Starting this Monday May 4th! PROJECT SHINÉ: MIND/BODY/SPIRIT at Chestnut Hill Meeting (20 East Mermaid Lane)
Monday & Thursday morning classes at Chestnut Hill Meeting (behind the Mermaid Inn, parking available in the UCP parking lot) Pay what you can: modeled on Yoga for the People, Shiné classes will be Dana-based, gleaned from the Buddhist practice of cultivating generosity in the form of gifts.
2 classes, 2 levels, every Monday and Thursday morning: 9:15-10:30am vigorous vinyasa (an energizing flow-style with creative, challenging sequencing) 11 am-noon: gentle hatha (a grounding sequence of held poses designed to stabilize the mind and nurture the body)
More about Project Shiné: [shee-nay - a Tibetan word that describes the clear, grounded quality of mind we feel post-yoga.] There are 5 petals to this flowering thing:
Shiné Works: Monthly Yoga for Charity Benefits Monthly offerings at the Chestnut Hill Meeting, proceeds going to Quaker good work in the world. Past benefits have donated to Occupy, Ferguson Legal Defense Fund, support for those just out of prison to re-integrate into their neighborhoods, assistance to Quaker work at Fairhill Cemetery to help rebuild a struggling North Philly neighborhood, and aid to the Bhutanese refugee community of Northeast Philadelphia.
Shiné Tribe: Classes and Workshops Project Shiné classes and workshops offer a unique approach to the integration of body, mind, and spirit. A loving approach to nurturing the body is combined with jargon-free spiritual insight gleaned from various contemplative traditions. Together we find fresh ways to engage the sacred in the cultivation of wonder to come away feeling grounded and joyful. In addition to regular weekly classes, Shiné brings workshops to businesses, yoga studios, and houses of faith.
Shiné Retreats: Half-day, full-day, and Weekend Retreats Seasonal weekend retreats at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center located on 23 beautiful acres in Wallingford, PA, welcoming all for spirit-led learning. Weekend intensives offer the opportunity to deepen your practice in a small, like-minded group of 20 participants. We stay together (option of private or shared rooms) in a secluded cottage complete with its own dining hall, cozy fireplace, and yoga studio with vaulted ceilings, wraparound windows, and gleaming radiant-heat floor, overlooking a bamboo-surrounded frog pond. Shiné retreats can also be brought off-site to you – stay tuned for details.
Shiné Youth: Curricula for Middle and Upper Schools Project Shiné offers workshops, 4-week, and semester-long curricula in Middle and Upper Schools. A Quaker-based approach to body-mind integration offers a toolbox of strategies for reducing stress and increasing spiritual and physical wellbeing. The pressures associated with expectations for academic and personal excellence are lessoned radically and permanently with simple practical skills from three sources: current neurobiological research for optimal brain function, yogic practices for balancing the nervous and endocrine systems, and user-friendly strategies for holding our compass within the conditions of our world. To learn these crucial skills of healthy-mindedness, students engage with yogic movement, sense-based meditations, excerpts from myriad wisdom traditions, reflective writing, and discussion.
At-Home Healing: Yoga/Reiki/Thai Individual and small group sessions: Yogassage in the privacy of your own home! Melt deeper into your practice with loving hands-on assists, then relax and receive with Reiki-style hands-on touch and elements of Thai massage.
Katy Hawkins, Ph.D, teaches wonder, joy, and sanity in Philadelphia. Private sessions, public classes, retreats, and special workshops help students move into their own wholeness by freeing up body and mind. Katy's teaching combines a spirit of play with challenges to drop down into deeper states of being. We all have a handful of stale patterns in our emotional, intuitive, creative and conceptual lives that we're better off without. Students are offered gentle guidance in exploring these stuck spots to break gridlock. Katy's fresh fusions of spiritual insight with physical and meditation practices are peppered with spontaneous moments of poetry and humor. She draws from a storehouse of rich sources - literary, philosophical, and sacred - that cut across faith traditions. Whether in a classroom or a yoga studio, participants co-create a safe space in which to stretch body and spirit. Students can expect to connect with their own inner knowing, to come away clearer, grounded, and more joyful.