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Yoga is a healing modality for self-realization, showing how we can progress along life’s journey by opening to our Divine Nature. Mindfulness calls on us to literally stop and wake up to exactly how things actually are right now, with self-kindness, which can be deeply healing and transformative. Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) in the spirit of interconnectedness and receptivity to create a deliberate pause for self-reflection. Facilitator Allison Peet will guide us to explore gentle hatha yoga, yoga nidra, various mindfulness meditations, mandala drawing, breath-focused practice, loving kindness and self-compassion practice. There will be periods of silence offered, as well as time for reflection and inquiry. All scheduled activities are optional and plenty of time and space will be offered for personal rest on your own to return home refreshed, connected and renewed. Some experience with gentle yoga and meditation is preferred. Allison Peet is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor trained at UMass Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. She is a certified Buteyko Breathing Method coach and registered yoga instructor (RYT200). She’s taught since 2015 and hundreds have graduated from her MBSR program. Based on a pre and post self-evaluation, 84% of grads lowered their perceived stress and reduced stress levels an average of 35%. Allison attends week-long or more silent meditation retreats and has a regular practice. The cultivation of mindfulness transformed her relationship with stress and anxiety, which inspired her to start her own business, From Within Wellness, to benefit others. The cost of this weekend retreat is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions and all meals. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.

 

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