Workshops & Mini-Sessions
By this time of year, as the days get shorter and the nights longer, our body/ minds naturally crave more peace and quiet. But instead of slowing down and gathering indoors around the fireplace, sharing meals and stories with friends and family as in days long past, we continue in full holiday production mode. Often, we find ourselves depleted by year’s end. What to do? Give yourself permission to metaphorically “go inside” for some personal R&R (rest & relaxation) time. A few hours spent in a mini-vacation away from seasonal hustle and bustle can do wonders to help you rejuvenate. This workshop is all about self-care. It is designed to help you...
When the days are shorter, it becomes an opportunity to explore the inner realms of possibility in our lives. The extra long nights are a time for replenishing, rejuvenating, and inner growth. Come celebrate this sacred time of year with yoga, deep relaxation, and song. Enjoy a yoga practice with plenty of opportunity for breathing, settling, and grounding, and then join us for some bhakti yoga, known as kirtan, a musical way to get in touch with your inner spirit and invite more love, freedom, and joy into your life. No yoga or musical experience necessary.
New Year’s Eve Twisting Workshop
Come and finish 2017 with a twist! The cleansing action of twists refreshes the body and twists relieve backaches and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. They also improve digestion, increase flexibility in the spine and open the hips. Most importantly...they feel great! In this workshop we will add a twist to all your favorite poses.
New Year’s Day Open Your Body Workshop!
Set your intention for the year! How you spend this first day of the year can set the foundation for the rest of the year. In this New Year’s Day workshop you will receive a word that could set your tone for the year and share a yoga practice to open the four corners of the body, hips and shoulders. We will finish with a restorative pose. Let's joyfully celebrate this new beginning together.
How many New Year’s resolutions have you made that you broke within a few weeks? In Yoga, a “sankalpa” is a determination, an intention that reflects your highest aspirations. An inspired sankalpa is different than your average New Year’s resolution – it is a vow of heartfelt desire and willful determination. Yoga nidra (“yogic sleep”) in itself is a delicious, relaxing treat (one hour of this powerful meditative practice is worth four hours of sleep!). It is an effortless practice that supports the body's ability to heal and recharge at a deep level. In a place between the waking and sleeping states, you can let go of tension on the physical, emotional and mental levels, and emerge...
Reflect, Relax, Re-Create! Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit with 90 minutes of de-stressing. This will be a hands-on experience with Reiki healing energy to your head and shoulders and reflexology therapy to your hands and ears while reclining in yoga restorative postures - total relaxation. Limited to 5 participants. Please plan to arrive five minutes before the workshop begins.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week program, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, that assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions, and promote healthy living.
This course, modeled after the courses that have been offered at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for more than 30 years, consists of a free introductory class followed by eight weekly classes and one day-long workshop.
(Thursdays, Jan. 11 - Feb. 22) A beautiful and graceful Chinese health exercise that opens the body’s energy flow. This complete program of empowered self-care blends ancient Chinese & Tibetan techniques that address specific health issues unique to women, while honoring her feminine form.
(Thursdays, Jan. 11 - Feb. 8) This 5-week mini-session is designed to:
- Improve postural problems
- Increase core strength
- Prevent injury
- Create strong muscles
- Refine coordination and balance through body awareness
- Build functional strength and endurance.
These classes cover the basic mat work series of this whole body workout system created by Joseph Pilates. For beginners, no PIlates experience necessary.
[Thursdays: Jan. 11 - Mar. 1] Experienced practitioners from the Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center Community will lead an exploration of mindfulness and meditation as taught in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
We will talk about our experiences with mindfulness and share ideas to help you establish a meditation practice. Mindfulness is a gift you can give to yourself to calm your mind, lighten your heart and to transform...
(Fridays, Jan. 12 - Feb. 16) For infants 6 weeks until almost crawling, accompanied by an adult.
Utilizing connective exercises (including asana, infant massage, song and meditation) these playful classes will provide you and your baby with an opportunity to build strength & increase flexibility in addition to nurturing intimacy in these important early developmental months. It addresses basic postpartum needs, such as restoring & strengthening abdominal & pelvic muscles, while promoting a much needed sense of calm.
Designed for babies 6-weeks old through crawling and their caregivers. This class will teach gentle stretching and movement techniques for baby to promote healthy digestion, enhance bonding, and improve sleep. Caregivers will learn breathing and meditation techniques to cultivate patience and enhance relaxation. A wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in the community, get support, and share resources.
(Sundays, Jan. 14 - Feb. 11) For women trying to conceive, either through natural family planning methods or assisted reproductive therapies (such as intra-uterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilization (IVF)). No prior yoga experience is necessary. Women should check with their health care professional prior to registration.
This mini-session explores how yoga can help relax and restore the body, calm the mind, and lift our spirits. Classes will include breathing exercises, gentle yoga postures, and guided relaxation to enhance fertility by increasing blood flow to the pelvis, nourishing...
(Fridays (1/19, 2/2, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30) This dance class will start your weekend with joy. Karen, a professional dancer will lead an improvisational belly dance based class designed to get your body feeling great and your heart soaring. This is a donation class with 50% proceeds going to HopeWorks domestic shelter in Howard County. More info. at wearehopeworks.org
Class will include warm up, dancing across the floor, improvisational groove and follow, a whole lot of cheering each other on, and a relaxing stretch...
Restorative yoga poses help the body to open slowly and gently while you rest, supported by bolsters and blankets. Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation that allows the body to sleep while the mind is attentive to a guided relaxation practice and journey of self exploration. Combining the two practices will help alleviate stress, improve sleep quality, relax the body, and awaken your intuition. So come and start your weekend off right! What a wonderful way to spend a Friday evening!