Labyrinth Walkshop
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Labyrinth Walkshop

COME EXPERIENCE THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF OUR WALKING LABYRINTH WITH CHUCK HUNNER OF GOLDEN SPIRIT.


CHUCK WILL TAKE US THROUGH THE PATTERN EVOLUTION AND SEGUE TO THE HUMAN EVOLUTION FROM WALKING LABYRINTHS.


FROM THE LABYRINTH SOCIETY RESEARCH, HERE ARE SOME AMAZING RESULTS ABOUT LABYRINTHS AS A TOOL:


81% More Relaxed

80% More Peaceful

78% More Reflective

76% More Centered

70% Less Stressed

67% Less Anxious

64% Less Agitated






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Gong Meditation
Oct
27
6:30 PM18:30

Gong Meditation

Gong meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using therapeutic gong sounds and vibrations to bring about healing. This practice is also sometimes referred to as a “gong bath” because participants are “bathed” in meditation gong sound waves. The goal of “gong meditation” is usually therapeutic, whereas mindfulness meditation has many therapeutic benefits, but its deeper goal is awareness and non-judgmental appreciation of the present moment.

Sound therapy has long been used to manage a broad range of health conditions. The treatments are based on the understanding that all forms of matter – including our body’s cells – vibrate at different frequencies. Factors such as stress, depression and disease cause cells and organs within our bodies to vibrate at non-optimal frequencies.

(Source: https://mindworks.org/blog/what-is-gong-meditation-and-how-is-it-practiced/)

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Yoga Nidra
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a practice that ANYONE can do; it does not require physical exertion. It is a guided lying-down meditation that induces full-body relaxation and strong states of awareness. This 2-hour session begins with gentle tension-relieving stretches and resting poses, leading up to a 45-minute Yoga Nidra practice. The various elements of the workshop, taken together and practiced regularly, will improve sleep and memory, relieve anxiety and fatigue, and make up a sophisticated set of mind-body tools to generate greater calm and clarity in navigating the storms of life. Cost is $20 (20% off for monthly members of The Shift and Weaverville Yoga). Registration in advance is preferred. 1st Sundays in Weaverville and final Sundays in Hendersonville. Upcoming dates:

Sunday, August 26th, 3-5pm at The Shift Hendersonville REGISTER

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers - FREE 6-WEEK SERIES
Nov
1
2:00 PM14:00

Powerful Tools for Caregivers - FREE 6-WEEK SERIES

As the series progresses, the six classes build on each other.

Class #1: Taking Care of You

This class sets the stage for the entire course. It emphasizes that the focus is on “YOU, the caregiver, not on the family member receiving care,” and that caregivers will develop a “box of self-care tools.” The challenges of caregiving and significance of caregiver self-care are dramatized through a video. Beginning in this class, caregivers make a weekly action plan for self-care.

Class #2: Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress

Four steps are presented for effective stress management: (1) Identifying early warning signs, (2) Identifying personal sources of stress, (3) Changing what you can change and accepting what you cannot change, and (4) Taking action. Tools to reduce stress are discussed. Participants learn how to change negative self-talk – which increases stress and erodes confidence – to positive self-talk. Beginning in this class, caregivers learn five relaxation activities that are easy to incorporate into their daily lives.

Class #3: Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns

Participants learn how to communicate their feelings, needs and concerns more effectively by using “I” messages. Through brief dramatizations, participants experience the impact of both “I” messages and “You” messages (which tend to sound blaming and put people on the defensive). They practice changing “You” messages to “I” messages, and identifying when statements beginning with the word “I” are actually “Hidden You” messages.

Class #4: Communicating in Challenging Situations

Participants practice two communication tools – assertiveness and Aikido – which are helpful in difficult situations. They learn a four-step process, called DESC (Describe, Express, Specify, and Consequence) for using the assertive style of communication. With Aikido, participants learn how to align and find “common ground” with a person who is distressed. A segment highlights guidelines for communicating with a person who is memory impaired.

Class #5: Learning From Our Emotions

The overriding theme of this class is “our emotions are messages we need to listen to.” It emphasizes that feelings occur for a reason and that feelings are neither good nor bad. Focus is on identifying constructive ways for dealing with difficult feelings – especially anger, guilt, and depression – and resources for professional help.

Class #6: Mastering Caregiving Decisions

Focus is on the internal emotional process caregivers go through when they experience a life change. Tools for dealing with changes and for making tough decisions – including a decision-making model and the family meeting – are discussed.

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What is Yoga, Really?
Nov
10
9:45 AM09:45

What is Yoga, Really?

WHAT IS YOGA, REALLY?

Presenter: Leslie Morrill, E-RYT 500, IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist

Registration Suggested. Class cards welcome. First class at the studio is free for locals!

In this gathering of the minds, we will bravely open Pandora’s Box, facing any fears about Yoga, bringing into the light of day possible doubts and conundrums over the philosophy and practice of Yoga.  

Discussion includes:

  1. Who started Yoga?

  2. How long has it been around?

  3. Do credible agencies regulate and recommend Yoga for authentic health benefits?

  4. How are yoga teaching standards set?

  5. Can I injure myself with Yoga? (How safe is it?)

  6. Why is Yoga controversial among some religious groups and leaders?

  7. How did it gain popularity in the U.S?

  8. Why are there so many styles and how do I know which is right for me?

  9. (And perhaps the trickiest) Discussion of why people view Yoga as a religion or as just an exercise practice...

Presenter: Leslie Morrill, E-RYT 500, IAYT certified Yoga Therapist


In this 75-minute gathering of minds, we will bravely open Pandora’s Box, facing any fears about Yoga, bringing into the light of day possible doubts and conundrums over the philosophy and practice of Yoga.  Bring your questions or concerns—the opened Box may reveal all-inclusive ideas instead of dread dogmas! Newcomers are welcome; no prior Yoga experience s necessary. We will not be doing Hatha Yoga postures, but will enjoy friendly talk-time.


Discussion Write up:


Who started Yoga?

How long has it been around?

Do credible agencies regulate and recommend Yoga for authentic health benefits?

How are yoga teaching standards set?

Can I injure myself with Yoga? (How safe is it?)

Why is Yoga controversial among some religious groups and leaders?

How did it gain popularity in the U.S?

Why are there so many styles and how do I know which is right for me?

(And the trickiest) Is Yoga a religion or exercise practice?

Bio:


Leslie Morrill has been a Certified Yoga Teacher since 1984 and Yoga Therapist since 1995.  When therapeutic yoga standards emerged, she received certification through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. 

Her Classical Yoga training began in 1975 within the quietly serene yoga ashram of Mataji Indra Devi, world-renowned as the first woman and Westerner to receive Indian Hatha Yoga and Ayurvedic Medicine training from Krishnamacharya, “Father of Hatha Yoga in the West.”

Leslie’s 5-year training took place at Indra Devi’s Rancho Cuchuma ashram in Mexico, where persons came worldwide to study India’s Hatha Yoga. 

Offering decades of experience, Leslie served as a founding member of Yoga Alliance and developed her Classical Yoga training school in San Diego to train in the Classical Indra Devi style. 

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