Sunset Qigong: Aligning Mind, Body, and Spirit with Universal Energy

Sunset Qigong: Facing West over the Hudson River!  Join us on Friday evenings during the month of June.

Qigong, a moving meditation is a practice that has been used for thousands of years to promote vitality and longevity. Sometimes referred to as Chinese or Daoism Yoga, it combines breath practice with moving meditation. Ancient practitioners studied the natural world and the changing seasons and recognized how the same energetic changes they observed in nature also occur in predictable cycles during our lives. Qigong applies this knowledge to bring mind, body, and spirit into alignment with Universal energy.

This Qigong practice will incorporate both the Chinese Five Element Theory and The Meridian Theory for a very holistic approach to this fluid standing meditation practice.

Qigong is a health cultivation/restorative discipline that is accessible to everybody. It can be practiced anywhere, and requires no special equipment.

All are welcome to attend, no prior experience necessary. No particular attire is required; only to dress comfortably.

Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 7:30 to 8:30pm
Presenter: Carol Davis
Fee: $15 per session

                          

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About the Presenter:

Carol Davis practices Holistic Medical Qigong. Carol is a Certified Mat Pilates Instructor, Spin Instructor, Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Vinyasa Yoga Instructor.  She is a Triathlon and Endurance Sports competitor, and has competed in Canada’s Ironman.  


Summer Solstice Reiki Healing Circle

Join us in a Circle for a Summer Solstice Reiki Circle outside on the grounds of Mariandale, overlooking the beautiful Hudson River.

Reiki is a subtle healing practice that supports body, mind, and spirit, prompts an overall calming, balancing, and healing response that enhances health and well-being.

When we meet in Circle, it is with the intention to hold everyone in a sacred space with the purpose of nurturing ourselves as part of a healthier humanity.

Reiki shared increases compassion for oneself and others and supports a shift from surviving to thriving.

Open to Reiki practitioners and non-practitioners. Those new to Reiki will receive an individual or group energy healing. Reiki practitioners will participate in Reiki exchanges.

Stay for tea, coffee and fellowship afterwards, explore the grounds, walk the labyrinth, and enjoy the view.

Summer Solstice Reiki Circle

Date & Time:  Saturday morning, June 23, from 9:30am to 10:45am

Location: Outside on the Mariandale grounds overlooking the river (if inclement weather the circle will be inside).

Fee: $10 Donation Suggested

 

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Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation

Please note: New Series Dates; Friday, Feb. 2 with Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.

Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.

Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.

Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation,  Friday, Feb. 2 (Rescheduled from Friday, Jan. 5)

Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.).  Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.

Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2

As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.

A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.

Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6

Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.

Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.

Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting Feb. 2, March 2, and April 6, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD

Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series

Please register and pay by Dec. 28

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About the Presenter:

Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Laughing Yoga

Lighten Up with Laughter Yoga- Laughter is medicine for the soul. Learn how laughing for no reason can create a healthier, happier life with a ho ho and a lot of ha ha ha!  Laughter Yoga combines interactive laughter exercises with deep centering breaths and gentle movements. It is a joyful, playful way to connect with others and laugh away stress and negative thinking. Laughter is stimulated without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Simple child-like silliness can often ignite the chuckle button.

Join us March 3rd at 11am for 1-hour, you will be guided through laughter exercises, clapping, eye contact and child-like playfulness. The “simulated” laughter soon turns into real, spontaneous and contagious laughter increasing oxygen to our body and brain, lifting our spirits, spreading joy and good vibes to ourselves and others. A total win/win.

All ages and abilities welcome, no experience necessary.

Benefits of laughter include:

  • Laughter releases endorphins, giving us the ‘feel good factor
  • Acts as aerobic exercise and is like ‘internal jogging’
  • Unleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers
  • Great team building tool encourages better communication
  • Helps boost our immune system which helps us resist disease;
  • Tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation
  • Encourages positive thinking and creativity
  • Relaxes the whole body by reducing stress and tension

Presenter: Linda Parker

Free will offering, donations welcome

 

 

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Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation

Please note: New Series Date; Friday, Feb. 2 with Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.

Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.

Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.

Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation, Friday, Feb. 2

Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.).  Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.

Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2

As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.

A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.

Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6

Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.

Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.

Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting in February: Feb. 2, March 2, and April 6, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD

Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series

Please register and pay by Dec. 28

REGISTER NOW


About the Presenter:

Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation

Please note: New Schedule-Friday, Feb. 2 is Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.

Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.

Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.

Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation, Friday, Friday, Feb. 2

Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.).  Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.

Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2

As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.

A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.

Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6

Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.

Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.

Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting in February: Feb. 2, and March 2, and April 6, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD

Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series

Please register and pay by Dec. 28

REGISTER NOW


About the Presenter:

Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Jan. date canceled: Cultivate a Healthy Mind through Meditation

Please note: The January session of this series, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5, has been canceled due to the snow storm.  The series will now begin on Friday, Feb. 2 with Part 1, March 2 is Part 2, April 6 is Part 3.

Discover how meditation can help you to create a flourishing mind and life. This workshop series presents new ways of approaching mental and emotional well-being, based on emerging research about the minds of long-term meditators.

Meditative states are not only restorative, but continue to benefit the mind throughout the day and enable it to function in creative, effective, and stable ways over time. By practicing specific meditation techniques, it is possible to retrain your brain in ways that improve mood and overall well-being. Program runs for three Fridays in January, February, and March.

Part 1: Emotional Intelligence and Meditation, Friday, Jan. 5: rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 2

Discover your emotional style and how to enhance it through meditation. This one-day workshop focuses on emotions and well-being and explains the 6 dimensions of emotional style featured in The Emotional Life of Your Brain (Richard Davidson, Ph.D.).  Emotional style includes one’s behavior during social interactions, when facing adversity, and while adapting to unexpected events. Participants will take a written survey to learn their emotional style, as well as meditation practices that improve the ability to connect to and relate to others, increase resiliency and perform more effectively under stress and in daily life.

Part 2: The Game-Changer: Attentional Intelligence, Friday, March 2

As human beings, we have the capacity to focus on the past, present and future and imagine things that are not happening in the moment. This is essential for survival, creativity, learning, and functioning in the world. In reality, however, we often misuse this ability in ways that are not conducive to productivity and overall well-being.

A growing body of research about the brain and mood is confirming that a present mind tends to foster more positive states and mental outlook. Participants will fill out a brief self-assessment, regarding their present-centered attention during daily activities, to establish a baseline for future tracking after beginning a mindful awareness meditation practice. Meditation techniques that improve concentration and foster “attentional intelligence” will be introduced along with ways of integrating these techniques in daily life.

Part 3: Compassionate Mind and a Joyful Life, Friday, April 6

Loving Kindness and Compassion (LKC) meditation is an ancient practice known for its transformative power in emotional healing, mood enhancement, and overall mental well-being. Research on the meditative states induced by LKC demonstrates that it affects how we think, feel and operate in the world in positive ways beyond the time that we spend practicing on the cushion.

Benefits include increase in social connectedness, decrease in compassion fatigue for caregivers, greater social resilience, reduced stress-response, decrease in inflammation and improvement in the body’s inflammatory and neuroendocrine system, improved immune system functioning, and greater frequency of positive emotions, empathy, and ability to relate to others. Learn this life-changing meditation practice and how it can transform your relationships, mood, and outlook on life.

Dates & Times: First Friday of the month starting in January: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2, from 10am to 3:30pm (Includes hot lunch)

Presenter: Amy Reyer, PhD

Fee: $55 per workshop; $150 for series

Please register and pay by Dec. 28

REGISTER NOW


About the Presenter:

Amy Reyer, PhD, has been studying, practicing, and introducing mindful awareness and compassion meditations for the last 10 years to beginner and experienced meditators of all ages and faith backgrounds. She has an academic background in psychology and cultural studies and is trained in the Vipassanā/Insight meditation tradition by her teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. She did her training in mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Her blog Art of Living Slowly focuses on meditation and personal transportation. She leads weekly meditation groups in Croton on Hudson and Garrison, NY.

Qigong: Restoring Natural Harmony

Sunday, September 17, from 10-11am, is the start of our late Summer/Fall Qigong series with David Nahon. 

We will meet outside on the picnic grounds. Come and practice Qigong  on the beautiful grounds of Mariandale while the weather is still warm. All levels of experience are welcome. David Nahon will be leading the practices.

Learn how to open energy channels within the body through a series of simple low impact meditative movements. The practice is designed to improve overall health and vitality, restoring natural harmony. Practices will be held regardless of the weather; we  will move inside on inclement weather days.

 

This is a drop-in series. You may attend as many or few sessions as you wish.

Qigong is held on four consecutive Sundays: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1,and 8. A $10 donation appreciated.

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