Jun
30
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Chelsea LeBlanc

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Jul
7
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Jenn Risio

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. 

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Jul
14
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Deb Fraine

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Jul
21
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Marcia Hathaway

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Jul
28
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/Jay Michaels on Harp and Sandra Sadhana on Yoga

 Jay Michaels will be playing harp at Lighthouse Yoga on July 28.

Jay Michaels will be playing harp at Lighthouse Yoga on July 28.

For Lighthouse Yoga on July 28, we are adding to the fun with Jay Michaels on harp. Join us for a special fund-raising class for Project Wheel House let by Sandra Sadhana accompanied by Jay Michaels on the beautiful harp. Jay will be performing for tips and will have CDs available for purchase!

 Enjoy fresh air, live music, and a yoga practice guided by Sandra Sadhana.

Enjoy fresh air, live music, and a yoga practice guided by Sandra Sadhana.

Jay Michaels is a talented and well-respected performer of Harp Music
He is a life-long student of Yoga. In recent years he has provided background Music for several Yoga Festivals including Rhode Island Yoga Festival, New Hampshire Yoga For Peace and Rhode Island Health Expo, and played live Harp Music for Yoga classes in New England and South Florida.

Specializing in tunes from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, as well as Celtic Music, Jay has also arranged modern compositions for the Harp by artists including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Sting.

Jay's Harp playing has enhanced several Television programs including ABC's Nashville & Secrets and Lies, NBC's Parenthood & Parks And Recreation, Fox's Lie To Me, & Rosewood, the HBO Series Hung and the WIGS web-series PALOMA. His Music also appears in the Independent Films How To Be A Latin Lover and Baby Baby Baby.

Jay's most recent solo CD is a collection of Instrumental Renaissance and Baroque Music pieces entitled TO THINE OWN HARP BE TRUE. In 2011 he released the acclaimed New Age Harp album OPENING THE HARP CHAKRA. Jay's has also produced a guided meditation CD featuring the Irish Harp called OM MANI PADME HARP.

Jay will be performing for tips and will have CDs available for purchase!

 Lois Prevett-McCarthy with NextHome Signature Realty.

Lois Prevett-McCarthy with NextHome Signature Realty.

 Today's class is generously sponsored by Lois Prevett-McCarthy and NextHome Signature Realty.

Today's class is generously sponsored by Lois Prevett-McCarthy and NextHome Signature Realty.

Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

As a bonus, today's Lighthouse is generously sponsored by Lois Prevett-McCarthy and NextHome Signature Realty, www.loisprevettmccarthy.com.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. 

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Aug
4
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Chelsea LeBlanc

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Aug
11
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Deb Fraine

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. 

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Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Orientation #1

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week, in-depth, experiential course in mind/body awareness. Using meditation, yoga, personal inquiry, dialog, and somatic awareness exercises, the MBSR program introduces participants to the art and science of living mindfully.

This free orientation is designed to familiarize you with the course's itinerary, expectations, level of commitment needed, and plus give you a first-hand experience of what to expect from the course. 

You will have a chance to meet with the instructor and have any questions or concerns addressed prior to the start of the course.

Be aware that if you do decide to sign up, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire at this orientation session. 

Attendance at ONE of the orientation sessions is required to take the MBSR course. 

Orientation #2: Saturday, September 8 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Orientation #3: Monday September 10 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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Aug
18
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Jessica Webb

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Aug
25
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Jenn Risio

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Sep
1
8:15 AM08:15

Labor Day Weekend Lighthouse Yoga w/ Marcia Hathaway

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Sep
8
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Deb Fraine

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. 

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Orientation #2

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week, in-depth, experiential course in mind/body awareness. Using meditation, yoga, personal inquiry, dialog, and somatic awareness exercises, the MBSR program introduces participants to the art and science of living mindfully.

This free orientation is designed to familiarize you with the course's itinerary, expectations, level of commitment needed, and plus give you a first-hand experience of what to expect from the course. 

You will have a chance to meet with the instructor and have any questions or concerns addressed prior to the start of the course.

Be aware that if you do decide to sign up, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire at this orientation session. 

Attendance at ONE of the orientation sessions is required to take the MBSR course. 

Orientation #1: Saturday, August 11 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Orientation #3: Monday September 10 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Orientation #3

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week, in-depth, experiential course in mind/body awareness. Using meditation, yoga, personal inquiry, dialog, and somatic awareness exercises, the MBSR program introduces participants to the art and science of living mindfully.

This free orientation is designed to familiarize you with the course's itinerary, expectations, level of commitment needed, and plus give you a first-hand experience of what to expect from the course. 

You will have a chance to meet with the instructor and have any questions or concerns addressed prior to the start of the course.

Be aware that if you do decide to sign up, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire at this orientation session. 

Attendance at ONE of the orientation sessions is required to take the MBSR course. 

Orientation #1: Saturday, August 11 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Orientation #2: Saturday, September 8 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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Sep
15
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Sandra Sadhana

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Workshop w/ David Schouela

 David Schouela, RYT-500

David Schouela, RYT-500

Teaching or incorporating yoga and mindfulness techniques for children or adults who have experienced trauma requires specific care and guidance.

If you're interested in learning more about the basic methodology and pathways of working with this specific population, this workshop will show you the what, why and how.

Perfect for yoga teachers, licensed therapists, social workers, and somatic therapists. Learn and explore the background and underpinnings of trauma sensitive yoga with an in-depth PowerPoint presentation plus experience mat- or chair-based yoga postures. The class will end with ample time for dialog and Q & A. 

This workshop will provide state-of-the-art information about key topics in the field of traumatic stress, integrating innovative and well-established practices and areas of exploration.

Social Work CEUs and Yoga Alliance CEUs are available for this program.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the theoretical underpinnings of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)
2. Understand the treatment methodology
3. Explain how TCTSY differs from other forms of yoga
4. Describe how TCTSY has been successfully applied in various treatment settings
5. Learn about the research findings.

Cost: $35 EARLY BIRD BEFORE 9/9

$40 AFTER 9/9

David Schouela, RYT-500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with complex trauma and chronic treatment-resistant PTSD. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma-sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. He is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec, Canada. David provides training on yoga and meditation as scientifically supported healing modalities for stress-related conditions and as means of liberating body, mind, and heart.

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Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

MOVIE NIGHT: "The Dhamma Brothers" Benefit for Project Wheel House

 Prisoners at Donaldson Correctional Facility near Birmingham, Alabama, meditate in their cells — Wayne Finch (top bunk), Edward Johnson (bottom bunk, left), Charles Ice (bottom bunk, right) — in Jenny Phillips’ film  The Dhamma Brothers . Photo courtesy of Balcony Releasing, Ltd.

Prisoners at Donaldson Correctional Facility near Birmingham, Alabama, meditate in their cells — Wayne Finch (top bunk), Edward Johnson (bottom bunk, left), Charles Ice (bottom bunk, right) — in Jenny Phillips’ film The Dhamma Brothers. Photo courtesy of Balcony Releasing, Ltd.

East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison—the end of the line in Alabama’s correctional system—is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.

Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts locked away from the outside world for life. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days.

The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility who enter into this arduous and intensive program. This film, with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars also, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), “gives you hope for the human race."

We are proudly screening the film, The Dhamma Brothers to bring awareness to the benefits of meditation behind bars. This screening is a benefit for Project Wheel House, Inc. One of Project Wheel House's goals is to bring meditation programs to correctional facilities in our area. We currently run a weekly mindfulness meditation group at the Bristol County House of Corrections Women's Division. A donation of $10 - $20 is suggested.

Popcorn will be provided, but feel free to bring your own food, snacks, or drinks. Comfortable chairs and cushions available.

A short discussion will follow the film.

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Sep
22
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Chelsea LeBlanc

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Sep
29
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga Season Finale! w/ Marcia Hathaway

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

Intimate Kirtan with Girish

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Girish, an accomplished musician of many genres, former monk infused in spiritual practice, loving wordsmith linking lyrics and rhythm in a blissful musical event, sings traditional Sanskrit mantras with a modern, funky, yet deeply devotional twist.

What is kirtan? Kirtan is an ancient practice of chanting mantras or sounds that contain transformative and healing energies.

Girish invites his audience at his kirtan concert to participate by singing along, call and response chanting, and dancing. 

Girish has been recommended and featured in "O, The Oprah Magazine", "Yoga Journal" "Spirituality and Health Magazine", "LA Yoga Magazine", "Common Ground" and "Yogi Times." Girish's original music catalog of five albums is popular in yoga studios and music festivals all over the world, and he recently published a book entitled "Mantras and Music". 

Space is limited.

Cost: $30 Early Bird

$35 on 9/30

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Nov
22
9:00 AM09:00

Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Yoga (Benefit for Project Wheel House)

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Our annual gratitude yoga class with Jenn Risio will prove to be one for the record books. There are so many things to be grateful for!

So before the gravy hits the table, take time in the morning to send gratitude to yourself and others on the mat. Join Jenn in a skillfully crafted and lighthearted fun practice on Thanksgiving Day.

Cost is up to you or just bring a new unused yoga mat! The class is donation-based with cash or check only to support Project Wheel House. (Make checks out to Project Wheel House.) 

Cost:

Monetary Donation or

One New Yoga Mat Donation

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Mar
30
5:00 PM17:00

Embodied Presence: Yoga and Live Music with Girish

 Recording artist, Girish

Recording artist, Girish

The union of mind, body, and breath is the essential message of yoga. We go to the mat not to check off a box on our daily to-do list, but rather to seek the answers to questions that arise from moment-to-moment.

Join yoga and meditation instructor, Jessica Webb, for a spiritual journey into the self through mindful yoga and pranayam (breathing techniques) while feeling the vibrations of live spiritual and devotional music and singing by Girish.

In this yoga class, which will be accessible for all levels and all styles, we will move deliberately and slowly using all of our senses to sustain present-moment awareness. Expect a class in embodied presence so deeply rooted in the here-and-now that it will allow you to find the sacred pause in your own life.

From the GIRISH website: Girish (pronounced Guh-REESH) is an eclectic artist with roots in jazz, world, and sacred music. His musical talents find expression in a wide array of instruments – including tablas, world percussion, guitar, harmonium, and voice.

For as long as he can remember, Girish has created rhythm to accompany life. When he was eight years old, his parents gave him a little red snare drum as a bargaining tool to stop him from banging on everything else in the house. 

Drumming has always been instinctual to Girish, flowing freely from his fingers and knowing no musical bounds. In his teens, he started experimenting with pop, rock, jazz and orchestral music. His first experience of music as sacred art came in college, playing with jazz bands. "During improvisational sessions," he recalls, "there were these unexplainable moments of synchronicity and intuition that felt like magic." 

These moments came just as Girish was feeling pulled toward a sacred life. A college philosophy class inspired him to explore spirituality through Kundalini yoga, meditation, and the study of Eastern scriptures. By the time of his college graduation, Girish was so deep into these practices that he decided to move into an ashram in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Thus began an unexpected journey-a seeming detour that inadvertently nourished his musical artistry. 

Girish lived in the ashram for five years, giving up music and taking the vows of a monk in the Divine Mother tradition called Dakshina Marg or Mahashakti Yoga. Yet, here, another compelling sound force emerged for Girish: the chanting of Sanskrit mantras. As a monk in the ashram he spent hours every day chanting. Girish also studied Sanskrit as a means to understand the deeper meanings of these ancient chants, and helped his teacher translate dozens of hymns. 

He thought he had given up music for his spiritual practice, but one day he happened upon a set of tablas at the ashram and was instantly compelled to play them. This event set him on a life-changing course. Guided as always by rhythm, and now by his spiritual pursuits, Girish began to study tablas with Jagadish in the Nada Yoga tradition (yoga of sound current), which emphasized the spiritual import of music. He also traveled to New York to learn the art of Indian drumming at Siddha Yoga Ashram. 

After New York, Girish then connected with the musician and spiritual teacher Bob Kindler, known as Babaji. "From Babaji, I learned that sacred music is a viable outlet of spirituality, one that is profoundly uplifting and transformative," says Girish. It became clear to him that his innate musical passions didn’t conflict with, but in fact lead to a spiritual livelihood. Traveling and performing with Babaji helped cement this notion. 

Girish also studied with legendary tabla master Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar School of Music in Marin County, California. It was in northern California that Girish met other musicians at the forefront of the chant music explosion in this country. Krishna Das was just gaining popularity at that time and Girish played with him regularly. In this context, Girish was quickly introduced to a wider world of music for yoga. Soon he was accompanying many of the names in the yoga music genre, including Wah!, Dave Stringer, Donna DeLory, Thomas Barquee, Snatam Kaur, Shanti Shanti, Steve Ross, Swaha, and Rasa. His move to Los Angeles in 2000 brought him to the nation's epicenter of chanting and world music.

As a session player, Girish's work has aligned him with the likes of producers Glen Ballard (Dave Matthews Band, Alani Morrisette) and Michael Brook (Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour) as well as the creative team at Lucas Art. His talents are featured on some of the most popular recordings in the world music/chant music field today. 

Girish continues to explore and expand musical borders, and has found new avenues for his artistic expression. The yearning to express the power of Sanskrit mantras through his own voice has been a driving force behind his CD's, REVEAL (Mondolaya Music, May 2004), SHIVA MACHINE (Spirit Voyage Music, April 2006), DIAMONDS IN THE SUN (Mondolaya Music, April 2010), REMIXED (Mondolaya Music, December 2011, SKY OF THE HEART (Mondolaya Music, December 2014), Daily Chants for a Radiant Spirit (Mondolaya Music, September 2016) and his book MUSIC AND MANTRAS (Enliven Books, October 2016).

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Jun
19
4:00 PM16:00

Mindful Readers' Series, "Real Love" by Sharon Salzberg

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For those wishing to dive deeper into the practice of mindfulness, and in particular, the cultivation of loving-kindness, you won't want to miss the summer Mindful Readers' Series.

Equal parts meditation group and book club, we will share our experiences reading the latest book by author Sharon Salzberg, Real Love

Through the lens of the mindful reader, we will explore the book in three sections, investigating and exploring the various ways we navigate our loving relationships. We'll apply ourselves to the practices and the reflections suggested in the book as a way to invite love to become the basis for our daily lives. This is "life-as-practice" mindfulness training.

Each class will have a period of mindful movement, a guided meditation, and a lively and open group discussion of our experiments with the practices in the book. Both beginning and experienced meditators encouraged to attend.

We will meet every other week on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 beginning on June 19th. The last class on 8/28 will be two hours.

Dates: 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, 7/31, 8/14, & 8/28

Schedule of Chapters

  • Class 1: Orientation & Group Introductions; Gentle Movement and Meditation PLEASE READ "INTRODUCTION: LOOKING FOR LOVE" and "TAKEAWAYS FROM EACH SECTION" BEFORE CLASS
  • Class 2: Gentle Movement and Meditation; Discussion PLEASE READ SECTION I INTRODUCTION and CHAPTERS 1 - 3 BEFORE CLASS
  • Class 3: Gentle Movement and Meditation; Discussion PLEASE READ SECTION I CHAPTERS 4 - 9 BEFORE CLASS
  • Class 4: Gentle Movement and Meditation; Discussion PLEASE READ SECTION II INTRODUCTION and CHAPTERS 10 - 14 BEFORE CLASS
  • Class 5: Gentle Movement and Meditation; Discussion PLEASE READ SECTION II CHAPTERS 15 - 18 BEFORE CLASS
  • Class 6: Gentle Movement and Meditation; Discussion PLEASE READ SECTION III INTRODUCTION and CHAPTERS 19 - 24 BEFORE CLASS

From the sharonsalzberg website: "In her tenth book, Sharon Salzberg provides a pathway towards more sustainable and authentic connection by offering a creative toolkit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that guide us to strip away our layers of habit to access a truer understanding of love, “real love.” This journey enables us to become more present and to begin to experience real love—love based on direct interactions, rather than preconceptions. When we are truly engaged in these present experiences we are not only able to feel more connected to our own core selves, but also to those around us, and ultimately to life itself. Divided into three sections, Real Love explores love in three arenas of life: for oneself, love for an other, and love for all of life."

Sharon Salzberg is one of the foremost authorities of western Buddhism and mindfulness of our time. This program will be facilitated by Jessica Webb, MBSR teacher, Mindfulness Yoga 500-hour instructor, and owner of Anchor Yoga.

Cost: $25 for the six-session program*

*This class is offered in the spirit of däna (generosity). The $25 fee covers the studio costs only. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings will be freely offered. Participants are encouraged to make a donation of any amount for instruction and facilitation. Pre-registration required. Please purchase a copy of the book to bring with you each class.

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Jun
16
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Sandra Sādhānā

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Jun
9
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Marcia Hathaway

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. You can also always donate a NEW YOGA MAT, too! These mats are used by students in Project Wheel House yoga classes.

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Jun
2
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga w/ Jessica Webb

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. 

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May
26
8:15 AM08:15

Lighthouse Yoga Season Opener w/ Jenn Risio

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Every summer, we gather on the grassy lawn in the shadow of the lighthouse at Ned's Point in Mattapoisett.

Like a homecoming, it's at one level a somatic hot air balloon ride and on another level a pleasingly slow plunge into the Grand Canyon of your physical and energetic bodies. Lighthouse yoga runs every Saturday from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. in the summer months, weather permitting.

We usually launch it on Memorial Day weekend and continue until after Labor Day, as long as the weather holds, which is usually the second week of September. Many students prefer to bring a blanket to lay underneath a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Pay what you like! We kindly suggest a $5 or $10 cash and a portion of the proceeds go to support Project Wheel House which provides free yoga and meditation classes to at-risk populations in our community. 

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May
21
6:30 PM18:30

MOVIE NIGHT! Walk With Me: A Journey Into Mindfulness Featuring Thich Nhat Hanh

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Please join us for another very special movie night. Tonight's feature is the movie Walk With Me: A Journey Into Mindfulness featuring the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Popcorn will be served and a discussion to follow. Feel free to bring in your own food or snacks. We have lots of cushions and chairs for your comfort, surround stereo sound, and a 10-foot projection screen.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, WALK WITH ME is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmed over three years and with unprecedented access, this visceral film is a meditation on a community who have given up all their possessions for a monastic life in rural France.

With unprecedented access, ‘Walk With Me’ takes you deep inside the world-famous
monastery, Plum Village, and captures the life of a community who has given up all their possessions for one common purpose – to practice the art of mindfulness.

 133min.

 

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May
20
1:30 PM13:30

The Power of Adduction: Inner Fire Yogalates

ad·duct
əˈdəkt
verb
(of a muscle) To move toward the midline of the body or toward another part.
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Core: The central, innermost, or most essential part of something.

The power of adduction brings a surefire focus to the third chakra (manipura), our inner fire. When adduction is initiated, we are powered up and, like the metalsmith with her forge, we can then harness that energy to illuminate the higher chakras, stoking the energy wheels and raising our consciousness. From the fire below, we extend upwards toward lightness.

This workshop -- part of our spring CoREvolution movement -- is a fierce fusion of yoga and mat pilates that will develop and maintain your abdominal muscles. By strengthening these deep core muscles that support your spine, vis-à-vis the unique system of Pilates, you will increase focus and build endurance in each pose, opening the gates of energy flow. 

This workshop will teach you ways to use blocks, Pilates Magic Circles, and straps to stoke the embers of your manipura chakra, your inner fire. (Not to mention, by adducting, scissoring, and engaging the powerhouse muscles of the body in yoga, you automatically correct common postural misalignments!) Ready to get fired up?

Led by Jenn Risio, RYT.

Cost: $25 Before May 20

$30 On May 20

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May
19
6:00 PM18:00

Sound Healing Meditation Spring Series with Justin Perreault and Denise Lajeunesse

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Vibration is at the very essence and core of life itself. The ground beneath you vibrates as do the trees and the stars above. This meditation class will offer you a chance to heal the body, mind, and spirit as well as realize and thereby manifest intentions. Sounds are created using Tibetan singing bowls, cymbals (tingshas), drums, and gongs.

You may practice the meditation seated or lying down on comfortable cushions. Cultivation of living harmoniously with nature and life can be felt with a sound healing meditation.

This special sound healing class will be a collaboration with Denise Lajeunesse from Heart and Soul Healing Essentials and Justin Perreault from The Heart of Healing.

Just come! This class is offered as a drop-in or feel free to use your class pass.

Cost: 

Regular Class Pricing Applies

Or Use Your Class Pass

 

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May
13
3:30 PM15:30

Mother's Day Spa Bliss Restorative Yoga with Aromatherapy Massage

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It's Mother's Day and that means pampering and treating yourself to an afternoon of self-care at Spa Bliss! Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy Massage with licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher, Sandra Sādhāna.

(P.S. - Tell 'em this would make a GREAT gift idea! Wink-Wink!)

Unwind with this candlelit restorative class of supported yoga postures and therapeutic massage during an extended savasana. Sandra Sādhāna (LMT, E-RYT) will guide this soothing floor-based class to calm the nervous system, soften physical tension and release energetic stagnation. Followed by detailed facial massage with organic essential oils used to rest and rejuvenate. Restorative yoga class plus a mini spa treatment! 

Space is limited to 18. Pre-registration strongly recommended.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

 

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May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Dance Night!

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It's Cinco de Mayo so, naturally, we are having a dance to celebrate (as if we needed a reason)! This is a super-fun way to work up a sweat, get the heart pumping, and release those endorphins. We've got the mirror ball, the music, and the fresh salsa. Shake off the work week stress with high-energy beats. Come join us for an alcohol-free night of fun and dancing!

Come anytime after 6 p.m.; the last song will play at 9. We prefer you dance in bare feet (our floors need to be clean for the next yoga class), but will make exceptions for non-marking, clean-soled shoes.

Turn off the TV, get off that couch, and binge on some beats!

Donation-based to benefit Fairhaven Healing Arts Scholarship Programs

Suggested Donation $15 - $20 per person

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May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Equilibrium: A Yoga & Reiki Experience

Explore what complete equilibrium feels like in your body as you balance your emotional and physical realms through yoga and reiki combined. Immerse yourself in a state of complete balance and harmony with Jenn Risio.

Harmonize the mind, body, and spirit with Reiki -- a healing technique with therapeutic touch -- combined with the movement practice of yoga. Create a rich braid of experiences that will allow you to open and release tension.

The yoga will consist of a gentle flow to awaken the pranic energy within the body and lead to longer holds interspersed with light touch. Reiki will be intertwined in specific postures (asanas), and you will will experience a healing session by Jenn in an extended savasana. This class will encourage you to completely let go, surrender, and release into the moment. 

Cost:

$20 Before Class Date

$25 Day of Class

Jenn, a yoga teacher and Reiki healer, has been cultivating her yoga practice for 18 years, and is still captivated by the deep personal transformation, inner peace, and love she experiences. She is a 200-hour RYT with Yoga Alliance and currently offers Reiki treatments at the Mattapoisett Wellness Center.

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Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

Soul Surrender Restorative Yoga

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Restorative Yoga is a meditative yoga practice of deep yet aware relaxation. It is the yoga of "being" rather than the yoga of "doing". As your body releases into soothing, supported poses, your muscles utterly relax and melt into the shape of the posture, rather than pushing and forcing them. Restorative yoga releases deeply held tensions, soothes the nervous system, strengthens the immune system, and feeds your spirit.

Joelene Marinone will lead this class complete with supportive props, blankets, and cushions.

Class size is limited to 18. Registration in advance is strongly suggested.

All levels welcome, no prior experience necessary.

Cost: $25 before 4/15

$30 after 4/15

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Apr
15
1:30 PM13:30

The Power of Adduction: Inner Fire Yogalates

ad·duct
əˈdəkt
verb
(of a muscle) To move toward the midline of the body or toward another part.
yogalates 2.jpg

Core: The central, innermost, or most essential part of something.

The power of adduction brings a surefire focus to the third chakra (manipura), our inner fire. When adduction is initiated, we are powered up and, like the metalsmith with her forge, we can then harness that energy to illuminate the higher chakras, stoking the energy wheels and raising our consciousness. From the fire below, we extend upwards toward lightness.

This workshop -- part of our spring CoREvolution movement -- is a fierce fusion of yoga and mat pilates that will develop and maintain your abdominal muscles. By strengthening these deep core muscles that support your spine, vis-à-vis the unique system of Pilates, you will increase focus and build endurance in each pose, opening the gates of energy flow. 

This workshop will teach you ways to use blocks, Pilates Magic Circles, and straps to stoke the embers of your manipura chakra, your inner fire. (Not to mention, by adducting, scissoring, and engaging the powerhouse muscles of the body in yoga, you automatically correct common postural misalignments!) Ready to get fired up?

Led by Jenn Risio, RYT.

Cost: $25 Before April 15

$30 On April 15

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Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

Sound Healing Meditation Spring Series with Justin Perreault

 Justin Perreault

Justin Perreault

Vibration is at the very essence and core of life itself. The ground beneath you vibrates as do the trees and the stars above. This meditation class will offer you a chance to heal the body, mind, and spirit as well as realize and thereby manifest intentions. Sounds are created using Tibetan singing bowls, cymbals (tingshas), drums, and gongs. You may practice the meditation seated or lying down on comfortable cushions. Cultivation of living harmoniously with nature and life can be felt with a sound healing meditation. Just come! This class is offered as a drop-in or feel free to use your class pass.

Cost: 

Regular Class Pricing Applies

Or Use Your Class Pass

 

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Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Thai & Fly: Therapeutic Thai Massage and Acro Yoga

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Flying therapeutics! Thai massage and suspension traction!

Join Sandra Sādhānā and Lindsay Williams for an afternoon of introductory Thai massage, and therapeutic flying. Learn how to combine these deeply relaxing methods to promote healing of the body, mind, and spirit.

Students will be paired together to learn the essentials of Thai Massage on the floor with one another before being placed in groups of three. The triad groups (pair plus one spotter) will then explore how to transition each movement into the Acro-Yoga playing field introducing the "traction and trust" that flying will bring.

You will learn, through hands-on practice, techniques of Thai massage and Acro Yoga you can easily recreate at home. Time will be taken for demonstrations, posture break-down, hands-on practice, integration, and questions. Feel free to bring a notebook to jot down notes from class.

No partner or prior experience is necessary, please wear comfortable clothing and bring your spirit of play!

Pre-registration Required. Class size limited to 15.

Cost:

EASTER BUNNY DISCOUNT!! 

JUST $30 TO TRY THAI AND FLY!

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Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Lighten Up! 7-Day Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse (Two-Part Workshop)

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Want to skip the spring allergies? Ready to emerge from winter's hibernation feeling light and refreshed? Join Denise Alston, PhD, for an Ayurveda-inspired cleanse that will release the shadow of winter and blossom you into spring.

This simple 3-phase process (pre-cleanse, cleanse, post-cleanse) will rest and reset your digestion, eliminate toxins, and benefit your overall health.

The first class on April 7 will set you up for the week-long cleanse using Ayurvedic principles based on your individual body's assessed constitution (dosha in Ayurvedic Medicine).

At the second class, on April 14 (also from 10:00 to 12:00), we will reflect on what went well, what could go easier, and what's next as we go into warmer weather. Throughout the cleanse, we will pay attention to everything we take in: our food and drink, images, information, emotions (think: TV, news, social media, and more). 

Daily guidance, video webinar/conference call, recipes, cooking video, emailed tips, and more, will lead you through the essential steps to make your cleanse a success.

Denise Alston, PhD, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist and RYT-500 finds her joy in sharing Ayurveda wisdom, creating yoga cultural retreats, and leading The Four Desires process for living the life of your dreams. She has been living her dream since 2003. 

Cost: $75 before 4/1

$85 after 4/1

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Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Synergy of Sound: Fairhaven Healing Arts Full Blue Moon Concert

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To celebrate and invoke the energy of the full blue moon, please join Synergy of Sound for a special sound healing concert on March 31st.

For thousands of years sound, music, and rhythm have been used by indigenous and wisdom traditions for celebration, ceremony, healing, and spiritual growth. Synergy of Sound Concerts are brought to the community as an offering in the spirit of these traditions. The wisdom of using sound and vibration is timeless and its effectiveness is now being confirmed through modern scientific studies.

Each concert will be a unique expression and embodiment of the moment. After a brief introduction, you will be guided through an extended sound meditation lasting from 60 to 75 minutes. You'll be invited to connect to body, mind, spirit with the support of the harmonic, rhythmic sounds of a variety of ancient and contemporary instruments from around the world including gongs, tingshas, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums, rattles, flutes, voice and more. Afterwards, time will be given for sharing, questions, and integration.

Please wear warm, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat, blanket, and pillow to sit or lie comfortably on the floor. You may also use a chair if you prefer. No experience necessary.

Cost:

$25 before 3/31

$30 on 3/31

The practitioners are all Energy Medicine and Sound Healing graduates of Fairhaven Healing Arts. They continue to learn in advanced classes and to serve as apprentices in a variety of ways. All three have experienced firsthand the healing and transformative power of sound.

Paula Lazaroff is owner of Essential Healing Arts, a private practice providing individual sessions combining somatic bodywork, sacred sound healing, energy medicine, shamanic journeying, cranial-sacral therapy, classes on meditation and sound  healing, guided sound meditations, and community ceremonies.

Duncan Whittier has a private practice offering individual sessions combining transformational bodywork, sacred sound, and energy medicine. Duncan also offers group sessions utilizing a rare 21-inch Jambati Tibetan singing bowl to assist individuals with grounding and healing and introduce them to the power of sound.

Jacquie Fehon is a lifelong musician who became passionate about music that serves to bring people together, expresses their joy and arises organically from the land where they live. Her experience of her own personal healing from sound at Fairhaven Healing Arts has helped her realize her own music could be healing and uplifting for others. Inspired to serve from the heart, Jacquie is a part of the FHA ministry and graciously volunteers her time.

About Fairhaven Healing Arts and Synergy of Sound: The founder of Synergy of Sound is Lisa Ishwari Murphy, the director of Fairhaven Healing Arts. Lisa has spent more than 30 years developing an integrated teaching on sound healing called A Sound Body of Knowledge, combining natural law, transformative sound healing and energy medicine practices as well as including the physical and energetic understanding of the instruments used. Coming from her unique lineage of a direct connection to indigenous streams of consciousness, this sound healing style has a sacred energy that is authentic, grounded, light and powerful. 

To learn more, visit www.healingyurt.com and www.fairhavenhealing.com

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Mar
25
5:00 PM17:00

Girish Live Music and Yoga

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Girish

Experience the magic of powerful Sanskrit chants set to modern melodies with Girish live and in-person while you practice yoga! Jenn Risio and Sandra Sādhānā will guide you in a soul-moving experience of movement, breath, intention, and fire while you are serenaded by Girish.  

Let go and let your yoga flow through the beats and rhythms of Girish's soul stirring tunes. Class ends with a Sanskrit lullaby during savasana followed by one call-and-response kirtan chant. This is a truly magical and incredible musical and yoga experience that allows you to go deeper into your practice and your body.

SOLD OUT

Save the date for Girish's next event on Sept. 30!

Girish is an eclectic artist with roots in jazz, world, and sacred music. His musical talents find expression in a wide array of instruments – including tablas, world percussion, guitar, harmonium, and voice.

Drumming has always been instinctual to Girish, flowing freely from his fingers and knowing no musical bounds. In his teens, he started experimenting with pop, rock, jazz and orchestral music. His first experience of music as sacred art came in college, playing with jazz bands. "During improvisational sessions," he recalls, "there were these unexplainable moments of synchronicity and intuition that felt like magic." 

These moments came just as Girish was feeling pulled toward a sacred life. A college philosophy class inspired him to explore spirituality through Kundalini yoga, meditation, and the study of Eastern scriptures. By the time of his college graduation, Girish was so deep into these practices that he decided to move into an ashram in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Thus began an unexpected journey-a seeming detour that inadvertently nourished his musical artistry. 

Girish lived in the ashram for five years, giving up music and taking the vows of a monk in the Divine Mother tradition called Dakshina Marg or Mahashakti Yoga. Yet, here, another compelling sound force emerged for Girish: the chanting of Sanskrit mantras. As a monk in the ashram he spent hours every day chanting. Girish also studied Sanskrit as a means to understand the deeper meanings of these ancient chants, and helped his teacher translate dozens of hymns. 

He thought he had given up music for his spiritual practice, but one day he happened upon a set of tablas at the ashram and was instantly compelled to play them. This event set him on a life-changing course. Guided as always by rhythm, and now by his spiritual pursuits, Girish began to study tablas with Jagadish in the Nada Yoga tradition (yoga of sound current), which emphasized the spiritual import of music. He also traveled to New York to learn the art of Indian drumming at Siddha Yoga Ashram. 

After New York, Girish then connected with the musician and spiritual teacher Bob Kindler, known as Babaji. "From Babaji, I learned that sacred music is a viable outlet of spirituality, one that is profoundly uplifting and transformative," says Girish. It became clear to him that his innate musical passions didn’t conflict with, but in fact lead to a spiritual livelihood. Traveling and performing with Babaji helped cement this notion. 

Girish also studied with legendary tabla master Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar School of Music in Marin County, California. It was in northern California that Girish met other musicians at the forefront of the chant music explosion in this country. Krishna Das was just gaining popularity at that time and Girish played with him regularly. In this context, Girish was quickly introduced to a wider world of music for yoga. Soon he was accompanying many of the names in the yoga music genre, including Wah!, Dave Stringer, Donna DeLory, Thomas Barquee, Snatam Kaur, Shanti Shanti, Steve Ross, Swaha, and Rasa. His move to Los Angeles in 2000 brought him to the nation's epicenter of chanting and world music.

As a session player, Girish's work has aligned him with the likes of producers Glen Ballard (Dave Matthews Band, Alani Morrisette) and Michael Brook (Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour) as well as the creative team at Lucas Art. His talents are featured on some of the most popular recordings in the world music/chant music field today. 

Girish continues to explore and expand musical borders, and has found new avenues for his artistic expression. The yearning to express the power of Sanskrit mantras through his own voice has been a driving force behind his CD's, REVEAL (Mondolaya Music, May 2004), SHIVA MACHINE (Spirit Voyage Music, April 2006), DIAMONDS IN THE SUN (Mondolaya Music, April 2010), REMIXED (Mondolaya Music, December 2011, SKY OF THE HEART (Mondolaya Music, December 2014), Daily Chants for a Radiant Spirit (Mondolaya Music, September 2016) and his book MUSIC AND MANTRAS (Enliven Books, October 2016).

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Mar
18
4:00 PM16:00

Soul Surrender Vernal Equinox Restorative Yoga

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Give yourself the gift of a special Restorative Yoga class on the eve of the Vernal Equinox as a way to physically mark the transition of the body, mind, and spirit into the spring season. The Vernal Equinox signifies the transition from the deep hibernation period of winter into the blossoming of renewed spring-time energy.

For two solid hours, Joelene Marinone will guide you into a profound exploration of body, mind, and spirit with an eye towards refreshing the body.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! NEXT ONE IS ON APRIL 22

Restorative Yoga is a meditative yoga practice of deep yet aware relaxation. It is the yoga of "being" rather than the yoga of "doing". As your body releases into soothing, supported poses, your muscles utterly relax and melt into the shape of the posture, rather than pushing and forcing them. Restorative yoga releases deeply held tensions, soothes the nervous system, strengthens the immune system, and feeds your spirit.

Class size is limited to 18. Registration in advance is strongly suggested.

All levels welcome, no prior experience necessary.

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Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

Sound Healing Meditation Spring Series with Justin Perreault

 Justin Perreault

Justin Perreault

Vibration is at the very essence and core of life itself. The ground beneath you vibrates as do the trees and the stars above. This meditation class will offer you a chance to heal the body, mind, and spirit as well as realize and thereby manifest intentions. Sounds are created using Tibetan singing bowls, cymbals (tingshas), drums, and gongs. You may practice the meditation seated or lying down on comfortable cushions. Cultivation of living harmoniously with nature and life can be felt with a sound healing meditation. Just come! This class is offered as a drop-in or feel free to use your class pass.

Cost: 

Regular Class Pricing Applies

Or Use Your Class Pass

 

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Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

MOVIE NIGHT: "On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace"

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Movie Night at Anchor Yoga! Join us for a $5 cozy night in for a screening of the film "On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace", one man's relationship to yoga's past and present with stunning photography. Based on the book of the same name by Michael O'Neill. Popcorn will be served and short discussion will follow the film.

Cost: $5 Donation, Cash only

Watch the Trailer:

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Mar
11
12:30 PM12:30

The Art of Meditation: Yin Yoga and Insight Meditation Workshop with Josh Summers

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Josh Summers

Meditation might be seen as a process that develops clarity and perspective towards our inner worlds. Meditation - done well – skillfully develops a gentle kindness, compassion, and wisdom for the totality of our life. Unfortunately, because of popular misconceptions, many people find meditation challenging or frustrating; that meditation is somehow for other people, but not for them.

But this can change. In this workshop, we will use the practice of Yin Yoga to explore the meditative process in a gentle and receptive manner. My goal is to help release tension from your practice so that you can enjoy the development of your own serenity and peace.

What is Yin Yoga? Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to more dynamic and active yoga styles. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deeper layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. Yin Yoga emphasizes stillness and silence. The practice prepares both the body and mind for deeper experiences in meditation.

This experiential workshop is open to anyone.

Cost:

$45 Before 3/4

$55 After 3/4

 

About Josh Summers

Josh Summers is a Yin Yoga teacher, a licensed acupuncturist, and a meditation instructor. Josh began studying Iyengar yoga in the early nineties with James Murphy in New York City. Since then, he has spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan and Burma where he has studied both yoga and meditation. As his interest in vipassana or insight meditation developed so too did his interest in more contemplative forms of yoga practice. With a professional background in Oriental Medicine and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of the two. Josh founded the Summers School of Yin Yoga and now teaches workshops and trainings throughout the United States and Europe and host of the Everyday Sublime podcast. For more information, please visit his website: www.joshsummers.net

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Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation #3

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week, in-depth, experiential course in mind/body awareness. Using meditation, yoga, personal inquiry, dialog, and somatic awareness exercises, the MBSR program introduces participants to the art and science of living mindfully.

The orientation is designed to familiarize you with the course's itinerary, expectations, level of commitment needed, and plus give you a first-hand experience of what to expect from the course. 

You will have a chance to meet with the instructor and have any questions or concerns addressed prior to the start of the course. Plus, if you do decide to sign up, you will need to fill out a questionnaire. 

Attendance at ONE of the orientation sessions is required to take the course.

For complete information about MBSR, please see the MBSR page here.

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Feb
25
1:00 PM13:00

Pain Prevention Yoga Series

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Do you love Downward-Facing Dog, but find your shoulders or wrists sore the next day? Do you live with persistent or nagging aches in the muscles or joints and want yoga to help rather than harm? You are not alone!

Pain-Prevention Yoga is just that: a workshop series that will educate you on how to adjust YOUR body for less pain, more flexibility, and greater strength during your yoga practice. Each class will include detailed, hands-on instruction, plus take-home yoga sequences, articles, anatomy demonstration, meditation and relaxation with lavender oil massage.

On Feb. 11, the focus will be on relieving tension in the neck, shoulders and wrists with yoga poses, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (resist/rest/stretch) techniques, and pranayama (breathing manipulation). You will also learn specific tips for relieving pressure on shoulders and wrists through positioning and strengthening.

On Feb. 18, the focus will be on relieving low-back pain and hamstring tightness with yoga poses, props and pranayama. This session is especially helpful for runners and walkers looking for a balance to their regular workouts.

On Feb. 25, the focus will be on ways to open the hips without causing pain in the knees. Poses that open the hips are helpful for preventing back and hip pain, but if not approached with the proper care and alignment, they may put the knees at risk. Learn to safely perform hip-opening poses with a focus on protecting the knee joint with individually-tailored cueing and use of props. Special attention will also be given to feet.

Deb Fraine, RYT-200 and Orthopedic Occupational Therapist, will present this blended series of classes to both increase body-awareness for problem areas and give you ways to alleviate your own pain and tension.

You can come to all three classes for maximum benefit, or choose one that deals with your specific issues. 

COST:

$30 FOR ONE CLASS

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation #2

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week, in-depth, experiential course in mind/body awareness. Using meditation, yoga, personal inquiry, dialog, and somatic awareness exercises, the MBSR program introduces participants to the art and science of living mindfully.

The orientation is designed to familiarize you with the course's itinerary, expectations, level of commitment needed, and plus give you a first-hand experience of what to expect from the course. 

You will have a chance to meet with the instructor and have any questions or concerns addressed prior to the start of the course. Plus, if you do decide to sign up, you will need to fill out a questionnaire. 

Attendance at ONE of the orientation sessions is required to take the course.

For complete information about MBSR, please see the MBSR page here.

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Feb
18
1:00 PM13:00

Pain Prevention Yoga Series

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Do you love Downward-Facing Dog, but find your shoulders or wrists sore the next day? Do you live with persistent or nagging aches in the muscles or joints and want yoga to help rather than harm? You are not alone!

Pain-Prevention Yoga is just that: a workshop series that will educate you on how to adjust YOUR body for less pain, more flexibility, and greater strength during your yoga practice. Each class will include detailed, hands-on instruction, plus take-home yoga sequences, articles, anatomy demonstration, meditation and relaxation with lavender oil massage.

On Feb. 11, the focus will be on relieving tension in the neck, shoulders and wrists with yoga poses, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (resist/rest/stretch) techniques, and pranayama (breathing manipulation). You will also learn specific tips for relieving pressure on shoulders and wrists through positioning and strengthening.

On Feb. 18, the focus will be on relieving low-back pain and hamstring tightness with yoga poses, props and pranayama. This session is especially helpful for runners and walkers looking for a balance to their regular workouts.

On Feb. 25, the focus will be on ways to open the hips without causing pain in the knees. Poses that open the hips are helpful for preventing back and hip pain, but if not approached with the proper care and alignment, they may put the knees at risk. Learn to safely perform hip-opening poses with a focus on protecting the knee joint with individually-tailored cueing and use of props. Special attention will also be given to feet.

Deb Fraine, RYT-200 and Orthopedic Occupational Therapist, will present this blended series of classes to both increase body-awareness for problem areas and give you ways to alleviate your own pain and tension.

You can come to all three classes for maximum benefit, or choose one that deals with your specific issues. 

COST:

$30 FOR ONE CLASS

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Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

Sound Healing Meditation Winter Series with Justin Perreault

 Justin Perreault

Justin Perreault

Vibration is at the very essence and core of life itself. The ground beneath you vibrates as do the trees and the stars above. This meditation class will offer you a chance to heal the body, mind, and spirit as well as realize and thereby manifest intentions. Sounds are created using Tibetan singing bowls, cymbals (tingshas), drums, and gongs. You may practice the meditation seated or lying down on comfortable cushions. Cultivation of living harmoniously with nature and life can be felt with a sound healing meditation. Just come! This class is offered as a drop-in or feel free to use your class pass.

Cost: 

Regular Class Pricing Applies

Or Use Your Class Pass

Other dates and times in this series: 

January 20

February 17

 

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Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Pain Prevention Yoga Series

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Do you love Downward-Facing Dog, but find your shoulders or wrists sore the next day? Do you live with persistent or nagging aches in the muscles or joints and want yoga to help rather than harm? You are not alone!

Pain-Prevention Yoga is just that: a workshop series that will educate you on how to adjust YOUR body for less pain, more flexibility, and greater strength during your yoga practice. Each class will include detailed, hands-on instruction, plus take-home yoga sequences, articles, anatomy demonstration, meditation and relaxation with lavender oil massage.

On Feb. 11, the focus will be on relieving tension in the neck, shoulders and wrists with yoga poses, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (resist/rest/stretch) techniques, and pranayama (breathing manipulation). You will also learn specific tips for relieving pressure on shoulders and wrists through positioning and strengthening.

On Feb. 18, the focus will be on relieving low-back pain and hamstring tightness with yoga poses, props and pranayama. This session is especially helpful for runners and walkers looking for a balance to their regular workouts.

On Feb. 25, the focus will be on ways to open the hips without causing pain in the knees. Poses that open the hips are helpful for preventing back and hip pain, but if not approached with the proper care and alignment, they may put the knees at risk. Learn to safely perform hip-opening poses with a focus on protecting the knee joint with individually-tailored cueing and use of props. Special attention will also be given to feet.

Deb Fraine, RYT-200 and Orthopedic Occupational Therapist, will present this blended series of classes to both increase body-awareness for problem areas and give you ways to alleviate your own pain and tension.

You can come to all three classes for maximum benefit, or choose one that deals with your specific issues. 

Cost:

$75 for all three classes

$30 for one class

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Feb
10
12:00 PM12:00

Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation #1

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week, in-depth, experiential course in mind/body awareness. Using meditation, yoga, personal inquiry, dialog, and somatic awareness exercises, the MBSR program introduces participants to the art and science of living mindfully.

The orientation is designed to familiarize you with the course's itinerary, expectations, level of commitment needed, and plus give you a first-hand experience of what to expect from the course. 

You will have a chance to meet with the instructor and have any questions or concerns addressed prior to the start of the course. Plus, if you do decide to sign up, you will need to fill out a questionnaire. 

Attendance at ONE of the orientation sessions is required to take the course.

For complete information about MBSR, please see the MBSR page here.

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