Come Back to Your Center Workshop

By Ann Baker Uncategorized
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“Within you, there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat to any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse

Starts the week of September 25th, 2023. In person option at Pilates Central Wellness on Tuesdays at 7pm. Register on this page and email me to let me know you will be coming.

Join me in practicing coming back to Center during this 6 week program to establish new patterns of inner balance, peaceful presence and grounded authenticity.

Do you feel disconnected from yourself? Or maybe you feel overwhelmed with life?  Being off-center can show up as feeling stressed, depressed mood, brain fog, fatigue, inability to make decisions, looping thought patterns, or easily flooded with emotions.

It is easy to become off-center these days.  Some of the ways that happens include:  news addiction, digital distractions, unhealthy habits, busy work lives, personal challenges and traumas. And yet, many of us are feeling a pull back to our Center. There is a longing to find that anchor within that doesn’t blow about in the winds of change and turmoil. This Center is naturally already present. It is what is most true about you. We just need to remove the blocks to it and encourage the daily turn towards it.

With practice, it is possible to begin to live more and more from this Center. From this Center, we can navigate life and all of its challenges and learn to thrive and not just survive. We can find safety, heal the body, rewire old mental and emotional patterns, heal from trauma and emotional wounds. From our Center, we can create the life we desire that is aligned with our Essence.

I will draw on elements from a variety of theories and disciplines for this course including: Polyvagal Theory, neuroscience, mindfulness and other meditation techniques, Yoga, QiGong, energy balancing,  Internal Family Systems, self-compassion, and Zen Theory of Change.

The format of this workshop is as follows:

  • Two thirty minute videos will be uploaded to the course home page every week. Each video will have about 10 minutes of teaching content and 20 minutes of a practice that facilitates coming back to Center. You can view these on your own time.
  • Live integration sessions week 3 and 6 with a 45-60 minute Zoom session for Q & A, discussion and a guided meditation.
  • In person sessions available at Pilates Central Wellness in Evanston. Session will be at 7pm on Tuesdays and will be 50 minutes. Dates include: 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14.


Week 1: Exploring your Center

  • Lesson 1:  What is our Center? Why is it so important?  Guided centering meditation.
  • Lesson 2: The 3 Centers – body, mind and heart. Practice to balance the 3 centers.


Week 2:  What takes us off-center?

  • Lesson 1: Identifying stressors and triggers. Practices include 3 different breath practices
  • Lesson 2: Identifying personality parts that react to stress and turn towards unhealthy habits


Week 3: Finding your Center through feeling safe

  • Lesson 1:  Introduction to your operating system – the autonomic nervous system. Somatic based practices to regulate the nervous system.
  • Lesson 2:  The Vagus Nerve as key to finding inner stability. Practices to stimulate or turn on the vagus nerve.
  • Live integration session on Zoom with Q & A, discussion and guided practice


Week 4:  Keeping your  Center while in relationship with others

  • Lesson 1: The science and energy of connection. Practice bringing your energy and attention back to your center while with other people
  • Lesson 2: Our nervous system state is contagious: How to stay in your center when others are off-center.


Week 5:  Coming home to your heart: learning to befriend ourselves

  • Lesson 1: Befriend your emotions without getting swept away. Learn a process to feel emotions from your Center
  • Lesson 2: Self-acceptance = self love = self-empowerment. Guided self-love meditation


Week 6:  Seven keys to coming back to center again and again

  • Lesson 1: How to rewire our habits. Practice includes the power of  intention and creating a plan.
  • Lesson 2: Zen Theory of Change: Using mindfulness and acceptance as key drivers of behavior change
  • Live Integration session on Zoom: Q & A, discussion and guided practice



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What Will You Learn?

  • How to find your center and rely on it even during challenging circumstances
  • How to work with your triggers with self-compassion and acceptance
  • How to befriend your whole self
  • How to use the breath, the nervous system, and other practices to bring you back to center
  • Journal prompts to promote self-knowledge and action towards choosing your center
  • How to have agency over your own energy and follow your inner cues of imbalance or overwhelm

Course Content

Welcome to the Workshop

  • Welcome Video

Week 1: Exploring our Center
This week will be focused on exploring what it means to be Centered and our 3 centers (body, heart, mind) as access points to our Center.

Week 2: Anchoring our Center through Feeling Safe
This week is an introduction to the nervous system, our built in responder to safety or danger.

Week 3: What Takes Us Off Center – Triggers and Reaction Patterns
We have the opportunity to pause and explore our triggers to getting off-center this week. We will also explore our typical or auto-pilot reaction patterns. We end with an awareness practice that helps us develop that ability to pause and choose to come back to our center.

Week 4: Come Home to your Heart, Learning to Befriend Ourselves
In this week's sessions, you will learn about emotions, how they can take us off-center, why it's important to feel our emotions in order to let them flow so we can come back to Center.

Week 5: Staying Centered while in Relationship to Others and the World
This week's content will focus on how do we maintain our Center when relationships and the chaos of the world can so easily take us off center.

Week 6: 7 Keys to Anchoring our Center
This session provides a path with 7 essential ingredients that can help us to anchor our Center.

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