Series Classes

Prenatal Yoga

with Erin Grade, Yoga Instructor
Saturdays, January 5-March 30, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Registration is appreciated. Drop-ins welcome.
 
Pregnancy is a time of tremendous growth and change, both physically and emotionally. It is a time to nourish yourself and your growing baby. Join us for this winter prenatal series to cultivate the breath, stamina, and courage in preparation for birth. Each weekly class will integrate breathing techniques, warm-ups, core strengthening postures, relaxation, and meditation. The class will meet you wherever you are in your journey, whether you are new to yoga or have a previous practice. You will enjoy the many benefits of prenatal yoga including stress relief, reduced nausea, reduced inflammation, increased stamina and strength, as well as increased bonding and compassion. This series is a wonderful opportuntiy to gather with other pregnant women and share your joys and concerns. It is a time for essential self-care. Hope to see you there!

The class will run from January 5th through March 30th. You may sign up for 12, 8, or 4 weeks or drop in, whatever works best for you during your pregnancy.

Level: Pregnant women at any stage in the journey, especially the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
 
Registration/Payment: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. You may bring payment to the first class. The suggested donation for drop-ins is $15.
Prenatal Pass Options
 
Questions about the Class: contact Erin at [email protected] or 593-6951
 
Your spirit as a woman has all the knowledge you need to give birth and nurture your child. It is in your genes; it has been with you since you yourself were conceived. You can trust its wisdom. - Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
 

Social Meditation

with Maggie Karoff & Beverly Feldt
Mondays, January 28-March 25, 6:30-8 p.m. (no meeting 2/18)
 
Join us for an open-hearted exploration of meditation and community. Social Meditation is a powerful practice that guides us in developing a culture of “nowness” and a space to relate authentically with one another. In this practice, we explore what it feels like to speak and listen from our present moment experience. We practice communicating with bravery and vulnerability so that we can bring these qualities into our daily lives and experience our individual and collective goodness as a community and a society. 
 
During each gathering, we will practice sitting meditation, engage in Social Meditation, and conclude with tea and socializing. There will be tea available at 6:15 p.m. To support the practice environment, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. If you are running late, please enter quietly up until 6:45 p.m. 

Participants of all ages, backgrounds, and spiritual traditions are welcome. No prior meditation experience required. 

Suggested donation: $5-10 drop-in. There is no advance registration.
 
About the facilitators: Beverly Feldt was introduced to Social Meditation through a weekend retreat with Shastri Nick Kranz at Rockland Shambhala in September, 2017. She notes, “I love the deep listening and deep sharing fostered by Social Meditation and am inspired by the idea that this is a model for a wider community of love and generosity." Maggie Karoff first practiced Social Meditation at the Boston Shambhala Meditation Center in 2013 and has been consistently inspired by the powerful ripple effects of this practice in her relationships and communities.
 
Social Meditation was developed by Shastri Nick Kranz, under the mentorship of Acharya Adam Lobel, over the last 10 years. It is currently practiced at Shambhala Centers around the world. 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.
 

Women's Kundalini Circle

with Rachel Nixon
Seven Wednesdays, March 13-April 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
By registration
 
"In order to truly accept, we must make peace with our own human nature.” Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
 
Calling Midcoast women of all ages! As we turn the corner from winter to spring, join a sacred circle of women for a heart-warming journey into Acceptance. Together, we will practice Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness as taught by Yoga Bhajan. It is an inspiring and nourishing technology that balances the mental, physical, and nervous energies in the body. 
 
Over the course of seven weeks, we will awaken and strengthen the Muladhara (Root) Chakra. The Root Chakra is our ground, our stability, our connection to our instinctual Self. It is here where we learn to Accept ourselves fully. As Gurmukh so beautifully states, “If we are balanced in this part of the body, we feel at home in our skin, we feel cozy and secure and that it’s okay for us to exist on the most basic level.” During each class, we will practice breathwork, kriyas (physical exercises), mudra, mantra, and meditation to balance Muladhara Chakra.
 
The circle provides a wonderful space for sharing, growth, and friendship. The atmosphere is open-hearted and joyful. Hope to see you there!
 
Level: women of all ages are welcome; no experience necessary
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to discuss other payment options. Work trade available.
Suggested donation
 
Note: The Dancing Elephant welcomes people of all genders and gender expressions, as well as non-binary and genderqueer people. This class offering is specifically offered for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them.

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Beverly Feldt & Maggie Karoff
Five Tuesdays, April 9-May 7, 6-8 p.m.
By registration.
 
True contentment is always right here, right now.
 
Contentment in Everyday Life is a five-week meditation course. The program offers experiential training in contentment, as well as an exploration of the obstacles or challenges to experiencing simplicity and nowness. It is based on the premise that we often look for satisfaction outside of ourselves. But, when we get what we want, it's not enough and we're off chasing the next thing that might bring us happiness. As we'll explore in this class, true contentment is always right here, right now — if we could just learn to relax and tune into it.
 
This class series explores the view of basic goodness and introduces the foundational teachings of Buddhism. Through talks, guided meditation, contemplation, and discussion, we gain understanding of unconditional contentment, and we learn to develop gentleness, precision, appreciation, and steadiness. Practicing these qualities in our lives leads to contentment and everyday awake action. Together, we'll gain understanding into how painful conditions and emotions keep us trapped in habitual patterns, rather than open us to our inherent goodness. 
 
Class Topics
Class 1: Introducing Contentment: "Friendly to Oneself"
Class 2: Contemplating Contentment: "Nowness"
Class 3: Suffering & The Four Noble Truths: "Meeting Suffering with Gentleness"
Class 4: Working with Emotions & Buddhist Psychology
Class 5: The Confidence of Contentment
 
Readings will be provided from multiple texts including Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness, and The Sanity You are Born With. Cost of photocopies is included in class price.
 
Level: This course is beneficial to new and experienced meditators alike.
 
Registration/Payment: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: Cost includes $10 for photocopied readings.
 
Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email and plan to pay at class or in installments. Thank you!
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).