WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
Meditation
Yoga and Psychotherapy
Pregnancy
Mindful Birthing
Mindful Birthing One-Day Intensive
Yoga
Full Moon Yoga
Building a Strong Foundation: Mula Bandha Demystified
Yoga for Winter Blues
Deepen Your Yoga Practice

Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Mindfulness for Mental Health Care Professionals

The ability to truly “be with” one another is the ground of the therapeutic relationship. This ability comes from being able to be with oneself no matter what state of mind one may be experiencing. Since the ground of working with others is taken to be familiarity with one’s own experience then meditation is the foundation of a sustainable psychotherapy practice. It allows us to cultivate a energized wakefulness and presence which results in better care for our clients and selves. Mindfulness is also at the core of ethical competence. This course will assist mental health professionals in developing a personal meditation practice, will provide techniques to become more mindful during clinical practice and will also explore the therapeutic application of mindfulness in psychotherapy.

Participants will cultivate through experience:

  • A shift in focus from pathology to sanity creating a positive regard for one’s own and others’ humanity and basic goodness.
  • An ability to create a quality of spaciousness, clarity and compassion in one’s own mind creating an optimal environment for others.
  • A clarification of one’s intention for practicing psychotherapy; outside of the scope of one’s ego.
  • An enhanced ability to identify and process sensations in the here and now.
  • A deepening of one’s internal and external resources.

An important component of this course is the willingness for participants to practice mindfulness meditation for at least 30 minutes per day. In addition, there will be homework to help strengthen the experiences, tools and resources presented each week.

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Meditation

Beginning to Meditate

Sitting meditation is an ancient practice completely applicable in today’s world. It is empirically proven to reduce stress and anxiety and can be a source of personal insight and self-understanding. It is also a way that we can make a direct and simple relationship with our experience, helping us cultivate the ability to be in the present moment.The class will give students a basic grounding in the principles of meditation, as well as practical ways to bring meditation practice into everyday life. It will offer instructions for developing mindfulness awareness, which connects us with our mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength and is ideal for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. (3 Hours)

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Yoga and Psychotherapy

Tranformational Yoga: Embodiment as Healing

In this 8 week therapeutic group we will explore the deep connection between psyche and body through practices that invite the unconscious mind to integrate its wisdom directly with the body. We will explore the power of imagination through expressive arts, dream journalling and movement while creating a living relationship of the imagination with the body in motion through yoga and authentic movement. Ultimately we will tap each individual’s inherent capacity to heal and grow by strengthening the awareness and experience of the psyche/body connection. Group size is limited and participation is dependent on initial assessment.

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Pregnancy

Embodying Pregnancy

The pregnant experience is a wonderful state of flux and fluidity, transformation and mystery. This workshop is designed to explore, celebrate and integrate the experience of being pregnant through guided and authentic movement, expressive art, breath work, writing, discussion and deep relaxation. All of the techniques are also transferable to birth, parenting and beyond.

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Mindful Birthing

A holistic and interactive childbirth class, integrating mental, physical, and emotional preparation for birth, newborn care, and postpartum adjustment. Participants learn multiple techniques to strengthen the mind-body connection, including yoga, mindfulness meditation, hypnosis, deep relaxation, and birth art. Classes seek to build community relationships, providing expectant parents an opportunity to learn, share, and meet with others in a supportive and positive environment that is respectful and inclusive. Mindful Birthing meets the needs of new and experienced parents with any birthing history or family structure, planning birth in any setting.
6-Week Course

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Mindful Birthing One-Day Intensive

For those unable to attend the 6-week course, this intensive provides
basic childbirth education and introduces participants to multiple mind-body labor
coping techniques, including yoga, meditation, hypnosis, deep relaxation, and birth art. (4 Hours)

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Yoga

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep induces a full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. It addresses our physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs through a systematic method of complete relaxation; including guided imagery and body scanning. Yoga Nidra is typically practiced for 30 – 45 minutes allowing ample time for practitioners to sink in both physiologically and psychologically. Yoga Nidra is perfect for everyone and can offer special benefits for those who are stuck in an adrenal stress response. With a restorative yoga class this class is 2 hours.

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Full Moon Yoga

This class introduces a “shadow” illuminating meditative technique, continues with an interactive talk exploring masculine and feminine parts of self, provides time for writing and reflection and culminates with a guided yoga practice in reverence to the full moon connecting us with the intuitive and creative forces. (2-3 Hours)

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Building a Strong Foundation: Mula Bandha Demystified

Mula refers to the root of all action. Mula bandha is said to cut through our resistance to change. The asanas and preparatory movements explored in this class will give students (new and experienced alike) a stronger sense of mula bandha. It will uncover how mula bandha enhances lightness, joy and energy in vinyasa practice; making the body less earth-bound and more mobile. This class is appropriate for all levels. (2 Hours)

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Yoga for Winter Blues

Ushering in the long nights and short days of fall and winter can often lead to more fatigue, less motivation, and general feelings of sadness. Whether you are feeling a little down or dread the lack of sunlight in the fall and winter, yoga can help provide a sense of restoration and balance. This class will review the science behind SAD and then will explore pranayama, asana and meditation interventions to help manage and improve our response to the winter blues. (2 Hours)

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Deepen Your Yoga Practice

This class is for the somewhat experienced yoga practitioner and will involve an in-depth exploration of the eight “angas” or limbs of ashtanga yoga. While asana (posture) practice is many times the way one is introduced to yoga, this class will delve equally into breath, bandhas, meditation, yogic philosophy and other aspects of living a richer and fuller life in the body. The Ashtanga yoga Primary Series or Yoga Chikitsa will be explored. (4 weeks)

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