For your health: Upcoming wellness events

Kristin Luna Ray will offer a workshop on mantra at Asheville Community Yoga.



Helping individuals and couples refuel romance and get relationships back on track, Steve Torma leads an intimacy skills practice group on Friday, April 11, 8 – 10 p.m. at co-luminate in downtown Asheville. Through presentation, demonstration, discussions and group activities, participants can brush up on their nonviolent communication skills and address common questions such as: how to tell the truth when you feel afraid of another’s reaction, how to talk so people will listen; what to do when someone won’t talk to me and how to stop the constant, internal chatter? The group meets second Fridays of the month starting April 11. $5. More info here.


Bringing voices together in harmony, the kirtan group Mela and Ananda Taranga will perform at West Asheville Yoga, Saturday, April 12 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Kirtan is a form of yoga that consists of call and response chanting.  Anyone and everyone is encouraged to sing, regardless of training or skill. The practice can not only be healing to those who think they can’t sing, but it brings a sense of peace to those who practice. According to Melanie Leenhouts, aka Mela, the point of chanting is to bring a sense of oneness, fullness and wholeness. Mela and Ananda Taranga consists of bandmates Melanie Leenhouts on vocals and harmonium, Sadhvi Velasquez on the mridanga drum and Nate Oxenfeld on sitar, vocals and guitar. By donation. More info here.


Get your head in the clouds while keeping your feet on the ground at the Dances of Universal Peace on Sunday, April 13, 7 – 9 p.m. at Jubilee.  The evening consists of multicultural dances to live music. Participants are taught melody, songs and comfortable movements in order to come together to create healing for both individuals and the community.  These dances are said to awaken the heart and rejuvenate the sprit. No previous experience is required, and no partner is needed.  Donation requested but not required. Dances happen each month on the 2nd Sunday at Jubilee. For more information call 828-255-0515.


flower essences

According to the Cherokee calendar, this is the “Time of the Flowers.”  This plant spirit healing workshop encourages individuals to receive plant wisdom in the traditional way. Through experiential meditations, participants will  learn the unique emotional, mental and physical support offered by flower essences. Sunday, April 20, 12:15 to 1:45 at the French Broad Food Co-op. Free. More info here.


Join nationally recognized singer-songwriter Kristin Luna Ray in this four-week series on mantra. Participants will practice simple techniques that include physical yoga postures, meditation and tools to explore their relationship to voice, mind and heart.  Ray says, “Within each of us is a unique and profound instrument called a voice. This instrument gives us an outlet to express ourselves, our truths, and our ideas, which guide our way through the mystical journey of life. This instrument, if used consciously, can lead one to liberation.” Thursday-Monday, April 24-May 5, 6-7 p.m. at Asheville Community Yoga. $40.  Financial Assistance available. More info here.





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