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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

Calm Birth Meditation – 10am. Empowerment through any type of birth. Learn breath awareness and meditation techniques for better health, increased happiness, and deep connection with baby. KindNest, 1 Rosell Dr, Ballston Lake. Pricing/registration: 518-406-3323.

Seva Yoga Series – 10-11:15am. Seva means selfless service. For the first 3 Sundays in December, take a yoga class in exchange for bringing new and unused personal care items to class to donate. Collected items will be gathered and donated to YWCA of Northeastern NY. Free. Lilananda Yoga, 123 Lake Hill Rd, Burnt Hills. Register: 518-490-5240.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Mom Meetup – 10-11am. A new kind of mom group where there is real talk about real life! Mamas with babes of any age are welcome. Hosted by Palette Cafe, 493 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Questions/directions: 518-450-1529.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

19th Annual Holiday Open House and Grand Opening – 4-7pm. Celebrate the opening of Balance Massage Studio’s new healing space! Bring a non-perishable item for Albany’s Street Soldiers to receive a 5-minute mini massage. Enjoy refreshments & Balance Massage’s 2001 retro-rollback pricing on gift certificates. Balance Massage & Healing Arts Studio, 316 Delaware Ave, Ste 24-25, Delmar. Questions: 518-475-9999.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Eating Tips for People Living with Diabetes – 9-11am. Join a small-group discussion with a Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator to learn eating strategies that make sense. Physician referral and advance registration required. Call 518-886-5121.

Sound Bath – 7-8:30pm. Join Elise as she opens up sacred space, sharing the healing energy of sound through Tibetan singing bowls attuned to the vibrational frequencies of the planets. $20. Healing Whispers, 251 New Karner Rd, Colonie. Register: 631-875-8053.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

Family Yoga – 11am-12pm. Dec 7 & 21. An all levels class the whole family will enjoy. Class includes movement, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques as well as fun interactive yoga games. All ages welcome. Adult/child pair: $15; Family: $20. Orchid Tree Yoga, 457 Rte 146, Guilderland Center. Register online or call 518-729-6308.

Christmas Open House – 11am-3:30pm. Pre- cut and cut a Christmas tree, make an ornament, try some tea or hot chocolate. Willow Tree Wisdom, 6907 State Highway 30, Amsterdam. Questions: 518-843-6293.

Ayurvedic Self Care & Natural Beauty – 2-4pm. Ayurveda, yoga’s science, is an intuitive, individualized science that promotes health, longevity and vitality through balancing of the elements. In this workshop, learn how to create a nourishing self-care & natural beauty routine to help promote daily detoxification and health body, mind & spirit. Participants will make a personalized body oil blend for their personal dosha and take home dinacharya (daily care) practice sheets. No previous experience required. All levels welcome. Held in Saratoga Springs. Pricing/register: Penahki Ayurveda: 518-429-8716.

Opening Reception – 6-8pm. Mixed media wall scrolls and drawings by Catskill area artist, Sarah Butler. Works for Meditative Space will be on view through Jan 31. Free to attend. Star & Splendor, 34 S Main St, Voorheesville. Info: 518-892-2289.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

Troy’s Annual Victorian Stroll at Segel Violins –11am-5pm. Visit Segel Violins, “an eclectic music shop,” offering amazing discounts on hand drums, singing bowls and other musical merchandise. See it, try it, love it, buy it! The shop will hold onto purchases for customers while they enjoy other stroll events. Just pick things up by the end of the day. 44 3rd St, Troy. Questions: 518-266-9732.

Compassionate Acts of Service Drop Off – 12-4 pm. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Victorian Stroll and stop in to Divine Sisterhood. They will be collecting feminine hygiene products and items from their Amazon Wish List (which will be donated to those abandoned, struggling and alone for the holidays). Divine Sisterhood, A Woman’s Empowerment Center, 270 River St, Ste 203, Troy. Info: 518-577-0223.

Wreath Making – 4pm. Learn to make a beautiful hand tied, mixed green wreath. Ribbon provided or feel free to BYO. $20. Willow Tree Wisdom, 6907 State Highway 30, Amsterdam. Register: 518-843-6293.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Workshop – 12pm. Over 48% of shoulder pain comes from the neck or upper back. Want to learn more? Join Maccio Physical Therapy at this free workshop. 1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy. Preregistration required: 518-273-2121.

Soul Sharers – 6:30-8pm. Join a group of like-minded individuals who seek to share their spiritual journeys, especially related to healing. Free. Held at Freedom Thru Hypnosis, 5 Longkill Rd, Ballston Lake. Call Joan Ann to RSVP: 518 526-5012.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Workshop – 5pm. See Dec 9 for details. Maccio Physical Therapy, 1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy. Preregistration required: 518-273-2121.

Surviving to Thriving after Cancer Treatment – 6-7:30pm. The transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor is often a difficult journey. This group helps participants build a tool chest with skills to cope and create a “new normal.” Free. Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring St, Saratoga Springs. Info: Jennifer Baldwin: 518-886-5648.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11

Chicks Movie in the Cave – 6pm. Ladies night in the salt cave. Watch a movie during a halotherapy treatment. Time in the cave will depend on the length of the movie. Help prevent colds, ease asthma symptoms and relax during the movie. $45 per person. The Salt Den, 654 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham. Reservation required: 518-785-7258.

Mary Did You Know? Celebrating the Strength & Perseverance of Women – 6:30-8:30pm. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is an incredible model of strength and courage. This event draws on her example. Participants will rise and step into their collective power as 2019 draws to a close and the new year begins. $30. Divine Sisterhood, A Woman’s Empowerment Center, 270 River St, Se 203, Troy. Register: 518-577-0223.

Sound Bath – 7-8:30pm. An immersive group sound healing to reduce stress, anxiety and improve mood. Performed by Elise Manzo, certified sound healer. $25. Star & Splendor, 34 S Main St, Voorheesville. Registration required: 518-892-2289.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

Natural Stress Relief for Parenting – 9:30am. Try out safe, natural Bach Flower Remedies to support the unique challenges associated with the ups, downs and many changes of being a parent. $35. KindNest, 1 Rosell Dr, Ballston Lake. Register: 518-406-3323.

Full Moon Reiki in the Cave – 6pm. Come relax and breathe easy for 50 minutes, while receiving a 10-minute reiki energy movement from one of the Salt Den’s reiki practitioners. $40. The Salt Den, 654 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham. Reservation required: 518-785-7258.

Women’s Meditation Group: Bring Your Best Self to Life Every Day – 7:15pm. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Take a break from the holiday hustle and get refreshed, renewed and supported. $25. Center for Holistic Arts, 17 Executive Park Dr, Clifton Park. RSVP: Lynn Gelman, 518-727-2054.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

Connecting with the Angels During the Holiday Season – 6:30-8:30pm. The holiday season seems the perfect time to connect with the glorious angels and honor the gift they are. Meditation, connection, messages and more! $40. Divine Sisterhood, A Woman’s Empowerment Center, 270 River St, Ste 203, Troy. Info/register: 518-577-0223.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Kids Movie in the Cave – 10:30am. Children will watch a movie during their halotherapy treatment in the cave. Time in the cave will depend on the length of the movie. Help children prevent colds and ease asthma symptom. $20/child. The Salt Den, 654 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham. Reservation required: 518-785-7258.

Open House Holistic Fair – 12-4pm. Get to know Healing Whispers’ practitioners by signing up for mini sessions in everything from reiki to Soul Path and sound healing. Healing Whispers, 251 New Karner Rd, Colonie. More info: 518-878-5109.

Cooking with Quality Cannabis – 6-9pm. Come enjoy a CBD infused meal based on specific strain terpene profiles. Two separate menus with three courses, each course paired with a glass of wine. $25 per person. 125 Mohawk Ave, Scotia. Info/questions: Renata, 518-280-4289.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

2nd Annual Yulefest – 10am-4pm. Take solace in the warm embrace of Om Shanti this holiday season. Browse and shop many wonderful local craft vendors, take time for a mini treatment and bask in the love of the community while supporting local artists at the same time. Free admission. Om Shanti Yoga and Healing Arts, 1530 Columbia Tpk, East Greenbush. Questions: 914-482-7010.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

Breastfeeding Basics – 7pm. with Tisha Graham Learn the basics of latch, how the baby comes to and attaches to the breast, feeding cues, common and less-common problems, as well as when and how to seek help. $35. KindNest, 1 Rosell Dr, Ballston Lake. Register: 518-406-3323.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

Salt Cave Bliss – 6pm. Hand or foot massage in the salt cave. Relax and breathe easy for 50 minutes, while receiving a 10-minute massage from one of the Salt Den’s licensed massage therapists. $40. The Salt Den, 654 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham. Reservation required: 518-785-7258.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18

Albany Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Join the Albany Drum Circle in learning and practicing African rhythms. All experience levels are welcome and, if a drum is needed, usually one can be provided. Sign up formally at Albany Drum Circle on Meetup.com. Held at Honest Weight Food Co-op, 100 Watervliet Ave, Albany. Questions: 518-482-2667.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

‘Tis the Season for a Ukulele Sing-Along – 11am-12pm. Fun wintry favorites. Ukulele sing-along, ring bells and enjoy a hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course). No registration required. Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave, Guilderland. Questions: Josalyn Wilder, 518-56-2400 x4.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

Preparing for Birth: Mind, Body and Spirit – 10am. An evidence-based, independent and holistic perspective on the many facets of working with labor, promoting progress and providing comfort. Register: KindNest, 1 Rosell Dr, Ballston Lake. Pricing/register: 518-406-3323.

Winter Solstice Yoga Flow – 2:30-4pm. Salutations to the Sun followed by an extended relaxation and meditation to experience inner light. $25-30. The Yoga Lily, 531 Moe Rd, Clifton Park. Register: 518-944-7090.

Family Yoga – 11am-12pm. See Dec 7 for details. Adult/child pair: $15; Family: $20. Orchid Tree Yoga, 457 Rte 146, Guilderland Center. Register online or call 518-729-6308.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22

Joy Adler & the Souls of Evolution – 6pm. A winter solstice celebration with music and meditation. Free. Unity Church, 21 King Ave, Albany. Contact: 518-453-3603.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

Harp Music – 11:45am-2pm. Listen to beautiful harp music to set the mood for the holiday season. Main reading room, East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Questions: 518-477-7476.

Winter Solstice Yoga and Meditation – 5:45-7pm. With Lynn Gelman. Celebrate the return of the light! The group will welcome back the sunlight and honor inner light through yoga and bringing the awareness inward to celebrate the divine light within. $15. Center for Holistic Arts, 17 Executive Park Dr, Clifton Park. RSVP: Lynn: 518-727-2054.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve Service – 5:30pm. Join Rev. Crystal and the Unity musicians. Sing and celebrate the birth of Christ consciousness into the world. Unity Church, 21 King Ave, Albany. Contact: 518-453-3603.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29

Holistic Wellness Fair – 1-5pm. Join Lynn Gelman, Brennan Healing Science Practitioner, RMT and other holistic practitioners for this afternoon of wellness, guidance, inspiration, rejuvenation and self-care. Chakra readings, essential oils, intuitive readings, crystals, and more. Practitioners and their services will be available for inquiring minds and souls. Breath in transformation for the new year. Center for Holistic Arts, 17 Executive Park Dr, Clifton Park. Questions: 518-383-6654.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

First Night of Funny – 8-10pm. Laugh in 2020 with four hilarious comedians in an intimate and beautiful theater. Tickets starting at $25 in advance. Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen St, Cohoes. Info/tickets: 518-953-0630.