Classes and Groups

For meeting days and times see our complete Calendar of classes.

For more detailed information about our classes, please email the Instructor directly.


Classes

April 2015: Basic Yoga with Stephanie Bratnick (class series)

Every Tuesday 11:30am-12:45pm (beginning April 7th and until August 11th)
Cost per class: 100 pesos

yoga heartIf you have never done Yoga, THIS is the perfect class series for you!

Join Stephanie as she gently introduces you to yoga; using props and blankets to gradually allow the body to open. Poses are completely supported, and held for five to ten minutes. The lights are dimmed and students are allowed the space to drift into a calm, serene state, while their bodies release and surrender.

Basic YogaThis yoga class is also an excellent complement to those who live an active lifestyle of walking the San Miguel streets, running, swimming, or other types of more strenuous yoga, or for those simply wishing to participate in a quiet hour of supported, physical meditation. Regardless of your lifestyle, you are sure to leave refreshed, relaxed, and nicely stretched.

DROP-INs welcome! Or, you can also pre-register at stephaniebratnick@gmail.com.

About the teacher
Stephanie first encountered yoga as a required class in university, while she was pursuing her degree in Acting. She quickly fell in love with the combination of strength, grace, flexibility and self-knowledge in her Iyengar classes. Fifteen years later, she is a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher, specializing the mind/body connection. Her classes are full of laughter, joy, personal achievement, and lots of love. She encourages each student to understand their own bodies and strive to reach their personal goals, while remaining relaxed and centered.

April 2015: Prenatal Yoga with Stephanie Bratnick (class series)

Every Saturday 11:30am-12:45pm (beginning April 11th and until August 15th)
Cost per class: 120 pesos

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Yoga is a beautiful way to deepen your connection with your baby, as well as tune into the changes happening in your body. Connect with your innate, intuitive wisdom, while strengthening your body for the tremendous act of birth. The hour long class is relaxing and soothing, yet will help increase flexibility and strength of the pelvis and uterus muscles, increase circulation, stretch the spine, and aid the tone of your entire body.

Prenatal YogaYoga is also an excellent way to combat many of the difficult physical symptoms of pregnancy such as back pain, nausea, varicose veins, and swelling. After forty-five minutes of physical movements, each class ends with a twenty minute guided meditation and aromatherapy massage, specifically geared to guide you to tune into the spirit of your growing baby.

DROP-INs welcome! Or, you can also pre-register at stephaniebratnick@gmail.com.

About the teacher
Stephanie first encountered yoga as a required class in university, while she was pursuing her degree in Acting. She quickly fell in love with the combination of strength, grace, flexibility and self-knowledge in her Iyengar classes. Now fifteen years later, she is a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher, specializing the mind/body connection. Her classes are full of laughter, joy, personal achievement, and lots of love. She encourages each student to understand their own bodies and strive to reach their personal goals, while remaining relaxed and centered.

Beginning April 20th: The Fourth Way (weekly group)

Led by Gurusimran Khalsa

Beginning April 20th, every Monday 3-5 pm
100 pesos/session

(NOTE: There will be an introductory talk to this group on April 13th, please click here for more info on that!)

5c96d9ffbc4e1c430b3dca1d7ef88219The Fourth Way is a path of awakening developed by G. Gurdjieff and taught by his pupils, Ouspensky, Nicoll and Rodney Collin (who lived in Mexico toward the end of his life). It includes the 3 main traditional ways of developing a soul, gaining mastery over ones mind, body & emotions. However, in The Fourth Way this is done simultaneously. Assuming that most of us are only awake occasionally in moments of intense joy or suffering it teaches us how to learn to consciously “awaken” to our lives.

The Fourth Way has no fixed form and students are encouraged not to accept the teachings until they are understood and verified.

We will learn from conscious beings such as Hermes, Socrates, Rumi, Hafiz, Plato, Dante, Leonardo Da Vinci, William Blake & many others as well as from esoteric schools of the East and the West including Plato’s Academy & the Renaissance School of Florence.We will study the hidden meaning in the Odyssey, Shakespeare, the Mona Lisa, the Allegory of the Cave, fairy tales, as well as symbols such as the Cross, the Star of David and musical octaves. You will also discover the secret wisdom of conscious painters, sculptors, musicians, architects & poets. You will be taught the 48 laws that hinder our “awakening” and how your “center of gravity” can at first hinder and then assist you in the awakening process. The Fourth Way is connected to no specific religion or spiritual practice and can enhance your current practice, if you have one. “To Be Or Not to Be, that is the question”.

SPM_A0153About Gurusimran Khalsa
Gurusimran Khalsa graduated from the City of University of NY with a degree in History and was certified as a teacher in Toronto, Canada. He has been studying and teaching The Fourth Way since 1994. & has taught workshops on The Fourth Way, “body types”, the hidden meaning in Shakespeare, fairly tales & the teaching of Hermes across North America, including Los Angeles, Vancouver, NYC, Chicago and Puerto Vallarta. He is also a Kundalini yoga teacher and The Fourth Way has enhanced his yoga/meditation practice as well as his understanding of the esoteric meaning of Judaism and other religions. He was the founder of the Yogi Tea Co.

Chair Yoga with Antonio

Every Tuesday 3-4 pm and Thursday 1-2 pm

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Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits,reduction of stressbetter sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Who Can Do Chair Yoga?

Chair yoga classes are most widely available in senior centers and retirement homes, as senior citizens are its biggest target audience, but obese people and people with neurological diseases are also good candidates to give the chair method a try. Office workers can also take advantage of chair yoga’s adaptations to sneak in some stretches at work.

Those of you with disabilities, weight challenges, inflexibility, or who just cannot get on the floor for any reason (such as age or being in a crowded work environment) can benefit from a daily practice of yoga on a chair in the comfort of your home or office. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s amazing fitness and health potential. Even if you are in a wheelchair, you can receive the many benefits of chair yoga–the integration of body, mind, and spirit that keeps the yoga practitioner at the top of their game.

Cost per class: 100 pesos. Packages available. 

 


Enneagram Intermediate Group, Levels 1 and 2

Suggested donation: 100 pesos (not required for attendance)

THESE GROUPS WILL BE ON BREAK DURING THE WEEKS OF MARCH 30th AND APRIL 6th. THEY WILL RESUME USUAL SCHEDULE ON APRIL 13th.

Note: Before attending this group, it is necessary to complete the Introduction to the Enneagram series

Level 1: Mondays 11 am – 12:30 pm, Level 2: Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm

Allen ZeesmanCombining modern psychological insights with traditional spiritual wisdom, the Enneagram provides a universal language that helps foster greater understanding of ourselves and others. The course is led by Allen Zeesman, a member of  LifePath’s Enneagram therapy group. 

How to register

Please e-mail Allen at allen.zeesman@gmail.com.


Introduction to the Enneagram

A 3 class series, led by Allen Zeesman; series to be repeated.

Next intro series: PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE.

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Suggested donation: 100 pesos (not required for attendance)

Allen ZeesmanCombining modern psychological insights with traditional spiritual wisdom, the Enneagram provides a universal language that helps foster greater understanding of ourselves and others. This course is designed for the curious beginner wants to learn more. The course is led by Allen Zeesman, a member of  LifePath’s Enneagram therapy group. Dr. Beverly Nelson will co-facilitate this class on occasion.

How to register

PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY for these class series. Please e-mail Allen at allen.zeesman@gmail.com.


Qi Gong with Christian

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM 

QI GONG (pronounced “Tchi Kong”) is the father of Tai Chi Chuan and its origins go back to the beginnings of the Chinese civilization, from the ancient taoist’s gymnastics of longevity. In fact, Tai Chi Chuan is an inner martial art codified in the 17th century, created from the fusion between martial art’s techniques and Qi Gong. 

QI GONG is part of one of the five branches of the traditional Chinese medicine, and means: “ Control of the vital energy “.It is a traditional Chinese gymnastics whose practice consists of slow and gentle movements, combined with breath exercises and concentration of the mind. This thousand-year-old discipline helps the circulation of the energy through the body.

QI GONG is not a martial art and its aim is always spiritual and therapeutic.

The regular practice of QI GONG:

  • Calms and relaxes the mind
  • Reinforces the neuromuscular system and makes it more flexible
  • Optimizes all the functions of the organism                                                       
  • Supports the immune system and sustains the strengths of self-recovery            
  • Guarantees good health and vitality

QI  GONG is a practice for everybody, regardless of gender, religion, age of physical condition. The classes are imparted by Christian, teacher certified by the “Ling Gui” school and  Dr. Liu Dong (www.linggui.fr), school  of Therapeutic Qi Gong, in Paris/France.

Trilingual classes:  English-Spanish-French.

Drop-ins welcome, 100 pesos.

Contact: Christian  – 415.100.2675
Email:  christian.shiatsu_qigong@yahoo.com

 


Sound Meditation with Billy White

Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 pm

Suggested donation: 100 pesos

Come to LifePath to experience the incredible sounds that invite one to enter a deeper level of awareness!

Please be punctual and bring a cushion and/or blanket for sitting comfortably on the floor.

NOTE: This group is currently on holiday break. Sessions resume on January 14th, 2015.

About Billy White

With over 30 years as a professional musician, known as a guitarist/percussionist and world music performer, and 20 yrs. studying and practicing meditation, yoga, and sound healing, Billy is now working on a series of recordings that utilize various instruments, voice and sound design to increase relaxation and expand awareness and health.

Most recently, he has been exploring the realm of overtone singing, producing 2 or more notes from a single voice, expanding the harmonic spectrum and resonance in the human body, similar to Tuvan throat singers and Tibetan monks.

Billy has returned to San Miguel for a brief time, and will be leading sound meditations using Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, didjeridoo, frame drums, harmonium and other instruments, to create a deep and healing experience of sound and vibration.


Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Antonio Elugardo

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:15 am
100 pesos
Drop-ins welcome!

Steeped in Gratitude,
I rejoice
Spirit awakened
My lifetime changed
For I have dipped my soul
In the ocean of yoga

 

We practice basic Vinyasa Flow Yoga postures. A sequence of stretches linked with deep Breathing and Graceful Movement. THIS Yoga practice is for everyBODY – it will change YOUR life!

 


Yoga Classes for All Levels Taught by Anabel Cardenas Dugal

Yoga with Anabel Cardenas Dugal

Mondays and Thursdays: 5:45-7 PM

Cost: 110 pesos, drop-ins welcome

Anabel Cardenas Dugal teaches Hatha Yoga for all levels from beginner to advanced in a group setting. She incorporates standing, sitting, and laying down yoga asanas with emphasis on the breathing process. She always tries to lead and encourage her students to move within a safe range of motion and to know and respect his or her limits and honor that we all go and grow at our own pace. Pranayama and breathing techniques are a essential component of her yoga classes. Her yoga classes address the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual life of a human being. Grand Sala.

Contact: anabel@lifepathretreats.com


Yoga with Antonio

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:30 – 9:45 AM

Cost: 100 pesos, drop-ins welcome. 

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Join Antonio for a unique approach to Yoga that integrates element of QiGong, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa. All while using breath awareness to bring you to a relaxing, calm state of mind!

Private instruction also available.

SPECIAL PACKAGES AVAILABLE. 

 


Yoga with Props

Every Saturday 10-11:15 AM
110 MXN per session, drop-ins welcome!

A yoga prop is an object that helps stretch, strengthen, relax, or improve the alignment of the body. It helps sustain the practice of asanas for a longer duration, and conserves energy. These props allow asanas to be practiced in a relaxed way, and balance the body and mind actively as well as passively.

The use of props improves blood circulation and breathing capacity. It activates the muscles, tones the body´s organs, and relives undue mental and physical stress or strain. Props help increase flexibility and stamina and, at the same time relax slack and tired muscles. They help to rejuvenate the entire body, without increasing physical fatigue.

Props provide a sense of direction and alignment, and help increase and enhance the understanding of each asana. They serve as a silent instructor.

As stress is reduced, anxiety, fears and depression also disappear, helping those under emotional strain cope better with all aspects of their lives.

Ultimately, Yoga with props creates a feeling of peace and tranquility and culminates in a fresh perspective and renewed strength.

Co-facilitated by Anabel Cárdenas Dugal and Alejandro Gómez Tagle.

If you have questions about this class, please e-mail Anabel at anabel@lifepathretreats.com 

About Anabel Cárdenas Dugal
Anabel was born in Mexico City and came to live in San Miguel de Allende to teach dance from 1992 to 2008 at the Art Institute of Bellas Artes. Her various interests in movement, body-mind, tai-chi, qigong, spirituality, astrology, health, and nutrition drew her to practice yoga. She saw all the pains and aches she had developed as a dancer evaporate with her yoga practice. And, she found a very valuable life tool of self-knowledge and self transformation. Over the past 10 years in San Miguel, Anabel has studied different styles and approaches to yoga. She feels that her greatest teachers are her students. For more information about Anabel, click here.

About co-facilitator Alejandro Gómez Tagle
Alejandro has been teaching yoga for more than 11 years, on Iyengar tradition. His teachers were Margaretta Sander (in San Miguel de Allende) and Herta Rogg (Iyenga Yoga Center – Mexico City). He has also attended workshops with Kathy Rogers, James Murphy, Joan Whitey and Francois Raoult. Alejandro has been practicing with yoga props, helping students to have a better alignment during the asana practice and a better and deeper understanding about the relationship between body and mind.  Alejandro teaches 2 classes 3 times a week in different locations within San Miguel de Allende. 

Groups

Beginning April 20th: The Fourth Way (weekly group)

Led by Gurusimran Khalsa

Beginning April 20th, every Monday 3-5 pm
100 pesos/session

(NOTE: There will be an introductory talk to this group on April 13th, please click here for more info on that!)

5c96d9ffbc4e1c430b3dca1d7ef88219The Fourth Way is a path of awakening developed by G. Gurdjieff and taught by his pupils, Ouspensky, Nicoll and Rodney Collin (who lived in Mexico toward the end of his life). It includes the 3 main traditional ways of developing a soul, gaining mastery over ones mind, body & emotions. However, in The Fourth Way this is done simultaneously. Assuming that most of us are only awake occasionally in moments of intense joy or suffering it teaches us how to learn to consciously “awaken” to our lives.

The Fourth Way has no fixed form and students are encouraged not to accept the teachings until they are understood and verified.

We will learn from conscious beings such as Hermes, Socrates, Rumi, Hafiz, Plato, Dante, Leonardo Da Vinci, William Blake & many others as well as from esoteric schools of the East and the West including Plato’s Academy & the Renaissance School of Florence.We will study the hidden meaning in the Odyssey, Shakespeare, the Mona Lisa, the Allegory of the Cave, fairy tales, as well as symbols such as the Cross, the Star of David and musical octaves. You will also discover the secret wisdom of conscious painters, sculptors, musicians, architects & poets. You will be taught the 48 laws that hinder our “awakening” and how your “center of gravity” can at first hinder and then assist you in the awakening process. The Fourth Way is connected to no specific religion or spiritual practice and can enhance your current practice, if you have one. “To Be Or Not to Be, that is the question”.

SPM_A0153About Gurusimran Khalsa
Gurusimran Khalsa graduated from the City of University of NY with a degree in History and was certified as a teacher in Toronto, Canada. He has been studying and teaching The Fourth Way since 1994. & has taught workshops on The Fourth Way, “body types”, the hidden meaning in Shakespeare, fairly tales & the teaching of Hermes across North America, including Los Angeles, Vancouver, NYC, Chicago and Puerto Vallarta. He is also a Kundalini yoga teacher and The Fourth Way has enhanced his yoga/meditation practice as well as his understanding of the esoteric meaning of Judaism and other religions. He was the founder of the Yogi Tea Co.

Enneagram Group Therapy

Enneagram Group Therapy with Dr. Beverly Nelson

Dr. Beverly Nelson
Private Office.


Silent Meditation with the SMA Meditation Community

Silent Meditation with the SMA Meditation Community

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 10-11 AM

The SMA Meditation Community is an open, flowing collection of people from different traditions (including various Buddhist lineages) who share a love of sitting in silence. We also share a love of spiritual community free of doctrine or belief, based in equality and mutual respect. Everyone is welcome. Because friendships with like-minded people support the inner path, we usually meet informally after sittings to share ideas and come to know one another.

Although the forty-minute silent meditations begin at 10:10 and end at 10:50, please feel free to come and go quietly at any time. Meditation assistance is available before or after the sit. For more in-depth meditation instruction, ask Ann Barden (Vipassana) or Jerry Steward (general) at jermer@hotmail.com, 154-0877.

All offerings are free, donations welcome. For more information or to be on our mailing list, contact:  SMAMC@lifepathretreats.com

 


Terapia Gestalt Grupal

Inicia 24 de Febrero
Todos los Martes, 5-7 pm
Costo: 150 MXN por sesión

El encuentro de dos personas es como el contacto de dos sustancias químicas: si hay reacción ambas se transforman. – Carl Jung

Interdependencia

La terapia grupal gestáltica trabaja con los temas que presentan los diferentes miembros del grupo. Se abordan situaciones individuales que crean conflicto y se trabajan dentro del grupo. Estas situaciones tienen un eco en el resto de las personas. También se trabajan las dinámicas y movimientos que acontecen y que tienen que ver con las relaciones que se establecen entre los participantes del grupo.

La psicoterapia grupal se centra más en lo relacional y resulta adecuada para aquellas personas que quieren mejorar sus relaciones sociales.

La meta que se tiene en la terapia Gestalt es incrementar el potencial humano a través del darse cuenta y del proceso de integración, apoyándose en los intereses, deseos y necesidades genuinas del individuo.

Dentro de la terapia grupal se destacan:

  • El principio del ahora
  • Responsabilidad
  • El ‘darse cuenta’
  • El todo es más que la suma de las partes
  • Aceptación
  • Enfatizar el ‘cómo’ más que el ‘para qué’
  • Lo que pasa en relación
  • Aprendizaje vivencial más que racional

En los grupos la persona vive, siente y experimenta nuevas conductas a través de la interacción con los demás, emergiendo aspectos de gran importancia de la persona que le permiten encontrar la forma más íntima y satisfactoria de relacionarse.

Antes de asistir, es indispensable registrarse vía correo electrónico a alodieu@gmail.com.

Sobre el facilitador
FullSizeRenderAndrés Lodieu es Licenciado en Administración por el ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México). Continuó sus estudios dentro del mismo Instituto haciendo una especialidad en Desarrollo Humano, un diplomado en Coaching y por fuera una certificación con la ICC (International Coaching Community). Durante los últimos 8 años se ha dedicado al servicio de los demás, conociendo y apoyando el desarrollo de más de mil personas a través de talleres, conferencias y entrenamientos transformacionales, como colaborador en Latin American Training y otras empresas del rubro ha trabajado en Puebla, Tlaxcala, Saltillo, D.F., Acapulco, Michoacán, Guadalajara, Zacatecas, Querétaro y Edo. de México. Andrés ha impartido capacitaciones en empresas como Banamex, KPMG, IPN, SEDESOL, UNAM y CFE en temas de liderazgo, actitud en el servicio, estilos de comportamiento humano y trabajo en equipo. En 2013 concluyó exitosamente sus estudios de Especialidad en Desarrollo Humano en el IHPG México (Instituto Humanista de Psicoterapia Gestalt) y en julio de 2014 terminó de cursar la Especialidad en Enfoque Gestalt. Para más información, por favor visita www.harmonious.mx.

Transformations Discussion Group

Coordinated by Frank Thoms and Kathleen Cammarata

Every Wednesday 4:30-6 pm
By donation

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Transformations is a weekly participant-led discussion group. Its purpose is to have reflective conversations from the heart and spirit. It is lay-led in which the leader brings a poem, prose, art piece or illustration for inspiration. Conversation follows without crosstalk. The meeting concludes with a brief meditation.

The optimum size for this group will be twenty for each session, as the room is small. For more information, please contact Frank and Kathleen directly at frankthoms3@gmail.com or at 415.121.3026.