Events

 

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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~AUGUST~

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Saturday, 8/26 ~ 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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~SEPTEMBER~

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Gentle Yoga 6 Week Series

Thursday, 9/7 ~ 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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Satsang Meditation Literature Study

6 week series Monday, 9/11

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 Places That Scare You

A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

By: Pema Chodron

 


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.

Satsang Meditation Literature Study
First Class: 
September 11th
 September 18th:
     • Ch. 1 - The Excellence of Bodhichitta
• Ch. 2 - Tapping into the Spring     
• Ch. 3 - The Facts of Life 
             
• Ch. 4 - Learning to Stay               
• Ch. 5 - Warrior Slogans                

September 25th:
• Ch. 6 - Four Limitless Qualities
• Ch. 7 - Loving-Kindness           
• Ch. 8 - Compassion                 
• Ch. 9 - Tonglen                        

October 2nd:
• Ch. 10 - Finding the Ability to Rejoice 
• Ch. 11 - Enhancing the Training in Joy
• Ch. 12 - Thinking Bigger                     
• Ch. 13 - Meeting the Enemy                

October 9th
• Ch. 14 - Fresh Start                   
• Ch. 15 - Strength                       
• Ch. 16 - Three Kinds of Laziness
• Ch. 17 - Bodhisattva Activity       

October 16th
• Ch. 18 - Groundlessness                   
• Ch. 19 - Heightened Neurosis            
• Ch. 20 - When the Going Gets Rough
• Ch. 21 - The Spiritual Friend             
• Ch. 22 - The In-Between State          

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Intro to Meditation - Foundations of Practice

6 week series begins Thursday, 9/14 ~ 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 Chanting & Sacred Music with Sita's Light

Saturday, 9/16 ~ 7:30 pm


Chanting is one of the easiest ways to connect to our heart center and tune into the Divine joy that lives within all of us.

Come be effortlessly transported by Sita's Light ~ into a place of inner peace and tranquility through the sweet vibrations of call and response chanting and eclectic sacred music meant to heal, purify and bring inner happiness. Kirtan is for everyone. No experience necessary - just an open heart and mind. All voices and levels of curiosity are welcome!


Sita Miriam Zernis has been joyfully guiding all who are drawn to kirtan into a deep and heart opening experience for 10 years in NY, CT and Canada. Her love of sacred chant was initially inspired by spending time at the Sivananda ashrams around the world over the past 20 + years and has evolved into 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.


Testimonials:
-"To experience Sita's Light is a great gift."
-"Sita's Light wil transport you to a place of beauty and pure joy."
-"Sita's Light kirtans are a pure connection to the Divine... extremely uplifting, powerful and transformational."



Cost: $15 in advance/$25 day of

Kirtan Chanting & Sacred Music with Sita's Light

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Chair Yoga 6 Week Series ~ Approachable for All Bodies

Tuesday, 9/19 ~ 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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Meditation for Anxiety

with Jayaprabha

6 week series begins Wednesday, 9/20 ~ 7:30-8:45 pm
(skip Oct. 11th)

Medical studies have confirmed that meditation is a valid and effective tool to reduce and help alleviate anxiety. In this course we will delve into a deep self-study supported by meditative practices. Through these self-awareness and meditation techniques, we look to directly encourage the brain to develop new pathways beyond worry and anxious thoughts. All the while increasing your natural ability to relax your nervous system and rest as a calm observing presence throughout a wave of negative emotion. This weakens an emotion's impact and causes them to come less and less.   

Previous meditation experience required - New students click here for intro class.

Cost: $79/ $15 Drop in

Meditation for Anxiety with Jayaprahba

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Tuesday, 9/26 ~ 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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Power Vinyasa 6 Week Series

Thursday, 9/28 ~ 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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Inquiry Dyad Meditation

Saturday 9/30 ~ 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, September 22nd
Event Preregistration required by:  Friday morning, September 29th!

Previous Dyad, Enlightenment Intensive or Meditation Experience Recommended.

Inquiry Dyad Meditation - Sept.

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~OCTOBER~

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Saturday, 10/14 ~ 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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Kirtan with Adam Bauer

Friday, 10/20 ~ 7:30 pm


Come share the blissful Bhakti Yoga practice of chanting the Divine Names with
Adam Bauer and special guests.

Best known as the long time bass man for world-renowned artists like Grammy-nominated Krishna Das and Shyamdas.

Adam's chanting has been called:
-"a sublime experience"
-"a soothing and enlivening balm for the soul"
-"kirtan straight from the heart, so pure and authentic"
-"So full of heart, so full of emotional honesty and beautiful musicianship, and
just great, great, great!" - Jai Uttal

 

From BhaktiFest and Wanderlust to more intimate festivals, ashrams and yoga studios, Adam enchants and inspires listeners with his deep, soulful presence wherever he goes. His critically acclaimed first solo record, Shyam Lila, debuted on Mantralogy Records in 2014, and is available on major music services like iTunes and Spotify, or direct from the artist at iamadambauer.com/shyam-lila. Adam's next album, Wonderville, is set for release in Summer 2017.

 

Cost: $20 in advance/$30 day of

Adam Bauer Kirtan

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Inquiry Dyad Meditation

Saturday, 10/21 ~ 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, October 13th
Event Preregistration required by: Friday morning, October 20th

Previous Dyad, Enlightenment Intensive or Meditation Experience Recommended.

Inquiry Dyad Meditation - Oct.

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Gentle Yoga 6 Week Series

Thursday, 10/26 ~ 7:30-8:45 pm

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 class is 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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~NOVEMBER~

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Restorative Yoga Sound Healing

with Jayaprabha & Nancy Pitkin

Friday, 11/3 ~ 7-9 pm

In this workshop, Jayaprabha will lead you into restorative yoga postures using supportive props and hands on adjustments to assist the body in gently opening into relaxation. While in each posture, together with guest sound healer, Nancy Pitkin, they will create a sacred space of calming soundscapes, and vibrational music.

You will experience the chakra balancing effects of tuning forks and hands on healing while being enveloped in the soothing sounds of healing instruments such as the harmonium, Indian Bansuri flute, Tingsha, Tibetan bowls and voice. Nancy’s Soundscape, will also utilize flowing piano music combined with wind chimes, bells, and Pan and Native American flutes.

Slow down, de-stress, and retune your body and your mind in this deeply restful, replenishing restorative yoga sound healing experience.

 

Register today!

 

Cost: $48
$38 with preregistration by Oct. 20th

Restorative Yoga & Sound Healing

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Chair Yoga 6 Week Series ~ Approachable For All Bodies

Tuesday, 11/7 ~ 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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Exploring the Chakras

Through Yoga & Meditation

Part 1

with Jayaprabha

Sunday, 11/5 ~ 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 first 3 main energy centers 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

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Satsang Meditation Literature Study

Monday, 11/6 ~ 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 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.

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

Satsang Meditation Literature Study

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Seven Sisters Kirtan

Saturday, 11/11 ~ 7:00 pm


Join the Seven Sisters for a beautiful evening as we all celebrate the divinity within each of us and chant in a group held energy. Everyone is welcome. Sing, dance and bathe in a restful place to receive!

Seven Sisters Kirtan manifested as a creative feminine force that was birthed in the western hills of Massachusetts. There you will find the Seven Sisters mountain range. Above this geomancy is the Pleiades constellation (Seven Sisters).The seven divine goddesses share their individual gifts as one powerful Shakti force. The collective love for devotional chanting in the presence of the divine energies is apparent as they sing and share with others. 

Cost: $15 in advance/$25 day of

Seven Sisters Kirtan

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Yoga Basics 6 Week Series

Tuesday, 11/14 ~ 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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Power Vinyasa 6 Week Series

Thursday, 11/16 ~ 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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Inquiry Dyad Meditation

Saturday, 11/18 ~ 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, November 10th
Event Preregistration required by: Friday morning, November 17th


Previous Dyad,  Enlightenment Intensive or Meditation Experience Recommended.

Inquiry Dyad Meditation - November

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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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~JANUARY~

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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!

 

Cost: $600

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

Early Bird Pricing

$500; with $200 deposit by October 15th

$550; with $200 deposit by November 15th

 

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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