Workshops this Winter


Qigong is based on the idea that we have energy flowing through our bodies all the time. Its ancient practices cultivate and direct this energy, which is called Qi. Qigong is a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. Physically, slow and gentle qigong movements warm tendons, ligaments, and muscles, tonify vital organs and connective tissue, and promote circulation of body fluids. Accessible to people of all ages and abilities, Qigong can be practiced sitting, standing, or lying down. Practitioners can achieve many health benefits with just a few minutes of practice each day.! As we look forward to spring, this class will explore a specific Qigong practice called the Four Seasons Qigong, which helps the body adjust to changing seasons and clears blockages in specific organ systems.
Please feel free to simply show up on Wednesday 13th and/or Saturday 30th for class: 10:15 am – 10:45 am. This is a donation-based class. Please arrive 10 minutes earlier so you can introduce yourself to your instructor, Lori.

Restorative Yoga & Sound Bath
Third Monday of each month
6:30 – 8:30 pm
with Christianne & Musicians: Charles and Jane
Part 1: Learn how to take home a practice that can move you in the direction of meditation, help you balance your nervous system, boost your immune system, help you with weight loss, and teach you how to let go of stress.
Part 2: You’ll bring yourself to your favorite restorative pose of the evening and receive a sound bath of Crystal bowls, rain stick, chimes and Indian Tampuri.
($25 registration received 2 weeks in advance)

New! Chair Yoga and Cooking Class
with Christianne and Piera
Saturday March 9 10:30 – 1:30 pm
Cost: $35
10:30 – 11:00 Learn about the benefits of breathing practice for the nervous system and practice a new breathing technique.
11:00 – 12:00 Chair Yoga with Christianne: Learn how you can use a chair to reap the benefits of traditional yoga poses. This class is especially beneficial for those who have reduced mobility or balance or those who are seeking to practice in small spaces at home or the workplace.
12:00 – 12:45 Cooking Demonstration with Piera: Learn how you can use whole plant foods to make a delicious, balanced meal that is quick and easy. Suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, this meal is gluten, dairy, and soy free, though it will contain nuts and seeds.
12:45 – 1:30 Community Meal: Join us in the dining room for a delicious, plant- based meal accompanied by fermented beverages.
Suggestion: Wear comfortable apparel and bring a reusable water bottle. All new practitioners should consult with their doctors before starting a yoga practice.

Preregistration is required for these events.
Visit to register online or mail a check payable to The Assisi Institute which specifies your choice: 1400 N Winton Rd. Rochester NY 14609



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