Ageless Grace – Neuroplasticity with Marilyn Reitman
Mondays, 1 – 2 pm (beginning March 6, 2017)
Suggested donation of 120
Contact Marilyn with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ageless Grace – Neuroplasticity
Ageless Grace works by re-opening the neural pathways that were created from the time you were born until approximately the age of 21. Functional and cognitive skills were developed through typical childhood games, sports and activities that many seniors no longer practice. Ageless Grace re-opens those pathways and equally important, creates new ones by practicing functional movements we don’t already know how to do. Practicing, remembering and learning these simple skills allows positive results to come surprisingly quickly – much like remembering how to ride a bicycle. The aspects of these movements combine as the process of neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain and nervous system to change structurally and functionally) and are vital to active aging and youthful function. The movements are set to uplifting music and are organic rather than choreographed. The focus is on using the core to stimulate cognitive function and physical function simultaneously. These movements are practiced sitting in a chair. This allows all ages and abilities of seniors to practice it, as well as baby boomers, young adults, those with weight, joint, diabetes and other challenges, and those in wheelchairs or with other physical limitations – and kids absolutely love it.
Ageless Grace – Neuroplasticity and Parkinson’s Disease
Through the science of Neuroplasticity, the brain has the natural ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural pathways and connections and is capable of change after childhood, into maturity and even in your later years. Brain reorganization occurs by forming new neural pathways to bring about a needed function. This is put in place in the brain by mechanisms such as “axonal sprouting” where undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were severed or impaired. Neuroplasticity also means undamaged axons can grow nerve endings to connect with other undamaged nerve cells. For example, if damage is done in one hemisphere of the brain the other undamaged hemisphere may take over some of its functions. This is achieved by stimulating the neurons through certain activities, like Ageless Grace, where the brain compensates for damage by forming new communications between intact neurons. This discovery has enormous implications for the Parkinson’s Community. Parkinson’s Disease symptoms include physical, emotional and brain issues. Ageless Grace meets all the requirements of a Neuroplasticity model and is ideally suited to Parkinson’s as it addresses the 5 function of the Brain and all the functions to be healthy again. Ageless Grace addresses kinesthetic learning as well as Cognitive, Dementia and Apathy issues. By practicing Ageless Grace, a Parkinson’s patient can enhance attention span, increase levels of working memory, speed up the brain’s processing power and thereby stimulate healing and improve poor balance and other movement disorders.
Marilyn is a certified instructor in Tai Chi, Adult Fitness, A Matter of Balance and Neuroplasticity in hospitals, senior centers, and fitness centers. She has 12 years of experience in Florida and New York. Her work through The Alliance for Aging, a government agency, had made her a star teacher and very much in demand. She became interested in Neuroplasticity to enhance her work with both adults and children. In Neuroplasticity, she saw a way to connect her passion for music and dance, having been a teacher of ballroom, tango and salsa. She taught students in various settings and began to observe changes in the way they moved with more confidence and improved in memory, focus, and balance. “As a dancer, I am able to take my tango, salsa, and ballroom dancing of over 50 years and apply it to this course. My discovery of Neuroplasticity resonated with me and my passion to teach in this new way opened my heart and has given me the opportunity to share this with my students.”
Sound Meditation with Shingetsu Billy White
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:45 pm (please be punctual) CLASS CANCELLED UNTIL WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017
Suggested donation of 100
Come to LifePath to experience the incredible sounds that invite one to enter a deeper level of awareness! Billy will be leading sound meditations using Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, didjeridoo, frame drums, harmonium and other instruments, to create a deep and healing experience of sound and vibration.
With over 30 years as a professional musician, known as a guitarist/percussionist and world music performer, and 20 yrs. studying and practicing meditation, yoga, and sound healing, Billy is now working on a series of recordings that utilize various instruments, voice and sound design to increase relaxation and expand awareness and health. Most recently, he has been exploring the realm of overtone singing, producing 2 or more notes from a single voice, expanding the harmonic spectrum and resonance in the human body, similar to Tuvan throat singers and Tibetan monks.
Lover, Warrior, Magician, King:
A Group for Men with Marc Taylor, MA, Ed.S., LPC
10 week series beginning January 25, 2017 and ending April 5, 2017 (no group on Wednesday, February 15, 2017)
Wednesdays from 11 am to 12 pm
Cost: 200 pesos per meeting or 1800 pesos for all 10 meetings (200 peso discount)
This 10 week group is oriented to tasks of accessing and applying four central masculine archetypes. Based in the work of Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, the group will explore the expression of these archetypes from “Boy psychology” to “Man Psychology.” Group members will have the opportunity to reveal the Shadow aspects associated with each archetype and bring them out into the light.
This workshop comes a time when men are faced, once again, with the challenges of discarding political and media driven stereotypes of the modern patriarchy in favor of accessing the strength of true masculinity. Another way to understand this is abandoning the restraints and abuses of “Boy Psychology” and embracing “Man Psychology”
This current challenge does not, have some have suggested, require less masculine power. It does offer the opportunity to have more mature masculine power. Therefore, in this group we will discover and celebrate authentic masculine power and potency for our own sake and relationships as well as find application to the wider world.
While this group experience is largely based in process and the building of relationship, it is structured to aid in understanding and development. What follows is brief synopsis of the structure
From Boys to Men. A discussion of the four archetypes from the points of view of Boy Psychology and Man Psychology. Aspects of the “Shadow Archetype” are introduced. The Hero’s Journey is explored
Masculine Ritual Process. Reflection on maturation, identification of ritual process and its players. Personal experience, successes and failures, and current challenges.
Meet the “King” Discussion of the organizing, centering and procreative nature of the King Archetype in both Shadow and Fullness. We begin to look at developmental tasks that help bring this archetype to fullness in our individual lives. Individual homework is identified.
You as King. Group process around the idea of identifying aspects of this archetype in our personal lives. Introduction of active imagination dialogue, invocation, admiration and “As IF” acting.
Meet the Warrior. Discussion of the protecting, masterful, sacrificial service, and compassionate aspects of the Warrior in fullness and in Shadow. We look at the developmental tasks associated with this archetype Individual Homework is identified.
You as the Warrior. Group process around the idea of identifying aspects of this archetype in our personal lives. Active Imaging and Admirations is practiced.
Meet the Magician. Discussion of awareness, insight, separate realities and the “Observing ego.” We look at the developmental tasks associated with this Archetype. Individual homework is identified.
You as the Magician. Group process around the idea of identifying aspects of this archetype in our personal lives. Invocation and as if acting is practiced.
Meet the Lover. Discussion of play, sensuality, libido, universal holography and forgiveness aspects of the Lover in fullness and in Shadow. We look at the developmental tasks associated with this archetype. Individual homework is identified.
You as the Lover. Group process around the idea of identifying aspects of this archetype in our personal lives. Active imaging is practiced.
Integration and parting. We look at the strategies for integrating the four central archetypes and discuss our plans. Admiration is practiced in a parting ritual.
Marc Taylor, MA, Ed.S., LPC
Marc practices therapy founded in the understanding that a therapeutic relationship is grounded in unconditional positive regard, the sacred trust of confidentiality and a fundamental belief that we are all on a path to health and well-being. He brings to LifePath his 40 years of service to the growth and healing of individuals, organizations and communities. Marc earned his Bachelor Degree from Madison College. He earned a Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling at St. John’s University. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and the Educational Specialist degree from James Madison University where he also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Marc taught Counseling Theory and Techniques and wrote and taught a special course in Counseling with Men at James Madison University. Most recently he provided therapeutic services at a clinic serving the homeless in Richmond, Virginia as well as operating private practice.
200 pesos per meeting or 1800 pesos for all 10 meetings (200 peso discount)
To register, email Marc at email@example.com or call him at 044.415.153.0402.
Awakening to Pure Awareness:
Non-Dual Meditation with Phil Roger
Fridays from 11 am to 1 pm
(beginning January 6, 2017)
Suggested Donation: 100 pesos
Non- Dual Meditation
Gently guided meditation, contemplation of wisdom teachings and commentary combined with heart centered discussion help us explore the ultimate questions of our existence. These wisdom teachings take us to the edge of the conceptual mind leaving us no option but to jump into the emptiness of pure awareness, into the vast ocean of source consciousness. The focus of the class is not only on meditation but also on the process of releasing the obstacles to our awakening. This is the end of seeking, the prodigal essence returning home to it’s source.
Phil Roger has been following his spiritual path for fifty years. His journey has taken him through Vedanta, Taoism, Mystical Christianity, Jung, Native American spirituality and most recently into the mysteries of Vajrayana Buddhism. He has often been a teacher in most of these. He is now exploring a very clear and direct path to awakening, free of the complexities of traditional approaches. Phil lives in San Miguel full time, exploring the spiritual nature of various art forms and the celebration of creativity.
Suggested donation of 100 pesos
To register, email Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 044 415 101 0062.
Non-Dual Meditation Teacher
Tai Chi at LifePath
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 am – 9:45 am, and Mondays 5 pm – 6:15 pm
Cost per class: 150 pesos
Class Package: 1000 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.
Chair Yoga with Antonio
Tuesday 3-4 pm & Thursday 1-2 pm
Cost per class: 150 pesos
Class Package: 1000 pesos for 10 classes
(valid for one year)
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.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Antonio
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:15 am
Cost per class: 150 pesos
Class package: 1000 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!
Steeped in Gratitude,
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)
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
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.
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
CLASS CANCELLED BEGINNING MARCH 21, 2017 AND WILL RESUME MAY 5, 2017
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:
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:
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.“