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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Aug
4
1:00 PM13:00

The Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle

Tiny Revolutions is the 2019 Wild Woman Project theme

Tiny Revolutions is the 2019 Wild Woman Project theme

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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Aug
31
1:00 PM13:00

The Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle

Tiny Revolutions is the 2019 Wild Woman Project theme.

Tiny Revolutions is the 2019 Wild Woman Project theme.

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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Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga and Live Music with Girish

Recording artist, Girish

Recording artist, Girish

With Deb Fraine teaching yoga.

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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Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) 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.


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:

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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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

Mother's Day.jpg

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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Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

MBSR Orientation #3

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The Spring Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course begins March 6th. This is a free orientation for those individuals seeking information about the program. There are three orientation options, you only need to attend one as 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
16
6:00 PM18:00

Synergy of Sound and Guided Meditation

Denise Lajeunesse

Denise Lajeunesse

Come immerse yourself in the synergy of sacred sounds with gongs, crystal and Tibetan bowls, rhythm of rattles, drums, rain sticks and more. Explore the natural laws through guided meditation. Connect to your body, mind, spirit and heart and discover the magnificence of your inner being.

Please wear comfortable clothing. Bring your favorite pillow, blanket and water. Cushions, blankets, mats and chairs also provided.

Led by Denise Lajeunesse, a graduate of Fairhaven Healing Arts Center, who continues to apprentice and train with her teacher/mentor, Lisa Ishwari Murphy, a Master of Healing, Sacred Sound and Energy Medicine.

Cost: Regular class pricing ($15 drop-in or use a class pass)

Register on the CALENDAR PAGE by CLICKING HERE

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Feb
13
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
10
10:30 AM10:30

Clearing the Path From the Inside Out: Insight Meditation with Josh Summers

This day-long workshop will include periods of Yin Yoga, seated meditation, and discussion.

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JOSH SUMMERS

In yoga and meditation, we often hold concepts about what the practice means, concepts about where the path of practice is going. These concepts work underground, largely unquestioned. And for many, these conceptual assumptions often create tensions and frustrations in practice.

In this workshop, using meditation as a contemplative ‘laboratory’ for investigation, Josh will suggest ways to explore many commonly held ‘concepts’ that operate within practice.

Cost: $85 BEFORE 1/27/19

$120 AFTER 1/27/19

As you practice, rather than trying to shape your experience to become like something you may have heard from a teacher, or from a tradition, or from a text, Josh will gently point you into the immediacy of your own direct experience, in all its tangled and messy glory.

From the primacy of your own experience, Josh hopes to show how a path of peace and wisdom can develop; a path that can be a true refuge in one’s life; a path that is authentically one’s own.

Please note: there will be a one-hour break for lunch. You can bring your own meal or leave the premises to eat nearby.

Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.’ Kalamas, when you yourselves know: ‘These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,’ enter on and abide in them.”
— The Buddha in the Kalama Sutta

Josh’s Bio

Josh 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 now teaches workshops and trainings throughout the United States and Europe. For more information, please visit his website: www.joshsummers.net

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Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

MBSR Orientation #2

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The Spring Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course begins March 6th. This is a free orientation for those individuals seeking information about the program. There are three orientation options, you only need to attend one as 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
8
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Woman Project: New Moon Circle

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Tiny Revolutions

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
6
6:30 PM18:30

MBSR Orientation #1

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The Spring Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course begins March 6th. This is a free orientation for those individuals seeking information about the program. There are three orientation options, you only need to attend one as 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
3
10:30 AM10:30

POP-UP! SUPER BOWL YOGA

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We are celebrating the Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday. We’ve got the right flow to get you in the mood for game day! Jenn Risio leads a vigorous and fun movement session featuring sun salutations, balance postures, and maybe a few “goal-post arms”. We all know Mr. and Mrs. Brady love them some down-dogs, so come on out Sunday and let’s feel the love together!

Wear your Pats gear and the biggest fan wins a free yoga class and an Anchor Yoga tee-shirt!

Drop in or use your class pass. Sign up on the calendar page.

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Jan
30
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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Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

MOVIE NIGHT: "A Mindful Choice"

A convincing portrayal of how inner peace is possible for all.
— Oaxaca Film Festival
Official trailer on wwww.choicethefilm.com in English

It’s back! Movie night at the studio! “A Mindful Choice” examines a particular type of meditation aiming to bring inner peace to all. If you are interested in what meditation can do for you, then please join us on January 28th.

Watch this thought-provoking movie with like-minded individuals followed by a discussion period. We’ve got comfy cushions and chairs to sit on, a 10-foot projection screen, and popcorn!!

Donations will be collected for Project Wheel House, Anchor Yoga’s sister non-profit which brings yoga and meditation to underserved communities in our area.

Feel free to drop in or pre-register on the schedule page here: SCHEDULE PAGE

Visit the Mindful Choice website here: A MINDFUL CHOICE

Visit the Project Wheel House website here: PROJECT WHEEL HOUSE

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Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

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

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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.

Yoga Alliance CEs are available for this program. Social Work CEs will be available pending approval.

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 1/20

$40 AFTER 1/20

WEATHER CANCELLATION MAKE-UP DATE: FEBRUARY 3

David Schouela, RYT-500

David Schouela, RYT-500

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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