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Every Tuesday 3-4 pm
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 stress, better 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: 50 pesos. First class FREE (with intention of taking more classes). Packages available.
Suggested donation: 100 pesos (not required for attendance)
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
Combining 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 email@example.com.
Beginning September 23rd
Tuesdays 9:30-10:45 am, Thursdays 12-1:15 pm
Steeped in Gratitude,
My lifetime changed
For I have dipped my soul
In the ocean of yoga
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; cell phone 415.119.1990
Beginning November 4th 2014 – Every Tuesday 1:30 to 2:30 pm for 5 weeks
Sessions will cover the following:
- KARMA TIME & ETERNITY
- KARMA FREE WILL & DESTINY
- KARMA RELATIONSHIPS & HAPPINESS
- KARMA MIND & CONCIOUSNESS
- KARMA MEDITATION & SAMADHI
Cost: $100 pesos per class.
About RaviRavi Nathwani was born into a business family in East Africa and raised in India in the Vaishnav Hindu tradition. He has become a modern-day messenger of a variety of Vedic studies through his lectures and workshops. Ravi teaches at Tufts University since 1998. He also teaches Wisdom Yoga and Buddhist Meditation at JFK University in California. In the Bay Area, he leads satsangs, meditation groups and teaches the Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita in Yoga teacher trainings. Ravi has an MBA from Boston University and has lived in Bombay, London and Boston and San francico. He is the co-editor of MALA OF THE HEART – 108 SACRED POEMS.
A 3 class series, led by Allen Zeesman; series to be repeated.
Next intro series:
- OCTOBER 20th, 27th and November 3rd
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Suggested donation: 100 pesos (not required for attendance)
Combining 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 email@example.com.
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
Beginning September 4th until October 30th, 2014 (9 sessions)
Every Thursday, 9-10:30 am
Cost per class: 80 pesos
Harmony Yoga is a flowing style of Yoga, with emphasis on the breath, and bringing about a peaceful harmony of mind, body and soul.
Pre-enrollment is not necessary. Come for one, several, or all the classes. NOTE: A small 15 pesos donation is required for yoga mat use; but you are most welcome to bring your own mat!
About the facilitator
Gail Parlane (E-RYT 500 USA), IYTA (NZ) is visiting from New Zealand. She has been teaching for over 30 years, with wide experience as both a student and teacher in many different countries; including here in San Miguel de Allende as a guest teacher at different locations for the last decade. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:30 – 9:45 AM
Cost: 100 pesos, drop-ins welcome. Mondays: by donation.
NOTE: Antonio will be out of town from September 23rd until October 6th, 2014. Adamu will be filling in for Antonio during those dates.
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.
First class FREE (with intention of taking more classes). SPECIAL PACKAGE: 12 CLASSES - 1,000 MXN.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 154-0877.
All offerings are free, donations welcome. For more information or to be on our mailing list, contact: SMAMC@lifepathretreats.com
Coordinated by Frank Thoms and Kathleen Cammarata
Every Wednesday 4:30-6 pm
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 email@example.com or at 415.121.3026.