“Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot. Instead there is now meditation as an act of love. How endlessly delightful and encouraging.” - Bob Sharples, from Meditation: Calming the Mind
Meditation is an invaluable tool for self inquiry and insight as well as a pathway for releasing obstacles to health and well-being. Science has begun to document the many benefits of meditation. It increases concentration and focus, reduces anxiety and stress. Creativity, compassion and memory are all enhanced through a meditation practice. In this class we will play with different techniques to aid in your process of developing awareness and inner peace. Give yourself this hour to cultivate a quiet place with in. No experience necessary.
Each class offers:Instruction in basic meditation practices
- Instruction on meditation techniques and how to know "if you're doing it right"
- Time to practice
- Support from other meditators
$50 in advance, $55 at the door
2 sessions on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00pm:
June 6 - June 27 and July 11 - August 1
For ages 3 - 9 (or with permission from instructor)
Have a blast this summer wiggling your down dog and creating joy in movement and expression!
Kids Yoga Camp is an experience and introduction to yoga and mindfulness which instills the tools for stress-management and ease for the rest of our lives.
In camp we will:
Learn yoga asanas (postures) and their Sanskrit names
Embark on Yoga Stories, journeying through postures and imaginations to tell didactic tales
Create an awareness of the Chakra System and how our energy, actions, words, and deeds can impact others
Make crafts relating to the Yoga Philosophies of truthfulness, cleanliness, kindness to self and others, and finding joy right where you are
Most importantly, we will form our community of Yoga Friends. We'll see you on the mat!
Anne Laurel (E-RYT 200) teaches Kids Yoga at Three Trees, and is a nursery teacher and nanny. Her passion is to bring yoga to young people, giving them the tools early on to help mental and physical health, and to find comfort and beauty within their own skin. She has been honored to teach yoga at Sunnycrest Elementary, kids sports clubs and churches, and regularly consults with teachers on how to incorporate movement into the classroom.
$49 in advance, $54 at the door
Register now for June start
6 Wednesdays: August 2 - September 6 from 4:30 - 5:30 PM
This is a 6 week series of classes that will introduce you to MELT and thescience behind it. Think how nice it would be to give yourself a massage whenever you wanted. Experience changes in how your body looks and feels. MELT is a simple, easy self-treatment technique that directly affects your connective tissue.
Regular MELTing can help prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Rather than stretching and strengthening muscles, MELTing accesses the system of the body responsible for maintaining efficiency and stability. You will be introduced to specialized techniques that rehydrate the connective tissue and rejuvenate joint space.
Wear something comfortable with no zippers or buttons.
You will need to buy a MELT roller for $50 at the first class if you do not have one already.
Learn how to:
• use “Body Sense” to identify where stress is living in your body
• rehydrate your connective tissue for greater mobility and ease of motion
• counteract repetitive motion injuries
Linda Meeks is certified as a Health and Wellness Coach, MELT, Nia, and Yoga teacher, certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Fitness Nutrition and Movement Specialist. Her classes and techniques teach you how to live happier and healthy and improve the way your body moves and feels. For more information about Linda check her website at www.wellnesswithlinda.com
$78 in advance, $84 at the door (space limited, register early)
8 Week Meditation Program
Wednesdays, September 27 - November 15 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Highline College
Retreat Day Saturday, October 28 from 9am - 4pm at the Federal Way Community Center
Thursdays, September 28 - November 16 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Federal Way Community Center
Retreat Day Saturday, October 28 from 9am - 4pm
You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
MBSR is a clinically proven and extensively studied 8 week meditation program based on the groundbreaking work of Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
. It has been shown to be helpful for:
- chronic pain
- anxiety and depression
- high blood pressure
- GI issues
- sleep disorders
- weight management
- creating a greater sense of well-being and calm
- navigating every day life challenges skillfully...and more
To be mindful is to develop skills in attention and moment-to-moment awareness. You learn to transform stressful situations by going through them in a skillful way, in order to get beyond them. This is accomplished by using awareness of one's breath and body to achieve skills of relaxed observing and clarity. This course consists of guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, gentle yoga, mindful communication exercises, individually tailored instruction, daily home practice, guided meditation CDs, hand outs on home practice and group discussion designed to increase awareness in every day life.
Your commitment to attend the weekly sessions and the one day retreat as well as practice daily on your own is critical. No previous meditation experience needed.
"A growing body of scientific evidence supports the reality of a profound mind-body connection and now recognizes that learning and practicing mindfulness can positively affect your sense of health and well-being physically, mentally and emotionally, while simultaneously offering you a means of discovering a deeper sense of ease and peace of mind." - Saki Santorelli, Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness, Stress Reduction Program. University of Massachusetts Medical School
The MBSR program started in the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 and is now offered in over 600 medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world.
Tuesdays: $349. Sign up through Highline College or call (206) 878-3710
$290 - 450 sliding scale. Sign up through Federal Way Community Center (select "Register for classes" on left; search under "health and fitness") Sign up on line for maximum sliding scale option only; to register with other sliding scale options please call (253) 835-6900.
4 Tuesdays: October 10 - October 31 from 6:00 - 7:15pm
We all experience back discomfort at some point in our lives and some of us have chronic issues. This yoga series is designed to help you strengthen, stretch and improve circulation to the spine and nerves.
Susan teaching is informed from her own experiences with back pain. She offers you a viable path towards greater health and wellbeing through yoga.
$50 in advance, $55 at the door (space is limited, register early)