Qi Gong Added! Thursdays 9:30-10:30am-Begins 10/4

New Class

QiGong

with Corinne Wolcott

Thursdays 9:30-10:30am
Begins Oct. 4th

 

qigong, meditation, qi, energy, moving energyQiGong is the cultivation (gong) of the vital, universal force within and around us (qi.)  QiGong often involves making slow movements, being still, stimulating and stretching parts of yourself- all with relaxed attention. Standing, sitting, or laying down, in this class we will learn from the Ling Gui International Healing QiGong School and Turtle Longevity QiGong. For thousands of years we have used QiGong to improve circulation, increase self-awareness, and cultivate self-acceptance.

 

Corinne Wolcott, MSOM, LAc, Certified QiGong Instructor, shares many possible practices for health, all rooted in self-awareness and self-acceptance. Drawing upon her training as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner and twelve years of QiGong practice, Corinne emphasizes curiosity and trust in her classes. She loves her work as a healthcare provider of acupuncture, shiatsu massage, QiGong, and nutrition. Her work and wonderings can be found online at www.tuihealthcare.com.

Yoga & Sound Healing with Susan & Shawn DeRyder — Friday, Sept. 28th – 7:30-9:30pm, Midtown

yoga and sound healing, susan and shawn deryderAsana ~  yoga postures. Nidra ~ psychic sleep. Nāda ~ sound
What to expect…
  • The first 45 minutes includes gentle yin/restorative yoga, accompanied by soothing acoustic guitar leaving you open and ready to receive the Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing offerings, fully embodied.
  • The following 15/20 minutes take you on an journey into a deep state of relaxation through a guided meditation (Yoga Nidra/Psychic Sleep).
  • The remaining hour is spent resting on your back, bathing in a sound experience that will encourage deep relaxation, rejuvenation and an acceleration of your inward journey.
Time is suspended as you enter a world of vibration, sensation and experience. Physical injuries can be healed and old emotional traumas released. Great insights can be accessed. The only pre-requisite is the willingness to receive.

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Summer Pop-Up Kirtan–Tuesdays in August, 7:45-8:45pm

Summer Pop-Up Kirtan

Led by Seth Lieberman

Tuesdays July through August

7:45-8:45pm

By Donation, hosted at our Midtown Studio

 

Join us at The Yoga House on Tuesday nights in July and August for Kirtan, call-and-response devotional group chanting. Kirtan will primarily be led by Yoga House instructor, Seth Lieberman, who will some (or all) weeks be accompanied by other local musician. In this powerful Bhakti Yoga (The Yoga of Devotion) mantra practice, we repeat the names of the divine in the Sanskrit, accompanied by the harmonium and musical instruments. Like other paths of yoga, kirtan works to calm the mind, open the heart, and bring us into closer union with our Self and with others.

This Summer Pop-up Kirtan will connect not only our local community through singing and gathering, but will also connect us to those  further away as we will collect donations for RAICES, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.

 

Kirtan is accessible to all and no prior experience with yoga or singing is necessary. All are welcome.

September Focus of the Month – Cultivating Calm in a Chaotic World

Cultivating Calm in a Chaotic World

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States today. It doesn’t take a diagnosis to feel the impact. Whether it’s your own occasional suffering or a loved one’s persistent condition, anxiety crops up everywhere — draining life of its color, leaving exhausted humans in its wake.

This month we bring you tools to address the anxiety in your life, taught by yogis for millennia. While not a replacement for therapy or medication, yoga offers its practitioners many resources to access calm and peace even when these feel far away.

Some of the many tools of yoga:

  • Breath awareness, or pranayama practices. Ranging from the simple to the adventurous, yoga’s breath practices offer a way to become grounded and embodied, pulling the practitioner out of head space and into body space.
    • This month your teachers will guide you through breath awareness and breath techniques.
  • Gaze points, or drishti. Yoga is very concerned with focusing the mind. Its underlying assumption is that each of us has the power to tame the mind as a charioteer might tame horses. Focusing the eyes on a single spot is just one way to reign in the mind and to bring it under conscious control.
    • Notice when your instructor suggests where you should gaze.
  • Movement, or asana. Not everyone feels relaxed or at ease when they sit down, for instance to meditate. Agitating thoughts, like memories and worries, can sometimes be more noisy when all is still. Physical movement provides a way to lull and vitalize the mind and body, bringing them into better connection, stimulating happiness hormones and elevating mood.
    • The hearty part of any yoga class, consider how breath, gaze, mind and body come into balance when you’re doing asana.
  • Meditation. Anxiety and related disorders can have the effect of tightening and constricting consciousness. Sometimes done prior to movement, sometimes done afterward, meditation has the power to give you access to a wider field of awareness, bringing stressful thoughts into perspective, calming the nervous system, and kicking on the restorative centers of the brain.
    • Even a single minute of meditation can have a powerful effect. Your teachers can point you to more opportunities to learn how to meditate, if that interests you.
  • Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep. Yoga nidra is a restorative practice wherein the instructor guides you into a rested waking state while your body is positioned comfortably. The usual brain centers get a break and the healing centers work their magic.
    • TYH teacher Susan DeRyder and her partner Shawn are offering Asana and Sound Healing with yoga nidra this month, Friday, Sept. 28th, 7:30-9:30pm.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and yoga’s true impact comes when it is practiced regularly and over the long term as a lifestyle. Tune in to your teachers’ suggestions all month long. Balanced, peaceful, calm and joyful people are especially needed right now, and all the work you do to embody these qualities has a ripple effect “out there.”

Thanks for your commitment to the practice. See you on the mat <3.

 

In gratitude and service,

 

Leigha & Jacquelyn

Open Meditation – Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00am – By Donation – Uptown

Open Meditation Silent Sitting By Donation

OPEN MEDITATION

Wednesdays

8:00-9:00am

Uptown Studio – 57 Crown Street

with Leigha Butler

By Donation

 

 

Meditation is the journey from sound to silence,

from movement to stillness,

from a limited identity to unlimited space.

-Sri Ravi Shankar

Sharing Silence

We are pleased to offer up our Uptown space to sit silently together in meditation. We will observe silence between the hours of 8:00 & 9:00, but don’t feel like you have to stay for the full duration. Leigha will ring a bell at 8:30 and then again at 9:00am.

The Format

  • Arrive between 8 and 8:30am.
  • Donate something or nothing.
  • Depart any time.
  • A bell will ring at 8:30.
  • A bell will ring twice at 9:00 to indicate to closing.
  • You will find a prompt at the desk.
  • After 9 o’clock, feel free to ask questions or share insights!