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Community – Together, we find our best selves.

“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

One of the deepest desires within ourselves is to feel that we “belong and connect to” a person or group of individuals that honor and support who we truly are. To be recognized and uplifted by another, leads to our health and wholeness.   

“Community” has been a core principle at Desert Song throughout it’s 37-year history. A foundation of community has been built through the practices, therapies and healing arts offered. The growth of the center has been supported by the core beliefs of inclusivity, acceptance and respect. With all the distraction created by political divisiveness, so dominant in our culture over the past decade, Desert Song has been an oasis. It has been a blessing to be part of this healthy, growing community – to connect with one another, no matter one’s political views.  

It is through yoga, tai chi, Pilates, meditation and all the therapeutic practices-and events offered here at Desert Song, that we are given the opportunity to slow our lives down and allow for the time needed to soften our edges and recognize our human relationship 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.

Through all the years Desert Song has been a part of my life, I have both witnessed, and, been a recipient of the generosity of spirit that support our staff, students, clients and families. Our community is strong, compassionate and inviting. Our purpose and passion is to connect, support and thrive with one another in body, mind and soul, through our practices and events. 
Mary Beth Markus
May you always feel welcomed here. And may you find the peace and health you truly deserve.

With deep respect and gratitude,
Mary Beth, Vince and Tuli   

Intro to Yoga

Intro to Yoga is $65 or bring a friend and receive a discounted price of two for $110. If you have already taken this course but would like to refresh your understanding of yoga, you can attend for $45.

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.

Experiential Meditation

Enjoy Guided Meditation, and Lively Conversation-With James Munro [Zoom Event]
Saturday, June 6, 2020, 10:30 - 11:30 am
James Munroe, PhD.

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“I don’t know who I am, but I need to know!” Pre-registration required for Zoom code. This is a ZOOM online event. Please register at least 2 hours prior to the start time to receive your Zoom code. We meditate because we know we need meditation and we enjoy meditation! After meditation, our awareness is expanded. We feel rested, content and in good humor. During the day these feelings may be replaced by heaviness, indecision, and a restricted awareness. During meditation, you experienced one you, and later in the day another you appeared. Which is the true you? If the true version of you is the one experienced during meditation why is it not experienced all of the time? If the true version of you is that experienced in daily life, does this say the purpose of life endless challenges interspersed with moments of happiness? Let’s discover together how mediation results in the realization of the highest value of you lived in a happy and fulfilled life! James Munroe, PhD. Meet one of Mary Beth’s Meditation teachers. For over 25 years, James has been immersed in the study of practical philosophy, yoga and a variety of meditation practices including advanced meditation techniques. His concentrations are in Philosophy, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Vedic Science. Vedic Science integrates modern scientific theories with Vedic philosophy on the origin and evolution of the universe. The primary aim of Vedic Science is the development of mind/body connection promoting ease of fulfillment of one’s full potential in all areas of life. His PHD dissertation demonstrated how meditation offered relief from Substance Abuse. James is an Adjunct Professor of Vedic Science at Maharishi International University, Fairfield, Iowa. He recently developed a graduate course for computer professionals grounded in meditation as a technology of business performance, and in other higher human development practices. He has worked for many years in a variety of settings including substance-abuse treatment centers, universities and corporations using an array of meditative and other well-being and performance-based approaches. James regularly conducts meditation groups and retreats and is contracted to lecture on meditation practices at various events throughout the United States.

stretch and Massage

POP-UP Workshop: Ahh! Stretch & Massage [Zoom Event]
Saturday, June 6, 2020 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Mary Beth Markus, LMT, E-RYT 500, CYI

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Have you wanted a massage and can not because of the corona virus isolation? Do you feel like your muscles need a little TLC? This class is for you and a partner or family member. Relax, rejuvenate and release that aching back through gentle stretches and relaxing massage techniques. No experience necessary.

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