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Herzstein Wellness Center

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

February 2021 – June 2021


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

To register for any class follow visit our full listing of classes and events.


Shavasana and Ujjayi Breathing Practice

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

Sessions: Six - 1 hour classes
Dates: Thursdays, February 11 – March 18, 2021
Time: 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Description – Free program:

Slow down your mind, improve your immune system and activate your inner healing capacity! 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.

Beginner Svaroopa® Yoga Series

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

Six Sessions: Six – 1.5 hour classes
Dates: Tuesdays, February 16 – March 23, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Description – Free program:

Svaroopa® Yoga is a slower paced, non-athletic style of yoga that uses specific body alignments and propping, in order to decompress your spine, and your whole body. Classes are structured to start the release at the base of your spine, in your tailbone, and work upwards through your whole spine, starting and ending with a guided awareness (yoga nidra). Regardless of your experience, or fitness level, this “core release,” or “core opening” offers amazing physical changes as well as profound change on all levels of your being as you come to know your own “True Form,” the meaning of the Sanskrit word “svaroopa.” Leave class with less pain, more vitality, and renewed sense of self. This 6-week online series will focus on the basics of Svaroopa® Yoga including breathing practice, poses, alignments, propping, and developing a home practice.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

With Sharmane Simard, M. Ed., LMHC
Certified online MBSR Teacher

Sessions: Eight – 2.5 hour sessions plus the 3 hour orientation class
Orientation to the Program: Monday, March 15, 2021 (orientation class) 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Classes: Mondays, March 22 – May 17, 2021 (skip April 19) 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Retreat Day: Saturday, May 8, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost of Program: $100 registration fee

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. MBSR has been researched for the past 42 years and is the evidence based program that has been shown to complement traditional medical and psychological treatments and general wellness. Research evidence suggests that MBSR is beneficial for general psychological health and stress management in those with medical and psychiatric illness as well as in healthy individuals.

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 a computer and high speed internet to be able to engage actively with all group members.

The Live Online MBSR program consists of:

  • Orientation (2.5 - 3 hours, required for enrollment)
  • 8 Weekly Classes, 2.5 hours each
  • One all – day retreat class
  • Daily home practice assignments, 45 - 60 minutes a day
  • A strong commitment to attend all classes and to practice daily home assignments

Ancient Medicine for Modern Ailments

With Wyatt LaCoss, MAOM, Dipl.OM, Lic. Ac.

One Session
Dates: (choose one date)
Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm and Thursday April 15, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Description – free program:

Discover a 5,000-year-old medicine practice and learn how it might be a complementary 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 complementary therapies.

Weight Loss Strategies for Breast Cancer Patients

With Iman Albader, Boston University Nutrition Graduate Student and MAH Nutrition Intern

Sessions: Two – one hour classes
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 and Wednesday March 24, 2021 (two class program)
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Description – Free program:

Individuals with breast cancer face unique challenges when it comes to weight management. This two series class will address these specific challenges and provide nutritional guidance for those struggling with weight management after breast cancer. This presentation is ideal for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are looking to improve their diet/overall health, as well as achieve healthy weight loss.

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention: Myths & Facts regarding Healthy Eating

With Megan Leighton, RD, LDN
Mount Auburn Hospital Oncology Dietitian

One Session
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Description – Free program:

Eating a healthy diet is important for our overall health and can play a role in cancer prevention. Unfortunately, misinformation regarding nutrition is widespread – especially on the internet! This presentation aims to provide clear guidelines for eating healthy and to squash common nutrition myths.

Mindfulness Training in Primary Care (MTPC)
Shared Medical Visit

Led by Neeti Jha, MD and Dr. Michael Spertus, MD

Sessions: Seven – 2 hour classes, plus 2.5 hour orientation class
Dates and Times: Orientation to the program Wednesday April 7,2021 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Wednesday mornings 8:00 am-10:00 am, April 14,2021 - May 26,2021

Cost of Program: Insurance will be billed via telemedicine. Many insurances have waived co-pays for virtual visits, but please check with your insurance, as there may be your typical co-pay cost per session.

This 8-Week Mindfulness Training in Primary Care (MTPC) program is a patient-centered, mindfulness intervention designed for delivery in health care settings. It is designed to enhance self-management among patients with chronic illness and to activate stress-reducing, health-inducing behavioral change by patients within a collaborative care environment. The visits accomplish these aims by cultivating mindfulness, compassion, insight, and empowerment to live well for ourselves and others.

The Live Online MTPC program consists of:

  • 8 Weekly Shared Medical Visits, 2-2.5 hours
  • Daily home practice, 30-60 minutes a day
  • A Strong Commitment to attend all sessions
  • and to practice daily home assignments for 8 weeks

Prepare for Surgery, Chemotherapy or other Treatments, Heal Faster

With Anne Baras, RN
Includes Peggy Huddleston’s book, Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster

One Session (choose one date)
Dates: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:00 am – 11:15 am or
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:00 – 8:15 pm

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 help with:

  • Reducing Anxiety
  • Maintaining calm during a biopsy, endoscopy cardiac catheterization or MRI
  • Better sleep
  • Less pain
  • Returning more quickly to regular activities post-surgery
  • Reduced chronic pain
  • Reduced side effects of Chemotherapy

Herzstein Wellness Center Spring 2021 Classes

Our Spring 2021 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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