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February 2010 - News Briefs

Jan 29, 2010 08:07PM
Color Me Yoga Children's Instructor Certification Program February 21-28

Yoga establishes children’s body-soul wisdom and establishes the foundation for healthy, compassionate, confident, peaceful and self-aware adults. A Color Me Yoga Children’s Instructor Certification Program will be held Feb 21-28. Color Me Yoga® embraces the beauty, joy and embodied aliveness inherent in 
children. The 60 hour program, taught by Marsha Therese (Beret) Danzig, M.ed. Harvard, RYT 500, includes asana, pranayama, meditation, mudra, philosophy, creative movement and visualization, special needs and more.

Graduates of Color Me Yoga For Children leave trainings inspired, excited
and ready to teach yoga to children ages 2-14. Teachers, day care providers, occupational therapists, yoga instructors or anyone wanting a more heart-
centered career will benefit from the program.

Program will be held at Sacred Grove Retreat in Gold Hill, NC. To learn more visi, Info/Register: 704-463-0768 or Living In Solution Go deeper into the soul’s journey

Living In Solution - a class of personal mastery to live life in alignment with personal truth, guided by the universal inner guidance system - will begin April 10th and continue throughout the year with a retreat day each month. This class was created and will be facilitated by Rev. Christy Snow of the Spiritual Living Center of Charlotte.

 These 12-day retreats are constructed to include journaling, meditation, class sharing, partner exercises, silence, movement and creativity. Each month will cover a new topic that builds on the previous class. The evolutionary nature of the class is a vital component and students are asked to complete an interview to ask and answer questions and ensure that this commitment is in harmony with each student. Interviews will be held throughout February and March with a sign up deadline of April 1st. The class will be held Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. Class can be paid monthly ($150), or in full $1500 ( by April 1st) or $1650 ( by July 1st). Some scholarships are available. Info: or 704-665-1886.

Chinese New Year Festival Free admission with food donation   Each year, over a billion people celebrate the greatest holiday in East Asian culture – Chinese New Year. You can enjoy this year’s holiday (the year of the tiger) while staying right here in Charlotte. The Peaceful Dragon Cultural Center, will host its annual Chinese New Year Festival on February 6, from 11am-3pm.   Fun for the entire family, the festival will begin with a ceremonial Lion Dance and Dragon Dance meant to bring good luck to participants for the coming year.  Enjoy demonstrations and performances of Chinese martial arts and health arts including kung fu, tai chi, acupuncture, yoga and dance. In addition, a Children’s Carnival with fun and exciting games for kids is scheduled.   Admission to the festival is $3 per family or free if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Loaves and Fishes. Additional festival highlights include the sale of traditional Chinese noodles for lunch, ongoing raffle drawings for assorted prizes and special festival discounts for joining the classes offered at The Peaceful Dragon including tai chi, yoga, kung fu, Zen meditation and children's martial arts.   The Peaceful Dragon is located at 12610 Steele Creek Road. For more information, call 704-504-8866 or visit   Laughter Workshop Ha, ha, ha for better health   It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine. It lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, increases muscle flexion and boosts immune function. Keli Semelsberger, founder of Charlotte Comedy Theater, will lead a Laughter Workshop on February 11 to help people transform life's little frustrations into laughter.   “Laughing 100 times is equal to 15 minutes on an exercise bike,” says Semelsberger, a 15-year comedy veteran. “You actually work out your diaphragm, abs, respiratory system, as well as facial, leg and back muscles with a hearty chuckle.”   The class will discuss why we laugh, the physical benefits, how to produce more laughter in our lives and how laughter helps us form stronger and closer attachments with those we love.  Participants will learn easy improv games that can be done anywhere or anytime to regain a sense of play and give each member a way to start cultivating a life filled with laughter.   The workshop will be held March 5th at Mindscape Holistic Center, 6646 WT Harris Blvd. at 6pm. The cost is $20. Pre-register: [email protected].

Inner Engineering Program March 3-9 Technologies for inner wellbeing

Isha Yoga, a public service organization, which addresses all aspects of human wellbeing, will offer an Inner Engineering program to explore the higher dimensions of life through the inner science of yoga. In fostering understanding of their interiority, participants gain powerful tools to cope with the hectic pace of modern life and move into a new plane for living and working. No prior yoga experience is necessary.

Given the tools to rejuvenate, people can optimize all aspects of health, inner growth and success. For those seeking professional and personal excellence, this program offers keys for meaningful and fulfilling relationships at work, home, community and most importantly, within one's self.

The approach is a modern antidote to stress, and presents simple but powerful processes from yogic science to purify the system and increase health and inner well-being. Benefits may include: increased energy, prevention or reversal of disease, stronger immunity and a relaxed state of mind.

Inner Engineering will take place at Idlewild Arena. Free introductory talks about the program will be held throughout February. For a schedule and more information visit or call 704-502-1904.

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