Chair Yoga for a Peaceful, Powerful You

Thursday, August 23
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Back by popular demand in July, August, and September!

With Chair Yoga, you’ll experience gentle, mindful movement and deep breathing that will help you calm your nervous system and focus your mind. You’ll stretch and move while sitting in your chair with a handful of standing and balancing postures accessible to all. We’ll finish with a guided body scan that invites you to relax into the present moment, that place where true power lies.

Yoga offers many benefits, including lower blood pressure, greater strength and flexibility, improved balance, and a calmer mind. You’ll learn why yoga is more than the physical postures you see in pictures and commercials, and how you can incorporate it into your life in a way that works for you. Chair yoga can be practiced at any age.

No prior experience, mats, or towels are needed. Just wear comfortable clothing, sneakers or flat shoes, and bring water to drink. 

When you tap into this ancient practice you’ll learn many ways to find a more peaceful, powerful you.

CLICK HERE and scroll down to learn more about our instructor, Martha Williams.

Tips to Improve Your Health

Thursday, September 6
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We’re practicing Mindfulness this September, and are delighted to have Amber Myerowitz and Samantha Gendron from Cape Integrative Health join us to talk about ways for you to achieve your best possible health. Cape integrative Health is passionate about helping their patients relax and heal. Their aim is to improve your quality of life by reducing pain and promoting good health so that you can get back to doing the things you love.  

One practice they advocate and will tell us about on September 6th is acupuncture. Acupuncture is a powerful system of medicine designed to address patients on a body, mind, and spirit level. Practiced for over 3000 years, the benefits of acupuncture treatment are now clearly recognized and well documented in western medical journals and in medical institutions across the United States.

Symptoms are viewed in relationship to the entirety of a person in order to explore the root cause of an illness or imbalance. Many acupuncture patients report a resolution or lessening of their primary symptoms. Perhaps the most profound result of treatment is a common experience of a greater sense of well being, clarity, and ease in life.

We hope you’ll join us to learn more about this ancient practice!

“When you change yourself, you change the world.”

Learn more about our presenters!
Amber Myerowitz, M.S., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac.
Amber began her study of the human body at the University at Albany State University of New York where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology. Her knowledge of anatomy and physiology has helped to shape and inform her work as a clinician. Amber attended the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) at the New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) where she was president of her class for 3 years and graduated with a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Amber is nationally board certified in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). As an L.Ac. she has in depth training in a diversity of TCM techniques. Her experience is also international, having completed a clinical internship at the hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China. Amber treats a multitude of conditions, and her goals are to prevent disease and promote health, energy, and vitality through a team approach between the patient and practitioner.

Samantha Gendron, MSAOM, L.A.c., Dipl. OM 
Samantha grew up in Southern Maine. She attended Southern Maine Community College for horticulture and studied holistic health at the University of Southern Maine. Her interest in acupuncture started when she started receiving treatments to help with symptoms of Lyme disease. Samantha’s acupuncturist inspired her to learn and grow so she could give back and heal the members of her community, which started her journey to the Finger Lakes. Samantha graduated with honors from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY. There she completed over 3000 hours of intense didactic and clinical training to receive both a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine, as well as a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies. She is nationally accredited from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Samantha has experienced clinical training in both the United States and China at the Zhejiang University Hospital in Hangzhou, China.

Chair Yoga – Final workshop of the season!

Thursday, September 20
10:30 am – 11:30 am

 

We hope you’ll join us for our final session of Chair Yoga with yoga expert Martha Williams.

In Chair Yoga, you’ll experience gentle, mindful movement and deep breathing that will help you calm your nervous system and focus your mind. You’ll stretch and move while sitting in your chair with a handful of standing and balancing postures accessible to all. We’ll finish with a guided body scan that invites you to relax into the present moment, that place where true power lies.

Yoga offers many benefits, including lower blood pressure, greater strength and flexibility, improved balance, and a calmer mind. You’ll learn why yoga is more than the physical postures you see in pictures and commercials, and how you can incorporate it into your life in a way that works for you. Chair yoga can be practiced at any age.

No prior experience, mats, or towels are needed. Just wear comfortable clothing, sneakers or flat shoes, and bring water to drink. 

When you tap into this ancient practice you’ll learn many ways to find a more peaceful, powerful you.

CircleSinging Workshop

Saturday, September 29
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Please join us as we explore the multi-faceted world of CircleSinging, a form originated and cultivated by the renowned, improvisational vocalist and jazz master, Bobby McFerrin. Time in the workshop will be spent building jazz pieces “in the moment,” using many exercises and games designed to inspire vocal creativity. Singers will be supported in small group clusters, and for those who wish to solo, there will be ample opportunity to partake.

Also featured in the workshop will be the beautiful, clear tones of quartz singing bowls with their other worldly vibrations. These magical tones, along with group generated vocal music, will, without a doubt, transport you to places unknown.

Open to all ages and levels of singers. Or come just to listen to the ethereal sound of these magical bowls!

Learn more about our presenter
Originally from NYC and Baltimore, Kathy has had an extensive career in both music and academia. She holds a BA, Major in Theater/Speech and Minor in Vocal Music from Ithaca College and came to UMO to complete an MA In 1987. During her time in Maine, she founded the now burgeoning vocal program at 317 Main Community Music Center where she has been teaching voice for almost 15 years. Her musical exploits included singing in the band, Little Debbie and the Snack Cakes, in addition to the well-known vocal improvisational group Improvox, both of whom performed in a variety of venues and festivals throughout Maine and New England. Along with vocal improvisation, her latest passion is playing the Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, a music medium she uses as background sound for Yoga classes and Opening Pathways’ workshops.