Mindfulness meditation works by helping the practitioner achieve a better understanding of what is happening right now – whether positive, negative or neutral – not what they want to happen or what think they should be happening. Recognizing that unconscious thoughts, feelings and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical and spiritual health, you will learn techniques to reduce stress and stress-related disorders. The class will consist of a presentation, opportunity to participate in guided meditation and time for discussion, questions and answers. Instructor Jerry Hartman is a graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute certificate program, Washington, D.C.
The word qigong literally means skill or cultivation of vital energy (qi). Traditional Chinese medicine believes that good health is the result of a free-flowing, well-balanced qi (bioenergy) system, while sickness, pain or physical disorders are the result of qi blockage, or unbalanced qi in the body. Qigong practice helps to balance the qi system in the body and break the qi blockages to recover health. It helps you develop a more relaxed, harmonious state of mind and body; reduce stress; resist illness; and heighten sensitivity to your body’s internal organs along with developing an energetic ability to regulate your own health and vitality. You will focus on body posture adjustment and gentle movement, mind-focused relaxation, and breath regulation practice. Instructor: David Foulk.
Use your summer energy to move the body and learn a series of 30+ yoga postures that open body, mind, emotions, energy, and spirit. Through breathwork and postures of alignment, balance, strengthening, stretching, and relaxation, we open to our wholeness. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a blanket to class. Instructor: Helen Heffer.
Discover t’ai chi, a form of active meditation that promotes calming, centering, and self-control. Instructor David Foulk introduces you to this practice of meditation and physical exercise, consisting of carefully coordinated, slow, natural movements proven to strengthen your body and mind. When the chi flows in a balanced fashion, you enjoy better
physical and emotional health, increased longevity and inner peace.
For many of us, happiness is dependent on outside conditions. We suffer from the "if only" disease and seem to never have enough to be satisfied. Possessions, jobs, relationships - we're always looking for the next big thing that will finally make us happy. Mindfulness meditation gives you tools to create lasting happiness that does not rely on others. Explore how clinging to your attitudes and possessions creates dissatisfaction and how loving kindness, generosity and gratitude can help alter your outlook on life. Instructor: Jerry Hartman.
Based on the 10 ethical/spiritual principles of Yoga, the Yamas and Niyamas, this class will explore how to understand and live these principles in your life. Yoga poses, breathing techniques, discussion, and meditation will facilitate our exploration into such principles as non-violence, selfdiscipline, and contentment. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Instructor: Helen Heffer.