Zoom Club Schedule
Unlimited weekly participation
Suggested monthly donation $40.00
Gentle Therapeutic Flow Monday Mornings from 10 to 11
Strength & Mobility Flow Wednesday Mornings from 8 to 9
Seeking Soul: A Contemplative Circle from 9:30 to 10:15 am
Compassionate Self-Care Group: practice, discussion and support
on Mondays from 12 to 1pm beginning April 25
PLEASE SEE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS BELOW
Gentle Therapeutic Flow
Every Monday from 10 to 11 am
This weekly practice is designed for people of all ages and levels of ability. The first 15 minutes of class is done seated in a chair or on the floor. We begin with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) to increase oxygenation of the body and as an opportunity to begin moving awareness towards inner space, or our internal environment. We then do a series of movements first seated on the floor or in a chair. We progress through various classical yoga asanas done in standing, kneeling or reclined (either prone or supine) positions. For written and illustrated instructions on the therapeutic application of classical yoga, please see click on the PDF icon below.
The following is the description of yoga asana from the Classical Yoga Tradition:
ASANA is the refinement of the body.
Asana must have the dual qualities of alertness and relaxation.
These qualities can be achieved by recognizing and observing
the reactions of the body and the breath
to the various postures that comprise asana practice.
Once known, these reactions can be controlled step-by-step.
When these principles are correctly followed,
asana practice will help a person endure and even minimize
the external influences on the body
such as age, climate, diet and work.
Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Book II, Verses 46-48
Translation by T.K.V. Desikachar
The Self-Compassion of Mindfulness
Mondays from noon until 1pm beginning April 25th
Yoga and Health presents this six week practice and discussion group
for busy people who have a desire
to become more mindful of moments of joy and beauty.
In response to the sometimes-harsh realities of living a human life, we each create self-protective barriers which reinforce the illusion of isolation. With Self-Compassion Training, we learn to use Mindfulness Meditation Techniques to attune to our common humanity, that is to ourselves and each other, with merciful-loving-kindness.
According to Kristen Neff, a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research,
“An explosion of research into self-compassion over the last decade has shown its benefits for well-being. Individuals who are more self-compassionate tend to have greater happiness, life satisfaction, and motivation, better relationships and physical health, and less anxiety and depression.
They also have the resilience needed to cope with stressful life events such as divorce, health crises, academic failure, even combat trauma.”
(The Mindful-Self-Compassion Workbook, p. 1).
During this six-week exploration of Mindful Self Compassion, we will incorporate research, theory and practice from:
The Center for Mindful-Self Compassion
The Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities Program
Meditation teachers Stephen Levine and Jon Kabat Zinn
And, the Zen Buddhist monk, author, poet, scholar, and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh
Each week we will have a topic for discussion, journaling or contemplation sent to you prior to our scheduled meeting. During our time together, you will be guided in a meditation practice, and provided tools which can be applied to your everyday life.
You will also have an opportunity to share insights or experiences and to ask questions.
The content and guided meditation portion of the weekly class will be recorded and shared to everyone in the group. Discussions will not be recorded. Group confidentiality must be respected by all participants at all times.
Our task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all
the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
Strength and Mobility Flow
Every Wednesday morning from 8:00 to 9:00
This weekly practice is designed for people who are physically active and able to transition through intermediate level yoga flows such as moon and sun salutations. This is a full spectrum practice that provides verbal ques for fine tuning awareness of both form and function. The foundation of this practice is the idea that if we place our skeleton into a position of best anatomical positioning, the muscles, tendons and ligaments hold stability (sthira) while breath and awareness discover deepening levels of comfort and spaciousness (sukha).
Seeking Soul: A Contemplative Circle
Every Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
~ David Whyte
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU JOIN THE CIRCLE:
We greet one another and new participants introduce themselves to the group (and vice versa).
We then utilize HEARTMATH heart coherence technique to bring us to a place of stillness and deeper connection to our authentic BEING.
The facilitator shares prose or poetry with images that transport us to the imaginal realm.
We then share a period of silence (5 to 10 minutes) -- time for wandering into the depth of imagination.
The process creates space within which we are free to attend to our oft neglected inner lives; we give our imagination permission to explore the depth or our authentic nature; and to discover the wisdom that lies deep within.
We then have an opportunity to speak our truth from the level of the heart.
The group structure for sharing, or SPEAKING FROM THE HEART, comes from SOULCRAFT, by Bill Plotkin and goes as follows:
Traditionally, a talking piece is used to determine who shall speak. When meeting virtually, we raise our hand when we are ready and the facilitator acknowledges who will speak next.
When we hold the talking piece, we speak from our heart by way of our emotions, our imaginations, our senses as well as from our thoughts.
When we sit in council, we practice listening with our hearts. Our primary goal is to feel what the person is saying, whether or not we understand it with our heads.
When it is our turn to speak, we practice brevity. The goal is not to offer an exhaustive account or a defensible explanation of how we got to be where we are, but rather to simply be there.
We practice spontaneity. We do not rehearse. It is difficult to listen with our hearts when we are busy rehearsing.
The invitation is to speak only when you are holding the talking piece. There are 3 exceptions:
1. If someone says something that resonates with you, produces a strong emotion, or is true of you as well, you simply express your feeling with the simple sound “ho”.
2. If you literally did not hear what someone said, you may ask them to speak up or repeat themselves.
3. The person who convenes the council may speak out of turn to gently resolve issues or offer gentle reminders of the agreements.