“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” — Maya Angelou
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Wednesday evenings, April 17th – June 5th, 7:30 – 9:30
Mindfulness involves paying attention to your present experience, including your thoughts, emotions and sensory experiences. Mindfulness helps you to be more accepting of what’s happening and struggle less with your experience.
A growing body of scientific research on mindfulness has demonstrated a wide range of benefits, including:
Psychological: reduces stress, anxiety and depression.
Mental: increases your ability to focus and improves your memory.
Physical: helps you eat and sleep better, boosts your body’s immune system and helps you deal with physical pain.
Social: enhances relationships, helping you communicate better and feel more accepting of yourself and others, and feel more optimistic about your relationships.
In this 8-week series, Domonick will share the neuroscience behind how mindfulness can change your brain to be more peaceful and less reactive. (Research has found that this training increases the density of gray matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy). Further, you will receive support in developing a home meditation practice.
You will leave the course with new tools to help deal with your stress more peacefully and to meet yourself and others with greater kindness and acceptance.
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world … as in being able to remake ourselves.” — Mohandas K. Gandhi.
Cost: $375 by March 15th, $425 after March 15th.
Location: Namaste Yoga, Rockridge. Oakland.
Register: with Namaste Yoga.
Yoga for Anxiety Workshop
Wednesday evenings, February 13th – March 20th, 7:30 – 9:15
Namaste Yoga, Rockridge Studio
Is your world growing or shrinking? Are you expanding your relationship with life or allowing it to hold you in place?
We all experience different types of anxiety, like social unease or performance butterflies. In this workshop, we’ll explore the idea that fear itself is not a problem, instead it is our reaction to fear that can be problematic. When we make choices based on our worries and anxieties, our world gets smaller and smaller as we become less and less tolerant of any event or person that might evoke an anxiety response in us. The more we face our fears and allow them to be a natural part of our experience, the more we can broaden our horizons and explore the world around us.
In this workshop series, we will use yogic breathing and mindfulness meditation as tools to work with life’s anxieties. You will learn simple techniques to manage apprehension and nervousness so that it doesn’t interfere with your pursuits and dreams.
Domonick will also address the neuroscience of fear to give you a better understanding of how your brain reacts when it is anxious and how the mindfulness techniques help to quiet the brain’s fight or flight response.
Please note, this series does not include a regular asana practice, rather exploring the more contemplative practices of yoga.
Cost: $208 per person
Mary Oliver Yoga and Poetry Benefit
March 2nd, 1:00-3:00, Namaste Yoga, Rockridge
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.”
Mary Oliver, a much-beloved poet in the yoga community, passed from this life on January 17th. As a tribute to her contribution to our practice of living mindfully, Domonick felt inspired to offer this benefit workshop, an opportunity for lovers of her work to come together, breathe and pay attention. You will enjoy a restorative yoga practice, in which props will be used to create ease in hanging out in poses for longer periods, while Domonick shares Mary’s wisdom through the power of her beautiful poetry.
Like Mary, Domonick Wegesin is a deep lover of Nature and is pleased that this workshop will benefit the Sierra Club, whose mission is to help protect Mother Earth so future generations may continue to explore and enjoy Her natural wonders.
If you have a favorite Mary Oliver poem that you would like Domonick to consider for inclusion in this afternoon benefit, please email him directly:email@example.com
“Listen–are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”
Proceeds from this special workshop will be donated to Sierra Club in honor and celebration of Mary Oliver.