional, and relationship practices. Join Charles Muir, the internationally acclaimed teacher and interpreter of Tantra in a preview of the upcoming Boston area workshop. Charles is quoted in over 140 books on Tantra, relationship, Yoga and sex. He will demonstrate some basic principles that you can implement right away, teach you key Tantric techniques to increase your confidence and become a more masterful and pleasured lover. At this comprehensive Preview, Charles will share some fascinating stories, demonstrate some basic principles of tantra, lead you in safe, profound techniques and talk about the upcoming Tantra: The Art Of Conscious Loving Weekend Seminar, June 1-3. These seminars provide the education we never had and always needed in order to have wonderful, real and lasting love, and to rediscover our full potential. A Connection Ritual will conclude the evening, sending you off uplifted and more connected. Charles will also be available to sign his bestselling book Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving and 12 of his other works, five of which will be given away during the door prize raffle. Come alone, or bring a friend for this entertaining and enlightening evening! $30 - please preregister here! For more info about the weekend seminar and for over $150 of free educational materials, visit sourcetantra.com  and Boston's FAQ page. For additional information, contact Wanda via email or call 888-682-6872 x106