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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 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
2:00-3:30 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 Dec. 4th Price: $36;  JCC Member Price: $30 Buy Now

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