Power Lunch :: Mon & Fri @ 12:15 pm :: 60 min :: Level II

A powerful way to bookend your workweek! This is a fun, strengthening movement class, inspired by Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga Primary Series. Several sets of Surya Namaskara A & B are followed by standing postures, balancing, seated stretches, inversions and backbends. Since it is the middle of the day, we'll make sure you can still get back to work without needing to take a shower first :) 

 

Take some time midweek to practice metta, also known as lovingkindness - all inclusive, unconditional love that helps strengthen compassion for all living beings. We’ll drop in, find some steadiness, do some all levels asana, and finish with a short meditation after savasana. This is a great way to move your body, make room in your mind, and to connect with others through sharing space and offering your practice. All are welcome! Lunch classes always end right on time, so you can make it back to work without getting in trouble.

SHALEIGH COMERFORD

TEACHER, CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER 

SHALEIGH COMERFORD  received a Masters degree in Visual and Performing Arts from Hollins University. She began her formal dance training as a scholarship student with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre in Roanoke, VA. She also trained on scholarship under numerous master teachers at the American Dance Festival and was selected to perform the works of William Forsythe [Ballet Frankfurt], Nicholas Leichter [nicholasleichterdance], Marigia Maggipinto [Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal), and Keigwin & Company. Comerford also received an incredible opportunity to train and perform the works of choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, Belgium, including Die Grosse Fuge, Rain, and Drumming.  

Ms Comerford was invited to train in the Gaga movement language with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel for their inaugural teacher training program. She has also had the honor of performing the company's work Minus Sixteen. She currently teaches and performs internationally and is the Artistic Director of ShaLeigh Dance Works and Traces Collective.

Comerford founded ShaLeigh Dance Works, a dance-theatre company dedicated to creating socially conscious works in 2005. She was featured as an emerging New York choreographer at Chen Dance Center’s 2007 new steps series and was a recipient of Dance Theatre Workshop’s 2007-2008 Creative Residency. Most recently, the company was selected for the North Carolina Dance Festival’s 2013-2014 season tour offering performances and master classes throughout the state.

 

 

 

Back bends support a healthy heart. Many yoga students miss out on the benefits of powerful back bends, because they are afraid of getting hurt. This stands to reason, as opening the front of the body releases lots of energy that can build up when we protect ourselves by armoring the loving heart.

This fun 2 hour 'playshop' will equip you with accurate anatomical information about the spine, and its connection to the physical, mental and energetic exuberant expression of the heart.

After a warm up Asana practice focusing on strength and finding center, we will explore various forms of back bends, including Ustrasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana and Pincha Mayurasana.

It is best that all students have had a consistent yoga practice for at least one year when participating. If you suffer from spine injuries, or have blood pressure issues, please make sure to confer with your doctor before participating.

MY MINDFUL LIFE WEEKEND: NOURISHMENT & HEALING

FRI JUL 15 - SUN JUL 17

FRI 5-9 PM :: SAT 11 AM-4 PM :: SUN 9 AM-3 PM

What if there were a practice that we could start doing right away, that would help us to become more centered, more aware, and perhaps even allowing more happiness? What if we could simply 'be' here in our life, instead of feeling like we are chasing after it? 

Right now, we can create a mindful life for ourselves. We can awaken into each present moment, realizing that the conditions for happiness are already present in each moment, especially in the 'mundanity' of our day-to-day life.

These weekends are centered around the 'Five Precepts', or, as Thich Nhat Hanh refers to them, the 'Five Mindfulness Trainings'. The Five Mindfulness Trainings represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. They are a concrete expression of the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the path of right understanding and true love, leading to healing, transformation, and happiness for ourselves and for the world..  

The theme for this Mindful Life weekend is the 5th Mindfulness Precept: Nourishment & Healing. We will spend time together looking at ways to apply these profound teachings to our everyday life. We sit together, breathe together, prepare food together, practice deep listening, rest & relaxation, and allowing ourselves to be nourished by others.

It's time to stop feeling like life is passing you by - and wake up to the miracle of being alive!

Don't have time to do the whole weekend? Please just join us for the Evening Of Mindfulness on Friday (see below). 

COST: $175 (this includes one meal a day, and the Evening of Mindfulness)

EVENING OF MINDFULNESS: NOURISHMENT & HEALING

FRI JUL15 :: 5-9 PM

The theme for this Evening of Mindfulness is the 5th Mindfulness Precept: Nourishment & Healing. During this relaxing evening we will sit together, breathe together, prepare food together, practice deep listening, rest & relaxation, and allowing ourselves to be nourished by others.

This evening is part of a Mindful Life weekend, but is open to anyone who wants to drop in! Wear something comfortable, and be prepared to experience gratitude and lots of smiling :)

COST: $45 individual / $75 couple (partner or friend or family member). Vegan dinner included.

 


prosperity within me,
prosperity around me;
abundance within me,
abundance around me.

Yoga Therapist Nina Be has developed a dynamic evolutionary approach to cultivating abundance as a simple and supportive daily practice. Weekly meetings include realizing, creating and expanding realms of ones wealth. Comfortable clothing, a journal and favorite expressive art supplies are encouraged.

Together, using the techniques offered in this concentrated series of sessions, we are on the way to empowered prosperity!  

9 session series $199 :: NO DROP-INS

Pre-registration is required as space fills quickly.

 

Fix My Knees Please!

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014 :: 2 PM - 4 PM

If you or anyone you know suffers from knee discomfort...this is your workshop!

We will cover the anatomical structure of the knee, what causes pain and weakness in the knee, and how to recover from knee pain forever! We examine several specific series of movements to strengthen the support of the knee, and take time to discuss the various symptoms and causes of knee pain.

So don't get surgery before you've come to this workshop! I know...I prevented my own knee surgery with these helpful practices.

This workshop has been attended by hundreds of people, who recovered the fun and comfort in their lives by following the suggestions covered in this seminar.

 

Super Stretch Challenge ** THIS CLASS IS FULL **

Every Wednesday (March 5 - May 7) @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm 

This series is geared to debunk all myths surrounding 'lack of flexibility'. If you have a flexibility issue, I guarantee it will be resolved with your participation in this 10 class series. If you show up, you will change!

I designed this class especially for athletes that just don't get those stretches in that can prevent injury & create space in the body and mind for more energy capacity and range of motion. We'll start with a bit of easy warm up, and spend the last half of class lengthening, and working out all those kinks.

Be sure to pre-register for the series for $100. And if you've met your challenge after 10 weeks, you will receive a free 5 class pass!

Lets pin this!

 

Conscious Anatomy Basics & Yoga Therapy: The Muscles

Saturday, April 12, 2014@  11:30 am - 2:30 pm

As a student of the Alexander Technique for 19 years, Rachel Niketopoulos has found that the best way to learn, is to experience a change within the mind and body that is both memorable, and pleasurable enough to want to feel it again. Alexander Technique is a holistic approach to the body, which teaches that there is no separation at all between mind and body. The term that describes this is "psycho-physical". Yoga also has the potential for being a psycho-physical practice.  In Asana practice, when we move our bodies in new, non-habitual ways, something new happens in the psychological and emotional realms.  

Our studies of the muscles & anatomy will be taught from the "ground up.” We will start our study with the feet, moving up to the head, correlating physical anatomy mindfully. This way you will begin to familiarize yourself with the muscles, their location in the body, and how they relate to aspects of your anatomy. This workshop emphasizes the importance of your continued learning - learning from within, and motivating you to be interested. Anatomy is a dry subject if we only talk about it. Experiential anatomy, however, includes hands-on work, allowing you to gain a better & deeper understanding of the body. 

The suggested donation for this 2-hour workshops is $35.

Walk-ins welcome, or pre-register online (click below). 

There are no refunds for this event. Studio credit may be given if cancellation is made 72 hours prior to the event

WORKSHOP: AYURYOGA: AN ELEMENTAL WORKSHOP

Saturday, April 12, 2014@  3:00pm – 6:00pm

The practice of yoga coupled with the knowledge of Aurveda creates a synergy that amplifies your ability to create a healthier body as a vehicle to spiritual evolution.  Each yoga pose possesses great potential to balance the five elements, harmonize energy, and stabilize the mind. 

In Ayuryoga we give great attention to this inherent potential, we seek to utilize and magnify it to balance the five elements, and harmonize the energy. 

The power of mental concentration is turned inward to discover the communication within your own body.  This connection deepens the practice of yoga and transcends into all areas of life.

Day of Mindfulness: True Love Means Being Present

Sunday, April 13, 2014@  11:00 am - 4:00 pm

"The agent of transformation and healing is called Mindfulness." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

In order to be fully present to the miracle of this life, we have to practice 'stopping'. Our lives are filled with so much information, busyness and distraction that we sometimes start feeling lost and overwhelmed. Creating a Mindfulness practice can help us to slow down, so that we can start noticing that the conditions for happiness are already present in each moment.

The theme for this Day of Mindfulness is "True Love". If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence. Please join us on Sunday April 13 to practice becoming present for ourselves, so we can be fully present for others. We will practice sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating (vegetarian lunch is included), restorative yoga, and spend time looking at the 6 Mantras of Love, a "Beginning Anew" practice, and share some simple yet powerful ‘applied mindfulness’ practices that you can incorporate into your everyday life.

This Day of Mindfulness is led by Bart Westdorp (Mindfulness Coach) and Nina Be (E-RYT-500), of MindBodyCentering Yoga. They are both students of Thich Nhat Hanh.

The fee for this workshop is a suggested donation of $50 (a vegetarian lunch will be included).

Walk-ins welcome, or pre-register online.

There are no refunds for this event. Studio credit may be given if cancellation is made 72 hours prior to the event.

Assisting Lab: FREE CLASS! :: Wednesdays @ 4 pm w/ Bart & Nina

If you appreciate hands-on assisting in your yoga practice, please join for this fun (free!) 'assisting lab' class! Students from our RYT200 Teacher Training's use this lab to hone their assisting skills (supervised by Nina & Bart). Every week we look at different postures, and how to best support yoga practitioners with hands-on modifications, adjustments and assists. By joining this class you can support the growth of these future yoga teachers, while finding more options and space in your own body. And best of all, it's free!

Heart opening back bends

This"playshop" will offer clear anatomical understand of the spine and all supporting mental and physical aspects of opening into exuberant expression of the heart. This sacred experience is inviting and friendly. 

RESTORATIVE YOGA :: HEALING THE MIND AND BODY 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014 :: 2 PM - 4 PM

Come rest into the beautiful environment of soothing sounds and words that will guide and inspire you to release any stress that interferes with the body’s innate ability to balance and heal. Restorative Yoga Nidra is documented by researchers in various health fields as a powerful technique for restoring health. This workshop focuses on MindBody Centering Yoga Restorative techniques that release symptoms of ill-being. Guided MindBody meditations in the form of yoga nidra, supported by the tones of crystal singing bowls and poetry complete the process of total relaxation and serenity.

Autobiography has been a passion of Nina Be's ever since she could read and its wonderment has not worn thin, even after 20 years of offering these workshops!   Each week creative prompts inspire the group to look inward and back to treasured moments that have created the present moment.  Within childhood, adolescence and beloved friends and teachers we are led to appreciate the richness of who we are, gleaning insights about the path we are traveling.  This creative writing series uses the chakra systems as a foundation to step into specific themes in life, to clarify and understand why it is we have created the lives we have lived, and how it is we may enjoy the futures we are seeding.

Psychotherapist Nina Be guides MindBody practices to free the imagination and Spirit into understanding ground and purpose. From this place, renewed interest in us and others kindles the fire needed to free the heart, and energize the life force. Who knows from what darkness's some treasure may be illuminated!

This series rotates seasonally focusing on different life themes.  This Fall session focuses upon survival skills and Eros.

Nina Be is assisted by author Catherine Howard.

TAROT TEA W/ JOHN GIRARD

3 WEEK SERIES :: MONDAYS :: APRIL 13 - 27 :: 7-9 PM

Tarot is a wonderful tool for self-development, understanding and insight. It is a powerful symbolic system of personality patterns (archetypes) that allows you to gain more clarity and personal power in your life. It changes lives by making you aware of your choices and the patterns of outcomes.
 
Tarot is connection to our higher self & divine wisdom. When understood and practiced effectively, Tarot can help heal ignorance by growing our ability to know.
 
This course takes us beyond spreads and card interpretation to profound meaning, guidance and answers to life’s questions. All experience levels welcome.
 
Bring your favorite deck of Tarot cards (not mandatory), and a desire to learn and have fun!

You can sign up for the series, or drop in anytime. Please note that you can not use your monthly pass to pay. If you use your 10 class pass, it would count as two classes.  

 

INVERSIONS & BACK BENDS (WITH NINA BE & BART)

SAT JUL 23 :: 3-5 PM

 

The most effective and powerful postures of Yoga are inversions. Inversions build fearlessness, strength, tenacity and inner wisdom. The anti-ageing effects of inversions are profound, and they do wonders for most folks in fighting disease.

Back bends support a healthy heart. Many yoga students miss out on the benefits of powerful back bends, because they are afraid of getting hurt. This stands to reason, as opening the front of the body releases lots of energy that can build up when we protect ourselves by armoring the loving heart.

This fun 2 hour 'playshop' will equip you with accurate anatomical information about the spine, and its connection to the physical, mental and energetic exuberant expression of the heart.

After a warm up Asana practice focusing on strength and finding center, we will explore handstand, forearm stand, shoulder stand, headstand, and multiple back bends.

It is best that all students have had a consistent yoga practice for at least one year when participating. If you suffer from spine, neck or head injuries, or have blood pressure issues, please make sure to confer with your doctor before participating.

 

Inversions & Back Bending Workshop

25.00

PURCHASE

FIX MY KNEES PLEASE (WITH NINA BE)

SUN JUL 24 :: 3-5 PM

 

If you or anyone you know suffers from knee discomfort... this is your workshop!

We will cover the anatomical structure of the knee, what causes pain and weakness in the knee, and how to recover from knee pain. 

We examine several specific series of movements to strengthen the support of the knee, and take time to discuss the various symptoms and causes of knee pain.

So don't get surgery before you've come to this workshop. This workshop has been attended by hundreds of people, who recovered the fun and comfort in their lives by following the suggestions offered.

 

 

 

Fix My Knees Workshop

25.00

PURCHASE

LIVING BONE: EXPLORING UNIVERSAL SKELETAL ENERGY FROM HEAD TO FEET (WITH GLENNA BATSON)

SAT JUL 30 :: 1:30-4:30 PM

This workshop invites everyone to mindfully revisit skeletal linkage from the head to the feet.  Movers will ground the study of anatomy in principles from the Alexander Technique and visual imagery. We’ll apply these bodymind processes to basic yoga poses such as mountain and sun salutation. Come join this informative class in head-to-foot skeletal poise in vibrant stillness and movement freedom.

Glenna Batson is an independent movement educator with nearly four decades of teaching experience in somatically informed movement education. She was the first person to be trained by Irene Dowd in Ideokinesis in 1977. She is also an internationally recognized teacher of the Alexander Technique. A former dancer, she is the author of Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and editor/contributor of Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. Glenna is grateful for the unique association with Global Breath Studio and its world engagement.

 

LIVING BONE (JULY 30)

60.00

RESTORATIVE YOGA HEALING TECHNIQUES (WITH NINA BE)

SUN OCT 9 @ 2-4 PM

 

In this workshop, Yoga Therapist Nina Be will look at developing awareness and skills addressing a broad range of discomforts that affect different people. Instruction will be provided about different kinds of touch, how to use basic props to support relaxation and release of tension, what it means to be ‘trauma sensitive’, and how to prepare students to rest and trust.

This workshop is well suited for any level of yoga student, as well as yoga teachers. In this workshop you will spend a lot of time in different restorative practices, but also learn how to create your own restorative practice, which you can use to share with others.  

Yoga for Stillness :: Thu @ 5:30 pm :: 60 min :: Open Level

The most challenging part of our Yoga practice is ‘Nirodha’, or creating stillness through cessation. The breath and the body are always present in the here & now, but the mind is in a constant state of agitation. The only way we can access stillness of the mind is through the body. In this all-levels class we move very slowly through a handful of basic Asanas, spending time in familiar postures (like pigeon and forward fold) using props, and several restorative postures. A blend of Yin Yoga & Restorative Yoga, this class will offer you the opportunity to witness the settling of the mind, while the body relaxes and unwinds. This class is perfect for… anyone! 

Wake Up! :: Tue & Thu :: 7:30 am :: 60 min :: Open Level

Realize the gift of this new day by revitalizing the body and mind with the beauty of a flowing, fun practice. Lovely music inspires us into our breath & movement as harmony. The best way to start your day! Open to all levels.

Lunchtime Yoga :: Tue Thu :: 12:15 pm :: 60 min :: Open Level

Take a break in the middle of your (work) day for some gentle stretchy MindBody Centering Yoga. Cue your innate ability to unwind stress with breathing and moving. We will calm the mind, gently work out the kinks, build the heart rate, release stress in the low back and stretch out those bunched up places that we chronically sink into during our workday. We guarantee immediate results! So join us for 60 minutes, or even just 5... we know you are busy :) You can even stay in your work clothes! Open to all levels. 

Seva Yoga Foundations :: *Free by Donation Class* :: Mon :: 5:30 pm :: 60 min :: Beginning September 8

Seva (Punjabi for selfless service) is the core concept of Yoga at Global Breath Studio. Every month a newly minted teacher from the MBCY Teacher Training program will offer a 4-5 week series of classes, drawing from the MBCY One & MBCY Centering sequences. This is a Yoga Foundations class, and will cover the fundamentals of Yoga Asana (postures).

There will be a donation jar in the studio. All donations will support the building of the Ingrid School in Matopeni, Kenya. *Cannot use Class Pass*

**Shaga/Movement into Creation Workshop :: Mon :: 7-9 pm :: 10-class series :: September 22-November 24 :: Open Level

The workshop is a repertoire and technique series inspired by the Gaga movement philosophy of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. We will begin with an hour Shaga class as we learn to approach movement as a dynamic, healing, and ever-changing power, using evocative ideas and imagery in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Class begins slowly and builds in intensity to continuous motion, providing enjoyable exercise for both body and soul.

The second hour of the workshop offers an intimate and deep exploration of the movement language though the creative process and choreography. We will develop movement phrases to experience the inhabitance and delicacy of form while generating choreographic compositions. The six-week series will conclude with an informal sharing. This workshop is for individuals who wish to open themselves to movement in new ways. Dancers, yogis, and movers of all kinds and abilities are invited to participate. No prior experience necessary. *Cannot use Class Pass*

Dharma Flow Yoga :: Tue :: 5:30 pm :: 60 min :: Intermediate / Advance Level

Incorporating postures and sequences from the MBCY I/II/III practices, this class is a fun, vigorous way to forget about your workday! After spending some time grounding and finding the breath, we move into a powerful Vinyasa (breath-synchronized movement) practice, exploring familiar postures (with modifications for more advanced yogis) and perhaps some (less familiar) challenges! This class is not for the novice yogi, but no one is ever excluded :) Bart offers lots of modifications and suggestions for those with tightness or injuries.

Sleep Sound Yoga w/ Cameo :: Tue :: 7pm :: 60 min :: Open Level

Take care of yourself through the holiday season. Even though holidays are wonderful, they can cause stress and anxiety too. Intentional relaxation, or Restorative Yoga, is the antidote to stress and the fight or flight hormones that can make us chronically ill. Scientists have researched the effects of relaxation and report measurable benefits, including reduction in muscle tension, improved circulation, reduced stress, lower blood pressure and reduced fluid retention. Give yourself an hour of healing the body through relaxing movement and sounds. 

Lunchtime Creative Yoga :: Wed :: 12:15 pm :: 60 min :: Open Level

Mired in this week's looming deadline? Is your brain feeling sluggish? Unsure how to write that email you've been dreading? 

Come unwind & tap into your inner creative wisdom.  We'll begin with a gentle Vinyasa flow to unwind your body from the morning and then move into some simple breathing exercises to unwind you're mind. To close out the class, we'll color! Yes, you read that right. Coloring! We'll tap into our child selves to clear out stale assumptions and open our brains to new connections. Can't wait to see you there!

Catherine is an artist, author, and communications consultant who complete her MBCY 200 RYT in the summer of 2014.

Yoga for Athletes :: Wed :: 5:30 pm :: 60 min :: Open Level

This class is a flow through the different elements of whole-body integration. Moving through variations of sun salutations, it will assist the integration, grounding and strengthening of the body. During the class the student will be encouraged to open their bodies through stretching/balancing poses, and to finally release into emptiness using restorative postures. The postures have been compassionately chosen so they may inspire hip, shoulder and chest openings, as well as lower back, quad and hamstring releasing. Yoga for athletes is open to all levels, and welcomes athletes to experience the deep benefits of yoga. 

Mindfulness Meditation w/ Yoga Nidra :: Wed :: 7 pm :: 45 min :: Open Level

This gathering is led by Bart & Nina, who have studied mindfulness for many years with Thich Nhat Hanh. They have created a very light and accessible practice, focused on finding present moment awareness through the body & the breath.

Please join us for a simple yet powerful meditation practice, in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition. We sit for about 15-20 minutes (blankets and bolsters provided, or you can bring your own), followed by a short walking meditation. After that Bart will share some teachings from the Breath Mindfulness Discourse, and how you can apply these mindfulness practices to your everyday life. We'll do a a brief check-in to see how everyone is doing, and end with a short Yoga Nidra, which supports deep relaxation.

**Embodied Life Class :: Thurs :: 5:30 pm :: 90 min :: 10-session series :: Open Level

This class, taught by Lisa Werness, will interweave Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement with Inner Listening Explorations and Embodied Sitting Meditation.  The Embodied Life curriculum is designed to cultivate our ability to live in the Present Moment through Body Awareness.  *Cannot use Class Pass*

MBCY I/II/III :: Sat :: 9 am :: 90 min :: Intermediate Level

In this class we follow the powerful and integrating practices of MBCY I, II & III. These sequences have been carefully created by Nina & Bart, honoring the lineage of their teachers (Pattabhi Jois via Melanie Fawer, Dharma Mittra, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Sean Johnson and Thich Nhat Hanh). This class is a contemporary approach to Classical Hatha & Raja Yoga. Every class incorporates a mindfulness-based approach to strengthen the Ashtanga (8 Limb) Yoga practices of physical, mental, emotional and energetic ' alignment'. This is not "power yoga", but a path to strength, grace and liberation.

"It has been nothing short of miraculous and a pleasure, mentoring these powerful pure practices to hundreds of dedicated students for many years . It is my wish to inspire others to come to the mat, and realize that that is all. There is nowhere to go, nothing to do." ~ Nina Be 

MBCY Centering :: Stretch & Restore :: Sun :: 9 am :: 90 min :: Open Level

'Centering' is a concept used to describe the process of gathering a potter's clay at the center of the wheel so that the clay does not get thrown out into the spinning world .  This is exactly what happens to human beings when they live in a busy world that can fragment and 'stress' the strength of a contemporary person. We incorporate integrating breathing techniques, strengthening work for the upper and lower body and stretches to release tension.  Whether you are a seasoned yogi or recovering from an injury, surgery or have recently decided its time to bump the Self care routine up a notch, this class will be highly restorative & supportive.  Incorporated in this work are sophisticated and powerful concepts from various MindBody curative techniques offered within the Yoga Arts and Sciences.  

Wake Up

Realize the gift of this new day by revitalizing the body and mind with the beauty of a flowing, fun practice. Lovely music inspires us into our breath & movement as harmony. The best way to start your day! Open to all levels.

Lunchtime Yoga

Take a break in the middle of your (work) day for some relaxing gentle yoga. Cue your innate ability to unwind stress with breathing and moving. We will calm the mind, gently work out the kinks, build the heart rate, release stress in the low back and stretch out those bunched up places that we chronically sink into during our workday. We guarantee immediate results! So join us for 60 minutes, or even just 5... we know you are busy :) You can even stay in your work clothes! Open to all levels. 

Flow Yoga

This is a fun, fast-paced class, accessible to all levels. Just be prepared to move! 

Yoga Foundations

This class offers everyone exposure to the core principals of Yoga: breathing, relaxation, awareness of mind and body, anatomy, stretching and strength. It doesn't matter if this is your first or hundredth time practicing yoga, there is always something new to discover about ourselves. And when we slow down a bit, we really get to notice how we are doing.    

The core philosophy of MindBody Centering is to look for transformation in each breath as a practice of gentle kindness to Self and others.  We build strength by recognizing our habits that create suffering & block our potentiality, and use the energy gained by letting go..... to fly!

Open to all levels.

Classical Ashtanga Yoga Blend

This class takes a curative approach to Classical Yoga (as taught by Dharma Mittra) and Ashtanga Yoga (as mentored by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois).  Every class will focus on alignment, the chakras, and applying principles from the 8 Limbs of Yoga. The class is designed to support the whole body physically, mentally, and energetically. This is not "power yoga". 

Nina Be was trained by Melanie Fawer, one of the first women (and only one of a handful of teachers in the US) to be certified by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois as a teacher of the Ashtanga Technique. After experiencing life-changing results in her Self with regards to chronic depression, anxiety, and PTSD, Nina requested permission to teach the Ashtanga Primary series from her teacher, in order to empower others to find their own MindBody freedom. As a trained classical dancer and student of Thich Nhat Hanh, Nina teaches from a perspective of deep anatomical alignment and compassion. She is thrilled to offer this unique orientation to Ashtanga, which is often inaccurately perceived as brutal exercise rather than a path to grace: "It has been nothing short of miraculous and a pleasure, mentoring this powerful pure practice to hundreds of dedicated students for the past decade. It is my wish to inspire others to come to the mat, and realize that that is all. There is nowhere to go, nothing to do." 

 Mindfulness Meditation

Please join us for a simple yet powerful meditation practice, in Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village tradition. 

We sit for about 15-20 minutes (blankets and bolsters provided, or you can bring your own), followed by a short walking meditation. After that Bart will share some teachings from the Breath Mindfulness Discourse, and how you can apply these mindfulness practices to your everyday life. We'll do a a brief check-in to see how everyone is doing, and end with a short Yoga Nidra, which supports deep relaxation.

Everyone is welcome, even if you have never meditated before!

This gathering is led by Bart & Nina, who have studied mindfulness for many years with Thich Nhat Hanh. They have created a very light and accessible practice, focused on finding present moment awareness through the body & the breath.

There is a suggested donation of $5 for this practice, which supports the building of the Ingrid School in Matopeni, Kenya.