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Wellness: Body, Mind & Spirit


Art As Soulwork

Use guided imagery and creative expression to access your inner wisdom, discern answers, and explore your creativity. Each class will begin with a guided meditation that will relate to a current decision that needs to be made, offer guidance for a difficult situation or simply encourage open-minded curiosity. You will then artistically express the images that appeared to you during the guided meditation. You will explore the mediums of collage, colored pencils, crayons and white pencil on black paper. Your creations will serve as meaningful reminders of the insights and intentions you experienced. No artistic experience or particular talent required! Instructor: Anastasia MacDonald

Tuition: $119** (includes $50 in fees*)
Wed Apr 18-May 16 7PM-9PM Oakland Mills High School XE-466 6492 #8070
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Care Provider Training (Practical Skills for Caregivers)
Course dates and times will be: 
Tuition: $195 (includes $160 in fees*)
Thu Apr 19-May 17 5PM-8PM Health Sciences Building 364 XH-599 7117 #8779
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Gentle Yoga and Breath Awareness
Gentle yoga is designed for those who want to experience yoga in a gentle way, being conscious partners with the body to stretch, strengthen, and balance our bodies and our lives. Breath is used to enhance our experience of being mindful, awake, and aware. Please bring a yoga mat and blanket to class. Instructor: Helen Heffer.
Tuition: $160** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Jun 30-Sep 08 10:30AM-12:30PM Health Sciences Building 114 XE-432 6477 #3679
No class Sep 1
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Introduction to Karmic Astrology
Focusing on the soul’s evolutionary path, this course examines life patterns that are rewarded or rebuked according to your deeds in past, present, and future incarnations. Fulfill your soul’s purpose! Live in alignment with your passion! Fulfill your life exactly as it is meant to be. Learn how to use karmic astrology to manifest qualities to integrate your mind, body and soul. Instructor McIntosh Ewell will help you differentiate between karmic patterns and karmic potential.
Tuition: $42** (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue Jun 05 6:30PM-9:30PM Laurel College Center XE-208 M1669 #9920
Tue Jun 17 6:30PM-9:30PM Laurel College Center XE-208 M1665 #9910
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Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

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 certificate program of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute, located in Washington, D.C.

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Jun 02 10AM-2PM Laurel College Center XE-119 J1618 #8834
Sat Jun 16 10AM-2PM Hickory Ridge XE-119 6399 #3657
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Latin Vibe

Introduce a new, energetic style to your exercise routine. Latin vibe rhythm is adaptable to any fitness level. Moving to the beat and sounds of Afro-Caribbean-Latin melodies will offer fun, camaraderie and fitness. The only prerequisite is a love of movement and openness to international music and dance. Instructor: Claudia Salomon

Tuition: $89** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Apr 21-Jun 09 9:30AM-10:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 110 XE-550 6491 #8079
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Low-Impact Cardio Dance *NEW*
This is a fun cardio class that uses low-impact aerobics to achieve all the benefits of a cardio workout while protecting your joints. This is a moderate level class, but can easily be adapted to higher and lower intensities by adjusting moves with teacher direction. Class focuses on improving your cardio-vascular system, increasing your muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. Instructor Christy Erwin is ACE certified.
Tuition: $129** (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue, Thu Apr 17-May 24 6:30PM-7:45PM Children's Learning Center XE-412 6252 #8851
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Meditation, Yoga and the Practice of Compassion

Learning to meditate or to do a yoga pose skillfully is a doorway to compassion. Our own lives, our loved ones, and our experiences offer the greatest opportunities for compassion to arise. As we deepen our practice, we come to heal ourselves and our world. Instructor: Helen Heffer.

Tuition: $160** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu Apr 12-Jun 14 7PM-9PM Health Sciences Building XE-268 6403 #3670
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Mental Health First Aid
This course, approved by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is designed for allied health professionals, educators, civic leaders, and community members to learn about the initial help that can be given to a person in a mental health crisis (severe depression, psychosis, panic attack, suicidal thoughts and behaviors) or showing symptoms of mental illness, until appropriate professional or other help (including peer and family support) can be engaged. Review the prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. and the associated emotional and economic cost. Label the potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. Compose a five-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to professional care. Identify resources available to help someone with a mental health problem. Upon successful completion, students will earn a Mental Health First Aider certificate. Mental Health First Aid certification must be renewed every three years.
Tuition: $90 (includes $40 in fees)
Sat May 12 9AM-5PM Health Sciences Building XH-460 7045 #9156
Sat Aug 11 9AM-5PM Health Sciences Building XH-460 7056 #0156
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Mindfulness of the Body

Of the four foundations of mindfulness, the first and foremost is mindfulness of the body. From infancy, you unconsciously learn to interpret everything that happens in your life as pleasant or unpleasant based on how it is experienced through your five senses. As you mature, the mind becomes the primary interpreter of experiences and overcomes the senses. Join instructor Jerry Hartman for a half day of meditation, short talks, and group discussions that will increase awareness of your body. No previous meditation experience required.

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Jul 14 10AM-2PM Hickory Ridge XE-462 6519 #8068
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Nia The Technique: In Movement We Find Strength

Combining dance, martial arts, and mindfulness, nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life–body, mind, and soul. You can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance your individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging your senses and listening to your body. Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience, leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes—body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Wear comfortable clothing and bring soft-soled slippers if you choose not to go barefoot. Instructor: Claudia Salomon

Tuition: $89** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Apr 21-Jun 09 10:45AM-11:45AM Horowitz Arts Center 110 XE-261 6415 #8057
Wed Jun 20-Aug 08 5:30PM-6:30PM Horowitz Arts Center 145 XE-261 6481 #0110
No class Jul 4
Sat Jun 23-Aug 04 9:30AM-10:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 110 XE-261 6546 #9731
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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.

Tuition: $99** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Apr 21-Jun 16 8:30AM-9:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 115 XE-435 6404 #6371
No class May 26
Sat Jun 23-Aug 11 8:30AM-9:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 115 XE-435 6558 #9064
No class Jul 7. Please note that tuition and fees for this class are $79** (includes $40 in fees*)
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Qigong for Stress Relief *NEW*
Do you feel stressed out by the end of your day? Are you looking for something that will calm you down, balance your emotions, and strengthen your overall health? Qigong (“chee-gung”) is a meditative, healing form of movement (from the same Chinese system as acupuncture and tai chi) that offers documented health benefits. In this qigong workshop, you will learn powerful energy medicine techniques and qigong basics, as well as learning the six healing sounds and movements. All ability levels welcome. Instructor Chris Morris, Ph.D., is a certified qigong instructor and life coach who teaches qigong because it has changed her life and she loves to help others discover its benefits. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle and notebook.
Tuition: $40** (fee based, no waivers)
Sun Apr 22 1PM-4:01AM Health Sciences Building 114 XE-377 6096 #8813
Sun May 06 1PM-4PM Health Sciences Building 114 XE-377 6050 #8814
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Summer Yoga Posture Clinic

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.

Tuition: $160** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Jun 30-Sep 08 8:30AM-10:30AM Health Sciences Building 114 XE-962 6867 #9748
No class Sep 1
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T’ai Chi Introduction

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. 

Tuition: $79** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Apr 21-Jun 16 9:30AM-10:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 115 XE-843 6405 #9070
No class May 26. Please note that tuition and fees for this section are $99 (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Jun 23-Aug 11 9:30AM-10:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 115 XE-843 6482 #9842
No class Jul 7
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Using Mindfulness to Strengthen Relationships
You know that you can’t control how others react to you. The only thing you can control is yourself. However, by treating other people the way you want to be treated, you can increase the chances of improving the way you relate to everyone you meet. This class will include short talks, guided meditations and small group discussions designed to increase your understanding of lovingkindness, compassion and equanimity. These are powerful tools to reduce greed, anger, and pride by opening your heart to greater amounts of love for all beings—most importantly, to yourself. Instructor: Jerry Hartman.
Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat May 19 10AM-2PM Laurel College Center XE-304 J1624 #8791
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Yoga and Living in Gratitude *NEW*
The wisdom traditions encourage the practice of gratitude. Yet, we often forget to be grateful when our lives are filled with joy and ease, fresh water and abundant food, health and acts of kindness, peace in our family. Is there ever a time to be grateful for loss and illness, death and challenges, all-that is? Our exploration will help us touch the depths of what it is to be human—via reflection and discussion, yoga poses and breathing, meditation and deep relaxation. Please bring a yoga mat and blanket. Instructor: Helen Heffer.
Tuition: $160** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Apr 07-Jun 16 8:30AM-10:30AM Health Sciences Building XE-324 6107 #8804
No class Jun 9
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Yoga for Peace and Well-Being
In our busy, stress-filled, and challenging lives, there is a longing to return to our natural state, the state of peace and well-being. Using yoga postures, breath work, relaxation and meditation, we will take time to reconnect with the strength and energy in our bodies, the calm and focus of the mind, the self-acceptance and kindness of the heart, and the inner wisdom and deep stillness of spirit. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Instructor: Olga Campora.
Tuition: $160** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu Jun 28-Aug 30 7PM-9PM Health Sciences Building 114 XE-727 6478 #0100
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