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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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~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 <3

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!!


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

CORRECTION:
7:30-8:15 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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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

Cancelled

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)

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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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Exploring the Chakras

Heart to Crown

Through Yoga & Meditation

with Jayaprabha

7 Week Series
Sunday, 2/25 ~ 4:00-6:00 pm
(See NEW Dates Below)

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

In this 7 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: $150materials included
Preregistration Recommended.

New Dates:
- Sun, Feb 25
- Sun, March 4
- Sun, March 18
- Sun, March 25
- Sat, March 31
- Sun, April 8
- Sun, April 15

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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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Jayaprabha & The Joy of Sound Kirtan

Saturday, 2/24 ~ 7:30 PM

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.

Join:
Jayaprabha, bhakti yogini and teacher, celebrates and honors the simple joy and contentment that emanates through being as you are. Love and laughter are palpable within the sacred sounds of each mantra. Jayaprabha’s soulful angelic voice and simple wisdom creatively allows the heart to unfold.
And:
The Joy of Sound, a diverse group of talented vocalists and musicians.

Together they create uplifting vocal harmonies and energetic instrumental accompaniment.

Feb.Jayaprahba & The Joy of Sound Kirtan

Cost: $15 in advance/$20 at the door/Kids Free!

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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 you will be guided 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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March Yoga Challenge!!

March 1st - 31st

  • Sign Up For the Challenge at the front desk or online
  • Take any 10 VLC yoga OR meditation classes in March

           (Groupon Yoga Class Credits Excluded)

  • Receive 2 Free Yoga Classes & 50% off a full price 60 or 90 minute massage!

 

+10 yoga/meditation classes a week to choose from!

All Drop-in & Series Yoga/Meditation Classes are Eligible - Except Groupon Yoga Class Packages

 

Click HERE and Sign up for the Challenge Today OR Sign up at the front desk.

Fill out the Contact Form with your name and number.

In the Comments section type "Yoga Challenge"

All winners will be announced by Monday, April 2nd.

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Inquiry Dyad Meditation

Saturday 3/3 ~ 12:30-5:30 pm


Have you ever wanted to:

-Deepen your sense of self?
-Gain a greater ability to authentically relate with others?
-Connect to a genuine sense of well being regardless of outer circumstances?
- Live more from who you really are rather than from neurosis and upset?


Then you don't want to miss our Inquiry Dyad Meditation!

Together, utilizing a simple yet profound technique inspired by 3 unique awareness practices fused together by Charles Berner in 1968, we will clear our minds and remove long held obstacles and barriers to peace and self realization through inquiry and communication.

Cost: $49
$39 by Friday, February 23rd
Event Preregistration required by:  Friday morning, March 2nd!

Previous Dyad, Enlightenment Intensive or Meditation Experience Recommended.

Inquiry Dyad Meditation - 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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Intro to Meditation - Foundations of Practice

6 week series begins Thursday, 3/15 ~ 6:00 -7:15 pm


This class is perfect for anyone new to meditation. It will provide simple, accessible techniques to foster the skill of conscious, sustained attention (presence) which connects us to equanimity and objectivity that allows for internal wisdom, happiness and peace. The focus will be to help you develop a personal practice suited to your personality and daily life.

A CD set will be available for purchase, which participants will be invited to listen to throughout the series.

Instructor: Jayaprabha Mare

Cost: $79 + materials

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Kirtan w/ Sita's Light

Friday, 3/16 ~ 7:30 pm

Come dive deep into the magic of sacred mantras and spiritually uplifting eclectic music with Sita's Light! Be transformed as we chant, meditate and set our New Moon intentions for personal growth while sending much-needed healing and peace out to the world around us. All are welcome ~ chant, meditate, dance, hum, clap, tap, be your true self in a wonderful community of friends! No experience necessary!

Sita Miriam Zernis has been joyfully guiding all who are drawn to kirtan into a sweet heart-opening experience for 10 years in NY, CT and Canada through a unique combination of traditional old world and original chants. She is joined by several talented musicians on the mission of spreading the practice of Bhakti Yoga wherever they go.

Kirtan with Sita's Light

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

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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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Satsang Meditation Literature Study

Wednesday, 3/21 ~ 7:30-8:45 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 assignments 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:


Shift Into Freedom
The Science and Practice of
Open-Hearted Awareness

By: Loch Kelly

 

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

March 21:
       

March 28: 
  

April 4:
     

April 11:

April 18:

May 2:
                
 

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

Shift Into Freedom

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~APRIL~

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Inquiry Dyad Meditation

Saturday, 4/7 ~ 12:30-5:30 pm


Have you ever wanted to:

- Deepen your sense of self?
- Gain a greater ability to authentically relate with others?
- Connect to a genuine sense of well being regardless of outer circumstances?
- Live more from who you really are rather than from neurosis and upset?


Then you don't want to miss our Inquiry Dyad Meditation!


Together, utilizing a simple yet profound technique inspired by 3 unique awareness practices fused together by Charles Berner in 1968, we will clear our minds and remove long held obstacles and barriers to peace and self realization through inquiry and communication.

Cost: $49
$39 by Friday, March 30th
Event Preregistration required by: Friday morning, April 6th

Previous Dyad, Enlightenment Intensive or Meditation Experience Recommended.

Inquiry Dyad Meditation - April

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Befriending Your Mind - Intro Meditation

6 wk series begins Tuesday, 4/10 ~ 10:45-11:45am

Drawing from the latest 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: $79.00 + materials

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Mirabai Moon Kirtan

Saturday, 4/28 ~ 7:30 pm

Mystical Kirtan with Mirabai Moon offers a passionate embrace of the Divine Essence right here, right now... in your embodied, human form, just as you are.  

Singer/songwriter Mirabai Moon's immensely versatile and powerfully expressive voice has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco and even mantra artist Deva Premal.  Her music takes listeners on a journey, flowing effortlessly from ethereal dreaminess to soulful blues and jazz.

She honed her craft studying vocal improvisation with Jazz legend Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon of Voicestra.  After nearly two decades of songwriting and three original albums, she fell in love with the practice of Kirtan.  In 2010, Mirabai devoted herself as a Bhakta, singing sacred chants in Sanskrit, sharing her profound love of the Divine with others through call and response devotional chanting.

Mirabai's life changing experiences with kirtan and mantra practice led her to explore other sound healing modalities.  She now uses crystal singing bowls, chimes and gongs with groups and individual clients for healing and transformation work.  Mirabai tours across North America and internationally, sharing chant music and sound healing in yoga studios, healing centers, and festivals.  Her offerings guide participants into experiences of profound healing and embodiment of the Divine Essence within human form.  

MIrabai Moon Kirtan

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

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~MAY~

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Inquiry Dyad Meditation

Saturday, 5/5 ~ 12:30-5:30 pm

 

Have you ever wanted to:

-Deepen your sense of self?
-Gain a greater ability to authentically relate with others?
-Connect to a genuine sense of well being regardless of outer circumstances?
- Live more from who you really are rather than from neurosis and upset?


Then you don't want to miss our Inquiry Dyad Meditation.


Together, utilizing a simple yet profound technique inspired by 3 unique awareness practices fused together by Charles Berner in 1968, we will clear our minds and remove long held obstacles and barriers to peace and self realization through inquiry and communication.

Cost: $49
$39 by Friday, April 27th
Event Preregistration required by: Friday morning, May 4th


Previous Dyad,  Enlightenment Intensive or Meditation Experience Recommended.

Inquiry Dyad Meditation - May

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~JUNE~

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Opening Enlightenment Intensive ~ June 2018

Thurs. June 7 - Mon. June 11

READY TO TRANSFORM!!! Then don’t miss this retreat dedicated to self discovery. Together, utilizing a simple yet profound technique, we will clear our minds and remove long held obstacles and barriers to peace and self realization.

By letting go of the external search for happiness for this long weekend we allow the technique to open and prepare us for the possibility of experiencing our true nature directly. By experiencing the authentic self we reconnect to the eternal happiness, contentment, and peace within.

Cost includes gourmet vegetarian meals, snacks, lodging, workshop, and integration.
Space is limited so  register today!

Cost: $600
Early registration discount: $500 with $200 non-refundable deposit by April 30th. 

Limited Amount of 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 the details of your current situation that is causing you to request the scholarship along with the dollar amount you are able to contribute to the intensive.

Enlightenment Intensive - June 2018

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