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Body, Mind, & Spirit - Week of November 11, 2019

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November 2019
 5:45 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with some stretching, and once the body warms up, begins to pick up the pace. You will work on a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 7 p.m. 

"AIReal Yoga: Core Power": Ringstar Studio.

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AIReal Yoga is real yoga, practiced with the assistance of a "silk" hammock. Not to be confused with its circus counterpart, practitioners breathe, stretch, and strengthen just as you would in a ground-based practice, while taking advantage of deeper stretches and unique poses.
Gymnastic flexibility, ahtletic strength, and master yogi-level experience not required. You can even enjoy AIReal Yoga even if you can't touch your toes and you've never attended a regular yoga class before.
This special one-time offering will focus on poses that strengthen and tone the core muscles of the torso. While it is an intense physical practice, the poses are accessible to people at any level of ability. No previous experience necessary.
Class sizes are very small- maximum of 6 people- so online preregistration is required.
Weekly classes are also available. See our schedule for details.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $15. 734-335-1625. [map]



November 2019
 7 - 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Meditation Sessions: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Jewel Heart Facilitators will provide basic guidance for using the breath as a point of focus in these concentrated meditation sessions.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-994-3387. [map]



November 2019
 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"A Day of Silence and Meditation Practice, led by Carol Blotter": Michigan Friends Center.

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Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.
Contact Carol at (734)475-0942 or to register.
Carol Blotter's meditation practice draws from dual roots in the Quaker and Buddhist traditions. Since 1999, she has led more than 40 retreats across the United States and has taught over 50 classes in meditation to spiritual seekers, schools, universities and medical groups. She teaches for The Forest Way which is dedicated to providing retreat opportunities conducive to balanced and integrated spiritual growth.
Suggested donation $30 or as able. Pre-registration requested; contact Carol Blotter at 475-0942.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, Michigan 48118, Chelsea. Donation. $30 or as able. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Introduction to Meditation": Deep Spring Center.

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Saturday | Sept., 14; Oct., 19; Nov., 16
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Teacher: Kathleen Ivanoff
Contact teacher with questions:
This class is designed for those new to meditation with a little or no experience at all with the practice. Basic detailed instructions for the practice of Vipassana Meditation (also called Insight Meditation or Mindfulness) will be offered.
You are not expected to learn everything in one class and we encourage you to attend more than one class to build on your meditation skills and create sangha.
Suggested donation: $30 - $85 per session
Sept. 14, 2019
October 19, 2019
November 16, 2019

Classes held at:
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
704 Airport Blvd.Ann Arbor, MI 48106
More information and registration:
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 407 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI. Donation. 7344775848. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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This ONLINE Yoga class is taught through Zoom. Register at
Please register AT LEAST 15 minutes before class starts. Make sure your email address is correct when you register, as we will be emailing you the login information. You will receive this information at least 15 minutes before class begins. At this point, all of our classes are donation-based as we would like everyone to be able to access them. Our donation options are between $0-20 per class.
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat.
(When open, Mota Thai Yoga is located on Huron Street, across from the YMCA.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. [map]



November 2019
 8 a.m. 

"Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healing": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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As we greet the sunrise together, with still minds and open hearts, our awareness of nature and subtle energies is heightened. Plugging into nature, and the circadian rhythms of the planet through the power of sound is essential to our wellbeing, where in a state of total relaxation, healing and connection to a higher consciousness can take place. We can then approach the day ahead with a more open heart and calm mind, while simultaneously being a bright light to the folks in our life.
The sound healing, is a sound meditation or sound bath, that begins with each person lying down in a comfortable position, often with a blanket and an eye mask. After a few minutes of guided focus on the breath, the remainder of the experience is filled with various sounds, tones, and frequencies being introduced in succession.
Duration 60 minutes.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $25. [map]

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