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March 2019 Theme: Community
Coming Together We Find Our Best Selves

By Mary Beth Markus

We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something beautiful.” – Sandra Day O’Connor.

Like many large cities, Phoenix has been described as one that lacks community. Within our fast-pace urban environment it is difficult to find the time and place to be with a group of individuals who bring meaningful connection and a sense of belonging to our lives. Creating and building communities is essential to the health and happiness of all its members and to the vitality of the city at large.

Community has been a core principle at Desert Song throughout our 36-year history. This principle has guided us in building a foundation of community through the practices, therapies and healing arts we offer. The growth of the center is supported by the core beliefs of inclusivity, acceptance and respect. It’s an absolute blessing to be a part of a healthy, growing community offering an oasis in the city to connect with one another.

Every person is important to the whole, independent yet dependant on one another for support and strength. Students are missed when they are not in class. Experienced practitioners who are long standing students often offer encouragement, hugs of recognition and support to newer members. It is rewarding to hear massage clients thanking their therapists for alleviating their pain and finding support for their health.

It is through the yoga, tai chi, Pilates, meditation and all the therapeutic practices at Desert Song, that we are given an opportunity to slow our lives down and allow for the time needed to soften our hearts and recognize our connections to each other. These practices give us the confidence to step more fully into ourselves and when we come together, we find our best selves through the love and support of one another.

Mary Beth Markus

Thank you so much for being an important part of the Desert Song community. May you always feel that this community is here for you whenever you may need it.

With deep respect and love,

Mary Beth

Intro to Yoga

Intro to Yoga is $55 or bring a friend and receive a discounted price of two for $90. If you have already taken this course but would like to refresh your understanding of yoga, you can attend for $35.

The practice of yoga does not mean you have to be a pretzel, sweat in sauna-like conditions or have unusual acrobatic skill. Though we live in times that embrace these extremes, we teach what the traditional yogis have known all along: the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit. At Desert Song Healing Arts Center we’ve been sharing this wholehearted approach to yoga for over 30 years.

  • Research has proven that slowing down is the key to relaxation and optimal health. Desert Song supports this approach.
  • We teach safe alignment with custom variations designed to build strength and flexibility.
  • We teach mindfulness techniques to bring calmness and serenity into the way you live your life.
  • We teach breathing for better health to calm stress issues like anxiety, insomnia and high blood pressure.
  • We teach practical philosophy covering the 8 limbs of yoga and what it means to honor your body.

In this course you’ll receive 6 hours of instruction with a senior teacher. You will be supported every step of the way with hands-on instruction, handouts, question-answer time, and an ongoing resource once you’ve completed the course. As an additional bonus, you will receive discounts to continue on your journey to health.

Feldenkrais®- Awareness Through Movement
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Erin Finkelstein, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner M.M., GCFP

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Improving Your Self-Image with Awareness Through Movement® Come experience the calming and centering work of Moshe Feldenkrais in this gentle and non-evasive ATM lesson. Lessons are an investigation of skeletal relationships, and explore novel new options for movement. Students of this work uncover new areas in their body and nervous system to use in daily functioning. New and returning students welcome, no experience necessary.

Upcoming Events

Sound Healing with Kelly Greene
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Kelly Greene

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A Fusion of Reiki & Sound Healing These monthly Thursday night offerings are a fusion of Reiki, Sound Healing and a touch of magic. These workshops explore themes around emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. This meditation of sound healing will leave you feeling blissed out, relaxed and inspired. Kelly Greene has a Master's of Education in Counseling Psychology and Human Relations. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, Master Sound Healer and Medical Reiki Master. At her practice, Prana Reiki, she is passionate about supporting others in their emotional and spiritual transformations. (www.pranareiki.com)

Peri’s Sing and Play Yoga™- Potluck after with Speaker Lauren Hill (Prenatal Class Invited!)
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Peri Miller, RYT 200, CYI

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Babies, Mammas and a Potluck Peri’s Sing and Play Yoga™ was born with the recognition of how precious the first few years of life truly are. Introducing your baby to yoga will inspire a deep and positive connection to all of life. With Sing and Play Yoga, the two of you will experience playfulness, laughter and a sense of calm as you practice yoga. Spend a meaningful hour with other moms. Get back into your body. Stretch and strengthen your muscles. This workshop is for moms and babies --newborns to actively crawling. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome only if space is available. Things that you will need for the Sing and Play Yoga Workshop: • a blanket for your baby • 2 light-weight scarves Babies in and out of our Bellies let’s join together for a Potluck afterwards at 12 p.m. Guest speaker Lauren Hill, PT, DPT. will answer questions on healing and strengthening the pelvic floor before and after childbirth.

Yoga Therapy

Intro to Yoga Therapeutics 3-Week Series
Thursday, May 9, 16, 23, 2019, 12:30 - 2:25 pm
Debbie Kayatt - E-RYT 500, CYI

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A Gentler-Paced Intro to Yoga Intro to Yoga is designed specifically for students new to yoga. The series focuses on primary yoga postures, principles of safe alignment, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Students will enjoy personal attention and hands-on adjustments and refinements from the same instructor each week. The afternoon Intro to Yoga is a slower paced class that makes yoga very accessible for gentle students or students with limitations. Props and chairs are incorporated into the classes as well as basic therapeutic moves for better posture. Different variations of the poses are practiced by everyone, so that students can experience the options. You may retake our intro series at any time to refresh your depth of knowledge at a "refresher rate" of $45. You can also register by calling Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, AZ at (602) 265-8222.

Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, 2019, 6:00pm - 7:55pm
Mary Beth Markus – CYI, E-RYT 500

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This is the Year to Start or Come Back to Your Mat Intro to Yoga is designed specifically for students new to yoga. The series focuses on primary yoga postures, principles of safe alignment, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Students will enjoy personal attention and hands-on adjustments and refinements from the same instructor each week. You may retake our intro series at any time to refresh your depth of knowledge at a "refresher rate" of $45. You can also register by calling Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, AZ at (602) 265-8222.

Intro to Chi Gong & Meditation 3-Week Series
Thursday, May 9, 16, 23, 2019, 7:15pm-8:30pm
Adam Montoya, Chi Gong Instructor, CYI

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Eastern Tools for Western Stress Are you feeling run down by stress? Would you like to melt away tension and replenish energy reserves? Discover how to use basic Chi Gong and Meditation techniques to: Increase Immunity Improve Mental Clarity Build Energy Decrease tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems Increase serotonin production that improves mood and behavior Improve sleep In this 3 week workshop, each week we will explore basic qi gong movements to invigorate the body and mind, followed by a meditation technique that you can apply in your daily life to recharge.

Intro to Tai Chi 3-Week Series
Friday, May 10, 17, 31, 2019 12:30-1:30 pm
Kathy Lucia, Tai Chi Instructor, B.Sc., M.Ed.

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Tools for Effective Movement and Balance This 3-week class is designed for any student new to Yang Style Tai Chi or anyone wanting to learn the 24 Step Tai Chi Form taught in the Wednesday and Friday Tai Chi classes. Focus is on stretching, balance techniques, flow of breath with the body, and all the hand and foot movements of Tai Chi. The first 3 steps will be taught, one step per week, of the 24 Step Form. One can be better prepared for the current day classes we offer on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:15am and 12:30pm after taking this intro class. Wear toe socks (sticky bottom socks) or a very light-soled shoe. The class is performed standing, but the option is available to sit in a chair to rest when needed.

Doug Keller – The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga
Friday – Sunday, May 10 – 12, 2019
Doug Keller, E-RYT 500

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The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga 10 CEU HRS Under Electives. Preregistration required. Full payment required with registration. Space is limited, so register early. Yoga has always been evolving, finding applications of yoga practices — both therapeutic and spiritual — that have gone far beyond what the original yogis had ever imagined for the practice. It has adapted to meet the needs of its practitioners — from ascetics in the early days to the broader needs of people of today, with greater and greater interest in our physical well-being as essential to our emotional and spiritual well-being. This therapeutically inspired weekend with Doug Keller honors that evolution with news-you-can-use insights into applications of yoga. Friday Evening Asana Practice — 2 hours — 7-9pm The Key to Movement and Bandha: the Sacrum and Understanding Pelvic, Low Back and Sciatic Pain This evening session will be a combination of information and cues for low back health and understanding the bandhas, combined with some asana practice to fully explore the experience. Our focus will be on the influence of the deepest muscles of the spine — the multifidi — which influence the movements of the sacrum, and are a central factor in sacroiliac and low back pain. And we will look further, to the sheaths of fascia and muscles nested within them that profoundly influence low back health. Saturday Morning Practice — 2½ hours 10:30-1:00pm The Lower Body: From the Feet to the Knees and Hips, and the ‘Bandhas’ Below The feet provide the foundation; and the actions of the feet profoundly affect the 3-dimensional movement of the knees as well as the hips. We’ll begin with the feet, and the fundamental actions for maintaining the integrity and stability of the feet as a foundation — and how this is applied in the many different forms of poses in yoga. From there we’ll expand into essential insights for the knees, awareness of the most common kinds of knee problems and injuries, and principles for safe and helpful practice in yoga poses that will improve the condition of not only the knees, but the feet and hips as well. Saturday Afternoon Deeper Breath Work: 2 ½ hours 2:30-5:00 The Natha Revolution in Hatha Yoga: Philosophy, Pranayama and the Role of Yoga Nidra in ‘Laya’ Yoga The appearance of the texts of hatha yoga marked a revolution in the understanding of the practice of yoga and set the basis for practice we do today. The texts focused primarily on technique, giving only hints of the revolution in philosophical thought behind it. These insights will be taken into pranayama practice, with applications of marma for the neck, jaw and for enhancing breath in the upper body — combined with the subtle awareness of the pathways of the breath that became part of the practice with the Natha yogis. Sunday Morning Asana Practice: 3 Hours 10:00-1:00 From Hands to Heart: Spiraling into Shoulder Health through the Arms — with attention to the health of the wrists and elbows, and their impact on shoulder opening Shoulder work in asana practice, with refined actions that spiral from the hands deep into the shoulders and heart, helps us to keep the shoulder joints aligned and free from damage and irritation, while maintaining the space of the upper body. We will take into account the most common forms of movement limitations, injuries (rotator cuff, cartilage and ligament injury) and pain syndromes involving the shoulders, elbows and wrists together, and will work with exercises and asanas for improving the ‘spirals’ by which we achieve greater freedom of movement, support healing from injury, and freedom from pain. Cancellation Policy for Full Workshop: For cancellations received by April 19th, full refund LESS $50 administrative fee. NO REFUNDS for cancellations after April 19th. Absolutely NO refunds for individual sessions or No Shows.

Golf Workshop

Golf Contitioning Workshop
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Kathy Lucia, B.S. M. ED

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Zen and the Art of the Golf Swing Although golf season never ends in Arizona, now is a great time to work on improving your game. This workshop offers each participant: - A short pre-round warm-up - An individual evaluation of your address stance and posture, plus individualized exercises to improve your swing. - How to increase flexibility for the golf swing using movement based on Tai Chi, Pilates, and Yoga. - Eye training using Tai Chi for putting - Mental and emotional preparation will be addressed at the end. Clubs will be available-no need to bring your own. Register on or before 5/04/19, cost is $45. On or after 5/05/19, the cost will be $50. Space is limited, so register early!

Erin Finkelstein, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner M.M., GCFP

Feldenkrais®- Awareness Through Movement
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Erin Finkelstein, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner M.M., GCFP

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Calming your Chaos - Awareness Through Movement Workshop for Neuromuscular Reorganization. Come experience the calming and centering work of Moshe Feldenkrais in this gentle and non-evasive ATM lesson. Lessons are an investigation of skeletal relationships, and explore novel new options for movement. Students of this work uncover new areas in their body and nervous system to use in daily functioning. New and returning students welcome, no experience necessary.

Movie Night – Walk With Me
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:15 pm

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Slow down and breathe This contemplative journey follows in the steps of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a rare insight into life within a monastic community. It's a fascinating and immersive exploration of what it means to devote one’s life to mindfulness. Walk With Me captures the daily routine and rituals of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence. It is an insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things. If interested, join us at 7:15pm for yoga stretch with MaryBeth followed by the movie at 8:00pm PHX Film Collective is a group of film fans dedicated to bringing culturally relevant cinema to Central Phoenix. They partner with local businesses to put on screenings of classics, independent, foreign and art house cinema in interesting locations. The goal is to eventually open an independent non-profit movie theater to serve the Central Phoenix community.

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