Dec
17
Sun
Shambhala Meditation @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meditation is a way to make the mind more stable and clear. It is for everyone who has noticed their minds are chaotic or unsettled and who wish for a deeper understanding of their experiences. From our point of view, meditation is not purely a Buddhist practice; it is a practice  anyone can do and can benefit all. Meditation practice is for everyone, regardless of their experience or religious affiliation.

Meditation is based on the belief that the natural state of the mind is calm and clear. As such, the practice of meditation provides a way for us to train our mind to settle into this natural state. Often, a first reason for meditating is that we wants to find some freedom from our agitated minds.

Can I benefit from Meditation?

YES! Everyone can benefit from meditation. It is helpful for stress reduction, addiction, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts and worry, eating disorders, general discontent and most other human conditions you can think of. It is helpful to anyone who has a sincere interest in learning to flow with the human experience and in living with an open heart and open mind.

Yin Yoga & Sound Healing Retreat @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

In this extended class the healing modalities of Yin Yoga will be combined with Sound Healing to restore body heart and mind.  Chris Yonker will lead the Yin Yoga characterized by long held contemplative poses to balance the energy body and Willow Beseda will provide the Sound Healing where frequencies created by Crystal Singing bowls and other vibrations will support healing and transformation.  This experience is certain to provide deep relaxation and renewal for body, heart and mind.

Buy Tickets Here:

$45

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yin-yoga-sound-healing-retreat-tickets-39599085932?aff=es2

For more information or general questions, please contact Willow Beseda at 636-634-1246

Dec
20
Wed
Vinyasa Yoga @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

VINYASA YOGA CLASS

Wednesdays from 6 – 7:15 pm

Hosted by Susan Loftin, Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic sequence of poses designed to reach a goal with awareness. Balanced physically, mentally, and spiritually the vinyasa or flow yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a continuous flow of postures. Great for beginners and experienced practitioners. Leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Relaxation

Yoga Theory

Breathing Techniques

Body Alignment

Begin your yoga journey into a better life through mind, body healing. This Vinyasa or flow yoga class requires no previous yoga experience and all levels are welcome.

*$15 per student*

Taught by Susan Loftin, Certified Yoga Instructor

susan.loftin@gmail.com | 314-560-1576

Dec
21
Thu
Mat Pilates @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 21 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Ashley’s Mindful Pilates classes will energize and inspire you to be the best you can be!  Whether you want to enhance your existing fitness regimen, recover from an injury or illness-related problem, or just get started on the path to better health, one of Ashley’s classes will be right for you.  Combining her expertise as a physical therapist with her experience and passion for Pilates, she builds rewarding mat programs designed to get you moving better.  Ashley’s classes begin with a brief centering practice so you have an opportunity to calm your busy mind and focus inward.  Throughout the class, gentle cuing increases the mind-body connection, and attention to breathing patterns is emphasized.  Ashley’s classes help you establish mindful, healthy movement patterns to create a new relationship with your own body. Exercises can be modified to allow for more gentle movements or can be progressed if you’re ready for a more challenging workout.

Winter Solstice Celebration with Yin Yoga and Sound Healing (Chris Yonker and Willow Beseda) @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Embrace your light during this years Winter Solstice with Chris Yonker and Willow Beseda.

This day of the year when the time of light is shortest is a traditional time to reflect and release what no longer serves us and open to greater possibility with the return of longer days with increased light. We will spend time in yoga and meditation supported by the crystal singing bowls as well as other sound healing modalities to engage in a personal release and renewal ceremony with a warm Sacred Cacao Elixir.

The sound bath will be woven by Willow using sacred sounds from the crystal and tibetan singing bowls, native american flute, celestial chimes, angelic vocal harmonics and soft mantra.

* This event is appropriate for students of all levels.

Limited to 40 students / $45 prepaid ticket / $50 at door

* Retreat located in the Shambhala Meditation Room at the St. Louis Wellness Center in Webster Groves, MO

About Chris Yonker–Chris first discovered yoga in the 70s and began studying and practicing in earnest in the early 90s when she became interested in teaching. She was cofounder of Big Bend Yoga Center in 1993 where she taught until 2003 when she opened Yoga Source. She discovered Yin Yoga in 2000 when she met Sarah Powers at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. Immediately drawn to the restful nature of the yin style and its capacity to help balance the busyness of modern life she began adding it to her classes in early 2001. As her personal practice has deepened over the years it has become her joy to introduce as well as facilitate understanding of this vital practice to new students and advanced practitioners.

About Willow Beseda–An enchanted spirit who weaves western, eastern and ancient wisdom/techniques into her lifes journey. Sharing the gift of being an instrument of sound, healing touch, and loving kindness for over 9 years. She will inspire and break you free from the roots of your pain, suffering and issues in the tissues through a variety of mastered modalities of taking you out of your mind and into your body using Sound Healing, Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki, Cacao Ceremonies & Meditation. Owner of Well Kneaded Massage & Enchanted Cacao and igniter of the eternal flame of love!

wellkneadedmassagestl.com

What is Yin Yoga? Yin yoga is a restorative practice where passive poses on the floor are held for a few minutes to gently enable the connective tissue of the body to be safely stimulated. This helps the muscle tissue have more fluid strength and enhances the flow of the life force through the subtle energy channels. The meditative nature of yin yoga encourages release of tension and stress and connection to inner quietude.

What is Cacao? Cacao is an indiginous bitter fruit, known as raw chocolate, from South America that has been said to be food of the Gods and the medicine of the shift. A plant medicine that brings balance to the whole systems as it is an adaptogen and powerful facilitator for spiritual growth, emotional release, physical nourishment, community and oneness blessings and more! Cacao is a nutrient rich superfood containing magnesium, iron, antioxidents and so on! A magical elixir to awaken the heart chakra allowing your to dive deep within and listen to your own soul secrets and wisdom openly. It release feels good endorphins in your brain and contains ananandide which is the bliss and ecsctacy feelings. Let infinite joy, peace, and love overflow with this indiginous and sacred medicine!

Dec
24
Sun
Shambhala Meditation @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meditation is a way to make the mind more stable and clear. It is for everyone who has noticed their minds are chaotic or unsettled and who wish for a deeper understanding of their experiences. From our point of view, meditation is not purely a Buddhist practice; it is a practice  anyone can do and can benefit all. Meditation practice is for everyone, regardless of their experience or religious affiliation.

Meditation is based on the belief that the natural state of the mind is calm and clear. As such, the practice of meditation provides a way for us to train our mind to settle into this natural state. Often, a first reason for meditating is that we wants to find some freedom from our agitated minds.

Can I benefit from Meditation?

YES! Everyone can benefit from meditation. It is helpful for stress reduction, addiction, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts and worry, eating disorders, general discontent and most other human conditions you can think of. It is helpful to anyone who has a sincere interest in learning to flow with the human experience and in living with an open heart and open mind.

Dec
27
Wed
Vinyasa Yoga @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

VINYASA YOGA CLASS

Wednesdays from 6 – 7:15 pm

Hosted by Susan Loftin, Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic sequence of poses designed to reach a goal with awareness. Balanced physically, mentally, and spiritually the vinyasa or flow yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a continuous flow of postures. Great for beginners and experienced practitioners. Leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Relaxation

Yoga Theory

Breathing Techniques

Body Alignment

Begin your yoga journey into a better life through mind, body healing. This Vinyasa or flow yoga class requires no previous yoga experience and all levels are welcome.

*$15 per student*

Taught by Susan Loftin, Certified Yoga Instructor

susan.loftin@gmail.com | 314-560-1576

Dec
28
Thu
Mat Pilates @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 28 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Ashley’s Mindful Pilates classes will energize and inspire you to be the best you can be!  Whether you want to enhance your existing fitness regimen, recover from an injury or illness-related problem, or just get started on the path to better health, one of Ashley’s classes will be right for you.  Combining her expertise as a physical therapist with her experience and passion for Pilates, she builds rewarding mat programs designed to get you moving better.  Ashley’s classes begin with a brief centering practice so you have an opportunity to calm your busy mind and focus inward.  Throughout the class, gentle cuing increases the mind-body connection, and attention to breathing patterns is emphasized.  Ashley’s classes help you establish mindful, healthy movement patterns to create a new relationship with your own body. Exercises can be modified to allow for more gentle movements or can be progressed if you’re ready for a more challenging workout.

Dec
30
Sat
Nyinthun with Linda Markowitz and Matt Davenport @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 30 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Nyinthun with Linda Markowitz and Matt Davenport

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to extend and explore your meditation experience. Basic sitting instruction will be offered to those unfamiliar with the Shambhala practice.

The day-long practice will begin with opening chants, sitting/walking meditation and shamatha yoga movements. There will be a video teaching by a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition and group discussion. The day will end with closing chants.

We look forward to seeing you during this community day practice.

To register and find out more information, visit our website:

https://stlouis.shambhala.org/programs

Dec
31
Sun
Shambhala Meditation @ St Louis Wellness Center
Dec 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meditation is a way to make the mind more stable and clear. It is for everyone who has noticed their minds are chaotic or unsettled and who wish for a deeper understanding of their experiences. From our point of view, meditation is not purely a Buddhist practice; it is a practice  anyone can do and can benefit all. Meditation practice is for everyone, regardless of their experience or religious affiliation.

Meditation is based on the belief that the natural state of the mind is calm and clear. As such, the practice of meditation provides a way for us to train our mind to settle into this natural state. Often, a first reason for meditating is that we wants to find some freedom from our agitated minds.

Can I benefit from Meditation?

YES! Everyone can benefit from meditation. It is helpful for stress reduction, addiction, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts and worry, eating disorders, general discontent and most other human conditions you can think of. It is helpful to anyone who has a sincere interest in learning to flow with the human experience and in living with an open heart and open mind.