“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
6 Wednesdays: May 10 - June 14 from 6:15 - 7:30pm
Anxiety disorders can interfere with daily activities and overall enjoyment of life. Dr Olt Kerr has designed a unique series offering a naturopathic treatment perspective alongside a gently yoga practice with focused emphasis on quieting the mind.
Explore ways to use natural medicine to ease the symptoms of this common but often debilitating challenge.
$80 in advance, $85 at the door
Space is limited to 11. Preregistration strongly encouraged. Register for this series now
6 Tuesdays: May 30 - July 11 ( no class July 4) from 5:45 - 7:00pm
Find your core, build strength and improve your posture from the core with Yogalign.
We will use the core breath to align our posture from the inside out; self-massage tonourish tissues / increase kinesthetic awareness; and full body flexibility/strength/balance techniques to increased strength and flexibility.
Join Sandi, RYT 200, Occupational Therapist, and Thai Massage Practitioner in an exploration of Yogalign. Yogalign is accessible to all – any age / any fitness level. Students report feeling energized, youthful and lifted in the very first class.
Yogalign participants report:
Improved strength, balance, agility and coordination
Decreased chronic pain, headaches.
Decreased pre-mature aging, osteo-arthritis
Improved mental status - depression, anxiety,
Improved incontinence, digestion, weight gain
$78 in advance, $83 at the door (space is limited, register early)
Continue your Yoga Journey
This new series is designed to support your growth in a smaller more structured environment. You will continue to build a solid foundation by refining poses you’ve learned while adding new poses and variations. A smaller setting insures more
individual attention to foster a better understanding of the yogic principles of alignment and using your breath. In addition, meditation techniques and practical application of yogic philosophy are introduced.
Ideal for those who have completed the Intro series and newer students with some yoga experience.
“One of my deepest passions is providing a caring, supportive environment for my students so they can explore the wonders of this amazing science called Yoga, safely and joyfully.”
$78 in advance, $83 at the door (Space limited)
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
With Suzy: Tuesdays, April 11 - May 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 at Highline College
Retreat Day Saturday, May 20 from 9am - 4pm
With Karen: Thursdays, April 13 - June 1 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at Federal Way Community Center
Retreat Day Saturday, May 13 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 Item 9754M or call (206) 878-3710
Thursdays: $290 - 390 sliding scale. Sign up through Federal Way Community Center (select "Register for classes" on left; enter bar code 56132)
or call (253) 835-6900