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Healthful Living

Telesis Classes Spring/Summer 2014

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

12 Tips for Mindful Eating

Aromatherapy for Stress

photograph of candlesDependable Low Back and Legs‌

Developing Intuition

Embodied Meditation

Healing the Back: Unraveling a Tangle of Knots

Mindfully Managing Life's Challenges

Pelvic Awareness: Strengthening the Weak and Loosening the Tight

Reconnecting With Your Spirit

Reiki: First Degree

Stress Management as a Spiritual Practice

Trigger Point Therapy

What Are You Tolerating?

 


MINDFULLY MANAGING LIFE’S CHALLENGES
2 Thursdays, April 10 & 17

Dealing with everyday life challenges at work and/or at home can be frustrating, yet most of the time the situations that often trigger us to become upset or frustrated have absolutely nothing to do with who we really are. In this workshop, you will learn how to deal with everyday challenges more mindfully. You’ll learn several core mindfulness meditations, along with ways to quickly help you recognize internal and external stressors in order to respond more effectively.  You’ll learn how to relax and reframe as well as to resist the need to react. You will also learn how to observe without judgment in order to manage these everyday life situations as well as ways to build better relationships, develop better decision making skills and enjoy better health.   

Instructor: Ian Baker Johnson, MS, CWC, CRH is a Life Coach, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor and a Reconnective® Healing Practitioner.

THL-442-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$48

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RECONNECTING WITH YOUR SPIRIT
2 Tuesdays, April 22 & 29

As we get caught up in our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to lose sight of the central core of who we are—the spirit deep inside. We might describe this disconnection in a variety of ways: discontentment, detachment, feeling “off,” or being out of balance.  In this two-session class, you will explore some of the reasons you might get disconnected from your spirit and how this affects your life. We’ll begin by discovering how your ideas about your spirit were formed and how those ideas shape your sense of self-worth. Then, we’ll look at ways your body and mind are affected when you’re disconnected from your spirit. Finally, you will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of ways, both serious and playful, to reconnect with your spirit.

Instructor: Sandra J. Christensen, BA, Speaker, Writer and Adult Educator

TFT-249-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$48

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STRESS MANAGEMENT AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
3 Tuesdays, April 1 – 15

The spiritual path requires that we listen to the “small still voice” of Spirit within (Ps. 46:10). Stress management tools provide us with a way to slow down and quiet the body-mind so that we can hear that voice. Come explore a wide variety of stress management strategies designed to illuminate the spiritual path by aiding in the never-ending process of relaxing, of breathing in light, breathing out fear and of coming into fear’s opposite, which is love (1 John 4:18).

Instructor: Elizabeth Lewis, Certified Stress Management & Life Coach; Approved Teacher, The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training; Franciscan Studies Certification

TFT-268-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$64

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REIKI: FIRST DEGREE
3 Mondays, April 14, 28 & May 12

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. In Reiki Level I, you will gain an understanding of the basic hand positions for a Reiki self-treatment and treating others, as well as an overview of the history and philosophy of Reiki. The ability to use Reiki is not “taught,” but is passed on during an "attunement" given by the Reiki master; this allows you to tap into an unlimited supply of life force energy to improve health and enhance the quality of life.

Instructor: Jeffrey Montoya, MA, Reiki Master/Teacher

THL-350-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 8/$64


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EMBODIED MEDITATION
Thursday, April 24

This class combines movement studies with meditation and is the perfect class for people who are uncomfortable or fidgety while sitting. Please come and explore your internal rhythms and learn to not only accept them but learn to embrace them and deepen your meditative state.

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

THL-133-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 10/$32

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DEPENDABLE LOW BACK AND LEGS
2 Wednesdays, May 7 & 14

In this workshop we will use several Awareness Through Movement® lessons to improve the functional use of our legs and discover keys to a comfortable low back. Strong dependable legs rely on a deep connection to the musculature of the pelvic structure and spine. This series of lessons will begin with simple ideas, imagery and breath, and will then move to more complex movements. If you suffer from chronic leg pain, ankle or foot pain or low back discomfort, this class will give you tools to reduce that pain on a daily basis.

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

THL-504-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./Limit 10/$48


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TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Monday, June 23

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in areas of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may cause referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger point therapy is designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The results and benefits of trigger point therapy are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. This class will teach simple techniques that can be used on yourself or others. Please bring two large pillows and wear comfortable clothes.

Instructor: Jeffrey Montoya, MA, Reiki Master/Teacher

THL-145-01
6:30 – 9:00 p.m./Limit 12/$38

 

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HEALING THE BACK: UNRAVELING A TANGLE OF KNOTS
2 Thursdays, July 10 & 17

What if you approached the idea of healing your back in the same way you approach unraveling a knot? Instead of forceful pulling that tightens the knot, you observe how one part of the knot relates to another. You then carefully pull the thread that moves easily while following the effects through the whole tangle. In this workshop you will learn the qualities required to heal your back through movement lessons that offer opportunities to experiment with these qualities in action and functional movement. The benefits of the class include: reduced pain, a sense of a long and supple spine, and a new ability to observe yourself, leaving you with overall peace and well-being and a sense that we “have a say” in the experience of our back and our life.

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

THL-518-01
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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DEVELOPING INTUITION
2 Mondays, July 14 & 21

Most people have recognized a twinge of intuition at some point in their lives. Tuning in to your own intuition is easy once you know how. As these messages are often subtle and quiet, you will learn how to create a calm inner space to better receive them as well as other helpful tools to connect with your intuition. Whether you have to make an important decision or trust the “feeling” to do—or not to do—something, developing your intuitive skills will be empowering as well as a useful, practical tool.

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

TFT-217-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$50

 

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12 TIPS FOR MINDFUL EATING
Tuesday, July 22

Today’s focus on healthy eating is all about what we eat rather than how we eat. Yet an increasing amount of research suggests that how we eat may be just as important. Mindful eating reconnects us more deeply with the experience of eating and with learning to really savor and enjoy our food. In this class you will learn to slow down and eat intentionally, to eat with more awareness, to savor each bite and to experience a way of eating that is so much more than just filling up. Ideas on how to make mindful eating compatible with your lifestyle will be shared along with several mindfulness meditations to support you in your day-to-day living, working and well-being.

Instructor: Ian Baker Johnson, MS, CWC, CRH is a Life Coach, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor and a Reconnective® Healing Practitioner.

THL-431-01
6:30 – 8:30 p.m./$34

 

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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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