Classes & Workshops

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January 15 – March 28

The Ten Human Bodies: 10 Week Kundalini Yoga Series

 

According to yogic wisdom, humans have not one but ten “bodies”: the physical body, three mental bodies (negative, positive and neutral) and six energy bodies (soul body, Arcline, Aura, Pranic body, Subtle body and Radiant body). All of these different layers of your being can be experienced and worked on through yoga and meditation.

“If you understand that you are ten bodies and you are aware of those ten bodies and you keep them in balance, then the whole universe will be in balance with you.”
-Yogi Bhajan

Join Kundalini Yoga GR for this 10 week kundalini yoga series that will teach you from this ancient wisdom and give you tools to keep your ten bodies in balance. Each week will focus on one body, featuring a specific kriya followed by a meditation related to that specific body.

Class schedule:
Jan 15 – 17: The Soul
Jan 22 – 24: The Negative Mind
Jan 29 – 31: The Positive Mind
Feb 5 – 7: The Neutral Mind
Feb 12 – 14: The Physical Body
Feb 19 – 21: NO CLASSES
Feb 26 – 28: The Arcline
March 5 – 7: The Aura
March 12 -14: The Pranic Body
March 19 – 21: The Subtle Body
March 26 -28: The Radiant Body

Tuesday/Thursday classes are from 9:30 – 11:00am
Wednesdays classes are from 5:15 – 6:45am

Drop-ins are welcome. There will be 3 classes offered every week. Drop in for $15/class or purchase a 6-class punch card for $75.
If you want to stick to the same day each week, buy the whole 10-week series for $100.

All levels are welcome. For health concerns or questions, email Kundalini Yoga GR in advance.
Bring your yoga mat, a blanket and water.

Date and Time
January 15 – March 28
Tuesdays/Thursdays
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Wednesdays
5:15 am – 6:45 am

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$15/drop-in
$75/6-classes
$100/10-week series

Contact
Susanne Werblow

January 15 – February 5

Managing Stress with Kundalini Yoga – Evening Classes

 

Due to student request Kundalini yoga is now being offered at night. For those who have heard about the benefits of kundalini yoga, but haven’t been able to make it in the morning, this is for you.

This four week series is dedicated to handling stress and learning yoga tools and meditations to help you manage your stress and relax. Stress is a natural and healthy response, but too much stress or chronic stress begins to affect our thoughts, behaviors and eventually our physical health in a negative way. Kundalini yoga teaches invaluable tools to help lower your stress in crisis moments, manage your stress in your daily life and de-program stress triggers that no longer serve you.

Class schedule:
Jan 15: Eliminate Tension and Stress
Jan 22 : Kriya to Throw Off Stress
Jan 29 : Pittra Kriya for Releasing Stress
Feb 5 : Wake up Your Body to Handle Stress

Registering for the entire series is recommended, but individual class drop-in is available dependent upon class size.
Regular students may use their 6-class punch card.

All levels are welcome. Chair modification is available.
Bring your yoga mat, a blanket and water. Please try to eat after the session or very lightly before.

Date and Time
Tuesdays, January 15 – February 5
7:30 pm – 8:40 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$15/drop-in
$50/series

Contact
Susanne Werblow

January 19

Awaken: A day of body, mind, spirit exploration

 

Move into 2019 with greater openness to an awakened life. Grant yourself space and time for reflection, self-discovery and an opportunity to encounter new ideas for yourself, your relationships, and your life.

This one-day event features classes led by Wellness Collective members to help you awaken your body and spirit to the new year and the new possibilities that await you.

Come for one class or stay for the entire day to:
*boost your immune system
*balance your energy
*build healthier relationships
*bring forth body awareness

 
Boost your Immune System with Kundalini Yoga

9:00-10:30
Try out kundalini yoga and learn how to use this practice to fight off disease at it’s very beginning by triggering your own healing capacity. Warm up with the immune system booster pranayama (breathing exercise) followed by the disease resistance kriya. You will also experience a deep gong relaxation. Beginners and more advanced students are all welcome. Chair modifications available if requested. Dress in comfortable clothes, bring water or tea, your yoga mat, meditation cushion and blanket if you have one.

Class led by Susanne Werblow

 
The Psychology of Chakras
10:30-12:00
Are you not living the life that you know your soul longs to live? Do you desire to find peace and harmony in your life? Do you feel sluggish and out of energy most of the time? If you answered yes to any of these, then learning about your unique energy system (known as the chakra system) and what to do to bring it back into balance can change your life.
 

In this 90 minute class you will learn about the different developmental stages of each chakra, which childhood issues can cause imbalance in your chakra system and the long term effects those issues can have on your energy system. You will also learn how to identify when your chakras are out of balance. This class will conclude with guided meditation and chanting to restore and bring balance back to your energy system.

Class led by Andrea Sulak

 
Free Lunch/Open Q&A*
12:00-1:30
 
Cosmic Awareness for Couples: Learn how the placement of key planets in your astrological birth chart influence what you bring to your relationships
1:30-3:00

Explore the ancient underpinnings of astrology with a focus on which planets & signs exert the strongest influence on relationships! Learn how to create a birth chart for yourself and we will lead you in a discussion of how these influences show up in your love life. From the perspective of evolutionary astrology (meaning we are not predicting or forecasting), we will be seeking the highest expression of the planets and signs most relevant to understanding how you both approach relationships.

Class led by Rachel Gerson and Karen Robertson

 
Mindful Movement: A Playful Exploration in Self-Expression
3:00-4:30
Before we learned to communicate with spoken language, we explored and responded to the world with movement. Even when we’re sitting perfectly still, our bodies are abuzz with movement, for the pumping of our heart and the breathing of our lungs, to the complex metabolization of food into energy and waste. The neurons in our brains process signals at a constant and high-speed rate, and our muscles contract and relax to serve our desires, activities, and both our voluntary and involuntary tasks. Movement is one of our most primary ways of knowing.
 
But might we gain fresh insights into our being by exploring movement for the purpose of listening to the body’s messages? While our bodies move in physiological patterns, they also move in psychological patterns. When we begin to pay attention to the subtle somatic movements, we can gain a deeper understanding of our mind-workings.
 

This workshop offers a playful exploration in conscious movement, raising to our awareness many of the micro-movements that we often give little attention to. Participants will be led through various mindful processes to notice the message our bodies hold and explore what they might mean for us.

Class led by Kara McNabb and Rachelle Oppenhuizen

 
 
*From 12:00-1:30 join us for light snacks and an open question & answer time with Wellness Collective members. Mingle with our members to learn more about what treatments and tools are offered here at Wellness Collective GR.  (FREE to all; no registration necessary for this lunchtime open house)
 
Attend classes individually or come for the entire day.
Cost: $10/class; $30/full-day

Date and Time
Saturday, January 19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$10/class
$30/full day

Contact
Erica McLaughlin

January 31

There and Back Again, Caitlyn Brandt’s Art Opening

 

We are excited to show Caitlyn Brandt’s stunning and colorful landscape paintings at the Wellness Collective studio.

About her work Caitlyn shares, “When walking towards a destination, one’s mind wanders, then all of a sudden he or she has arrived without realizing how one got there. I’m interested in this state of mind, where one’s mind is in-between awareness and detachment. My work explores how one navigates and organizes space. I’m interested in what is concealed and what is revealed to the conscious mind. How does one unravel and see beyond a network of branches and discern space from flat shapes or tonal patterns? Reality and the invented are entangled in the landscapes I paint so that one is floating in a limbo of ambiguity.”

Caitlyn Brandt is a painter who currently lives and works in Hudsonville, Michigan. She just received her BFA with an emphasis in painting from Grand Valley State University. Her work is exhibited nationally and is included in both private and public collections.

Experience Caitlyn’s work at this WCGR art opening event.

Date and Time
Thursday, January 31
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
Free

Contact
Susanne Werblow

February 2

From Wounds to Wisdom

 

This 90 minute spiritual healing experience is at the service of any woman who has experienced spiritual distress, crisis or spiritual abuse. Spiritual wounds run deep within the core of who we are. We often carry the scars but don’t always have the language to name them. Once we can name them, we can begin to heal them. Our healing turns our wounds into some of our deepest wisdom.

During this session, participants will begin the process of healing though experiences of gentle slow meditative movement, deep attentive listening to the wise woman within, and allowing the grace of being in the presence of others in their woundedness to create a healing balm for each other’s hearts and souls.

Register by contacting Cami via email.

Cami is a practitioner of interspiritual direction. She accompanies all those who are seeking a deeper meaning and purpose in their life; rooted in the sacred. Through the practice of spiritual direction, seekers come to a profound experience of the sacred residing deep with themselves. Spiritual direction allows for seekers to listen and respond intentionally and attentively to the wisdom that arises from this sacred exploration.

Date and Time
Saturday, February 2
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$30

Contact
Cami Beecroft-Mann

February 6 – March 13

Yoga for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

 

Join yoga therapist Raechel Morrow in experiencing the oldest form of therapy, yoga. Research has strongly concluded that therapeutic yoga can reduce the impact of our stress response and be helpful in decreasing both anxiety and depression. The body contains and manifests much of its suffering in the form of shame, self-hatred, and pain. At Grand Rapids Healing Yoga, healing begins within the context of the body through yoga therapy.

The somatic techniques used in this series build a stronger connection to the body and self. The approach to yoga is a practical, safe, and empowering way to establish more mind-body integration. Topics include themes of transformation including befriending your body, self-compassion, truth in action, grounding, choice, flow, empowerment, and interoception. Practices include breath work, yoga postures/philosophy, meditation, and journaling.

Space is limited to 10 participants and is useful for beginner and experienced students.
This course includes a handbook with suggested exploration outside of class.

Raechel Morrow, E-RYT 500, is a certified yoga therapist. Raechel has been teaching yoga in the Grand Rapids area for over 15 years. She believes yoga is the oldest form of therapy. She specializes in embodiment and empowerment. In addition to her work at Grand Rapids Healing Yoga, Raechel also serves as the executive director for the Body Mind Being Project, a non-profit organization providing free wellness and education services to organizations that assist those who have experienced trauma.

Date and Time
Wednesdays, February 6 – March 13
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$150

Contact
Raechel Morrow

February 7 – March 14

Experience GRACE: Therapeutic Trauma-Informed Yoga

 

Discover the power of GRACE, Grand Rapids Healing Yoga’s empowering and foundational system for healing through therapeutic trauma-sensitive yoga. Experience embodied movement, breath work, discernment, and befriending your body in this 6-week trauma-informed yoga series.

GRACE stands for:
Grounding – body strength and awareness
Reconnect – cultivate clear and authentic inner guidance
Awareness – learn how to have present moment experiences
Compassion – deepen your ability to love yourself and others
Empowerment – live life from a deeply rooted sense of power

Each of the core values of GRACE is highlighted through this six-week yoga series, using yoga as the vehicle through which GRACE is discovered and practiced. Each class will focus on one of these pillars, learning to apply what is practiced on the mat in all of life. Resources are provided to encourage work off the mat as well.

This course is specific to females at this time. No previous yoga experience is required – just a willing spirit and an open mind!

Led by Betsy Rosenbrook of Grand Rapids Healing Yoga. Betsy completed her 200-hour registered yoga instructor training with plans to synthesize the ancient wisdom of yoga into the evidenced-based practices of modern culture. Since then, as a licensed social worker she has worked with domestic and sexual assault survivors, kids and teens within the foster care system, social workers and therapists who are exposed to secondary trauma, people struggling with chronic pain, chronically homeless women, and those recovering from addictions.

Date and Time
Thursdays, February 7 – March 14
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$175

Contact
Raechel Morrow

February 9

Introduction to Trauma-Informed Yoga: The Physiology of Resilience

No one is immune from the impact of trauma. Becoming trauma-informed means recognizing your own experiences with trauma and that of people in your community. In this comprehensive training, investigate how teaching and being with a trauma-informed lens can accommodate and address the physical, mental, and spiritual impacts that survivors of trauma may navigate.

The instructor draws from a combination of direct experience, professional work, and academic research, enabling her to attest to both the potential vulnerabilities and the inherent resilience within all. You will explore befriending your body, breath, sensation, and the present moment experience to facilitate healing.

Raechel Morrow BSW, HHP, TTSY, E-RYT is an advocate for empowerment and embodiment. Her background is in social work, holistic healthcare, and therapeutic yoga. She is a graduate of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapies and is currently working as a yoga therapist moving clients away from the narrative and into direct experience within their body.

Date and Time
Saturday, February 9
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$140

Contact
Raechel Morrow

February 16

Fine-Tuning Relationships with The Five Personality Patterns

 

In relationships there often comes a certain point where we feel stressed, uncertain and vulnerable. When we feel these things we tend to behave in unconscious ways that make us feel safer, but may have destructive influences on the people around us and the relationship itself.

These unconscious ways become energetic patterns and relationship dynamics that can negatively impact the relationship. Your instructors, Leah Grace and Karen Robertson, have extensive training in these energetic patterns and relationship dynamics. In this workshop they will lead couples in a day-long exploration of five behavioral and energetic patterns that exist within ourselves and our significant others. In this workshop you will learn how to identify your own pattern, identify your partner’s pattern and receive tools to improve your ability to relate to each other on a deeper and more influential level.

Bonus Gift: Each ticket includes an integration session with Karen and two tickets to a trauma release breathwork ceremony with Leah!
There will be a 90-minute break for lunch. You may bring a lunch or dine at a local restaurant.

Leah Grace, CMT, LELC, is a psycho-spiritual and somatic coach working primarily with individuals to master the relationship they have with themselves as a way to transform their ability to reach their potential in their careers, relationships and life.

Karen Robertson, LMSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who draws as much on her professional training as her life experience in working with couples, teams and conflict. She has completed Gottman Method Level II and is a recognized mediator in the state of Michigan.

Date and Time
Saturday, February 16
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$125-$225

Contact
Leah Grace