Intro to Iyengar Yoga
Oct
25
to Nov 15

Intro to Iyengar Yoga

Intro to Iyengar Yoga Series
4 Thursdays, 5:30-7pm, Cost $50
October 25, November 1,8,15
Pre-registration required

This class will introduce you to the basics of Iyengar Yoga. It is suitable for beginners, students returning to yoga, or for those who have never done Iyengar Yoga before. Each class will include asanas (postures), relaxation, and breath work. Participants will develop and increase strength, flexibility, awareness, and confidence.

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Intro to Buddhist Meditation Techniques and Insights
Nov
4
to Dec 16

Intro to Buddhist Meditation Techniques and Insights

Intro to Buddhist Meditation Techniques and Insights
Alternate Sundays in November and December - 3:30 to 5:00 PM 
November 4, 18, December 2, 16
with Shana Lieberman Klinger, M.A. Psychology
Cost: $60- $100/for all 4 sessions(*scholarships available  Pre-registration required. To register for the series: contact shana.l.klinger@gmail.com or 401-258-3056

The Buddha was driven to understand why there was suffering, why things aren’t the way we want them to be, and how to live with the reality of dissatisfaction in a way that allowed true freedom, happiness, and benefit to others.  His insights were based on doing meditation practices that are still totally relevant today.  Like him, we are confronted in our daily lives with different kinds of suffering, both inner and outer, and big questions about how to lead meaningful and happy lives. Read More.

This four session series will explain basic Buddhist
principles and insights as they apply to our 21stcentury lives, as well as introduce four categories of meditation techniques:  

  • calm (concentration); 

  • kind (compassion, loving kindness and altruistic motivation); 

  • clear (mindfulness)

  • and wise (living by choice and in alignment with one’s ethics and deepest understanding).  

    Session 1 - Sunday, November 4:  Why can’t things be perfect?  

    We will hear the story of the Buddha’s collision with unsatisfactoriness, his journey to become free through meditation, and his most fundamental teaching and insights, called the first and second of The Four Noble Truths.  

    • Introduction to meditative technique of “calm” – concentration (shamatha)


    Session 2 -  Sunday, November 18:  Seeing things clearly, just as they are

    The Buddha practiced meditation so deeply that it allowed him to understand the very nature of reality, to see it clearly, and through so doing, to become free from what bound him to suffering.  The third of The Four Noble Truths describes this possibility of the cessation of suffering.

    • Introduction to meditative technique of “clear” – mindfulness (vipassana)


    Session 3 -  Sunday, December 2:  What’s love got to do with it?

    The noble heart – the intention for ourselves and all beings to be happy and free from suffering - is regarded in Buddhism as the pinnacle of true love.  Sometimes called the Bodhisattva Path, this aspect of Buddhist practice harnesses the power of altruistic motivation combined with deep understanding about the sources of suffering.  Together with loving kindness and compassion practices, these provide great inspiration for both mundane and spiritual life.

    • Introduction to meditative technique of “kind” – compassion, loving kindness, altruistic motivation


    Session 4 -  Sunday, December 16:  A blueprint for living wisely

    The Buddha’s blueprint for living wisely is laid out in the Eightfold Noble Path, as described in The Fourth Noble Truth.  We will learn about its eight elements: three have to do with ethics, three with meditation, and two with our attitudes and understanding.  

    • Introduction to meditative quality of “wise” – living in alignment with ethics and our deepest understanding.

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Foundations of Pranayama
Nov
28
to Dec 12

Foundations of Pranayama

Restorative Yoga and Pranayama with Naama
Sunday, May 20, 9-11am
Cost $25
We will focus on quieting asanas that help open up the body and free up the mind for pranayama practice. Asanas will include inversions and supported backbends.

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Making Friends with Backbends
Oct
25
10:00 AM10:00

Making Friends with Backbends

Making Friends with Backbends 
with Naama Gidron
October 27, 10am-12:30pm, $30

Backbends are energizing and bring a sense of lightness and joy to the body and mind. They keep the spine strong and supple which is especially important as we age. Learn how to approach backbends so that they feel less "daunting."  We will explore muscle and joint action to backbend safely and experiment with what props (tools) to use to progress in practicing prone, supine and inverted backbends.  Must have 6 months of Iyengar Yoga or teacher's permission to attend.

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Introductory Classes for Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement
Sep
11
to Sep 20

Introductory Classes for Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement

Introduction to Feldenkrais with Sumati Eberstadt
Tuesday September 11, 18, 6:30-7:45pm
Thursday September 13, 20, 10-11:15am
Special Intro Drop- in $15/class
Questions? Call Sumati 401-453-8284

Introductory classes for Feldenkrais; Awareness Through Movement (ATM)
Designed for newcomers to Feldenkrais, each class will include a short introduction to the method, and beginner-friendly lessons. You’ll be introduced to the hows and whys of taking a Feldenkrais lesson. You’ll see how quickly you can improve when you use your awareness to notice HOW you move, rather than “how much, how fast, how hard, how far?”

From 9/11 - 9/20, the introductory class price is $15/class. 
From September 25th-December 18, drop-in classes will only be available to students with some experience with ATM even just one class. So if you are thinking about finding out about Feldenkrais, what it is and how it works for you, this it the time to try it out.

After the initial 2 week Intro class period, only people with some Feldenkrais experience - even just one Introductory class - can attend the ongoing classes on a drop-in basis ($20). Newcomers are, however, always welcome to purchase a ten-class card ($120, valid for 12 weeks)"
For experienced Feldies – Sumati will be teaching lessons she has never taught at Motion Center, so you can enjoy easing gently back into class after the break with brand new material.

 Class Times:   Tuesday 6:30-7:45 and Thursday 10:00-11:15am
 Single Class:   ** 9/11 – 9/20   **$15       From 9/25  $20                      
 10 Class Card: valid for 12 weeks  $120

 


 

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Feldenkrais WALK!!
Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

Feldenkrais WALK!!

Walking is such great exercise, and now is the time of year to really enjoy it! Feldenkrais WALK!! is designed to make walking more satisfying, efficient and pleasurable. We’ll address some of the essentials: the push-off from the feet, flexibility of hip joints and spine, and the contralateral movement through the torso that powers the legs. You will learn short movement sequences and awareness practices to use while you walk, so you can keep improving all summer long! 

Pre-Registration Required
June 10th, 2018   2:00-5:30
Cost: $35
For information and to register, contact Sumati
sumieber@earthlink.net

 

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 Iyengar Yoga for Beginners
Jun
7
to Jun 28

Iyengar Yoga for Beginners

Iyengar Yoga for Beginners with Christy Chase
4 Thursdays, 5:30-7pm, Cost $50
June 7, 14, 21, 28
Pre-registration required

This class will introduce you to the basics of Iyengar Yoga. It is suitable for beginners, students returning to yoga, or for those who have never done Iyengar Yoga before. Each class will include asanas (postures), relaxation, and breath work. Participants will develop and increase strength, flexibility, awareness, and confidence.

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Soft Hands and Easy Shoulders: A Feldenkrais Workshop
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Soft Hands and Easy Shoulders: A Feldenkrais Workshop

FELDENKRAIS
Soft Hands and Easy Shoulders: A Feldenkrais Workshop with Sumati Eberstadt
Sunday April 29th, 2-5:30pm, $35
Pre registration required. EMAIL SUMATI:
sumieber@earthlink.net

Shoulder tension, wrist pain, wherever the "problem" is, the solution has to include the harmonious coordination of everything from fingertips to shoulder, from arm to spine. This afternoon workshop will focus on integrating and refining the connections all through the arm and chest, so your hands and arm can move with ease, resilience, strength and comfort.

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The Magic Roller: For a Pain Free and Flexible Spine
Mar
4
2:00 PM14:00

The Magic Roller: For a Pain Free and Flexible Spine

The Magic Roller: For a Pain Free and Flexible Spine, 
A Feldenkrais Workshop with Sumati Eberstadt
Sunday,March 4, 2-5:30pm, cost $35, Pre registration required

Doing Feldenkrais is usually a pretty low-tech endeavor. Still, now and then we use rollers - in this workshop, soft rollers - to move, soothe and invigorate your spine and pelvis.

“The Magic Roller” is a series of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons that use a simple rolled up blanket or towel to provide support, stimulation, new sensations and unfamiliar feedback to your system. These ATMs are incredibly relaxing. The uneven surfaces help loosen up all those small joints along the spine and ribs. They amplify the effect of the movements you make. The roller is placed along your length, in the middle or a little off-center, or across your body in various places. It is firm enough to provide clear support and a bit of instability, but soft enough to be comfortable and welcoming. We roll, rock, slide, oscillate and twist with the roller. Fun and restful, challenging and unusual.

We will focus on freedom of the pelvis, spine, and ribcage. You will learn to let go where you are tight, move where you are stiff, and breath in unfamiliar places. You’ll have a simple, low-tech tool to use when your back aches, or when that place between your shoulder blades, seizes up. The Magic Roller is a way to keep your back pain free and flexible, or simply to relax your whole self when rest is what you need. Restorative, effective and do-able!For information and to register, contact Sumati at

sumieber@earthlink.net

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The Insight Meditation Community of Providence
Jan
18
7:15 PM19:15

The Insight Meditation Community of Providence

The Insight Meditation Community of Providence meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:15pm. All are welcome. Meetings include a 40-minute sitting meditation practice, a 20-minute reading from the work of a Dharma teacher and a 20-30-minute facilitated time for reflections about the reading and the practice. 

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Soft Hand and Easy Shoulders
Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Soft Hand and Easy Shoulders

Soft Hand and Easy Shoulders
A Feldenkrais Workshop with Sumati Eberstadt
Sunday, January 14th 2-5:30pm, cost $35, Pre registration required

Snow Date Jan 21st

Shoulder tension, wrist pain, wherever the problem is, the solution has to include the harmonious functioning of everything from fingertips to shoulder, from arm to spine. This afternoon workshop will focus on integrating and refining the connections through this whole "mechanism of the arm", all the way to your collar bones, blades and chest, so that your hands and arms can move with ease, resilience, strength and comfort.

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The Insight Meditation Community of Providence
Jan
4
7:15 PM19:15

The Insight Meditation Community of Providence

The Insight Meditation Community of Providence meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:15pm. All are welcome. Meetings include a 40-minute sitting meditation practice, a 20-minute reading from the work of a Dharma teacher and a 20-30-minute facilitated time for reflections about the reading and the practice. 

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