Tai Chi for Health Series
Aug
23
2:30 PM14:30

Tai Chi for Health Series

Developed by Dr. Paul Lam at the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI), the program utilizes the Tai Chi Sun style for its ability to improve relaxation, balance, and its ease of use for older adults. The movements are taught to both left and right sides and with turns to move forward and backward to improve mobility and offer a variety of combinations.

Tai Chi for Health has been shown to:

  1. Improve Balance

  2. Increase Muscular Strength

  3. Improve Mobility

  4. Increase Flexibility

  5. Improve Psychological Health

  6. Decrease Pain

  7. Prevent Falls


The target audience is adults with or without arthritis, rheumatic diseases or related musculoskeletal conditions. The program is appropriate for people with mild, moderate and severe joint involvement and back pain. It is also appropriate for adults without arthritis who have a higher risk of falling.

MEMBERS FREE. Class Cards Welcome. Purchase series.

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Yoga Nidra
Aug
26
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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The Toltec Secret to Happiness
Aug
29
1:00 PM13:00

The Toltec Secret to Happiness

Join Michele Laub, MS, Toltec Master Teacher, in her series. Combining the ancient wisdom of the Toltecs, as brought forth by don Miguel Ruiz in The Four Agreements, and cutting age discoveries in neuroscience, epigenetics and quantum physics; Michele will simplify the process of uncovering and changing hidden beliefs that stand in your way of sustained happiness. We will integrate four simple and effective steps that can reshape any belief that stands in the way of creating your most beautiful dream of your life. You will learn to: 

  • Identify your fear-based limiting beliefs

  • Create the habit of Awareness

  • Eliminate regret, worry and self-doubt

  • Integrate powerful tools for connecting the mind and the body

  • Stay balanced and happy even when things seem to fall apart]

Members are free. Class cards welcome. Advanced Registration Requested. 

We will use the books, The Toltec Secret to Happiness-Create Lasting Change with the Power of Belief, by Ray Dodd. This book, as well as The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz, are available for purchase in-store and online. Both books will prepare you for the class curriculum

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Healing Dance for Mind, Body & Soul
Sep
1
2:30 PM14:30

Healing Dance for Mind, Body & Soul

Moving body, mind and soul as one can unlock messages essential to our healing journey. In this workshop, we will learn how to tune into our bodies to hear guidance from our soul. We will explore what blocks us mentally and emotionally from being our whole, true selves and how that affects us physically. We will then dance to loosen up the blocks and create more space to live in joy and health. The dancing is a blend of traditional world dances and guided free-form movements. For people of any physical capacity, the movements have deep healing effects whether done gently or vigorously.

Workshop led by Michelle Dionne, teacher of Sacred and Healing Dance since 1998. She has traveled worldwide, participating in traditional ceremonial dances. Her teachings focus on dancing between the physical and spiritual realms in order to cultivate self awareness, self-healing and self-love. To learn more about her work, please visit www.themandorla.com

$25, Please purchase in advance so we can reserve your mat space! 

20% off for members (Register and Pay in Person).

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The Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age: Kundalini Yoga Series
Sep
2
4:00 PM16:00

The Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age: Kundalini Yoga Series

For the next 2000 years we will be in the Aquarian Age. This shift is bringing out the best and the worst in mankind. What can you do to make this transition into this new age of information and consciousness?

Sutras are, figuratively and literally, “threads” that string life together. Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga and spiritual teacher shared these five principles which he called the Five Sutras of the Aquarian Age. They are as simple and straightforward as they are deep and transcendent. They are words to live by.

1st Sutra August 5th, 12th, 19th
2nd Sutra September 2nd, 9th,16th
3rd Sutra October 7th, 14th, 21st
4th Sutra November 4th, 11th, 18th
5th Sutra December 2nd, 9th, 16th

"Through these teachings I hope to give you the tools that will help you manage the challenges of these times with grace, strength, perseverance and love . We will meditate, chant ancient mantras, do physical postures,rest deeply and sometimes I will gong for you." Suzi Jagdeesh Kaur

Classes include physical postures, meditation, relaxation and mantras. All levels of yoga experience welcome.

Class cards welcome. Members are free. Registration preferred.

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A Matter of Balance (FREE FALLS PREVENTION SERIES)
Sep
17
2:30 PM14:30

A Matter of Balance (FREE FALLS PREVENTION SERIES)

Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It includes 8 two-hour sessions for a small group of 8-12 participants led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University.

The program is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls

  • Have sustained falls in the past

  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling

  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength

  • Are age 60 or older, community-dwelling and able to problem solve

What do participants learn?

The program enables participants to achieve significant goals. They gain confidence by learning to:

  • View falls as controllable

  • Set goals for increasing activity

  • Make changes to reduce fall risk at home

  • Exercise to increase strength and balance

    Registration Required. Participants must attend at least one of the first two sessions in order to participate. 

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Slacklining & Mindfulness
Oct
9
4:00 PM16:00

Slacklining & Mindfulness

Have you ever wanted to learn how to slackline but don't know how to get started? This is the workshop for you! 

Join Jesse Goldman of Slack-Librium for this donation-based intro class at the beautiful Shift Studio! 

SAVE THE DATE! More info to come...stay tuned!

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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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