6 Mondays: September 11- October 16 from 7:15 - 8:30 PM
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)
6 Wednesdays: September 13 - October 18 from 7:30 - 8:45pm
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
“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
8 Week Meditation Program
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.
$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)
6 Wednesdays: November 1 - November 29 from 7:30 - 8:30pm (no class Nov.22)
In this one hour class you will begin with 30 minutes of traditional, strengthening yoga poses followed by 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra.
Have you ever had a wonderful class of warrior series and downward dogs, but then find the svasana at the end the class just wasn't long enough? Then this class is for you.
Lengthen, strengthen, and connect with your breath for a shortened version of a typical all levels class and then luxuriate in a blissful guided meditation using props and blankets for comfort.
Yoga Nidra systematically leads you to consciously relax while remaining awake and aware. This class will offer you a chance to find calm,peace, and a good night's rest. A perfect way to support yourself during the holiday season.
$50 in advance, $55 at the door