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Wellness: Body, Mind & Spirit


Connections: Mind, Body Health

Everyday stress can result in emotional pain and physical ailment.

Sharon Burns, RN,BSN,MA, Holistic Practitioner, will teach you self-healing techniques based on the 7 major energy points in our bodies called Chakras. These energy centers are responsible for maintaining the health of specific organs and bodily functions.

You will become aware of how energy is changed positively or negatively by your thoughts, and how to treat and remove physical pain from your body just using your hands. Explore this proactive way for feeling your best.

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Oct 21-Oct 28 9:30AM-11:30AM Hickory Ridge XE-442 6051 #7845
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Creating and Sustaining a Yoga Home Practice *NEW*

Create a regular home practice of yoga that will build flexibility, strength and balance.

Through simple breathing techniques, yoga postures and relaxation, you will develop an individual yoga sequence for regular home practice. Poses aimed at building flexibility, strength in muscles and bones and enhancing balance will be adapted for individual abilities.

Yoga fundamentals including synchronizing the breath with movement, optimal alignment, core strengthening and balance will be explored.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and a blanket.

Instructor: Maura Conley

Tuition: $99** (includes $40 in fees*)
Fri Sep 15-Nov 11 10AM-11:30AM Health Sciences Building XE-535 6041 #2383
(No class Sep 29)
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Cultivating Compassion for Yourself and Others

You know the saying, “You can’t love others unless you love yourself.”

Learn how to orient your mind towards loving kindness, compassion, and equanimity. The class will include short talks, guided meditations, and small group discussions designed to increase your understanding of these concepts. 

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 Aug 05 10AM-2PM Laurel College Center XE-398 J1600 #9295
Sat Sep 16 10AM-2PM Hickory Ridge XE-398 6182 #7837
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Develop Your Psychic Ability

Psychic development—or could it be called “intuitive development?”

Come to this class and discover your intuitive gifts. Learn how messages are received, as well as the meaning of divination tools and their uses. Get connected to the universal energy stream through guided meditation and energy work.

Feel free to bring your cards or other divination tools to class for demonstration and practice.

Tuition: $45** (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue Oct 10 7PM-9PM Laurel College Center XE-411 M1612 #2569
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Gentle Yoga and Breath Awareness Conscientious

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 your bodies and our lives.

Breath is used to enhance your experience of being mindful, awake, and aware.

Please bring a yoga mat and blanket to class.

Instructor: Helen Heffer.

Tuition: $179** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 16-Dec 09 10:30AM-12:30PM Health Sciences Building XE-432 6194 #7840
(No class Nov 25)
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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, Washington, D.C.

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Oct 21 10AM-2PM Hickory Ridge XE-119 6184 #7816
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Luohan Qigong *NEW*

Learn this method of Qigong that has been practiced for nearly 1500 years. Bodihidharma, a Buddhist monk, developed a series of exercises to help his disciples relieve their muscle aches and improve their endurance. You will practice techniques that will keep your body strong and flexible, calm your mind and heighten your spiritual awareness.

Instructor: David Foulk.

Tuition: $109** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 16-Nov 18 8:30AM-9:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 115 XE-492 6180 #2305
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Meditation and Holiday Stress Relief

Family reunions, outings with friends, parties, presents and food–the period from Thanksgiving to New Years is supposed to be the happiest time of the year.

For all too many of us, the stress generated during the holidays makes it a time to dread rather than a time to to eagerly anticipate.

Explore stress, gratitude, generosity, and expectations and ways to create happiness and relief during the season.

Instructor Jerry Hartman

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Nov 18 10AM-2PM Laurel College Center XE-422 J1611 #2543
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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: $179** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 16-Dec 09 8:30AM-10:30AM Health Sciences Building XE-268 6193 #3242
(No class Nov 25)
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Mindfulness of the Body

Of the four foundations of mindfulness, the first and most important is mindfulness of the body. From infancy, you learn unconsciously 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 your awareness of your body.

Tuition: $59** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 23 10AM-2PM Laurel College Center XE-462 J1610 #2542
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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: $99** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 23-Nov 11 10:45AM-11:45AM Horowitz Arts Center 115 XE-261 6513 #9802
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Self-Care With Qigong: Fall Mini-Retreat *NEW*

According to Chinese medicine, fall is a time for enjoying the fruits of our labors and letting go of what we no longer need.

In this mini-retreat, we will explore the significance of fall in our lives, practice simple yet profound qigong exercises, and enjoy some quiet meditation.

Qigong (“chee-gung”) is a meditative, healing form of movement from the same Chinese system as acupuncture and tai chi. Easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, qigong calms the mind, relaxes the body, and promotes healing at all levels.

You will learn a simple qigong routine you can do daily to care for your health and well-being. All levels welcome.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle and notebook. Instructor Chris Morris is a long time, experienced practitioner of the Qigong form.

Tuition: $40** (fee based, no waivers)
Sun Oct 08 1PM-4PM Health Sciences Building XE-532 6032 #2335
Sun Nov 12 1PM-4PM Health Sciences Building XE-532 6034 #2336
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T’ai Chi Practice

Continue to practice your skills in this Part II t’ai chi class. 

Based on the latter sections of the Sun form, instructor Sh'Fu David Foulk will guide you through the next levels of positions.

Prior t’ai chi experience is requested.

Tuition: $109** (includes $40 in fees*)
Sat Sep 16-Nov 18 9:30AM-10:30AM Horowitz Arts Center 115 XE-266 6179 #2548
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Understanding the Anatomy of Your Body Through Movement *NEW*

Ever wonder what’s going on in that knee of yours when you are lunging forward? Or how your shoulder is somehow able
to rotate the arm in nearly every direction? What is the rotator cuff? What does the sacrum do?

Physical Therapist Tim Newton guides you on a journey of anatomical awareness through your own body. Topics such as these, the nature of “the core,” the biomechanics of breathing, and the role of various muscle groups will be covered through intellectual inquiry and actual body experience using our everyday movements. Several pointers and exercises for joint health will also be discussed.

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows easy movement.

Tuition: $139** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu Sep 14-Nov 16 6:30PM-8PM Health Sciences Building 165 XE-493 6006 #2306
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Yoga and Core Strength

Yoga strengthens the Core, which is our essence or center, as well as our physical core, generally defined as the body’s trunk muscles that provide stability for movement. Yogic breathing, movement, awareness, and meditation will be our tools in exploring and strengthening our Core/core.

Instructor: Helen Heffer.

Tuition: $179** (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu Sep 14-Dec 07 7PM-9PM Health Sciences Building XE-294 6174 #7922
(No class Nov 23)
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