Way of the Happy Hips
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10am-12pm.
Sitting is the new smoking….which means we’ve all got some work to do. Tight and weak muscle patterns become embedded into our bodies through furniture and lifestyle. Often these patterns continue to show up on the yoga mat, no matter how many sun salutations we do.
Discover specific ways to move on the mat, which will unlock hip flexors and awaken hip stabilizers. Offer love to your psoas and so much more.
From tight hip flexors to the distance between your knees and the floor in cross-legged, explore and play with both opening and strength-building in this pivotal part of your body.
Guided by a doctor of physical therapy and yoga teacher, you will get to know the muscles surrounding your hips, understand the role of the hips in balance and core stability, and find new levels of ease and freedom in yoga asana.
This workshop is all levels and is designed for anyone who sits for any length any day of the week, for cyclists, for runners, for truckers, and of course, for yogis.
Your teacher, Ariele, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com, a long time yoga teacher, and an advocate for depth and quality in yoga practice and instruction. For more information on Ariele, see http://sacredsourceyoga.com/ or https://yogaanatomyacademy.com
Cost $50 per person. Save $20 and bundle this workshop with Anatomic Sequencing.
Anatomic Sequencing for Complex Poses and Arm Balances
Saturday, October 26thth, 2019 1:30-4:30pm
PiYo Glow Halloween Edition
Wednesday, October 30th 5:30pm
Join Jessica on October 30th, at 5:30pm, when PiYo takes on a new glow! Think black lights and glow sticks combined with the same sweaty workout we know and love! Bright colored clothing encouraged, but not required 😉
Class cards and drop-in rates apply – no extra fee for the glowing fun! Do to limited space, pre-registration is required.
November 1, 2019 7:15pm
You know we love our community! We’ve been brainstorming ways to continue giving back to you all and ways to spend more time as a community. And then came the idea of a movie night!
Join us for an in studio viewing of Kumaré. Kumaré is a feature documentary film about the time filmmaker Vikram Gandhi impersonated a fake guru and built a following of real people. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011.
We’ll project the documentary onto the wall and provide some sort of light snack. While this is a free event, please pre-register on the class calendar so we know how many to prepare for.
Toolkit Series: Treating Cold and Flu/Herbs in winter cooking/baking
Sunday, November 3rd 1-2:30pm
In this class we will cover herbal remedies for treating the common cold and influenza. An emphasis will be placed on using herbal medicines in our winter cooking and baking to help with these ailments and increase immunity throughout the winter season. Class cards may be used. Pre-registration required. Save your space on our Class Calendar.
FREE Community Yoga Classes
Our Yoga Teacher Trainees invite you to join them for the following classes. Each one will be unique! Please read the class descriptions below and pre-register on our class calendar page. Space is limited and we will likely turn people away so please cancel your reservation if you are no longer able to attend.
Saturday, November 9th 3-4pm: Gentle Vinyasa – This flow class will focus on core, strength and balance all in a slow and intentional practice. This class will also utilize a centering meditation drawing attention on our breath to prepare for our practice.
Sunday, November 10th 9-10am: Feel Good Flow – A swift and fast flowing vinyasa practice that is designed to energize the mind, body and spirit. This class focuses on finding balance and building strength while transitioning into postures in a fun and mindful way. Familiarity with vinyasa style yoga classes is recommended. Come to class ready to challenge yourself in an upbeat and uplifting atmosphere.
Sunday, November 10th 11am-noon: Hatha Yoga – slow paced all levels class that combines a series of postures intended to provide relief to the neck and shoulders.
Sunday, November 10th 3-4pm: Centering Yoga – Relax, renew, and restore your mind, body and spirit with a specially designed sequence of poses that focus on connecting movement to breath. This class offers an hour-long practice to cultivate mindfulness and non-judgmental awareness of body alignment, sensations, and energy flow. Movement (through asanas) and rest (through guided meditation in savasana) are both incorporated to encourage centering in the physical body through calm attentiveness to breath to quiet the mind. Some previous yoga experience is helpful, but not necessary; suitable for Every Body.
December dates and times coming soon.
Veterans Gratitude Week Free & Donation Based Class
Sunday, November 10th 5:30-6:45pm
More than 2 million American veterans are struggling with PTS symptoms and an average of 20 commit suicide each day.
Yoga venues across the country are mobilizing for the Sixth Annual Veterans Yoga Project Gratitude Week November 8-18, 2019. The week-long event is designed to call attention to trauma-related conditions and the power of yoga as a tool for healing.
Join Jessica and Toni as they lead a Mindful Resilience Yoga class. Mindful Resilience consists of five tools: Breath, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest, and Gratitude. During this 75 minute yoga practice, we will explore these 5 tools giving each student time turn their attention inward and practice developing strength, stability, and flexibility in mind, body, and spirit.
This class is open to all veterans and family members free of charge and we are asking that community members supply a donation of their choosing in the form of cash to support the Veterans Yoga Project. Donation-based classes will raise funds for yoga programs for veterans and their families in the communities where funds are raised.
To date teachers have registered more than 40 classes across more than 20 states during Veterans Gratitude Week.
Jessica Minelli and Toni Feret are both 200hr trained yoga teachers who have studied Mindful Resilience with the Veterans Yoga Project. You can learn more about VYP here: veteransyogaproject.org
Chandra Namaskara – Full Moon Salutations
Release what is no longer serving you and invite new intentions with this full moon flow. Join Toni and/or Jessica for a meditative and expansive practice making room for new energy and the renewal of intentions. It is believed that lunar energy has a revitalizing effect on the body. This hour-long mindful flow is intended to help harness that cooling energy and cultivate a fresh perspective.
Tuesday, November 12th 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM
Thursday, December 12th 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Class cards and drop-ins accepted.
Parents Night Out – Gratitude Edition
Friday, November 15th, 5:30-8:30pm
Need a date night or simply some time to run errands without kiddos in tow? We’ve got you covered!
We’ll provide a youth yoga class, craft, snack and water.
Please bring a packed dinner for your kiddo. (Peanut free)
This special offering is open to fully potty trained kids, ages 4-9. Feel free to send your little one in movement appropriate pajamas so they are ready to transfer right into bed if they fall asleep on the way home. Our “Grateful Gathering” theme is all about what brings us joy and how we can show and share that through our attitude of gratitude!
Cost: $30/child or $45/2 siblings
(Have more than 2 kiddos? Email us for other pricing options.)
Sunday, November 17, 5:30-6:45pm
We are looking forward to kicking off a new season of our Mindfulness Book Club with fresh eyes and open minds & hearts! This is a free event for all. Even if you have never been to Wellness in Motion before, come and join us!
This year’s intention for Mindfulness Book Club is to read 4 books, over 8 months affording us more opportunity for community discussion, integration and related activities.
Book club dates are as follows (all 3rd Sundays of the month, except for the May date) and we will always meet from 5:30-6:45pm:
November 17th and January 19th – book to be determined
February 16th and March 15th – book to be determined
April 19th and May 31st – book to be determined
Yoga for Back Conditions – A Workshop for Yoga Teachers
November 23/24, 2019 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
Mandy Glitzer, C-IAYT and back care specialist, will lead this weekend workshop discussing how to accommodate students with back conditions in your yoga classes. Conditions covered will include: herniation, osteopenia/osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, and hyper-kyphosis/hyper-lordosis. We’ll cover the anatomy of these conditions, as well as asana modifications, suggestions and contraindications. This workshop is for Yoga Teachers and anyone currently enrolled in a yoga teacher training.
Yoga Teachers who participate in the full weekend will receive 18 hours of Yoga Alliance CE credits.
FREE 21 Day Meditation and Mindfulness Challenge
December 1-21, 2019
We received such great feedback from our 21 Day Meditation and Mindfulness Challenge that we knew we had to do it again this year. We are currently working on the in studio events, but you are welcome to join our Insight Timer group anytime. (Click here to find all of the details.)
FREE Reiki Share
December 8th, 9:30-10:30am
This Reiki share will give you the opportunity to both give and get some hands on Reiki in a group setting. We will also do a Reiki meditation circle. All levels and lineages are welcome to this share. Even those without Reiki experience can come participate and learn about this technique! Pre-registration is required and can be done on our Class Calendar Page.
Herbal Make and Take
Sunday, December 8th, 1-3pm
In this hands on class you will have the opportunity to make handmade herbal holiday gifts for loved ones. We will be making herbal teas, infused culinary vinegar and salves. Everyone will go home with gifts to give to family members. Fun wrapping will also be an option at the end of this event! $20, Pre-registration required. Save your space now!
Annual Yoga and Yarn Retreat at the Nature Inn Bald Eagle
We’ll begin each of our days unwinding the kinks from our bodies while overlooking Bald Eagle Mountain and Lake during a guided all levels yoga practice. The yoga will be suitable for those who have never done yoga before. If you feel physically unable, that’s just fine. You are welcome to knit on your own in the morning, and relax in your own way. The knitting will also be suitable for people who have never knitted–and we will also have projects available for more experienced knitters.
After yoga, enjoy a healthy and delicious lunch, which will include both vegan and gluten-free options. Spend the afternoon knitting by the fireplace, making new friends, and enjoying coffee, tea, and snacks. Saturday guests will enjoy a delicious dinner, which makes for a perfectly stress free day, especially if you plan to spend the night at the Inn. On Sunday, the retreat will end before dinner, at 4pm.
When and How?
The retreat will take place on Saturday and/or Sunday, January 11 and 12, 2020. To ensure that we have enough people both days, we will open signups to the 2-day people, beginning now until the end of September. Beginning Oct. 1, we will open it up to those who would prefer a choice of Saturday or Sunday. Early-bird signup prices will end on Nov. 1, and you may continue to sign up until December 27. After that, we will take names in case of an unexpected opening. If you wish to stay overnight during that weekend, please book a room directly through the Nature Inn (814) 625-2879. Please take care of any reservations ASAP. Last year both the retreat and the hotel filled.
The 2-day price includes lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and classes on Saturday, and again, lunch, snack, and classes on Sunday. (Note that Sunday does not include dinner, and that the hotel room is not included in pricing, so you will need to reserve through the Nature Inn.)
The early bird cost for Saturday is $160 and Sunday is $145; if you register for both days, it will be $290. After November 30, the cost will be $180 for Saturday and $165 for Sunday, or $340 for both days.
9:30: Arrive and get set up for the yoga class.
11:30-12:30: Lunch is served! It will consist of soups and salads for the main fare, and different sides each day.
12:30: Knitting Project for those who have knit before. Cynthia will get you started on the project.
1:00: If you have never knit before, you will begin now! Knitting for beginning knitters. We will start a simple scarf.
Relax with knitting all afternoon. Cynthia will continue to sit with the beginners, but will be available for other help or consultation.
(On Sunday, the retreat will end at 4:00pm, before dinner.)
Coffee and tea are available all day!
The Nature Inn is at Bald Eagle State Park, 201 Warbler Way, Howard, PA 16841. Nestled within the natural beauty of the park, in the very center of the state, the Inn combines the comfort of a B&B with sweeping mountain and lake views. Our meeting room has a wall of windows and a fireplace, to set the day’s relaxing and inviting environment. If you wish to spend Friday or Saturday night at the Inn, please contact them directly to make reservations.
Register now! Early bird pricing until November 30th.
Note that signups are nonrefundable. Although we have never had a weather problem, it is January! The retreat will be held unless the state closes the roads.
Sundays, January 12th, 19th, 26th, and Feb 9th, 12:30-2:45pm
We will delve further into our practice, focusing more on treatment of others than we did in level one. Other modalities will be explored and Reiki symbols, animal reiki, reiki circles and distance reiki will be introduced. Prerequisite: Reiki Level One – with any teacher/practitioner.
Course cost is $175 for early bird payments made before Dec 15th, and $200 afterwards. Payment plans available; please email Mandy if you are in need of one.
Yoga Nidra – A Continuing Ed Course for Yoga Teachers
April 25/26, 2020 8am-6pm (lunch break 12-1)
Yes, yoga nidra is a great “yoga nap” where we rest deeply, but it is so much more. Mandy Glitzer will lead this weekend long module. Learn the science and background of yoga nidra, sleep states, and brain waves. Become familiar with the stages of yoga nidra and how movement and pranayama can lead to a deeper yoga nidra experience. We’ll explore the koshas, samskaras, and karma as they relate to yoga nidra. By the end of this weekend you will feel confident in your ability to create your own yoga nidra script to use at the end of a yoga class, or as a stand alone class.
Book (required): “Yoga Nida: The Art of Transformational Sleep” by Kamini Desai
Yoga teachers who wish to receive a certificate must:
- Read the required book
- Attend the full weekend
- Complete follow-up homework: Practice daily yoga nidra for one month, and journal about your experience. Write your own yoga nidra script and either 1) offer 1 yoga nidra class at Wellness in Motion which can be observed by Mandy or 2) record your yoga nidra script for Mandy’s review and feedback.
** This program is for Yoga Teachers or teacher trainees. Upon successful completion, you will receive 40 hours of CE credits with Yoga Alliance (20 contact & 20 non-contact).