Resilience -- Returning to the wisdom of your body/mind to deal with life’s challenges – strengthening our ability to bounce back from adversity.
Yoga Nidra, a guided meditative practice, can help you find a source of internal stability, clarity, and self-empowerment. It can ease tension and fatigue, calm the nervous system, and restore energy.
In this workshop you’ll:
- Learn centering and relaxation techniques
- Practice gentle asana stretches for joints and muscles
- Explore yoga breathing techniques
- Be guided through a complete Yoga Nidra practice
Yoga Nidra is practiced in a comfortable lying or seated position. No prior experience needed — everyone welcome.
Sundays: Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 26
5:00 - 6:00pm, ONLINE
$20/session or $50/all 3
Regular meditation practice is one of the most powerful ways to build mental and emotional resilience and boost and strengthen our immune systems. Meditation increases our capacity to meet uncertainty with grace, act with compassion, and make decisions from our deepest intuition.
Whether or not meditation is brand new to you, or you are an experienced practitioner, our 2023 Meditation Challenge offers the opportunity for you to begin, deepen, revisit, or explore your practice.
During this monthlong challenge, we will offer:
- Live 30-minute meditations throughout the week, at different times of the day (ONLINE)
- Two Saturday afternoon Meditation Deep Dives with Joe Miller (HYBRID - join us in-person or online!)
- Supportive meditation, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra workshops offered throughout the month (workshops require separate registration).
Meditation Deep Dives with Joe Miller
March 4, 4:00-5:30pm (HYBRID): Meditation Fundamentals
Come join the WSY community in accessing some of the most powerful tools for healing and peace available to humans: MEDITATION! Joe will share some underlying principles and tools to begin or deepen your meditation practice. We will come together to create personal and group intentions as we launch into this year’s Meditation Challenge.
March 25, 4:00-5:30pm (HYBRID): Tantric Practices for Letting Go
2023 March Meditation Madness 30-Minute Meditation Schedule - ONLINE
8:00 am with Lakshmi
12:30 pm with Tuesday
8:00 am with Lakshmi
9:00 pm with Angelique
8:00 am with Lakshmi
8:00 am with Lakshmi
NOON with Martha
9:00 pm with Lori
6:30 am with Phil
8:00 am with Lashmi
5:30 pm with Carol
9:30 pm with Lori
Tuesday/Thursday with Lisa L
7:45 - 8:00 am
3/21, 3/23, 3/28, 3/30
This 5-part series centers around the foundational teachings needed to trace back your pain symptoms and create your customized embodiment program for management of symptoms.
Week 1: Assess
Discuss how and why the body stores trauma in the fascial system. Introduce tools for assessing your own body’s needs through movement.
Week 2: Connect
Introduce the Zone of Control and Let Go Breath model. These models allow us to connect to the important places in the body that revealed themselves as a result of the tools we introduced in week 1. Use myofascial release tools for releasing the fascia, using the models and systems previously discussed.
Week 3: Explore
Introduce therapeutic exercise strategies for increasing strength and flexibility. These exercises help our body to integrate the changes that occur in response to the myofascial release self-treatment techniques. Exercise routines utilize the principles of neuromuscular re-education and peripheral neuromuscular facilitation in order to repattern the brain-body connection and strengthen postural alignment.
Week 4: Embody
Create your customized embodiment plan using our Embody worksheet. In this class, we will discuss the barriers to accessing long-term change. These things may include environmental demands, emotional stressors, and physical diagnoses.
Week 5: Apply your knowledge
Return for a wrap-up session which will include guidance from our facilitator to help you apply what you have learned to your unique mind/body/spirit's needs. This class will include an intimate discussion of the benefits and challenges that you may have faced over the past month as your personal embodiment has shifted. We will end our 5 weeks together with a clear sense of your non-negotiable habits and routines needed in order to carryover the changes into your everyday life.
Nyle MacFarlane, MS, OTR/L (they/them) www.bluenyletherapy.com
Wednesdays in March, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, hybrid
Full Moon Circles: Yogic Tools for Working with Strong Emotions with Lakshmi Kanter
In these circles, you will practice breathwork, explore meditation techniques, learn from ancient yogic texts, and be supported by the wisdom of a conscious community. Gentle movement will support us in connecting with our bodies and give permission for any stuck energies or patterns to move and clear. Access tools and frameworks to support you when the pull of the mind and strong emotions feel overwhelming.
Full moons also allow a monthly opportunity for letting go. As the moon crests its fullness and then begins to wane, we can ride the waves of that shift and release what’s no longer needed. This provides us with more space and capacity for all that’s yet to come. Gathering in community amplifies our intentions and creates a supportive container.
Open to all. Please bring a journal.
Fridays: March 10, April 14, May 12, 6:30-8:30 pm | HYBRID | $30/$80
Lakshmi Kanter (she/her/hers), Yoga Therapist, E-RYT200, RYT500 Yoga Teacher, has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2009. Lakshmi strongly believes that everyone can do yoga! Her yoga classes are woven with kindness, precision, therapeutics, and stress reduction techniques - promoting health and healing in body and mind, heart and soul. Learn more about Lakshmi at www.fullheartyoga.com
Baby and Me Yoga series is meant for caregivers and babies pre-crawling. Nurturing a baby can be hard on the body and mind. Let's stretch out those achy parts and join a community of other care-givers and their littles for a little self-care. Join us for one or sign up for all three.
Classes include movement both with and without baby, interactive songs, baby massage, and time for relaxation. Class is an hour long to account for feeding, diaper changes, naps and fussy babies which are welcome and expected during class. No previous yoga experience necessary.
Pia's, E-RYT 200, PRYT, teaching reflects over a decade of practice with some of the DC area's best instructors. She recently relocated to WV with her family but remains connected with DC's birth and wellness communities. As a postpartum doula and prenatal yoga teacher it is her intention to create a safe space for anyone with the desire to practice; honoring each individual's journey with yoga and parenthood.
Saturday, April 1, 10:00 am 11:00 am | in person