Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Solstice Center June 2008 events

A lot is going on this June! Wishing everyone well. Please peruse the links to the right for information about the variety of workshops and classes we are hosting. For more detailed calendar information, please visit the Solstice Center's web site and click on the calendar link.

Do you know about the three different Yoga Classes we are offering at the Solstice Center?

For those who are interested in therapeutic Yoga, please consider coming by the Center on Monday afternoons at 2:00. Kathy King teaches and has many dedicated students and there may be some room left. You can contact Kathy at 303-604-6465 to find out how to enroll.

Kem Minnick is teaching ashtanga yoga in the very early morning hours for those who need to get a class in before work: Monday-Friday from 6:15 am to 7:15 am. Please call Kem at 720.435.2430 for more information, or email at

Paul Russell, YogaWeave, offers a strikingly different kind of yoga class every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 5:30-6:45 in the Skylight room. See the article about Paul's class below. Yoga Weave is offering a FREE class for first timers to pleasurably increase integrity, fluidity and strength. Visit Call 720.890.8880


Dance Home News: Community Forum Tuesday 6/10 at 6:15p at Solstice

You are invited to participate in the Dance Home Community Forum!! It’s happening at the Solstice Center on Tuesday 6/10, at 6:15p. This is the first Dance Home Community Forum since Mark stepped down as the Director.

As you probably know, there are changes going on at Dance Home (DH), that the Interim Management Team (IMT) is excited about because we believe it will help breathe new life and the needed income to sustain DH. The IMT also realizes that we could have had better communication with the larger DH community before finalizing these changes. We regret any hurt that this may have caused community members

The question is….where do we all go from here?

How do we, as a community, ensure the future of DH? Who are the folks that want to help? What ideas do you have? The purpose of the forum is to start answering these questions.

We are hoping that this meeting is a starting point, to hear what the DH community wants to create. Let’s use this first meeting to get our ideas out on the table, get the ball rolling, and set up a date and agenda for the next community meeting.

Current DJ lineup for June:
June 3 Zoe
June 10 Victor
June17 Paul
June 24 Mark

Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training | CIMT™
Date: June, 20, 21 & 22, 2008
Time: 10am-6pm | Friday, Saturday & Sunday, in the Big room
This Certification Course is for those interested in working with families by becoming a Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT). A CIMT™ is an educator who teaches the art of infant massage to parents or caregivers in the presence of their babies.


“A Mindful Dance Night: A Workshop in Mindfulness-Based Movement Meditation”
Jay E. Valusek, Rocky Mountain Center for Mindfulness

Sunday, June 15, 6:15-8:30 p.m., The Big Room, Solstice Center

Introduces secular mindfulness meditation and contemplative movement to the music of Loreena McKennitt, with periods of silence and stillness, reflection and group discussion. $20/person. For more information, visit or


Paths to Inner Wisdom and Abundant Health: Saturday, June 28, 2008 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Three amazing women will be facilitating: Billie Ortiz, Certified Dreamworker; Lisa Temple, OMD, and Sophie Rose, Astrologer, for a workshop dedicated to discovering how Unconscious factors influence our health and well-being. We'll explore chakra balancing, relationship astrology and dreams in this interactive workshop.
Fee: $75
10% Senior's discount
Earlybird before June 14, $65
Bring a friend and you both save $5!
Healthy snacks and herbal teas will be served.
For questions and registration please call Lisa Temple 303-530-1833

or check out :


Evening of Breathwork
Release your baggage & lighten your
load as we surf into Spring!

Breathwork is one of the most laser techniques to heal and expand your well being and re-connect to the depths of your own life. It is an amazing, freeing, mystical gift that you give to yourself …And Lynds Pickett is a powerful ally that facilitates your spiritual expansion. Give your soul the gift of your Breath.
Connected Breathwork begins by previously focusing desires, clarifying yours goals and setting your intentions. Bringing these with you to the Evening of Breath, you begin your journey within a safe, private yet focused environment. This profound breathing method eliminates body stress, releases toxic emotions and brings proud clarity and peace.
Entering this sacred space supports the opening of your heart and the flowering of your life. This is true freedom, this is bliss.

Date: Friday June 6, 2008 Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Place: Solstice Center Sky Room, 302 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO.
Fee: $25 at the door– Discounted to $20 if pre paid by June 5th
or bring a friend for ½ price of their fee!
Bring: A pillow, blanket & an adventurous attitude! Dress: Comfortably

Your may send your payment to:
Lynds Pickett - 303-506-1772
10531 W. 105th Ave., Westminster, CO, 80021

Or Reserve your space online! Go to “Classes” and scroll down to “Evening of Breathwork”, then click on the Paypal link


Raising Empowered Children Series "The Warrior Child"
June 12th 5:30-7:00
Join nationally known speaker and child educator Aaron Huey for this FREE talk about raising children who know how to access, develop and integrate their highest potential. Learn parenting tricks and techniques, and get questions answered about your young, rambunctious, destructive, wild, can't-sit-still kids, and learn how to show them their path of success!

The talk is free and if you are a parent, you don't want to miss this! To learn more about Aaron Huey and his company Fire Mountain Programs, please visit


Feldenkrais! Lengthening the Spine: Effortless Support
An eight-week group class exploring how dynamic support through the entire skeleton can support the low back, spine, arms and shoulders.
Monday, 6:00-7:00pm
June 2nd-July 21, 8 weeks
The Solstice Center, 3rd and Pearl
Cost: $96 for all 8 weeks, $60 for any five weeks, $15 to drop in.
Contact: Erin at 720.284.4306 or see Eight-week series starts Monday, June 2nd, 6:00pm. See for more info.


Tantra connection presents: Monthly Pujas. Thursday, June 26, 7:00-9:00. There is NO COST. A Puja is a sacred ceremony used to honor the divine in everything. In our Puja-healing Circles we will gather in a safe environment to explore the depth of our hearts so that we can give and receive love to our fullest. No Cost!

Contact Mary Verhoeven at 720-938-9773
Schedule 7:00 Arive and mingle
7:15 - Doors close for Puja
8:15 - Tantra talk
8:45 Dance and Mingle


Bellydance with Amina Salah! This month only, June 11, 18, 25. Please call her for details if you are interested in BELLYDANCE! on Wednesday evenings in the skylight room at 720-339-0816.


Music Together with Jane Smolens
June 14, end spring session; June 21, begin summer session. Please call Jane at 303-413-1120 or see her website at for more info.


Channeled Healings, Hosted by Miwa Linehan.
Channeled or Trance Medium Healings are high energy healings that connect you to your answers, your truth, your dreams -- YOU! You can get healing and communication on any aspect of your life! Come experience 'Heaven On Earth' in this transformative healing space!!
Location: THE BIG ROOM, Solstice Center at 302 Pearl Street
Time: EVERY WEDNESDAY from 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Cost: No Charge... and donations are always welcome!!
More Info: Contact Miwa Linehan at 303-530-0920


Workout of the week: Intimate Weave yoga
By Aimee Heckel
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Intimate Weave classes run from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Visit for more info.

Lotus Healing Arts in the Skylight Room, 302 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-890-8880,

Instructor: Paul Russell, of Boulder. Russell is a former Celtic singer and songwriter who began doing yoga as therapy for an injured hand 12 years ago. He used to teach at Core Power but left because he says his style was too different. Which it definitely is.

His class emphasizes four levels of yoga: the motion (physical posture), emotion (how it makes you feel), notion (related ideas and concepts) and devotion (spirituality).

Who does it? This class was small, only three women.

When: 5:30-5:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Level: This class is not physically difficult, maybe a two on a 10-point scale, but that might be because it is so slow and deliberate.

Format: Fifteen minutes of physical/emotional/mental warm-up exercises. Then about 30 to 45 minutes of active yoga asanas, followed by 15 minutes of restorative postures. Ends with the same breathing exercise from beginning.

Equipment: Nothing. Not even yoga mats, because the floor is carpeted. Although I found it a little more difficult for my feet to grip the carpet than a mat.

What to wear: Comfortable clothes, no shoes.

Muscles worked: All.

One new move: "Blossom Asana" -- Start from a bent-over, compact position, like a seed, and then "grow" into an arms-extended, standing posture, like the opening of a flower.

"As your body becomes more deeply interconnected with the Earth, the breath, and the embodied image of a flower opening, your yoga postures gradually develop into more complete expressions of beauty, vitality, elegance, simplicity and ease," Russell says.

What's different: This class wasn't like any yoga class I've ever seen. It was interactive and imaginative, building off metaphors and visualization -- not surprising, since Russell's mentor is a mime. Instead of adapting the bodies to the postures, Russell says he wants to adapt the postures to the individual bodies.

After some poses, Russell asked the participants what emotions they felt, and we focused on deepening those emotions while doing the poses again. This allowed me to do moves I have never been able to do before.

What I didn't like: At first, I was not entirely open, and I was unsure what to think of Russell's quirky personality. He is obviously a performer and told a lot of jokes. I wasn't sure where the class was going.

What I loved: Russell grew on me. And suddenly I had a flood of epiphanies. How posture affects your breath and mood. He taught that there is no such thing as balance, only interconnectedness -- which extends to yoga postures, as well as life.

Balancing implies that there are different and separate objects. But if everything is one, there is no balance, because there is no separation. There is only connection. If we feel off balance in our lives, we are simply not acknowledging (because it is there with or without us) our connection.

I love "aha" moments, especially ones that sneak up and surprise you. This class was packed with them.

Inspiration for class: Russell began teaching at Lotus Healing Arts about six weeks ago. He wanted to teach yoga his way, without conforming to a studio's standards.

What others say: "It's real interesting because he doesn't teach like other yoga teachers. ... At the end, suddenly I can do postures I couldn't otherwise do. I feel graceful. I feel good -- not strained or tired. I feel peaceful, yet strong." -- Hildie Henderson, of Boulder.

How I felt after the class: Aware and grounded. And contemplative.

How I felt later: Surprisingly, a little sore.

Internally, I felt inspired. So I wrote about the class:

Ballerina arms embrace the air in front of her like she is hugging a tree. Fingers move up, caressing the invisible universe, who loves it, and shivers with the touch. And her arms extend up in the sacrifice, the celebration, the openness of love.

Now she is the tree. Right foot is roots, grounded and hot, melting into the carpet. Strength in the sinking. Freedom in the commitment. She grows a branch arm. There is no tension in the pose, only the joyous welcoming of openness. There is no balance. Only interconnectedness. Here and in life.

She breathes.

Now she lies on the floor. The tree that she hugged, that she was, is now outside. She focuses on the heat in her stomach: solemn. She focuses on her heart: happiness. She hears a bird outside, inside. She clutches her knee to her chest, holding her leg as tightly as the perfect man, while her muscles release as softly as the perfect woman.

She is both, because she is alone. All one.

-- Reported by Aimee Heckel.

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