Happy Holidays!


**************** NEW CLASSES****************

Alan Franco of Berkshire Salsa will begin teaching
Bachata Beginner level Monday January 2, 8-9 p.m


Cycling, Sculpting & Yoga will be changed
to 10-11:30 a.m. on Friday Dec. 30
(will resume at 8:30-10 a.m. the following week)

Slow Flow Yoga will be cancelled Saturday Dec. 31.
Heart Centered Yoga will be cancelled
Jan. 1st 9-10:30 a.m.

Beginner Salsa will be cancelled
Saturday December 31, 5:30-6:30



In general, we advise you to contact each practitioner for services or each instructor for classes directly by looking up their phone number under the “contact page“.

If you call the center’s main line we may not be able to return your call within a timely manner, especially if you call a few hours before the class or want to have a service on the same day!


Healing Power of Dance

I never considered myself the dancing type. For fifteen years I was an investment banker.  Climbing the corporate ladder and amassing things- the perfect apartment, great clothes, and shoes.  What I didn’t realize was that I had shut myself off from any connection that I had to my body and spirit.  There were signs that I was disconnected – a ripped calf muscle from running to catch a bus, weight gain, too many bruises and cuts from simple tasks where I just wasn’t present.  I just didn’t pay attention.


Yoga, Intuition and Breast Cancer Recovery

I have not been shy about talking about my breast cancer recovery because it was, as for most women, a life changing event. I want to focus on how my long-term yoga practice helped me begin my recovery, as early as two weeks after my first surgery.

Despite my very limited range of motion, I was determined to get back into my yoga practice as soon as I could after my first surgery. Movement has always been a life saver to me. Even though I was under the influence of powerful pain medicine, I began teaching two weeks after my mastectomy. I had told my students initially that I would probably not be able to do much and I counted on them to demonstrate what they had learned from me during the past years without my having to demonstrate, and they were more than willing to go along with my plan.
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The Alexander Technique? What’s that?

by Lisa Lutton, Alexander Technique Teacher, Yoga & Dance Teacher, Reiki Practitioner

The Alexander Technique can help you recognize and change the habits that cause tension, strain, and pain in your body. It’s based on a simple hypothesis: all of us humans approach our lives with more effort than we need. Lessons in the Alexander Technique are about learning to recognize and release the unnecessary tension. It’s a process of learning to subtract effort. We learn to trust the natural intelligence of the body, and we learn to stop interfering with it. Most people seek out an Alexander Technique teacher because they are in pain. Whether it’s back pain, neck, shoulder, or knee pain, RSIs, certain kinds of headaches, sciatica, or one of many other types of pain, the Alexander Technique can help. Some people come because they’re concerned about their posture, or they want a different way of dealing with tension, stress, and fatigue. The Technique is remarkably effective at transforming all of those things, without pills to take, special equipment, or exercises to do. How? The first step is to pause. Try it out right now. Suspend any rush to finish reading this, Read more

Maximizing Your Fun in the Sun

by Jeff Migdow, M.D., Holistic Physician and Reiki Master at Healing Rhythms

The summer season has finally arrived after the long cold winter. We all are glad to see and feel the sun again and the warmer weather. However, even though this is a wonderful time of year, to open the window, clear out the winter clutter, restart our gardens and enjoy outside activities, there are new challenges to be aware of in terms of our health and well-being.

Allergies are the first challenge that comes to many of your minds. Over reactions to the pollens and grasses which are bursting forth with more intensity this year than most years as the flowers and trees and grass all spring up at a similar time. The innocuous pollens which are spread to create new plants can be a nuisance if your immune system over reacts to them. Read more

Coming Home Inside Yourself

by Chantal Leven

This morning as I entered my meditation I could not find peace. What I found was ‘busyness’, anxiety, and an inability to settle. I know that it is part of the meditative experience to be with ‘what is’, not with what I think it should be.

I should be grateful because, for many years, I could not meditate. The mere act of sitting down and being quiet with myself would freak me out. I had an intense urge to get up and move. Don’t get me wrong, I began practicing yoga faithfully when I was 25 years old. Moving and breathing spoke to me. Movement with intention and mindfulness brought me home to myself. Yoga was, in fact, my first ‘home coming’. But I could never meditate. Read more

The Power of Purpose “on and off” the yoga mat

3 years ago I set the goal to do a “handstand”. At first, I could not even conceive of being able to hold my body weight with my arms. I didn’t have the strength and could not imagine lifting my legs up. So I made the decision to practice diligently and one day, after working at it particularly hard, I surrendered and stopped trying to “will” my way to it. I went into child pose, softened my heart and began breathing deeply remembering why I wanted to do this in the first place then tried again. My legs lifted effortlessly against the wall and there I was… upside down. I was so excited that I had to come down and try it again just to make sure that this was not a fluke. Then for the second time, I lifted myself up again! I knew from this point on, that I had created a new “pathway in my body-mind memory” and that no matter what “I would always “know” how to do this again”. Read more

The Meaning of Pain by Dr. Jay Kain

The mere mention of the word “pain” conjures up personal and private memories for each and every individual it affects. The emotional and psychological underpinnings of it often determine how someone will respond to pain, but for the purposes of this discussion I will try to refer solely to its physical aspects. What does pain really tell us? Is it simply that pain is bad and the absence of pain is good? Fortunately, all pain is not bad, nor is its absence an adequate guide to inform us that all is well. Some people can’t stand pain while others suffer in silence. Read more

Self-compassion and goal setting

The practice of self-compassion as a tool for reaching your goals

I refer to battle with illness a few years ago as the beginning of a spiritual awakening. What would be for most people a challenge to overcome, began for me a journey inviting me to look deeper into the root causes of illness. I came from a family of “sick people.” What I mean is that the people in my family didn’t know how to deal with their emotions, and turned towards addictions and physical illness as coping mechanisms to help them manage their stress. I wanted to know why, despite all my best efforts—daily exercise, proper nutrition, yoga, positive thinking—Lyme disease kept coming back into my body, and why my immune system was not strong enough to deal with it effectively, despite the regimen of antibiotics I was taking. Read more

Stress…and its effects

Stress is difficult for scientists to define, because it is a highly subjective phenomenon that differs for each of us. Things that are stressful for some individuals, can be pleasurable for others. We also respond to stress differently. Some people blush, some eat more, while others grow pale or eat less. There are numerous physical and emotional responses to stress. Read more

The Benefits of Yoga

The practice of yoga brings surprising benefits. Energy is unlocked, stress is released, and fitness becomes a way of life. Some say that yoga is as easy as breathing.

Practicing yoga at any level has amazing fitness benefits. Maybe this is the reason that in the beginning of the year, after making New Year’s Resolutions, many more people seek out Yoga.