Zentangle ~ Yoga ~ Ageless Grace!
Looking forward to reuniting!
What’s in store….
Ah…Fall is in the air! Lately, I think of fall as a time to return to nature. When I lived in the North, fall was time to gather in, a time to build a nest and prepare to withdraw from communing daily in the out-of-doors life. Here, in Florida, fall takes an opposing place in the cycle of my life. Fall has become a time to plan and prepare for getting out, for diving in, for turning over fresh, new leaves.
This fall’s new leaves include the recent completion of my Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Teacher Certification, and beginning to teach my first series of ” Yoga for Meditation” classes, at the Sarasota Mindfulness Institute. I’ll also be teaching a new Zentangle® series with an even deeper focus on mindfulness and the meditative applications of the Zentangle® Method. I’m also studying Reiki and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction meditation course, both purely for personal development.
I’m SO excited about this new season!
I’ve, also, just begun teaching Ageless Grace with Parkinson’s patients. I have never worked with a more humbling, inspiring or admirable group. I continue to teach Nia and Ageless Grace with the ladies in Newtown, as a part of the Senior Friendship Center.
So much to look forward to and be grateful for!
Warmth to you all this Fall!
Yoga For Meditation
Yoga for Meditation is a series of movements and sustained poses, specifically targeting strength and flexibility in the hips, legs, back and torso, to facilitate our ability to maintain a meditative posture with ease.
Poses are just one part of the activities that comprise the full spectrum of what we refer to as “yoga”. Meditation is the goal of the complete yoga practice. The poses were originally designed to strengthen and stretch the body, so it is prepared and able to sit in meditation for as long as we choose.
Yoga for meditation will help you achieve comfort in body as we sit in meditation–allowing you to sit with greater focus and for longer periods of time. Each posture with have a mirrored version which can be done in a chair. We will warm the body with slow, tai-chi-like movements, then hold select postures for sustained periods, in the style of Yin Yoga.
This class is good for beginners and experienced yogis, alike. You will work to your depth, learning to maintain keen awareness of your body and the sensations within.
Wednesday 5 to 5:45pm
(Group meditation begins at 6pm)
Friday 11 to 11:45am
(Group meditation begins at Noon)
Sarasota Mindfulness Institute
[at Dolphin & Orange]
Cost $8 suggested donation
Please use the contact form at
Mindfulliving.me to request more information.
More Classes to Come!
I usually send out only one newsletter per season. I’m hoping you will be patient and tolerant if I touch your INBox again in the near future. So many exciting prospects are on the horizon. And, I am hoping that some more dreams and ideas become manifest in the next few weeks!
In the meantime….
Have fun with Halloween!
Zentangle Pumpkin by Chica at http://www.chicaandjo.com
Zentangle Workshop at ReFlex
Sunday, November 18 2:00-5:00 $30 fee
People have drawn mandalas for centuries as an exercise in mindful, artistic meditation. Zentangle takes it one step further by using art as a mode of personal expression while also focusing your mind in art meditation for stress relief and inner harmony. Our Zentangle class teaches you basic design and drawing techniques that are all a part of a fascinating method of artistic mindfulness. Let your creativity wander as you design beautiful tiles that are as attractive as they are unique. You don’t have to be artistic (well, actually, we are ALL artistic; you may just not know it yet!) and you need no drawing or meditation experience. Just join us and have fun! Your mind will wander and your fingers will take over as you give yourself permission to honor your innate creativity.
Taught by art teacher and RYT-200 certified yogi Mary Masi, you’ll not only get a warm and encouraging introduction to Zentangle but you’ll be treated to a guided meditation, mindfulness exercises, and an afternoon of fun that provides you with ideas and inspiration for future projects to do on your own anywhere.
Zentangle is a soothing, fun practice that helps with stress in a positive way. Fun to share with children or friends and useful as well, you can decorate cards or gifts with expressions of your heart, or make beautiful designs to frame for your home, all the while experiencing inner peace, relaxation, and discovering an outlet for the complex inner workings of your mind!
Students may wish to bring a personal sketch pad and fine marker or ink pen to the class, but only if you want to keep your work in a personal journal or sketchpad. We are happy to provide paper and writing instruments for practice during the lesson. You only need to bring an open mind and your wild imagination. The Zentangle workshop includes materials, healthy snacks, art and meditation guidance.
Visit the ReFlex Web site for more: http://www.reflexarts.com/yoga_workshops.html
Tangling This Moment Series
Tangling This Moment is a new series of classes with a pin-point focus on engaging in the Zentangle® Method as a vehicle for enhancing and developing our ability to be aware in the present moment.
Within each tile, there are the string, the patterns and, most fundamentally, individual lines. Each line, here and now, is drawn with deliberate attention to its shape, its placement.
We will explore getting beyond the tile, the string, the pattern (and the pattern-picking).
We will explore movement within the tile, the string, the pattern (and stilling our approach to pattern-picking).
We will practice utilizing the concept of “the pattern” and the unique, pre-established method for laying each line in the pattern upon the page.
We will use this process as a tool for bringing us present.
Schedule & Costs:
The class will meet in for 5 weekly sessions, beginning on Tuesday, October 30th, from 7-9pm.
4 of the session will meet on Tuesdays from 7-9pm. The session in Week 3 session (11/17) will be a Saturday field trip to Selby Garden, for tangling in conjunction with what we observe in nature.
The cost of the series will be $60, plus the cost of your own admission to Selby Garden for the field trip. (Individual session will be $20).
You are encouraged to select your own preferred method of tangling: notebook, journal or Official Zentangle tiles, for example. Please bring your journal or tiles with you to class.
Tiles and other materials will be provided for the project planned within each session, at no additional cost to you.
Micron pens will always be available for you to borrow, though it is recommended that you obtain your own pens.
This class with be held in the beautiful home of one of my students.
Thus, out of respect for her home, I will ask you to go to this Web page to express your interest in the class to receive further information:
CLICK HERE to fill out an information request form.
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