Classes & Workshops

View upcoming classes, workshops and events held in our studio rental space.

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September 4

Group Reiki

 

Jeanne Gundersen of The Sacred Soul and Alex Beecroft of Rooted Reiki are teaming up to offer Reiki in a group setting at a highly discounted price. Every participant will receive individual attention from Jeanne and Alex. Reiki will also be offered to the entire group throughout the session.

Space is limited. You must RSVP by Tuesday, September 3rd.
RSVP by emailing jeanne@sacredsoulgr.com

Please bring a yoga mat, pillow, and blanket.

Led by WCGR member Jeanne Gundersen is a Reiki Master Practitioner with the Wellness Collective. She is the founder of The Sacred Soul, where she works one on one with clients to open, cleanse and balance their chakras.

Date and Time
Wednesday, September 4
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Cost
$25

Contact
Jeanne Gundersen

September 5

De-Stress with Acupuncture

 

De-Stress with Acupuncture is an experiential Acupuncture session with Dr. Bridget Chin. This unique opportunity will teach you what acupuncture can do and how it is used to quiet the mind and heal the body. You will experience Acupuncture by a renowned expert and learn specific acupuncture points to treat yourself, family and friends.

Dr. Bridget Chin has been practicing Integrative Medical Acupuncture for over 13 years. As a physician trained in surgery and acupuncture, she utilizes her knowledge to integrate Eastern and Western medicine to offer the best care for her patients. Dr. Chin is a national and international acupuncture presenter and continues to have a teaching affiliation with Harvard Medical School. She is also a new Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Space is limited. Register by email.

Date and Time
Thursday, September 5
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Cost
$10

Contact
Bridget Chin

September 7- October 12

Find Your Flow: Yoga for Larger Bodies

 

This 6-week series will help you build a yoga practice that is specific to your unique body. Together we will explore different variations of traditional yoga poses, ideas for transitioning from one pose to another, and how tools and props can be used to enhance your practice.

This class aims to empower you to advocate for your own body and its needs and to confidently enter any yoga class with tips to help you feel successful in tailoring the practice to suit you. If you have ever been interested in yoga but worried that your body may not be able to do many of the poses, or that you will feel out of place in a yoga class due to the size of your body or fitness level, this is the class for you.

We will learn together why yoga is much more about what a pose feels like than what a pose looks like by following the sensations in your body as the greatest teacher in a yoga practice.

*NEW* I am happy to offer a higher level of support as an add-on to registration in this series which includes two 45-minute one-on-one sessions, help in setting personal movement goals, and weekly check-ins about those goals.

Sometimes what keeps us from sticking with a movement practice is the limiting beliefs about our body that movement can bring up for us. Often we think we just don’t have enough willpower, but it may be more about needing skills to mindfully work through these body beliefs. These one on one sessions are designed to help you navigate through any beliefs or body shame that come up in class, to dive deeper into any questions you have about how to work with your body specifically, and to start to create a new narrative about your body, what it is capable of, and your relationship to it.

This series is taught by Emily Martin, a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher who is passionate about body image and expanding our idea of what someone who practices yoga looks like. Emily trained with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes in Yoga for All and draws from her personal experience of practicing yoga in a larger body.

Date and Time
 Saturday, September 7- Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

Cost
$139-$289

Contact
Emily Martin

September 10 – October 17

Kundalini Yoga and the Nervous System – 6 Week Series

 

Kundalini Yoga GR’s upcoming 6 week Kundalini Yoga series will focus on the NERVOUS SYSTEM. Involved in every function of the body, the nervous system is the fulcrum of life and command center of the body.

BALANCE will be the key word here. Finding balance is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of the nervous system. When the nervous system becomes overtaxed and overstretched by stress, we become susceptible to overwhelm, depression and illness.

This series will also act on the ENDOCRINE SYSTEM which works hand in hand with the nervous system as managers of the body. When they are balanced, the body is balanced.

Work will be done to reinforce the FRONTAL LOBE (where conscious decisions are being made) and calm down the LIMBIC SYSTEM (fear/survival), so that when stress arises, you do not fall into fight or flight mode immediately. You will also focus on balancing your RIGHT BRAIN (feelings, emotions, big picture) and LEFT BRAIN (facts, language details, logistics). Kundalini Yoga and meditation help cultivate dialogue between both hemispheres.

In this series, you will stimulate your THIRD VENTRICULE (connecting point between rational upper parts of brain and deeper survival-based functions of lower brain). Through deep meditation, physical and subtle anatomy merge in this space as the glands create the biochemical experience which correlates to the aha moments of bliss. It is the foundation of the BODY-MIND connection.

And finally you will learn how to consciously access and manage the AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM through breathing: sympathetic (accelerator, boost of energy, fight of flight) and parasympathetic (decelerator, diminishing energy, rest and digest). This is key to stress management and increasing your capacity to withstand stress. Instead of a teacup’s worth of stress sending someone off the deep end, it’s more like a bathtub’s worth of space to hold and process stress.

Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of the nervous system. Every class will start with a specific warm up (physical or pranayama), followed by the main kriya, a deep gong relaxation and when there is time, conclude with a meditation.

Additionally, a closed facebook group for students will be created where Susanne will share the teachings to encourage everone to start some kind of home practice.

This 6 week series begins the week of September 10th.
There will be 3 identical classes every week, offered on different days:
Tuesdays, 9:30am – 11am: Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15
Wednesdays, 5:15am – 6:45am: Sep 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16
Thursdays, 9:30am – 11am: Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17

Please pick one class day/time for the whole series.

All levels welcome as well as everybody – all ages, all body shapes, all genders, all colors…
Chair modification will be available for those who are not comfortable on the floor.

Led by WCGR member Susanne Werblow, founder of Kundalini Yoga GR.

Date and Time
September 10 – October 17
Tuesdays, 9:30am – 11:00am
Wednesdays, 5:15am – 6:45am
Thursdays, 9:30am – 11:00am

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

Cost
$75 (whole series)
6-class punch card available

Contact
Susanne Werblow

September 12 & 19

Integrating Sustainability

 

Living in harmony with nature is not just about hugging trees. (Yes, hugging trees is fun and energizing – no one will debate that!)

Integrating Sustainability is about inviting interconnection, circularity, resilience, regeneration, and biophilia (“love of life”) in our daily lives so that we thrive harmoniously with ourselves, others, and our environment. Sustainability in the purest form, means to meet today’s needs without compromising the needs of the future. It is about acknowledging the multi-dimensional world we live in — mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally — and fostering well-being both in the now and the long-run.

This 2-part workshop, led by WCGR member Lauren Zulli, will dive into the foundations of sustainability and explore concepts such as interconnection, circularity, resilience, regeneration, and biophilia (“love of life”). In Part 1 you’ll learn about the guiding principles of sustainability and how they apply to various elements of your life. In Part 2 you’ll gain practical tools and techniques for living more in harmony with nature by applying sustainability concepts to food, clothes, personal care products, home furnishings, relationships, and wellness practices. All participants will receive a workbook and free guide on integrating holistic & sustainable practices into your life, work, relationships, and home.

Who is this workshop for?

Anyone interested and eager to expand their horizon of sustainability to include history, philosophy, concepts, and applications. This workshop is for beginners, advocates, practitioners, teachers, seekers, and believers who want to enrich their practice and integrate sustainability into the multi-faceted human experience.

Classes can be purchased individually or as a package.

Lauren is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation with a focus on whole-being empowerment and energy management. Lauren serves her clients by supporting individual and collective growth that is rooted in core values and aligned with intentional action. She brings her holistic perspectives from 10 years of experience in both the sustainability and wellness industry to support your learnings on integrating sustainable concepts into your life, work, home, and community.

Date and Time
Thursdays, September 12 & 19
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Cost
Single class – $20
Package – $40
Early Bird Special – $35 (before 9/6/19)

Contact
Lauren Zulli

September 16 – November 4

Chakra Journey Group

 

This is an 8-week series exploring and supporting each individual chakra. The goal of this group is to dive deeper into experiences that open, cleanse and support each chakra. Each week we will engage all of our senses with that which supports that chakra.

Register by emailing Jeanne.

Led by WCGR member Jeanne Gundersen. Jeanne is a Reiki Master Practitioner with the Wellness Collective. She is the founder of The Sacred Soul, where she works one on one with clients to open, cleanse and balance their chakras.

Date and Time
Mondays, September 16 – November 4
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Cost
$50/series
$10/class

Contact
Jeanne Gundersen

September 18 – October 23

Essential Flow 6-week Yoga Series

 

Does your yoga practice need a little reboot after a summer hiatus? Ready to reprioritize your practice this fall? Little Dipper’s Essential Flow series is the perfect opportunity to recommit to breath, to movement, and to YOU.

Six sessions to help you cultivate balance, strength, and flexibility. Just you, your mat, and 60 minutes of flow. Beginner friendly, but ideal for yogis with some vinyasa experience.

Class size is limited to 15 participants; all payments and registration fees are nonrefundable.
Contact Kate for more info or if you’d like to pay for registration with cash or check.

Kate is an RYT 200 yoga teacher trained specifically in vinyasa style (flow-based) yoga and mindfulness techniques. For her, yoga is all about learning how to show up, connect, and move from a place of alignment with your deepest, truest YOU. She believes that truly honoring your body as both your best teacher and your ultimate authority is the secret to letting go of old patterns that aren’t serving you and building new ones that will.

Date and Time
Wednesdays, September 18 – October 23
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Cost
$69 (payment plan available upon request)

Contact
Kate Block

September 20

Self-Care Workshop for Therapists

 

The Self-care Workshop seeks to provide insight and awareness of how to care for ourselves as therapists. The workshop will provide experiential practices in order build better self-care practices and have fun along the way. At the end, each person will take away a self-care practice to use in their every day lives.

Laurie Eldred is a clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience in the field. She works part time for Allow Therapy Partners. Laurie is a strong advocate for her own self-care and her fellow caretakers.

Date and Time
Friday, September 20
10:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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

Cost
$125

Contact
Laurie Eldred

October 10 – May 17

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy Certification

 

There is a group of practitioners craving deeper and sustainable change in their lives and in the world. There’s a longing to provide tools to guide people toward connecting to their own natural state of being, helping them to live from all facets of wholeness after trauma and limiting beliefs.

The educators of GRHY invite you to join the 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification.
Applications are being accepted at this time.

***** Radically expand your yoga practice and teaching by facing limiting beliefs and unknown barriers to reconnecting to your Self; barriers which keep you feeling small and not showing up in your life.

***** Learn tools to support others in their ability to open the window of tolerance and move toward pain and fear.

***** Learn to be a sovereign facilitator, gaining skills in reading energy in yourself, how to stay centered while interacting with another, shadow monitoring, and mirroring.

****Stand out in a crowded yoga marketplace by integrating mental and emotional health skills and dialogue.

****Specialize in the embodiment necessary to facilitate a present moment experience over and prescription.

Led by members of Grand Rapids Healing Yoga.

Date and Time
October 4 – May 17
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location
Contact Raechel

Cost
$2900

Contact
Raechel Morrow

October 30 – December 18, 2019

7 Keys to Freedom – 8 week Chakradance Course

 

Do you desire to shift old, stagnate energy so that you can experience more freedom in your life? Does living a life of balance and harmony speak to your soul? Or do you simply need to replenish and restore your energy? If so, come and join an intimate group of individuals who are committed to finding peace and joy through deep inner transformational work.

Be prepared for major energetic shifts as you experience moments of pure bliss and freedom as you dive in and explore your inner world of chakras and release blocked energy allowing you to realign your true, authentic self.

During the 7 Keys to Freedom, you will explore in detail, each of the 7 Chakras and bring them back into balance by using guided meditation, freeform movement, ancient mandala art and eclectic music selected to resonate with and balance each specific chakra. There will also be time for reflection and group shares regarding your personal journey through the chakras. There is no choreographed dance movements and no dance experience is needed. This is a meditative movement course.

A booklet with information about each chakra will be handed out and reviewed. Ways of working with the chakra system will also be explored so that you can continue your journey after the course is completed.

Week 1: A balancing dance of all 7 Chakras (Oct 30)
Week 2: The Dance of Mother Earth (Base Chakra – Nov 6)
Week 3: The Dance of Sensuality (Sacral Chakra – Nov 13)
Week 4: The Dance of Power (Solar Plexus Chakra – Nov 20)
Week 5: The Dance of Love (Heart Chakra -Nov 27)
Week 6: The Dance of Expression (Throat Chakra – Dec 4 )
Week 7: The Dance of Intuition (The Third Eye Chakra -Dec 11)
Week 8: Dance of the Soul (The Crown Chakra – Dec 18)
For more information regarding Chakradance™ please go to www.chakradance.com

Led by WCGR member, Andrea Sulak, MA LLP.  Andrea has worked in the healing profession for 19 years. She is a holistic psycho-spiritual therapist who focuses on assisting individuals in the healing of traumatic experiences that impacts their life-force energy. She utilizes a combination of humanistic therapy techniques, ancient teachings of the chakras, subtle body energy work, guided meditation and Chakradance™ as ways to help individuals move back into alignment.

Date and Time
October 30 – December 18
6:30pm- 8:15pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
Early bird pricing: $140 by October 2, 2019 
$160 after October 2, 2019
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Contact
Andrea Sulak

November 9

Throwing of the Bones Ceremony

 

Throwing of the Bones Ceremony in the ways of Ka Ta See is an ancient divination ceremony and healing art. Join JoAnne Dodgson for this powerful healing ceremony to receive guidance for your life and the changing times on the earth. The doctoring and guidance from the spirits will begin before we meet and continue to touch your life after you receive the ceremony.

“I feel a dynamic, living force in this tradition. The bones speak through you powerfully and you carry this lineage with such grace and beauty.” – M.J.

I feel I received an indescribable healing.” -J.H.

No registration necessary. $25 at the door.

JoAnne Dodgson is a healer, teacher and ceremonial guide in the ways of Ka Ta See, a lineage from the Eastern Andes. She has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Holistic Health. She lives in the enchanted desert mesas of New Mexico.

Date and Time
Saturday, November 9
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

Cost
$25

Contact
JoAnne Dodgson