Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




April

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, April 28, 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. 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

FOCUSING AND POETRY: One Poem—Many Stories
Focusing on Mary Oliver with Sharon Heermance
Sunday, April 28, 2-4pm ~ I am scorched to realize how many small, available things are in the world that aren't pieces of gold or power - that nobody owns or could buy even for a hillside of money - that just float about the world, or drift over the fields, or into the gardens...."  from Summer Story by Mary Oliver
In her powerful poem, Summer Story, Pulitzer Prize poet Mary Oliver shows how close attention to a cherished moment and her ongoing life story intersect. Through time together with this poem, we will practice Focusing's distinctive process that invites gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into this poem to deepen resonance with our own meaningful experiences. Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us, wrote Oscar Wilde. Indeed, each of us is a collection of stories. With simple prompts, we will gather vivid details from our lives. What emerges may include nuances of experience to a special memory. No prior reading of poetry is necessary - the instructor will provide the poem (and others if time allows); we will provide each other with an afternoon of rich reflection, stories, and conversation.  $25 payable at the door by check or cash
Sharon Heermance, PhD is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington. She has studied Focusing with Joan Klagsbrun, PhD, and integrates this into her clinical practice. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and an MA in Teaching from Brown. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. In 2017, she led workshops blending Focusing with poetry at the Focusing Oriented Therapy conference and with Focusing New England

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, April 28, 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 TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 5, 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 5 & 19, 6:45-9:45pm featuring
SOLE 2 SOUL African Dance Class, 6:45-7:45pm
African Dance Intensive Sunday-Saturday, May 5-11
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 Intensive runs Sun-Sat ~ next intensive May 5-11, 4 hrs/day. Sole 2 Soul $16/20 ~ Training: 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

THE 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
Ecstatic Dance Practice & Authentic Relating
Friday, May 10, 7:30-9:30pm ~ The 5 Rhythms™ ~ Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness ~ create a wave of energetic states of being. Each rhythm has a gateway and a 'map to ecstasy' we each dance to find our own way. This is an evening of returning: to the love of who we are, and to our own wealth of bodily wholeness. All ages, levels of experience welcome, from adults to kids 10+. Wear soft soled shoes, or dance in socks or bare feet, and bring extra layers of clothing. Preregistration suggested ~ sliding scale $15-$25 ~ click on Paypal tab at MargauxSkalecki.com

CULTIVATING FRIENDSHIP ON THE PATH
An Insight Dialogue Half-Day Retreat with Janet Surrey
Saturday, May 11, 1-4:30pm ~ This afternoon retreat will offer Insight Dialogue meditation practice to contemplate the power of spiritual friendship on the Buddha's eightfold path. We will look at classical teachings and contemporary challenges and opportunities for the cultivation and nourishment of such friendship in our lives. This important aspect of the path has not yet been fully appreciated and supported in many contemporary Buddhist communities, and there is currently increasing attention to this factor of meditative practice and strengthening community. Insight Dialogue is a relational meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and our human sensitivity and power in relationships. It has the same purpose and roots of silent meditation: developing mindfulness, compassion and liberating insight while investigating the truth of the present moment together. In this retreat the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue will be introduced: Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, and Speak the Truth. The retreat is open to new as well as experienced practitioners of Insight Dialogue. Preregistration recommended here
Janet Surrey, PhD, is an Insight Dialogue teacher with the organization Metta Programs. She teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a monthly practice group in the Boston area. Jan has studied with Metta Programs founder Gregory Kramer since 2007. Her original teacher was Vimala Thakar, but Jan has also done many retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh and Joanna Macy. Jan is a practicing clinical psychologist and founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is on the faculty and board of the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, May 11, 2-4pm ~ Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an experience of Restorative Yoga - a therapeutic system that uses the comfortable support of cushions & blankets to nurture the body in various gentle, long-held resting postures.   Restorative Yoga allows the nervous system to quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing even chronic patterns of tension. The afternoon will unfold with a brief sequence of flowing Kripalu yoga to warm up and prepare the body, then plunge into profound spheres of tranquility and ease. The class may also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by May 8th via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Karen is a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui Tradition

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, May 11, 4:30-6pm ~This alignment-based practice will renew, refresh, and restart your body and mind at the end of your busy week. Each class includes centering your mind and warming up your body, a mix of vinyasa and sustained postures, pranayama, and deep relaxation - just what one needs to approach a new week with clarity and vitality! Open to students with 1+ year experience. $20 or class card at the door

Dharma Film Series presents WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
Saturday, May 11, 7pm ~ This enchanting and inspiring documentary takes us beyond zip-up cardigans and the world of make believe into the heart and soul of Fred Rogers’ creative genius. Mister Rogers inspired generations of children with his compassion, creativity, and imagination. He was also a master of emotional literacy, and beyond his commitment to kindness, he taught children how to speak honestly about difficult feelings and experiences. You may emerge from Won't You Be My Neighbor? inspired to be a better human being, and to make the most of “this beautiful day,” everyday. 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

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, May 12, 2:30-3:45pm  ~   Join Juin to experience and learn about Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. You'll be guided in a deep and restful Divine Sleep meditation practice, during which nothing required of you except to lie down, listen and give yourself permission to rest and restore. Through Dive Sleep Yoga Nidra you will experience deeper levels of inner relaxation than you imagined possible, finding new sources of balance and energy. $20 or class card ~ suitable for all levels

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, May 12, 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! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $18 or class card

YOGA DANCE FOR CAREGIVERS with Addie Dublin 
Compassionate and Joyful Movement to Music
Friday, May 17, 7:30-8:45pm ~ For individuals who care for others in their professional or personal life, this is a chance to redirect that compassionate energy inward. Experience an energizing and joyful way to nurture your body, mind, heart and spirit! Let Your Yoga Dance® is a unique approach to movement that uses the body’s seven energy centers as a guide to gently and compassionately stretch, strengthen, and heal not only the physical body but the mind, heart and spirits as well! We all start as beginners, then stretch out our bodies and minds as we warm up, shake out the dust, and make space for fresh energy and new beginnings. Arrive with an open mind and you are likely to leave class feeling more connected, compassionate, creative, and courageous! Open to adults of all ages and abilities, no prior experience with yoga or dance required. Dress in comfortable layers. Dancing can be done barefoot, with non-skid socks, or soft soled shoes. $18 or class card at the door
Addie Dublin is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and a certified instructor of Let Your Yoga Dance®. After more than fifteen years working in various healthcare settings, her passion for helping people to feel more content, compassionate and connected brought her to this inspirational and transformative movement practice

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, May 18, 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

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, May 19, 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. 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 19, 1:30-4:30pm
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 an awareness practice sourced by movement and sound that facilitates explorations into embodiment, health, creativity and universal connections. Unfolding as moving mindfulness, Continuum consistently brings one into the present moment through simple awareness of audible 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 fear or isolation. 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 classes weekly in Greenfield, MA and will start teaching in Europe in 2019. Please visit somanautiko.com

Special Preview Evening!
TANTRA: The Art of Conscious Loving
with Tantra Pioneer Charles Muir
Wednesday, May 22, 8pm ~ Would you like to become a more masterful lover? Are you interested in expanding your abilities to be emotionally, sexually and spiritually intimate? Do you feel that there must be something more to sexual love? Tantra: The Art Of Conscious Loving is the world's foremost Tantra Yoga 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, Tantra: The Art Of Conscious Loving Beginner Weekend Seminar, May 24-26 ~ registration is limited. 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. In the weekend seminar, you will learn 22 Tantra techniques to increase intimacy, spiritual connection, healing, pleasure, harmony and freedom. It is truly remarkable to participate in the breakthroughs people have taking this seminar. Couples who have been together for years often experience opening to a new level of intimacy, passion and connectedness. Singles often report being amazed at how safe they felt, how powerfully healing and transformational it was, and having made meaningful connections. Charles is quoted in over 140 books on Tantra, relationship, Yoga and sex. In this comprehensive preview evening, Charles will demonstrate some basic principles that you can implement right away and teach you key Tantric techniques to increase your confidence and become a more masterful and pleasured lover. He will share some fascinating stories and answer your questions. Charles' lectures, experiential Tantric meditations, and Pujas are designed to heal, awaken, and open your entire energy system, especially the heart center of your body. Singles, meet in a safe and conscious setting. Couples, deepen trust, reignite romance, and enhance your intimacy. 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! $40 ~ register here! For over $150 of free educational materials please visit www.sourcetantra.com. For more information about the Boston Weekend Seminar, visit Boston's FAQ page or contact Wanda at 1-888-682-6872 x106 or boston@sourcetantra.com

EMBODIED: Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation*
A Half-Day Retreat with Chris Crotty and David Schouela
Saturday, May 25, 1-4:30pm ~ Yoga and Buddhism share the same aim – the liberation of body, mind, and heart. Postures and breath practice support the body and mind for meditation, and mindfulness enables a more intentional, awareness-based yoga. This program is open to anyone interested in exploring the relationship between yoga asana (postures) and insight meditation. Together these mutually supportive practices foster self-awareness and insight into the conditions that underlie greater well-being and personal freedom.
This half-day retreat includes alternating periods of yoga postures and guided meditation based on the Four Foundations of mindfulness, and is aimed at helping students deepen concentration and investigate the true nature of mind and body. Yoga sessions will draw from yin, kripalu, and vini-yoga, and will be accessible to all levels of practitioners (of both yoga and meditation), including beginners. Preregistration recommended here
Chris Crotty, a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine, is the guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center. He has practiced meditation since 1998 with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as Bhikkhu Analayo; Western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition; and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris is an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. Learn more about Chris here
David Schouela is a workshop facilitator and certified yoga teacher-trainer. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma-sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. In 2004, David cofounded True North Insight, a Canadian charitable organization offering a full schedule of Buddhist Insight meditation retreats and courses in English and French. David is a founding board member of Boston Meditation Center and is currently pursuing a masters in social work at Simmons University in Boston

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, May 26, 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



June

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, June 2, 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, June 2 & 16, 6:45-9:45pm featuring
SOLE 2 SOUL African Dance Class, 6:45-7:45pm
African Dance Intensive Sunday-Saturday, June 5-11
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 June 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, June-Jul, & Sep-Nov. The 7-day Intensive runs Sun-Sat ~ next intensive June 5-11, 4 hrs/day. Sole 2 Soul $16/19 ~ Training: 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

Special 4-Day Training with DOUG KELLER**
The Therapeutic Wisdom Of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of Our
Health and Growth ~
For Yoga Teachers & Inquiring Students
Thursday-Sunday, June 6-9 ~ details & registration here!
Chronic pain often arises from improper habits and patterns of movement that have become part of the ‘story’ of our body. Traditional approaches in yoga have described the problem in terms of layers or koshas which include the influence of breath, thought and emotion. We are now coming to understand how these ‘layers’ are expressed in the fascia, impacting our well-being while taking a major role in chronic pain. This training will be an exploration of the elements of posture and movement as they express and influence the Koshas, and how to approach yoga practice as a commitment to self-care. We will also look at marma — a tradition mentioned in early hatha yoga texts but not often explored. The idea of marma will be dove-tailed with contemporary body work focusing on the fascia, to give it grounding and relatability. Yoga philosophy will be infused throughout, deepening the connection to the spiritual heart of the practice. The training is structured to help teachers and interested students understand more deeply the therapeutic rationale behind alignment and action instructions in yoga poses — and to know when these instructions are helpful and appropriate, and when variations or a different emphasis are necessary
Thursday: 1:30-4:30pm ~ 6-9pm (1.5 hour dinner break)
Sacroiliac, Low Back and Neck Health: Working with the Layers or ‘Koshas’ of Feeling in the Fascia of the Spine
Traditional approaches to therapeutic applications of yoga have focused on the ‘Koshas’ or ‘Sheaths’ of energy. These layers were described functionally, but the more thouroughly we come to understand the functions of fascia, the more clearly we see a practical correlation between fascia and the Koshas. The fascia of the low back provides a definitive example of this. In last year’s workshop, we focused on the influence of the deepest muscles of the spine — the multifidi — which influence the movements of the sacrum, and are a central factor in sacroiliac and low back pain.
We will review that material (new students will be brought up to speed), and then build upon that foundation. We will look at the the thoracolumbar fascia as a matrix of interrelated layers that profoundly influence low back health. This has very concrete and practical implications for our understanding of asana and the dynamics of asana. We will be reinforcing and building upon what was covered last year, expanding our understanding of low back health through asana. This will include not just the health of the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints, but will also include an exploration of sciatic pain, which radiates from the gluteals down through the leg and sometimes into the foot. It is one of our most ancient pain problems, appearing even in the literature of the Greeks, and is as prevalent today as low back pain. Our treatment of the low back and hips will also extend down to the knees, with an introduction to understanding knee problems that will be carried forward on the second day of the training. From this perspective we find a constellation of related pain issues that can be handled through simple yoga routines that recognize and respect our own individual structure and movement patterns; and in our practice we will emphasize actions that are important for overcoming and/or preventing such pain patterns.
Friday: 1:30-4:30pm ~ 6-9pm (1.5hr dinner break)
The Lower Body: From the Feet to the Knees and Hips
The feet provide the foundation and profoundly affect the 3-dimensional movement of the knees and the hips

The health of the knee and it’s problems is an especially important topic for active (and previously active) people, and yoga practice itself pose challenges and cautions. For starters, knee health includes all of the major considerations of the lower body: the feet and health of the arches, including challenges such as bunions; plantar fasciitis; hamstring and quadriceps tightness or imbalance; the IT band and imbalances in the many muscles surrounding the hips, including the gluteals. The feet provide the foundation; and the actions of the feet profoundly affect the 3-dimensional movement of the knees as well as the hips. Beginning with the feet, and the fundamental actions for maintaining the integrity and stability of the feet as a foundation, we will apply this understanding in a variety of asanas. From there we’ll expand into assessment principles for the knees and knee problems, awareness of the most common kinds of knee problems and injuries, and principles for safe and helpful practice in yoga poses that will improve the condition of not only the knees, but the feet and hips as well. This will also include introduction to self-care techniques relating the traditional marma system of Ayurveda with contemporary fascial understanding — which can be incorporated simply into practice, especially for people experiencing joint issues, neuropathy (numbness) and other common problems — for the knees, as well as for the hips and feet.
Saturday: 12-3pm ~ 4-7pm (1hr lunch break)
From Hands to Heart: Spiraling into shoulder health through the arms, with attention to the well being of the wrists and elbows

Shoulder work in asana practice, with refined actions that spiral from the hands deep into the shoulders and heart, helps us to keep the shoulder joints aligned and free from damage and irritation, while maintaining the space of the upper body. Just as with the feet, our hands also have arches, and actions practiced to maintain those arches affect the health of the wrists and elbows, and facilitate the opening of the shoulders while protecting the health of the rotator cuffs. Shoulder ‘opening’ is usually treated through stretches emphasizing external rotation of the arms, and moreover they focus on the action of the arms at the shoulder joint itself. But practice of both internal as well as external rotation is vital for freedom in the shoulders, and these rotations can be practiced more organically as ‘spirals’ which flow from the hands and wrists up to the shoulders. We will cover the most common forms of movement problems, injuries (rotator cuff, cartilage and ligament injury) and pain syndromes involving the shoulders, elbows and wrists together, and will work with exercises and asanas for improving the ‘spirals’ by which we achieve greater freedom of movement, support healing from injury, and freedom from pain. This will include self-care techniques based in Marma, which will be a complement to the focused practice of variations in arm and shoulder actions that can be introduced into yoga poses, as well as remedial exercises for improving shoulder health. Pain assessment as well as principles for working with different levels of pain and injury will be included, especially with regard to rotator cuff injuries and related limitations and pain problems arising from the AC joint and collar bone restrictions. The emphasis is on simple actions that can be applied in the poses, as well as self-care exercises related to Marma that can be incorporated into your practice, and used to maintain the benefits of practice.
Sunday: 9am-12pm ~ 1:30-4:30pm (1.5hr lunch break)
The Upper Body: Upper Back and Neck, and Their Effect Upon Jaw, Facial And Shoulder Pain
Neck and head alignment — and our own subtle habits in using our neck — have a great impact upon the health of our upper back and shoulders, and are the root of a great deal of our upper body pain. This includes jaw alignment and tension, as well as tension arising from postural shifts beginning in the lower body. Yoga has plenty of principles for the head and neck, including bandha and mudra, that are related to the breath as well as asana, and which can be applied simply and effectively to address upper body pain problems, including neck stiffness and headache pain as well as breathing and functional disorders that affect our everyday health, including sleep. Self-care techniques of Marma will be especially helpful for neck, jaw, facial and shoulder pain, and applications will be covered in pranayama and relaxation techniques as well as asana.
Cost $465 for the four day training, including a detailed, illustrated manual, and PDF downloads of the slide presentations. Currently we are only accepting registrations for the entire four days; with a cohesive group, Doug can move more effectively through the materials. On May 1st, registrations for single days will be offered, assuming space is available. This is Doug’s only trip to the Northeast in 2019, and his trainings have sold out for the last years. Register early!
Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for a decade, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on ‘Yoga As Therapy.
He is also, in addition to his traveling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy. This program is state-approved and accredited for granting a Master’s degree in this field, and is fully accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.   Visit Doug at doyoga.com

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, June 9, 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! Join Comma Williams along this monthly crossing into non-ordinary reality to gain insight, information, and clarity about your path going forward. $18 or class card

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, June 12, 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

YOGA DANCE FOR CAREGIVERS with Addie Dublin 
Compassionate and Joyful Movement to Music
Friday, June 14, 7:30-8:45pm ~ For individuals who care for others in their professional or personal life, this is a chance to redirect that compassionate energy inward. Experience an energizing and joyful way to nurture your body, mind, heart and spirit! Let Your Yoga Dance® is a unique approach to movement that uses the body’s seven energy centers as a guide to gently and compassionately stretch, strengthen, and heal not only the physical body but the mind, heart and spirits as well! We all start as beginners, then stretch out our bodies and minds as we warm up, shake out the dust, and make space for fresh energy and new beginnings. Arrive with an open mind and you are likely to leave class feeling more connected, compassionate, creative, and courageous! Open to adults of all ages and abilities, no prior experience with yoga or dance required. Dress in comfortable layers. Dancing can be done barefoot, with non-skid socks, or soft soled shoes. $18 or class card at the door
Addie Dublin is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and a certified instructor of Let Your Yoga Dance®. After more than fifteen years working in various healthcare settings, her passion for helping people to feel more content, compassionate and connected brought her to this inspirational and transformative movement practice

New Monthly Class!
YOGA For Continuing Students with Liz Owen
Saturday, June 15, 4:30-6pm ~This alignment-based practice will renew, refresh, and restart your body and mind at the end of your busy week. Each class includes centering your mind and warming up your body, a mix of vinyasa and sustained postures, pranayama, and deep relaxation - just what one needs to approach a new week with clarity and vitality! Open to students with 1+ year experience. $20 or class card at the door

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda & Friends
Saturday, June 15, 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

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, June 19 - August 7, 7-9:30pm
plus one daylong class on Sunday, July 28, 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

COMPASSIONATE AWARENESS*
A Half-Day Retreat with Matthew Daniell
Saturday, June 22, 1-4:30pm ~ Compassionate awareness arises naturally when our mindfulness is open and connected. It is not so concerned with perfecting concentration on the breath or any object in particular. Nor is it concerned with eliminating thoughts. Its strength lies in fostering relaxation through emphasizing a light steady touch of attention. It teaches us to rest with experience as it is rather than insisting that it be this way or that. This allows us to be with ourselves and others in a more open and flexible way. We experience a sense of ease where clear seeing and wise action flow, naturally bridging the gap between formal meditation and daily life. Come and explore for yourself how compassionate awareness can strengthen wisdom and joy in your life. And the best part is is that it takes less effort than you might think!.
Preregistration recommended here
Matthew Daniell has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years. He studied Zen in Japan, Tibetan Buddhism in India, and Insight Meditation in India, Burma, Thailand, and the United States. His teachers include Munindra, Dipa Ma, Larry Rosenberg, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. Matthew is a founder of the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, as well as its primary and guiding teacher

Release Into RESTORATIVE YOGA*
with Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon
Saturday, June 22, 2-4pm ~ Join Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon for an experience of Restorative Yoga - a therapeutic system that uses the comfortable support of cushions & blankets to nurture the body in various gentle, long-held resting postures.   Restorative Yoga allows the nervous system to quiet and return to a balanced state, quieting the mind. At the same time the body gently stretches and opens, releasing even chronic patterns of tension. The afternoon will unfold with a brief sequence of flowing Kripalu yoga to warm up and prepare the body, then plunge into profound spheres of tranquility and ease. The class June also feature gentle chanting and Reiki to sooth and relax. $35 or class card x 2 + $5 at the door; $28 if registered by June 19th via email with Karen or Keith
Karen Barbarisi and Keith Herndon have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and are both certified at the 500 hour level from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Karen is a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner in the Usui Tradition

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, June 23, 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. 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

DIVINE SLEEP™ YOGA NIDRA: A Workshop with Juin Cohen
Sunday, June 23, 2:30-3:45pm  ~   Join Juin to experience and learn about Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. You'll be guided in a deep and restful Divine Sleep meditation practice, during which nothing required of you except to lie down, listen and give yourself permission to rest and restore. Through Dive Sleep Yoga Nidra you will experience deeper levels of inner relaxation than you imagined possible, finding new sources of balance and energy. $20 or class card ~ suitable for all levels

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, June 30, 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