Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Yoga Accessible to Every Body: An Introduction

Join Diane for an evening of yoga for every BODY! Learn how incorporating props such as straps, bolsters, blankets, blocks and even your mat into your practice can help you to find more space, freedom, and stability in your poses.  Props help to stabilize the pose for beginners and those who have soreness or minor injuries. Props can also help to protect the joints and  help one to relax in the pose.


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Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

Healing Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra

A free talk and yoga nidra session with yoga instructor Elora Herberick. The program is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation. Stay tuned - more details will be posted soon!

This complimentary program is open to everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation. WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT. Everyone is invited to come earlier at 5:00 pm for a complimentary sample yoga class.

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction. WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

Unconditional Love Dissolves Judgement: Peace

A free talk and meditation program with WMYC Director Janaki Pierson. The program is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation. Stay tuned - more details will be posted soon!

This complimentary program is open to everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation. WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT. Everyone is invited to come earlier at 5:00 pm for a complimentary sample yoga class.

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction. WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

Being Fluid: The Art of Acceptance

A free public talk and meditation program with Barbara DeBisschop.  The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

Both Barbara and Janaki, director of WMYC, are demonstrating their mastery of the art of Acceptance with this talk.  A work commitment has arisen so Barbara is unanable to give her talk as schueduled. Janaki is giving  a talk with the same title instead.  Being Fluid, people, being fluid. 

This complimentary program is  open to everyone and includes instruction and practice of meditation. WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT. Everyone is welcome to come earlier, at 5:00 pm, for a complimentary sample yoga class.

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Joy-Inducing Endorphins: Laughter Yoga

Laughter has been shown to reduce stress, produce a positive mindset and promote a sense of relaxation and joy in the body and mind. Participants are invited to come prepared to laugh, and to laugh for no particular reason. In traditional laughter yoga, as it began in the 1990s in India, certain exercises are sometimes used initially to stimulate a group into laughter. Noticing that one, or everyone, can simply choose to begin laughing uproariously, and that laughter is contagious, this is Janaki’s preferred method. Both techniques may be introduced during this evening’s “Laughing with Abandon” event.

Janaki Pierson, co-founder, executive director and principal instructor of the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center, presents seminars on Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Stress Management, Death and Dying/Life and Living, Elementary Sanskrit, and Thinking into Being: Creating Your Own Reality. Ms. Pierson has been teaching meditation for over 35 years and has been established in her own daily practice for 40 years.

This complimentary program is open to everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation. The Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC) is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT. Everyone is welcome to come earlier, at 5:00 pm, for a complimentary sample yoga class.

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction. WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Liberation Through Letting Go: Starting Small

A free public talk and meditation program with WMYC Director Janaki Pierson.  The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

Ms. Pierson, co-founder and executive director of the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center, presents seminars on Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Stress Management, Death and Dying/Life and Living, Elementary Sanskrit, and Thinking into Being: Creating Your Own Reality. Ms. Pierson has been teaching meditation for over 35 years and has been established in her own daily practice for over 40 years. Before opening WMYC, she was on the Founding board of Directors and one of the first Executive Directors of Women's Emergency Shelter of Waterbury, now known as Safe Haven. As a teen, she organized several "Hunger HIkes, raising funds for non-profits at home and abroad. 

This complimentary program is open to everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation.  WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT.  Everyone is invited to come earlier at 5:00 pm for a complimentary sample yoga class. 

 

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Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Drumming Circle: Bring Your Own or Borrow Ours

The public is invited to attend a free Sunday evening program on June 24th, “Drumming Circle: Bring Your Own or Borrow Ours” at 7:00 PM with David Miller. The program is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

"The drum is one of the most basic and ancient instruments; its rhythm is felt by each of us, connecting us to the world itself and all of consciousness, as it pulses and vibrates through time." In his talk, David discusses drumming and how rhythm affects us in our lives, the role it plays in our culture, and how it can affect our heath- physically, mentally, and spiritually.

This participatory program explores how rhythm affects us in our lives, the role it plays in our culture, and how it can affect our heath; physically, mentally, and spiritually. Play along with the drum circle, move along with it, or just listen as you connect with your own inner rhythm. A few drums will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own. No prior experience necessary - this event is open to all!

David Miller has been playing hand drum since the early 1990’s and studied traditional African Drumming and polyrhythm under a drum master for 8 years. He has been actively participating in, facilitating, and teaching drumming at area drum circles and festivals for the past 30 years.

David will also host an “Ancient Healing Rhythms Drumming Circle” on Thursday July 12th at 7 p.m. Cost is by meaningful donation, and pre-registration is recommended.

 

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Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Peaceful, Healthy Relationships with Meditation

A free public talk and meditation program with WMYC Director Janaki Pierson.  The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

Recognizing that the full potential of each person is to be joyful, calm, and healthy; the science of yoga provides practical tools to allow the practitioner to experience this.

“When a person feels full and content within themselves, as is the case with people who meditate regularly, that person is more available to be fully present for another person, be it a parent, child, co-worker or partner. ” Janaki says, “By maintaining a calm, peaceful internal state, the meditator is no longer seeking fulfillment of his or her needs. Instead, gratitude, respect, and acceptance become the foundation of relationship.”

Ms. Pierson, co-founder and executive director of the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center, presents seminars on Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Stress Management, Death and Dying/Life and Living, Elementary Sanskrit, and Thinking into Being: Creating Your Own Reality. Ms. Pierson has been teaching meditation for over 35 years and has been established in her own daily practice for over 40 years.

This complimentary program is open to everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation.  WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT.  Everyone is invited to come earlier at 5:00 pm for a complimentary sample yoga class. 

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

 

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Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Art of Mindful Birdwatching

A free public talk with Robin Rodrigue.  The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

Birdwatching requires stillness, listening, observing, and curiosity. Birds have evolved as an integral parts of global ecosystems, and their comings and goings through our yards can remind us that plants and insects are all part of a whole that fits together. Mindfulness is awareness, and birdwatching is a meditation on the goodness and beauty of the natural world, of which we are a part. Learn more about this art at Robin’s talk.

This complimentary program is open to everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation.  WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT.  Everyone is invited to come earlier at 5:00 pm for a complimentary sample yoga class. 

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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May
27
7:00 PM19:00

Yoga Nidra: Deep Relaxation for Peace & Radiant Health

A free talk and yoga nidra session with yoga instructor and Mindful Responder Sean Weir.  The program is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation. Stay tuned - more details will be posted soon!

This complimentary program is open to everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation.  WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT.  Everyone is invited to come earlier at 5:00 pm for a complimentary sample yoga class. 

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Yoga for Neck, Back & Shoulder Pain

A short sample yoga class with Nina Levenduski, followed by a group meditation.  The class is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

“Due to the stresses and sedentary nature of modern life, most of us carry some tension in our back, neck and shoulders. The keys to better posture, body awareness, flexibility and stress management are found in the ancient practice of yoga,” explains Levenduski. Participants attending this program are guided through a series of gentle yoga postures and movements to help stretch and release tension in the lower back, neck and shoulders. No prior yoga experience necessary!

The stillness, spirituality and deepening of the mind-body-spirit connection Ms. Levenduski has found in yoga and meditation inspired her to become an instructor.  Ms. Levenduski is a certified instructor through the Yoga Alliance, and currently teaches gentle Hatha and Hatha yoga at the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC).

This complimentary program is open to everyone, and includes instruction and practice of meditation.  WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT.  Everyone is invited to come earlier at 5:00 pm for a complimentary sample yoga class. 

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Storytelling: Finding Your Voice

A free public talk and meditation program with Barbara DeBisschop.  The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

The talk focuses on the unique and sacred art form of storytelling. Be ready to relax, have fun, and soak up some stories!

Barbara DeBisschop balances a demanding professional life with her true calling as a spiritual seeker, life coach, and empath.  She leads workshops and retreats using prayer, meditation, art creation, and storytelling as a path to mindfulness, stress relief, joy, and self-connection.

This complimentary program is  open to everyone and includes instruction and practice of meditation. WMYC is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT. Everyone is welcome to come earlier, at 5:00 pm, for a complimentary sample yoga class.

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

Ancient Buddhist Thought: Guidance for Today

A talk and meditation program with WMYC Director Janaki Pierson. The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

"For the unified mind in accord with the Way all self-centered striving ceases. Doubts and irresolutions vanish and life in true faith is possible. With a single stroke we are freed from bondage; nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.” Sengcan wrote 1100 years ago.

Reciting excerpts from the concise writing of Sengcan, the third Patriarch of Chinese Zen Buddhism, Janaki discusses the insight found therein for remaining calm and centered in today’s world. Emphasizing consistencies between this ancient text and the even older Yoga Sutras, she clarifies the relevance of these teachings in bringing peace to individuals and the planet.

Ms. Pierson, co-founder and executive director of the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center, presents seminars on Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Stress Management, Death and Dying/Life and Living, Elementary Sanskrit, and Thinking into Being: Creating Your Own Reality.  Ms. Pierson has been teaching meditation for over 35 years and has been established in her own daily practice for over 40 years.

The Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC) is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT. Everyone is welcome to come earlier, at 5:00 pm, for a complimentary sample yoga class.

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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