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Meditation for Beginners
Sunday, November 12, 2017 
2:00-4:30 pm
$35 in advance, $40 day of workshop
Register at the studio or call (719) 481-4137
Class size limited. Advance registration recommended. 
Meditation is now widely studied and recognized as a practice that supports our health and well-being in a multitude of ways. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of meditation: what it is, how to do it, and the many benefits of regular practice. 
You will have the opportunity to learn various, simple techniques for focusing and quieting your mind. As you practice, you'll experience the calm and relaxed state that results from being "in the moment". By the end of the workshop, you will know how to begin meditating on your own as you grow your practice. 
No prior experience in yoga or meditation is required. You'll have the option of sitting on chairs, cushions, or the floor according to your preference. We'll be doing some gentle movement to break up the sitting, and there will be a break in the middle of the workshop.  

Past Workshops with Raleigh Dove

From Survive to Thrive: Yoga for People who have had Breast Cancer

      Learn about the ways in which yoga supports healing. Studies show that breast cancer survivors who practice yoga benefit from improved mood, sleep, quality of life and reduction of treatment-related side effects. This class includes gentle exercises specifically chosen to help your body regain flexibility and strength following treatment and surgery. You will learn of the importance of movement for the lymphatic system, and how to regain your energy in a way that honors your own condition. We will use breathwork, guided visualization and other techniques to calm the nervous system and cultivate a peaceful mind. This class will help you develop the heart qualities of joy, gratitude and playfulness while connecting with others who have travelled the same path. Prior yoga experience is not needed for this workshop. (All are welcome regardless of length of time since diagnosis.)


Expanding your Yoga Practice 
This workshop will help you build on what you learn in group classes by
A) explaining what yoga is and how it works,
B) teaching you how to practice on your own, and
C) giving you gentle tools to overcome inertia and develop your discipline.

Topics include: what to do in a home practice; when, where, how long to do it; and understanding basic categories of poses, their benefits and how to sequence them. You will gain the confidence you need to begin a simple, basic practice at home. You'll also learn how yoga practice benefits your wellbeing beyond the physical flexibility & strengthening. This workshop is open to anyone who has attended some yoga classes and is ready to learn more. You don't need to be a pretzel kind of person!


Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
     Restorative Yoga is a deeply relaxing practice in which a person rests in modified yoga postures supported by props like cushions and blankets. The poses are each held passively for several minutes, allowing for a deep muscular release and a profound calming of the mind and body. No experience in yoga is necessary, and it is suitable for any level of fitness. It is especially healing for anyone recovering from health issues or dealing with stress in his/her life. 

     Yoga Nidra means "yogic sleep", and is a state of consciousness between being awake and asleep. The student rests comfortably on the mat as he/she is verbally guided by the instructor into a very deep state of relaxation. This powerful practice helps one switch from being "stuck in fight or flight" to activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This in turn allows all of the bodily systems to function better. As with restorative yoga, this is a profoundly healing practice, supports the immune system, and allows one to access a state of greater calm and serenity.


Yoga Tools for Coping with Stress and Anxiety


 Happy, Healthy Feet! 
     If you have never thought about all the ways in which you can stretch, strengthen and improve the function of your feet, prepare to be amazed! This workshop is a treat for the tootsies, especially if you have feet issues. Our feet are often overlooked when we pursue physical fitness, but they are oh-so-important for mobility, balance, flexibility and general health. They are also our foundation for standing, and set the stage for the alignment of the entire spine, pelvis and shoulders. When you restore/improve function in your feet, you are opening the door to better health in a multitude of ways. No yoga experience is necessary, and all levels of fitness are welcome.


Pain Care Yoga Training with Neil Pearson, PT, MSc, BA-BPHE, RYT500, CYT  (Hosted in 2014)
Physiotherapist, Yoga Therapist, Clinical Professor University of British Columbia
for Health Professionals, Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists
This workshop provides in-depth integration of pain science, innovative pain self-management techniques, yoga philosophy and yoga practices. Participants will gain a solid foundation in pain science, and in yoga philosophy related to pain and pain management. Daily yoga practices and pain self-management skills acquisition will ready teachers and practitioners to begin integration of Pain Care Yoga into their clinical practices and yoga classes.