Yoga 101: A Beginner's Journey (series)
Oct
26
11:30 AM11:30

Yoga 101: A Beginner's Journey (series)

Four-week series for those new to yoga

Four-week series for those new to yoga

Taking up a yoga practice can be intimidating and confusing. There are many different styles of yoga to choose from and a vast array of approaches. But the basics of yoga—breathing, postures, energy, and awareness—are universal. Once you have a grasp of the basics, you can feel confident exploring the many different options out there, finding the style that resonates most with your body, heart, and mind.

If you have never practiced yoga before or if you have been practicing yoga for years and would like to explore the many depths of yoga- this is the workshop for you!

“My ongoing goal as a yoga instructor is to dispel the myth that yoga is only for the fit and flexible,” says teacher Deb Fraine.

Yoga means “union.” Yoga is for everyone and has always been mean’t to be inclusive no matter what your body type or physical fitness level. Each week we will explore different yoga themes and participate in a simple yoga practice incorporating these topics. Resources will be provided for further exploration.

The objective of this workshop is to give you the tools to become a lifelong yogi through the safe, inclusive, knowledgeable practice of yoga.

Yoga 101: A Beginner’s Journey is a comprehensive four-week dive into the foundations of a yoga practice. Each week we will discuss a different yoga topic and then practice a simple yoga flow incorporating the theme of the week. The course is designed both for those who are brand new to yoga and for those who may be curious to learn more about the “why” of a particular yoga pose or theory.

Resources will be provided to further explore each topic. You may attend the entire series or individual sessions of your choice. Please bring a yoga mat and a notebook to write in.

SCHEDULE

10/26: What is Yoga? What are the benefit of practice to our every day lives? Getting back to the basic roots of yoga- introduction to the importance of pranayama(breath),the language of yoga and meditation. Classical sun salutation with modifications.

11/2: Yoga is not just about the postures- yoga is a way of life! Introduction to the 8 Limbs of Yoga-including yamas (moral conduct of kindness toward ourselves and others) focus, meditation, postures, breath-all leading to overall health. Simple practice demonstrating the 8 limbs of yoga with modifications.

11/9: Chakras (energy centers of the body) - Chakra specific poses- How do the postures and pranayama (breath) raise your vibration in each of the seven primary chakras contributing to your physical and emotional health? Simple chakra-specific yoga practice to enhance your daily life.

11/16: Postural alignment, not perfection. Discussion and practice of each of the warrior postures safe alignment and modifications. How does yoga contribute to the physical health of your neck, back, shoulders, hip, knees and feet? How can the body, mind, breath and spirit connection prevent illness and injury?

About Deb Fraine: Deb Fraine has been practicing yoga for 20 years and is a registered member of Yoga Alliance having completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Donna Pagliarani at the Dharma Connection in Sandwich, MA. “As a yoga instructor my goal is to integrate my knowledge as an outpatient orthopedic occupational therapist into my yoga classes by helping to prevent injury with sequences that stretch and strengthen the core, neck, back, shoulders, quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, shoulders, wrists and hands.”

Pre-payment is required prior to 10/26.

You may pay with a credit card online, or a check or cash at the studio. A 3% fee is added to credit card payments.

COST: $99

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Journey Through the Chakras: A Kundalini Yoga and Yoga Nidra Experience
Nov
2
3:00 PM15:00

Journey Through the Chakras: A Kundalini Yoga and Yoga Nidra Experience

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Connect with and align the chakras through direct experience for balance and restoration!

The chakras are the energy “wheels” of the subtle body that receive, transmit, and process life energy. When a chakra is out of alignment, we may feel ungrounded, weak, stuck -- and when we balance the chakras, we feel stronger, more powerful, more in tune with life.

The intention of this extended class is to guide you to consciously open the chakras to move energy through the body. We will orient with the basics of the seven main chakras. We will then experientially connect with and awaken them by engaging in Kundalini Yoga “moving meditation” postures. Finally, in a deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra guided meditation, we will journey through the chakras and open healing energy pathways at the subtlest level.

This class is appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Led by Sheri Simon (Kundalini) and Carly Baumann (Yoga Nidra)

Cost: $30 Early Bird

$35 Drop In

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Spa Bliss: Candlelight Restorative Yoga with Aromatherapy Massage
Nov
23
6:30 PM18:30

Spa Bliss: Candlelight Restorative Yoga with Aromatherapy Massage

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Spa Bliss

Aromatherapy Massage and Restorative Yoga

Two opportunities — before Thanksgiving Day, or after, you choose. Better yet, take ‘em both, we won’t tell ;-).

It’s the holidays and we know you are busy taking care of everyone else, so why not treat yourself to an evening of self-care at Spa Bliss Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy Massage with licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher Sandra Orr?

Unwind with this candlelit restorative class of supported yoga postures and therapeutic massage during an extended savasana. Sandra Orr (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! Class is also being held on Saturday, November 30, too!

Cost: $35

Pre-registration is required.

Space is limited to 15.

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Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Yoga!
Nov
28
9:00 AM09:00

Thanksgiving Day Gratitude Yoga!

Thanksgiving Day Yoga 2017.

Thanksgiving Day Yoga 2017.

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.

Suggested donation of $20 or bring in a new unused yoga mat! The class is donation-based with cash or check only to support Project Wheel House. (Make checks payable to: Project Wheel House.)

Click the link below to be taken to the schedule page. You may register directly through the calendar page.

REGISTER: https://www.anchoryoga.com/schedule

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Spa Bliss: Candlelight Restorative Yoga with Aromatherapy Massage
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

Spa Bliss: Candlelight Restorative Yoga with Aromatherapy Massage

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Spa Bliss

Aromatherapy Massage and Restorative Yoga

Two opportunities! It’s the holidays and we know you are busy taking care of everyone else, so why not treat yourself to an evening of self-care at Spa Bliss Restorative Yoga and Aromatherapy Massage with licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher Sandra Orr?

Unwind with this candlelit restorative class of supported yoga postures and therapeutic massage during an extended savasana. Sandra Orr (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!

Cost: $35

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 15.

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Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga 20-Hour Workshop
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga 20-Hour Workshop

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Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a unique intervention based on the robust research that has emerged from The Trauma Center in Boston, MA. It has become a leading evidence-based adjunct treatment for complex trauma (sometimes called chronic, treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and is the only yoga-based practice accepted by SAMSHA and NREPP.

This 20-hour training (18 hours in person, 2 hours self-study) will emphasize the core components of the practice and process of trauma sensitive yoga, and how they relate to any anti-oppressive and trauma sensitive work. The training will provide specific tools to support participants to facilitate trauma-sensitive movement and breath practices that are vital to the healing process of complex trauma.

This training is designed for social workers, activists, mental health clinicians, yoga teachers, educators, and other health care professionals who are looking to deepen their understanding of the whole-system impact of complex, intersectional trauma. There are no pre-requisites to take this workshop, all are welcome.

Additionally, it is designed to support those professionals in expanding their current practice to incorporate aspects the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) through expanding their knowledge of the impacts of complex trauma on the nervous system and broadening their repertoire with trauma sensitive movement and breath.

This weekend training qualifies as the pre-requisite for application for Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga's annual certification program and is eligible for Yoga Alliance CEs (18 contact, 2 non-contact). Please let us know if you need Yoga Alliance CEs.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 FROM 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4 FROM 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5 FROM 9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A ONE-HOUR LUNCH BREAK ON BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.


COST:

We are offering a self-determined way to invest in the training. The scale is based on your self-determined access to resources, privilege, & social capital. In your self-determination, please consider your positionality of privilege. You are encouraged to self-assess your positionality based on aspects of your personhood that do, or do not, grant you privilege/access to social capital e.g. race, gender & sexual identity, socio-economic status, educational background, able-bodied-ness, etc.

TIERS:

Abundant Access to Resources: $425

Sufficient Access to Resources: $375*

Limited Access to Resources: $325

*The value of the training is $375

PLEASE NOTE: A 3% convenience fee is added to the price listed in check-out.

If you are interested in saving the 3% fee, checks can be written payable to Anchor Yoga, P.O. Box 142, Mattapoisett, MA 02739


Nearby Hotels (Click on the name to be taken to the hotel’s page):

Upscale: New Bedford Harbor Hotel

Quaint/Historic: Delano Homestead

Here in the neighborhood: The Inn on the Park

Standard Hotel: The Hampton Inn

Anna Kharaz, LMHC, TCTSY-F

Anna Kharaz, LMHC, TCTSY-F

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

Anna is a psychotherapist, neurotherapist and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator in the greater Boston area. She holds weekly TCTSY classes and is also a trainer and supervisor for the TCTSY training program. Anna has experience working with a culturally and clinically diverse population of children, adolescents, adults and families in domestic and international settings and has worked for research institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Boston Medical Center, The Trauma Center, National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Administrations Hospital. She holds a Bachelors degree in Neuroscience from Brandeis University and Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. Anna utilizes yoga, biofeedback and neurofeedback in her clinical work and specializes in incorporating compassion and mindfulness into empirically validated treatments.

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Yoga and Live Music with Girish
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga and Live Music with Girish

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

LOOK FOR GIRISH BACK IN 2020!

Recording artist, Girish

Recording artist, Girish

Join Deb Fraine, Anchor yoga instructor and long-time Girish fan for this inclusive, lively and mindful yoga flow accompanied by the magical LIVE music of Girish. If you have never experienced  Girish in such an intimate setting, you are in for an amazingly uplifting physical and spiritual experience. From the beginner yoga student to the seasoned yogi, all are welcome!

We are all “Diamonds in the Sun” thanks to Girish! Don’t miss this life changing, inspiring event! 

Experience the magic of live music - powerful Sanskrit chants set to modern melodies - while you practice yoga with your favorite yoga teacher. 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. This is a truly magical and incredible musical and yoga experience that allows you to go deeper into your practice and your body.

Cost: Early Bird (before 10/3) $20

$25 after 10/3

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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Belly Dancing with Veil (series)
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

Belly Dancing with Veil (series)

Belly Dancing instructor Lindsay Williams

Belly Dancing instructor Lindsay Williams

Dance has long been an activity of celebration, of marking important occasions, of expressing emotion, and most importantly - it's just plain fun! Let's dance!

During the six-week session we will build strength, and begin to learn to dance with a veil - an elegant, artful, flow of movement - that's also a great workout for the arms! Plus we will learn basic yoga stretching, and explore movement, music, play, and techniques derived from Middle Eastern dance.

Our goal is to re-open and strengthen channels of self-expression, as well as learn methods of movement for health and pleasure. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in, and bring a yoga mat for the stretching portion.

If you miss dancing for fun, shake it often, want to learn new things, or have ever been curious about belly dance, this is the perfect place to start! The series will be beginner-friendly, no previous experience required. Hip scarves will be available to borrow, or you can bring your own. We will be in bare feet and it's important to dress comfortably (costumes encouraged).

The cost of a veil is included in the class-session price, so once you sign up your veil is yours to keep!

Cost: $95 per person for the series (includes a veil)

Mondays 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/27, 11/4, and 11/11

All classes are 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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Fall Equinox Yoga and Ecstatic Dance Event!
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Equinox Yoga and Ecstatic Dance Event!

Feel the freedom of ecstatic dance plus vinyasa yoga! BE COURAGEOUS. BE YOU!

Feel the freedom of ecstatic dance plus vinyasa yoga! BE COURAGEOUS. BE YOU!

Celebrate the earth and check out this opportunity to stretch in a gentle vinyasa style flow that then transition into an open platform for movement exploration through ecstatic dance!

What is ecstatic dance? Ecstatic dance is a form of dance in which you, the dancer-yogi, steps out of your “thinking mind” and are lead instead by your heart to freely move as the music takes you, leading to a feeling of transcendence and ecstasy in the mind and body.

Dancing freely is an act of courage. It's about getting great exercise, freeing your mind and body, and connecting with your self and others in a safe and healthy space.

Dance as meditation is an ancient practice. Led by Nicole Winning, ecstatic dance empowers people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to express themselves freely. Nicole will guide you through the first 45 minutes of yoga and then will hold space on the dance floor for the whole class to seamlessly transition into ecstatic dance and free-form physical expression set to music.

Before each class we will take some time to explore guidelines for safe and conscious interaction. The codes of honor in an Ecstatic Dance class invoke loving-kindness-based guidelines which we all adhere to on the dance floor. These include: asking for and receiving consent if you want to dance with another individual; how to be clear and kind in saying no to an invitation to dance; and how to notice if others are content to always be ‘solo dancers’. It’s a language we will joyfully learn together so that we can explore, flow and feel safe all at the same time.

Come wearing comfortable clothes in layers and bring a full water bottle. With yoga and ecstatic dance, you will leave feeling energized and nourished in mind, body and soul through the opportunity to care for and express your body in this unique and illuminating way.

Class will wind down and ground with deep relaxation through savasana and focused breathing. Ambient music will continue to guide you inward as you rest and integrate, leaving you embodied and energized at the conclusion of our practice.

About Niki: Nicole Winning is a 200-hr certified yoga instructor since 2010, and completed her MA in Eastern Philosophy in 2015 wit a focus on Sanskrit and Vedant Literature and is now working on her MFA in Visual Art with a focus on performance art. Nicole’s lifelong interests have been learning and teaching the ancient eastern practices of understanding the relationship between body, mind and self, expressing that relationship through different forms of yoga, meditation, dance and performance.

COST: THIS IS A SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY EVENT!

USE YOUR CLASS PASS OR OUR DROP-IN RATES APPLY.

THIS EVENT IS A PREVIEW OF OUR MONTHLY FALL SERIES HAPPENING ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH.

THE REMAINDER OF THE CLASSES WILL BE $20 EARLY BIRD AND $25 DROP-IN

10/6 FROM 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.

11/3 FROM 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.

12/1 FROM 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.

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MBSR Free Orientation
Sep
7
11:00 AM11:00

MBSR Free Orientation

MBSR Free orientation is mandatory for those wishing to take the MBSR program.

MBSR Free orientation is mandatory for those wishing to take the MBSR program.

The Fall Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses will be offered at three separate locations this fall. Tuesdays beginning September 10th at the Marion Music Hall in Marion, MA. Wednesdays beginning September 18 at Groundwork in New Bedford, MA, and Thursdays beginning September 19 at The Bridge in Dartmouth, MA.

For a complete list of locations and schedules, click here: MBSR SCHEDULES.

Today’s free MBSR orientation is mandatory for anyone wishing to participate in any of the Fall MBSR courses. You only need to attend one orientation as a prerequisite for MBSR.

In the orientation, we will cover:

  • The history of MBSR

  • Meet the instructor, Jessica Webb

  • Practice short guided meditations

  • Benefits and Risks of taking MBSR

  • Question and Answer period

  • Fill out the pre-assessment form

  • Register for the program

Please go to the SCHEDULE PAGE to register for your free orientation.

For more information about MBSR, please click HERE.

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MBSR Free Orientation
Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

MBSR Free Orientation

MBSR Free orientation is mandatory for those wishing to take the MBSR program.

MBSR Free orientation is mandatory for those wishing to take the MBSR program.

The Fall Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses will be offered at three separate locations this fall. Tuesdays beginning September 10th at the Marion Music Hall in Marion, MA. Wednesdays beginning September 18 at Groundwork in New Bedford, MA, and Thursdays beginning September 19 at The Bridge in Dartmouth, MA.

For a complete list of locations and schedules, click here: MBSR SCHEDULES.

Today’s free MBSR orientation is mandatory for anyone wishing to participate in any of the Fall MBSR courses. You only need to attend one orientation as a prerequisite for MBSR.

In the orientation, we will cover:

  • The history of MBSR

  • Meet the instructor, Jessica Webb

  • Practice short guided meditations

  • Benefits and Risks of taking MBSR

  • Question and Answer period

  • Fill out the pre-assessment form

  • Register for the program

Please go to the SCHEDULE PAGE to register for your free orientation.

For more information about MBSR, please click HERE.

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MBSR Free Orientation
Aug
10
11:00 AM11:00

MBSR Free Orientation

MBSR Free orientation is mandatory for those wishing to take the MBSR program.

MBSR Free orientation is mandatory for those wishing to take the MBSR program.

The Fall Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses will be offered at three separate locations this fall. Tuesdays beginning September 10th at the Marion Music Hall in Marion, MA. Wednesdays beginning September 18 at Groundwork in New Bedford, MA, and Thursdays beginning September 19 at The Bridge in Dartmouth, MA.

For a complete list of locations and schedules, click here: MBSR SCHEDULES.

Today’s free MBSR orientation is mandatory for anyone wishing to participate in any of the Fall MBSR courses. You only need to attend one orientation as a prerequisite for MBSR.

In the orientation, we will cover:

  • The history of MBSR

  • Meet the instructor, Jessica Webb

  • Practice short guided meditations

  • Benefits and Risks of taking MBSR

  • Question and Answer period

  • Fill out the pre-assessment form

  • Register for the program

Please go to the SCHEDULE PAGE to register for your free orientation.

For more information about MBSR, please click HERE.

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The Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle
Aug
4
1:00 PM13:00

The Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle

This month’s theme is “Reclaiming Joy!” “Thereare going to be frustrations in this life. The question is not: How do I escape? It is: How can I use this as something positive?” -HH the Dalai Lama XIV, in The Book of Joy  Joy is deeper than happiness, and encompasses the full spectrum of human emotion with gratitude for our miraculous existence. Let’s play in and around this theme like otters on a waterslide, making Joy our home base in every way we can!

This month’s theme is “Reclaiming Joy!” “Thereare going to be frustrations in this life. The question is not: How do I escape? It is: How can I use this as something positive?” -HH the Dalai Lama XIV, in The Book of Joy

Joy is deeper than happiness, and encompasses the full spectrum of human emotion with gratitude for our miraculous existence. Let’s play in and around this theme like otters on a waterslide, making Joy our home base in every way we can!

The Wild Woman Project is at once a philosophy (an invigorating approach to life as a wondrous, often messy, creative project) and a growing movement of courageous, creative, heart-centered (often weird and wonderful) women on a mission to remember, to reimagine what it means to be a woman: untamed.

With an eye toward the greater good, a love for the natural world, and a tendency for loud belly laughs, The Wild Woman Project aims to weave a web of radiant, creative and loving women who live from the heart and open to every moment. The Wild Woman Project seeks to awaken women to their most authentic, undomesticated nature, so they may feel like themselves, all the time, no apologies. 

Join Wild Woman Project facilitator, Lindsay Williams, monthly to celebrate the New Moon, meditate, and set intentions that will draw us along the path of living a joyful life. Please bring a journal or notebook.

Each class is a stand-alone event, but we will convene monthly around the New Moon. Make this a monthly ritual!

Cost: $20 EARLY BIRD

$25 DROP IN

From the Wild Woman Project website: "In this international network of circles, you can expect: A Sensuous Sacred Space held by a trained WWP Facilitator with Guided Meditation, Sharing, Intention Setting Ritual and more held on or near the New Moon.

These circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) and co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). We also tend to be a heart-centered bunch, lots of laughter and tears.

Some Wild Woman Project Circles are held in yoga studios and community spaces, others in backyards and living rooms. There are even circles which happen online. There are a number of Circles which are private (a small group of friends) and others that are open to the public. We unite under a common theme each New Moon and explore it in our own ways. Each Facilitator brings her own special magic & orientation based her own knowledge and passions. These Circles are open to all who identify as women."

For more information, please visit the Wild Woman Project website here.

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NAMASTÉ DAY!
Jul
20
8:15 AM08:15

NAMASTÉ DAY!

Namasté means that we bow to your light!

Namasté means that we bow to your light!

We're saying, "Thank You!"

On July 20, with our hands at heart-center, be ready to receive a deep bow of gratitude for all the generosity you've shown Project Wheel House over the months! Lighthouse Yoga will be a special day today, indeed! We will have harper Jay Michaels (The Harper and The Minstrel) performing LIVE while you do your yoga practice and LOTS of prizes and give-aways! Marcia is teaching a fun and festive, joyful yoga practice to coincides with Mattapoisett Harbor Days . We are over the moon because of your support for 20 in 20 and we really want to take the opportunity to show just how grateful we are that you support FREE yoga and mindfulness for ALL.

We'll start at our regular time of 8:15-ish and end around 9:30a.m.

http://www.theharperandtheminstrel.com/

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Jul
6
1:00 PM13:00

The Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle

This Moon Cycle we will turn our hearts toward home, both our individual dwellings & our shared home, planet Earth.  Inspired by the nurturing, heartfelt, watery, and Moon-ruled, astrological sign of Cancer, we will aim to bring loving presence, intimacy, and attention to our relationship with our homes and our world.

This Moon Cycle we will turn our hearts toward home, both our individual dwellings & our shared home, planet Earth.  Inspired by the nurturing, heartfelt, watery, and Moon-ruled, astrological sign of Cancer, we will aim to bring loving presence, intimacy, and attention to our relationship with our homes and our world.

The Wild Woman Project is at once a philosophy (an invigorating approach to life as a wondrous, often messy, creative project) and a growing movement of courageous, creative, heart-centered (often weird and wonderful) women on a mission to remember, to reimagine what it means to be a woman: untamed.

With an eye toward the greater good, a love for the natural world, and a tendency for loud belly laughs, The Wild Woman Project aims to weave a web of radiant, creative and loving women who live from the heart and open to every moment. The Wild Woman Project seeks to awaken women to their most authentic, undomesticated nature, so they may feel like themselves, all the time, no apologies. 

Join Wild Woman Project facilitator, Lindsay Williams, monthly to celebrate the New Moon, meditate, and set intentions that will draw us along the path of living a joyful life. Please bring a journal or notebook.

Each class is a stand-alone event, but we will convene monthly around the New Moon. Make this a monthly ritual!

Cost: $20 EARLY BIRD

$25 DROP IN

From the Wild Woman Project website: "In this international network of circles, you can expect: A Sensuous Sacred Space held by a trained WWP Facilitator with Guided Meditation, Sharing, Intention Setting Ritual and more held on or near the New Moon.

These circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) and co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). We also tend to be a heart-centered bunch, lots of laughter and tears.

Some Wild Woman Project Circles are held in yoga studios and community spaces, others in backyards and living rooms. There are even circles which happen online. There are a number of Circles which are private (a small group of friends) and others that are open to the public. We unite under a common theme each New Moon and explore it in our own ways. Each Facilitator brings her own special magic & orientation based her own knowledge and passions. These Circles are open to all who identify as women."

For more information, please visit the Wild Woman Project website here.

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Jun
22
1:30 PM13:30

Solstice Yoga Nidra and Intention Workshop

Yoga Nidra (or ‘yogic sleep’) prepares the subtle body for the integration of a purpose or a resolve (‘sankalpa’).

Yoga Nidra (or ‘yogic sleep’) prepares the subtle body for the integration of a purpose or a resolve (‘sankalpa’).

Create your own sacred intention that comes from your heart on the symbolic Summer Solstice!

The solstice represents a time of opening, calling in the light, and celebrating the power of abundance from tiny seeds. At the year's mid-point, it is a potent time to reflect on what you've experienced so far, and recalibrate the intentions that guide your life. This workshop is designed to relax and rejuvenate while igniting your deepest intention!

Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep-based meditation technique that takes you to the deepest levels of relaxation and healing, effortlessly. From this place, you dissolve the subconscious habits you wish to release and replace them with your intention. All while lying down in a comfortable position, completely guided.

In this two-and-a-half hour class, we will explore the basics of the yogic tool of intention and use a simple process to craft your individual working intention - a “mission statement” that resonates with what you want to bring into your life. We’ll then use a gentle asana practice accessible to all levels to bring awareness to the present, and anchor our intentions within a guided Yoga Nidra meditation.

About Carly: Carly Baumann is an Integrative Amrit Method (I AM) Yoga Instructor and Certified I AM Yoga Nidra Facilitator. Carly began her path with the “meditation in motion” of I AM Yoga and profound peace of Yoga Nidra as a student in 2006 and completed her first 200-hour training in 2013. Carly teaches with a joyful intention of making the power of yogic philosophy and tools accessible and applicable to everyday life.

Cost: $30 Early Bird

$35 Drop In

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Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

The Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle

New moon in Gemini: Revitalizing the Village

New moon in Gemini: Revitalizing the Village

The Wild Woman Project is at once a philosophy (an invigorating approach to life as a wondrous, often messy, creative project) and a growing movement of courageous, creative, heart-centered (often weird and wonderful) women on a mission to remember, to reimagine what it means to be a woman: untamed.

With an eye toward the greater good, a love for the natural world, and a tendency for loud belly laughs, The Wild Woman Project aims to weave a web of radiant, creative and loving women who live from the heart and open to every moment. The Wild Woman Project seeks to awaken women to their most authentic, undomesticated nature, so they may feel like themselves, all the time, no apologies. 

Join Wild Woman Project facilitator, Lindsay Williams, monthly to celebrate the New Moon, meditate, and set intentions that will draw us along the path of living a joyful life. Please bring a journal or notebook.

Each class is a stand-alone event, but we will convene monthly around the New Moon. Make this a monthly ritual!

Cost: $20 EARLY BIRD

$25 DROP IN

From the Wild Woman Project website: "In this international network of circles, you can expect: A Sensuous Sacred Space held by a trained WWP Facilitator with Guided Meditation, Sharing, Intention Setting Ritual and more held on or near the New Moon.

These circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) and co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). We also tend to be a heart-centered bunch, lots of laughter and tears.

Some Wild Woman Project Circles are held in yoga studios and community spaces, others in backyards and living rooms. There are even circles which happen online. There are a number of Circles which are private (a small group of friends) and others that are open to the public. We unite under a common theme each New Moon and explore it in our own ways. Each Facilitator brings her own special magic & orientation based her own knowledge and passions. These Circles are open to all who identify as women."

For more information, please visit the Wild Woman Project website here.

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May
12
3:00 PM15:00

Mother's Day Spa Bliss Restorative Yoga with Aromatherapy Massage

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Two opportunities! 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! 

Cost: $25 Early Bird

$30 Drop In

This will fill up! There are only 15 spaces available! Book in today!

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May
12
12:30 PM12:30

Mother's Day Spa Bliss Restorative Yoga with Aromatherapy Massage

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Two opportunities! 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! 

COST: $25 Early Bird

$30 Drop In

This will fill up! There are only 15 spaces available. Book in today!

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May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Kirtan Chanting with Ananda Kirtan Band

Kirtan Chanting

Kirtan Chanting

Storytelling and singing with devotional chanting and meditation!

We are super exited to have kirtan at Anchor Yoga. If you’ve never tried kirtan chanting, there’s nothing to it!

Kirtan is a form of Bhakti (Devotional) Yoga. In a kirtan you will be invited to chant simple Sanskrit/English prayers over and over to the sound of live music. The real treasure of kirtan has nothing to do with having a professional singing voice, but instead lies in the opening of the heart through the repetition of ancient prayers. As the chant continues one may feel a deep quality of devotion, love and expansion in the heart.

Kirtan has a unique way of bypassing the "monkey mind" and taking one into deep meditation. The end of each chant is followed by a short silence. This allows one to feel inwardly the sensations awakened through devotion.

Members of Ananda Kirtan Band

Members of Ananda Kirtan Band

In this event the musicians will share spiritual stories passed down from great saints and sages throughout time. After a few chants the group will briefly meditate allowing a moment to feel more deeply into the newly awakened sensations.

Towards the end, a final chant will be offered to gently guide the group into a deep savasana (relaxation). In this portion of the event the musicians will play gongs, singing bowls, and other instruments guiding the group into an expanded state of awareness. Reiki Masters and Energy Healers will lightly place their hands on you to increase the healing effects of the experience. As you lay, allow the waves of sound and energy to wash around and through the body. The event will end with a final chant, meditation, and prayer.

Use your class passor drop-in class pricing applies.

Reserve your spot on the Calendar Page by clicking here.

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May
4
1:00 PM13:00

The Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle

The New Moon in Taurus, Receiving Our Wealth: This Moon Cycle we will direct our attention toward our resources, inside & out. Inspired by Earthy, Venus-ruled, archetype of Taurus, we will aim to fully acknowledge and feel our inherent wealth in all things, well beyond the cultural focus on financial resources.  “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”  ~Henry David Thoreau

The New Moon in Taurus, Receiving Our Wealth: This Moon Cycle we will direct our attention toward our resources, inside & out. Inspired by Earthy, Venus-ruled, archetype of Taurus, we will aim to fully acknowledge and feel our inherent wealth in all things, well beyond the cultural focus on financial resources.

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

~Henry David Thoreau

The Wild Woman Project is at once a philosophy (an invigorating approach to life as a wondrous, often messy, creative project) and a growing movement of courageous, creative, heart-centered (often weird and wonderful) women on a mission to remember, to reimagine what it means to be a woman: untamed.

With an eye toward the greater good, a love for the natural world, and a tendency for loud belly laughs, The Wild Woman Project aims to weave a web of radiant, creative and loving women who live from the heart and open to every moment. The Wild Woman Project seeks to awaken women to their most authentic, undomesticated nature, so they may feel like themselves, all the time, no apologies. 

Join Wild Woman Project facilitator, Lindsay Williams, monthly to celebrate the New Moon, meditate, and set intentions that will draw us along the path of living a joyful life. Please bring a journal or notebook.

Each class is a stand-alone event, but we will convene monthly around the New Moon. Make this a monthly ritual!

Cost: $20 EARLY BIRD

$25 DROP IN

From the Wild Woman Project website: "In this international network of circles, you can expect: A Sensuous Sacred Space held by a trained WWP Facilitator with Guided Meditation, Sharing, Intention Setting Ritual and more held on or near the New Moon.

These circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) and co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). We also tend to be a heart-centered bunch, lots of laughter and tears.

Some Wild Woman Project Circles are held in yoga studios and community spaces, others in backyards and living rooms. There are even circles which happen online. There are a number of Circles which are private (a small group of friends) and others that are open to the public. We unite under a common theme each New Moon and explore it in our own ways. Each Facilitator brings her own special magic & orientation based her own knowledge and passions. These Circles are open to all who identify as women."

For more information, please visit the Wild Woman Project website here.

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May
1
5:30 PM17:30

Deep and Simple: Buddhism and Yoga

Jessica Webb teaches MBSR, yoga and mindfulness

Jessica Webb teaches MBSR, yoga and mindfulness

Deep and Simple is a five-week series that combines the practice of yoga with the fundamental texts of the Buddha, namely the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, or the Satipatthanā Suttā.

Mindfulness as we know it today stems directly from the 2,600-year-old teachings of the Buddha. Without an awareness of the body, there can be no mindfulness. Therefore, the practice of yoga offers one the ideal landscape in which to bear witness to the transient nature of all phenomena: the moment-to-moment experience of being in a yoga pose turns out to to be the perfect laboratory in which to investigate our habitual reactivity and judgments.

In Deep and Simple, the body, heart, and mind become the classroom and the present moment becomes the curriculum.

In this series in which each class will build upon the previous, we will explore each of the four establishments, or foundations, of mindfulness as they were taught by the Buddha. Through the practice of yoga, breathing awareness, meditation, and movement, we will learn to distill these critical teachings into practical and applicable gateways to self-awareness, wisdom, and liberation.

This class is ideal for anyone with a basic knowledge of yoga plus an interest in mindfulness, those who have taken MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), or those who have an existing meditation practice wishing to explore deeper. Each class is highly experiential, with ample opportunity for dialog, mindful sharing as a group, and periods of q & a.

Let go a little, know a little peace.
Let go a lot, know a lot of peace.
Let go completely, know complete peace.
— Ajahn Chah, Thai Forest Buddhist Master

May 1: The First Establishment: Mindfulness of the Body

The Buddha said that the whole of his teachings could be understood by paying attention to the body. This class will explore how fleeting and transient physical sensations — when felt and experienced directly, minus our “story” — offer us wisdom and insight into our present-moment experience. Here we will practice sitting meditation, then movement exploring the body and the breath, ending with an extended savasana with guided body scan. Students are encouraged to continue practicing at home during the week, jotting notes down about what sensations are noticed in the body.

May 8: The Second Establishment: Mindfulness of Feeling Tones (vedanā)

The Buddha taught that the whole of our existence can be put into one of just three categories: pleasant (the things we tend to want more of), unpleasant (the things we tend to want less of), and neither pleasant nor unpleasant (the things we simply don’t have an opinion on one way or the other). Using yoga as our vehicle, this class will investigate the ways in which we judge our moments and will shine a light on the subtle nuances of our direct experience in the physical body. Here we will practice sitting meditation, then yoga postures held for longer periods of time to see ways in which our experience will rapidly change from “I like this” to “I don’t like this”, followed by another sitting meditation.

May 15: The Third Establishment: Mindfulness of Thoughts (mental formations, cittā)

Awareness of thoughts or “mind states” is a key aspect of the practice of mindfulness. Fear, anger, sadness, frustration, jealousy, joy, excitement, sadness, etc. All of these emotions tend to show up for us on the yoga mat. You may experience all of these moods in just one single side of Warrior II! By bringing awareness to these changing mind states, by recognizing them as having natural ebb and flow, we can free ourselves from their hold on us. By returning to our breath again and again, we learn to let go. Here we will practice sitting meditation, mindful movement and dynamic poses as a way to befriend our thinking minds, ending with a longer savasana or sitting meditation.

May 22: The Fourth Establishment: Mindfulness of Phenomena or Dharma (dhammas)

The fourth establishment of mindfulness is the truth of how things are. The Buddha taught that everything that is of this world is transient and impermanent; the truth of this moment is that it will change into the next moment. By bringing awareness to our six senses —seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling, and thinking — we become aware of this deeper truth of impermanence. Here we will have the experience of the body, breath, tones, and mental states to work with with during our meditation and our yoga practice, bearing witness to the liberating fact that nothing lasts.

May 29: Integration of the Practice: Open Heartedness (metta)

Lastly, the fifth and final class in the series will integrate the four foundations through the practice of opening the heart. Metta, maitri, or loving-kindness, can be your kryptonite to everyday stress and suffering. On the yoga mat, loving each moment, whether we want what’s arising to be there or not, and meeting it with a kind, open-hearted awareness is the illumination on the path towards liberation, the streetlamp that shines down on the path. This continual befriending of the present moment through yoga asana can end up being the tree that bears the most fruit.

COST:

$115 (cash/check in-studio)

3% fee added online via credit or debit

Pre-registration is required; no drop-ins

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Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Yoga Reaches Out Benefit Class w/ Deb Fraine

All proceeds go towards the Southcoast Yogis Team for the Boston Children’s Hospital Yoga Reaches Out team!

Why We Practice

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Hi Friends of South Coast Yogis love Children's Hospital.  There is so much great yoga on the South Coast... we are lucky.  We are also so fortunate to have the services of Boston Children's Hospital a short (alright, not always short) drive away in Boston, as well as a local satellite office in North Dartmouth.  Imagine, having the stellar services and clinicians of the #1 Childrens Hospital in the country (5 years running) at our fingertips!  Isn't that comforting knowing that when your child or a child you love needs expert care, Boston Children's Hospital is there for you!

We're participating in Yoga Reaches Out because we want to help Boston Children's Hospital continue its amazing work for kids and families. During this day-long yogathon, more than 1,000 yogis will come together for an inspirational day of yoga, music and fundraising - all to help bring peace and healing to others.

This year your gift will benefit Boston Children's Wellness Program and Every Child Fund.

Support our mission by joining our team of yogis - or by supporting one of our team members.  And watch for details on our upcoming special event in Dartmouth on April 13th, all for the benefit of the kids receiving care at Boston Children's Hospital.  

With love and gratitude,

The South Coast Yogis love Children's Hospital

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Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

Kirtan Chanting with Ananda Kirtan Band

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Storytelling and singing with devotional chanting and meditation!

We are super exited to have kirtan at Anchor Yoga. If you’ve never tried kirtan chanting, there’s nothing to it!

Kirtan is a form of Bhakti (Devotional) Yoga. In a kirtan you will be invited to chant simple Sanskrit/English prayers over and over to the sound of live music. The real treasure of kirtan has nothing to do with having a professional singing voice, but instead lies in the opening of the heart through the repetition of ancient prayers. As the chant continues one may feel a deep quality of devotion, love and expansion in the heart.

Kirtan has a unique way of bypassing the "monkey mind" and taking one into deep meditation. The end of each chant is followed by a short silence. This allows one to feel inwardly the sensations awakened through devotion.

Members of Ananda Kirtan Band

Members of Ananda Kirtan Band

In this event the musicians will share spiritual stories passed down from great saints and sages throughout time. After a few chants the group will briefly meditate allowing a moment to feel more deeply into the newly awakened sensations.

Towards the end, a final chant will be offered to gently guide the group into a deep savasana (relaxation). In this portion of the event the musicians will play gongs, singing bowls, and other instruments guiding the group into an expanded state of awareness. Reiki Masters and Energy Healers will lightly place their hands on you to increase the healing effects of the experience. As you lay, allow the waves of sound and energy to wash around and through the body. The event will end with a final chant, meditation, and prayer.

Use your class passor drop-in class pricing applies.

Reserve your spot on the Calendar Page by clicking here.

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Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga 20-Hour Workshop

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Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is a unique intervention based on the robust research that has emerged from The Trauma Center in Boston, MA. It has become a leading evidence-based adjunct treatment for complex trauma (sometimes called chronic, treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and is the only yoga-based practice accepted by SAMSHA and NREPP.

This 20-hour training (18 hours in person, 2 hours self-study) will emphasize the core components of the practice and process of trauma sensitive yoga, and how they relate to any anti-oppressive and trauma sensitive work. The training will provide specific tools to support participants to facilitate trauma-sensitive movement and breath practices that are vital to the healing process of complex trauma.

This training is designed for social workers, activists, mental health clinicians, yoga teachers, educators, and other health care professionals who are looking to deepen their understanding of the whole-system impact of complex, intersectional trauma. There are no pre-requisites to take this workshop, all are welcome.

Additionally, it is designed to support those professionals in expanding their current practice to incorporate aspects the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) through expanding their knowledge of the impacts of complex trauma on the nervous system and broadening their repertoire with trauma sensitive movement and breath.

This weekend training qualifies as the pre-requisite for application for Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga's annual certification program and is eligible for Yoga Alliance CEs (18 contact, 2 non-contact). Please let us know if you need Yoga Alliance CEs.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Friday, October 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Please note, there is a one-hour lunch break on both Saturday and Sunday.

We are offering a self-determined way to invest in the training. The scale is based on your self-determined access to resources, privilege, & social capital. In your self-determination, please consider your positionality of privilege. You are encouraged to self-assess your positionality based on aspects of your personhood that do, or do not, grant you privilege/access to social capital e.g. race, gender & sexual identity, socio-economic status, educational background, able-bodied-ness, etc.

A 3% convenience fee is added to all credit card purchases, both online and in-studio. If you wish to mail a check, please follow these instructions:

Make the check payable to “Anchor Yoga”

Write “TCTSY-OCT “ in the memo line

Mail your check to: Anchor Yoga

P.O. Box 142, Mattapoisett, MA 02739

 

TUITION INVESTMENT:

Abundant access to resources: $425

Sufficient Access to resources: $375

Limited Access to resources: $325


About TCTSY: website https://www.traumasensitiveyoga.com/

About JRI: website http://www.traumacenter.org/

Nearby Hotels:

Upscale: New Bedford Harbor Hotel

Quaint/Historic: Delano House

Here in the ‘hood: The Inn on the Park

Standard Hotel: The Hampton Inn

About the Facilitator:

Anna Kharaz, LMHC, TCTSY-F

Anna Kharaz, LMHC, TCTSY-F

Anna KharazLMHC, TCTSY-F
Boston, Massachusetts 

Anna is a psychotherapist, neurotherapist and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator in the greater Boston area. She holds weekly TCTSY classes and is also a trainer and supervisor for the TCTSY training program. Anna has experience working with a culturally and clinically diverse population of children, adolescents, adults and families in domestic and international settings and has worked for research institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Boston Medical Center, The Trauma Center, National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Administrations Hospital. She holds a Bachelors degree in Neuroscience from Brandeis University and Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. Anna utilizes yoga, biofeedback and neurofeedback in her clinical work and specializes in incorporating compassion and mindfulness into empirically validated treatments.

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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.

Cost: $25 Early Bird

$30 Drop In

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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Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

The Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle

This Moon Cycle we will shine our attention on the instinctual self. We will aim to trust our gut, nurture our intuition, and dare to take action in alignment with the guidance of our Soul.   Inspired by the archetype of Aries, known for its vitality and power, we will move and be moved.

This Moon Cycle we will shine our attention on the instinctual self. We will aim to trust our gut, nurture our intuition, and dare to take action in alignment with the guidance of our Soul. 

Inspired by the archetype of Aries, known for its vitality and power, we will move and be moved.

The Wild Woman Project is at once a philosophy (an invigorating approach to life as a wondrous, often messy, creative project) and a growing movement of courageous, creative, heart-centered (often weird and wonderful) women on a mission to remember, to reimagine what it means to be a woman: untamed.

With an eye toward the greater good, a love for the natural world, and a tendency for loud belly laughs, The Wild Woman Project aims to weave a web of radiant, creative and loving women who live from the heart and open to every moment. The Wild Woman Project seeks to awaken women to their most authentic, undomesticated nature, so they may feel like themselves, all the time, no apologies. 

Join Wild Woman Project facilitator, Lindsay Williams, monthly to celebrate the New Moon, meditate, and set intentions that will draw us along the path of living a joyful life. Please bring a journal or notebook.

Each class is a stand-alone event, but we will convene monthly around the New Moon. Make this a monthly ritual!

Cost: $20 EARLY BIRD

$25 DROP IN

From the Wild Woman Project website: "In this international network of circles, you can expect: A Sensuous Sacred Space held by a trained WWP Facilitator with Guided Meditation, Sharing, Intention Setting Ritual and more held on or near the New Moon.

These circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) and co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). We also tend to be a heart-centered bunch, lots of laughter and tears.

Some Wild Woman Project Circles are held in yoga studios and community spaces, others in backyards and living rooms. There are even circles which happen online. There are a number of Circles which are private (a small group of friends) and others that are open to the public. We unite under a common theme each New Moon and explore it in our own ways. Each Facilitator brings her own special magic & orientation based her own knowledge and passions. These Circles are open to all who identify as women."

For more information, please visit the Wild Woman Project website here.

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Mar
25
6:30 PM18:30

Belly Dancing 6-Week Beginner Series

Lindsay Williams

Lindsay Williams

Dance has long been an activity of celebration, of marking important occasions, of expressing emotion, and most importantly - it's just plain fun! Let's belly dance!

During the six-week session we will build strength, and learn a beginner-friendly choreography to put all our new skills to work! Plus, learn basic yoga stretching, exploration of movement, music, play, and techniques derived from Middle Eastern dance.

Our goal is to re-open and strengthen channels of self-expression, as well as learning methods of movement for health and pleasure. Please wear comfortable clothes for movement, and bring a yoga mat for the stretching portion.

If you miss dancing for fun, do it often and want to learn new things, or have ever been curious about bellydance, this is the perfect place to start! The series will be beginner-friendly, no previous experience is necessary. Hip scarves will be available to borrow or bring your own. We will be in bare feet and it's important to dress comfortably (costumes encouraged)!

Lindsay Williams has been belly dancing for 13 years, dancing since she could walk, and studied for six years with Aurel at Ancient Art Studios in Berkeley, MA. and has her 500-hour in Transformational Yoga from Sanctuary Studios in Plymouth, MA.

Cost: $85 Series

$20 Drop In

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Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

Ananda Vernal Equinox Yoga Retreat

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The vernal equinox has long been a time of celebration. This is when we begin to have a reasonable hope for warmer weather, intermingled with life-giving rains. As the days grow ever longer, we look ahead to the first stolen moments of sun on bare skin, planting season, and off in the distance - farmers markets, beach pilgrimages, and the languid heat of summer. Together we will delve into the inner spring cleaning, throwing wide the windows of our hearts to welcome in the sun, and the fertile energy of new beginnings after the long dormancy of winter.

Join Lindsay and Sandra to celebrate the spring equinox, making time for celebration and contemplation as the wheel of winter turns to spring. The themes we will explore together are renewal, warmth, and expansion, bringing us into the spring season ready to lay the groundwork for growth and abundance.

During the workshop we will practice yoga and pranayama practices for detoxification, talk about Ayurvedic nutrition for the springtime, explore a guided visualization, and take a mindful walk together as a group. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring your yoga mat, a packed lunch, and a journal. Please also bring weather-appropriate layers for our outdoor activities - bundle up as needed!

WE’RE SORRY, BUT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

READ ABOUT SANDRA HERE

READ ABOUT LINDSAY HERE

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Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Kirtan Chanting with Ananda Kirtan Band

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Storytelling and singing with devotional chanting and meditation!

We are super exited to have kirtan at Anchor Yoga. If you’ve never tried kirtan chanting, there’s nothing to it!

Kirtan is a form of Bhakti (Devotional) Yoga. In a kirtan you will be invited to chant simple Sanskrit/English prayers over and over to the sound of live music. The real treasure of kirtan has nothing to do with having a professional singing voice, but instead lies in the opening of the heart through the repetition of ancient prayers. As the chant continues one may feel a deep quality of devotion, love and expansion in the heart.

Kirtan has a unique way of bypassing the "monkey mind" and taking one into deep meditation. The end of each chant is followed by a short silence. This allows one to feel inwardly the sensations awakened through devotion.

Members of Ananda Kirtan Band

Members of Ananda Kirtan Band

In this event the musicians will share spiritual stories passed down from great saints and sages throughout time. After a few chants the group will briefly meditate allowing a moment to feel more deeply into the newly awakened sensations.

Towards the end, a final chant will be offered to gently guide the group into a deep savasana (relaxation). In this portion of the event the musicians will play gongs, singing bowls, and other instruments guiding the group into an expanded state of awareness. Reiki Masters and Energy Healers will lightly place their hands on you to increase the healing effects of the experience. As you lay, allow the waves of sound and energy to wash around and through the body. The event will end with a final chant, meditation, and prayer.

Use your class passor drop-in class pricing applies.

Reserve your spot on the Calendar Page by clicking here.

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Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

The Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle

THIS MONTH’S THEME: REMEMBRANCE

This month’s theme: Remembrance

This month’s theme: Remembrance

As the night sky grows darker, we move towards the New Moon, and our next circle. On Saturday March 9th from 1-3, our theme will be Remembrance: Remembering who we are deep within, and how we connect to the mysteries of life. How do we appreciate and nurture our own unique experiences of spirituality?

“The great gift of a spiritual path is coming to trust that you can find a way to true refuge. You realize that you can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. Even at those moments when the ground shakes terribly beneath you—when there’s a loss that will alter your life forever—you can still trust that you will find your way home. This is possible because you’ve touched the timeless love and awareness that are intrinsic to who you are.”

~Tara Brach

The Wild Woman Project is at once a philosophy (an invigorating approach to life as a wondrous, often messy, creative project) and a growing movement of courageous, creative, heart-centered (often weird and wonderful) women on a mission to remember, to reimagine what it means to be a woman: untamed.

With an eye toward the greater good, a love for the natural world, and a tendency for loud belly laughs, The Wild Woman Project aims to weave a web of radiant, creative and loving women who live from the heart and open to every moment. The Wild Woman Project seeks to awaken women to their most authentic, undomesticated nature, so they may feel like themselves, all the time, no apologies. 

Join Wild Woman Project facilitator, Lindsay Williams, monthly to celebrate the New Moon, meditate, and set intentions that will draw us along the path of living a joyful life. Please bring a journal or notebook.

Each class is a stand-alone event, but we will convene monthly around the New Moon. Make this a monthly ritual!

Cost: $20 EARLY BIRD

$25 DROP IN

From the Wild Woman Project website: "In this international network of circles, you can expect: A Sensuous Sacred Space held by a trained WWP Facilitator with Guided Meditation, Sharing, Intention Setting Ritual and more held on or near the New Moon.

These circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) and co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). We also tend to be a heart-centered bunch, lots of laughter and tears.

Some Wild Woman Project Circles are held in yoga studios and community spaces, others in backyards and living rooms. There are even circles which happen online. There are a number of Circles which are private (a small group of friends) and others that are open to the public. We unite under a common theme each New Moon and explore it in our own ways. Each Facilitator brings her own special magic & orientation based her own knowledge and passions. These Circles are open to all who identify as women."

For more information, please visit the Wild Woman Project website here.

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Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Mindful Readers' Book Club: "The Book of Joy"

We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy.
— Desmond Tutu

The Mindful Readers’ Book Club has returned for a 7-week series delving into the practice of cultivating joy in everyday life.

Equal parts meditation group and book club, the Mindful Readers’ Book Club is a way to read together, connect, and then practice the qualities of mindfulness in our lives. Our summer series had us learning about Real Love by Sharon Salzberg and now we carry on with The Book of Joy.

In each class we will spend time meditating but mostly we will contemplate the book’s content and relevance in our lives. Books are not provided, please bring your own copy in any format you like. Drop ins are welcome. The book will be read on the following schedule. Before the class meets, please read:

12/5 Class 1: Introduction/Arrival (pp. ix - 24) and Joy Practices (pp. 307 - 348)

12/19 Class 2: The Nature of True Joy (pp. 29 - 78)

1/2 Class 3: The Obstacles to Joy (pp. 83 - 133)

1/16 Class 4: The Obstacles to Joy, cont. (pp. 135 - 188)

1/30 Class 5: The Eight Pillars of Joy (pp. 193 - 239)

2/13 Class 6: The Eight Pillars of Joy, cont. (pp. 241 - 275) plus Celebration and Departure (pp. 277 - 305)

2/27 Class 7: Final discussion and take-aways from the book as a whole


From the book jacket: “Nobel Peace Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu survived more than 50 years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

In April, 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate Hi Holiness’s 80th birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?

They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our times and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.

We get to listen in as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for a lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share the daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

All classes meet every other Wednesday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on these dates:

12/5, 12/19, 1/2, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, and 2/27

Cost: $40 Series

$10 Drop In

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Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

JUST ADDED!! One more MBSR Orientation

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By demand, a final MBSR Orientation session has just been added to the schedule. The Spring Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course begins March 6th. This is a free orientation for those individuals seeking information about the program. Attending an orientation is a prerequisite for MBSR.

Please go to the SCHEDULE PAGE to register for your free orientation.

For more information about MBSR, please click HERE.

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Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Belly Dancing: A Beginner's Workshop

Lindsay Williams

Lindsay Williams

Dance has long been an activity of celebration, of marking important occasions, of expressing emotion, and most importantly - it's just plain fun!

Let's belly dance! During this workshop we will incorporate basic yoga stretching, exploration of movement, music, play, and techniques derived from Middle Eastern dance. Our goal is to re-open and strengthen channels of self-expression, as well as learning methods of movement for health and pleasure.

If you miss dancing for fun, do it often and want to learn new things, or have ever been curious about bellydance, this is the perfect place to start! The workshop will be beginner-friendly, no previous experience is necessary. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, and dress for movement. Hip scarves will be available to borrow during the workshop. We will be in bare feet and it's important to dress comfortably (costumes encouraged)!

Lindsay Williams has been belly dancing for 13 years, dancing since she could walk, and studied for six years with Aurel at Ancient Art Studios in Berkeley, MA. and has her 500-hour in Transformational Yoga from Sanctuary Studios in Plymouth, MA.

COST: $20 EARLY BIRD

$25 DROP IN

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