Free Introductory Classes at New York’s Open Center!

The New York Open Center is a non-profit holistic learning center offering evening events, full-day workshops, ongoing classes, and advanced trainings. There are some great upcoming free introductory classes.

Thursday, March 12, 8 pm:
Spring Detox and Rejuvenation with Drew DeVittorio
“In this class we will take an in-depth look at how toxins can accumulate in our bodies and how to detoxify and regain our vitality. Springtime is a wonderful time to cleanse and renew, and this course will provide you with simple, yet effective dietary guidelines, recipes, specific herbs, exercises and antioxidants—combined with the most current scientific research on detoxification—to help you safely and effectively cleanse and rejuvenate your body, lose weight and feel more energetic.”

Wednesday, March 25, 6 pm:
Introduction to Meditation with David Alkalay, PhD
“Meditation is a core practice, often the fundamental practice, of nearly every spiritual tradition for experiencing deeper levels of consciousness and awareness. In this class, we will draw upon yogic, Buddhist and Kabbalistic traditions to explore various meditative techniques, including breathwork, mantras (sound), yantras (sight) and movement. We will also discuss current scientific models of the mind that draw upon the contemplative tradition. Besides lecture and practice, there will be ample opportunity for dialogue. You will leave this class equipped to engage in a personal practice of meditation, ready to enjoy the enhanced mental clarity, balance and equanimity it will bring into your life.”

Thursday, March 26, 6pm:
Medical Qigong: Ba Duan Jin with William J. Kaplanidis, LAc, MS, MA
“The Ba Duan Jin (“Eight pieces of brocade”) is a Taoist medical qigong set of eight therapeutic exercises that dates back over 1,000 years. Over the centuries, many have experienced its numerous health benefits, and it is one of the most famous of all qigong forms.
There are several variations of each exercise that combine gentle movements with breath coordination, and they can be easily modified for people of varying fitness levels. In addition to increasing strength, flexibility and improving posture, this set can provide benefits to the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and lymphatic systems. The exercises are relatively simple to learn, and one begins to feel their subtle, yet profound benefits after only a few weeks of practice. You will feel energized, yet calm and balanced after each of the sessions.”

For more information contact the Open Center at 212.219.2527 or registration@opencenter.org
The Open Center is located at 83 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

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