Symposia Community Events – January 2012

Thank you everybody for making Symposia’s 10 Year Anniversary Party such a success! And special thanks to Carlos Haase and his friends who delighted us with their heart-felt songs!
Symposia is deeply grateful to Anna and David Roberts for providing a home for Symposia on Washington Street!
We are also very thankful to you, our neighbors and community in Hoboken, for your support and participation to our events during these past ten years! We would not be here without the contribution of everyone of you!
Hard times threaten the existence of mortar and brick bookstores around the nation and we don’t know what the future has in store for us. What we know is that we want to keep our mission alive – we want to be a communal space where people from all walks of life can come together unafraid to be themselves, to speak their mind and to possibly make friends.
Book (DVD, CD) donations are very important to us. If you have books, CDs, DVDs that you do not want any more, you can bring them to the store and we will give you a tax-deductible receipt.
We wish you all a wonder-filled new year!
Carmen and Cornel Rusu
Improve Your Life Through Meditation – Mondays at 7 pm
 Transforming Problems and Conflicts – The Practice of Patient Acceptance

We long for a life without problems. Consequently we respond to difficulties by becoming angry, resigned or depressed. According to Buddha the only way to become free from problems is by learning to transform them! We can do so by learning to respond to problems with positive minds such as love, acceptance, compassion and wisdom – the very minds that are the foundation of a joyful and meaningful life. In this course we will learn simple but effective methods for transforming our problems and conflicts into our spiritual training.

Jan 2 Acceptance: The Key to Transforming Problems

Jan 9 Transforming Painful Feelings 
Jan 16 The Wisdom Solution to Conflict 
Jan 23 Tools for Transforming Conflict 1 
Jan 30 Tools for Transforming Conflict 2 
Feb 6 Letting Go of Jealousy and Rejection 
Feb 13 The Best Way to Relate to Others 
Classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners, and emphasize how to meditate and practice in our urban environment.
Please note: Classes are given as a series, but can be taken individually. Please feel free to drop in on a class-by-class basis. Classes are held every week unless otherwise stated.
No pre-registration required - $10 per class
Fore more information, contact Justine Volesko at

Free Yoga Classes at Symposia Bookstore – Jan 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 at 7 pm.

Have you always shied away from Yoga because you thought you weren’t very flexible?
 Symposia is now opening its doors to a totally new environment for yoga practice: small classes, taught in a supportive, non-competitive manner, with lots of individual attention.  Students will be gently guided through basic yoga postures, yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

Certified Yoga Instructor Carmen Rusu
Pre-registration is required by phone, 201-805-1739 or
        by email:

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement
 – Jan. 13 at 7 pm
Workshop with Suzanne Ausnit
Improve the way you sit, stand and move through easy, gentle movements that teach you how to pay attention to how you do what you do. By developing awareness of unnecessary muscular effort, you’ll discover better patterns of movement and discard old ones that contribute to tension and stress. This method is for anyone who wants to expand their capabilities, move with ease and grace, and live to their full potential. It is also ideal for people with injuries, chronic pain and neuromuscular difficulties.
Suzanne Ausnit is a Feldenkrais Guild Authorized teacher and a Yoga Alliance Certified teacher, E-RYT 500 level
 Sugar Blues: Understanding Your Cravings – Jan. 19 at 7 pm
Suffering from the Sugar Blues?
Are you constantly craving sweets and don’t know why?
Do you want to gain control without deprivation?
In this workshop you’ll learn:

·       The top ways sugar is negatively affecting your health and happiness
·       How sugar is part of the solution – not the problem
·       Tips to eat foods you enjoy and not deprive yourself
·       To understand how your lifestyle affects your cravings
·       Your first steps to take back control of your life and health

Donnie Densanti is a Health and Wellness coach who helps everyday people get healthy naturally and holistically. He earned his certificate at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has his own practice, “Life In Balance”.
For more information, log  on to or contact him at

 Guitar Circle – every Wednesday at 8.30 pm
Come jam with local guitar players in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Share your favorite songs and learn new ones. All playing levels and styles are welcome!
For more info, contact Carlos at
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