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Herzstein Wellness Center

These programs are made possible through generous donations and a grant from the Marino Health Foundation.

Fall 2020 October - December


All programs will be virtual through a Zoom invitation
All programs require pre-registration

To register for any class follow the link here:Pre-Register Fall Classes


Shavasana and Ujjayi breathing practice

With Kris Curran, RN, CSYT, RYT-500
Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher
Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Therapist

Six sessions - 45 minutes each
take one or all.

Dates: Tuesdays, October 6 - November 10, 2020 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Decription – Free program:
Slow down your mind, improve your immune system and activate your inner healing capacity! In this 30 min practice, you will lie in Shavasana, yoga’s relaxation pose, and enjoy a restful guided awareness followed by a coached breathing practice (Ujjayi). Pronounced “Oo-jeye-yee,” Ujjayi means “yoga’s victory breath” or “toward victory.” When done as a regular practice, Ujjayi has many profound benefits including soothing and calming your nervous system, decreasing pain, boosting your immunity, and stimulating deep healing on all levels- physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
This practice is not appropriate for anyone who has had an organ transplant or is in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Meet the Instructor:
Kris has been a nurse for over 20 years and started practicing Svaroopa® Yoga in 2007 as a way to improve her own health. Kris now has over 1,000 hours of professional training through the Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram, including group classes, workshops, and advanced training in treating pain and yoga therapy. Kris is a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher and Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Therapist and loves assisting people in their healing process and seeing the powerful effects Svaroopa® Yoga can bring to their lives. She continues her professional and personal studies in the Svaroopa® Yoga sciences under the direction of her teacher, Swami Nirmalanda Saraswati.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

With Sharmane Simard, M. Ed., LMHC
8 sessions at 2.5 hours each plus orientation and a full day retreat

Orientation to the program is Monday,  November 2 (orientation class)  5:30pm – 8:30pm

Classes are Mondays, November 9 – December 28, 5:30pm – 8pm

Retreat Day is Saturday,  December 19, 8 am – 4:30pm

Cost of program is $100

This 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is the original program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since 1979 more than 25,000 people have completed this evidenced based training. MBSR is a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments and general wellness. Numerous studies over the past 41 years have shown this 8 week program to be effective in helping to treat a wide variety of medical and psychiatric conditions.

The Live Online MBSR program consists of :

  • Orientation (2 ½-3 hours, required for enrollment) scheduled 1-2 weeks prior to your class
  • 8 Weekly Classes, 2 ½ hours each
  • One All-Day Retreat Class on a Saturday or Sunday
  • Daily home practice assignments, 45-60 minutes a day
  • A Strong Commitment to attend all classes and to practice daily home assignments for 8 weeks

What is the MBSR 8 Week Live Online Program?
The entire MBSR program is delivered live through online video conferencing (Zoom). We will practice mindfulness in many forms (sitting, moving, walking, scanning etc.). There will be opportunity for small and whole group sharing, checking in and asking questions. You will receive audio downloads to guide much of your daily , at home practice.

Technology you will need: (no phones or tablets)

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Laptop or desktop with speaker, microphone & video capability

Meet the Instructor:
Sharmane Simard, M. Ed., LMHC

  • Certified Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, East Coast Mindfulness
  • Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts, Medical School
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Sharmane has 42 years of direct experience in traditional mental health, substance abuse and rehabilitation services as a clinician, teacher, trainer, administrator and consultant. She has worked in diverse set of inpatient, outpatient and community psychiatric settings. She has extensive experience working in groups and individual settings with varied populations. Sharmane has also worked in private practice and as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Jin Shin Do Acupressurist. The focus of her practice is assessing and meeting individual needs for pain relief, recovery from repetitive motion and other recent or long-standing muscular-skeletal injuries, stress reduction, body-mind integration and wellness. She blends her knowledge of East/West Medicine, Massage Therapy and Alternative Healing Arts to promote and support transformational healing and emotional / physical well-being.

Diabetes Self Management
In collaboration with Belmont Senior Center

6 - 2.5 hour sessions plus a one hour orientation to class at the beginning

Facilitators: Leslie Turek and Judy Cotton
Dates: Thursdays starting September 24th
Time: September 24th 1 – 2 pm, Thursdays October 1 – November 5th 1pm-3:30pm

Description – free program:
This free program is offered to adults who are living with or caring for someone with a diabetes. This program is evidenced based and was developed by Stanford University. Participants are introduced to tools that improve their ability to manage their diabetes. Topics covered include healthy eating strategies, exercise, medication management and handling stress and difficult emotions. Behavior modification is also an important part of this workshop.

Participatory Lectures

Reduce your Anxiety associated with Surgery, Chemotherapy or other Treatments
(Peggy Huddleston: Prepare for Surgery Health Faster)

With Anne Baras, RN Nurse Manager, Surgery at MAH

Dates (chose one date): Tuesday October 20, 2020 at 6 pm- 7:15pm
Wednesday November 18, 2020 at 6pm – 7:15pm

Includes Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster book

Description – free program:
Are you feeling anxiety before your surgery or perhaps around a recent diagnosis or treatment plan? Attend a small group session virtually to calm your anxiety with the tools to heal faster with less pain. Participants will practice how to cope and reduce anxiety as it pertains to various triggers in relation to hospital treatment. Attendees can anticipate:

• Reduced pre-operative anxiety
• Maintaining calm during a biopsy, endoscopy, cardiac catheterization or MRI
• 23-50% less pain medication post-surgery
• Ability to fall asleep if you have insomnia
• Return more quickly to regular activities post-surgery
• Reduced chronic pain
• Reduced side effects of chemotherapy

Mount Auburn Hospital OR Nurse, Anne Baras, will lead you through a proven methodology to calm jitters, strengthen your immune system and create the biochemistry that enhances healing using visualization techniques and affirmations.

Ancient Medicine for Modern Ailments

With Wyatt LaCoss,
1 hour 15 minutes
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Description – free program:
Discover a 5,000-year-old medicine practice and learn how it might be a complementary or alternative option for your health-care. Modern research shows acupuncture affects nearly every biophysical system of the human body. Are you curious about acupuncture – its history, how it is administered and how it can improve conditions including pain, digestive problems, respiratory health, and mental health? This program will give you a sound understanding of this practice. Also included in the presentation will be an introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine. If you are curious or have been thinking of considering acupuncture this is an opportunity to explore and learn about these alternative therapies.
Meet the Instructor:
Wyatt LaCoss, MAOM, Lic. Acupuncturist, Dipl. OM
In private practice since 2001, Wyatt is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) since 2012. He is also certified in Auriculotherapy by the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute and affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he offers relief to cancer patients and their caregivers from various physical and psycho-emotional side-effects from their treatments in the Oncology Department. Wyatt studied and earned his Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture specializing in Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture as well as in Chinese herbal medicine.

Herzstein Wellness Center Fall 2020 Classes

Our Fall 2020 programs will be virtual through a Zoom invitation and require pre-registration. For more about our classes call 617-499-5197 or email

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