New Moon Women’s Ceremony: Circle of Sanctuary, Sisterhood, and Empowerment with Amaya'Ma Sign up

August 29, 2019,
6:45 PM to 9:00 PM

(please plan to arrive early - doors will be closed at 6:50pm to allow us to focus on sacred circle as soon as it begins)

We, the feminine, walk with the power of the moon

We know her as our mystical mama and potent guide,

One with the cycles of life, birth, and the truth of impermanence and the space of no time

She inspires us to know that as women, we hold the entire universe in our body

We are the carriers of the power of creation, birthers of new life

And we expand in oneness with spirit to receive direct inspiration.

When we allow the softness of the light of the moon mother to show us the way, we receive all we need to nourish and nurture our seeds of creation, impregnated by Spirit through deep collaboration, into exquisite form. We are women of pure love.

The new moon sliver in our night sky is magical and light, tickling our feminine senses with natural joy and delight. It is the time for spirit contact, the source of our power and vision, to inspire our masculine into action. It is time for birthing the new, seeing, sensing, dreaming up into our physical reality, what we intend to seed, create and manifest here through the power of expansion carried by the increasing light of the moon.

Each day from the crescent sliver, our moon mother grows until she reaches her fullness of potential again, and as we grow in light with her, we manifest in collaboration with our inner masculine from the seed of inspiration we have brought to him through our union.

It is clear spirit vision, the source of all inspiration that is our feminine power through which we set the new cycle in motion. As we do this, we are co-joined by our masculine to unite with his power of laser like focus and clear understanding of each step we my need to take through the journey of manifestation and full fruition of our vision.

Over this evening we will journey together into the deep space of infinite potential, to gather, purify, nullify and melt and dissolve, old threads of creation so we may rise together into the expansiveness of our oneness with great spirit. Here we will come face to face with our visions as moon sisters with hearts wide open, held by our power of collaboration together. And in our sister circle of light, we will empower our new visions to be nurtured by the waters of the spirit of love, life and the moon mother.

Through the grace of coming together we are raised by the collective power of our group heart and love to reach deep and expand simultaneously, and let no obstacles stop us for we are warrior women of the heart, and love is our power and solution for uniting with all we may meet.

We will be smudged and anointed as we enter into our ceremonial space of co-creation together, to open to the joy and potency of the new moon and its gifts for assisting any new direction or project to flower and flourish and be well watered and nourished.

We will hold the sacred intention together to:

  • Open and ignite our heart and circle of sister light and wrap the world in our love
  • Recognise, honour and proclaim that as the feminine, we are birthers, mothers of creation, fertile givers of life and that our womb is sacred and holy space
  • Enter the dark, love saturated space of the womb of the Mother to gather and reclaim our light and creation energy from conception to birth, and from birth to this now moment to prepare for new creations
  • Light the new light of love, creation and power as the feminine dreamer, alchemist and lover of life for this next moon cycle
  • Open to fulfill our true needs so we may manifest our new projects, new collaborations with spirit
  • Enter into ceremony with the moon as our ally to illuminate our fertile seeds of creation, in collaboration with the crescent moon light so they they manifest and come into full fruition over the next moon cycle

Women, Food, & Healing: A Therapeutic Support Group with Melanie Struble, LCSW, LCADC Sign up

September 11, 2019,
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Do you judge what you eat, do you judge yourself? Are you constantly thinking about food…what you “should or shouldn’t" eat, how much you “should or shouldn’t" eat, or if you’ve eaten too much?

Do you label foods as “good” or “bad”? Do you determine your self-worth by the number on the scale? Is your relationship with food on your mind? Does what you eat or don’t eat make you feel better or worse about yourself?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, join Melanie Struble, LCSW, LCADC for an 6 week support Wednesdays - NEW SESSION begins September 11 - 6 sessions: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23 (note: no session 10/9) Time: 6:00-7:30pm Investment: $300 (This is a closed group for women ages 18+. Pre-registration is required. You must sign up for all 6 sessions…no drop-ins. Please call Melanie Struble at 201-708-8448 to determine if this group is appropriate for you)

Yoga Therapy Teacher Training (includes Pranayama and Eating Disorders) with Jody Domerstad Boisits Sign up

September 12, 2019,
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Register for ALL THREE Fall 2019 trainings (Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga & Yoga Philosophy* - receive a $150 discount)

This is a 6 week Teacher Training Module - Thursdays, September 12 - October 17, 9am - 2pm

The Therapeutics of Yoga Do you want to learn how to apply traditional yoga poses to support yourself and students in a therapeutic way?

  • Understanding the Anatomy and Physiology of Dis-ease & STRESS
  • Learn how to read the body, find imbalance and support student and self in healing
  • Sequence poses, breathing, and meditation techniques to create safety and calm the Nervous system
  • Learn pose for specific physical needs, injuries and stress reduction
  • Learn hands on assists and adjustment to support your clients needs
  • How to use in a private setting and in class

Yoga for Recovery From Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating & Negative Body Image with Jen Kraft E-RYT & Melanie Struble, LCSW, LCADC - co-founders of Body Positive Works. While offering a solid overview of the clinical aspects of Eating Disorders and Negative Body Image, this training focuses on the practical application of yoga techniques. In this training we explore:

  • Why Yoga is Beneficial for Eating Disorders and Negative Body Image
  • How to use Yoga to heal and not harm
  • Connecting the eight limbs of Yoga and the Chakras to body image
  • Essential concepts including: Cognitive Shifting, Body Shaming & Mindfulness
  • How to incorporate Pranayama, Asana, & Meditation
  • The mind-body connection
  • And more…

This training is approved for 40 hours with Yoga Alliance.

Sound Healing Meditation with Joy Mino Sign up

September 13, 2019,
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Quiet your mind and release old physical and energetic patterns with this amazing Sound Healing Meditation using Himalayan Singing Bowls.

The use of Himalayan Singing Bowls, vibrationally attuned to each energy center, allows for healing pathways to open and stuck energy to be released. Find your inner calm and walk away feeling refreshed and renewed.

Each participant will receive a personal experience with the bowls. PRE-REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED $30 preregistration $35 at the door (no class packages please!) Limited to the first 15 registrants.

Free Orientation Session Open to All (adults 18+): Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Colleen Gallagher Sign up

September 14, 2019,
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Take this free Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR class to see if it's right for you. Orientation Session for the 8-Week MBSR Course

Saturday September 14th, 9am-11am

For enrollment in the MBSR Stress Reduction Program you’ll need to attend the Orientation Session before the start of classes. The Orientation Session is free of charge and is required of all participants before beginning the program.

During the Free Orientation session you’ll:

  • Learn about the Stress Reduction Program and explore whether it is right for you
  • Meet the instructor
  • Experience, first-hand, mindfulness methods and approaches you will be learning during the program

The eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course for stress reduction and health has over 40 years of research behind it—and this official training teaches the method pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts. (some insurance companies will reimburse the cost of the course).

As more than 25,000 people who have taken the MBSR program have learned, using mindfulness techniques gives you effective new tools for handling emotional stress, chronic pain, and health conditions—as well as elevating your overall capacity for resilience, balance, joy, and awareness.

Course will take place on: Tuesday Evenings September 17-November 12 6:30-9pm (No Class October 8) Includes full-day retreat on Saturday, November 2, 9am-4pm

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, MBSR - 8 Week Course + One-Day Retreat with Colleen Gallagher Sign up

September 17, 2019,
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

**Note: please plan on attending the orientation on September 14, 9am or make special arrangements with instructor before registering for this course.

This is an 8 week course on Tuesday Evenings September 17-November 12, 6:30-9pm (No class October 8) INCLUDES FULL DAY RETREAT on Saturday, November 2, 9am-4pm

The course allows you to experience the proven eight-week curriculum for learning to use your innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, illness and life in general.

The eight-week MBSR course for stress reduction and health has over 40 years of research behind it—and this official training teaches the method pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts. (some insurance companies will reimburse the cost of the course)

As more than 25,000 people who have taken the MBSR program have learned, using mindfulness techniques gives you effective new tools for handling emotional stress, chronic pain, and health conditions—as well as elevating your overall capacity for resilience, balance, joy, and awareness.

Some of the clinically proven benefits of MBSR are significant improvements in: • Stress-Reduction • Anxiety, Worry • Issues of aging and uncertainty about the future • Chronic pain, high blood pressure, heart disease, persistent headaches, and more • Enhancing ability to overcome psychological distress • Panic attacks, depression, fatigue, and insomnia • Support for any preventive care, exercise, diet, and wellness plan

The Yoga Sutras: How to Let Go of Things We Can’t Control & Trust That Things Are Unfolding Exactly As They Should Be with Reverend Jaganath Carrera Sign up

September 22, 2019,
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Do you ever wonder why things are going the way they are? Do you want to control everything? Understand everything? Are you “shoulding” alot?

Join Reverend Jaganath Carrera as He discusses the ancient teachings of the Yoga Sutras and how we can apply them to today’s world. Through humor, stories, and wisdom, He will help us to understand as well as suggest techniques we can use to discover and trust how things are unfolding. Uncover the peace that is your birthright and your true nature. Please join us for this enlightening evening with a Master Teacher!

$25 in advance $30 at the door

Reverend Jaganath is the founder and spiritual head of Yoga Life Society. He is a direct disciple of world renowned Yoga master and leader in the ecumenical movement, Sri Swami Satchidananda, the founder and spiritual guide for the Integral Yoga Institutes and Satchidananda Ashrams worldwide. Reverend Jaganath has taught at universities, prisons, Yoga centers, and interfaith programs both here and abroad. He was a principle instructor of both Hatha and Raja Yoga for the Integral Yoga Teacher Training Certification Programs for over twenty years and co-wrote the training manual used for that course. He established the Integral Yoga Ministry and developed the highly regarded Integral Yoga Meditation and Raja Yoga Teacher Training Certification programs. Reverend Jaganath is a master bodyworker and holds a Masters Degree in Acupuncture. Reverend Jaganath Carrera is the author of Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Sourcebook for the Study and Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and Awaken: Inside Yoga Meditation.

Drum Circle with Tommy Hayes Sign up

October 5, 2019,
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Drum circle experience can bring you many healthy benefits and it is recreational and lot's of fun!

Relaxation, stimulation, meditation, healing and spiritual fulfillment are all part of what you can feel while drumming. Drumming helps alleviate stress within your mind and body, which in turn can help reduce pain as you become more relaxed. It is also a good form of exercise and can leave you in a sense of euphoria. This is all very therapeutic and good for your mental and physical well being. In general, drumming is recreational and lot's of fun! A drum circle can bring rhythm and harmony to its participants and enhance your musical creativity.

There are different styles of drum circles. Some are led by a facilitator, who starts a rhythm and each player joins in finding their place in the beat. Sometimes the drummers play all in sync, other times there can be variations added with the drums and many other types of percussion instruments. Some drum circles are free form, in a sense that most of the drummers play off each others beats. One of the most important parts of a drum circle is for the participants to listen to the rhythm and beat. Once everyone learns to play together there is a feeling of unity. Drum circles also provide energy not only to the drummers but also to those who like to dance to the rhythms. Most drum circles have a space within the center of the circle of drummers left open for dancing. There is never any pressure on anyone as this is a time to relax and create within your own ability.

Refreshments will be provided.

Bring your own drum or rent a drum for use during the circle for $5.

Sound Bath with Mirabai Moon Sign up

October 6, 2019,
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Retreat into a rejuvenating experience for your body, heart & mind.

Ground your energy and let go. Breathe into the timeless realm of the inner self. Mirabai Moon invites you to reconnect with the wellspring of healing and vitality within you. This nourishing sound bath offers you the time and space to experience a deep state of calm while building clear awareness within your body and mind. Allowing the mind to rest inwardly, you will connect to the auspicious dynamism of stillness within you. The angelic ethereal voice of Mirabai will guide you through an immersive soundscape, along with the healing vibrations of crystal healing bowls, chimes, harmonium, and other sound healing tools.

What is a sound bath? Sound bath is a healing practice where the listener relaxes in a reclined position and is bathed in sound vibration, letting the sound wash over them. It is an ancient practice dating back more than 2,000 years with roots in Tibet. A sound bath can calm the nervous system, balance the subtle body, ease depression and anxiety, alleviate insomnia, boost creativity, and deepen meditation.

Adolescent Eating Disorder/Disordered Eating Recovery Nutrition Group with Liz Carrara, MS, RDN, CEDRD Sign up

October 7, 2019,
7:00 PM to 8:15 PM

Mondays, October 7 - November 11 7pm - 8:15pm | 6 week group $300 Note: upon request you can receive documentation to submit to your insurance company for out-of-network benefits.

Are you concerned about your teen's food behavior? Eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image issues are epidemics striking adolescents at younger ages than ever before. Thanks to advances in technology, our teens, or the "iGen" generation, are growing up with more access to pressures from social media advertisements, family members, & movies/television, constantly being bombarded with unattainable, photoshopped images. The pressure to look perfect can cause excessive worry about weight, what to eat, and how to manipulate the body. Teens are particularly susceptible to these damaging messages due to their cognitive stage of development, along with enduring many social milestones/transitions during this time in life.

Symptoms of disordered eating or an eating disorder might include:

  • Weight fluctuations

  • Ruling out certain food groups

  • Refusal to eat socially

  • Hoarding food

  • Obsession with weight & appearance

  • Chronic dieting

The good news is that early intervention of these behaviors results in better outcomes for recovery.

We are thrilled to announce that our expert dietitian, Liz Carrara, MS, RDN, CEDRD is offering an adolescent eating disorder recovery nutrition group. This group will help debunk myths and distortions that promote disordered behavior with food. In this private group, teens will have the opportunity to discuss recovery-focused endeavors and get peer support, all under a specialist’s guidance.

If you are interested in this group for your teen, please call us at 201-708-8448 to to set up a call with Liz to so that you can both determine whether the group will be a good fit.

Liz Carrara, MS, RDN, CEDRD is an eating disorder specialist Registered Dietitian that offers nutrition and wellness counseling to adolescents and adults. To help her clients improve their relationship with food, Liz counsels with an anti-diet approach incorporating Intuitive Eating principles. Body image concerns are addressed with a Health at Every Size philosophy, underscoring the primary importance of one's food relationship rather than body weight. Liz graduated from the University of Vermont with a Master’s degree in dietetics and completed her dietetic internship through UVM in Burlington, Vermont. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.