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
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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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
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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Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Ancient Western Spirituality: Relevant Now

A talk and meditation program with David Miller. The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

The talk focuses on Hermetic Theory, a collection of Greco-Egyptian concepts that forms the basis for most Western spiritual thought. In his talk, David discusses some of the seven basic Hermetic principles and how they apply to modern spirituality and yoga.

David Miller has been an active member of the Woodbury Yoga Center community for more than two years. He meditates daily and studies and teaches philosophy, African drumming, religion and other esoteric subjects.

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
15
7:00 PM19:00

Feeling Calm, Centered and Balanced: Meditation

A talk and meditation program with WMYC Director. 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 balanced; the science of yoga provides practical tools to allow the practitioner to experience this. In her talk on meditation, Janaki discusses the most efficient and effective of these tools: Meditation. “Mental and Physical stress are significant contributors to feeling anxious and off-center” Janaki says, “A daily meditation practice gradually shifts our perspective by giving us access to our naturally calm and peaceful internal state. From this view marked by greater detachment, daily occurrences previously seeming to be overwhelming or unbearable become manageable and sometimes even insignificant. “

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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Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Meditation and the Restorative Power of Creativity

A talk and meditation program with Jenna Gonzalez. The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

Jenna, a local artist and creative arts therapist, will give a talk about the restorative power of creativity. Much like meditation, creativity can be a tool for healing and growth.

This complimentary program is to open 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
1
7:00 PM19:00

Prana: Vital Life Force - Breathing for Energy and Health

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

According to the science of yoga, Prana is our vital life force, which is connected to our breath. Janaki explains the connection and introduces breathing techniques to help us control our prana, thus controlling our minds and energizing our bodies.

“Even when we are very sick, weak, or injured, we are still breathing.  Practicing simple breathing techniques when we are unable to move may help us re-vitalize our bodies and minds, supporting the healing process,” Janaki suggests.

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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Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

Ancient Healing Rhythms: The Power of Drumming

A free public program with David Miller that includes a group drumming practice followed by a group meditation. Instructions in meditation are provided.

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.

"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."

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.

This complimentary program is to open 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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Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Easing Chronic Illness with Yoga & Meditation

A free public talk with yoga instructor Nina Levenduski. The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

“Chronic health problems such as Lyme Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalitis, autoimmune diseases and others, are affecting more and more people these days. Often complex, difficult to diagnose, and challenging to manage, these types of health problems present a unique set of challenges and stresses to those living with them,” Ms. Levenduski comments.

Ms. Levenduski found her way to yoga and meditation classes as a way to help manage the demands of a full-time career, chronic health problems and other life challenges. 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. Recently graduated from a 200-hour Yoga Alliance training program, she currently teaches gentle 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 welcome to come earlier, at 5:00 pm, for a complimentary sample yoga class with Nina.

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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Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Healing with 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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Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Living Yoga: Lifestyle Basics from the Sutras

When one thinks about “yoga”, the postures and movements of the body, also known as Asana, are typically what comes to mind.  However, Asana is just one part of the Eightfold Path of Yoga in the ancient teachings of the sage Patanjali.  Go a little deeper into yogic philosophy with yoga instructor Nina Levenduski in this discussion of the Yamas and Niyamas, or moral codes of conduct in the tradition of yoga.

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.  Recently graduated from a 200-hour Yoga Alliance training program, she currently teaches gentle 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 welcome to come earlier, at 5:00 pm, for a complimentary sample yoga class with Nina.

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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Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Inner Peace for Radiant Health: Meditation's Benefits

A free public talk & 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. In her talk on meditation and radiant health, Janaki discusses the most efficient and effective of these tools:  Meditation.

“Mental and Physical stress are significant contributors to any illness,” Janaki says, “By maintaining a calm, peaceful internal state, we support the body in maintaining a robust immune system and increase its ability to manage and recover from long term illness or injury more effectively.”

The Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC) is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT.

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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Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Mindful Responder: A Veteran Serves in Yoga & Wellness

Sean Weir served in both the United Kingdom and United States career Fire Services.  He was a career fire-fighter in the Royal Air Force and Greater Manchester Fire Services in the United Kingdom.  He is certified in both Florida and Connecticut as a fire fighter and in CT as a Fire Officer/Instructor and EMT. 

First experiencing Yoga and Mindfulness through the Uniformed Services Program, Sean Weir became particularly interested in mind-body practices that combined the benefit of Eastern wisdom with Western evidence-based research. After retiring from the West Haven Fire Department, Sean has transitioned to serve his fellow Responder community, providing yoga and mindfulness workshops.

As a yoga instructor, Sean Weir draws on the teachings of Mindful Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Recovery (Y-12 SR), and 108 Monkeys Yoga for urban youth and underserved communities teacher trainings, and is particularly grateful for each opportunity to share these practices with the community. Learn more about Sean at this website www.mindfulresponder.org

Sean Weir teaches weekly Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga classes, as well as Beginners Yoga for Everyone (We’re All Recovering from Something) on select Saturdays, at the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC).  Visit the Yoga Center’s website for schedules and more information.

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

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Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Experiences in India: Yoga & Ayurveda in 2018

A free public talk and meditation program.  Instructions in meditation are provided.

Janaki Pierson, co-founder and executive director of the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC), recently returned from nearly 2 months in India.  In her talk, she gives a brief introduction to the science of Ayurvedic Medicine, an ancient Indian Healing System with a powerful link to yoga. Janaki also shares her experience of receiving Ayurvedic treatments during her month-long residence at an Ayurvedic clinic. Following her Ayurvedic experience, she participated in a weeks-long international gathering reciting prayers and yogic mantras for world peace, and will tell stories from this event as well.

Ms. Pierson 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 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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Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Warm Up: Gentle Yoga for the Low Back, Neck & Shoulders

A complimentary short yoga class and meditation program with Nina Levenduski. The talk 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 stretches 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.  Recently graduated from a 200-hour Yoga Alliance training program, she currently teaches gentle 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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Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

Being Present: Healing as a Process

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

There are many definitions of being “present”. Ms. Japs will discuss her interpretation of the term “present” to reveal its connection with an evolutionary and holistic process for healing.

Ms. Japs is a professional educator with a Master of Science in Education from the University of New Haven.  Her experiences include teaching in public and private sectors to children and adults recovering from trauma and facing significant social-emotional challenges.  First introduced to yoga nearly 20 years ago, her practice has evolved to include mindfulness and meditation.  From a young age she has always had an interest in Native American studies, naturopathy and spirituality.

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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Jan
21
7:00 PM19:00

Stress Management for 2018: Yoga and Meditation

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

Ms. Rodrigue presents the effects of stress on the mind and body, and introduces the many health benefits of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, explaining how these practices help manage the negative effects of stress. Participants leave with a better understanding of the mechanisms of the stress response, plus some tips to practice on their own for stress reduction in the New Year.

Robin Rodrigue is a Woodbury resident, recently retired from a 30-year career in banking.  Robin has studied Eastern philosophy for many years, and first became involved with the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC) in 2003 when she joined the Foundations of Meditation class.  Robin currently attends yoga and meditation classes and organizes volunteer projects at WMYC.  She has been a caregiver for elderly relatives and has dealt with their end-of-life challenges for over 20 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 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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Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Joyful Art of Mandala Creation

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

The ancient art of mandala creation has been used throughout the ages as a meditative spiritual practice. Learn about mandalas, and why this art form is used to give us a break from modern fast-paced living and as a tool for mindfulness, stress reduction, and getting in touch with our innate creativity.

Barbara DeBisschop balances a demanding professional life with her true calling as a spiritual seeker, Life Coach and empath. She leads workshops and retreats based on prayer, meditation and art creation, and has practiced Mandala creation herself for over 5 years as a path to mindfulness and stress relief.

This Sunday evening presentation is a glimpse into what Barbara DeBisschop offers in her upcoming workshop “Joyful Mandala Creation” at Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC) at 2:00 pm Saturday January 20th. 

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

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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Jan
7
7:00 PM19:00

Recovery Yoga: We're All in Recovery from Something

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

The demands placed upon our modern day life necessitate an unprecedented level of mental as well as physical resilience (the ability to bounce back in the face of difficulties).  On a regular basis, we are all exposed to stressors that can have substantial impacts on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  These types of stresses affect everyone, from people working in the corporate world to parents and caregivers, and especially first responders, veterans and trauma survivors.

Yoga instructor Sean Weir draws on the teachings of Mindful Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Recovery (Y-12 SR), and 108 Monkeys Yoga for urban youth and underserved communities teacher trainings, and is particularly grateful for each opportunity to share these practices with the community.

Sean Weir served in both the United Kingdom and United States career Fire Services.  He is certified in both Florida and Connecticut as a fire fighter and in CT as a Fire Officer/Instructor and EMT.  After retiring from the West Haven Fire Department, Sean has transitioned to serve his fellow Responder community, providing yoga and mindfulness workshops. Learn more about Sean at this website www.mindfulresponder.org

Sean Weir teaches 90-minute Hatha Yoga classes and 90-minute Beginners Yoga for Everyone (We’re All Recovering from Something) on select Saturdays at the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC), beginning on December 23rd.  Visit our Schedule page for dates, times and more information.

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

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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Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

Finding New Year Strategies in Ancient Western Spirituality

A free public talk and meditation program with David Miller. The program includes instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

Hermetic theory is a collection of Greco-Egyptian concepts that form the basis for most Western spiritual thought.  David highlights some of the seven basic Hermetic principles, making connections to Eastern spirituality and yoga, and provides tips to incorporate these philosophies into daily life for a more grounded, content and peaceful mindset as we approach the New Year.

Speaker David Miller has been a part of the WMYC community for more than two years participating in many of the Center’s classes and programs, including meditation, yoga, Sanskrit and the Sunday evening program series. David meditates daily, and studies and teaches religion, philosophy, African drumming and other esoteric subjects.

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

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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Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

Inner Peace is World Peace: Daily 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.

In her discussion, Janaki illustrates how a simple 20 minutes of silent meditation daily inevitably results in greater calmness, focus and contentment in interpersonal relationships and in life as a whole. Understanding the physiology behind physical, mental and emotional benefits of meditation is also addressed. This complimentary program is open to everyone, and includes instruction and practice of 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.

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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