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Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga
8 Week Session: Thursdays 6:30-7:45pm
September 29 - November 17, 2016

Are you looking for a class to help prepare you for labor, birth, and motherhood?

Prenatal Yoga does all that and more. It prepares your heart, mind and body for the transformative experience of giving birth and mothering a new baby. No Matter what kind of birth you are planning, a regular practice of connecting your breath and body will positively impact your birth.

Classes open with dialogue, meditation, breath work, and then physical practice and poses. Themes relative to labor and birth are woven into class and handouts offered.

Instructor Laura McIntire has dedicated herself to the study and teaching of yoga therapies. Since 1994 she has continuously sought out respected and innovative teachers and trained in styles of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, Yoga Tune Up, MELT Hand and Foot, Restorative, Partner, Acro Yoga and AYFit. Laura's teaching is augmented by her continued studies in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, energy work, and other therapeutic modalities.

Prenatal Yoga Sept 29-Nov 17 Price: $104;  JCC Member Price: $84 Buy Now


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Instructor: Jacquelyn Schwartz
8 week program-(Wednesdays) October 19-December 14
6:00-8:30 P.M
$480/member price $400

What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
A life-affirming course in conscious living
The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one daylong class on a weekend. This highly participatory, practical course includes:
• Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
• Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
• Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
• Individually tailored instruction
• Group dialogue
• Daily home assignments
• Guided audio files for home practice and a workbook

The course is challenging and life-affirming. The instructors are accomplished and skilled at creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment that allows participants to seek, explore, and inquire.

In this program, you will learn:
• Articulate the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, coping with pain and illness and enhancing well-being
• Differentiate MBSR from relaxation and other distraction techniques that may seem similar but are fundamentally and theoretically quite different in contending with difficulty and enhancing quality of life
• Practice and apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of both settings
• Integrate mindfulness into social interaction with patients, colleagues, supervisors, family and friends to facilitate more effective and mindful communication
• Articulate the potential benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction (and mindfulness in general) to educate patients and their families about the benefits of such programs in their own lives
• Implement brief mindfulness practices with patients and family members as a means of contending with acute pain, anxiety and distress.

MBSR Price: $480;  JCC Member Price: $400 Buy Now

Teens: Mindful Self-Compassion

Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults 13-19

8 Week Program - Thursdays: October 20 - December 8
Adolescence is a time of change and growth. It is the period of life reserved for rebellion and self-discovery, but as the demands in life increase for teens, this time is often fraught with confusion, anxiety or depression. For many teens these challenges lead to disconnection and isolation.

This course is designed to facilitate awareness, self-kindness and an understanding of our common humanity in response to these growing challenges. Through developmentally appropriate activities and carefully crafted practices and meditations, teens have an opportunity to learn how to navigate the emotional ups and downs of life with greater ease. This course creates an opportunity for adolescents to construct a healthier world-view and gives rise to greater compassion and empathy toward self and others.

Teens: Mindful Self-Compassion Price: $306;  JCC Member Price: $255 Buy Now

Dogs & Their Humans Wellbeing

Wellbeing for Dogs & Their Humans: "6 Pathways to Create a Sama Dog"
Start Date: January 25th - 6:00-7:30pm

This is a class-series for humans, in which dogs may be invited to join a class or two along the way. This course provides the ideal Pathway to Creating a Sama Dog or a whole-being-balanced dog.
Within this 6-week education program, human companions will gain a complete understanding of the Ayurvedic principles, how the timeless knowledge applies specifically to your dog, and how to have an enormous influence on bettering the lives of your canine companions. You'll come away with a multitude of applications to help boost the health and well-being of your dogs, and yourselves!
The 6 lessons of the program:
1. Dogs are Multi-Dimensional Beings 2. Mind-Body Personality - Doshas for Dogs 3. Connection & Communication 4. Nutrition (Food, Herbs, Supplements) 5. Inner Pharmacy - Balancing through the 5 senses 6. Training & Daily Routine

Dogs & Their Humans Wellbeing Price: $330;  JCC Member Price: $275 Buy Now

Mindful Self Compassion

Mindful Self Compassion
Instructor: Lorraine Hobbs 8 week program-(Mondays)
October 31-December 19
9:30 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
$480/member price $400

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

In MSC you’ll learn to:
• Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
• Understand the science of self-compassion
• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
• Transform challenging relationships, old and new
• Manage caregiver fatigue
• Teach simple self-compassion skills to others

The program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. In a randomized, controlled study, MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced in their daily lives. This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC. All are welcome!

It is recommended, but not required, that participants read the following two books before participating in MSC:
• Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
• The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer

Mindful Self Compassion Sess 1 Price: $480;  JCC Member Price: $400 Buy Now

Mindful Eating Conscious Livin

Mindful Eating, Conscious Living
Instructor: Merry Woodruff
8 week program- (Fridays)February 10- March 31
$480/member price $400

This 8 Week class allows participants to gain insight into their eating behaviors, and bring mindfulness to one's relationship with food. Participants will be introduced to how mindfulness can play a big part in feeding our appetites, from when, where, what and why we eat, to learning about our 8 hunger centers, and how to make healthier choices.

Participants will engage in mindfulness meditation practices and mindful eating awareness exercises to gain clarity into the connection between the mind, body and heart. The program curriculum is based on the book "Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food,' by Jan Chozen Bays, MD. The program is a therapeutic tool that draws from Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Participants will become familiar with how emotions and the physical body affect our behaviors and relationship with food. The class will end with a silent eating retreat. Participants will receive a free copy of the book on which the program is based. Just in time to solidify any healthy new years resolutions that may be waning... and make healthier choices during holidays and every day!

Mindful Eating Conscious Livin Price: $480;  JCC Member Price: $400 Buy Now

Mindful Methods for Life

Mindful Methods for Life
Instructor: Julie Potiker
6 Week Course, Wednesdays from 1:00P.M.-3:00P.M. February 1,8,15,22 and March 1,8. Plus half day retreat TBA.
$360/member price $290.00

Based on the Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum, Mindful Methods for Life is a 6 week course that synthesizes all the most recent brain science for rewiring your brain for more resilience and happiness with the empirically based MSC course. The program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. MML is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.

In MML you’ll learn to:
Understand the science and practice of experience dependent neuroplasticity for positive neuroplasticity training
• Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
• Understand the science of self-compassion
• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
• Transform challenging relationships, old and new
• Manage caregiver fatigue
• Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
• Teach simple self-compassion skills to others
This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MML. All are welcome!

Mindful Methods for Life Price: $360;  JCC Member Price: $290 Buy Now

Dog Wellbeing 101

Dog Wellbeing 101
Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 OR Sunday, December 4, 2016
2:00-3:00 P.M
$36/member price $30
Instructor: Amanda Ringnalda
Dogs are included/invited. And humans without dogs are encouraged too!
** Please read Dog Attendance Guidelines & Supplies below **

Ultimately, our own wellbeing is our dog’s wellbeing. Our life experience, in many cases, is mutual. They share our space, family and heart in a way that no other creatures do. Sometime, they know us better than we know ourselves. They serve and support mankind in incredible ways, and they deserve to live great lives.

In this 90-minute class we’ll explore the nature of dogs, each as a unique individual. You’ll learn to assess YOUR dog in body and mind, and better understand exactly what your pup needs to be its happiest, healthiest self.

You’ll understand how to connect, bond and understand your canine companion far better. Imagine how our relationship can grow from improved communication!

The foundation of the teachings in this class, and with all of Amanda’s work, is the 5,000-year-old “science of life” known as Ayurveda. The sister-science to yoga and meditation, Ayurveda, is an intuitive, entirely natural and whole-being approach to attaining exceptional overall wellbeing; both human and canine.

Our class will include:
• A walk around the area to get everyone’s energy grounded and aligned
• Sit down for a conversation and presentation
• Learn the basics of Ayurveda and how it applies to dogs
• Explanation of the “6 Pathways to Creating a Sama Dog” = a whole-being-balanced dog
• Demonstrations and exercises with your dogs such as massage, partnered breathing, and eye gazing; group interaction

About the Instructor:
Amanda Ringnalda is the founder of Sama Dog - Wellbeing for Dogs and Their Humans, and is dedicated to helping people understand the deeper essence of animals, their importance in our lives. She highlights our ability to influence the happiest, healthiest state of being for our dogs, and ourselves. Amanda has been teaching and practicing meditation, yoga and Ayurveda since 2001. For over a decade she has been a staff member of the Deepak Chopra Center for Wellbeing as a lead certified educator, event developer and facilitator for the center’s multitude of classes, programs and trainings. Learn more about Amanda and her story at:Soul Playmates

** We appreciate everyone upholding our Dog Attendance Guidelines & Supplies**
• Well-socialized, well-behaved and non-reactive dogs only
• No retractable/extendable leashes. Only solid leashes. 6ft maximum allowed.
• No treats (too distracting for the other dogs)
• One dog per person
• Prior to class, please walk/exercise your dog to release energy
• Bring a blanket or a couple towels for siting on the grass together
• Bring a water container and bowl for you and your dog

Questions? Email Amanda at: Email Amanda

Dog Wellbeing 101 - OCT Price: $36;  JCC Member Price: $30 Buy Now

Dog Wellbeing 101 - DEC Price: $36;  JCC Member Price: $30 Buy Now

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