Contemplative Practices

Within the health & wellness offerings at COA, we strive to create an atmosphere and offer practices that encourage and nurture a student's authenticity, while they search for meaning and purpose in their own existence and experience.

Through yoga, meditation and other contemplative practices, students have an opportunity to develop greater self reflection; to make connections between concern for our social/natural communities and care of the soul; to explore their personal challenges; to balance their inner needs with the rest of the world; and to deepen trust in their own inherent worth and resiliency.


SoulFlow Yoga with Heather Murray '95
Tuesdays, 4:10-5:35 pm, EVEN WEEKS, Gates Community Center
Starting April 8th
Heather's class is a mix of steady Vinyasa Flow Yoga to strengthen and engage the body and mind, mixed with mindful alignment and the occasional Yin or restorative posture to drop you into a deeper place of stillness. You can expect to be challenged, but always with a big dose of laughter, beautiful music accompaniment and encouragement to find a place that respects your intelligent edge. This class is for all and will include movement with the breath, as well as opportunities for stillness and meditation. Heather feels that yoga is simply the expansion of our ability to feel and experience each moment as fully, as it is, and is excited to share her take on the practice with the COA community. Mats and props are available in Gates, but you can also feel free to bring your own.

Mindful Flow Yoga with Dennis Kiley
Tuesdays, 4:10-5:25 pm, ODD WEEKS, Gates Community Center
Starting April 1st
This class offers something for people with all levels of yoga experience. It is a flow class that integrates asanas, breathwork, meditation, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Each class is an inquiry into connecting with our bodies, opening our hearts and quieting our minds. The emphasis on flow is as much on accessing the internal experience of flow as it is what we're doing with our bodies. As we move our bodies and explore our edges, we learn how to rest in a place that is already at peace and still. By practicing yoga on the mat with mindfulness, we learn how to live with awareness and presence off the mate in the postures of our lives. Mats and props are available in Gates, but you can also feel free to bring your own.

On-Campus Chair Massage with Emily Davis
Fridays, 8 am-12 pm, Counseling Office, 1st Floor, Deering Common
Starting April 4th
Emily has her own bodywork practice in Northeast Harbor, Maine. She is an alumna of COA and has her B.A. from Goddard College in Health Arts and Sciences with a focus in Somatic Psychology. Within her practice, she holds a firm belief in authentic embodied listening to the body and supporting body/mind with herbs, homeopathy, meditation, and movement practice. Emily will offer 20-minute chair massage appointments in the Counseling Office on the 1st floor of Deering Common. In her chair massage sessions, she hopes to bring a sense of calm to the nervous system and a coherence to the whole body, which creates clear thinking, relaxation and well being. These appointments are available to ALL current COA students, faculty and staff. For students, the price is $10 for a 20-minute session. For faculty and staff, the price is $20 for a 20-minute session. This fee should be paid directly to Emily (in the form of cash or check) at the time of your session. Appointments must be booked in advance, through COA's online Health & Wellness Services booking system. Please click here.

Morning Kundalini Yoga Sadhana with Guest Teachers
Sundays, 6-8 am, Deering Common
Bi-Weekly Starting April 12th

Sadhana or daily practice is the foundation of all spiritual endeavor. The Aquarian Sadhana is practiced by Kundalini Yoga communities across the world. Before facing the world, we practice a set of yogic exercises, rest in Shivasana, then chant a total of seven mantras (don't worry, they'll be written down for you!) Wake up before the busy day begins and give yourself the opportunity to experience your light, through the darkness - tune up your nervous system and attune to your highest inner self. There is also a potluck breakfast offered after the practice. There is always oatmeal and fruit available, but if are inspired, feel free to bring along something to share for breakfast. Mats and blankets are provided, but you can also feel free to bring your own. This class is open to the general public and is free.

free guided meditations