Serena Postel

Student, SoundScape Artist, Teacher

MBSR

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Cultivating ease of being through meditation practices, mindful movements and conversation. Through extensive research MBSR has been shown to:

• help reduce stress and pain
• maximize benefits from medical treatment
• increase energy and concentration
• improve capacity to relax and be at ease
• calm the mind and to think more clearly

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an approach to self-care that will help one deal with stress, pain, and illness. The techniques that are taught help to focus awareness on body sensations, thoughts, and emotions in a nonjudgmental way. A radical act of love, sanity and self acceptance.

The course is accessible to everyone, no matter what your beliefs, identifications or prior knowledge of mindfulness. The invitation is to start from exactly where and who you are.

MBSR schedule

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."
-Jon Kabat-Zinn

MBSR schedule

2018 Fall Course registration is closed.

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Yoga

available as private sessions

Restorative Yoga is like a balm for the nervous system. With the use of bolsters, blankets and blocks, the focus is on creating the safe, supportive conditions to allow the body’s intelligent parasympathetic nervous system to switch on and wash the body with the chemistry of wellness, peace and happiness (aka endorphins; serotonin; melatonin etc). As the poses are supported by props, the longer holds gently allow a softening of the edges helping to release tension from the physical and emotional body.

Yin Yoga. This style uses passive postures held for longer periods of time to allow for deep opening in the connective tissue (fascia). Meditation is used to help you relax into your poses and witness the release as blocks are released and the body resounds in a gentle way. This style is a wonderful compliment to balance your strength training practice or anyone with physical limitations resulting from illness or injury.

Coming this Fall -Thai Massage Sessions Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation (drop in!) at Yoga Public

These two weekly classes are offered as a “karma drop in” for non-members. It being karma means your $10 fee will go towards the charity of the month, or someone that is currently being sponsored to help get their lives back on track.

Late Lunch Meditation - Wednesdays at 12:45pm (45min class)

Cultivating compassionate self awareness through mindfulness meditation practice creates the conditions for resilience, patience, improved health and a sense of connection and calm. This class is appropriate for everyone curious and willing to begin meditation or to support your current practice. Take refuge in the support of community as we explore the practice together.

Late Lunch Meditation - Fridays at 12:45pm (45min class) starting September 7th

Developing your presence of being through awareness of breath and body sensation is an ancient path that continues to support people of all lifestyles and beliefs. The science of neuroplasticity shows us today how regular meditation practice creates more desirable habits of being, easing the symptoms of stress and enhancing your quality of life.

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.”
-Jon Kabat-Zinn

Crystal Soundbath

Bathed in the healing tones of the quartz crystal singing bowls, invite yourself to settle below judgements and expectations, let go of ideas of right and wrong, and give yourself permission to ease into the present moment. This time is an opportunity to reset the nervous system and gently attend to yourself in a compassionate and kind way. Re-minding and remembering the intelligence that animates and supports you.

Weekly classes at Yoga Public: yogapublic.com
Tuesdays: 6:45 (60min)
Saturdays: 4:30 (60min)

Quartz crystal singing bowls are powerful yet gentle facilitators of spacious mind. The tones help to balance the energetic body, stimulating movement where there are blockages and creating more ease where there is excess. It is said quartz crystals are "programmable" meaning that intentions set with the bowls, are amplified as they are played. Dream, pray, or dialogue with your higher self (through the Heart) during a class or private healing session.

Individual or small group sessions are available by emailing Serena.

For a few sunsets and sunrises during the summer months, Serena will have the crystal at various Manitoba beaches. Join the mailing list or connect on social media to stay tuned for updates: @soundingserene

Upcoming Forest Soundbath with Serena and Ali Khan at the 2018 I Am Festival: iamfestival.net

Welcome the day with an interactive soundbath and contemplative practice led by Serena and Ali. Practicing deep listening, we will join the song of morning with mantra, crystal singing bowls and ambient tones. Moments of guided reflections will be offered throughout this meditative journey.

Upcoming events

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Calling hOMe

an Interactive Crystal Soundbath

a repeat event

Monday September 10 / 6:30-8:00pm / at Sacred Places 3,000 St. Marys Rd
by donation / register your seat by emailing serena@serenapostel.com

If you can speak, you can sound.

Experience the movement of sound by the rhythm of your own breath and the beat of your own heart. Sounding is not just for singers and this interactive crystal sound bath is an invitation for you to return to using your own voice as a tool for meditation and self care. Not to worry if you feel nervous or hesitant, take comfort that nobody will be able to hear you, as we will be immersed in the sound of all of our voices calling AUM together.

"I looooved the mix of playfulness, serious work, and involvement with everyone. We all had 'skin in the game', because you didn't let us hide. But when you lured us out, it was gently and through a sincere sharing of working through fear, exploration and release, together. It was remarkable how engaged everyone was, you truly do have a gift with that. I believe we all crave this kind of work soooo bad, but it is truly rare to find a community and space (and facilitator) who can allow us to fully immerse ourselves. I didn't want it to end!!" ~ Mark

Heart Speak - The healing art of Sound and Silence

A 6-week exploration of silence and sound through the ancient and ever relevant practices of mindfulness meditation. Cultivating deep listening and the timeless use of our voice as an instrument of healing (this isn’t about singing, this is about reclaiming our voice and unlocking our innate medicine chest).

Take refuge in the spirit of sangha (community) and receive the gift sound health.

Wednesday’s 6:00-8:00 beginning October 5th through to November 7th. In the round room at Mediation Services 3-1200 Portage ave.

Your investment of $350 includes a few special bonus treats to support your ongoing journey of self-discovery long after the course is complete.

To register, send your commitment via email to serena@serenapostel.com. Please don't let cost be a barrier, if you're interested, we can work something out!!!

Contact Serena

For specific information about any offerings, please email:

serena@serenapostel.com

About Serena

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An insatiable appetite for learning and an undeniable call of the heart has led Serena to step out of her comfort zone and pursue the healing arts. After a decade of working as a legal assistant while wrestling with the symptoms of PTSD, she made a radical shift with her work-life and immersed herself in music and the arts. She released an EP and enjoyed sharing music across Canada and at various folk festivals and music conferences. Still, the symptoms of PTSD had a strong-hold and she recoiled, again and again.

Working as an arts based program coordinator, Serena helped to develop the base operations of the Edge Gallery, an Urban Centre. While she was there she began practicing yoga and meditation and collaborated with artists and teachers to offer a variety of empowering workshops to others living with mental health issues and addictions.

Her continued study of yoga and mindfulness, and the science of sound, inspire her to share the teachings that awakened in her a sense of resilience and recognition of the tremendous Spirit within. Since 2012, she has been teaching yoga and meditation in studios in Winnipeg, community health centres and private addiction recovery centres. She’s still playing music, but it has taken on a different expression, playing to create live soundscapes in yoga classes in Winnipeg and annual wellness festivals.

“My own experience with how regular consistent practice opens the heart and (changes) the mind, is my version of living miracles."

May all beings live in Peace.