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QiGong Series Guided by Diane Johnson

QiGong Series

Guided by Diane Johnson

THURSDAYS
NOVEMBER 30TH – DECEMBER 21ST
4 PM – 6:30 PM
$40 SERIES

PLEASE CALL THE LOCAL GROCER 603-356-6068 OR STOP IN AT THE FRONT DESK TO SIGN UP

What is Qigong?
Qigong is an ancient Chinese form of movement, meditation and sound healing which is designed to activate the energy of the body for health, happiness, and healing.

Learn the foundational practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong. Awaken Vitality Method is a powerful healing technology, beneficial for all types of conditions. Its simple movements, encoded with thousands of years of accumulated Qigong wisdom, have been carefully designed to bring practitioners into their optimum state of balance and harmony. The method involves exercises in gentle movement, visualization, sound (to energize the organs in the body) and meditation.

A series of 4 to 8 classes will teach you how to connect to the Chi Field (the energy field), learn the movements of the Awaken Vitality Practice (5 segments), Sound Healing and meditative practices. Awaken Vitality Practice is a beginning practice which opens the joints, deep tissues, the spine, shoulders, hips and vitalizes entire skeletal system; which in turn affects every system in our body. This technology re-patterns the physical, emotional and mental/spiritual energy bringing forth natural states of happiness, openness, optimum health.

Classes are offered by Diane Johnson who is a certified teacher.

Diane Johnson is an enthusiastic practitioner who is passionate about the integrative healing of the mind, body, and spirit.  She is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Mt. Washington Valley since 1998.  Through her practice and daily life, she has studied the intimate connections between the mind, emotions, and the body. Diane strives to be a model for health and healing and is committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development. She has established a reputation for creating an accepting environment with an approach that is sensitive, respectful, and empowering.   Diane loves the outdoors, kayaking, hiking, and cross-country skiing with friends. She loves her pets and is an avid gardener.

 Diane teaches classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has recently been certified to teach Wisdom Healing Qigong.  Classes in Qigong are now being offered in 4 to 8-week blocks in several locations. 

For more information: [email protected] 603-986-9722

PLEASE CALL THE LOCAL GROCER 603-356-6068 OR STOP IN AT THE FRONT DESK TO SIGN UP

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Sound Healing Journeywork – Guided by Ben Carroll

Experience Sound Healing Journeywork with Master Musician & Sound Healer Ben Carroll

November 5th, 4 PM- 6 PM

Sometimes it’s hard to get down past our own busy minds. Journeying with sound is an invaluable tool to help us LET GO and slip down past that chatter. In this sound healing journey guided by former Universal Recording Artist, Ben Carroll, we will utilize the sounds of singing bowls, voice, solfeggio tubes, and various other sound tools to journey deep within ourselves with the intention of reconnecting with our higher self and to strengthen our own intuition and inner knowing. We will utilize the energy of the group coming together to hold this intention to amplify our results and leave you feeling charged for days.

Sound Journeying is a very powerful medium. It is a tuning for the body, mind, and soul. Entraining to sound is an extremely effective way to get down past the conscious mind and into a much deeper meditative state than what meditation alone usually allows. In the depths of this mind state much HEALING & RELEASING can occur, allowing for states of bliss & ecstasy to permeate our being. From this state of mind, it’s much easier to find our spiritual center, to reconnect to our own intuition, and to tap into higher states of consciousness.

We will start the evening with some simple group toning to activate our group energy, next we will set our intention which is always important when doing any energy work, and then we will move into the experience of the sound journey for approximately 1 hour.

** We recommend that you dress comfy. Please bring water, bring a journal, and bring whatever you will be comfortable lying down on for an extended period of time such as pillows, a blanket, or cushions. The studio will provide you with a yoga mat, but please feel free to bring your own. You’ll want to be as relaxed as possible during this two-hour sonic experience

Tickets $25 in advance $30 at the door // Space is limited
Contact The Local Grocer at 603-356-6068 x5 or stop in at the front desk to sign up!

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AWAKEN YOUR LIFE FORCE ENERGY THROUGH QI GONG

AWAKEN YOUR LIFE FORCE ENERGY THROUGH QI GONG

December 10th, 4 PM – 5:30 PM

A gentle and enlivening introduction to Qi Gong~

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese healing art designed to enhance one’s capacity to work effectively with life-force energy, known as Qi. Our time together will be shared by activating our Qi, purging and purifying blocked energy, tonifying our internal power, as well as gentle stretching & slow flowing movements.

 

Experience how Qi Gong teaches us how to move with relaxed ease and internal power.

Facilitator: Jen Deraspe has been leading retreats and sharing the healing arts since 1999. She is passionate about each person finding their healing potential and offers opportunities to do that in an authentic and effective way. She is currently getting her Qi Gong teaching certification through Santa Cruz’s Lee Holden Qi Gong. 

 

The cost is $18 and you may pay at the door.

  

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Beginners Belly Dancing

Beginners Belly Dancing

Saturdays 6 PM 

November 4th – December 9th

$75 for 6 Week Series or $15 for Drop In

Shimmy and Shake your way into the fluid movements of Beginner Belly Dance.  Learn the basics of an ancient tradition in a warm and welcoming environment. Participants will learn about middle eastern rhythms and dance to music from around the world.  All are welcome. 

   

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Benefits of Hatha Yoga Stretch

Benefits of Hatha Yoga Stretch
Offered 8:15 am each Monday/Be Well Studios

There are plenty of unhealthy, thin or very athletic people who are living on processed, GMO body-building supplements and others who might be considered over-weight (large boned 🙂 ) who drink raw milk, eat all organic and practice yoga. In many cases, size is not an indicator of health, but rather your mindset plus how many prescription and over the counter drugs you take.

This is where yoga and stretching come into play. How? Because these exercises challenge you to think about what you are doing and the benefits spill over into many areas of your life. I realize there are plenty of you out there who think intentionally while you are running on the machines, but it’s too easy to zone out or tune into the news or whatever is on the tv rather than noticing your thoughts.  Yoga and stretching are mind-body exercises because they take thought and intention. Yoga and stretching are not just about moving the body, which they do, but they have many other advantages.

What is the difference between the two?  Stretching is simply that, stretching. It’s pretty much body movement, kinesiology and lengthening the body. Yoga involves stretching, but also strength, balance and often yogic philosophy. The word yoga means union, and often the practice of yoga encourages you to form a union with whoever or whatever you desire. These are very simplistic definitions for the sake of saving space, all two practices help you become more flexible and increase your range of motion. Regardless of how you practice stretching, you’ll benefit in many ways:
• More flexibility: In the body as your muscles and ligaments lengthen, and in mind as you practice patience to achieve that length in your muscles. Building patience through stretching can help you become comfortable with stillness in your mind and body.

• Ability to manage stress:  Often we are so busy in life we don’t take time to reflect on our day and take time to understand how we are responding to daily activities or illness. Stress can be caused by many things. When you take time to slow down, stretch and become familiar with your body and mind it gives you the space to process how you are feeling and how you might be responding to any circumstances. Stretching your muscles creates a controlled kind of stress on the body when your brain identifies how to deal with this controlled stress, it teaches you skills to deal with everyday stress so you’re better prepared. This includes stress from pain, stretching in a controlled manner will help you deal with chronic pain. Often stretching can alleviate pain if it is rooted in muscles or joints that are stiff.

• Clearer thinking:  The busy-ness of life can be an obstacle to keeping healthy perspectives and actually seeing the truth. When you clear away the clutter from schedules, work and relationships it is easier to understand what your priorities are, what you can do in situations, and what you should let go of.

• Pain Management: Controlled stretching helps your mind and body deal with stress, which pain creates. Often, just moving the body helps you realize where your pain is coming from and discovering movements that can alleviate that pain. I always encourage my students to explore movements rather than just striking a pose and holding it one way. Pain management improves when you learn breathing exercises and specific stretches to ease tension in the whole body.

• Improved body awareness:  Life is busy and often our self-awareness is one of the first things we neglect. Whether it’s feelings of hunger, fatigue or pain, ignoring your body’s signals that something is wrong can become a chronic habit until something major happens. Stretching gives you the time and space to tune into your body and realize how you are feeling physically and emotionally. One of the most important elements to helping this happen is to do stretching in a relaxing environment away from any distractions that will keep you from focusing on what you are doing.

• Better sleep: When your body is tense and muscles tight, it can keep you from relaxing at night to sleep. Many of us carry tightness in our muscles without realizing it. The shoulders, back, and belly are the main areas most people carry stress. Simple stretching can help release that tension and help ease you into a peaceful night’s sleep.

• You’re less likely to get injured:  Bodies that don’t bend break. As people get older, their muscles and ligaments often get tight making it more likely they will break some bones if they fall.

• Make you happier overall:  Scientists have found that exercising only 7 minutes a day can help you feel better, lessening your chances of suffering from depression. Yes, stretching is exercising.

• Lose weight:  Stretching helps all your body systems work more efficiently. It increases circulation, gets fresh oxygen to your muscles, brain and all body systems. Your body can eliminate toxins more easily and often that results in lost weight. Weight loss with stretching is often a nice side effect of managing stress, breathing better and stretching.

• Improved balance and posture:  As your muscles become more limber, it helps your body to balance. Stretching helps you to free up areas in the body that are rigid, it is these imbalances that make our posture out of alignment. When you stretch and free up areas of tightness, it allows your body to become more symmetrical and you’ll see almost instant improvement in your posture.

What do you find is the biggest challenge in doing more stretching? Time? Instruction? Unsure how to begin? Join me at 8:15 am, Mondays at Be Well Studios. This class is for everybody, no yoga experience needed.

Daphne Miner LeMay/Balance/ DaphneBalance.com
300 RYT, Reiki I, II, III, Master & Teacher, Cert. Thai Yoga Bodywork, Cert. Children Yoga, Cert. Personal Trainer, Ayurveda Therapy

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TLG Raising Consciousness Book Club

The Local Grocer – Raising Consciousness Book Club

First Wednesday of the Month, 6:00 pm

Fostering a safe place to discuss, explore, grow and expand our consciousness.

FREE

Lead by Leah Mason and Kim Johnson

Join us for TLG’s Raising Consciousness Book Club. We will be choosing a different book every month and coming together the first Wednesday of each month for a lively and educational discussion about the book. Books will be for sale at The Local Grocer for the following month’s book club. Regular attendees will contribute to the choosing of books.

Upcoming Dates:

November 1st – The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

This book choice is also part of the One Book One Valley ~ which includes local area NH and Maine libraries

One Book One Valley is a community read program for the Mount Washington Valley area, similar to others offered around the country. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally.

Thursday, October 26 at 7 pm: Author Monica Wood will speak and answer questions at Loynd Auditorium, Kennett High School. The program will be followed by a book signing. Come that night as well as we will discuss it our November 1st meeting.

In The One-in-a-Million Boy, Monica Wood tells a magical, beautifully written story about the healing power of friendship, music, and unexpected, generation-spanning connections. As emotionally resonant as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, this novel hums with energy, warmth, wisdom, humor, and soul. ~ Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

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Spring Renewal!

Spring into Spring with a Revitalizing Juice and Soup Cleanse for Body and Soul
The creative chefs at the Local Grocer have come up with a Spring Renewal Program that will help you lighten up your diet AND keep your metabolism going, while enjoying healthy and nutritious soups and fresh-pressed organic juices prepared especially for you!

Each day we will provide:

  1. Delicious fresh-pressed organic juice designed to aid in digestion, boost your immune system, and help rid your body of inflammation.
  2. Soups (choice of bone-broth based paleo or vegan) made with thoughtfully prepared organic ingredients that not only taste amazing, but are packed with minerals and nutrients to support your overall health.

These will be available for pick-up daily at The Local Grocer Cafe. You may also choose to pick up multiple days of soup and juice at one time (up to 3 days’ worth at one time) with advanced notice. If you choose to do this you may be limiting your selection of soup choices. Please be aware that juices are recommended to be drunk within 3-72 hours for optimum nutrition and enzyme and antioxidant content. The fresher the juice, the higher the enzyme and antioxidant content.

At the beginning of your cleanse you will receive a bag of organic herbalist-formulated cleansing tea for you to make at home daily. The Enhanced Package includes free yoga and meditation passes and other Self-Care Aids. See details on the following page.

The Basics   99$   ($120 value)

This 7-day program includes:

  1. A 4 oz. bag of our herbalist formulated organic cleansing tea and instructions to brew at home
  2. One pint of our Organic Fresh Pressed Juice of the Day
  3. One bowl of Nourishing Cleansing Soup. Choose between the following:
    1. gluten free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free Paleo bone broth-based
    2. GF Vegan (also dairy and egg free)

 

This program is perfect for those looking for a ready-made healthy dinner (or other meal) and snack replacement to help you make positive dietary changes.

 

 

The Full Package 199$ ($265 value)

This enhanced 7-day program includes:

  1. An 8 oz. bag of our herbalist formulated organic cleansing tea and instructions to brew at home
  2. Two pints of organic fresh pressed juice (juice of the day plus your choice)
  3. Two bowls of your choice of Nourishing Cleansing Soup (gluten free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free Paleo bone broth-based and GF Vegan available)
  4. One free Yoga or Dance pass
  5. One free pass to Meditation group
  6. A week-long Self-Care Journal with specific self-care suggestions and descriptions to help support health lifestyle changes
  7. Healthy Cleansing Recipes to make at home to supplement or continue with your Spring Renewal!