“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
Day-Long Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat:
Unplug and Breathe
Sunday, September 16th, 9:30 – 3:30
Sometimes it’s just hard to stop. Stop doing, stop running around, stop checking email and social media, stop the whirl of the busy mind. In this day-long retreat, we will practice how to unplug from your seemingly non-stop life. Breathing has long been used as a method to calm the addled and anxious mind. This retreat will focus on breathing techniques to help you calm and balance your nervous system.
We will enjoy indoor and outdoor yoga postures, pranayama and mindfulness meditation, as well as a mindful hike in the Chabot Regional Park to breathe in the sweet air of Mother Nature. We will also share a delicious al fresco lunch together.
You’ll have a chance to unplug from your digital life and from other things on your mental plate, in order to nurture yourself in the serenity of the here and now. Research shows that simply being present with what you are doing in the moment is great at reducing stress and anxiety. You’ll get a chance to practice the skill of present-moment awareness.
This retreat is open to all of my students and their friends, though a limited number of spaces is available.
Come rest and rejuvenate your mind and body amidst the company of like-minded friends and give yourself the gift of mindfulness.
Cost: Donation-Based (dana). Suggested range $75-$150.
Location: The Opener Studio: 12 Shetland Ct., Oakland.
To Register: Email Domonick with your name and number.
Yoga for Anxiety Workshop
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
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
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 (before 9/5), $425 (after 9/5).
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