What's happening at omTown Center

1841 N PROSPECT AVE MILWAUKEE WI

omTown Center offers mind-body-spirit-community experiences for all led by both established and emerging leaders and healers. Programming is designed for those seeking personal transformation, education, healing and social impact. Scholarships to make event fees more affordable are available by emailing seva@omTownYogis.org. Welcome!

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  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 09:30 AM · $70.00 USD
    omTown Center

    Being Trauma-Sensitive

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    Studies indicate that 1 in 4 American adults have experienced some form of personal trauma such as abuse, violence or family strife.

    Did you know that how you teach yoga, regardless of your intentions, can quite easily trigger a traumatic stress response in your students?

    This course is designed to provide you principles and perspective so you can teach from a place that is wiser and more sensitive to trauma triggers your students may have. The field of study of trauma is deep, and this course will provide you fundamental knowledge along with resources if you choose to dig deeper.

    TOPICS:

    • Trauma-Informed vs. Trauma-Sensitive: how are these terms different?
    • Symptoms & common impacts of trauma
    • Neurobiology of trauma fundamentals
    • Systemic, racist & intergenerational trauma
    • Types of triggers
    • The Healer Impulse: the importance of your self-awareness
    • Best practices in teaching
    • Yogic philosophy as it relates to trauma & teaching

    We'll take a one-hour break for lunch. Bring your lunch (refrigerator & microwave are on site) or take advantage of the nearby restaurants on Mke's east side.

    This class is for all yoga teachers. For those teaching in omTown programs now or in future, this class is highly encouraged and may be required.

    The fee for this class is offered at a sliding scale. Scholarships are also available for those in need of additional financial assistance.

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    The class is led by Katharina Hren CYT, MA, MS, LPC-IT, a practicing psychotherapist  and yoga teacher in Milwaukee, WI. Katharina has taught at yoga at studios such as Yama Yoga, Invivo Wellness, and Haleybird Studios since completing her 200 hour training at Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness. Also trained in Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Street Yoga, Katharina has taught yoga at: Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, Marshall Sherrer Correctional Center, Felmers Chaney Correctional Center, COA, Running Rebels, Meta House, Urban Ecology Center, Holton Youth and Family Center, Neighborhood House, Rogers Academy, Westside Academy, Arts at Large, Gerald Ignace Indian Health Center (native elder group), and more. Katharina holds a master's degree in Community Psychology program from Alverno College and has worked as a sexual assault counseling intern at the Healing Center. She is now working with Ascent for Life as a trauma-informed yoga and meditation instructor for individuals who struggle with substance abuse and/or have mental health disorders, as well as for Alternatives in Psychological Consultation clinically as a psychotherapist.

     

  • Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $5.00 USD
    omTown Center

    A Meditation Space

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    Our comfortable, welcoming space will make meditation something you look forward to and savor.

    Enter into our quiet space of safety and calm nestled in Milwaukee's bustling east side. Welcoming you to explore various meditation practices led by a variety of experienced meditation leaders, we can help you find a practice that works best for where you are right now in your life.

    Large spans of time are not necessary to enjoy the benefits of meditation. The first 30 minutes are Guided Meditation followed by an open segment (quiet unguided time). Stay for any length of time within the open segment, leave when is right for you, up until session close.

    Seated meditation on the floor or in chairs are options. Bolsters, blankets, mats and chairs are provided. Our meditation leaders are here to help make you comfortable so you can get the most benefit of your experience. We are also here to answer any questions you may have either before or after the session.

    All session fees are on a sliding scale. Please contribute what you can afford $5, $10 or $15 either in advance online or at the session.

    A Meditation Space is offered at the following times:

    Sundays 10-11:30 am 

    Wednesdays 12:15 - 1:30 pm 

    important note: Please arrive either 5-10 minutes before start time - or - after the first half hour. The first 30 minutes are guided, followed by open, unguided meditation. Stay for any length of time within the open segment and leave when is right for you, up until session close.

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $5.00 USD · 3 rsvps
    omTown Center

    A Meditation Space: Meditation and Prayer for the Earth & Universal Healing

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    photo by R. Pawluk

     

    In response to the deep challenges to all we value and hold sacred as well as to our own well-being, the well-being and very life of our human communities, and of all life on this Earth, we are hosting a meditation circle that is open to all.  

    Our intention is to hold a safe, supportive and sacred space in which we can connect to the sources of our resilience and the wellspring of our vision and courage.  From that invitation to healing reconnection, we will open a space to offer our prayers for the healing of all beings and of the living Earth whereby we are sustained.

    Each evening meditation will be held, in alternation, by Rima Shah and Marya Bradley.  We will offer a period of guided meditation that will open into a time of quiet meditation. We will close the meditation with the practice of non-sectarian/non-religious prayer for all beings and the Earth.

    Bi-monthly Tuesday evenings: March 14, 28; April 11 & 25; May 9 & 23

    Sliding scale fee $5/$10/$15 per evening. 

     

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:15 PM · $5.00 USD
    omTown Center

    A Meditation Space

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    Our comfortable, welcoming space will make meditation something you look forward to and savor.

    Enter into our quiet space of safety and calm nestled in Milwaukee's bustling east side. Welcoming you to explore various meditation practices led by a variety of experienced meditation leaders, we can help you find a practice that works best for where you are right now in your life.

    Large spans of time are not necessary to enjoy the benefits of meditation. The first 30 minutes are Guided Meditation followed by an open segment (quiet unguided time). Stay for any length of time within the open segment, leave when is right for you, up until session close.

    Seated meditation on the floor or in chairs are options. Bolsters, blankets, mats and chairs are provided. Our meditation leaders are here to help make you comfortable so you can get the most benefit of your experience. We are also here to answer any questions you may have either before or after the session.

    All session fees are on a sliding scale. Please contribute what you can afford $5, $10 or $15 either in advance online or at the session.

    A Meditation Space is offered at the following times:

    Sundays 10-11:30 am 

    Wednesdays 12:15 - 1:30 pm 

    important note: Please arrive either 5-10 minutes before start time - or - after the first half hour. The first 30 minutes are guided, followed by open, unguided meditation. Stay for any length of time within the open segment and leave when is right for you, up until session close.

  • Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $5.00 USD
    omTown Center

    A Meditation Space

     candle-flame-art-jeremymallin.jpeg

    Our comfortable, welcoming space will make meditation something you look forward to and savor.

    Enter into our quiet space of safety and calm nestled in Milwaukee's bustling east side. Welcoming you to explore various meditation practices led by a variety of experienced meditation leaders, we can help you find a practice that works best for where you are right now in your life.

    Large spans of time are not necessary to enjoy the benefits of meditation. The first 30 minutes are Guided Meditation followed by an open segment (quiet unguided time). Stay for any length of time within the open segment, leave when is right for you, up until session close.

    Seated meditation on the floor or in chairs are options. Bolsters, blankets, mats and chairs are provided. Our meditation leaders are here to help make you comfortable so you can get the most benefit of your experience. We are also here to answer any questions you may have either before or after the session.

    All session fees are on a sliding scale. Please contribute what you can afford $5, $10 or $15 either in advance online or at the session.

    A Meditation Space is offered at the following times:

    Sundays 10-11:30 am 

    Wednesdays 12:15 - 1:30 pm 

    important note: Please arrive either 5-10 minutes before start time - or - after the first half hour. The first 30 minutes are guided, followed by open, unguided meditation. Stay for any length of time within the open segment and leave when is right for you, up until session close.

  • Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 12:15 PM · $5.00 USD
    omTown Center

    A Meditation Space

     candle-flame-art-jeremymallin.jpeg

    Our comfortable, welcoming space will make meditation something you look forward to and savor.

    Enter into our quiet space of safety and calm nestled in Milwaukee's bustling east side. Welcoming you to explore various meditation practices led by a variety of experienced meditation leaders, we can help you find a practice that works best for where you are right now in your life.

    Large spans of time are not necessary to enjoy the benefits of meditation. The first 30 minutes are Guided Meditation followed by an open segment (quiet unguided time). Stay for any length of time within the open segment, leave when is right for you, up until session close.

    Seated meditation on the floor or in chairs are options. Bolsters, blankets, mats and chairs are provided. Our meditation leaders are here to help make you comfortable so you can get the most benefit of your experience. We are also here to answer any questions you may have either before or after the session.

    All session fees are on a sliding scale. Please contribute what you can afford $5, $10 or $15 either in advance online or at the session.

    A Meditation Space is offered at the following times:

    Sundays 10-11:30 am 

    Wednesdays 12:15 - 1:30 pm 

    important note: Please arrive either 5-10 minutes before start time - or - after the first half hour. The first 30 minutes are guided, followed by open, unguided meditation. Stay for any length of time within the open segment and leave when is right for you, up until session close.

  • Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 05:45 PM · $36.00 USD · 2 rsvps
    omTown Center

    Yantra in Yoga

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    A Transformational Practice for Our Time

    4 Thursday evenings, 5:45-8:00pm, March 9, 16, 23 & April 6

    culminating in creative lab, Sunday, 4-7pm April 9

    This is an experiential exploration of the power of yantra, one of Yoga's potent instruments for transformative Self-realization, in the practice of Yoga. The word Yantra means instrument or tool; it is a formal visual expression of a psycho-cosmic energetic vibration of consciousness. Yantra reveal and awaken their vibration within us and draw us into direct awareness of the consciousness of Self and cosmos they evoke. We will engage the power of yantra in our practice of yoga to awaken and deepen our realization of the sacred power of form to concentrate, focus and channel psycho-cosmic energy and to open to the insight and vision yantra can reveal and activate within.

    We turn to the use of yantra as one of the profound expressions and gifts of the Kundalini-tantra and hatha yoga traditions, for it offers us deep experiential insight into the practice and meaning of Yoga.  But we turn to it now, especially when we are assailed by often violently polarizing energies, because yantra offers great depth and clarity of experiential insight about powerfully healing ways to be in conscious relation to energy and its expression: in our self and in the cosmos wherein we are held and hold our being.

    These evening practices are an invitation into an exploration of what yantra in the practice of yoga can inspire in and reveal to us and the ways it is may be an instrument of healing.  This initial exploration is layered over the four sessions and will culminate in the creation of a mandala in its first flowering.

    All are welcome, though some degree of yoga is highly recommended.  For any questions about the practice, please contact the instructor, Marya Bradley at mabstream@gmail.com.  

  • Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $5.00 USD
    omTown Center

    A Meditation Space

     candle-flame-art-jeremymallin.jpeg

    Our comfortable, welcoming space will make meditation something you look forward to and savor.

    Enter into our quiet space of safety and calm nestled in Milwaukee's bustling east side. Welcoming you to explore various meditation practices led by a variety of experienced meditation leaders, we can help you find a practice that works best for where you are right now in your life.

    Large spans of time are not necessary to enjoy the benefits of meditation. The first 30 minutes are Guided Meditation followed by an open segment (quiet unguided time). Stay for any length of time within the open segment, leave when is right for you, up until session close.

    Seated meditation on the floor or in chairs are options. Bolsters, blankets, mats and chairs are provided. Our meditation leaders are here to help make you comfortable so you can get the most benefit of your experience. We are also here to answer any questions you may have either before or after the session.

    All session fees are on a sliding scale. Please contribute what you can afford $5, $10 or $15 either in advance online or at the session.

    A Meditation Space is offered at the following times:

    Sundays 10-11:30 am 

    Wednesdays 12:15 - 1:30 pm 

    important note: Please arrive either 5-10 minutes before start time - or - after the first half hour. The first 30 minutes are guided, followed by open, unguided meditation. Stay for any length of time within the open segment and leave when is right for you, up until session close.

  • Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 04:00 PM · $36.00 USD · 2 rsvps
    omTown Center

    Yantra in Yoga

    yantra.jpg

    A Transformational Practice for Our Time

    4 Thursday evenings, 5:45-8:00pm, March 9, 16, 23 & April 6

    culminating in creative lab, Sunday, 4-7pm April 9

    This is an experiential exploration of the power of yantra, one of Yoga's potent instruments for transformative Self-realization, in the practice of Yoga. The word Yantra means instrument or tool; it is a formal visual expression of a psycho-cosmic energetic vibration of consciousness. Yantra reveal and awaken their vibration within us and draw us into direct awareness of the consciousness of Self and cosmos they evoke. We will engage the power of yantra in our practice of yoga to awaken and deepen our realization of the sacred power of form to concentrate, focus and channel psycho-cosmic energy and to open to the insight and vision yantra can reveal and activate within.

    We turn to the use of yantra as one of the profound expressions and gifts of the Kundalini-tantra and hatha yoga traditions, for it offers us deep experiential insight into the practice and meaning of Yoga.  But we turn to it now, especially when we are assailed by often violently polarizing energies, because yantra offers great depth and clarity of experiential insight about powerfully healing ways to be in conscious relation to energy and its expression: in our self and in the cosmos wherein we are held and hold our being.

    These evening practices are an invitation into an exploration of what yantra in the practice of yoga can inspire in and reveal to us and the ways it is may be an instrument of healing.  This initial exploration is layered over the four sessions and will culminate in the creation of a mandala in its first flowering.

    All are welcome, though some degree of yoga is highly recommended.  For any questions about the practice, please contact the instructor, Marya Bradley at mabstream@gmail.com.  

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $5.00 USD · 3 rsvps
    omTown Center

    A Meditation Space: Meditation and Prayer for the Earth & Universal Healing

    whispering_clouds.jpg

    photo by R. Pawluk

     

    In response to the deep challenges to all we value and hold sacred as well as to our own well-being, the well-being and very life of our human communities, and of all life on this Earth, we are hosting a meditation circle that is open to all.  

    Our intention is to hold a safe, supportive and sacred space in which we can connect to the sources of our resilience and the wellspring of our vision and courage.  From that invitation to healing reconnection, we will open a space to offer our prayers for the healing of all beings and of the living Earth whereby we are sustained.

    Each evening meditation will be held, in alternation, by Rima Shah and Marya Bradley.  We will offer a period of guided meditation that will open into a time of quiet meditation. We will close the meditation with the practice of non-sectarian/non-religious prayer for all beings and the Earth.

    Bi-monthly Tuesday evenings: March 14, 28; April 11 & 25; May 9 & 23

    Sliding scale fee $5/$10/$15 per evening. 

     


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