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
Fridays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Streams on Youtube here.
This class is for people who have attended Level 1 Mindful Yoga and have developed the body awareness necessary to move into more challenging physical yoga poses with ease.
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Streams on Youtube here.
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.
Weekly Live Qigong Sessions led by Autumn Compton
Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Streams on Youtube here.
InterPlay with Spruce Krause: 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.
Every Second Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm
Zoom link here.
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 licensed acupuncturist and perpetual student of Chinese medicine, Taoism, Buddhism and qigong. He began meditating and studying yoga in the 1970s and learned Yang style taiqi in the 1980s. In the 90s he began the serious study of Chinese medicine, shiatsu, acupuncture, and qigong. He has practiced Shibashi Qigong at Common Ground since 2005. From 2005 until 2015, he supervised acupuncture interns at Courage Center in Golden Valley and taught at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.
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.