Laughter Yoga Workshop
Sunday April 26, 2015
Backus Community Center
We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine and as with most old sayings, there is truth to it. Come explore the scientific principles behind this expression and learn how to use it to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health.
What you will learn:
- Why laughing helps us feel better based on empirical research
- What are the benefits of laughter
- Ways to increase how often you laugh during the day
- How to use these techniques with others including clients, employees, co-workers, students, etc.
Who should attend?
- Community members
- Mental health professionals
- Medical professionals
- Managers and Supervisors
- Anyone who wants to laugh
Presenter: Allison O’Hara, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and long-time practitioner of yoga. She routinely works with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health and medical problems. She uses a holistic approach to treating the whole person and has used Laughter Yoga elements with individuals and groups. Dr. O’Hara also serves as President of the Community Wellness Action Council, a local non-profit organization addressing community wellness.
$35.00 per student; pre-registration and payment required by Thursday, April 23rd; call or email to register
Chakra workshop: Understanding
Chakras and Our Health
Come learn about the 7 Chakras/energy centers of the body, how they impact health and well being and yoga postures that support balance for each Chakra in the physical body based on postures that activate, balance and connect us to these energy hubs. The Winter Teach Training Course will be taking an exciting in-depth look and study of the Chakra system and we’d love to have you join us for this course over the next 5 month. Specifically we will cover:
- Explore the concept of Chakras and energy systems in and around the body
- The location of the 7 Chakras, their element and what they represent
- Herbs, aromatherapy, elements and other associations to each Chakra
- Postures that allow us to connect to, open, balance and release energy in each Chakra
We will be using the book Eastern Body/Western Mind: Psychology and ChakraSystem as a Path to Self by Anodea Judith. Anodea Judith holds a doctorate in Health and Human Services, with a specialty in Mind-Body healing, and a Master's in Clinical Psychology. Her best-selling books on the chakra system, marrying Eastern and Western disciplines, have been considered groundbreaking in the field of Transpersonal Psychology and used as definitive texts in the U.S. and abroad. With a million books in print in 14 languages, her books have won her the reputation of solid scholarship and international renown as a dynamic speaker and workshop leader.
“In EASTERN BODY, WESTERN MIND, chakra authority Anodea Judith brought a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system, adapting it to the Western framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics. This groundbreaking work in transpersonal psychology has been revised and redesigned for a more accessible presentation. Arranged schematically, the book uses the inherent structure of the chakra system as a map upon which to chart our Western understanding of individual development. Each chapter focuses on a single chakra, starting with a description of its characteristics, then exploring its particular childhood developmental patterns, traumas and abuses, and how to heal and maintain balance. Illuminated with personal anecdotes and case studies, EASTERN BODY, WESTERN MIND seamlessly merges the East and West, science and philosophy, and psychology and spirituality into a compelling interpretation of the chakra system and its relevance for Westerners today.”
Class schedule is as follows:
Sunday, March 29th 1-2:30pm
Saturday, April 11th 6:30-8pm
Saturday, May 2nd 1:30-3pm
Friday, May 29th 6:30-8pm
Friday, June 19th 6:30-8pm *
Friday, July 24th 7:15-9pm
Sunday, July 26th 2-3pm
Backus Community Center – Room 303*
* Except the June 19th session. It will be in Atsokan Island. Transportation from landing to island and back will be provided.
$125.00 per student- includes a copy of the book Eastern Body/Western Mind: Psychology and Chakra System as a Path to Self by Anodea Judith
Pre-registration and payment required by Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Register via phone or email.
Yoga CORE 90 Day Challenge- 6 Classes and Work At Home Program
In the West we generally judge the health of an individual on their overall size and shape. Unfortunately this is not a true evaluation of a healthy body. Large and small people have pain in their lower back, SI, knees, shoulders and hips. We struggle with tension in our upper backs, stress and anxiety. Arches and feet are falling. Childbirth can leave the muscles of the pelvic area stretched and weak. Strong superficial muscles can hide all of this on the outside but do nothing to bring the body ease. Regardless of your overall health or fitness, this 90-day Yoga CORE challenge is about using the strength of inner core (skeletal) muscles of the abdomen and legs to build true strength, balance and harmony in the lower body. Any instability in these muscles create instability, discomfort and even pain in the lower and upper body, pain in joints and muscles and even sexual and elimination dysfunction. Click here to see more.
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