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October

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Food as Medicine for Cancer

Facilitator: Lili Hanft, NTP
Date: Friday, Oct. 18th, 3-5pm
Thursday, Nov. 14th 5-7pm
Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2-4pm
Price: $20/class includes food costs. Register Here >

Join Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Lili Hanft for a workshop and cooking demonstration to learn about using food to support the body’s innate healing ability. Nutritional therapy addresses health conditions such as cancer by supporting the foundations of health with a nutrient-dense, bio individualized diet. When the body has all of the nutrients it needs, it can heal and restore balance.

You will learn about: 

  • Powerful cancer-fighting compounds found in foods 

  • The importance of eating a rainbow of vegetables, healthy fats, and high quality proteins

  • Recipes and meal ideas to incorporate nutrient-dense, therapeutic foods into your diet

  • How to do a pantry clean-out and restock with health-promoting whole foods

Watch a cooking demo followed by sharing samples of nutritious dishes together. Return home inspired to get into your kitchen and explore the healing power of food.

For more information, email Lili at lilihanft@gmail.com


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Experiential Anatomy: The Anatomy of Yoga
Instructors: Kevin and Sharon Comeau
Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 1-3pm
Price: $30

Join Kevin and Sharon Comeau to explore your anatomy using palpation and yoga asana. In this workshop we will focus on anterior myofascial structures (the ‘front body’). Explore how locating and opening front structures from head to foot can facilitate a variety of back-bending poses. Feel in detail the muscles you know intuitively. Come with a partner or by yourself. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Kevin Comeau is the head of bodywork at Open Door, where he offers massage, myofascial release, and personal training with the goal of restoring movement that is easy, full, and pain-free. For the past 22 years he has taught for the massage certificate program at the River Valley Community College, and he offers continuing education seminars for massage therapists and yoga teachers. Kevin has also practiced and taught traditional Japanese martial arts since 1982. His teaching style is equally informative and fun.

Sharon Comeau has been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2005. She started as an apprentice under Leslie Carleton’s fine tutelage, and received certification from Yoga Alliance in 2010, after studying with Deb Neubauer and Todd Norian. Sharon came to yoga from her interest in movement, as an athlete and dancer for most of her life. She started with Bikram Yoga, moved to the Upper Valley and in her yoga practice into vinyasa yoga, and her teacher training was in Hatha Yoga, focused on the Anusara School of Yoga. Known for her attention to detail, kind teaching, and heart-centered themes, Sharon is pleased to welcome yogis of all traditions and levels into her classes.

For questions, email Kevin at kevincomeau1989@gmail.com or Sharon at gouveia.sharon@gmail.com


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Finding Our Way Home: A small group experience cultivating courage, compassion and community

Instructors: Marcia Webster and Many Snyder
Dates: Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 9am-12:30pm
Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 4-5:45pm
Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 4-5:45pm
Price: $225-$275 sliding scale

 Finding Our Way Home is an embodied journey informed by Somatic Experiencing that weaves personal sharing, creativity, poetry, and optional touch to help us root into our Self. We use the word “Self” from Internal Family Systems to describe the grounded, calm and clear part of us within.  In each session, we practice strengthening our connection to Self and regulating our nervous system to relieve personal suffering. You are encouraged to find your own pace and share as you wish.  

During this unique series of 5 meetings you will learn:
* Embodiment skills for nervous system health and trauma resolution.
* How to partner with our emotions to discover their underlying meaning & value.
* Tools for coming back to center when you are feeling off your game or confused.
* The power of compassionate regard towards others and ourselves. 
* Ways to share courage and blossom in our confidence.
* How to receive support from each other that makes us all feel stronger.

For questions, email Marcia at marcia@circleforward.net or Mandy at mandymovingarts@gmail.com


Balance Your Blood Sugar with Nutritional Therapy: A Workshop Series with Lili Hanft, NTP

Facilitator: Lili Hanft, NTP
Dates: Tuesdays, Oct 22, Oct 29, and Nov 5 
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Price: $60 for the series. Register Here >

Do you experience symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, headaches, cravings for sugar and caffeine, and feeling irritable, shaky, and “hangry” between meals? Join Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Lili Hanft for this 3-part series to learn about supporting balanced blood sugar levels with a nutrient-dense, bioindividualized diet to help you achieve stable mood and energy levels.

Fill out a Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire to quantify your progress
Keep a food/mood journal and learn to assess it for patterns and make healthier swaps
Do a pantry makeover and restock with healthy foods 
Get personalized support and develop strategies and motivation for change in the group
Learn how to plan, shop, and prep to create blood sugar-balancing meals 

For questions, email lilihanft@gmail.com


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Healthy Spines:  Achieving a Healthy Spine through Education, Posture and Exercise

Instructor: Lisa Blackburn, PT
Dates: Wednesdays, October 23- November 20
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Price: $150 for series, $35 for drop in.

A five class series designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and exercise tools to maximize your spinal health.  Whether you are having pain or want to improve your athletic performance - posture, body mechanics and deep core strength are critical to achieving your goals.  Join Lisa Blackburn, owner of Blackburn Physical Therapy in Hanover, at Open Door in exploring the concepts of neutral spine, dynamic alignment and core stability as it applies to everyday activities and athletic pursuits.

Equipment needs: 36”x6” foam roller, Swiss Ball (55 cm or 65 cm sized to the individual), Franklin Foot Balls  (participants may bring their own equipment or purchase at the class)

The ability to attend the first two sessions of the series is critical to mastering the material.  If you cannot make the first two sessions we suggest you wait to take the Healthy Spine Series during the next offering.

 Lisa Blackburn is a seasoned physical therapist who specializes in manual physical therapy. Training in manual therapy techniques through Michigan State University School of Osteopathy Continuing Education Program differentiates her skill set from other practitioners.  She also has extensive continuing education in foot biomechanics, gait and running analysis. Lisa enjoys keeping people healthy and moving in order to fully maximize success in their chosen activity.

For questions and to register, email Lisa at lisa.blackburn@comcast.net


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Clearing Clutter: Coming Home Inside and Out

Facilitator: Deborah Farrington
Date: Wednesday, October 30
Time: 6-7:30pm
Price: $25

This workshop creates support and positive solutions to clear clutter and create home inside and out. Practical solutions and resources are shared with the group, as we explore what is underneath the clutter with kindness and heart. Participants are invited to come with a project in mind and an intention to get the job done. Please bring a writing pad and pen!

For questions, email deborafarrington@gmail.com


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The Mindful Way Through Pain: Tools for Transforming Your Relationship With Pain

Instructor: Janice Gellis
Dates: Wednesdays, October 2-23
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Price: $125  for the series

The causes of pain are many and are best treated by addressing both mind and body.  Can pain be fixed? Possibly not, but it can be remodeled, thus changing one’s relationship with pain   If one is to embark upon remodeling, then tools are needed. These tools can include ways to enhance self-care and empower the individual to play an active role in the process of healing or managing their health.

In this course, designed for adults with physical pain, individuals will be taught a highly effective tool, mindfulness. Science has revealed that mindfulness and meditation have an ability change our brains. Mindfulness has been shown to change how we react to stress, deal with pain and positively effect resiliency.

Class will proceed with a minimum of 6 students enrolled, and will be limited to a maximum of 10.

Janice Gellis, MD, is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor and long time meditation practitioner.  She has been providing care for patients in pain for over 25 years as a board certified physician in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.   

For questions or to register, email Janice Gellis at JEGMindfultools@gmail.com


November

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Seasonal P.A.U.S.E.

Presenter: Angelique Priscilla
Date: Thursday, November 21
Time:6:30-8pm
Price: $20 per class, $90 for 5-class series

Back to basics: reclaiming the elemental self.
Pause in presence and breathe; rest; listen; be aware.
Allow inner truth to flow Uncover your inner knowing
Simply rest in the vastness, BE
Enjoy yourself, and enliven yourSelf

Hour and a half gatherings seasonally to connect into the energy flows in the body for each particular season.

Gathering/sharing in circle, Guided meditation, guiet time for rest and integration. Bring what you need to be comfortable seated or laying down. Bring a journal if you like. Bring something to place in the center of the circle that represents the particular season, as an honoring. More about Angelique at http://www.angeliquepriscilla.com

For questions or to register, email Angelique Priscilla at peace@angeliquepriscilla.com


December

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Yoga & Trauma: Healing with Yoga, 20 hour Yoga Alliance accredited module

Instructor: Holle Black, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Date: Friday, December 6, 6-9pm
Saturday, December 7, 8am-6pm (one hour break for lunch)
Sunday, December 8, 8am-5pm (one hour break for lunch)
Price: $200

This 20 hour Yoga Alliance accredited module is for anyone interested in bringing yoga and mindfulness to at-risk populations: prisons, homeless shelters, veterans, hospitals, etc.

You will learn:
* The neurological and physiological effects of trauma.
* What is PTSD and how yoga can help with symptoms.
* How to use Yoga to reconnect the mind/body disconnect after trauma.
* How to work with clients to understand and heal from trauma through the practices of  Yoga.
* What is a trauma informed yoga ? How is it different than a regular studio class.
* How to create and teach yoga classes to different populations and in different setting using modifications, and Tantra Hatha philosophy.

For questions or to register, email Holle at holleblack@comcast.net


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Experiential Anatomy: Posture and the Core

Instructor: Sara Lamie
Date: Sunday, December 15
Time: 10-12am
Price: $30

Sara Lamie, PT, DPT will be guiding a hands-on anatomy workshop designed to introduce the muscles that support our spine both directly and indirectly. This course will use discussion, demonstration, physical movement, and isolated contractions to learn about, neurologically connect with, and experience how these muscles stabilize and move our bodies. We will learn about the foundational importance of core stabilization and activation within our daily activities and active lives. Common postural asymmetries and mechanical faults, which contribute to injury and dysfunction, will be discussed, as well as relevant corrections for prevention and wellness. 

No prior experience necessary. Perfect for those who seek to better understand their bodies and for practitioners of bodywork and fitness looking to deepen their understanding of core anatomy and activation.

Sara is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with 10 years experience in orthopedics and geriatrics. Therapeutic exercise lies at the heart of her treatment philosophy, with a special interest in lumbopelvic stabilization and sports medicine. She seeks to learn what drives her clients in order to form a collaborative partnership. Her intent is to give her clients the tools to help them achieve and maintain their functional and recreational goals.   

For questions, email Sara at saralamiept@gmail.com