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Sacred Circle of the Mindful Muse with Dharma Richards

Mon Date: 10/12/2015 From: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Room: Lotus Room
Join Dharma for monthly meditations on the Goddess of the season! Each monthly session includes a short lecture & discussion, seasonal correspondences and ritual suggestions, group meditations, monthly meditation hOMework options, recipes, and more!  Please bring a journal for note-taking.  A portion of proceeds benefit Shanti Niketan Ashram, Upper Room Honduras Mission, & Fresh Air Fund.  Please also visit/join our Meetup Group for more circle community. Preregistration Only.  Sliding Scale $10-$20.

REIKI Level 1 Training with Deborah Dixon

Thu-Sat Date: 10/8/2015 - 10/10/2015 From: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Room: Lotus Room
NOTE:  Class meets Thursday October 8th, 6:00-8:00pm & Saturday October 10th 12:00-4:00pm.  Reiki First Degree Certification with Deborah Dixon. Fee includes manual and course topics: history of Reiki, Reiki lineages, First Degree Energy Attunement, hand positions for self-treatment and treatment of others, Japanese techniques, Anatomy of Energy Body & Energy Maintenance.  CEU's Available:  National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) #814.  Visit Deborah's website at www.reiki-apex-nc.com.  $195


Arm Balance & Core Strengthening Workshop with Heather Cassese

Sun Date: 10/4/2015 From: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Garden Studio
Heather will lead you through core and arm strengthening exercises in order to prepare you for a variety of arm balancing postures.  This workshop is appropriate for intermediate to advanced yogis. $25 Preregistration / $30 Drop-In.

yoga2009evolve-110_21244672616_oTop 10 Yoga Benefits

Weight loss, a strong and flexible body, glowing beautiful skin, peaceful mind, good health whatever you may be looking for, yoga has it on offer. However, very often, yoga is only partially understood as being limited to asanas (yoga poses). As such, its benefits are only perceived to be at the body level and we fail to realize the immense benefits yoga offers in uniting the body, mind and breath. When you are in harmony, the journey through life is calmer, happier and more fulfilling.

With all this and much more to offer, the benefits of yoga are felt in a profound yet subtle manner. Here, we look at the top 10 benefits of regular yoga practice.

1. All-round fitness. You are truly healthy when you are not just physically fit but also mentally and emotionally balanced. As Sri Sri Ravi Shankar puts it, “Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life – in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic you are.” This is where yoga helps: postures, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation are a holistic fitness package.

2. Weight loss. What many want! Yoga benefits here too. Sun Salutations and Kapal Bhati pranayama are some ways to help lose weight with yoga. Moreover, with regular practice of yoga, we tend to become more sensitive to the kind of food our body asks for and when. This can also help keep a check on weight.

3. Stress relief. A few minutes of yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily - in both the body and mind. Yoga postures, pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress. You can also experience how yoga helps de-tox the body and de-stress the mind at the Art of Living Yoga Level 2 Course.

professionalpix-191_11628116356_o4. Inner peace. We all love to visit peaceful, serene spots, rich in natural beauty. Little do we realize that peace can be found right within us and we can take a mini-vacation to experience this any time of the day! Benefit from a small holiday every day with yoga and meditation. Yoga is also one of the best ways to calm a disturbed mind.

5. Improved immunity. Our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and similarly unpleasantness or restlessness in the mind can manifest as an ailment in the body. Yoga poses massage organs and stregthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.

6. Living with greater awareness. The mind is constantly involved in activity – swinging from the past to the future – but never staying in the present. By simply being aware of this tendency of the mind, we can actually save ourselves from getting stressed or worked up and relax the mind. Yoga and pranayama help create that awareness and bring the mind back to the present moment, where it can stay happy and focused.

7. Better relationships. Yoga can even help improve your relationship with your spouse, parents, friends or loved ones! A mind that is relaxed, happy and contented is better able to deal with sensitive relationship matters. Yoga and meditation work on keeping the mind happy and peaceful; benefit from the strengthened special bond you share with people close to you.

8. Increased energy. Do you feel completely drained out by the end of the day? Shuttling between multiple tasks through the day can sometimes be quite exhausting. A few minutes of yoga everyday provides the secret to feeling fresh and energetic even after a long day. A 10-minute online guided meditation benefits you immensely, leaving you refreshed and recharged in the middle of a hectic day.

partnerfold_11628174676_o9. Better flexibility & posture. You only need to include yoga in your daily routine to benefit from a body that is strong, supple and flexible. Regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and also makes them strong. It also helps improve your body posture when you stand, sit, sleep or walk. This would, in turn, help relieve you of body pain due to incorrect posture.

10. Better intuition. Yoga and meditation have the power to improve your intuitive ability so that you effortlessly realize what needs to be done, when and how, to yield positive results. It works. You only need to experience it yourself.

Remember, yoga is a continuous process. So keep practicing! The deeper you move into your yoga practice, the more profound are its benefits.

Yoga 101 for Beginners with Brinda Ramaiya

Thursdays Date: 10/15/2015 - 11/5/2015 From: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Room: Lotus Room
Throughout this 4-week series for beginning yoga students Brinda will touch on the yogic philosophy as she leads you through basic postures and alignment, breathing, relaxation and light meditation techniques. Perfect for the beginner, students returning to their practice after a leave of absence or injury, or for seasoned practitioners wanting to delve further into yoga basics and philosophy.  Preregistration Only.  $55.