A weekend Yoga intensive with Gabriel Halpern will be held at the Belfast Yoga Studio starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening, Nov. 2. Halpern has been coming to teach his popular weekend workshop on advance yoga techniques, for both yoga teacher and students, at the Belfast Yoga Studio for 20 years.

Students come from all over Maine to spend the time with Halpern, who holds a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Health Psychology, and has been on the faculty at De Paul University for 24 years.

Trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and Pune, India, Halpern has practiced yoga since 1970, giving workshops nationally. He is the founder and has been the director of the Yoga Circle, in Chicago, since 1985.

Each year Halpern brings a new and interesting program to the Belfast Yoga Studio and the theme of this year's program is Waking Up in Time: Breaking the Cultural Trance. The Friday evening opening session runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will end with a celebration of 20 years of working in Belfast with Marianna Moll’s yoga studio. All are invited to come.

“We can hardly believe it has been twenty years,” said Moll, “what a blessing to be able to facilitate the level of training that Gabriel provides to the community. His patience, wisdom and humor make this an enjoyable event for people at all levels in yoga and in the spiritual walk.”

Other classes on Saturday from 9 a.m. and to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. include Yoga Chikitsa, yoga postures or therapeutics, and relaxing through breathing.

"Yoga is the best antidote for being burnt, being out-of-sync with your own life rhythm, or fluctuating back and forth between being anxious or depressed," explains Halpern. "Yoga teaches techniques that are simple, safe and effective and this class will cover a sequence of poses that will relax and renew. If you want to learn about your own peace of mind, I invite you to come to any of these classes."

Another special event will be a men’s sweat lodge on Saturday night. For more information on this event contact the studio.

For a complete schedule and to register on line, go to www.belfastyoga.com and click on "Events and Workshops" or call 338-3930 to receive a registration package, space is limited, but there are still openings available.