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Special Events and Workshops

Come to explore the deeper meaning of yoga and associated healing practices at one of our special events.

We also offer:

You can see (and print) a full schedule of all our ongoing weekly classes, our monthly specials and our special events on our Schedule page.

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Your Core Desired Feelings with Kayla Pates

A Desire Map + Yoga Workshop Intensive

Special: Saturday December 2, 1pm–4pm.
$75 by 12/1; Early Bird Discount: $60 by 11/27.

Please register and pay at Acuity Scheduling. For the 20% Early Bird Discount ($60 registration by 11/27) pleae use the coupon code: CLARITY2017

“When we make feeling good a priority, everything changes… Heading toward your core desired feelings will revolutionize your life.” – Danielle LaPorte.

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In this three-hour Desire Map + Yoga workshop intensive you will move your body, calm your mind, journal from your heart, and get clear on how you really want to feel in your life.

Typically, we create our to-do lists and goals focused on all of the things we want to do or achieve outside of ourselves. But placing so much value on our external experiences can leave us feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled.

This is because our aspirations are actually being driven by an innate desire to feel a certain way.

So what if first we got clear on how we want to feel within ourselves – what lights us up – and then we designed our to-do lists, our goals, and our lives around those inspired feelings?

Something magical happens when you focus on creating your Core Desired Feelings:

  • You remember your light, your authentic nature.
  • You use your preferred feelings as a guidance system for making choices and being more present and alive.
  • You accentuate the positive aspects of your life, while still honoring (and not invalidating) the negative parts that you want to change.

In this workshop, you'll combine the embodied mindfulness of yoga with the soulful inquiry of Desire Mapping. Through a flowing blend of discussion, guided journaling exercises, and the practice of gentle and mindful yoga – including various breathing, meditation, and relaxation practices – you will be provided the time and space to go inward and be supported in discovering your Core Desired Feelings. At the end of this workshop, you will leave knowing your personal Core Desired Feelings, and how you can use that clarity to design a life that feels the way you want it to.

“Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life.” – Danielle LaPorte

You can download the Workshop Brochure in PDF format.

About Kayla:

Kayla is a certified Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher (registered with the Yoga Alliance) with over ten years of experience teaching students of various levels, skills, and abilities. She takes a mindful and compassionate approach to the practice, and guides her students through various yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation practices that can improve health and well-being in body, mind, and spirit. Her passion for yoga began when she discovered the practice and its philosophy as a teenager, and her own practice has evolved as she moved into adulthood, through pregnancy, and onto the journey of motherhood. Her teaching reflects her skills, knowledge, and experience living the practice of yoga – on and off the mat.

Her passion for health and wellness in body, mind, and spirit guided her pursuit for a well-rounded education. Kayla received her Associate's Degree in Biology from Burlington County College, where she gained a solid foundation for understanding the science of the body. She then moved on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Sciences from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where she studied Religion and Psychology. There, she was able to deepen her understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of Yoga, as well as other Eastern religions and philosophies including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. She also explored topics around religion and psychology, religion and science, and issues in religious thought.

Currently, Kayla is working toward a Master's Degree in Health Promotion from Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she is deepening her skills and experience around creating and implementing effective, evidence-based, and holistic-minded health promotion and health education programs and interventions that can benefit various different populations and communities. Her intention is to further contribute her efforts to a field that focuses on improving the lives, productivity, and health status of individuals and diverse populations, reduce their risk of chronic disease, and restore health in body, mind, and spirit.

Kayla also completed training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She combines her skills, knowledge, and experience as both a Yoga Teacher and a Health Coach to create individual and group programs and workshops that guide clients through the process of developing simple, healthy habits that improve well-being in a sustainable and effective way. Kayla believes that mindful awareness and self-compassion are an important aspect of the individual journey toward optimum health and wellness, and she feels grateful to be able to support and guide others through practices that have helped her along her own unique wellness journey.

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Laughter Yoga with Karen Siugzda

De-stress, Energize & Get Happy with Laughter.

Monthly: Fridays, 7pm–8pm. Next class: December 15.
3rd Friday of each month.
$13 drop in or YFL class card.

What is Laughter Yoga?

Laughter Yoga is not Yoga Poses. It's the yoga of breath and moving energy. It promotes healing and having more fun through laughter. So it is available to everybody. You can participate even in a chair.

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Laughter Yoga is simple yet profound. It's joyful and healthy exercise that combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing.

It is not comedy. You don't need to be flexible or funny! It's a complete well-being workout! Come experience the wonderful benefits!

  • Laughter releases endorphins, giving us the “feel good factor”
  • Acts as aerobic exercise and cardio workout
  • Unleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers
  • Great team building tool, encourages better communication
  • Helps boost our immune system which helps us resist disease
  • Tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation
  • Encourages positive thinking and creativity
  • Reduces physical, mental and emotional stress

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Morning Session: $25

Lunch: $12

Afternoon Session: $25

Whole Day With Lunch: $59

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New Year's Day Retreat and Renew with Rhonda & Shalina

Special: Monday January 1, 11am–4pm.
$59 including lunch.

Start off your New Year with this special retreat.

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Schedule for the day:

  • 11am – 12.30pm $25: Start with the four formal stages of contemplation, manifesting your true heart desires. Move into 2018 with heartfelt intention. Join in a community of yogis in contemplating conscious beginnings and endings, preparing for the ending of 2017 and the beginning of a new year. This ancient tool can be used again and again in your life to bring clarity when searching for answers to your life's biggest decisions.
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm $12: Vegetarian lunch. Nourishment for the body and soul.
  • 2pm – 4pm $25: Release and Renew ceremony with crystal bowls. We will start with releasing the old year's “story” and relax into a new beginning with a very gentle, on the floor yoga practice followed by a long guided Shavasana. This is a time to balance the Chakras and sooth the nervous system, starting the year in balance with the beautiful healing sounds of crystal bowls played by Devpreet.

$59 for the whole day including lunch.

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Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Lori Volpe

Special: Tuesday January 16, 7pm–8.45pm.
$Free.

This workshop will provide you with an overview of mindfulness and the important role it can play in reducing stress and improving the quality of your life.

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Lori will review the fundamentals of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and, through a variety of meditation and awareness exercises, you will become familiar with this practical time-proven approach that has helped thousands of people achieve greater balance, vitality and health. In this introductory program you will learn:

  • What mindfulness is and how it can reduce stress and enhance well-being
  • A variety of basic mindfulness techniques
  • Applications of mindfulness in day-to-day living

Many people are drawn to mindfulness from a desire to bring more peace into their lives. We live in a fast-paced, stressful world and often feel pressured by technology, responsibilities and even our own negative self-beliefs. Mindfulness allows us to center ourselves and put the power of our happiness back in our own hands. With training, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has been shown to help:

  • Improve mood and energy
  • Increase focus and mental clarity
  • Manage difficult situations and emotions
  • Enhance communication
  • Improve health

This introduction is Free but registration is required. Please register by calling (856) 404-7287, by or using our Contact Us form.

About the teacher:

Lori Volpe B.A., E-RYT

More than 20 years ago, Lori's search for a meaningful life led her to meditation. The freedom from anxiety and greater sense of well-being she gained from practice inspired her to share what she's learned; feedback from students motivates her to continue.

In 2011, Lori accepted the invitation to teach with the Penn Program for Mindfulness (PPFM) where she trained. She supplemented her learning through a 7-day residential professional training “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine” with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Regularly encountering students struggling with PTSD and anxiety inspired her to become certified to teach trauma-sensitive meditation and to become a Somatic Experiencing practitioner-in-training. Lori has also participated in many residential meditation retreats and teachings.

Besides facilitating public 8-week Mindfulness Foundation Courses, Lori co-taught mindfulness courses to medical and nursing school students at UPenn, has conducted continuing education workshops for therapists, and develops curriculum for advanced programs for the Penn Program and for courses she teaches with Dr. Dan Gottlieb. She currently teaches weekly mindful meditation and mindful yoga classes and also works with students individually. More information can be found on her website, OpeningIn.com.

Ongoing training and practice keeps Lori's teaching fresh and inspired. Students find her to be compassionate, supportive and knowledgeable. A social activist for many years, Lori now finds that inner transformation is a powerful way to change the world.

Lori holds a B.A. from Kirkland (now Hamilton) College.

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Winter Series
January 2018

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 8 week Course with Lori Volpe

Winter Series
January 2018: Tuesdays, 7pm–9.15pm. January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13 and 20.
Includes a Silent Mindfulness Retreat, Saturday March 3.

$450 including materials.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or MBSR, is a structured eight-week course that teaches participants how to strengthen their ability to pay attention to what is happening in the present moment to help create a more peaceful and balanced life.

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Each week, you will be introduced a variety of mindfulness practices to strengthen the ability to be more present and aware. Through the exploration of meditation, body scan, mindful movement and more, you will develop a greater sense of awareness and acceptance. As you strengthen your ability to connect with your own innate wisdom, you will learn to take better care of yourself and choose more effective ways of responding to life's stresses and challenges. Rather than being driven by assumptions of how things should be, living in the past or worrying about the future, you have the opportunity to engage in life with openness, compassion and ease. This is an experiential educational program and the greatest benefits are derived by committing to class attendance and home practice.

The MBSR program was originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 as a way to help people cope with chronic physical and emotional pain. It helped bring mindfulness meditation into the “medical mainstream” and is offered in hospital, work and learning environments. Research has demonstrated many positive improvements which include some of the following:

  • Reduced stress
  • Sharper focus
  • Improved memory
  • Reduced chronic pain
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved communication

Many Clinical studies now demonstrate the effectiveness of participation in MBSR or mindfulness meditation in reducing symptoms of stress related to daily life, anxiety, depression, and may other challenges. Read more from “What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?” in The Scientific American.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • My mind is too busy to meditate. Will this work for me? Yes. This is about paying attention to what is with acceptance and curiosity. This tends to calm the mind and produces many benefits. This is not about making the mind or thoughts "do" anything or change.
  • Do I have to practice every day? Daily practice is encouraged and will produce the most benefit out of the course. Even a few minutes a day will help maintain consistency.
  • Do I have to sit on a cushion cross-legged and meditate? No. The course offers ways you can incorporate the techniques into daily life so several kinds of meditation are offered. Group participation will be done from a chair.

For questions, more information or to register please call Rhonda Leone on (856) 404-7287 or e-mail . Space is limited, register early!

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Refund Policy:

Request Prior to First Class: A full refund minus a $50 processing fee will be given when requested by e-mail to rhonda@yogaforliving.net, a minimum of 48 hours before the first class. If a refund is requested less than 48 hours prior to the first class, the cancellation fee will be $100 or you may transfer to another MBSR class within a year.

Request Prior to Second Class: A full refund minus a $100 processing fee will be given when requested by e-mail a minimum of 48 hours before the second class or you may transfer to another MBSR class within a year. After the second class no refunds will be issued and any transfers will be done on a case by case basis.

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The Power of Silence… A Women's Retreat with Rhonda

The date of the next workshop will be announced soon. Please call (856) 404-7287 or send us a message through our Contact Us form to express your interest. We'll let you know when the next one is scheduled.

Finding a quiet space in which to retreat is almost impossible in this world. It is critical for our overall well-being to immerse into a place of silence, often and without guilt, on a regular basis. Only in the silence can we discover the secrets of our true inner knowing.

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Bask in the space of quietude as we create the Silent Space in which participants can immerse themselves through the grassroots rituals of Ayurveda for Women's Health.

  • Be nurtured with a therapeutic Ayurvedic treatment
  • Serene yoga studio filled with Beauty and Silence
  • Private sanctuary spaces for rest and quiet
  • No talking, no videos, no sounds of traffic, no cell phones, no iPods or Blackberries
  • Therapists maintain silence in the application of Ayurvedic treatments and participants choose from a variety of healing stations to process and discover the power of silence through contemplation, meditation, journaling, resting in relaxation, art therapy or writing
  • Herbal teas and nourishing food offered in Silent Conscious Eating experiences
  • Learn practices that tap into your own inner power to heal

Testimonials:

  • “After 4 hours of Pure 'Love Therapy' from Rhonda, I feel completely rebalanced and rejuvenated. I have been reintroduced to the me who Loves Life and being in the world.” — Rose Payne
  • “I loved the no talking. It forced me to take the time I needed and reflect. This is a wonderful practice that I will continue.”
  • “What an incredible day!!! It was just what I needed. The past few weeks have been pretty difficult for me. At times I felt like it was me against the world. I felt a major melt down coming. Today reminded me to take time out for myself. I too need the nurturing that I am always giving to my family and others in need. If I give a little to myself I will have a lot more to give to others.”
  • More on the Testimonials page.

These special workshops are offered by therapist Rhonda Leone, Ayurvedic Panchakarma Therapist from Greens Ayur Center, School of Ayurveda, India; Certified Ayurveda Womens Health instructors, Wise Earth Ayurveda®.

A contribution will be made to the efforts of One Square Inch to keep preserving Silence in America's diminishing natural space.

Class size is limited to six women so please contact us, call (856) 404-7287 to register in advance and reserve your place or Buy Now online through PayPal.

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Reiki Practitioner Certification with Reiki Master Bonnie Hart

$185 per course.

Classes forming for Reiki Level I, II, and III. Class size limited to provide personal care and instruction. Includes step-by-step instruction, hands on practice, written manual, attunement, personal Reiki session and certificate suitable for framing.

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Please contact Bonnie for more information, dates and times: or Tel: (609) 970-3401.

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Private Parties at YFL!

What better way to enjoy yoga, relaxation and YFL's great vibe than by sharing it with your friends and family!

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Choose from our suggested themed packages below, or get creative and design one of your own! Enjoy exclusive use of the space, including use of the kitchen area before and after your class or event.

Parties for Children & Adults – Bridals Parties too! Call to discuss your special party request: (856) 404-7287

Suggested Party Themes:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Special Ceremonies
  • Bridal Showers
  • Pre-Wedding Parties
  • Girls Night Out
  • Laughter Parties
  • Fundraisers
  • Spa Day/Night Parties
  • and more!

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Community Class by donation (Seva) Project

Taking Yoga off the mat and into our lives

Each month Yoga For Living offers an opportunity to give back to our community. Our monthly community class is by donation with all proceeds going directly to our seva project of the month.

This month's seva class: Svaroopa® Yoga with Rhonda.
Saturday November 25, 9.30am–11am. $By donation.

Seva in the yoga tradition means “selfless service” The Yoga of Action. Our mission at Yoga for Living is to practice yoga on and off the mat. To Love, Serve and Give.

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Karma Yoga (Seva) Class

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Each month we offer a karma yoga class. Class attendance is by donation and all proceeds from the class are dontated directly to our monthly seva project.

This month's seva class: Svaroopa® Yoga with Rhonda.
Saturday November 25, 9.30am–11am. $By donation.

Ongoing Seva Project

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Seva Project Fund

Providence house domestic violence services and PALS (Peace—A Learned Solution).

As an effort to bring peace and compassion to victims of domestic violence of adults and children, Yoga for Living has partnered with Providence House and PALS of Burlington County. All proceeds collected for our monthly class and project will go directly to this Seva effort each month.

Providence House Domestic Violence Services (PHDVS) provides a free, confidential and comprehensive services for victims of domestic abuse and their children free of charge at outreach offices and emergency safehouses in Burlington and Ocean Counties. Providence House Domestic Violence Services assists victims of domestic abuse and their children with an array of services that include: emergency shelter, a 24 hour hotline, counseling services, a comprehensive children’s program, a parenting support group and a program specifically designed to assist victims age 50 and older. These services are offered at no cost to individuals and are invaluable to victims and their children who are struggling to break free from the cycle of violence in their homes.

Providence House is one of the oldest and most comprehensive domestic violence providers in New Jersey and is accredited through the National Council on Accreditation.

PALS (Peace—A Learned Solution)

Part of Providence House Domestic Violence Services

Helps children ages 3-12 who have been exposed to domestic abuse to heal through various forms of creative arts.

For more information on Providence House and Pals go to Providence House.

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