Finding Our Center

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Finding our Center

Join world renowned teacher Rolf Gates for this special 3hr asana-based workshop. The session will be a balance of lecture and asana and will include elements of pranayama and meditation. We’ll explore the tools of yoga that allow us to stay connected to the truth of who we are as we practice new ways of being in the world. The pose is what we are doing, the yoga is how we are being in the pose.

All levels are welcome in this well rounded workshop. 

$65

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Learn to Meditate with a Harvard trained Ph.D from Gloucester

Learn to Meditate with a Harvard trained Ph.D from Gloucester

Dr. Patricia O’Brien

This series is offered for the beginner meditator, and all levels are welcome. This four part workshop will give you clear instructions on “how to meditate”. Pat will provide step by step practical guidance based on age old Buddhist wisdom and contemporary neuroscience.

The sessions will balance instruction, meditation practice, and time for questions. Each class will build on the knowledge gained from the previous class.

This complete workshop is four sessions, each session is ninety minutes.

Registration is required and this workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm May 23, May 30, June 6 & June 13  $80

What to bring: a notebook and pen,  a yoga mat, and either a meditation cushion, meditation bench, 2 yoga blocks or 2 small throw pillows. We will have a few zafu meditation cushions on sale.

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Basics of Meditation

Basics of Meditation

Thursday, April 20 6-7 PM

$15

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Join experienced meditation teacher and Gloucester native Pat O’Brien for a practical “how to” session. You will get clear guidance and tips on meditation based on age old Buddhist wisdom. Pat is a long time practitioner of Baptiste yoga and meditation teacher. This workshop will be accessible to all and you’ll leave brimming with newfound confidence.

Pat O’Brien, Ph.D., is the director of The Mindful Clinic, a Harvard Medical School trained immunologist, and clinical research scientist. She spent half of her career as a corporate executive in biotechnology companies, has been practicing meditation for 20 years and various forms of Hatha yoga for 18 years. Dr. Pat is a Baron Baptiste Certified yoga teacher; she teaches meditation, yoga classes, and private therapeutic one-on-one yoga.
Dr. Pat’s teaching emphasizes connection with the true self and healing. Although educated in traditional medicine, Dr Pat has long been passionate in her beliefs of the spirit-mind-body connection and the use of ancient practices of meditation and yoga.

Pat has extensive training in centuries old meditation techniques, taught to her by her teachers of long lineages, both yogis and Buddhist monks. Dr Pat has a continued interest in the research associated with the emerging field of mind/body medicine and has completed Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program which has been globally recognized by mainstream medicine.

 What to bring: a notebook and pen,  a yoga mat, and either a meditation cushion, meditation bench, 2 yoga blocks or 2 small throw pillows. We will have a few zafu meditation cushions on sale.

Pat has extensive training in centuries old meditation techniques, taught to her by her teachers of long lineages, both yogis and Buddhist monks. Dr Pat has a continued interest in the research associated with the emerging field of mind/body medicine and has completed Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program which has been globally recognized by mainstream medicine.

Where: Brown’s Mall at the Falcon’s Nest Gallery (just down the stairs from CAPY)

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Happy, Healthy, and Strong.

Happy, Healthy, and Strong.

 

40days

Do something bold. Something unexpected. Something that makes your wife and your co-workers and your dad all go, “Really?”

Join us at Cape Ann Power Yoga  for our spring session of 40 Days to Personal Revolution.

We run this program to bring together people from across the North Shore who want to get more out of life. It’s people supporting each other doing the deeply physical work of power yoga, changing their eating habits, developing a personal meditation practice, and doing some serious self inquiry.

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It is by no means easy, but anything that supports real and true growth never is. That’s why we do this program together to support, uplift, encourage, and share in the experience of resetting your course. Whether you’re in your 60’s or your 20’s it’s likely that there is room for improvement in your life. The powerful part about this program is that the change comes from within.

All of our teachers are quick to acknowledge that each of us have our own work to do. We’re just the lucky ones who have had the time and space to study the path. Join us on it. This is real.

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If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.

If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.

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$200

($160 for Cape Ann YMCA Members)

April 2 – May 12

Cape Ann Power Yoga

Join a healthy, engaged, and clear eyed community at Cape Ann Power Yoga for 40 Days to your own Personal Revolution and set yourself up for the Best Summer of Your Life.

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Never done yoga? Sore? Not flexible? Out of shape? Nervous? Intimidated? This program is for you.

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Starting next week with a kickoff meeting – you’ll come and take 5 classes in studio every week, learn to practice yoga at home by yourself, build meditation and mindful eating into your day to day, start to shift some habits in your life, and meet some people of real quality in the other participants.

 

I encourage you to jump in with two feet. As a participant in this program last fall I confirmed the suspicions I had that no one in this life is responsible for the way I feel physically or emotionally except for me. Nothing has a more direct impact on the direction of my life than the decisions I make, and those decisions are always informed by the way I’m feeling and the habits I’ve reinforced. You have an opportunity this Spring to make a pattern in your life of choosing to do the challenging thing, and feeling the elation of success. This program gives you the opportunity for a handful of small but powerful victories every day, that allow you to build the motivation and momentum to spring you forward into new opportunities, relationships, and seasons in your life. Join us.

 

More Information and Sign up Here

 

Or please call or email us with any questions anytime at

617.821.6734

capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com

Dave DeAngelis

Cape Ann Power Yoga

 

 

Do you like Football? You’ll dig Yoga.

Do you like Football? You’ll dig Yoga.

Yoga is just like football. Well, except for the fact that one of the very first tenets of yoga is Non-Violence (ahimsa), and football is an extremely violent game – yoga is just like football.

Tom Brady is one of the most successful athletes of all time in any sport. He knows that success isn’t decided on Sunday: but in the days, weeks, months, and years leading up to game time. One of my football coaches used to say:

“Cry in the dojo;

Laugh on the battlefield.”

He’s the first player at the training facility in the morning. You hear in the way he answers questions at press conferences his singular focus of preparing himself for the next game. His diet doesn’t consist of Nachos and Jack and Cokes, but wholesome and nourishing food. He isn’t staying up until midnight watching old movies, he’s asleep in bed well before most of the commoners in New England.

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Although to be fair – most folks aren’t going to bed with someone that looks like  one of these two every night.

Tom knows better than anyone the value of training, commitment, and PRACTICE. Yea I’m talking about practice man.

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It’s not as flashy or fun to talk about as Allen Iverson crossing someone up on the court, but it’s the difference between being someone who has a good run, and being someone who gets stronger as they go. It’s the difference between getting a trophy just for showing up, and having one named after you. Practice is the difference between just floating along through life, and living it to your fullest.

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Now I’m not saying that doing yoga is going to make you Tom Brady. It won’t. But it will make you more like him. A regular yoga practice ingrains in your very body language the habits that make Tom successful.

In yoga you practice:

  • breathing calmly through your nose
  • standing tall from your feet right through to the top of your head
  • focusing your eyes downfield
  • putting yourself in challenging positions and learning to thrive
  • harnessing thoughts and emotions to your benefit

And the most helpful thing to come from my personal yoga practice has been the

  • reprogramming my “normal” way of interacting with my life and the world to make myself more proactive rather than reactive. To take my thoughts out of it and let my instincts take over.
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Legarrette Blount does in fact play checkers, not chess.

That’s what I loved about playing football, and that’s what I love about practicing yoga. The simplicity of it.

In high school every day after school I would go and learn from my coaches. As much as we griped about them, they did a pretty good job to keep practice fun. Every day we would go over “reads” and responsibilities. Basically in my role as a defensive tackle I was watching the helmet of the guy in front of me. If he went left, I was to hit him and prevent him from moving me, right I was to hit him and go around him, and if he dropped back I was to hit him and drive through him to the quarterback. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

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I didn’t have to get creative, or do arithmetic, or conjugate any verbs in the past imperfect. I just had to practice reading and reacting so much that it became the new normal for me.

Then, on Saturday afternoon out on the field  I got to use all of that training. I got to live in the fullest and purest experience of my body, not in my brain.

As an 18 year old kid with hormones and uncertainty about what I wanted to do with my life – it was a treat to get to do that.

Now as a 28 year old man with a full time job, marriage, kids, a business, and still some of the same questions about “what do I want to do with my life” it’s an absolute necessity to get to turn off my brain and spend some time in the deeply physical space of my yoga practice.

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Just like the work a football player puts in all week shows out on the gridiron, so too does my work on my mat show when it’s game time for me. At work, at home, and out in the world the reactions I program in during practice determine the very difference between my successes and failures.

And as much as this notion of smashing someone in the mouth in the real world can feel like it would be rewarding, that high is fleeting. This yoga practice helps dissolve the emotional weakness in us that makes us feel like someone else is responsible for our problems. It helps to remind us that anything worthwhile is worth fighting hard for and there is no other way to get what you want than to physically start moving your body and your life in that direction.

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Join us.

Your natural state is one of strength, health, clarity, and happiness.

Let us help you find it.

Please please please email me, call me, text me any time with any questions that will help make you feel more comfortable starting your yoga practice. All of our classes are all levels and $10 all the time to make this as accessible to as many people as possible. Come and join us – especially if you look or feel like an offensive lineman. This practice is purposefully designed to be doable for people of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. Don’t let another day slip by.

Dave DeAngelis

capeannpoweryoga@gmail.com

6178216734

Cape Ann Power Yoga . Com

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