Ongoing Classes and Groups

For more detailed information about our classes,
please email the Instructor directly.

Dementia Support Group

for Family and Friends

Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Cost: Free, Donations Accepted

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When dementia strikes a loved one, the effects on family and friends can be absolutely devastating. In many cases it is actually harder on the family and friends then it is on the person suffering from this terrible condition. LifePath Center is proud to support the efforts of Dr. Pepe Valencia, M.D. in providing practical, emotional, procedural and informational support for anyone in our community affected by dementia of a loved one. This dementia support group is provided free of charge as a community service to anyone who needs the professional and peer support this group provides.

Dr. Pepe Valencia

“When a loved one has a dementia problem, the entire family is seriously affected. Alzheimer’s disease is an illness which affects the memory of the patient and the heart of the family.” Dr. Pepe Valencia

During the last 38 years, “Dr. Pepe” has found that supporting the “patient” (by themselves) can result in missing a very important piece of the healing process. He believes that members of the family, friends, and many others are also affected profoundly by this disease.  They all try to help, in the best way they can, but without guidance; many mistakes are made and they often don’t achieve the results they would like.

Doctors can prescribe medicine, a special diet, or even advice regarding safety or how to deal with the patient’s behaviors but these same doctors often don’t put attention on what’s happening with the primary caregiver.

The primary caregiver may face situations and questions such as these:

  • Am I doing what’s right for him/her?
  • How do I decide my priorities: my husband, children or my loved one with Alzheimer’s?
  • What’s happening inside of my loved one’s mind and how can I really help them?
  • I can’t deal with this anymore! What do I do?

…….and many, many more questions and feelings arise.  So, it is necessary to open our hearts, free our thoughts, words, feelings, fears and find a respite and/or an explanation for our concerns. It’s also important to receive guidance on what to do as well as what NOT to do when dealing with this very special condition.

This support group has been created precisely to provide help to all those who are coping with an individual with this kind of illness.

Pepe Valencia M.D., a gerontologist and the medical director of Casa Cieneguita has more than 38 years of experience in this field will conduct the group.

Pepe Velencia, M.D.
pepe.plenitud@gmail.com

Thai Chi at LifePath

Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Taught by Robert Schlagal

Cost 120 Pesos per Class or

Package of 4 Sessions For 100 Pesos Each

PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO

CASA DE LOS ANGELES

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Taiji (T’ai Chi) is an ancient Chinese exercise practiced for health and self-defense. It is characterized by slow, gentle movements and sometimes described as meditation in motion. It emphasizes balanced, low impact, whole body movements. It positive affects on stress, focus, arthritis and a host of other health issues. As scientific research increasingly shows, regular T’\ai Chi practice can have significant impact on mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. Or as an old Chinese saying goes, “Practice Taiji and you will develop the pliability of a child, the strength of a lumberjack and the peace of a sage.”

Bob has been a student of T’ai Chi (Taijiquan) and Qigong for many years. He has studied and practiced T’ai Chi for nearly 35 years, Qigong for 22 years, and has taught for 20. He has had the opportunity over the years to work with a number of top T’ai Chi masters and has studied a variety of styles. Most notably, he has been a senior student of Master Yang Yang for more than two decades. He was one of the first students to be certified by Dr. Yang in his Evidence Based Taiji program. This program is noted for its research-based health benefits. It is used by the medical staff and patients at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. It is also part of weekly instruction at Canyon Ranch Resort in Massachusetts. Bob travels regularly with Dr. Yang to teach workshops and retreats across the US.

Yoga with Antonio

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 8:30-9:45
Cost per class: 150 pesos
Class Package: 800 pesos for 10 classes
(valid for one year)

Join Antonio for a unique approach to Yoga that integrates element of QiGong, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa. All while using breath awareness to bring you to a relaxing, calm state of mind!

Private instruction also available.

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Antonio Elugardo
Certified Yoga Teacher
antonio@lifepathretreats.com
Mexican cell phone: 044.415.101.6179

Chair Yoga with Antonio

Tuesday 3-4 pm & Thursday 1-2 pm
Cost per class: 150 pesos
Class Package: 800 pesos for 10 classes
(valid for one year)

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Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends. In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Who Can Do Chair Yoga?

Chair yoga classes are most widely available in senior centers and retirement homes, as senior citizens are its biggest target audience, but obese people and people with neurological diseases are also good candidates to give the chair method a try. Office workers can also take advantage of chair yoga’s adaptations to sneak in some stretches at work.
Those of you with disabilities, weight challenges, inflexibility, or who just cannot get on the floor for any reason (such as age or being in a crowded work environment) can benefit from a daily practice of yoga on a chair in the comfort of your home or office. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s amazing fitness and health potential. Even if you are in a wheelchair, you can receive the many benefits of chair yoga–the integration of body, mind, and spirit that keeps the yoga practitioner at the top of their game.

Antonio Elugardo
Certified Yoga Teacher
antonio@lifepathretreats.com
Mexican cell phone: 044.415.101.6179

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Antonio

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:15 am
Cost per class: 150 pesos.

Class package: 800 pesos for 10 classes
(valid for one year)

We practice basic Vinyasa Flow Yoga postures.
A sequence of stretches linked with deep Breathing and Graceful Movement. THIS Yoga practice is for everyBODY – it will change YOUR life!

Antonio Elugardo
Certified Yoga Teacher
antonio@lifepathretreats.com
Mexican cell phone: 044.415.101.6179

Antonio Elugardo Yoga LifePath Center San Miguel de Allende

Steeped in Gratitude,
I rejoice
Spirit awakened
My lifetime changed
For I have dipped my soul
In the ocean of yoga

Yoga Classes for All Levels
Anabel Cárdenas Dugal

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45 – 7 pm
Cost per class: 120 pesos
Special price for teenagers: 60 pesos per class.
SPECIAL PACKAGE: 8 classes for 860 pesos
(no expiration date)

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Anabel Cardenas Dugal teaches Hatha Yoga for all levels from beginner to advanced in a group setting. She incorporates standing, sitting, and laying down yoga asanas with emphasis on the breathing process. She always tries to lead and encourage her students to move within a safe range of motion and to know and respect his or her limits and honor that we all go and grow at our own pace. Pranayama and breathing techniques are an essential component of her yoga classes. Her yoga classes address the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual life of a human being.


Anabel Cardenas Dugal
Yoga Instructor
anabel@lifepathretreats.com

Qi Gong with Christian

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 11:30am-12:30pm
Cost per class 110 pesos

QI GONG (pronounced “Tchi Kong”) is the father of Tai Chi Chuan and its origins go back to the beginnings of the Chinese civilization, from the ancient taoist’s gymnastics of longevity. In fact, Tai Chi Chuan is an inner martial art codified in the 17th century, created from the fusion between martial art’s techniques and Qi Gong.

QI GONG is part of one of the five branches of the traditional Chinese medicine, and means: “Control of the vital energy “.It is a traditional Chinese gymnastics whose practice consists of slow and gentle movements, combined with breath exercises and concentration of the mind. This thousand-year-old discipline helps the circulation of the energy through the body.

QI GONG is not a martial art and its aim is always spiritual and therapeutic.

The regular practice of QI GONG:

  • Calms and relaxes the mind
  • Reinforces the neuromuscular system and makes it more flexible
  • Optimizes all the functions of the organism
  • Supports the immune system and sustains the strengths of self-recovery
  • Guarantees good health and vitality

QI GONG is a practice for everybody, regardless of gender, religion, age of physical condition.

Christian
christian@lifepathretreats.com

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Introduction to the Enneagram

Next intro series: please watch this space

Suggested donation: 100 pesos
(not required for attendance)
A 3 class series series to be repeated.
Led by Allen Zeesman

Combining modern psychological insights with traditional spiritual wisdom,
the Enneagram provides a universal language that helps foster greater
understanding of ourselves and others.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY for these class series.

How to Register:

Allen Zeesman
allen.zeesman@gmail.com

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Enneagram Intermediate Group
Levels 1 and 2

Attending this group requires completion of the Introduction to the Enneagram series.

Level 1: Mondays 11 am – 12:30 pm,
Level 2: Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm
Suggested donation: 100 pesos

(not required for attendance)

Combining modern psychological insights with traditional spiritual wisdom,
the Enneagram provides a universal language that helps foster greater
understanding of ourselves and others. The course is led by Allen Zeesman.

How to Register:

Allen Zeesman
allen.zeesman@gmail.com

Silent Meditation with the SMA Meditation Community

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 10-11 am
All offerings are free, donations welcome.

The SMA Meditation Community is an open, flowing collection of people from different traditions (including various Buddhist lineages) who share a love of sitting in silence. We also share a love of spiritual community free of doctrine or belief, based in equality and mutual respect. Everyone is welcome. Because friendships with like-minded people support the inner path, we usually meet informally after sittings to share ideas and come to know one another.

Although the forty-minute silent meditations begin at 10:10 and end at 10:50, please feel free to come and go quietly at any time. Meditation assistance is available before or after the sit.

For more information or to be on the mailing list, contact:

SMAMC@lifepathretreats.com

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The Brain Exchange

Women’s Drop-In Brainstorming and Networking Session

Second Wednesday of every month 3:00-5:30
Cost per class: 50 pesos

The Brain Exchange is a monthly gathering of women for brainstorming and networking. The light structure provides networking along with productive idea-generating and problem-solving. No reservation is needed and no commitment. Just come when you can. If you are working on a decision, a thorny problem, you need ideas or inspiration, you will find more support than you can imagine. As one Brain Exchanger said, “I came away with amazing new ideas and felt embraced and supported by a warm group of women.