Fall 2017 Programs
This autumn, join us in exploring the abundance of practices and diverse approaches that mindfulness offers us.
Thursday 10/5, 7:30-8:30 pm
Please join us for a demo and information session on the Feldenkrais Method. Feldenkrais is a practice of mindful movement that offers a unique approach to human change using focus and movement.
The Feldenkrais Method offers an effective means to improve posture, flexibility and coordination, and to help those with restricted movement, chronic tension and pain, neurological problems, and everyone wishing to live more comfortably. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) exercises are easy to do, of benefit to everyone, and the results can be immediate and profound. These unique exercises were developed as a means to re-engage the nervous system in the fundamental learning process we all have access to as children, but lose as we get older. The exercises are structured to take advantage of the natural neuroplasticity of the brain, through stimulating both the motor and learning centers. They employ innovative movement sequences that address every area of the body and all aspects of human motor function.
Suggested donation: $10
Wednesday 10/11, 7:30-8:30 pm
With Blasia Blonska. Sound baths promote relief from stress and anxiety, alleviate pain, reduce emotional stressors and help balance the nervous system. Instruments include 99% quartz crystal bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, Biosonic tuning forks, gong and flutes. The sound bath begins with restorative breath-work. Deep, resonant tones from Tibetan singing bowls and crystal bowls carry the listeners into a state that enables meditators to reconnect with the self and to expand the awareness, ability to focus and quiet the mind. Sound Baths focus on the practice of deep listening, paying attention to the external sounds around us to reflect what is happening internally, as well as realization of how much the inner reality impacts the outer reality.
Suggested donation: $20
GMB Elements Movement Workshop
Saturday 10/21, 11:30 am - 2 pm
With Chris McMahon. GMB is a physical fitness program with the goal of creating physical autonomy and freedom in your life. Pooling decades of experience in martial arts, gymnastics, physical therapy, and more, its founders have spent the past several years refining a training system that creates profound capability and confidence in your body. Build a stronger, more agile body, while gaining greater physical confidence and a sense of mastery in everything you do.
“One size fits all” routines don’t address your body’s unique needs. This workshop will show you how to identify your own flexibility needs enabling you to free yourself from the aches, pains and stiff muscles that restrict your movement and hold you back from fully participating in the activities you enjoy. Focused Flexibility is a completely customizable program for assessing and improving your effective range of motion for greater ease and freedom of movement.
Suggest donation: $30
Zen Dharma Talk Meditation
Thursday 10/26, 7:30-8:30 pm
With Rev. Daiken Nelson, Sensai. Please join us to experience some of the different perspectives and rich teachings within this tradition. Those interested in gaining a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the philosophy of the practice are encouraged to attend.
Daiken began Zen Practice 27 years ago. Since that time, he has practiced at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, where he ordained with Nyogen Yeo in 1996; The Zen Peacemaker Order, where he studied with Roshi Bernie Glassman & Sensei Jishu Holmes; The Village Zendo, where he was Shuso (Head Trainee) under Roshi Enkyo O’Hara in 2001 and Upaya Zen Center, where he studied with Roshi Joan Halifax. In October, 2013, Daiken received Shiho/Dharma Transmission from Sensei Genkoji.
Darken currently works with Mandala Cafe, a non-profit committed to providing access, dignity and mutuality around issues of food & employment in Harlem. Prior to focusing on Zen, Daiken was a Social Worker; working with the homeless plus those with Chronic Mental Illness & Substance Abuse issues.
Suggested donation: $10
MBSR Alumni Refresher
Tuesday, 11/28, 2017, 7:30 - 9 pm
"The real meditation practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Please join the community for a MBSR Refresher for all MBSR graduates. We invite you to come together with us to contemplate gratitude, and to renew and refresh our daily mindfulness and meditation practice. We will examine the MBSR teachings in light of our present life circumstances. How are the teachings showing up in our lives now? How can we continue to deepen our practice and understanding?
Suggested donation at door