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Healthful Living

Telesis Classes Summer/Fall 2014

Enrichment classes which support healthful mind, body, and spirit practices, including meditation, mindfulness, and Feldenkrais Method movements.

Aromatherapy for Stressphotograph of candles

The Art of Purposeful Listening

Curb Your Cravings By Satisfying Your Six Tastes

Did You Ever Stand Better?

Divine Vaastu

Essential Oils for Emotional Balance and Grief

Forgiving Yourself and Others

Introduction to Ayurveda

Introduction to Zen Meditation Practice

Lose Weight from the Inside Out

Miracles of Mindfulness

‌Pelvic Awareness: Strengthening the Weak and Loosening the Tight

Reiki II

Restore Your Aching Feet

Simple Self-Care Practices for Stress

Strong and Comfortable Neck, Shoulders, and Arms

'Tis the Season to Manage Emotional Eating

What Are You Tolerating?

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WHAT ARE YOU TOLERATING?
2 Mondays, August 4 & 11

What in your life are you “tolerating?” We all have things we are putting up with: a broken garage door, 10 extra pounds, procrastination or saying “yes” too often. In this two part class, we will learn to identify what these situations are, come to understand how much of an energy leak they cause, and learn how to create new and appropriate attitudes and behaviors. This will ensure us more freedom and creativity with our own time and energy. We will learn to identify our authentic values and then how to live from that space of integrity and satisfaction.

Instructor: Jean Hausmann, MA, Spiritual Health and Wellness Coach

THL-601-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$50

 

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PELVIC AWARENESS: STRENGTHENING THE WEAK AND LOOSENING THE TIGHT
2 Thursdays, August 7 & 14

As we age or experience challenges such as surgery, childbirth, stroke or even bulging disks, our pelvic muscles weaken and become disorganized—often resulting in lessening of bladder control, pelvic pain, leg pain and even spasms in the surrounding musculature. In this class, you will learn and practice movement lessons to locate and strengthen the pelvic floor and balance the use of the muscles and surrounding structures. The lessons, based on the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education, are gentle and easy to do for women and men, young or old.

Instructor: Laura Sebastian, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and Cranio Sacral Practitioner

THL-506-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 10/$50
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Students must be able to get to the floor; bring a large towel for head support.

 

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AROMATHERAPY FOR STRESS
Tuesday, August 12

Stress is everywhere—in our jobs, our work environment, our commute—even watching TV can cause stress levels to rise in some people. In this workshop we will discuss what stress is: we will talk about the psychological responses, physiological responses and behavioral responses. Next we will examine how much stress you are experiencing in your own life and how to achieve more balance. Exploring the use of essential oils we will develop a game plan to help you find a better sense of inner peace; this will also help to improve your immune system and your overall health. Specific stress blend recipes will be given along with other wonderful recipe blends. We will profile a variety of essential oils that are used to help with a variety of stressful situations; methods of use and a dosage guide will be given along with plenty of time for your questions. Bring a notebook and get ready to de-stress!

Instructor: Kimberly Grasso, RA

THL-379-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34

 

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INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION PRACTICE
6 Tuesdays, September 16 – October 21

Zen Buddhism teaches that the goal and the means to the goal are one and the same: when you meditate, you are the Buddha. Meditation is an internal discipline that quiets the mind. Practiced by Buddhists for over 2,500 years, meditation leads to enlightenment. The objective of this course is to establish and stabilize your own practice of zazen or “sitting meditation.” Ideal for the beginner, we will emphasize zazen in its most basic, practical aspects: posture, breath, sitting in comfort. You will walk away from this course trained in an ancient and beautiful practice that is the physical expression of enlightened wisdom.

Instructor: Michael Mullooly, MA

THL-132-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$112

 

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STRONG AND COMFORTABLE NECK, SHOULDERS, AND ARMS
2 Wednesdays, September 17 & 24

As human beings we use our head, neck, shoulders, and arms constantly throughout the day for work. Because this requires a great deal of attention and thought we cannot pay proper attention to our movement. We tend to create habits and repetitive motions that eventually result in undue fatigue and even pain. In this workshop we will do several carefully constructed movement lessons which follow what we know about how the brain organizes both movement and learning. The Awareness Through Movement® lessons help us expand our awareness of how we use our thorax, ribs, arms, and shoulders, leaving us free to move as we like. The pace is slow and enjoyable, allowing people of all ability levels to participate.

Instructor: Laura Sebastian, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and Cranio Sacral Practitioner

THL-503-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 10/$50
Note:
Students should bring two large towels and dress in comfortable clothing.

 

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LOSE WEIGHT FROM THE INSIDE OUT
6 Tuesdays, September 23 – November 4 (no class October 7)

We already know what to eat and what not to eat and that we must move our bodies more. Yet, our motivation and resolve seem to leave us before our goal is reached. If you are seriously committed to learn what sabotages your efforts and to make the necessary interior changes, this class is for you. Changing our inner landscape allows us to modify and change the way we eat, how we eat and why we eat. Explore psychological and spiritual techniques that will allow you to change your perceptions and false beliefs about yourself, your body, and weight loss. These tools will enable you to lose weight, maintain weight loss, and have a new understanding of yourself.

Instructor: Jean Hausmann, Author, Spiritual Health and Wellness Coach

THL-330-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$112

 

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DIVINE VAASTU
4 Mondays, October 6 – 27

Explore the history and application of the ancient Indian laws governing the creation of a happy and healthy home. Vaastu—similar to the Chinese system offeng shui—was traditionally developed for temple architecture, but is now used for homes, offices, and all living spaces. You will discover how Hinduism teaches us to lead a happy and stress-free life when the structure of your house is designed so that the positive forces overcome the negative forces. See examples in contemporary temples and other interiors.

Instructor: Sunita Wadhwa

TPD-171-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$82

 

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REIKI II
3 Mondays, October 13, 27, and November 10

In Reiki Level II, you will gain an understanding of advanced hand positions for treating others, as well as an overview of sending distance Reiki and using Reiki for emotional healing. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes the body’s natural healing abilities. A practitioner uses specialized hand positions to help bring life force energy into balance. The ability to use Reiki is not “taught,” but is passed on during an “attunement” given by the Reiki master. Prior Reiki instruction or the completion of Reiki Level I is required for this class.

Instructor: Jeffrey Montoya, MA, Reiki Master/Teacher

THL-376-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 12/$66

 

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FORGIVING YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Wednesday, October 22

Why is it so hard to forgive others—and often even harder to forgive yourself? Take some time to explore the topic of forgiveness as we ask ourselves: does forgiveness really mean forgetting? Do forgiveness and reconciliation always go hand in hand? What happens when we don’t forgive those who have wronged us? If you’ve ever struggled with the issue of forgiveness, this session will inspire and comfort you.

Instructor: Sandra Christensen, BA, Adult Educator

TFT-309-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34

 

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INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA
Wednesday, October 22

You are a unique individual. When you begin to live in the world from your core uniqueness, you find true balance. Ayurveda, the holistic healing system, uses ancient lifestyle practices to support your re-discovery of your unique being and address issues of health in your body, mind, and spirit. Because your health is most strongly determined by what you do on a day-to-day basis, Ayurveda’s emphasis on daily practices for disease prevention and health maintenance provides a solid foundation for balance. Learn how taking small steps in your diet, lifestyle, thinking, and use of natural other natural resources can help you attain your wellness goals.

Instructor: Jamie Durner, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner & Wellness Educator

THL-420-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34

 

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THE MIRACLES OF MINDFULNESS
3 Wednesdays, November 5 – 19

Mindfulness is now a mainstream practice, yet there is still a lack of understanding about what it means. In this class you will learn what mindfulness is and how it can transform stress and negative emotions into greater awareness, confidence, and joy. Included will be lecture, discussion, meditation sessions, and specific information on the attitudes that support mindfulness, on mindful eating, mindfulness in relationships, at work, and in other important areas of your life. You will also learn what neuroscience has discovered about mindfulness and the brain and its ability to transform old patterns of unhealthy reactions as well as enhancing memory and concentration. This class will help you develop a clearer understanding of how mindfulness works for more peace of mind and happiness in challenging times.

Instructor: Ian Baker Johnson, MS, CWC, CRH is a Certified Life Coach and a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor thru the UMass Center for Mindfulness

THL-107-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$66

 

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RESTORE YOUR ACHING FEET
2 Wednesdays, November 5 & 12 

In this workshop we will explore several Awareness Through Movement® lessons designed to revive our tired feet. We will learn how to work manually with our feet to restore them to be supportive, comfortable, and healthy. Discover tips for wearing the correct shoes, techniques for treating your feet as you sleep, and learn how to work with spasms and cramps. This workshop is designed to work in conjunction with the class offered in December, “Did you Ever Stand Better?

Instructor: Laura Sebastian, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and Cranio Sacral Practitioner

THL-516-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 10/$50
Note:
Students should bring two large towels and dress in comfortable clothing.

 

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SIMPLE SELF-CARE PRACTICES FOR STRESS
Thursday, November 6

The stresses we experience in our everyday lives—especially during the holidays—can take a toll on us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Some frequent symptoms of stress are headaches, pain in the neck or shoulders, trouble sleeping, and feeling fatigued, sad, or anxious. We may find ourselves becoming critical, isolated, or overwhelmed. In this class you will learn several simple self-care practices taught by CAPACITAR International in over thirty-five countries to people who have experienced traumatic stresses. They are designed to help alleviate the common symptoms of stress. Practice gentle tai chi movement, calming breath work, simple finger holds, and much more. All the activities are flexible enough to accommodate men and women of all ages and physical abilities. Learn how to select the practices that feel best for your body so you can make them a part of your daily routine.

Instructor: Marjorie Wilbur, MS, adjunct supervisor at the Spiritual Direction Preparation Program at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse

TPD-167-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./ $34

 

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CURB YOUR CRAVINGS BY SATISFYING YOUR SIX TASTES
Thursday, November 6

The word “rasa” is the Sanskrit word meaning taste. Beyond just referring to the tactile perception of taste, rasa refers to satisfaction. To feel satisfied with food, Ayurveda states that each day or, ideally, each meal should include the six tastes. In this class you will learn what the six tastes are, the proper amount of each, how to incorporate these tastes easily into your meals, and how to use this understanding to curb your cravings and feel truly satisfied with your meals. This class will also showcase taste testing of the six tastes.

Instructor: Jamie Durner, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner & Wellness Educator

THL-187-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$38

 

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USING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR EMOTIONAL BALANCE AND GRIEF
Thursday, November 13

Although we all process emotions differently, there are some basic tools that can benefit everyone. During this workshop we will explore how using essential oils helps with the balance we all seek during tough emotional times, and we will learn how to honor our grief when we are being pushed in other directions. Contrary to popular belief essential oils not only smell amazing, they also work on a scientific level to help balance emotions and hormones, and create an environment that helps us to grieve and then to heal. We will cover a variety of essential oils and the therapeutic benefit of each; recipes will be given so you can create your own balancing blends. This class is helpful for anyone who is currently going through a grieving process or anyone who wants to be prepared for a balanced approach to grief. A general understanding of essential oils is recommended but not necessary; a brief introduction to essential oils will be covered in class.

Instructor: Kimberly Grasso, RA

THL-374-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34

 

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‘TIS THE SEASON TO MANAGE EMOTIONAL EATING
3 Mondays, November 17 – December 1

This holiday season, wouldn’t it be nice to navigate parties and family gatherings without that inner voice saying, “These holiday gatherings are so stressful… I think I’ll have another cookie.” Or, “Oh no—I wonder how many calories are in that?” Or, “I hate myself for eating ___ tonight.” Come learn how to savor upcoming holiday get-togethers with family, friends, and co-workers with this stress management-based approach to avoiding emotional eating. Discover how to improve your relationship with food by identifying and avoiding stressful eating triggers, the role “emotional weight” plays in holiday weight gain, ways to facilitate core value-based and heart-centered eating, and more.

Instructor: Elizabeth Lewis, HeartMath Stopping Emotional Eating Program Coach, Certified Stress Management & Life Coach; Approved Teacher, The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training; Licensed HeartMath 1-on-1 provider; Certification in Franciscan Studies Meditation Instructor

THL-384-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$66

 

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DID YOU EVER STAND BETTER?
2 Wednesdays, December 3 & 10

Learn the secrets to a strong, flexible, comfortable spine for a natural upright posture which you can continue to refine over the course of your life. We will use several Awareness Through Movement® lessons specifically designed to teach us how to stand on strong legs and adaptable feet. This workshop is very compatible with the Feldenkrais workshop offered in November, “Restore your Aching Feet.”

Instructor: Laura Sebastian, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® and Cranio Sacral Practitioner

THL-515-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 10/$50
Note:
Students should bring two large towels and dress in comfortable clothing.

 

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