Welcome to Junction Center Yoga Studio…

Providing all levels of yoga class instruction at a tranquil, scenic, rural studio open the year ’round in Door County, Wisconsin – drop-ins welcome!

Junction Center Yoga Studio

We are now in the “quieter season,” with Saturday’s Level 1 & 2 classes combined to meet each week from 7:30 – 9 am.

Please, see the Schedule Page for complete details on all classes.

Restorative Yoga and Vibrational Sound Healing at Junction Center, April 26

Bobbi Silverstone and Ceci Parrella travel and share their Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing classes at different yoga studios across the USA.

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They are each certified as instructors in both Yoga and Integrative Breath Therapy. On Saturday, April 26 from 5:30 – 7 pm, they will be here in Door County at Junction Center Yoga Studio, providing an opportunity to enjoy a unique encounter.

“Experience deep relaxation as layers of tension and stress melt away,” says Bobbi Silverstone. “In this state of relaxation, the body is nurtured and healed from within.”

The poses in their distinctively sensual yoga class are done lying on the floor, using bolsters to support your body. Breath awareness, hot stones, essential oils, singing bowls and drums are added to induce and enhance the process of relaxation and vibrational healing.

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Bobbi Silverstone hails from Gladstone, MI where she has been teaching yoga, breathwork and sound therapy for more than 15 years at her home studio. Her Facebook Page may be found at Serenity Yoga and Breathwork. Ceci Parrella is from Hilton Head, SC and also teaches in her home studio. Her Facebook Page may be found at Flowering Breath.

Together, they will present a delightful evening session that you may never forget. The cost to attend is $40. Call 920.823.2763 to reserve a space as class size is limited.

Celebrate the Gratitude Tree at JCY&Z!

It all started with the Door County Maritime Museum’s “Merry-Time Festival of Trees.”

gratitude-treePeg Lowry, owner and manager at the Blue Dolphin House in Ephraim, was one of the many local businesses and organizations that created a unique Christmas tree donation.

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She decided to fashion a Gratitude Tree, adorned with tiny bundles of thankfulness notes. Every tree went home with a lucky winner on December 10 at the museum’s “Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle” raffle! Nancy Erickkson, a regular Junction Center yoga practitioner, also works at the Blue Dolphin and attended the museum festivities. When she won the tree, she decided it belonged at Junction Center…  (Thanks so much Nancy!)

You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food or personal care items to Junction Center as a donation to Lakeshore CAP (Community Action Program). The CAP’s motto, ”Increasing economic self-sufficiency in Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties,” is reflected in their programs to educate families, protect youth, secure shelter, deliver skills training, promote entrepreneurship and to provide food for the needy throughout northeastern Wisconsin. Your contribution will be delivered to Door County’s CAP located at 131 S. 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

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The Gratitude Tree has a pair of scissors hanging from one of the branches and a card that explains, ”In return, please take with you one of the little polka dot bags filled with notes of appreciation and pass them on to others to whom you are grateful! May the spirit of Gratitude remain with you!”

Each of the cards in the packets has a different saying about gratitude and a place to write 3 reasons why you are grateful to the specific individuals that you choose give a card to. So, plan on sharing the joy next time you visit Junction Center Yoga Studio and have a Merry Holiday Season!

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Begin Yoga with a 5-Week Morning or Evening Class

You are invited to begin exploring yoga as a means to better health and well-being in a 5-session weekly class opportunity at Junction Center Yoga Studio here in Jacksonport.

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Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The name for these ancient teachings is a Sanskrit word meaning union or joining, similar to yoke. The physical postures or poses are called Asanas and are intended to join body, mind and spirit. Whether it’s the immediate reduction in levels of stress or the measurable improvements in circulation and blood pressure, practicing yoga is one of the most enjoyable forms of preventive medicine you can undertake. After a few sessions you will begin to notice improvements in your flexibility and balance. Over time, Yoga is also a strength builder.

On Tuesday mornings from 9 – 10:15 am or Wednesday evenings from 6 – 7:15 pm you are encouraged to enroll in 5-class Beginner’s weekly series. The series provides you with a basic knowledge and practice of yoga including an explanation of the philosophy, the postures (asanas) and breath work (pranayama). In the total series of 5 classes, you will learn all of the poses for a beginner’s home yoga practice.

The 5-class training series costs $60 or for those under 30 years of age, $50.

The benefits of Yoga do not occur overnight, but the results are indeed long lasting. As you become fit and flexible most practitioners will begin to notice an increase in overall vitality and a greater sense of wellness. The different Asanas each focus on gently improving the functional capacity of your skeletal joints, muscles and connective tissue. By linking the actions to the breath, one also begins to “quiet the mind” – to hush that endless stream of thoughts that some mistake for consciousness.

Yoga students will also begin to take greater notice of their posture as they gain awareness of the alignment and range of motion inherent in their own musculoskeletal system. According to a notable physiologist, we become less flexible as we get older mainly because of certain changes that take place in the connective tissues as our bodies gradually begin to dehydrate. It is believed that stretching stimulates the production or retention of lubricants between the connective tissue fibers, thus preventing the formation of adhesions. Perhaps the greatest realization you will experience in taking up the practice of yoga is that you are actually capable of changing and improving your range of motion.

Classroom attire in Yoga sessions is freeform, but dressing in layers is advisable so you can peel them off depending on the level of exercise and temperature of the room. Students will often wear leotards, shorts, t-shirts and tank tops under a layer of sweats that can be removed.

There is only one way to find out if yoga is right for you. Sign up for a free beginner’s class at Junction Center. All of the equipment is provided in a comfortable environment. Beginner’s classes are for all ages, male and female and for any level of fitness or ability.

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RSVP on Junction Center’s Facebook Page or call 920.823.2763 to join or learn more.

Weekly Beach Yoga Begins at Egg Harbor on Monday June 17 with Classes at 8 & 10 AM

Join Kathy Navis each week in Egg Harbor for Beach Yoga on Monday mornings starting June 17.

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Start the week off right with yoga at the Egg Harbor beach! Join Kathy Navis and friends at either of two classes… Level II at 8 am or Beginner/Level I at 10 am. Kathy will bring mats and any props needed or bring your own to the far end of the beach in the grassy area just past the Paddle sports shack.

Drop-in’s are always welcome… there’s plenty of “space” at the Egg Harbor Beach. But if it is raining, classes will not take place that day. – $10 per session.

The enormous physical benefits of yoga are actually a side effect that comes from the greater work, harmonizing your mind with your body:

  • Increasing flexibility – yoga Asanas (poses) act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are not often exercised, insuring retention of a full range of motion.
  • Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons – ancient yoga positions exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body. Surprisingly, a human body which may have been quite rigid starts responding to yoga with a remarkable increase in flexibility, even those parts which have not been directly worked upon. Why? Research has shown that seemingly unrelated “non strenuous” yoga positions act upon certain parts of the body in an interrelated manner. When done together, they work in harmony to create a situation where flexibility is attained relatively easily.
  • Massaging all organs of the body – Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner. This stimulation and massage of the organs in turn benefits you by keeping away disease and providing a forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.
  • Complete detoxification – By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures an optimum blood supply to various parts of the body, flushing out which leads to benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable zest for life.
  • Excellent toning of the muscles – Muscles that have become flaccid and weak are stimulated repeatedly improving muscle tone and overall fitness.

Junction Center Yoga Studio, also has a full slate of indoor yoga and tai chi classes taught throughout the week by several different instructors. The studio is open the year ‘round at their rural re-purposed barn location on Junction Road, a few miles north of Jacksonport, just off County Highway A. Find out more by calling 920.823.2763, check the complete schedule online at JunctionCenterYoga.com and join in the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yogaclasses.

Tai Chi with Carol Hoehn at Junction Center Yoga Studio Begins June 17

Carol Hoehn returns from Taipei, Taiwan to lead students of Tai Chi in a 5-Week, 10-Class series, sharing her knowledge of one the oldest forms of Chinese martial arts.

Often described as “meditation in motion,” Harvard Health Watch says, “Tai chi might as well be called medication in motion. There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.“

Carol Hoehn will present a five-week series of ten classes in tai chi chuan starting on Monday, June 17, meeting twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 – 9:15 am at Junction Center Yoga Studio through July 17. Lifelong ballet dance instructor, Hoehn studies tai chi chuan under Chan Ming Shu and Chen Tzu Wei, two highly regarded masters. As practitioner, spending most of each year in China under their mentorship, she has entered and placed in the World Cup Tai Chi Chuan Championships in 2008 and 2010.

Her twice-weekly morning classes at Junction Center will be appropriate for students with no prior experience and will focus on the basic principles of breath and motion, including a basic form for daily practice. Loose-fitting clothing is encouraged and appropriate for the classes.

Tai chi chuan is at the root of all traditional martial arts and is practiced for both meditative and health benefits as well as for self-defense. It is also practiced by people of all ages. Carol’s classes also  include a study of Qigong, “breath work” or “energy work,” which consists of focusing on the action of breathing combined with movement.

“A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age,” says Peter M. Wayne, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Program at Harvard’s Osher Research Center.

The fee for the 10-class Tai Chi series is $125. Call 920.823.2763 to reserve a place.

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Yoga Jams and Kirtan, June 22

Join us at Junction Center Yoga Studio on Saturday, June 22 from 7 – 9 pm, as Dennis Hawk and Amy Schneider lead a shared musical experience known as Kirtan, featuring Sanskrit mantras set to fresh melodies and sounds.

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Kirtan is intended as a holistic healing experience designed to bring participants into a more organic form of meditation, either in stillness or in motion. One of the oldest of sacred sound traditions, Kirtan’s call-and-response chanting involves Satsang, an ancient Sanskrit term that describes the community that exists between an assembly of people who listen to, talk about, and assimilate their impressions of truthfulness.

On Solstice Saturday morning, Level I and Level II yoga classes at Junction Center will include Yoga Jams - live music to accompany your asanas.

Dennis Hawk, a Cherokee of Mesquaki descent, a pipe carrier and teacher of Native American spirituality, is also a well-known singer, songwriter and story-teller who plays guitar and Native American flute. He does a superb job of sharing his Kirtan insights and knowledge of Sanskrit chanting, its purpose and how it may affect you in order to deepen your own understanding and spiritual experience with Kirtan. There are no prerequisites or religious beliefs needed to participate in Kirtan, just bring an open heart and mind and join in by lifting your voice or just sit back and listen to how the music, vibration and meaning impacts you physically, mentally and spiritually.

Kathleen Kelly-Hoffman and Dennis Hawk Present Winter Heart Renewal Yoga Retreat, Feb 15-17

Mark your calendar from Friday, February 15 at 6 pm to Sunday February 17 at  noon for a spirit-filled weekend, the Winter Heart Renewal Yoga Retreat at Junction Center Yoga Studio & Zen Arts in Jacksonport.

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Kathleen Kelly-Hoffman and Dennis Hawk will join you in Door County for a winter wonderland yoga and sacred musical experience. The retreat will consist of yoga asana workshops, meditation, breath practice and some amazing kirtan sessions. All organic meals and lodging are included in the fee. Outdoor fun with snowshoeing or cross-country skiing is also available as part of the retreat. Appropriate for all levels of practice, we look forward to playing with you all this winter.

Fee: $245
Based on double occupancy. Single room $305.
Without lodgings fee is $185 also attend 1/2 day $40 or a full day $110, Kirtan sessions $20.

Schedule:

Friday, February 15
4 – 5 pm check in
5 pm orientation
5:30 – 6:30 pm dinner
7 – 8:30 pm  Hanuman experience and introduction to kirtan
8:30 – 9:30 pm restorative yoga and yoga nidra
Saturday, February 16
6:30 – 7:30 am yoga practice
8 am breakfast
9 am meditation and pranayama practice
10 am asana workshop
Noon Lunch
1 – 3:30 pm outdoor fun and free time
3:30 – 5:30 pm asana workshop
6 pm dinner
7 pm Hanuman experience and kirtan
Sunday, February 17
7 – 8:00 am yoga practice
8 – 9:15 am meditation
9:30 am breakfast
10 – 11 am pranayama
11 am – noon closing ceremony

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Yoga Nidra refers to an ancient meditation practice, as well as the state of conscious deep sleep it is said to produce.

“Sleep (nidra) is ignorance, but yoga nidra is the doorway to higher consciousness. It is the means of understanding, integrating and utilizing the various dimensions of our own mind.” – Swami Karmananda Saraswati

Dennis Hawk will lead a shared musical experience known as kirtan, featuring Sanskrit mantras set to fresh melodies and sounds. Kirtan is intended as a holistic healing experience designed to bring participants into a more organic form of meditation, either in stillness or in motion. One of the oldest of sacred sound traditions, Kirtan’s call-and-response chanting involves Satsang, an ancient Sanskrit term that describes the community that exists between an assembly of people who listen to, talk about, and assimilate their impressions of truthfulness.

Free Introduction to Yoga Classes at Junction Center on January 14

You’re never too young or too old to reap the health benefits of yoga. From the Sanskrit word for “union”, yoga is a practice that uses posture and breathing techniques to induce relaxation and improve strength, and its health benefits may surpass those of any other activity.

There are two opportunities to attend a free class in Beginner’s Yoga on Monday, January 14. The free morning session takes place from 9:30 – 11 am or an evening session meets from 5:30 – 7 pm. This first, no-obligation, sample class will be followed by an optional 6-class Beginner’s weekly series (continuing in the same time schedule) that you may enroll in if you are interested. The free Intro Class is taught by Junction Center’s founder Kathy Navis and is intended to provide you with some basic knowledge and practice of yoga including an explanation of the philosophy, the postures (asanas) and breath work (pranayama). If you choose to pursue it, the total 7 weeks of classes will instruct you in all of the poses for a beginner’s home yoga practice.

The six-class full beginner’s training course begins on Monday, January 21, meeting at the same times and costs $65 for 6 classes or $55 for those under 30 years old. Junction Center is located at 3435 Junction Rd., Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. You can find out more by calling the studio at 920.823.2763.

Buddhist Meditation Retreat with Michael Stone, December 14-17, 2012

Michael Stone will once again be leading a retreat here at Junction Center in Door County, Wisconsin in December, 2012.

The dates of the retreat are December 14-17. We will begin on Friday afternoon and go through midday on Monday. This will be a silent meditation retreat with yoga practice each day.

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Michael Stone is a Yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and psychotherapist. He is the Founder of Center of Gravity, an urban community in Toronto integrating Buddhist practice, Yoga and social action. He is a voice for a new generation of young people integrating spiritual practice with environmental and social issues. His most recent book is “Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga & Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life.”

Cost of the retreat is $450 including meals and lodging. To save your place, please print and mail the form below with a non-refundable deposit for $100. Please, make checks payable to Junction Center. We will be sending another form to registered attendees to gather more info when we get closer to the retreat date.

Mail to:
Junction Center
3435 N Junction Rd
Egg Harbor, WI 54209

Name:______________________________

Postal Address:__________________________________________________

Email Address:________________________

Phone:_____________________________

 

Junction Center Yoga Celebrates 10-year Anniversary with a Festive Gathering and Sanskrit Musical Meditation

On Sunday, October 23, beginning at 4 pm, Junction Center founder Kathy Navis invites you to walk the labyrinth, sit around the bonfire and enjoy some delicious food from Greens N Grains Deli, followed by sharing a very special musical experience inside the Studio.

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From 7 – 9 pm, Dennis Hawk will lead a shared musical experience known as Kirtan, featuring Sanskrit mantras set to fresh melodies and sounds. Kirtan is intended as a holistic healing experience designed to bring participants into a more organic form of meditation, either in stillness or in motion. One of the oldest of sacred sound traditions, Kirtan’s call-and-response chanting involves Satsang, an ancient Sanskrit term that describes the community that exists between an assembly of people who listen to, talk about, and assimilate their impressions of truthfulness.

It was more than ten years ago that Kathy Navis was practicing yoga with a group that met in the basement of Melissa Nelson’s former chiropractic office in Sturgeon Bay. She didn’t intend to become a yoga teacher, but when the instructor who had been commuting from Green Bay decided to stop coming, the group was left without a leader. They asked if Kathy would take on the role, so she proceeded to get her yoga teacher certification, but still had no intention of opening her own studio or to teach more than a couple of classes.

At the same time she was selling her business, the former Imported clothing store in Egg Harbor. She wanted to move out of the upstairs apartment and had been searching for a farm-ette.

“I had pretty much given up the search when my realtor called and said, ‘Kathy you have got to see this farm.’ It soon became Junction Center,” says Kathy. “The previous owners, Dick and Barb Kolpack were blacksmiths and did metal sculpture so they had remodeled some of the barn and had built the lean to, which is now the yoga studio, as a blacksmith shop.”

When Kathy walked into that former blacksmith shop she immediately realized it was the perfect yoga studio. She went home with her head spinning and then decided to act. She made an appointment to meet with the owners and walked in with all sorts of statistics on comparable sales and other bargaining tactics and came to meet Dick, all 300 lbs. of him standing behind an anvil with a huge hammer in his hands.

Kathy says, “He was not interested in any of my info, but when I proposed a price that was in their ballpark he said, ‘Do you drink coffee? I roast my own beans’ and the next thing we were sitting around the kitchen table crafting an agreement that everyone was happy with.”

In July of 2001 she began working with a local carpenter to turn the blacksmith shop into a yoga studio. They added skylights, patio doors and a large picture window looking out over the meadow in the back. The floor was a concrete slab which Kathy was determined to turn into a heated floor. She did the research online and spoke with contractor friends to come up with a plan… one that unfortunately included hauling all of the concrete in 5-gallon buckets to create mass for the heating system. She called some friends including Wence Martinez and his son, to help create a day long bucket brigade.

Much has transpired over the past ten years and now Junction Center Yoga Studio is a mainstay, with regular classes for all levels of practitioners. Yoga has also transformed here in Door County with the general public coming to realize that practicing yoga is one of the most enjoyable forms of preventive medicine you can undertake.  On Sunday, October 23 Kathy Navis invites you to celebrate a ten-year anniversary.

Dennis Hawk, a Cherokee of Mesquaki descent, a pipe carrier and teacher of Native American spirituality, is also a well-known singer, songwriter and story-teller who plays guitar and Native American flute. He does a superb job of sharing his Kirtan insights and knowledge of Sanskrit chanting, its purpose and how it may affect you in order to deepen your own understanding and spiritual experience with Kirtan. There are no prerequisites or religious beliefs needed to participate in Kirtan, just bring an open heart and mind and join in by lifting your voice or just sit back and listen to how the music, vibration and meaning impacts you physically, mentally and spiritually.

If you want to experience yoga at Junction Center, Kathy is teaching a new beginner’s 4-class session starting Monday, October 31, from 9:30 – 11 am. Junction Center Yoga Studio is located at 7821 Junction Road, (just off County Hwy. A, north of Jacksonport).