Omaha Healing Arts Center (OM Center) is a remarkable and dynamic space for education, holistic healing, performing arts and community. Experience and learn about alternative medicine, acupuncture, massage, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, bodywork, Craniosacral therapy, Shiatsu, color therapy, aromatherapy, Reiki, astrology, herbal therapy, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, hypnosis and counseling, workshops, seminars and holistic clinic.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

January 2012 Events

1216 Howard St.
Old Market • Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Phone OM: 402.345.5078

January 2012 Events

Yoga • Tai Chi • Meditation
Please RSVP, Life changes!

• On-Going Drop-In Class• All Levels
Every Tuesday, 6-7:30pm • $14
Taught by Jennifer Pierce
Eclectic Hatha: meditation, relaxation, postures!

TAI CHI • Wednesdays • 5:45-7pm
6-week course • $90

NEW DATES! Jan. 11-Feb. 15
Taught by Master Frank Fong
Learn “Awareness Through Movement”

Vinyasa Yoga
with Libba Harmon

Mon/Thurs 5:30-7:00pm • Tues/Wed 12:00-1:15pm
Drop-in • $15

Vinyasa is a steady dynamic flow of connected yoga asanas linked with breathwork in a continuous movement

Libba Harmon, certified yoga teacher and licensed acupuncturist, found yoga in the early 90's, during her days as aThai Boxer.When she decided to become a lover-not-a-fighter, Libba spent some time kicking around NYC, looking for some good asana. Being a downtown gal, Libba enjoyed the East Village yoga of years past, made sure to get in on some great visiting masters, andtaught at several downtown studios until the day she moved to Omaha, where she blossomed a busy acupuncture practice and brought sweaty NYC vinyasa to the midwest set. Libba recently spent 2 years living in Panama, where she launched Rancho Kula, a yoga/surf retreat business. Libba's style has grown into a challenging hybrid of alignment-based and playful vinyasa, with periodic opportunity to tone it down considerably. . . here or there, you might catch her teaching a slower, lower practice.

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6-8 - Fri-Sun ~ "Sensing Your Body" Embodied Anatomy Weekend w/Amy Matthews • Please RSVP!
11 - Weds ~ NEW Beginner Tai Chi classes w/Master Frank Fong 5:45-7pm • $90/6wks (Jan. 11-Feb. 15)
13 - Fri ~
OM Center Poetry Slam • SPECIAL NIGHT! • 7:30pm $7
18 - FREE Body-Mind-Health Talk/Q&A w/David Scott Lynn 7:30-9pm
21 - Sat ~ FREE Workshop/Talk/Q&A w/David Scott Lynn 1:30-3pm PLEASE RSVP!
21 - Sat ~ Meditation & Universal Chanting/Kirtan w/Suman Barkhas 7-8:30pm $10

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Jan. 6-8: "Sensing Your Body" Embodied Anatomy Weekend
with Amy Matthews
Open to all • Please RSVP!

This workshop series explores the practice of bringing consciousness to each moment of moving through asana (yoga postures).

• Understand asana from the perspective of different body systems and tissues
• Integrate principles of anatomy and kinesiology in teaching yoga
• Become empowered to use your own experience to find the proper alignment that is safer for your body

Friday, Jan. 6
Book Signing (Yoga Anatomy) Free; open to public
Introduction to Embodied Anatomy $35

Saturday, Jan. 7
Yoga Class with Amy $20
Embodied Anatomy continued $45

Sunday, Jan. 8
Embodied Anatomy continued $45
Embodied Anatomy continued $45

Whole Weekend package for $150 - SAVE $45!

Amy Matthews (CMA, SME, RYT, RSMT/RSME) is a guest teacher for Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, and has been teaching movement since 1994.

Amy has been on the faculty of the Year-Long Certificate Program at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies since 2000, and teaches embodied asana classes and workshops at Movements Afoot, the Breathing Project, and the Society for Martial Arts Instruction in New York City. Amy also works privately as a movement therapist, integrating Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Yoga and Body Mind Centering. She co-teaches Still Moving karate and Yoga workshops with Sensei Michelle Gay for the Society for Martial Arts Instruction, and anatomy workshops for LIMS.

Amy's “Embodied Asana” workshops and anatomy classes are a part of the Breathing Project’s Advanced Studies Program, and she co-teaches with Alison West on Yoga Union's Teacher Training program. Amy is certified as a Yoga teacher by Heart of Yoga and Yoga Union, and as a Motherhand Shiatsu practitioner. She is registered with ISMETA as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, and is registered at the 500-hour level through Yoga Alliance.

Amy studies kinesthetic anatomy with Irene Dowd and BMC with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Amy also studies yoga with Kevin Gardiner, Mark Whitwell and Alison West, and karate with Sensei Michelle Gay.

Amy also co-authored the best-selling book
Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff. Together, Amy and Leslie lead The Breathing Project’s Advanced Studies Program in New York City.

Visit Amy’s Web site at

Jan. 11 - NEW Beginner Tai Chi Classes
with Master Frank Fong
5:45-7pm • $90 for 6 weeks
Jan. 11-Feb. 15

Benefits of practicing Tai Chi:

• Increases awareness, facilitating the mind and body to work together ensuring the best function for the whole being
• Keeps injuries at bay and quickens recovery from illness and injury
• Increases focus and concentration
• Assists to regain, maintain and sharpen physical and mental balance
• No impact exercise - instead, soft and gentle movements
• Relieves arthritis pain by promoting the flow of the body's natural lubricants
• Assists in lowering and managing high blood pressure
• Improves digestion
• Reduces pain and helps manage headaches
• Helps to maintain regularity
• Improves blood and lymphcirculation
• Regulates body temperature and comfort
• Improves the quality of sleep
• Improves stamina and helps the body to recover from overworking
• Tones and smoothes the skin
• Improves and maintains flexibility and elasticity of the body

Master Frank Fong emphasizes soft and gentle movements to promote stress relief, mood enhancement, and a relaxed temperament. His chief goals for his students are self healing and inner development. Step by step, he will help students find their own path and build their own strength and confidence, leading towards a healthy body, a happy spirit, and a better life.

Master Fong is from China (Hong Kong), where he learned from three grandmasters. He has been practicing Tai Chi for more than 45 years, and has been teaching it for 30 years. Fong has shared his art in Tai Chi classes through many organizations. He continues to improve on the skill and knowledge by traveling periodically across the U.S., Canada and China to share and exchange techniques with other Tai Chi masters and teachers. He can be contacted via email at

Jan. 13 - OM Center Poetry Slam
Special Night!
• $7

What is a poetry Slam?
It's competition poetry; meaning humor, politics, enlightenment, sex, entertainment masquerading as literature, literature masquerading as entertainment. Poets will read, then judges will flash Olympic-style scoring to determine who goes on to the next round until there's just one poet left standing as the champion. It's a lot of fun!

Hosted by Matt Mason. Open mic starts at 7:30 followed by the slam; sign up BEFORE 7:30 as signup is limited and will only be allowed after 7:30 if less than 8 are in the slam.

Jan. 18 - FREE Body-Mind-Health Talk/Q&A
with David Scott Lynn

Meet or RE-connect David and discover many new ideas at the same time!

Great News...sort of!
We can't figure out how to title this!
Just show up! It's Free!

Here's some of what you'll discover about your body-mind-health:
•• Myths of Yoga & Exercise, Bodywork & Therapy and how they affect you.

•• Body•Mind Breakdowns How Tension, Stress and habit patterns can lead to
Old Age, aches and pains, and lost movement;

•• DISCOVER: Better ANSWERS to the Puzzles of Posture, PAIN
& Dysfunction . . . with a Focus on Prevention & Self-Care

He's Here from January 15-25, 2012!
OMageden with David Scott Lynn
Free Talks, Workshops, Private Yoga & Bodywork Sessions
Developer of Let-Go Yoga & Yoga-based Bodywork

1) FREE TALKS on Yoga & Bodywork ... (PLEASE RSVP)
2) Private Yoga Coaching
3) Private Bodywork Sessions
4) Training Class for Yoga & Bodywork Practitioners

David Scott Lynn's Sessions Include ...
DSL Edgework: Yoga/Bodywork/Whole Health Therapeutics
A unique and effective form of Physical/Mental Yoga & Yoga-based Bodywork,.

1) Integrating Principles of Physical/Mental Yoga & "Let-Go Yoga"
Letting Go of Tension, Stress and Habit Patterns.
(specific yoga and stretching movements for your particular alignment issues)

2) Hands-on Bodywork with Structural Analysis & Postural Evaluation
Affecting the neuro-musculo-fascial system while working consciously
with "The Edge" ... the point of optimal working pressure ... homeopathic doses of pressure.

3) In-depth Knowledge and Understanding of Anatomy, Kinesiology and Physiology.
(physiological/neurological elements affecting postural distortion of the BodyMind)

Call OM to Schedule Appointments: 402.345.5078
• Private Yoga Coaching & Therapy Sessions
• Private Bodywork Sessions
--90 minute
--3 hour
• Preventive maintenance techniques tailored for your needs

David's Goal is to always get you as self-sufficient as soon as possible.
Whether it's through yogic stretching with the NO Pain, MORE Gain Philosophy,
integrating movement & ergonomics into your daily routines or self-treating your muscles.

David Scott Lynn co-authored Structural Balancing, a 380-page textbook for bodywork and physical therapy schools published in 2010 by McGraw-Hill. His other book - SIMPLE STEPS to Let-Go Yoga: How To GET CONTROL of Your Muscles, Fascia, Nerves & Joints by LETTING GO of Tension, Stress & Habit Patterns and Yoga for the WEST of US Making Yoga RELEVANT for the Western Body, Mind & Culture - will be the subject of his teaching during this visit to OM.

Along with spending much of his time writing and developing programs, David works in Boston with professional classical musicians, students & internationally known professors.

Yoga Educators & Therapy Basics:
Yoga for General Public:
Yoga/Bodywork Therapy:

DISCOVER: Better ANSWERS to the Puzzles of Posture, PAIN & Dysfunction . . . with a Focus on Prevention & Self-Care

Physical/Mental/Relational YOGA (Conscious Stretching) from a Western Psycho-Philosophical & Spiritual Perspective, including Yogic, Whole Health Medicine & Therapeutic Applications

DSL Let-Go Yoga: Maximize Results, Minimize Injury, with Scientifically-based Principles of Yoga, Health & Fitness

DSL EdgeWork: Yoga/Bodywork/Whole Health Therapeutics -- Bio-Structural Balancing with Yoga-Based, Hands-On Muscle Therapy, for a wide range of Neuromuscular, Myofascial & Structural Challenges

Publications -||- Seminars/Workshops -||- Professional Trainings

Jan. 21 - FREE Workshop & Talk with Q&A
with David Scott Lynn
1:30-3pm • PLEASE RSVP!

Does Your BodyMind do what you want it to do?

What has pain and dysfunction cost you?
New Ways of Understanding Pain, Bad Posture, and Limited Movement
INCLUDING what to do about it!

OPEN TO EVERYONE - General public, Practitioners of Massage, Yoga, Coaching, PTs, and more!

David Scott Lynn, founder and developer of DSL Edgework, will present a FREE TALK on how and why muscles tighten and stay tight, and the principles of relaxing chronically tense muscles. Also described in some detail are a wide variety of symptoms and conditions that can be directly or indirectly caused by chronic muscle tension and stress. These conditions include arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, "slipped" or herniated spinal discs, fibromyalgia, headaches, dizziness, and digestive problems.

A strong focus will be on posture and how it reflects where our tensions are, helping determine what muscles to release. Bad posture often comes from long hours sitting at desks, in car seats, on couches, or trauma. One partial mythology addressed in the talk will be how abdominal strengthening exercises often cause, rather than help, bad posture, bulging waistlines, bulging discs, and a painful back, neck or shoulders. According to David, "pain management and better posture are about lengthening and balancing overly tight muscles, not strengthening the allegedly 'weak' muscles."

DSL Edgework is a unique and effective system of Hands-On Bodywork and Therapeutic Stretching developed by David Scott Lynn over 25 years. David has trained therapists, including massage and neuromuscular therapists, physical therapists and chiropractors. His work is widely acknowledged as cutting edge, providing insights and techniques helping a wide range of conditions.

Jan. 21 - Meditation & Universal Chanting/Kirtan
with Suman Barkhas
7-8:30pm • $10

Universal Mantra music (also called kirtan) is the ancient practice of singing a highly vibrated phrase for spiritual upliftment, healing, and creating positive vibrations. These albums use the Sanskrit mantra Baba Nam Kevalam. This can be translated loosely as "Divine love is all there is" or "Everything is a manifestation of pure consciousness."

Suman Barkhas (E-RYT 500 + Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor) is a formal yoga monk and
certified yoga therapist. He has more than 30 years of experience in yoga practice with 20 years of teaching; he is an active member of the International Yoga Therapy Association, director of Tai Chi-Yoga Center of the Holistic Healing Institute, and a master instructor of "Moving for Better Balance" Tai Chi, as well as an accomplished QiGong instructor.

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