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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1

Sacred India Trip Registration Event – 11am-12pm. Spiritual India will open the soul! Visit the Golden Temple of Amritsar, Dalai Lama’s Temple, Ganges River in Rishikesh, and spice markets of Delhi. Daily yoga included. Come meet Pam Medina, the trip’s host for this February adventure, make a deposit and hear all the details. The Yoga Lily, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Pricing/register: 518-944-7090.

Yoga for Educators – 3-4pm. The Hot Yoga Spot hosts a private 8-week yoga series for teachers. All sessions are designed to be perfect for any level of student and include meditation and breathing exercises to promote stress reduction and relaxation. (Appropriate for teachers and administrators). The Hot Yoga Spot, 501 Columbia Trpke, East Greenbush. Register: 518-944-8534.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3

Painting in Nature – 9am-12pm. Capture the beauty of autumn at Delegan Pond with Page Catherine Wagner Minnery. Free. Camp Saratoga at Wildlife Preserve & Park, 80 Scout Rd, Gansevoort. Registration is required by Oct 1: 518-450-0321.

Herbal Approach to The Digestive System – 6-8pm. A discussion of the digestive system and the role that herbal plants and foods play in keeping it working optimally. This class covers traditional herbs, the best preparations of those plants and lacto-fermented foods. Students also have the opportunity to sample herbs and food. $29. SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Rd, Queensbury, Preregistration required: 518-743-2238.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

Rituals for Women’s Health & Healing – 11am. 6-week virtual course begins. Feeling tired, depleted, stuck or stressed? Learn simple, nurturing, self-care practices that relieve stress and boost energy, mood, and wellbeing. Self-directed, online course. $27-$47. Questions/log-in information: Joan Bender, 518-461-9507.

Sound Bath – 6:15-7:30pm. Deeply relax and rejuvenate with an immersive sound bath led by Andrea Williams. Plan to bring anything that will add to personal comfort for warmth and coziness. Dess for comfort. $24. A Place Called Om 2022 Western Ave, Guilderland. Advanced registration is suggested: online or call 518-490-9616.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

Prenatal Yoga – 8:30am. Oct 5, 12, 19, 20 & 26. Connect with baby and a community of moms-to-be. Postnatal moms also welcome. Safe, supportive yoga can relieve many common discomforts of pregnancy. Support health, vitality and inner strength and stability for the journey. First class free. $20/class or inquire about series price. KindNest, 1 Rosell Dr, Ballston Lake. Register: 518-406-3323.

Cultivate Balance: A Day Retreat – 9am-4pm. A full day together to work on ways to maintain and cultivate balance as the season changes through yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic workshops. Vegetarian lunch included. Space is limited and pre-payment and registration are required. Om Shanti Yoga & Healing Arts, 1530 Columbia Trnpk, East Greenbush. Pricing/register: 917-902-1122.

Quest For The Press – 10am-12pm. Learn the basics of handstands and hand balancing. This workshop will focus on hand placement, strength based exercises, proper alignment and stretches to help guide participants into a more formal handstand practice. Leave with tips, tools and drills. $25. The Hot Yoga Spot, 1475 Western Ave, Albany. Register: 518-944-8534.

Family Yoga – 11am-12pm. Oct 5 & 19. An all levels class the whole family will enjoy. The class will include movement, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques, as well as fun interactive yoga games. All ages welcome! $15 for adult/child pair or $20 family. Orchid Tree Yoga, 457 Rte 146, Guilderland Center. Register online or call: 518-729-6308.

Anatomy Course – 3:30-5:30pm. This in-depth course is perfect for anyone who is interested in the anatomy of the human body. The program will cover many different topics with a strong focus on skeletal bones and muscles. Perfect for anatomy enthusiasts including yoga instructors and students, massage therapists and fitness professionals. The Hot Yoga Spot, 7 Johnson Rd, Latham Register: 518-944-8534.

Jana Stanfield in Concert – 7:30pm. Ready for a faith-lift? Jana Stanfield, the “Queen of Heavy Mental,” describes her music as “psychotherapy you can dance to!” (7pm requested arrival time). Tickets: $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Unity Church, 21 King Ave, Albany. Info/tickets: 518-453-3603.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

Introduction to the Art of Living Consciously – 10am-4pm. With Louise Finlayson PhD. Living consciously is not necessarily an easy or comfortable path. It is simply the path to freedom, purpose and fulfillment. Held in Albany. Lunch included. Pricing/register: 518-218-0707.

Improving Your Life with Improv – 1-3pm. An improv class with Jana Stanfield. Ever wished for greater confidence in these or similar situations? Speaking in front of a group, speaking up in a meeting, singing as part of a group or for an audience, speaking your mind…then this workshop is the answer! $25. Unity Church, 21 King Ave, Register: 518-453-3603.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7

Vitality Yoga – 6-7pm. Oct 7-Nov 18. Beginner – intermediate power yoga. Individualized attention. $15 drop-in (inquire about series price). Vitality Health Store, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Scotia. Register: 518-372-4706.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9

Backyard Permaculture – 6:30-8pm. Learn about implementing permaculture in a backyard through gardening, farm animals and water resources. Sponsored by the Saratoga Cornell Cooperative Extension. $10. SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Rd, Queensbury. Preregister with payment by Oct 4: 518-668-4881.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

Yoga and Meditation for Healing After Pregnancy Loss – 6:15pm. Oct 10, 17. 24 & Nov 7. Move through and beyond loss with a warm, open yoga and meditation practice that opens the heart, calms the mind and provides a safe place for feelings to emerge. First class free. $20/class or inquire about series price. KindNest, 1 Rosell Dr, Ballston Lake. Register: 518-406-3323.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

Kirtan for the Soul – 6:30-8pm. Featuring Mayleen Medina on harmonium and Coli Miele on guitar, accompanied by Mike Miorin, drums. Kirtan is the participatory practice of chant with ancient roots from India. It is the practice of chanting with the leader singing and the participants answering. Kirtan is non-denominational; the songs of the soul. $8. Orchid Tree Yoga, Park Guilderland Plaza, 457 Rte 146, Guilderland Center. Register online or call: 518-729-6308.

Aerial Reiki Restorative Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Be guided through restful restorative poses within the support of the hammock. While resting in the postures, reiki energy will be used to remove blockages in the body and open up energetic channels, leaving participants feeling reconnected and refreshed. $45. Good Karma Studio, 12 Walker Way, Albany. Register: 518-512-9929.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

One Day Advanced Reiki Training – 9:30am-5pm. This class is for those level 2 practitioners that want to take their next step toward Master Teacher training or for those that just want a little more practice. Advanced attunement ceremony, plenty of practice time, learn simple Japanese techniques, deeper understanding of Byosen, tune into intuition and advanced certificate. The Reiki Healing & Education Center, 229 Washington St, Saratoga Springs. Pricing/register by Oct 9: Call or text Gina at 518-791-6565.

Embodying Resilience – 1-4pm. Resilience is often thought of as the capacity to “bounce back,” to see possibilities and to stay connected. One can find resilience in movement, in emotions and in life. In this immersion, explore strategies of moving, sensing, thinking and feeling that can support participants in building up their personal capabilities of resilience. $50. 1913 5th Ave, Info/register: Buffy, 518-629-5664.

Helping Folks Remember – 2pm-9pm. 3-part series (join one, two, or all sessions). Attendees will participate in a variety of exercises and interactions to bring compassionate awareness to thoughts and beliefs supporting “forgetfulness.” Includes meditation, writing and active listening. Free. Donations appreciated. Om Shanti Yoga & Healing Arts, 1530 Columbia Trnpk, East Greenbush. Info/register: 914-482-7010.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13

Aging Gracefully Series – 10am-1pm. Second of a 4-part series. Focus on the mind-body connection to maintain optional health. Nia movement class, workshop and “tea” time. $39. The Center for Nia & Yoga, 1720 Central Ave, Albany. Info/register: 518-348-9367.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15

Mom Meetup – 10-11am. A new kind of mom group: with real talk, real life, support and positivity. Free. Hosted by Palette Cafe, 493 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Questions/directions: 518-450-1529.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

Saratoga Job Fair: The Career Building Expo – 10-4pm. Meeting with an employer in any situation is important, so it is advised that candidates present themselves well: dress cleanly and professionally and have an open and energetic attitude. Held at Saratoga City Center. Info: Capital Job Development Group, 518-290-0814.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

Community Loan Fund Annual Event – 5-7pm. Celebrate the 34th anniversary of the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region! Enjoy refreshments at the beautiful Washington Park Lake House to learn more about this year’s accomplishments, what’s planned for next year, and how to get involved. Washington Park, Albany. Questions: 518-436-8586.

Medicine Making – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn to use what grows all around to keep oneself and family healthy. $15. Willow Tree Wisdom, 6907 St Hwy 30, Amsterdam. Info/register: 518-843-6293.

Women’s Mediation Group: Bring Your Best Self to Life Every Day – 7:15pm. This workshop will help participants tap into their own true selves, recognize the gifts they bring into this world and help them to bring that essence into everyday life. Experience a clearing and charge the energy field through movement and meditation to tap into the inner light. $25. Center for Holistic Arts, 17 Executive Park Dr, Clifton Park. RSVP: Lynn Gelman, 518-727-2054.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

Healing Drum Circle – 6-8pm. Understanding of the Shamanic journey is required. Please bring a drum, journal and a dish to share. Willow Tree Wisdom, 6907 St Hwy 30, Amsterdam. Questions: 518-843-6293.

Compassionate Acts of Service (CAS) Initiative – 6:30-8:30pm. Supporting those in need, specifically creating care packages for women in domestic violence shelters, single moms, homeless women and LGBTQ community members who have been displaced. $20 Divine Sisterhood, A Woman’s Empowerment Center, 270 River St, Ste 203, Troy. Connect: Vici, 518-577-0223.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

The Allergen & Gluten Free Expo – 10am-3pm. Vendors and cooking demos for those who suffer from: allergies, asthma, food intolerance, gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. Crossgates Mall, Albany. Info: 518-388-9240 x102 or AllergenExpo.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

The Petite Retreat – 10am-3pm. Venture into modern parenting at the Adirondack area’s premier luxury parenting experience! Workshops on infant sleep, baby wearing, safety, fitness, meal prep and more! Base camp tickets are just $25 and admit 2 people. Held at the National Museum of Dance, 99 S Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Questions: Ilissa, 518-309-2469.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22

Knee Pain Workshop – 12-5pm. Bone on bone, or just deranged? Learn how to assess and self-treat common knee pain. Free. Maccio Physical Therapy 1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy. Register: 518-273-2121.

Investments 101 – 6:30-8pm. Gretchen Meyer (President of Gretchen Meyer Financial) will help the group examine practical ways to invest money and plan for the future. Gretchen is here to assist participants with what many struggle with and have fear around: money! $10. Divine Sisterhood, A Woman’s Empowerment Center, 270 River St, Ste 203, Troy. Info/register: 518-577-0223.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23

AMI Meditation – 6:30-9pm. 6-week course through Nov 27). Leonard Perlmutter’s Foundations Course of Yoga Science. This curriculum is endorsed by medical pioneers Dean Ornish, Dr. Oz and Bernie Siegel MD. 15 CME credits for physicians and other healthcare providers. Ellis Medical Center, Room 2500, 103 Sitterly Rd, Clifton Park. Pricing/register: American Meditation Institute, 518-674-8714.

Healing Sound Bath – 7-8:30pm. With Elise Manzo, certified sound healer. Please bring a yoga mat, pillow, and blanket for comfort. $25 per person. Star & Splendor, 34 S Main St. Voorheesville. Info/register: 518 892 2289.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Reiki Share – 7:15pm. Join Lynn Gelman and other reiki practitioners for an evening of meditation and sharing reiki. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with oneself, meet fellow practitioners and give and receive reiki! A perfect way to bring balance back into life. All reiki levels are welcome. $15. Center for Holistic Arts, 17 Executive Park Dr, Clifton Park. RSVP: 518-727-2054.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

Holistic Open House – 5pm-8pm. Four holistic businesses in one space! Enjoy the Feldenkrais Method, massage therapy, and the use of rye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in therapy. Come, and learn more about how the practitioners on 5th Ave can help the public embody wellness. Free. 1915 5th Ave, Troy, Questions: 518-629-5664.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

Drug Take Back Day – 10am-2pm. A one-day collaborative effort between the DEA and state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from the nation’s medicine cabinets. Drug Take Back Day officials will not ask questions of nor request identification from anyone. No sharps and syringes. Nothing can be left before Oct 26. In conjunction with the Guilderland Police. Held at Guilderland Public Library (parking lot), 2228 Western Ave, Guilderland. 518-456-2400.

10-20-30 Hour Pranayama Modules – 10am-3pm. Held every weekend through Jan 2020. Study method and praxis of 15 total techniques of the science of life force. Fundamental to yoga, Pranayama is breath work of the Vedic tradition. Registered Indian Yoga Alliance Certification Course. 3 Gick Rd, Saratoga Springs. Pricing/register: 518-226-1637.

Saratoga Fall Festival – 11am4-pm. The last weekend in October brings fun and games to downtown Saratoga. Don’t miss this exciting day of events celebrating autumn. Games, pumpkin rolling races, pony rides, a costume parade, magic shows, and many more happenings. Best of all, dozens of stores will be open for trick-or-treating! Sponsored by the Saratoga Downtown Business Association. Questions: 518-587-8635.

Couples Connection Workshop – 4pm. An afternoon of relaxing & playful experiences, geared towards deepening connections. Unplug from the stress of daily activities and nourish each other in both simple and profound ways. KindNest, 1 Rosell Dr, Ballston Lake. Pricing/registration: 518-406-3323.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

Holistic Wellness Fair – 1-5pm. An afternoon of wellness, guidance, inspiration, rejuvenation and self-care. Chakra readings, essential oils, intuitive readings, crystals, and more. Vendor booths and personal connections to uplift. Center for Holistic Arts, 17 Executive Park Drive, Clifton Park. Questions: 518-383-6654.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29

Mom Meetup – 10-11am. See Oct 15 for details. Free. Hosted by Palette Cafe, 493 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Questions/directions: 518-450-1529.

Eating Tips for People Living with Diabetes – 4:30-6:30pm. Join a small-group discussion with a registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator to learn eating strategies that make sense. Learn about carbohydrate counting, eating out, food shopping, and other aspects of nutrition to consider Informal setting with time for questions and answers. Physician referral is required. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of this event. Held at SHMG Primary Care Scotia-Glenville, 112 Charlton Rd, Ballston Lake. Info/physician referral: 518-886-5121.

Chakra Meditation with Essential Oils – 6:30pm. Join Lynn Gelman for an evening of meditation with essential oils to awaken and balance the chakras. Each essential oil blend is created to bring balance to the chakras it is associated with by resonating with the frequencies. Balancing the chakras brings balance to one’s life! Everyone will go home with the essential oils chakra kit. Center for Holistic Arts, 17 Executive Park Drive, Clifton Park. RSVP: 518-727-2054.

ZUMBA at the Library – 6:30-7:30pm. Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training; alternating fast and slow rhythms. This is a class for anyone, with modifications and progressions provided. Shake, shimmy and smile! Be sure to wear workout clothes and smoother sole sneakers. Bring water and a towel. East Greenbush Library, Multi-Purpose Room, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Info/register: 518-477-7476.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30

Ride the Wave – 6:30-8:30pm. The ups and downs of life can create stress and toss one around like a ship in the ocean. When one stops fighting the storms and trusting in an inner knowing, she can calm even the roughest seas. Join Divine Sisterhood for the ride! $30, Divine Sisterhood, A Woman’s Empowerment Center, 270 River St, Ste 203, Troy. Info/register: 518-577-0223.