Mindful Movement

No registration required for mindful movement classes and workshops except where noted. All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.

Mindful Yoga Weekly Practice

In these sessions we practice yoga poses in a way that promotes ease in the mind. We explore physical alignment that results in both physical and mental freedom. In this way, the poses provide an opportunity to consciously cultivate a wholesome, joyful relationship with the body. With practice, mindful yoga supports wise attention in all of our daily lives. This series is open to adults of all ages and all levels of yoga experience. No need to register, just come.

With Myra Rucker: 

  • Mondays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.; Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/111660355 or to participate via phone call 13126266799 then enter this code 111660355#

With Nancy Boler

  • Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm in-person only
  • Wednesdays, 12:05am-1:15am in-person only
  • Fridays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Level 1- On Zoom or In-person. Zoom link here.

Men’s Mindfulness-Centered Yoga with Robb Reed:

  • Wednesdays, in-person only, April 3rd – June 26th at 5:30 – 6:35 pm. All who identify as male are welcome. All levels welcome. More info:

Robb Reed is offering Mindfulness Centered Men’s Yoga this spring. This in-person drop-in class weaves together the ancient healing practices of mindfulness and yoga. Although we might recognize yoga as movement, 5,000 years ago, yoga began as a training of the mind. Yoga, taught mindfully, enables us to embody mindfulness as it awakens us to an intimate awareness of the body and mind.

Due to cultural conditioning, some boys may learn early to suppress and stifle unwanted emotions that would betray weakness or vulnerability. This can result in tension and contracting in our bodies and minds, which can become chronic and unconscious. Then as men, many of us become sealed off from the wellspring of our rich inner sweetness and intuitive wisdom.

Through gentle asana (postures), balancing and core strengthening practices, pranayama (breathing), and short guided meditations, we will explore ways to awaken our bodies while being heedful of the contents of our mind, as we continue this journey toward healthy masculinity for ourselves and for those whose lives we touch. Perhaps we might feel some relief as we gently lay down the weight of our armoring and social conditioning.

As we age, we tend to forget how good it feels to move the body.  Come have some fun, while strengthening, loosening up and enlivening your body, heart, and mind.  Compassion begins with self-care, helping us to be present, balanced, and grounded so that we can fully live into the values we hold dear.

Drop-in Qigong

Qigong is a deeply satisfying healing practice that integrates mindful awareness, breath, and movement. This practice develops relaxation, concentration, and vitality. You can find a list of qigong practices here, drawings here or listen to Mark Nunberg’s guided practice instructions:  18 harmonizing movements, healing sounds or opening exercises.  Click here for Steve Compton’s notes on the Healing Sounds practice.

With Autumn Compton & Steve Compton

  • Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am, In-Person

With Autumn Compton 

  • Fridays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Streams on Youtube here.

InterPlay

Have you ever imagined living life differently? InterPlay helps you explore old habit energy and discover new possibilities through movement, sound, words, stillness and connection. We use simple, easy to do, incremental forms to promote a playful sense of ease, and an authentic sense of connection – both to yourself and others. Connect to the wisdom of the body.

With Spruce Krause

  • Every Second Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm, On Zoom link here.

Teachers

Nancy Boler has been teaching since 1999. She draws from her background in Kripalu yoga, Iyengar yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation. Her class instruction focuses on physical alignment, breath awareness, yoga philosophy, and development of wholesome mind states.

Myra Rucker is a yoga teacher, and yoga student, who firmly believes in the benefits of sthira sukham asanam (Yoga Sutras, II:46) – cultivating a steady, joyful seat. Her introduction to yoga, practicing once a week between professional dancers and musicians (of various ages and fitness levels), quickly illustrated how yoga provides a path for anyone and everyone to be the best version of themselves. Myra is inspired by the idea that yoga (union) – and life – are like a poem, which, as Robert Frost said, “begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” Myra is always available to answer questions or address concerns before and after class. For more information, visit ajoyfulpractice.wordpress.com.

Spruce Krause M.A., Counseling Psychology, Life Coach and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. Spruce has been practicing at Common Ground since about 2000 (she’s lost track of exactly when she first walked in the door, but it has changed her heart/mind & life). Spruce has over 20 years experience supporting individuals and groups in body/mind healing and personal transformation with a playful touch.

Steve Compton is a retired acupuncturist and a perpetual student of Chinese medicine, Taoism, Buddhism, and qigong. He has practiced Shibashi Qigong at Common Ground since 2005.

Autumn Compton was first introduced to the power of Qi gong when she was 15 years old. Formally a Shiatsu therapist and teacher of Shiatsu at Centerpoint Shiatsu Therapy School, she is a lifetime student and practitioner of Taoism, Mindfulness, Qi Gong and dance. Autumn began formally studying Qi Gong in 2000 and continued her training through teachers at Common Ground, as well as with Peng Her, Andrea Sullivan, and Master Mantak Chia. In 2015 Autumn traveled to Thailand to study directly with Master Chia and became certified to teach the Universal Healing Tao foundational practices. One of Autumn’s greatest joys is finding the connections in these life enhancing wisdoms and sharing them with others.