Love Your Brain Yoga - Fundamental Series
with Michelle Weintraub & Gina Pachkowski
Fridays, January 14th-February 18th - 1:15-2:45pm
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 FREE 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.
AFTER completing a FUNdamentals series, students can access LYB friendly classes at Alluem for a discounted rate.
TO REGISTER FOR FREE, VISIT: https://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga/nj
Partner's Childbirth Prep Workshop
with Tara Goldin
Saturday, January 22nd - 1:00-3:00pm
Hey mamas! Come join Tara Goldin, RN, RYT for an informative & fun workshop to help prepare your mind & body for your up and coming ‘birthday party.’
In this workshop we will explore a little deeper into how to access your connection to yourself and to your partner as a coping tool for the different stages of labor. We will learn breathwork, touch and positions, along with what to bring in your birthing bag to create the vibe that suites you best. Tara has personally attended over a thousand births as a labor & delivery RN, so there will be ample time for Q&A’s! This workshop is geared towards mama's in or close to their 3rd trimester.
Please bring 2 pillows, 2 yoga mats, a pen & notebook, and your birthing partner.
Limited availability. $99/couple
Yoga & Eating Disorder Support Group
with Karen Gilmour & Trish McDermott
Friday, February 4th - 7:30-8:45pm
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).
Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation
Dr. Darren Orr
Saturday, February 5th - 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.
Dr. Darren Orr
Saturday, February 5th - 3:00-4:30pm
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.
Primordial Sound Meditation - 4 Class Series
Session One - Tuesday, February 8th - 6:00-7:30pm
Session Two - Saturday, February 12th - 9:00-10:30am
Session Three - Tuesday, February 15th - 6:00-7:30pm
Session Four - Saturday, February 19th - 9:00-10:30am
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: We will introduce you to the basic principles of meditation, its history, and the importance of your personal mantra.
Session Two: 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: You will learn the practical aspects of meditation, share your experience, receive answers to any questions, and meditate with your instructor.
Session Four: 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.
Candlelit Reiki - Restorative Workshop
Cynthia Tarantino & Carol Anne Patterson
Friday, February 25th - 7:30-9:00pm
Join Reiki Masters, Carol Anne Patterson and Cynthia Tarantino as they combine the beautiful practices of Restorative Yoga and Reiki to refresh and renew your body, mind and spirit. Restorative Yoga is a series of poses that are supported with various props to create space in the body and calm the nervous system. Reiki, a Japanese healing practice, promotes deep relaxation and healing. Together these practices move the “life energy” through the body to clear stagnant energy and promote health and harmony.
Come and immerse yourself in this 90 minute candlelit practice as we blend breath work, guided meditation, restorative yoga and an individual hands-on Reiki experience. As your body and mind relax deeply, allow the vital energy to restore and nourish you and leave feeling boundless and bright. No yoga experience needed.
Please bring your own mat and blanket and bolster if you have one. We will have additional props here at the studio. $50.
Yoga and Sound Healing Workshop for Anxiety and Stress
Mindy Cullen & Adriane Sforza
Saturday, March 12th - 1:00-3:00pm
Join Mindy Cullen and Adriane Sforza of Soul Light Medicine for an afternoon of yoga and healing. You will learn breathing techniques and yoga poses to help guide you when you are feeling anxious or stressed. Additionally, you will learn about the impact of sound therapy on your physical body and nervous system to help you to relax, release emotions and even release pain as you experience an immersive sound bath with the gong and singing bowl. This workshop will leave you feeling calm, safe and grounded. $45.
Adriane is a New Jersey public school elementary educator, recovery speaker, and sound healer.
Adriane discovered her passion for helping people connect to their inner child through her time in the elementary classroom teaching growth mindset and resilience to her students… and enjoying life through the perspective of a child! Her journey to the gong and sound healing came about following recovery from an eating disorder. She has also worked extensively with the DBT model throughout her recovery process, which she credits with guiding her to find her spiritual path of mindfulness and building a life worth living. She really enjoys bringing her lived experience with mental wellness & treatment to facilitate a practical understanding of how sound healing impacts us on a physical and mental level. Additionally, she has also volunteered with the eating disorder Non Profit, Project HEAL to lead the Project HEAL NJ Chapter and coordinated community outreach events to educate, inform, and provide resources to people about eating disorders and full, lasting recovery. She believes that full recovery is absolutely possible for everyone and that our unique journey through life informs who we are and how we relate to the world.
When she’s not playing the gong and reading about our amazing brain, she’s probably working in the garden with her wife, playing with her pets, or finding an art gallery to wander in for some color inspiration.