Spring YOGA 3-Pack, April 23, 30 & May 14, at the Library

Providence Public Library’s (Central Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence) popular Be Mindful at the Library series of adult learning programs will conclude this May with a final YOGA 3-pack series with instructor Chris Belanger.

Yoga is the art of uniting the body, mind, and soul.  In this class, you will stretch and tone your muscles, cultivate concentration and clarity, and encourage peace and self acceptance. There are no "typical" yoga classes; however expect your experience to include: a period of centering, tuning in to the body, breath and mind, breath awareness and control (pranayama), gentle warm up movements, simple yoga postures (asanas) that stretch, strengthen and balance your body, and a period of deep relaxation.

These programs are made possible with help from the John C. A. Watkins Fund for Lifelong Learning.

The program schedule is as follows. Classes are $5.


Introduction to Basic Yoga with Chris Belanger

Saturday, April 23, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, First Floor Meeting Room

Saturday, April 30, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, First Floor Meeting Room

Saturday, May 14, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

$5, or give as you can to help us support mindfulness programs at the Library.

About the Presenter
Chris Belanger is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Laughter Yoga Leader, Yoga Nidra Guide and Chair Yoga Teacher. Chris shares the calming, energizing and healing powers of yoga and laughter at prominent yoga studios, wellness centers, events and residences throughout southern New England.  He is trained through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, American School of Laughter Yoga and Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga. Learn more: www.wholeofthemoonyoga.com.

Be Mindful at the Library: Empower Your Mind to Improve Your Health programs have included varied Yoga classes, workshops, and lectures by local professionals, including introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Laughter Meditation Zen Meditation, Mindfulness training in Western medicine, herbals, and more.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is “living in the moment,” which involves paying attention to present moment with intention, while simultaneously withholding judgment. The theory behind its practice is that it allows us to respond and react more consciously (vs. on autopilot), and access our inner resources for coping effectively with stress and difficulty.

Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation practices and Yoga, and is sometimes referred to as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR uses meditation and complementary stress reduction techniques to foster healing and build an active partnership between patient and caregiver. It was developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and its Stress Reduction Clinic.