East Meets West Yoga Center


Thursday, January 1

New Year's Day Workshop: Release & Renew

New Year’s Day is the perfect time to set what no longer serves you free and to revisit your intentions for the coming year. Join Karen for a juicy 90 minute mixed level practice that will begin with breath work followed by a detoxifying asana practice before settling into a delightful 15 minute Yoga Nidra. We’ll start to build heat and explore our intentions through breath of fire then shift into an asana practice full of lengthening, twisting and renewing postures to expel toxins. We will close our practice with the deep relaxation of yogic sleep, or Yoga Nidra, allowing every cell to absorb the work of our nourishing session. This practice is appropriate for those newer to Yoga and those seasoned practitioners looking to slow things down.

11:00 am – 12:45 pm

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Thursday, January 1

New Year's Day Practice: Finding the Warrior Within with Dan Nelson

Begin 2015 taking a journey exploring what’s many times the physical crescendo of our moving practice, the Warrior. Illuminate why the battle against our own selves is a critical step in yoga towards ultimately following the Path of Heart. Shiva is the Higher Self who slays the prideful ego, Daksha, for the sake of the heart, Sati. Through means of infinite compassion, the higher Self, our spiritual warrior, bravely does battle with the universal enemy of self-ignorance, the foggy mirror reflection that is our earthy self who blocks way to our Path of Heart.

1:00 – 3:30 pm

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Friday Mornings, Starting January 9 9:30 - 11:45 am

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - Daytime Course

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Please join East Meets West for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), taught by Mary VanDevanter, LCSW.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an empirically-supported 8-week educational group that teaches mindfulness meditation as a health intervention. Created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., in 1979, MBSR offers participants the possibility to develop a different relationship to stress resulting from chronic stress, illness and psychological illnesses. Research outcomes have demonstrated positive improvements in physical and psychological symptoms, as well as changes in health attitudes and behaviors.

MBSR uses mindful movement, meditation, group discussion, and inquiry to teach students how to use mindfulness to relate differently to stress. The course teaches practical ways to integrate mindfulness into daily life and build and sustain a personal mindfulness practice. Mindfulness can be successfully learned and practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds. No prior experience is necessary.