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Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

Classes, Seminars, and Workshops

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January 2014
 10 a.m. 

Yoga for Mamas with Joy Van Bael

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Gentle yoga poses combined with breath are taught to support the changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Prenatal mamas and mamas and babies 12 months and younger are welcome.Instructor: Joy Van Bael
Yoga for Mamas meets Monday mornings 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Single Class (space permitting)- $18, 10-class pass - $145, 5-class pass - $80.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $145 - 10 class pass. 734-769-6100. [map]

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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Quit Tobacco Program-Starts January 6, 2014: MHealthy.

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Quit Tobacco Program-Starts January 6, 2014
This six-week tobacco treatment group offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Tobacco Consultation Service starts Monday, January 6, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A3, Ann Arbor. Program covers preparing to quit, how quitting affects your body, tobacco treatment medications, setting a quit date, how to live free of tobacco, and relapse prevention. FREE to U-M employees, U-M retirees, patients with U-M physician referral and community members. Pre-registration is required. Call 734-998-6222 to sign up, or for more information visit
Traverwood, 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite A3. Free. 734-998-6222. [map]

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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Partner Acrobatics: Ringstar Studio.

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Partner Acrobatics (often referred to as AcroYoga, or Acro) offers an exploration into partner dynamics, through balance postures and movement. We will be working on supporting (basing) and flying in a variety of postures, learning how to use (as well as develop) strength, stability and balance. Each class will offer a focus on different moves, allowing you to slowly build up your repertoire.
If you have never tried anything like this, don't worry, this class is meant to be for everyone. We will gladly walk you through the basics. Now remember, this class is all about having fun and possibly learning something about yourself in the process. It will be available on a drop-in basis, until there is enough interest to develop into a progressive series. The cost will be $15/class, or $50/month. You can come solo, or with a partner. For more information, please check out the listed website.
Ann Arbor Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr, Ann Arbor MI 48108. $15. [map]

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January 2014
 10:30 a.m. 

Infant Massage and Attachment Class with Sierra Hillebrand: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Develop loving communication and attachment with your baby through the ancient art of infant massage.
During this 4-week class series, parents will have opportunities to:
Enhance communication and loving interaction with your baby.
Develop greater confidence in your ability to read and respond to your baby's cues.
Establish routines that reduce infant fussiness, enhance sleep, and facilitate relaxation for parents and babies.
Class meets Thursday mornings from 10:30 am - 11:45 am.
Fee: $110 for 4 class series.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $110. 734-769-6100. [map]

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 3-4:30 p.m. 

Current Events, Section 1--OLLI (50+) Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Tuesdays, January 7 - July 29, and will be facilitated by Irma Sklenar and William Milne.

We will spend 10-15 minutes discussing the previous week's events. Participants will then be asked to present an item of interest, which is discussed by the group. All opinions are welcome. Discussions tend to be lively and spirited.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $40. 734-998-9351. [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 2-part series. Part 1 is presented on the first Tuesday of October, November, and January through June and provides information on how to recognize and understand adolescent substance abuse. Part 2 is presented on the second Tuesday of October, November, and January through June, 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/Washtenaw Regional Coordinated School Health Program Advisory Team, and St. Joseph Mercy Greenbrook Recovery Center. It's free and open to all. Programs are targeted primarily to parents but are inclusive of teens, family members, professionals, students, and anyone interested.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, classroom EC4, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 485-8725. [map]

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January 2014
 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

LA2M 2014 Kickoff Event!: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Terry Bean & Charlie Wollborg of uNetworked, Motor City Connect and Curve Detroit Marketing
"Using your brains, heart and talent to achieve your goals and flourish in the relationship economy and/or zombie apocalypse."
Join us for the first LA2M presentation of 2014. From the above description you are not going to want to miss out on this one! Terry and Charlie will be an entertaining duo to start off the new year right. Between the two of them, they have knowledge from multiple companies and experiences, who will be sure you teach you a thing or two!
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. [map]

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January 2014
 8 a.m. 

MHealthy's Winter Exercise and Relaxation Class.

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MHealthy's Winter Exercise and Relaxation Class registration is still open!
Classes run January 9 - April 23. MHealthy offers more than 120 classes ranging from step aerobics and body sculpting to Pilates, spinning, yoga, Zumba, and everything in between! Classes are open to the U-M community as well as to the general public, and are held at various campus locations and at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. There is a class for you at a location near you! For class schedule and cost information, call (734) 647-7888 or visit
Various University of Michigan locations. Various prices.

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 9:15 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee Talk Series: Sensory Issues in Children at Clonlara School: Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services.

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Sensory Processing: More than just 5 senses.
Did you know that there are actually more than just 5 senses? Our sensory system consist of 7 categories, including proprioception, tactile, vestibular, visual, auditory, gustatory, and olfactory senses. This discussion will look at the way our bodies take in sensory information from the environment, organize it, and then use it within our everyday life.
Sensory Issues VS Behavioral, Emotional, or Transition issues
Is it a sensory problem? Or is it a behavioral, emotional, or transitional problem? Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate between these 4 areas of concern. This discussion will help to aide us to identify the root of the issue; whether it's sensory-based, related to a behavioral or emotional issue, or is it difficulties with being able to transition.
Series sponsored by Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-926-4617. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

Meditation and Power: Consciously Applying the Energetic Laws of the Universe: Center of Light.

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Your heart and mind are incredibly powerful forces for transforming your life. The universe responds to your thoughts, feelings and beliefs in predictable and controllable ways. When you learn to understand and apply the laws of the spiritual and energetic world- your whole life will change. But don't just believe it- experience it for yourself!
This amazing series will teach you to recognize and apply the fundamental energetic and spiritual laws that govern the world around you. You will leave each class with simple and practical exercises that will change your life. Every exercise will bring you closer to knowing your own creative power. This class is simple enough for beginners and deep enough to provide new insights to long-term practitioners.

Jan 9th - Introduction Class; Jan 23rd - The Law of Manifestation; Jan 30th - The Light; Feb 6th - Essential Purpose; Feb 13th - Essential Nature; Feb 20th - The Path.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. $40 for the series, $30 if pre-registered. 734-330-5048. [map]

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January 2014
 4 p.m. 

Girl Power! Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Girl Power! Yoga helps teenage girls find and strengthen their inner power through yoga and group discussion. Girl Power! Yoga is a yoga class specific for teenage girls age 6th -8th grade that focuses on emPOWERing self-acceptance, self-esteem, and strengthening their mind, body, spirit connection. Classes will include 60 minutes of yoga practice and 15-minute group discussion. Instructor: Sara Hughes-Zabawa. Class meets on Fridays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $110. 734-769-6100. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

Friday Knitting at FLY: Knitting 101: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Banish the winter doldrums, and satisfy that resolution to learn a new skill at the same time...join us at the FLY studio every Friday, and learn to knit!
Each week in this four-week session we will explore a new technique, each building on the next, with a new project being started each class. Class tuition is $20 per student per class or all 4 for $75. Supplies are provided for all classes, as well as a "how-to" instruction reminder. Flight Instructor is Katie Whitehouse, who has been teaching knitting to others for over 10 years. Classes are suitable for folks ages 8 and up. Register at!
January 10, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 1: Casting on/Knit stitch - Make a Dishcloth!
January 17, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 2: Casting off/Purl stitch - Make a Ribbed Scarf!
January 24, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 3: Increasing/Decreasing - Make a Rosette or a Diagonal Stitch Cozy!
January 31, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 4: Knitting in the Round - Make a Hat!
Learn more about FLY and s
FLY Creativity Lab, 40 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. $20. [map]

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January 2014
 1 & 2:30 p.m. 

Commando Krav Maga (CKM) 4-week Self Defense Courses: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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Two 4-week reality based self defense classes will be offered at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. CKM is a reality-based self defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
Preregistration is required. $40 per 4-week session for JCC member, $50 per session non-member. Sign up for both classes and save $20
Students will learn techniques for:
Gun Disarming
Knife Attacks and Hold-ups
Chokes & Grabs
Ground Survival
Hand-to-Hand Combat
The Basics Class is geared for beginners and will be taught at a pace appropriate for all abilities (ages 14 and over). The Challenge Class (18 & over) will be for returning participants or individuals looking for a physically challenging, fast-paced environment. Workout attire is needed for both classes
Classes run Jan 12, 19, 26, and Feb 2. The Basics Class is 1-2:15, and the Challenge Class is 2:30-3:45
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $40-$50 for 4-week session/per class. (734) 971-0990. [map]

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 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Strategies for the Emotional Challenges of Parenting: Catherine Fischer, Support For Growing Families LLC.

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Get a wonderful boost for your parenting with this 6 week class for parents of young children. Learn stress-reducing listening tools to help you: understand children's emotions; know what to do when children "lose it" (or you do!); set limits successfully, support close sibling relationships, lessen exhaustion, confusion and guilt as well as nurturing yourself and your connection to your children.
Catherine Fischer is a mother, birth and postpartum doula and former elementary teacher. She has over 10 years' experience using and teaching these skills and strategies. She loves supporting parents and respects and appreciates the hard work parents do to love their children well.
Please see website for more details and registration information.
Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 500 Little Lake Drive. $150 + $30 Materials fee. 734-395-5244. [map]

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 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

What Makes A Good Life?: Carole Kirby. lmsw.

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Intro to the concept of well-being. Ideas taken from the book, FLOURISH, by Martin Seligman. The workshop will provide some ideas for understanding happiness and well-bing as well as provide some tools for getting the most out of life. Seligman emphacizes how to look at life and see possibilities, rather than constraints.
While free, please call or e-mail to register.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main Street,. Free. 734-424-2797. [map]

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