Series Classes

Prenatal Yoga

with Erin Grade, Yoga Instructor
Saturdays, January 5-March 30, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Registration is appreciated. Drop-ins welcome.
 
The first class on January 5th is part of our $7 for 7 Days Yoga special!

Pregnancy is a time of tremendous growth and change, both physically and emotionally. It is a time to nourish yourself and your growing baby. Join us for this winter prenatal series to cultivate the breath, stamina, and courage in preparation for birth. Each weekly class will integrate breathing techniques, warm-ups, core strengthening postures, relaxation, and meditation. The class will meet you wherever you are in your journey, whether you are new to yoga or have a previous practice. You will enjoy the many benefits of prenatal yoga including stress relief, reduced nausea, reduced inflammation, increased stamina and strength, as well as increased bonding and compassion. This series is a wonderful opportuntiy to gather with other pregnant women and share your joys and concerns. It is a time for essential self-care. Hope to see you there!

The class will run from January 5th through March 30th. You may sign up for 12, 8, or 4 weeks or drop in, whatever works best for you during your pregnancy.

Level: Pregnant women at any stage in the journey, especially the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
 
Registration/Payment: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. You may bring payment to the first class. The suggested donation for drop-ins is $15.
Prenatal Pass Options
 
Questions about the Class: contact Erin at [email protected] or 593-6951
 
Your spirit as a woman has all the knowledge you need to give birth and nurture your child. It is in your genes; it has been with you since you yourself were conceived. You can trust its wisdom. - Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
 

Women's Kundalini Circle

with Ingrid Magnuson, Kundalini Instructor
Three Wednesdays, January 9-23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
By registration.
 
Loving yourself often begins with something as simple as allowing yourself one complete deep breath. Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
 
This January, join a beautiful circle of women for a journey into the heart. Tune in, breathe, and listen deeply. Nourish yourself. In this healing three-week series, we will feed the Heart Chakra through pranayama, mantra, and meditation. We will practice the Meditation to Arouse Mercy & Compassion to illuminate the divine qualities of our heart. We will explore physical exercises called kriyas to balance and energize the whole system. Each class will provide ample time for deep rest and restorative relaxation. The environment will be one of tender and loving care for ourselves and each other.
 
Level: Women of all ages are welcome; no experience necessary.
 
Registration/Payment: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. You may bring payment to the first class.
Suggested donation
 
Note: The Dancing Elephant welcomes people of all genders and gender expressions, as well as non-binary and genderqueer people. This class offering is specifically offered for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them.
 

Meditation in Everyday Life

with Sydney Hall & Julie Head
Five Tuesdays, January 15-February 12, 6-8 p.m.
By registration.
 
Join us for this five-week course and learn how to strengthen and befriend your mind. By the end of the series, you’ll be equipped with tools to establish your own meditation practice.
 
Register with a friend and you each pay half price!
 
Each week, we will join together to practice seated and walking meditation, as well as share in discussion about readings from several Shambhala Buddhist texts. Together, we will explore what happens when we stop avoiding ourselves and practice simply being with whatever is going on in the present moment. Through mindfulness and awareness, we will learn to cultivate stability and courage in the daily complexities of jobs, responsibilities, relationships, and the everyday desires, concerns, and uncertainties we all face. This is the first class in the Way of Shambhala curriculum. It offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of an enlightened society created through mindfulness-awareness meditation.
 
Class description:
Class 1: Basic Goodness and Peaceful Abiding
Class 2: Gathering the Mind and Working with Emotions
Class 3: Overcoming the Obstacles to Meditation
Class 4: Willing to Open: The Genuine Heart
Class 5: Meditation as a Transformational Tool for Society
 
Level: Everyone is welcome; no experience necessary.
 
Registration/Payment: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: Copies of Turning the Mind into an Ally will be available for sale at the class.
 
Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email and plan to pay at class or in installments. Thank you!
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).
 

Social Meditation

with Maggie Karoff & Beverly Feldt
Mondays, January 28-March 25, 6:30-8 p.m. (no meeting 2/18)
 
Join us for an open-hearted exploration of meditation and community. Social Meditation is a powerful practice that guides us in developing a culture of “nowness” and a space to relate authentically with one another. In this practice, we explore what it feels like to speak and listen from our present moment experience. We practice communicating with bravery and vulnerability so that we can bring these qualities into our daily lives and experience our individual and collective goodness as a community and a society. 
 
During each gathering, we will practice sitting meditation, engage in Social Meditation, and conclude with tea and socializing. There will be tea available at 6:15 p.m. To support the practice environment, please arrive by 6:30 p.m. If you are running late, please enter quietly up until 6:45 p.m. 

Participants of all ages, backgrounds, and spiritual traditions are welcome. No prior meditation experience required. 

Suggested donation: $5-10 drop-in. There is no advance registration.
 
About the facilitators: Beverly Feldt was introduced to Social Meditation through a weekend retreat with Shastri Nick Kranz at Rockland Shambhala in September, 2017. She notes, “I love the deep listening and deep sharing fostered by Social Meditation and am inspired by the idea that this is a model for a wider community of love and generosity." Maggie Karoff first practiced Social Meditation at the Boston Shambhala Meditation Center in 2013 and has been consistently inspired by the powerful ripple effects of this practice in her relationships and communities.
 
Social Meditation was developed by Shastri Nick Kranz, under the mentorship of Acharya Adam Lobel, over the last 10 years. It is currently practiced at Shambhala Centers around the world. 
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.
 

Women's Healing Circle

with Courtney Cease, Yoga Instructor
Five Wednesdays, February 6-March 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
By registration.
 
The healing circle is an opportunity for women to gather for peace, compassion, and practice. The series is for women who are enduring illnesses and who are seeking connection and healing of the mind, body, and soul. Illnesses might include autoimmune, chronic, mental, and mystery/undiagnosed illnesses, Lyme Disease, and cancer, among others. Each week, we will come together to practice gentle restorative yoga postures (asanas), calming breathwork exercises, chakra and energy realignment, and meditation and contemplation. These practices will help us to collectively release emotional burdens and physical blockages and unearth a deeper sense of peace, acceptance, understanding, and self-compassion. The circle provides a nourishing and sacred space for personal growth, sharing, healing, and friendship.
 
Level: women of all ages are welcome; no experience necessary
 
Registration/Payment: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. You may bring payment to the first class.
Suggested donation
 
Note: The Dancing Elephant welcomes people of all genders and gender expressions, as well as non-binary and genderqueer people. This class offering is specifically offered for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them.
 

Standing at the Edge

with Cynthia Trone & Rachel Nixon
Five Tuesdays, February 26-March 26, 6-8 p.m.
By registration.
 
The way out of the storm and mud of suffering, the way back to freedom on the high edge of strength and courage, is through the power of compassion. – Roshi Joan Halifax
 
Standing at the Edge is a five-week book study group based on Standing at the Edge, Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Roshi Joan Halifax. 
 
What edges are you working with you in your life? What does freedom feel like to you? With curiosity and gentleness, we will explore the Edge states identified by Halifax— altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, engagement, and compassion. At these edges, we often experience strength and fear. We touch into the full range of our human experience. Guided by Halifax’s wisdom and stories of caregivers, humanitarians, teachers, and other activists, we will explore what it means to live a life of engaged and compassionate service, at the edge.
 
Each class will include meditation, contemplation practices, an interactive synopsis of the week's reading, and sharing/discussion. Everyone is encouraged to bring questions, ideas, and curiosities to the group each week.
 
The class topics include:
 
Class 1: Altruism and Empathy
Class 2: Integrity
Class 3: Respect
Class 4: Engagement
Class 5: Compassion and Grace
 
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners and advanced practitioners.
 
Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: Copies of Standing at the Edge will be available for purchase at the class.
 
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email and plan to pay at class. Thank you.
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Beverly Feldt & Maggie Karoff
Five Tuesdays, April 9-May 7, 6-8 p.m.
By registration.
 
Suffering is a result of roaming, the urge to keep looking for an external source of happiness. Much of our stress these days is caused by simple lack of contentment.
                          - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
 
Contentment in Everyday Life is a five-week meditation course in the Shambhala tradition. The program offers experiential training in contentment, as well as an exploration of the obstacles or challenges to experiencing simplicity and nowness. It is based on the premise that we often look for satisfaction outside of ourselves. But, when we get what we want, it's not enough and we're off chasing the next thing that might bring us happiness. As we'll explore in this class, true contentment is always right here, right now — if we could just learn to relax and tune into it.
 
This class series explores the Shambhala view of basic goodness and introduces the foundational teachings of Buddhism. Through talks, guided meditation, contemplation, and discussion, we gain understanding of unconditional contentment, and we learn to develop gentleness, precision, appreciation, and steadiness. Practicing these qualities in our lives leads to contentment and everyday awake action. Together, we'll gain understanding into how painful conditions and emotions keep us trapped in habitual patterns, rather than open us to our inherent goodness. 
 
Class Topics
Class 1: Introducing Contentment: "Friendly to Oneself"
Class 2: Contemplating Contentment: "Nowness"
Class 3: Suffering & The Four Noble Truths: "Meeting Suffering with Gentleness"
Class 4: Working with Emotions & Buddhist Psychology
Class 5: The Confidence of Contentment
 
Readings will be provided from multiple texts including Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Turning the Mind into an Ally, Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness, Ruling Your World, and The Sanity You are Born With. Cost of photocopies is included in class price.
 
Contentment in Everyday Life is the second class in The Way of Shambhala program. This course of study is a practice and study path that presents the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and explores how we can apply them in day-to-day life. There are five everyday life classes and five level trainings in the curriculum.
 
Level: This course is beneficial to new and experienced meditators alike.
 
Registration/Payment: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: Cost includes $10 for photocopied readings.

Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email and plan to pay at class or in installments. Thank you!

Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).