MALA MAKING & INTRODUCTION TO JAPA MEDITATION WORKSHOP with Jessica Roodvoets and Jessica Shelton
Mantra recitation, or japa in Sanskrit, has been an important aspect of Yoga practice since Vedic times. Yoga teaches that through repetition we create either positive or negative habit patterns. Mantra japa produces positive mental tracks, helping us to overcome negativity and access the reality of our transcendent Self. For countless generations, mantra japa has been practiced with the aid of rosaries of various kinds. These are known as malas, meaning literally "garlands."
Join Jessica Roodvoets and guest instructor, Jessica Shelton, to learn this powerful technique for focusing the mind and for harnessing the body/mind's subtle energies. In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of mantra recitation, make your own personal mala garland, and engage in group practice of japa meditation.
Jessica Shelton brings her creative spirit and calm demeanor to the yoga classroom. Her practices call upon student's own self knowledge to reflect gratitude and compassion into all areas of their lives. Her background in design and sculpture feeds her desire for a physical practice that can filly express the human experience through breath and steady, fluid movements.
Jessica Roodvoets completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Seva Yoga in East Grand Rapids. In August 2012, she attended the 500 hour Professional Yoga Therapist Certification program through Integrative Yoga Therapy at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She has developed her interests in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
GOOD VIBRATIONS: UNDERSTANDING and BALANCING YOUR CHAKRAS
with Susan Duesbery
Join Susan to learn how important healthy Chakras are to our health and well-being. We will explore the mental and emotional aspects of each of these energy centers and use postures, sound vibration, breath and visualization to clear and balance them.
@ Expressions of Grace Yoga
Friday, April 10, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
$35 pre-order, $45 day of
GUIDED IMAGERY FOR HEALTH AND HEALING with
Enjoy the deep releasing and nurturing benefits of guided imagery. Guided imagery is a purposeful use of the imagination that creates a deeply relaxed state, thereby allowing for healing to take place. It is a normal and natural process which everyone uses everyday. In guided imagery, it is simply a matter of using thoughts and images to access the sub- conscious to tap into our body’s innate ability to heal and create well-being. Together, we’ll explore why guided imagery is such a powerful gift for cultivating health. Also, we’ll experience several guided imageries designed to facilitate well-being of body, mind and spirit.
Guided Imagery has been successfully used to:
* Increase relaxation, reduce or eliminate stress
* Create or change habits
* Heal and increase energy
* Reduce or eliminate depression and anxiety
* Create or improve relationships
* Increase abundance and joy
* Build self-esteem and self-confidence
* Lose weight and improve body image
* Reduce or eliminate pain
* Manifest future events
Susan is certified as a yoga teacher, holistic stress management facilitator, reiki master, labyrinth facilitator, laughter yoga leader, as well as holding a Bachelor’s of Education, a Bachelor’s of English Literature, a certificate in Teaching French as a Second Language and a Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Care from Western Michigan University. Currently she is studying to be an Integrative Life Coach with the Ford Institute. Her ultimate aim is to assist folks to make peace with themselves and love themselves more fully. She is committed to inviting individuals to address the discrepancy between where they are in life and where they want to be, essentially to speak their truth and live their dreams with a wide open heart.
Friday, May 29, 2015 6:30 - 8:30pm
@ Expressions of Grace
6:30 - 8:30 pm
$35 pre-register, $45 day of