Sangha is a Sanskrit word that refers to a community or assembly of people who share a common vision, goal or purpose. When you join with others to acquire new skills through direct personal experience, the transformative value of the learning is reinforced and enriched through the exchange of ideas and energy. Group learning also allows you to connect with people who have interests similar to yours so that you can support one another after you leave the formal learning environment.
HeartSong's community education programs are interactive in several ways.
- You are invited to interact with the subject matter, by participating in health-promotive activities and engaging in discussions about different ideas.
- You also interact with presenters and with one another, thus creating opportunities for future interactions with people who are interested in health and wellness.
- Perhaps most important of all, you have time and space to interact with yourself, to explore your thoughts, your beliefs and assumptions, your hopes and fears, and sensations in your body.
Through the process of interacting with yourself and others, you have a unique opportunity to clarify your values and goals, develop skills, and create support networks that will support you in making lifestyle changes that will promote your future personal well-being, and the health of your community.
HeartSong offers different community health programs at different times of the year. See our calendar for current offerings. See the calendar to see which programs are currently being offered.
Integral Health: Tools for Holistic Living Winter-Spring 2013
A monthly program where you learn and practice different techniques for promoting health and well-being from different practitioners in the local community. Open to the community.
Integral Health: Tools for Holistic Living
In the space between thinking and doing,
we experience a deep abiding sense of well-being.
In this free community education series, you learn and practice simple techniques to restore and promote personal health and community well-being on multiple levels - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, familial, professional, social, ecological, cultural. Each month a different practitioner from the community offers a session.
This winter and offer a series of four workshops related to one theme for a more in-depth experience. Dr. Ani Hawkinson will be offering an experiential introduction to the healing tradition of Ayurveda, and its sister science, Yoga. Check back as more details about each workshop will be posted as we get closer to the workshop dates.
NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR APRIL
April 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Pranayama: The Science of Vital Energy
Praan in Sanskrit refers to the vital force, in particular the breath, without which we can only live for a few minutes. Praanaayaama translates as "extension of the life force, or breath". It has been used by yogic and ayurvedic practitioners as a means to discipline -- calm -- the mind and invite deeper states of consciousness as a means to understand the nature of human experience more fully in order to free ourselves of the suffering which comes from misperceiving our true nature. Modern research into some of these practices, have shown them to be beneficial in the treatment of most stress-related diseases.
In this workshop, we will practice and then reflect upon our experiences of several different praanaayaam techniques. We will also discuss briefly some of the physiological reasons why they have the effect that they have on the stress response.
NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR MARCH
March 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Ayurveda and Vikriti: The Science of Self-Healing
Ayurveda recognizes that each individual is unique. Furthermore, it acknowledges that there are many factors that contribute to what makes each person different from any other at any given point in time -- at conception, during gestation, after birth. The combined effects of the first two influences result in one's personal constitution at birth -- prakriti. Lifestyle interacting with prakriti determines one's current constitution -- vikriti . Health is a direct reflection of how closely your vikriti matches your prakriti, and the goal of the Ayurvedic medicine is to help align vikriti with prakriti.
In this workshop, we will learn about the three energies -- vata, pita, and kapha -- that make up your unique constitution in varying proportions. We will explore which energies are dominant in your vikriti and explore ways to bring those that are out of proportion from your prakriti back into balance.
February 19, 7-8:30 The Foundational Philosophy of Ayurveda and Yoga: Samkya
Who am I? Where did I come from? What will happen to me when my physical body dies? These are questions that people have tried to answer for millenia. Samkya philosophy provides a simple, yet elegant answer to these questions and forms the foundation for both the science of mind, known as Yoga, and the science of life, known as Ayurveda. Samkya provides insight into how and why these two traditions evolved to form a comprehensive approach to understanding the human mind and body, the relationship between the two, and their relationship to spirit. These traditions teach us a way to live life that promotes a deep sense of personal well-being.
In this workshop, we will explore the concepts with our minds, and then allow ourselves to experience them in our bodies through a movement meditation practice that you can take home to practice on a daily basis.
May 28, 7-8:30 Yoga and Kosha: The Science of Self-Realization
Natural Living Spring-Summer 2013
Workshops that provide you with health-optimizing self-care skills and time to practice them. For active HeartSong patients only.
Natural Living: A Life of Balance
Health emerges naturally as long as we rest when tired,
Eat foods that nourish our bodies and our minds,
Think thoughts that evoke a smile,even laughter.
And above all else...
Cherish ourselves, one another, and our planet.
Natural Living workshops provide you with health-optimizing self-care skills and time to practice them. Topics include, but are not limited to, food preparation, stress management, and plant medicine and are selected according to season and participant interest & health needs.
2013 Summer Natural Living Series: Using Plants to Promote Health & Well-Being
This is a special summer series for people who receive medical care at HeartSong.
We will learn about one plant or herb in each workshop. We will learn to identify, grow and harvest each plant. We will touch it, taste it, drink it, tincture it ... And learn how to use it to promote health.
Sessions will be scheduled as plants become ready for harvesting and/or study.
All costs for the sessions are covered by your insurance as nutritional counseling. If you have been in for an appointment any time in the last 12 months, you are eligible to sign up for these mini-workshops.If you would like to attend these sessions and are not a HeartSong patient,you may schedule an initial appointment (also covered by insurance),and then join us.
SESSION 2: 6:00-7:30 Friday, July 12 or Sunday, July 14.
Relaxing Herb: MOTHERWORT Leonurus cardiaca
SESSION 1: Thursday, MAY 16, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Nourishing Herb: NETTLES
VERY IMPORTANT: For this class, wear long sleeves, long pants, and bring garden gloves and a trowel, if you have them. We are going to be helping one of our nettles patches relocate to join another one as part of this workshop.
Yoga Heart: The Journey Home
A weekly program where you explore how to use the ancient practice of yoga to open your heart and manage your responses to the stressors in your life with more compassion and clarity. For active HeartSong patients only.
Yoga Heart: The Journey Home expander
In every moment life is complete.
This is all there is.
This is all there ever will be.
This is yoga.
Yoga is not something that we do. It is who we are. The practice of yoga opens our hearts to the experience of being human by inviting us to attend fully to the present moment. Yogic practices teach us how to do this with patience, skill, grace, and gratitude:
- Yama (nourishing worldly relationships),
- Niyama (clarifying personal values),
- Asana (developing physical resilience),
- Pranayama (regulating breath and energy),
- Pratyahara (withdrawing from distractions),
- Dharana (concentrating the mind),
- Dhyana (meditating deeply),
- Samadhi (merging into pure awareness).
In Yoga Heart, we explore how to free ourselves from the pain (stress) which arises in us because of our misperceptions of reality and our misunderstanding of what it means to be fully human.
Room for Everyone: The Many Faces of Medicine at HeartSong
An occasional program to acquaint the community with primary care at HeartSong. Open to the community and designed to acquaint people who are used conventional medicine to an understanding of how natural medical approaches to health and healing can be used to complement conventional therapies to improve health outcomes. It is a both-and experience of medicine, rather than an either-or approach to health care.
The skillful physician finds the right medicine
for the right people
in the right places
at the right times
in the right dosages
And then invites them to do what they were born to do --
This monthly program introduces participants to the philosophies and science underlying the various approaches -- modern and ancient -- to the practice of medicine that form the basis for integral primary care at HeartSong.
- Ayurveda, the science of creating a long healthspan
- Functional medicine, the science of treating systems
- Homeopathy, the science of treating people
- Allopathy, the science of treating diseases
- Yoga, the science of personal liberation
- Integral Medicine, the science of consciousness & healing
- Lifestyle Medicine, the science of therapeutic lifestyles
- Mindbody Medicine, the science of subjective awareness
- Evidence-Based Medicine, the science of empiricism
- Naturopathy, the science of the healing power of nature
- Biological Medicine, the science of restoring balance
A program to acquaint you with basic principles of a health-promoting lifestyle. For newcomers to lifestyle medicine.
Naturally Yours: Health Is Your Birthright
The secret to a long and healthy life is simple --
Study yourself, learn what nourishes you --
In mind, in body, in emotion, in spirit.
And then create a life that cherishes your individuality.
This monthly program provides a basic introduction to key elements of optimizing health - understanding yourself as a integrated whole, managing stress, eating well, resting deeply, reducing inflammation, exercising appropriately, and enhancing detoxification.
- Understanding your body as an integrated whole
- Modulating your response to stress
- Personalizing your diet
- Deep relaxation
- Managing inflammation
- Exercising for weight management
- Detoxification for longevity
A program to acquaint you with basic principles of stress management drawn from the sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga. For newcomers to mindbody medicine. Open to the community.
Relaxed Living -- Personal Freedom
The beauty of stress is that you create it from within.
Thus you have the power in each and every moment --
to transform your life into an experience of deep and abiding relaxation.
Western medicine now recognizes that more than 50% of illness is caused by stress. This program helps people learn through direct experience and personal practice how to modulate personal stress through simple physical and mental techniques drawn from Ayurveda, an ancient science of holistic health practiced in India, and Yoga, its sister science of integral psychology. All practices taught in this course have been researched and documented in the Western scientific field of MindBody Medicine.
Scheduled practices include, but are not limited to:
- Focusing on the body in movement
- Focusing on the body in stillness
- Seated meditation
- Guided imagery
- Deep guided relaxation
- Deep listening peer practice