Deborah Boggs Receives Certification as Teacher
of Yoga for Osteoporosis

Blueberry Gardens is pleased to announce that Owner and Body Balance Certified Yoga Therapist Deborah Boggs has been certified as a teacher in Yoga for Osteoporosis. This silent disease weakens bones and often results in fractures. It can occur without warning and often is not diagnosed until you fall.
Deborah is offering a workshop with co-practitioner Carol Mermey, Yoga for Osteoporosis: An Introduction, from 4pm to 6:30pm, Sunday, Aug. 27 at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park, MD.
This workshop covers bone health, safe ways to build and strengthen your bones, the causes and treatments for osteopenia and osteoporosis, movements that are safe and those that are risky in your yoga practice and in your daily life, and the 12-pose yoga sequence developed by Dr. Lauren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall to combat osteoporosis.
Cost is $40 per person, $35 for seniors 65 and older. For more information  and to register visit the website at 

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Meditation and More
with Stacie Begins
Wednesday, Sept. 13

Learn meditation and mindfulness skills to quiet your mind, navigate stress and connect to inner peace at Meditation and More with Stacie. This five-week session begins Wednesdays, Sept. 13 and meets from 7 to 9pm. Subjects to be covered include Misconceptions, Essential logistics, Basics, Benefits, Postures, Breath-Work, Focus, Mudras and more.
Instructor Stacie Rogers is a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher and offered an introductory meditation class at Blueberry Gardens earlier this year. After years of study at various schools of meditation and under Sarah McLean's soul-centered meditation approach, Stacie focuses on the Simple Easy Every Day (SEED) Meditation Method. SEED covers Deep Breathing, Body Relaxation, Grounding, Self Inquiry, Heart Centered Breathing, Breath Awareness,
Mantras and More
Enhance your life physically, mentally and emotionally! Beginners, seasoned meditators and doubters are welcome. CEUs are available, cost for the five sessions is $225. For more information, contact Stacie Rogers at 301-801-3401 or

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Latest News + Updates                                         August 2017 
Massage and Bodywork
at Blueberry Gardens 
Many people find that massage and bodywork are powerful tools to assist in taking charge of one's health and well-being.

There's nothing like a soothing massage! Massage is a general term for rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body, and it has several benefits.

The touch of a massage safely relieves muscle tension and pain, reduces stress and anxiety, promotes sleep, may help decrease cancer symptoms and the effects of cancer treatments, may boost immunity and may help prevent or treat injuries. Research has shown that therapeutic touch may help one feel more comfortable in his or her body, which contributes to healthy self-esteem.

In a typical massage session, the client undresses to their level of comfort or can remain fully clothed and lies on a table covered with a sheet.
At Blueberry Gardens , our practitioners offer a variety of forms of massage and bodywork:

Swedish massage involves the use of long strokes, kneading, vibration, and tapping or circular movements. The same techniques are used in a deep tissue massage, but the pressure
is more intense and the primary goal is to reach the deeper
tissue structures of the muscle fibers to assist in releasing
muscular tightness.

Using the Muscle Release Technique™, the massage therapist applies pressure to a muscle while moving the muscle through a stretch. This action helps to release the muscle, to reduce pain and to restore flexibility. Clients are taught stretches so that they can create their own stretching routine on a regular basis to maintain the muscle flexibility.

The Trager® Approach uses two separate but related processes during the session. While lying on the table, the practitioner gently moves the body through motions including rocking, rolling, stretching and light compression. Because of these movements, the receiver experiences a feeling of deep relaxation and an increased freedom in movement. To enhance and maintain this feeling, the client is taught instructions on self care.

Zero Balancing (ZB
) is a hands-on body-mind system that balances the relationship of energy and structure within the bones and tissues of the body, releasing stress and tension and enhancing the body's natural healing process.

During a Hot Stone massage session, the therapist uses Swedish massage techniques with smooth, flat, heated basalt stones.
It may help achieve a deeper sense of relaxation.

Craniosacral therapy is a subtle, gentle, calming approach to bodywork that uses light touch to the head, neck and back regions to relieve a variety of discomforts including headaches, TMJ and sinusitis. Releasing the constrictions of the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid may help create harmony and balance among the body's systems.

Contact us to find out more about how these bodywork modalities can help you relax, ease discomfort and feel healthier.

Ongoing Activities + Classes
Still Water's Popular Morning and Evening Practices  
Morning Meditation with the guidance of Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center continue from 7 to 8:10am, Mondays and Thursdays. The sessions include sitting and walking meditation, mindfulness reading and Dharma sharing -- an inspiring and enlightening way to start the day!     

Evening Practice from 7 to 9pm, Fridays, brings a busy week to a serene conclusion. The session includes sitting and walking meditation, a mindfulness reading, Dharma sharing and reflections on our practices and lives.

New and seasoned practitioners are welcome. For more information or an orientation before attending a practice, contact Gene Klinger at

Sound Bath Meditation Monthly Sessions
Be rejuvenated or simply captivated by the unique music of modern crystal and antique metal Tibetan singing bowls. Bring your pillows, blankeys and yoga mats, and snuggle into the comfort of the tranquil sounds during this meditation.
Join us for a Sound Bath Meditation from 7 to 8:30pm on the first Wednesday evening of the month.
A meditation reception begins at 7pm, followed by meditation  
in the sacred space  at 7:30pm. Community networking and fellowship conclude the evening a 8:30pm.  Suggested energy exchange  is a sliding s cale between $15 and $25, proceeds benefit the Crystal Ashram non-profit organization.
For more information, visit

Biodanza, T'ai Chi, Yoga Classes
It's lively, vibrant and good for you! Biodanza healing expressive movement reduces stress hormone levels, lowers blood pressure and positively affects the immune system. Biodanza classes return Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 7:30pm, Thursdays. Classes feature great music and heartfelt connections among participants. There's no choreography to learn and no prior experience is required.

After a brief hiatus, weekly T'ai Chi classes resume on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 11am and on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7:30pm. T'ai Chi has many benefits to your physical and emotional health. Learn how to relax the muscles, deepen the breath, focus the mind, and  improve balance, joint flexibility, strength and alignment.

The summer session of Debbie Martin's Yoga I/II classes concludes on Sept. 12. The Fall session of Yoga I/II, for veteran students who are familiar with Level I poses, begins Tuesday, Sept. 19 and meets at 5:45pm, Tuesdays.

The year-round Gentle Yoga and Yoga I classes taught by Deborah Boggs welcome new participants. Gentle Yoga is a slower-paced class that emphasizes breathing, stress reduction, relaxation and uses warm-ups and gentle and modified poses. Gentle Yoga meets at 5:45pm, Mondays. Yoga I, designed for beginning and experienced students, meets at 9:30am, Tuesdays.

To register for any Blueberry Gardens classses, visit our website at

Special Events
Is your summer turning oppressive with the hot weather and the pressure of too many things to do? The peaceful, natural quiet of Blueberry Gardens offers a tranquil setting for self reflection, healing and relaxation. Upcoming special events at Blueberry Gardens offer opportunities for a brief getaway to recharge. Our calendar of special events is updated frequently, for the latest information, please visit our website
Get your Biodanza fix at two special sessions scheduled for 7:30pm, Saturdays, Aug. 12 and 26. Release your tensions, relax and enjoy the music and company of other enthusiasts.
An amazing day dedicated to replenishing and rejuvenating -- that's the Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat planned for Sept. 16. Yoga instructors Sarah Gourley and Sytera Field share tools to alleviate stress, regain balance and cultivate ease in your body, mind and life. Register:

Many of us are too focused on schedules, tasks and meeting other people's needs to take a little time for ourselves. Coming Home to Ourselves: A Day of Practice presents an opportunity to refresh ourselves and more deeply experience the flow of life around and through us from 8:45am to 3:30pm, Saturday, Sept. 24. Activities include sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating and movement led by veteran practitioners from Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center. Suggested donation: $50-$80. Info: 240-731-3732 or visit
Form and Fulcrums I is a four-day workshop utilizing Chinese movement principles focusing on body mechanics to find the optimal positioning for those practicing Qigong-based Zero Balancing. It's designed to enhance the effectiveness of Zero Balancing with less effort and more awareness. Sessions are scheduled 9am to 5pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-8; and 9am to 3pm, Monday, Oct. 9. Instructor Michael Oruch has taught Zero Balancing techniques since 1997 and has developed several Form and Fulcrum classes. Cost: $595, $696 after Sept. 6. Info: 212-219-8145 or
Join NiMasSte to take a break from the world's hyperactivity at Reflecting on the Roots of Yoga, 9am to 4pm, Saturday, Oct. 14. This one-day retreat focuses on Yoga's Ethical Guide to Living, known as the Yamas and Niyamas. These concepts will be explored through yoga poses, meditation, journaling and mantra. Cost: $150, $170 after Oct. 7. Info: 240-242-9654
Pause from our busy lives and tend the garden of our hearts at Waking Up Together, a day to plant and nourish new seeds of peace and joy in our relationships. Awaken our hearts in a day of meditation, Qi Gong, deep relaxation and walking meditation from 9:30am to 3pm, Saturday, Nov. 4. Bring a vegetarian potluck offering for lunch, water bottle and any special pillows needed. Cost: $45 per individual, $75 per couple.