Dharma Meditation – 9-10:15am. With Pierre Zimmerman. Weekly meditation followed up by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. $10 donation. One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Ave, 538 Maple Ave (Rte 9), Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs. Info: 413-992-7012.
Free Guided Meditation & Satsang – 9:30am-11am. Join AMI’s weekly 20-minute guided meditation and satsang discussion. Participants may sit on comfortable chairs or on the floor. No experience necessary. Taught by AMI founders Leonard and Jenness Perlmutter. Free. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.
Prenatal Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. 4-week series Feb 4-25. With Melissa Whipple, LMT, CYT. This class focuses on relieving common pregnancy discomforts, maintaining core strength to alleviate back pain, and improving strength, balance and flexibility while providing comfort as the body continues to grow and change. It prepares mother for birth by opening the hips and pelvis, enhancing stamina, and practicing breathing techniques and postures for labor. Quiet the mind and learn to listen to and trust the body. $44 for series. Orchid Tree Yoga, Park Guilderland Plaza. 457 Rte 146, Guilderland Center. Register online or call 518-729-6308.
“OneSong” Music & Meditation – 6pm. An inspiring hour of kirtan chants and sacred song from various faith traditions, including a guided meditation and reflection. Unity Church, 21 King Ave, Albany. Info: 518-453-3603.
Study Group – 7:15pm. Weekly study group combining two metaphysical books: A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. Unity Church, 21 King Ave, Albany. Contact: 518-453-3603
Fundamentals of Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Fundamentals class focuses on teaching the basic actions of Iyengar yoga to those who are new to yoga or want to have a refresher before stepping into a Level I class. The Yoga Loft, 540 Delaware Ave, Albany. Info: 518 210-6435.
Yin Yang with Dave – 6:30-7:30pm. Yin Yoga is a slower form of yoga with roots in Taoism as well as traditional Indian Yoga. Yin Yoga focuses on the Yin tissues ( tendons, ligaments, fascia, bones, joint capsules, etc.) To access these areas of the body, most poses are done low to the ground and held for extended periods of time which calms the mind and body. Sisters of the Earth Healing Studio, 189 Rebisz Rd, Broadalbin. Register on Facebook or call 518-365-9251.
Yoga with Gail – 5:30pm. Jan 8-Feb 12. This 6-week session is an alignment based class that will increase flexibility, improve strength and balance. Class offers a broad range of asana (poses), breathing techniques and restorative postures. $15 drop-in or inquire about special series price. The Bodyworks Wellness Center, Community Room, 17 Computer Dr East, Albany. Questions: 518-459-4325.
Yoga in the Salt Cave – 6-7pm. Experience a yoga class inside the salt cave. The Salt Den, 654 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham. Pricing/ registration (required): 518-785-7258.
Evening Meditation – 6:30-7:15pm. A nice way to experience a variety of meditation styles. (Kundalini, breathing, centering, guided). All levels of meditators welcome. Meditation is personal and instructor will gentle guide. $10. Gina’s Reiki Healing & Education Center 229 Washington St, Saratoga Springs. Register: Call/test Amy, 518-232-7253.
Monday’s Meal – 6:30-7:30pm. “What are we eating?” Weekly discussion of the benefits of a ketogenic approach. Free. Northeast Spine & Wellness, 306-B Grooms Rd, Clifton Park. RSVP: 518-371-4800.
Meditation Mondays – 7-8pm. A different meditation each week. Check online for details. Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru, 1 Alton Rd, Albany. Drop in $10-$15. Questions: 518-650-3943
Chen Tai Chi: 18 Essential Postures – 7:30pm. In this class students learn the fundamental principles of tai chi, including silk reeling, standing and qi exercises. Together, these practices help students develop a well-rounded practice. Suitable for beginning or intermediate participants. Asian Arts Group, 28 Essex St, Albany. Register: 518-489-1458.
Mommy & Me Yoga (0-9 months) – 10-11am. 4-week series Feb 6-27. With Melissa Whipple, LMT, CYT. Practice yoga in a relaxing, supportive, laid back atmosphere. Relieve tension, aches and pains, regain core strength, balance and flexibility. Breathe, relax, relieve stress and worry, and reconnect with the inner self and intuition as a mother and with baby. Learn infant massage and movements to do at home to promote healthy development, relieve gas and constipation, and decrease fussiness. $44 for series. Orchid Tree Yoga, Park Guilderland Plaza. 457 Rte 146, Guilderland Center. Register online or call 518-729-6308.
Saratoga Stress Reduction Program – 5:15-6:45pm. This 8-wk course in mindfulness based meditation offers students a means of self-regulation and encourages the cultivation of greater awareness to reduce symptoms of psychological and somatic distress, as well as positive response to challenges with less reactivity and greater clarity. Cost varies. One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Ave, 538 Maple Ave (Rte 9), Saratoga Health & Wellness Bldg, Saratoga Springs. Register: 518-581-3180 x 300 or 307.
Lyme Support Group – 6pm. 2nd Tues. Share stories, frustrations and achievements. Find support and guidance. All welcome. Free. The Stram Center for Integrative Medicine, 90 Adams Pl, Delmar. Register: 518 689-2244.
Classical Hatha Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Antoinette Di Mascio, 500-RYT. For all levels and ages. Practice yoga in its purest state. Learn proper asana postures, meditation, breathing exercises, and gain tone and flexibility. Incorporate Ayurvedic lifestyle changes for optimum health. Vitality Health Center, 3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia-Glenville. Pricing/info: 518-372-4706 or Antoinette, 518-248-1034.
Tai Chi with Renjie – 7-8pm. Learn the basic Yang Style Tai Chi postures, movements and internal energy development. Beginner-Intermediate level. Drop-ins welcome. $15 per class. One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Ave, 538 Maple Ave (Rte 9), Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs. Register: 518-581-3180 x 300.
Morning Yoga for 50 Plus – 9:45am-11am. Taught by Melanie Gloeckner RYT. Yoga for healthy aging to increase flexibility and strength, build endurance and breath capacity. $15 drop in. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Info: 518-674-8714.
Co-Op Family Group – 11am-1pm. Different topic discussed each week. Newcomers and children are welcome. Honest Weight Food Co-Op, Community Room, 100 Watervliet Ave, Albany. Info: 518-482-2667.
Fundamentals of Yoga – 5:30-7pm. See Monday for details. The Yoga Loft, 540 Delaware Ave, Albany. Info: 518 210-6435.
QiGong Class – 5:45-6:45pm. With Kate Kellman. Experience a Dao Yin Qigong class. $15. Space is limited. The Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment, 801 Rte 50, behind Edward Jones, Burnt Hills. Registration (required): 518-470-0048.
Family Support Group: for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Mental Illness – 6:30-8pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. SUNYA School of Public Health, 1 University Pl, Rensselaer. Info: 518-588-6949.
Movie Night at Vitality – 6:30-8pm. $10. Vitality Health Center, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Rte 5, Glenville. Register: 518-372-4706.
Mental Health Happy Hour Support Group – 6:30pm. 1st Wednesday. Providing a safe and supportive place for individuals who want to improve and learn about the essentials of mental health. The group focuses on what participants will strive to accomplish in the future rather than dwelling on the past. Different topics and activities each month (guest speakers are welcome to inquire). Coffee and snacks provided. ACCA Community Education Bldg, 90 McCarty Ave, Albany. Registration required: 518-225-2388.
Wellness Wednesdays with Lynn Gelman – 6:30pm. Each week a new topic; pets, vision boards, make-n-takes and more. EMBACE, 1023 Rte 146, Clifton Park. Call or text to register: 518-727-2054.
Storytelling with Glory-Anne – 10-11am. This read aloud will feature children’s books written by inspiring authors. Glory-Anne offers enlightenment on a “littles” scale. Best for ages 3-5. $5 per family. Younger siblings welcome. Tea and coffee will be available. Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru, 1 Alton Rd, Albany. Must register on Facebook or call 518-650-3943.
Lunchtime Guided Meditation – 12:15-12:45pm. Take a break from it all. Reconnect, release and be energized. Do it all in 30 minutes. Doors open at 12 noon. $10 drop-in. Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru, 1 Alton Rd, Albany. Questions: 518-650-3943.
Nature’s Medicine: Essential Oils 101 – 2pm & 6pm. Discover the basics about nature’s medicine. Learn to distinguish quality and purity and safe usage. From nasal congestion to nausea to nervous system support; there’s an oil for that! Customized to participants. Clifton Park. Free. Preregister on Medical Thermography’s Facebook or call 518-983-6564.
4 Week Beginner Yoga Series – 4-5pm. With Sharon. Curious about yoga? This is the place to start! Learn at a gentle pace the foundations of yoga, principles of alignment and breathing techniques to support a healthy lifestyle. Reduce stress, improve balance, increase flexibility and improve strength. $15/class. In Harmony Yoga, 137 Remsen St, Cohoes. Info: 518-334-8169.
Spirit Tree’s Evening Meditations – 6-7pm. A different meditation experience and meditation facilitator each week. Offerings include drumming meditations, crystal bowls, medicine bowls, chanting, Shamanic journeys, angel, hypnotic meditations and much more. $10 drop in. Spirit Tree Connections, 987 New Loudon Rd (Rte 9), Latham/Cohoes. Register online or 518-362-8383.
Essential Oils for Health & Well-Being – 6:30pm. New to aromatherapy? Learn how the healing power of plants can help improve the quality of life. Learn how easy it is to use essential oils. Reduce stress, rejuvenate the mind, enjoy deeper sleep and purify the air; aromatherapy can help! Take home recipes, ideas, inspiration, and a mist sprayer created in class. $10. EMBRACE, 1023 Rte 146, Clifton Park. RSVP requested: Lynn Gelman, 518-727-2054.
Meditation Thursdays – 7-8pm. A different meditation each week. Check online for details. Held at AdventuringSouls.Guru, 1 Alton Rd, Albany. Drop in $10-$20. Questions: 518-650-3943
Poetry Night – 7:30pm. 3rd Thurs. Open mic for community poets. $3 suggested donation. Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave, Albany. Info: 518-482-0262.
Restorative Yoga – 6-8pm. 1st Friday. With Katie Dollard. Gentle, comforting yoga for all abilities. Meditation included. $20. The Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment, 801 Rte 50, behind Edward Jones, Burnt Hills. Register: 518-470-0048.
Super Saturday Sampling – 8am-8pm. 3rd Sat. Try select foods and products from the vendors, deli and bakery. Niskayuna Co-Op, 2227 Nott St, at Balltown Rd. Info: 518-374-1362.
Saratoga Stress Reduction Program – 8:30-10am. See Tuesday for details. One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Ave, 538 Maple Ave (Rte 9), Saratoga Health & Wellness Bldg, Saratoga Spgs. Register: 518-581-3180 x 300 or 307.
The Heart and Science of Yoga – 9-11:30am. Through Feb 24. Leonard Perlmutter’s “Empowering Self-Care Program” is endorsed by medical pioneers Dean Ornish, Dr. Oz and Bernie Siegel. It is accredited for physicians and nurses for 18 continuing medical education credits. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. Pricing/register: 518-674-8714.
Yoga Sculpt with Bridget – 9:30am. Yoga Sculpt is a Vinyasa class focusing on core power and balance to push strength and flexibility to new heights. The option to modify this practice using small weights is available to deepen the practice and intensify the results. All levels of experience are encouraged to attend. The class is taught with some added heat between 70-73 degrees. In Harmony Yoga, 137 Remsen St, Cohoes. Info: 518-334-8169.
Capital District Fibromyalgia Optimists Group (FOG) – 11:30am-1pm. 2nd Saturday. Meetings are designed to provide educational sessions, discover local and national resources and gain strategies that provide hope. Search on Meetup.com for the group which has details and a calendar. Sign up to receive email reminders and to RSVP. $10 suggested donation. Held in Colonie. Info/personal consult: Jennifer Burke OT, 518-461-7840.
Classical Hatha Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. See Wednesday for details. Vitality Health Center, 3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia-Glenville. Pricing/info: 518-372-4706 or Antoinette, 518-248-1034.