Exploring Chakra Energy Balance - a 5-week workshop
Exploring Chakra Energy Balance
This 5-week workshop offers an overview of the primary 7 Chakras from traditional concepts to practical applications using a course manual to include history, theory, discussion, personal journaling, visual art, taste, mudras, music and sound, with yoga asanas, flows, and meditations as they relate to each week’s focus, followed by an added introduction to the 8th Chakra and the wider Chakra energy system. This course is designed for personal edification and it will provide yoga teachers a concise platform to share with students.
Week 1 - Overview: TUES 7/18 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
An introduction of the course , as defined in the course description, personal introductions, an overview of all the chakras, a mindful exploration of each individual’s current energy balance followed by a full chakra centered yoga session and meditation.
Week 2 - The EARTH: TUES 7/25 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
* Muladhara - The Root Chakra – the right to be and have -
foundation, courage, self-acceptance
* Swadhisthana – The Sacral Chaka – sacred home of the self -
sweetness, creation, joy
* Manipura – The Solar Plexus – the right to act -
personal power, commitment, strength
Week 3 – The HEART CONNECTION: TUES 8/1 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
* Anahata – The Heart – the right to love and be loved -
love and compassion, the connection to everything
Week 4 – The ETHEREAL ELEMENTS: TUES 8/8 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
* Vishuddha – The Throat – the right to speak and be heard -
communicating your truth, hearing the truth
* Ajna – The Third Eye – the seat of your wisdom -
intuition, wisdom, inner light
* Sahasrara – The Crown - your mystical center -
transcendence, humility, vastness
Week 5 - INTEGRATION: TUES 8/15 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
* Vyapini – The Soul Star Chakra – aura radiance, wholeness -
spiritual dualism of life on earth
This final class incorporates all the Chakras with a full, joyfully balancing yoga/meditation session followed by a celebration of being with light refreshments and certificate presentation.
Christina Collins-Smith, MLA, LMT, E-RTY 500, YACEP -Christina@beWellArts.com
"It is with a sense of gratitude that I present the long-proven, life-changing, concepts in this course because I know from personal experience how the understanding of simple practices, such as balancing the many-faceted energy centers of our being, can lead to a deeper understanding of self and our ability to accept and nurture sustainable happiness both within and without. When in sync, as they are made to be, the body, mind, and spirit gracefully uplift us to our higher selves. I welcome the opportunity to introduce you to an opportunity not only to experience this peaceful sense of self but to offer the practices that will allow you to maintain that balance."
5-week workshop on Tuesday evenings for 6-8pm or 6-9pm, as posted in schedule.
7/18/23, 7/25/23, 8/1/23, 8/8/23, 8/15/23.
Class size is limited to 8 participants.
*Course fee $240. plus $30. materials fee = $270. total
12 YA Yoga Alliance CEUs on course completion
- Payment may be made in 2-parts: 50% + materials fee = $150 before the start of Week 1 and the final 50% of $120 before the start of Week 4.
Individual classes may be taken, if space is available, but only those completing all 5 classes will be awarded YA-YTT CEUs and a certificate. Individual classes may be taken as follows:
Weeks 1, 3, 5 are $50 each. Weeks 2, 4 are $70 each.
Reservation confirmed with payment. Payments for onsite classes are not refundable but may be eligible for a later course or transfer to another person with notice. Contact the facilitator if there are any questions. Christina@beWellArts.com
Chair Yoga for Seniors: Designing and Leading Gentle Movement Classes. A two-day workshop for Yoga Teachers and Senior Caregivers. June 24+25, 2023
Chair Yoga for Seniors: Designing and Leading Gentle Movement Classes.
A two-day workshop for Yoga Teachers and Senior Caregivers. June 24 and 25, 2023 from 9:30am - 4:30pm with lunch included at the Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington Street, Cumberland, Maryland. 21502 Chair Yoga Training Certification - 12 Yoga Alliance CEUs.
This class is designed to empower yoga teachers and senior caregivers with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to teach safe and effective chair yoga classes for seniors. Chair yoga is good for anyone who cannot easily get down on or up from a mat on the floor. This workshop will focus on the benefits of chair yoga, including improving mobility, balance, flexibility, and reducing arthritic pain. Additionally, participants will learn how to incorporate breathing techniques that help to enhance mental clarity and reduce anxiety. The workshop will also cover how chair yoga can support a healthy lifestyle by encouraging participants to explore their options for movement and mindful rest while learning to understand and honor their body’s limitations. Recommended by many doctors and health care professionals, the practice of gentle yoga movements, when practiced regularly, can make a difference. The fact is that participants just feel better after a chair yoga session!
Course Outline of Content to be Covered:
(a ©manual is included for course support and future reference.)
A. Review the benefits of chair yoga for seniors - maintaining balance, flexibility, range of motion, increased mental clarity, reduced anxiety, reduced arthritis pain.
B. Understanding the unique needs of the senior population - emphasizing that chair yoga is a gentle, accessible practice that can be modified to suit nearly any body regardless of health issues or limitations.
II. Basic Anatomy and Physiology for Seniors:
A. Age-related changes in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.
B. Common health concerns and contraindications for seniors.
C. Addressing cognitive decline, hearing, and vision impairments.
D. Supporting participants with chronic conditions or disabilities.
E. Importance of balance, flexibility, and strength training in seniors.
III. Foundational Chair Yoga Principles:
A. Chair yoga basics - types of chairs, props, and equipment.
B. Creating a safe and supportive environment for seniors.
C. Emphasizing breath awareness, mindfulness, and relaxation.
IV. Hands-On Practice: Key Chair Yoga Poses -
Modifying traditional yoga poses for chair yoga.
A. Warm-up and breathwork.
B. Focus on the spine for flexibility.
C. Poses for upper body: neck, shoulders, and arms.
D. Poses for lower body: hips, legs, and feet.
E. Poses for balance, stability, and strength.
F. Relaxation and guided meditation.
G. Breakdown of poses, modifications, and contraindications.
V. Teaching Techniques and Strategies:
A. Adapting and sequencing chair yoga classes for different levels of ability. Exploring options for movement and rest while honoring the body’s limitations.
B. Effective cueing and hands-on adjustments. Understanding the importance of safe and accessible modifications for poses and movements.
C. Communication and rapport-building with senior students.
D. Cultivating patience, empathy, and compassion in teaching.
E. Encouraging inclusivity and a non-competitive atmosphere.
F. Integrating chair yoga into existing classes or creating specialized programs.
Chair Yoga Workshop: June 24 + 25, 2023
Duration: 12 hours / 2 Days. - 6 hours each day – 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Morning lecture, theory, pose breakdown w/variations, Q+A, discussion.
Presenter chair yoga/meditation session before community lunch.
Afternoon practice, sequencing, variations, and student led sessions.
Class will be held at the Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington Street, Cumberland, Maryland, USA 21502
The Workshop Course Fee of $240 includes two days onsite training, Chair Yoga manual, and a complimentary community lunch included both days.
A frameable certificate will be awarded when course is successfully completed, certifying that the recipient is qualified to lead individual and group chair yoga classes. There are 12 CEUs available for Yoga Alliance member teachers.
Instructor: Christina Collins-Smith, MLA, E-RYT 500, LMT, CMMP
With a focus on aging gracefully, Christina has spent the two decades offering community art programs, including yoga – functional yoga flow, and chair yoga, working in her own studio and with the regional hospital, college, art museum, libraries, area senior centers and retirement communities to create partnerships and opportunities for achieving maximum wellness and enjoyment of life through mindful movement that is synced with breath and intention. Christina has taught art and art history at the undergraduate level for over 18 years at Carroll Community College, and has practiced yoga for over 20 years, earning her E-RYT 500 in early 2023. She is a licensed massage therapist and certified medical massage practitioner, a certified mind-body medicine coach, health and wellness coach, and YogaMedCo yoga coach. She is the Director at beWellnessArts, LLC, The Wellness Arts Director at the Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, a health coach with UPMC Western Maryland’s Community Wellness Department, designer and facilitator of the “Yoga 4 Wellness” accredited college course and manual, currently taught at Allegany College of Maryland, contributor to the UPMC Real Well quarterly newsletter, and author of “let me be a blessing” to be published in January 2024. In this course, Christina welcomes this opportunity to work with leaders who seek to offer the most vibrant experience possible to those who will benefit greatly from regular chair yoga classes.
Christina Collins-Smith is proud to be a Yoga Alliance Member and Education Provider. She can be contacted at Christina@beWellArts.com / website: beWellnessArts.net