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Kathy Welch will teach Sheng Zhen on Sunday afternoons, 12:30-1:45pm, starting May 5; and Tuesdays 11:30am - 12:45pm, starting May 7. Sheng Zhen Meditation, In Motion and Stillness, is a heart opening, healing practice of unconditional love. It strengthens the body, improving circulation, increasing flexibility and fortifying the immune system. It relaxes the mind, balancing the emotions, reducing stress, anger and anxiety. And it opens the heart, cultivating compassion, joy, and an understanding of oneself and the world. The forms are accessible to all ages and all abilities, and are both moving and non-moving, opening the heart to the tangible and accessible experience of unconditional love. Learn more at shengzhen.org. Kathy has been practicing Sheng Zhen since 2014 and became a certified teacher in 2017. She is happy to share the practice, and all classes are offered with donations accepted gratefully.

Reach Kathy at kathy-welch@shengzhensantacruz.com, or 831-818-9691.

Jeff Reid teaches Introduction to Taijiquan on Turesday evenings 7:15-8:45pm. This class focuses on helping students establish foundations in a nourishing Taiji practice by focusing on the Three Pillars of Wudang Taijiquan: Posture, Movement, and Intention. We will also focus on other nourishing Daoist practices. Through Daoist practice, we work to cultivate the holistic self and bring greater harmony into our lives. The class format is accessible and appropriate for all levels and no experience is required. Jeff Reid is a 16th generation disciple of the Wudang Sanfeng Lineage of Daoism with 15 years of dedicated practice in wushu (Chinese martial arts). He trained traditionally in the Daoist tradition in the Wudang Mountains of China under his master from 2007 to 2014. In 2014, he began traveling the world teaching Daoist practices by invitation. His immersion in the Daoist tradition allows him great insight in translating these practices to be more accessible to western practitioners to improve the quality of their lives. Contact Jeff at 401-829-7881. Learn more at his website.

Zoë Latzer is teaching All Levels Vinyasa Flow on Wednesday evenings 7:15-8:30pm. In this class, we move steadily through postures letting our breath lead us as we gradually build heat and explore our bodies and breath. This class is a blend of meditation and learning, strengthening and softening, flowing and alignment. The focus is to move through fundamental postures, explore the alignment that works for your individual body, as well as the gradual development of greater awareness, flexibility, balance, and strength. Each class will follow a similar formatting, but the sequence will be tailored to the students present. From experienced yoga practitioners, rock climbers, to desk job workers, this class works to create a space where people can develop a stronger mind-body connection. Open to beginners and experienced students who want a moderately paced class. This class is donation based.

Zoe has been doing yoga since she was 15 years old in 2010. She is a Vinyasa and Ashtanga Mysore yoga practitioner, as well as a lover of all movement. Hery main teacher is Erika Abrahamian who has taught her to give agency and a tailored practice to each unique body. Yoga creates moments of presence in your mind, breath, and body. Yoga is not "one size fits all". It is an individual pathway to communicate with your body and nervous system through breath and awareness. Zoë strives to create a class that incites heat as it progresses and builds upon themes of mobility, strength, and flexibility. Her classes create a time for students to explore their bodies and balance the hardships of everyday life.

Contact Zoë at zlatzer@ucsc.edu.

Nick Loffree is teaching Tai Chi & Qigong Flow Monday mormings 8:30-9:30am. This drop-in class is open to everyone, regardless of experience. Nick leads you through traditional Qigong sets such as the 5 Animal Play or the 18 Arhat Hands. These Qigong sets use stretching, breath, and dynamic movement to prepare the body and mind to flow effortlessly through the Tai Chi forms. We use simple Tai Chi sets like the 13-Move form that are easier to learn than most Tai Chi, allowing us to drop into the mediative flow quicker. Classes end with a brief meditation. The goal of practice is to clear stress, improve energy levels, prevent injury, and cultivate a strong, healthy, flexible body.

Nick Loffree found Qigong as part of his own healing journey recovering from brain injuries, mental illness, and skin and digestive disorders as an adolescent. He found the mind/body connection emphasized in Qigong to be an integral part of his healing, alongside more physical/biochemical therapies such as nutrition and herbs. Nick is a Senior Instructor with Holden QiGong, and is a resident movement, fitness and self-healing instructor at 1440 Multiversity. He is the Qigong/Tai Chi teacher with the new online streaming Yoga platform called "Practyce" (launching 2019), and is the Qigong consultant/teacher for Dao Labs and New Billable Hour.

Contact Nick at nick@nickloffree.com. Learn more at his website.

Denise Wendler teaches an all-level Iyengar Yoga class Thursdays mornings 8:30-9:45am. Denise Wendler is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and a certified yoga therapist. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities, and her classes draw faithful students who appreciate her encouraging spirit and patient instruction. She teaches classes in the Santa Cruz/South Bay area, and workshops and retreats in California and Hawaii.

Contact Denise at yogablossom@yahoo.com or 408-506-0996.

Neville Loberg teaches Tang Soo Do karate on Wednesday evenings, 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Come check out the new class – the traditional martial art of Tang Soo Do karate taught by long-time Oakstrong Martial Arts practitioner and certified instructor Neville Loberg. Along with effective defensive techniques and a great workout, students will learn an elegant ancient art and practice the aspects that enable the potential to generate and transmit qigong energy. Oakstrong Martial Arts offers classes covering each of the different aspects of Tang Soo Do karate. Instructor Neville Loberg invites you to experience the power of positive reinforcement. Each 90-minute class employs a mix of stretching, warm-up, karate techniques, and qigong exercises. In each class you will see, hear and practice the physical and energetic aspects of Tang Soo Do. Along the way you will gain confidence, strength, and vitality. For more details contact Neville at 831-252-2628. Click here for his website.

Merek Dorf teaches Traditional Japanese Sword Study on Tuesday mornings, 9:15 to 11:15am and Thursday nights, 7:15 to 9:15pm. Santa Cruz Todo Kai is a Central Coast CA study group of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaido, a traditional school of Japanese sword. Current study is open to all levels... Please contact Merek if interested @ gardenmd@gmail.com or 831-421-2983. Click here for his flyer.

Lyn Ackley teaches Classical Yoga on Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm and Second Sunday Satsang: Classical Yoga from 8:30-10:00am. These practices are Hatha based and informed by Classical Ashtanga Philosophy as taught by Baba Hari Das. Lyn’s goal is to teach to whomever is in the room. Practices seek to bring awareness to mind body and breath, along with stregnth and flexibility. For those seeking to dive deeper into pranayama and meditation, check out the Sunday practice. These classes are donation based. Lyn is a Graduate of Mount Madonna Institutes’ 500 hour Teacher Training Program, and is currently enrolled in MMI’s Ayurvedic Health Counceling Program. Lyn is grateful for the teachings of Baba Hari Dass, her teachers past and present, her students, and the opportunity to teach and to learn. Click here to visit her website for schedule changes and more information. Contact her at lyn5@sbcglobal.net or 831-332-5507.

White Crane Silat: A Chinese / Indonesian martial art & Healing Arts System. Taught By David Gilbert (Certified Trainer in the Martial & Tao Kung Health System). The White Crane System offers a diversity of training and self-cultivation opportunities appropriate for everybody - independent of age, gender and physical condition. Everybody participates at the level appropriate for his or her body; no one is excluded due to lack of experience or capacity. Our small class size allows for individualized attention. The Saturday classes focus on: stretching, warm-ups, short form & long form movements, partner training, passives and “Tui Chu” (the White Crane dynamic partner training). Recommended for all ages 16 & up. The Tao Kung health system is recommended for individuals 35 years and older. This class is taught by David & Vickie Gilbert (US trainers of the Tao Kung System). David began training White Crane Silat in the late 1990s with linage holders of the White Crane System. No Prior martial arts or Qi Gong experience is necessary for White Crane Silat Training or the Tao Kung training. If Interested please contact David prior to coming to the class. To join us for a training session “Latian,” bring white t-shirt and white or light colored workout pants.

Class Schedule: Saturdays, 12:30 – 2:00pm, Silat Main Training (contact David). Costs: $8.00 per class - Student Discounts Available.

Contact: David Gilbert at 831-458-1628; email quadrant34sc@hotmail.com
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Chien-Lung on Friday afternoons 4:30 to 5:30pm with Steven Macramalla, Ph.D. Chien-Lung, a Chinese Martial Art has come to Body & Soul. It is based on six animals (tiger, black panther, white leopard, python, cobra, and boa), each embodying a different way of moving and meditating, different system of the body and part of the brain, and different style of self defense. With powerful punches and aerial kicks, this vigourous workout "unleashes the animal within" and centers you with the meditation. Sifu Steven Macramalla holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from UCSC, did his post-doc at NASA and is currently teaching at San Jose State University. He was born in Montreal, and began his marital arts training in 1990 in British Columbia. He has been a personal fitness and marathon trainer, yoga and nutrition instructor in addition to having taught Chien Lung for over 20 years. Call him at 831-234-8451 for more info. Click here to visit his website. Click here for his flyer.

Iyengar Yoga with Susan Merritt. Susan is the founder and director of Body & Soul, and has been teaching yoga for 28 years. She teaches seven public classes each week and loves to work privately with people. Classes are Monday nights, Wednesday mornings, Thursday nights, and Saturday mornings. Her training is strongly based in the Iyengar system of Hatha Yoga, which has given her a gift for working with people with injuries and those needing individual attention. Her classes are a synthesis of anatomy, alignment, and awareness.

Susan Merritt teaching Gentle Yoga for people who want a slow, careful, and fun approach to strengthening & stretching. Classes are Tuesdays 1:00 to 2:15 pm and Fridays 9:30 to 10:45am at Body & Soul. Click here for the flyer.

Call Susan at 831-459-8613 or SusanMerrittYoga@gmail.com . Click here to visit her website.

Karen Zelin teaches Iyengar-based Yoga on Mondays 11:30am to 12:45pm and Wednesdays 11:30am to 12:45pm. Her classes are designed to explore the depth of yoga: to grow in strength & flexibility, to bring compassion to the body & mind, and to grow in awareness. Contact Karen at 831-234-1408 or karen@karenzelin.com . Click here to visit her website.

Yoga for women over 65 with Susan Moore-Orrett on Monday afternoons. Call Susan at 831-338-3794.