365 DAYS OF WELLNESS ACTIVITIES
All classes held in the new UP commUNITY Center presented by Jax Federal Credit Union at Unity Plaza unless otherwise noted. View Full Calendar of Events
May Wellness Class Schedule (Download PDF)
Free Daily Yoga
commUNITY Yoga (all levels): Monday – Friday 5:30-6:45pm
Family Yoga: Saturday 8:30-9:45am (everyone welcome – all ages instruction provided)
Contemplative Yoga: Sunday 8:30-9:45am
Getting healthy in Jacksonville has never been easier. With 365 days of FREE yoga classes, Unity Plaza is on a mission to uplift the spirit of the community and eliminate the barriers of access to this life changing practice. Yoga is an excellent way to relieve tension in the body, clear chatter in the mind, and restore balance to the whole self. Combining gentle stretching with soothing words that encourage self-reflection, the UP Yoga classes will open your heart and tone your physique. Classes are suitable for all skill levels and ages.
Additional yoga classes beginning in June (read class descriptions)
- Chair Yoga for Seniors: Friday 10-11:15am
- Yoga Playtime for Kids (adult supervision required): Sunday 2:30-3:30pm
- Yoga Therapy: Wednesdays 4-5:15pm ($10 suggested donation – therapeutic class held indoors)
- Mommy & Me Yoga: Thursdays 9-10:15am
Mondays and Wednesdays @ 10am-11am | Cost: Free
Join us every Monday and Wednesday from 10-11am for a FREE Guided Meditation Class held in the new UP commUNITY Center presented by Jax Federal Credit Union. Meditation is an easy way to let go of stress and restore peace and balance to the whole body. Learning how to turn off the mind is the greatest gift you can ever give to yourself and will revolutionize every area of your life. The Unity Plaza free Guided Meditation Class utilizes a powerful technique known as the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra. Classes begin Monday May 4, 2015 and will be facilitated by Dr. Marie Bailey, Psy.D. Read full blog post here.
Tues. May 5: Understanding Intention
Tues. May 12: Aligning Your Life Tues.
Tues. May 19: Breathing into Peace
Tues. May 26: Focusing the Mind
Tues. June 2: Concentration
Tues. June 9: Meditating into Peace
Tues. June 16: Integrating Your Life
Tues. June 23: Realizing Self
Tues. June 30: Dis-identifying From Past Pain
Tues. July 7: Restoring the Body
Tues. July 14: From Thinking to Being
Tues. July 21: I AM The three Keys
*Classes can be taken as a series or individually. $25 in advance / $30 at the door / $249 full series – Read full descriptions and register here.
Listen to Your Heart: Transcendental Meditation and Cardiac Health
Wednesday, May 6 @ 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Cost: Free
LISTEN TO YOUR HEART (and to hundreds of studies published by the American College of Cardiology, the American Medical Association, and other leading health journals). They say that the practice of Transcendental Meditation® has been shown to improve heart health and to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
This free Introductory Talk reviews the benefits of the ancient, authentic Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. It summarizes the modern research from over 250 independent medical schools and universities that shows that TM reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and reduces cardiac risk while boosting mental alertness, creativity, energy, vitality, and wellbeing. This talk will give you the information you need before deciding to begin the practice of TM. Click here to learn more and register.
Relaxing Into Life – Self Mastery Workshop Presented by the Amrit Yoga institute
Saturday, May 16 @ 10am-12pm | Cost: $35
Do you feel that most of your life is lived from action or reaction?
Does your life seem like a series of events that push you around?
Or are you able to skillfully choose your responses to life?
We cannot always choose how life comes to us. The challenges we face, the way our loved ones behave, or the way things happen at work. But we can respond in a way that creates greater balance, equilibrium. We can develop tools to meet life in a way that optimally serves our own health, wellbeing and happiness and moves us into being in flow with life rather than constantly struggling with the current. Click here to register.
Additional Self-Mastery Workshops by the Amrit Yoga Institute
- Mastering Your Emotions: Sat. July 18, 2015 @ 10am-12pm
- Managing The Mind: Sat. August 15, 2015 @ 1-3pm
- Revolutionize Your Relationships: Sat. October 31, 2015 @ 10am-12pm
- Free the Patterns That Bind You: Living Your Authentic Self: Sat. November 21, 2015 @ 10am-12pm
- Living the Light: Healing From the Inside Out: Tues. December 8, 2015 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Mantra, Movement, & Meditation Presented by the Amrit Yoga institute
Wednesday, May 20 @ 6:30pm-8pm | Cost: Donation (held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month)
What is it? The Mantra (chanting or music), Movement & Meditation is a beautiful technique that uses inward focus and sound vibration to ‘drop you in’ to stillness. It is designed to engage you so completely that ‘thinking, doing, and feeling’ are in co-creative harmony. It is holistic in its approach, unifying you in your ‘Being Presence’ so you can go beyond the limitations of the body and mind to connect with the Divine within. *Additional 2015 classes – June 17, July 19, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16. Click here to RSVP.
- We experience this together in a safe and sacred environment that is unconditionally accepting.
- In chanting mantra, the secret power hidden in the syllables of ancient chants carries profound meaning that is not to be understood intellectually but is revealed energetically and experientially. The mantra itself turns into merging meditation.
- Mantra chanting automatically restores fragmented attention and energy.
- When you combine music with mantra it turns into a celestial sound that touches your soul. Then it becomes both relaxing and therapeutic, as well as spiritually awakening.
- Chanting is not complete until it enters your heart, opens all your centers, vibrates every cell, banishes all boundaries of the body, and dissolves your mind into a flood of energy.
- The mystical power of chanting is its ability to invoke various energetic states that correspond to each chakra, which in turn activates the neuroglandular system.
Home Buying Workshop Presented by Jax Federal Credit Union
Wednesday, May 27 @ 12-1:30pm | Cost: Free
Your financial well-being can dramatically impact your overall health which is why Unity Plaza has partnered with Jax Federal Credit Union to provide free financial wellness classes each month. The first class offered in May is focused on home buying. This workshop brings together experts in Real Estate, Mortgages, and Inspection Services. Buying a home is the single largest investment you may ever make. We’ll help you understand the process.
Additional financial wellness workshops by Jax Federal Credit Union.
- Budget in a Box (For Adults & Teens): Thursday, June 18
- Are you Prepared for Retirement: Thursday July 16
- Strategies for Saving – Doris Banks, Certified Credit Counselor: Thursday, August 13
Enlightenment: The Science of Full Human Potential
Wednesday, May 27 @ 12-1:30pm | Cost: Free
You know those rare moments of perfect calm and clarity, where everything seems to fall into place? What if you could have those moments more often? What if inner peace was easy after all?
Enlightenment means being awake inside—experiencing heightened clarity, sharper focus, broader comprehension, increased compassion. The Transcendental MeditationÒ technique is an effortless, blissful way to cultivate inner wakefulness. This is the inner experience of people who practice the TM technique, and it is objectively confirmed by years of research.
This free Introductory Talk reviews the benefits of the ancient, authentic Transcendental Meditation technique. It summarizes the modern research from over 250 independent medical schools and universities that shows that TM boosts mental alertness, creativity, energy, vitality, and wellbeing while reducing stress, and improving health. The talk gives you the information you need before deciding to begin the practice of TM. Click here to learn more and register.
Additional Upcoming Transcendental Meditation Classes:
- Transcendental Meditation: Side Effects include Health, Happiness & Longevity
Wednesday, June 3 @ 6-7:30 PM
- Making Waves: Transcendental Meditation and the Brain
Wednesday, July 1 @ 6-7:30 PM
- So Long Stress (Including Traumatic Stress)
Friday, July 10 @ 12-1:30pm
Amrit Yoga Lifestyle Weekend Retreat @ Unity Plaza
Saturday June 20 – Sunday June 21 @ 9am-5pm both days | Cost: $199
Join the senior faculty of the Amrit Yoga institute to experience a taste of what Amrit Yoga has to offer: yoga, meditation, breath work, teachings, great company. Enjoy an introductory weekend to the Integrative Amrit Methods of Yoga and Yoga Nidra (sleep based guided meditation). Your weekend includes all classes. This is a wonderful weekend to come with friends or family. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Cost includes both days.
UP Your Social Intelligence
Tuesday, September 15 @ 9:00am to 5:00pm
Social capital is the web of social networks, the largely invisible human connections that help people get things done across functional, hierarchical, and business unit boundaries. Along with financial capital and human capital, social capital is increasingly recognized as an organizational asset and a key differentiator for individual success, health and well-being. Social intelligence is the human capacity to understand what’s happening in the world and respond to that understanding in a personally and socially effective manner. It is often referred to as ‘people smarts.’ Facilitated by Celeste Blackman. Read more.
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Unity Plaza – Launching May 1, 2015
Unity Plaza is a life enriching urban gathering space that is designed to be a vibrant hub for all things wellness in Jacksonville, Florida. With 365 days of events, we are the place to come for nourishment, inspiration, education, and meaningful connection. Our daily, weekly, and monthly activities help the community restore balance, cultivate inner peace, and ultimately become a better version of themselves. From free daily yoga classes, to weekend workshops, seminars, festivals, and conferences, we make it easy to learn new ways to get healthy, stay happy, and feel connected.