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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops





 
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Monday


May 2013
 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Supervised Bridge Play Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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This class is designed for beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve their declarer and defensive play. The class will run with students shuffling, dealing and playing 7-9 hands per session. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play and defense. Instructor will guide declarer on each hand as to the best plan and strategy to succeed. No book needed. Students may either pay for all 10 weeks at the start or pay as they go using the drop-in fee. It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. For more details, contact instructor Ray Gentz or the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Ann Arbor Senior Center member $100 / non-member $120. Drop-in fee is $10 member / $12 non-member per class.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Bladwin Avenue. AASC members $100/$10; others $120/$12.. 734.794.6250. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Yoga for Mamas with Barbara Brookens-Harvey: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Every Mon. (except May 13 & 20), Apr. 8-June. 7. Yoga For Mamas is a hatha postnatal and prenatal yoga class honoring mothers and babies during the childbearing year. Practicing yoga during this time can help to relax the mind, strengthen the body, alleviate discomfort and support the growing bond between a mother and her baby. Gentle yoga poses combined with breath are taught to bring awareness to the changes in the body that occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Class is held in a warm, supportive space with an emphasis on celebrating the journey to mothering! Prenatal mamas and mamas and babies 12 months and younger are welcome.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $18 (7-week pass, $110; 14-week pass, $190). 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Monthly Permaculture Meeting: Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti.

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An invitation from Jesse Tack, Design Consultant with the permaculture design firm Whole Culture Repair to join the new group:
"Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti"
This is an ongoing permaculture meeting every first Monday of the month. All are welcome. Our goal is to co-create abundance for our members in food, medicine, materials, economy and living water. We support Abundance in all Michigan Communities. Join 'Abundant Michigan' for our monthly permaculture meeting at the Growing Hope Center, entitled "Guild-Based Economic Activities". We will be creating functional guilds that work cooperatively towards abundance in food, water, materials, and lowered bills. Suggested donation: $10 or trade equivalent.
Growing Hope Center, 922 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti. Donation. $10. jessedavidtack@gmail.com http://wholeculturerepair.wordpress.com/ [map]
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Tuesday


May 2013
 7:30 a.m. 

Let's Get Social, Saline: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The Bank of Ann Arbor marketing team will be serving up tasty tidbits of social media knowledge to help your business and Saline. Come hungry to get your social on.
Speakers will be Bank of Ann Arbor's Marketing Team:
Rhonda Foxworth, Vice President & Marketing Manager
Samantha West, Marketing Assistant
Matthew Altruda, Social Media and Events Coordinator
Breakfast included
Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $15 for Saline chamber members/ $20 all othere. 734-429-4494. Office@salinechamber.org https://www.salinechamber.org/?module=Events&class=Special&eventID=832 [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Bridge II Play of the Hand: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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This class is designed for beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve declarer skills. The main part of the course deals with play of the hand as declarer. Other parts include bidding reviews, defense, and more. The class will run with lecture and discussion from the text for the first 90 minutes. Students will then play hands for the last 30 minutes. The text may be purchased online or ordered from your local bookstore. Students must register in advance and pre-pay or pay at the first class for all 10 weeks. The class is not designed for drop-ins. Text: Play of the Hand in the 21st Century by Audrey Grant. For more details, contact instructor Ray Gentz or the Senior Center office.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1302 Baldwin Avenue. $100 AASC member; $120 non-member. 734.794.6250. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Bridge Defense Class Part III: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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This class is designed for beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve their defensive play, learn advanced bidding conventions and do play practice with analysis. The class will run with lecture and discussion from the text for the first hour. Students will then shuffle, deal and play hands during the last hour. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play and defense. We will be working on chapters 8-9 in the text which may be purchased online or ordered from your local bookstore if you didn't take Part I or II. The conventions will be done by handout. Students must register in advance and pre-pay or pay at the first class for all 10 weeks. The class is not designed for drop-ins. It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. Text: Defense in the 21st Century by Audrey Grant. For more details, contact instructor Ray Gentz or the Senior Center office.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. $100 AASC member; $120 non-member. 734.794.6250. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Life Beyond Loss Bereavement Support Group: Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care.

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Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care is offering a free of charge grief support group that is open to the community. The group is intended to help make this difficult time in your life a little less painful. It is held at 3009 Miller Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 on the 1st Tuesday of every month beginning February 5, 2013 from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Facilitated by Amy Van Zee, MSW. For more information please call 800-370-8592
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 3009 Miller Road 48103. Free. 800-370-8592. mmorio@seasons.org www.seasons.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Meditation and Healing: Listening Within: Center of Light.

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This meditation and healing series artfully balances the scientific and the spiritual. In this five-part series you will learn how to use mindfulness to wake up to your life, increase your vital force and open to the deep peace and wisdom within you. You will learn how to move through stagnant self-protection patterns and engage deeply with your life, your feelings and the divine within. All faiths and spiritual practices are honored in this amazing series. April 18: Foundations of Mindfulness - Learn what mindfulness is and how it works. April 23: Mindfulness and Acceptance - Learn how you can use meditation to heal emotional wounds.
April 30: Working with the Mind - Learn how to harness the mind's tendency to attach to words and images. May 7: Listening Within - Learn to listen to the wisdom inside your own heart and soul. May 14: Affirmation and Healing - Learn how to maximize the gifts you receive from within.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Donation. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org www.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do: Dawn Farm.

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"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a FREE, ongoing, two-part series. Part 1 provides information on how to recognize and understand adolescent substance abuse. Part 2 provides information on what should and should not be done to help when a teen substance abuse problem is recognized, and concludes with a short talk by a young person in recovery. The series is presented by Dawn Farm and Growth Works therapists, and is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, the Livingston and Washtenaw Regional Coordinated School Health Program Advisory Team, and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Greenbrook Recovery Center. All workshops are free and open to all. The presentations are targeted primarily to parents and caretakers of teens, but are also inclusive of teens, family members, people who work with teens, students, and anyone interested in attending for any reason. All are welcome to attend! Registration is not required. A certificate to document attendance can be provided on request.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Classroom EC4, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-973-7892. tud@dawnfarm.org http://www.teensusingdrugs.org [map]
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Wednesday


May 2013
 9 a.m. 

Medical Terminology & Body Systems - April 3 - June 5, 2013: UMHS Interpreter Services.

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Mastering complex medical terms can be hard. UMHS Interpreter Services' Medical Terminology and Body Systems course makes it easier.
This 40-hour course is ideal for medical interpreters, medical professionals, and anyone interested in learning the basics of medical science. The course teaches the Word Building Technique, which helps you decipher medical terms by dividing them into three basic parts: the prefix, root and suffix. By learning common prefixes, suffixes, and root words, you can easily make sense of even the most complex terms. It's a quick, efficient and amazingly easy way to learn medical terminology.
Medical Terminology and Body Systems is open to everyone. It is language neutral, and all materials and instructions are presented in English. If you're a medical interpreter, the course is an ideal way to prepare for the National Certification exam and/ or to earn continuing education hours.
UMHS Interpreter Services, 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A4. $280. 734-936-7021. EducationDivision@med.umich.edu http://umiservices.osoutfitters.com/interpreter/ [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

LA2M: Dane Jackson - Aligning Your Marketing Budget with Company Goals: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Dane Jackson of The Whole Brain Group
This presentation will help you determine how to set realistic marketing budgets that align with your current company goals and plans for future growth. By developing and implementing a realistic plan, you'll be able to spend your money wisely and have concrete milestones to measure the success of your marketing plan.
Dane has been dabbling in social media to some extent since the days of the dial-up modem. Aside from his love for all things social, he's also pretty keen on writing, content development, and helping others develop marketing strategies.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@la2m.org la2m.org [map]
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Thursday


May 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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In these Thursday morning sessions, you will learn a practice somewhat similar to Chinese acupressure but which also draws on the wisdom of ancient yoga and Ayurveda philosophy. You can decide what would be of the most benefit to you, whether weekly sessions or a class now and then. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a cushion and a blanket. Instructor Ramesh Narula has been practicing yoga and meditation for 58 years and has facilitated workshops in 12 countries. The class is free; a donation to the Ann Arbor Senior Center is welcome.
An Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. Free. (734) 794-6250. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

Poetry Workshop: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.

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Come to the Ann Arbor CIL for a series of Poetry Workshops this May designed to teach you about poetry and explore and develop your creative writing skills. Join other writers in your community as you work towards better expressing yourself through words. There is a $5 registration fee that covers all four weeks of classes. Scholarships Available.
Class Schedule:
History of Poetry- May 2nd 1-3PM
Types of Poetry- May 9th 1-3PM
Poetic Devices- May 16th 1-3PM
Function and Symbolism- May 30th 1-3 PM
Please Register by Thursday, May 2nd
Contact Melissa at (734)971-0277 x27 or melissa@aacil.org with questions or to register.
United States, 3941 Research Park Drive. $5. melissa@aacil.org. melissa@aacil.org www.annarborcil.org [map]
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Friday


May 2013
 9-10:15 a.m.  Free! 

Navigating Long Term Care: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Understanding what services are available to help older adults remain living independently in the community, and what resources may be available to help cover these services, can be a very difficult maze to navigate. Jenny will provide information to help older adults or their family caregiver through this maze of long term care services.
Speaker - Jenny Jarvis, Director of Communications, Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. 734-998-9336. housingbureauseniors@med.umich.edu www.med.umich.edu/seniors [map]
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 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Free! 

Forgiveness and Well-Being: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Forgiving other people who have been hurtful can be an important stepping stone to increased peace and happiness in later life. Forgiveness is a process involving specific skills that can be learned. This presentation focuses on:
- Discovering why forgiveness is important to well-being
- Learning about phases in the forgiveness process
- Practicing skills that can aid in the forgiveness process
Speaker - Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, MSW, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, The University of Michigan
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. 734-998-9336. housingbureauseniors@med.umich.edu www.med.umich.edu/seniors [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Shodo - Japanese Calligraphy-OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Shodo is the art of drawing characters with brush and ink to express spiritual depth through the beauty of the brush strokes. Students will practice the art of Japanese calligraphy with a brush and black ink, learning both Kana and Kanji characters. This encourages a calming of the mind and peacefulness, similar to meditation. Konomi Shinohara taught the first calligraphy class at U of M. She has also taught Japanese at U of M and at EMU. Note: There is an in-class materials fee of $12. These materials are for classroom use only.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd (48105), Suite C. $15. 734-998-9351. germedoll@med.umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1:15-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

The Impact of Short-Term Rehabilitation on Recovery: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Many times after a hospital stay related to an illness or injury, individuals can be in a weakened condition and may require some additional strength training before returning home. This workshop will help you to understand the importance and impact that short-term rehabilitation has on the recovery process and how it can enhance your independence following a hospital stay.
Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to answer the following questions:
- What is short-term rehabilitation and why are these services needed?
- How will I know if I need short-term rehabilitation?
- How do I find the best short-term rehabilitation center for my needs?
- What types of treatments and services are offered?
- What is a typical length of stay?
- How is successful recovery defined?
- What happens after I go home?
Speakers - Steve Hopkins and Annie Dust, Evangelical Homes
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. 734-998-9336. housingbureauseniors@med.umich.edu www.med.umich.edu/seniors [map]
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 8 p.m. 

MTango Beginners Bootcamp Series: MTango.

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MTango is a student organization dedicated to spreading the joy of Argentine tango in the University of Michigan community and beyond. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding teachers at affordable prices, and we look for instructors who are not only excellent dancers and experienced teachers but are also articulate and personable people. We also host social dance parties and share our talents through performances. MTango offers a popular intensive beginner's series in Argentine tango (no partner or experience required), as well as classes for more advanced dancers. It's a great way to meet people, listen to awesome music, relax, share a few dances, and have lots of fun!
University of Michigan Mason Hall 3rd Floor. $25 for 5 week series. 313-820-4229. whitemn@umich.edu www.umich.edu/~mtango
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Saturday


May 2013
 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy: UMHS Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Through the use of our salt-water pool, our aquatic therapy program utilizes activities that are tailored individually to enhance, restore, and maintain a person's functional abilities. Learn more about how aquatic therapy can benefit you.
- The 5 components of aquatic therapy
- The healing properties and advantages of aquatic therapy
- Unique traits about our program
- Who can benefit from this type of treatment
Speakers - Steve Hopkins and Annie Dust
Brecon Village, Evangelical Homes of Michigan, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. Free. 734-998-9336. housingbureauseniors@med.umich.edu www.med.umich.edu/seniors [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Smarter Home Seminar: Meadowlark Energy.

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Your home should be comfortable year-round, keep you supplied with high-quality air, and waste as little energy and water as possible. Attend this free, fun, and informative seminar to discover just how well your home is currently performing, and what you can do to make it even smarter. You'll learn:
Common home performance deficiencies and how they can contribute to your discomfort, high energy bills, and poor health.
Smart home upgrades - what people are doing right here in Southeast Michigan to make their homes smarter, safer, and more comfortable.
Taking the first step to living in a smarter home.
RSVP at 734-619-8024 or at
www.meadowlarkenergy.com/seminars
Register now - Space is limited.
Meadowlark Energy, 3250 W. Liberty Road. Free. 734-619-8024. info@meadowlarkenergy.com http://www.meadowlarkenergy.com/seminars [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Bridge Defense Class Part III: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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This class is designed for beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve their defensive play, learn advanced bidding conventions and do play practice with analysis. The class will run with lecture and discussion from the text for the first hour. Students will then shuffle, deal and play hands during the last hour. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play and defense. We will be working on chapters 8-9 in the text which may be purchased online or ordered from your local bookstore if you didn't take Part I or II. The conventions will be done by handout. Students must register in advance and pre-pay or pay at the first class for all 10 weeks. The class is not designed for drop-ins. It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. Text: Defense in the 21st Century by Audrey Grant. For more details, contact instructor Ray Gentz or the Senior Center office.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. $100 AASC member; $120 non-member. 734.794.6250. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

2013 Weekend Seminars (2-Day): Ema Stefanova, M.A. E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist.

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May 11-12 Yoga for Girls and Women Ages 9 to 99
May 25-26 Yogic Way of Meditation - Tools and Techniques
June 8-9 Yoga Programs for Allergies, Asthma and Diabetes
June 29-30 Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
July 13-14 Holistic Yoga as a Way of Life
Cost: $179 up to a week early/$199 after that
For best results attend both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning through afternoon workshops and classes. However registering for one day is an option, as well. No drop-ins sorry. For details please, visit www.YogaAndMeditation.com. Yoga Teachers get continuing education credit for attending. Pre-registration with payment is required. All programs and practices are tailored to meet participants' needs, goals, abilities and level of understanding. Beginners through advanced practitioners are welcome.
AIKIDO bldg., 1904 Federal Blvd. $59 (Sat.)/$135 (Sun). 734-665-7801. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]
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On May 9, 2013, Ema Stefanova wrote:
Ema Stefanova is one of the most highly and uniquely trained and experienced yoga and meditation teachers in the nation. Her gentle style comes from her living and training in the world-renowned holistic and therapeutic Satyananda Yoga lineage and a lifetime of teaching. Ema has taught yoga since 1979 to over a hundred thousand students of all ages, including patients and staff in hospitals, businesses, schools, universities and U.S. government agencies. Ema has also trained and mentored yoga teachers of all levels worldwide, authored teacher manuals, yoga and meditation CDs/DVDs, and articles. She has been a University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Referral Practitioner for many years.


 2 p.m. 

Intro to Arduino Microcontroller!: All Hands Active.

  community member   < less All Hands Active - Learn about Electronics!

The Arduino Microcontroller allows one to easily create devices that interact with the world. From something as simple as a door alarm, to complex line following robots and hovering quad-copters.
We'll be covering the basics in this class, from installing the software and connecting the hardware, to putting together a simple circuit and playing with different electrical components. For the most part, we will be following tutorials on arduino.cc & ladyada.net.
What you absolutely have to bring:
- A laptop
Optional, but helpful:
- Install the software: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Bring some supplies (not necessary, but helpful if you have it already)
- - Arduino
- - Breadboard + Wire
- - Resistors, photocells, Switches, etc.
This class assumes you know absolutely nothing about electronics, microcontrollers, etc.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non Members. If you can't swing that, but think you can help out with setup / takedown / promotions, let us know and we'll wo
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $10 to $15. 734-252-9595. joshdont@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
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Sunday


May 2013
 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

2013 Weekend Seminars (2-Day): Ema Stefanova, M.A. E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist.

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May 11-12 Yoga for Girls and Women Ages 9 to 99
May 25-26 Yogic Way of Meditation - Tools and Techniques
June 8-9 Yoga Programs for Allergies, Asthma and Diabetes
June 29-30 Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
July 13-14 Holistic Yoga as a Way of Life
Cost: $179 up to a week early/$199 after that
For best results attend both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning through afternoon workshops and classes. However registering for one day is an option, as well. No drop-ins sorry. For details please, visit www.YogaAndMeditation.com. Yoga Teachers get continuing education credit for attending. Pre-registration with payment is required. All programs and practices are tailored to meet participants' needs, goals, abilities and level of understanding. Beginners through advanced practitioners are welcome.
AIKIDO bldg., 1904 Federal Blvd. $59 (Sat.)/$135 (Sun). 734-665-7801. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]
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On May 9, 2013, Ema Stefanova wrote:
Ema Stefanova is one of the most highly and uniquely trained and experienced yoga and meditation teachers in the nation. Her gentle style comes from her living and training in the world-renowned holistic and therapeutic Satyananda Yoga lineage and a lifetime of teaching. Ema has taught yoga since 1979 to over a hundred thousand students of all ages, including patients and staff in hospitals, businesses, schools, universities and U.S. government agencies. Ema has also trained and mentored yoga teachers of all levels worldwide, authored teacher manuals, yoga and meditation CDs/DVDs, and articles. She has been a University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Referral Practitioner for many years.





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