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Within the health & wellness offerings at COA, we strive to create an atmosphere and offer practices that encourage and nurture a student's authenticity, while they search for meaning and purpose in their own existence and experience.
Through yoga, meditation and other contemplative practices, students have an opportunity to develop greater self reflection; to make connections between concern for our social/natural communities and care of the soul; to explore their personal challenges; to balance their inner needs with the rest of the world; and to deepen trust in their own inherent worth and resiliency.
FALL 2013 SCHEDULE
SoulFlow Yoga with Heather Murray, 95'
Tuesdays, 4:10-5:35pm, EVEN WEEKS, Gates Community Center
Heather's class is a mix of steady Vinyasa Flow Yoga to strengthen and engage the body and mind, mixed with mindful alignment and the occasional Yin or restorative posture to drop you into a deeper place of stillness. You can expect to be challenged, but always with a big dose of laughter, beautiful music accompaniment and encouragement to find a place that respects your intelligent edge. This class is for all and will include movement with the breath, as well as opportunities for stillness and meditation. Heather feels that yoga is simply the expansion of our ability to feel and experience each moment as fully, as it is, and is excited to share her take on the practice with the COA community. Mats and props are available in Gates, but you can also feel free to bring your own.
Mindful Flow Yoga with Dennis Kiley
Tuesdays, 4:10-5:25pm, ODD WEEKS, Gates Community Center
This class offers something for people with all levels of yoga experience. It is a flow class that integrates asanas, breathwork, meditation, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Each class is an inquiry into connecting with our bodies, opening our hearts and quieting our minds. The emphasis on flow is as much on accessing the internal experience of flow as it is what we're doing with our bodies. As we move our bodies and explore our edges, we learn how to rest in a place that is already at peace and still. By practicing yoga on the mat with mindfulness, we learn how to live with awareness and presence off the mate in the postures of our lives. Mats and props are available in Gates, but you can also feel free to bring your own.
Mind-Body Skills Groups with Jen Harry
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, Meditation Room, 2nd Floor, Deering Common
Each week, in this drop-in group, you will learn and practice a new deep relaxation technique (Mind-Body Skill) to help counteract stress. Techniques include: guided meditations, breathwork techniques, biofeedback, autogenics, movement, self-reflection, mindfulness, gratitude practices and more. The group will also explore what causes stress, learn the history and science behind the techniques, and have plenty of time for discussion and questions about the experience. With each group you attend, you will be building a set of tools that you can use in your everyday life, in any situation. Learning these tools can; increase your self-awareness; help you cope with life's challenges; decrease anxiety; improve your health; prevent disease; and enhance your over all well-being. So come relax, unwind and learn some new tools!
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Lauren Rupp
Thursdays, 8:00-9:25am, Gates Community Center
Kundalini yoga is called the "yoga of awareness." Each Kundalini class utilizes postures and movement, along with breath, mantra, chanting and meditation to work on all aspects of your being. Kundalini Yoga helps to calm the mind and emotions, balance the glandular system and deepen awareness. This class is open to all community members and all skills levels. The only requirement is that you come prepared (with an open mind) for a very unique yoga experience. Mats and blankets are available, but you can feel free to bring your own.
Morning Kundalini Yoga Sadhana with Guest Teachers
Sundays, 6:00-8:00am, Deering Common (Bi-Weekly)
Sadhana or daily practice is the foundation of all spiritual endeavor. The Aquarian Sadhana is practiced by Kundalini Yoga communities across the world. Before facing the world, we practice a set of yogic exercises, rest in Shivasana, then chant a total of seven mantras (don't worry, they'll be written down for you!) Wake up before the busy day begins and give yourself the opportunity to experience your light, through the darkness - tune up your nervous system and attune to your highest inner self. There is also a potluck breakfast offered after the practice. There is always oatmeal and fruit available, but if are inspired, feel free to bring along something to share for breakfast. Mats and blankets are provided, but you can also feel free to bring your own. This class is open to the general public and is free.
free guided meditations
- For an introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, turn on your computer speakers and click on the following links:
Breathing Meditation (5 min.)
Complete Meditation (19 min.)
Breath, Sound, Body (12 min.)
For Difficulties (7 min.)
Loving Kindness (9 min.)
Body Scan for Sleep (12 min.)
All meditations © 2013 by the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA