CURRENT INITIATIVES

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Creative Meditative: A Mind/Body Program for Veterans

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Transforming trauma & invisible wounds through Mindfulness practices,  iRest Yoga Nidra & Writing.


This program will partner with area writers & poets to guide participants in writing exercises via poetry, spoken word & music while using the research based mind/body practice of iRest Yoga Nidra & research based breathing practices facilitated by Certified iRest & Warriors at Ease teacher Michelle Lynch.  This  program will consist of in person sessions, a private online  group & optional publishing of stories/videos on YouTube & separate website.  


About iRest Yoga Nidra in the Military

"Based on current studies with iRest in the military, the Defense Centers of Excellence has approved iRest as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine warranting continuing research for its use in the treatment of PTSD. In addition, the U.S. Army Surgeon General has listed Yoga Nidra (based on research with iRest) as a Tier 1 approach for addressing Pain Management in Military Care."  (irest.org)


ABOUT  Program facilitator:  Michelle Lynch 


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Yoga for Veterans

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This five week Introduction to Meditation Workshop is taught by US ARMY Veteran Luke Taiclet.  It is designed for Active Military, Military Families and Veterans.  Luke’s approach to teaching beginners is to let them experience several types of meditation so that they might find which practice resonates with them. He incorporates discussion of the science behind meditation to help de-mystify the practice. This also helps to show how meditation influences the mind to help lessen anxiety, understand trauma and find deeper understanding and compassion for ourselves and others.  Most importantly, he reminds his students to smile and give themselves permission to just be here now alongside any challenges or struggle.

Sponsor a Veteran for the 5-week class: $70.

Sponsor a Class : 10 Veterans: $650.

Additional funding needed for yoga and meditation equipment: Mats, blocks, blankets, bolsters, straps, eye pillows, etc.  


ABOUT Program Facilitator Luke Taiclet

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Mindful Parenting: STOP. BREATH. THINK. CREATE.

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Mindful parenting is a lifelong practice. It means you become less attached to outcomes and more mindful of what’s unfolding in your life and your children’s lives. Mindful parenting is about moment-to-moment, open hearted and nonjudgmental attention. It’s about seeing our children as they are, not as we want them to be. During this 1hour session participants will learn  the basics of breath work, mindful eating habits, and mindful crafts to engage children. 

Sponsor a participant:  $50 which includes:

Program Fees & Materials/Toolkit, Access to free digital version of presentation for reference, Craft Materials, Light Snack

Funding will also be used to provide rental space.

Excess  funds would be kept for future scholarships, that could be used for any other class that studio eight15 has available and or community classes offered to the public at a discounted price


ABOUT Program Facilitator Lauren Webb

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Coming Home Package for Veterans

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This Program provides: THREE one on one CUSTOM PRIVATE SESSIONS


 The objective is to provide a custom toolbox of practices to meet the physical & mental health goals of the individual so that they can implement the practices into their daily life as well as develop an ongoing home self care practice. 


Each one hour, 1-1 session, will contain photos of the practices (if desired by individual) to make a custom portfolio that they can refer back to what was practiced in the sessions,  at any time.


At least one session will contain the research based practice of iRest Yoga Nidra. The other two sessions give the option of physical postures/practices taught in an a 'la carte way that they can pick and choose which to practice that day so it can be easily fit into each persons daily routines.  


About iRest Yoga Nidra in the Military

"Based on current studies with iRest in the military, the Defense Centers of Excellence has approved iRest as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine warranting continuing research for its use in the treatment of PTSD. In addition, the U.S. Army Surgeon General has listed Yoga Nidra (based on research with iRest) as a Tier 1 approach for addressing Pain Management in Military Care."  (irest.org)

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Professional Images & Clothing

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Professional images are an important factor in marketing and in advancing ones career.  This program provides professional headshots, images and clothing for wellness professionals to better marketa their business for financial success.  

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Eye Pillows for healing

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Eyepillows are tools that can immediately provide a sense of calm in the body. “Light pressure on the eyeballs lowers heart rate, sometimes by quite a bit, by eliciting what’s called the oculocardiac reflex. It also stimulates the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve has an extensive resume: It regulates heart rate and digestion, and it’s the primary medium through which our belly brain regulates mood. It’s the main communicator to our rest-and-digest system, which helps us to relax more deeply. It also elicits our tend-and-befriend system, enabling us to reach out and connect with others. This is a critical factor in long-term stress resilience and, research shows, in happiness.”  (YogaJournal Dec 11,2017)

We have given eye pillows to active duty & returning National Guard service members at Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Programs as well as Veterans at the McKeesport/White Oak Vet Center and local women in the Pittsburgh community who have lost children to gun violence.

PAST INITIATIVES

An afternoon for Wholeness with Michelle Lynch in partnership with FOR GOOD PGH

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Please Join For Good Pgh and Allegheny City Accelerator (Love Allegheny) at The Hollander Project for a morning of yoga, healing and fellowship.  Learn tools to help process difficult emotions and challenging times.  All feelings and emotions welcome.  

iRest Yoga Nidra at White Oak Vet Center with Michelle Lynch in partnership w/ Iyengar Yoga

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Providing a 5 week series of the researched based practice of iRest Yoga Nidra.


Also supplying stress reduction tools such as eye pillows & 21pg workbook to each participant.   

Beyond the Paint with Lauren Webb & Michelle Lynch in partnership with Iyengar Yoga Institute of Pittsburgh

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$500 Grant Awardee   

The “Beyond the Paint” workshop is a tool for mindfulness and self-discovery that is facilitated in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Free from comparison and critique, we embark on a boundless journey into the unknown, with the focus placed on the experience rather than the finished product. There are no mistakes, and no painting experience is necessary. We recognize that every person is a creative being with unlimited potential and that when we show up and tap into that creativity, our unique expressions emerge naturally. While this is not art therapy in the traditional sense, the process itself can be therapeutic. Participants speak of a deeper connection to themselves and a greater acceptance of their experiences. The process is healing on many levels. Being open to growth and facing one’s fears leads to joy and a sense of accomplishment.