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Introducing Guf Va’Nefesh – Body-Mind-Spirit Integration Classes

ORH member Tana Saler leads an experiential monthly class that explores the practices and applications of the body-mind connection.
Guf Va’Nefesh means literally Body and Mind (Soul). 
Mental states, emotional states and state of the body are three different names for the same thing: the internal environment of your experience. Thoughts affect the body, immediately and long-term; the body condition, shape, posture, tension etc, affects the quality of thoughts and emotion. 
Experiencing and truly understanding the mind-body continuum has practical life applications for health, relationships, well-being, creativity, leadership, productivity and more. The scope of the Guf Va’Nefesh classes is the cultivation of embodied awareness, self-regulation skills and embodied leadership and influence.

When and where: Following the High Holidays. the first Wednesday of the month through June 2020, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Room 5, Unitarians.

First class is Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

Outline: Participants will engage in gentle movement, verbal and non-verbal interaction, conscious breathing styles and visualization. Each class will have a life theme – including health, effective communication, and conflict resolution. Tana will bring Jewish concepts such as Chesed (Mercy) and Gevura (Justice) to an embodied experience, and their applications to real life.

Benefits to participants include:

* Developing embodied self-awareness
* Cultivating embodied “other” awareness and greater presence in relationships
* Learning useful practices for greater presence and influence in leadership
* Acquiring life-applicable tools for connecting more harmoniously with people
* Practicing embodied conflict resolution skills
* Increased resilience and reduce fragility in the face of adversity
* Learn effective stress-management strategies

Classes are intended to cultivate compassion and effectiveness in the community and are likely to foster bonding among the participants

Style: Tana’s presentation style is exploratory, playful and humorous. Her teaching style is participatory and experiential, and instructions are given in a clear, specific, and easily doable manner.

Fees: None. Tana offers her work as a volunteer contribution to our community.

About Tana: Tana Saler has close to 20 years of experience as a healing facilitator, coach and integration trainer. She is a Reiki Teaching Master, personal development program leader, presenter and blogger.

Tana’s regular practices include mindfulness meditation, dancing, singing/chanting, QiGong, improv, and dog walking. Among her influencers are Ken Wilber and the AQAL Integral Model for the evolution of consciousness; Goenka (Vipassana); Shinzen Young (mindfulness meditation); Paul Linden for embodiment and recovery from trauma and abuse using Aikido; Grinberg method (bodywork); Gendlin - Focusing among others.

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Tue, February 25 2020 30 Sh'vat 5780