Institute for Holistic Health Studies

2017 IHHS Programs

Spring 2017 CALENDAR

All events free and open to public unless otherwise noted


Sahaja Yoga meditation: This class meets in room 103 in Warner Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White Street, Danbury CT. Members of the university community as well as  members of the greater Danbury community are invited to attend. Classes held from 7pm to 8pm every second Tuesday of the month.

  • January, Tuesday, 10th
  • February, Thursday, 16th (Due to Valentine's Day on Tuesday, 14th)
  • March, Tuesday, 14th
  • April, Tuesday, 11th
  • May, Tuesday, 9th
  • June, Tuesday, 13th
  • July, Tuesday, 11th
  • August, Tuesday, 8th
  • September, Tuesday, 12th
  • October, Tuesday, 10th
  • November, 14th
  • December, 12th

If the university is closed due to inclement weather,  class will be cancelled.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple yet profound guided meditation with easy to do hand movements all done while sitting in the comfort of a chair. Sahaja Yoga Meditation, founded by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, is practiced in over a hundred countries. The purpose of this meditation is to awaken kundalini energy to create a state of thoughtless awareness. The benefits of this meditation are numerous, and include inner peace, happiness, clarity, improved focus, stress reduction, relaxation, and improved physical health.

Although this meditation includes aspects of hatha yoga (breath work chakra  activation, and hand mudras) it is not a hatha yoga class.  This class is taught by Jesse Rovero, an avid
Follower of Thich Nhat Hanh and his mindfulness teachings.  He has studied and practiced with teachers from the lineage of Shri Mataji Normal Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation. He fell in love with the practice and began teaching this style of meditation.

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Wellness Wednesday Workshops, 2/1, 2/15, 3/8, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 5/3 12:30 pm,  White Hall, room 127, Midtown campus. You are welcome to bring your brown bag lunch. Details of the workshops are listed below.

Wellness Suite, open Tuesday 1-4 pm, stop-in rest and relax, Berkshire Hall 119

Special Events:

Members of the university community as well as  members of the greater Danbury community are invited to attend.

Improving Your Mood with Natural Medicine presented by D.r Carney

February 21st, 2017 at 7pm
White Hall room 127
Midtown Campus

An estimated 15% of people will experience depression at some point in their lives. Dr. Shawn M. Carney, a naturopathic physician at Northeast Natural Medicine, LLC, will review how dietary and lifestyle changes can improve mood and discuss the scientific research supporting the use of herbal therapies or nutritional supplements for patients with mild to moderate depression.


2nd annual Health Wellness & Fitness Fair

April 11th, 2017 at 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Bill Williams gym in Berkshire Hall
Midtown Campus

The 2nd annual Health Wellness & Fitness Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from noon til 3 pm.  It will take place in the Bill Williams gym in Berkshire Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus. Presented by Campus Recreation, University Health Services and IHHS.


Finding Serenity in the Storm

April 18th, 2017 at 7 pm
White Hall room 127
Midtown Campus

The IHHS will sponsor a presentation on Holistic Stress Management entitled "Finding Serenity in the Storm". This program will be presented by Christel Autuori RDH RYT MA, Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, with Lara Ward, Founder and  Director of Lotus Gardens Yoga School.  There is no charge for this event and it is open to the public.


IHHS Sponsored Programs

In addition, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies sponsors the following programs  presented by local practitioners and educators:

Shamanic Practitioner Certification presented by Deana Paqua, MA, LMT of Embody the Sacred.  Program continues monthly, from September 17, 2016, through October 21, 2017  WCSU Midtown campus. For information and registration go to www.embodythesacred.com

Yoga Teacher Certification presented by Lara Ward, RYT, LMT of Lotus Gardens Yoga.  Program continues weekly from October 7, 2016, through April 21, 2017  WCSU Midtown campus. For information and registration go to  www.lotusgardensyoga.com - Download event flyer


Sponsored By The Institute For Holistic Health Studies

Free and Open to the Public

12:30 Pm, White Hall, Room 127, WCSU Midtown Campus

This Series Of Wellness Wednesday Workshops Provides Information On A Wide Variety Of Topics And Techniques Influencing Health And Wellness Of Body, Mind , And Spirit. 

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February 1 Healthy Eating On a Budget - Dr. Elizabeth Balk, Rd, HPX Faculty - www.wcsu.edu/hpx

We Want To Eat Healthy Food But Are Afraid It Is Expensive. Learn How To Choose Food That Is Good For Our Bodies But Not Bad For Our Pocketbook. Healthy Food, Healthy Body And Mind

February 15 Yoga For Everybody - HPX Students With Lara Ward, Ryt, HPX Adjunct Faculty - www.wcsu.edu/hpx

Yoga Is Not About Twisting Your Body Into The Shape Of A Pretzel.  If You Can Breathe And You Can Stretch, You Can Do Yoga. Come, And Experience The Benefits Of Yoga For Your Body, Mind, And Spirit.

March 8 Herbs For Healthy Immune System - Lupo Passero, Master Herbalist And Educator, Twin Star Herbs - (Www.Twinstarherbal.Com)

Mother Nature Provides Us With All We Need To Be Healthy And Happy. Our Immune System Has To Go Into Overdrive Especially At This Time Of Year, Fighting Off Colds And Flu. Learn How Common Herbs Can Be Used To Support And Strengthen The Immune System To Keep Us Healthy And Well.

March 29 Aromatherapy - HPX Students With Dr, Robyn Housemann, HPX Co Chair - www.wcsu.edu/hpx

We Know That Flowers Smell Nice But Do You Know The Essential Oils From Plants And Trees Have A Positive Effect On Our Bodies, Minds, And Spirits? Learn How Some Oils Are Uplifting And Energizing While Others Have A Calming Effect And How You Can Incorporate Them Into Your Daily Life.

April 5 Ctrstals For Healing- Mary Oquendo, Advanced Crystal Master - www.Maryoquendocom

Crystals And Gemstones Have Been Used For Centuries Not Only For Jewelry And Decoration, But For Their Health Benefits. Learn About The Energy Of Crystals And How You Can Use This Energy To Promote Better Health And Wellness

April 12 Law Of Attraction- Darlene Alvarez Maddern Ma - www.Createwithyourthoughts.com

Have You Heard About The Book, The Law Of Attraction,? Have You Wondered How This Works? Darlene Alvarez Maddern Will Explain The Power Of Positive Thinking And How To Use It In Your Life.

May 3 Emotional Freedom Technique - Jennifer Salkin, Lmft

The Emotional Freedom Technique , Often Known As “Tapping”, Can Be Used To Release Negative Thoughts And Emotions That Have Gotten Stuck In Our Bodies. Learn How To Use This Easy Technique Yourself In Your Daily Life.

Questions? Contact Christel Autuori RDH, RYT, MA, Director, Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University at autuoric@wcsu.edu


Become a Friend of IHHS

Most of what we have accomplished has been done with little or no financial resources. We rarely charge for our programs. We cannot continue to operate this way and continue to provide the programs and the student awards. We need your help and support. Please consider becoming a Friend of the IHHS with a donation of any size-it all adds up. The IHHS is a self-supporting enterprise, thus it relies on businesses, organizations, and individuals for funding. Your contribution can be put toward student awards or can be used to support the programming costs of IHHS events. Sponsorship may be monetary and in-kind donations (such as water or healthy snacks, garden materials). The IRS recognizes WCSU as a charitable organization; therefore your contribution is tax deductible. Contact Christel Autuori RDH, RYT, MA, Director, Institute for Holistic Health Studies at Western Connecticut State University at autuoric@wcsu.edu


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