Kathy Donnelly, Karen Greenstein, Chris McCloskey and Linda Stevens
In this weekend we will step away from day-to-day stresses and schedules and refresh ourselves to prepare for spring growth! You will come home with a renewed sense of self care and practices to support your intention to stay in tune with yourself and the life style choices that support you.
During this weekend we will enjoy: 3 Hatha Yoga practices, meditation, a Feng Shui Workshop, walking/Hiking in Catoctin State Park, a Yin Yoga practice and more.
Join Kathy and Abbie as they guide you through practices in a quiet setting with the intention to stop and listen to the inner whispers of the heart. This day will include guided meditations, gentle and restorative yoga to calm the nervous system and enter the heart, and a guided creative drawing and painting experience.
We will start the day with an outdoor (under a pavilion) 90 minute yoga class. Then we will break for lunch until 12:30pm when we will join with the Naturalist for a guided tour of the 300 acre lake, where we will see the eagles nest and other features of this beautiful park. You are free to stay after the program to hike the 550 acres that surround the lake.
2-Day Workshop for Yoga Instructors, Yoga Therapists, and Health Professionals:
Learn how to incorporate evidence-based, trauma- sensitive yoga techniques into your clinical practice to promote healing from combat stress, PTSD, anxiety, and related autonomic nervous system disorders. Designed especially for OTs, other allied health & mental health professionals, and yoga therapists.
This is an approved continuing education course for several professions; please inquire for details. A detailed 133-page manual is included in the tuition!
Join Kathy Donnelly and Heather Thamer for an outdoor yoga and meditation practice appropriate for all levels. Refreshments provided. Bring your own mat or use one of ours. Space is limited so register early. Rain location: Yoga Center of Columbia, 8950 State Route 108, Suite 109, Columbia, MD 21045.
Relax, restore & read.
Our Retreat Center of Maryland blog
As we prepared for our trip to Yosemite high country this August, a big fire was burning that closed Yosemite Valley to visitors. While the fire caused us to consider the potential impact on our trip, we decided to make the annual pilgrimage anyway.
In my youth (as in my 40s) when anyone suggested trying yoga, I politely answered with “I am a gym junkie. I will try it when I get older.”
The word yoga is translated as union, yoking or joining. While I have often experienced that harmony between breath and body in my yoga practice, and between mind and heart in my meditation practice, kayaking is where I feel my union with nature.
Why should serious athletes care about yoga?
This question is most often answered with a laundry list of research-backed physical benefits that includes:
As I write this, it’s the start of a new session at Yoga Center of Columbia. As I was planning my classes for the session, I started to think about why I teach yoga - what has yoga taught me…
The human body is an amazing vehicle, and we get to choose how we use it.
Yoga can be most effective in places that you might consider the least friendly environments for a such a practice - in prisons, for example.
Here, to balance our earlier quotes about what yoga is, are 11 statements about what meditation is. Which ones resonate with you?
With this blog post, we begin a series about labyrinths – their history, their creation and their uses as tools for achieving inner balance and peace.
We offer educational programs in health and wellness for the general public, and especially to those who traditionally lack access to programs like ours which are designed to nourish bodies, minds and spirits by focusing on yoga, meditation, and other wellness practices. The vision of Retreat Center of Maryland is to support a balanced, compassionate, and connected community in alignment with yogic principles and serving the world.
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