The Relaxed Mind: Drop-In Meditation Classes
Mar
10
to Apr 28

The Relaxed Mind: Drop-In Meditation Classes

Drop-In Meditation Classes: The Relaxed Mind Meditations

Five Sundays, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(Please arrive between 3:45 and 3:55 PM)

March 10, March 17, April 7, April 14, April 28

  • All levels of experience welcome. Come to any class – no registration needed

  • Suggested donation: $10 to $15/class or what you can afford

Each class will provide instruction and practice in one of the foundational meditations from the book The Relaxed Mind by Tibetan Buddhist Master Dza Kilung Rinpoche.  Methods will include basic sitting, calm abiding, and open heart-mind meditations.

Instructor: Shana Lieberman Klinger is authorized by Dza Kilung Rinpoche to give instruction in the seven meditations from the meditation manual, The Relaxed Mind.   She brings more than 40 years of experience in meditative techniques and humanistic psychology to her classes, workshops, and one-to-one consultation. To learn more about Shana visit heartmindspace.com

 Questions:  contact shana.l.klinger@gmail.com

 



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Intro to Iyengar Yoga
Mar
28
to Apr 18

Intro to Iyengar Yoga

Intro to Iyengar Yoga Series with Christy Chase
4 Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 pm, Cost $50
March 28, April 4, 11, 18
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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The Relaxed Mind- A Mini-Retreat with Shana Lieberman Klinger
Feb
23
1:30 PM13:30

The Relaxed Mind- A Mini-Retreat with Shana Lieberman Klinger

STOP…and RELAX THE MIND

Saturday afternoon mini-retreat With Meditations from The Relaxed Mind

February 23, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:00 PM

Appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators

Registration required – space is limited, $25 - $50 donation – or whatever you can afford

To register email shana.l.klinger@gmail.com or call 401-258-3056

This 2.5 hour mini-retreat provides an opportunity in our busy lives to stop, turn inward, and settle the mind and heart. There will be brief introductory instructions for basic meditations as taught in the meditation manual, The Relaxed Mind by Tibetan Buddhist master Dza Kilung Rinpoche. The meditation instruction will be for Basic Sitting (uniting body and mind); Calm Abiding (concentration on the breath); and Open-Heart Mind (unbiased compassion and equanimity).

Chairs and cushions will be available for sitting. Here is the schedule:

Please arrive by 1:25 PM so we can start together

1:30 PM

Welcome and Instructions for Basic Sitting Meditation

and Calm Abiding Meditation (20 minutes)

1:50 PM

20 minutes sitting meditation

5 minutes walking meditation

20 minutes sitting meditation

2:35 PM

Instructions for Open Heart-Mind Meditation

and Question & Answer (30 minutes)

3:05 PM

20 minutes sitting meditation

5 minutes walking meditation

20 minutes sitting meditation

3:50 PM

Dedication meditation and Closing (10 minutes)

Shana Lieberman Klinger, M.A. Psychology, brings more than 40 years of experience in meditative techniques and humanistic psychology to her classes, workshops, and one-to-one consultation. She is authorized by Dza Kilung Rinpoche to give instruction in the seven meditations from the meditation manual, The Relaxed Mind. To learn more about Shana visit heartmindspace.com.

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HEADS OR TAILS:  a 4 week Feldenkrais® series
Feb
2
to Feb 23

HEADS OR TAILS: a 4 week Feldenkrais® series

HEADS OR TAILS, a 4 week Feldenkrais Series with Andrea Higgins
This 4 week series of lessons will explore the relationship and organization necessary for beautifully integrated movement, with awareness centered on opposing ends of the spine.

Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm FEBRUARY 2, 9, 16, 23
4 WEEK SESSION $80/ EARLY BIRD 10% DISCOUNT* $72 register by Jan 14/ DROP-IN** $25

For more information and to register visit Andrea’s website: Click Here

* Early bird rates valid through January 14
**Drop-ins must register in advance and will be allowed on a space available basis. Registration for drop-in opens on January 28, 2019.



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The Relaxed Mind-Meditation Instruction
Jan
27
to Feb 18

The Relaxed Mind-Meditation Instruction

The Relaxed Mind - Meditation Instruction

Creating a solid foundation in meditation .Beginners or experienced meditators are welcome

6 Sundays, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Pre-registration required for the entire 6 week series. Space is limited
Suggested donation: $15 per class/$90 for series

To register contact Shana.L.Klinger@gmail.com or call 401-258-3056

The Relaxed Mind is a book describing a seven step method for deepening meditation practice as taught by Tibetan Buddhist master Dza Kilung Rinpoche. The first four of the seven meditations create a solid foundation for ongoing meditation practice and for connecting to calmness, relaxation, inspiration, and spaciousness of body and mind.

The meditations are:

1. Basic Sitting – Joining Body and Mind: Experiencing our physical body as the support and foundation for meditation, we gently join our body with mental awareness.

2. Calm Abiding: Using an object of attention to free ourselves from the disturbances of thoughts and to reach a state of calm and stability (shamatha).

3. Refined Basic Sitting: Calm evolves into clarity, relaxation, energy, and inspiration, providing a bridge to the experience of insight.

4. Insight Meditation: Seeing beneath the surface to the nature of all phenomena, with clarity and insight we understand things as they really are (vipassana).

Each 90 minute class in this 6 week series offers instruction and explanation of the meditation technique, time to practice the meditation together, and opportunity for questions and answers. It is helpful, but not necessary, to read The Relaxed Mind during the class.

Instructor: Shana Lieberman Klinger has been meditating since 1974 and is authorized by Dza Kilung Rinpoche to give instruction in the seven meditations in The Relaxed Mind. To learn more about Shana visit http://www.heartmindspace.com/

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Aspiration Into Action Workshop for the New Year
Jan
5
3:00 PM15:00

Aspiration Into Action Workshop for the New Year

Saturday, January 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

A NEW YEAR’S WORKSHOP to energize your life, meditation or yoga practice and connect your heart, mind and action.

Looking for inspiration to stick with your meditation or yoga practice?  Want to start the new year off with clearer and deeper motivation and meaning?  Forget about resolutions!  Spiritual traditions teach us that heartfelt ASPIRATIONS are the key to energizing meaningful lives and regular practice.  That's because they originate from the deepest level of both heart and mind.  Drawing on the Buddhist understanding of altruistic aspiration and motivation, together with techniques of psychology and ritual, this workshop offers simple techniques to make and keep aspirations.


Each participant will learn to:

1) Create a personalized aspiration from the heart for 2019.

2) Identify and let go of that which may obstruct your aspiration.

3) Identify and energize that which will enact your aspiration.

4) Develop a brief routine (under 2 minutes) to connect with and put into practice your aspiration in terms of specific activities and relationships.

Workshop includes a group meditation of loving kindness and compassion for ourselves and our world.

Suggested donation $15 to $25 – or whatever you can afford.

No registration required. Doors open at 2:45pm. RSVPs appreciated to Shana.L.Klinger@gmail.com

Feel free to bring rattles or drums if so moved

Facilitated by Shana Lieberman Klinger, M.A. Psychology.  Combining her background in Buddhist meditation, psychology, and shamanic practice, Shana is inspired to help people connect with their innate good hearts, minds, and positive energy for the benefit of themselves and our world. To learn more about Shana, see heartmindspace.com





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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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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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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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