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What is PROGRAMS & EVENTS?

Programs and events are opportunities to delve into deeper exploration of whatever your practice of choice may be, yoga or otherwise. We offer you special programming as a way of nurturing your curiosity and bringing practitioners in the community who are incredibly talented at what they do straight to you. Soak up the experience and enjoy the benefits on and off the mat!

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Reiki Level 1 – Part 1: Friday October 27, 2017 ~ 6:15 – 8:45 pm $50 >>> PURCHASE

Reiki Level 1 – Part 2: Saturday October 28, 2017 ~ 12:00 – 4:30 pm $100 >>> PURCHASE 

Reiki Level 2 – Part 1: Distant & Situational Healing – Saturday November 18, 3-6 pm $ 75 >>> PURCHASE 

Reiki Level 2 – Part 2: Cell Memory Process – Tuesday November 28, 6:15-8:45 pm $100 >>> PURCHASE 

*Certification for Reiki Level 1  requires attendance to both parts 1 & 2. Certification for Reiki Level 2 requires Reiki Level 1 training and certification and both parts of Reiki Level 2 training with the same Reiki Master.

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Empower yourself through the wisdom of yoga practice to bring your inner symphony into harmony!

Location: Yoga Mandala
Part 1:  Sunday October 1, 2017 ~ 12:15 – 2:45 pm >>> PURCHASE 
Part 2: Sunday November 12, 2017 ~ 12:15 – 2:45 pm >>> PURCHASE 
Part 3: Sunday December 3, 2017 ~ 12:15 -2:45 pm >>> PURCHASE
This Series of three workshops will illuminate the chakras and the endocrine system, and the many ways in which yoga serves to balance and enhance both. The information will be presented as lecture and experientially as restorative yoga practice, and will explore how various asanas can fine-tune each organ in the endocrine network to better play its part in an ongoing hormonal symphony. Optimizing endocrine function is essential to good health.
Learn to recognize how sub-optimal endocrine function shows up in our bodies, and examine the effects of lifestyle, sleep and nutrition on optimizing hormonal balance. This series of workshops may be of benefit to those experiencing any of the following conditions:
  • Fatigue / insomnia
  • Depression / anxiety / brain fog
  • Weight loss / weight gain
  • PMS, perimenopause, menopause
  • Chronic joint pain / muscular pain / osteoporosis
  • Fibroids / endometriosis / PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
  • Autoimmune conditions, hypo- or hyperthyroid function
  • Digestive issues
  • Loss of stamina / lethargy
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CHOOSE HAPPY 2017  REACH ATHLETES/YOGA MANDALA EVENT to benefit FAMILY REACH
Opening Dedication | Vinyasa Flow Fire Prayer | Yin/Restorative Heart Prayer | Meditation with Nicole

 
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Yoga Mandala
As a yoga practitioner and yoga-student-for-life, I am regularly challenging the status quo to find new and creative ways to cultivate the patience, the discipline and the wisdom it takes to test the limits of what is possible–for physical as well as social-emotional well-being. Yoga Mandala has joined the sangha/community of REACH ATHLETES to help our FAMILY REACH families navigate these, and so many other, obstacles they face each and every day as they battle cancer.  Please join us on your yoga mat to challenge your status quo and in raising the karmic vibration for ‘good’ and ‘happy’ in the world (and if you are ‘geographically unsuitable,’ you can participate with us by tuning in FaceBook LIVE 10A Eastern Standard Time/Boston/ US)
 
On December 16, I will dedicate our practice to the memory of Reach Athletes Founder, Kenji Freedman’s daughter, Kassidy, who chose Happy in her 18 years of life, which ended too abruptly on August 3, 2017. When we experience loss, pain, irreconcilable grief, illness, any form of suffering, our practice becomes the space within which to hold and tend our fragility and our fearlessness, our sweetness (sukha) and our strength (sthira). So on this day, we will practice to the memory of Loved Ones; we will revive our intentions; we will raise our personal stakes; we will practice resilience; we will spread our wings of basic goodness and gratitude through our attitudes and actions; and, today, we will definitely CHOOSE HAPPY. All levels are welcome and encouraged

Thank you for supporting me in remembering Kassidy, the beautiful daughter of my partner Kenji, and Reach Athletes Founder. In doing so, you also support some truly amazing families fighting cancer as a daily struggle. 

Thank you so much for your registration, thank you for your generosity!

Sababa! Jai!

>> CHOOSE HAPPY Yoga 2017 Event Registration ($40) – Space is limited-This registration reserves your spot.

>>Gift/Donation ONLY – With gratitude

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YOGA FOR NECK AND SHOULDERS  with Pam Gaither 

January 27, 2018 |  1:00-3:00 PM

Do you ever feel pain in your neck? If so, you’re not alone. The American Osteopathic Association reports that more than one in four Americans will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. The good news is yoga can help.

Do your shoulders feel tight or cramped?  Shoulder pain is a common condition that impacts people of all ages and activity levels. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body and can benefit from yoga poses practiced with optimal alignment and body awareness.

Join Pam as she explores ways to relieve common neck and shoulder discomfort. Restore strength, stability, and freedom to these keys areas of your body.

Current teachers and students are welcome in this All Levels workshop. Class size is limited to 15 students. Please wear appropriate yoga clothing. Yoga Alliance® Continuing Education (CE) credits for available for contact hours.

About Your Instructor

Pam Gaither is a C-IAYT® Certified Yoga Therapist and Boston area yoga instructor (RYT®, YACEP®). She has been a yoga instructor since 1998 and a yoga therapist for her clients since 2002. Pam’s aim is to provide you with tools and practices that transform pain and limitation into relief, strength, and freedom.

Questions and additional information:
Contact Pam at phgaither@gmail.com

Cost/Investment: $50 on or before Jan 22nd; $55 after Jan 22nd.

>> Register for Yoga for Neck and Shoulders ($50/55)

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 RESTORATIVE YOGA – YOGA NIDRA TRAINING with Maureen Miller

February 9-10, 2018 |  Friday 11am-6pm and Saturday 12-6pm

The 2-day workshop will include:

  • – What is RY?
  • – The history of RY
  • – The benefits of RY
  • – The 8 limbs of Yoga and RY
  • – RY props
  • – Yoga Nidra and Guided Meditation
  • – 2-hour Restorative Yoga class
  • – Using essential oils, crystals, music, Reiki
  • – RY poses (set up for poses – yourself or students, variations, benefits)
  • – RY sequences (for teaching or home practice) including sequences related to chakras, part of the body, detox sequence, and more!

Open to all students:

– those who have experienced restorative yoga poses and want to learn more

– those who want to create a home practice- those who want to teach others.

If you are a RYT – you will be eligible for 12.5 hours of CEUs for Yoga Alliance. If you are in the Spiritual Path Yoga Program at Yoga Mandala, you can use these hours toward the program.

Cost/Investment:  $250 by Jan 10th; $275 after 1/10/18.

>> Restorative Yoga – Yoga Nidra Training ($250/275)

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Relax | Restore | Refresh | Renew

 
Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | 7:00-8:45 PM
  • Relax your body with a restorative SPA Yoga® slow-flow experience with feel-good, hands-on assists and yoga massage
  • Renew your senses with a chocolate meditation, lavender towels and soothing candlelight
  • Restore your mind with a calming, extended savasana with guided meditation
  • Refresh yourself with calming beverages, soothing scents and inspiring music
  • Receive a LOTUSWEITM flower essence serum and Wei of ChocolateTM meditation chocolate for your home practice

SPA Yoga® is a slow-flow, restorative, whole-body sensory experience.  By engaging all five senses with soft candlelight, soothing music, aromatherapy, lots of hands-on assists and a renewed awareness of taste (including chocolate!), SPA Yoga® aligns you with the inner wisdom of deep relaxation.

The physical practice takes time to open the body’s subtle energy and prepares you to experience new depths of awareness in an extended, guided savasana.  During SPA Yoga®, you will experience extra hands-on assists and massages, a calming candlelit room atmosphere, delightful scents and beautiful music in the background.

Be prepared to feel like you just walked out of a SPA!

All Levels welcome and encouraged!

>>> SPA Yoga Special Event Registration ($40)

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INTENTIONS OF THE HEART: YIN YOGA AND MEDITATION WORKSHOP with Josh Summers
Saturday, March 3, 2018  ~ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm >>> PURCHASE 
Our intentions—conscious or unconscious, big or small—contribute to our suffering or our happiness. Intentions are the seeds that become our garden. Within a “yin” approach to yoga and meditation, we can become more mindful of our intentions. The practice of stillness allows us to listen to and clarify our deeper intentions for practice and our life. Often we may practice yoga and meditation with an overemphasis on technique. But by shifting one’s approach from a technique-based practice to an intention-guided practice, we can more readily realize the tenderness and compassion of the unguarded Heart.

The Buddha defined Wise Intention as having three aspects: the intention of kindness, the intention of compassion and the intention of renunciation. Each intention serves the skillful cultivation of wisdom and love in our life.

In this special Yin Yoga intensive, will use the quiet practices of Yin Yoga and Insight Meditation, to shed light on intention, to learn from that intention, and to promote an onward cultivation of wisdom and compassion.

What is Yin Yoga?

Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to more dynamic and active yoga styles. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deeper layers of connective tissue in the body.

Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium.

>>> Yin Yoga with Josh Summers ($65)

Image result for om symbolINTRO TO TEACHING YOGA WITH THEMES (offered in 2 parts) for teachers & practitioners withPam Gaither

HATHA YOGA FLOW
Location: Yoga Mandala
Part 1: COMING BACK IN 2018
Discover how using themes can turn your yoga classes from mundane to memorable.
We all have yoga classes that stand out in our minds. Perhaps we found ourselves in a puddle of cathartic tears during Savasana (Corpse Pose) or euphoric after rising into an unassisted Sirsasana (Headstand) for the first time. Something that the teacher said, or simply her way of being, can stick with us for years. As yoga teachers, we all want to deliver such classes. We want to touch our students’ hearts, even long after they leave their yoga mats. So, then, what is it that sets an exemplary yoga class apart from a forgettable one? Is there a method behind the magic? This introduction to the art of theming part 1 will show you:
  • How to take the mystery out of teaching with a theme
  • Fundamentals of creating and weaving a theme into your class sequence
  • How to theme a yoga class with authenticity and meaning
  • Methods to make your class inspiring and transformational, deepening your impact as a teacher
  • Where to find inspiration
  • Sample themes

>>> PURCHASE HOW TO THEME A YOGA CLASS-Part 1 ($65)

Part 2: TBA
This 3-hour session builds on the foundational teachings of Part 1. In this second introduction to the art of theming you will learn how theme has the potential to take students to the very heart of their yoga practice, and remind us all to remember and to recognize our basic connection to the universe and to each other. More specifically, learn how to:
  • Introduce your theme in a captivating, powerful way
  • Seamlessly weave themes with alignment instruction
  • Create a practice sequence that integrates theme(s) into your teaching
  • Find your authentic voice that allows themes to flow naturally from within you. 

Prerequisites: 

  • Intro to Teaching Yoga with Themes Part 1, or by teacher’s permission
  • A sincere desire to learn, grow, provide constructive feedback, and open your heart.
>>> PURCHASE HOW TO THEME A YOGA CLASS-Part 2 ($65)

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FUNCTIONASANA: Part 2 – HIPS & PELVIS  with Carly

Date: COMING BACK IN 2018

 Come learn, explore, and appreciate new territory in your hips!

Please Note: If you have not taken the first workshop: The Foot, it is advised, but not required, that you experience that prior to this one.

Hip and pelvic mobility require the joints to be mobile and the pelvic floor tissues to be balanced.

This class will help you learn how to access and move the fascial and muscular tissue deep within the pelvis, and musculature and fascial tissue deep within the hips.

Once the tissue is on its way to newfound mobility, the class will focus on exploring hip and pelvic joint mobility, by drawing outside the lines of asana. This is where the first workshop: The Foot becomes an important component

This is a delicious class.  The work is deep. The benefits go far beyond hip mobility.

Some of the issues to which restricted pelvic floor and hip tissue can contribute:

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Incontinence
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Testicular pain and Erectile dysfunction
  • Deep gluteal pain
  • Piriformis pain
  • SI Joint pain/dysfunction
  • L4, L5, S1 related issues
  • Breathing dysfunction
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances/dysfunctions
  • Hip pain/stiffness.

>>> PURCHASE FUNCTIONASANA ~ HIPS & PELVIS ($50)

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AYURVEDIC CLEANSE with Cynthia Peterson

Date: Coming back in 2018
Please join us for a guided cleanse based on Ayurvedic principles but designed for the novice cleanser. Experienced cleansers are welcome and can modify to meet their needs. This is not a fast – you can expect to eat 3-4 meals a day.Kitchari ,the ancient yogi food, will be your mainstay for however many days you choose to do the cleanse – this is referred to as mono-diet. Modifications will be offered as needed.

The cleanse will be set up to include a pre-cleanse (typically 3 days , the main cleanse (4 days) and a post cleanse or reintegration (3 days).  Yoga Mandala will be offering a 10 day experience – this can be modified in any way that works for you.

The session will be an intro to Ayurveda and to cleansing. Participants will learn why we cleanse according to Ayurveda, the benefits of cleansing and how to approach each phase of the cleanse. Basic Ayurvedic concepts will be covered:  dosha/constitution, imbalanced doshas, daily routines  and how time of day, seasons and time of life impact health and well-being.

Take time to mark your calendar and wrap your mind around taking a week and half to devote to yourself and trying something new. Yes, you can have a life and a family and work and still cleanse! Quiet , rest and reflection certainly enhance any cleanse and you will be encouraged to take some of the busy-ness out of your schedule and will be given suggestions  and ideas about how to do this. We meet on 10/21 and start the pre-cleanse Monday  10/23, the main cleanse starts Thursday 10/26 and we will finish with the post-cleanse Wednesday 11/1. You will receive daily emails for the 10 days usually  inspirational and informational. I will answer any questions in the following days email using a “reply all “ format so that everyone may benefit from questions and answers. Handouts and recipes will be provided at the 10/21 workshop, there will be time for questions and we will decide then as a group on the possibility of a post cleanse meeting.

>>>AYERVEDIC CLEANSE Event Registration ($50)

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN TEACHING YOGA TO KIDS??

Yoga Mandala’s CHILDREN’S YOGA TEACHER TRAINING 2017

COMING UP:  Returning in 2018

Our own fun and amazing kids yoga instructor Sharon Marrama of Here Comes The Sun Yoga, offers her one-day course for teachers, administrators, camp counselors, parents, child psychologists, librarians, or any professionals who work with children and want to introduce yoga, mindfulness and meditation into their classrooms, careers and lives.

Course Content includes:

–Basics of Yoga
–Benefits of Yoga
–Yoga Poses designed for kids
–Games, activities, arts & crafts
–Class Structure and Etiquette
–Ethics of Yoga
–How to Find a Yoga Job
–Special Classes for groups such as Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scout Troops, Birthday Parties, Sports Teams. School Events.
Outcome:
Leave this workshop with a Certificate of Completion and the confidence and qualifications needed to incorporate yoga into your studio, classrooms, careers and lives.
Includes:
Handouts, props suggestions, music, themes, suggested readings, humor & fun!

>>> PURCHASE YOGA MANDALA KID’S YOGA TEACHING TRAINING $250

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