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

Basic Ashtanga Yoga with Fabienne Gauthier

Tuesdays 9:30-10:45 am, Thursdays 12-1:15 pm
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

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

Fabienne’s emphasis is on the establishment of Pranayama, Ujjayi Breath, Bandah work and the 8 limbs of yoga as a life time practice. Her wish is to help those who want to learn these skills and access more expanded levels of mind, body. She comes to her mat and classes with wisdom and humor and love of the practice. Take what you learn on your MAT, and radiate that into your life!

Contact: gauthierfabienne@hotmail.com; cell phone 415.119.1990


Chair Yoga with Antonio

Every Tuesday 3-4 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 ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLIDAY BREAK. MEETINGS RESUME ON JANUARY 5th, 2015. Thank you for understanding! 

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.


February 2015: The Bridge of Mindfulness – A Class Series with Ann Barden

February 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, 10am-12pm
By donation

Mindfulness Bridge

Mindfulness, or Insight, Meditation is that process of paying bare attention to every moment of our meditation experience. We watch sensory experiences and thoughts rise and pass without judging or making stories about them. Almost everyone, even in beginning classes, notices a difference in the way they pay attention (or notices when they don’t pay attention!) in their daily lives when they practice meditation. Daily Life Practice and Meditation Practice have mindfulness in common, acting as a bridge between what we learn when sitting still and what we learn while being more active.

Mindfulness is also sometimes described ad Present Moment Awareness. Now! When we are mindful of that Now, it can feel more spacious and slowed down, creating time for us to look at our reactions. We can see that conditions from the past shaped the experience of the present moment. We also begin to understand how intentions and actions that rise from the present moment can shape the future. Mindfulness is the bridge between the past and the future.

There is no fee for the classes, but there will be an opportunity to offer a gift of generosity in appreciation for the teaching, in the tradition of Buddhism.

This class is open to anyone who has had at least an Introduction to Insight Meditation. Class size is limited to 25 people – please pre-register at bardena@umich.edu.

About Ann Barden 

photo-head shotAnn Barden is a teacher of Vipassana,  (Insight) Meditation.  She has been practicing  and teaching for many years.  Her greatest interest is in the core teachings of the Buddha – suffering, the cause of suffering, and the end of suffering – and how those are experienced in our lives today. She aspires to realize, and teaches in support of the realization of others, the freedom from suffering that is promised in these teachings.
She has taught meditation through the Ann Arbor Adult Education program, in various classes and retreats through Deep Spring Center in Ann Arbor, with Insight Meditation AnnArbor, and at the Meditation Center of San Miguel in Mexico, and at Lifepath with the San Miguel Meditation Community.  She has trained with Barbara Brodsky of Deep Spring Center and with Matthew Flickstein of the Forestway.  She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Introduction to the Enneagram

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

Next intro series: January 12th, 19th and 26th 2015.

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.


It’s back! – 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.

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.


January – March 2015: Walking In This World – The Practical Art of Creativity (class series)

With Joanna Babiak
Beginning January 13th and until March 31st, every Tuesday 4:30-6:30 pm
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Walking in this World – The Practical Art Of Creativity is Julia Cameron’s second book in The Artist’s Way trilogy. This twelve week class series will explore twelve new themes in a two hour dynamic and synergistic session. We are ALL artists. Join this creative cluster and observe the miracles unfolding in your life! No prerequisites or familiarity with the Artist’s Way are needed or expected. San Miguel is absolutely the very best setting for YOUR Walking in the World quest into your creative heart and soul!

HOW TO REGISTER
Please e-mail Joanna at ramblingrrl@gmail.com.

About the facilitator
671775881977130794Experienced facilitator Joanna has led Artist’s Way groups in Penticton and Nanaimo, British Columbia and Ajijic, Jalisco. A filmmaker, blogger and mixed media artist, she credits The Artist’s Way for her successful foray into set design and props for live theatre and attending Documentary Film Summer School in Havana, Cuba; where she made an eleven minute documentary called ‘ Nowhere Man’ which was submitted to film festivals worldwide. She also has crew credit on a dozen other short films, a television pilot and one feature film, ‘ Ill Fated’ that was screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival. She is actively involved in arts councils and societies wherever she lives and looks forward to her first SMA Artist’s Way group. Her website is www.continuingtheartistway.wordpress.com

NEW: Dreamwork Lab – with Carlos Chancellor (ongoing class)

Every Wednesday, 4-6pm
Cost per session: 100 pesos

Gain a deeper understanding of yourself, where you are here and now; and the relations with between you and others, and with the universe!

Image by Phoebe Rudomino (2006)Dreams offer us a near perfect mirror of our inner lives and help us to relate to the inner reaches of our souls, while offering us a language by which to view and engage with the world around us beyond the literal, the obvious and the concrete.

This lab offers hands-on group exploration of dreams, their imagery, personages and conflicts through guided techniques such as deep listening, phenomenological description, active imagination and personification. Each individual session will focus on a different angle and approach to engaging and working with the dream. Participants may bring their own dreams or the dreams of others to work on and explore (offering therapists an excellent opportunity to receive a sort of group supervision tailored to the dreams of patients).

Whether you are a therapist seeking further tools, a soul explorer searching for different perspectives or simply curious, all are welcome. What you know when you enter the room is of little importance, all that matters is what has changed when you walk out the door, so no one willing to learn is at a disadvantage.

Please bring writing material, a dream or two, your imagination and a sense of critical exploration. 

Registration: Please register through e-mail: cfchancellor@gmail.com or by mobile phone: (415) 149 5567. Drop-ins are welcome. This course is limited to 12 participants.

Or visit the website at carloschancellor.wix.com/home


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, 90 pesos.

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

 


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

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

 


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.