Yoga Nidra~The Art of Conscious Relaxation
Series: Nov. 15 & 29 and Dec. 13 & 27, 4:30-6 pm
with Katie O’Connell, E-RYT 500, AHP, AYT
Come to one or more! Pre-registration please!
Yoga Nidra is an ancient and powerful healing modality found in the oldest philosophical yoga texts, and that offers the participant a deep state of conscious rest and relaxation during which one’s awareness of the subtle energy body is expanded. While reclining comfortably, participants are guided through each of the koshas (five layers of your being), all while remaining perfectly still. The goal is to remain “awake and aware,” even though the physical body is enjoying profound rest. To Read more and pre-register, click here: Yoga Nidra
MALA MAKING WORKSHOP with Katie
Saturday, December 30th, 10-11:30 am
Prepare for the New Year with intention setting, and mindful mala making! Together in this fun and interactive workshop, participants will learn about the practice of Japa Mala, and make their very own beautiful wooden and healing stone mala bead necklace, each with a silver charm pendant that represents the energy of the symbol and stones in the mala kit. Kits can be chosen two ways: either they are chosen randomly and the stones and charms in each kit are said to speak to the chooser upon selection (meaning, the one you choose is your personal message/lesson and exactly what you need); or once you register, you can choose from a list of charms and stones that speak to you, and Katie will have that specific mala kit ready for you.
What is a Mala, and how can I use it?
A Mala is a string of beads used to count mantras (Sanskrit prayers) in sets of 108 repetitions. You can use mala beads to meditate, and you can wear a mala necklace to receive the healing and spiritual powers of the mantra infused in the mala making, as well as of the stones, wood, and symbols incorporated in a mala. Use your mala for chanting, meditating, or as a reminder of your intention when you wear it on your wrist, ankle or around your neck.
Meditation using Mala Beads
The practice of chanting a mantra while using mala beads is called japa meditation. This style of meditation is used frequently in the yoga and Buddhist spiritual traditions. Japa meditation is generally performed while seated but can also be done standing and while walking. The mantra is repeated silently or aloud and can be repeated as slowly or as quickly as necessary to keep one’s attention focused. It is recommended to practice mantra meditation at least once per day. Meditating for at least 10 minutes will have the most benefits.
This is a wonderful fun and relaxing workshop that is perfect for someone wanting to begin a meditation practice, find more focus during their existing practice, or to share in the experience of setting intentions and the power of choosing a mantra to support you in your life. What a fun workshop to do with friends!
Cost of the workshop is $40 and includes mala making kit, instruction, and list of mantras for healing. We will listen to sweet music, drink tea, laugh, and opportunities to share (if you want!). Katie will have rosewater spray on hand, as well as other essential oil blend sprays to infuse your mala with the scent of your choice!
To Register, visit the “MALA Making” tab!
To order extra kits as gifts, please email Katie: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s My Dosha & Why Does it Matter?
NEXT CLASS: TBA
The word Ayurveda means “the science of life,” and together with yoga, it is a comprehensive system for how to live a well-balanced, healthy, and happy life. Katie’s presentation will include basic Ayurvedic principles (5 elements, Ayurvedic clock, seasonal influences, and diet), as well as time to interact and discuss. This workshop is for anyone wondering about the basic principles of Ayurveda and how to apply them to one’s own body, mind, and spirit. Together in pairs, we will use a dosha assessment to determine our current state (vikruti), and use this insight to better understand ourselves (habits, tendencies, patterns, health issues), as well as give us some direction for how to begin return balance to our bodies and minds. This workshop runs about 90 minutes, depending on questions and interaction. Cost is only $15 and includes tea, handouts & a special tri-doshic Ayurveda treat! $20 drop in. Next class TBA.
Restorative Yoga & Reiki
with Katie O’Connell & Leslie Jose
NEXT CLASS: TBA
Restorative Yoga is great for every body, offering a respite from the stress of daily life and work, and calming the nervous system, allowing the body to relax and heal. For those who find slowing down difficult, this practice is essential, complementing an active person’s workout practice, and simply allowing for a restored sense of Self. Honor your body and quietly rejuvenate your spirit while the poses soothe the organ system and allow the brain to quiet, using bolsters, pillows, blankets, and other props to support the body in a variety of passive poses.
Take everything in the description above, and add Reiki… you’ll never want to leave the studio! Reiki healing is offered to everyone who wants to receive it. Students are visited during each pose to aid in the movement of blocked energy and the intention to heal dis-ease in the body. Inspiring readings, intention setting, relaxing music, and candlelight create a profoundly beautiful opportunity to practice a very healing kind of yoga.
Please pre-register on the Yoga & Reiki page.
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