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

2019 SPRING COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED

MBSR Graduate TUNEUP

Whether your practice has continued uninterrupted (as if!) or you’ve completely lost the formal aspect of practice, join us for a tune-up. This one-time workshop will follow the same format as an evening of the MBSR course while refreshing your practice and offering new resources and the latest in neuroscience to re-inspire you.

$25 6:30-8:30pm Wednesdsay, May 15

Pre-registration and location details via email.

2019 Fall Course Dates

8 Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:30pm
October 9, 16, 23, 40
November 6, 13, 20, 27
Full day Retreat Sunday, November 17, 9:00 - 4:00pm

Course Cost

Registration is offered on a (no questions asked) sliding scale basis so that you may select a rate that honours your enrollment (holding yourself to a commitment) while supporting your life circumstances. Below is a suggested fee structure to work from based on your income.

Household Income Registration
$50,000 or greater $500
$40,000—$49,999 $400
$30,000—$39,999 $300
$20,000—$29,999 $200
$10,000—$19,999 $100
$10,000 and under $50


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Yoga

available as private sessions or special events

(see the events section for upcoming offerings)

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. Karma in this case refers to your $10 drop in fee which 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)

Rotating week-to-week with Adrienne Shum (of Yoga Public). 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)

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
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 events

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Calling hOMe

an Interactive Sounding Experience

a repeat event Next Soundings: Wednesday April 3 and May 8th. Email to register.

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

7 Mirror Teaching

Have you ever heard that the very person who challenges you, is your own reflection? They are, but not in the way we first might assume, there’s more to it. There’s a very old teaching that offers us 7 different mirrors of reflection to consider in all of our relationships. Consider that if it’s true that we manifest and magnetize people and events into our lives according to our consciousness and the unconscious beliefs we hold, this teaching offers us a fresh perspective and releases us from those old limiting beliefs patterns.

In a three-part workshop, I’ll share with you the origins of this teaching, further resources and how to use it compassionately in your life. The teaching allows you to work at your own readiness and you’ll find it there supporting you with any future triggers that WILL arise (as we are after all, students in the School of Life). If I were told I could only share one teaching ever, it would be this one as it naturally opens us to forgiveness, inwardly and outwardly.

3 Wednesdays, April 10/17/24 6:30 - 8:30pm Suggested Investment $55

Lullaby Yin Yoga - sonic hugs for body, heart + mind

Offered as a moving meditation, the practice of yin yoga moves slowly and mindfully into each pose. Postures are held longer and supported by props to deeply nourish connective tissues which may be congested or dehydrated constricting mobility of joints and preventing easeful organ function. During this particular class, you'll be held by the loving vibrations of live singing.

$25 May 1st, 6:30-8:30pm Pre-register for location details - space is limited

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.