Upcoming Workshops, Films & Events
at The Arlington Center

Preregistration is recommended for workshops!




December

KUNDALINI YOGA: A New Weekly AM Class with John J. Hunt
Thursdays thru December 21, 7:30-8:30am
Kundalini Yoga is a powerful energy technology which fortifies the nervous system, enhances the endocrine glands, and harnesses the mind to experience our own highest consciousness. Using pranayama, yoga, and meditation to optimize the body's energetic systems, Kundalini practice brings about mental clarity, relaxation, and emotional tranquility. Each week, we will focus on pranayam, a special series of breathing techniques that can be applied at any time to bring more mindfulness and joy to everyday life, along with an asana flow and meditation. $12 registered, $14/class card at door

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, December 15, 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

AYURVEDA FOR FALL & WINTER/Emmie Stamell & Charlotte Ott
Easy Practices for Optimal Health
Saturday, December 16, 2-4pm ~ Ayurveda, India's traditional medical system, is a sister science to yoga and provides the lifestyle and dietary guidelines to help us harmonize with nature. In the cold season, vata dosha can easily be disturbed which leads to myriad health concerns ranging from dry skin to insomnia to weak digestion. In this workshop we will learn several time-tested techniques for assuaging vata and returning the body-mind to a balanced state of well-being. $35 or class card x 2 + $5
Charlotte Ott is a 500 hour Yoga Instructor, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Cleansing Coach and natural foods chef. Emmie Stamell is a Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, December 16, 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

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, December 17, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us and 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

Special Event! CHRISTMAS DAY YOGA with Barbara Freedman
Monday, December 25, 9:30-11am ~ all welcome!
Join Barbara Freedman in a special Christmas Day vinyasa yoga flow with modifications for all levels. Celebrate the holiday season with new friends and old; start a family tradition; renew or create an intention to strive for optimum health in mind and body; and share the precious gift of health merely by taking part. Proceeds and donations will be used to purchase fitness equipment for classes sponsored by the nonprofit Arlington Seniors Association. Enjoy tea and light refreshments afterwards 
$18 or class card at the door (or pay what you can)

Special! NEW YEAR'S EVE Vision Quest with Margaux Skalecki
Sunday, December 31, 8-12:30 ~ A New Year's Eve gathering and a journey to our hearts. We will journey to the heart together with dance, the 5 Rhythms, shamanic dance and journey, authentic relating, conscious awareness, healing energies and so much more. As we let go of 2017 and welcome in 2018 we will be renewed and rejuvenated as we pass through the veils of the new year. We will provide luscious, good food and toast each other into 2018. We are also having a fun raffle. Bring water, your curious and willing heart and a friend. Preregistration required - register today! $40 thru Dec 17, $45 thru Dec 24, $55 thereafter



January

Special Event! FIRST MORNING YOGA with Barbara Freedman
Monday, January 1, 10-11:30am ~ all welcome!
You're invited to start the year with an uplifting yogaflow or vinyasa led by Barbara Freedman. Come with family and friends to share a stretch, let go of tension, and cultivate the ease and joy of well-being. All are welcome to take part in this gentle yet energizing slow yoga flow, culminating in the tranquility of meditation, breath awareness, and lovingkindness. Share a healthy and happy day! $18 or class card at the door or sliding scale if needed

Free Info Session!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION with Sunada Takagi
Wednesday, January 3, 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 Film Series presents IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE
Saturday, January 6, 7pm ~ Silence is the resting place of everything essential. So begins this essential journey into the heart of quietude, illuminating its power to clarify the mind and heal the heart. Touching down in some of the world’s quietest locales, including the -9.4 decibel anechoic chamber in Minnesota’s Orfield Labs, the film also delves into the loudest, whose cacophonies cause untold physical and psychological harm. Brimming with vivid images and timeless wisdom, In Pursuit of Silence fascinates, informs, relaxes, and nourishes—a refreshing cinematic meditation Presented with the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy. $10 at the door, with free refreshments and post-film discussion; $35/3 CEUs for mental health professionals

DHARMA TALK & MEDITATION with Lama Tsering Ngodup
Sunday, January 7, 10-12n ~ 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 in Brookline

AFRICAN HEALING DANCE: A Training with Wyoma
Sunday, January 7 & 14, 6:45-9:45pm featuring
SOLE 2 SOUL African Dance Class, 6:45-7:45pm
African Dance Intensive Sunday-Saturday, January 7-13
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 January 7-13, 4 hrs/day. 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

New 8-Week Series!
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION** with Sunada Takagi
Wednesdays, January 10 - February 28, 7:15-9:30pm,
plus one all-day class on Sunday, February 18, 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

Dance! 5 RHYTHMS with Margaux Skalecki
An Ecstatic Moving Meditation
Friday, January 12, 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. Please wear comfortable clothes to dance in ~ layers are great for heating up and cooling down ~ wear soft soled shoes, socks or move in bare feet

Live Improv! An Evening With TRUE STORY THEATER
Saturday, January 13, 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

RESOLUTIONS ReFrame with Katrina Piehler
Sunday, January 14, 2-4pm ~ Are you a New Year resolutions maker? Does setting goals feel inspiring to you — or does it feel more like 'shoulds'? Do you like the idea of having intentions, but get disenchanted with how they can lose steam after a while? Part of why many of us feel those shoulds in goal setting, and often lose momentum before half the year is over, is because we've gotten the whole process upside down. Join holistic wellness coach Katrina Piehler in this inspiring new year workshop where you'll be invited to explore a different approach to resolution and goal setting. Resolutions ReFrame is an introduction to The Desire Map — an empowering perspective shift that enables you to use your personal inner guidance system to find the soul in your goals and navigate your life from the inside, out — all year long. $20 preregistered, $25 or class card + $10 at the door
Katrina Piehler is a certified holistic wellness coach and Desire Map facilitator who is passionate about helping busy people breathe new energy into their lives. Known for her intuitive, uplifting approach, she offers wellness workshops and individualized coaching that help you discover inspiration and empowering inner tools to live from your center and love your life more. Learn more about Katrina and this workshop here

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE with Comma Williams
Sunday, January 14, 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, to make it visible in this world. $15 or class card

PSYCHODRAMA: An Open Session with Maria Mellano
Friday, January 19, 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

Live Music! KIRTAN with Shubalananda plus special guests
Saturday, January 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!
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, January 21, 10-12n ~ 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 in Brookline

YIN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING**
Foundations Module with Josh Summers
January 27-30: Sat, 12-7pm, Sun-Tues, 9-5:30
Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. And as this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yin Yoga prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation. The 50 Hour Yin Yoga Foundations Module is a comprehensive training developed for serious students and teachers interested in learning the core physical aspects of Yin Yoga
ONLINE: The Body Sublime/Functional Elements of Yin Yoga
One of the unique features of the Summers School of Yin Yoga is that each of the core Training Modules has an online course component. The online course will prepare you to arrive at the live training with a solid foundation of the theory and practice covered in each module, allowing us to start at a higher level in our time together in the intensive. Upon registration, you’ll receive a link that grants you 90-day free access to the online course - a $125 value. Please note: You will need to complete the online course, including a short quiz, before attending the live teacher training module. Estimated time to complete the online course: 5-7hrs
Registration Early-bird offer $640 (save $150, available until January 5th) ~ $790 thereafter. Preregistration required - click here. Students will receive a certificate of training which is eligible for Continuing Education Credit (50hrs) with the Yoga Alliance. This Foundations Module is a core module of the Advanced Yin Yoga Studies 300-hour program through Summers School of Yin Yoga, and can be applied towards a 300 hour certification within this school
Josh Summers, E-RYT 500, YACEP, LicAc is a Yin Yoga teacher, a licensed acupuncturist, and a meditation instructor. Josh began studying Iyengar yoga in the early nineties with James Murphy in New York City. Since then, he has spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan and Burma where he has studied both yoga and meditation. As his interest in vipassana or insight meditation developed so too did his interest in more contemplative forms of yoga practice. With a professional background in Oriental Medicine and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of the two. He now teaches workshops and trainings throughout the United States and Europe, and co-teaches a course on Mindfulness and Performance at Boston University. For more information, please visit Josh at joshsummers.net

Special Film Presentation! TASHI and the MONK
Saturday, January 27, 8pm ~ Details shortly TBA

SOUND HEALING CIRCLE with Brad Brockmann & Comma Williams
Sunday, January 28, 7-9pm ~ doors open 6:45, close 7:20
Join us and 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