Upcoming Workshops ~ Live Stream on Zoom
Livestream, Down Under Yoga
This workshop, appropriate for beginners, will explore three styles of meditation – breath meditation, mantra meditation, and silent sitting practices – to cultivate inner joy and peace. We will warm up the body and prepare the mind to meditate with slow flow yoga and Qi Gong. The meditations will be 15-20 minutes in duration, with structured rest periods between; handouts for each of the meditations will be provided. Among other benefits, meditation activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response) which helps to boost the immune system, improve digestion and sleep, increase cognitive function, and cultivate delight.
In front of your screen too much and feeling the negative affects? We have assembled the best practices to help soothe tired eyes and strengthen your vision, with practices you can do every day. Led by Behavioral Optometrist Marc Grossman, O.D., and yoga teacher Daniel Orlansky, this workshop will introduce the best of eastern and western methods for improving eye health, practices you can do every day.
You will learn:
• The 5 “B’s” of eye healthcare, that can be practiced anytime, anywhere to rejuvenate your eyes
• Simple breathing techniques to bathe the eyes with oxygen
• Gentle yoga stretches and simple movements that relax your neck and shoulders allowing more circulation to your brain and eyes
• Chinese eye massage using powerful acupressure points
• Exercises to develop convergence — the ability of both eyes to look at the same point .
• Exercises to develop accommodation — the ability to change focus from one point to another
• And others
Dr. Marc Grossman, O.D., LA.c, is an influential pioneer, leader, and practitioner in integrative eye care. Founder of naturaleyecare.com, the largest consumer eye care resource of its kind, and a respected author of 5 books, he most recently co-authored the acclaimed “Natural Eye Care, Your Guide To Healthy Eyes and Healing”. In practice since 1980, his comprehensive background includes degrees in Optometry, Biology, Physical Education and Learning Disabilities, coupled with yoga, nutrition, Chinese medicine and acupuncture. This orientation provides the foundation for an integrated approach to vision and its influence on the body, mind and spirit of each patient. He is dedicated to helping those with a wide range of conditions from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. He also teaches workshops for health care professionals and physicians, and is a frequent guest on local and national media.
Daniel Orlansky, MA, E-RYT 500, is the Director of Boston University’s Yoga Teacher Training and a member of The Association of Vision Educators. A yoga teacher since 1992, he is certified in Jnana Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga and Kundalini Yoga, and is the creator of Meridian Yoga, a yoga style which combines shiatsu, yoga asana and the meridian system for a practice that opens the body as it strengthens. He holds a masters degree in Expressive Art Therapy/Dance Therapy from Lesley University and has been a visiting lecturer in movement studies at Tufts University. He is also a graduate of the Boston Shiatsu School. Daniel teaches regularly at the Kripalu Center, the Omega Institute, and in centers across Europe and he also directs yoga teacher trainings worldwide.
While yoga has its roots in the Vedic scriptures of India, Qigong grew out of the Chinese Taoist pursuit of longevity. Explore the Taoist concept of “effortless flow” through qigong exercises and then bring the same ease of motion into vinyasa yoga sequences. The movements in both forms are graceful and gentle, with powerful effects that detoxify the body as they increase strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.
This in-person workshop focuses on Qigong practices to open the meridians, meditative flow in yoga sequences, breathing exercises to enhance life energy, and concentration techniques for mental clarity.
You will learn:
• Breathing exercises to enhance life energy
• The Eight Brocades, Swimming Dragon, and other Qigong practices to open the meridians
• Meditative flow in yoga asana
• Concentration techniques for mental clarity
• Suggestions for a simple and productive home practice.