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Harmony has upcoming yoga workshops

By Staff | Sep 29, 2014

In the ancient holistic system of Ayurveda, fall is the season of Vata Dosha, when the elements of air and ether are most present, in nature and within bodies, explains Gena Rockwell, a long-time local yoga teacher and massage therapist.

Rockwell continues her seasonal ayurvedic workshops at the Harmony Healing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a focus on Vata Dosha. Vata’s light and airy qualities can present itself in ways such as heightened creativity, sensitivity and adaptability, she explains. When out of balance, qualities like anxiety, restlessness, dry skin and constipation can occur.

The workshop, suitable for all levels, will include ayurvedic lifestyle and dietary recommendations, followed by a soothing and grounding yin yoga practice and extended healing guided relaxation. Vata-balancing tea will be served.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing.

The cost of the workshop is $25. Registration is required. Please contact Gena at 304-582-4830 or “mailto:wvmarigold@aol.com”>wvmarigold@aol.com for more information or to register.

Rebekah Goldstein-Hawes, renowned for facilitating healing workshops in New Zealand, Hawaii and California, will host a yoga workshop at the Harmony Healing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The focus of her workshop will be “Cultivating Inner Strength and Stability: Let Your Body Be Your Anchor.”

The workshop is suitable for most levels (not recommended for beginners) and will focus on finding the source of sustainable strength and learning to bring that into each pose with ease and grace.

Goldstein-Hawes, a former yoga teacher at Harmony, has traveled around the world since her departure from West Virginia, honing her own practice and training many others toward certification in related healing-arts modalities. Her acclaimed workshop facilitation is grounded in compassionate listening and the dynamic integration of multiple practices. Her yearly workshops at Harmony always are well attended.

The cost for the two-hour workshop is $35. Participants may visit www.RebekahZB.com to register online. For more information, contact Goldstein-Hawes at her website or call Judy at 304-876-6918.

A “Stress Less Workshop with Therapeutic Yoga and Essential Oils” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Harmony Healing Arts Center, with guest yoga teacher Renee Novello.

According to Ms. Novello, a certified yoga teacher in Virginia, “When we alleviate stress in the body and mind, our overall vitality is improved and we strengthen our body to heal itself! “

The workshop will focus on simple techniques using both yoga and essential oils to activate the innate relaxation response and awaken the inner healer. These ancient, calm, abiding practices have potent relevance in our modern worlds, she explains, adding that oils and yoga relieve stress by balancing emotions, soothing the mind and enhancing clarity.

Other benefits include a better mood, enhanced quality of sleep, improved digestion, increased immunity and an overall sense of lightness.

The registration fee for the workshop is $25. Please call Novello for more information or to reserve space, 571-274-1549 or pay at Harmony (checks should be made out to Novello).

An optional and free information session about essential oils will follow the workshop.