Yoga and Qigong

No registration required for yoga and qigong 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 Anita R.: Fridays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This gentle yoga class incorporates trauma-informed mindful movement with key skills of mindfulness for coping with co-occurring disorders. Everyone is welcome.

With Myra Rucker: Mondays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

With Nancy Boler

Level I

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 activities. Open to adults of all ages and all levels of experience.

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Fridays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Level II

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. (Cancelled for the summer).

 

Gentle Yoga and Deep Relaxation

In this class we study and practice relaxation techniques that allow us to “let go” into a deep state of stillness. The result is unification and peacefulness in all aspects of our being. Led by Nancy Boler.

Sundays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: November 10th

 

Laughter Yoga: A Direct Practice of Joy

Laughter yoga involves deep breathing and a deep commitment to being fully in the now. When we are laughing there is no past, no future, and no mind chatter. Laughter increases one’s sense of well-being and promotes a wholesome community. Led by Spruce Krause.

TBD

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’s guided practice instructions:  18 harmonizing movements, healing sounds or opening exercises.  Click here for Steve Compton’s notes on the Healing Sounds practice.  Led by Mark Nunberg, Autumn Compton, and Steve Compton.

Wednesdays, 9:05 – 10:05 a.m., ongoing.

 

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 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.