Come and join facilitator Felicity Aulino for our ongoing special event - a guided introduction to the Yoga of Laughter! Bring some joy into your day, loosen your muscles, and get the blood and breath energy flowing!
Every Second Friday: October 11, November 8
Felicity Aulino is an anthropologist. She has lived and worked in Thailand off and on for a couple decades, learning and writing about care, extra-ordinary experience, and social change. Now she teaches about such things at UMass Amherst and the Five Colleges. She first came to group laughing practice in North Carolina, and leads laughing meditation in classrooms, living rooms, yoga studios, and artist spaces any chance she gets.
Evening Kirtan with Matthew Andrews
Come join us for an evening of kirtan - devotional music, singing and chanting designed to bring us together and inspire us to a greater feeling of connection with the divine.
Friday, September 20
Matthew Andrews is co-director of Yoga Center Amherst, where he manages the “behind the scenes” aspects of the business, teaches yoga philosophy, and offers kirtan and chanting. His deepest aspiration is to surrender entirely to the Divine Beloved, and live a life of sacred collaboration and co-creation with the Love that breathes the universe into being. His greatest support in this comes from his teacher Gurui-ji Ma, in whose illuminating grace countless miracles have blossomed in his heart.
Matthew has studied yoga and meditation since 1999, including residential trainings at Plum Village, Auroville, Dhamma Dara, and the Mount Madonna Center, and he continues to receive a steady flow of spiritual nourishment from Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, whose teachings inform his approach to yoga philosophy. Maharaji Neem Karoli Baba, Sri Ramana Maharshi, and Amma are also sources of inspiration and joyful relationship. He completed 500 hours of training in Embodyoga, with which he has a deep and constantly evolving relationship.
Since 2015 Matthew has been organizing and leading group retreats in North and South India, collaborating with Patty Townsend, David Newman, Shantala, and Brenda McMorrow. These retreats are an offering from Matthew’s heart, which bows at the feet of Mother India and the incredible beauty of her culture, geography, and spirituality.
Starting in September, every Wednesday night Great Falls Yoga will host a Buddhist meditation sangha led by resident teacher Pamutto or a visiting teacher. Session will include up to 45 minutes of silent meditation as well as a 15-20 minute dharma reflection offered by Pamutto or visiting teacher. Free and open to all, no experience necessary. Beginners can come early to request guidance. If you already have a regular meditation practice or would like to start one, come join the local community!
A limited number of chairs and cushions will be available - feel free to bring your own seat!
Every Wednesday starting Sept 4
(Donations accepted at event)
Every Monday in July Great Falls Yoga will host a yoga program for children 3-6 years old. This fun and engaging class will include mindful games, movement, breathing and reading traditional Indian folk tales to gain appreciation of yoga's cultural roots. Caregivers stay on sight for the duration of the class and are also welcome to join in on the fun!
Jackie Howard is a certified Full of Joy Yoga for Kids teacher. She trained with Lani Rosen-Gallagher founder of Full of Joy Yoga and co-creator of Mindful Yoga Breaks. Jackie has been working with preschool aged children since 2006 and currently works and teaches at Khalsa Childcare in Leverett.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Montague Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council