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Vital Life Center Kirtan

 

Join Jayaprabha and a variety of special guests from around the world.

Kirtan is a fun, interactive, and devotional musical event. We repeat simple melodies in a lively call and response style supporting a divine connection with our heart and spirit. It is an easy way for even a new practitioner to experience a very deep and blissful meditative state. The positive vibration in the music along with the group energy is catchy and will uplift even the quiet spectator.

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~DECEMBER~

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Saturday, 12/2 ~ 9:00-10:15 am

Yoga Basics is an introduction to the building blocks of yoga, emphasizing basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills. This class promotes balance, flexibility, strength and stress release. It is great for those new to yoga or students who would like a refresher on the basics.

Instructor: Holly Prosperi

Cost: $79 + tax

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Gentle Yoga 6 Week Series

Thursday, 12/21 ~ 7:30-8:45pm

The Gentle class is designed for students interested in a slower, but equally effective practice. You will experience gently held postures and breathing techniques that calm the mind, relax the body, and improve joint health and flexibility. This is the class for times of high stress or low energy. It is great for beginners, seniors,  experienced students, or anyone seeking a gentle and meditative practice. 

Instructor: Jayaprabha Mare

Cost: $79 +tax

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Chair Yoga 6 Week Series ~ Approachable for All Bodies

Tuesday, 12/26 ~ 4:45-5:45 pm

You’d love to take a yoga class, but getting up and down on a mat is a challenge, you have limited balance or mobility, your knees are tender, or you are recovering from an injury, come on over and pull up a chair!

Chair Yoga is an accessible form of yoga for any age group. In this class, we will use the chair as a prop to help modify the poses while maintaining all the benefits of yoga including: stress relief, increased energy, strength, muscle tone, balance, deepened breath capacity and overall health.

This class can also provide training for office workers to utilize at their desk, and is a great way to share a yoga class with a parent or grandparent. No previous yoga experience needed. Reserve your spot today!

Cost: $79 + tax
-Limits 3 min & 15 max pre-registered students.
-If max is reached, no drop-ins.

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~JANUARY~

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Tuesday, 1/2 ~ 7:30-8:45 pm

Yoga Basics is an introduction to the building blocks of yoga, emphasizing basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills. This class promotes balance, flexibility, strength and stress release. It is great for those who are new to yoga or students who would like a refresher on the basics.

Instructor: Jessica Leclerc

Cost: $79 + tax

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The Opening Enlightenment Intensive

January 2018

Thurs, 11th- 5:30 pm - Mon, 15th- 1:00 pm

 

Are you seeking beyond the doors of your own programming and preconceived ideas about who you really are, what life is and what relationships are about?

 

Do you want to see what more life has to offer?

We all have unique gifts to give the world and yet many of us sit back waiting for the right moment . . .
that's the trap!

That moment is now! Click here for more info.

 

Cost: $600

includes gourmet vegetarian meals, snacks,
lodging, workshop & integration

 

Space is limited. Register Today!!

Enlightenment Intensive - January 2018


Donations accepted to scholarship fund post Intensive 

Partial Scholarships Available
To apply for scholarship funds we require that the participant send us a formal request by email or US mail with the following information: Please let us know what is drawing you to the Opening Enlightenment Intensive and how you think the retreat might serve you. Also, please include details of your current situation that is causing you to request this scholarship along with the dollar amount you are able to contribute to this Intensive.

 

Donations Accepted & Appreciated
If you feel served by this work, please consider donating to our scholarship fund to support others.

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Power Vinyasa 6 Week Series

Thursday, 1/18 ~ 6:00-7:15 pm

A power practice intermingled with a therapeutic approach is utilized to mobilize stagnant energy within the body, open up energy channels and restore balance to the nervous system. This is done through consciously moving in and out of poses designed to strengthen the body and mind; coupled with the use of props for supported poses. The aim of the class is to both stimulate and balance the Yin and Yang energies of our nervous system.

Instructor: Elissa Woods

Cost: $79 + tax

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Befriending Your Mind - Intro Meditation

6 wk series begins Thursday, 1/18 ~ 6:00-7:15 pm

Drawing from research in neuroscience on meditation's ability to positively change the brain, this course will provide tools to honestly and compassionately relate with your mind. These techniques that reshape the brain will help to steady your mind, reduce stress, notice the positive, and heal painful experiences which promote a life of balance, peace and joy. 

Drop-ins are not permitted in this class.

Instructor: Jayaprabha Mare

Cost: $79 + materials

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Satsang Meditation Literature Study

6 week series Monday, 1/22

6:15-8:00 pm

Satsang - In the company of Truth

In this meditation study course a book is chosen for each series. Participants are invited to engage in a reading assignment each week. The class will begin with an experiential practice including chanting, breath exercises and a silent sit. Then we will discuss the reading and share ideas, questions, inspirations, quotes from the book, etc. to deepen our practice.


For this upcoming series we will be exploring:

The Book of Joy

(A New York Times Bestseller!)

By: 

His Holiness the

DALAI LAMA

Archbishop

DESMOND TUTU

with

DOUGLAS ABRAMS


Sign up for the whole series or drop-in week to week.

$60 series/ $15 drop in
5 class meditation package available for $50 at the Front Desk.
Sliding scale available. No one turned away.
 

January 22:
• Introduction & Arrival: We Are Fragile Creatures  (pg. 1-24)       

January 29:
• Day 1 - The Nature of Joy (pg. 27-78)    

February 5:
• Day 2 & 3 - Obstacles of Joy: Sections 1-5 (pg. 81-123)      

February 12:
• Day 2 & 3 - Obstacles of Joy: Sections 6-10 (pg. 125-188)

February 19:
• Day 4 & 5 - The Eight Pillars of Joy (pg. 191-275)

February 26:
• Celebration, Departure & Joy Practices (pg. 277-348)   

Satsang Meditation Literature Study

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Kirtan w/ Kalidasa

Friday, 1/26 ~ 7:30 pm

Kalidasa Joseph Getter is a kirtan leader, bringing people together to sing the divine names in an experience that is both meditative and ecstatic. Kalidasa is a member of Jayaprabha's Kirtan group, The Joy of Sound. He is a creative world musician with decades of experience in Indian classical music, experimental music, Jazz, world drumming traditions, Indonesian gamelan, and music for yoga, theater, dance and sound healing. Serving on the faculty of several music schools, he leads the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan program and is music director of ArtFarm theater in Middletown. He lived in India for two years and has degrees from Oberlin College and Weslyan University.

Heart Centered Kirtan

Cost: $15 in advance/$20 day of (no one turned away)

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Saturday, 1/27 ~ 9:00-10:15 am


Yoga Basics is an introduction to the building blocks of yoga, emphasizing basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills. This class promotes balance, flexibility, strength and stress release. It is great for those new to yoga or students who would like a refresher on the basics.  

Instructor: Holly Prosperi

Cost: $79 + tax

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Meditation & Yoga For Weight Loss & Habit Release 6 Week Series

Sunday, 1/28 ~ 4:00-6:00pm

This series is for people who are ready to transform! Through the use of mindfulness meditation, yoga, and a clean whole foods diet, we will explore the deeper influences that keep us stuck in cycles of negative habit patterns. Mindfulness supports our ability to observe what is happening internally and externally in a non-reactive fashion. This facilitates change in the relationship of mind to body, releasing us from the grip of reactive habits. Join this supportive community to deepen your body awareness and acceptance, reclaiming your radiant health and dynamic well-being.


No Drop-Ins are permitted.

 

Instructor: Jayaprabha Mare

Cost: $150 (materials incl.)

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~FEBRUARY~

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Heart Centered Kirtan

Saturday, 2/10 - 7:00 pm


Clear your mind and open your heart!

One of New England's newest devotional music groups, Heart Centered Kirtan is an eclectic collection of Pioneer Valley, MA folks dedicated to offering an accessible pathway into the mysteries of the heart. In their modern adaptation of the ancient practice of kirtan, they weave Sanskrit hymns, prayers and inspirational texts from ancient India into their own original blend of rock, folk, blues, and reggae.

The core of the band is Libby Volckening (harmonium/vox), James Robinson (guitar/vox) and Amanda Turk (percussion), joined by a rotation of seasoned local musicians. Heart Centered Kirtans are informal, accessible and inspirational. You don't need to be a great singer or know any Sanskrit to enjoy Kirtan. 

Cost: $15 in advance/$20 day of (no one turned away)

Heart Centered Kirtan

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Chair Yoga 6 Week Series ~ Approachable for All Bodies

Tuesday, 2/13 ~ 4:45-5:45 pm

You’d love to take a yoga class, but getting up and down on a mat is a challenge, you have limited balance or mobility, your knees are tender, or you are recovering from an injury, come on over and pull up a chair!

Chair Yoga is an accessible form of yoga for any age group. In this class, we will use the chair as a prop to help modify the poses while maintaining all the benefits of yoga including: stress relief, increased energy, strength, muscle tone, balance, deepened breath capacity and overall health.

This class can also provide training for office workers to utilize at their desk, and is a great way to share a yoga class with a parent or grandparent. No previous yoga experience needed. Reserve your spot today!

Instructor: Kari Balicki

Cost: $79 + tax
-Limits 3 min & 15 max pre-registered students.
-If max is reached, no drop-ins.

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Gentle Yoga 6 Week Series

Thursday, 2/15 ~ 7:30-8:45 pm

This Gentle class is designed for students interested in a slower, but equally effective practice. You will experience gently held postures and breathing techniques that calm the mind, relax the body, and improve joint health and flexibility. This is the class for times of high stress or low energy. It is great for beginners, seniors, experienced students, or anyone seeking a gentle and meditative practice.

Instructor: Jayaprabha Mare

Cost: $79 + tax

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Tuesday, 2/20 ~ 7:30-8:45 pm

Yoga Basics is an introduction to the building blocks of yoga, emphasizing basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills. This class promotes balance, flexibility, strength and stress release. It is great for those who are new to yoga or students who would like a refresher on the basics.

Instructor: Jessica Leclerc

Cost: $79 + tax

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QiGong: Return to Peace

with Risa Gaull Brophy, BS, MQT

 

  • Intro Workshop: Sat, 2/24 ~ 1:00-3:00 pm
  • 6 Week Series: Sat, 3/3 ~ 1:00-2:15 pm

QiGong is pronounced "Chee-Gong," and literally means "Energy Work." The deep breathing and slow, flowing movements of these ancient Chinese healing exercises are designed to stimulate and balance Qi (Energy) to cultivate a healthy body, calm mind, and peaceful spirit.

Since significant amounts of stress and anxiety arise from our internal conflict, the journey back to inner peace begins with self-acceptance. When we can let go of self-judgement and embrace ourselves with compassion, we can begin to heal our relationship with ourselves and experience a more balanced life, grounded in peace.

As we experience greater levels of love for ourselves, we can feel free to enjoy being who we are, and begin creating a life we truly love!

Introductory Workshop:
Saturday, 2/24 ~ 1:00-3:00 pm

We will begin with an introductory workshop, where I will guide you through special QiGong exercises and meditations designed to help you lovingly go within and connect with your core of inner peace.

Come away with a simple, easy mind/body practice you can use any time you want to feel more centered, grounded and peaceful.

Cost: $40 in advance/$50 day of

QiGong: Return to Peace

Followed by:

6 Week In-Depth Series:
Saturday, 3/3 ~ 1:00-2:15 pm (skip 3/31)

The Introductory Workshop will be followed by an in-depth 6-week series. We'll continue to use the QiGong exercises and meditations to reinforce your ability to go within and feel at peace.

We will also be using a variety of transformational processes to help you:
- Calm the voice of the inner critic
- Break free from self-judgement
- Experience greater self-acceptance
- Feel more whole, free and empowered
- Love being you!

Be prepared to experience deep transformation, and learn practical techniques you can continue to use to skillfully transform your life!

Cost: $120

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~MARCH~

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Power Vinyasa 6 Week Series

Thursday, 3/8 ~ 6:00-7:15 pm

A power practice intermingled with a therapeutic approach is utilized to mobilize stagnant energy within the body, open up energy channels and restore balance to the nervous system. This is done through consciously moving in and out of poses designed to strengthen the body and mind; coupled with the use of props for supported poses. The aim of the class is to both stimulate and balance the Yin and Yang energies of the nervous system.

Instructor: Elissa Woods

Cost: $79 + Tax

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Saturday, 3/17 ~ 9:00-10:15 am


Yoga Basics is an introduction to the building blocks of yoga, emphasizing basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills. This class promotes balance, flexibility, strength and stress release. It is great for those new to yoga or students who would like a refresher on the basics.  

Instructor: Holly Prosperi

Cost: $79 +tax

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Exploring the Chakras

Heart to Crown

Through Yoga & Meditation

with Jayaprabha

Sunday, 3/18 ~ 4:00-6:00 pm

Brighten your energy, relax body & mind
& bring ease & joy into your heart!

In this 6 week series we will work with the 4 main energy centers from heart to crown, in the human body called chakras.  In the yogic tradition the chakras are seen as responsible for receiving and expressing life force (prana) throughout the body.  When this energy becomes blocked or is out of balance we suffer negative physical, emotional, and mental effects.  When the prana is flowing strongly, smoothly and is balanced we experience vibrant health and mental and emotional well-being. 

There is a direct link between the chakras, our endocrine (glandular) system and our nervous system.   If the idea of chakras seems a bit foreign to you, look at this work as exercise to brighten and stimulate the glands and relax and renew our nervous system promoting the rest digest, immune response. 

Each chakra is thought to have its own characteristics.  We will overview these characteristics discussing causes of deterioration and ways to promote health in each chakra.  Then we will use sound, movement, mudra, yoga postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation to get in touch with, move and activate the prana in each of these centers to relieve stress, tension and depression and promote balance.  Additionally you will be given personal reflection questions to support your self-study at home through the week.  This will stimulate a class group discussion meant to deepen the long-term transformative effect of this Chakra course.

You don’t need to know yoga or yoga philosophy to feel the effects of this Chakra work.  You just need to bring an intention to allow yourself to directly experience and experiment with the effects of these ancient practices. 

Cost: $150 - materials included
Preregistration Recommended.

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