In the spirit of giving back to the local community this holiday season, Harmony Healing Arts Center of Shepherdstown is offering a wide range of free yoga and healing arts classes. Co-director of the studio Judy Jenner explains, "We are so appreciative of all the students that support our program that our teachers wanted to offer something back. So, beginning December 15, we'll be offer more than 13 free classes for anyone in the community to attend, right up and through Christmas. The last free class ends December 27, 2013."
All the classes are free-donations are gratefully accepted, but not necessary. Whether you are new to yoga or are experience, enjoy these gift classes and bring a friend. Harmony Healing Arts Center is located at 211 East New Street in Shepherdstown. Call 304-582-0179 for more information or visit www.harmonyhealingarts.org .
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.
Happiness! for keeps!
An interactive workshop to enhance your quality of life. Presented by Michelle DeStefano, certified hypnotist and founder of Alchemic Life Strategies. Through guided reflection, group hypnosis and brain-storming, participants will discover their happiness "set point" and the tools for increasing it. To register: call or text Michelle at 304-261-8077.
Monday, Dec. 16, 9-10 a.m.
Center, warm, and stretch your body in a traditionally sequenced yoga practice, ending in relaxation and meditation. Moderately paced, beginners welcomed. Terry Lindsay.
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Slo-Mo-Yo for the Holidaze!
A cozy and gentle approach to yoga, the perfect antidote to a stressful time of year. Judy Jenner
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 5:45-7 p.m.
Classical yoga poses to stretch and strengthen the body and breathing techniques to help calm the mind are used in this often flowing meditation-in-motion yoga practice. Moderately paced. Beginners welcomed. Terry Lindsay.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
A vigorous class for early-morning yogis a good way to jump-start your day! Judy Jenner.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6-7 p.m.
Inversions and Insights
Class will include inversions and mantra for intuition. Suitable for those with previous yoga experience. Diana Brubaker.
Thursday, Dec. 19, 6-7 p.m.
Classical Yoga Demystified
Asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting - the elements of classical yoga - combined in a light-hearted holiday class. All levels. Judy Jenner.
Friday, Dec. 20, 9-10 a.m.
Also known as: "Yoga to Make Friends with Your Body."
A gentle Iyengar-style hatha yoga with a wide range of basic asanas aimed at deepening your friendship with your body-mind-spirit. Melanie Climis.
Friday, Dec. 20, noon-12:35 p.m.
Winter Solstice Crystal Bowl Concert
Meditate to the sounds of eight crystal bowls as they are played intuitively, extemporaneously and always in harmony by Ann Craig. Celebrating the coming of winter, which arrives at 12:11 p.m. on Dec. 21.
Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-noon
Yoga using energy principles to awaken your innate sense of well-being. Gentle and delicious. Jenna Newsome.
Monday, Dec. 23, 6-7 p.m.
Adventures in Arm Balancing
A special opportunity to try some fun new yoga postures, ranging from the very basics of arm-balancing to some more advanced poses. Open to all; some yoga experience recommended. Gena Rockwell.
Friday, Dec. 27, 6-7 p.m.
Yoga Meets Dance
A free-form dance with international, tribal, and ethnic elements, led by Agi Fejer. Class begins with yoga warm-ups and ends with a relaxation. Easy-to-do and fun for all who like to MOVE and unwind. All levels.