Afrobeat Power Flow - Donation Based Class to Benefit Black Girl Yoga
with Brianna Paden-Williams
Saturday, August 20th - 1:00-2:00pm
Join Brianna Paden-Williams, New Jersey Ambassador of Black Girl Yoga for an energizing AfroBeat yoga Flow. This 60-minute power vinyasa flow will infuse an upbeat AfroBeat playlist to ignite the energy and fire throughout our body. This class is a hybrid class with a livestream option and held in-person at Alluem Yoga studio in Cranford, NJ. All levels are welcome to attend. To learn more about Black Girl Yoga, visit: www.blackgirlyoga.com/
Alluem Book Group
with Jean Fitzpatrick
Monday, August 22nd - 7:00-9:00pm
"The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown is a life-changing book! If you are ready to reconnect to your own 'wholehearted' self, then come join us in our discussions at the studio on August 22nd from 7-9pm. This book may be new to some and already adored by many, but either way it deserves conversation. Limited copies are available at the studio. We recommend having your own copy so you take notes, jot, underline, react all right in your book. Sign up online to let us know you'll be attending the discussion group! Happy Reading!
Yin + Pin: A Yoga & Acupuncture Workshop
with Jacqueline Wyman & Katie Us
Saturday, August 27th - 1:00-3:00pm
Friends, go find your comfiest clothing...like, you can even wear your PJs! Then get ready to melt by the river! During this two-hour workshop, Jackie will guide you through a slowed-down yin yoga practice - by holding poses for 2-8 minutes, time and gravity will allow you to deepen your stretch, elongate your fascia and release your ligaments.
We will end with an extra-long savasana where Katie Us, of Kismet Acupuncture, will use acupuncture points to complement the yoga practice, encourage continued energy flow throughout the body, and promote deep relaxation (snoring is encouraged).You will leave this workshop feeling like a new person! $50
The nitty-gritty: Please arrive 10 minutes early to grab your spot. We will begin with a short meditation to calm the nervous system, flow through our yoga poses, and the last thirty minutes will be savasana with 3-6 pins.
Gentle Yoga Nidra & Reflect
with Clarissa Alliano
Friday, August 26th - 7:15-9:00pm
Friday, September 23rd - 7:15-9:00pm
Friday, October 21st - 7:15-9:00pm
Clarissa is back IN STUDIO! Take some time for YOU in this easygoing, joint freeing series of gentle floor stretches followed by a Restorative Yoga Nidra guided relaxation. Allow yourself to drift into a deep state of peace and continue into a silent candlelit meditation. Complete your practice with a journaling session for reflection. This class is open to all levels and is LoveYourBrain friendly. $35.
Show Up with Love: A Yoga + Writing Workshop
with Libby Nicholaou
Saturday, September 24th - 1:00-3:00pm
You are love! This gentle workshop will offer yoga and self inquiry practices to connect with your heart and set an intention that supports living your day to day life more aligned with love. You will have a chance to slow down and listen to the innate wisdom of your heart, through meditation and yoga nidra practices. By coming into a more embodied presence, you will create the opportunity to sense and notice the power of self love in a beautiful way. Self inquiry prompts will come from Libby's journal I Courageously Show Up in the World with Love. $45 (Price includes a copy of the journal)
Libby (she/her) is the creator of the ‘Show Up with Love: 20-hour restorative yoga teacher training’ and the guided journal, 'I Courageously Show Up in the World with Love.' She also works with Alluem's non-profit partner, LoveYourBrain, as the Manager of the Yoga and Mindset programs. Her intention is to offer people tools for living heart-centered lives, so we can all be well and know love. She has been practicing and studying yoga since 2010, with over 500 hours of yoga and meditation training. She has a MA in Art History and a BA English, Creative Writing.
Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation
with Dr. Darren Orr
Saturday, September 3rd - 1:15-2:45pm
Join us for our monthly Meditation Class with Dr. Darren Orr, Doctor of Chinese Medicine in Medical QiGong Therapy, Daoist Priest, NCTMB/LMT Massage Therapist, Reiki and QiGong Master, Meditation teacher, Sound Healer.
During the course of our life many emotional, mental and environmental factors interfere with the emotional and mental state of the body. When the body is vibrating out of tune or non-harmoniously, it is called dis-ease. The human body is the sum of many vibrations emanating from the organs, muscles and nerves. Vibrations spread in waves. There is no better medium for waves as water. The human body is 2/3 water. This makes it the perfect medium for the propagation of waves. When a singing bowl is played, they call on the body memories of original harmonic frequencies. Heart and respiratory rates change, self-healing powers are activated and the immune system strengthened.
The sound and vibrations emanating from the bowls re-tune the listener’s body by opening, clearing and rebalancing the 7 chakras, 20 meridians and 365 acu-points. When the body is vibrating in harmony with the whole, it is in a state of homeostasis, or sound health.
Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring pillows or any other items to enhance your own level of relaxation. All levels are welcome. $25.
with Dr. Darren Orr
Saturday, September 3rd - 3:15-4:45pm
Medical QiGong is the ancient art and science of cultivating and balancing one’s life force energy or Qi (chee) for health, healing and well-being. This is done by combining posture with slow gentle flowing movements and stretches along with breathing, intention and visualization which leads you into a deep state of meditation. By calming the mind, QiGong allows you to increase stamina, balance, flexibility, vitality, relaxation, blood circulation, immune function and overall quality of life, then the natural self-healing ability of the body is activated and accelerated.
QiGong is the foundation of Chinese Medicine, art, philosophy, culture and the martial arts. It is sometimes called acupuncture without the needles, Chinese yoga or meditation in motion. Qigong is the medicine, while Tai chi is a martial art.
Qigong has all, if not more benefit, than Acupuncture and Tai chi because it’s much simpler and easier to learn and can be done seated in a chair, standing or even lying down.
No Experience is necessary. All are welcome! Everything can be modified to meet your needs and condition!!! $25.
Yoga & Eating Disorder Support Group
with Karen Gilmour & Trish McDermott
Friday, September 9th - 7:30-8:45pm
Friday, October 7th - 7:30-8:45pm
Join Karen Gilmour & Trish McDermott for an evening of support. The Yoga & Eating Disorder Support Group is a peer led group open to anyone in recovery from, or currently struggling with disordered eating (including Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, EDNOS, etc). This is a space for in person group support led by two certified yoga teachers who have been through treatment, therapy and know the everyday struggles of living with an eating disorder. This movement, breath, conversation, connection and community is something we found has helped in the healing process and we want to share it with others struggling. This is a space for practice to do just that - to ground, to get present, to release what no longer serves us and invite in all that does. This group is not a means of treatment and is not professional therapy. We are not doctors or therapists.
The class will begin with 20-30 minutes of gentle accessible yoga for all bodies - including asana (poses), breathing, meditation and relaxation. The remainder of the time will be left for group discussion and open conversation around topics relating, but not limited, to body image, self love, self compassion and ways to fill our tool boxes to help ourselves in times of need. At no time should there be mention of numbers, weight and specifics of damaging behaviors shared as this may be harming and triggering to other members in the group. We are here to encourage healing, inspire recovery, and create a supportive space for those affected by eating disorders. (ages 18 and up)
Primordial Sound Meditation Course - 4 class session
with Sabrina Mubarak
Tuesday, September 13th - 6:00-7:30pm
The Primordial Sound Meditation Program is a four session program developed by Dr. Deepak Chopra, based in ancient wisdom from India. You will learn principles and tools to build your mindfulness toolbox, learn to build your meditation practice and clear your mind for your well-being. As part of this unique program, you will receive your personal Chopra signature mantra based in your birthplace, date and time. The Primordial Sound Meditation is a powerful healing tool that allows us to experience inner calm and deep relaxation, and to discover who you really are.
What you will learn:
Session One - Sept 13th - 6:30-7:30pm: We will introduce you to the basic principles of meditation, its history, and the importance of your personal mantra.
Session Two - Sept 17th - 9:00-10:30am: You will receive personal instruction in your Primordial Sound Mantra and learn how to use it. You will try meditation for the first time using your Primordial Sound Mantra.
Session Three - Sept 20th - 6:30-8:00pm: You will learn the practical aspects of meditation, share your experience, receive answers to any questions, and meditate with your instructor.
Session Four - Sept 24th - 9:00-10:30am: You will attend a lecture about the higher states of consciousness that can be achieved with regular Primordial Sound Meditation practice.
Your instructor, Sabrina Mubarak, a Chopra certified instructor, will share Chopra's vision of these higher states. This program is for anyone who wishes to create a mindfulness toolbox for a regular meditation practice, clear the mind, enjoy deeper peace, greater freedom, and mastery of life. $295
Mad Lavender Farm Yoga Retreat
with Gina Pachkowski
Sunday, September 25th - 9:45am-2:00pm
Wash away what no longer serves you. Sooth your tired nerves, relax your brain, quiet your mind, balance your body, heal your aching heart. Connect with yourself & with each other amongst the fields of lavender!
The Lowdown on Lavender: Derived from Latin lavare (to wash), lavender is an aromatic hardy perennial that can help restore calm and relaxation. Research shows that the scent of lavender actually increases the type of brain waves associated with relaxation. Lavender contains linalool acetate which plays important roles in any healing process. Lavender oil is non-toxic. Lavender is one of the “adaptogenic” herbs possessing both sedative and stimulant actions that help to achieve a generalized state of balance in the body. Lavender is also associated with the crown chakra, the lavender flower raises our vibration to a higher level.
Join Gina on this very special day long retreat at Mad Lavendar Farms in Milford, NJ!
-Coffee/Tea Bar & Refreshments
-Bring your own Lunch!
What to bring:
-Your own Lunch
-Small Pillow/Padding for head
-Sleep Mask (optional)
In case of rain, all the events will be held in sheltered areas on the farm. In that event, an umbrella is advised.
Space is limited! Sign up to save your spot! $125
UPLEVEL Your Teaching: 25-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Program
with Gina Cunningham & Ellen Kaplow
Friday, October 14th, 1:00-8:00pm
Saturday, October 15th, 10:00am-6:30pm
Saturday, November 19th, 10:00am-6:30pm
Do you feel a little rusty in your skills after a hiatus from teaching? Are you unsure how to teach in-person now that you’ve completed your 200-hour yoga teacher training program? If you’re interested in UPLEVELING your teaching, but not ready to commit to a 300-hour program, please join Ellen and Gina for UPLEVEL Your Teaching: A 25-Hour Advanced Teacher Training Program. During this program we will teach practical teaching skills as well as provide opportunities to deepen your understanding of yoga asanas, pranayama, and applied anatomy/physiology. You will learn what it means to “see” your students, how to effectively sequence from a place of intention and accessibility, and how and when to offer hands-on assists and adjustments. This in-person training is ideal for recent graduates of 200-hour teacher training programs as well as teachers who want to refresh and refine their teaching skills.
This training will cover:
-Sequencing frameworks (how to think about and approach sequencing creatively and effectively)
-How yoga philosophy can support you as a teacher and practitioner
-Applied anatomy and physiology
-Introduction to biomechanics; understanding the role of force in yoga asana
-The qualities of good movement and why they matter
-The difference between teaching a pose and teaching an experience
-How and why to deepen your personal practice
-How to “see” your students/clients
-Language skills that inspire, enhance, and support your teaching
-Creative use of props to create accessibility and asana modifications
-Simple, accessible pranayama techniques
-Practicum: many opportunities will be provided in this course to teach fellow participants to refine and enhance your teaching skills
This program is a [mostly] in-person experiential training. To receive the Certificate of Completion, participants must attend all sessions in-person. Completion of the program counts towards 25 contact hours of continuing education credits for Yoga Alliance.
Friday, October 14th, 1:00-8:00pm
Saturday, October 15th, 10:00am-6:30pm
Saturday, November 19th, 10:00am-6:30pm
Zoom (attend live or watch the recording later) -
Tuesday, November 1st, 6:00-8:00pm
Interested in learning more? Join us for a FREE INFO SESSION:
Love Your Brain Fundamental Series (for people with TBIs)
FREE 6 Week Series with Gina Pachkowski & Clarissa Alliano
Fridays, October 21st-November 25th - 2:30-4:00pm
If you have experienced a TBI (including concussion) or are a caregiver or support person, we invite you to join our yoga community! Through this program, we hope you discover your inner resources for learning, growing, healing, and thriving.
Experience gentle yoga to improve strength and balance and meditation practices to reduce stress. Class themes will foster resilience and compassion.
To create a culture of shared experiences related to TBI, our program is only open to the TBI community at this time. TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. If you have another type of brain injury (e.g., stroke, anoxia, tumor) we'll do our best to refer you to another program that can meet your needs. Thanks for your understanding.
Please register by visiting: http://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga/practice